Have you noticed?
The information about birth of Rebekah in Nahor’s family
reached Abraham after his Mount Moriah experience!
Nahor, Abraham’s brother, was in Ur of Chaldean and
Abraham, before reaching the land near Moriah, wandered
through so many regions including Canaan and Egypt for
After so many decades of wandering, how was it possible
for Abraham to get ‘noise-free’ message about Nahor’s
family in a faraway land?
And in particular, why that information reached Abraham
‘after these things'(GENESIS 22: 20)?
To be specific, whether the name ‘Rebekah’ had any impact
on Abraham’s mind?
Was it GOD’s way of giving hint about the next link in the
fulfillment of the promise given to Abraham?
Remember the promise ‘ I will make your descendants
as the dust of the earth’.
In the first level Issac was there, but to take that to the
next level of fulfillment, Issac needed a partner!
Was it a coincidence that Abraham’s success in the test
at Moriah and the information about Rebekah, the next
link in the promise fulfillment, and her birth reached him
immediately after that?
Was it the reason that Abraham sent his servant to Nahor’s
place to find a bride for Isaac?
Or to make it simple, is it true that whenever we overcome
in a test or temptation, the clarity of communication about
our next level will be excellent?
Kindly test and inform me !
HOW PRECIOUS ALSO ARE YOUR THOUGHTS TO ME, O GOD!
HOW GREAT IS THE SUM OF THEM! ( PSALM 119 : 17 )
Even when a windstorm came down, HE slept;
Even when the waves beat into the boat, HE slept;
Even when the boat was already filling, HE slept;
Even when the disciples were in jeopardy, HE slept;
The Savior sleeping?
Difficult to accept; Difficult to understand;
But we have to accept the basic facts!
Whether you are a disciple or not, sometimes you may
have to face the storms in your life.
Whether you are in the will of GOD, like Paul, or away
from the will of GOD, like Jonah, in your journey storms
The political storm, the economical storm, the relational
storm, the cultural storm and the natural storm threaten
a believer and an unbeliever in the same way.
Till this world passes away, till the new earth comes, the
naturally occurring things will be there.
Then, in what way our faith and HIS presence matter?
Dear friend, read that portion carefully!
First of all, JESUS only initiated that journey!.
Not just HE initiated, HE also clearly stated the destination
of the journey; to the other side of the lake!.
In addition, He assured His presence ‘ Let us go to ‘!.
In fact, by the way HE slept, HE indirectly illustrates the
way a person of faith, moving in the will of GOD with the
assurance of HIS presence is expected to behave!
If HE is sleeping, it simply means that HIS intervention
is not at all needed to reach the destination.
What HE told will surely come to pass!
HIS spoken WORD and HIS Presence,
No storm has the power to stop them!
Remember, if it is a real danger, even if you are not calling
HIM, HE will swiftly come and gather you under HIS wings!
But our problem is actually because of our assumptions!
We assume, every storm is here to destroy us;
We assume, silence of GOD as absence of GOD;
We assume, Heavenly promises can be disturbed by
the earthly storms;
We assume, calming the storms is more important than
using the storms to declare and grow in faith;
See JESUS’ response!
He never asked ‘ How could the storm come?’ or
appreciated ‘Thanks, in the right time you cried, we
all escaped’ or even consoled ‘it won’t happen again’!
But HE certified them ‘men of little faith’ and questioned
them ‘where is your faith?’.
Facing a storm?
Fear not; Check who initiated your project; Check HIS
promises about your project; Check HIS presence in
your project; yes, whatever may be your project!
If GOD is silent in your storm, understand, this is a minor
storm and won’t have any impact; just relax in HIM!
Remember, your SAVIOR is IMMANUEL too.
FOR HE SPOKE, AND IT WAS DONE,
HE COMMANDED, AND IT STOOD FAST.
(PSALM 33 : 9 )
In the town of Shunem;
A wealthy woman recognized Elisha as a man of GOD and
hence provided food to eat and an upper room to rest to
Nobody asked her to do that: Voluntarily and willingly, she
ministered to the prophet!
Not just voluntarily and willingly, but even when she was
barren; No child and her husband was also aged!
She served GOD with a heart of contentment!
She didn’t even reveal her problem to the prophet!
Even when the prophet wished to do some favor to
her, she didn’t exploit that situation!
Not wealthy just in the materialistic sense!
Silent sufferings but splendid servings!
No wonder GOD blessed her in a miraculous way!
But, within a few years, crisis entered her life;
The son, she got by the miracle, died!
The time to let go?
No, watch how she responded?
