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WORD CUP

DEUTERONOMY 17 : 18 – 20

When a person becomes a king, he is expected to write for
himself a copy of the law in a book!
Think about a king’s time consuming responsibilities;
Taking care of his people, protecting his land from the enemies, strengthening the economy and security, etc.. etc…
Expecting that kind of person to write his own copy of the law?

Why not outsource that writing to some one else?

But the WORD of GOD is very clear!
The king has to write for himself!
Not just writing, but
The copy should be with him;
And he must it read it all the days of life!

Why?
To learn to fear the LORD GOD;
And to observe all the words of this law!

If this is a commandment to a king, what about us?
We boast about our heavenly position in Christ, our authority as
a believer and our privileges; We feel happy about our title ‘Royal
Priesthood’!
But how much we honor the WORD?

How many of us have the habit of writing (or typing) at least
few verses, if not the whole Bible, regularly?
How many of us are reading it every day?

Most of us are glued to the television for more than 120 minutes
just to watch a game; ‘ Is it right or wrong?’ is not the question, but
When was the last time you were so glued to the WORD of GOD
for more than 120 minutes at a stretch with so much attention and enthusiasm?

If your mind is having the potential to remember all the players and
the statistics, what excuse you are having for not knowing even the
list of all the books of the Bible?

Your likes, comments, shares and discussions about someone’s
victory is not going to give you any benefit; but the Victory our LORD
got is giving us all the benefits but HIS WORD is not getting any like, comment, share from our side because we are not keeping HIS
WORD with us!.

Remember, what they got is just an empty cup but what you can
get is the crown of glory!

Honor the WORD; Honor the SON;
Ignoring this will certainly be a sin!


I HAVE WRITTEN FOR HIM THE GREAT THINGS OF MY
LAW, BUT THEY WERE CONSIDERED A STRANGE
THING. ( HOSEA 8 : 12 )

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POSITIONAL VALUE

LUKE 15 : 11 – 24

Have you noticed?
When the younger son was away from his father and joined
himself to a citizen of another place, the owner considered
him worthy only of feeding the swine; Further, the master
gave more value to the swine than the younger son by not
giving even the swine pod to him to eat. Even his hard work
did not get any recognition!

Position: Away from the father; remaining in sin;
Value : Not worthy to eat even the swine pod.

But, when the younger son came back, even before he finished
his confession, the father instructed his servants to kill the fatted
calf; the father not even allowed the son to call himself a servant
but called him ‘my son’!. That too, after the loss of possessions
by the prodigal living of the younger son!. Even the heavy material
loss did not stop his recognition!

Position : Close to the father; repenting from sin;
Value: worthy to eat at the table of the father; because of this
younger son’s repentance, even the servants can get a special
and satisfying meals!

Dear friend,
Your position defines your value;
Feeling worthless, deceived, inferior and longing for the swine pod?
Check your position;
You may think that you are not away from the Father but because
of some unconfessed sin you may be away from HIM!
The longing for swine pod indicates that!
Come back!
Know and acknowledge your position in CHRIST!
HE only can satisfy our longings!


…… BUT GOD …… …… RAISED US UP TOGETHER,
AND MADE US SIT TOGETHER IN THE HEAVENLY
PLACES IN CHRIST JESUS. ( EPHESIANS 2: 4 – 6 )

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 )

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 )

CORNERED & HONORED

II CHRONICLES 20 : 1 – 30

King Jehoshaphat’s reign; The people of Ammon, Moab,
and Mount Seir came to battle against Jehoshaphat; A
great multitude cornered Judah(II chronicles 20 :1 & 2).
Unexpected battle!

Result?

King Jehoshaphat and his people found so much precious
jewelry and abundance of valuables on the dead bodies
of their enemies; The fear of GOD was on all the kingdoms
when they heard that the Lord had fought against the
enemies of Israel( II Chronicles 20 : 25 – 30 ).
Judah got honor and riches after the battle!

How the cornering became honoring?

1. Jehoshaphat humbled himself in the LORD(verse 3).
2. He acknowledged the fact ‘The LORD reigns'(verse 6).
3. He recalled GOD’s faithfulness ( verse 7 ).
4. He remembered GOD’s promises (verse 9 ).
5. He reckoned Judah’s GOD given position ( verse 11).
6. He led his dependents to seek the LORD ( verse 13 ).
7. He humbly received the WORD of GOD ( verse 18 ).
8. He trusted the received WORD and because of that trust
worshiped the LORD. ( verses 18 & 19 ).
9. He encouraged his people also to trust and worship the
LORD ( verses 20 & 21 ).
10. He made arrangements for non-stop praising and
worshiping ( verse 21).

Is it not so simple?
But, the beauty is that he moved like this when he was in
a ‘ cornered’ position!

Now, think about the crisis!
Why this kind of unexpected, unnecessary battle?
Not to crush Judah, but to give peace and prosperity!

The enemies came to battle, but why they brought so much
valuables and jewelry to battle? Is it not funny and unusual?
They brought their wealth to Judah and died!

