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DANIEL 5

Belshazzar, son of Nebuchadnezzar, was slain and
Darius the Mede received the kingdom!
Even though the reason for this was clearly given
in the Book of Daniel, the root behind that reason
was slightly hidden;
Consider the following verses:

1. DANIEL 5 : 2
The king knew about the vessels from the temple of GOD
and the place where they were kept; but he didn’t knew
the history behind that vessels!
He thought about using that vessels but didn’t understand
the proper way to use them or the purpose for which they
were made!
He knew but he didn’t know!
Partial understanding; Superficial grasping!

2. DANIEL 5 : 13.
Daniel served as the chief administrator of Babylon for so
many years, solved so many problems, interpreted so many
of Nebuchadnezzar’s dreams and was faithful to that king in
all the assignments; but strangely king Belshazzar recognized
Daniel as a Jew whom Nebuchadnezzar brought from Judah!
Even the Queen knew more things about Daniel!
Even though what Belshazzar told about Daniel was true, in the kingdom of Babylon, that was not the whole truth about Daniel!
He knew but he didn’t know!
Partial understanding; Superficial grasping!

3. DANIEL 5 : 22.
Belshazzar knew about the things happened to his father; his
power and might; his pride and fall; his repentance and his
restoration!
Belshazzar knew from his father’s experience that the Most
High GOD rules in the kingdom of men; But he didn’t know
how to humble himself like Nebuchadnezzar!
He knew but he didn’t know!
Partial understanding; Superficial grasping!

4. DANIEL 5 : 30.
As a king, Belshazzar was supposed to know about his
enemies, but he didn’t know that his enemies were so close!
That very night he got killed.
He knew about the judgement coming on him,as interpreted by
Daniel, but he surely didn’t expect that on the same day!
In fact, he knew how to honor Daniel who interpreted but
didn’t know how to repent and to have a possible escape!
He knew but he didn’t know!
Partial understanding; Superficial grasping!

Leave him, but what about us?
Are we all not having the same problem?
Superficially reading the WORD and not even trying to
grasp what is written?
Know about the Holy things but don’t know how to use
them?
Know about the SON of MAN but satisfied with a partial
understanding of HIS nature?
Know about so many experiences but never learnt to
apply the experiences in a Biblical way?
Know about the coming judgement but not serious about
that and hence postponing repentance and reconciliation?

Remember,
Proper Action depends on proper understanding;
Proper understanding depends on proper studying;
Proper studying depends on proper time spending;

Ignoring the WORD or superficially reading the WORD
just for name sake will slowly corrupt our understanding
and hence the power to apply the WORD in our life!

Take time to be holy!


TEKEL: YOU HAVE BEEN WEIGHED IN THE
BALANCES, AND FOUND WANTING. ( DANIEL 5 : 27 ).

MEANINGLESS MOURNING

I SAMUEL 16 : 1

The LORD was grieved that he had made Saul king
over Israel; And so Samuel mourned for Saul!,

The very first king of Israel messed up his call;
And the LORD rejected him as king over Israel!

Was that an end?
No! Read GOD’s instruction to Samuel.
‘ How long will you mourn for Saul?’
Yes, that was the time to anoint a new king!
Samuel was expected to continue his mission.

Dear friend,
Some times we all mourn like Samuel for the lost
opportunities; As our first attempt backfired and
brought reproach to GOD’s name, we lose hope
and mourn as if all the doors are closed!.

Even though it is necessary to mourn for the things
that grieves our LORD, again and again reminding
and remembering that disgrace is also not acceptable
to GOD;
Cry, mourn and repent; But don’t dwell there!
Be practical! Get up ; Face the reality!
Ask GOD to reveal the next step!
Things which can’t be revived should be removed!

Remember, even though the first choice grieved GOD’s heart,
the next choice, David, became a man after GOD’s own heart!

Never allow a single failure in your life to make you a failure!
If you are with GOD, he will surely open new avenues for you!


I WILL MAKE RIVERS FLOW ON BARREN HEIGHTS,
AND SPRING WITHIN THE VALLEYS.
I WILL TURN THE DESERT INTO POOLS OF WATER,
AND THE PARCHED GROUND INTO SPRINGS.
( ISAIAH 41 : 18 ).

DADDY COOL!

LUKE 15

Have you noticed?

In Luke 15 : 6, the man who found his lost sheep invited his
friends and neighbors to rejoice with him;
In Luke 15 : 9, the woman who found the lost coin invited her
friends and neighbors to rejoice with her;
But in Luke 15 : 23, when the younger son came back,
the father didn’t invite his friends or neighbors but only his
servants to rejoice with him!
Why?

Is it because of the Father’s nature to cover and not to
advertise about HIS children’s failures?

In fact, when the younger son used the word ‘sin’ in his
confession to his father in front of his servants, the father
quickly changed the subject and instructed the servants to
concentrate on the feast!
Is he not remembering anything of the repentant child’s past?

Again, when the elder son tried his best to remind his father
about the past life of his brother with all the details, the father
quickly changed the subject by explaining the elder one’s
privileges and not the younger one’s past?
Is he not allowing even the elder one to speak about the forgiven
sins of his own brother?

Strange but true!
For the father, ‘My son was dead and is alive again!’ is the only
way to express the things happened in his family; Whenever
repentance restores relationship, the father ignores the past
and influences his elder son and his servants also to ignore the
past of his younger son.
It is a family problem, why friends and neighbors?

Dear friend,
If you repented and confessed your sins once, your father won’t remember them anymore!
Sometimes, like the younger son, your own mind may deceive
you to think, worry, feel guilty and speak about the confessed sin
again and again!.
If you are feeling guilty about the confessed and forgiven sin,
that is an insult to our Father and His Word!
Don’t try to explain your sin in detail under the cover of ‘ sharing
your testimony’; rather speak about HIS grace in detail!

