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
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
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 )
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).
GENESIS 41 : 1 – 8, Egyptian king Pharaoh had disturbing dreams in the night; and consequently Joseph became the Prime Minister of Egypt.
In ESTHER 6 : 1 – 3, Persian king Ahasuerus could not sleep in the night; and consequently Mordecai became the number two in that kingdom.
In DANIEL 2 : 1 -3, Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar had mysterious dreams in the night; and consequently Daniel got a promotion in that kingdom.
GOD disturbing the sleep of the king; KINGSOMNIA!
See the strange similarities:
Joseph, Mordecai and Daniel did not disturb their kings to get the promotion;
Till that evening, no hint or sign of promotion or honor for them;
All the three were faithful to the Heavenly master and to their earthly masters;
All the three were meticulous in their assigned duties, even though they were unjustly brought to those positions and nations;
All the three never hesitated to use their talents, whether rewarded or not;
All the three were having their own unanswered questions;
All the three were sharp enough to utilize the opportunities given to them;
All the three readily accepted their promotions against all the odds;
All the three fixed their eyes only on GOD’s approval and not on the king’s;
All the three used their new positions for the welfare of the people;
For these kind of people, if necessary, GOD will disturb even the sleep of their kings; push the kings in to a desperate situation which can be handled only by GOD’s chosen ones!
Like Joseph, no sign of recognition or deliverance?
Like Mordecai, voluntarily simplified a crisis situation but did not get the honor?
Like Daniel, your gifts and talents were ignored in a pyramid structure?
In one night, GOD can change your story and position upside down!
But, like the three, trust GOD and do good;
Wherever GOD placed you, execute your assignments in an excellent way;
Never compromise your work standard because of non recognition;
Don’t worry too much about promotion and hikes; Just pray and surrender;
Honor your GOD; be faithful to your employer;
Never murmur or complain; your times are in GOD’s hands!
In the right time, GOD will prove that you are of different Spirit!
Remember, you are the salt and the light, GOD kept in that place!
Arise and Shine! Be an example! God will honor you!
AND WHATEVER YOU DO, DO IT HEARTILY, AS TO THE LORD
AND NOT TO MEN, KNOWING THAT FROM THE LORD YOU WILL
RECEIVE THE REWARD OF INHERITANCE, FOR YOU SERVE
THE LORD JESUS CHRIST ( COLOSSIANS 3 : 23 & 24 )
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;
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;
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 )
LUKE 1 : 46 – 55
Mary: Mother of Jesus; highly favored woman; found favor with GOD;
An unique position in the history of mankind; Blessed.
She was from a small city, Nazareth of Galilee;
But, “can anything good come out of Nazareth?”.
This question was from Nathanael, ‘an Israelite in whom was no guile’,
According to Jesus (John 1 : 46 & 47).
If you read the Jewish history of that period, you can grasp the truth
behind Nathanael’s genuine doubt; Nazareth, because of is strategic
location, became a favorite military base of that time and that resulted in
dense presence of highly skilled soldiers in that area;
Consequence? Like most of the metros, that city faced a cultural confusion
and temporary prosperity and to maintain that status started compromising
and favored so many things including the immorality of the soldiers;
Slowly, that city and the residents, in particular the young girls, lost the respect of the rest of Jews;
Among all the cities of Israel, the worst rated one!
Mary was from that city; GOD’s chosen one, favored one was not from a
highly secured, separated and spiritually blessed place, but from a sin engulfed, morality compromised place!
What a wondrous woman!
Even everything in a place is not so perfect, maintaining the purity and Godly standard and becoming GOD’s favored vessel is possible.
GOD is waiting for that kind of wondrous woman!
Not just the place, but the time of Mary also deserves attention:
Biblically speaking, nearly four hundred years of divine silence;
After Malachi, no truly inspired prophet in Israel.
Politically speaking, within these four hundred years Israel became
a toy in the hands of so many kingdoms; from Persians to Romans through the Greek and Seleucids the land underwent uncertainty in every thing.
High priest post became a political post; money and king’s favor, instead
of the spiritual standards, decided the temple administration.
Pharisees, Sadducees, Herodians, Essenes and Zealots tried to define the
way of GOD in their own way and that resulted in thousands of man made
rules and regulations;
Do you think you will be having the motivation to please GOD?
See Mary, read her song, think about her faith, watch her submission;
Is it possible?
Four hundred years of political instability, economic chaos, spiritual
degradation were not able to touch this teenager’s spiritual nerve!
What a wondrous woman!
What kind of excuses we are giving for our spiritual compromises?
You know, Mary’s praise song of only ten verses is having at least ten
references from old testament; WORD POWER!
