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Post  Admin on Mon 09 Jan 2017, 11:13 pm

Growth of Christianity

Acts 27:1And when it was determined that we should sail into Italy, they
delivered Paul and certain other prisoners unto one named Julius, a
centurion of Augustus' band.

In the Bible, the book of Acts records Paul as the one who laid the
grounds for Christianity in Rome and has no records of Peter ever
visiting Rome. We also see God had directed Paul (along with Barnabas)
to reach out to the Gentile nations and Peter (along with John and
James) to minister to the Jewish Christians, yet we find the Catholic
Church believes Peter to be founder of the Church in Rome and thus
ordained him as the first Bishop of Rome (Pope).

Peter was indeed selected to lead the other apostles before Paul and
Barnabas came into the picture and it was not just Peter, it was John
and James also who were selected along with Peter. That is why Jesus
spent quality time with them compared with others. Paul acknowledges
this five men team in his letter to the Galatians, he stated this five
members team were the core group; with Peter, John and James working
with the Jews and Paul and Barnabas working with the Gentiles.

So unless the Catholics do not consider themselves as Jewish Christians
they cannot ordain Peter as their first Pope.

We see in today's message the Romans had set Julius a centurion to
escort Paul to Italy and also guard him from the radical Jews who were
out to kill him. If we were in Paul's place we would have considered
Julius to be counted along the enemies, as ones who hated Christians and
had Paul in chains, under restrained freedom, but we see with the events
that took place on the journey the mindset of Julius changed and caused
him to have great respect for Paul. Not only did he respect Paul but was
instrument to letting Paul minister for 2 years in Rome that too
protected by Roman soldiers (under house arrest).

Paul experienced problems during his journey, during that period his
faith was shaken at times to low points, but at the end he came out
stronger. During this working of the Lord on him, the Lord also worked
on the so called enemies of Paul and changed them to be an unimaginable
blessing for Paul and his mission.

If you and I are going through rough waters and having people around us
who resist our ministry or our faith walk, like Paul experienced in his
journey, let us acknowledge the Lord working on us and also on those who
are around us.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Almighty God and a Jealous (Zealous) God who is very
possessive of His children, yet Lord at times You allow storms to come
and shipwreck our plans. You allow us to come to moments of
hopelessness. But then You Lord show your glory and cause greater,
unimaginable things to manifest. At the end You Lord will have your say
in all things. We pray we learn to trust in You and remember You cause
all things to come to good...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Galatians 2:7-9

7But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision
was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;

8(For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the
circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)

9And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived
the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right
hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto
the circumcision.

Acts 22:21And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee far hence
unto the Gentiles.

Acts 28:30-31

30And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received
all that came in unto him,

31Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern
the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.

Romans 8:28And we know that all things work together for good to them
that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

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Post  Admin on Wed 28 Dec 2016, 11:38 pm

The Rich Disciples of Jesus

John 19:38-40

38And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but
secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away
the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and
took the body of Jesus.

39And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by
night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound

40Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with
the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.

Jesus had disciples across all sections of society for the poorest to
those who had abundance. We see Jesus confronted those who craved for
riches or depended on them a lot like the young rich man whom Jesus
asked to give away all he had and follow Him. But there were those like
Nicodemus who were rich but did not set their heart on their riches thus
Jesus did not compel them to give up their riches.

But there was a difference between those who were rich and those who
were not. Those who were rich could not spend more time with Him thus
were not rooted to the His teachings but those who did were better off.

In today’s message we see God did have a plan for those unstable rich
disciples of Jesus. In today’s message we see two rich disciple of Jesus
Joseph of Arimathaea and Nicodemus. One was used to provide the tomb in
which the body of Jesus was kept and where He resurrected from; the
other to provide the linen cloth in which his body was wrapped alone
with spices. This cloth fulfilled the prophecy of Peter being the person
chosen to lead the Jewish Christian. Both these disciple fulfilled
Jewish traditions but in a way fulfilled prophesy.

When a person died his or her body was to be buried, but the Jews
(Israelites) would keep the body of important people in caves. The first
such incident started with Abraham who bought land to have himself
buried on his death, but after he died they kept his body in a cave that
existed in that land. In the case of Moses God knew what this would lead
to so God hid his body such that the Jews do not find it at all.

With regards to the tradition of embalming the body with spices was done
after the Jews (Israelites) exile in Egypt. What Nicodemus did was
embalming the body with spices and was done by all Jews to bodies of
important people which were not buried. Catholics follow both
traditions, thus put the body in coffin (symbolizing a cave), embalm it
and also bury it.

But what the women of Galilee (including Jesus’ mother and others) were
going to do on the third day was something which only the Jews of
Galilee / northern Israel who were also called Samarians did. They would
follow the mummification process of body as per Egyptian traditions and
thus required large amounts of spices. This was exactly what was done to
Lazarus’ body and why his raising from the death shook the whole of
Judea that they sort to kill not only Jesus but even Lazarus.

Today God is telling us He has a plan for everyone in His Kingdom some
to fulfill His Word and some to expose the foolishness of mankind. What
matters is how much time we spend with Him which will define where we
are used. If we are rich and pursuing riches we will not get time for
Him, to learn of His Kingdom. We may think we are following Him but may
be following the traditions of men like Joseph and Nicodemus did.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Almighty God and You alone are God. Lord in You alone is
the Truth for You are Truth and your Word is True. Lord we pray we
follow Your Word and become disciples not of the Son of Man Jesus Christ
but become disciples to the Words that the Son of Man Jesus Christ
spoke. May we follow His Word and His Spirit and thus know the Truth and
be set free from corruption and sin...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

John 12:9-13

9Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came
not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he
had raised from the dead.

10But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death;

11Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed
on Jesus.

12 On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they
heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,

13Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried,
Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Luke 23:55-56

55And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after,
and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid.

56And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the
sabbath day according to the commandment.

Luke 18:22-24

22Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou
one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and
thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.

23And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.

24And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly
shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!

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Post  Admin on Mon 26 Dec 2016, 11:03 pm

Reasons they preach another Christ

Philippians 1:16-18

15Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of
good will:

16The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add
affliction to my bonds:

17But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the

In today’s message we read Paul speaks of facing two types of people who
preached Christ, those who supported him and those who rebelled against
him. This was not something that Paul along faced, this even Jesus faced
for at His time there were people who preached the Kingdom of God but
were not with Him. This happened because people did not know Jesus nor
knew Paul.

Today also we have people who preach Christ but do not know Him. For
them name is all that matters so any ‘christ’ is Christ for them. So if
a ‘christ’ preaches or is preached that is against the principles of the
Kingdom of God, is still Christ for them; since all kinds of love is the
same, all kinds of peace is the same. They try to bridge the Kingdom of
God to the kingdom of this world since they want to dwell in and enjoy
the things of this world but also enjoy the blessing of the Kingdom of God.

It is very sad especially during this season to see the way people
deceive each other and the world not knowing they are trying to deceive
God all in the name of ‘Christ’.

People think the Gospel is all about God sending His Son as a hope when
there was no hope. They do not realize this is just part of the Gospel,
the other part demands that only those who believe in Him and are
baptized in Him will be saved.

When Jesus’ disciples went to stop the man who was preaching (casting
demons) in the name of Christ but was not with Him, Jesus restricted
them from doing so. Yes God does allow and use all those who preach
Christ or ‘christ’ but then what they gather makes difference. It is
better to have even 1 sheep than to have plenty of goats in the flock.

Gospel is a hope when we do not know Christ but when we know Christ it
becomes an assurance. Hope will not guaranty our entry to Heaven but an
assurance will. Unless we do not die to ourselves and let Christ live in
us we do not have the assurance of the Gospel. In us either the old man
of this world or the new man in Christ can dwell. We cannot fool God by
trying to have both living in us.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are a Righteous and Holy God. You God have called us to live a
holy Life. When we were in sin and were doomed You made a way for us and
did not stop there, You also gave us a Helper to take us along that way.
Lord we pray we stop trying to deceive You as a man deceives another
man. We pray we remember You know our thoughts and their reasons,
nothing is hidden from You. We pray we do not merge Christ your Holy one
to the ‘christs’ of this world...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Acts 26:6And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made
of God unto our fathers:

1 Thessalonians 1:5For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but
also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know
what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

Hebrews 6:11And we desire that every one of you do shew the same
diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:

Hebrews 10:22Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of
faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our
bodies washed with pure water.

Matthew 24:24For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets,
and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were
possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

Luke 9:49-50

49And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in
thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us.

50And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us
is for us.

Matthew 12:30He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth
not with me scattereth abroad.

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Post  Admin on Sun 25 Dec 2016, 12:41 am

Unrighteous Greed

Acts 24:25-27

25And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come,
Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a
convenient season, I will call for thee.

26He hoped also that money should have been given him of Paul, that he
might loose him: wherefore he sent for him the oftener, and communed
with him.

27But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix' room: and Felix,
willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound.

The name Porcius in Latin means hog (large pig). Among Romans it was
common practice to take names from brute creatures like pig, goats
etc... We see when Porcius heard Paul speak with holy zeal he said into
Paul that he was not in control of himself and that all the knowledge he
had, had caused him to go mad. True to his name, Porcius did not know
the value of knowledge.