Who can understand the depth of HIS grace?

Sometimes, may be most of the times, the elders may try to belittle
you by listing out the details even after your repentance!
Ignore them!. Stay close to your Father!
What your Father think and say about you only matters!

HE says that you are alive!
Why live like a corpse?

Let the power of resurrection fills you with the everlasting joy, hope
and peace!

Repented? Our Father asked us to rejoice!
Let us rejoice!


THE LORD YOUR GOD IN YOUR MIDST,
THE MIGHTY ONE, WILL SAVE;
HE WILL REJOICE OVER YOU WITH GLADNESS,
HE WILL QUIET YOU IN HIS LOVE,
HE WILL REJOICE OVER YOU WITH SINGING.
( HABAKKUK 3 : 17 )

ONE!…TWO!!…THREE!!!

LUKE 15

Three parables to illustrate repentance;
But have you noticed a subtle variation in the contents?

ONE: Luke 15 : 4 – 7. Lost sheep.
One in hundred;
How it got lost? – It does not matter!
Responsibility of searching lies with the owner;
He goes after it until he finds it.
Response of the sheep: It can not come back on its own
but can respond to the searching voice of the master!
Active response to the owner’s initiative!

TWO: Luke 15 : 8 – 10. Lost coin.
One in ten;
How it got lost? – It does not matter !
Responsibility of searching lies with the owner;
She seeks diligently until she finds it.
Response of the coin: It can not come back on its own
and it can not help, the owner in searching!.
Passive response to the owner’s initiative!

THREE: Luke 15 : 11 – 24.
One in two:
How he got lost? – Premeditated, willful rebellion!
Responsibility of searching becomes responsibility
of accepting provided the failed son takes the first
step of remembering the Father’s attributes and
returning back! Till that happens Father patiently waiting!
Response of the son: Accepting the unconditional acceptance!
Active response of the Father to the son’s initiative!

Dear friend, we all fail, we all fall; but we only know what
kind of failure we met;
In some cases, like the sheep, we have to wait for HIS voice
and respond;
In some other cases, like the coin, we can not move on our
own and we have to wait for HIS searching light and seeking
hands!
But in most of the cases, like the son, we have to remember
HIS love for us and HIS attributes and worth, and repent!

May GOD give you the discernment to know your state and
to respond in the right way in the right time!


I SAY TO YOU, THERE IS JOY IN THE
PRESENCE OF THE ANGELS OF GOD
OVER ONE SINNER WHO REPENTS.
( LUKE 15 : 10 )

ONCE UPON A TIME

Once upon a time, there was a rooster living in the
middle east region. Had a small family, loved his wife
and children and had a peaceful life. But it had a small
problem; not exactly a problem, but an irritation!
It simply hated to get up early every morning and to crow!

In fact, after getting the direct and indirect feedback from
some friends, it got depressed and hesitated to crow again.
With much difficulty some how it managed to crow every day.

But one day it got so irritated because of the sleepless night;
Some confusion in the city and it affected the serenity near
the rooster’s house also. So, in its irritation, it decided to
take rest but its partner came and disturbed the rooster!

‘Darling, it’s time to crow! get up!’ the hen reminded.
‘I hate it; I don’t want to do it; Nobody appreciates it’ the
rooster murmured.
I know, but is it not your talent, your calling; Even if nobody
appreciates we have to be faithful in our duty, please’ the
hen begged.
‘Many hate my voice and consider my crow as an interruption
as my voice is disturbing them’ tears came in its eyes.
It continued,’ o.k, today I will do it, but only once and not
twice as usual. And that is also because of your love’.

The rooster walked few steps majestically and crowed.
came back. saw the satisfaction in the partner’s face.
relaxed. After few minutes, again the hen came!
The rooster shouted ‘ You know my hurts, the insults by
others because of my early morning crowing; You know
how others are mocking; Even then you want me to do it
second time?’

The hen became silent and then murmured ‘ Our visibility is
limited but your voice can reach where your eyes cannot see.
Who knows how many respect your voice beyond the visible
region?’. I also come with you, but you please complete
your work, crow one more time’.

Slowly the rooster followed the hen and then with its full strength
the rooster crowed!. Silence everywhere! They remained in their
position;
Suddenly they saw something like a human being coming
closer to them; they didn’t move; slowly, the shadow started
weeping in a small voice and then with a loud cry;
The rooster got shocked and asked the hen ‘ who is this?,
what is happening?’.
The hen looked around and said softly ‘ This is Peter, the
disciple of JESUS CHRIST. Dear rooster, do you know,
today GOD used your voice to bring this dear disciple Peter
to repentance? ( MARK 14 : 67 – 72 )

The rooster got confused ‘ my voice bringing repentance?’
The hen replied ‘ no one can bring others to repentance, but
GOD in HIS own wisdom used even your so called unappreciated
daily work to remind Peter about his Master’s voice’.
The rooster thought about the frustrations and murmurs it
had about its regular assigned job and GOD’s way of linking
purpose even to its crow;
It looked at the hen and said, ‘hereafter, whether it is shining
or raining, I will be faithful in my calling. Who knows how
many Peters are not repenting because of the unfaithfulness
of some of us in our assigned works?’
The hen nodded and they slowly walked away from that place.


WELL DONE, GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT;
YOU HAVE BEEN FAITHFUL OVER A FEW THINGS,
I WILL MAKE YOU RULER OVER MANY THINGS.
ENTER INTO THE JOY OF YOUR LORD.(MATTHEW 25:23)

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