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THE FIRST MISSIONARY

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
from Mary!
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!
Reason?
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
that place!
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!
Dear friend,
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 )

ACCEPTING THE ACCEPTANCE

2 SAMUEL 9

Mephiboseth!
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 )

KNOWLEDGE BARRIERS

MARK 6 : 1 – 6
JESUS preached in His hometown; The message was full of wisdom and power but the people refused to believe in him!
The knowledge about JESUS and His family became a stumbling block for the people to believe him even though they witnessed the wisdom and power of GOD!
Result: JESUS couldn’t do any miracle there!
Dear friend, Knowing JESUS and knowing about JESUS are not the same; Most of us know so many things and details about JESUS but try to live our life without knowing JESUS!.
Because of this knowledge, most of the times we ignore HIS visitations and waste the opportunity to know him more.
Some of us, after a time of closed walk with JESUS, will reach an imaginary saturation stage and after that dissect the WORD as if It
is a corpse in the hands of a medical student preparing the death analysis!
Remember, the WORD of GOD is living!
Don’t handle it like handling a corpse! Pray before, during and after reading the WORD!
When ever you read the WORD, humble yourself and ask for the illumination of the HOLY SPIRIT!
Remember, the people of Nazareth were able to see the power and wisdom of the WORD and even got astonished but that didn’t help them to receive HIM or HIS miracles!
We are reading the WORD not to convince others about our wisdom but to get convicted of our own foolishness!
Allow the WORD of GOD to read you, study you, dissect you and analyse you so that JESUS, the WORD, can do many miracles to and through you! That is the path of blessing!


FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS FULL OF LIVING
POWER. IT IS SHARPER THAN THE SHARPEST
KNIFE, CUTTING DEEP INTO OUR INNERMOST
THOUGHTS AND DESIRES. IT EXPOSES US FOR
WHAT WE REALLY ARE. ( HEBREWS 4 : 12 )

PESSIMIST & OPTIMIST

MARK 5 : 25 – 34

PESSIMIST: You are having this problem for the last twelve
years. You met so many doctors, spent so much money but
no deliverance; you have no hope; learn to live with this problem!
( MARK 5 : 25, 26 )

OPTIMIST : But I heard about JESUS; Even in my own place, I
heard about the deliverance a man, possessed by legion, got.
I trust HIM!

PESSIMIST : Even if you trust HIM, you won’t have the opportunity
to meet HIM!

OPTIMIST : Yes, but the LORD is close to all who call on HIM, to
all who call on HIM sincerely.( PSALM 145 : 18 )
HE will create an opportunity for my sake!

PESSIMIST : Even if HE is close to you, HIS focus is not you, but
the daughter of Jairus ( MARK 5 : 22 ) . HE won’t stop for you!

OPTIMIST : HE need not stop for me; HE need not touch me; I
will use the opportunity and some how I will touch HIM!

PESSIMIST : You see, how many are behind HIM; It is a big crowd;
But you are so weak because of your problem; How are you going
to touch HIM? It is not possible.

OPTIMIST : Yes, but because of the crowd, HE can’t move fast; SO I
will get more time to go close to HIM; With all my mind, with all my
strength, with all my heart I will persevere. At least HIS dress I will touch!

PESSIMIST : Dress? Do you have any scriptural reference to believe
that by touching a dress you can get healed?

OPTIMIST : I am not trusting the method but the PERSON and HIS
presence; HE can. that much I know and that is enough!

PESSIMIST : Suppose some one in the crowd knows about your
problem, what they will think ? you know, when you are having this
kind of problem, you should not come near other people?

OPTIMIST : when I started my faith walk towards HIM, the first thing
I learned is not to worry about ‘ what others will think?’.
Let them worry about their problems and their master!
Further, I am not following the crowd but JESUS.

PESSIMIST : You see how many are touching HIM and HIS dress;
nothing is happening; why waste time? Go back!

OPTIMIST : Can you please move and give me space to touch
HIS dress? I believe ‘ If I can touch HIS clothing, I will be healed’.
This is my faith; I don’t know about others!

She touched the fringe of HIS robe, and the healing power had
gone out from HIM and she got healed!


YOUR FAITH HAS MADE YOU WELL. GO IN PEACE.
YOU HAVE BEEN HEALED, ( MARK 5 : 34 ).

CHAINS AND CORDS

1 . JUDE  6
Angels; created by GOD; some of them sinned;
crossed their boundary; rebelled.
Follow up action?
GOD has reserved them in everlasting chains under
darkness for the judgment of the great day!.
Sinned angels chained.

