A Prophetic Vessel

A Prophetic Vessel

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

Agape in my Home

Agape in my Home

God is Love.

Pure, Holy, Unconditional and Unending.

Are we longing for a love of that nature?

One defined by Him?

Or are we chasing another?

For in the relationship where You are the third cord,

There is steadfast confidence.

That which you have joined together,

No man can tear asunder.

I need, Oh Lord, I need

Agape in my home

So I trust Your timing and

I surrender to Your will

What is it that You want from me, Abba?

Patience and trust?

In that I lack severely.

Yet I know in surety

Your grace will suffice.

But You foreknew, we cannot love truly,

Without You ingrained in us,

Even so You’ve always loved and given,

Always the first.

Such Mercy, we never deserved.

And this is a part of me that desires to love like You,

You’ve created this in me.

I’ll long for it and I’m not ashamed of it.

I want You to be the centre of everything.

And in You, I choose to want everything.

I want, Oh Lord, I want

Agape in my home.

Our blog for this week is a beautiful poem 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 so inspired by her wholehearted love for Jesus and His Bride.

Vision and perspective

Vision and perspective

We all as a race and a creation have encountered an unpleasant surprise for the past few months. It’s been difficult for those front liners who’ve been engaged in battling it. Trying to get a breakthrough and overcome this situation at hand. At the same time other’s have had different experiences. Divergent with struggles and blissful moments, trials and the time to reflect and rest; time to really connect with those who are very close and precious to them.

We know that there have been challenges of all sorts that we’ve faced and even through it all, we know, that God has seen us through. He has brought us thus far and surely will do it again.

One such incident we see is in the story and book of Samuel, wherein the children of Israel have a persistent enemy and there’s a Samuel who asks the children to turn their hearts to God, to prepare their hearts and serve Him only, and to get rid of all other gods. All of this took place when the whole nation was asked to gather in one place, unified, and here we see how God delivered them; not just that but they went on to take more territory.

My vision, belief and perception through all of it as I hear our Father speak is this; there’s coming in unity, collaborations with humanity and a family centric posture in the hearts of people. Differences, timelines, targets and every other secondary aspect of life are being rearranged back to its order of belonging. The more important aspects of life like love, empathy, selflessness, being there for our neighbors, gratitude for what we already have, thankfulness for all things, and a heart open to God is what is being topped in the priority chain.

After this realigning occurs, I believe we’re going to see a rise in unity in all fronts, business, corporates etc. But not just that, the body of Christ is entering a season of unity and aligning to kingdom’s pursuit.

I am excited for what lies ahead for us. I believe gatherings are going to increase in different locations of the city. Every believer walking aware of being a son/daughter and a called one.Every family being a host and desiring and pursuing God’s manifest presence. Praises, prayers and declarations therefore rising from every locality, every corner, in cities and nations. I’m joyful as I write this because we’re walking into greater grace to take over new territories, to reignite the backslidden. To reap what was once prayers and cries from years past. The church is awakening and we’re going to reap an abundant harvest, i.e in knowing our son-ship. And hence I’d encourage all our readers to find this perspective in the midst of everything, to know we’re His own, to build altars as families and individuals, to be aware of The Anointed One, who is with us and to continue to experience Him and dwell in Him. So we could be equipped for all that lies ahead, for all He’s purposed on the earth as in heaven.

Just like the children of Israel, we’re also moving in a season where we are taking new territories, expanding His domain and just as the children of Israel were unified and in a place of preparing their hearts and seeking the Lord and building altars, we also have an invitation to draw close and dwell in the presence of the lord. Invited to be so close and intimate with Him, to know Him, to love Him, to experience His love towards us, and that experience would lead us to a lifestyle of desiring more of Him and His Kingdom beyond this season into the purposes He has for these times and the ones to follow.

Abide.

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.  

Following Well

Following Well

Our generation follows a trend where everyone wants to be a leader. There’s no question that being a leader is always a prestigious position to have. Because when we think about leadership, the first thing that comes to our mind is power. Growing up, I always wanted to be a leader because I felt that I would have some power and would become a popular student in my school. 

Yet, we fail to understand that being a leader requires a lot of sacrifice. Leaders often have to be careful how they lead their lives because they are constantly under scrutiny. They have to make hard decisions and tough choices every day. I understood this only when I became closely associated with the leaders placed over my life.

