Why not be wronged?


Why not be cheated?suffer wrong

 

1 Corinthians 6:7”…….Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded?

 

Observe Paul’s tone, he is annoyed and angry at believers running around to people to solve their problems.  Each time I get to this scripture, I have never stopped feeling nonplussed and startled at the high expectations of God from us!  In my experience, I have watched Bible-reading, born-again, big-talk Christian families run to the police station, courts and relatives to solve silly family disputes.  They trust police stations and courts more than church and the leadership of the church, anybody listening?  Sadly, most of the them are highly educated people too,  but do not have Bible  knowledge though, which is exactly the reason why they run the opposite direction and blasphemy the name of the Lord.  Police stations and courts are not wrong places; however, what the Bible emphasizes is that solve them yourself or endure, rather than run around for silly matters.

 

Someone has taken your parking space, damaged your car inadvertently, the neighbor and his ten dogs disturb you miserably, arrogantly someone parks his car right in front of your gate, noise, dirt, disturbance, property disputes and million other things irritate us every day, but the Bible tells us to suffer wrong and not make a great scene when cheated.  Anybody listening?  Is it possible to remain silent when you are affected?  I guess, none of us can do this on our own, but we can do this through Jesus Christ who gives us the strength.  When Abide School moved into the new rented building (we stay now), initially the unruly boys of that locality started throwing stones inside our school, the teachers and the children got very scared, we spoke to the parents and also rebuked the boys but the problems got worse than stop, now along with my husband, I started praying for the neighbors and good relationship between us every day, we went around the school daily and  prayed.  After about a year, (note, it didn’t happen immediately) the family that stayed opposite our school and created the most racket, approached me two weeks back and donated rice and dhal for the students.  Glory to Jesus! Jesus can reverse the situation when you pray, do you hear me?

 

Let me tell you something, surrounded by idol worship and secular people who have no clue about our God and the Bible, are looking at us and our life!  Caution!  Your kindness, gentleness, compassion, long-suffering and patience should impact them and bring them to Christ!

 

 

 

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HIGH PLACES


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Habakkuk 3:19”The Lord GOD is my strength, And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet, And makes me walk on my high places.”

 

My experience:

 

Can a scripture keep you so enthralled that you could think of nothing else?  Yeah, get to the end of this article then you would comprehend the power behind God’s Word.  Well, God sent this scripture to me almost like a ‘wrapped up gift’, at a time when things were unimaginably tough and knotty, as a family we were praying for God to intervene and bring us a breakthrough, during this time, I read this scripture: ‘He would make my feet like hinds’ feet and I would walk on high places!’

 

The words that captivated me much were the ‘high place!’  Normally we would get lot of ‘Amens’ for this promise because people attribute high places to materialistic blessings like car, promotion, foreign assignment, new job etc; however, walking in high places means that you would walk with God in the place where He dwells. This thought gives me goosebumps‘ , how about you? If you’re not excited about being with God, then the rest of the portion would bore you stiff; nevertheless, if you are the one who would love to get deeper with God then you proceed.  You may wonder, ‘why is Bala getting so crazy about this verse, it doesn’t promise any goodies though?’  Well, if you know my journey then you would understand the reason behind my joy.

 

On one single day I had to deal with students bashing each other, three girls of the same family who joined Angel Home were creating problems because the father wanted the children back, besides this, administration, financial and various other problems choked me. I came home tensed, did not utter a word but inside I was pleading the Lord, ‘this is too much Lord.’  My feet were shaking and I felt……….wobbly…shabby…..unsteady………

It is now that I read ‘I will strengthen you and make your feet like a deer and make you walk in high places.’   The word ‘high’ means elevation or height in Hebrew and above the sky or heavenly in Greek, therefore, the ‘high place’ means the heavenly realm.  Deer is able to scale treacherous tough terrains and elude predators. Deer’s legs are even able to jump on hard and sharp rocks to get to the top of the hill, a place where the deer will be in a much safer situation.  Likewise, God strengthens us to flee from demons, problems, sickness, loneliness, strife, envy, betrayals, mockery, criticisms and get to the high place with God, where you feel secure.