2. HOSEA 11 : 4
Human beings; created by GOD; all have sinned;
fallen short of the glory of GOD; rebelled.
Follow up action?
GOD sent HIS own SON to the CROSS as their
substitute and drew them with gentle cords, with
bands of love towards HIM.
Sinned humans can get cleansed; cords; bands of love.

To sinned angels, everlasting chains; no second chance!
To the sinners, cords of love; how many chances!

Why ? In what way we are, special, better than angels?
In fact, we are little lower than the angels.(Psalm 8 : 5)
But, HE does not give aid to angels; HE does give aid to
the seed of Abraham.(HEBREWS 2 : 16 ).

Why? No one can explain!
One thing is sure; we all found favor in HIS sight!
If it can be explained, it won’t be a favor;
But, we can thank HIM; Are we doing that?


WHAT SHALL I RENDER TO THE LORD
FOR ALL HIS BENEFITS TOWARD ME?
I WILL TAKE UP THE CUP OF SALVATION,
AND CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD.
( PSALM 116 : 12 & 13 )

CROSSROADS

MARK 15 : 21

Simon of Cyrene; a passer by.
Cyrene was a Greek colonial city in north Africa;
When did Simon come to Jerusalem?
Why did he come to Jerusalem?
To attend the temple festival?
Or to meet some of his kith and kin?
Or was it a business trip?
Nobody knows, but this trip was unusual!
Simon, just a passer by, happened to cross the
way of the Cross;
The Savior’s path and Simon’s path met!
The crossroad experience!

But, what happened after that meeting was unbearable,
at least from Simon’s point of view!
The soldiers compelled him to bear JESUS’ cross.

When there were so many disciples and followers,
when there were so many friends and relatives,
why poor Simon was compelled to bear the cross?

How Simon felt?
Whether he cursed the authorities for that extra-load?
Whether he cursed himself for choosing that path?
Whether he grudged to bear another Man’s cross?
Whether he felt irritated because of the forced changes
of his plan and his schedule?
Whether he cried silently ‘Injustice’ and murmured within
himself ‘why me?’
It was injustice, unnecessary burden, unwanted disturbance
to his schedule and unexpected public exposure!
But he had no other option than to obey!
We don’t know anything about his response, but one thing
is clear; the soldiers were forced to compel him!

But after two thousand years when we read that we wonder
about the unique opportunity given to Simon!
To give comfort to JESUS at least for few minutes,
To carry the cross of the Eternal importance,
To walk so close to the suffering Savior,
To understand the real meaning of Substitute,
To smell the sweat and see the blood of the Lamb,
only one person in the world history got the opportunity!

Yes, what could be considered as an act of injustice by the
authorities, two thousand years ago, will be considered now
as a great and unique opportunity!

Not just this cross and this burden, but any burden or cross
about which we murmur and cry will one day be considered
by us as an unique opportunity, provided we know JESUS!

The injustice, the unique cross, the unbearable burden, the
unanswered questions, the stress and the strain, tired eyes,
and the closed doors may force you to shout ‘why me?’.

But, if you have surrendered your life to HIM, without whose
permission even your hairs won’t fall, surely, one day you
will look back and praise HIM for that valley of shadow of
death!

Given sufficient time, every cross, permitted by Him in your
life, will become your unique crown!

Tell me honestly, suppose if a chance is given to you to
replace Simon at the crossroad, will you not embrace it
wholeheartedly?
But that was assigned to Simon;
So you embrace your cross!
Why fears and tears? HE is so near!
Walk close to HIM; Bear your cross;
You know, you are the only one, in the whole world,
who can carry that cross with a grateful heart!
Yes, you are so special!
Come, let us walk with HIM, carrying the God assigned cross!


IT IS GOOD FOR A MAN TO BEAR THE YOKE
IN HIS YOUTH ( LAMENTATIONS 3 : 27 )

BOGUS FOCUS

II CHRONICLES 24 : 2

Joash was just seven years old when he became king;
When all his brothers were murdered by Athaliah, the
priest Jehoida and his wife stole Joash away, hid him
for six years in the House of the LORD and in the seventh
year Jehoida anointed him as the king of Judah!

Think about Joash’s childhood; Six years in the House of
the Lord; protected by the priest’s family; even when Joash
became king, the influence and instructions of Jehoida were
guiding Joash. No one can have such a spiritual start!

Remember, Jehoida was not just an ordinary priest, but a
priest with a holy zeal for the LORD: He was instrumental
in the fall of devilish Athaliah, in the destruction of temple
of Baal, in restoration of LORD’s house ceremonies and
in the renewal and revival of faith and worship;

Jehoida’s mentoring influence on Joash was so strong that
even Joash became so determined to repair and restore
the LORD’s house.

