When we accept Jesus Christ as our personal savior, He seals us with the Holy Spirit in our heart as a guarantee. Jesus said that He will not leave us as orphans but send us a comforter and that is the Holy Spirit. Are we led by His gentle voice or do we give Him the second place?
Is My Prayer Directed By The Holy Spirit?
14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.
6 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. Romans 8:26-27
The Holy Spirit Helps in our weakness and when we do not know what to pray. He also intercedes for us through wordless groans and knows the mind of the spirit and prays according to the will of God. Our limited wisdom through vocabulary cannot explain this mystery. However I am sure all of us would have experienced this in our week moments of our lives.
I want to recall this morning the story of David at Ziklag from 1 Samuel 30: 3-4.When David and his men reached Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. The distraught men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep.
David’s heart was very heavy and broken and this heaviness broke into tears like the heavy clouds falling down as rain. His cry did not bring victory. His own soldiers, the people whom he handpicked, wanted to stone him. This can happen in our lives as well when people who are close to us turn against us.
At times like this when we are crushed in spirit, if we seek the Lord in prayer our prayer will be directed by the Holy Spirit. David cried before the Lord and the Lord directed his path towards victory. He will lead our prayer also in the same manner because He is the same yesterday and forever.
Thank you for the Holy Spirit who intercedes for me in my brokenness. Thy word says that you are close to the broken hearted and to those who are crushed in spirit. Hear my cry as I seek your face and as You led David lead me in to Your path of peace and rejoicing. Amen
God bless you,
Theo and Manju
Talents are given to us from the Lord. We may have noticed this when we were in school. Some students excelled in sports, and some in academics. When you watch some athletes running the one hundred meters, they are able to run much faster than others without a lot of training. This is a God given talent and when these are used wisely, they produce good results.
Choose wisdom in using His talents
Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’
Jesus compares the kingdom of God to a man who had gone for a journey and had given each of his servants talents. The servants did not know the hour of coming. The one who was given five made another five, and the one who was given two doubled his talents. However the servant who was given the least, buried it, and had a complaint to give his master on his return
When God gives us a talent we are held accountable to Him. The talent belongs to Him and we work for the master and for His kingdom. The success is the product of our work. It is like the dedicated athlete who trains hard to win the gold using his God given talent.
When a talent is given to us we should not delay in using it because these are precious talents given to us by the master. When the talent is not used it is wasted and the result is negative. This is what the master had to say:
Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
Therefore let us seek the Lord to give us wisdom to use His talents for His glory rather than burying them.
I thank You that You have given me many talents .Give me Your wisdom so that I will be able to bring You glory and honour and not use them for selfish gain. Amen
You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. James 4:4
A Lifestyle of Holiness
Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at His coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy 1 Peter: 13-16
The value of grace is in His precious blood and this cannot be compared to any created thing.
Once we understand the value of God’s grace, we will not conform to the evil desires of the world which are the result of living in the darkness and being ignorant about it. Now that we are saved by His grace, our spiritual eyes are opened and we have the knowledge and God given wisdom to distinguish between living in holiness and conforming to the evil nature that is of the world.
We are called to be vigilant of the spiritual dangers and enemies, and watch and pray against the sins to which we are susceptible. We as Christians can live a victorious life and be like a city that is set high on a mountain by doing what the written word of God instructs us to do. God’s word and its guidelines lead and direct us towards holiness in every way.
Dear Lord, I thank you for the precious blood that you shed for me on the cross of Calvary. Thank You for saving me and for leading me into Your holiness each day.
Theo & Manju
All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness! 3 Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?” 4 And they said to each other, “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt Numbers 14:2-4
The servant leader
I will strike them down with a plague and destroy them, but I will make you into a nation greater and stronger than they.”Numbers 14:12
The Lord brought the people of Israel from the clutches of Pharaoh after making the ruler of Egypt aware that He was the Ruler of heaven and earth. Though Pharaoh witnessed all the signs and wonders of the Lord, his heart was not willing to give up the control that he had on the people of Israel.
On the other hand, when twelve leaders among the Israelites were asked to spy the land before they took possession of this promised land of milk and honey, In spite of witnessing the signs and wonders of the Lord, ten of the appointed spies were found to make excuses, wanting to return to Egypt so that they could make among themselves a leader of their own. Their negative attitude influenced the mass of people like wild fire. The Lord heard their murmuring and was greatly displeased and wanted to destroy them and make a nation out of Moses. However as Moses interceded and pleaded with the Lord for the lives of the wicked hearted people God spared the people of Israel.
Even though the people repeatedly were against Moses and spoke negatively about him, the heart of Moses was selfless and with full of love for the people of God. His desire was twofold; firstly to honour the Lord and secondly to be faithful to His call.
The lesson for us today is that we need to be faithful in all things that God has called us to do in spite of the resistance and oppositions from the others and honour the Lord in every way.
Dear Lord help me to be faithful in everything that you have called me to do and may I find joy in accomplishing what you have called me to do. Amen
Theo & Manju
Skyscrapers are the world’s tallest buildings. A skyscraper needs careful planning before it can be built. The foundations of a skyscraper are a few stories deep. When the foundation is dug out it often reaches into solid rock. When built on this, the enormous weight of the of steel and concrete beams will spread evenly and hold the superstructure securely.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Joseph was in prison for several years and it could have been a very challenging period of his life. Nevertheless, he knew that he was in the perfect will of God. This knowledge helped him to endure the challenges and difficulties in his life and also made him depend on the Lord. This was possible for Joseph because from his small age, his foundations were built on trusting the Lord.