 

You know what, at a time when the nation was in a bad shape, Habakkuk was able to say: 17 Though the fig tree should not blossom And there be no fruit on the vines, ….Yet I will exult in the LORD, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.”   You can make such statements only when you sit in the high place, anybody listening?  Someone asked me – very close to me – ‘from where do you think you would get the money to purchase the school building?’  I said, ‘from above’, they said, ‘stop being arrogant.’  What?  This is what you would be labeled when you answer from the ‘HIGH PLACE!’  Hurray!  Not many can stay here, because you got to battle with demons.

 

When you reach this HIGH PLACE,  your struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.  Did you read this? So put on the full armour of God if you desire to come to the high place, you cannot browse facebook and whatsup for 24 hours and come here.

 

HOW DOES ONE GO TO THIS HIGH PLACE?

 

In order to get to this high place, we got to leave the earthly stuff, the best scripture I could think of is from James chapter 3:

14   But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth.

15   This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic.

16   For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.

17   But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.

 

Did you get that?

 

Stop even talking to people who are namby-pamby,  who have the smell of gossip, bad mouth and evil thoughts, this would rub off on you and spoil your vision.  Stay connected with God.  I am battling with demons as I write this portion.  But let me tell you the lovely things that happen when you close your door and spend quiet time with God, the sky opened for Peter when he went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray. (Acts 10:10)  Are you content with a fleeting five-minutes prayer or would you like to climb up to the high place and live a heavenly life?

 

 

 

 

Our pain has a purpose


You came like an angel

Genesis 45:5″Now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.”

Mother of four little children stood by the gate last year during the time of admission and requested me, ‘can you take my children in your school?’ There were many people around me with fake salutes, cunning, flattery language, phony respect and sly smile but she was devoid of such craftiness, but instead was very nervous when she approached me. Her fourth boy was below four years old, so I took all the three of her kids who were in the age group of 7,6 and 5; all I knew about them was their father left them. However, I had a very tough time of grooming them for nearly a year, in fact, on one particular day, I met the mother at the gate and said, ‘I just cannot manage them, they are very unruly’, with tears she begged me to discipline them. God strengthened me, within 6 months, the children transformed after hearing the Word of God in the assembly and their academic performance also improved and they are not average but scored top marks. Glory to Jesus! Her grandmother one day met me and said, ‘God sent you like an angel into our life, if not the lives of my grandchildren would have been ruined.’ (Below are the three kids)monica akshara

 

I shivered as I heard those words because when ‘God sent me’, MARK the words, ‘God sent me’, to Hyderabad, the journey was not pleasant or convenient, in fact, we ran short of money for the transport and we had to sell certain items to make up for it, while the goods were sent in the lorry, I traveled in the train on the same day with my maid and son alone, because my husband and daughter had to stay back and finish some work. Since there was a marriage party traveling in our compartment, we did not get a wink of sleep, not a pleasant journey at all. When we reached Hyderabad, we had no garlands or friends to received us, we were escorted by a believer who did not even help us with our luggage (our training started there in the railway platform itself) All these struggles are frivolous compared to the way God is using us now to build the lives of little children in Hyderabad through our ABIDE SCHOOL  and our Church.

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Coming to the scripture, Joseph looked at his brother after 22 years and said, ‘God sent me to preserve life’, did you hear that? He was emotionally broken, hurt, betrayed, abandoned, no words to cohesively put his emotions together; nevertheless, he states, ‘my pain had a purpose!’ Stop running away from struggles, but gain strength from your struggles and live for a greater purpose than just burgers.


