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SHEPHERD’S SUPPLICATION

PSALM 69 : 6

LET NOT THOSE WHO WAIT FOR YOU,O LORD GOD
OF HOSTS, BE ASHAMED BECAUSE OF ME; LET NOT
THOSE WHO SEEK YOU BE CONFOUNDED BECAUSE
OF ME, O GOD OF ISRAEL.

A different kind of prayer, but a profound one!
It speaks about the responsibility of every shepherd!

Doing our work in such a way that the people who knew the
LORD will get the right counsel and guidance when they are
in their waiting period.

Is it necessary?

Yes, because most of the shepherds will get confused by
seeing the prolonged waiting period of some people and so,
under the assumption of helping them, will give suggestions
contrary to the WORD; Instead of comforting, counselling
and encouraging them to endure, we compromise the will
of GOD by giving alternate ways of deliverance to them!

Result?

They get temporary relief but, in the long run, the purpose of
their waiting period gets lost and their growth gets marred!

Dear shepherd,
Even though it is painful to see some of our dear members
suffering with no sign of deliverance, never give in to the
temptation of giving counsel by leaning on your feelings rather
than on the WORD!

Remember, by cutting short the waiting period of a caterpillar,
we actually short circuit its potential to fly as a butterfly in the
future!

Even if it is difficult, again and again fall back on the WORD!

Read and remember the above verse whenever your emotion
disturb your discernment!
Make it your prayer, whenever dealing with suffering people!

We want all our members to be prosperous but not in a
confounded way!
Yes,
Sanctified suffering is superior than compromised comfort!
Wait on HIM and wait for HIM!


I WAITED PATIENTLY FOR THE LORD;
AND HE INCLINED TO ME,  AND HEARD
MY CRY. (PSALM 40 : 1)

SHORTCUT STUMBLING

ESTHER 2 : 19 & 20

Have you noticed?

Even though Esther was the queen and was still following
Mordecai’s orders, Mordecai didn’t bring in his relationship
with Esther to eliminate or dominate Haman for a long time?

Haman was steadily growing and Mordecai was carefully
observing Haman’s growth and readily expressing his stand
against him; But, Mordecai never complained against Haman
to Esther. He could have used his influence to manipulate
the situation but waited for the right time.

Think about the possibilities.
A complaint through Esther might have eliminated Haman or
the unpredictable king could have removed Esther from the
throne because of his closeness to Haman; Did not the King removed Vashti by the counsel of someone like Haman?

Mordecai waited patiently for the right time and opportunity!

Like Mordecai, Esther also didn’t jump into some kind of
firefighting action immediately after receiving the news from Mordecai, but waited in the presence of the Lord fasted for
three days before staring her game!

See the result!
An untimely attempt by Mordecai and Esther might have
eliminated only Haman, but the sharp move eliminated not
just Haman but all the enemies of Jews in the entire kingdom
and paved the way for a peaceful and prosperous life to all
the Jews!

One man’s meticulous patience gave deliverance to so many!

Dear friend!
Learn the difference between using the opportunity in a
GODLY way and using it at any cost!
If the enemy is advancing, zeal and sincerity may not be
sufficient to thwart his plan; Waiting for the instruction from
above is crucial in this kind of crisis;
Don’t trust your influence and intelligence but wait for the
insight from the WORD, the Instructor’s manual of EMMANUEL!

Don’t just focus on the growing darkness but on the
Gentle Voice of the LIGHT also!
You are allowed to see the darkness so that your timely
action will bring light to many!
Be Courageous!

Behind your unanswered prayers, prolonged frustrations,
closed doors and valley of shadows of death, your Mordecai,
the GOD ALMIGHTY, is also meticulously planning and
patiently moving to bring joy and deliverance to you and
through you!

Behind the maze is the MASTER!
HIS plans are always to prosper you!
Believe it and praise HIM!

You shall see wonders!


