Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Bless You!

When I was a teenager, my grandma narrated this incident during one of such times. Yes, it is one of those times when my uncles were creating such disarray over the estate sharing. 

To give a back ground - My grandma was girl child born after many generations. My Grandma had 2 elder and 2 younger brothers. My great grandfather was an oil merchant (vegetable oil) and had a flourishing business. She was brought up in prosperity and abundance. Mostly she was pampered with love and affection. She inherited equal portion from her parents just like her brothers. (Girls can't inherit property legally, but my great grandparents were different) All these fights by my uncles were for that estate. This is what she said, her youngest brother "Paul Raj" who she was very fond of, accepted Christ and has been reading a black bound book in that "Machu Veedu". South Indian architecture of those days were unique, rooms were built in Russian dolls fashion. One room led to another, another room led to another. Outer most is the Courtyard, then the Living/Drawing room, then the guest rooms etc. the room built further in is called "Machu Veedu" which is generally cool and calm. She saw her brother quietly sneaking into the room reading the book intensely during late afternoons when the family is asleep or when the day slows down. One such afternoon when her brother was out, curious to know about that book my grandma walked into the room and opened it. There she saw this verse
"Sing, barren woman, you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labor;” – Isaiah 54:1

She quoted that verse to me and said that it had become a reality in her life. She said “My Sons who I love dearly had become such trouble to me now.” She gasped and continued “Though I came from a rich family married to a government employee (by her parent's choice), I toiled by rearing cattle and selling milk as an extra income to bring up by children” As a teenager all I could do that time was lend a listening ear. 

Even today the problem persists and she in her mid-80s enduring it and she is probably remembering this verse and going over it again and again. What my grandma didn’t realize was, she has prophesied this verse - the word of GOD, over her life. If she had only read the remaining of Isaiah 54, she would have known the LORD’s promise for Zion, the future of Jerusalem.

Enlarge your house; build an addition.
    Spread out your home, and spare no expense!
For you will soon be bursting at the seams.
    Your descendants will occupy other nations
    and resettle the ruined cities.
“Fear not; you will no longer live in shame.
    Don’t be afraid; there is no more disgrace for you.
You will no longer remember the shame of your youth
    and the sorrows of widowhood.
For your Creator will be your husband;
    the Lord of Heaven’s Armies is his name!
He is your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel,
    the God of all the earth.
For the Lord has called you back from your grief—
    as though you were a young wife abandoned by her husband,”
    says your God.
“For a brief moment I abandoned you,
    but with great compassion I will take you back.
In a burst of anger I turned my face away for a little while.
    But with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,”
    says the Lord, your Redeemer.
“Just as I swore in the time of Noah
    that I would never again let a flood cover the earth,
so now I swear
    that I will never again be angry and punish you.
10 For the mountains may move
    and the hills disappear,
but even then my faithful love for you will remain.
    My covenant of blessing will never be broken,”
    says the Lord, who has mercy on you.
11 “O storm-battered city,
    troubled and desolate!
I will rebuild you with precious jewels
    and make your foundations from lapis lazuli.
12 I will make your towers of sparkling rubies,
    your gates of shining gems,
    and your walls of precious stones.
13 I will teach all your children,
    and they will enjoy great peace.
14 You will be secure under a government that is just and fair.
    Your enemies will stay far away.
You will live in peace,
    and terror will not come near.
15 If any nation comes to fight you,
    it is not because I sent them.
    Whoever attacks you will go down in defeat.
16 “I have created the blacksmith
    who fans the coals beneath the forge
and makes the weapons of destruction.
    And I have created the armies that destroy.
17 But in that coming day
    no weapon turned against you will succeed.
You will silence every voice
    raised up to accuse you.
These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the Lord;
    their vindication will come from me.
    I, the Lord, have spoken!

Today, I rebuke every negative word (even if it's her own words) against my Grandmother in the name of Jesus Christ our LORD and Savior and also fervently praying for her salvation. 
Yes, we all knowingly or unknowingly believe the enemy’s lie. We also see that come true to our dismay, because we forget we are conquerors in Christ not in one but in ALL walks of our life and we can & should claim our inheritance for GOD ALMIGHTY thru Christ Jesus.

Come join me in this prayer today  - 
Dear Father in Heaven, We pray and rebuke every negative word spoken, negative diagnosis, negative work done, negative thoughts over us, over our family, over our generation in the mighty name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. They have no power over us. We call us Holy Nation, HIS Israel and Highly favored of the LORD. Let the will of GOD alone be done in our life. In Jesus mighty name we pray. Amen!

Let us speak blessings over our life, over our children, over our nation and over our enemies! For the Word of GOD is true and it builds us up. Jeremiah 29:11

Friday, October 2, 2015

Have you been busy?

Have you been busy?
Real busy with your day to day life, So busy that you don’t have time for a prayer for a fellow sister in Christ. You are so busy that you can’t attend that Outreach Ministry/Worship event to help out your church. So busy, that you can’t write an encouraging note to an ailing believer. Downright busy, that you can’t call a friend who is struggling in faith with the Word of GOD.
Are we busy? “Busyness” is the business of the world. We are kept to be engaged and to stay busy with our own lives to take notice and help others. Yes, “Busyness” is the business of “this world” But we don’t belong here. Do we? We belong to Heaven. That’s our dwelling.
Let us see what EL SHADDAI; the LORD who called this world in existence did…
  •   HE sent HIS Chief Angel - Gabriel to talk to Hagar, the slave woman who was not part of HIS big plan for Abraham.
  •   HE sent angels to Gideon, Manoah, Elijah, Hezekiah, Daniel (His angel Michael as well), Zachariah, Mary, Shepherds, Mary Magdalene…

OK Probably you can say HE sent Gabriel to Mary to fulfill HIS divine plan. What about others….
HE was/is/will be a busy GOD. But not busy enough to send HIS Son Jesus Christ to wait for the Samaritan Woman (an outcast) at the Jacob’s well.

In the Book of Revelation, Chapter 8 says that there is a pause… a silence in heaven when the prayers of the Saints rose to GOD.

Imagine; When GOD can take a moment to seek, to reach out, to answer our prayers to attend to our needs, we as HIS Children - the Co-Heirs of Jesus Christ should take a pause, a moment to help that aching Sister or Brother in need. You never know the LORD might have a blessing waiting for you! Remember we serve a mysteriously working GOD and HIS ways are not our ways….

Matthew 5:13-16 (NKJV)
13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Let us be a Mary not a Martha (Luke 10:38-42). Be Blessed and Be a Blessing! Amen!