Watch the world news for a minute, you will understand
the total depravity of the fallen man; the desire to rule and
control, the urge to rebel and subdue, the schemes to
deceive and trample, the manipulations to manifest and
dominate, … surely the end game tactics are everywhere!
Man assumes that he is omnipotent and tries his best to
establish a name for himself in this fallen world; But he
fails to understand the Kingdom of The Great ‘I AM’ and
HIS grand plan to redeem this world! . HIS foreknowledge,
HIS active involvement in the world history, HIS patience
and HIS power are all ignored by the world!
Man tries to play GOD!
Read DANIEL 11.
Establishing kingdoms, fighting against another kingdom,
trusting the might and riches(verse 3& 4), divided kingdoms, uprooted kingdoms, peace agreement( verse 6), betrayal and rebellion, rise of world powers and their vain attempt to exhibit
their power and might( verse 11 ), unexpected stumbling and
the fall of the powerful ( verse 19), economic reforms (verse 20)
and the silent and subtle destruction of the reformer…..
We know it is a prophecy but is it not looking like the current
an unassuming person becoming the ruler using his craftiness,
his desire to establish a new world order by crook or by hook,
his lust for power( verse 22 ), his deceptive way of using peace treaty, his novel approaches, his fame ( verse 24 ), his secret
agents in other kingdoms ( verse 26 ), his intense hatred against
the holy covenant ( verse 28 ) and steadily growing opposition to
his authority, ….
As a prophecy, we either try to figure out that person or label
this or that ruler as that person!
Yes, the way he exalt and magnify himself and his blasphemies
against the LIVING GOD will surely indicate the strengthening of
that person by the unholy forces of the deceptive, destructive,dirty
but defeated devil!.
Men who ignored and rejected the redemption plan becoming a
pawn in the hands of the enemy. And that pawn tries to fight
against the ALMIGHTY!
Is it not a comedy?
But there is a tragedy in that comedy!
Yes, the comedy attracts even some of the covenant people and
they forsake the holy covenant!. Sure, they all will get immediate honor from the deceiver (verse 30).
Tasted the covenant but wasted the privileges. What a tragedy!
Failing to understand our calling, as an ambassador of GOD in
this world, will deteriorate our convictions.
Remember, we are called to win some more from the opposite
camp by using the banner of TRUTH and instead if we start appreciating the pleasures of this world, compromise will enter
our inner core and we may also become a pawn in the enemy’s
The prophecy is given, not to identify that ruler or time but, to
warn us against our compromising lifestyle. We are expected
to understand and instruct many. ( DANIEL 11: 33 ).
PEOPLE WHO KNOW THEIR GOD SHALL
BE STRONG AND WILL CARRY OUT
GREAT EXPLOITS. (DANIEL 11 : 32 )
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
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!
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
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!
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 )
Jacob’s family: 12 sons and only one daughter!
But a purposeless trip became a painful trap for her!
She just went to see the girls of that city; Time Pass!
She was seen by the prince of that place; As expected!
Love at first sight! Lust at second sight! Defilement!
Anger! Manipulation! Revenge! Honor killing!
The entire male population of that place was eliminated!
Even the prince who loved her got killed!
Poor Dinah! Who could have expected this kind of pain?
Even twelve brothers could not give her a bright future!
Just a trip? Time pass? Bay watching? Sight seeing?
Even after so many generations, the story remains the same!
Purposeless visit, peer pressure, defilement, addiction, abortion,
unwed mothers, fatherless kids, lifeless men, jealousy, revenge,
mental disorders, secret diseases, murder and suicide,
the torture of the trap seems endless!
Learn to respect your boundary!
Scrutinize your ‘time pass’ activities!
Be alert, next house or another continent, traps are everywhere!
Friends are important but your purity and future are more important!
Practice saying no to compromising invitations!
Stay away from experimentation and exploration!
Whenever feeling bored inside the house, remember Dinah!
Invest extra time in healthy hobbies!
And above all,
Without sincere prayer, never undertake any trip!
Let HIS WORD and SPIRIT be your companions!
Walk worthy of your calling!
DEAD FLIES PUTREFY THE PERFUMER’S
OINTMENT, AND CAUSE IT TO GIVE OFF A
FOUL ODOR; SO DOES A LITTLE FOLLY TO
ONE RESPECTED FOR WISDOM AND HONOR.
( ECCLESIASTES 10 : 1 )
SONG OF SONGS 5 : 2 – 4.
A wonderful relationship between the Lover and the beloved:
What kind of trust He has in the beloved!
Even if it is night, even if she is sleeping, He approaches with
confidence; gently knocking at the door;
Oh, what a wonderful girl!
Just by listening the knocking sound, no words used,
able to discern that the knock is made by Him;
See how He appreciates her!
My Darling!; My Treasure!; My Love!; My Dove!
What more a beloved needs?
Accepted; Admired: Appreciated by The Lover!
The Lover gently shares His burden;
My head is soaked with dew, my hair with the wetness;
Can you please open the door, I need your help?
Oh, what an opportunity!
