True Life of the Soul


“By your steadfastness and patient endurance you shall win the true life of your souls.”
~ Luke 21:19

A soldier trains for the battle field. Similarly a runner is trained by his coach for the race of his life. Each spends hours, months and years in training so they can win. They are willing to endure hardship, suffer and keep away from things that can shake their focus only for this purpose.

We too have a battle to fight and a race to win. It is the race for the life of our soul! During our lifetime we will have to learn a lot of things, suffer for doing what is right and keep our focus on the things that God wants so that we can win the battle for our soul.

Satan knows the true value of our soul, after all Jesus our Savior died on the cross for it! Satan will always aim to throw us off the course, but we can through our steadfastness to God and our patience during difficult times overcome these obstacles from him.

Let us not fret when there are bad and difficult times. We need to remember that even in the worst of times, God can and will work out something good for us for He said, ‘All things work together for good for those who love the Lord.”

Hold on and don’t give up! Keep trusting in the Lord and He will come through for you!

Prayer:
Dear Jesus, forgive me for not having the right attitude towards hardships in my life. Help me Lord to overcome and be victorious in every area of my life, Amen.

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Do not be alarmed


Overhearing but ignoring what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear; only keep on believing.” ~ Mark 5:36

The circumstances told a tale of despair, loss and complete sorrow. Jairus, the ruler of the synagogue and his family lamented the death of their daughter. He had sent for Jesus to heal her but He was too late. Jesus came nevertheless.

When Jesus entered the house, He said, “Do not be seized with alarm, just keep believing.” He told them not to cry. He said, ‘This little girl is not dead but is sleeping.’ Those around Him laughed at Him, but He ignored them.

He sent the others away and then took the girl’s father and mother into the room where she lay. Holding her hand Jesus said to her, ‘Little girl, arise from your sleep!’ Instantly the girl got up and started walking around.

Are the circumstances in your life the opposite of what God told you it would be? Are you praying about something that seems to have gone against you? Remember if Jesus could raise the dead little girl to life, He can do the impossible. All you need to do is ‘believe’.

Do you believe that Jesus can do the impossible? If you believe, you will see your miracle too!

Prayer:
Dear Jesus, I bring all my difficulties and problems to Your throne of grace. I believe that You can do the impossible, help me Lord! Amen.

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A Just Reward


“I did not call the descendants of Jacob [to a fruitless service], saying, Seek Me for nothing [but I promised them a just reward].” ~ Isaiah 45:19 [Amplified]

Every laborer works for his daily bread. The work of his hands and the sweat of his brow testify of the work he has done. God sees the work of each person and keeps a note of it. However there are times when we think that our work is of no consequence and that it doesn’t bring us the rightful income that is deserved.

In the world, there will be incidents when we feel we’ve been taken advantage of but it is not so with the Lord. He says to us, “I did not call you to a fruitless service? Did I tell you to seek me for nothing?”  He wants us to know that He has a just reward for all those who truly serve Him.

God wants us to remember that He is our Provider. If we are caught in a situation where we don’t get what we need from one source, He wants us to know that He can provide through not just one but many sources.

If we put our trust in Him, He will stand up for us and do whatever is necessary to help us meet our needs. When we choose to work for the Lord we will have enough of everything because He is a just rewarder for those who serve Him.

Let us do our work diligently. Let us lay all our cares and burdens at the feet of the Lord and trust Him to provide for all our needs.

Prayer:
Dear Jesus, Your Word says that you are a just rewarder of those who work. Lord, help me to meet all my needs today. Thank  You for being my Provider, Amen.

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Is my lifestyle controlling me?


What is a lifestyle? In the dictionary it says that it is a way of life or style of living that reflects the attitudes and values of a person. Our lives are what we make of it. Let’s have a look at what some lives are because of their lifestyles.

