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II CHRONICLES 26

King Uzziah!
Excellent beginning but embarrassing end!

A king at sixteen(VERSE 1),
great warrior(VERSES 6,7 & 8),
sincere seeker and a devout follower (VERSE 5),
skilled administrator (VERSE 11),
enthusiastic lover of the soil and agriculture (VERSE 10),
victorious and famous (VERSE 8) and
a technophile (VERSE 15)!

But he was forced to dwell in an isolated house till his
death;
Reason?
Pride, the root cause of all sin! (VERSE 16).
Not willing to stay within the boundary, not ready to listen
to counsel, not hesitating to show the fury against children
of GOD and silently sidelined by Divine act (VERSES 16-20)!

Dear friend,
Not just Uzziah, but many promising servants fell in this subtle
pit and got sidelined; Servants who had humble beginnings in
their faith life, sometimes somehow start assuming themselves
as indispensable in the Kingdom and manipulate anything and
everything to prove that.
After every victory, take time to check and humble yourself in
HIS presence and give HIM glory!
Never allow the enemy to plant a weed of pride in your heart!
GOD is not going to be impressed by your list of achievements
or statistics about your success but only by your humility!

Not just for Uzziah, but for all human beings P G B D!
Yes, Pride Goes Before Destruction!


…….GOD RESISTS THE PROUD,
BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE. ( I PETER 5 : 5 )

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DANIEL 10

Daniel was mourning three full weeks!
Partial fasting and persistent praying!
For what?
To humble himself in the sight of the LORD and
to have a clear understanding!

Think about this; a man who served as the Chief administrative
officer for so many decades, a man who was able to interpret
so many dreams and visions, a man who met angels in his
visions as well as in the lion’s den, a man who saw in his vision
the Ancient of Days and the Son of Man, a man who had clear
revelations about the end times and a man who was able to
interpret even the writing on the wall was fasting and praying to
gain more understanding and to humble himself!

A man who excelled in his academics, administration as well
as in his spiritual life throughout his lifetime decided and set
his heart to understand and to humble himself before the LORD!

Fasting not just for one or two days but for more than twenty
one days!
So aged but so thirsty!
Even if his life had many unique achievements he had a holy
dissatisfaction!
To know and understand HIM and HIS plans more and more!

In a world where even a small success in a minor endeavor
makes human beings so proud and haughty, people like
Daniel are rare to see!
Kingdoms changed; kings changed; but Daniel’s prominence
in those kingdoms never decreased; Even then, he set his
heart to humble himself!
Daniel was not dwelling in his past glory but focused on
GOD’s glory!
No wonder the enemy tried his best for twenty one days to
disturb the prayer. ( DANIEL 10 : 13).

Dear friend,
Want to have a settled spiritual life?
Satisfied with the little Bible knowledge?
Feeling proud because of just one revelation?
Still boasting about your ‘ long long ago’ achievement?

Be warned, your contentment should be in the material
things, not in the spiritual things!
Cultivate the art of having holy dissatisfaction in your
spiritual disciplines!
More love, more power, more revelations;
More praying, more sowing, more giving;
More fasting; more thirsting, more filling;

Never allow your track record to deviate you from the track!
Praise GOD for the past achievements but don’t stop there;
Ask for new assignments; new challenges; new domains!

Be honest!
When was the last time you fasted and prayed, not for some
worldly blessings but, to know more about HIS PLANS?

Hey, the angels are waiting to bring the answers from the
THRONE, but where are the Daniels?
Anyone listening?


TAKE HEED TO THE MINISTRY WHICH YOU
HAVE RECEIVED IN THE LORD, THAT YOU
MAY FULFILL IT ( COLOSSIANS 4 : 17 )

HELLO, Mrs POTIPHAR – PART-3

GENESIS  35 & 37

Hello, Mrs Potiphar!
Hope you read my previous letters;
You may like or comment or delete , but you
better wait till I complete my writing!

I was a slave in your house; your master purchased me;
And so you started treating me also like ‘a thing’;
Yes, in a sense, you had every right to use me;
but, in essence, no one has the right to abuse another!
Why does that happen?
May be you did not know the real Joseph!

Yes, you knew about my talents and efficiency,
but you did not try to know about the real Joseph!
You did not know about my hurts and fears;
my past; my mother’s plight and prayers for years
to have a child; her faith in naming me as Joseph,
which means ‘ may he add’; my father’s immediate
decision to go back to his native; the tedious journey
we undertook from Paddan aram to Canaan!

