Understanding the Mysteries

Understanding The Mysteries

by Ps Vidhya Ninan

In this sermon podcast we have Associate Pastor Vidhya Ninan on the key to understanding the mysteries of this christian life. Click below to download full track. 

Product of the Cross

Product of the Cross

What does it truly mean to be a living and breathing product of the cross? Have you lived almost the entirety of your life as a product of the mistakes that you once made, regretting the years that went by? Are you a person who has lived receiving the gospel but being unable to live it out? Are you a person who has lived in fear? Are you a person who has allowed an “orphan” mentality to dominate and take over. A “victim” mentality to take over ? A “there’s nothing I can do about it” mentality to overtake you?

This is because you haven’t truly become a product of the gospel that saved you. You haven’t become a product of the cross; you are still a product of the oppressions that you were saved from. You might have had the faith to say “yes” to your spirit being saved, but often we compromise on saying “yes” to our soul and emotions being transformed and changed to the likeness of the Spirit

Let me tell you, you need to have a change of mind! Because the bible says “Just as a man thinks, so will He be”. A negative thought process or an inferiority complex may not look as extreme as a pornographic addiction. But just as God wants you to live free from sexual immorality, He wants you to live free from the oppressions of your past.

Living as a product of the past looks like this: I lived as a product of my past oppressions long after I said yes to Jesus and His love. When it came to finances, there was a part of me that would almost always feel abandoned or orphaned because I felt let down by the ones who were meant to provide for me. When it came to love, I lived life as a product of offence and bitterness and being unable to erase from memory the people who once wronged me.

I lived facing my future with an attitude of the past! It’s never a good idea to see God through the lens of your circumstances.

Living as a product of the cross looks like this : And over a period of time the Father started reminding me of what I needed to let go; moreover the intensity of what I need to receive. There is a measure of love that you need to let in, in order to surpass the intensity of the pain of your past.

Suppose you’ve fallen into a 6 feet deep pit, it is understood that you need at least an 8 feet rope to pull you out of it.

Isn’t that what the cross offers each day of our lives? Jesus went the extra mile, He did it all.

Imagine that a bottomless jar of His love given to you. You can either apply His love with the tips of your finger onto those open wounds or you can lavishly drown those wounds with His love. The measure you let in is your choice.

You might not be at the stage where you see your character changing or your emotions stabilizing. But if you have reached a stage where you are walking with God for Him to show you “the true” you, then you are starting to live as a product of the cross. But don’t just stop there, take advantage of that reckless love singing over you!

The beauty of the gospel is that each day is an opportunity to start afresh, like the past 20 years never happened. When you truly see the gospel being birthed in you, you will live each day anew; you will live with the memory of His love crashing over you like it was the very first time; you will have a memory loss of your past!

AND REMEMBER: THE CROSS HAS THE FINAL WORD!

The Father in All His Goodness

The Father in All His Goodness

What do we do when there is a character flaw within us? What do we do when God shines His light on that flaw and urges us to change? What do we do when the change isn’t as fast as you expect it? What do we do with a depressive attitude or negative thought process that is ingrained in you?

We may not experience the threat of physical death on a daily basis but we do die a little bit on the inside when we face loss, destruction, disappointment, condemnation, guilt and so on. Often these may appear socially acceptable and permissible to a degree, for instance having a negative thought life.

This is because at some point in your life you have accepted a degree of defeat and death. Like a thought process that you can’t shake away, or that dry bone that looks like it may never have the potential to live again, or that famine that looks like it’s going to stretch on for all of eternity.
Now what do we do about that negative attitude that seem to disturb us ?

We aren’t called to surrender to death, being reinforced by it and yet live with Christ! Absolutely not! We have Christ the living hope!

The moment Jesus began to breathe again, the grave and all that encompasses it and lives within it has lost its power and claim on us!! A revelation of this truth will cause you to shrink away from a life of compromise or from being stuck in a life of a lower standard. This will usher in a calm beneath the storm.

Have you ever experienced a time wherein there is a steady calm within you or a time when God calls you to be calm but everything on the outside is calling you to react hysterically in emotional outbursts. I certainly have, on occasion, I might still continue to react in an immature, emotional manner to situations but there is an undeniable steady calm beneath the storm that stays and never leaves.