Porcius Festus had replaced Felix as governor of Judaea by his constant
complains of him to Nero. Felix as governor was very greedy but wanted
to show himself as a just ruler. He was expecting Paul to bribe him for
his release but since Paul did not, Felix kept him bonded in prison for
2 years to win the favor of the Jews.

Today the Lord is asking us if our righteousness is like Felix and
Porcius? It is because of greed do we blend the truth and show ourselves
as good Christians or it is due to our ignorance (unwillingness to know
the truth) that we do the things that we do?

December is the season where one wonders what Christianity is doing, and
that includes God Himself. Christians behave like Felix just to enjoy
worldly pleasures they try to show Christ in what they do. They also
behave like Porcius Festus stating they do not know the real thing thus
justify what everyone does.

We can give justifications for everything but at the end Truth is in
black and white, not in shades of grey. We can fool ourselves and the
world but we cannot fool God.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Holy God and in your Word You ask of us to be holy for You
are Holy. You also said in your Word that traditions of man only lead to
vanity and sin. Lord we pray we have courage to follow the Truth and not
traditions of man. Help us that we do not justify lies for the sake of
enjoying pleasures of the world. Help us to stand for the Truth even if
it means to sacrifice...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Acts 26:24 And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud
voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.

Galatians 1:13-14

13For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews'
religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and
wasted it:

14And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own
nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.

Matthew 15:1-3

1Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying,

2Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they
wash not their hands when they eat bread.

3But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the
commandment of God by your tradition?

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Gathering treasures

Matthew 6:19 Lay [gather] not up for yourselves treasures upon earth,
where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves [false teachers]
break through and steal:

Most people think today's message talks of not having treasures of this
world. If we look at the scripture clearly it does not say not to have
but says not to gather such that moth and rust eat or erode it.

Moths do not attack things in a day but only when things are kept unused
for long periods of time does it start slowly eating into it, the same
with rust. An object that is used regularly does not rust, it is only
when the object is not used for a long period of time does moisture and
heat work on it and rust it. It even says if we continue hoarding
someday someone will come and steal / take it unlawfully from us.

God does not say it is evil to be rich. God says what we do with our
riches is what will make it evil or good. If we misuse our riches for
carnal pleasures it can destroy us. Today's message goes on to tell us
even if we do not use our riches and store them, then too it is evil.

You may wonder how evil?

We learnt from our previous message anything that is not good is evil.
Not doing anything is not standing in between but is counted among evil.

Bible is very clear sin is defined not as doing wrong but even when we
can do good and do not do it, it is considered sin.

Today's message does not talk only of natural treasures but speaks of
even spiritual treasures. If we see the scripture it does not says
'treasures of the earth' but says 'treasures on earth'. So it speaks of
all types of treasures which we have when we are alive in this natural body.

Gathering treasures in Heaven requires us to give what we have unto the
Kingdom of God. If we do not give unto the Kingdom of God then it is
with us here on earth.

Let us understand even if we do not use our spiritual riches like
skills, knowledge, wisdom and understanding, we will someday find we
have lost it by it getting eroded or eaten away by worldly thoughts. The
scripture warns us if we do not use it regularly then false teachers
will influence us and destroy our spiritual riches.

So let us use our riches both natural and spiritual to be a blessing by
putting them regularly in good use. Let us not be foolish and loose them
for vanity. Let us understand the more we use them for the Kingdom of
God the more it will grow.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Almighty God and there is none like You. Lord You blessed
us and made us to be a blessing for the nations. Lord we pray we
understand You are the source of all good things for You give and give
and give. Lord we pray we too learn to give so that we receive more and
more from You...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 6:19-21

19Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust
doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

20But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor
rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

21For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

James 4:17Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to
him it is sin.

Revelation 3:15-16

15I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou
wert cold or hot.

16So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will
spue thee out of my mouth.

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Day of the wicked man will be few

Psalms 109:8, 9 Let his days be few; and let another take his office.
Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.

The Chinese who worship spirits have a philosophy of yin and yang, of
good and evil. They believe evil needs to be complemented with good and
good complimented with evil. So for good to exist evil is necessary and
for evil to exist good is necessary. So evil is good!

This same philosophy exists in Hinduism although it is not openly
displayed that is why rakshasas (demons) like Ravan (villain king with
multiple heads) are also worshiped as holy men / divine immortal beings
(devas). In Islam we have the same story with jinns (evil spirits /
fallen angels), we find in some ayahs/hadiths they help man to find
shortcuts to attain access to Paradise. So in worldly religions good and
evil are blurred and justified. But in the Bible as in today's message,
tells us about the existence of wickedness but on the other hand does
not say it as good that it should continue but states it should be
quickly removed.

Today's message speaks of the days of the wicked be lessened and his
children be cursed to poverty and homelessness. Not only his children,
even his wife not be forgiven of her sins. We may find these scriptures
unfair that others in the family be punished for the sins of a person.

Let us look at Adam. Adam sinned for he loved Eve more than God. Even
though he knew what God had told him personally yet he conceded to the
request of his wife. Sin causes corruption to the inner-man (sin nature)
and this corruption get passed unto the children from father to children
unto four generations (it is not the sins that get passed on but it is
the sin nature that gets passed on). Since the father and mother become
one to bring forth a child thus the sin nature of the mother gets passed
to the children via the father. This was the very reason Jesus was of a
sinful virgin woman and yet was without any sin nature.

We see cases in the Bible like in that of Enoch who broke away from the
sin nature of his fathers by repenting and this pleased God and God took
him up. So though we may have the sin nature of our fathers but it is
our choice to act in it or not. If we reject it, we are cut off from
that nature and come into the nature of God (manifested in Christ).

The Lord is telling us we may be born of evil parents but it is our
choice to continue that evilness. If we continue our days will be
shortened and our children will also suffer. But if we reject the
evilness we will be blessed.

In Psalms 109:16-17 says the greatest evilness is not showing mercy to
the poor and needy man. Most are deceived into things it is about giving
alms or feeding and clothing the poor. Jesus and the Apostles did have a
heart for the poor and hungry but they did not dedicate their life or
ministry for that. They saw the poverty of the soul as greater poverty
than the earthly poverty. They gave importance to saving souls than
saving people of their earthly problems.

Let us too understand by giving alms or clothing the poor and needy does
not make us good people. We need to be truly concern of them thus we
need to save their souls, this alone is goodness.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You alone are Good. In Christ this nature was manifested and we are
called to be like Him so that we be like You. Lord we pray we understand
the importance of saving souls and work towards it every day of our
lives so that we are blessed and our families are blessed in us...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Psalms 109:10-19

10Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek
their bread also out of their desolate places.

11Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers
spoil his labour.

12Let there be none to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any
to favour his fatherless children.

13Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let
their name be blotted out.

14Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the LORD; and let
not the sin of his mother be blotted out.

15Let them be before the LORD continually, that he may cut off the
memory of them from the earth.

16Because that he remembered not to shew mercy, but persecuted the poor
and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart.

17As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in
blessing, so let it be far from him.

18As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so let it
come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones.

19Let it be unto him as the garment which covereth him, and for a girdle
wherewith he is girded continually.

Genesis 5:1-2,23-24

1This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God
created man, in the likeness of God made he him;

2Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their
name Adam, in the day when they were created.

23And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:

24And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

Exodus 20:5Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for
I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the
fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them
that hate me;

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Being sorry and repentance

Matthew 27:4,5 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the
innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. And
he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went
and hanged himself.

In today's message we read about Judas realizing his mistake and being
sorry, he goes to the extent of even finishing his life yet we see Bible
says he was lost (not saved).

In the Old Testament we see another case but having opposite result, the
case of King Saul. King Saul was rejected by the Lord and the Spirit of
the Lord left him. He was also punished but we see in the end he was
saved. How do we know that?

If we see the words of the spirit of Samuel, Samuel informs Saul about
his death and of his sons by the end of the day. Samuel also goes on to
tell Saul that they will join him. Now Samuel was not in Hell so if Saul
and his sons joined him, then it means Saul was saved. That is why even
though the Spirit of the Lord left Saul and David hated him, yet David
knew Saul had to be respected since in spirit David knew somehow Saul
would be saved. It was for this reason David killed the man who falsely
claimed to have killed Saul. In the case of prophet Balaam we see even
though he was once greatly anointed yet the Israelites we led by the
Lord to kill him and make him a testimony.

Saul in the battle field on knowing he would be taken as a prisoner,
tortured, abused and killed, took his own life. He did that not fearing
the torture but respecting his self for once the Lord had anointed him.
He did not want them to disrespect the once anointed man.

King Saul turned to God in his death and was saved; Judas the son of
Simon on the other hand felt sorry, took his own life as a punishment
but did not turn to the Lord thus was lost. Feeling sorry or even
punishing oneself for one's own sins is vanity.

Long back as a Catholic during the time of Advent (which is considered
period of 40days before ChristMass) we had to go for confession to a
priest. At confession we would tell him of our wrong doings and he would
subscribe a penance in way of saying some prayers. Penance is not
Christian, that is exactly what Judas did.

Repentance is not about being sorry or punishing oneself. The Greek word
for repentance is a compound word made of two words 'with',
'understanding'. Repentance is not about rejecting but about accepting.
It is about following the right and not about rejecting the wrong. If we
reject the wrong but do not follow the right, it is vanity, but if we
follow the right then automatically we do not follow the wrong and thus
have rejected the wrong.

