King Ahaz faced a crisis; King Rezin of Aram and King Pekah of Israel declared war on Ahaz and besieged Jerusalem; But King Tiglath-pileser of Assyria helped Ahaz by attacking Aram and killing King Rezim.
Somehow, the enemies were crushed.
But a strange thing happened!
King Ahaz, who went to the defeated capital Damascus of Aram, was mesmerized by the altar at Damascus and went to the extreme of building similar altar at Jerusalem!
Because he assumed the reason for the unusual victories the army of Aram got was because of the help those kings got from their gods!
( II CHRONICLES 28 : 23 ).
Even though the army of Aram was defeated, their altar and worship methods conquered Ahaz’s heart!
That led to his ruin and the ruin of all Israel!
Even after victory he failed miserably and the victory became meaningless; Even the temple of GOD lost its glory during his reign!
Further, his attempt of getting help of the heathen king instead of trusting GOD also backfired; King Tiglath-pileser started dictating terms even in the temple related matters! ( II KINGS 16 : 18 )
Even though we follow the victorious Christ, do we secretly admire and appreciate the means and methods of the world?
Do you wish to follow the ‘success steps’ and ‘ victorious ways’ of the gurus and monks?
Does the altar of the enemy appeals to you so much that you started sacrificing your talents, time and treasures at their altar?
Do you trust the ‘stars’ and the ‘psyches’ ?
Do you grieve the Holy Spirit by neglecting GOD’s WORD?
Remember Ahaz and his ruin!
Repair the Altar and ascribe greatness to the LORD and the LORD alone!
STUDY THIS BOOK OF THE LAW CONTINUALLY.
MEDITATE ON IT DAY AND NIGHT SO YOU MAY
BE SURE TO OBEY ALL THAT IS WRITTEN IN IT.
ONLY THEN WILL YOU SUCCEED. ( JOSHUA 1 : 8 )
Bless the LORD, who is my rock.
He gives me strength for war and skill for battle.
Strength for war and skill for battle!
Some of us give so much importance to strength and power and we
assume that with power we can crush the strongholds of enemy;
On the other hand, some of us prioritize skill development only and assume skills are enough to defeat the enemy!
But the Word of GOD is very clear;
Strength and skill!
Why you need strength?
Because Christian life and warfare are not a single day’s affair!
We can not assume our yesterday’s victory will keep the enemy away from us today and tomorrow; In fact, after every thwarted plan, that experienced enemy will change his strategy and will wage surprise and ferocious attacks the very next day!
Even if you know the secrets of warfare and the skills to defeat the enemy, if you are not having the strength to fight the next day, in your exhausted state, your skill set will become a null set!
You may not be able to stand even if your fingers are ready to fight!
Hence, waiting in HIS presence and getting regular filling of HIS SPIRIT to have the strength not be ignored!
Why you need skills?
Because Christian life and warfare are not of this world!
Our battle is against the principalities and powers!
If we do not have the skills to discern the enemy’s wiles and schemes, we will be having only shadow boxing!. We are supposed to fight according to the rules!
If the skill to study the Scriptures is not developed properly and on time, our position in Christ and Christ’s position in warfare and the enemy’s position against Christ will all be a distant reality for us in our battles!
Spend time to develop the skills; the skills of absorbing, appropriating and applying the Word!
You need the strength for a prolonged battle;
You need the skill to thwart the wiles of the devil!
The objective TRUTH and the subjective filling of the SPIRIT;
The deadly combination to empty hell and enlarge GOD’s kingdom!
GOD promised; strength for war and skill for battle!
Why focus on only one?
Grow in the WORD and Glow with the SPIRIT!
BUT THANKS BE TO GOD, WHO MADE US HIS
CAPTIVES AND LEAD US ALONG IN CHRIST’S
TRIUMPHAL PROCESSION! ( II CORINTHIANS 2 : 14 )
I SAMUEL 17 : 1 – 11
The Philistines gathered their armies together
to battle against Saul and the men of Israel;
Battles were not new to Saul or the men of Israel.
They were ready to fight;
But, suddenly the confidence and courage became
doubt and despair!
The Giant Goliath!
This one giant was sufficient enough to mock the
entire army of Israel;The size and the challenge!
Even though men of Israel were warriors, they were
not having any strategy to challenge Goliath;
In fact, they were dismayed and greatly afraid!
Even in our life, some times GOD permits the giant to
challenge us; we get confused; fear grips our heart;
Like the Israelites, we become passive; our courage
and confidence vanish; thousands of questions assail
us; pseudo-guilt and inferiority complex embrace us;
slowly we try to join the group of ‘hurt and retired’.
Our past achievements, accomplishments and victories
does not give us any clue to handle this giant;
In despair we cry ‘ why LORD, why?’.
We give up, surrender ourselves to the enemy and quit!
But, come to the other side and view the scene!
At least three truths emerge from that scenario!
1. The challenge of the giant helps us to identify our
See, David used slingshots to kill animals but never
tried that on giants. The appearance of the giant
gave David an opportunity to ‘ test drive’ his skill
on the giant.
