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Showing posts with label Bible Teaching. Show all posts

Breaking Through the Wall Around Us

Ask any athlete. He'll tell you that!  He's pushed his body to what can be called the maximum. His side and body has hurt. His lungs would have ached, and probably had cramps in his legs. And just when he felt like he couldn't go on, he's heard his coach saying, "Come on! Move it! Get going !!"

Athletes call that "hitting the wall." It's a time when the body says, "That's it. That's all I can do. I can't go any further. I can't go any faster. I quit."

I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. - [Philippians 4:13]

But the seasoned athlete knows that "the wall" isn't the end. It's a signal that he's on the verge of a breakthrough. If he'll toughen up and push himself a little more, he'll get a second wind. Suddenly, he'll go faster than before. He'll reach a level of excellence he couldn't have reached any other way.

Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God

Grieve a nature that brings pain and at times, depression or revolt and opposition. We in our life would have grieved many people, either by our thought, words or behavior. We never look back on how they would have felt or how they would response. The base behind all these is our SELF. We are more important than the one who we respond. One and only one reason we grieve other, is to prove we were correct and build a nature of no forgiveness or understanding others. The moment we try to give importance to others and their views, and more specifically put ourselves in their shoe we will understand the impact that Grieve will produce.

Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption
Ephesians 4:30

My God My Rock, will transform our lives

Rock... is referred to when we speak of mountains, strong personality, stable and unbreakable element. House build on rock are stronger, which can withstand any nature. As the psalmist says, Praise to my Rock. How is this rock? This is clearer if we see the initial word of this verse, which talks about Lord. Lord God, creator of the nature and all that is in it, is the one who is being referred to as the Rock.

The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be my God, the Rock, my Savior
2 Samuel 22:47

Keep your eye fixed on Lord, Walk above your problems

Life is full of problems, this is what we have defined ourselves based on what we see and face. We think every problem we see is unique to us... Bible says there are no temptations and problems around us that are new; it’s just that we receive it in a new package. In the midst of our so called problems we tend to look out for the best and only effective solution. Keep your eye fixed on Lord, Walk above your problems. We can see about this in the following bible verse...

And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:18

Which, Who and Whats of Bible... Series 3

Quizzes and question to refresh our knowledge about Bible and Bible facts...
Bible Facts.. Who, What and Which of Bible... Series. These are worth to know facts which many of us would not know, even if we had been using this book in our daily devotions. Its good and  interesting to have these facts in mind with the Book. We should understand that this book is very interesting with its structure, design and topics.
  1. Who was Solomon’s father? ... David
  2. Who was the fourth person in the fiery furnace along with Daniel’s friends? ... An angel
  3. Whose name means “father of a great multitude”? ... Abraham 

Which, Who and Whats of Bible... Series 2

Quizzes and question to refresh our knowledge about Bible and Bible facts...
Bible Facts.. Who, What and Which of Bible... Series. These are worth to know facts which many of us would not know, even if we had been using this book in our daily devotions. Its good and  interesting to have these facts in mind with the Book. We should understand that this book is very interesting with its structure, design and topics.
  1. At age of twelve, Jesus was left behind in Jerusalem. Where did his parents find him? ... In the Temple 
  2. At the Last Supper, what items of food and drink did Jesus give thanks for? ... Bread and wine
  3. For how many years did the Israelite wander in the wilderness? ... Forty

Dual Authorized Blessing

Cheque...There are some cheque which require dual signature to make it a valid document. Even if one cheque gets missed the document automatically gets valid. Any amount, any figure mentioned on the cheque with such a situation stays void till the next sign is also made available on it. This is a very common and logic way to make sure the amount is send out with the approval of both the responsible entities. The responsibility towards the amount and the confidence that its been used for the right purpose is also clarified before the authorization is given out.

Teaching on Romans Road

Romans Road or Road to Romans are the teaching based on the book of Romans. There are many verse within this that can be taken up as a path to be followed to get salvation. I specially like this for the simplicity, although Bible is a simple book to read and understand if we have faith on the words... especially the following verses which will be highlighted as part of the Road to Romans or Romans Road. 

Very simple yet powerful verses... Following 3 verses helps us summarize what the Book of Romans is trying to say to us about our life, what we are and the salvation.. how to get it.

The first step in the "Romans Road" or "Road to Romans"
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God... [Romans 3:23]

Who was Paul the Apostle

Paul the Apostle a Christian missionary was the native of Tarsus, the capital city in the Roman province of Cilicia. He was the one who took the gospel of Christ to world. In his early ages he was very zealous of the Christians and had persecuted many of the early followers of Jesus and even violently tried to destroy the newly-forming Christian churches. In the letters he wrote he described himself as "a servant of Christ Jesus" and a one called to be an apostle or set apart for the gospel of God. This was the same person who after having a conversation and vision of God, changed his life and later he founded several churches in Asia Minor and Europe. Paul's Jewish name was "Saul" which means "asked for" or "prayed for". Before the conversion to Christ, he had been known and refereed under this name of "Saul". After the conversion to Christ which can be found in the book of Acts, we can see him being referred as Paul.

Born in Tarsus, the capital city in the Roman province of Cilicia.
Died in Rome

Heritage - for you are all ONE in Christ Jesus

One in Christ Jesus, what a great revelation. In Jesus Christ everyone are same, there is no gender different, language, profile.. no difference. We with our human and carnal nature may see the difference which usually is made by us for our benefits and to build our SELF and have a place for us and our dear ones. But with Jesus its different, we are all same with no difference.

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. [Galatians 3:28]

Which, Who and Whats of Bible... Series 1

Que:  Whose handkerchiefs were able to heal the sick?
Ans:  Paul (Acts 19:12)

Que:  How did Daniel react to the vision by the river Hiddekel?
Ans:  He felt ill and weak (Dan 10:8)

Que:  Who does James say is the “source of every good and every perfect gift”?
Ans:  Father of Lights (Jam 1:17)

Que:  Who was the Persian king when the rebuilding of the temple after the exile was finally complete?
Ans:  Darius (Ezr 6:15)

Human anger does not produce the righteousness of God - Book of James Series 9

Wrath or anger had always been the cause of destruction and problem. Let it be a family, office, friends, relations, partners, community, country everywhere this emotion had only brought problems. Anger has two aspects, one of it is the anger against wrong where we energize and revolt to make sure we destroy the cause of the issues. This could be a small problem or misunderstanding in our lives, or something going wrong against someone. This is called Human Anger.Here the anger is taken through a controlled phase where we find the issue, but the sad part is that this is usually not the kind of anger see around. The kind of emotion that we see accompanies immoral words, fight... moving into more severe scenarios causing damage to property and life.

For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. [James 1:20]

Every good gift is from God above - Book of James Series 8

Gifts, if we arrange a party or a gathering to celebrate an achievement, we tend to receive gifts as a token of appreciation and a way to make us aware that people coming are part of the celebration. Gifts we all like, and with gifts we always expect to receive a good gifts. No one will ever expect a bad or a dangerous gift, its better not to receive any gift instead. Secondly we can see a pattern in us with respect to gifts. 

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. [James 1:17]

We give gift based on the person and their life and family status. Based on the details, the gift and its value gets changed. This is not a unique but a general trend across everyone.As we give and take gifts there is one special person whom we tend to forget. He had been there from the start of the world and had been giving our gits and blessing to everyone. Sometimes we acknowledge and other time we forget, or we at times take it for granted, and hence no appreciation back. Many of the gifts that we receive from him are unexpected and not every time accompanies a physical reference.

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.