Being in Christ is not about not doing wrong but more of doing what is
right. Without repentance one cannot be a Christian that means a
Christian needs to be a doer, a doer of that which is right.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Almighty God. Even though the Bible says You rested in your
works yet we see in the Word You are not asleep but always have your
eyes set on us. You God are always there for your children. We pray Lord
we understand You did not call us to reject Satan but called us to
accept You. If we do not become doers of the right how are we to known
as your children...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

1 Samuel 28:7-19

18Because thou obeyedst not the voice of the LORD, nor executedst his
fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore hath the LORD done this thing unto
thee this day.

19Moreover the LORD will also deliver Israel with thee into the hand of
the Philistines: and to morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me: the
LORD also shall deliver the host of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.

1 Samuel 31:3-6

3And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him; and he
was sore wounded of the archers.

4Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me
through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through,
and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid.
Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it.

5And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon
his sword, and died with him.

6So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armourbearer, and all his
men, that same day together.

John 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name:
those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the
son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

Matthew 4:17From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent:
for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Mark 2:17When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole
have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to
call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

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How much do you hold in your account?

Matthew 6:20, 21 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where
neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break
through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be

In India due to the demonetization everyone is concentrated on money,
since even if they have sufficient they cannot get access to it easy. A
person who has saved for many years is now helpless in case he or she
needs cash in emergency. The government talks of cashless economy but in
reality the country is far from it. It is like forcing a child to open
it mouth by holding its nose. We know at times children prefer to turn
blue but do not open their mouths.

We all know anything to do with finance or riches will have a system. On
earth be it cash or precious metal like gold or silver, or gems, or
property, all have a system defined by society which in a way can be
summarized today as banking system. Government banks today devaluate or
raise the value of a currency of a country according to guidelines; they
do the same to the price of gold, silver, oil etc. anything that is of
great demand and can affect the economy at large.

Almost 10 years back by way of an epic incident the Lord open my eyes to
the principles of the banking system in Heaven, unlike on earth the
riches are materialistic or based on the trust of a government (money is
a promissory note) but in Heaven all things are connected to the Spirit,
the gold or gems in Heaven are not like those on earth but are spiritual.

If we are going to travel to another country we make sure we have
sufficient currency of that country to meet our expenses there. Taking
currency of our country to that country is foolishness that too after we
are told there are no forex (foreign exchange) centers there and our
currency is invalid there. Rules of almost all countries require we
carry a basic minimum currency of the country of destination else one
cannot travel, so also we cannot travel to Heaven without minimum
balance and required approval in place.

Today's message talks of Heavenly riches. Most people foolishly think by
doing 'good' we can go to Heaven. I tell them like everything that is
yellow and shining is not gold therefore everything good according to
man is not good in the eyes of God. Even if we do the right good and
thus have spiritual riches yet without the approval document in place we
cannot travel, so also our faith in Jesus Christ gets us the required
approval to travel to Heaven in place.

One important fact Christians do not give due importance to is to at
least have the minimal balance so at to enter Heaven but if really want
to enjoy Heaven then we need to gather more of Heavenly riches. Remember
Heaven is not a flat place, there are different levels in Heaven and
according to what we hold we go to a level. The more we hold the nearer
to the Throne of God we get. Also more importantly remember Heaven our
eternal dwelling place, so once we go to a level we would most probably
be stuck at that level forever (since Bible does not cast any light in
this area).

Like I stated riches of Heaven are spiritual so to make sure we have the
right genuine riches of Heaven and plenty of it, we need to be baptized
in the Holy Spirit. The more we get baptized in the Spirit the more we
will gather riches for ourselves in Heaven.

In our yesterday's message the Lord spoke to us of repentance which we
learnt is about doing good, today the Lord is telling us the importance
of doing good, and also how to do good. Let us not be fooled that by
just believing in Jesus Christ we will go to Heaven. Jesus said unless
we are also baptized in the Holy Spirit we will not enter the Kingdom of

[Prayer Starter]

Father God You are Spirit and your Kingdom is not made of materialistic
things but of precious spiritual things. Things made of matter will
perish when fire consumes it but things of the spirit do not perish by
any fire. Lord we pray we give importance to what we hold and gather for
ourselves in Heaven. Help us to gather not just the minimum required but
plenty so that we enjoy the best for eternity when we are placed near to
your glorious Throne...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference scriptures]

John 1:32-33

32And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven
like a dove, and it abode upon him.

33And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the
same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and
remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Spirit.

John 3:3,5-7

3Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee,
Except a man be born again [from above], he cannot see the kingdom of God.

5Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born
of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the
Spirit is spirit.

7Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again[from above].

1 Peter 3:21The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us
(not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a
good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:

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Miracle of Aeneas

Acts 9:34. 35And Peter said unto him, Æneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee
whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately. And all that
dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord.

In the book of Acts Luke records an incident of Peter visiting a town of
Lydda which was on the west of Jerusalem, famous for Jewish doctors and
there Peter meet a man name Aeneas who was bed ridden for eight years.
His friends and those known to him had given up on him.

Interesting things about this man is his name. In Greek his name means
'to praise' or 'worthy of praise' but in Hebrew as Jerom puts it as
'misery'. Bible says the Greek sought wisdom [intelligence] and the Jews
sought signs.

Today's message is telling us we may be filled with knowledge of the
Bible or the things of the world connected to the Bible but when it
comes to signs and wonders we may be like misery, totally helpless.

We need to remember the Bible is the Word of God; it is a Living Word so
the knowledge of it should be alive and manifesting in us. If we have
the knowledge and it does not manifest, then we know about the Bible but
do not know the Bible. Knowing about God and knowing God are two
different things.

Let us not only have the knowledge of God but know God and manifest His
Word with signs and wonders. Let us not be an Aeneas famous in this
world but a misery in His Kingdom.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Almighty God. Your name itself is sufficient to bring the
dead to life or heal the sick. Lord when we learn your Word let us
remember the power it holds and we pray we manifest this power. Let your
Word not be just knowledge but a Living Word...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Acts 9:32-35

32And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came
down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda.

33And there he found a certain man named Æneas, which had kept his bed
eight years, and was sick of the palsy.

34And Peter said unto him, Æneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise,
and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.

35And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord.

1 John 1:1That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which
we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands
have handled, of the Word of life;

1 Corinthians 1:22For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after

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The wisdom of Job

Job 6: 11-13 What is my strength [power], that I should hope? and what
is mine end, that I should prolong my life? Is my strength [power] the
strength [power] of stones [weighting stones]? or is my flesh [to bear]
of brass? Is not my help in me? and is wisdom driven quite from me?

To understand the book of Job one need to know its background. Though
the Lord spoke to Noah, Abraham and others He basically declared His
covenant to them or spoke concerning certain events that existed at that
time. He started giving instructions with regards to salvation of
mankind and explaining things concerning creation only through Moses. So
before Moses there was nothings with regards to this matter, yet we see
Job who lived before Moses had great insight to things regarding the
Kingdom of God. The book of Job is the oldest book in the Bible, even
before Moses.

If one studies the book of Job one will see Job understood the unseen
from the seen, which means by understanding creation he understood the
creator that is why in this book we see examples of animals and other
natural beings and things are used a lot.

In today's message Job talks of the importance of wisdom. He states
wisdom as the power within him that helps him to know life.

Job (2100-1900BC) in his wisdom uses brass as an example. Brass is made
by adding zinc to copper. Increasing the zinc (up to max 39%) makes the
brass stronger than copper and tends to corrode less that is why used in
plumbing. Job by comparing his feeling to brass was asking if he was
hard and immute like brass.

Paul in Romans clearly says God can be seen from His creation. It is
like knowing the artist from this art. When God created everything He
did it with design / image of the invisible. That is why no man can have
an excuse before God saying they did not know Him. Even an Atheist knows
that God exist, but chooses to hate Him.

Wisdom is not knowledge. Reading and observing can give us knowledge the
ability to understand knowledge and process knowledge is called wisdom.
Wisdom can be received as a gift or by experience, either first hand or
from other's experiences. When we experience things directly or
indirectly we know and that gives us wisdom. Man is an outcome of
experiences, but for a Christian the Bible says if we pray and ask god
He will give us wisdom. So it is a matter of asking God and when we
declare for what purpose we need it like Solomon did, there are higher
chances of receiving it.

Knowledge and wisdom leads to understanding. Knowledge without wisdom
only puffs a person since understanding does not exist.

I always tell people either study the Bible, communicate with God and
gain wisdom or experience things in life and gain wisdom, choice is ours.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are God and Creator of all that exist. Your wisdom is beyond
comprehension. Lord we pray we being your children receive wisdom so
that we understand and not be victims of vanity. Help us Lord to be able
to see, discern and be saved both from the visible and the invisible...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Romans 1:20For the invisible things of him since the creation of the
world are clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are
made, even his everlasting power and divinity; that they may be without

Colossians 1:23if so be that ye continue in the faith, grounded and
stedfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel which ye heard,
which was preached in all creation under heaven; whereof I Paul was made
a minister.

