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.

Gratitude: A re positioned attitude

Gratitude: A re positioned attitude

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.

A Lack of Social Distancing?

A Lack of Social Distancing?

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.

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.