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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 ).

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 ).

TRIP AND TRAP

GENESIS 34

Jacob’s family: 12 sons and only one daughter!
Dinah!
So special!
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?

Dear friend,
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 )

WHERE ARE THE FATHERS?

MARK 5 : 35 – 42

‘Your daughter is dead, why trouble the teacher any further?’
The father received the shocking news.
This means that even though he prayed, after the prayer, things
went in the negative direction; when he approached JESUS
at least the girl was alive but even before he reached his house
with JESUS, his prayer got the negative response!

Is it possible to listen to JESUS when things go in the negative
direction after prayer?

But this father not just listened but also responded to JESUS’
encouraging words ‘Fear not; only believe’.

When they reached his house, they saw the flute players and
the noisy crowd wailing!
Was it not a confirmation against the father’s desire?
See, here the father is praying in faith to see his daughter alive;
on the other side his own well wishers arranged the flute players
which means that this is the time to bury her!

One father’s faith to see his daughter alive versus a big crowd’s
proclamation that this is the end!

Even when JESUS declared that the girl was not dead, the crowd
laughed HIM to scorn!
The whole atmosphere was against the father’s faith!

But the unbelieving crowd was put outside(Matthew 9 : 25), and
then JESUS went in and the father’s faith got its reward!
Miracle! Answer to prayer!. Just one man’s faith!

Dear friends,
Where are the fathers who pray in faith to revive their children?
Where are the fathers who believe stubbornly that their children
will be alive for CHRIST, even if his well wishers are giving
negative report about their children?
Where are the fathers who are steadfast in their prayers even if
things go from bad to worse after prayer?
Where are the fathers who are willing to stand alone with CHRIST in
their knees even if they hear the flute players’ unbelieving wailing?
Where are the fathers who are ready to put the unbelieving crowd
aside, put aside anything and everything which are against faith?
Where are the fathers who will get satisfaction only when they see
their children spiritually alive, born again?

Yes, if you need revival tomorrow, fight for your children today!

ARISE, CRY OUT IN THE NIGHT, AT THE BEGINNING
OF WATCHES; POUR OUT YOUR HEART LIKE WATER
BEFORE THE FACE OF THE LORD. LIFT YOUR HANDS
TOWARD HIM FOR THE LIFE OF YOUR YOUNG CHILDREN,
WHO FAINT FROM HUNGER AT THE HEAD OF EVERY
STREET. ( LAMENTATIONS 2 : 19 )

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

HELLO, Mrs POTIPHAR – PART 5

GENESIS 32 & 35.

Hello, Mrs Potiphar,

Yesterday I invited you to have a GOD-centered life;
You might be wondering how a slave got the concepts
like vision and purpose.
Even though I became a slave when I was just seventeen,
well before that I received the most important truths from
my father.
Yes, my father Jacob was my first mentor!
Many people considered my father Jacob as the deceiver
but I know that he was not a deceiver but the deceived!

First, his own mother pushed him in to a situation in which
he was forced to cheat his own father;
Then he was forced by his own uncle to work for seven
years to marry my mother; but was deceived by his own
uncle on the very first night of his marriage;
Again he was manipulated to work for seven more years;
yes, his love for my mother put him in a trap and he worked
for 14 years, just like a slave!. Have you ever seen or heard
of a man who became like a slave, for 14 years, for the sake
of a girl whom he loved?
But the world labeled him as a deceiver!

Why I have to write to you about my father?

You should know that my encounter with TRUTH didn’t
happen in any elite academy but in the school called family,
by closely observing my father;
Yes, as you know, I was with my father only for seventeen
years, but in those seventeen years, he was able to impact
and influence my life;

I saw him struggling with his GOD all alone, observed the way
he surrendered his life to GOD at Peniel, wondered about his changed walk after that encounter, shocked and surprised by
the way he handled the sudden demise of his beloved wife
Rachael at Bethlehem just after he worshiped GOD at Bethel
and his respect for his father even at his old age.

Even though his personal life was filled with fearful wanderings,
deceptions and series of sufferings, his faith in GOD blossomed
in a beautiful way;
He became my example and my mentor!

What he learned about GOD in a hard way, I learned from
him even before I crossed seventeen!
He didn’t wait for the right opportunity, like most people, to
teach the most important TRUTH; Just by allowing me to stay
close to him, he accomplished that.
My efficiency and effectiveness, values and vision, courage
and commitment all are because of the first seventeen years
of my life!