Genesis 1:21 And God created great whales, and every living creature
that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their
kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

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Receiving the Holy Spirit

John 7:39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on
him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that
Jesus was not yet glorified.)

Most Christians think because they accepted Christ as their savior they
have received the Holy Spirit. There are a few who think even if people
have not accepted Christ they still have the Holy Spirit in them. Both
these are not fully true.

True without the help of the Holy Spirit no person can accept Jesus
Christ as their Lord and Savior but no person by default receives the
Holy Spirit when they accept Christ as their Lord and Savior. What they
receive is the promise of the Holy Spirit.

In today's message we see it states the Holy Spirit was yet not given,
but we see the Men of God like Abraham, Moses, David etc. had received
the Holy Spirit.

The day of Pentecost was a day when the Holy Spirit was given to the
Church. There were 120 persons in the upper room (meeting hall above a
house) and all received. The close apostles had already received before
when Jesus breathe into them and said 'receive My Spirit'. What also
happened on that day was all including the Apostles were baptized in the
Holy Spirit.

Another false belief Christians have, 'since I have received the Holy
Spirit I am baptized in Him'.

When we believe in the promise of the Holy Spirit and claim that
promise, we do receive the Holy Spirit. But baptism in the Holy Spirit
means we need to surrender our lives to Him. The main purpose of the
Holy Spirit is that He separates us from this world belief system and
unites us in Christ. Spirit means life so if we claim the Holy Spirit we
need to manifest the life of God which means our life should be a holy
life. We may not change immediately but then if there is no little
change, can we say we have the Holy Spirit?

Day before yesterday a mature brother visiting Mumbai asked me where he
can by 'Christmass tree'. I was disappointed to hear that. If he was
young in Christ I would not have minded but if mature brethren behave
like children can we say they have maturity? If the Holy Spirit is
working in us can we hoodwink Him when it comes to knowing the truth? If
we have the truth in us why do we continue doing the lies of this world?

We need to ask ourselves 'do I have the Holy Spirit?' If I have the Holy
Spirit, am I baptized in Him?

The Father's Spirit which He has given us is a Holy Spirit and if we
have received a Holy Spirit then shouldn't we be living a holy life?

The only mirror that can confirm we are baptized in the Holy Spirit is
our lives.

[Prayer Starter]

Father God You are Holy God and so also is your Spirit and your Son yet
the attribute of Holiness is strongly associated with You. Let us
understand why in Heaven the Heavenly being glorify You by declaring You
as Holy, Holy, Holy. Lord we pray we do not hoodwink You by building
bridges between this world and your Heavenly Kingdom. We pray we more
and more surrender to You and dwell in your Kingdom...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

John 20:21-22

21Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath
sent me, even so send I you.

22And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them,
Receive ye the Holy Spirit:

Mark 12:36David himself said in the Holy Spirit, The Lord said unto my
Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Till I make thine enemies the footstool
of thy feet.

Luke 2:25And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was
Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the
consolation of Israel: and the Holy Spirit was upon him.

John 14:26But the Comforter, even the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will
send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring to your
remembrance all that I said unto you.

Ephesians 1:13in whom ye also, having heard the word of the truth, the
gospel of your salvation,- in whom, having also believed, ye were sealed
with the Holy Spirit of promise,

Ephesians 2:1-3

1And to you did he give life, when you were dead through your wrongdoing
and sins,

2In which you were living in the past, after the ways of this present
world, doing the pleasure of the lord of the power of the air, the
spirit who is now working in those who go against the purpose of God;

3Among whom we all at one time were living in the pleasures of our
flesh, giving way to the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and the
punishment of God was waiting for us even as for the rest.

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The inhabitants of the world are like grasshoppers

Isaiah 40:22 It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the
inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens
as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:

Religions like Islam and Hinduism consider the earth to be flat. When it
comes to Christianity I have seen many use today's scripture to prove
the earth as round because the English translations of the scripture has
the words 'circle' and 'earth'.

The Bible nowhere says earth is flat or round. Both Genesis 1:10 and
Isaiah 40:22 are symbolic and not literate. If we take the words
literate then the earth should also be full of grasshoppers as the
scripture says. The Hebrew word 'chuwg' translated as circle means to
encompass more like hold a feast / celebrate.

To really know a 'Christian' is during the so called 'Chrismass' season.
Everyone's mask comes off and their real purpose to accept Christ is

Today's scripture speaks of God who starched out the Heavens like a
curtain [crushed] as a temporary entity beholds the celebration of life
of the nations, He sees grasshoppers. If we study grasshoppers we will
understand what God sees.

Wikipedia defines grasshopper as 'typically ground-dwelling insects with
powerful hind legs which enable them to escape from threats by leaping
vigorously', 'They arehemimetabolousinsects (do not undergocomplete
metamorphosis) which hatch from an egg into anymphor "hopper" which
undergoes fivemoults, becoming more similar to the adult insect at each
developmental stage', 'at high population densities and under certain
environmental conditions, some grasshopper species can change colour and
behaviour and form swarms. Under these circumstances they are known

As per Biblical symbolism grasshoppers symbolize people who are driven
by greed. They do not change completely but stage by stage become like
those who have moulded them. They are driven by instincts. When their
material desires or worldly needs are threatened or restricted they
start making a lot of noise. You will find them praying, protesting etc.
They start to transform into totally different beings which are
insignificant but yet think they are great. They start to consume not
only the resources of others but also their own thus being instrument of
destruction, destroying the lives of others' and their own.

When God sees us, does He see us as grasshoppers like He sees others in
the world? Are we selfish, self-centred people who are driven by
desires? Are we being transformed into worldly people or Heavenly
people? What is that we seek? Is it worldly pleasures, worldly
happiness, worldly materials, worldly riches, worldly position, worldly
fame, worldly love, worldly life?

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are God who dwells in the Holy of Holy place. You are
omnipresent yet You are separated from all that which is corrupt. Bible
says the path to life is narrow but the path to vanity is broad. Lord
You said unless we die we will not have life, unless we are not born
again in spirit we will not enter the Kingdom of God. We pray we learn
to die to our desires and to things of this world so that we inherit
your Kingdom...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Nahum 3:15There shall the fire devour thee; the sword shall cut thee
off, it shall eat thee up like the cankerworm [young locust] : make
thyself many as the cankerworm, make thyself many as the locusts.

John 12:24-26

24Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a grain of wheat fall into the
earth and die, it abideth by itself alone; but if it die, it beareth
much fruit.

25He that loveth his life loseth it; and he that hateth his life in this
world shall keep it unto life eternal.

26If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall
also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will the Father honor.

Romans 8:13for if ye live after the flesh, ye must die; but if by the
Spirit ye put to death the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

John 11:25-26

25Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that
believeth on me, though he die, yet shall he live;

26and whosoever liveth and believeth on me shall never die. Believest
thou this?

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Thou shall forget your miseries

Job 11:15, 16 For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yea,
thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear: Because thou shalt forget
thy misery, and remember it as waters that pass away:

Today's message is a conversation between Job and his friends. In this
verse we see Job's friend Zophar whose name means "sparrow" tells him
that his problems will come to past and he will forget them.

One may wonder why someone kept a name like sparrow. In Hebrew every
word has an understanding and the word sparrow means 'early ones'.

We see his friend was quick to conclude without understanding the
process or the work that the Lord was doing.

Job was called righteous by God and yet Bible says that none, not one
was found righteous in the sight of God therefore He had to send His Son
as man to be our righteous sacrifice. We need to understand
righteousness is a process like baptism and the end is a gift since none
can achieve it by one's self. Like baptism results into knowing the
truth which is a gift of the Holy Spirit, our walk of righteousness
results in the gift of righteousness from the Son and our being holy
results in the gift of holiness from the Father. These 3 Fruits of the
Spirit are not listed in the 9 mentioned in Galatians since they are
gifts but are separately mentioned in Ephesians.

We need to note Job suffered but his bodily suffering was restricted
just to his skin and not to any other part of his body, like bones or
organs. This was because God was working on Job.

Today God is telling us even though we are going through all kinds of
miseries. We need to understand God is in control and He knows best. God
is telling us soon our miseries will come to past. Today they will seem
as unthinkable suffering but soon when it comes to past it will be like

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are God and You are Holy, Righteous and Truth. Lord we know You
are working in us and soon we will make something new with us. You God
are omnipotent and nothing is impossible to You. We pray we surrender
into your hands and trust You so that we do not delay by hindering your
work in us...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Romans 3:10as it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one;

Job 32:1So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was
righteous in his own eyes.

Ezekiel 14:14though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it,
they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith
the Lord Jehovah.

Romans 5:17For if, by the trespass of the one, death reigned through the
one; much more shall they that receive the abundance of grace and of the
gift of righteousness reign in life through the one, even Jesus Christ.

Galatians 5:22-23

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
gentleness, goodness, faith,

23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Ephesians 5:8-10

8For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk
as children of light:

9(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and

10Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

Revelation 22:2in the midst of the street thereof. And on this side of
the river and on that was the tree of life, bearing twelve manner of
fruits, yielding its fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were
for the healing of the nations.

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Kinds of Preachers

Philippians 1:16, 17the one do it of love, knowing that I am set for the
defence of the gospel; but the other proclaim Christ of faction, not
sincerely, thinking to raise up affliction for me in my bonds.