But Jehoida’s death revealed the true nature of Joash;
All these years of pious walk of Joash had an abrupt end;
He started worshiping idols, ignored LORD’s house and
commands and failed to listen to GOD’s prophets!

Reason: His focus was always on Jehoida and not on
Jehoida’s GOD; so many years of spiritual atmosphere
had no impact in his heart; his scriptural obedience and
spiritual zeal were not from his heart but just because of
his mentor and the priest, Jehoida!

In fact, when crisis came to his kingdom from Syria, he
went to the extreme of giving the treasures of the temple,
which he so zealously restored, to Syrians to please them.
Further, he even killed the priest Zechariah, son of his own
mentor Jehoida, in the House of the LORD, where Joash
spent so many years as a child!

How could a person, who had all kinds of spiritual inputs,
witnessed revival, had zeal for the house of the LORD and
mentored by such a priest, go away from the LORD?

The Bogus Focus!

Dear friend,
Is your zeal for the church, ministry and revival genuine?
Is it because of your focus on ‘THE LORD’?
Or is it because of your attachment to and admiration of
some preacher or group or organisation?

Good to have a focused life but better to check your focus
thoroughly and regularly!


….. LET US RUN WITH ENDURANCE THE RACE THAT IS
SET BEFORE US , LOOKING UNTO JESUS, THE AUTHOR
AND FINISHER OF OUR FAITH, …. (HEBREWS 12:1 & 2)

DREAM TEAM

MARK 2 : 5

JESUS saw their faith and healed the paralytic brought by
them. Is it not strange?
The paralytic got forgiveness and healing because of a team!
Who are they? Their name or native place?
Their relationship with the paralytic?
Who took the initiative and lead?
When obstacles came who encouraged them to ‘press on’?
Who gave the idea of uncovering the roof?
Was it not difficult to carry the paralytic to the rooftop?
How did they manage to remove tiles without disturbing
the meeting?
Did they know that JESUS knew about their faith?

So many unanswered questions, but about the team
we know some things;
1. They had a burden for the healing of that paralytic.
2. They got the information about ‘the move of GOD’.
3. They had unwavering faith on JESUS.
4. They were sharp enough to use the opportunity.
5. They were ready to carry the extra burden because
of their vision.
6. The closed paths were not strong enough to disturb
their unity and their faith.
7. They considered the closed paths as the reminders
to them to look up.
8. They knew that ‘out of the box thinking’ is also a tool
in the ‘inbox of faith’.
9. They knew how to balance their vision and themselves
even on the rooftop.
10.They were careful enough to carry the vision up to
their upper bound and then wise enough to let it
down at JESUS’ feet.

Don’t search the textbooks to know the definition of
” DREAM TEAM “.
Just observe these four men; their faith and perseverance!

See how GOD honored their faith!
Their vision: healing for one man;
GOD’s plan : forgiving and healing that person and using this situation to teach the most important truth to the mankind
‘THE SON OF MAN HAS POWER ON EARTH TO FORGIVE SINS’.

Dear friend, the Church history may have well known heroes
again and again but the unknown DREAM TEAMs are actually
keeping the flame burning and the light signing vibrantly by
their dedication, devotion, diligence and determination!

Do you think your vision, of bringing only one paralytic close
to JESUS, is not worth?
Do you compare your team and your vision with that of the
‘spiritual superstars’?
Remember, JESUS saw their faith!
JESUS knows your strength, desire, vision and faith.
Cheer up, He knows how to make it big!

RESPECT YOUR VISION!
RESPECT YOUR TEAM!
THE REST WILL BE HIS STORY AND HISTORY!


FOR AS WE HAVE MANY MEMBERS IN ONE BODY, BUT ALL
THE MEMBERS DO NOT HAVE THE SAME FUNCTION,SO WE,
BEING MANY, ARE ONE BODY IN CHRIST, AND INDIVIDUALLY MEMBERS OF ONE ANOTHER. (ROMANS 12 : 3 & 4 )

LOVE FEAST

JOHN 21 : 4 – 14

After resurrection!

The disciples tried their best throughout the night, but
were not able to get any fish.
Waste of time and energy! Worthless effort!
Physical, mental and emotional tiredness!
So tired, not even able to recognize their Master!

JESUS called them FRIENDS!

But, even when they were not asking, the guidance came
from our LORD!
As usual, obedience to the LORD’s guidance brought the
most needed outcome!
They recognized the LORD!

Have you noticed?
Even before they reached the shore, the breakfast was
ready on the shore!

