Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Why the Wedding? - Part 1


Of all the things in the world, of all the places of sorrow, grief, pain and suffering…Why the wedding for the Son of GOD's first miracle? Have you wondered?


Why Jesus chose a wedding occasion to demonstrate HIS power bestowed upon him. Was he a party lover? Of all the miracles, changing water to wine!!! Was it the most important?





John 2:1-11
2 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
“Woman,[a] why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”
His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.[b]
Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.
Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”
They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”
11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him."

I had pondered and dismissed the thought coz I cant just comprehend why would the Son of GOD would pick a not so significant place or an event.

After 15 yrs of my marriage and some what close walk with GOD, Holy spirt revealed that this dimension is not an insignificant event rather a mighty place of power and order. Let me go step by step.

Adam & Eve

GOD brought Adam and Eve together. They become the flesh of the flesh and blood of the blood which means they are married in the eyes of the LORD.
Satan, the fallen angel who had some wisdom of GOD decided to bring division in this relationship coz he know of all the relationships that will come into existence in this world, the relationship between a husband and wife is the most holy and the only relationship that will Mimic relationship with GOD. He conspired to mar it. He decided to take his first step towards it and by confusing Eve.

He convinced Eve that she is better than her husband Adam. He made her feel important. He made her the decision maker. He tries to empower her by false hope. 

He failed their marriage. How ? By bringing hatred, spewing venomous words, blames etc. etc.

Yes, Do you think Adam wouldn't have brought fruit eating incident with Eve during hard years of his toil? On those days, he would come home tired and he would have at least mumbled in frustration and blamed Eve for the downfall. Agree?

As for Eve, imagine the only human she knows is upset with her and as she suffers from Child birth (after 2000 yrs epidural will be found) Imagine her heart wrenched with pain of guilt and would one day blow up with disrespectful words of accusation like “What were you thinking? Where were your senses?”. (Sorry, if it sounds so much like your marriage. Don’t be upset. That’s Satan's whole idea from the beginning.)

There you go, Satan attained his first victory (temporary) by bringing Sorrow to GOD’s most precious creations.

GOD has to restore this marriage back in order. Turn almost empty vessels with Wine of great taste and flavor. Turn colorless and tasteless water to A drink of joy and merriment. HE wants the relationship to be restored for the Humans to model that relationship with HIM. 
Anybody who does not respect or love his/her *spouse would not be able to completely show the reverence and love to GOD. Dont you agree?

To Be Continued..........
*Disclaimer: We are not by any chance talking here about abusive spouses. We are talking about 2 normal human beings brought together in marriage and love

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Fruit of the Spirit

Fruit of the Spirit – Part 1

This article will lay the ground work as to why we need the Fruit of the Spirit, some basic foundation that will set the stage for us to meditate on each virtue in detail in the coming articles.

Gal 5:22-23 NLT
 22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
ஆவியின் கனியோ, அன்பு, சந்தோஷம், சமாதானம், நீடியபொறுமை, தயவு, நற்குணம், விசுவாசம், சாந்தம், இச்சையடக்கம்; இப்படிப்பட்டவைகளுக்கு விரோதமான பிரமாணம் ஒன்றுமில்லை.

Point1: The Fruit of the Spirit and not Fruits.
It is singular and not plural. So if anyone says fruits of the Spirit, please correct them humbly. So what does that mean to us? All the 9 virtues mentioned under the Fruit of the Spirit, we must exhibit. We cannot say, today I will show love and joy and tomorrow Self-control. It doesn’t work that way. As a child of God, as a disciple of Jesus Christ, you and I are called to reveal all these 9 virtues in our day to day walk. Is it easy? Of course not! But is it possible? Absolutely yes!

Point2: Gifts Versus Fruit
Paul mentions about the gifts of the Spirit in 1Cor 12:4-11 NKJV
Message of wisdom, message of knowledge, faith, healing, miraculous powers, prophecy, distinguishing between spirits, speaking in different kinds of tongues and interpretation of tongues.