‘Early in the morning I go for my jog. At exactly 6.30 am, I drink a glass of orange juice. I take a shower, then quick bite for breakfast and off to work by the 8.08 local. At 9 am I am in office!’ ‘Evening… oh that’s impossible! I have meetings with my club members, we have our programmes planned the week before, I don’t think I can meet you till next month.’ Have you heard of someone saying that? There are others who seem quite eccentric because of their fixation with something, Ever heard of someone who insists on washing the dishes at least 5 times after the maid has done her bit of washing or someone who has to count the money ‘n’ number of times… just to be sure!  We have all heard of the busy father or mother who has no time for his/her children, the friend who got lost into oblivion because he didn’t have time to reply to one letter or email or just take the phone and give a call.

Our lifestyles have some very serious repercussions on our lives, such as heart diseases, diabetes, heart burn, weight gain or loss and other stress related problems. The pay a heavy price to be held captive by our lifestyle! We all know that a relationship without communication is doomed to die. There are also many of us who have regrets for mistakes on this part. Time waits for no one and neither will there ever be the perfect set of circumstances that will help us do what we thought in our minds to do and couldn’t due to lack of time.

Is your lifestyle controlling you? It is time to take a deep look into the lifestyle we live. Do you have time in your daily schedule to spend with God your Creator? Is spending time with Him relegated to the spot of a once in a week affair? Do you find the time to look within yourself and seek the meaning of your existence, your purpose to live and the difference you can make with your life? Is worry controlling your communications with others?

Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even (King) Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” Matthew 6:25 – 30

Life is for living… it is not a formula that needs to be painstakingly memorized and then written in an exam. Name, fame, money, wealth, fortune, status, family and friends… these are things that are changeable but we serve a God who is unchanging. ‘God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?’ Numbers 23:19. Jesus says don’t run after worldly things just as others do but ‘seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6: 31 – 34.

Our lives are important, our lifestyle is revealed by the way we place importance in things which take up our time and energy. Let’s think about our lifestyle and place the right value on our relationship with the God, with our family, friends and everyone else.

You can ask Jesus to help you by saying this prayer, ‘Lord Jesus, I didn’t realize that I had become so busy that my lifestyle had overtaken every area of my life and even my relationship with you. Help me to set my priorities right and have you at the centre of my life. I need you, precious Lord, help me to draw closer to you and love you more than anything else. Amen’

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Accepting the Conviction


Accepting the Conviction

 

“…. today if you will hear his voice, harden not your hearts” ~ Hebrews 4:7

The story of Zacchaeus in Luke 19 is a beautiful record of true repentance. Zacchaeus did not argue, justify or reason with Jesus about what he was doing. He did not get into a lengthy discussion nor skirt the issue of repentance. He accepted the conviction of his sin and decided to change his character. He submitted his will to the will of God, which resulted in a change in his conduct – he promised to give away half of his possessions to the poor who could not give him anything in return. And he was willing to restore fourfold to those whom he had accused falsely. What a tremendous change! That is true repentance. A change… a transformation from deep within the heart and will.

When God convicts us of some sin, we must accept it. Certainly as the Bible says no discipline is enjoyable at that time, but later on it yields a harvest of righteousness for those trained by it. God does not control us like puppets. He has given us the gift of free will; so that we can choose what to do and not to do. In that sense we are the masters of our own will. It is entirely at our disposal. In repentance the first thing is to accept the conviction that God brings about within us concerning a sin or wrong doing. God in his love reaches out to help us take the right track. But we must obey Him and do what He says.

Friend, what is important is how our sin or wrong doing is seen by God’s eyes and not by man’s eyes or in the world’s eyes. Human nature and the world around us is constantly changing. Only God is constant. And so is His word too. What has been deemed by God to be sin is sin for always. There are no two sides to this. Let’s hearken when God speaks to us through that still small voice.

 

Prayer

“Dear Jesus, You are truly the Good Shepherd who leads me in paths of righteousness. Help me hearken and obey when you speak. May my heart be open to Your working always. Amen.”

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