We are sometimes thrown into prison situations through no fault of ours. Just as a building’s foundation is unseen to human eyes, we often do not see the reason for why we go through the struggles in our lives. This could be God’s plan for our lives and He may allow situations to melt and mould us. If we are not quick to be discouraged and are able to overcome fear and frustration by steadfastly looking to God through our prayer and supplication, the foundation under us will be strengthened.
On the other hand the cause of our trials could also be due to stepping out of God’s will. This requires us to come to the Father with repentance and seeking His guidance. In doing this, the faulty foundations are mended and strengthened.
A strong foundation allows us to withstand the storms of life, as we have learned by experience to seek Him and know for sure that our help will come from the Lord who made heaven and earth. Let our whole life be built on the solid rock of Christ Jesus. He has promised us to come to Him when we are tired and weary. No load of life’s problem is too heavy for Him to bear.
I thank You for this day. I want to be in the perfect will of You so that my foundation will be strong, and will be able to weather the storms of the day.
God Bless you,
Theo and Manju
Singing in a choir requires the members to have their focus on the Choirmaster in order to follow him. This is easy if the choristers know the tune and the words. The Choirmaster will lead the choir with clarity to start and stop at the right time, and also to sing high or low in tune with all the other members.
Be in tune with the Master
To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his steps.
1 Peter 2:21
If we have to walk in tune with the master, we have to follow in His steps. Steps indicate climbing and it needs effort like the choristers learning the tune and the words, and looking at the Choirmaster to sing in tune. We will look at some baby steps to move forward this morning.
The first step is that we need to love Him and thereby love others as He has loved us unconditionally. When the soldiers mocked Jesus and spat at Him, He was still able to say ‘‘Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing”.
How then do we love others? It is by sharing the love of Christ with people around us. The soldiers saw the risen Lord, but they did not share the good news. Instead, they buried it because of their love of money and fear of people.
One commandment that the Lord gave the disciples is seen in the following scripture. He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15).
Are we able to walk in tune with Him to love God and love people?
I thank You for this day, and I remember that You picked me up from the miry clay and I am able to walk in tune because Your light shines on me. Help me to share the same love with others to bring them to the light. Amen.
God Bless you,
Theo and Manju
A well-trained and talented sports team experiencing a losing streak may have doubt in their abilities to perform well. This could be due to a lack of confidence in themselves because of their failure. Doubt is a feeling of uncertainty or a lack of conviction on any matter.
The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”
So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”
Thomas, who was one of the twelve disciples, did not see Jesus when the other disciples saw Him, and doubted His resurrection. He was not convinced by the experience of the others and he wanted to see Jesus personally.
In our lives, we may also have doubts when we are not able to see Jesus move in the way that we want Him to move or answer our questions. Jesus took time to appear to Thomas, but He did appear to him. It is at such times that we should not allow our emotions to take over and guide us. Emotions or feelings will always draw us to incorrect decisions.
Being one of the twelve, Thomas witnessed all of Jesus’ miracles, power, and was His follower. We too could be like that today; we may have seen His power and witnessed His miracles, but now we are going through a dry patch and are in doubt. He is saying this morning that He is coming very soon to your situation. Take courage, He will show Himself to you.
I confess this morning that I too have been like Thomas and have doubted You in my situations. I come to You in the name of Jesus and ask You to increase my faith so that I can live a life of victory. Amen.
God Bless you,
Theo and Manju
There was a manager who had to select someone for an assignment. Two members of staff applied for the role and they were equally qualified. The manager prayed, but there was no answer and he felt inadequate and unprepared for the meeting. At that moment in time, the Lord prompted him to let the two staff members decide between themselves who would be the better candidate.
He is Adequate
The Lord said to Moses, Why do you cry to Me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward!
Lift up your rod and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, and the Israelites shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.
When God called Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, he felt that he was the least qualified to take that role. Rather than look at the excellent training that he had through living in Pharaoh’s palace, he began to list all of his inadequacies. Moses almost lost his privilege by asking God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11).
God’s purpose for Moses’ life was distinct and definite, He assured him saying ‘I will send you’.
Like Moses, we may be questioning God and doubting the things that He has placed in our hands. If we change our focus to what He has given us, His true and faithful Word will change our attitudes so that we will trust in what He has already said to us.
Today God wants us to know that we may look to our past failures and feel inadequate, but He is able to help us in this and every situation.
You know all my inadequacies, but I am adequate in You. I live with that confidence. What is in me is greater than what is in the world. Amen.
God Bless you
Theo and Manju
Moving forward can suddenly come to a dead end unless we exercise the faith that the Lord has given us.
And the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.”
The people of Israel had seen many miracles by the hand of God. The Lord showed them that they were a chosen generation, as none of the plagues which came upon the Egyptians affected them.
They now had moved out of Egypt and were camping by the Red Sea and the armies of the Egyptians were fast approaching them. Hearing the noise of the Egyptian army and their horses coming towards them, the Israelites panicked and got very anxious.
In a moment, they forgot that they were a chosen generation and had the protection of the Lord, and cried in anxiety. The roaring of the sea on one side and the battle cry on the other side was too much for them.
The Lord can move the sea apart for us because we are His chosen people, but we need to be prepared to move forward in faith. We will always see the enemies roar, but that cannot swallow us. We will always walk on dry land because He goes before us. Therefore be prepared to give thanks for all that he has done for you in the past and move forward in confidence.
I come to You in Jesus’ name and thank You for all the miracles that You have done in my life. You have always opened doors when they have been shut and I believe that You will guide me in my way forward. Amen.
God bless you,
Theo and Manju