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SUPER STARS

DANIEL 12

Have you noticed?
The only group which is going to shine like stars
forever is the group which is focusing on turning
many to righteousness?( DANIEL 12 : 3 ).
Not to the self-righteousness but to the CHRIST’s
righteousness!

Dear friend,
Don’t get frustrated by seeing the self-styled pseudo
super stars inside and outside the church!
Read the chapter carefully!
It is not saying the charismatic personalities will be
eternal super stars; Even the worship leaders are
not going to be the super stars; What about the
group donating billions for this and that? No, they
are also not given that privilege!
In fact, even the prayer warriors are not mentioned
in that verse!
The only group is that that turn many to righteousness!

Dear friend,
we can pray, give, work tirelessly but if our praying,
giving and working are not having ‘ winning the lost’
as the ultimate aim, we may not be given that privilege
of shining like stars forever!.
Of course, we can have the eternal life but not the privilege
of shining like a star forever!
We have to be careful whenever a person or group tries
to separate discipleship or social work from evangelism!
Wherever we are placed and whatever may be our position
‘ bringing others to righteousness’ should be our heartbeat!

Remember,
The ultimate prayer is praying for the lost soul!
Don’t consider yourself as a prayer warrior, if your prayer is
not bringing many to the LIGHT regularly!
Don’t give your money just to please some personalities and
leaders!
Always check, before giving, whether the recipient’s mission
statement is directly or indirectly linked to soul winning!

GOD send HIS SON to the cross, not to recruit a creamy
group of arm-chair theologians or harm-ear musicians but to
bring many sons to GLORY!
Don’t devalue that BLOOD by compromising your calling!
Don’t just work for GOD but work with GOD!

Be wise! Win souls!( PROVERBS 11 : 30 )
Why run behind a pseudo-star, when you can be a super star?


BUT IT WAS THE LORD’S GOOD PLAN TO CRUSH HIM
AND FILL HIM WITH GRIEF. YET WHEN HIS LIFE IS MADE
AN OFFERING FOR SIN, HE WILL HAVE A MULTITUDE OF
CHILDREN, MANY HEIRS.
…. AND BECAUSE OF WHAT HE HAS EXPERIENCED, MY
RIGHTEOUS SERVANT WILL MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR MANY
TO BE COUNTED RIGHTEOUS,….
( ISAIAH 53 : 10 & 11 ).

ELITE FORCE

DANIEL 1 : 3 – 5

King Nebuchadnezzar was powerful and mighty enough
to establish a great kingdom. But he didn’t stop with his
military campaigns, instead he envisioned a great plan
to govern the kingdom in a proper manner.

See his foresight!
Even from the subdued countries, he tried to get the
maximum mileage!
His instruction to identify and recruit gifted and talented
youth of Israel, his appointment of an exclusive official
just to take care of the new recruits, his willingness to
invest in the necessary training of the youth, his attitude
of sharing even the exclusive food of the king with this
group of potential youths and the time frame of three years
he fixed for the rigorous training even though the selected
youths were highly qualified and skilled, challenges even
the HR practices of this millennium!

But his kingdom was temporal and limited; even for that he
envisioned and executed this kind of strategy!

Think about us!
We are satisfied with our little successes here and there,
not having any clear strategy for the follow-up but we claim
to represent the eternal and everlasting Kingdom.

Whenever and wherever possible, we try to label the youth
as irresponsible instead of identifying their potential.
We squarely reject the next generation as useless instead
of prayerfully planning and investing in the Daniels.
We think and assume that GOD will take care of the fruits
and avoid any noteworthy involvement with the young blood.
Every generation assumes that the next generation is not
up to the mark and so sell and send them to the world.

Compare our attitude with that of Nebuchadnezzar!
What hope he had that he could use even the youths of a
defeated nation?
Was it not risky to put them in strategic positions?
Nebuchadnezzar risked, planned, invested and executed!
The result was obvious!
He got faithful and highly talented people like Daniel!.
If Nebuchadnezzar failed to take that risk, the talented
youth might have ended up as rebels!

Is it the reason most of our missions and ministries sadly
either die in one generation or become a family business?

Come, let us identify and appreciate the Daniels!
Let us invest time and money in their lives!
Let us follow our Master, who even in his short span of
earthly ministry invest so much in the ‘twelve’!