2. The challenge of the giant exposes and advertises
your uniqueness to your friends and enemies;
See, the uniqueness of David got noticed by his
people and by the philistines on that day!
3. The challenge of the giant indirectly helps us to gain
victory without any damage or loss to our side;
See, in any battle there will be some deaths and injuries;
but, in the above mentioned battle, Israel won without
losing even a single soldier, thanks to the giant!
Or in other words, whenever GOD wants to give
victory without even a slightest damage to us, HE
will permit the giant to challenge us!
Facing a giant? Perplexed? ready to quit?
Have a giant-view!
Humble yourself in the sight of the LORD and ask HIM
to reveal your hidden talent and uniqueness!
Remember, you are the apple of HIS eye;
Do you think that HE will permit a giant to challenge
you just to crush you?
No, HE wants us to have victory; no loss or damage!
Come on, Take your sling and stones!
IF YOU HAVE RUN WITH THE FOOTMEN,
AND THEY HAVE WEARIED YOU, THEN
HOW CAN YOU CONTEND WITH HORSES?
( JEREMIAH 12 : 5 )
JUDGES 4 : 14 – 21 & 5 : 20.
Israelites were ruthlessly oppressed by the Canaanite
commander named Sisera. Not just a ruthless warrior,
but had a technologically advanced team with him; yes
even at that time he had nine hundred iron chariots!
Against him formed an alliance, led by, not so courageous,
Barak; called to be a leader but always hid behind a lady,
To make matters worse, Barak and Deborah were not able to
get the support of all the tribes of Israel; Of the twelve tribes,
only two tribes, Napthali and Zebulun, were involved in the war!
The numbers favored Sisera; A mighty army with nine hundred
iron chariots and warriors against a small army of ten thousand Israeli soldiers from just two tribes!
Sisera, and even his mother and wives, were sure about their
But he didn’t know one thing!
Battle belongs to the LORD!
When Barak attacked, the LORD threw Sisera and all his warriors
and charioteers into a panic (4 : 15).
Was it because of Barak’s army? No, Because of GOD!
But, do you know how it happened?
Read the victory song of Deborah( JUDGES 5 ).
‘ The stars fought from heaven.
The stars in their orbits fought against Sisera'(5:20).
No wonder, Sisera and his troops got panicked; they knew
how to fight against men but not against stars!
Sisera fled away but crushed to death by a woman!
Worrying about the opposite party?
Threatened by their technological muscle?
Confused by the number game?
Frustrated by the leadership crisis?
Felt weak because of the lack of support?
Fear not!, The battle belongs to the LORD!
Just trust HIM! and do what HE asked you to do!
Don’t you know ‘ ALMIGHTY is better than all the mighties’?
HE will order even the stars to fight for you!
You will see the enemies fleeing away and their
leader getting crushed by an unassuming woman!
GOD will give us victory!
LORD, …… …….. MAY THOSE WHO LOVE YOU RISE
LIKE THE SUN AT FULL STRENGTH! ( JUDGES 5 : 31).
1. VIDEO EFFECT: ( II KINGS 3 : 20 – 24 ).
Rising sun and the running water:
But the enemies of Judah and Israel saw that scene and
assumed and accepted that water as blood;
This assumption forced them to do foolish things and they
were eventually defeated by the armies of Judah and Israel!
Think about it!
If one or two persons assume the water and the shining sun
combination as blood, we can understand that; But how did
the entire army of Moab come to the same conclusion?
How come the same scenario did not have any impact on
the armies of Judah and Israel who were on the other side?
GOD’s way of protecting HIS own by ‘SPECIAL EFFECTS’.
2. AUDIO EFFECT: ( II KINGS 7 : 6 & 7 )
Syrian king Ben Hadad gathered all his armies and besieged
Samaria; This resulted in famine in Samaria.
But one day the Syrian army heard the noise of a great army;
No army or chariots but they all heard that noise.
The noise of chariots and the noise of the horses confused
and forced the Syrian army to run away from their position
leaving all their valuables.
How did the entire army which was outside the city heard the
threatening noise when the Israelites inside the besieged city
did not hear any thing?
GOD’s way of protecting HIS own by ‘SPECIAL EFFECTS’.
Besieged by the size and shout of your problem?
Having tear dripped eyes and fear gripped heart?
Feeling worthless and hopeless?
Fear not. Humble thyself in HIS presence;
Pour your heart at HIS feet;
Allow HIM to direct your life;
The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much!
Yes, the effective prayer can even bring, GOD engineered,
‘SPECIAL EFFECTS’ which will confuse your enemy.
You shall have victory!
Remember, when GOD exhibited the ‘SPECIAL EFFECTS’,
HIS people got the victory even without using any weapon!
If GOD is for us, who can be against us?
THE LORD IS ON MY SIDE;
I WILL NOT FEAR.
WHAT CAN MAN DO TO ME?