Dear friend,
Feeling cornered by fearful problems?
Not having any hope of escape?
Fear not, this may happen as an answer to your prayer!
Yes, the so called crisis may be GOD’s way of giving you
the peace and prosperity you longed for!
Don’t consider your ‘ cornering’ as a difficulty!
In fact, it is an opportunity given by GOD!

See, even if Jehoshaphat and Judah worked throughout
the year the possibility of becoming so prosperous was
remote, but one crisis brought the wealth to the doorsteps!

Even if Jehoshaphat used all his might, it was not possible
for him to threaten all his enemies simultaneously, but a
single crisis threatened and silenced all his enemies!

That is ‘BERACHAH’!

Handle the crisis carefully!
If you are cornered, look unto the CORNERSTONE!
The battle belongs to the LORD!
You just have to gather the spoil!
Ready?
If ready, then again read the above ten points and
meditate!
Why waste an opportunity to be prosperous?


 

FOR AS THE HEAVENS ARE HIGHER THAN THE
EARTH, SO ARE MY WAYS HIGHER THAN YOUR
WAYS, AND MY THOUGHTS THAN YOUR
THOUGHTS( ISAIAH 55 : 9 )

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 )

PAID IN FULL

PHILEMON 17, 18 & 19.

Onesimus, a runaway slave from the house of
Philemon, was sent back to his house by Paul.
A runaway slave deserves death penalty, but
Paul’s letter to Philemon gives new twist to
the story.
Paul’s request and recommendation not just
give life to Onesimus, but also cancel all the
balance to be settled by Onesimus;
Cancelled by merging Onesimus’ account to
Paul’s account and then by reminding the
close relationship of Paul with Philemon.

Is it not our story?
we deserved death because of our sin but
JESUS gave us new life; not just new life,
but also cancelled all our past account first
by accepting our account as HIS account
on the cross by HIS submission to death
and then by reminding THE FATHER about
the mysterious DIVINE relationship between
HIM and HIS FATHER!

How Paul settled Onesimus account?
Difficult to understand but can be accepted!

How JESUS settled my account?
Difficult to understand but can be accepted!

Onesimus’ freedom confirmed by Paul’s word;
But our freedom confirmed by GOD’s WORD!

But Paul’s settlement was of this world;
JESUS’ settlement is not just for this world
alone but extends to the NEW world also!
Life Eternal, Royal Priesthood, Co-heir and
beloved children of GOD!

Who can understand the efficacy of the
sacrifice of JESUS?
We can only thank HIM!

HE HAS RECONCILED IN THE BODY OF HIS
FLESH THROUGH DEATH, TO PRESENT YOU
HOLY, AND BLAMELESS, AND ABOVE REPROACH
IN HIS SIGHT. ( COLOSSIANS 1 : 21 & 22).

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?

HIDDEN HINTS

LUKE 15 : 11 – 32

A well known parable; Father and the lost son!
We know it, accepted it; enjoyed it; we all were like the lost son; 
When we come to the second part of the parable, we usually hate the attitude of the elder son; His actions and attitude are so natural, so common in an ordinary family of this world. 

But, in the DIVINE family?. 
Compare the parable and the reality.

1. PARABLE: The younger son took the initiative to come back. 
( verse 18).
REALITY:THE FATHER took the initiative to bring us all back.

2. PARABLE: The older son was in the field, when the reunion of father and the lost son happened. (verse 25).
REALITY: The only SON was on the cross, when we all got the right to call GOD as our FATHER!.

3. PARABLE: As the father received the younger son safe and sound, he killed the fatted calf.( verse 27). 
REALITY: To receive us safe and sound, THE FATHER allowed the killing of THE UNBLEMISHED LAMB!

4. PARABLE: The older son felt unhappy to share the inheritance with his brother.(verse 30)
REALITY:THE SON, by HIS sacrificial death, made us all co-heirs with HIM! Not ashamed to call us HIS brothers!

5. PARABLE: The older son was not able to accept his brother coming near to his father.(verse 28).
REALITY: THE SON opened a new way, by HIS flesh, for all of us to come boldly to THE FATHER’s presence.

6. PARABLE: The older son was not willing to sacrifice even a calf (verse 30)
REALITY:THE SON poured out even HIS soul unto death voluntarily. 

7. PARABLE: The older son was not interested to share his father’s house with his brother.(verse 28)
REALITY: THE SON, after HIS death and resurrection, started preparing a place for the adopted sons, us, in HIS FATHER’s mansion. 

8. The older son argued with his father by explaining his brother’s failures in detail.( verse 30).
REALITY:THE SON is interceding for us, even now, by covering our transgressions by HIS blood.

Do you really know the meaning of The Cross and The Grace?

…..HOW SHALL WE ESCAPE IF WE NEGLECT
SO GREAT SALVATION?( HEBREWS 2 : 3 ).

Note: I didn’t give the Bible references for all the above REALITY points; Can you please spend little extra time in Scriptures to find the suitable references?

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