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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Being pruned


“…..every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” ~ John 15:2

Various procedures are adopted to make plants yield more fruit. One such procedure is the process of pruning where the plant is trimmed so that it can grow better and produce more fruit. The Bible portrays us as plantings of the Lord and God as the gardener. God desires that we bear much fruit. And in loving care God takes us through seasons of pruning.

From life’s crucible, realities such as a debilitating illness, a financial crunch, a difficult boss to work under, tough situations at work with hostile colleagues, unexpected expenditures, a long period of waiting for a desire to be fulfilled, a delayed promotion, no increment, an irritating neighbour or pressing needs pervade our lives. Through them God prunes us, He cleanses us. God cleanses us of greed, selfishness, pride, arrogance, stubbornness, wrong motives, jealousy, envy, self-centeredness and the like. These hinder our growth and fruitfulness. They hamper the development of a good character within us.

Pruning is a painful process. If only the plants could speak, they would probably cry out, ‘Ouch…Please don’t do that. It hurts me. Can’t you see? And why should I go through all this pruning…I am bearing fruit anyway, isn’t it?’ We may want to respond the same way. But if only we understand the end result, trusting that whatever God does is always for our good, we can hold on and stay rooted in God’s goodness.

Dear Friend, if you are going through a time of pruning, take it easy, don’t allow depression get you. Trust God’s goodness to work out everything for good. Your life is in God’s hands.

Prayer
“Dear Jesus, I surrender to Your working in my life. I believe You always work for my good. Work on dear Lord. May I bear good fruit. Amen.”
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