Friday, September 27, 2013


True Blissfulness!

Verse for Today: Friday, September 27, 2013

Psalms 119:2 – Blessed are they who keep His statues and seek Him with all their heart.

True blessedness is the experience of a heart full of happiness which fills to overflowing. It then expresses itself into other lives around and challenges them to seek such blessedness. But there is a counterfeit blessedness which is based on things people desire and favorable situations. When our desires change as we get older, the things that give us happiness change, our situations become cluttered and plunge us into frustration. The Psalmist found out that true blessedness comes from the Living Word and the written Word of God. When we live on the basis of the written Word, our lives will be filled with the glory of Jesus who is the Living Word and thus makes us blissful. The written Word is given to us for everyday needs. The Living Word is the Spiritual bread of heaven that has come to give us total satisfaction in life. When our desires get tuned to eternal things in life, rather than the temporal which change its quality and value over a period of time, we become blissful. Things around us change, but Jesus the living Word remains changeless along with all that is seen in His written Word. When we imbibe into the written Word, we become saturated with the Living Word. As we thus get immersed in His Word, He fills our hearts and lives with His glory. He satisfies our every longing and takes our minds off the things that erode in value in our ever changing situations. When we grow in His love Him and make Him our number one priority in life, His Word becomes our guide in all our situations. This is the way to keep living a blissful and satisfying life, filled with Jesus, the Living Word and obey His written Word and its statues.

Dear reader, are you in pursuit of true blessedness in life? Blessedness doesn’t depend on things or situations which keep changing and losing its place and time value. The pseudo satisfaction that comes from possessions and circumstances will change over a period of time and will leave you with emptiness in life. If you are in the pursuit of true blessedness, you will not find it in things or situations. But it can be found if you look unto the Lord Jesus and what He has stored for you in His Word. The Word is to comfort, encourage and strengthen you to live happily in this changing world to pursue that which is stored up for you in heaven. God has called us to live such a life of eternal pursuit. He called Abraham centuries back to live such a blissful life. Abraham was able to see the fulfillment of God’s promises by faith as he kept moving forward in fulfillment of God’s promises. His faith enabled him to put all his trust and confidence in God as he lived in pursuit of the eternal and the permanent. When Abraham believed and obeyed God, he qualified to become a friend of God to whom he was able to speak face to face. God appeared to Abraham and spoke to him when the Word was not yet available in written form. Today the God of Abraham comes to us to speak through His written Word which is full of statues to govern our thoughts, aspirations, priorities, likes and dislikes. If we follow on, we would find a life of bliss and contentment. We no longer need to run after the emptiness that is built into the things, circumstances and the untrustworthy people in this world. Let us today look into the written Word and obey its statues to find a blessed life of fulfillment. 

Psalms 84:5 – Blessed are those whose strength is in You, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.

Thought for Today
When true blessedness fills our hearts, there won’t be any room left for frustration.

Prayer for Today
Dear Lord Jesus: Help me today to open my mouth wide and devour your Word to satisfy my every longing and make me contented and blissful. Amen!

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Thursday, September 26, 2013


Escape from dust! 

Verse for Today: Thursday, September 26, 2013

Psalms 119:25 – I am laid low in the dust; preserve my life according to Your Word.

The pressures of life are so powerful as to push us to hopelessness. Our emotions are crushed and our confidence weakened by our situations and we often feel like we are at the lowest ebb of life. It further makes us give up hope about a future and live an isolated an insulated life. But we are reminded by the Word of God that there is hope for us in all our situations. Our hope comes from the promises of the powerful Word of God. When the Word is allowed to penetrate our hearts, it will bring forth strength, faith, patience and hope. Its promises revitalize our broken emotions and revive our sagging spirits. When we read and meditate on the Word, the power of God transmits into our souls and speaks to give us confidence to keep going. Our meditations on the Word open our eyes of understanding to see the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ who is the Living Word. His glory will enable us to see everything around us through Him. We will then realize how His glory takes per-eminence in our souls and allows us to see our situations in its brightness. It is then that faith, hope and trust grow in our souls to see how God will preserve our lives and take us forward by His hands. So no matter how hopeless our situation might look like today, we will see the pathways through which God will lead us forward. God brightens these ways that we tread with His glory and takes away all dark clouds from our horizon. His rays of hope will enter our dark, isolated and insulated closets to pull us out for a walk with Him in faith and hope to renew our confidence and hope day by day.

Dear friend, are you feeling dejected, isolated and insulated in some dark corner of your life because of your dark situations? Are your circumstances putting you down in hopeless dust? Are you feeling like you are forgotten and written off by all and sundry? But do not give up hope because your hope is built on the Rock of Ages. Because Jesus lives, you will also live and face your tomorrows. He is your hope and He will carry you through your difficult situations. His promises will take you through the dark clouds of your horizon to greater vistas of hope. The Son will shine upon you through the dark clouds on the wings of the promises of God in His eternal Word. The promises of the Word make you alive and renew your trust and faith in God. Patriarchs like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph put their total faith in the promises of God which kept them going during rough times. David found these promises to be the sure vehicles which carried him forward in and through a very intimidating and challenging environment. God’s promises were powerful enough for Daniel to survive the hungry lions in their den during night and the Hebrew youth in a fiery furnace. God’s power through His promises was sufficient for Noah to travel through the flood and Gideon through the armies of Midianites. The same promises were the pillars which held the disciples through the wind, waves and the storms. We have a procession of promises for each day of our lives to revive us and bring us to the open to live confidently each day of our lives. Today we are challenged to read, meditate and cling on to the powerful hope that is built into all the verses in the Word to live with courage and confidence.  

