As Instructed


‘The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them’ ~ Matthew 21:6

How would you respond if God asked you to do something that seems amusing? The disciples were instructed by Jesus to go into that particular town and untie a donkey and its colt and bring it to him. If any one asked they were to reply that the Lord wanted it. And truly enough it happened exactly the same way.

Being disciples of Christ calls us to do things were are not used to or things that make us feel awkward and uncomfortable on the inside. We get concerned of what the world will think about us. How will we look in the eyes of our peers and colleagues? We hesitate to follow God’s ways and flounder trying to keep up our image. Even simple little things like praying before a meal in a restaurant or the cafeteria, refusing to claim fudged bills, restraining from laughing at crude and vulgar jokes, refraining from using office stationery for personal use seem difficult. But when we truly give our hearts to Christ, and make it our goal to please him, we must follow him all the way no matter what it may demand of us. For then Christ is glorified. If the disciples disobeyed what Jesus told them to do or passed it to others to do the needful, they would not have become partners in fulfilling the prophecy that was spoken several years ago by the prophet Zechariah – “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” (Zec 9:9).

When we begin to follow Christ in small ways, regardless of what the world says, we are honouring Him above all. We grow more into his likeness and mature spiritually to take on bigger things God has in store for us to do to further his kingdom on earth.

Seek ways how you can honour Christ today.

Prayer – “Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for teaching me this valuable truth. May I seek to honour you regardless of what the world may think of me. Help me grow to take on the bigger things you have in store for me to do so that your name is glorified. Amen.”

Be a blessing to others and eternally transform lives by supporting CBN INDIA’s Ministry. Partner with us to reach millions of Indians to share the love of Christ and a message of hope to the needy ones by making an on-line donation today.

Before the World Began


‘He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake’ ~ 1 Peter 1:20

When we are faced with the ‘first time’ thing like going on a voyage or a long distance travel, making a deal on selling the car or buying a house, seeking an alliance or entry into a business venture, setting up an office or even having the first baby, we all seek the helpful counsel of those already been through that journey. We rely on their experience and trust the sound advice they give.   No doubt we all feel so relieved to meet someone whose already been there before and knows all the ups and downs, the unexpected turns on the road, the hurdles and challenges, the stress and strain, the tears and sighs, the loss and gain and everything put together. Hearing them share their story opens our eyes to valuable truths and key principles that were hitherto obscure. We learn to build on their faith and reach higher.

We all live our earthly life only once and die once. Hebrews 9:27 says, ‘…people are destined to die once..’ And no human being can assure us that life is going to be all good and rosy.  But Christ is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. He knows the end from the beginning. Before man was, he was there. He knows all about life and its complexities. He understands all about man and his frailty. He remembers that we are dust and has pity on us. He offers to help us not just make it through life but be over-comers, more than conquerors and live an abundant life. All we need to do is ask him. And then when he shows us the way, we have to follow. 2 Timothy 1:9 says, ‘He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.’

A beautiful song often sung in worship is – “Above all powers, above all kings, above all nature and all created things, Above all wisdom and all the ways of man, you were here before the world began.’ Absolutely magnanimous that Jesus was there even before the world began, before time began and even before you and I were created and placed in our mother’s womb. This is so comforting to know! So if you don’t know Jesus, get to know him personally by reading the Bible and talking to those who believe in him. Your life will be different!

Prayer – “Dear Heavenly Father, I’m amazed at your glory, majesty and splendour. Indeed there is no one else like you. There is no Saviour apart from you. I worship you and adore you. I give my life to you, lead me on. Amen.”

Be a blessing to others and eternally transform lives by supporting CBN INDIA’s Ministry. Partner with us to reach millions of Indians to share the love of Christ and a message of hope to the needy ones by making an on-line donation today.

Before the World Began


‘He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake’ ~ 1 Peter 1:20

When we are faced with the ‘first time’ thing like going on a voyage or a long distance travel, making a deal on selling the car or buying a house, seeking an alliance or entry into a business venture, setting up an office or even having the first baby, we all seek the helpful counsel of those already been through that journey. We rely on their experience and trust the sound advice they give. No doubt we all feel so relieved to meet someone whose already been there before and knows all the ups and downs, the unexpected turns on the road, the hurdles and challenges, the stress and strain, the tears and sighs, the loss and gain and everything put together. Hearing them share their story opens our eyes to valuable truths and key principles that were hitherto obscure. We learn to build on their faith and reach higher.