The silent, submissive and humble woman suddenly
became a fierce warrior!
She put her son’s body in the upper room, informs
her travel plan to her husband but not spreading the
information of her son’s death, travels from Shunem
to Mount carmel , meets the prophet and cries!
Even when Elisha sends his servant with Elisha’s staff,
she is not willing to accept that but convincing and
compelling Elisha to come to her house!
She is not willing to give up; not ready to accept any
alternate suggestions; not willing to quit;
She knows what she wants and fights to finish!
In the first part, she was so passive, not even expecting
any thing for her faithful service, humbly serving Elisha,
with the divine perspective of honoring a servant of GOD!
In the second part, she becomes so dynamic, plan and
pursue her goal of getting her son back, travelling so
much distance cries, begs, fights, struggles, convinces
and conquers, all alone!
What she received by a Promise, she was not allowing
to loose by her passive submission!
How many times we accept and embrace failures and
setbacks foolishly and passively, instead of fiercely and
diligently fight back to reclaim them?
How many areas in our lives were surrendered to our
enemy as we are not dynamic?
How many things, what we received by His promise and
His grace, were ignored and lost?
In particular, how many marriages, covenants made in
HIS presence, were allowed to die just because of our
unconditional passive attitude?
Fight back, honor the marriage vow, don’t accept the
foolish and hopeless verdict the world and your mind utter!
Revive it! Reclaim it! Be dynamic!
Finally, dear servant of GOD, how many of us passively
allowed our original vision to die and somehow managing
some kind of work just to show that we serve HIM?
The Shunamite woman was not willing to give up what
she received by the divine intervention but fought back;
Was it not worth?
Don’t give up; Be dynamic; Be alert; Be a warrior!
There is a time to stand still,
but there also is a time to fight!
Fight for your family; Fight for your vision!
You will surely testify ‘it is so sweet and worth’!.
YOU WILL TRAMPLE DOWN LIONS AND
POISONOUS SNAKES; YOU WILL CRUSH
FIERCE LIONS AND SERPENTS UNDER
YOUR FEET! ( PSALM 91 : 13 )
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).
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!
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!
If ready, then again read the above ten points and
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 )
I KINGS 11 : 29 – 39 & I KINGS 12 : 25 – 29.
Sins of Jeroboam;
Again and again mentioned phrase in the Old Testament;
Why so much aversion against that?
Was it just idolatry or something deep?
Sure, he introduced idolatry in a crafty way in Israel;
But, the motive behind that?
Read the above portions carefully.
Jeroboam, just a construction labor in charge during
Solomon’s reign; Because of Solomon’s idol worship,
GOD got displeased and consequently ten tribes were
given to Jeroboam, after Solomon’s time, by GOD.
Prophet Ahijah clearly explained him the reason for the
elevation of Jeroboam and promised an enduring dynasty!
The only expectation was obedience to The Commandments!
Got the kingdom by the grace of GOD and got a prosperous
prophecy from GOD’s prophet about Jeroboam’s descendants;
What more he needed?
But insecurity and doubt entered his heart; Jeroboam thought
to himself ‘ If i am not careful, the kingdom will return to the
dynasty of David'( I Kings 12 : 26 ).
Thought process against the promise of GOD!
Doubt and lack of faith always begets manipulation!
What he received by promise, he schemed to control by a lie!
Idols, alternate places of worship, priests from non-levite tribes,
new kinds of festivals and strange methods of worship;
Yes, all these things were introduced, not because of
Jeroboam’s boldness but because of his fear;
Fear of loosing the things received by promise!
Check your life;
Do you have secret fears of loosing some things which you
got by promise?
Deal with that fear first: That is why, The Bible exhorts us
again and again ” FEAR NOT”.
Fear and faith can not co exist!
Fear gives way to doubt, doubt to uncertainty,
uncertainty to manipulation and manipulation to idolatry!
The FLOW; By GOD’s grace Jeroboam receiving the kingdom!
The FLAW: By fear and uncertainty, Jeroboam manipulates!
Result: All the blessings, promises and the kingdom FLEW
away from Jeroboam and his family!
A true disciple’s life should be ” FLOW; FLOW: FLOW”
And not ” FLOW; FLAW: FLEW”.
HAVE YOU LOST YOUR SENSES? AFTER STARTING YOUR
CHRISTIAN LIVES IN THE SPIRIT, WHY ARE YOU NOW
TRYING TO BECOME PERFECT BY YOUR OWN HUMAN
EFFORT? ( GALATIANS 2 : 3 )
GENESIS 21 : 14 – 19.
