Watch the world news for a minute, you will understand
the total depravity of the fallen man; the desire to rule and
control, the urge to rebel and subdue, the schemes to
deceive and trample, the manipulations to manifest and
dominate, … surely the end game tactics are everywhere!
Man assumes that he is omnipotent and tries his best to
establish a name for himself in this fallen world; But he
fails to understand the Kingdom of The Great ‘I AM’ and
HIS grand plan to redeem this world! . HIS foreknowledge,
HIS active involvement in the world history, HIS patience
and HIS power are all ignored by the world!
Man tries to play GOD!
Read DANIEL 11.
Establishing kingdoms, fighting against another kingdom,
trusting the might and riches(verse 3& 4), divided kingdoms, uprooted kingdoms, peace agreement( verse 6), betrayal and rebellion, rise of world powers and their vain attempt to exhibit
their power and might( verse 11 ), unexpected stumbling and
the fall of the powerful ( verse 19), economic reforms (verse 20)
and the silent and subtle destruction of the reformer…..
We know it is a prophecy but is it not looking like the current
an unassuming person becoming the ruler using his craftiness,
his desire to establish a new world order by crook or by hook,
his lust for power( verse 22 ), his deceptive way of using peace treaty, his novel approaches, his fame ( verse 24 ), his secret
agents in other kingdoms ( verse 26 ), his intense hatred against
the holy covenant ( verse 28 ) and steadily growing opposition to
his authority, ….
As a prophecy, we either try to figure out that person or label
this or that ruler as that person!
Yes, the way he exalt and magnify himself and his blasphemies
against the LIVING GOD will surely indicate the strengthening of
that person by the unholy forces of the deceptive, destructive,dirty
but defeated devil!.
Men who ignored and rejected the redemption plan becoming a
pawn in the hands of the enemy. And that pawn tries to fight
against the ALMIGHTY!
Is it not a comedy?
But there is a tragedy in that comedy!
Yes, the comedy attracts even some of the covenant people and
they forsake the holy covenant!. Sure, they all will get immediate honor from the deceiver (verse 30).
Tasted the covenant but wasted the privileges. What a tragedy!
Failing to understand our calling, as an ambassador of GOD in
this world, will deteriorate our convictions.
Remember, we are called to win some more from the opposite
camp by using the banner of TRUTH and instead if we start appreciating the pleasures of this world, compromise will enter
our inner core and we may also become a pawn in the enemy’s
The prophecy is given, not to identify that ruler or time but, to
warn us against our compromising lifestyle. We are expected
to understand and instruct many. ( DANIEL 11: 33 ).
PEOPLE WHO KNOW THEIR GOD SHALL
BE STRONG AND WILL CARRY OUT
GREAT EXPLOITS. (DANIEL 11 : 32 )
GENESIS 32 & 35.
Hello, Mrs Potiphar,
Yesterday I invited you to have a GOD-centered life;
You might be wondering how a slave got the concepts
like vision and purpose.
Even though I became a slave when I was just seventeen,
well before that I received the most important truths from
Yes, my father Jacob was my first mentor!
Many people considered my father Jacob as the deceiver
but I know that he was not a deceiver but the deceived!
First, his own mother pushed him in to a situation in which
he was forced to cheat his own father;
Then he was forced by his own uncle to work for seven
years to marry my mother; but was deceived by his own
uncle on the very first night of his marriage;
Again he was manipulated to work for seven more years;
yes, his love for my mother put him in a trap and he worked
for 14 years, just like a slave!. Have you ever seen or heard
of a man who became like a slave, for 14 years, for the sake
of a girl whom he loved?
But the world labeled him as a deceiver!
Why I have to write to you about my father?
You should know that my encounter with TRUTH didn’t
happen in any elite academy but in the school called family,
by closely observing my father;
Yes, as you know, I was with my father only for seventeen
years, but in those seventeen years, he was able to impact
and influence my life;
I saw him struggling with his GOD all alone, observed the way
he surrendered his life to GOD at Peniel, wondered about his changed walk after that encounter, shocked and surprised by
the way he handled the sudden demise of his beloved wife
Rachael at Bethlehem just after he worshiped GOD at Bethel
and his respect for his father even at his old age.
