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WILL AND WISH

I CHRONICLES 17 : 1 – 15

David’s desire to build GOD’s house looked like a
honorable desire but GOD rejected David’s desire!
It was not in the will of GOD!.
What was wrong in his desire?
Was not he thinking about GOD’s glory?
In what way he was inferior to any other king?

The confusion between man’s Godly desires and
the will of GOD!

Even though GOD explained David the reason for
that rejection and HIS will about HIS house, it was
surely difficult to accept that rejection.

Even Moses’ desire to enter the promised land and
Paul’s desire to preach to his own people were not
approved by GOD!

If it is GOD who works in us both to will and to do
for HIS good pleasure (PHILIPPIANS 2 : 12), why
we need to be careful about our desires?. Are we
not having the freedom to take all our holy desires
as HIS will?

Dear friend,
Be clear about one thing; even though our spirit is
regenerated by the HOLY SPIRIT, our mind and body
are still in the fallen state; redemption of our body will
happen when JESUS comes again; but as the carnal
desires and the spiritual desires are always fighting
against each other to control the mind, most of the
desires in us will be having subtle embedding of
carnality even if our desires appears to be holy!

That is why the continuous renewal of mind by the
WORD is so important to prove what is that good and
acceptable and perfect will of GOD. ( ROMANS 12 : 2 ).

Cultivate the art of having holy desires but learn to filter
and find the will of GOD from that holy desires;
Never ignore the regular renewal of mind by the WORD;
Before attempting to find the hidden will of GOD, check
whether you are obeying the revealed will of GOD.

If your desire and GOD’s will are not matching, don’t get
depressed, but help others to fulfill HIS will in their life;
See, even though David was denied the privilege of building
GOD’s house, David took so much pain to collect all the
things for the temple of GOD and to identify the right people
to do the work so that Solomon can easily complete the
assigned work (I CHRONICLES 22 & 23).

Remember, HIS sheep hears HIS voice;
Stay close to HIM so that you can hear HIS voice!


THE ENTRANCE OF YOUR WORD GIVES LIGHT;
IT GIVES UNDERSTANDING TO THE SIMPLE.
( PSALM 119 : 130 )

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 ).

HEALTHY HEARTITUDE

DANIEL 10

Daniel was mourning three full weeks!
Partial fasting and persistent praying!
For what?
To humble himself in the sight of the LORD and
to have a clear understanding!

Think about this; a man who served as the Chief administrative
officer for so many decades, a man who was able to interpret
so many dreams and visions, a man who met angels in his
visions as well as in the lion’s den, a man who saw in his vision
the Ancient of Days and the Son of Man, a man who had clear
revelations about the end times and a man who was able to
interpret even the writing on the wall was fasting and praying to
gain more understanding and to humble himself!

A man who excelled in his academics, administration as well
as in his spiritual life throughout his lifetime decided and set
his heart to understand and to humble himself before the LORD!

Fasting not just for one or two days but for more than twenty
one days!
So aged but so thirsty!
Even if his life had many unique achievements he had a holy
dissatisfaction!
To know and understand HIM and HIS plans more and more!

In a world where even a small success in a minor endeavor
makes human beings so proud and haughty, people like
Daniel are rare to see!
Kingdoms changed; kings changed; but Daniel’s prominence
in those kingdoms never decreased; Even then, he set his
heart to humble himself!
Daniel was not dwelling in his past glory but focused on
GOD’s glory!
No wonder the enemy tried his best for twenty one days to
disturb the prayer. ( DANIEL 10 : 13).

Dear friend,
Want to have a settled spiritual life?
Satisfied with the little Bible knowledge?
Feeling proud because of just one revelation?
Still boasting about your ‘ long long ago’ achievement?

Be warned, your contentment should be in the material
things, not in the spiritual things!
Cultivate the art of having holy dissatisfaction in your
spiritual disciplines!
More love, more power, more revelations;
More praying, more sowing, more giving;
More fasting; more thirsting, more filling;

Never allow your track record to deviate you from the track!
Praise GOD for the past achievements but don’t stop there;
Ask for new assignments; new challenges; new domains!

Be honest!
When was the last time you fasted and prayed, not for some
worldly blessings but, to know more about HIS PLANS?

Hey, the angels are waiting to bring the answers from the
THRONE, but where are the Daniels?
Anyone listening?


TAKE HEED TO THE MINISTRY WHICH YOU
HAVE RECEIVED IN THE LORD, THAT YOU
MAY FULFILL IT ( COLOSSIANS 4 : 17 )

LAW MAKER

DANIEL 6

King Darius issued a new decree regarding Daniel’s GOD!
How that happened?
Was it because of processions and petitions?
Was it because of debates and dialogues?
Was it because of hunger strikes and token strikes?