Pray, identify, support and sponsor at least one Daniel, on
behalf of your family, for the rigorous training in the proper
place so that the channel seeking potential of the youth can
be utilized in the enlargement of the Kingdom!.


THEN HE SAID TO HIS DISCIPLES, THE HARVEST
TRULY IS PLENTIFUL, BUT THE LABORERS ARE
FEW. THEREFORE PRAY THE LORD OF THE
HARVEST TO SEND OUT LABORERS INTO
HIS HARVEST. ( MATTHEW 9 : 37 & 38 ).

PERFECT CHURCH

LUKE 2 : 36 – 38

Anna, daughter of Phanuel, never left the temple but stayed
there day and night, worshipping GOD with fasting and prayer!

Think about her age, eighty four years!
But she went to the synagogue to pray and worship!

Think about her loneliness!
Only seven years of married life; a widow and aged!
But she went to the synagogue to pray and worship!

Think about the political situation!
The nation was governed by foreigners; no freedom!
But she went to the synagogue to pray and worship!

Think about the religious situation!
Pharisees and Sadducees; hypocrisy and manipulation were
at the peek; Priests behaved like politicians!
But she went to the synagogue to worship and pray!

Think about the spiritual condition!
Nearly four hundred years of spiritual darkness; No WORD!
But she went to the synagogue to worship and pray!

Think about the economical confusion!
Even in the synagogue, the nexus of businessmen and
priests dictated everything including the offerings!
But she went to the synagogue to worship and pray!

Dear friend,
Waiting for a perfect church?
Expecting a favorable condition?
Trying to list out the reasons for avoiding church?
Justifying your lack of interest to worship?

Just think about the eighty four years old Anna!
She had every reason to avoid the temple and
worship, but she went and worshipped!

You know the reward!
She was given the privilege to see Jesus!
She met JESUS, not in a perfect place but, in that corrupted
synagogue!
In fact, she was the first person to preach about Jesus(verse 38 ).

Finding fault with every church?
Making hasty judgments against this and that?
Blaming the corrupt servants as the reason for your decision?

Better be careful!
Who knows how many personal encounters with JESUS you lost
because of your attitude about your church?
If your church is not up to the level, you are also a reason for that!
If there is no doctrinal deviation, you have no excuse for avoiding
your fellowship!

Go there! Be there! Pray and Worship!
Today you may have a Divine encounter, like that old widow!


FOR A DAY IN YOUR COURT IS BETTER THAN A THOUSAND
OUTSIDE. i WOULD RATHER STAND AT THE THRESHOLD OF
THE HOUSE OF MY GOD THAN DWELL IN THE TENTS OF
WICKEDNESS. ( PSALMS 84 : 10 ).

SHOWCASE SOLDIERS

I SAMUEL 17 : 16

Goliath presented himself forty days, morning and evening;
This means he challenged Saul’s army eighty times!
Was it not too much?

Even though Saul and all his soldiers heard the words of
Goliath again and again, they didn’t do anything constructive
to manage the situation!

Just think about the Israel’s army!
To the people of Israel, they all looked brave men;
The way they dressed, the weapons they carried, the place
they stayed and their position in the army all impressed the
common people so much and they all believed that the army
was doing something great in the battlefield; That is why even David’s father sent David to that place with some extra items!

But what was the truth?
Not even one person acted like a true soldier!
If they were not ready to accept the challenge, why they were
simply sitting there for forty days?
Even if the challenge was so difficult, why they didn’t bother
about any other alternate strategy?
How was it possible to be so passive when the enemy was
humiliating them?
Showcase soldiers?

Dear friend,
Is not true about our fellowships too?
Some times we also behave like the showcase soldiers!

Some of the secret sins entrap and mock at us, but we simply
respond by labeling them as minor weakness; we never bother
about the way they ruin our effectiveness and hence instead of
finding a solution to that problem, we move passively here and
there.

Some times, even though we hear the challenges of the enemy
again and again, because of fear we sit quietly in a corner but
projecting ourselves as warriors in our own circles!

The WORD we carry, the place we assemble, the company we
keep and the name we have force other believers to consider
us as super saints but what we do in the battle field for a long
time is so pathetic!

Do you know that the army of Israel was so settled in their
passive state that they tried their best to discourage even the
courageous David?

Is it the reason for our not so enthusiastic Christian life?
We know our problems but instead of challenging them, we
somehow simply accept them as unsolvable.
We see it regularly, hear its threatening and mocking but
not trying or planning any constructive strategy!