IN YOUR STRENGTH I CAN CRUSH AN ARMY,
WITH MY GOD I CAN SCALE ANY WALL.
( II SAMUEL 22 : 30 )

WAITING ON THE WALL

JOSHUA 2 : 17 – 21.

Rahab of Jericho; Helped the spies of Israel; Saved her family from destruction; Commented for her faith and deeds of faith even in the New Testament (Hebrews 11 : 31, James 2 : 25).

But have you noticed the number of days she waited?
After getting the promise from the spies, the spies went to the mountain and hid there for three days( Joshua 2 : 22 );
Their return journey from Jericho to Acacia grove and reporting 
to Joshua( Joshua 2 : 23); 
The Israelites Journey from Acacia grove to Jordan(Joshua3:1 );
Lodging at the banks of river Jordan for three days (Joshua3:3 );
Crossing the river Jordan( Joshua 4 );
Camping at Gilgal at least for four days, for circumcision and Pass over celebration ( Joshua 4 : 19 & 5 : 10);
Marching around the Jericho city for seven days (Joshua 6 : 15);

At least seventeen days!. Surely much more than that! 
From the time she bound the scarlet cord till the day of deliverance!

Even when she was waiting patiently on the wall, the Israelite 
army was consistently moving towards the promise fulfillment!
Even when she can not see, things are actually happening!
She has nothing to lean on, except the promise of the spies!

Is it not our problem?
We trust; make decisions; start our faith life;
But in our visual world, if there is no signs towards the promised things, we cancel our waiting, come out of the set boundary, murmur, complain,cry, compromise and conclude 
‘Faith will not work’. 
Dear friend, believe, even when your visible world is silent and 
still, things are happening in your favor in the invisible world!

Think about the last seven days before deliverance!
Seven days, the Israelite army encircling the city;
The battle plan was clear to Joshua and the Israelite;
But to Rahab, the person waiting on the wall?
What they are doing?
Why they encircle in a meaningless way?
Lack of confidence in this warfare?
Why not any logical step by step approach?
Joshua confused? Deliverance possible?

But Rahab waited, even when the things happening in the visible world were not rational, meaningless, boring, repetitive and against the hope!
Why not come out of that shelter, find our own way of escape?

This is the second part of our problem; we expect the deliverance to come in an programmed way and if the things happening in our visible world are meaningless to our little minds, we quit!

Dear friend, think about the deliverance of Rahab!
Carefully meditated, planned, executed and fulfilled!
Even when her ‘ waiting on the wall ‘ was so fuzzy?

Rahab, and her household, saw the promise fulfilled,
because Rahab ignored the visible happenings and 
trusted the word of the spies.

If a person who trusted the words of the servants of Joshua
can have this kind of blessings and deliverance, tell me,
How much more will be the blessings, the person who trusts
‘The Word ‘ of the LIVING GOD?

WITHOUT FAITH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE HIM, 
FOR HE WHO COMES TO GOD MUST BELIEVE THAT 
HE IS, AND THAT HE IS A REWARDER OF THOSE 
WHO DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM ( HEBREWS 11 : 6 ).

THE BUTTERFLY

ESTHER 4 : 16.

Ahasuerus, King of Persian empire, controlling 127 countries;
Esther, almost an orphan, in a remote corner of the capital city;
Who could have imagined any kind of connection between them?

The sweet nectar of a beautiful flower; A crawling caterpillar;
Who could have imagined any kind of connection between them?

Jews in a foreign land; Mordecai, one among them, brought up Esther; No parent; away from the motherland; So insignificant;
Insignificant to the affairs of kingdom; Esther alias Hadassah; 
Just like an egg among billions of insects eggs on earth!

Mordecai took her as his own daughter; Little comforts; No big hope; Obedience to Mordecai’s instructions was her way of life.
Egg giving way to a caterpillar, a creature which rarely lifts its head; If a caterpillar moves, that is only in search of food;
No big hope;

Military setback, Greeks threatening, Queen’s response to King and some not so logical counsels resulted in chaos in the Palace;
So what?
A caterpillar is a caterpillar; can not fly; Food, protection and crawling; No need to look up; No need to notice the season change; No need to see the flower and the nectar!

