II CHRONICLES 26
Excellent beginning but embarrassing end!
A king at sixteen(VERSE 1),
great warrior(VERSES 6,7 & 8),
sincere seeker and a devout follower (VERSE 5),
skilled administrator (VERSE 11),
enthusiastic lover of the soil and agriculture (VERSE 10),
victorious and famous (VERSE 8) and
a technophile (VERSE 15)!
But he was forced to dwell in an isolated house till his
Pride, the root cause of all sin! (VERSE 16).
Not willing to stay within the boundary, not ready to listen
to counsel, not hesitating to show the fury against children
of GOD and silently sidelined by Divine act (VERSES 16-20)!
Not just Uzziah, but many promising servants fell in this subtle
pit and got sidelined; Servants who had humble beginnings in
their faith life, sometimes somehow start assuming themselves
as indispensable in the Kingdom and manipulate anything and
everything to prove that.
After every victory, take time to check and humble yourself in
HIS presence and give HIM glory!
Never allow the enemy to plant a weed of pride in your heart!
GOD is not going to be impressed by your list of achievements
or statistics about your success but only by your humility!
Not just for Uzziah, but for all human beings P G B D!
Yes, Pride Goes Before Destruction!
…….GOD RESISTS THE PROUD,
BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE. ( I PETER 5 : 5 )
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!
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?
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 ).
The younger son rebelled and got his share from the father
but he didn’t leave the house immediately. Few more days
he stayed in the same house and only after few days he
gathered his things and left his house.
Think about this!
Insulted his father by asking for his share and got his share
but the next few days he had so many chances to see and
hear his broken father!
Even that didn’t force him to reconsider, repent and reconcile!
The deceived heart became a hardened heart!
His father’s presence didn’t have any impact on him!.
Remember, the father could have thrown his son out of the
house immediately after giving his share but he didn’t!
Even though we all have so many failures, our Father still
allows us to be in HIS presence and to hear HIS voice; but
most of the times, because of our stubbornness we try to
justify and rationalize our wrong moves instead of using
that chance to repent!
Sitting inside the church, we plan our future sinful course
of action; we ignore the gentle Voice and add insult to insult
to our Heavenly Father;
Hear HIS voice and repent;
Don’t be stubborn even after hearing HIS voice!
Whatever may be your fall, if you repent, HIS grace will
sustain and uphold you!
Be quick to repent!
DO NOT BE LIKE THE HORSE OR LIKE THE MULE
WHICH HAVE NO UNDERSTANDING, WHICH MUST
BE HARNESSED WITH BIT AND BRIDLE, ELSE THEY
WILL NOT COME NEAR YOU. ( PSALMS 32 : 9 )
The sons of Jacob were grieved and very angry when they came
to know about the defilement of their sister Dinah; In their anger
they killed so many people of that place including Shechem!
But in their anger they failed to notice some important things;
Even though Shechem dishonored her, he didn’t desert her;
What he had done was not right, but killing him was not a solution!
Shechem was willing to marry Dinah and convinced his father to
go and speak to Dinah’s father, Jacob; Instead of waiting for the
response of the father, Simeon and Levi took justice in their hands
and killed all the male of that city! (GENESIS 34 : 6).
But we notice, Dinah lived at least three days in Shechem’s house
before he got killed! (GENESIS 34 : 26).
His death further confused already dishonored Dinah’s life!.
Even though, their action looked justifiable, their father Jacob
never approved their action (GENESIS 34 : 30).
In fact, even in his death bed Jacob remembered their anger and
cursed them instead of blessing them! (GENESIS 49 : 5 -7)
Is it not true that anger rests on the bosom of the fool?
Most of us won’t even include the sin of anger in our confession
list but we forget most of the other sins are very close to anger!
Cain’s anger sent him away from his parents;
Esau’s anger sent his brother away from his parents;
Saul’s anger sent him to the hands of Philistines;
Paul’s anger cut his relationship with his mentor, Barnabas;
Moses’ anger put him outside the promised land!
We try to justify our anger by quoting JESUS’ anger in the Temple,
as if we are following JESUS on all the other things (Mark 11 : 15).
