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REVISED EDITION

GENESIS 22

Have you noticed?

In Genesis 22 : 2, when GOD asked Abraham to sacrifice
Isaac, Isaac was mentioned as ‘ your son, your only son,
whom you love’.

But in Genesis 22 : 12, when the Angel of the LORD asked
Abraham not to kill Isaac, Isaac was mentioned as ‘your
son, your only son’ .
The third part ‘whom you love’ was not mentioned!.

Again in Genesis 22 : 16, when the Angel of the LORD gave
the promise of blessing to Abraham, Isaac was mentioned
only as ‘your son, your only son’ and ‘whom you love’ was
not mentioned!

Similarly, in Genesis 22 : 6, when Abraham and Isaac went
to Moriah, it is mentioned ‘they went together’.
Again in Genesis 22 : 8, it is mentioned ‘they went together’.

But when they came back, in Genesis 22 : 19, it is mentioned
‘Abraham returned to his young men”!.
Why they didn’t come back together?
When did Isaac come back?
Or even if he came back with his father, did the relationship
between them get revised and purified?

Is it a coincidence or some thing more?
What happened on Mount Moriah?
We know that a lamb was sacrificed in the place of Isaac, but
in Hebrews 11 : 17, it is mentioned ‘by faith Abraham, when
tested, offered up Isaac’!

Combining all the verses, shall we say that Abraham didn’t
sacrifice his son Isaac or his only son Isaac but sacrificed
Isaac whom he loved?.
Or in other words, In Mount Moriah, did the way Abraham
love Isaac got transformed?.

In the revised edition of Isaac, Abraham’s love of Isaac got
purified and Abraham proved that he loved GOD more than
Isaac!

Why not check the status of all our relationships?
Who is first, GOD or someone else?
Offer up!
Be blessed!

Jehovah-Jireh!


YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL
YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH
ALL YOUR MIGHT. ( DEUTERONOMY 6 : 5 ).

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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 )

EXCUSE ME, PLEASE

SONG OF SONGS 5 : 2 – 4.

A wonderful relationship between the Lover and the beloved:
What kind of trust He has in the beloved!
Even if it is night, even if she is sleeping, He approaches with
confidence; gently knocking at the door;
Oh, what a wonderful girl!
Just by listening the knocking sound, no words used,
able to discern that the knock is made by Him;
See how He appreciates her!
My Darling!; My Treasure!; My Love!; My Dove!
What more a beloved needs? 
Accepted; Admired: Appreciated by The Lover!

The Lover gently shares His burden;
My head is soaked with dew, my hair with the wetness;
Can you please open the door, I need your help?
Oh, what an opportunity!
A chance to serve Him; touch His head; comfort Him;
He also wants to share His burden, His needs;
He is searching for a reliable person to share that!

Who will miss this golden opportunity?, 
Run, open the door and grab the opportunity!
Wait, wait, the door is not opened; she is telling something!
‘Excuse me, Please!’;
What? Why? 
Excuse 1:
‘ I have taken off my robe, should I get dressed again?’
If the person knocking at the door is the Groom,
do you think any bride will give this as a reason?
She enjoys everything without grasping His greatness?

Excuse 2:
‘ I have washed my feet, should I get them soiled?’
The Master is sharing about a problem of the head and
this dear lady is worrying about soiling her feet!
What kind of lady is she? How He selected her?
Does she deserve His affection and appreciation?
Is it possible to give these kind of insulting excuses?

Excuse me, Please, Don’t judge her!
It is not her story, but your story!

How many times your Master, The King, The Lover
tried to share His burden to you, but received a cold
response, meaningless excuses, irrational stories
from you?
Do you really know His attributes, His worth?
Do you know the value of serving Him?
Do you really love Him?
Or just enjoying His blessings and asking more and more?

He called you His friend, Co-heir, Beloved, Royal Priest,
Saint, His bride, Holy and Perfect, etc, etc..;

Did you really understand His High Calling?

WHAT ARE MORTALS THAT
YOU SHOULD THINK OF US,
MERE HUMANS THAT YOU
SHOULD CARE FOR US?

THE ETERNAL IMPACT

LUKE 1 : 1 – 4

The Gospel according to Luke; One more Gospel?
Check the first four verses carefully?

1. Luke’s target: Most honorable Theophilus, some official.
But, is it necessary to write a detailed account of 24 chapters just 
to convince only one person? Remember no word processing tools.
WILL YOU DO THAT? JUST FOR ONE PERSON?

2. ‘Many people have written accounts …’. Wait please!
When so many other versions are already available, why torture
yourself? Is it necessary? Why you have to write? Just for Theophilus?
Cut, paste, send. Why so much labor and pain?
WILL YOU DO THAT? EVEN IF YOU ARE AN ONE MORE PERSON?

3. ‘ What I received from the eyewitnesses …’ .
Not an Apostle, not even an eyewitness?. Stop writing.
Who will believe you, if you are not an eyewitness?
Why wasting time, money and energy?. Please stop!
WILL YOU DO THAT? EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT IN THE ELITE LIST?

4. ‘ I decided to write it down ‘. What, You decided?
No instruction from the Church at Jerusalem?
No office order from Theophanyilus? No Angelic visitation?
You decided?. Better stop that and relax. Do something else!.
WILL YOU DO THAT? EVEN IF THE WORLD IS NOT EXPECTING IT?

5. ‘ What you have been taught already…’. Theophilus knew it?
Already known Theophilus should take the initiative to grow!
Why you bother? What extra you are going to do?
WILL YOU DO THAT? EVEN IF THEOPHILUS KNEW IT ALREADY?