In a swift and mysterious way, Esther entered the palace, got the favor of the King and became the Queen; But, not so many changes in her lifestyle; Earlier only Mordecai’s instruction, but now the King’s instruction also; Little extra beauty tips; little different food and shelter; So what?

Then a caterpillar eating the fallen leaves on the earth and now a caterpillar eating the live leaves on a tree, not so much difference!

A confrontation and enmity between Haman and Mordecai, the subtle moves of Haman to eliminate Mordecai and his people and the confusion and fear among Jewish people didn’t even reach Esther in the palace!

How can a caterpillar discern and understand the attacks above its level? Is it an attack or opportunity, who knows? 
Crawl; eat; rest.

But Mordecai’s counterattack to protect Jews and to eliminate their enemies depends on this never look-up caterpillar Esther and he moves steadily and sternly to challenge the caterpillar to fly!
A butterfly can fly and a caterpillar cannot fly and if it wants to fly, there is a way. Yes, it should become a butterfly; but, how?
Stop crawling; find a place; build a cocoon; stay inside; 
Wait; wait; wait!

Esther finally understood her calling, her position, the need to fly; but how?
Stop moving; find a place; get in; shut in; shut up; fast; cry;
Wait; wait; wait!
If it is dark inside, close your eyes; If the pressure increases, withstand; Struggle behind the closed door; Till your old self dies; Till you get wings; Wait; fast; cry; die; pray; struggle; 
Till you understand your new nature!

Three days in His presence; A caterpillar became a butterfly;
Watch how it flies! The fearful Esther flying as a bold Esther!

‘ the adversary and the enemy is wicked Haman’
(chapter 7, verse 6).
‘ Esther appointed Mordecai over the house of Haman’.
(chapter 8, verse 2). 
‘how can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred?’ (chapter8,verse6).
‘let Haman’s ten sons be hanged’ ( chapter 9, verse 13).
‘Queen Esther wrote with full authority to confirm about 
Purim (chapter 9, verse 29). 

This is just a snapshot; read the book of Esther to enjoy the transformation of the awkward caterpillar to amazing butterfly!
But don’t stop there!

Tell me, how long you are going to be a crawling, earthbound, never look-up, leaf eating ugly butterfly?
The nectar of the flowers are waiting for you; you know, only the caterpillars have the potential to become butterflies;

A butterfly dies; a caterpillar also dies; but it can fly before it dies!
Shut in; Fast; Cry; Pray; Get your wings; It is time to fly!

BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD(PSALM 46 : 10)

WONDROUS WOMAN – Part 2

LUKE 1 : 36

Elizabeth means GOD is an oath.
With what kind of expectations, her parents gave her that name?
Her name seems to have lost its meaning in her life;
She is from the priestly family of Aaron; her husband, from the 
Levite division of Abijah, serving in the Jerusalem temple;
But she was barren; Biblically speaking, cursed;
Was she a sinner? Why then this curse of barrenness?
Or was he a sinner? some kind of secret failure?
But the Bible is very clearly stating;
‘they were both righteous before GOD’ and
‘walking in ALL the commandments and ordinances’!
Then why? Why this barrenness?
Their side they keep the covenant in a blameless way,
But from GOD’s side, whether he remembers the covenant?
If so why Elizabeth, GOD is an oath, silently suffers?
Right questions need right answers, but those right answers will
be given only on the right time; wait!

