He is the Lord of all creation.
He spoke and everything was set in motion.
His Love is no simple notion,
His Love endures in all determination.
Submit to Him all your situations,
In due time, you will receive the solutions.
No need to ponder on all the confusion,
He’ll guide you through till completion.
For you, He was filled with compassion,
On the Cross He displayed the extent of His passion.
His greatest mission was always your salvation,
This earth, the witness to His Resurrection.
The battles you see are not for your destruction,
His Name will be exalted by every tongue and every nation.
His faithfulness endures from generation to generation,
His grace, mercy and purpose, their unshakable foundation.
This week’s blog is contributed by guest author Acsah Konuparamban. She is a mighty worship leader, musician and teacher of the word.
Is God really real to you? Is He as real to you on Mondays as He is during the Sunday service? Wait! Is He as real to you an hour after the Sunday service as He was to you during the service, even when your family situation remains the same? or when you have no tangible change in yourself? or when there have been so many blessings spoken/promised upon you and yet the only thing you see right now are the unchanging patterns in your life?
“Speak life!” I never quite understood the meaning of that phrase. All I know is that every time I try to deny God, deny the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, deny the existence of God, I get lost. Lost in my life, I feel like I’m in the middle of the ocean, just struggling to get air, trying hard to keep my head above water. I feel insanity creeping in my head, lurking in my mind. I’m not the person I should be or can be. I was never good with words or expressing my ideas but when I go seeking God and I bare my heart to Him, He sets me right. He feels like family should feel. Comforting, nourishing, empowering protective. He has, time and again, proved to my doubting heart His presence, His heart for me, His love for me. I tasted Him and I have found Him to be so, so good.
Each one of us is born with an inbuilt system to find Him, pursue Him, to want Him. It’s impossible to escape when you get a hint of what His existence is like. The leap of faith to believe that God is good, that God is on our side, that God chooses us is what deserves our attention, our meditation.
The Bible says in Psalms 147:3 “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds”. All He requires is that moment of surrender.
In the book of Job, we see Job call God out to dole out some justice.
But I desire to speak to the Almighty and to argue my case with God – Job 13:3.
God answers Job from a storm, silencing his arguments with the revelation of His resplendent creation, His concern for it all and teaches Job to trust God with things too wonderful for him to know(Job 42:3). Job bows down in surrender as his human limitation becomes evident and His comprehension of God is proven flawed. A surrender of our logic, our questions, our baggage helps us to empty ourselves, so that we can hold Him in us and He can hold us in Him intimately. It feels like a sea-shell trying to contain the ocean but it feels right. That one second of a wholehearted “Yes” or “okay, I’ll give God a chance”, or the desperate “Show me if you’re really there, God” will open up a whole different realm of the meaning of God to you. He will not disappoint. Just like with Job, God chooses to show mercy when faced with our folly, and showers Grace upon us, when faced with our weakness.
Instead of seeing the broken state of ourselves and our circumstances, instead of being limited by our lack, instead of lamenting that nothing has changed or wondering if God is really working, instead of trying to argue a case like Job we need to take that leap of faith.
So whether I am in the middle of that amazing surge while in the midst of a worshiping crowd or whether I return to my challenges that have undergone no change, I choose to turn to God and say “speak life”. “Come, God. Breathe. Do your thing.” That alone has taken me so far. That’s all I need to keep going.
The author of this week’s blog wishes to remain anonymous and hopes that this word has been a helping hand in your life.
I’ve often asked myself whether I will ever
have a life that’s free of struggles, free of problems, with no anxiety, no
worries, and no stress. Could such a perfect life exist?
It is true that none of us wish to be
involved in circumstances where we are deprived of our peace and joy and we wouldn’t
want to encounter situations where our emotional wellness is deeply and
negatively affected. But let’s face reality. Each of us have faced or is facing
some or the other obstacle in life. What sets apart a man of faith from
everyone else is how he chooses to react to these obstacles.
Samuel chapter 17 Verse 46 and 47 says, “This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand,
and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will
give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air
and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there
is a God in Israel. Then all this assembly shall
know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the
battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”
The story of David’s victory over Goliath
is quite familiar to us but what I want to bring to your attention is how David
prepared himself for his adversary. Even before there was any physical
confrontation between David and Goliath, the battle was already decided. David
foresaw the final result, even before witnessing it in the physical.
“This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand”.
David wasn’t concerned with a natural or
practical solution to defeat his high and mighty adversary. He already knew he
would slay Goliath and cut off his head. How many of us carry that resolute
mindset of victory in the midst of our struggle? When we go through the
toughest phases in our lives, would our reaction constantly be simply crying
out “Help me, God”?
