Saturday, October 30, 2010

Do you Love me feed my sheep

In my last week’s message I wrote, “All of our actions come from a basic human survival instinct, which is in real sense, love for us.”
I still remember, few months back we went to one of the government hospitals for the vaccinations for our son, who was traveling to the US. In the reception area there was a counter to check the weight of the infants. The weighing hook was attached with a romper (shorts with the bib kind of a dress). A mother came to weigh her two months baby. We saw the baby was sleeping in her mom’s lap with all security,  she puts her baby in that bag, we noticed everything was normal but as soon as she hangs the bag on the hook again to get her weight, the baby pushed her hands and leg for survival and began to cry.
Why did the baby do so?
She felt insecure and tried to push herself in her capability for survival
You and I also do the same for our survival, 
Isn't it true!
Remember “All of our actions come from a basic human survival instinct, which is in real sense, love for us.”
We love our families, friends, relatives and neighbors too. Sometimes we love someone very special that we are ready to do anything for that person. In a way every one of us are precious for our loved ones. 
God also loves us as His family. We are so precious in God’s eye that is why He gave His only son that whosoever believes in Him will have eternal life.
Way back in year 2001, I struggle in my life to that extent that for me all roads were ending to the dead end. I was in this country (Tanzania), my son was studying in a missionary school, I was interacting with the people who knew Christ, still Christ was not shared with me. I needed Him so desperately; still He was kept away from me.
I am sure there were many people who would be praying for the salvation of the lost
I am sure there were many desiring God to save the Indians
I am sure this must be taking place, still I did not have even one person coming to me and sharing the love, healing and saving message of Christ.
Until one day when I broke completely God used a friend of mine, in the midst of Idol worshipping at her house, she asked me to go and see a person and know how she get delivered of her trouble.
I will again repeat, “All of our actions come from a basic human survival instinct, which is in real sense, love for us.”
Will you ask me what my reaction to my friend’s suggestion was?
I ran for the solution!
Say – Love for us
Say – Survival instinct
Read Matthew 9:37-38
Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."
Jesus preached, healed and saved people.
Think – I was never visited by a believer but God used a non-believer from the midst of the idol worshiping, to tell me the way
Say - God can use any one
Say - Survival instinct
Think – what is yours and mine role in the kingdom of God
Read Romans 10:14-15
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"
Are you waiting for someone to send you?
Then I have good news for you
Read Matthew 28:19-20
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:  and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.
Jesus has given you a word for you to go and preach the good news. If you will not go He will use someone else. God is irrespective of a person. I am ready He will use me. You are ready, He will use you.
Say – love your neighbours as yourself
Say – Survival instinct
The night before Jesus was crucified Peter said three times that he did not know Jesus. Peter lied because he was afraid, but later he was so sorry that he cried. The same Peter changed completely when Jesus rose from the dead; he knew the truth about Him.
Read John 21:17
The third time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?"
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?" He said, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you."                                    
Jesus said, "Feed my sheep.
Today, each one of us must ask the question: "Do I love Jesus Christ?"
Jesus could have asked Peter, “Are you a man of faith, do you hold an important office in the church, have you casted out devils" But He simply asked, "Simon, Son of Jonah, do you love me?"
Some people put their love in their work, their family, their ministries, and put Jesus on hold
Say – love Jesus
Say – survival instinct
What does it mean to Love Jesus?
It means to put Him first and obey Him
Read Psalm 2:7-8
I will proclaim the decree of the LORD: He said to me, "You are my Son;
today I have become your Father.
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.
Loving Jesus means love His people
Whatever belongs to Jesus He gave to the one who believes in Him. He has chosen you and me to rule till the ends of the earth
We are all like that small baby who pushed herself for survival.
There is no one who came from heaven,
There is no one who died for you and me,
There is no one who rose from the dead for you and me.
Yes, there is no one but Jesus who came from heaven who died for you and me and He alone can give us the life and no one, because He alone rose from the dead the third day
Take your step, show the people who do not know Him
Tell them He loves them
Preach the good news of saving and healing message of Jesus Christ to the lost and unsaved
If anyone who can save us from the fire of hell is Jesus alone
Say – Jesus asks you, “Do you love me”
Say – Jesus commands, “Preach the saving message”
Prayer -
father in the name of Jesus
I pray as per Luke 10:2, use me for the kingdom of God and make me your faithful servant