The Lord has been teaching me this from the past few months on how important it is for us followers to cover and protect our leaders. And God took me to the book of Exodus 17:8-13

The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.”So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword

It’s quite beautiful to see how Moses was supported by his followers during that time. My heart’s desire is to see a generation rise to serve just like Aaron and Hur. Yes, at the right time the promotion will come. But we don’t serve because we want a position, rather we serve out of a loving heart.

It is also very important that we don’t burden our pastors, rather, bring a lot of joy to them. There will be times when your pastor will correct you when you are wrong, and sometimes the corrections will hurt. Yet, we shouldn’t be a generation that pushes away correction and wants things to happen the way we want it to be.

The need of the hour is learning to endure with our pastors and leaders, because they too go through tough times. After all, they are ‘men’ and ‘women’ of God, and humans do make mistakes. They too have various challenges in life just as we do. They may have financial challenges, personal struggles and issues within the home. During these moments it would be a blessing to do something for them like taking them out for coffee or a meal and tell them how much they mean to you. Always try to cheer them up and make them feel very special, tell them that you are available for them when they need someone (this creates a sense of security and love). And most importantly cover them with your prayers at all times. Do not entertain any kind of gossip in the church. Rather speak good words about them and speak for them always. These are some of the ways of being a good follower to your pastors and leaders.

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.

Soul Ties Part Two: Breaking the Bonds

Soul Ties Part Two: Breaking the Bonds

Last week, we discussed blood covenants and soul ties formed out of operating outside God’s perimeter of marriage. It is good to note that it is possible tie oneself up even with words. Proverbs 18:21 talks about the power in the tongue and the words. So use your words wisely. The promises people make to each other, the guarantees we give, do have power. Power to hold us accountable.

When life seems unfair and you feel defeated, it is always wise to do a spiritual checkup and align your soul with God’s purpose and plan for you. It’s prudent to seek help from those who are able to teach you about spiritual principles that are operating in your life. No one knows it all. That’s why we all need to be learners before the Holy Spirit.

Often ministers have encounters with people whoare struggling in their marriages. A woman once approached a minister at a prayer meeting, weeping bitterly over her marriage which was about to be broken. She had been married only for a year now, but everything was dark. The minister, being aware about soul ties and the oppression it brings to a person, asked her about her pre-marital relationship. After some hesitation, she admitted to it and said that she was in a relationship for 6 months, which she later broke off. Unbeknownst to her, her thoughts, mind and emotions were still being influenced by her previous relationship. The promises she made then, began to negatively affect her marriage. She needed to learn to pray, to trust in Jesus and surrender to God. The minister prayed for her in Jesus name and taught her to pray and she was comforted. She was able to complete bury the past and its influence over her. In a matter of months, the relationship was saved.

The past cannot be ignored. It can’t be hidden from God. The scars and the brokenness need the touch of Christ. Only through the redeeming blood of Christ, can we forgive and forget about things and people that previously held influence over our life. For the blameless, innocent, precious blood of Christ can cover every humiliation, every shame, guilt and fear. The God who cares for you has a plan for you that’s much better than your past.

 Matthew 6:21 talks about “where the treasure of a man is, there is his heart as well.” If you keep your treasure in anyone else other than Jesus, you are running a risk of your treasure being stolen. Because the thief comes to steal. (John 10:10)

For those of you, who need freedom from soul-ties, from past mistakes and heartbreaks, SPEAK THIS PRAYER ALOUD AND WITH YOUR HEART.

Father in the name of Jesus, I take control and break every ungodly tie that is holding me captive. I forgive every person that hurt me and seared my soul. Let your grace enable me to completely forget. All the authority that my past had on me, I take it back. My past shall not rule me but Jesus. I release the freedom of Christ in every area of my life. I shall no more be a prisoner of despair and disappointment, but a prisoner of hope as your word says in Isaiah. Lord, I declare your blood up on my emotional health and relationships. I ask for godly relationships in my life. In Jesus name, Amen!!

This weeks blog is by Dr Abhimanu Gupta, a wise man of God with deep knowledge about spiritual principles. His mission has been to deliver people from spiritual bondages, edifying them through the gifts of the Holy Spirit.