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Showing posts with label Jesus Christ. Show all posts

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

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]

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]

Heritage from the Lord

Heritage… we all have one attached with us in our life which is usually what we inherit from our father, and he from his father. This heritage is something we receive and enjoy only after there is a written concern prepared from our Father to us. We receive our share of heritage based on our relationship and behavior with our parents. Let’s see about one similar heritage that has been provided to us. How can we receive it and how should we take care of this heritage. The source of this heritage is from our Heavenly Father, who had provided this heritage to all of us. It how we receive and accept this makes the difference. To prove this and to see what this heritage is, let’s see a verse from Bible:

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. [Psalm 127:3]

As the word of God says, children are the heritage from Lord, and it’s the reward which women receive. Rewards are always precious especially when it’s from our heavenly father, who had created all of us. For a woman, motherhood is undoubtedly the most precious blessings that a woman can ever receive in her life.

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

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.

Servant of God and Lord Jesus - Book of James Series 2

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings.
[James 1:1]

James brother of Jesus Christ, Savior and Redeemer, considered him as a servant of God and of Lord Jesus Christ. This first verse itself tells about the nature of James and how he considered him when compared to God and Lord Jesus Christ. Let me repeat .. Jesus Christ was the brother of James who wrote the Book of James. Brother of the Lord considering and presenting himself as his servant  When representing a servant does not meant a literal servant (physically) but as nature ... Yes. What is the nature of a servant  They submit themselves completely yo their master. They obey what his/her master commands and will get appreciation and remuneration as and what his mater provides. Servant has to make sure he takes care of the things which his master owns around the place where he works. Master has to glorify his master always and never consider him above or even equal to his master in skills, knowledge or fate. James had considered himself the same as a servant will be towards his master. He even though was the brother of Lord, never considered himself to be in similar level to Lord.

Give your heart to who owns it

Heart has 2 known aspects, one of it has link to the physical aspect of human body including veins, blood and others physical links to our body parts. The other aspect is the emotions which can be love, depression, happiness, anger, ego, compassion etc... Apart from these 2 know aspect let me also help you know a different aspect of Heart. This is about the link that we make with something apart from us (physically). If we try to see synonyms of the word Heart, we can see the word "Spirit" in that list. Spirit is something which is not visible but yet very important. What I am trying to highlight in this post is the relation of Heart and Spirit. 

My son, give me your heart and let your eyes observe and delight in my ways,
[Proverbs 23:26]

Physical aspect of Heart is in control very easily, but the spiritual aspect of Heart has to be learned to be controlled. When our spirit is linked with someone or something then doesn't matter where it is or will be we will be linked to it always. Some people have their heart (spirit) linked to their job, so what we see for them is that doesn't matter where they will be they will be talking and thinking about their job and its related activities and planning. Unconsciously we will be linked to where our heart (spirit) will be attached. 

Loving with no limit or boundary or condition

Have you been asked by anyone as to how much do you love them. I can recollect 3 scenarios which are common to everyone where had to face such question. These areas would be wife asking husband, kids asking their parents and Girlfriend to Boyfriend or vice verse  The scenarios are actually more than these which we all would have been experiencing. By asking such question the person asking the question expects an answer and knowingly unknowingly the answer has to be attached to a comparison  Many at times we by nature give answers to such question with a comparison attached. This kind of response is natural as with such a comparison we can see the difference and justify our answers.

I in them and You in Me, in order that they may become one and perfectly united, that the world may know and [definitely] recognize that You sent Me and that You have loved them [even] as You have loved Me.
[John 17:23]

All these kind of expressions of LOVE, expressed, asked and answered has a limit which is very visible, and there are very rare incidents where we see this limit being crossed over. Secondly when we say we love someone and the extent to which we love, then what come with that is to prove what we had said especially the extent which we had expressed. Proving what we say at time becomes tough because of the scenario that come around and weaken our approach or dedication towards our effort to prove what we had said. 

Introduction - Book of James Series 1

Introduction to the Book of James

James, the brother of Jesus had written this book and hence is called the author of the Book of James. Book of James is a book found among the New Testament Books. New Testament books were written after the arrival of the Christ Jesus, and talks about the ministry work started by him and which was followed by his disciples and their disciples. James got his motivation directly from his brother (Christ Jesus). James in this book gives a great emphasis on the concept of FAITH.

When we read the book of John, we can see that its mentioned that brothers of Jesus had not believed on Jesus (John 7:2-5). Probably at some point in his life, when he realized Jesus to be our Savior, he changed his attitude and started believing on him. This book highlights the guidelines and acts which should be followed by all believers. This book is not addressed to any particular group of people, but meant as a general teaching for all believers (Jewish christian at the time James wrote).