Remember,
We are changed to challenge the world
and challenged to change the world!

Don’t wait for a David; we all are Davids!
Be a warrior! Get HIS strength and be an over-comer!


FOR YOU HAVE ARMED ME WITH STRENGTH FOR THE
BATTLE; YOU HAVE SUBDUED UNDER ME THOSE WHO
ROSE UP AGAINST ME. ( PSALM 18 : 39 )

PURSUIT OF PLEASURE

MATTHEW 1 : 24 & 25

Joseph accepted Mary as his wife and did not know her
till she had brought forth her firstborn!.
This means, Joseph abstained himself from the sexual
pleasure nearly for a year!

Reason?
To ensure the holy birth of Jesus!
To ensure proper delivery!
Accepting Mary as his wife itself was a big challenge but,
in addition, abstaining from marital sex would have been
a tough challenge!

Even the old testament Joseph abstained himself from
the illegitimate sex; but the new testament Joseph went
an extra step by abstaining even from the legitimate sex!.

Think about that!
In a generation, where all kinds of sex are getting legalized,
where the pursuit of pleasure is projected as the only worthy
aim, where visual sex and virtual sex are the norms of the day,
and where premarital sex and extra marital sex are considered
as fashion, sacrificing even his legitimate pleasure for a period
for CHRIST’s sake is certainly a challenge to all of us!

Are we entrapped in the comfort zone mania because of our
pursuit of pleasure?
Do we justify the ‘convenio’ we are enjoying by declaring ” I
deserve it” arguments?
Do we erase the Christian principles of simplicity and sacrifice
from our vocabulary to accommodate comfort and prosperity?
Do we still believe the proper delivery of the WORD and the
pursuit of pleasure can coexist?

Dear friend.
Wish to have an impact for CHRIST’s sake?
Don’t just get satisfied with abstaining from the wrong things;
Go ahead and learn to sacrifice even the right things!.

Sacrificing extra one or two hours of sleep so that to pray a
little extra, skipping one or two meals so that to meditate the
WORD a little extra, postponing some costly purchases so
that to support missions a little extra, Oh!

Nobody will tell you that these are mandatory, but the fine line
between the achievers and the orators in GOD’s kingdom is
drawn only with these little extras!

Live a life worthy of your calling!


MY SONS, DO NOT BE NEGLIGENT NOW, FOR THE LORD
HAS CHOSEN YOU TO STAND BEFORE HIM, TO SERVE
HIM, AND THAT YOU SHOULD MINISTER TO HIM AND BURN
INCENSE. ( II CHRONICLES 29 : 11 ).

STUPID STIGMA

NEHEMIAH 3 : 2

The men of Jericho built a portion of the Jerusalem wall!
Men of Jericho?
What they know about building a wall?
Was not the city of Jericho without a wall from Joshua’s time?
Was not there a curse pronounced against Jericho wall?
What kind of experience the men of Jericho were having in
building a wall?
Coming from a city of broken wall but involved in building the
wall of Jerusalem?
Coming from a cursed place but joining in a blessed work?

Dear friend,
Are not all the above questions just stupid?
Is there any logic in connecting the present generation to
some thing happened long long ago?
It is true that the city of Jericho was known for its broken wall,
but attaching that stigma to all the people of Jericho was an
act of utter foolishness. To be precise, after the destruction
of the wall, Jericho was occupied by Israelites only.

Whether any comment was passed or not on that day we don’t
know, but when we move around the church we can hear these
kind of comments against this or that kind of groups.

We link something happened in a particular place to all the
people from that place and avoid them from our mission.
We label some castes, some cities and even some nations as
‘cursed’ because of something happened against the church
there long long ago.
Traditionally, we keep some people away from our inner circle
because of some hearsay about their forefathers.
We try to maintain the holiness of HIS body, the Church, by
setting aside some parts of the body because of some, not so
logical, stigmas.

But Praise the LORD, the men of Jericho were allowed to build!
In fact, the men of Jericho were the first people group, next to
the High priest, to do the construction of Jerusalem wall!

Remember,
Even Jesus Christ, our LORD and SAVIOR, started His earthly
life with a visit to Egypt, the land against which there were clear
and enough warnings in the Old Testament!

In CHRIST, if we are all new creations, why consider and avoid
anyone by labeling them in an anti-Christian way?
Even if you secretly have these kind of stigmas against any
people group, it simply means that you are yet to grasp the
‘body principle’ of the Church!