Again I ask, why I have to write to you about my father?

Because, you are yet to understand the real meaning of the
beautiful word ‘family’.
Wherever the meaning of the word ‘family’ is diluted, chaos
and corruption enters and consequently compromise and
sins of flesh reigns in that culture.

Give importance to family.

Rest in next.
Thanking you,
yours truly,
JOSEPH( S/o I. JACOB )


BUT HIS BOW REMAINED STRONG, AND
HIS ARMS WERE STRENGTHENED BY THE
MIGHTY ONE OF JACOB, THE SHEPHERD,
THE ROCK OF ISRAEL. ( GENESIS 49: 24).

BETTER HALF; BITTER HALF

1. GENESIS 6 : 18

Before destruction, GOD instructed Noah to bring Noah’s
better half, Noah’s three sons and their better halves in to
the ark;
We don’t know how he taught them and convinced them,
but they all obeyed and went in to the ark. Got saved!

For Noah and his sons, the better halves remained better halves!

2. GENESIS 19 : 12 – 26
Before destruction, GOD instructed Lot to take Lot’s better half,
Lot’s two daughters and their better halves out of that place;
We know how his son- in-laws mocked him and how his wife
looked back. Lot lost half of his family!

For Lot and his daughters, the better halves became bitter halves!

Noah and Lot received almost similar instructions but Lot’s
influence was not so strong as that of Noah!
Is it a wonder? The spiritual influence will always be proportional
to the scriptural commitment!

Got saved? Praise the LORD!.
But remember, your first assignment is winning your family!

Humble yourself; pray; plan; sacrifice; endure;fight and protect!
And above all, check your commitment!
Yes, make winning your family your topmost priority!


DO NOT BE AFRAID OF THEM. REMEMBER
THE LORD, GREAT AND AWESOME, AND
FIGHT FOR YOUR BRETHREN, YOUR SONS,
YOUR DAUGHTERS, YOUR WIVES, AND
YOUR HOUSES. ( NEHEMIAH 4 : 14 )

STATICS & DYNAMICS

II KINGS 4 : 8 – 36

In the town of Shunem;
A wealthy woman recognized Elisha as a man of GOD and
hence provided food to eat and an upper room to rest to
Elisha!.
Nobody asked her to do that: Voluntarily and willingly, she
ministered to the prophet!

Not just voluntarily and willingly, but even when she was
barren; No child and her husband was also aged!
She served GOD with a heart of contentment!
She didn’t even reveal her problem to the prophet!
Even when the prophet wished to do some favor to
her, she didn’t exploit that situation!
Not wealthy just in the materialistic sense!

Silent sufferings but splendid servings!

No wonder GOD blessed her in a miraculous way!

But, within a few years, crisis entered her life;
The son, she got by the miracle, died!
The time to let go?
No, watch how she responded?
The silent, submissive and humble woman suddenly
became a fierce warrior!

She put her son’s body in the upper room, informs
her travel plan to her husband but not spreading the
information of her son’s death, travels from Shunem
to Mount carmel , meets the prophet and cries!

Even when Elisha sends his servant with Elisha’s staff,
she is not willing to accept that but convincing and
compelling Elisha to come to her house!
She is not willing to give up; not ready to accept any
alternate suggestions; not willing to quit;
She knows what she wants and fights to finish!

In the first part, she was so passive, not even expecting
any thing for her faithful service, humbly serving Elisha,
with the divine perspective of honoring a servant of GOD!

In the second part, she becomes so dynamic, plan and
pursue her goal of getting her son back, travelling so
much distance cries, begs, fights, struggles, convinces
and conquers, all alone!

What she received by a Promise, she was not allowing
to loose by her passive submission!

Dear friend,
How many times we accept and embrace failures and
setbacks foolishly and passively, instead of fiercely and
diligently fight back to reclaim them?
How many areas in our lives were surrendered to our
enemy as we are not dynamic?
How many things, what we received by His promise and
His grace, were ignored and lost?

In particular, how many marriages, covenants made in
HIS presence, were allowed to die just because of our
unconditional passive attitude?
Fight back, honor the marriage vow, don’t accept the
foolish and hopeless verdict the world and your mind utter!
Revive it! Reclaim it! Be dynamic!

