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
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!
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!
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
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 ).
2 SAMUEL 9
Son of Jonathan; grandson of King Saul.
Lame in his feet; depending on his servant Ziba.
Living somewhere outside Jerusalem (verse 4)
Frustrated so much about his life that he considered
himself a dead dog! (verse 8)
But he didn’t know about one thing, the covenant;
The covenant between David and Jonathan, his father!
(1 Samuel 20 : 12 – 17)
After many years, the invitation came to Mephisobeth!
A favor shown to him because of the covenant!
What was the favor?
One time gift? Monthly allowance? temporary permit?
No! He was given the privilege of eating bread at the
table of King David! (verse 7)
Not for one or two days but always! (verse 10)
Not like a guest but like one of the King’s sons! (verse 11).
Think about this!
A privilege given to a person who considered himself a
dead dog; a person not having the right or might, even to
enter the KIng’s palace, got the opportunity of being in the
presence of the king and eating at the king’s table at least
three times a day throughout his life!
No strings attached!. No ifs and buts!
Pure favor! Power of the covenant!
Mephiboseth accepted the favor and immediately changed
his residence from some remote village to the city of King
David, Jerusalem, so that he could utilize the favor! (verse 13).
There is another covenant, covenant of blood, made two
thousand years ago at Calvary!
This covenant gave us the right to enter the KING’s presence
and eat at HIS table!
Not like a servant but as the children of the KING OF KINGS!
Not for one or two days but always!
Favor shown to a person who was dead in his sins!
Grace even to the dead dogs like us!
David’s presence was not assured at his table always,
but Our LORD’s presence is assured at HIS table always!
You are accepted in the beloved, not because of your merit,
because of the covenant of blood made by our KING,LORD
and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST!
Have we accepted that acceptance properly?
Have we made the necessary changes in our life and lifestyle
so that we can enjoy the given privilege to enter HIS presence?
Have we thanked HIM enough for the grace bestowed upon us?
Remember, Mephiboseth came and dwelt in Jerusalem so
that to receive and honor the favor of king!
What about us?
HE PREPARES A TABLE BEFORE ME IN THE
PRESENCE OF MY ENEMIES; …… ….. …….
AND I WILL DWELL IN THE HOUSE OF THE
LORD FOREVER. ( PSALM 23 : 5 & 6 )
Ananias; what a beautiful name!
‘Ananias’ means ‘ YAHWEH has been gracious’.
What a meaningful name!
In the book of Acts we see at least three different persons
having this name but the similarity ends just with the name!
1. Ananias, in Acts 5 : 1 – 11, told lies to the Holy Spirit in matters related to offering and hence received Divine punishment!
2. Ananias, in Acts 9 : 10 – 19, was a disciple at Damascus who received special favor and assignment from GOD and was the first person to accept Paul as a brother in Christ!.
3. Ananias, in Acts 23 : 1 – 5, was a Jewish high priest who was against Paul and his faith; he went even to the extreme of ordering his servants to strike Paul in his mouth when Paul tried to share his testimony!
So, if we wish to name our children as ‘ Ananias ‘ which Ananias we
actually mean? or whether we mean only the meaning?
Is it necessary to give so much importance to names?
If men with name ‘Ananias’ were against GOD’s grace, is it right and worth to judge a person just by his name?
Is it so important to pressurize new believers from other faiths to embrace Christian names by projecting even baptism as a name changing ceremony?
Even though giving Biblical names to our children is a good practice,
we better be clear about the fact that no Biblical name is having the power to open the gates of heaven;
In fact it is not in the name we have, but on our faith in the Name above all names is going to decide and define our destiny!
Yes, whether we believe in the name ‘JESUS’ is the most important
Don’t fool yourselves by assuming that the so called Christian names will be having and giving us some kind of mysterious protection!
No name in this world is really beautiful, if it is not going to be in the book of the Lamb!
Have you accepted JESUS as your personal Savior?
If so, your name, whatever it may be, is so beautiful!
THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH …..
…… NOR IS THERE SALVATION IN ANY OTHER,
FOR THERE IS NO OTHER NAME UNDER HEAVEN
GIVEN AMONG MEN BY WHICH WE MUST BE SAVED.
( ACTS 4 : 10 – 12 )
LUKE 15 : 11 – 32
A well known parable; Father and the lost son!
We know it, accepted it; enjoyed it; we all were like the lost son;
When we come to the second part of the parable, we usually hate the attitude of the elder son; His actions and attitude are so natural, so common in an ordinary family of this world.
