The perfect will of God

Dear All,

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.      Jeremiah 29:11-13

The perfect will of God

You do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.    Romans 12:2

In our daily life we are led to make decisions some could be instantaneous and others could be after much thought. Our decisions being made after seeking His will?

The word says that if our minds are renewed and are not of the pattern of this world then we will be able to test and approve that what is God’s will.

If we conform to the pattern of the world the decision that we make will be the desire of the world. This would mean that we will have to face the consequence of that decision. This is known as the permissible will of God

If we are in Him in spirit and walk in the light, we will have His mind and therefore our decisions will be good pleasing and of His perfect will.

Prayer

Dear Lord help ne to understand this concept so that I do not suffer the consequences of  making incorrect decisions that will cause pain and confusion in my life and that I will always be in the perfect will of you.  Amen

Theo & Manju

Honour the Lord

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise;
give thanks to Him and praise His name
. Psalm 100: 4

Honour the Lord

  Ezra opened the book. All the people could see him because he was standing above them; and as he opened it, the people all stood up. Ezra praised the Lord, the great God; and all the people lifted their hands and responded, “Amen! Amen!” Then they bowed down and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground..                                                                                   Nehemiah 8:5

We have been discussing about Nehemiah and we learnt about his faith, passion determination and the desire to finish the God given goal without giving a foothold to the enemy

In this story we see that the Lord burdened the heart of Nehemiah to carry out the task and the Lord was with him from the beginning to the end. This burden was not given to another but to Nehemiah. So it is with the ministry that the Lord unfolds to us. The burden will be for that specific person who is called and is chosen to accomplish a task and God will equip him to complete it.

Nehemiah was aware of the guidance of the Lord and in all humility in the presence of all the people he honoured Him. Nehemiah did not take any credit for the completion of this huge task which was done to perfection.

The lesson that we could learn from this passage is that the Lord is the one who enables, protects and equips us to complete the task and we must be always grateful to Him and give Him all the glory.

Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for equipping me with all that I need for doing Your will and producing in me through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that pleases You. May all glory be to You for ever and ever. Amen

God bless you
Your obedient servants in Christ,
Theo and Manju

Scheming to Harm

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”   John 10:10

Scheming to Harm

 When word came to Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab and the rest of our enemies that I had rebuilt the wall and not a gap was left in it—though up to that time I had not set the doors in the gates— Sanballat, and Geshem sent me this message: “Come, let us meet together in one of the villages on the plain of Ono But they were scheming to harm me.                                        Nehemiah 6:1-2

The enemy is always scheming to harm us. Four times he tried to disrupt the God given task undertaken by  Nehemiah and the fifth time he sent an unsealed letter accusing him that the wall was being built for the wrong reasons. This is the nature of the enemy ; to persevere with all his might to disturb and to divert our attention from the will of God.

Nehemiah’s reply to the enemy was simple as he said “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you”

Having the awareness that the enemy persistently attempts to hinder the  plans that God has for our lives, we need also to persevere to achieve the goals that God has given us. On the other hand, when we devote our time to the enemy, by way of giving an attentive ear to listen to his lies and gossip, we give our precious God given time to the enemy. We do not have to step down to his level. This is what Nehemiah decided. His task was to build the wall with one mindedness  and the Lord was with him to accomplish His will.

The lesson for us today is that God has given each one of us a goal and He will give us the strength to achieve it. Therefore do not give into the strategies of the enemy or be distracted by his schemes.

