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Devil is not a creator but can only pervert...

Satan is all famous for creating problems in our lives. The sickness, financial issues, world economy issues, accidents, natural calamities... all the credits goes to Satan. Done we think we are giving a lot of credit to someone who does not deserve. He is good in deception and this is one of his biggest deception to make us know that he is the creator of all wrong around us... The actual fact is not what we had been having in our mind till date. Satan cannot create anything.... instead all what he can do is "pervert" which means alter (something) from its original course, meaning, or state to a distortion or corruption of what was first intended.

Satan can and only can approach us in of the follow three ways... [1 John 2:16]

  1. Lust of the Flesh - Base for this is Flesh
  2. Lust of the Eyes - Base for this are our Eyes
  3. Pride of Life - Base for this is our life, nature and behavior

Colors of Life (Kids and Children Ministry)

COLOR mean a lot in our life. We like some colors and few others would get us irritated. Colors also talk a lot about life. How each color gives a message to us without any text or sound attached, is really a great thing. Like everyone else, kids and children like colors and to be more accurate, they like colors more than us. The simplicity through which they see and use it to express their thought makes us go amazed.

We use colors around text and message to make sure we highlight the message correct as we want to the readers. for example a red color can make the message little harsh or important among the other text around it. 

This effort is made to help them know about the love of God and who is God for us in our lives through the color around them. Hope this will be a blessing to many to come to Lord.

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Be Transformed by the renewing of your mind

Transformed means to change, to have a difference from others. In this verse we can see two option for us to select, one in which we are now and the other is what we can have if we make our mind. One that which we have is of the world, which have its own set of attractions and downfalls... is that we are born into and live in. One that we can have is through our effort and hard work and a mind set for a change to happen in us. One we get by default, that other we choose to obtain. Each has its own set of outcomes, one is instant and the other a little slower to be revealed.

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind
[Romans 12:2]

We with our mind and nature are more attracted to the patters and plans of this world, which tends to make us more attracted to it. This can only lead to temporary happiness and excitement  

O simple ones... repent and listen to the warnings

Simple Ones... Book of Proverbs is talking about the lives of the people who are simple... or people who are very open to be trapped by the devil to their lives. These people love to be simple and be always in the range of attack and temptation from devil. This verse also talks about scoffers (someone who eats food rapidly and greedily), who delight in scoffing, and also about fools (self-confident) who hate knowledge and never accept the fact that there is something that they can learn. The 3 scenarios which had been highlighted in this verse are not considered as a sin by many but are actually routes to reach similar sinful and evil life. Like it’s said that anything in excess is not good, same way this habit in excess creates the issue. Let’s see these 3 quickly with real life incidents and examples.

How long, O simple ones [open to evil], will you love being simple? And the scoffers delight in scoffing and [self-confident] fools hate knowledge? If you will turn (repent) and give heed to my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit upon you, I will make my words known to you.
[Proverbs 1:22-23]

Ask in complete faith, with no wavering or doubting - Book of James Series 7

Ask and you receive. The context of this verse is in continuation to the earlier verse which says "If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him." In the earlier post I had already explained the context and the details of this particular verse where it’s asking those who feel they are deficient in wisdom and they will receive. Ask and you receive. This is a very simple text to read and understand but to receive it in our life we have to check and understand the base verse of this post. The first step as per Bible (Word of God) to receive wisdom is for us to ASK, and the next step is from God, who gives …, to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding. There is no discrimination of being a pastor or a members or a normal person. 

Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting). For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind.For truly, let not such a person imagine that he will receive anything [he asks for] from the Lord,
[James 1:6-7]

Wisdom...? Ask and you you will it liberally - Book of James Series 6

Ask and it will be given what a good thought to hear and adopt. If we ask this to anyone around us, we are sure to see a great happiness around them. If this is what we have in mind then let me tell you that there are many in this world who would not be surprised when we ask them this question probably they may not yet react to our question. These kind of people don't believe in receiving what they ask, secondly when we ask they wont be sure if they will get or not. They might take it for granted or probably take us as a person who is out there to make fun. I assume many around us also have a same view about this verse and doubt how can we get anything liberally and without reproaching or faultfinding, just by asking. 