a.       What is the difference between the gifts and the fruit of the Spirit? There are actually 9 gifts of the Spirit. The Gifts of the spirit is plural. That means you need not have all the nine gifts to be an effective Christian. These are distributed by the Spirit to each one as he determines (1 Cor 2:11). The Lord determines what gift each one must have. In verse 31 we read, ‘Now eagerly desire the greater gifts’. We must all desire or seek or ask for these gifts but the Spirit gives it to us. It is a gift. All we have to do is open in faith and use it. Imagine the gifts under the Christmas tree. We just open it and use it. We must operate the gifts the Lord has given us.
But the Fruit of the Spirit must be cultivated. A fruit is produced only after much pruning. Before we go too far on this, I want to make it very clear that is not our work that produces the fruit. It is His spirit that produces the fruit in us. Fruit of the Spirit is not works based Christianity. It is the mark of a mature Christian.
Derek Prince says it in this way “There is a difference in kind between gifts and fruit. This may be illustrated by comparing a Christmas tree with an apple tree. A Christmas tree carries gifts. Each gift is attached to it by a single act and received from it by a single act. No time or effort is required of the person receiving the gift. On the other hand, there is both time and hard work required to cultivate an apple tree. To produce fruit, it must go through a series of stages that takes several years.”

b.      Why we need both? Why the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to write about both about the gifts and the Fruit of the Spirit and not just one? The answer is simple - both are essential for our Christian living - to be an effective Christian.

Point3: Why we need the Fruit of the Spirit?
1.       It is expected of you as the Father invests in you. Fruit is the result of some work – we say fruit of the labor, fruit of the womb. We work for a month and we get paid. That’s the fruit of our labor. Same way God is working in us, and it is His expectation that we produce fruit.

Luke 13:6-9  Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any.  So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’  “‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it.  If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’”

In this parable, the owner is the Father and the gardener is Jesus. He is interceding for you even today. The fertilization that is talked in this parable can refer to the many sermons we hear, many bible studies we do etc. In the place of 3 years, substitute the years you have been saved and read it again. Are you producing fruit?

2.       It brings glory to the Father
 When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father. John 15:8

3.       Others will know us by our fruit.
Matt 7:20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
The fruit is what attracts others to us and eventually to Jesus. The fruit is evident in the inner circle of friends, work place, at home etc. When we operate in the gifts of the Holy Spirit but do not exhibit the fruit of the spirit we become a hindrance to our brothers and sisters. We are becoming as stumbling stones for those who look to us. They begin to think ‘she is so anointed on stage, but how come she does not love? How come she is not patient?’.  We become as hypocrites to the world. So let us be very careful that our fruit is evident.

Point4: How do we produce the Fruit of the Spirit? By abiding in Him.

John 15:4-5 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

Col 2:7 NLT
Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him

It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jer 17:8

When all goes well, anyone can bear fruit. But even in times of drought, are we murmuring or producing fruit? We can bear fruit even in times of drought, even in adversity, if our roots are deep in Him. The peace in the midst of storm, the joy we possess in the midst of sickness or job loss is what attracts the world to Jesus. I want the Joy you have, I want the Peace you have – and this opens a door for us to share the gospel.

Let us bear much fruit and bring glory to the Father.



Friday, January 26, 2018

Stones will cry out!

Today the LORD revealed me something. The power of the human body, what every cell is capable of! 
Do you agree that Amoeba is LORD’s creation? Do you understand that Ferns, Jelly Fish, Octopus to Adam are all HIS handiwork? Then this is what we are missing out. 
Amoeba lives, survives and thrives – A mere unicellular being! That tells us something that every cell of our body is capable of doing something extra ordinary! 

Do we realize that? I doubt it. Let’s shed that doubt today.
When LORD said 'Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.'" And when King David said Psalm 103:1   Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
I think we can command all our cells together to praise HIM and worship HIM by calling out.

Oh! The Nephrons in the Kidneys,…the Neurons in the brain,…the epithelial cells,…the cilia of stomach,…every blood cells,…white blood cells,…Hair follicles,..alveoli of lungs,…osteocytes of every bones and ligaments...every cell I know and I don’t know created by my GOD Almighty..Come and lets shout in unison with spirit and mind “JESUS”! “JESUS”! “JESUS”! Coz if we don’t, stones will call out HIS name!

**PRAISE JESUS and HIS MIGHTY NAME! HE died for us out of LOVE!**

Scripture References:
Luke 4:8 Jesus answered him, "It is written, 'YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD AND SERVE HIM ONLY.'"
Luke 19:40 "I tell you," He answered, "if they remain silent, the very stones will cry out."
Psalm 103:1   Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 - What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 
Romans 12:1-21 - I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.