Even though his personal life was filled with fearful wanderings,
deceptions and series of sufferings, his faith in GOD blossomed
in a beautiful way;
He became my example and my mentor!
What he learned about GOD in a hard way, I learned from
him even before I crossed seventeen!
He didn’t wait for the right opportunity, like most people, to
teach the most important TRUTH; Just by allowing me to stay
close to him, he accomplished that.
My efficiency and effectiveness, values and vision, courage
and commitment all are because of the first seventeen years
of my life!
Again I ask, why I have to write to you about my father?
Because, you are yet to understand the real meaning of the
beautiful word ‘family’.
Wherever the meaning of the word ‘family’ is diluted, chaos
and corruption enters and consequently compromise and
sins of flesh reigns in that culture.
Give importance to family.
Rest in next.
JOSEPH( S/o I. JACOB )
BUT HIS BOW REMAINED STRONG, AND
HIS ARMS WERE STRENGTHENED BY THE
MIGHTY ONE OF JACOB, THE SHEPHERD,
THE ROCK OF ISRAEL. ( GENESIS 49: 24).
Golgotha; Jesus on the cross;
But, in the city there was a meeting;
The chief priests of the Jews met Pilate, the Governor!
The board put on the cross by Pilate!
The content of the board was the point of discussion!
The Board Meeting!
What kind of heart they had?
When Jesus was bleeding and dying, thirsty and naked,
rejected and abandoned, the title became an important
issue for them!
See the irony!
They ignored JESUS but worrying about HIS title!
The Roman and the Jew were arguing against each other;
The MAN was on the cross!
The Politics and the Religion were fighting against each other;
The HISTORY was on the cross!
The Governor and the Priest were trying to show their superiority;
The SAVIOR was on the cross!
The Ego and the Jealousy were ascertaining their claim;
The LOVE was on the cross!
The Authority and the Apologetic were busy in fault finding;
The TRUTH was on the cross!
The Wolf and the Serpent were manipulating;
The LAMB was on the cross!
The Will of throne and the Will of altar were clashing;
The WILL of GOD was on the cross!
Hey! One minute!
The above lines are not about that board meeting but about
our board meetings!
Yes, even after two thousand years, the way we conduct our
board meetings still remains the same!
Ignoring JESUS and worrying about HIS title!
Ignoring HIS WORD but worrying about HIS work!
For us the size of the hall and the color of the wall are more
important than stopping the culture of the mall in our churches!
For us the height of the tower and the style of the hour are
more important than the depth of HIS POWER!
At least Pilate and the priests did not claim themselves as
disciples of JESUS!
But we claim that we love CHRIST and boast about our faith!
You know, Pilate and the priests failed to see just one feet
below the board; the thorn crowned face of JESUS!
Yes friend, if we all see that face regularly, or at least a second
before seeing our agenda, surely in our board meetings, not just
in our churches and organisations but even in our families, the
decision making will be a sweet exercise!
THE OX KNOWS ITS OWNER AND
THE DONKEY ITS MASTER’S CRIB;
BUT ISRAEL DOES NOT KNOW,
MY PEOPLE DO NOT CONSIDER.
( ISAIAH 1 : 3).
Israel besieged by King Ben Hadad of Aram;
Result: great famine in the city; Even the donkey’s
head and dove’s dung became a luxury!
The pride, power, potential and prudence of the king
of Israel were not of any use against the enemy!
Day of mourning and fasting!
No hope of deliverance!
Doom and despair!
Destruction and Death at the doorstep!
The land was besieged by the enemy, but the hearts
were besieged by the fear about the enemy!
But, GOD had caused the whole army of the enemy
to hear the clatter of speeding chariots and the
galloping of horses and the sounds of a great army
approaching! Assumptions and confusions; Chaos!