6. ‘ I carefully investigated the facts…’. Research?
Theophilus knew it, you got it from the eyewitnesses, enough!
Your writing itself is meaningless; why careful investigation?
Research, analysis and personal interviews? Brain storming?
WILL YOU DO THAT? EVEN IF IT CAN BE MANAGED SOMEHOW?.

7. ‘ Our dear friend Luke, the physician..( Colossians 4 : 14).
You are a physician, not a writer, by profession? Then why?
Just excel in your work for the Glory of God!. We have more people!
You accompany Paul in his mission trips? Is that not enough?
GOD will send some one else, You may even sponsor him!
Why waste your training, talents, treasures and time?
WILL YOU DO THAT? EVEN IF YOU ARE A PROFESSIONAL?

Yes, it is not one more Gospel. Even after 2000 years, it is still
speaking, still convicting and converting, still in circulation!
The eternal impact!

Do you know some interesting facts?
Luke’s Gospel only gives us the more detailed account of JESUS
Birth than any other gospel! 
At least 18 parables of JESUS, including that of Prodigal son,
are only in Luke!
At least 13 women who followed JESUS, you see only in Luke.
Chapters 1 & 2 and then 10 to 19, so unique contents, only in Luke!
Historical records, Kings names, places and census you can find only 
in Luke.
But, his name is not at all coming, not even once, in his writings!

Targeting only one person, but against all the odds, Luke wrote it.

The reward?
1.Many wrote Gospels; but only four were accepted as Divinely inspired. Luke’s writing is one among the four. Luke is not even a Jew. A Greek. The Reward! His writings are in the Bible.
You know, he didn’t even think in that direction. 
2. Many wrote Gospels; but to write the Acts of Apostles, the mantle is
only on Luke!. You know, he was not even an Apostle!

Dear friends, what kind of excuse you can give for your lifestyle?
Busy? Not qualified, Not needed?, People are there? Not my calling?
I give money? Some how I will complete? Only few people?

Remember Luke, Identify your Theophilus!
No quantity does not mean no quality!
Your work will have an eternal impact!

I HAVE PUT BEFORE YOU AN OPEN DOOR 
THAT NO ONE CAN SHUT ……( REVELATION 3 : 8 )

FIRST THINGS FIRST

GENESIS 1 : 1 – 4.

Whenever we think of the first day, we always remember only one thing.

The creation of light; “Let there be light”. But that did not end that day.

Then GOD separated light from darkness, then only the end came.

Creation of light and Separation of it from darkness; the first day.

Do we give importance to separation from the deeds of darkness?.

Is it the reason for our complacency in our lives? 

The LIGHT entered, but we still cling on to the darkness!

First things first; Give importance to separation;

How?, When?, From what?, Is it possible?

Don’t ask questions, but check your life; Are you willing?

If you are spiritually tired, then check the discipline of separation.

Your fruitfulness is not depending on your knowledge and experience,

but on your alertness to separation. GOD BLESS. 

DO NOT GRIEVE THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD,
BY WHOM YOU WERE SEALED FOR THE DAY
OF REDEMPTION.( EPHESIANS 4 : 30 )

DO NOT BE UNEQUALLY YOKED TOGETHER WITH UNBELIEVERS. 
FOR WHAT FELLOWSHIP HAS RIGHTEOUSNESS WITH LAWLESSNESS?
AND WHAT COMMUNION HAS LIGHT WITH DARKNESS? 
( 2 CORINTHIANS 6 : 14 )

Work your schedule around God

Work your schedule around God

Work your schedule around God
don’t try to work God in around your schedule

THE NOISE POLLUTION

LUKE 2 : 43. 

Passover celebration, seven days of camp at Jerusalem;
Time to think about God’s deliverance;
Time to sing songs, time to worship;
Time to meet people,relatives and friends;
Every year; traditional; as usual.

But something unusual happened!
JESUS lingered behind in Jerusalem, but Joseph and Mary did not know it.
A day’s journey without JESUS;
Assuming that He is in the company!
Not able to see JESUS, but assuming and continuing,
Not able to hear His voice, but assuming and continuing;
Walking and talking without JESUS;
Meeting and eating without JESUS!

A journey from the right place, in the right pace,
In the right direction, with the right fellowship,
May go wrong. Yes His Presence matters!

In the noise of the Passover celebration,
The voice of the Passover Lamb lost.
The noise pollution!

Was it possible?, yes, it was. but how?
We don’t know.
But, is it possible, now, in our life?
Yes or no, you know! 

When was the last time you heard His Voice?
When was the last time you enjoyed His Presence?
Walking and Talking, meeting and eating;
Every year; traditional; as usual!

In Jerusalem, the father and the mother had assumptions about THE SON;
In our lives, the sons and daughters having assumptions about THE FATHER!

But there , only one day’s journey; in our case?

One day’s journey based on assumptions, resulted in three more days of
searching for THE TRUTH;
Go back to Jerusalem where you last saw Him, where you last heard His voice!

What was the number one priority of Joseph and Mary after the shock? 
Relatives? friends? food? sleep? time? home?
No, only JESUS!
What about you? your priority number one?
Promotion? Position? Possession?
Friendship? Fellowship? Leadership?
You decide, but number one means only one!

They found Him; You also can if you will!
Search the Scriptures!
Back to the Bible!

Find Him, The Word, The Way, The Truth, The Life, The SON!
If you want to hear His Judgement Voice, My Son, Well done!.

. MY PEOPLE HAVE FORGOTTEN ME DAYS WITHOUT NUMBER(JEREMIAH 2 :32)

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