Repent and come out of that immature idiocy!


ABSTAIN FROM EVERY FORM OF EVIL
( I THESSALONIANS 5 : 22 ).

GONE WITH THE WIND

JONAH 3 : 3 & 8

GOD relented from the disaster that HE had said HE
would bring upon Nineveh but it displeased Jonah!
Jonah cried and prayed ‘O LORD please take my life from me’.
And he declared ‘it is better to die than to live! ‘

Again, when the plant, which gave shade to him in his
shelter, got damaged and withered because of a worm,
Jonah said in his misery ‘it is better to die than to live!’.

What a prayer!
We can very easily identify ourselves with Jonah;
We can even justify these kind of prayers!

But there is a problem;
Just few days back, Jonah prayed a diametrically
opposite kind of prayer from the fish’s belly! (chapter 2).
In his desperate situation, he cried unto the LORD to save
him from death!

His near death experience, times of darkness, three days of
mental and physical agony and hopeless state resulted in his repentance; His desire to leave darkness and to see light forced him to pray for deliverance!
GOD answered that prayer!
Jonah got the second chance!

Just few days; Jonah started praying against, his own life, the answer given by GOD!
He didn’t remember the way he got the blessing and life again!
His original prayer and his painful cry were gone out of his mind
and he murmured, complained and wished to die!.

The vows he made were all gone with the wind!

See the irony!
He failed, repented, got the grace and the second chance but
he was not able to accept GOD’s grace flowing towards repenting Nineveh!

Dear friend!
How many of us are having this kind of crooked mind which
forgets the deliverance we got from a hopeless situation?
How many of us are having the habit of hurting and hating the
GOD given blessings in our life?
How many of us, because of little discomfort, do not even remember the gracious deliverance we received from the haunted nights and the hunted days of our life?

Where are our vows, decisions and commitments?
Gone with the wind?

Repent, even for your foolish prayers!
Again and again remember your days of deliverance and
thank HIM, failing which our hearts get hardened and we
may also end up like Jonah murmuring against GOD given
blessings!


 

BLESS THE LORD, O MY SOUL; AND FORGET NOT
ALL HIS BENEFITS; ( PSALM 103 : 2 ).

GIVE UNTO THE LORD THE GLORY DUE TO HIS NAME;
WORSHIP THE LORD IN THE BEAUTY OF HOLINESS.
( PSALM 29 : 2 )

TEAM JUDAS

JOHN 13, 14, 15, 16 & 17

John 13: JESUS washed the disciples’ feet and shared the 
last supper with the disciples; Judas was there! 

John 14 : JESUS clarified the doubts of some disciples! 
But Judas was not there; he left already! .

John 15 & 16 : One of the longest recorded sermons of JESUS;
Beautifully explaining the relationship of believers with JESUS,
with other believers and with the world!
But Judas was not there; he didn’t even come back to listen!

John 17: JESUS prayed; first for HIMSELF, then for the disciples 
and finally for all the other believers!
But Judas was not there; he didn’t come back at all!

Washing the feet, breaking the bread, sermon and prayer;
Judas participated in some activities and left! 

Dear friend, 
Even now we can see ‘Team Judas’ in our churches!

Coming to church service, sitting there for a while and then 
disappearing!

At least about Judas, it is written that Satan entered him and 
so his absence may be considered as a consequence of that!

We claim that we are led by the HOLY SPIRIT and spend as 
minimum time as possible in the worship services; we attend

few parts and leave the church even before the final prayer!
And we have and give thousands of excuses for not attending 
the ‘full service’; 

We blame the choir, we blame the music, we blame the elder
and we blame the preacher and leave that place!
Even though we know the promise of JESUS’ presence in any 
place where two or three gathered in HIS name, we act as if 
our visit to the church is the toughest assignment in the world!

Remember, 
It is because of HIS grace we all got the privilege to enter HIS 
sanctuary!

Go to church on time, participate actively in all the sessions 
and honor HIS presence by your presence!.

Don’t be a member of ‘Team Judas’!



FOR A DAY IN YOUR COURTS IS BETTER THAN A 
THOUSAND, I WOULD RATHER BE A DOORKEEPER 
IN THE HOUSE OF MY GOD THAN DWELL IN THE 
TENTS OF WICKEDNESS. ( PSALM 84 : 10 ).