Consequently, the enemy ran away from there!
Yes, GOD overthrown the enemies in HIS own way!
But, that Victory was not of any use to the Israel,
at least for few hours, just because of one thing!
Yes, they did not know about the Victory!
Fear and famine gripped lives;
Not even thinking about deliverance!
Manipulation and blaming!
They continued to live the ‘ besieged ‘ life, even though
the actual besieging forces were scattered!
Even the information, about the Victory, was received by
them with suspicion and fear!
Slowly, it dawned on them that the enemy was defeated!
Famine to prosperity in no time!
Bondage to blessing in no time!
Trembling to gathering in no time!
Donkey’s head to fine flour in no time!
GOD accomplished what they could not do,
But, gathering the spoil was their responsibility!
Continue in the assumption and die in famine!
Or step out in faith and enjoy the prosperity!
Do you know most of the times we pray for the
deliverance even when we have that?
Do you know the assumptions and realities of
yesterday besiege our heart today and we live
a sub standard life?
Do you know the VICTORY our LORD accomplished
on the CROSS?
Do you know the new position and possession allotted
to you because of HIS death and resurrection?
In the case of Israel, the besieged life lasted only for
few more hours; But, in our case, how many of us
are living, for years, in bondage even though set free?
If we are in bondage, pray, GOD will give deliverance;
But if you are free and instead living in bondage because
of your assumptions and lack of knowledge, is it not
CHRIST, not just, defeated the enemy on the cross, but
also have given us all the spiritual blessings and position
in heavenly places !
If you know the TRUTH, indeed, the TRUTH will set you free!
Go up and possess!
I PRAY THAT YOU WILL BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND
THE INCREDIBLE GREATNESS OF POWER FOR US
WHO BELIEVE HIM. THIS IS THE SAME MIGHTY
POWER THAT RAISED CHRIST FROM THE DEAD
AND SEATED HIM IN THE PLACE OF HONOR AT
GOD’S RIGHT HAND AT THE HEAVENLY REALMS.
(EPHESIANS 1 : 19 & 20 )
JOHN 6: 5 – 9.
‘Where shall we buy bread, that they may eat?’.
JESUS asked Philip to test him. Philip gave the so
called logical answer.
But Andrew intervened; The question was not even
directed at him and the given answer was also not
a fitting answer in that situation.
But Andrew intervened!
The answer: A lad with five loaves and two fishes!
But why Andrew gave that answer?
There is only one possible guess!
The wedding at Cana;
Water, stone jars, wine; A miracle!
Do you remember that all the disciples were also
invited for the wedding and after seeing the miracle
of water becoming wine, the disciples believed in HIM?
When there was a need, if JESUS could use just water
to meet the need then, why not with five loaves and
two fishes now?
Every miracle is having a threefold aim: to bring glory to
GOD, to meet the need and to strengthen the disciples!
But, most of the times, we simply receive the miracle and
forget that. when the next crisis comes, perplexed and
answer like Philip!
But Andrew was different!
Not just in answering like that but throughout his life!
Read JOHN’s Gospel chapter 1 from 35 to 42.
Even though he was a fisherman, he was a a disciple
of John the Baptist, a preacher at the wilderness and
not at the seashore!
Not, waiting inside the comfort zone, like us!
When John the Baptist declared JESUS as the LAMB
of GOD, he immediately left the preacher and started
following ‘THE WORD’ JESUS.
Not, hesitating to follow ‘THE WORD’ then the one
who preached, like us!
He was the first one to declare JESUS as the Messiah,
just after spending few hours with HIM!
Not, doubting the eternal TRUTH even after so many
years of input, like us!
He, not just believed but started practicing by sharing
the TRUTH with his brother, Peter!
Not, simply professing but not practicing, like us!
Andrew, always alert!
No wonder he identified a lad with five loaves and
two fishes in such a big crowd and used boldly that
seemingly not so important information to meet the
needs of the people by trusting in HIS goodness!