Yes my life as a sojourner started almost from my
childhood!

You did not know my pain and agony of seeing my mother’s
death and my brother’s arrival happened simultaneously!
You did not know the longings of my childhood to have a
‘mother’s touch’; my tears and fears in the night; the
insults and ignoring I received from my own brothers;
my loneliness and sleepless nights!

You did not know how my own brothers schemed and
put me in a pit; their mocking at my cry; my anguish and
pleadings to my own brothers;(GENESIS 42:21);
their decision to sell me, like a thing, to the Ishmaelites ;
the cruel way I got separated from my father, who was my
only solace,; the journey with a strange group of traders;
confusions and conflicts; unknown cultural shocks;
unknown languages; unknown practices!

Yes, when I reached your place I was almost a completely
shaken and broken human being!

Why I have to write my sad story to you?
Am I expecting compassion from you?
No, certainly not;

But there may be some other Josephs in your control;
Don’t try to treat them like ‘things’.
Please understand, they are also human beings!
They also have their unique past, hurts, fears and
failures; If you think, financial imbalance gives you
the right to insult and abuse others, remember in this
world full of uncertainties, any thing can happen;

Yes, a servant today may become a ruler tomorrow!
Why not treat them in a proper manner?
Hope you understand!
Tomorrow, I will write more!
Thanking you,
Yours truly,
JOSEPH(s/o. I. JACOB).


HE HAS BEEN ATTACKED BY ARCHERS, WHO
SHOT AT HIM AND HARASSED HIM (GENESIS 49: 23).

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 )

NOT FOR ME!

I KINGS 13 : 4, 5, 6 & 20, 21, 22,23.

A strange story; A strange prophet; A strange end;

A prophet sent by GOD against the rebellious Jeroboam;
Mighty in word and deed; able to prophesy exactly;
Courageous enough to confront Jeroboam in his land;
Protected by GOD from the angry and rebelling Jeroboam;
Was gracious enough to pray for the punished Jeroboam;
Saw GOD’s grace in healing Jeroboam when he prayed;

Oh, what a mighty man of GOD!

But alas, by a deceiving prophet, left his initial commitment;
It happens to all, is it not so?
No one is perfect; we all fall and fail somehow, somewhere;
This prophet is also not an exception;

But see his strange reaction when confronted;
The other prophet thundered the punishment;
Punishment for his disobedience, from the Lord!

But the confronted prophet continued his eating;
Finished eating and drinking and went back!
No repentance; No guilt; No crying or praying;
He continued his journey as if nothing happened;

Just think about it;
He just saw GOD’s grace by the miraculous restoration
of Jeroboam’s hand when prayed even after a fall;
But, when he disobeyed and received a prophesy about
his punishment, the death penalty, he did not show any
sign of repentance!
Why he did not cry and pray and ask forgiveness?
Even after seeing GOD’s grace in response to his
prayer for Jeroboam?

Repentance and Grace for others, but not for him?
If the rebellious Jeroboam can get another chance,
why not this mighty man of GOD?
How come he continued his eating even after the
clear revelation about his disobedience and end?
Is it not strange? He embraced the punishment!

But, dear friend, we all also can be so strange!
Seeing, reading, preaching the grace of GOD,
without a broken heart;
Simply embracing the punishment just because of
our hardened hearts, not willing to cry unto HIM!
Continuing as if nothing happened!

No need to keep the statistics of your achievements!
No need to boast about the fulfillment of the prophesy!
No need to list the number of people blessed through you!
No need to file the miracle case studies of your prayer!

But never ignore the ‘ not for me ‘ attitude in your heart!
Deal with it then and there; have a broken heart;
‘Walking wisely without any slip ‘ is great, but
When slipping, please don’t harden your heart;
Check honestly, accept your failures, cry and repent!

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger,
And abounding in mercy.
HE is just, no doubt, but HE is close to the broken people!

 

FOR THUS SAYS THE HIGH AND LOFTY ONE WHO
INHABITS ETERNITY, WHOSE NAME IS HOLY:
I DWELL IN THE HIGH AND HOLY PLACE, WITH HIM
WHO HAS A CONTRITE AND HUMBLE SPIRIT, TO
REVIVE THE SPIRIT OF THE HUMBLE, TO REVIVE
THE HEART OF THE CONTRITE ONES. ( ISAIAH 57 : 15).