But, in the DIVINE family?.
Compare the parable and the reality.
1. PARABLE: The younger son took the initiative to come back.
( verse 18).
REALITY:THE FATHER took the initiative to bring us all back.
2. PARABLE: The older son was in the field, when the reunion of father and the lost son happened. (verse 25).
REALITY: The only SON was on the cross, when we all got the right to call GOD as our FATHER!.
3. PARABLE: As the father received the younger son safe and sound, he killed the fatted calf.( verse 27).
REALITY: To receive us safe and sound, THE FATHER allowed the killing of THE UNBLEMISHED LAMB!
4. PARABLE: The older son felt unhappy to share the inheritance with his brother.(verse 30)
REALITY:THE SON, by HIS sacrificial death, made us all co-heirs with HIM! Not ashamed to call us HIS brothers!
5. PARABLE: The older son was not able to accept his brother coming near to his father.(verse 28).
REALITY: THE SON opened a new way, by HIS flesh, for all of us to come boldly to THE FATHER’s presence.
6. PARABLE: The older son was not willing to sacrifice even a calf (verse 30)
REALITY:THE SON poured out even HIS soul unto death voluntarily.
7. PARABLE: The older son was not interested to share his father’s house with his brother.(verse 28)
REALITY: THE SON, after HIS death and resurrection, started preparing a place for the adopted sons, us, in HIS FATHER’s mansion.
8. The older son argued with his father by explaining his brother’s failures in detail.( verse 30).
REALITY:THE SON is interceding for us, even now, by covering our transgressions by HIS blood.
Do you really know the meaning of The Cross and The Grace?
…..HOW SHALL WE ESCAPE IF WE NEGLECT
SO GREAT SALVATION?( HEBREWS 2 : 3 ).
Note: I didn’t give the Bible references for all the above REALITY points; Can you please spend little extra time in Scriptures to find the suitable references?
GENESIS 50 : 25, EXODUS 13 : 19 & HEBREWS 11 :22.
Joseph took an oath before his death from the Children of Israel.
“Carry up my bones from Egypt to Israel when GOD visits you”.
Think about the Egyptian culture; Royal Death means Royal Mummy!
A man who reversed the fortunes of Egypt deserved a Royal Mummy;
The Prime Minister, The CEO of Egyptian Food Distribution Services;
Number two in the Kingdom, The great administrator, tax reformer;
Son in law of the priest of On, the leader of the Goshen community;
He need not speak anything about his burial; The mummy reserved;
Even if not, he deserved it.
Reserved or Deserved, but he served the Living GOD;
Joseph knew his root and route!
Nearly 90 years in Egypt, knew everything about Egypt and its culture
but that culture did not touch his mind and heart;
His oath devalued the Egyptian culture; He was put in a coffin.
Even now people are fascinated about the mummies, but Joseph?
But, why Joseph didn’t wish to be buried, in Canaan, like his father?
The Word says, In Hebrews 11:22, by faith he commanded that!
What is the connection between his faith and his bones?
His bones reminded the Israelite, the promise of God,
The promise given to and through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,
The promise about the Promised Land;
In times of prosperity, when tempted to build empires, the bones
reminds the Israelite ‘This is not our place, God will surely visit us’.
In times of adversity, when tempted to give up, quit, the bones
refines them to endure ‘ Some more time, God will surely visit us’.
For more than three hundred years, the bones were in Egypt,
Silently warning and encouraging the children of God;
Comparing with the mummies, these bones were so small,
But they were smart, The smart bones!
When Moses led the Israelite out of Egypt, people carried the jewels
of their neighbors, but Moses, their leader took the bones with him!
Prosperity, authority, adversity, slavery, murder of the male children,
hatred, work pressure, confrontation with the king and the pass over,
The Israelite never ignored the oath or the bones!
The Israelite preserved the oath and the oath preserved them!
But be warned, the bones were just reminders and not an idol!
I am remembering another death; another command;
Yes, The Lord’s table, commanded just before JESUS death!
His flesh and blood; a tradition, an idol or the remembrance?
Adversity or prosperity, The Lord’s table silently reminding us,
The Lord’s promise ” Surely I am coming quickly”.
Planning to build mummies or depressed to quit and give up?
Remember, this is not our place, move towards the promised land!
MARANATHA!, Amen, even so come LORD JESUS!
FOR AS OFTEN AS YOU EAT THIS BREAD AND
DRINK THIS CUP,YOU PROCLAIM THE LORD’S
DEATH TILL HE COMES.(I CORINTHIANS 11:26)