Paul in today's message talks of two kinds of preachers, one takes an
aggressive approach and the other a gentle approach. One reminds him his
bonds (to the flesh) and the other his freedom (what he has achieved).
Paul does not say one is right and one is wrong but says both glorify
God and are doing work in the Kingdom of God. But what is interesting is
later he continues and compares it with living in this world or dying.
He knows as a Believer if he dies he will be counted in Christ and if he
lives he needs to continue battling within himself and continue the work
of Christ, but he looks at its good part of being able to bear more fruit.

Our churches are filled with the second category of preachers whom Paul
symbolizes as people ready to die and be counted in Christ. They focus
on just being counted in Christ and they are the ones who preach the
gospel of abundance grace. They are people who quote mostly scriptures
like walking in the finished works of Christ, of having victory. Paul
did write these scripture but compared them to the quantity of other
scriptures where Paul wrote of battling, overcoming, enduring, striving

It is time we start taking an aggressive approach to the flesh [carnal
man]. If we are called to overcome are we not called to battle? If we
are called to battle then how can we be people of a passive nature?

Let us as people of God face the bonds that hold us down, let us battle
them and be set free so that the glory of God may be manifested and the
end will come sooner. Until the Sons of God are not manifested the end
will not come.

God never fails, and the purpose He created us will surely come to pass,
if not in us then in the generation to come. Let us not be among those
who left Egypt but did not enter the Promised Land.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You alone are God. You said I AM WHO I AM. Lord we pray your people
know the reason they exist like You know yourself. Let not they take the
side door exit, but face life and battle the enemy as You have called us

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Philippians 1:18-24

18What then? only that in every way, whether in pretence or in truth,
Christ is proclaimed; and therein I rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.

19For I know that this shall turn out to my salvation, through your
supplication and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,

20according to my earnest expectation and hope, that in nothing shall I
be put to shame, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also
Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether by life, or by death.

22But if to live in the flesh,—if this shall bring fruit from my work,
then what I shall choose I know not.

23But I am in a strait betwixt the two, having the desire to depart and
be with Christ; for it is very far better:

24yet to abide in the flesh is more needful for your sake.

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Preaching in wisdom

Colossians 1:28Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man
in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

Yesterday I was to go to another church but the Lord took me to another,
there the Preacher was preaching on 2:Kings 6:1-3 and he stated the sons
of the prophets said unto Elisha that the place where they dwelled was
too small so they needed to move to bigger place so they thought of
moving to the river Jordan. The Preacher stated that the word to move
did not come from a great man like Elisha but from his disciples which
Elisha later realized.

When he was preaching this I saw most of the congregation we so taken up
with the preaching and delighted with the word as that coming from God.
They were happy because the Preacher was speaking unto their situation
since they were moving from that place after many, many years of being

When I heard this preaching it did not agree with me so I went into the
words not depending on the translation. My disagreement was based on the
fact during those times when kings ruled unless granted by the king
people did not own land. We see in the Bible when wealth was defined for
ordinary person it mostly did not include property but things like gold,
silver, animals, servants, vessels, yield of the land etc. but not the
land. Now these sons of Prophets were not staying in a building to feel
it to be small. If they could build a bigger place near the river Jordan
they as well could have done that where they were.

If we study the scripture by its actual words it word translated as
strait does not mean small but means tight, difficult, oppress etc. The
word translated as beam comes from the root word which means cool. These
sons were feeling the heat of the oppressing that existed against them
and they wanted to go to a place far away to be more comfortable. Elisha
did not experience it but they did. Also they were not Elisha's
disciples but were under the care of Elisha. Elisha did not run any
school of Prophets.

This was not the case of just the Preacher misinterpreting a scripture
just to make 2+2=4 but even some commentaries do the same.

If we preach with the wisdom of man do we expect God to move and do
things in our churches?

Today's message says that Paul preached with not the wisdom of man but
the wisdom of God. We see the churches that Paul planted and worked with
did grow and did well in the Kingdom of God.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Almighty God and your Wisdom is beyond measure. Lord You
call us your children and have given unto us your nature which was
manifested in your Son Jesus Christ. Lord if You are filled with wisdom
so also your children are filled. We pray Lord they do not go by the
wisdom that is worldly but rejecting it operate in the wisdom that comes
from You. Unless we do not reject worldly wisdom we cannot operate in
your wisdom. We pray they understand this...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

2 Kings 6:1-2

1And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place
where we dwell with thee is too strait for us.

2Let us go, we pray thee, unto Jordan, and take thence every man a beam,
and let us make us a place there, where we may dwell. And he answered,
Go ye.

3And one said, Be content, I pray thee, and go with thy servants. And he
answered, I will go.

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Fruitless religion

Jeremiah 51:64And thou shalt say, Thus shall Babylon sink, and shall not 
rise from the evil that I will bring upon her: and they shall be weary. 
Thus far are the words of Jeremiah.

At times we may not understand what we feel is good may be more worse 
than we can imagine. Many a times I tell people it is better to reject 
the Lord Jesus Christ and die an unbeliever that way we will suffer our 
sins but believing in the Lord Jesus Christ and not abiding in His Will 
is even worse. When we die as a Believer but not as a Christian then we 
do not suffer our sins but face the wrath of God. People do not know the 
difference between Hell and Lake of Fire / Sulphur.

Today's message is a prophecy of the Babylon the Great / Mother of all 
whoredom. It was this prophecy which was revealed to John in the book of 
Revelation. We know this prophecy is concerning the Catholic Church and 
how it will fail like a pack of cards all of a suddenly. Wherever 'day' 
is mentioned it speaks of a long period of time and wherever 'hour' is 
mentioned it speaks of a short period of time. The fall of this church 
is noted with the word 'hour'. The scripture before (V63) speaks of the 
story of this church is ended by throwing it in the river Euphrates 
which means fruitfulness.

When I was a Catholic and started studying the Bible, meditating on the 
Word and communicating with the Holy Spirit, the Lord started revealing 
me the wickedness of this church and one that made me to decide to leave 
it is when the Lord showed me how in His name they were taking people 
somewhere else.

In those days after knowing this I used to be full of anger with their 
priests/ religious leaders and would not spare a moment to pounce on 
them for I realized most of them were aware of the evil they were doing 
yet in the hardness of their hearts they continued.

We may think today's message is just for information for us Believers, 
No. Today's message is also for us since many of our churches behave 
like the Catholic Church. We find the main aim of these churches is to 
keep people within the fence /inside the Church and thus they protect 
them not only from the devil but also from God and also themselves (by 
threatening them with excommunication). The people are instructed what 
they should do and what they should not do. They are told which preacher 
they should hear and whom they should not. They are told which books of 
the Bible they should read and which they should not. They are told when 
to pray, what to pray, why to pray, where to pray but they do not know 
what prayer is. They are bombarded with the fact that pray is powerful 
therefore they keep praying and praying as in pushing the mountain with 
their hands and not commanding it to move by authority. Like Jesus said 
after the parable of the pestering widow and the judge, 'when the Son of 
Man comes will He find faith?'.

Instead of controlling their spiritual lives get their spiritual lives 
rooted on the Word and led by the Spirit of God. Get their foundations 
set and let the Spirit of God take over and lead them, do not take the 
place of the Helper / Comforter; if Jesus did not how can we? Also do 
not say you need years and years to set their foundation set. Look in 
your churches and see how many are in that same place since years. As 
Pastors / Bishops you are to be mentors and overseers; what mentoring 
and overseeing are you doing that the Lord needs to strain Himself to 
see it.

The Lord is telling us as Believers if we are running a Catholic church 
(a faithless church / not Word rooted church / church filled with 
manmade traditions / church filled with spiritually blind people / 
people without a desire to serve God) then the day is at hand that soon 
He will bring this church to nothing. Do not let tithing and blessings 
and healing and worldly prosperity be the main agenda of your church but 
let salvation be the agenda, not just one's own salvation but the 
salvation of all of the Lord's sheep.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are a Holy God and You have said 'be holy for I am Holy'. You 
Lord desire we try to do what You have done even if we cannot match it; 
as your children You expect us to follow You. You Lord humbled yourself 
by leaving your glory and became man to pay the price for our sins so 
that we receive your Holy Spirit, who leads us to holiness. You Lord 
expect the same from us too that is why You said we need to die 
spiritually to have life of abundance. Lord we pray we imitate You in 
our lives and show we are of You, for You and with You...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Jeremiah 51:62-64

62Then shalt thou say, O LORD, thou hast spoken against this place, to 
cut it off, that none shall remain in it, neither man nor beast, but 
that it shall be desolate for ever.

63And it shall be, when thou hast made an end of reading this book, that 
thou shalt bind a stone to it, and cast it into the midst of Euphrates:

64And thou shalt say, Thus shall Babylon sink, and shall not rise from 
the evil that I will bring upon her: and they shall be weary. Thus far 
are the words of Jeremiah.

Luke 18:1,8

1And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to 
pray, and not to faint;

8I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son 
of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

Matthew 19:29And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or 
sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my 
name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting 

Mark 8:35For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever 
shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.

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Called to be the head and not tail

Psalms 19:43 Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; 
and thou hast made me the head of the heathen: a people whom I have not 
known shall serve me.

