LUKE 1 : 30 – 56
Gabriel announced to Mary her role in CHRIST”s birth.
Even though she had some genuine doubts, after the
Angel’s explanation, she accepted the news.
Immediately she surrendered her life!
But, have you noticed?
She didn’t ask any question to the angel regarding Joseph,
even though she was betrothed to Joseph?
How to explain this to Joseph?
How to convince Joseph?
Whether he will accept her words?
She surrendered and went to the hill country to help and
She thanked and praised GOD!
What about Joseph’s approval?
But, when Joseph decided to put her away secretly, GOD
sent HIS angel to Joseph in his dream and gave Joseph the
Think about it!
What ever might have been the understanding between
Joseph and Mary, Mary could not have proved herself to
Joseph about the Divine visitation!.
Only GOD can prove that!.
How much time and energy we are wasting in explaining
our calling and vision to others?
Most of the times, we get frustrated by the response of
the people who are committed to misunderstand us!
‘How to prove it?’ is the most dominating thought of us as
we believe that we can convince others with our natural
If your vision is approved by GOD, don’t waste your time
in worrying about the approval of men!
In the right time, in HIS own way, GOD will convince others
about HIS plan in your life!
Up to that moment, like Mary, receive the revealed WORD
in faith, surrender your life to GOD, praise and thank GOD
and encourage others.
You will not be ashamed!
HE SHALL BRING FORTH YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS AS
THE LIGHT, AND YOUR JUSTICE AS THE NOONDAY.
( PSALM 37 : 6 ).
HE sent a man before them -Joseph- who was sold as a slave.
GOD sent Joseph to Egypt before other Israelites!
Wait a minute!
When did that happen?
Where is it in the Book of Genesis?
GOD sent Joseph?
Was it not Jacob who sent Joseph to Shechem?
-Is obedience to parents also GOD’s way of leading a person?
Was it not some unknown man who informed Joseph about his
brothers’ plan to go to Dothan thus by helping Joseph to go to
-Does GOD guide us through a stranger’s word also?
Was it not Joseph’s brothers who sold him to the Midianite
– Are a GOD-centered person’s enemies also controlled by
GOD in such a way that even their secret plans will help that
person to move only in the GOD- assigned direction?
Was it not the Midianite traders who sent Joseph as a slave to
– Is having no rights for a time period also a proof that one is
travelling in the GOD-designed Royal Road?
Was it not the Potiphar’s wife who was instrumental in sending
Joseph to the prison ?
-Do injustice and silent nights also confirm that our journey is
in the right direction?
Was it not the king of Egypt who sent two of his servants to the
– Does the seemingly accidental meetings in a disciple’s life is
also the significant road signs planted by GOD?
Was it not the forgetfulness of the person who received favor
from Joseph the reason for his extended days of dark nights?
– Does the ‘last hope’ on a person becoming the ‘lost hope’
indicate that our times are in HIS hands?
Was it not the king of Egypt who sent and released Joseph?
– Is it true that the world will conspire to honor a life surrendered
to GOD in the right time?
GOD sent Joseph to Egypt!
But it took thirteen years to reach Egypt from Canaan!
Because when GOD deals with a person, HE will not just sent him
in the Royal Road but equips him also for his future assignment!
And above all, he didn’t just send Joseph!
But HE went with Joseph! (GENESIS 39 : 2 & 21)
Yes, HIS presence will be with us, whether we acknowledge or not,
whenever we travel in HIS Royal Road!
Weeping? Lost hope? No one to understand?
Almost gave up?; Betrayal after betrayal?
Rejection after rejection?
No one remembers?
Forget your own name in the valley of shadow of death?
Counting stars with open eyes and counting sheep with closed eyes?
Feeling as if the whole world is against you?
Hey! Wipe your tears! Don’t worry!
You are a Joseph for this generation!
Believe me, you are on the Royal Road!
GOD only sent you in the Road!
Not just sends you but HE also comes with you!
Look up and get up!
Again surrender your life to HIM!
And live one day at a time by trusting HIM!
Soon you will receive your position and promotion!
UNTIL THE TIME THAT HIS WORD CAME TO PASS, THE
WORD OF THE LORD TESTED HIM (PSALM 105 : 17)
GOD tested Abraham!
Abraham was to offer Isaac as a burnt offering.
Tough test. Almost impossible to obey.
But Abraham decided to obey!
We all are challenged by his faith and commitment.
But there is a doubt !
Why did GOD ask him to offer Isaac in a place which was
three days journey away from Abraham’s place instead of
in the same place?. Why that ‘extra’ time?.
