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SHEPHERD’S SUPPLICATION

PSALM 69 : 6

LET NOT THOSE WHO WAIT FOR YOU,O LORD GOD
OF HOSTS, BE ASHAMED BECAUSE OF ME; LET NOT
THOSE WHO SEEK YOU BE CONFOUNDED BECAUSE
OF ME, O GOD OF ISRAEL.

A different kind of prayer, but a profound one!
It speaks about the responsibility of every shepherd!

Doing our work in such a way that the people who knew the
LORD will get the right counsel and guidance when they are
in their waiting period.

Is it necessary?

Yes, because most of the shepherds will get confused by
seeing the prolonged waiting period of some people and so,
under the assumption of helping them, will give suggestions
contrary to the WORD; Instead of comforting, counselling
and encouraging them to endure, we compromise the will
of GOD by giving alternate ways of deliverance to them!

Result?

They get temporary relief but, in the long run, the purpose of
their waiting period gets lost and their growth gets marred!

Dear shepherd,
Even though it is painful to see some of our dear members
suffering with no sign of deliverance, never give in to the
temptation of giving counsel by leaning on your feelings rather
than on the WORD!

Remember, by cutting short the waiting period of a caterpillar,
we actually short circuit its potential to fly as a butterfly in the
future!

Even if it is difficult, again and again fall back on the WORD!

Read and remember the above verse whenever your emotion
disturb your discernment!
Make it your prayer, whenever dealing with suffering people!

We want all our members to be prosperous but not in a
confounded way!
Yes,
Sanctified suffering is superior than compromised comfort!
Wait on HIM and wait for HIM!


I WAITED PATIENTLY FOR THE LORD;
AND HE INCLINED TO ME,  AND HEARD
MY CRY. (PSALM 40 : 1)

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ROYAL ROAD

PSALM 105 : 17

HE sent a man before them -Joseph- who was sold as a slave.
GOD sent Joseph to Egypt before other Israelites!

Wait a minute!
When did that happen?
Where is it in the Book of Genesis?

GOD sent Joseph?

Was it not Jacob who sent Joseph to Shechem?
-Is obedience to parents also GOD’s way of leading a person?

Was it not some unknown man who informed Joseph about his
brothers’ plan to go to Dothan thus by helping Joseph to go to
Dothan?
-Does GOD guide us through a stranger’s word also?

Was it not Joseph’s brothers who sold him to the Midianite
traders?
– Are a GOD-centered person’s enemies also controlled by
GOD in such a way that even their secret plans will help that
person to move only in the GOD- assigned direction?

Was it not the Midianite traders who sent Joseph as a slave to
Pothiphar’s house?
– Is having no rights for a time period also a proof that one is
travelling in the GOD-designed Royal Road?

Was it not the Potiphar’s wife who was instrumental in sending
Joseph to the prison ?
-Do injustice and silent nights also confirm that our journey is
in the right direction?

Was it not the king of Egypt who sent two of his servants to the
prison?
– Does the seemingly accidental meetings in a disciple’s life is
also the significant road signs planted by GOD?

Was it not the forgetfulness of the person who received favor
from Joseph the reason for his extended days of dark nights?
– Does the ‘last hope’ on a person becoming the ‘lost hope’
indicate that our times are in HIS hands?

Was it not the king of Egypt who sent and released Joseph?
– Is it true that the world will conspire to honor a life surrendered
to GOD in the right time?

GOD sent Joseph to Egypt!
But it took thirteen years to reach Egypt from Canaan!
Because when GOD deals with a person, HE will not just sent him
in the Royal Road but equips him also for his future assignment!
And above all, he didn’t just send Joseph!
But HE went with Joseph! (GENESIS 39 : 2 & 21)
Yes, HIS presence will be with us, whether we acknowledge or not,
whenever we travel in HIS Royal Road!

 

Weeping? Lost hope? No one to understand?
Almost gave up?; Betrayal after betrayal?
Rejection after rejection?
No one remembers?
Forget your own name in the valley of shadow of death?
Counting stars with open eyes and counting sheep with closed eyes?
Feeling as if the whole world is against you?