LOAVES WITH LOVE

Five loaves and two fishes;
From the hands of the lad to the hands of THE LORD:
Jesus blessed and asked the disciples to serve;
Twelve baskets remained; A miracle!
But what about the lad?

A special seat near JESUS?
Thank you note personally signed by JESUS?
Remaining twelve baskets sent to the lad’s house?
A ‘golden fish’ sent as a remembrance gift?
Got a all paid scholarship to study catering miraculously?

We don’t know; My Bible is silent;
Even his name and identity not revealed!
Even his place of residence not written!

Dear friend,
Your surrender and sacrifice should be also like that;
Check yourselves;
Are you craving for a special seat, special honor,
name and fame after your “big’ sacrifice?
Lusting for special attention and limelight?
Getting irritated if nobody appreciate your sacrifice?
Going house to house to share the ‘great news’ of your
sacrifice and surrender?
Be warned!
No sacrifice can even be compared with the
GREAT and GENUINE SACRIFICE of THE LAMB!
Remember, your ability to give itself is a grace;
Don’t make it cheap;
Don’t attach and attract strings with it;

Before giving, pray, plan, discern and give;
After giving, please, don’t even remember that;
Give and it shall be given, true!
But more than that,
Every genuine giving indicates genuine transformation;
And every genuine giving results in genuine transformation!

Let your giving also have a genuine conversion!

ABSURD ADVENTURES

 

 II CHRONICLES 35 : 20 – 24

 

King Josiah died in a battle. Is it not natural?
A king dying in a battle is not unusual.
But, this battle is little different;
First of all, it is not his battle at all;
King Neco of Egypt clearly warned him not to interfere in his
battle plan; But, King Josiah refused to listen!
Why Josiah was so stubborn?
Was it arrogance or spiritual pride?
Was it due to his thirty eight years of administrative experience?
Or just adventure?
Unnecessary battle resulting in unnecessary loss!

 

See the previous chapters ( II CHRONICLES 33 & 34 )
A man who became a king at the age of eight,
A man who followed the example of David,
A man who removed all detestable idols from Israel,
A man who required everyone to worship the LORD,
A man who humbled himself after hearing the WORD,
A man who repaired and restored the temple with zeal,
A man who organized the best possible Pass over,
A man who honored the priests and prophets,
A man who is not having any recorded flaw in the Scriptures,
Lost his life unnecessarily, had a fool’s death!

Dear friend, mind your own business;
Stay away from unnecessary battles;
Avoid absurd adventures at any cost;
Why waste your time, money, energy and
even your life in an arrogant manner?
Know your boundary; respect it;

Grow and glow in your land;

You are needed there!
Just for a minute of applause,
Just for a second of feeling ‘high’,
Just to satisfy your stinky ego,
Never ever enter forbidden boundaries!


 

DEAD FLIES WILL CAUSE EVEN A BOTTLE 
OF PERFUME TO STINK! YES, AN OUNCE OF 
FOOLISHNESS CAN OUTWEIGH A POUND OF 
WISDOM AND HONOR ( ECCLESIASTES 10 : 1)

SEX AND THE PITY – Part 3

II SAMUEL 13 : 15 – 20.

A battle in David’s family; 
The first born Amnon killed by the servants of the third son Absalom. 
Same father but not the same mother, so bitterness natural; But, 
Here the cause is not the throne ‘ who will succeed David?’
Some thing else or some one else; The beautiful Tamar!

The problem of premarital sex; fornication;
The confusing conflict between flesh and blood; 
Mistaken identities of love and lust;
The consequence of no-focus life;

See Amnon, being the first born son of David, supposed to focus
on the kingdom activities. The national affairs; but his affair?
Yes, his eyes were on Tamar; No, not on Tamar’s character,
But on her beauty; his focus is only on her body; The lust
In fact, he was so distressed and became thinner day after day! 

A crafty counsel and parental negligence brought Tamar to 
the den of Amnon; Systematically executed date rape;
How David foolishly accepted the sinister demands of Amnon?
Is it because of his fall and the resulted family politics?
We don’t know; but a warning to Parents!

In sexual matters, in male-female bonding,
No relationship can be assumed as a reliable relationship;
No friendship can be accepted as a faithful friendship;
No age group can be acknowledged as a matured age group;
No spiritual troop can be appreciated as a holy spiritual troop;

The pull and push of lust hormones inside the human system;
Who can understand it? Who can explain or control it?
It crosses all the boundaries; all the reasoning and warnings;
Its ferociousness cannot be tamed till it devours its victim! 