When you return back to the calm, or even in your state of vulnerability, He will come in close and whisper to you to speak into the darkness that threatens to overwhelm you. He says “Daughter/Son, let my voice and words ring truer than those thoughts, let it echo through the layers of your soul and emotion”

Most of us understand the need to declare in prayer, but what we often don’t realise is the benefit it carries to change the nature of our hearts from an unchanging attitude to a liberating and uninhibited one. A famous worship leader once said: “This season has taught me to dance while the tears stream down my face”. He doesn’t expect you to come a certain way, He wants you to come to Him as wrecked or broken as you are. He’s calling you to raise up a shout, to tread confidently, to live as His brave child, to mourn with Him, to laugh with Him, to live with Him!

Philippians 3:13-14 (NLT) says “..I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”

Let not a defeated death reinforce its lies in your life, trapping your days in cycles of substandard efforts. Instead let the Father in all His goodness, His voice, His words and His promises lead you to live the life He sacrificed Himself for.

Into Unknown Waters With A Known God

Into Unknown Waters With A Known God

Most of us struggle at times with believing God to be able to provide, to heal, to restore, to nurture. We ask questions like “If God is my Father, why hasn’t He shown me which way to go yet?” “Why hasn’t He come down and made me perfectly well?”

For many of us, unless God gives us a step by step play of how our lives are going to unfold, our trust in Him gets shaky. We are often more comfortable in staying chained in a known prison rather than walk in freedom into an unknown land as the Israelites did. Often the confines of a sinking boat seem more appealing than trusting God with the uncharted, unpredictable waters as Peter did.

The fact is that all other ground is sinking sand. There is not a ground that you can build on other than Christ that will cause you to stand firm in the midst of the wind and the storm. That is what Jesus meant when He said in Mathew 7:24-26

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock”

Sometimes God does not quiet down the winds and waves instead; He chooses to quiet our hearts. Every time we step out of our comfort zone or what we perceive as a safe area and lock our eyes intimately on the Lord, even the water that threatened to drown us becomes a foundation as firm as the rock.

1 Corinthians 2:14 says “Now the natural man doesn’t receive the things of God’s Spirit, for they are foolishness to him, and he can’t know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” You will truly able to step out only when you realise as 2nd Corinthians 5:17 says “..the old has gone, the new has come!”

Let us not die in the safety of our knowledge and our thinking. Each of us has received this supernatural inheritance in the Spirit, let us act upon it and leave a legacy for the generations to come.

As a famous worship leader once said “Without this tension, we are just talking heads; instead we get the opportunity to become living mysteries.”

 

 

The River of His Presence

The River of His Presence

In the Bible, rivers are used to symbolize the Holy Spirit.

Through a season where I realized I don’t have what it takes to stand in times of adversities, the Lord showed me this river of Healing, that carries the richness of the provision borne by the Holy Spirit in us.

We hear sermons on bold faith, quiet trusting in seasons of mystery, waiting, patience, endurance so on and so forth. These attributes are seen in the heroes of the bible – Abraham’s faith, Joseph’s endurance in the pit, Daniel’s faithfulness, Joshua’s courage.

These individuals are known for their assets in the Lord due to which the Lord lift them up. But there are also individuals whom God exalted from the dust of the earth; The Gideon who was the least, Moses who was the stutterer, Peter who denied the Lord, Paul the murderer.

The Lord teaches us to wait, to hope, to persist. However, He also allows us to fall. We often perceive that standing displays a level of strength as opposed to falling displaying a sense of weakness. But the truth is that when you do allow yourself to be vulnerable and fall, you are trusting the streams of His river to carry and strengthen you for the journey ahead. If you remain standing because you feel that is what is expected of you, you are being deceived into perfecting things in the flesh.

He never despises the weak nor stays away from us when we got messy instead, He embraces us. He isn’t afraid or ashamed when we fall as most of us think. In fact, He loves it because when we fall we realize that there is nothing left of us to sustain us and we derive from the true source of strength.

All you are doing is clinging to an illusion of strength and not realizing that you are weakening minute by minute by standing on your own. Works cannot sustain what was given by grace. But when you realize that you can fall, you are trusting your life to a good Father knowing He will catch, replenish and fuel you back to your purpose.

John 12:24 says, “Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” 

The truth is that each of us has to reach a point in our lives wherein we are willing to let go of ourselves, abandon our logical thought processes and die to the flesh in order to live as the tree whose leaves neither wither nor grow dry but producing fruit in every season.