Hey! Wipe your tears! Don’t worry!
You are a Joseph for this generation!
Believe me, you are on the Royal Road!
GOD only sent you in the Road!
Not just sends you but HE also comes with you!

Look up and get up!
Again surrender your life to HIM!
And live one day at a time by trusting HIM!
Soon you will receive your position and promotion!


UNTIL THE TIME THAT HIS WORD CAME TO PASS, THE
WORD OF THE LORD TESTED HIM (PSALM 105 : 17)

ONE!…TWO!!…THREE!!!

LUKE 15

Three parables to illustrate repentance;
But have you noticed a subtle variation in the contents?

ONE: Luke 15 : 4 – 7. Lost sheep.
One in hundred;
How it got lost? – It does not matter!
Responsibility of searching lies with the owner;
He goes after it until he finds it.
Response of the sheep: It can not come back on its own
but can respond to the searching voice of the master!
Active response to the owner’s initiative!

TWO: Luke 15 : 8 – 10. Lost coin.
One in ten;
How it got lost? – It does not matter !
Responsibility of searching lies with the owner;
She seeks diligently until she finds it.
Response of the coin: It can not come back on its own
and it can not help, the owner in searching!.
Passive response to the owner’s initiative!

THREE: Luke 15 : 11 – 24.
One in two:
How he got lost? – Premeditated, willful rebellion!
Responsibility of searching becomes responsibility
of accepting provided the failed son takes the first
step of remembering the Father’s attributes and
returning back! Till that happens Father patiently waiting!
Response of the son: Accepting the unconditional acceptance!
Active response of the Father to the son’s initiative!

Dear friend, we all fail, we all fall; but we only know what
kind of failure we met;
In some cases, like the sheep, we have to wait for HIS voice
and respond;
In some other cases, like the coin, we can not move on our
own and we have to wait for HIS searching light and seeking
hands!
But in most of the cases, like the son, we have to remember
HIS love for us and HIS attributes and worth, and repent!

May GOD give you the discernment to know your state and
to respond in the right way in the right time!


I SAY TO YOU, THERE IS JOY IN THE
PRESENCE OF THE ANGELS OF GOD
OVER ONE SINNER WHO REPENTS.
( LUKE 15 : 10 )

GOLDEN APPLES

2 KINGS 5 : 2 & 3.

Naaman suffered from leprosy; His valor, name, fame
and victories lost their meanings because of the flesh
eating disease!
No way of escape! No hope of healing! No deliverance!

But that hopeless commander got the hope and then
the healing by a simple but strong suggestion given by
a young servant girl!

Think about the young girl!

Away from her home! Away from her motherland!
Brought to Naaman’s house as a captive; A servant!
But able to grasp the problem of her owner, able to
think about a possible solution and then having the
courage and compassion to share her view in a place
where she had every chance to complain and murmur!

But that right words at the right time changed not just
the outer man but also the inner man of Naaman!

2 KINGS 5 :13 & 14.

Naaman was so close to the healing; but his ego and
his lack of knowledge about GOD’s way of deliverance
almost hindered his deliverance. In his rage, he decided
to go back to his land without the healing.

But that angry commander got the healing by a simple
but strong suggestion given by some of his subordinates!

Think about the subordinates!

It is usual for any subordinate to say ‘yes’ to the remarks
of the chief!. In particular, when the chief feels that his
personal and national pride got damaged, it is almost
impossible to give any suggestion to the angry chief.

But that right words at the right time changed not just
the outer man but also the inner man of Naaman!

One more important thing happened as a consequence;
Think about the possible consequences if Naaman went
back to his land unhealed! His anger and wounded ego!;
Think about the future of that young girl in that case!

Yes, GOD protected that young girl in a foreign land by
the simple, last minute suggestion of the subordinates!

Oh, GOD’s silent ways of protecting HIS own!

