Thought Processes and Stormy Waves

Thought Processes and Stormy Waves

The past year has been a very challenging one for almost everyone. It was a season of never-before-seen happenings and brand-new challenges. Many of us found ourselves trapped in a change of mindset- pondering over negative thoughts and negative outcomes. Having a lot of time in my hand to simply sit and think about many things, I too, saw myself giving in to this habit of thinking negatively.  It’s not like I was broken emotionally, but I saw myself drifting in my thought processes to unnecessarily worrying scenarios and thoughts.

Until one night as I was going to sleep, I started introspecting. I realized just how far I had drifted away from the person I used to be before the Pandemic. But in the midst of all this, there were moments where God would speak to me in different ways, and one day this scripture really spoke a whole new life into me.

Mathew 14:22 Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home. 23 After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone. 24 Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. 25 About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!” 27 But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!”28 Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”

29 “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.

31 Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” 32 When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. 33 Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed

We see that Peter, upon being called, stepped onto the waters, but soon enough, he lost his focus on Jesus and so, he got overwhelmed by the surroundings. I want to let each and everyone reading this know that we ALL are called to walk upon waters. Yet, how many of us have shifted our focus in the past year? There are moments where we see things around us go for a toss, but the real problem begins when we react to it and lose our focus on Jesus. I encourage you all that in every season of your life, keep Jesus at the center. Every season may not be easy, but as long as you have Jesus as your focus point, you will walk upon stormy waves and high waters.

This blog written by our dear Melrick Stephen Pinto, is the second in a series of blogs written by the leaders of House of Healing Ministries. The series titled ‘Lessons in a Lockdown’ will carry the stories, thoughts, and experiences of our leaders in the past one and half years as they navigated the new normal with Jesus. Stay tuned for our next ‘Lesson in a Lockdown.’

Godly Parents and Children of the Kingdom

Godly Parents and Children of the Kingdom

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.

Soul Ties: Gaining the world only to Lose Your Soul (Part one)

Soul Ties: Gaining the world only to Lose Your Soul (Part one)

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.

Truth doesn’t 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.

Cornelius meets Peter

Cornelius meets Peter

At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!”- Acts 10:1-3

At a recent Christian conference, I met a missionary, who has been working with the refugees from the conflict areas of the Middle-East. He shared accounts of many refugees from other faiths, approaching him with accounts of visions and dreams of Jesus Christ and asking him to tell them more about Jesus. One day, such a young man approached him and asked about Jesus and the shaken missionary shared the Gospel with him. The next day, the young man brought 25 other young men to him and they all heard the gospel again and they asked him to pray for them. This is not an isolated incident. Hundreds are getting baptized there daily. The light of God is almost always most visible to those who are suffering in abject darkness.

Cornelius prayed. From the biblical account we know that He and his family were devout and God fearing. Yet he hadn’t heard about Christ. An angel visited him not to convert him but to direct him to Apostle Peter.

“The angel answered, “…Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter. He is staying with Simon the tanner, whose house is by the sea.”- Acts 10:6

God gave Cornelius a supernatural encounter but gave the assignment of sharing the gospel to Apostle Peter. One man’s encounter lead to the transformation of all Gentiles. The bible tells us that Cornelius was expecting Peter and had called together his relatives and close friends. When Peter went inside Cornelius’s home, he found a large gathering of people. 

Not only was Cornelius a man of prayer, but his family also sought God with him. When Cornelius received a response from God, he didn’t hesitate. He stepped out and obeyed. Even before becoming a Christian he became a missionary by gathering his folks at his home to hear from Apostle Peter.

For the gentiles, the receiving of the gospel began with one man seeking and praying with his family for God. It began with one man willing to open his heart, his family and his home to be blessed by the Gospel of Christ and then readily share that blessing with his friends and relatives. This very event is going on right now in the Middle East. If it can happen in a war zone, it can happen anywhere. Even in your own city.

This blog is just a reminder to us that God hasn’t changed. He is still reaching out to the lost sheep. He is very busy connecting sheep to shepherds. People are searching for God amidst the shattered remains of their abusive homes, broken economies, unravelling social morality and war torn nations. Are the shepherds ready? Are you ready to live lives worthy of the calling that Peter received one afternoon at the tanner’s house?

It’s not about us anymore it’s about millions of people whose cries and petitions are before the Lord. Let us send our prayers before God, share in His burden for the people, answer when He calls and not allow convenience to prevent obedience.