If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and  without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him.
[James 1:5]

There are many who would know this and the meaning about this verse, but still they would not have experienced this verse and its context in their life in its complete sense. All these we see because first we have not understood this verse completely and secondly once we understand we should implement and practice it in our lives.

Be still and wait patiently for him to act

Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. Don't worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.
[Psalm 37:7]

Planning is what we do immediately when we are in a problematic situation, we think we can take care of the situation. We think of examples which other would have done in a similar situation to be safe. We don't try to think if that was a good or a wrong way. Since they were safe or successful with their plans and ideas we assume it will work for us also. There are two possibilities that will happen, one we may loose or be unsuccessful and eventually make us go against God and think why is he not helping us. The other option is we may be making ourselves safe by those plans and here we will get an opportunity to boost ourselves and be more confident on us and our ways. Doesn't matter we always want us to be in the safe place, and never give glory to God for his work and support. 

Perfect, Fully Developed and Lacking in Nothing - Book of James Series 5

But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.
[James 1:4]

First let me remind you that these texts are not made up from nowhere but verses taken from Gods Word (The Bible). So what is being shared is actually told to us from God either through come prophets or at times directly. The book of James is written by the brother (in earth) of Jesus Christ. Message he is saying is through the revelation he got from God and Christ Lord. so when he is saying that endurance, steadfastness and patience makes us a perfectly and fully developed, lacking in nothing, there should be no doubt on any aspect of this verse or the message conveyed. These three nature or behavior or attitude (endurance, steadfastness and patience) comes as we stand firm on our faith during our trials and temptation. This natures that we will attain as we go through life will make us a complete and perfect individuals.

These three are all interlinked but has their own meaning and scope. Out of these three I believe patience is the most important as to prove our faith on a God who is not visible and his work may not be visible immediately even though he would have finished his work in us. 

Returns of Proving our Faith - Book of James Series 4

Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance (staying power, survival) and steadfastness (dedication, faithfulness) and patience..
[James 1:3]

Trials in life are not something that we will ever desire, but we have to be sure that there will be trials in life and that this is from Devil to make us weak. As we have read in the earlier post, we have to be joyful during trials because we have a god who is with us to keep us safe and to take us out of any kind of situation made by Devil. To achieve this there has to be a great change made to us and the way we think and act. Above all we have to have faith, which is the most important thing we should posses as we go through trials. Faith that we have a living God, faith that he is there with us always, faith that he will never do anything bad for us or against us, faith that he is a God who listens and comes for our rescue, faith that we will be safe on any kind of situation, faith that even if we don't see a physical revelation we believe God is in his work and he will rescue us and heal us.

Be Joyful during Trials - Book of James Series 3

This verse is talking about temptation and trials that come across our lives and how bible tells us through this verse to have an attitude to overcome this situation is important to be see and observed. Three significant words can be taken from this verse... which are joyful or joy, encounter of face and various or many. If we try to read this in a more simple language it can be read as... "We will experience and encounter, many trials and temptations in our life, and during all these times when we are facing such trials and temptation we should have a joyful attitude and face it boldly and happily." The first obvious question that we will ask is how can one be happy and joyful when he is facing trials and temptations. The answer to it is the easy as same as we ask this question. Its just that we don't want to accept the fact, of it being so simple. Let me explain you these details which can help you know how can you be happy in your trials.

Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations.
[James 1:2]

Let's first see what we usually do when we are in a situation of trial. We take all our effort and knowledge to plan our way out. This can be either a good and sincere way or may be a incorrect or immoral way, just to make sure we come out those trials at the earliest.