Dropped like a hot potato….rejection 3

 1 Peter 2:4”And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God..”

 

Hey, before my experience with Jesus and salvation, I thought I need power from God to fight the devils at midnight, that bring bad dreams, that scare me and frighten to kill me but Oh after I met Jesus and started developing an intimate relationship with Him, I understood I need mighty power from God to stand the rejection, dejection and mockery from my own friends and family circle.  Do you know how ignorance feels? I guess that’s the worst pain imaginable. You can take it when the enemy spits on you but not when the person you love looks the other side, gosh the weight is too much!  How does it feel in a group when every other word gets response but your statement is ignored and unheeded?

 

I vividly remember a day – as though  it happened yesterday – when one of my colleague crossed my cubicle at work, I looked up anxiously for a ‘hi and smile’ but she walked pass  my desk as though I didn’t exist, I was treated like a chair and desk,  but gave a broad smile and a high-five for the person sitting next to my desk.  I sat flummoxed! I could hear giggles and jokes being exchanged all around me but I was totally ignored! Why? Why?  There are lot of people who were with me during that journey of my life reading my devotions today, I guess the pain and agony were for the very purpose for me to become a ‘pen’ in the hands of my God. I could never talk about ‘pain’ if I had not tasted it. Anybody listening?

 

After being royally ditched and discarded at my work spot and living like a hermit on the fourth floor of the plush multinational bank building, I walked out with a sigh when God called me to join as His full-time servant, least did I know GREATER pain awaits me out there! When I resigned, I was a mother of two children with a great responsibility on my shoulders; however, nobody were ready to accept us.   I enthusiastically jumped and told my pastor, ‘I am good with the youth’ but I was not even given a youth class, local prayer cells ignored us, NONE I repeat NONE acknowledged or accepted us.  Bad phase! But this period in my life, brought me closer and closer to God, I had none but HIM.  Children education, health issues, financial commitments and a lot more other stuff were choking us too.  Do you think I drowned in this sea, never, I came out STRONGER AND BOLDER!

 

Today, we have multiple projects and we have launched out into the arena of education and started our OWN SCHOOL, free for the poor children and also free SHELTER for the poor too.  (Click HERE to view details of our ministries)

 

Before you say ‘YES’


Before you say ‘YES’

 

Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

 

Before you say ‘YES’ to anything, also consider the responsibility, hard work, commitment, diligence, persistence and carefulness that has to go with that work.  If you are planning to get married, just don’t only plan your honeymoon, beauty parlor, marriage hall and photographer, most important is to learn to be a good husband and wife.  Event management people cannot teach you to have a successful marriage which comes only through sacrifice and compromise.  Are you listening?  You can throw stones at me for writing this…..go ahead, you are living in a mirage if you don’t know this.

 

Behind the cute pics of our Abide School and Abide Angel Home, IMG-20170226-WA0029y1486124307698You don’t get to see the acute pain and struggles of running the show.  We need minimum 100 bags (25 Kg) of rice, dhal, tamarind, chilly and a lot more; however, though we do not have regular donars, yet the kitchen keeps functioning.  One particular season, the inflow of funds went dry and as a family while we were discussing, we felt ‘why not just give them everything else free and ask them to bring their tiffin box’; but the Holy Spirit corrected us and asked us to trust Him.  Just around that time, we were enticed with 6 bags of rice which were ration shop rice for cheap rate, but we refused to go the unrighteous way and kept trusting God for our provisions.  The devil pokes his dirty nose at a vulnerable time, but do not lose hope, trust God and in His mighty power.  I also introduced the S4 feeding program promowhich is inviting people to sponsor for one meal on special occasions; well, God has been guiding us by His grace.

 

While I travel these days, I carry old clothes, shoes, bags, or whatever I feel is useful for our Home children and also rice, dhal and other ingredients.  Friend, we got to shed some of our dignity if we have to shoulder the responsibility given to us by God.  Are you listening?  Many of my friends and relatives ask me, ‘your school children do not look like they are from poor background and some from the slums’, my answer – “we teach them not only to study but also to oil and comb the hair, polish the shoes, keep the uniforms clean, maintain the books and school bags, carry pencil box with necessary items, wash their hands before eating, housekeeping of class rooms and much more.  Excel in whatever you do!