VERTICAL DIMENSION

I SAMUEL 15 : 1 – 13

Saul defeated Amalekites!
After the victory, he went to Carmel and set up a monument
for himself as if he was the reason for that victory!( verse 12).
But the actual reason for the defeat of Amalekites was GOD’s
anger against them for their cruelty against Israel when they
came up from Egypt (verse 2).

When Samuel met Saul, Saul claimed that he had performed
the commandments of the LORD even though Saul didn’t kill
the king of Amalekite as commanded by the LORD!.

One side Saul celebrated the victory by setting up monument
for himself and claiming total obedience to GOD’s commands
and on the other side GOD greatly regretted for making Saul as
the king of Israel!(verse 11).

In the horizontal dimension, Saul celebrated;
In the vertical dimension, GOD regretted!

Dear friend,
How many of us are having the same kind of mindset?
Even though we know very well that the victories we got in our
life and ministry are purely because of HIS grace, many times
we set up monuments for ourselves!
Even our thanksgiving meetings are subtly projecting our gifts,
our holiness, our uniqueness and our special relationship to
GOD instead of giving glory to GOD!
We pretend as if we are totally surrendered to GOD without
even bothering about the number of Amalekites we are yet
to destroy in our personal life!
We celebrate as if we are the chosen one for this end time
whereas GOD is regretting and grieving because of us!

Celebration is to rejoice in the LORD and not to rejoice in your
might; It is the time to give glory to GOD and not the time to
steal the glory from GOD!

For any true servant of GOD and any GOD honoring ministry,
the real celebration will be on the other side of the shore; Only
there, the fire will test our works to decide whether they are hay
or gold; The vertical dimension will vindicate the true ministry!
Why silver,golden or platinum celebrations and special editions
to advertise your achievements on this side of the shore?

Don’t deceive yourselves by seeing the statistics of your impact!
Even when you are not approved by GOD, like Saul, your ministry
may have impact but that may be because of some other reason!

Got victory?
Humble yourselves; acknowledge your unworthiness;
Give thanks to HIM for the victory;
Confess your personal failures and receive HIS grace;
And give glory to HIM and HIM alone!



SO LIKEWISE YOU, WHEN YOU HAVE DONE ALL THOSE
THINGS WHICH YOU ARE COMMANDED, SAY, ‘WE ARE
UNPROFITABLE SERVANTS, WE HAVE DONE WHAT WAS
OUR DUTY TO DO.’.( LUKE 17 : 10 ).

NANOTECHNOLOGY

JOSHUA 7

Army of Joshua!
Crossed Jordan just like crossing dry land;
Crushed Jericho just like crushing an ant;
No fear about the next city, let us take rest;
Two or three thousand can make Ai like dust!

Joshua and his people were so confident of victory that
they sent just three thousand soldiers to defeat Ai!
Alas! they lost thirty six soldiers!. Defeated!
The only defeat of Joshua’s army was at Ai!

Reason?
Achan!
Yes, among the millions of people only one person, Achan,
secretly disobeyed GOD’s command and that secret sin
cornered Joshua’s army!.

Achan was able to hide his sin from his people but he did
not understand the simple truth about the visibility of GOD!
Yes, there is no creature hidden from HIS sight, but all
things are naked and open to the eyes of HIM to whom we
must give account (HEBREWS 4 : 13).

Just think about it!
Only one person, out of so many people, sinned but all of
them were humbled by such a small army!

Spiritual Nanotechnology!

You know, Nano stands for a factor of one thousand millionth!
This infinitesimally insignificant part is deciding the future of
the remaining parts in a significant way!
Nanotechnology; It seems not so logical but it is true!
Not just in technology but in theology too!

Dear friend,
Is my secret sin the reason behind my family problems?
Is my hidden life the cause of confusion in my church?
Is my dirty thinking quenching the fire of my fellowship?
Is my well-covered addictions postponing the revival?
Am I an Achan in HIS army?

Have a honest check up!
Your experiences of crossing the Jordan and crushing the Jericho
are not going to decide your next victory; Even the potential and
the size of your problem are not going to decide your future!
But only your purity is going to decide your victory!

Take care of your dark rooms and secret gardens!
Let there be Light!


… …. ….. O ISRAEL; YOU CAN NOT STAND BEFORE YOUR
ENEMIES UNTIL YOU TAKE THE ACCURSED THING FROM
AMONG YOU. ( JOSHUA 7 : 13 ).

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