Some curses will not be visible outside; but this barrenness will
disturb the life like a plague in the society; Public humiliation;
More than the husband, the wife will be forced to approach the
gate of reproach and disgrace; Clear sign of GOD’s disapproval;

A physical problem becoming an emotional problem and then a
psychological problem and then a social problem and……. 
Poor woman, living with that label in this society, facing the subtle rumors, hearing the piercing explanations, avoiding the hate campaigns, receiving the verbal attacks even from the loved ones and crying all alone; 
Oh, The most unkindest cut of all; 

From a city in the hill country of Judea, Zac going to Jerusalem;
So aged, but travelling to serve in GOD’s temple!
Think about Elizabeth! What she got from GOD for their devotion?
Their righteousness before GOD? Their blameless walk?
Their sincere service for so many years?
Their most important prayer request yet to get the answer,
but this lady sending Zac, well advanced in years, to serve GOD!
You know, a man serving GOD wholeheartedly and faithfully in the
absence of his woman’s cooperation is almost impossible!
But this dear old lady, how was it possible for her to cooperate?
A wondrous woman!
With a broken heart, unanswered questions, unexplained reproach
and battling mind living in this society itself is so painful, but being 
steadfast in serving and supporting her man’s service to GOD,
Oh, only a wondrous woman can do that!
When others are boasting about receiving supernatural blessings
so naturally and when she is crying about even her natural blessings
getting blocked supernaturally, is it possible to continue the faith walk?
Oh, only a wondrous woman can do that!

We serve Him and worship Him, not because of the received blessings,
because He is GOD!. A wondrous woman knows that.

You know, a wondrous woman always remains wondrous!

When Elizabeth became pregnant, Mary greets her;
Wait a minute! Is this not again an injustice?
Her son becoming a forerunner, a servant to Mary’s son?
Elizabeth and Zac proved their faithfulness by obedience, by 
blameless walk and by selfless service; But Mary and Joseph yet to prove anything; Mary just a teenager and Joseph a carpenter, not even a priest;
Who deserves to be the parent of Jesus? Is it acceptable?

But see Elizabeth’s response; “Why is this granted to me, that the mother
of my Lord should come to me?’ Oh, the humility and gracious attitude!
Oh, only a wondrous woman can do that!

Dear Elizabeth, crying because of the blocked blessings?
Don’t worry, you are special, a wondrous woman!
You know, GOD always assigns the toughest assignments to His dearest
saints! He is not just a covenant making GOD, but covenant keeping GOD!
He knows your pains, frustrations and reproach;
You may not remember your prayers but He remembers!
Your tears and times are in His hands!. 
Surely He will bless you!
Please continue your faith walk and good works!
Be a wondrous woman!

O YOU AFFLICTED ONE, TOSSED WITH TEMPEST, AND NOT COMFORTED,
BEHOLD, I WILL LAY YOUR STONES WITH COLORFUL GEMS, AND LAY YOUR 
FOUNDATIONS WITH SAPPHIRES. I WILL MAKE YOUR PINNACLES OF RUBIES, YOUR GATES OF CRYSTAL, AND ALL YOUR WALLS OF PRECIOUS STONES. ( ISAIAH 54 : 11 & 12).

PATTERN RECOGNITION

WILDERNESS WANDERING 1 : GENESIS 16;
Hagar in the wilderness; Away from Abraham and Sarah;
GOD send HIS angel to meet Hagar in the wilderness.

WILDERNESS WANDERING 2 : GENESIS 21;
Hagar in the wilderness; Away from Abraham and Sarah;
GOD send HIS angel to meet Hagar in the wilderness.

Almost similar kind of problems; so, what is the solution?.
Check the answer of Problem 1. Copy. Apply to Problem 2!.

Here lies the problem of all counselings!
I hear your problem; compare with my database;
Select the nearest possible pattern; apply the same answer!
Your problem becomes deeper!

But watch carefully! From wilderness point of view, the problems
of Hagar almost similar; Superficial survey ensures similarity.
Hagar; wilderness; Angel. So what we expect the second time?
‘Go back to Abraham’s house. How many times I have to tell?’

But the background analysis gives a completely different picture!
First time, Hagar ran away; pregnant; Abraham didn’t send her;
GOD didn’t give any instruction to Abraham to send her away!

Second time, Hagar sent out by Abraham; Ishmael in his teens;
GOD gave specific instruction to Abraham to send her away!

