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PURSUIT OF PLEASURE

MATTHEW 1 : 24 & 25

Joseph accepted Mary as his wife and did not know her
till she had brought forth her firstborn!.
This means, Joseph abstained himself from the sexual
pleasure nearly for a year!

Reason?
To ensure the holy birth of Jesus!
To ensure proper delivery!
Accepting Mary as his wife itself was a big challenge but,
in addition, abstaining from marital sex would have been
a tough challenge!

Even the old testament Joseph abstained himself from
the illegitimate sex; but the new testament Joseph went
an extra step by abstaining even from the legitimate sex!.

Think about that!
In a generation, where all kinds of sex are getting legalized,
where the pursuit of pleasure is projected as the only worthy
aim, where visual sex and virtual sex are the norms of the day,
and where premarital sex and extra marital sex are considered
as fashion, sacrificing even his legitimate pleasure for a period
for CHRIST’s sake is certainly a challenge to all of us!

Are we entrapped in the comfort zone mania because of our
pursuit of pleasure?
Do we justify the ‘convenio’ we are enjoying by declaring ” I
deserve it” arguments?
Do we erase the Christian principles of simplicity and sacrifice
from our vocabulary to accommodate comfort and prosperity?
Do we still believe the proper delivery of the WORD and the
pursuit of pleasure can coexist?

Dear friend.
Wish to have an impact for CHRIST’s sake?
Don’t just get satisfied with abstaining from the wrong things;
Go ahead and learn to sacrifice even the right things!.

Sacrificing extra one or two hours of sleep so that to pray a
little extra, skipping one or two meals so that to meditate the
WORD a little extra, postponing some costly purchases so
that to support missions a little extra, Oh!

Nobody will tell you that these are mandatory, but the fine line
between the achievers and the orators in GOD’s kingdom is
drawn only with these little extras!

Live a life worthy of your calling!


MY SONS, DO NOT BE NEGLIGENT NOW, FOR THE LORD
HAS CHOSEN YOU TO STAND BEFORE HIM, TO SERVE
HIM, AND THAT YOU SHOULD MINISTER TO HIM AND BURN
INCENSE. ( II CHRONICLES 29 : 11 ).

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TRIP AND TRAP

GENESIS 34

Jacob’s family: 12 sons and only one daughter!
Dinah!
So special!
But a purposeless trip became a painful trap for her!
She just went to see the girls of that city; Time Pass!
She was seen by the prince of that place; As expected!
Love at first sight! Lust at second sight! Defilement!
Anger! Manipulation! Revenge! Honor killing!
The entire male population of that place was eliminated!
Even the prince who loved her got killed!
Poor Dinah! Who could have expected this kind of pain?
Even twelve brothers could not give her a bright future!

Just a trip? Time pass? Bay watching? Sight seeing?

Dear friend,
Even after so many generations, the story remains the same!
Purposeless visit, peer pressure, defilement, addiction, abortion,
unwed mothers, fatherless kids, lifeless men, jealousy, revenge,
mental disorders, secret diseases, murder and suicide,
the torture of the trap seems endless!

Learn to respect your boundary!
Scrutinize your ‘time pass’ activities!
Be alert, next house or another continent, traps are everywhere!
Friends are important but your purity and future are more important!
Practice saying no to compromising invitations!
Stay away from experimentation and exploration!
Whenever feeling bored inside the house, remember Dinah!
Invest extra time in healthy hobbies!

And above all,
Without sincere prayer, never undertake any trip!
Let HIS WORD and SPIRIT be your companions!
Walk worthy of your calling!


DEAD FLIES PUTREFY THE PERFUMER’S
OINTMENT, AND CAUSE IT TO GIVE OFF A
FOUL ODOR; SO DOES A LITTLE FOLLY TO
ONE RESPECTED FOR WISDOM AND HONOR.
( ECCLESIASTES 10 : 1 )

JAMES BOND; VAMP’S BOND

JUDGES 16 : 4 – 21

Samson, the James Bond of Israel!
Watch his adventures;
the way he killed a lion with his bare hands just like killing a young goat
(JUDGES 14 : 6),
the ease with which he caught three hundred foxes and tied their tails together in pairs (JUDGES15: 4),
his ruthless killing of thirty men just to get some extra dress
(JUDGES 14 : 19),
using a new kind of mass destruction weapon, a jaw bone, and killing thousand philistines with it (JUDGES 15 : 15),
his strength to carry the city gates with its two posts(JUDGES 16:3)
his winsomeness to get a heroine from every place he visited, Timnah, Gaza or valley of Sorek,
the way his heroines were becoming double agents,
his ability to escape even in the last minute from his enemies,
and moving all alone as an one man’s army in the enemy’s territory,

Yes, it looks like the patent for all James bond movies were with
Samson!
But there are two major differences between modern James Bond and our James Bond, Samson:
James Bond may not be praying but Samson prayed and at least twice it is recorded in the Bible, ( JUDGES 15 : 18 & 16 : 28 );
Further, in the climax, Samson died unlike the James Bond!