They saw charcoal fire and frying fish over it!
Bread and freshly fried fish!
From where they came?
Surely the fish was not from their net!
What kind of food was that?
Planned and prepared by our Gracious Lord!

Resurrected Jesus prepared a break fast for HIS friends;
To give satisfaction to HIS dear ones, he himself taking
the initiative;
Whenever our human effort drains and saps our energy,
when doubts and uncertainty assails us in all directions,
the Resurrected LORD, willingly and graciously, takes the
initiative to refresh and restore us!

Dear friend,
Don’t think of any refreshment away from HIM!
Learn to relax and rest in HIS presence!

But, at that same time, He did not ignore their
effort, their work, their obedience!

Even though miraculous breakfast, with bread and fish,
was ready, our friend JESUS asked them to bring some
of the fishes they caught!
What they ate?
What they caught or what HE brought?
In a love feast, when friends are eating together,
is it important to know that?

What a lovely friend we have in JESUS!

Their break fast was a love feast of human effort
mingled with HIS divine touch!

Do you think, JESUS can not accomplish HIS mission
with out human intervention?
HE can, but HE will not! Because HE is your FRIEND
Or do you think your effort is not going to make any
impact in the world?
It will, if He is your friend!

Dear friend,
As HE guides you, work, take effort and spend yourselves!
But, always remember, if it is not served with what HE brings,
it will not give you or others the needed satisfaction!

Yes, when your effort based on GOD’s guidance and the
DIVINE touch mingles together, what you have and what
you serve will be of heavenly impact!

Work with HIM and lean on HIM!

Is the RESURRECTED LORD your FRIEND?


 

I NO LONGER CALL YOU SERVANTS, BECAUSE A
MASTER DOES NOT CONFIDE IN HIS SERVANTS.
NOW YOU ARE MY FRIENDS, SINCE I HAVE TOLD
YOU EVERYTHING THE FATHER TOLD ME (JOHN 15: 15)

HIDE AND SEEK

II KINGS 6 : 24 & 25, 7 : 6 – 16

Israel besieged by King Ben Hadad of Aram;
Result: great famine in the city; Even the donkey’s
head and dove’s dung became a luxury!
The pride, power, potential and prudence of the king
of Israel were not of any use against the enemy!

Day of mourning and fasting!
No hope of deliverance!
Doom and despair!
Destruction and Death at the doorstep!

The land was besieged by the enemy, but the hearts
were besieged by the fear about the enemy!

But, GOD had caused the whole army of the enemy
to hear the clatter of speeding chariots and the
galloping of horses and the sounds of a great army
approaching! Assumptions and confusions; Chaos!
Consequently, the enemy ran away from there!

Yes, GOD overthrown the enemies in HIS own way!

But, that Victory was not of any use to the Israel,
at least for few hours, just because of one thing!
Yes, they did not know about the Victory!

Fear and famine gripped lives;
Not even thinking about deliverance!
Manipulation and blaming!
They continued to live the ‘ besieged ‘ life, even though
the actual besieging forces were scattered!

Even the information, about the Victory, was received by
them with suspicion and fear!
Slowly, it dawned on them that the enemy was defeated!
Famine to prosperity in no time!
Bondage to blessing in no time!
Trembling to gathering in no time!
Donkey’s head to fine flour in no time!

GOD accomplished what they could not do,
But, gathering the spoil was their responsibility!

Continue in the assumption and die in famine!
Or step out in faith and enjoy the prosperity!

Dear friend,
Do you know most of the times we pray for the
deliverance even when we have that?
Do you know the assumptions and realities of
yesterday besiege our heart today and we live
a sub standard life?
Do you know the VICTORY our LORD accomplished
on the CROSS?
Do you know the new position and possession allotted
to you because of HIS death and resurrection?

In the case of Israel, the besieged life lasted only for
few more hours; But, in our case, how many of us
are living, for years, in bondage even though set free?

If we are in bondage, pray, GOD will give deliverance;
But if you are free and instead living in bondage because
of your assumptions and lack of knowledge, is it not
your blunder?

CHRIST, not just, defeated the enemy on the cross, but
also have given us all the spiritual blessings and position
in heavenly places !
If you know the TRUTH, indeed, the TRUTH will set you free!

Go up and possess!


 I PRAY THAT YOU WILL BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND
THE INCREDIBLE GREATNESS OF POWER FOR US
WHO BELIEVE HIM. THIS IS THE SAME MIGHTY
POWER THAT RAISED CHRIST FROM THE DEAD
AND SEATED HIM IN THE PLACE OF HONOR AT
GOD’S RIGHT HAND AT THE HEAVENLY REALMS.
(EPHESIANS 1 : 19 & 20 )

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