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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 ).

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 ).

INVISIBLE INFLUENCE

ESTHER 4 : 16

Mordecai mentored Esther.
We don’t know the details of his mentoring, but we know that
he took her as his own daughter. (ESTHER 2 : 7)

We notice at least three special points about Esther which gives
us some kind of hint about Mordecai’s invisible influence;

1. We don’t know how many crises she faced when she was in
Mordecai’s house, but when she faced a crisis in the palace
she decided to face it with fasting and prayer!
Where she learned that? Who trained her in that?
Was it Mordecai’s usual method of handling crisis?

2. Esther was able to form a prayer fellowship of maids even
inside the palace!
A queen having prayer partnership with the maids?
Where she got that type of humble spirit?
Where she learned to form a prayer cell like that?
Was it Mordecai’s usual method of spending his time?

3. She asked Mordecai to raise prayer support for her by
informing all the Jews of Susan.
Who taught her not to trust her position or strength?
What influenced her to give importance to intercession
before the mission?
Was it Mordecai’s strategy for years?

Mordecai influenced Esther;
Esther influenced King Ahasuerus!
And you know the consequence!
A day of deliverance for all the Jews!

That is not the end!
Do you know King Artaxerxes was a stepson of Queen Esther?
We know the extreme favors shown by this King to Nehemiah to
build the walls of Jerusalem and to Ezra to bring a spiritual revival
among the Jews;
Even though we are not having any reference in the Bible about
Esther’s spiritual influence on her step son. the King Artaxerxes,
the king’s letter to Ezra (Ezra 7 : 12 – 26), clearly indicates some kind of invisible influence!

One Esther!
One person mentored by Mordecai!
Just only one!
See the impact!

Dear friend,
Never underestimate your influence in HIS Kingdom by seeing
the size of your flock!
Don’t get depressed by comparing your work with the mega
campaigns and statistics!
Never try to cancel a meeting just because the expected number
didn’t turn up!
Even if only one person is listening, preach!
Even if one person is reading, write!
Even if only one person is agreeing, pray!
Quantity is needed, but when that quantity will be reached is not
in our hands; only the quality of our work is in our hands; Strive!

Think and dream globally but focus and concentrate locally!

Your work will be rewarded!


FOR WHO HAS DESPISED THE DAY OF SMALL
THINGS?  ( ZECHARIAH 4 : 10 )

PROACTIVE PROFESSIONALS

GENESIS 41 : 25 – 38

Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream to the satisfaction
of Pharaoh, but he didn’t stop with the interpretation.
Read the verses 33 to 36, we can see Joseph’s proactive
way of responding to his own interpretation!

Joseph’s request to Pharaoh to find a wise man, to appoint
officers over the land to collect one-fifth of the produce in
the seven plentiful years and to store the grains as a reserve
are not part of the dream of Pharaoh!

See the convincing action plan of Joseph!
How he arrived at the number one-fifth?
How was it possible for him to explain his proactive strategy so instantaneously with out taking even a fraction of second to
think and ponder over the seriousness of the issue?
A proactive professional?

Pharaoh declared that that was because of the Spirit of GOD!

Dear friend,
We claim that we are filled with the Spirit and led by the Spirit,
but where is the proof in our life?
Sometimes we even brag about so many kinds of Spirit baptism
and anointing, but in our personal or professional life rarely we
exhibit Joseph’s kind of proactive thinking!.

Always remember that the Holy Spirit is a Spirit of order!

If a person is having a mind that is undergoing rigorous renewal
by regular meditation of the WORD of GOD, the Spirit of GOD
will help him to exercise proactive thinking!

We concentrate on so many gifts but most of the time ignore the
gift of administration and won’t even consider that as a gift of
the Spirit;
Result?
Leadership crisis: chaos and confusion; lack of order in our
personal life as well as in our professional life.

Check for yourself.
How many Spirit filled Christians are sincere in their place of
work?
How many of us are actively engaged in making our place of
work a better place by applying the Spirit controlled proactive
thinking?

Change gear from the reactive mode to the proactive mode!

Even if you don’t like your employer, as you are placed there
by your GOD, you are expected to think about the welfare of our
employer, as if you are working for your GOD, till you leave that
place.

There are enough Christians to prove that they are ‘gifted’ inside
the four walls of the church, but how many of us can show that
we are ‘gifted’ in the market place?

Yes, we are called to be the witnesses throughout the world!

