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.
In the world today, children have been marred, their perceptions and behaviors affected, because they come from dysfunctional families. Abuse, sibling rivalry, divorce, murder and malicious intent to acquire an inheritance has widened the chasm of many souls. Psychiatric illnesses such as anxiety and depression have become a part of our ecosystem. So many are victims of guilt, shame, and various fears of their past and their future. You could even be part of a near perfect family and still be internally bruised by your past experiences or the words that your friends and neighbors have spoken over your life.
prayer is that as you finish reading this blog, no matter what the case, you
would be able to realise and internalize the healing that you have been blessed
with. Through Christ, you can be made whole on the outside and the inside, and
are now part of a perfect family for eternity.
I was privileged to have a simple yet significant inspiration from the Holy Spirit as I was engaged in some thought a few days back. When John the Baptist said that “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30), he didn’t merely point out an increase in the dominion and authority of Christ but an increase in the very person of Christ in ourselves.
He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word (Isaiah 53:5-7).
It is so relieving to know that the Saviour of the world took upon Himself the most vicious form of death devised by man, not only so that I am healed of my physical ailments but that I am set free from of the root cause of the ‘dis-ease’.
observed a common occurrence amongst the families of my friends where the elder
ones were always burdened with a lot of responsibility while the younger ones
seemed to pursue a happier, more free and creative lifestyle. The elder ones
often nurture a lot of bitterness, hurt and offense within as they see the
younger ones being able to receive a greater goodness in life. Now, these are
emotions which, if not dealt with early on, can cause tremendous harm not only
to the individual but also to the society. Some examples are seen in the bible
like Cain, Esau, the elder brother of the prodigal son or even Martha. We could
blame them for their attitudes but have we ever looked at the root cause of
their behaviour? All they needed was a little more grip on son ship, a slightly
better understanding that they have a loving and just father and a little more
revelation that they are part of a loving family. All they had to do was
receive the love and acceptance that was freely given to them. I say this
because in a perfectly functional family, there are no differences in the
privileges given to the children and all are mentored equally in discipline,
behaviour and emotion.
not defined as the mere absence of a disease or infirmity but a state of
complete physical, mental and social well-being. You could have a great
intellect and still be a failure because your soul is weary. The realization
that you and I have been made part of an eternal family comes as a
soul-solution to a multitude of problems. We have been healed not only on the
outside but made whole in the inner man because of the atonement of a spotless
lamb. We don’t need to walk around carrying a heavy luggage of inferiority,
offense, rejection and abuse. It was all laid on him. We have been set free not
only of innumerable transgressions but also from bondages of emotions that are
hard to express. You and I are free beings, free to live, free in Christ. To
open up your minds, salvation is not just a mere ticket to heaven but a path to
prosper in all things, even as your soul
prospers (3 John 2:2).
So now, in this world, as Jesus is so am I (1
John 4:17), healthy and healed.
So knowing that you have a Father in Heaven who loves you unconditionally, the question is how would you treat yourself, your children and your neighbors? How would we respond to conflicts? I pray that the finished work of the cross would not only heal your body or save your spirits from eternal damnation but heal your souls and make you more like Christ every day.
In the Bible, Jerusalem had Bethesda where many invalids, the blind, lame, and paralyzed, laid waiting for a miracle. Among them was a man who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.
The man lay on a portico by the healing pool unable to move forward, unable to access the miracle, being denied an escape from his miserable life for almost 4 decades. Then he has a conversation with His maker and his life changes forever.
John 5:6-9 says – When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” 7 The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.”
8 Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.”
9 And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked.
The Gospel of John records this important conversation for those of us who are stuck in bed, literally or metaphorically who are waiting for the miracle. The pain of wasting away, time washing over you, having no one to help is a miserable reality for multitudes.
Some of us waste away in front of our gadgets. Some are stuck in the past and its mistakes, the losses and failures of the days gone by. Some have the misfortune of inherited traits that keep them on the ground, sharing in the misery passed on from generation to generation. Families of broken wings, dreams and tragedies.
Many among us are living in a crippled economy, rejection letters piling up in our inboxes, unemployed, disillusioned, in debt, and suffocated. Always left watching someone stronger, smarter, faster or abler walk away with the opportunity that could have changed our lives.
A lot of us are like that invalid man, awaiting our chance to improve our life, to be set free from the insufferable place of immobility. A lot of us are in desperate need of a conversation with the only one who can save us.
“Do you want to be healed?”
Imagine if Christ stood before you asking you this very same question. Do you want to be set free from your state of immobility? Do you want things to change? Examine your heart, face the years of disappointments and allow the Holy Spirit to reignite a desire to leap forth from whatever has been holding you back.
“Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.”
It HURTS to be so abjectly alone with no one to lend you support or wisdom or understanding. This man couldn’t find a single person who would help him for four decades. Nothing stopped Christ from saving him. No matter how great a betrayal/tragedy/rejection/ abuse you may have faced Christ can save you.
“Get up, take up your bed, and walk.”
The conversation with Jesus ends with instruction and immediate obedience.
“In a dream, a vision of the night, When sound sleep falls on men,
While they slumber in their beds, Then He opens the ears of men,
And seals their instruction.” -Job 33:15,16
Jesus left the splendour of heaven to freely give us the Kingdom of God. He is speaking to each of us, within our hearts, His spirit is convicting us, instructing and empowering us today to walk in His salvation. It doesn’t matter how deeply stuck or abandoned you are at this moment, for the miracle is no longer out of reach. Will you be as brave and ready as the invalid man to have this conversation with God today? If yes, the miracle worker stands at your bedside today with instructions for you to get up and walk in His way- The way of new life.