David, being in the old covenant took a step forward knowing with absolute confidence that his victory was guaranteed. In the new covenant, our triumph is ensured in everything, because of what transpired on the cross through Christ. Because Christ has now defeated the enemy by His precious sacrifice, victory is already sealed in every battle. It is imperative that we look back on the cross every day and remind ourselves of this victory we now have in Christ. The moment you realize that you are already victorious through Christ and claim that victory in faith, that moment in itself is the first step to experiencing your victory in the physical. I assure you, it would awaken a sense of joy, peace and hope in your heart. So, the next time you encounter difficult circumstances, it’s not your sorrow that grows but the overflow of joy within you. It is easy to press on and endure sufferings when your heart is positioned towards the destiny God has for you. (1 Peter 4:12, 13)
I want to encourage you today to proclaim your victory in faith over your struggles. React like a person who has won the battle, glory assured. Foresee and believe in your destined victories in faith before you witness their manifestation in the physical. There’s no guarantee that you won’t encounter hardships or battles, but your proclamation of victory in the middle of your battle will be the first chapter in your testimony.
This blog is by our guest author for the week, Shony P Baby, a dedicated leader at House Of Healing Ministries. An anointed worship leader and teacher of the word, Shony is involved in training and molding the gifts and talents of those around him, and has been used by God to touch many lives through music and teaching.
Oh Sweet Lord
Who strengths my arm,
When the ache of toil sets in.
Oh Sweet Lord
Who lays me down,
When my feet are no longer holding.
Oh Sweet Lord
Who pours out divine peace,
When my heart is stirred in fright.
Oh Sweet Lord
Who gives me rest,
When I lose my might.
Oh Sweet Lord
Unmatched is Your mercy
And unfailing, Your grace
Yet again I need you,
To cover me with your cooling hand.
I feel so feverish in this wilderness,
Here in this land.
Where my faith is tested,
Where my pain is inward,
And I dread what’s ahead of me.
Sweet Lord, I need you,
Just like all my yesterdays
Sweet Lord, I need you,
I need more of you today.
“I will lift up my eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help? My help comes from the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1,2.
Psalm 121 is titled a song of Ascents. Scholars indicate that this Psalm was sung by worshipers as they were journeying to Jerusalem or that the Levites sang it as they ascended steps of the temple. One thing is clear, the psalmist is in a valley, looking up for help.
The Christian life guarantees extenuating circumstances. We all end up in that searing valley. There are times when our valleys are because we grew lukewarm in our spiritual journey. When we fail to remain faithful in our response to God, being lured by lesser things drawing us away from the clear refreshing spring of His presence. We feel hollowness that is soul deep and unwell in our hearts.
Dear reader, you may be experiencing a valley today. Maybe you have been in this spot for ages. It’s time we looked up. When we look to Christ we are reassured of our victory in Him. We can grab a hold of the vast and beautiful promises of God, if we are willing to allow God’s will to take charge of our lives.
This week’s blog piece is by an anonymous guest who has extended insights from self experienced valleys and journeys with God. We hope you’re blessed. by it.
Those of us who have felt a call, a purpose or direction for our lives, may often have seasons where we go through solitude. Such seasons help us to discover our identity in Jesus, of how He sees us and the truth of Him accepting and setting us free. This allows us to draw close to the heart of God, to live a life of authenticity, derived from a close relationship with God.
I’m writing this blog from a place of experiencing such seasons. They were the toughest times, full of heartache and uncertainties and asking God to take this cup away from me, desperate for things to go back as they were. In the end, I found that God loves us so much and is so committed to see what He has purposed for our lives to come to pass, that He’s willing to patiently work with us and is making things work in a manner of what is right for us by aligning us with Him, His thoughts and His Spirit. We go from needing to do something and end up finding rest in being with Him through the tough times. He slows our racing pace, brings us to a place of being still, and discovering Him right there!
The uneasiness and unwillingness to give in that we feel is because the flesh prevents us from responding to our issues from the knowledge of our encounters with God. The only remedy for this is to greatly increase our intimacy with God which produces fruit and brings light. Crushing, discomfort, pain, heart breaks, and the like result in creating new oil and new wine. As we’re made stronger and through these times more of His perfect will and purpose for our lives begin to manifest. Rather than living from a one-time encounter and living out from that experience, we start pursuing the presence as priority once we’ve tasted Him. We may feel powerless in these seasons, but He uses and makes all things work together for the good of those who love Him and are called for His purpose.
So don’t strain yourself. It is God’s responsibility to take care of you, because you are His creation, His masterpiece. And when we humble ourselves to be people who are ready to be refined like gold through fire and plant through pruning, and diamond through cutting, we will truly be shining examples for Christ in this world. If and when you are in this season, run to Him. Cry out to Him. Let him embrace you, let him comfort you in the pain you feel, and affirm your hope, through the whole process.
Our Guest author for the week is Eston D’souza, a devoted lover of Christ and valued member of our church in Manipal. Eston embraces his experiences, allowing them to be used for the glory of God, ministering the good news to all whom he encounters in this new life with Christ.