In India we have a state called Gujarat where the people are inherently 
traders or businessmen in some or other vertical. The Gujarati community 
is very close knitted and they encourage each other in business. The 
families of this community most live as join families and they will go 
all the way to help each other even if they are far of relatives or not 
even one.

When I started working, I started getting promoted quickly from trainee 
to HOD in matter of couple of years having those who were senior to me, 
reporting to me. But even then my father was not happy and wanted me to 
do business. He told me even if I earned less I should not be working 
for others but making others work for me. I like the financial security 
when working for other and did like losing it but over the time I got 
into business.

We as Christian are called to be heads and not tails. The Guajarati's do 
not fear getting into business because they have a community backing but 
we as Christians having background in whatsoever community we were from 
are called to be heads and not tails, we are not called to find a 
solution in our community like say the Gujaratis but are called to do so 
because we trust our God more than man. It is our God who directs us, 
provides for us and uphold us. Bible says when we keep the Law of the 
Lord we will become the heads and not the tails. Even if we are working 
in a public sector company or a private sector company we need to be the 
managers, heads of that department, presidents etc., we need to show the 
favor of God on us.

Bible says when we are His people we are called to 10 times more capable 
than others. We are not talking of little more but of 10 times better.

Let us ask ourselves do we trust God or trust man, do we know our God is 
a Living God who watches over us all the time, a God whose hand is not 
short to help us at the time of need and an Omnipotent God for whom not 
is impossible.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Almighty God and You alone are Living God. Lord we ask for 
forgiveness for not trusting You. We ask forgiveness for not abiding in 
your Word. We pray Lord we know we are called to be heads and not tails. 
Fill us with wisdom and understanding in whatever we do so that people 
will find us blessed and a blessing for them, that they may say our God 
is indeed a Living God...

This Prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Deuteronomy 28:13, 15, 43-44

13And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou 
shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken 
unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this 
day, to observe and to do them

15But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of 
the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes 
which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon 
thee, and overtake thee:

43The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; 
and thou shalt come down very low.

44He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the 
head, and thou shalt be the tail.

Daniel 1:19-20

19And the king communed with them; and among them all was found none 
like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: therefore stood they before 
the king.

20And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king enquired 
of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and 
astrologers that were in all his realm.

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His mighty power working in us

Ephesians 1:19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to 
us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

As a kid and as a Catholic when I received my 'First Holy Communion' I 
was told I received Jesus. I was very happy not because I understood 
anything but because of the hype people created and the importance they 
gave towards me. Even then there was a doubt in my mind for I knew 
whatever we eat ultimately goes out into the draught. So my question was 
- is Jesus temporary in me or some extract of that communion will still 
remain in me forever!

Catholics believe in transubstantiation that means that they believe 
Jesus is physically present in the Holy Communion. They do not know that 
their so called 'Holy Communion' is as unholy as one can get. They 
substituted the ordinary unleavened bread with wafer and shaped it 
according the pagan rituals of the Sun god [note the stand they place it 
on and do its adoration]. What they are doing is worshipping God is high 
places by over exaggeration beyond its actual meaning and this God hates.

As Believers we are called to break bread - unleavened bread, neither 
leavened bread nor wafer nor cake (made with oil like Indian roti); 
bread that is without any other ingredients in remembrance of Him (His 
sacrifice). Since He said 'remembrance' so it is symbolic.

Where Catholics got misled is because Jesus said this bread is His flesh 
and unless we eat it we will have nothing with Him. They do not realize 
Jesus spoke in Hebrew to His disciple or with other Jews and Aramaic 
with other people. So to understand what He said we need to understand 
the Hebrew words. In Hebrew the word for bread comes from the root word 
which means 'to battle' / 'to overcome' and the root word for flesh 
means 'message'. So Jesus said it is His message that we need to eat 
which will let us overcome. So breaking unleavened bread is symbolic but 
what we do is eat the unadulterated message of Christ which lets us 

Today's message tells us about His power which is in those who believe 
and this power is described as mighty power. This power is not a magical 
power like that of Super Man or any other comic book characters. This 
power is the power of truth, of understanding of the Kingdom of God. 
Whatever Jesus did as man, things like healing, bringing dead to life 
etc. all those were done by His understanding of the Kingdom of God. We 
too can do all those which He did if we too increase our understanding 
of God's Kingdom and live our lives like Him. Jesus said we would do 
greater things, not because we will know more and have more power but 
because He did all things with purpose and that purpose will increase as 
we draw nearer to the end.

Let us manifest the power of Christ in us by not only studying His Word 
but by also walking in His Word since understanding will come only when 
we do both.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Almighty, Holy God and nothing is hidden from You for You 
are all knowing. Word also says Your wisdom is un measurable. Lord You 
have called us to be your children and your Sons. You desire we too know 
the Truth and overcome the corruption which sin has done in us and have 
power in You. We pray we eat your unadulterated message and make it part 
of us so that we overcome and become Sons of God...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 15:17Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at 
the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?

John 6:51,54,56

51I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of 
this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my 
flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

54Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I 
will raise him up at the last day.

56He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I 
in him.

1 Corinthians 5:8Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, 
neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the 
unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

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By Him, With Him and For Him

Colossians 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

One of the best descriptions of the Lord Jesus Christ is given in 
Colossians 1:15-18. If one goes into the depth of its every word and 
understands it, it gives a summary of the whole Bible and of creation, 
with its purpose.

Genesis 1:1 starts with God taking steps to create the visible creation, 
the only reason given there is that God saw the existence of darkness. 
Now when did this darkness come into existence and why is not given 
there, but is given only in very few scriptures.

Today's message one of the few scriptures that relates the visible 
creation to the invisible creation (creatures / beings in Heaven). It 
says not only this visible creation (universe and everything that 
existed, exits and will exist till the end) but also the Heavenly 
creation that includes beings like Cherubim and Angels were created by 
the Lord Jesus Christ. These were created by Him, for Him and it is only 
with Him that the results are achieved.

If we look at Jesus in the Bible we will see there are 5 identities the 
Lord Jesus Christ is associated with.

God (John 20:28, John 8:58)

Son God (John 19:7, Romans 1:4)

Son of God (Mark 15:39)

Christ (Mark 1:1)

Son of Man (John 5:27)

People confuse Son God with Son of God. 'Son God' is unique and only one 
exists, He was not created but on the other hand 'Son of God' are many 
and were created. We who are in Christ are called to become Sons of God 
through the working of the Holy Spirit. When the Jews crucified Jesus or 
tried to stone Him to death it was because He called Himself 'Son God' 
or 'God' /'I Am' and not for calling Himself 'Son of God' [the word 
'the' in Greek 'tov' does not exist between Son /'huios' and God 
/'Theos']. Jews were aware between the term Son of God and Son God and 
that Angels including Adam (before he sinned) were referred to as Sons 
of God.

The understanding of the existence of 'three deities but yet one' 
[Father, Son and Spirit - Trinity] is not wrong but people need to go 
further and understand Son and His Spirit - who are one and the Father 
and His Spirit - who also are one, with God (Father and Son) who is 
Spirit and only one.

If we look at what is known of the Kingdom of God among the main stream 
Churches, it is just the tip of the iceberg, there is lot more to 
receive from God and to come to the knowledge of.

Let us meditate more on the Lord and ask Him to reveal more of Himself 
to us through His Word.

[Prayer Starter]

Father God You alone are God. When Moses and Jacob asked your Name You 
said 'I AM WHO I AM' and that there is no other God but You. Lord let 
your people understand the purpose who created this world that we live 
in and the reason You created the Heavens and all the beings in it. We 
pray we understand You use the least for the greatest of things through 
the Fruits and Gifts of the Holy Spirit, it is like in using an ant to 
destroy and elephant. We pray we understand the importance of the Holy 
Spirit and the Fruits of the Holy Spirit...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Colossians 1:15-18

15Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

16For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are 
in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, 
or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

17And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

18And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the 
firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

John 20:28And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

John 8:58Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before 
Abraham was, I am.

John 19:7The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought 
to die, because he made himself the Son of God.

Mark 15:39And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that 
he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the 
Son of God.

Mark 1:1The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;

John 5:27And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because 
he is the Son of man.

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God's mighty creation

Revelation 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto 
crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, 
were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.

If you have ever gone to a Catholic Church and seen the paintings you 
will see this usual character of small baby like Angels having wings 
(four wings). This character they are projecting is the Cherubim and in 
today's message in the book of Revelation we read about them as Beasts 
full of eyes in front and behind. They are described to have heads of a 
lion, a calf [ox], a man and an eagle. In the book of Ezekiel we find 
more detailed description and are fearful looking creature, compare this 
description to that of the cute little baby Angels that Catholics have 

One may think, how can our God who made all things so beautiful would 
have dreadful creatures most near to His glorious Throne?

Firstly one needs to note these are spirit beings like Angels and not 
made of flesh and bones like man, they do not actually possess bird like 
wings nor heads of actual man, lion, ox and eagle, nor have actual 
multiple hands or legs or eyes, all this is to understand their might 
and the character they possess.