Don’t be passive!
Exercise your proactive skills!
Feed on the WORD!
Renew your mind!
Rest in HIS presence!
Walk in the Spirit!
Not just on Sunday but always!

You know, just one proactive strategy can save a nation from
seven years of famine!


…….BEZALAEL, …………, AND I HAVE FILLED HIM WITH
THE SPIRIT OF GOD, IN WISDOM, IN UNDERSTANDING,
IN KNOWLEDGE, AND IN ALL MANNER OF WORKMANSHIP, ….
…… ( EXODUS 31 : 1,2 & 3 )

SLING THEORY

I SAMUEL 17 : 49 & 50

David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone!
But have you noticed that that was the last time we read
anything about that talent of David?

After that battle, David, either as a commander in Saul’s army
or as the king of Israel, was involved in so many other wars
and battles; but nowhere he tried to use the sling!
He didn’t declare that his sling was more than sufficient to wage
war against all his enemies!
He didn’t form a team of soldiers with sling shot skills!
In short, he didn’t try to make his experience as a rule!

By the grace of GOD, he trained himself in all the warfare
strategies and skills; Leaning on his GOD, he meticulously
applied the learned skills in all his endeavors!

Dear friend!
How many of us are having the problem of making an
experience as a doctrine!
GOD, in HIS grace, might have permitted us to gain a victory
using some techniques in some areas ; but that does not mean
that you are a new wave prophet with an unusual anointing and
new revelations!.
Never ignore the systematic equipping opportunities provided
by GOD!.
Don’t cling to your sling!
It is not the beginning, but the end is going to be important!

Even if there is a break through in your ministry because of the
new experience, come back to the WORD and train yourself in
handling the TRUTH in the proper way to be an unashamed
servant of GOD!
Don’t try to inject your experience to other soldiers!
Don’t encourage others to be your xerox copies!
Teach them the TRUTH! Honor the scriptural boundary!
Let them learn and have their own experiences!
If you are a child of GOD, they are also!

Put on the whole armor of GOD!
Praise GOD for your experiences!
But, exalt the WORD and use it as the sword!

Remember, the real reason for David’s victory was not the
sling and stone but his unwavering trust on the Almighty!


BLESSED BE THE LORD MY ROCK,
WHO TRAINS MY HANDS FOR WAR,
AND MY FINGERS FOR BATTLE.
( PSALM 144 : 1 ).

UNTOLD STORY

EXODUS 4 : 24 – 26

The LORD confronted Moses and was about to kill him!
Why?

After a lengthy discussion and negotiation with Moses,
the LORD convinced the hesitating Moses to take up
the assignment of leading the Israelites out of Egypt;
But when he started his journey the LORD confronted
Moses and went to the extreme of trying to kill him!

Was it not strange?
If the LORD was not happy with Moses, why HE chose
him for that assignment?
Difficult to answer!

But Moses’ wife’s immediate response in that situation
which saved Moses’ life throws some light about their
problem!

She took a flint knife and circumcised her son, threw
the foreskin at Moses’ feet and shouted ‘what a blood
smeared bridegroom you are to me?’!.

What was their problem?
Was there a fight in their family regarding their son’s
circumcision for a long time?
Was there a cultural clash between them?
Was she, being a daughter of Midianite priest, not able
to grasp the spiritual significance of circumcision?
Did Moses’ explanation about that never convince her?

Even after receiving a ‘call’ from GOD to lead, did Moses
fail miserably in leading his own family in the covenant
way by avoiding circumcision because of her reluctance?

An untold story!

But, GOD got satisfied by her response!
She was quick enough to grasp the reason behind the LORD’s anger!
Not just identified the cause, but also acted swiftly to set everything in order!

Dear friend,
Do you have an ‘untold story’ in your life?
Did your dreams and visions about your ministry get blurred because of your life partner?
Do you struggle because of the spiritual incompatibility of your better half?
Does your calling to lead is not having an impact even in your own family?

Does your assumptions about a spiritually supportive life partner become just assumptions?
Are you getting pressed between the scriptural command of honoring your partner and fulfilling your calling?

Do you silently cry because of the shattered vision?

Wait!

GOD knows how to deal with your partner!
In the right time, through ups or downs, GOD will deal with your partner!

If a daughter of a MIdianite priest can grasp the covenant
of circumcision, surely, your partner will also understand the spiritual significance of your vision!

Till that time, let your untold story be an untold story!
Never try to devalue your partner by quoting or misquoting your partner as the reason for your spiritual barrenness!

Wait! Your partner also will become a blessing!