Finally, dear servant of GOD, how many of us passively
allowed our original vision to die and somehow managing
some kind of work just to show that we serve HIM?
The Shunamite woman was not willing to give up what
she received by the divine intervention but fought back;
Was it not worth?

Don’t give up; Be dynamic; Be alert; Be a warrior!

There is a time to stand still,
but there also is a time to fight!

Fight for your family; Fight for your vision!
You will surely testify ‘it is so sweet and worth’!.


YOU WILL TRAMPLE DOWN LIONS AND
POISONOUS SNAKES; YOU WILL CRUSH
FIERCE LIONS AND SERPENTS UNDER
YOUR FEET! ( PSALM 91 : 13 )

SQUARE MEAL

I KINGS 17 : 12.

The Zarephath widow was gathering a couple of sticks; For what?. To prepare the last meal; But, if it is the last meal, why bother to cook? You believed that this is the end, then whether you are  eating that last meal or not does not matter; No husband; No one to understand and support; No hope; Little oil; handful of flour; Going and gathering a couple of sticks, is it worth? Why work, after having a glimpse about the end? Why gather a couple of sticks for your last meal?

Dear friend, in GOD’s mysterious plan to bless that widow,  you know, that last step of that widow becomes crucial. Meeting Elijah, his request for water, her willingness to give,  his request for bread, her painful, hopeless explanation, the servant of GOD’s promise, the miracle in her house, she and her household having a SQUARE MEAL regularly,  every thing hinges on her attitude to fight till the end;

Yes, willing to gather a couple of sticks, even if it is the last meal; not giving up even if no sign of sunshine, not quitting even if no one to encourage, being faithful even if compromises lure, that is the key to unlock a prosperous future!

Have you noticed an interesting thing? When GOD instructed Elijah to go to Zarephath,  He said ‘He commanded that widow ‘! But read that story, you won’t find any hint about that; What do you mean? The command ‘not to give up till the end’  is an inbuilt command given by THE CREATOR!. Common to all, including you! Need a miracle? Need a blessing? Go and gather a couple of sticks, even if it is the last meal; Be faithful in your workplace, even if it is your last day; Pray earnestly, even if the deadline is visible; Fight for your family, even if the hope of unity gone; Search sincerely, even if darkness engulfs your mind;

Don’t give up; Fight till the end; Run the extra mile; We all have an inbuilt resource center to do that; Pray; Trust; Wait; Endure; You are special; Divinely appointed to supply ‘ a square meal’ not just to your household but even  to Elijah’s!

Get up! Dress up! Show up!  You are going to meet ‘A miracle’!

BEHOLD, I AM THE LORD, THE GOD OF ALL FLESH,  IS THERE ANYTHING TOO HARD FOR ME? ( JEREMIAH 32 : 27).

WONDROUS WOMAN – Part 1

RUTH 1: 4 – 18.

Time of Judges: Israel going away from GOD; Slavery; Short – lived
revivals; Backsliding; Suffering; Crying; GOD sent saviors.

Elimelech, his wife Naomi and sons Mahlon and Chilion went from Bethlehem to Moab, because of famine in Israel. Elimelech died.
Now enters Orpah and Ruth, Moabite woman in to Naomi’s life;

SAME BEGINNING: Ruth and Orpah are from Moab, the land of Lot.

SAME BLESSING: Ruth and Orpah becoming Israelite women because of their marriages.

SAME CRISIS: Ruth and Orpah lost their husbands after ten years.

SAME INITIAL RESPONSE: Ruth and Orpah decided to accompany Naomi 
to Bethlehem.

SAME FIRST HINDRANCE: Ruth and Orpah received counsel from Naomi 
to stay at Moab and not to accompany her to Bethlehem.

SAME SECOND RESPONSE: Ruth and Orpah lifted their voices and wept.
Rejected Naomi’s counsel.

SAME SECOND HINDRANCE: Ruth and Orpah received detailed explanation 
from Naomi about their position and future. 

The synonyms becoming antonyms; different directions;
Orpah gave up. Kissed Naomi and left.
But Ruth clung to Naomi. 

UNIQUE TEMPTATION: Ruth again got a counsel from Naomi, to go back to 
Moab, strengthening her logic with Orpah as the example!

UNIQUE DETERMINATION: Your people are my people; Your GOD, my GOD:

You know the story; The consequence; Her marriage with Boaz;
Becoming the great grand mother of King David (Ruth 4: 16 – 22).
Crossing the Old testament and entering the New Testament and getting a place in the list, the genealogy of JESUS CHRIST(Matthew 1: 5).