Because our James Bond had Vamp’s bond too!
This one man’s army was not a one woman’s man!

See how the senses of this JAMES BOND got dulled by the
VAMP’S BOND!
His affection for Delilah blinded his eyes even before he lost his
vision in the hands of Philistines!
Three times she clearly expressed her desire to find the secret of
his strength and whenever he shared some reason the Philistines tried to exploit those reasons to overpower Samson; But not even once he doubted the link between his shared information and Philistines; not even once he asked himself how Philistines were able to reach Delilah’s house on time;
His senses were lulled and dulled and when the same nagging came
the fourth time, Samson shared the secret!

That day Delilah’s lap top toppled Samson;
Today the laptops are trying to topple us !

Those days Samson had to travel so much distance to sin;
These days a touch on the screen will bring Gaza to us!

Then Samson’s victories as well as sins were public;
Now, our victories are public and failures are secret!

Dear friend,
Visiting unwanted sites, reading a contaminated page, secretly enjoying soft porn, indulging in double meaning chat, having multiple IDs and living in a fantasy world may seem to be so natural and so harmless for few days;
But remember, when you are slowly swimming in it, your senses also will be slowly dying and the Delilah will be trying her best to short circuit your power line!. Remember, Delilah was paid for that!

The end; Lost vision!

Some of us might have escaped from the trap of the enemy three
times but the next escape is not guaranteed, even if you are a
James Bond!

Dear friend,
Don’t measure your spiritual maturity by your ability to kill a lion or to catch three hundred foxes or even by your talent of using a jawbone to kill thousands;
Your real maturity will be exhibited and exposed in the wilderness, in the dark room where no one else can see how your system responds to the systems!

Be alert!
Set aside anything and everything that dull your senses!
Renew your mind regularly by the WORD!
Remember, your enemy is not even in your backyard but in your closed room and the open screens!
If necessary, do all your system related works in an open room, where anyone can see what you are seeing and doing!

Don’t you know that you are a visionary?


THOSE WHO BELONG TO CHRIST JESUS HAVE
NAILED THE PASSIONS AND DESIRES OF THEIR
SINFUL NATURE TO HIS CROSS AND CRUCIFIED
THEM THERE ( GALATIANS 5 : 24 )

MILES TO GO BEFORE I SLIP

I Kings 22 : 32

King Jehoshaphat made peace with King of Israel!
Even though he was good in the sight of the LORD
and was doing what was right in the eyes of the LORD,
he became a friend of Ahab, the notorious king of Israel.
How it happened?
An unholy alliance!
Jehoshaphat’s son Joram got married to Ahab’s daughter
Athaliah ( II Kings 8 : 17 & 18 ).
True worshiper of GOD came close to Baal worshiper by
compromising his stand.
Even after knowing the way GOD’s prophets and servants
were killed and tortured by Ahab’s family, Jehoshaphat
compromised in the area of marriage!
Any immediate punishment from the LORD?
No, every thing went on smoothly; New alliance; New
friendship; meetings and feasts; Yes, there were no marked
warnings or punishments from the LORD; looked like the
unholy alliance got GOD’s approval!.
But, if you read carefully Jehoshaphat’s story from the books
of kings and chronicles, you can notice shocking display of
GOD’s hand against Jehoshaphat’s family!
Yes, miles to go before ……….
Just note a few;
1. Jehoshaphat unnecessarily agreed to accompany Ahab to
battle against Syrians ( I kings 22 : 4 ).
—- unholy alliance corrupts decision making.
2. Even though GOD’s prophet Micaiah was struck by false
prophets, for giving the GOD’s word, in front of Jehoshapat,
Jehoshaphat didn’t worry about that. ( I Kings 22 :24,29)
—– unholy alliance disturbs loving HIS people.
3. In the battlefield he agreed to put on Ahab’s robes and
allowed Ahab to disguise himself.( I Kings 22 : 34 )
—— unholy alliance encourages foolish behavior.
4. Jehoshaphat almost lost his life in the battle ( I kings 22: 32).
——- unholy alliance opens avenues of attacks.
5. Jehoshaphat’s business attempt failed ( II Chronicles 20: 37).
——- unholy alliance affects even the prosperity.
6. Jehoshaphat lost authority even in his own Kingdom. His
son Jehoram began to reign even though Jehoshaphat
was the king. Jehoram co-regent with his father!.( II Kings 8:16).
——– unholy alliance weakens the authority.
7. Jehoram killed all his brothers ( II chronicles 21 : 4 ).
——— unholy alliance devalues relationships.
8. Jehoram’s kingdom and life faced all kinds of problems and he
had an early death.( II Chronicles 21 : 16 – 20 ).
——— unholy alliance affects the peace of children.
9. Even Jehoram’s son Ahaziah was killed. ( II chronicles 22 : 9).
———- unholy alliance removes the layer of protection.
10. Athaliah became the queen of Judah and killed many more
of Royal family( II Chronicles 22 10 – 12 ).
———– unholy alliance gives power to the enemy.
Jehoshaphat, a successful, faithful and prosperous king, lost
almost everything just because of an unholy alliance!
Dear friend, Why take risk?