YOU BOTH PRECEDE AND FOLLOW ME.
YOU PLACE YOUR HAND OF BLESSING
ON MY HEAD. ( PSALM 139 : 4 ).

MASTER PLAN

MARK 5 : 15 – 20

A demon possessed man got deliverance, but the people
of that city pleaded with JESUS to go away!.

Even though JESUS had done a good thing to that demon
possessed man and by his deliverance to the people of that
city, JESUS was not welcomed in that place.
Was it not unusual?
Instead of bringing some more suffering persons to JESUS
to get the healing and deliverance, they asked HIM to leave.

See how the Master responds!
HE didn’t curse them or felt disappointed; HE didn’t try to
explain HIS position or good deeds there; HE didn’t even try
to make a remark against them!

But when JESUS went back, he didn’t permit the healed one
to accompany HIM; JESUS gave him a specific mission of
sharing his testimony and LORD’s deeds in his own place!

The healed person is becoming a pre-evangelist!
The Master plan of the MASTER!

Dear friend,
Many times, after the initial breakthrough in our WORD ministry,
we expect appreciation and reception from the people and if
there is any negative reaction we take it in a personal way and
spend our prayer and energy to open that closed door!

Wherever the WORD is not allowed to move freely, there only
GOD planted us to be HIS witness!
Our position in this world is directed by the MASTER in such a
way that our words and deeds in that place will open a door for
the WORD in future!
Whatever may be our calling, we all have to be pre-evangelists!

We are the salt; as the salt increases the thirst for water, our
presence in a place should increase the people’s thirst for GOD!
We are the light; as the light exposes hidden secrets, our
presence in a place should convict the people’s inner darkness!

Your position in the world is also part of HIS plan!
Accept that and find ways to influence your surrounding!

Remember,
Sometimes the WORD will have a free flow and sometimes not;
Even if the WORD is banned to enter, by your presence, you
can slowly change that place to wait for the WORD!
You are the hope of your place!


WHEN THE MOST HIGH ASSIGNED LANDS TO THE NATION
WHEN HE DIVIDED UP THE HUMAN RACE, HE ESTABLISHED
THE BOUNDARIES OF THE PEOPLES ACCORDING TO THE
NUMBER OF SONS OF GOD. ( DEUTERONOMY 32 : 8 )

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 ).

GOLDEN BOOT; BEAUTIFUL FEET

GOLDEN BOOT: How many goals?
BEAUTIFUL FEET : How many souls?

GOLDEN BOOT :The world applause!
BEAUTIFUL FEET :The world oppose!

GOLDEN BOOT : So many to sponsor!
BEAUTIFUL FEET : No money to sponsor!

GOLDEN BOOT :Well known to the world!
BEAUTIFUL FEET :Unknown to the world!

GOLDEN BOOT :So many to encourage!
BEAUTIFUL FEET :So many to discourage!

GOLDEN BOOT :May be under attack for ninety minutes!
BEAUTIFUL FEET :Always under attack!

GOLDEN BOOT :Injured?, Immediate attention!
BEAUTIFUL FEET :Bleeding, no one cares!

GOLDEN BOOT :When playing, well wishers praying!
BEAUTIFUL FEET :When praying, well wishers playing!

GOLDEN BOOT :Can even get preachers’ support!
BEAUTIFUL FEET :May not get even family’s support!

GOLDEN BOOT :If playing takes extra time no one will leave!
BEAUTIFUL FEET :If preaching takes extra time no one will stay!

GOLDEN BOOT :Pleasures of the world engulf!
BEAUTIFUL FEET :Treasures of the Word enrich!

GOLDEN BOOT :The world proclaims him as the king!
BEAUTIFUL FEET :He proclaims the KING to the world!

GOLDEN BOOT : Uncertain about the victory!
BEAUTIFUL FEET : Certain about the victory!

GOLDEN BOOT :May be for four years!
BEAUTIFUL FEET :Will be forever! Whom you are following? Where you waste your time and energy? Who is your hero? Who is on your mind? The golden boot one or the beautiful feet one?


HOW BEAUTIFUL UPON THE MOUNTAINS ARE THE FEET OF HIM WHO BRINGS GOOD NEWS, WHO PROCLAIMS PEACE, WHO BRINGS GLAD TIDINGS OF GOOD THINGS, WHO PROCLAIMS SALVATION, WHO SAYS TO ZION, ” YOUR GOD REIGNS!” ( ISAIAH 52 : 7 )

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