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

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SUBDUE YOUR ENEMY


 

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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.

 

 

Seven times hotter…


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Daniel 3:23”But these three men, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, fell into the midst of the furnace of blazing fire still tied up.”

Just when you think you cannot go on like this anymore, God would step in to rub your shoulders so that you endure more! These words are nothing but irritating, I’m sure; all we want to hear is ‘God would deliver you soon’, what if He does not? That’s my question for you today! This message is for someone who would like to be in the game and not someone, who would take the luggage and walk out when the first problem shows up! If God is not going to bring you out, He would surely see you through! His invisible presence is felt by your poise and calmness in handling issues, have you watched people go crazy when the washing machine or car breaks down? They are brittle buddies! What does brittle mean sis? Easily breakable.

Friend, the world wants to see you handle crisis in a godly way in your life! No fun in attending 1000 prayer seminars, pray for yourself. Show the world that troubles can’t shake you away from God, is anybody getting this? I watch even elderly people go regularly to church, they would break the world record with their spectacular church attendance; however, my conundrum is why do they not get anything out of this? Church going grey haired people gossip, slander, rebel, throw tantrums, break peace at home, cause confusion, sow bitterness, have no self-control or grace whatsoever, I wonder what the younger generation would learn from such elders!

Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego were no ‘brittle buddies’ but fire brands for God, they refused to budge but stood firm even when the fire got seven times hotter to scotch them; nonetheless, no fire can touch a fire brand anyway! Hurray!

No, confusion please……


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Psalm 71:1 “In thee, O Lord I put my trust, let me never be put to confusion…”

Now, this scripture just lullabied and soothed me beyond words, so I’m sure you would be comforted too! When nothing, I repeat nothing and none can give you a solution for the super knotted and entangled mess in your life, only the Word of God gives us a ray of hope! The above scripture and verses that follow it give us a gently calming effect…..

Well, we cannot narrate our mess to everybody, sometimes people build a thick wall around themselves so that the confusion in their lives are not revealed to an outsider; however, spiritual eyes can spot it instantly. This morning, I was preaching on the above word in our school assembly, a young student from standard six was standing next to me and reading the Bible for me, suddenly I asked the students, ‘will anybody who loves us leave us midway and go away’, everybody echoed ‘no, no..’ , I turned to the young girl who was reading the Bible for me and asked her, ‘you, tell me, will they leave us?’, she said, ‘YES, THEY WILL!’ Everybody were shocked, including me, thrice I asked her the same question and she firmly said, ‘YES, THEY WILL!’ That’s the blatant truth anyway! People leave you but not GOD!

I know there’s so much confusion out there: “should I resign, should I marry this person?, should I go in for this loan, how do I come out of this mess, how do I handle this financial stress and a lot more serious ones….Please, please look for a godly and Biblical way out, do not listen to every Tom-dick and harry, it’s dangerous. People who are in tight situations, are vulnerable and defenseless, hence the devil is in full force to attack you – caution!

The Bible goes on to say, “deliver me and rescue me; Incline Your ear to me and save me.” Pray that way and come out, rather than stay in the wrong place too long and drown in a bath tub.

CLEAN YOURSELF


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Isaiah 1:16″Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Cease to do evil..”

Make yourself clean! Make yourself clean! Yes, these words have been ringing in my ears and here I am sharing my burden…

Cleaning and cleansing one’s life should start from within, you got to take an aggressive effort to do this. One of my friend’s housekeeping skills are superb and excellent, so I asked her to write an article for my blog, for which she replied, ’this is no big deal, I do it then and there, I don’t procrastinate and allow my house to gather dust.’ Then and there. Anybody listening? God commands us ‘to cease to do evil.’ I happened to read the second chapter of the book of Kings and in chapter 16, I read about the wicked and atrocious life of king Ahaz, who replaced a pagan altar near the altar of God, offered his own son as a burning offering to pagan gods and much more; however, the last scripture takes a twist from the string of horrible and dreadful things that we read and here we read: “So Ahaz slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David; and his son Hezekiah reigned in his place.” Ahaz died at the age of 36 though he sat on the throne as a king at the age of 20; some of us get wicked, when we receive blessings too fast, anybody listening?