( PSALM 118 : 6 )
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 )
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)
1. GENESIS 37 : 18 – 24.
Joseph’s brothers planned to kill him. Away from home. Ten brothers against him. Death certain. No way of escape.
But in the last moment, their plan to kill Joseph got modified
because of Reuben’s suggestion!
Reuben, a foe camp angel to Joseph!..
2. JOSHUA 2 : 1 – 7 .
The Israelite spies entered Jericho. Reached Rahab’s house.
But the Jericho Intelligence Network was so sharp, they got
the tip about their visit. The counter attack begins.
The spies inside Rahab’s house; The soldiers outside!
No way of escape; death certain;
But Rahab of Jericho hid them and helped to escape!
Rahab, a foe camp angel to the spies!
3. Judges 7 : 10 – 16.
Gideon, called by GOD, but not so courageous; Even after a
heavy dose of divine encouragement, hesitates to attack the
enemy; Amalekites, Midianites and all the people of the east,
as numerous as locusts, surrounded Israelite camp;
No way of escape; death certain;
But one enemy soldier explaining his dream to another gives
enhanced courage to Gideon to thwart the enemies!
A soldier, a foe camp angel to Gideon!
4. I Samuel 20.
Furious King Saul tried to kill David unsuccessfully so many
times; Waiting for the New Moon dinner with a subtle plot
to eliminate David; No way of escape; Death certain;
But, Saul’s own son Jonathan loved David so much, he
helped David to escape from that place against his father’s scheme!.
Jonathan, a foe camp angel to David!
5. I Samuel 30 : 9 – 16.
Ziklag; A place where David and his six hundred member
troop lost everything; Even the six hundred friends turned
against him; David all alone; Not even having the needed information about the enemy; Two hundred of the six
hundred stayed behind; loss; pain; loneliness; confusion!.
But, a sick servant, abandoned by the enemies, gives the
vital information to David about the enemies.
David recovered all, from that subtle Amalekites!
A sick servant, a foe camp angel to David!
Worrying about your enemies?
So cunning like Joseph’s brothers?
So strong and sharp like the king of Jericho?
So numerous like the Amalekites and Midianites?
So ferocious like King Saul?
So swift and invisible like the Amalekites?
Remember the above said examples!
Your help comes from above!
Even from the foe camp, angels will come to help;
Fear not; Strengthen yourself in the LORD;
No weapon formed against you shall prosper!
SHOW ME A SIGN FOR GOOD, THAT THOSE
WHO HATE ME MAY SEE IT AND BE ASHAMED,
BECAUSE YOU , LORD, HAVE HELPED ME AND
COMFORTED ME. ( PSALM 86 : 17 ).
GENESIS 41 : 1 – 8, Egyptian king Pharaoh had disturbing dreams in the night; and consequently Joseph became the Prime Minister of Egypt.
In ESTHER 6 : 1 – 3, Persian king Ahasuerus could not sleep in the night; and consequently Mordecai became the number two in that kingdom.
In DANIEL 2 : 1 -3, Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar had mysterious dreams in the night; and consequently Daniel got a promotion in that kingdom.
GOD disturbing the sleep of the king; KINGSOMNIA!
See the strange similarities:
Joseph, Mordecai and Daniel did not disturb their kings to get the promotion;
Till that evening, no hint or sign of promotion or honor for them;
All the three were faithful to the Heavenly master and to their earthly masters;
All the three were meticulous in their assigned duties, even though they were unjustly brought to those positions and nations;
All the three never hesitated to use their talents, whether rewarded or not;
All the three were having their own unanswered questions;
All the three were sharp enough to utilize the opportunities given to them;
All the three readily accepted their promotions against all the odds;
All the three fixed their eyes only on GOD’s approval and not on the king’s;
All the three used their new positions for the welfare of the people;
For these kind of people, if necessary, GOD will disturb even the sleep of their kings; push the kings in to a desperate situation which can be handled only by GOD’s chosen ones!
Like Joseph, no sign of recognition or deliverance?
Like Mordecai, voluntarily simplified a crisis situation but did not get the honor?
Like Daniel, your gifts and talents were ignored in a pyramid structure?
In one night, GOD can change your story and position upside down!
But, like the three, trust GOD and do good;
Wherever GOD placed you, execute your assignments in an excellent way;
Never compromise your work standard because of non recognition;
Don’t worry too much about promotion and hikes; Just pray and surrender;
Honor your GOD; be faithful to your employer;
Never murmur or complain; your times are in GOD’s hands!
In the right time, GOD will prove that you are of different Spirit!
Remember, you are the salt and the light, GOD kept in that place!
Arise and Shine! Be an example! God will honor you!
AND WHATEVER YOU DO, DO IT HEARTILY, AS TO THE LORD
AND NOT TO MEN, KNOWING THAT FROM THE LORD YOU WILL
RECEIVE THE REWARD OF INHERITANCE, FOR YOU SERVE
THE LORD JESUS CHRIST ( COLOSSIANS 3 : 23 & 24 )