The day you are born, God places you first in the arms of your father and mother because they’re appointed to hold, carry and nurture the most precious blessing that God has given them. The first testimony of children with godly parents is witnessing the goodness of God through the lives of their parents. Watching their parents show them how to live godly lives even when the situations are not ideal. And as we grow, we realize that all the cutting and pruning that goes into producing a good fruit out of us is not so easy to swallow.
New International Version Proverbs 22:6 Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
Even when they may not feel it or see it, godly parents hold on to a grace that is sufficient and a peace that surpasses all understanding. This grace and peace are what help parents build a godly home for their family one day at a time. Every life-giving seed, every encouraging word, every intentional action, every corrective moment-all go into building a godly home until they see Heaven on Earth and taste the fruits of the labor that bring life and joy wherever they go. That is how godly parents can raise up children of the Kingdom.
Now, if you think this is NOT what your family looks like, I want to tell you in the deepest love, “take courage!” God is not done with you yet. Always remember that you’re not positioned on a stage first, but in the arms of your parents, to bring heaven down in their life, in your life, and wherever God’s purpose is for you to grow. That is not a very simple process, but as we are taught time and again, our ministry begins first when we are in service to our parents, our siblings, and our community.
Matthew 19:19 ESV Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
As we seek the face of God in the little things, when we are faithful in the place God first positioned us, He will take us to higher levels of encounter and engagement for all that He has in store for us. Remind yourself constantly of where your roots are because when the root is taken care of, the tree bears good fruit by itself.
God is on the move to heal the land with godly parents that know the worth of a family rooted in Jesus, and with children of the Kingdom who are faithful to what is given.
For our 100th blog post, we have a deeply wise word on Godly relationships with the family unit by Sandra M George. She is a beloved daughter of the church and a laid-down lover of Jesus, who seeks the presence of God, with her whole heart.
As the name
suggests, a soul-tie is when the soul of an individual is inter twined with
another individual. Soul tie made with the wrong person(s) is a deadly
situation that leads to a plethora of complications and unnecessary damage.
People can be in a soul tie with anyone. And what makes it so dangerous is that
the individual is unaware of its consequences. Hosea 4:6 says that God’s people
are being destroyed because of lack of knowledge. Ignorance is a very big risk
in modern day Christianity. Let’s dive a little deeper into the subject.
Have you ever wondered why Jesus had to shed his blood on that cross? Why couldn’t He have chosen a simpler form of death that would have been less excruciating?
Deuteronomy 12:23 and Leviticus 17:11 makes it clear that God forbade his people to eat blood in the meat because blood carries life and on the altar, the blood is for remission of sin, returning man into covenant with God.
In other words, Jesus made a blood covenant with us by shedding the last drop. He had to give His life which was in the blood to redeem our lives. The blood covenant is the strongest covenant ever formed. In the olden days, two allies would make a small cut on their hands and mix their blood. It was a sign that now they are not two but one blood, that their lives are now binding and intermingled with each other. When you enter into a sexual relationship, you enter into a blood covenant with the other person. Your life is now intermingled with your partner. Such a powerful bond becomes dangerous when one enters into such relations outside the perimeter of marriage, which is ordained by God.
We are living in a very volatile space in today’s world. Our colleges and work places are often under the influence of things that do not follow godly principles. It’s very easy to follow their footsteps and go down the road which is contrary to the nature of God. But the risk is huge. It’s a common practice now a days to have multiple partners with whom soul ties are created. Suppose, a boy and girl comes together before marriage, they chase this lifestyle of fulfilling their own carnal desires. But what happens is that they begin being governed by each other in various ways. We can see jealousy, insecurity, fear and overbearing tendencies make its way into their lives.
2 Samuel 13 tells a story about Amnon and Tamar. If you go on reading that story, after having a sexual encounter with Tamar, the Bible says that Amnon hated Tamar. The same girl for whom he fell head over heels for, is now the object of his hate and disgust. A soul tie operates powerfully in each person.
change over time. Lessons about the spiritual realm might sound like old
fashioned notions to young ears, but that doesn’t make it irrelevant. The word
of God reveals to us the foundational principles that this world has been built
on. The Holy Spirit gives us the strength and wisdom to walk in God’s path.
Until we are delivered from influences on our soul, we will remain hindered
from discerning the direction of the Holy Spirit. The Bible comforts us,
teaches us, and enlightens us but the Word also warns us. We are in a fallen
world. Nothing here is as it was meant to be. It’s been perverted from its
original purpose. None of it is worth gaining at the cost of our soul. But we
can be made right with God through Christ Jesus. When Jesus shed his blood on
the cross, God raised the value of each of us to be worthy of eternal, abundant
life. Our soul is now worth the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. So
treat your soul as the precious treasure of God, purchased by the blood of
Christ. Guard your soul from outside influence.
Philipians 4:7 says “..the peace of God, which surpasses
all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds
in Christ Jesus.”
Make no mistake
about it, the only place your soul is safe is in the hands of the one who died
to redeem it!!
To be continued…
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.
Ever felt a multitude of thoughts running in your mind troubling you, triggering fear, anxiety, and insecurity? Thoughts that put you into a place of feeling helpless, alone, depressed, rejected, and paralyzed? Me too!
As a child, I was deeply affected by whether somebody likes me or not. I always felt the need to be doing things to please others, the need to standout, speak out loud. An attention seeker. Yet, I would get anxious about things to the point of being frozen from action. In school, it was exams. Instead of starting somewhere in my portions, my anxiety would get the best of me and I would end up with a paralyzing headache making me unable to move forward at all.
I had amazing women in my life like my mom and granmom, who loved me. Still, I was filled with a lot about brokenness from family issues, some rough times in boarding school, and facing rejection often. My experiences summed up to me not knowing who I was, as the enemy tried to mar and disorient my identity.
the Lord is good. The Shepherd who comes through it all for His sheep, a Father
who calls out to His son.
10:3-4 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he
calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the
sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
God called me out one day, when I was going through the lowest valley feeling depressed, broken, empty, left out and orphaned. And He whispered to me, “I’m with you and I’m for you”
That voice, that encounter set a joy in my heart. I knew this voice, I knew Him all along. He was near, but now that the Father had drawn me to Him. That very year the Lord started to speak destiny and purpose into my life through a Pastor, in a church away from my hometown. I encountered my beautiful Jesus there, committed to Him and to the church. God healed me through the process of just being in Him, as He wiped off every lie over my life with the truth that He is with me and for me. This truth lit up my whole world. I didn’t need validation anymore. I didn’t carry a weak, pity-party attitude anymore. He taught me to study from a place of victory, even after I failed during my boards. He taught me overcome fear and to just begin. To build from this present moment, to focus on the now and work on ahead. This would enable me to cover decent mileage, rather than never starting out in the first place.
Visualize this. You are sitting on the sea shore on a moonlit night and there’s water in front of you, and you are afraid that if you had to get in those waters you’d drown. But Papa God gives you another picture, saying “you’re already drowned in Me.” This thought sets you laughing out of joy, because now in this new life in Christ, you are already dead to the world. So for a person who is already drowned in this love, how can anything else of this world, be it thoughts, struggles, pressure, expectation, whatever you name it overwhelm him/her? Now you’ve been born again into His acceptance and love. As you taste him every day, nothing can be more real to you, and nothing has place to overwhelm you! You are drowned, you are surrounded and covered in this perfect lover Jesus. Rejoice!
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.