Where are the ‘Alert Andrews’?
The Church and the world needs them!
WHO THEN IS A FAITHFUL AND WISE SERVANT,
WHOM HIS MASTER MADE RULER OVER HIS
HOUSEHOLD, TO GIVE THEM FOOD IN
DUE SEASON?(MATTHEW 24 : 45).
GENESIS 46 : 34
Every shepherd was an abomination to the ancient Egyptians!
Why? What was wrong in shepherding?
It was also one of the jobs; Why such a ‘bias’?
Like any other bias, no reason can be given;
But, have you noticed?
When Egypt faced crisis because of the seven year
famine, a shepherd, Joseph, became Egypt’s savior!
The abomination; The bias!
The administrator; The scope!
Nearly after 400 years, when Egypt was so powerful,
another shepherd, Moses, became Egypt’s nightmare!
The abomination: The bias!
The nightmare: The scope!
Dear friend, feeling low, humiliated, insulted, ignored,
cornered and sidelined because of any bias?
Color, caste, appearance, personality, nationality,
economic conditions, academic failures, professional
setbacks and family backgrounds are used as a snare
to build bias against you?
The world hates and hurts you, because of the bias?
Crying bitterly and silently, unknown to the world?
Remember, Joseph and Moses;
In the land where they were considered an abomination,
they proved that they were above the ‘ superiors’!
Stop crying! Come out of the ‘ I am worthless’ shell!
Never accept the lies of the label makers!
Never allow the opinionated people to define your
potential and future!
The Creator of heavens and earth loved you,
called you, sanctified you, accepted you and
Let HIS WORD define your identity!
Reckon and remember your identity in Christ!
Respect your residential BOSS who is greater than
the one who is in the world!
Renew your mind by THE TRUTH!
Rest in HIS presence and regain the strength and
boldly claim ‘ I can do all things through CHRIST who
Remember Joseph and Moses, who by HIS strength,
proved ‘ no weapon formed against us shall prosper’!
The GREAT SHEPHERD is your scope and hope;
Follow HIM and prove ” you are Highly favored”!
GOD BLESS YOU!
BUT YOU ARE A CHOSEN GENERATION,
A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION,
HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE, THAT YOU MAY
PROCLAIM THE PRAISES OF HIM WHO CALLED
YOU OUT OF DARKNESS INTO HIS MARVELOUS
LIGHT ( I PETER 2 : 9 )
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 : 20
John the Baptist in the prison;
Imprisoned because of his commitment to the truth;
His preaching ministry in the wilderness got disturbed;
Is it temporary or permanent? No idea;
From the wilderness to the prison, and not to the palace!
Is it a shortcut to the palace, like in the case of Joseph in Egypt?
A chance to become the official priest of Herod’s kingdom?
Ministry expansion?, Chance to preach from palace?
God’s time to reward John’s faithfulness in the wilderness?
Herod’s hatred slowly becoming acceptance, is it a sign?
A sign that a deliverance and promotion are waiting?
King’s frequent visits and willingness to obey John’s words,
A confirmation to a comfortable future?
But, at what cost?
A slight change in his conviction?
Little compromise? A single word of approval?
Approval of the illicit affair of Herod?
See the possibilities; A silent nod can change everything;
John the Baptist got tempted?
We don’t know, nothing mentioned in the Bible ;
But, surely he got disturbed, he got confused,
To the extend of doubting even Jesus,
To the extend of sending his disciples to Jesus,
To question Jesus and His mission!
A desert trained prophet getting depressed? distressed?
Confidential conflicts and confusing attacks in his mind?
Prolonged imprisonment and loneliness breaking his will?
Silence of Jesus suffocating his inner man?
John suffered, but how cruelly he suffered? Who knows?
But he won; he never gave up; never compromised;
Never came down from his convictions to win any favor;
In fact, even in prison he shows favor to Herod by his teachings!