Prayer

Dear Lord give me the strength to persevere and know that you are with me. No weapon fashioned against will stand because you will refute all my enemies which accuse me. Amen

God bless you
Your obedient servants in Christ,
Theo and Manju

Furious Storms

In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Ephesians 6:16
Furious Storms
Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. Matthew 8:25-26
Storms in our daily life are inevitable and are often unexpected. These could take various forms and some could be through our own faults, failures and the wrong choices that we make.
When we look at the above scenario, the boat was in charge of the disciples who were professional fisherman. The lake too was very familiar to them and they probably would have experienced and battled many a storms before. However, this particular one brought fear into their hearts.
These were the men who were with Jesus, saw and experienced all the miracles that Jesus performed. Yet, when the storm came into their boat their faith failed.
We too can relate to the disciple as we fail to place our trust in our Saviour when furious storms fiercely attack our life boats. In His human nature, even though He slept as a man on that stormy night, He is our God , who will neither slumbers nor sleep. With this assurance, like the disciples who in their fear, came to their Master, let us take shelter under His wings in every stormy situations of our lives and know that when ‘He is near there is nothing to fear.’
Prayer
Lord I thank You for rebuking the winds and the stormy sea that has risen against me. I stand in the confidence that You will still the turmoil of every life situations of my life as I have put my trust in you.

God bless you
Your obedient servants in Christ,
Theo and Manju

Raise the Shield

In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Ephesians 6:16
Raise the Shield
When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard about this, they were very much disturbed that someone had come to promote the welfare of the Israelites Nehemiah 2:10
In our study yesterday we learnt about the favour of God on Nehemiah and we see that the Lord opened wide, many doors for him such as letters to the governors of Trans-Euphrates so that they will provide safe-conduct until he arrives in Judah. Further he was also given letters to the authority at the Royal Park to cut timber for the construction.
When the enemy saw the progress that Nehemiah had made, he was disturbed. Similarly when we make spiritual progress and enjoy the favour of God, the enemy will be disturbed.
It is very vital for us at this point of time not to be fearful of the enemy but to raise the shield of faith which will defeat the flaming arrows which are aimed against us. It takes courage and total confidence in the Lord to be our deliverer to raise the shield but when we do that no harm will come near us.
The lesson for us today is that all of us go through some form of attack but if we base our faith on the truth we will be able to raise the shield of faith against the enemy’s tactics
Prayer
Dear Lord I thank you for this day. I pray that you will be my strength in my weakest moments. You are able to work out Your plans for my life and through the strength that You have given me, I will raise the shield of faith to defeat the fiery arrows of the devil.

God bless you
Your obedient servants in Christ,
Theo and Manju

Favour of God

The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.
Billy Graham

Favour of God

 The king said to me, “What is it you want? Then I prayed to the God of heaven, and I answered the king, “If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favour in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my ancestors are buried so that I can rebuild it. ”Then the king with the queen sitting beside him, asked me, “How long will your journey take, and when will you get back?” It pleased the king to send me; so I set a time

Favour with the right people is accomplished when we seek the Lord in faith. We know that faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God because faith is based on the truth of God’s word..

Nehemiah was burdened for his people and prayed in faith according to the truth and the Lord gave him favour with the right people.

Faith with prayer can open many doors. In the case of Nehemiah we see that the door was opened with the right person which opened several other doors which led him to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.

Simple lesson for us this morning is that our faith must be based on the truth of His word for us to obtain the  favour of God and man.

Prayer

Dear Lord I thank you for this day. I pray that my faith will grow stronger by knowing the truth and that you will give me connections and the right places to accomplish your will in my life.  Amen

God bless you
Your obedient servants in Christ,
Theo and Manju

Spiritual Sensitivity

Earthly wisdom is doing what comes naturally. Godly wisdom is doing what the Holy Spirit compels us to do.  Charles Stanley

Spiritual Sensitivity

By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith?   Hebrews 11:7

All our warnings are before an event happens; we have weather warnings to say that it is too dangerous to swim because the sea is rough. These warnings have to be taken seriously to avoid disaster.

Warnings pertaining to the environment or natural things can be from people but the spiritual warnings come from God. In both cases we should be tuned to hear these warnings. In the case of natural disasters we need to be tuned to the media or we may miss out on it. On the other hand, if it is from the Lord, we need to be sensitive to hear the Holy Spirit.

