Have you ever been in a phase, a journey, or a season where you decided to follow God after being prompted by Him?
You made up your mind and started taking those steps to the place where you heard Abba God lead you. You started making goals and set time lines accordingly and was a good steward of everything in your hands by showing up each day with God’s grace. In time, you had covered some distance. You weren’t in the start anymore neither were you at the end of it, but you know it’s right there. Everything seemed so right. If not accurate, at least something along those lines. Maybe you had tried not to allow any of your shortcomings to be a hindrance for your progress. Even when things went wrong, you were courageous to humble yourself and start again with a changed outlook and pressed forward on the road that you’ve been on.
But in spite of all of this, an unexpected storm-something you weren’t really prepared for- hits you off guard. Now all the timelines to your goals, and strategies to achieve them, seem to have fallen in a very uncertain place. Everything that seemed so certain, isn’t so anymore. You start focusing on that very obstacle or mountain before you and it seems too strong or too big. Our assurance, hope and response lies in seeing and learning a similar incident, an event in the lives of Jesus and his disciples in Matthew 14:22-36 (NASB)
Immediately He made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He sent the crowds away. After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone. But the boat was already a long distance from the land, battered by the waves; for the wind was contrary.
We learn from this story that the disciples also started their journey by hearing, obeying and responding to Jesus by getting on the boat to the other side. The story goes on to say in verse 24-25, that the boat was already a considerate distance from the land and was battered by the winds. And maybe many of us can relate, being in such a place. Just like the disciples, maybe you had started the journey a while back. Probably you were about to have placements happen after years of preparation, or about get that promotion, or get married, and yet suddenly, everything has been battered. Now you find yourself in an unpredictable storm that’s threatening your course.
Don’t lose hope. I want to assure you, friends, just as Jesus sent the disciples ahead on their journey but stayed and prayed at the mountain side, even today He is interceding for us seated at the right hand of Abba God (Romans 8:34).
And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea. When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”
Just as Jesus went out to them walking on the lake just before dawn, so is He walking out to you just before a new season that surely is about to dawn in your life! A new season is dawning in your life, He is not done with you. I prophesy in Jesus’ name that those storms, that were violently coming against you, will cease because the Prince of Peace who loves you, is with you and hasn’t forgotten you. He is right here, on time. When they got into the boat, the wind stopped. And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “You are certainly God’s Son!”
The word continues to say, in verse 34, that they not only crossed over, but also that everyone who touched his cloak was healed. You will get through, and after, the one’s on the other side will also be healed and encounter the truth of the great “I am” who has brought you thus far. The one’s on the other side need Jesus as well. The awesome part is He chooses your boat, He chooses you to get there, and He chooses to go with you. Just as the disciples recognized Jesus as truly the Son of God, you can recognize Him and His presence in the midst of it all. There is a new season dawning and you will reach where He has destined for you to reach.
He is more real than anything.
God is not done with us,
He will finish what He started.
He loves you and is with you,
Hang in there, you are never alone.
We hope this brings life and hope to you. Please reach out to us if you are battling through something, need help or want to talk. We are here to hear and get you started on your journey with the One who goes before you and will be with you!
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.
It was just another Sunday Service for which my family and I were headed to. We had the regular service where first it was the worship, followed by the Sunday School which the kids were supposed to attend. The teacher came in and told us that it was the memory test day. I got really shocked and scared because I forgot to read the scriptures. We were supposed to come forward and tell the verses which we were to recollect from the previous few classes. All the other kids came prepared and were able to tell a few verses and then came my turn to go front. My heart started to beat really fast, my mind went blank and I felt very ashamed because I couldn’t even tell one verse from the Bible that day.
I was always a person who couldn’t sit and read the Bible. And there were times where I felt like I’m not even a normal Christian because I didn’t know the basics from the Bible. And I would really get disappointed about myself and these thoughts would lead me to neglect reading the Bible because it’s human tendency to stop focusing on things which you are not able to do. But with age, I started to be more mature about things and was able to read the word.
Few years down the line, an incident that shook me was when my pastor texted me and told me that the Lord spoke to her to involve me in the Bible teaching team at church. I gave her the same reasons which Moses had given when God told him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. I never saw myself as a teacher of the Word. Eventually, I joined the Bible teaching team, and things were getting quite difficult for me. Teaching ministry requires a lot of hard work as it involves research, referring to a lot of books, knowing the history and culture of people in the past and understanding the context. Honestly, I wanted to quit because I couldn’t take it all. And this is something I want to talk about in this blog – The Fight for the Vision!
We often get very involved and focused on accomplishing things that God has planned for us. But there are times when things don’t go our way. For example, take a look at the life of Joseph. He was supposed to be in the palace but ended up in the pit and from there to the prison. And at this point, sad to say, many believers quit or burn out. I believe that the process is the most important step in reaching our goal. But how do we react when things don’t go our way? We need to go back to the start and look at the vision again! We always get so involved in the process that we forget the vision. Every time I felt like quitting the teaching team, I would go back to those text messages that my pastor had sent me, and that would keep me going. So I would like to encourage you all that if you’re going through a tough time in accomplishing your vision or have lost your way somewhere in the process, go back to the start. Go back to the place where it all began!
With this I would like to leave you all with a scripture from Philippians 1:6 (NASB) “For I am confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
God bless you all.
Our Guest author for this week is our dear Melrick Stephen Pinto. A relentless lover of Jesus, he is one of our lead instrumentalists and worship leaders and has been a part of House of Healing Ministries since 2013.