To the world four hundred years of spiritual silence, but even during
that time the faithful, like Mary, shined.
Have you noticed?
She didn’t even think about convincing Joseph about GOD’s favor;
GOD sent an angel to convince Joseph!
How many times we worry about man’s approval even after sensing
How many times we hid because of our social insecurities?
How many times we justify our compromises by blaming our kith and
kin, our surroundings and situations?
How many times we blamed our time, our political system, church scandals
and economic conditions for our lukewarm attitude?
Oh Wondrous woman, remember,
You are challenged to change the world;
And you are changed to challenge the world!
Are you ready?
LET IT BE TO ME ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD (LUKE 1 : 38)
LUKE 1 : 36
Elizabeth means GOD is an oath.
With what kind of expectations, her parents gave her that name?
Her name seems to have lost its meaning in her life;
She is from the priestly family of Aaron; her husband, from the
Levite division of Abijah, serving in the Jerusalem temple;
But she was barren; Biblically speaking, cursed;
Was she a sinner? Why then this curse of barrenness?
Or was he a sinner? some kind of secret failure?
But the Bible is very clearly stating;
‘they were both righteous before GOD’ and
‘walking in ALL the commandments and ordinances’!
Then why? Why this barrenness?
Their side they keep the covenant in a blameless way,
But from GOD’s side, whether he remembers the covenant?
If so why Elizabeth, GOD is an oath, silently suffers?
Right questions need right answers, but those right answers will
be given only on the right time; wait!
Some curses will not be visible outside; but this barrenness will
disturb the life like a plague in the society; Public humiliation;
More than the husband, the wife will be forced to approach the
gate of reproach and disgrace; Clear sign of GOD’s disapproval;
A physical problem becoming an emotional problem and then a
psychological problem and then a social problem and…….
Poor woman, living with that label in this society, facing the subtle rumors, hearing the piercing explanations, avoiding the hate campaigns, receiving the verbal attacks even from the loved ones and crying all alone;
Oh, The most unkindest cut of all;
From a city in the hill country of Judea, Zac going to Jerusalem;
So aged, but travelling to serve in GOD’s temple!
Think about Elizabeth! What she got from GOD for their devotion?
Their righteousness before GOD? Their blameless walk?
Their sincere service for so many years?
Their most important prayer request yet to get the answer,
but this lady sending Zac, well advanced in years, to serve GOD!
You know, a man serving GOD wholeheartedly and faithfully in the
absence of his woman’s cooperation is almost impossible!
But this dear old lady, how was it possible for her to cooperate?
A wondrous woman!
With a broken heart, unanswered questions, unexplained reproach
and battling mind living in this society itself is so painful, but being
steadfast in serving and supporting her man’s service to GOD,
Oh, only a wondrous woman can do that!
When others are boasting about receiving supernatural blessings
so naturally and when she is crying about even her natural blessings
getting blocked supernaturally, is it possible to continue the faith walk?
Oh, only a wondrous woman can do that!
We serve Him and worship Him, not because of the received blessings,
because He is GOD!. A wondrous woman knows that.
You know, a wondrous woman always remains wondrous!
When Elizabeth became pregnant, Mary greets her;
Wait a minute! Is this not again an injustice?
Her son becoming a forerunner, a servant to Mary’s son?
Elizabeth and Zac proved their faithfulness by obedience, by
blameless walk and by selfless service; But Mary and Joseph yet to prove anything; Mary just a teenager and Joseph a carpenter, not even a priest;
Who deserves to be the parent of Jesus? Is it acceptable?
But see Elizabeth’s response; “Why is this granted to me, that the mother
of my Lord should come to me?’ Oh, the humility and gracious attitude!
Oh, only a wondrous woman can do that!
Dear Elizabeth, crying because of the blocked blessings?
Don’t worry, you are special, a wondrous woman!
You know, GOD always assigns the toughest assignments to His dearest
saints! He is not just a covenant making GOD, but covenant keeping GOD!
He knows your pains, frustrations and reproach;
You may not remember your prayers but He remembers!
Your tears and times are in His hands!.
Surely He will bless you!
Please continue your faith walk and good works!
Be a wondrous woman!
O YOU AFFLICTED ONE, TOSSED WITH TEMPEST, AND NOT COMFORTED,
BEHOLD, I WILL LAY YOUR STONES WITH COLORFUL GEMS, AND LAY YOUR
FOUNDATIONS WITH SAPPHIRES. I WILL MAKE YOUR PINNACLES OF RUBIES, YOUR GATES OF CRYSTAL, AND ALL YOUR WALLS OF PRECIOUS STONES. ( ISAIAH 54 : 11 & 12).
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
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!
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 )