If one has had the privilege to actually see Angles which are the 
simpler beings of Heaven, they appear as humans but one does not see a 
human face. They appear as beings made of light with their outline 
visible. They have long endless hands since one does not see their 
palms, similarly they seem to have long legs but their feet are not 
visible. Both their hands and feet seem endless that is why they seem to 
float in the air. They seem to have long hair which also seems endless. 
We may note all this but this is not their look, it is their appearance 
to man to symbolically understand what, who they are, so as to 
understand the characteristics they possess.

We all know the might of an Angel from scriptures and can say they are 
hundreds of thousand times more powerful than an earthly man. Now if one 
compares an Angel to a Cherub, a Cherub is tens of thousands times more 
mighty than an Angel. Can we even dream of comparing ourselves to 
Cherub? One will be surprised to note Lucifer was /is a Cherub and we 
humans who are lower than an Angel have been selected by God to defeat a 
Cherub. Ezekiel says at the end we will bring this mighty Cherub down 
like we bring a man down.

Who can comprehend the wisdom and power of God?And that same wisdom and 
power works in us if we surrender and become one in Him.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord, You are an Omnipotent, Omnipresent and All Knowing God. You 
created all things even Lucifer was created by You. You knew he would 
fall like You knew man would fall even before You created us. Your Word 
says You made available a sacrifice from the foundation of creation to 
enable man to return back to You. Lord, You have great plans for 
worthless man. You have selected him to be a light in the darkness, to 
overcome darkness. Lord we faint with the little challenges we face in 
the flesh here on earth not knowing the unbelievable things we are 
called to overcome in the spiritual world. Lord we pray we understand 
what we are and that You have given us all that we need to overcome. Let 
not these little things on earth trouble us for we are your mighty 

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Revelation 4:6-11

6And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and 
in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts 
full of eyes before and behind.

7And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, 
and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a 
flying eagle.

8And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were 
full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, 
holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

9And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat 
on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,

10The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the 
throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their 
crowns before the throne, saying,

11Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for 
thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were 

Ezekiel 1:4-15

Ezekiel 10:9-22

Ezekiel 28:12-19

12Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto 
him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, 
and perfect in beauty.

13Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy 
covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and 
the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the 
workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the 
day that thou wast created.

14Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: 
thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in 
the midst of the stones of fire.

15Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, 
till iniquity was found in thee.

16By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee 
with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as 
profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering 
cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

17Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted 
thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, 
I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

18Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine 
iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring 
forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will 
bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold 

19All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: 
thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.

Genesis 3: 24So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the 
garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to 
keep the way of the tree of life.

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Forgiveness of sins

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us 
our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Just a few minutes back a brother in a Whatsapp group felt guilty of not 
listening to the Lord's voice and asked for prayers so that he receives 
God forgiveness. I encouraged him and then I sat to pray to ask for 
today's message and I received this.

If we go into the Greek words and syntax of the scripture the word 
translated as confess means to gather and account. It means I cannot 
chose some and leave some. I cannot be of the mind that I account for 
some and continue in others. True confessing requires me to completely 
account for everything which I am aware of as wrong.

The Greek word translated as forgive means to 'write off' or 'send 
away'. Have we sinned, and how much we have sinned, all this is 
accounted the day we exit this world. We can sin as much we like but if 
we die in our sins then we had it. For an unbeliever his or her sins are 
that which he or she suffers in Hell. We should be aware the more we sin 
the more difficult it is to come out of the nature to sin, thus the soon 
we can we should.

The Greek word translated as forgive as stated here, and also in the 
prayer Our Father is written in Aorist tense. Unlike in English language 
this tense is past, present and future put together. That means when we 
believe in the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ all our sins which we 
have committed, we commit and which we will commit, are all written off. 
It means on Judgment Day God will not account us our sins.

Does that mean we as Christians can sin as much we want?

Bible says we cannot bring down the value of the Lord's sacrifice by 
continuing in our sins. The Lord is slow to anger which means He does 
not shut His eyes to our sins but give us time to overcome them. 
Understand we as Christians are called not to fight sins but fight the 
sin nature. We are called to overcome the nature that leads us to sin 
not only in ourselves but also help others to do so. On Judgment day if 
we are found to have been battling doing it (when we died) we will be 
given the Righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ (the Bridal dress) and 
thus enabled to enter Heaven. So as Christians we are called to always 
be in a spiritual battle within ourselves and at the same time support 
others to do the same. We should remember we are already forgiven 
provided we make efforts to overcome.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are a Holy God and nothing unholy can exist before You. When 
You created man You Lord knew man would sin and You allowed man to sin 
but You made a way for him to overcome the sin nature and be a light to 
the darkness and overcome it. You made man to be an overcomer and as man 
You showed us how to overcome. Lord, we know we will overcome for You 
overcame and now your Spirit dwells in us, all we need to do is 
surrender to You and to listen to your voice and not to the voice that 
deceives us into darkness...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 6:9-13

9After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, 
Hallowed be thy name.

10Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

11Give [Aorist tense] us this day our daily bread.

12And forgive [Aorist tense] us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine 
is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Hebrews 10:12But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins 
for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;

Hebrews 10:26For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the 
knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

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Are we called to suffer?

1 Timothy 1:16, 17Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me 
first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to 
them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. Now unto 
the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and 
glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Among Catholics it is a belief, God punishes with sickness and medical 
problems for one's own sins and for the sins of those entrusted to the 
person, therefore you will find a majority of their priests suffering 
from sicknesses and taking pride in living with them.

Their concept of forgiveness is amusing. They do believe God forgives 
them for their sins but that forgiveness is incomplete therefore they 
have a concept called 'purgatory' where a person who believing person 
forgiven of sins by God goes after death to temporarily suffer for what 
they have been forgiven!

Their lies and hollow belief was exposed in the 15th century when the 
then Pope started giving 'get free tickets' from purgatory to those who 
donated large sums of money to the church for building the grand St. 
Peter's Basilica whichstands majestically today in the Vatican city. 
This event opened the eyes of some people and caused what is today known 
as Reformation Movement and gave birth of the Believer Churches. Even 
today the Catholic Church sells 'indulgence' which is a way to reduce 
the amount of punishment one has to undergo for sins after death in 
purgatory, in form of donations towards Mass or any church related activity.

It is the mistranslation or misunderstanding of words like longsuffering 
in today's message which causes such beliefs. The Greek word translated 
as 'longsuffering' is the word 'makrothumia' it is also translated at 
two places as 'patience'. It is a conjugation of the word 'makrothumos' 
which is a compound of two words 'makros' and 'thumos'. 'Makros' means 
'long' and 'thumos' means a passion like anger, wrath, fierceness, 
indignation etc.. Together they mean 'holding on with great passion' 
same as endurance. This endurance is not from things like sicknesses or 
personal problems but from obstruction and persecution due to one's faith.

Today's message confirms the endurance is to keep the belief in our 
eternal, immortal, invisible, uncorrupt and wise King and God, our Lord 
Jesus Christ in whom we have eternal life.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are God and from You comes life. Lord You created us to have 
abundance of life, but sin caused us to be cut off from your plans for 
us. Lord we pray we understand that devil has no hold on those who are 
yours and in whom your Spirit dwells. Lord You gave us authority to 
heal, to cast off evil spirits and remove weaknesses. You allow sickness 
but do not take pleasure to see your children suffer from sicknesses; 
You want us to overcome them and have victory over them. We pray we stop 
tolerating sicknesses and problems in our lives and start taking 
authority over them...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Genesis 5:6And Seth [compensation] lived an hundred and five years, and 
begat Enos [mortal]:

Luke 9:1Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them 
power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.

1 Corinthians 9:12If others be partakers of this power over you, are not 
we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all 
things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ.

2 Corinthians 1:6And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation 
and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings 
which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your 
consolation and salvation.

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The great divider

Hebrew 8:9Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers 
in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of 
Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them 
not, saith the Lord.

We find most new or spiritually growing Christians stumble at this 
divider of the Bible which classifies one section as Old Testament and 
the other New Testament. They stick with the New Testament and do not 
make an attempt to understand the Old Testament.

I could go in lots of theological explanations to show the Word of God 
is One - it is Word of God and not Words of God. But I will use a 
simpler approach by using the language.

The Greek word translated as covenant or testament is the word 
'diatheke' which comes from the word 'diatithemai' which means 'to 
arrange'. If we go deeper this word is a composite word which is a 
combination of 2 words 'dia' which means 'through' and 'tithemi' which 
means 'to set'.

So when we say covenant or testament its actual meaning in the Bible is 
'arrangement'. So Old Testament would mean Old Arrangement and New 
Testament would mean New Arrangement. Now if we read today's message 
with its meaning, it shows new light and better understanding to the 

Hebrew 8:9Not according to the arrangement that I made with their 
fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the 
land of Egypt; because they continued not in my arrangement, and I 
regarded them not, saith the Lord.

God made an arrangement and we need to be in agreement and part of that 
arrangement. We do not make anything but abide in that which He has made.

The NT [27 books] is a simplification of the OT [leaving for 1 book of 
the NT - Gospel of John]. Everything that is found in the 26 books, are 
recordings of that which happened, or testimonies, or explanation / 
teaching of the OT. Even the book Revelation is an explanation of 
prophecies given in the OT. Note when Paul taught people about Christ he 
did so from the OT.