Does your situation demands an angry reaction?
Don’t react but respond with the wisdom from Above!
Renew your mind by the WORD regularly and deal with anger in a creative way!.
Do you know anger destroyed many marriages than adultery?
Do you know anger frustrated the future of many youth than drugs?
Do you know anger silenced many than the atomic bomb?
That is why, The WORD exhorts us to ‘be angry, and do not sin.
do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the
devil’. (EPHESIANS 4 : 26 & 27)
Anger opens the door to devil in your life!
Is it O.K ?
LET ALL BITTERNESS, WRATH, ANGER, CLAMOUR,
AND EVIL SPEAKING BE PUT AWAY FROM YOU, WITH
ALL MALICE. ( EPHESIANS 4 : 31 )
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!
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!
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 )
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 )
Eli, the priest, was given the special assignment of mentoring
Samuel; but to the same Eli, GOD said ‘ no member of your
family will ever live out their days’. What a tragic curse?
Reason: His two sons.
As a priest, Eli might have been sincere but as a father he
failed miserably in correcting and controlling his sons;
Sincere priest and his sins-cheer sons!
1. Offerings : They took away the offerings for themselves!
2. Position : They trained their servants to threaten people.
3. Sex : They seduced the women assisting at the tabernacle.
MONEY; POWER; SEX: The terrible triple!
Eli’s sons didn’t respect their calling and duties!
Honoring his sons more than GOD (I Samuel 2 : 29).
Dear servant of GOD,
Is it not happening even now?
Is the money collected as offering properly utilized in HIS
service or is it used to make your family members more and
Are the blood and sweat of poor believers subtly used by
your family members to live a luxurious life?
Does people hate even the word ‘offering’, like in Eli’s time,
because of your double standard?
Do you try to cover up your family members secret sexual
scandals just to protect your image?
Do you misuse your positional power to manipulate servants,
compromise truth and threaten people?
‘How well you serve’ and ‘how long you serve’ are not the most
important questions than ‘whom you honor’.
I WILL HONOR ONLY THOSE WHO HONOR ME AND I WILL
DESPISE THOSE WHO DESPISE ME. ( I SAMUEL 2 : 30 )
JESUS saw their faith and healed the paralytic brought by
them. Is it not strange?
The paralytic got forgiveness and healing because of a team!
Who are they? Their name or native place?
Their relationship with the paralytic?
Who took the initiative and lead?
When obstacles came who encouraged them to ‘press on’?
Who gave the idea of uncovering the roof?
Was it not difficult to carry the paralytic to the rooftop?
How did they manage to remove tiles without disturbing
Did they know that JESUS knew about their faith?
So many unanswered questions, but about the team
we know some things;
1. They had a burden for the healing of that paralytic.
2. They got the information about ‘the move of GOD’.
3. They had unwavering faith on JESUS.
4. They were sharp enough to use the opportunity.
5. They were ready to carry the extra burden because
of their vision.
6. The closed paths were not strong enough to disturb
their unity and their faith.
7. They considered the closed paths as the reminders
to them to look up.
8. They knew that ‘out of the box thinking’ is also a tool
in the ‘inbox of faith’.
9. They knew how to balance their vision and themselves
even on the rooftop.
10.They were careful enough to carry the vision up to
their upper bound and then wise enough to let it
down at JESUS’ feet.
Don’t search the textbooks to know the definition of
” DREAM TEAM “.
Just observe these four men; their faith and perseverance!
See how GOD honored their faith!
Their vision: healing for one man;
GOD’s plan : forgiving and healing that person and using this situation to teach the most important truth to the mankind
‘THE SON OF MAN HAS POWER ON EARTH TO FORGIVE SINS’.
Dear friend, the Church history may have well known heroes
again and again but the unknown DREAM TEAMs are actually
keeping the flame burning and the light signing vibrantly by
their dedication, devotion, diligence and determination!
Do you think your vision, of bringing only one paralytic close
to JESUS, is not worth?
Do you compare your team and your vision with that of the
Remember, JESUS saw their faith!
JESUS knows your strength, desire, vision and faith.
Cheer up, He knows how to make it big!
RESPECT YOUR VISION!