Hagar and Ishmael sent out by Abraham and Sarah;
Pathetic situation in the life of Sarah.
From slavery to a blessed position and then abandoned;
Her life was always controlled by some one else.
Is not natural to cry? Is it not the time to feel depressed?
Is it wrong to worry about the future of her son?
She lifted her voice and wept.
But notice the surprising response from GOD!
‘GOD heard the voice of the lad’,
she cried but her cry was not so significant .
Again the angel of GOD explains (GENESIS 21 : 17 )
‘GOD has heard the voice of the lad where he is’.
The Bible not even recorded the cry of the lad, but GOD heard it;
Hagar lifted her voice and wept, but that was not considered!
Hagar already received a personal promise about her son
and his future(GENESIS 16 : 10, 11 &12 ).
Again GOD confirmed that to Abraham( GENESIS 17 : 20 ).
Again GOD promised that to Abraham ( GENESIS 21 : 13 ).
When GOD promised and confirmed that again and again,
Getting frustrated and crying is not expected from Hagar;
She is supposed to encourage and strengthen Ishmael,
who is yet to get the maturity to claim the promise;
Crying now means lack of faith in GOD and thinking high
about her role in the fulfillment about the promise;
You know, the child won’t die, It is having a promise!
Her cry is aiming at the death of the child!
It is a mistake to cry from her part; CHILLI mistake!
See the angel’s response;
‘Hold the lad with your hand and I will make him a great nation’
Notice carefully, no blessings promised to her, but only to the lad;
Her blessings depends on holding the hands of the lad!
With or without her help, the promise will be fulfilled;
But if she needs to be blessed, she has to be with the child!
Yes, GOD opened her eyes!
How many of us are crying with these kinds of unbelief?
We overestimate our worth in the GOD given vision, ministry;
We cry foolishly fearing the death of the vision and ministry;
Remember, GOD given vision can not die; can not be killed;
It is having life; the promise and the blessings of GOD!
Your blessings depend on your attachment and involvement;
Don’t ever imagine, if you are not there ….?
Even your cry and frustration will become a mistake;
A chilli mistake, which brings tears if mishandled;
Stop your cry; Get hold of the GOD given vision;
Your future blessings depend on that;
You are not needed for that vision;
But, you need that vision;
Understand, humble yourselves and accept your part!
WRITE THE VISION AND MAKE IT PLAIN ON TABLETS,
THAT HE MAY RUN WHO READS IT.
FOR THE VISION IS YET FOR AN APPOINTED TIME;
BUT AT THE END IT WILL SPEAK, AND IT WILL NOT LIE.
THOUGH IT TARRIES, WAIT FOR IT;
BECAUSE IT WILL SURELY COME, IT WILL NOT TARRY.
( HABAKKUK 2 : 2 & 3 )
JOSHUA 2 : 17 – 21.
Rahab of Jericho; Helped the spies of Israel; Saved her family from destruction; Commented for her faith and deeds of faith even in the New Testament (Hebrews 11 : 31, James 2 : 25).
But have you noticed the number of days she waited?
After getting the promise from the spies, the spies went to the mountain and hid there for three days( Joshua 2 : 22 );
Their return journey from Jericho to Acacia grove and reporting
to Joshua( Joshua 2 : 23);
The Israelites Journey from Acacia grove to Jordan(Joshua3:1 );
Lodging at the banks of river Jordan for three days (Joshua3:3 );
Crossing the river Jordan( Joshua 4 );
Camping at Gilgal at least for four days, for circumcision and Pass over celebration ( Joshua 4 : 19 & 5 : 10);
Marching around the Jericho city for seven days (Joshua 6 : 15);
At least seventeen days!. Surely much more than that!
From the time she bound the scarlet cord till the day of deliverance!
Even when she was waiting patiently on the wall, the Israelite
army was consistently moving towards the promise fulfillment!
Even when she can not see, things are actually happening!
She has nothing to lean on, except the promise of the spies!
Is it not our problem?
We trust; make decisions; start our faith life;
But in our visual world, if there is no signs towards the promised things, we cancel our waiting, come out of the set boundary, murmur, complain,cry, compromise and conclude
‘Faith will not work’.
Dear friend, believe, even when your visible world is silent and
still, things are happening in your favor in the invisible world!
Think about the last seven days before deliverance!
Seven days, the Israelite army encircling the city;
The battle plan was clear to Joshua and the Israelite;
But to Rahab, the person waiting on the wall?
What they are doing?
Why they encircle in a meaningless way?
Lack of confidence in this warfare?
Why not any logical step by step approach?