God is good.
And one of the ways to see His goodness in greater measures is to carry a heart that learns to be grateful.
I think gratefulness is a choice for us to make irrespective of circumstances. We’ve got to take a conscious effort to constantly remind ourselves of how gracious God has been to us. This is us choosing to reposition ourselves to a better perspective of what God has already done rather than fixating on what He hasn’t yet revealed. This repositioning of ourselves brings forth change within us from the inside-out and allows us to see His hands at work with a fresh perspective. It also propels us to a lifestyle of worship, even in the lion’s den.
Everything that He’s given to You by Grace is not by coincidence, but it’s because He chose to give us the best-Life in abundance. A good Father who gives good gifts and whose grace abounds in deepest waters. He strove to give us a yoke that is easy and a burden that is light – a life worth living.
So can we be a little more grateful for the little that we have? For the Bible says,
Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil. -Proverbs 15:16
This fear doesn’t talk about the kind of fear that the world gives, But it’s about you being in Godly awe of His goodness, which propels you to respond in ‘reverential fear’. He’s a good God, and His goodness is worth the tasting! He is faithful to finish what He has started.
Our blog for this week was penned by Guest Author, Sandra M George, a dearly beloved youth of our church and member of the media team. At 19 years old, she is our joy and pride and we are so inspired by her wholehearted love for Jesus and His Bride.
The motto of this pandemic situation has been “Maintain Social Distance”. And while in this season, I was moved by the Holy Spirit towards the question “Is there a social distance between you and Me(God)?”
When we maintain a social distance from the mortal realm, do we also move towards a social distancing with the immortal? Or do we press in further towards He who is eternal?
In 1 Kings 19, Elijah the prophet in the old covenant, had to go through the season of the wilderness. A truly desperate time.
In verse 4 ‘But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree; and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, “It is enough; now, O Lord, take my life, for I am not better than my fathers.”’
Yet it was in the middle of this wilderness that he learnt to press into His creator even further.
In the following verses the Bible says, ‘He lay down and slept under a juniper tree; and behold, there was an angel touching him, and he said to him, “Arise, eat.” Then he looked and behold, there was at his head a bread cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank and lay down again.’
He allowed for God to be his sustenance in a space where humans could no longer reach him. And this pressing in brought about a change in his entire perspective of all that has happened to him. This lack of social distancing from God led him to be a transformed mortal whose work was honorable in the eyes of God and man.
In 1 Kings 19:5 God says “get up and eat”. I believe we can do more in this season than any other before. Let us use this time to GET UP from all those shackles that are desperately holding us down, hindering us from experiencing God in all His goodness and start FEEDING ourselves with the word of God, so that we empower ourselves to fully enjoy our relationship with God. In this lockdown situation, let us build ourselves in Christ as He is our cornerstone. Let us take this time and make use of it to the fullest extent that God desires us to.
May the motto of this pandemic situation be applicable only to the mortal realm and not to the Immortal One.
Our guest author for the week is Vidhya Jacob, a charismatic and lively member of our church in Manipal. At 19, She is one of the youngest members in the church and we are so inspired by her passion for God in her forming years.
What if the reason Jesus came was not just as a solution to our problems, but to change our response to situations? What if He is more interested in the way you respond to debt, to disease, to hurt, and to failure ? What if He came not just to eradicate the power of sin over our lives, but to transform all of our days? What if He’s interested in using you as a prophetic vessel? What if He is using the entirety of our lives and not just the breakthrough as a means of speaking to generations?
God always did away with the prestige that comes through genealogies. He chose a Hannah to birth a Samuel and a Rahab, a gentile prostitute, to be a part of the genealogy of Jesus. He used them because their journeys proved far more worthy than the bloodlines they had.
Let’s take a look at Hannah. Many of us have experienced multiple situations of impossibility, of bareness. How many of us have felt like quitting? Hannah could’ve quit. She could have gotten bitter and angry. But instead, she persisted. She turned her life into a legacy. God was preparing her womb for greatness and she was rewarded with a Samuel for her surrender. She then surrendered even her greatest breakthrough, because of her covenant with Him and received many other.
Hannah’s entire life had become a testimony, it wasn’t just the breakthrough which came as a Samuel. The crushing brought out the sweetest wine.And we all have the same choice. We can let the problem destroy us completely hardening our hearts or surrender to God and bring about the sweetness of Jesus through us.
Today when we look to Hannah, we are amazed at the way she persisted in God. We are amazed at the way she leaned onto God. Her entire life became a prophetic sign to us. A sign that God doesn’t turn away from our bareness. A sign that persistence brings fruit.
As you read this, I invite you to cry out to God to use your life the way He wants to use it. Give your whole life to Jesus, not just your impossibilities. Give yourself as clay in the potter’s hands. Let Him mature you on the inside, building a strength that no man can break. And let that become a prophetic sign to the nations. In today’s time, we are given so much more than what Hannah had at that point in her life. We have the sweet Holy Spirit inside of us. We don’t need to wait a year to listen to the voice of Jesus as Hannah did. We have everyday, every moment with Him waiting for us to turn to Him.
God isn’t just interested in whether you birth your Samuel, your biggest breakthrough. He is interested in using the entirety of your life. The way you live, the way you speak, the way you think, the way you move. He is interested in the way you respond.
If God could do so much with a yielded Hannah in the old covenant, then how much more can He do with yielded men and women in the New Covenant?
Will you give Him your whole life today?
Our Guest author for this week has chosen to remain anonymous