Imagine being born as a son of Ahaz, but Hezekiah determined his heart to do the right thing and live a life pleasing to God. So, stop giving excuses about your family not being saved, about being surrounded by corrupt and nasty friends, living in an ungodly environment and so on, you set a standard for your life and follow the right path. Cleanse your life then and there, remove ugliness and set a goal to live a holy life <<<thumbs up!>>>

Emulate that which is good and cut off , purge, and delete everything that is not pleasing to God, anybody listening? Clean your mobile from unwanted stuff, clean your facebook friends from unwanted, dirty friends, clean your whatsup and other social media materials. Let everything reflect Jesus in your life.

God bless youwash me

 

No time to get offended


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Mark 5:40”They began laughing at Him. But putting them all out, He *took along the child’s father and mother and His own companions, and *entered the room where the child was.”

Walk past your mockers, haters, slanders, doubters, scoffers, jeerers and focus on your goal! I said look ahead and not around!

If you don’t ruthlessly pursue your goal, then you can never make it, are you listening? Don’t allow yourself to be soft talked and thereby douse the fire of your vision; however tough, keep going for it. Look, despite the commotion in the house, people loudly weeping and wailing, Jesus looked at them and said, ‘”Why make a commotion and weep? The child has not died, but is asleep.” Boy! Once you start walking in ‘that kind’ of faith, everybody would leave you, are you listening? People love dramas, but the moment you arise and walk for God and with God, then watch who would stay with you, not many, though. I was left alone; however, when your vision is great and big, you cannot keep ‘naysayers and worrywarts’ with you, they would bury you with their worries, don’t even attend the calls of such people. You need people who walk with faith!

Jesus was serious about His job, He had no time for wailers and weepers, He moved on to raise dead bodies. How about you? Jesus did not say ‘dead body arise’ but instead spoke to the girl and said ‘”Little girl, I say to you, get up!” Such should be your faith to not acknowledge death in your life! When something looks dead in your life, don’t look at it and make it big, speak the opposite with faith. If God has given you something spectacular and enormous, do not listen to the ‘You-cannot-do-this’ comments, say, ‘I can do everything through Jesus who gives me the strength.’ Amen. Amen.

Set a high benchmark (yardstick) for yourself! Pursue it.

God unravels the toughest knots


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Daniel 2:22”He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, And the light dwells with Him.”

I was trying to remove the knots of a thread desperately on my own, my students pitched in to help me, we got frustrated and we put it aside, that’s exactly how we all try to solve things on our own. Some problems look heavily knotted and tangled , am I right? In the normal course, the problem looks impossible, unsolvable and unfathomable; however, remember today you have a mighty God who knows what’s in the darkness. Nothing is too hard for our God. Glory to Jesus! You need to rejoice!

In the above scripture, we read of a brutal and crazy king who wanted to know the details and meaning of his dream, which was an impossible task for the wise men of the palace; however, Daniel astutely and shrewdly handled the situation by asking for time from the king and then goes face down to God in prayer along with his friends: The Bible says, “Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a night vision.” Isn’t that wonderful! Look! Look! Stop running hither and thither, run to God for His mercy and kindness. A colleague of mine was running in circles to solve the problems in her life, which did look hugely hopeless and messed up; however, I encouraged her to attend our weekly fasting prayer in our home which she meticulously did attend. After attending two years of rigorous fasting and prayer in my home, her husband who had left her came back to her. All problems were solved by going down on her knees before the true God, she had earlier tried doing penance by moving on her knees which proved futile. Stop doing things that would bring no results and prostrate before the mighty God.

I tell you, I know of people who refuse to straighten out, which would only further complicate things, get transparent before God. Remove relationships that would lead to disastrous consequences. Remove the mobile numbers from all social networks including your mobile, strike that person off from your life, to save you from sin. He knows what is in the darkness!