Joshua confused? Deliverance possible?
But Rahab waited, even when the things happening in the visible world were not rational, meaningless, boring, repetitive and against the hope!
Why not come out of that shelter, find our own way of escape?
This is the second part of our problem; we expect the deliverance to come in an programmed way and if the things happening in our visible world are meaningless to our little minds, we quit!
Dear friend, think about the deliverance of Rahab!
Carefully meditated, planned, executed and fulfilled!
Even when her ‘ waiting on the wall ‘ was so fuzzy?
Rahab, and her household, saw the promise fulfilled,
because Rahab ignored the visible happenings and
trusted the word of the spies.
If a person who trusted the words of the servants of Joshua
can have this kind of blessings and deliverance, tell me,
How much more will be the blessings, the person who trusts
‘The Word ‘ of the LIVING GOD?
WITHOUT FAITH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE HIM,
FOR HE WHO COMES TO GOD MUST BELIEVE THAT
HE IS, AND THAT HE IS A REWARDER OF THOSE
WHO DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM ( HEBREWS 11 : 6 ).
GENESIS 16: 9.
Hagar: A slave from Egypt; a maidservant of Sarah;
No great expectations; No pride and prejudice; But
Because of the momentary decision taken by the frustrated Sarah,
Hagar’s life and Sarah’s frustrations gained momentum!.
You know, decisions taken at frustrated moments will surely beget more frustrations; Enter His rest before making decisions!
Sarah suffered, felt inferior; not willing to accept even her own expectations about her family’s future;
Late revelations: Abraham’s baby is not my baby!;
Sarah went to the next extreme; dealt harshly with Hagar and she fled;
Abraham? So silent; father of faith had a black spot of doubt?
Silently accepted Sarah’s suggestion; Silently enjoyed Hagar’s embrace;
Silently supported Sarah’s madness; Silently watched Hagar’s escape!
But Poor Hagar,
What was her mistake?! Why she had to suffer for their foolishness?
She was used, misused and abused; treated like a wooden toy;
No respect for her personality, her feelings and emotions;
Better to quit; resign; escape; Her decision to run away justified!
But God? Is He watching? Why He allowed this?
GOD, who was silent up to that moment, sent an angel;
To acknowledge her decision? To console her?; No!
To send her back to her mistress; to submit herself under her hand!
Is it not cruel? Is this visitation and the message from GOD’s angel?
Is it logical? Will they accept? Even if they accept, how will they treat?
Will they punish, the punishment for a runaway slave?
See Hagar, no questions asked; no ifs and buts; simply obeyed!
The secret: The assurance she got ‘ YOU ARE THE GOD WHO SEES’.
Submitting to Sarah may become suffocating, but it does not matter!
If we have the assurance ‘ EL ROI’, no submission will be suffocating!
Hagar didn’t think about the wisdom in that command, like most of us.
But see the consequences and the rewards!.( Genesis 16 & 17 ).
1. Abraham’s house, even if Sarah was fuming, was the safest place for the delivery.
2. Her son was acknowledged as Abraham’s son; in the wilderness,
nobody would have accepted that as a legitimate child!
3. Abraham named the child Ishmael, meaning GOD hears; even the name
selected by GOD.
4. Because of the intervention of GOD, through the angelic visitation,
her status got changed; from just a slave to mother of ‘GOD hears’.
5. Her son Ishmael got circumcised as a mark of a covenant with GOD.
6. At least thirteen more years of peaceful dwelling in the land; no more
torture mentioned in the Word.
7. Specific blessings to Ishmael were uttered to Abraham by the angel.
8. Silent Abraham becoming struggling Abraham, struggling to send her away when Sarah revolted the second time. A bond created. Oh! the assurance of being loved( Genesis 21 : 11).
A name, a bond, a place, a status, a covenant, a blessing, a prophecy,
an assurance and much more; just because of single act of blind obedience; ignoring the temporal suffering by reckoning the great truth;
‘ EL ROI- GOD SEES and ISHMAEL – GOD HEARS’.
Praise the Lord, Hagar obeyed!
Tell me friends; Which costs more, obedience or disobedience?
No one to understand your sufferings?, no one to wipe away your tears?,
Feeling just used and thrown away? frustrated by passive Abraham?
Tortured by selfish Sarah? Bewildered by GOD’s silence?
GOD is silent, but not blind and deaf;
HE SEES, not just you, even your future!
HE HEARS, not just your voice, even your afflictions!
HE KNOWS, and HE wants to protect and bless you!
Don’t doubt GOD’s wisdom and instructions!. Just obey!.