A chance to serve Him; touch His head; comfort Him;
He also wants to share His burden, His needs;
He is searching for a reliable person to share that!
Who will miss this golden opportunity?,
Run, open the door and grab the opportunity!
Wait, wait, the door is not opened; she is telling something!
‘Excuse me, Please!’;
‘ I have taken off my robe, should I get dressed again?’
If the person knocking at the door is the Groom,
do you think any bride will give this as a reason?
She enjoys everything without grasping His greatness?
‘ I have washed my feet, should I get them soiled?’
The Master is sharing about a problem of the head and
this dear lady is worrying about soiling her feet!
What kind of lady is she? How He selected her?
Does she deserve His affection and appreciation?
Is it possible to give these kind of insulting excuses?
Excuse me, Please, Don’t judge her!
It is not her story, but your story!
How many times your Master, The King, The Lover
tried to share His burden to you, but received a cold
response, meaningless excuses, irrational stories
Do you really know His attributes, His worth?
Do you know the value of serving Him?
Do you really love Him?
Or just enjoying His blessings and asking more and more?
He called you His friend, Co-heir, Beloved, Royal Priest,
Saint, His bride, Holy and Perfect, etc, etc..;
Did you really understand His High Calling?
WHAT ARE MORTALS THAT
YOU SHOULD THINK OF US,
MERE HUMANS THAT YOU
SHOULD CARE FOR US?
LUKE 1 : 1 – 4
The Gospel according to Luke; One more Gospel?
Check the first four verses carefully?
1. Luke’s target: Most honorable Theophilus, some official.
But, is it necessary to write a detailed account of 24 chapters just
to convince only one person? Remember no word processing tools.
WILL YOU DO THAT? JUST FOR ONE PERSON?
2. ‘Many people have written accounts …’. Wait please!
When so many other versions are already available, why torture
yourself? Is it necessary? Why you have to write? Just for Theophilus?
Cut, paste, send. Why so much labor and pain?
WILL YOU DO THAT? EVEN IF YOU ARE AN ONE MORE PERSON?
3. ‘ What I received from the eyewitnesses …’ .
Not an Apostle, not even an eyewitness?. Stop writing.
Who will believe you, if you are not an eyewitness?
Why wasting time, money and energy?. Please stop!
WILL YOU DO THAT? EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT IN THE ELITE LIST?
4. ‘ I decided to write it down ‘. What, You decided?
No instruction from the Church at Jerusalem?
No office order from Theophanyilus? No Angelic visitation?
You decided?. Better stop that and relax. Do something else!.
WILL YOU DO THAT? EVEN IF THE WORLD IS NOT EXPECTING IT?
5. ‘ What you have been taught already…’. Theophilus knew it?
Already known Theophilus should take the initiative to grow!
Why you bother? What extra you are going to do?
WILL YOU DO THAT? EVEN IF THEOPHILUS KNEW IT ALREADY?
6. ‘ I carefully investigated the facts…’. Research?
Theophilus knew it, you got it from the eyewitnesses, enough!
Your writing itself is meaningless; why careful investigation?
Research, analysis and personal interviews? Brain storming?
WILL YOU DO THAT? EVEN IF IT CAN BE MANAGED SOMEHOW?.
7. ‘ Our dear friend Luke, the physician..( Colossians 4 : 14).
You are a physician, not a writer, by profession? Then why?
Just excel in your work for the Glory of God!. We have more people!
You accompany Paul in his mission trips? Is that not enough?
GOD will send some one else, You may even sponsor him!
Why waste your training, talents, treasures and time?
WILL YOU DO THAT? EVEN IF YOU ARE A PROFESSIONAL?
Yes, it is not one more Gospel. Even after 2000 years, it is still
speaking, still convicting and converting, still in circulation!
The eternal impact!
Do you know some interesting facts?
Luke’s Gospel only gives us the more detailed account of JESUS
Birth than any other gospel!
At least 18 parables of JESUS, including that of Prodigal son,
are only in Luke!
At least 13 women who followed JESUS, you see only in Luke.
Chapters 1 & 2 and then 10 to 19, so unique contents, only in Luke!
Historical records, Kings names, places and census you can find only
But, his name is not at all coming, not even once, in his writings!
Targeting only one person, but against all the odds, Luke wrote it.
1.Many wrote Gospels; but only four were accepted as Divinely inspired. Luke’s writing is one among the four. Luke is not even a Jew. A Greek. The Reward! His writings are in the Bible.
You know, he didn’t even think in that direction.
2. Many wrote Gospels; but to write the Acts of Apostles, the mantle is
only on Luke!. You know, he was not even an Apostle!
Dear friends, what kind of excuse you can give for your lifestyle?
Busy? Not qualified, Not needed?, People are there? Not my calling?
I give money? Some how I will complete? Only few people?
Remember Luke, Identify your Theophilus!
No quantity does not mean no quality!
Your work will have an eternal impact!
I HAVE PUT BEFORE YOU AN OPEN DOOR
THAT NO ONE CAN SHUT ……( REVELATION 3 : 8 )