So Parents, with prayer and love, in your family garden,
Check, double check and cross check and do the weed pluck;

But the worst tragedy, the after effects; See Amnon!
After the devouring, he vomited Tamar;
The lecherous love becoming horrible hatred!
Result: Tamar remained desolate in Absalom’s house!
Consequence: Amnon got murdered after two years;
Absalom ran away from the kingdom; came back;
Rebelled against David, got killed; But Tamar?
The poor desolate Tamar, who can console her?

Special warning to girls!
Waiting for an invitation from Amnon & Co?
Mesmerized by the affection of love-sick Amnon?
Wish to sing ‘roses are red, violets are blue’?
Or I will paraphrase the above questions into a single question;
Want to be the next Tamar the desolate?
Go ahead, but just check the statistics!

Some Tamars married that Amnon and remained desolate;
Some Tamars married someone else and remained desolate;
The rest never got married but remained desolate!
Want to be happy ever after or desolate ever after?

True love will enrich, endear and engulf;
It will never entice, entrap and enslave;
That is just lust, lust to the core. 

So flee from Amnon to GOD’S Presence;
Keep your purity as the gift for your would-be;
That is the challenge, only worthy challenge for all the girls;

Dear boys, the above warning is for you also!
But you have something extra; Don’t be an Amnon;
First accept the responsibility as a husband, then sex;
Don’t reverse the order; Don’t exploit a girl’s weakness;
The emotional scar of girls will scare them night and day;
Please don’t do that; Please understand; Please wait and pray;
Please respect a girl as a person; Please avoid all manipulations;
GOD will honor you; you shall be a blessing!

Dear parents, It is better to be labelled as a overprotective parent
then to be labelled as Parent of desolate Tamar; Do your part!

MARRIAGE IS HONORABLE AMONG ALL, AND 
THE BED UNDEFILED; BUT FORNICATORS AND
ADULTERERS GOD WILL JUDGE (HEBREWS 13 : 4).

OSTENTATIOUS OSTRICHES

JOB 39 : 13 – 18. 

Ostrich. A flightless Bird. Swift runner. Fast foot. So talented. 
Full of pride. In the wilderness. 

Oh, Ostrich what are you doing?

Having a race with the stork, So waving the wings proudly.

Oh, you can fly?

No, no. The stork will fly; I will run;

Then why waving the wings? 

The wings, they are my pride; See my wings!.
Yes, the stork will fly with its wings;
And I will run with my legs, a race to impress, not to win;

But, Is it necessary?, What you will get at the end?

Nothing, I know, but, the feeling, the pride, my talents, the show;

Not just with the stork; next I am planning to have a race with a horse;
Come and see, how I scorn the horse and its rider!
The feeling, the pride, the talents, the show;

But,On the way, I saw your eggs on the ground, on the dust;
Don’t you know your next generation may get crushed by the wild animals;

My eggs? I don’t know, I don’t remember any eggs; time to race;
The feeling, the pride, the talents, the show;

Hey, one minute, how can you treat your young ones so harshly?
Remember the time and energy you spent for that eggs to exist!

I don’t know, but GOD deprived me of Wisdom,
And did not endow me with Understanding;
So my ostentation justified, but what about you, oh man?

You can grow in Understanding; you can get Wisdom,
Your CREATOR promised them and asked you to ask;
But, why chaotic comparisons? cruel competitions?
The feeling? The pride? The talents? The show?
What you will get at the end?
Do you remember your eggs? The family, the vision, the calling?
Do you remember the time and energy you spent for them?
How can you treat your young ones so harshly?
Don’t you know your next generation may get crushed by the wild animals;

The broken families;
The shattered visions;
The compromised callings;

Tell me man, who is ostentatious?

Me, a bird, not having wisdom and knowledge and so ignoring my eggs, or
You, the man, created in the image of GOD, ignoring your eggs?

The race? the feeling? the pride? the talents? the show?

Tell me man, who is ostentatious? Tell me!

EVEN THE JACKALS PRESENT THEIR BREASTS
TO NURSE THEIR YOUNG; BUT THE DAUGHTER 
OF MY PEOPLE HAS BECOME CRUEL, LIKE OSTRICHES
IN THE WILDERNESS ( LAMENTATIONS 4 : 3 )

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