So first time ‘ Go back to Abraham’s house’.
Second time ‘ Lift up the lad and hold him with your hand’.

Those who counsel others, be sure about your analysis;
Don’t judge by the appearances!. Do pattern recognition;
Remember, Joshua thrashed Jericho but crushed at Ai;
Every one is unique and so is their problems;
Your Experiences, Databases, Flowcharts and Algorithms;
Divine Programming is not depending on these tools!
Only relationship counts;
Go to His Presence; Pour out your heart; Wait at His feet;
Spend time with The Word; He will calm you and guide you;
Memorize the Scriptures, not your quick fix formula;
At any cost, guard your quiet time;
Your future hangs on that and that only!

THE LORD GOD HAS GIVEN ME THE TONGUE OF THE LEARNED, THAT I SHOULD KNOW HOW TO SPEAK A WORD IN SEASON TO HIM WHO IS WEARY. HE AWAKENS ME MORNING BY MORNING, HE AWAKENS MY EAR TO HEAR AS THE LEARNED.(ISAIAH 50:4)

CROWD COMPUTING

ACTS 1 : 15

Have you noticed?
Peter’s first preaching Acts first chapter!
After the Ascension of Christ, but before Pentecost!
Against Christ’s clear instruction to wait for The Promise of The Father!

Aim : To select the twelfth disciple. 
Beautiful presentation, full of Biblical references; 
Clearly explaining the fall of Judas, the resulting vacancy and the need;
Of course, after an extended time of upper room prayer;
So spiritual; so genuine. Is it so?. 

Follow Peter’s strategy:
Stop the prayer, start the preaching ;
Show the need; 
List out the necessary qualifications;
Elimination round, Shortlist two;
Tie between Barsabas and Matthias;
Cast a lot, but make it more spiritual by praying before casting;
Identify the God favored one, the God’s Choice;
Process over, Praise the Lord!. 
So systematic, So unbiased, so satisfying! 

But, whether God approved it?
I doubt; No hint in the Bible for or against it:
But check God’s instructions:
Wait for the Promise of the Father!
After the Resurrection, nearly for forty days Christ explained so many 
things about the Kingdom to the disciples; But,
Not even once any hint about the vacancy!

Who asked Peter to fill the vacancy?
His aim the twelfth position or his position?
Time to show to the crowd, who is number one?
The crowd computing?

The deciding authority? of course with prayer and Scriptures? 
Who instructed him to list out the qualifications?
See the possible consequences;
A big crowd getting dejected, not qualified;
Indirectly, some of the apostles position justified;
Even Jesus’ Gracious method of selecting them got a new twist!

Who asked him to cast the lot?
What a method? see that prayer carefully;
Lord, reject one!
Think about the rejected person;
In front of the disciples, labelled and humiliated as the rejected one?
Is it not painful? Is it necessary?
The HR policy? The Corporate culture in The Church?
The Crowd computing? Who approved it?
God asked them to wait, you see!

On the other side, God worked silently to select a new apostle;
Not in Jerusalem, but in Damascus;
Not in the upper room, but on the road;
Drastically violating the Peter’s qualification criteria;
Not by casting a lot, but by casting him down;
Not by consultation, but by confrontation;
Not by rejecting one, but by blinding him;
Not by granting the probationary period with the great apostles,
But with an unknown disciple Ananias!
Peter ignored waiting and finished selection before The Pentecost;
But, God waited at least seven chapters after Pentecost!

Paul selected by the Grace of God, in a mysterious way, surprising the world;
Like you and me, by His Grace and by His Grace alone!

But one minute, are we gracious in our dealings with others or forgetting
our past becoming legalistic, strategical and target possessed worker?
Don’t try to work for God; but work with God!

…THE FOOLISHNESS OF GOD IS WISER THAN MEN AND
THE WEAKNESS OF GOD IS STRONGER THAN MEN(I CORINTHIANS 1:25)

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