You may not understand The INFINITE’s plan with your finite mind;
But, one day you will surely testify: EL ROI!;
Man’s manipulations and Satan’s subtleties won’t touch you,
If you dwell in the secret place of the MOST HIGH!
You know, the surrendered life is always a successful life!
FOR THE EYES OF THE LORD ARE ON THE RIGHTEOUS,
AND HIS EARS ARE OPEN TO THEIR PRAYERS…(I PETER 3 : 12)
GENESIS 50 : 25, EXODUS 13 : 19 & HEBREWS 11 :22.
Joseph took an oath before his death from the Children of Israel.
“Carry up my bones from Egypt to Israel when GOD visits you”.
Think about the Egyptian culture; Royal Death means Royal Mummy!
A man who reversed the fortunes of Egypt deserved a Royal Mummy;
The Prime Minister, The CEO of Egyptian Food Distribution Services;
Number two in the Kingdom, The great administrator, tax reformer;
Son in law of the priest of On, the leader of the Goshen community;
He need not speak anything about his burial; The mummy reserved;
Even if not, he deserved it.
Reserved or Deserved, but he served the Living GOD;
Joseph knew his root and route!
Nearly 90 years in Egypt, knew everything about Egypt and its culture
but that culture did not touch his mind and heart;
His oath devalued the Egyptian culture; He was put in a coffin.
Even now people are fascinated about the mummies, but Joseph?
But, why Joseph didn’t wish to be buried, in Canaan, like his father?
The Word says, In Hebrews 11:22, by faith he commanded that!
What is the connection between his faith and his bones?
His bones reminded the Israelite, the promise of God,
The promise given to and through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,
The promise about the Promised Land;
In times of prosperity, when tempted to build empires, the bones
reminds the Israelite ‘This is not our place, God will surely visit us’.
In times of adversity, when tempted to give up, quit, the bones
refines them to endure ‘ Some more time, God will surely visit us’.
For more than three hundred years, the bones were in Egypt,
Silently warning and encouraging the children of God;
Comparing with the mummies, these bones were so small,
But they were smart, The smart bones!
When Moses led the Israelite out of Egypt, people carried the jewels
of their neighbors, but Moses, their leader took the bones with him!
Prosperity, authority, adversity, slavery, murder of the male children,
hatred, work pressure, confrontation with the king and the pass over,
The Israelite never ignored the oath or the bones!
The Israelite preserved the oath and the oath preserved them!
But be warned, the bones were just reminders and not an idol!
I am remembering another death; another command;
Yes, The Lord’s table, commanded just before JESUS death!
His flesh and blood; a tradition, an idol or the remembrance?
Adversity or prosperity, The Lord’s table silently reminding us,
The Lord’s promise ” Surely I am coming quickly”.
Planning to build mummies or depressed to quit and give up?
Remember, this is not our place, move towards the promised land!
MARANATHA!, Amen, even so come LORD JESUS!
FOR AS OFTEN AS YOU EAT THIS BREAD AND
DRINK THIS CUP,YOU PROCLAIM THE LORD’S
DEATH TILL HE COMES.(I CORINTHIANS 11:26)
HAVE YOU NOTICED?
II KINGS 5 : 14 : Syrian commander in River Jordan;
Not to take bath, but to obey the words of Elisha;
He dipped seven times, his flesh was restored;
Restored like the flesh of a little child!
His leprosy gone; he was clean; A clean miracle!.
Wait, restored like the flesh of a little child?
But,what was his age? a commander, might be thirty plus!
After the miracle, he did not get the flesh of a thirty plus,
But, much more than that, like the flesh of a little child!
Total transformation; A brand new start;
Much more than the expectations;
He expected just healing from the leprosy,
But, why so much?
My cup runs over!
What we expected was just a drop, some relief;
Deliverance from the enemy;
But a table in front of our enemies and
Our cups runs over; Just filling the cups will do,
But, why so much?
As a sinner we stood far from His Presence;
Expecting just forgiveness, some relief;
Willing to be servants and slaves, away from the enemy;
But eternal life, the seal, the gifts, the position in Christ;
Abundant life, exceedingly great promises, Royal priesthood;
The authority, The Word, The Spirit;
And above all, the right to call Him ‘ABBA FATHER’!
Just deliverance from sin and darkness will do,
But, why so much?
Because, GOD SO LOVED ….,
From His side, why so much?
But from our side, why so little?
OH, THE DEPTH OF THE RICHES BOTH OF THE WISDOM
AND KNOWLEDGE OF GOD! (ROMANS 11 : 33)