Lost his life in the end, but never lost his calling;
What about you?. Entering February, the month of valentine!
A month of temptation to the singles and the married!
To the singles, to prove to their group ‘ I got my Valentine’!
To the married to show to the world ‘ Even now, I can get a valentine’!
At what cost? By compromising what?
Eros eroding your convictions in this e-world?
Preparing yourself to sleep with the serpent?
Compromising the privilege of walking with THE LION?
Ask Samson; He will tell you the bitter truth;
Walking with the Lion and sleeping with the serpent
Made him a clown in front of the crowd!
Ask Herod and he will tell you the same!
But ask John the Baptist, he will tell you;
Better to be lonely than to compromise;
Better to be faithful than famous;
Better to face the prison wall than to dance in the seducer’s hall;
Better to WALK with THE LION than to sleep with the serpent!
Planning to celebrate valentine’s day?
Go celebrate, not with the world but with THE WORD;
Enjoy an extended time of embrace with your Eternal Lover;
The soft and silky, smooth and silent , seducer calling you to bed?
Remember, The WORD, The LION, your Lover crushed its head!
Advanced Valentine’s Day wishes!
…I AM CONVINCED THAT NOTHING CAN
EVER SEPARATE US FROM HIS LOVE……
…….. . FROM THE LOVE OF GOD THAT IS
REVEALED IN CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD ( ROMANS 8 : 38, 39 )
Today I deliberately choose to submit myself fully to God as He has made Himself known to me through the Holy Scripture which I honestly accept as the only inspired, infallible, authoritative standard for all life and practice. In this day I will not judge God, His work, myself or others on the basis of feelings or circumstances.
1. I recognize by faith that the triune God is worthy of all honor, praise, and worship as the Creator, Sustainer and End of all things. I confess that God, as my Creator made me for Himself. In this day I therefore choose to live for Him. (Rev 5:9-10; Is 43:1, 7, 21; Rev 4:11).
2. I recognize by faith that God loved me and chose me in Jesus Christ before time began (Eph 1: 1-7).
3. I recognize by faith that God has proven His love to me in sending His Son to die in my place, in whom every provision has already been made for my past, present and future needs through His representative work and that I have been quickened, raised, seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenlies, and anointed with the Holy Spirit (Ro 5:6-11; 8:28-39; Phil 1:6; 4:6-7,13, 19; Eph 1:3 ; 2: 5-6; Ac 2: 1-4, 33).
4. I recognize by faith that God has accepted me, since I have received Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour (Jn 1:12; Eph 1:6); that He has forgiven me (Eph 1:7); adopted me into His family, assuming every responsibility for me (Jn 17:11,17; Eph 1:5; Phil 1: 6); given me eternal life (Jn 3:36; 1Jn 5: 9-13); applied the perfect righteousness of Christ to me so that I am now justified (Ro 5:1; 8: 3-4; 10: 4); made me complete in Christ (Col 2:10); and offers Himself to me as my daily sufficiency through prayer and the decisions of faith (1 Co 1:30; Col 1:27; Gal 2:20; Jn 14: 13-14; Mt 21:22; Ro 6:1-19; Heb 4: 1-3,11).
5. I recognize by faith that the Holy Spirit has baptized me into the Body of Christ(1 Co 12:13); sealed me (Eph 1:13-14); anointed me for life and service(Ac 1:8; Jn 7:37-39); seeks to lead me into a deeper walk with Jesus Christ (Jn 14:16-18; 15:26-27; 16:13-15; Ro 8:11-16); and to fill my life with Himself (Eph 5:18).
6. I recognize by faith that only God can deal with sin and only God can produce holiness of life. I confess that in my salvation my part was only to receive Him and that He dealt with my sin and saved me. Now I confess that in order to live a holy life. I can only surrender to His will and receive Him as my sanctification; trusting Him to do whatever may be necessary in my life, without and within, so I may be enabled to live today in purity, freedom, rest and power for His glory (Jn 1:12; 1 Co 1:30; 2 Co 9:8; Gal 2:20; Heb 4: 9; 1 Jn 5:4 Jude 24).