Dear friend,
Everyday ask GOD’s wisdom to have the right word at
the right time!
Who knows how much your words are needed for the
broken warriors like Naaman!
Who knows how effective your words are in protecting
and blessing a young girl in some other remote part of
the world!
Speak with GOD given wisdom!


TIMELY ADVICE IS AS LOVELY AS GOLDEN APPLES
IN A SILVER BASKET. ( PROVERBS 25 : 11 )


 

BIAS – SCOPE

GENESIS 46 : 34

Every shepherd was an abomination to the ancient Egyptians!
Why? What was wrong in shepherding?
It was also one of the jobs; Why such a ‘bias’?

Like any other bias, no reason can be given;
But, have you noticed?

When Egypt faced crisis because of the seven year
famine, a shepherd, Joseph, became Egypt’s savior!

The abomination; The bias!
The administrator; The scope!

Nearly after 400 years, when Egypt was so powerful,
another shepherd, Moses, became Egypt’s nightmare!

The abomination: The bias!
The nightmare: The scope!

Dear friend, feeling low, humiliated, insulted, ignored,
cornered and sidelined because of any bias?
Color, caste, appearance, personality, nationality,
economic conditions, academic failures, professional
setbacks and family backgrounds are used as a snare
to build bias against you?
The world hates and hurts you, because of the bias?
Crying bitterly and silently, unknown to the world?

Remember, Joseph and Moses;
In the land where they were considered an abomination,
they proved that they were above the ‘ superiors’!

Their secret?
Their Lord!

Stop crying! Come out of the ‘ I am worthless’ shell!
Never accept the lies of the label makers!
Never allow the opinionated people to define your
potential and future!
The Creator of heavens and earth loved you,
called you, sanctified you, accepted you and
anointed you!
Let HIS WORD define your identity!
Reckon and remember your identity in Christ!
Respect your residential BOSS who is greater than
the one who is in the world!
Renew your mind by THE TRUTH!
Rest in HIS presence and regain the strength and
boldly claim ‘ I can do all things through CHRIST who
strengthens me!

Remember Joseph and Moses, who by HIS strength,
proved ‘ no weapon formed against us shall prosper’!

The GREAT SHEPHERD is your scope and hope;
Follow HIM and prove ” you are Highly favored”!
GOD BLESS YOU!


 

BUT YOU ARE A CHOSEN GENERATION,
A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION,
HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE, THAT YOU MAY
PROCLAIM THE PRAISES OF HIM WHO CALLED
YOU OUT OF DARKNESS INTO HIS MARVELOUS
LIGHT ( I PETER 2 : 9 )

FOE CAMP ANGELS

1. GENESIS 37 : 18 – 24. 

Joseph’s brothers planned to kill him. Away from home. Ten brothers against him. Death certain. No way of escape. 
But in the last moment, their plan to kill Joseph got modified
because of Reuben’s suggestion!
Reuben, a foe camp angel to Joseph!.. 

2. JOSHUA 2 : 1 – 7 .

The Israelite spies entered Jericho. Reached Rahab’s house. 
But the Jericho Intelligence Network was so sharp, they got 
the tip about their visit. The counter attack begins. 
The spies inside Rahab’s house; The soldiers outside!
No way of escape; death certain;
But Rahab of Jericho hid them and helped to escape!
Rahab, a foe camp angel to the spies!

3. Judges 7 : 10 – 16. 

Gideon, called by GOD, but not so courageous; Even after a 
heavy dose of divine encouragement, hesitates to attack the
enemy; Amalekites, Midianites and all the people of the east,
as numerous as locusts, surrounded Israelite camp;
No way of escape; death certain;
But one enemy soldier explaining his dream to another gives
enhanced courage to Gideon to thwart the enemies!
A soldier, a foe camp angel to Gideon!

4. I Samuel 20. 
Furious King Saul tried to kill David unsuccessfully so many 
times; Waiting for the New Moon dinner with a subtle plot 
to eliminate David; No way of escape; Death certain;
But, Saul’s own son Jonathan loved David so much, he 
helped David to escape from that place against his father’s scheme!. 
Jonathan, a foe camp angel to David! 