In fact, Abraham, the one who was going to sacrifice, was
allowed to spend more time with Isaac, the one who was
to be sacrificed!. For the next three days, Abraham might
have tempted to review and reconsider his original decision
to offer Isaac.
On the third day, in the journey uphill, even the servants were
not allowed, only Abraham and Isaac!
When spending more time with a thing or a person, the
thought of ‘going to sacrifice that’ will be more painful!
Was it not difficult for Abraham to overcome his emotions?
Every step towards Moriah was actually becoming an altar
Isaac was on the altar for few minutes but Abraham was on
the altar for three days!
Every second Abraham might have faced death inside!
Isaac was to be sacrificed but Abraham was becoming a
Making a decision to surrender and sacrifice something is
relatively easy but being steadfast in that commitment is
Just because you are allowed to spend little extra time with
the things to be sacrificed should not disturb us to review
and to reconsider our commitment!
In other words, embracing death for Christ is relatively much
easier than embedding cross in our life to live for Christ!
Most of us ready to die for Christ, but the real question
is ‘how many of us are willing to have crucified life?‘
HAS THE LORD AS GREAT DELIGHT IN BURNT
OFFERINGS AND SACRIFICES, AS IN OBEYING
THE VOICE OF THE LORD?. BEHOLD, TO OBEY
IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE, AND TO HEED THAN
THE FAT OF RAMS.( I SAMUEL 15 : 22 )
RUTH 1: 4 – 18.
Time of Judges: Israel going away from GOD; Slavery; Short – lived
revivals; Backsliding; Suffering; Crying; GOD sent saviors.
Elimelech, his wife Naomi and sons Mahlon and Chilion went from Bethlehem to Moab, because of famine in Israel. Elimelech died.
Now enters Orpah and Ruth, Moabite woman in to Naomi’s life;
SAME BEGINNING: Ruth and Orpah are from Moab, the land of Lot.
SAME BLESSING: Ruth and Orpah becoming Israelite women because of their marriages.
SAME CRISIS: Ruth and Orpah lost their husbands after ten years.
SAME INITIAL RESPONSE: Ruth and Orpah decided to accompany Naomi
SAME FIRST HINDRANCE: Ruth and Orpah received counsel from Naomi
to stay at Moab and not to accompany her to Bethlehem.
SAME SECOND RESPONSE: Ruth and Orpah lifted their voices and wept.
Rejected Naomi’s counsel.
SAME SECOND HINDRANCE: Ruth and Orpah received detailed explanation
from Naomi about their position and future.
The synonyms becoming antonyms; different directions;
Orpah gave up. Kissed Naomi and left.
But Ruth clung to Naomi.
UNIQUE TEMPTATION: Ruth again got a counsel from Naomi, to go back to
Moab, strengthening her logic with Orpah as the example!
UNIQUE DETERMINATION: Your people are my people; Your GOD, my GOD:
You know the story; The consequence; Her marriage with Boaz;
Becoming the great grand mother of King David (Ruth 4: 16 – 22).
Crossing the Old testament and entering the New Testament and getting a place in the list, the genealogy of JESUS CHRIST(Matthew 1: 5).
Where is Orpah? You know, that is not important at all.
So many similarities, but one difference, one choice, only once;
Oh, the power of wise choice; the fruit of perseverance; the influence
and impact of one surrendered life; Who can measure it?
But if you think it is the end, you will miss out the pivotal truth;
Ruth is from Moab; the land of Lot;
Remember Lot’s wife? Remember Lot’s daughters?
Read their failures in the Book of Genesis; wondrous woman possible in these types of family trees?
Yes, Ruth is coming from that type of sin stained, blessings lost, forsaken and forgotten generation of Lot;
Boaz marrying Ruth is actually a sign of GOD’s overflowing grace;
Boaz, from the family of Abraham, from the Promise generation marrying
Ruth, from the family of Lot, the perverse generation;
GOD’s love engulfing even the gentiles, if they permit!
worrying about your family background? Your fathers and forefathers way
of rebellious living? feeling worthless because of your caste and past?
Ashamed of your failures and lost opportunities?
Cheer up; Remember Ruth; One girl’s determination to live for GOD;
One girl’s desire to please the Lord against all the odds, even when
there is no example, no companion;
A wondrous woman!
Don’t give up; Who knows? You may be the Ruth of this generation!
I THOUGHT ABOUT MY WAYS, AND TURNED MY
FEET TO YOUR TESTIMONIES( PSALM 119 : 59 )