No, it was because of one man’s commitment!

His enemies were so sure about his prayer life that they knew
even if there was a law against his faith, Daniel would be praying!
In fact, even after knowing the new law and the consequent
punishment, Daniel continued his praying as usual.
In fact Daniel’s enemies were not against his prayer but used
that just to entrap him! (DANIEL 6 : 5).

How was it possible for Daniel to pray in such a way that even
his enemies could acknowledge his lifestyle of prayer?
That too with all the administrative responsibilities?

Again, think about the king’s remarks!
After throwing Daniel into the lions’ den, the king said to Daniel
‘May your GOD, whom you worship continually, rescue you’!
Daniel worshiping continually?( DANIEL 6 : 16 ).
How the king knew it?
How much time the king observed Daniel?
Was it possible for an administrator like Daniel to worship GOD
continually?

Further, the next morning the king came near the den and called
out in anguish; but instead of addressing Daniel as his servant,
he strangely called Daniel as the servant of living GOD!
Considering his servant as a servant of the living GOD?
How was it possible for Daniel to get that kind of certificate from
a king? ( DANIEL 6 : 20 ).

Dear friend,
Most of the times we trumpet ourselves as prayer warriors and
worship leaders; we try to prove to the church and to the world
about our power in prayer and talent in worship; stage managed
prayer meetings and camera conscious worship sessions make
so much news everywhere; but let it be told in a hushed voice,
that our nation is yet to see a man or woman who prays and
worships continually and effectively, like Daniel!

Shall we say that the desire of our GOD to change the law of the
land to favor HIS children, seeks and rests on a consistent and
courageous persons like Daniel whose lifestyle of prayer and
worship impacts the enemies and the authorities in a silent and
solid way?

Don’t worry about the number of enemies or the seriousness of
the law that are against us; rather dedicate yourselves to have
a lifestyle of prayer and worship!
In the right time, GOD will use the Daniels, if necessary through
the path of lion’s and angels, to rewrite the law!
Remember, even Daniel was a minority in that land; if GOD
could use his commitment to bring glory to HIS name in all those
120 provinces, why not in our land?
Will you be that Daniel?


THOSE WHO PLANT IN TEARS WILL HARVEST
WITH SHOUTS OF JOY. ( PSALM 126 : 5 ).

SELFIE

DANIEL 4

Daniel 4th chapter, a selfie of Nebuchadnezzar?
It is doubtful that any book on ‘world history’ would have
this piece of information about that great king!

It may be so easy to take this kind of selfie with so many
dark spots but it needs real courage to like, comment and
share this ‘selfie’ with others; not just with a small group
of friends and followers but with the public! (DANIEL 4: 1).

But his motive is very clear; through this selfie he illustrated
the most important truth ‘The LORD Reigns!’.

We may not be having a great kingdom like Nebuchadnezzar’s
kingdom, but in our little kingdoms most of the times we fail to
acknowledge this fundamental truth!

Even though we claim that we surrender all, we are having so
many peculiar compartments in our kingdom which are not
governed by HIS WORD but by our own wish and will.

Remember, when GOD decided to teach Nebuchadnezzar this
truth, HE permitted the king to go down from the normal human
behaviour and attitude to animal kind of life!

Is not true that we also some times, may be most of the times,
express this kind of animal instincts in our life?
Our abnormal obsession with lust, power or money, our secret
desire to be worshipped, our angry outbursts and unashamed
rationalizations all may not be because of our DNAs or impact
of the generational curse!

Who knows that all the above may be the side effects of our
failure to acknowledge HIS authority in some of our secret
compartments!

Take selfie, not with some costly gadgets, but with the help of
the HOLY SPIRIT in the light of the WORD in the chamber of
solitude!
This selfie is not to impress others by covering the ugly dots
but to confess the dark side to your CREATOR and to forsake
them; To hand over the governance of all the compartments
of your kingdom to the EVERLASTING KING!

Believe, HE is so gentle and loving that he won’t share what
you confessed with others; In fact HE won’t even remember
them but will give you grace!

If you have secret struggles in your behaviour and attitude,
better take selfie; HE is waiting to give you HIS image and
HIS glory!


HOW GREAT ARE HIS SIGNS,
HOW POWERFUL HIS WONDERS!
HIS KINGDOM WILL LAST FOREVER,
HIS RULE THROUGH ALL GENERATIONS.
( DANIEL 4 : 3 )

SHADOWS

DANIEL 3

Have you noticed?
Daniel’s friends were facing a crisis because of 
their faith, but Daniel was not there!