5. I Samuel 30 : 9 – 16. 

Ziklag; A place where David and his six hundred member
troop lost everything; Even the six hundred friends turned 
against him; David all alone; Not even having the needed information about the enemy; Two hundred of the six 
hundred stayed behind; loss; pain; loneliness; confusion!.
But, a sick servant, abandoned by the enemies, gives the 
vital information to David about the enemies. 
David recovered all, from that subtle Amalekites! 
A sick servant, a foe camp angel to David!

Dear friend, 
Worrying about your enemies?
So cunning like Joseph’s brothers?
So strong and sharp like the king of Jericho?
So numerous like the Amalekites and Midianites?
So ferocious like King Saul?
So swift and invisible like the Amalekites?

Remember the above said examples!
Your help comes from above!
Even from the foe camp, angels will come to help;
Fear not; Strengthen yourself in the LORD;
No weapon formed against you shall prosper! 

SHOW ME A SIGN FOR GOOD, THAT THOSE 
WHO HATE ME MAY SEE IT AND BE ASHAMED, 
BECAUSE YOU , LORD, HAVE HELPED ME AND 
COMFORTED ME. ( PSALM 86 : 17 ).

RESTRICTIONS AND REVELATIONS

REVELATION 1 ; 9 & 10

Apostle John was exiled to the Patmos island;
Because of his preaching about JESUS;
OUTCOME: The Book of Revelation.
EZEKIEL 1 : 1 & 2.
Ezekiel was in exile beside the Kebar river in Babylon;
Because of the unfaithfulness of Israel;
OUTCOME: The Book of Ezekiel.
GENESIS 41 : 15 & 16.
Joseph in Egyptian prison;
Because of his own brothers, his boss’ wife and a thankless servant;
OUTCOME : Joseph becoming the Prime Minister of Egypt, because
of the gift of revelation.
DANIEL 2 : 47.
Daniel in Babylon; in compulsory administrative service;
Because of the unfaithfulness of Israel and his royal birth;
OUTCOME : Daniel becoming the chief administrator of Babylon;
because of the gift of revelation. 
EXODUS 3 : 10.
Moses in Midian; working as a shepherd in his father-in-law’s firm;
Because of his own foolishness and misconceptions;
OUTCOME : Moses becoming the leader to bring Israel back from Egypt;
because of the revelation near the burning bush. 

Jacob in his father-in-law’s house, Paul in the Arabian desert, 
David in the caves, John the Baptist in the wilderness, the list goes on; 

Have you noticed? All these people are in some other country, with so many restrictions and limitations; solitude and frustrations; 
not having any one to listen and understand them;
not having any sign to accomplish their vision;
in a crowd, but all alone, but alone with GOD!
OUTCOME: Revelations! Revelations!

Don’t make a doctrine out of it; don’t apply for visa to some other country
to get revelation; Already many preachers are doing it; not to get some
more revelation, but to get reputation and remuneration!

But, if you are in a exile, chain, prison, solitude because of sudden change of events; need not be in a different country, in your own place;
in a crowd, but all alone; frustrated; lost strength even to cry;
in the valley of death and separation; dark nights of soul;
may be because of your own foolishness or others’ injustice;
fruitless past; meaningless present; hopeless future;
not even remembering your own name in the cruel world;
waiting for the night in the day; for the day in the night;

Dear friend, 
I may not understand the depth of your pain; 
But, one thing I know; yes,
You are in a good company, very very good company!
The selected special task force of THE ALMIGHTY!
Hide in the tabernacle, but sharpened by THE MYSTERIOUS HAND!
To thwart the power and purposes of the enemy!
Yes, don’t underestimate your potential!
The HOPE of GLORY is in you!
Kindly avoid grieving HIM!
Few more years, may be few more months;
The history is waiting for your arrival;
Get ready!

YOU WILL BE A NEW THRESHING INSTRUMENT
WITH MANY SHARP TEETH; YOU WILL TEAR
ALL YOUR ENEMIES APART, MAKING CHAFF
OF MOUNTAINS. (ISAIAH 41 : 15 )

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