DO NOT BE UNEQUALLY YOKED TOGETHER WITH
UNBELIEVERS. FOR WHAT FELLOWSHIP HAS
RIGHTEOUSNESS WITH LAWLESSNESS? AND WHAT
COMMUNION HAS LIGHT WITH DARKNESS?
AND WHAT ACCORD HAS CHRIST WITH BELIAL?
OR WHAT PART HAS A BELIEVER WITH AN UNBELIEVER?
( 2 CORINTHIANS 6 : 14 & 15 )

HELLO, Mrs POTIPHAR- PART 2

GENESIS 39: 1 – 20

Hello, Mrs Potiphar,
Hope you read my first letter.
Even if not, you can read this;

You know, more than the way you complained about me,
the way my master received that complaint gave me lot
of frustration;
Yes, he knew very well about my faithfulness, my
commitment, my smart work and, above all, the way
GOD blessed the things which were under my care;

Even though I was a slave, he honored me, never treated
me like a slave and not even checked the accounts;
From that kind of person, I expected, at least a honest
inquiry; But as you know, he threw me into the prison
without even considering my track record!
Yes, He believed you and trusted you so much, but you?

Even though I was shaken and cried that night, after some
days it slowly dawned on me that my master had done the
best thing for me; yes, the way you pressurized me for so
many days put me in a situation to consider fleeing as the
only option; But you know, as a slave I could not have the freedom even to flee;

So even your screaming and blaming also became a perfect
protection for me; Instead of screaming, suppose if you have
just ignored that then that would have became a trap for me;
If you allowed me to work in the same place, who knows,
one day or other I might have fallen in your trap!

Yes, in fact, I know some people who were bold in the
beginning in resisting the sexual advances of opposite sex, suddenly failed just because of their prolonged stay near
the source of temptation;

So thank you for your verbal attack;
Further, which was a better place to protect my purity from
the invisible hands of seducing circumstances than the prison?
Was not loneliness better than a compromising company?

Yes, directly or indirectly, your screaming and his fury
became a cover of protection from the lustful arrows!

Finally, I want to share an important thing about my work;
Yes, your husband appreciated the things which I touched
and prospered; He considered them as the best;
But do you know the truth?

My best work was not the things which I touched, but the
things which I left untouched!
Yes, even though I had opportunity and authority to touch,
I left some things, like you, untouched; And in my GOD’s view,
I know, they were the best!
One day or other, your husband will understand that!
I stop now, and if GOD willing, tomorrow I write more!

Thanking you,
Yours truly,
JOSEPH (s/o I . JACOB ).


A PERSON WITHOUT SELF CONTROL IS AS DEFENSELESS
AS A CITY WITH BROKEN DOWN WALLS (PROVERBS 25:28)

HELLO, Mrs.POTIPHAR!

GENESIS 39 : 1 – 23

Hello Mrs Potiphar,
Do you remember me?
I’m Joseph, the Hebrew slave!

You may not like this, but anyway I write;
In fact I am writing this just to ask your forgiveness!

Some people may directly or indirectly blame you for the things happened to me; but the things happened in my life forced me to reconsider the way I move with the opposite sex.

In a sense, all may consider me blameless; But I think even
the so called innocent talk and walk in this area may become
a stumbling block to others.

Now I know, having a clear conscience is not just sufficient in the sexual battles if I do not carefully check and weed out the hidden seducing nature from my life.

Yes, even though I got shocked by the way you moved and
blamed and punished me, when I look back I wonder,
may be some how, whether I have indirectly incited you
by my words or deeds;
You know, a person in your position can not reach that
level of animal like lust and revenge without getting the
indirect misguided signal from other side!

So unlike others, I don’t want to blame and label you;
I ask you to forgive me if I have created that kind of
conflict and confusion about our relationship by my
words or deeds;

Even now, If I look back, I am not remembering any
wrong motive or intention from my side, but the way you
tried to throw away your position as Potiphar’s wife,
just for momentary pleasure, compelled me to analyze and
assess my life prayerfully. I fear that I may be wrong
about my assessment!

Any way, GOD used even the things happened through you
to teach me to behave in a careful and honorable way in the
presence of opposite sex, irrespective of their age and position!
So, in a way, you also became a teacher to me and
I thank you for that.

I have so much to write, but I know your lack of patience and
hence I stop now and if GOD willing tomorrow I will write to
you some more important things.
Thank you!
Yours truly,
Joseph (s/o. I. Jacob).


DON’T GIVE OFFENSE TO JEWS OR GENTILES OR
THE CHURCH OF GOD. ( I CORINTHIANS 10 : 32 )

WONDROUS WOMAN – Part 3

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
GOD’s approval?
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)

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