Having Confessed that God is worthy of all praise, that the Scriptures are the only authoritive standard, that only God can deal with sin and produce holiness of life, I again recognize my total dependence upon Him and submission to Him. I accept the truth that praying in faith is absolutely necessary for the realization of the will and grace of God in my daily life ( 1 Jn 5: 14-15; Ja 2:6; 4:2-3; 5:16-18; Phil 4:6-7; Heb 4: 1-13; 11:6, 24-28).
Recognizing that faith is a total response to God by which the daily provisions the Lord has furnished in Himself are appropriated, I therefore make the following decisions of faith:
1. For this day (Heb 3:6, 13, 15:4:7) I make the decision of faith to surrender wholly to the authority of God as He has revealed Himself in the Scripture – to obey Him. I confess my sin, face the sinful reality of my old nature, and deliberately choose to walk in the light, in step with Christ, throughout the hours of this day (Ro 6: 16-20; Phil 2:12-13;1 Jn 1:7,9).
2. For this day I make the decision of faith to surrender wholly to the authority of God as revealed in the Scripture to believe Him. I accept only His Word as final authority. I now believe that since I have confessed my sin, He has forgiven and cleansed me (1 Jn 1:9). I accept at full value His word of promise to be my sufficiency and rest, and will conduct myself accordingly (Ex 33:1; 1 Co 1:30; 2 Co 9:8; Phil 4:19).
3. For this day I make the decision of faith to recognize that God has made every provision so that I may fulfill His will and calling. Therefore, I will not make any excuse for my sin and failure(1 Th 5:24).
4. For this day I make the decision of faith deliberately to receive from God that provision which He has made for me. I renounce all self-effort to live the Christian life and to perform God’s service; renounce all sinful praying which asks God to change circumstances and people so that I may be more spiritual; renounce all drawing back
from the work of the Holy Spirit within and the call of God without; and renounce all nonbiblical motives, goals, and activities which serve my sinful pride.
a. I now sincerely receive Jesus Christ as my sanctification, particularly as my cleansing from the old nature, and ask the Holy Spirit to apply to me the work of Christ accomplished for me in the crucifixion. In cooperation with and dependence upon Him, I obey the command to “put off the old man” (Ro 6:1; 1 Co 1:30; Gal 6:14; Eph 4:22).
b. I now sincerely receive Jesus Christ as my sanctification, particularly as my enablement moment by moment to live above sin, and ask the Holy Spirit to apply to me the work of the resurrection so that I may walk in newness of life. I confess that only God can deal with my sin and only God can produce holiness and the fruit of the Spirit in my life. In cooperation with and dependence upon Him, I obey the command to “Put on the new man” (Ro 6: 1-4; Eph 4: 24).
c. I now sincerely receive Jesus Christ as my deliverance from Satan and take my position with Him in the heavenlies, asking the Holy Spirit to apply to me the work of the ascension. In His Name I submit myself to God and stand against all of Satan’s influence and subtlety. In cooperation with and dependence upon God, I obey the command to “resist the devil” (Eph 1:20-23; 2:5; 4:27; 6:10-18; Col 1 :13; Heb 2:14-15; Ja 4:7; 1Pe 3:22; 5:8-9).
d. I now sincerely receive the Holy Spirit as my anointing for every aspect of life and service for today. I fully open my life to Him to fill me afresh in obedience to the command to “be filled with the Holy Spirit” (Eph 5:18; Jn 7:37-39; 14:16-17; 15:26-27; 16:7-15; Ac 1:8).
Having made this confession and these decisions of faith, I now receive God’s promised rest for this day (Heb 4:1-13). Therefore, I relax in the trust of faith, knowing that in the moment of temptation, trial, or need, the Lord Himself will be there as my strength and sufficiency (1 Co 10:13).
From the book ‘THE ADVERSARY’ by Marc Bubec.