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Team Ready for Two Months Evangelism/दो महीने के प्रचार के लिए टीम तैयार

Luke 10:2, He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."
In India, every year, we go for evangelism for two months. It slows down with Christmas celebration. Last year we were 12 in this team. This year we are more than 24 in evangelism team. Praise God!
लुका 10:2, उसने उनसे कहा, "फसल तो बहुत खड़ी है, पर मजदूर थोड़े हैं, अतः खेत के मालिक से विनती करो कि वह अपने खेत में मजदूर भेजे |"
इंडिया में हर साल हम लोग दो महीने के प्रचार के लिए जाते हैं, जो क्रिसमस के जलसे के साथ धीमा हो जाता है| पिछले साल  12 लोग इस टीम में थे, इस बार 24 से अधिक लोग इस टीम में हैं | परमेश्वर की महीमा हो !
Matthew 9:37-38 "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."
"फसल तो बहुत खड़ी है, पर मजदूर थोड़े हैं, अतः खेत के मालिक से विनती करो कि वह अपने खेत में मजदूर भेजे |""
            John 3:18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.
जो उस पर विश्वास करता है, वह दोषी नहीं ठहराया जाता है | जो विश्वास नहीं करता है वह दोषी ठहराया जा चुका है, क्योंकि उसने परमेश्वर के इकलौते पुत्र के नाम पर विश्वास नहीं किया 
2 Corinthians 6:2
For he says, "In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you." I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation.
क्योंकि वह कहता है, :गृहण किये जाने के समय मैंने तेरी सुन ली, और उद्धार के दिन मैंने तेरी सहायता की| देखो, अभी उद्धार गृहण किये जाने का समय है | देखो अभी वह उद्धार का दिन है |

John 3:3
In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again."

यीशु ने उत्तर देते हुए उससे कहा, " मैं तुम से सच-सच कहता हूं, जब तक कोई नया जन्म ना ले ले, वह परमेश्वर का राज्य नहीं देख सकता
John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his One and Only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.क्योंकि परमेश्वर ने जगत से ऐसा प्रेम किया कि उसने अपना इकलौता पुत्र दे दिया, कि जो कोई उस पर विश्वास करे वह नाश ना हो, परन्तु अनंत जीवन पाए 
Acts 1:8
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
परन्तु जब पवित्र आत्मा तुम्हारे ऊपर आएगा, तब तुम सामर्थ पाओगे, और यरूशलेम, सारे यहूदिया और समारिया  में यहाँ तक कि पृथ्वी के छोर तक तुम मेरे साक्षी होगे

Acts 16:31
They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved--you and your household."
उन्होंने उत्तर दिया, "प्रभु यीशु पर विश्वास करो, तुम और तुम्हारा घराना उद्धार पायेगा"

Luke 19:10
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost
मनुष्य का पुत्र तो खोये हों को ढूंडने और उनका उद्धार करने आया है 

Saturday, October 23, 2010

White-Out is a Better Solution!