Read that chapter carefully, even the name Daniel 
is not mentioned; We all know that Daniel was number 
one in Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom(Daniel 2 : 48 ), but 
when so many threatening things were happening in 
Babylon, some how Daniel was not there!

Where was Daniel?
Being the chief administrator of Babylon, whether he was 
sent on duty to some remote place?

Whether the enemies of Jews used the opportunity to 
take revenge on Daniel’s friends?

We are not having the full picture, but that crisis brings out 
a challenging truth; the truth about shadows!

See, in the first and second chapters of the Book of Daniel, 
his three friends were directly or indirectly shown in the 
shadow of Daniel; Even their promotion was because of 
Daniel’s request! ( Daniel 2 : 49 )

But in the third chapter, the crisis brings out the truth that 
they were not in the shadow of Daniel but in the Shadow 
of the Almighty!

In the first two chapters, the fourth person in their team 
was considered as Daniel, but the test of fire revealed 
that the fourth Person was of Divine nature!

See the consequence!
Nebuchadnezzar issued a decree which prohibited anyone 
to speak anything against the Living GOD!

Compare his response in chapter 2, when Daniel interpreted 
the dream; It was not so strong compared to chapter 3.

How much we all need this kind of test of fire?
Most of us wish to be in the shadows of some men of GOD 
and rests on their faith instead of having a closer walk with 
the Living GOD; If our faith rests on this and that persons, 
when the fire tests us, we can not shine!

Respect all servants of GOD, but remember we all are 
children of GOD and hence expected to have a personal 
faith encounter with GOD.

You may reach some position because of some Daniels, 
but by your faith, you have to prove that you are worthy 
of your calling!

Daniel’s friends proved that! ( DANIEL 3 : 30 ).

Welcome the test of fire!


HE WHO DWELLS IN THE SECRET PLACE OF THE 
MOST HIGH SHALL ABIDE UNDER THE SHADOW OF 
THE ALMIGHTY. ( PSALM 91 : 1 )

THE FIRST MISSIONARY

MATTHEW 2 : 13 – 15
Happily lived ever after!
The dream of having a secure and settled life after marriage!
What was the dream of Joseph?
What was his plan about his married life?
The Divine intervention changed his dreams upside down!
Immediately after his engagement, his dreams distanced
themselves from reality and so he tried to distance himself
from Mary!
He was a just man but he was just a man!
His plan to break the engagement quietly was not approved by
GOD and he set aside his dreams because of the dream!
He obeyed, he sacrificed and he cared.
His obedience brought any immediate blessing?, No!
Again he got a dream, a warning, a command to flee to Egypt!
Reason?
To protect JESUS from Herod!
See the command, was it not peculiar?
A man who obeyed so much was not allowed even to stay in
that place!
He was not even asked to go but flee! That too in the night!
Why not some other option?
Why not instant removal of Herod so that the obedient Joseph
could have lived in the comfort zone?
Because, it was a fulfillment of Scripture!( MATTHEW 2 : 15 ).
But Joseph obeyed!
See, Joseph got up and fled to Egypt with Mary and JESUS,
not to protect himself or his dear wife but to protect JESUS!
The calling of a missionary!
The attitude of keeping JESUS, the WORD, as the reason
for all the moves and stops!
He didn’t even send but went! For Jesus sake!
The first missionary!
Dear friend,
Come out of your comfort zone!
Listen to the High calling!
Let the WORD decide your moves and stops!
If any of your move, vertical or horizontal, is going to hurt the
WORD, then you are not in his perfect will!
If necessary, let us suffer but not the WORD!


I REFLECT AT NIGHT ON WHO YOU ARE, O LORD, AND
OBEY YOUR LAW BECAUSE OF THIS. ( PSALM 119 : 55 )

PENALTY CLAUSE

DEUTERONOMY 4 : 23 – 28

Have you noticed?.

The Israelites who murmured against GOD and doubted HIS goodness, because of the wrong report of the ten spies, were
denied entry to the promised land.
But their leader Moses, who never murmured against GOD but
always interceded for the Israelites, also got the same kind of punishment. No entry to the promised land!.

Compared to the rebellious nature of those Israelites in the
wilderness, Moses’ sudden outburst and the consequent action,
of striking the rock instead of speaking to it as commanded, looks like an infinitesimally small mistake.

But strangely, he also got the same punishment!
Even his pleading to enter the promised land was rejected!

Is it not a warning to all the leaders?
Many times people in leadership role assume, because of the
way GOD uses them, that they are privileged and hence GOD
will ignore their small mistakes. But, on the contrary, GOD’s
expectation and standard of leaders is much higher.