Noah’s household was saved because he believed in the warning given to him by God and then he took action by faith, while the others did not believe or pick up the signals.  In our lives we will have the same kind of warnings whether it be our jobs or to make a crucial decision.  Would you wait for His signal or the prompting of the Holy Sprit?

Prayer

Dear Lord, I thank you Lord for this day. Help me to be sensitive to hear you so that I will move by faith in the right direction.  Amen

God bless you
Your obedient servants in Christ,
Theo and Manju

Glory of God

For from Him and through Him and for Him are all things.
To Him be the glory forever! Amen Romans 11:36
Glory of God
Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. “Take away the stone,” He said. But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God? John 11:38-40
We all go through various trials and tribulations which is like going through the fire and even though we are desperate for a quick end to it, it keeps burning. When we go through such situations our faith levels can suffer and we can often be discouraged. We could call this our time of testing.
Martha and Mary called Jesus to visit their sick brother but Jesus on purpose delayed His coming and when He eventually arrived, Lazarus was dead for over four days and was placed in the tomb after all the ceremonial duties were done.
When we are under pressing situations all we want is a quick solution. Martha and Mary too wanted an immediate response when their brother was sick but the Lord thought otherwise.
When we go through the fire and come out unhurt is the time we see the glory of the Lord. When Lazarus came out of the grave the glory of the Lord was seen. Similarly when Daniel came out of the Lion’s den unhurt, the glory of God was seen
The Lesson for us today is that through situations if we hold on to Him, God’s glory will be seen in our lives. Let us not fear or be dismayed. He is able to change even a dead and stinking situation to reveal His glory.
Dear Lord,
I thank you Lord for this day and let your glory be seen in my life. Amen

God bless you
Your obedient servants in Christ,
Theo and Manju

Reach Out

 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, Philippians 2:3

Reach Out

Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth) walk. Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping and praising God.     Acts 3:6-8

The world around us is quite selfish. Often, from the time we wake up and up to the time we rest our head to sleep, we may think of nothing other than working for ourselves. Being on this rat race makes us to seldom look beyond our track and reach out to those in need.

It was one of those busy mornings.  Peter and John were on their way to the temple but the outstretched arms of the lame man stopped them going beyond. Their willingness to pause and pay attention to a man who was begging for alms, made them being the instrument of giving him legs.

In our busy schedules, if we are able to stop a moment for those with stretched out arms, with a word of encouragement, a kind deed or even a smile, it will no doubt make a difference in their lives.

When we realize that what is in us is greater than what is in the world, we are able to stop and reach out in the name of Jesus, to help those who are in great spiritual and physical need.

Dear Lord,
This day, open my eyes so that I may see the needs of those whom I meet on a daily basis. Let me not walk passed them without being concerned.  Amen

God bless you
Your obedient servants in Christ,
Theo and Manju

 

A Living Soul

For you created my inmost being you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
  Psalm 139:13-14

A Living Soul

Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. Genesis 2:7

Have we ever wondered how we have been made? Has it ever occurred to us that we are the work of His hands? When the Lord made the heaven and the earth, He spoke the word and the word became alive. He said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. His word is powerful!

However when it came to creating mankind, God took great care of his being because He created us with a key purpose of having a relationship with Him. For this reason God made man after His own image. Using the components of the dust of the earth, in His own hands God formed man.

Man’s creation was distinct from the rest of the created beings as God made Him in His own hands and in His own image. In order to perfect this creation of His likeness, God also breathed into man’s nostrils His own ‘breath of life’.

It is the breath of life that God has given each one of us that has made us a ‘living soul’. (Gen 2:7) Are we meeting the purpose of His creation? Are we walking in close fellowship with our creator who was prepared to go to the cross and redeem our ‘living soul’ because we are His children made after Him with an imperishable soul? If an earthly father would do everything possible to save his son, how much more will our heavenly Father care for us, who have been created by His own hands and with His own Spirit?

Dear Lord,
I thank you Lord for this day.  Help me understand the love that you have for me and walk in close fellowship with You each day. Amen

God bless you
Your obedient servants in Christ,
Theo and Manju