BE KIND


KIND

 KINDEphesians 4:32”Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”

 

I looked up the meaning for the word ‘kind’: gentle, caring, thoughtful, simple; a very familiar word though; yet, I wanted to talk about it today.  In today’s era of smart society where the toughest survive, there is a severe dearth for kindness.

 

Recently I attended a Christian camp ( observe, not secular but Christian camp) and it was the last day of a one month long camp, where the organizers had invested hard work and prayers into the lives of these people; yet, I found some ruthlessly fighting for the first row of the auditorium.  My conundrum is, with such attitude I wonder what spiritual benefits they would receive from the preacher! I found indiscipline and roughness (instead of gentleness) in the food canteen, I found mocking and unkindness in the campsite and much more.  Off course, there were the few genuine ones who adhered to the campsite rules, obeyed the elders and were going back blessed.  One particular girl gave her testimony to me, she said, since she had to do other duties, she was not able to reserve seats in the auditorium, whereas the others had shrewdly reserved the best seats, but this girl after finishing all the work went into the hall and found a seat reserved for her in the second row by her friend.  When you are gentle and patient, you would be rewarded!

 

Do you throw your weight around in the office, just because you are in a high position? How do you treat your servants? Just because you had a bad day, do you emit fumes and smoke all around you or do you control your emotions and not let it affect others? Tell me.  I remember after salvation and my experience with my wonderful Lord Jesus, it was showing in every area of my life – some thought I was nuts anyway.  I was in the gas station and patiently standing while the others pushed their way through, one particular gentleman looked at me and motioned me to go ahead but I told him to go forward instead, without any aggressiveness I was able to be calm.  How do you react to anger? Think.   On the very same day that I read the above scripture from Ephesians, God gave me a similar scripture from Colossians also – now I knew God is speaking loud:  Colossians 3:12”those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience..”

 

Change your brash & harsh attitude!

BE KIND

SUBDUE YOUR ENEMY


 

Fly mode

 

1 Chronicles 18:1”….David defeated the Philistines and subdued them…”

 

This is what is said of Virat Kohli, captain of  Indian Cricket team “ So if you must leap 10 feet in the air to galvanize (stimulate) his team, then there’s no stopping him.”  Kohli is always on flying mode when he is excited and this  fires-up his team.  He is so passionate about winning the game and also motivating his team boys which makes him oblivious of his funny gestures.

 

Namby-pamby cowards cannot achieve much! When you know God has moved in your life, then it is time to put the enemies under your feet and subdue them, don’t you spare them.  Anybody listening?  Just reading the victory details of David stirred faith and fire inside me:

  • He defeated Moab, and the Moabites became servants to David, bringing tribute.
  • David also defeated Hadadezer king of Zobah
  • David took from him 1,000 chariots and 7,000 horsemen and 20,000 foot soldiers,
  • David killed 22,000 men of the Arameans.
  • David took the shields of gold which were carried by the servants of Hadadezer and brought them to Jerusalem.

 

Somewhere sandwiched between the scriptures are the words: “And the LORD helped David wherever he went.” Hurray! There you are! Such spectacular victories cannot be achieved without the help of God!  Midnight,  if your husband is talking with a married woman, don’t take your handbag and walk out, this would give more space for them – chase that evil woman away from your life – that’s challenge.  Fast and pray.  May be you are struggling with addiction of some kind, don’t get depressed if you fail, try again and again, until you chase that addiction away.  Attend good prayer meetings and sought the help of godly people to help you out.

 

Do you have people at work who are targeting to put you down? Don’t get frustrated, read the victory details of David and get charged to confront your enemies through prayer.  God would change your circumstances upside down.