Leaders are expected not to cross even the minor commands.
GOD is gracious, no doubt, but the leaders are expected to use
HIS grace in such a way to hallow HIM! (NUMBERS 27 : 14).

More power means more responsibility!
More growth means more depth!
More time with people means more time with GOD!
More limelight means more hidden life!
More useful means more careful!

Leaders, who are gracious in their dealings with others but
strict with themselves with the help of the HOLY SPIRIT, are
needed!
Are you ready?


WHO KNOWS THE POWER OF YOUR ANGER?
FOR AS THE FEAR OF YOU, SO IS YOUR WRATH.
SO TEACH US TO NUMBER OUR DAYS,
THAT WE MAY GAIN A HEART OF WISDOM.
( PSALM 90 : 11 & 12 ).

COSTLY COUNSELLING

JOB 42 : 7 & 8

Eliphaz, Bidad and Zophar, friends of Job.
Excellent friends!
They heard of all the adversity that had come upon Job.
They decided to go to Job’s place to meet him!
Purpose of their visit?
To mourn with Job and to comfort him (Job 2 : 11).
But when they met Job, they crossed their limit and instead
of comforting him started counseling him and tried their best
to prove that that he was responsible for his sufferings!

But GOD’s wrath was aroused against them!
Reason?
In their attempt to counsel Job, they some how lost track and
spoke of GOD what was not right!

In fact, when they met Job, they didn’t speak even a single word
for seven days and seven nights. But when Job spoke, they got
disturbed and responded by giving their own explanations.
Just check, there are approximately 200 verses that covers all
the three friends’ arguments!. So few verses!
But GOD condemned that and not their seven days of silence!

Consequence?
They were commanded to offer seven bulls and seven rams as
burnt offering; And Job was supposed to pray for them!
Their love and affection, burden, sacrificial visit and seven days
of silent mourning have lost the meaning because of their folly!
And they were forced to spend extra money for the burnt offering!

Dear friend,
Is it not our problem too?
Even though we are not having any specific word to comfort and
encourage our wounded brethren, we, because of our over zeal,
try to explain the unknown in a fleshly way. We insult and isolate
them by our words!

Remember, any wounded person will always connect his present
suffering to his past and will have unnecessary guilt. When they
pour their heart, we are expected to listen silently, and if possible
help them to overcome the guilt in a scriptural way!
That is not the time to prove our spiritual superiority by uttering
words that will increase their guilt.

If you are sure of a word from GOD, speak;
If not, just sit there silently and that will be a real comfort!
Why play with GOD’s wrath by entering the unknown?
It is not our knowledge or experience, but the time we spend in
HIS presence only will give us the right word at the right time!
Want to comfort others?
First, go to HIS presence!


THE LORD GOD HAS GIVEN ME THE TONGUE OF THE
LEARNED, THAT I SHOULD KNOW HOW TO SPEAK A
WORD IN SEASON TO HIM WHO IS WEARY.
HE AWAKENS ME MORNING BY MORNING, HE AWAKENS
MY EAR TO HEAR AS THE LEARNED. (ISAIAH 50 : 4)

HENCE THE PROOF

LUKE 1 : 30 – 56

Gabriel announced to Mary her role in CHRIST”s birth.
Miraculous conception!
Even though she had some genuine doubts, after the
Angel’s explanation, she accepted the news.
Immediately she surrendered her life!

But, have you noticed?
She didn’t ask any question to the angel regarding Joseph,
even though she was betrothed to Joseph?
How to explain this to Joseph?
How to convince Joseph?
Whether he will accept her words?
If not?

No questions!
She surrendered and went to the hill country to help and
encourage Elizabeth!
She thanked and praised GOD!
What about Joseph’s approval?

But, when Joseph decided to put her away secretly, GOD
sent HIS angel to Joseph in his dream and gave Joseph the
necessary explanations!

Think about it!
What ever might have been the understanding between
Joseph and Mary, Mary could not have proved herself to
Joseph about the Divine visitation!.
Only GOD can prove that!.

Dear friend,
How much time and energy we are wasting in explaining
our calling and vision to others?
Most of the times, we get frustrated by the response of
the people who are committed to misunderstand us!
‘How to prove it?’ is the most dominating thought of us as
we believe that we can convince others with our natural
strength!

If your vision is approved by GOD, don’t waste your time
in worrying about the approval of men!
In the right time, in HIS own way, GOD will convince others
about HIS plan in your life!
Up to that moment, like Mary, receive the revealed WORD
in faith, surrender your life to GOD, praise and thank GOD
and encourage others.
You will not be ashamed!


HE SHALL BRING FORTH YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS AS
THE LIGHT,  AND YOUR JUSTICE AS THE NOONDAY.
( PSALM 37 : 6 ).

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