Last term when we were preparing the report cards, one of the Primary teachers did some mistakes in filling the report cards. She was told by the head of primary section to get it photocopied from outside and again fill the reports. It was quite tough for her, she complained that she was not aware of that column that is why she put a tick. What I remember the whole issue resulted into bitterness, hatred and hopelessness.
I wish the head of primary would have used the white-out on this situation.
What would you do, when you find someone’s mistakes towards you?
Let us read Mat 6:12, 14-15.
"Forgive us the wrongs that we have done, as we forgive the wrongs others have done us. For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But, if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins."
God has given a wonderful white-out to all of us.
“It is Jesus millennium product”.
He has given it to you and me freely. Brand name of this product is forgiveness.
He uses that on our mistakes and He wants us to do same. But many times we are failed to apply it and try to use force of eraser or blade to remove the mistakes, which finally results into a scar.
But white-out is a better solution, it will remind you with brightness and you will not be ignorant of the past.
Say-I won’t be ignorant of the past
Say-White out is a better solution!
Every now and then I see our students keep repeating the mistakes, if we analyze these, we clearly see 3 different levels
1. They broke the rules unknowingly, because of their growth level
2. They broke the rules because of their ill brought up
3. They broke the rules because they were moving out of the school
Whenever anything happens in my life or in the lives of my near ones, I always take time to study and learn the pattern of life, through the students of my school. God’s kingdom is not at all less in any way than a school.
Say-I am learning
Say-White out is a better solution!
All of our actions come from a basic human survival instinct, which in real sense is, love for ourselves
Ask your neighbor, how much do you love yourself?
Many times when we look back and see how we did in the past, we always think, if I had known it; I could have done things differently in the past.
From this perspective, will you say, that was not wrong!
Definitely not! Wrong is wrong, but there can be explanations and reasons for that
However, it is important to see why you did and what you did so that you can have self forgiveness because if you do not forgives yourself it will block your personal progress
Say- It is time to let go off the burden of the past.
Say- White out is a better solution!
We are all learning and growing and we act in agreement with whatever stage of growth we are on at the time. We all have shames and guilt in our past lives. As children, many times we were judged but not explained the reason for our punishment.
That results into growing the negative approach. This negative approach will lead us into deeper wounds which are not in alignment with the word of God. God calls us unique, peculiar and blessed and apple of His eyes.
Say-I am apple of God’s eye
Say-White out is a better solution!
Let us read Romans 12:17-19
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay”, says the Lord.
I like two words in this passage a lot and that makes me full of joy of the Lord. These two words made me from sinner to righteous
These two wonderful words are wrath and avenge
What! Wrath and Avenge, how can these words be wonderful
Bible says God wants all of us to come to the knowledge of God; He wants all of us to be saved. Once I was a sinner and under the wrath of God and I was troubled in my life but notice the wrath and punishment of God brought me into His kingdom. Because of my troubles I began to search God. It means wrath of God is not anger with hatred, but it is with restoration. That’s why Paul wrote, Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay”, says the Lord.
What about your anger? Is it mix with restoration or separation?
Say- God is able
Say- White out is a better solution!
From God's perspective- Nothing is hidden from Him and yet He is always ready to forgive us and He forgets our sins, remembers them no more
Let us Read Heb 8:12
For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more."
Say-God remembers my sins no more
Say-White out is a better solution!
Most forgiveness issues have three levels
1. Outwardly- we just say forgive or forgiven but does not really mean from the heart
2. Feeling based- sometimes we ask for forgiveness or we forgive  people because of our emotions, but truly not
3. Conviction from Holy Spirit- true and only repentance is through Holy Spirit. When God convicts us, there is always restoration. There may be no restoration between the people but still you will settle peace between you and God.
Many a times when we do mistakes, people see us as someone unworthy or like criminals. Like nothing can be done now, God’s wrath will fall upon and this person will die, or will go to hell. All hell and demon scripture become alive for that person
Legally a person, who is under the trail of the court, cannot be declared criminal until the judge declares it. Now there is a good report, our Judge Jesus doesn’t hold our sins against us. He has forgiven us.
Say-I am on my way to heaven
Say-White out is a better solution!
Remember Learning to live for God doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a journey
Making mistakes is a leaning .process, as we learn; we increase in awareness and grow
There are no mistakes from the viewpoint of our creator. He gives us the experience to lead others
Let us read Hebrews 12:1-3
And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up
Be glad about your progress, you're growing and seeing your life improved each day little by little. Salvation Is of God’s love for you and how his Spirit living in you will guide, protect, love, forgive, and love you again.
Say- God has given a wonderful white-out to all of us.
Say- Jesus millennium product is a better solution!
Pray and ask God to forgive you from all your past hurts, pain and release every person unto God. Be ready to receive an abundant life