Let us mature in spirit and not continue behaving like children. Let us 
understand the Word of God and not fall against the great divider. Let 
us understand the Word of God and not make it Words of God.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Almighty God. You Are Who You Are and there is no God other 
than You. Lord in your love You set open the way which was shut and You 
also made available all that was needed to travel the way. Before man 
could not do it so You paid the price for His sins and gave him your 
Spirit who helps us on that way. Lord we pray we abide in your Spirit 
who makes it able for us to abide in the arrangement and receive eternal 
life in You...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 26:28For this is my blood of the new testament [diatheke], which 
is shed for many for the remission of sins.

2 Corinthians 3:6Who also hath made us able ministers of the new 
testament [diatheke]; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the 
letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

1 John 5:7For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, 
the Word, and the Holy Spirit: and these three are one.

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To live or die

Philippians 1:22, 23, 24But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of 
my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait 
betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is 
far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.

This questions is always on the mind of almost all Believers at some 
time or the other, 'what is the use of continuing life, if I am saved by 
my faith then it is better for me to exit this world and sleep in Christ 
to be joined with Him, and dwell with Him eternally when He comes'.

If we know the purpose we are created and God's plans for us then this 
question will not be there before us.

In the Bible the Lord says we are among the few who are chosen from the 
foundation of creation. We are chosen not for our own salvation but also 
to be a medium to save others. There are some among us who are chosen 
for testimony, for even though they believe in Christ and claim to 
follow Him but like Judas these will betray Him for the pleasures of the 
carnal flesh.

The Word of God tells us the Lord has chosen us to bear Fruit and 
witness the Truth. We may live in this world but we are chosen to live 
out of this world separating ourselves from the ways of this world. We 
are called to be light and salt, light of the world by showing it the 
right direction and salt by preserving that which is good. In other 
words we are called to battle evil like soldiers focusing our fight not 
against evil doings but battling its source which is in the spirit; we 
are called for spiritual battle.

In today's message the Lord tells us if we are in the Lord and we die 
today there should be no regret, but if we are alive today to see 
another day we should consider it is a blessing for we are given an 
opportunity to reap more, to do greater things in the Kingdom of God.

Let us see every day as an opportunity to do what we are chosen for from 
the foundation of creation.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are God and Creator of all that has life in it. You Lord have 
created all things for a purpose and the purpose is to be blessed. It is 
only in You that there is goodness for You alone are good. Lord we pray 
we remember the purpose You have chosen us and which You manifested as 
Son of Man Jesus Christ. We pray we draw people to You as we were drawn 
to You by others. We pray we are blessed in You by being a blessing unto 

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Matthew 22:14For many are called, but few are chosen.

John 6:70Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of 
you is a devil?

John 15:19If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but 
because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, 
therefore the world hateth you.

2 Thessalonians 2:13-14

13But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved 
of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation 
through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

14Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory 
of our Lord Jesus Christ.

John 15:16Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained 
you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should 
remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may 
give it you.

Ephesians 1:4According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation 
of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

2 Timothy 2:4No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of 
this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

Matthew 5:13Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his 
savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for 
nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

John 12:46I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on 
me should not abide in darkness.

Matthew 5:14Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill 
cannot be hid.

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Good parents, bad children

2 Kings 8:19 Yet the LORD would not destroy Judah for David his 
servant's sake, as he promised him to give him alway a light, and to his 

Today's scripture talks of the Lord holding back the utter punishment of 
king Jehoram (Joram) for the sake of his promise to his ancestor David.

Jehoram was one of the worse kings of Judah and son of one of the best 
kings of Judah king Jehoshaphat. One may wonder how good parents can 
breed bad children. We see this problem even among Pastors today where 
their children have turned atheist or antichrist. If one looks at Pop 
stars, there are almost famous 10 Pop stars whose parents were Pastors 
and these include names like Alice Cooper, Marcus Mumford and Katy 
Perry; some like Justin Timberlake had grandparent as Pastor. Marcus 
Mumford once told he dislike the word 'Christian' since 'it came with 
lots of baggage' therefore he did not like calling himself a 'Christian'.

One of the greatest problems with Christian parents is wrong 
understanding of love and responsibility. They think love means 
senseless gratification, giving anything and everything including slow 
poison to eat if the child really does insist. They feel God will change 
them and save them over time. Some hold on to testimonies of someone 
whose child did change for good but do not give thought of the many 
which perished.

Bringing up children in way of the ways of the Lord has to be done in 
the early stage not when their minds are already filled with worldly 
desires. Removing thrones and thistles from between crop that is at 
harvest is not advisable. It has to be done at an earlier stage before 
or just after the seeds are sown. The throngs and thistles may not kill 
the crop but will eat up its nourishment and make it less productive.

When the Lord selected Abraham one of the reasons stated was the Lord 
knew Abraham would bring up his children in the ways of the Lord.

I have had Pastors' children contacting me with their spiritual problems 
since the communication between them and their parents was not 
spiritual. They did love their parents but could not speak openly of the 
things concerning the Kingdom of God with them. These doubts may one day 
destroy their faith and set them against the Kingdom of God. Grace comes 
by faith and since faith is not inherited so grace too is not inherited. 
Spiritual blessings are for ever but worldly blessed are not. Worldly 
blessings may be inherited but will not last forever.

Parents understand as Christians you are hated by the ruler of the 
worldly kingdom [not the world, but worldly ways and worldly people]. He 
hates you and wants to make sure by hook or crook he stops you and your 
seeds from inheriting the Kingdom of God. Understand like freedom means 
self-responsibility and not a chance to do as one wills similarly love 
that does not edify is not called love. You are not called to be friends 
with your children, you are to be parent. Let them know they can 
approach and confine in you for anything and everything and for that you 
need to keep discussing various issues at an early stage. God may not 
punish your children or grandchildren for your sake but then they will 
not be blessed because of their wrong doings. This non-interference 
usually leads to greater downfall and characterless people.

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are loving Father. You loved us so much that a part of You 
humbled Himself and became man, to become our sacrifice so that we could 
receive your Spirit and return to You. Lord your love also corrects us 
and builds us; it does not just please us for anything and everything. 
We pray Lord we learn from You and bring up our children in your Ways...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

Genesis 18:19For I know him, that he will command his children and his 
household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do 
justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he 
hath spoken of him.

Romans 1:28-32

28And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God 
gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not 

29Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, 
covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, 
malignity; whisperers,

30Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of 
evil things, disobedient to parents,

31Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, 
implacable, unmerciful:

32Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things 
are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them 
that do them.

2 Corinthians 12:14Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and 
I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not yours, but you: for the 
children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the 

Ephesians 6:1-4

1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

2Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with 

3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

4And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up 
in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

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When we are weak, you are strong

2 Corinthians 13:9 For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: 
and this also we wish, even your perfection.

People have very high expectations of Men or Women of God. They assume 
that if they are led by the Lord then how can they make mistake?

Men and Women of God are not robots or machines but are human beings 
like everyone. They too are made of flesh and bones like everyone and 
also have weaknesses like everyone else. Yes they are led by the Lord 
but their flesh also battles against the spirit like it does in everyone 
else. The only difference is a Man or Woman of God is a person who 
abides more to the spirit and less to the flesh.

Paul had such an experience with the people of Corinth. Paul was at that 
time one of the strongest Man of God, having great knowledge and 
understanding and lacking in no area except one area which became his 
thorn. This one area hindered his acceleration to harvest more souls in 
the Kingdom of God. It was the people of Corinth who highlighted this 
lacking in Paul and caused him to spiritually be shaken so such that it 
manifested in his health. At the end Paul did overcome this thorn and 
realized without the help of the very people who were a nuisance to him 
became a blessing to him.

Spiritual life is like an obstacle race like they have for army 
recruits, where ungodly people or people weak in spirit are the 
obstacles. One does not jump over ever obstacle, some they need to go 
under and some they need to go through. One needs to learn which to go 
over, which to go under and which to go through, if one takes wrong 
approach then one struggles at that obstacle.

The people of Corinth were a strong obstacle for Paul and they taught 
Paul how to overcome his thorn. Paul initially did try the wrong 
approach with the Corinthians and failed but later when he corrected 
himself he went ahead in his spiritual life.

There are times Pastors and ministry leaders detest certain people in 
their church or congregation who become a thorn for them. The Lord is 
telling the Pastors and leaders that because they are weak in some 
spiritual area the Lord has put these strong obstacles in their path. 
They need to learn how to overcome these obstacles and this will help 
them to build their spiritual life. Do not try to break every obstacle 
[rebuke and remove], an approach which they mostly try, for that will 
harm your spiritual life. Some you need to go over [correct them] and 
some go under [correct yourself].

[Prayer Starter]

Lord You are Almighty God and nothing is impossible for You. You Lord 
desire we be spiritually strong in You and thus You mold us and help us 
overcome our weaknesses. When we read from your Word and do not correct 
ourselves, You Lord take steps to help us overcome by means of 
obstacles. We pray Lord we understand the need of obstacles and discern 
our way through them. Help us Lord to know when to correct them and when 
to correct ourselves and when to rebuke them and distant ourselves from 

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]

1 Corinthians 4:10We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are wise in 
Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are 

Romans 15:1-6

1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and 
not to please ourselves.

2Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.

3For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The 
reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.

4For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our 
learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might 
have hope.

5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one 
toward another according to Christ Jesus:

6That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of 
our Lord Jesus Christ.

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