RESPECT YOUR TEAM!
THE REST WILL BE HIS STORY AND HISTORY!
FOR AS WE HAVE MANY MEMBERS IN ONE BODY, BUT ALL
THE MEMBERS DO NOT HAVE THE SAME FUNCTION,SO WE,
BEING MANY, ARE ONE BODY IN CHRIST, AND INDIVIDUALLY MEMBERS OF ONE ANOTHER. (ROMANS 12 : 3 & 4 )
MARK 5 : 18 & 19
Region of Gerasenes:
The demon possessed man’s life underwent a dramatic
change in a single encounter with CHRIST;
Yesterday, an uncontrollable, self injuring and howling man;
Today, a humble, Christ honoring and word sharing man;
Yesterday, the most cursed and hated person of that region;
Today, the most blessed and listened person of that region;
One encounter with JESUS; Who can measure that impact?
Tortured again and again by the same secret sin?
Not having the boldness to take a stand for TRUTH?
Confused by the triple attack of world, flesh and devil?
Lost hope of a life of deliverance?
Read the chapter Mark 5 carefully;
If that kind of person’s life can get an U TURN,
Why not our lives?
But, you need an encounter with CHRIST, THE WORD;
How you approach, appreciate, appropriate and apply
The WORD is going to determine your level of victory;
Read and pray;
Pray and read;
Read with prayer;
Pray with reading;
Have frequent, planned encounter;
Let the WORD of GOD dwells in you richly;
That is the one and only way to have an
CHRIST CENTERED, SPIRIT CONTROLLED
I WILL WALK IN FREEDOM, FOR I HAVE DEVOTED
MYSELF TO YOUR COMMANDMENTS! (PSALM 119 : 45)
MARK 6 : 23 – 28.
Daughter of Herodias; A peculiar character in the Bible.
Dancing to the tune of the musician, the first minute;
Dancing to the tune of a seductress, the next minute;
Dressed to dance, danced to kill, killed to satisfy her mother.
Just think about her talent, impressed the king and the crowd;
At that tender age, forced the king to dance to her tune;
Able to get a promise from the king ‘up to half of my kingdom’;
See her position; a victim of her mother’s adultery,
Separated from her father, emotionally wounded,
Carrying a stigma because of her mother;
The king’s promise; is it not an opportunity to take revenge?
One word from her can abort herodias’ abominable life.
At least freedom from Herodias and Herod, if not the revenge.
But this girl moves like a puppet; The power of illicit sex;
Dancing feet and dumb head; Active body and passive mind;
See the consequence; Getting her mother’s advice, good, but
After getting the advice just watch the girl; No shock, No fear;
She ran in quickly to apply the advice; Is it not cruel?
Sin brainwashed soul; No emotion; No feelings;
That is not the end; see the Scripture carefully;
She carried the head of John the Baptist on a platter;
Neither a servant nor a soldier, but this little girl,
Like a seasoned hit man so casually, so boldly;
The head and the blood did not disturb her;
The value and the meaning of life are alien to her;
How was it possible? Was she not cruel?, At this age;
Please don’t judge her; She is just an example;
An example from the vast crowd of robotic kids,
Whose emotions got damaged and diminished by the
sexual immorality of parents; Confused; wounded;
What a pity?, Please don’t judge her;
But judge yourself!
Married?, Check whether your sex life, physical and mental,
Is within the boundary of marriage? If not, remember that girl;
Single?, Check whether your sex life, physical and mental,
Is the gift assigned only to your life partner,
To be opened only after the covenant in His Presence?
Next time when your eyes and hands move towards that
Pornographic site, please remember that little girl ;
Next time when your mind tries to justify your premarital
Or extra marital affair, please remember that little girl;
So talented, so trained, but so poor, so week;
Excellent education, enormous wealth for our kids;
Is that not sufficient? Why bother about the secret life?
Please remember that little girl!
Please cut, come back, repent, honor your marriage vows;
Before your kids become like that poor little girl!
CAN A MAN TAKE FIRE TO HIS BOSOM,
AND HIS CLOTHES NOT BE BURNED? ( PROVERBS 6 : 27).