Where is Orpah? You know, that is not important at all.
So many similarities, but one difference, one choice, only once;
Oh, the power of wise choice; the fruit of perseverance; the influence 
and impact of one surrendered life; Who can measure it?

But if you think it is the end, you will miss out the pivotal truth;
Ruth is from Moab; the land of Lot;
Remember Lot’s wife? Remember Lot’s daughters? 
Read their failures in the Book of Genesis; wondrous woman possible in these types of family trees? 
Yes, Ruth is coming from that type of sin stained, blessings lost, forsaken and forgotten generation of Lot;
Boaz marrying Ruth is actually a sign of GOD’s overflowing grace;
Boaz, from the family of Abraham, from the Promise generation marrying
Ruth, from the family of Lot, the perverse generation;
GOD’s love engulfing even the gentiles, if they permit!
Amazing Grace!

Dear friend,
worrying about your family background? Your fathers and forefathers way 
of rebellious living? feeling worthless because of your caste and past?
Ashamed of your failures and lost opportunities?
Cheer up; Remember Ruth; One girl’s determination to live for GOD;
One girl’s desire to please the Lord against all the odds, even when 
there is no example, no companion;
A wondrous woman!

Don’t give up; Who knows? You may be the Ruth of this generation!

I THOUGHT ABOUT MY WAYS, AND TURNED MY
FEET TO YOUR TESTIMONIES( PSALM 119 : 59 )

SEX AND THE PITY – Part 2

II SAMUEL 11 : 14 – 17. 

Uriah the Hittite, not even an Israelite, but committed;
Committed to the king; committed to the Lord and His Ark;
Willing to sleep even in front of the king’s house;
Away from the battlefield physically, but not mentally;
Trustworthy, even to the extent of carrying his own death warrant;
In sense or not, keeping his work as his priority;

Surely deserve the king’s favor;
In the annual appraisal, a place of prominence ensured;

But this pitiable poor Uriah was subtly sidelined;
Silently silenced; craftily crushed; exceptionally eliminated;
The reason?
The same old abominable story – illicit sex.
The mastermind?
David, a man after God’s own heart!

Surely David didn’t expect that; Just a day’s affair;
Casual sex, few hours of live in relationship;
An afternoon of flirting and dating!
But read the Bible or even the newspaper, you will know,
The casual sex always ends as casualty sex!

But, how it started? 
Just a walk, just a look, just like that;
Ugly manipulation; Obsessiveness; Undue favors;
Cold blooded murder; Indecent proposal; inert marriage;

David understood so many mysteries but not the simple chemistry;
The chemistry of explosive and dangerous combination of
The private parts of a female’s body and
The detonating darts of a male’s eyes!
The catalyst of cancerous chain reactions!

The consequence, a series of murders starting with Uriah; 
In front of helpless David’s eyes, murder after murder;

Dear Ladies, that is why the way you dress becomes crucial;
Follow the fashion, but swallow the urge to expose a little extra;
Who knows, how many Uriahs are endangered by your expose?

Dear Gentlemen, that is why the way you see becomes crucial;
Even Job (31:1) made a covenant with his eyes!
Watch what you are watching; The sites and sights you crave for
Will ignite the virtual studio of the secret chambers of your mind
And in an opportune time will write the tragic screenplay of your life;
Who knows, how many Bathshebhas are entangled by your sight?

Poor David; Poor Bathsheba; Poor poor Uriah;
Few minutes of forbidden pleasure turned their life upside down;
Be warned; Just a walk; Just a talk; texting and sexting;
Mindless chatters and life shatters!

Married? Don’t push your life partner to an emotional coma by
your animal instincts with ‘I deserve something extra’ attitude!

Yet to get married? Don’t long for a live-in, one night fantasies;
Prepare yourself and wait in prayer for your life partner!
Remember, Live-In partner means you and that person;
But Life partner means GOD, you and that person;

Remember poor David; Remember poor Uriah;

Please cut, come back, repent and honor the marriage vows!

THE LORD HAS BEEN WITNESS BETWEEN YOU 
AND THE WIFE OF YOUR YOUTH. …….. ……..
LET NONE DEALT TREACHEROUSLY WITH THE
WIFE OF HIS YOUTH. ( MALACHI 2 : 14 & 15 ).

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