We all live our earthly life only once and die once. Hebrews 9:27 says, ‘…people are destined to die once..’ And no human being can assure us that life is going to be all good and rosy. But Christ is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. He knows the end from the beginning. Before man was, he was there. He knows all about life and its complexities. He understands all about man and his frailty. He remembers that we are dust and has pity on us. He offers to help us not just make it through life but be over-comers, more than conquerors and live an abundant life. All we need to do is ask him. And then when he shows us the way, we have to follow. 2 Timothy 1:9 says, ‘He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.’

A beautiful song often sung in worship is – “Above all powers, above all kings, above all nature and all created things, Above all wisdom and all the ways of man, you were here before the world began.’ Absolutely magnanimous that Jesus was there even before the world began, before time began and even before you and I were created and placed in our mother’s womb. This is so comforting to know! So if you don’t know Jesus, get to know him personally by reading the Bible and talking to those who believe in him. Your life will be different!

Prayer – “Dear Heavenly Father, I’m amazed at your glory, majesty and splendour. Indeed there is no one else like you. There is no Saviour apart from you. I worship you and adore you. I give my life to you, lead me on. Amen.”

As Instructed


‘The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them’ ~ Matthew 21:6

How would you respond if God asked you to do something that seems amusing? The disciples were instructed by Jesus to go into that particular town and untie a donkey and its colt and bring it to him. If any one asked they were to reply that the Lord wanted it. And truly enough it happened exactly the same way.

Being disciples of Christ calls us to do things were are not used to or things that make us feel awkward and uncomfortable on the inside. We get concerned of what the world will think about us. How will we look in the eyes of our peers and colleagues? We hesitate to follow God’s ways and flounder trying to keep up our image. Even simple little things like praying before a meal in a restaurant or the cafeteria, refusing to claim fudged bills, restraining from laughing at crude and vulgar jokes, refraining from using office stationery for personal use seem difficult. But when we truly give our hearts to Christ, and make it our goal to please him, we must follow him all the way no matter what it may demand of us. For then Christ is glorified. If the disciples disobeyed what Jesus told them to do or passed it to others to do the needful, they would not have become partners in fulfilling the prophecy that was spoken several years ago by the prophet Zechariah – “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” (Zec 9:9).

When we begin to follow Christ in small ways, regardless of what the world says, we are honouring Him above all. We grow more into his likeness and mature spiritually to take on bigger things God has in store for us to do to further his kingdom on earth.

Seek ways how you can honour Christ today.

Prayer – “Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for teaching me this valuable truth. May I seek to honour you regardless of what the world may think of me. Help me grow to take on the bigger things you have in store for me to do so that your name is glorified. Amen.”

Divinely Warned


“By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household.” Hebrews 11:7

Noah prepared for things not yet seen… In his time there was no need for an ark. Anyone else in his place would have scoffed even at the thought of a flood and the destruction of the world. But Noah didn’t do that. God had not told Noah why he should build an ark and yet Noah did what God told him to do inspite of not knowing everything about it. He didn’t ask any questions, complain or rebel against God, he simply obeyed.

Preparing the ark according to God’s instructions was a laborious, costly, tedious, dangerous and seemingly foolish job to do. Noah lived at a time when nothing had changed for scores of years together and even imagining that there would be such a drastic change was unthinkable. Yet great was Noah’s faith that he held on to every word God said to Him and did as he was told.

God has spoken to men on many occasions. God spoke to Moses, He warned the prophets of what lay ahead in their time, He told Daniel about the dream only the king had seen, He revealed secrets of enemies to His prophet, He spoke to Mary and Zechariah telling them what was going to happen… God warned the wise men who came seeking the child who would be born King – to go by another way. He even warned Joseph to take Mary and baby Jesus out to Egypt because King Herod sought to kill him.

God still speaks His people. The only precondition is a believing heart and faith in Him. When we tune our ears to listen to His voice and get intimate with Him, He gives us the privilege of knowing things that are yet to come. If you would like to hear from the Lord, open your heart and receive His words with faith and obey His commands with humility.

Prayer:

“Dear Jesus, help me to know You intimately so that I can follow You every step of the way. May I never question Your voice but humbly submit as You guide me on, Amen.”