White-Out is a Better Solution!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Today may be Friday but My Sunday is Coming

Today may be Friday but My Sunday is Coming

Let us read Mark 15:20-21
And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him. A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross.
This is the scene of that very day when Jesus was taken to the cross for crucifixion. It seems Romans wanted everyone to see the condemned man Jesus, so they took him via the city and market places in order that he would be seen by the most people.
My question is why did Romans do so?
For creating the atmosphere so that people will be afraid of breaking the law. 
Wherever there is fear of loosing the position this will happen. in around 16 years of my
school  administration I have seen children becoming obedient through love, kindness and counselling but whenever they were punished severely they rebelled
What was Simon be thinking of when he forced to carry the cross?
He must be ashamed, embarrassed and bitter and must be thinking, ”I am in the wrong place at the wrong time”
Was he really in the wrong place?
Read Acts 13:1
In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Baranabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch)  and Saul.
today we have trials and tribulations that come to us because of believing what Jesus believed and saying what Jesus said and living like he lived,
That day Simon of Cyrene unwillingly served Jesus, but same Simon followed him all his life
How many times we suffer the same way and become bitter and feel the pain and think that we are in the wrong place 
But today I am here to tell you if your trust is Jesus you are in the right place at the right time
We all want to experience the resurrection, the solution in our lives, but are we ready to die?
If yes,
Then God is ready to turn our dead situation around and make it alive
Say - My Sunday is Coming!!
Read Philippians 3:10-11
I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.
“How” you suffer is the key to whether you qualify for a resurrection or not?
When you suffer, do you look like Christ when He suffered or not? 
Do people recognize Christ in you when you suffer or not?
I understand one thing that Bible is the book of principles
Jesus resurrected after death, He had to die. He spoke to the father, not my will but thy will be done
Many times we suffer persecution in our lives, truly speaking, when I was persecuted I just wanted to run from the humiliation 
But in Christ no turning back, so we face it
Say - My Sunday is Coming!!
I want to share some of the principles of suffering
1. Do not try to suffer alone, get help. Remember Simon carried the cross of Jesus.
Jesus did not suffer without help. He needed Simon to help carry His cross. He did not try to accomplish redemption without human help. 
If Christ needed help then surely we are not stronger than Him. We need Simon in our lives so that our heavy burden can be shared
Say - My Sunday is Coming!!
2. Self pity blocks God’s intervention 
When Jesus was at the cross He told his mother and the women not to weep for Him. But when we suffer we want the whole world to know our sufferings
Self pity comes from a sense of unrecognized value.
Say - I am Recognized Child of God, My Sunday is Coming!!
3. Forgiveness is the qualification for the resurrection
Jesus had no hatred toward the thieves on the cross, toward the soldiers doing their duty.
What about you?
Do you hold people responsible for damaging your life? 
If so?            
Then how can you expect Sunday to come?
If you hold on to bitterness
If you do not forgive everyone who you think has harmed you, 
then how can you claim to suffer with Christ if you do not forgive like Christ forgave on the cross? 
He said, “Father, forgive them, they do not know what they do.”
Jesus made sure that he qualifies for the resurrection. 
What about you?
We miss our Sunday because, we forget that we are born again and have the nature of the Father.
Nature of loving and forgiving as Christ did at the cross saying, “Father, forgive them, they do not know what they do.”       
say- As I follow Christ example in suffering, I will experience His glorious resurrection power.
Say - My Sunday is Coming!!
Pray for forgiveness and receive healing and open doors for your prosperity in every area of your life
Say - My Sunday is Coming!!