1 Corinthians 2:20 – For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ.

Thought for Today
God’s promises have His power built-in to it to revive the sagging spirits of His children. 

Prayer for Today
Dear Lord Jesus: Please help me to claim Your promises to climb out of my hopeless holes in the dusts through ardent faith in You. Amen!

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Grooming Hands!

Verse for Today: Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Psalms 105:17 – (God) sent a man before (His people) – Joseph, sold as a slave.

The ways of God are amazing and His plans are unfathomable. Long before our hours of need, God starts working in our lives to meet those needs. But He wants us to trust Him and go forward by faith whether we understand how and when He works in our lives or not. God wanted to protect Jacob and family during a famine which was to come two decades later. God planned provisions for them in neighboring Egypt during the famine. But Egypt was not ready to handle famine. So God groomed one of Jacob’s children to be the custodian of all the food in Egypt during the famine. God moved Joseph to Egypt and led the Pharaoh to make him in charge. In the process, Jacob had to experience bitter separation from his beloved son Joseph for over twenty years. Joseph had to be in the pit to wait for the traders to come to be sold to them as slave and he had to be in the house of Potiphar to make the move to prison to be in touch with Pharaoh’s cup bearer. We often wonder why God had to take such a long and rough route for Joseph to become the Prime Minister of Egypt! But Joseph had to learn the art of management and become efficient. He had to learn humility and holiness and prove faithfulness. In the process, he learned that God had sent him ahead of his family. We also go through such grooming of God as part of His agenda. The process of grooming under God’s hands is often long and painful, but it teaches us patience and faith and brings us to spiritual maturity. Today the loving hands which groomed Joseph are upon us to prepare us for greater usefulness for Him. His hands are full of grace, love and compassion. His hands will not hurt us, but will build us up for His glory.

Dear friend, are you going through tough times in life and wondering where God is taking you and what He is grooming you for? But God’s grooming hands are for your good as it was in the case of Joseph, David and Daniel when they had to go through tough experiences before God elevated up. The Psalms of David reveal how difficult it was for him to go through the grooming process. But those experiences prepared him to become the king of Israel and to face their enemies. Joseph had to go through uncertainty, slavery, false accusation and imprisonment and even had his feet bruised with shackles and his neck put in iron chains, apart from the cruelty of the brothers to put him in a pit, scheming to kill him, separate him from his beloved father and sell him like a commodity. But the years of his rule in Egypt and the way he became the savior of his family show us how God graciously groomed him. If you are going through similar situations and are made to suffer for no crime of yours, rest assured that the hand of God is taking you through it with a divine purpose. He is bending, breaking, reshaping and remolding you to fit the purpose. Unless you are tempered through the furnace of your circumstances, you won’t be ready and fit for His use. So when His grooming hands are upon you, it is important that you should recognize it and thank Him for it. You should ask for patience to hang in there until the process is over. But remember, His loving hands remold you lovingly and His compassionate fingers are on the controls of the furnace to make the heat bearable and the process short and sweet.

 1 Peter 5:6 – Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.

Thought for Today
God’s remolding plan for us is a process to build us up and not to tear us down.

Prayer for Today
Dear Lord Jesus: Help me to joyfully praise You for Your loving hands even as I endure pain during the remolding process. Amen!

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013


Higher ground!

Verse for Today: Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Psalms 86:4 – Bring joy to Your servant, for to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

Servants look to their Master for all their needs to be fulfilled. No matter who we are in this world, we are all servants of God to do His will. David was a king, but he also acknowledged that he was a mere servant of God to serve His people as their ruler. As the king, he had everything he needed to make him happy. But David had his own share of trials, tribulations and difficulties. He had servants to take orders to fulfill all his desires, but David recognized that he still had to pray and ask for God’s help. He had to learn that he couldn’t rule the country without God’s help and support. The problems of his kingdom, his people and his own household gave David enough and more heartaches and pain. He felt that he was still poor and needy and couldn’t face the realities of life without God’s help. His utter spiritual poverty was evident to him. He realized the threats he faced from the enemies and his own frailties. David felt the absence of true joy in life because of his situations and circumstances. David wanted to rise above the mundane and have his soul lifted up from the problems and threats to a higher ground. He wanted God’s joy to fill his heart and life. He underscored the fact that unless the Lord gave him, he would not find true joy and happiness. He recognized that the joy of the Lord would be his greatest strength to rule the country. His physical strength and that of his army couldn’t give him moral, social and spiritual strength to keep doing right things in the eyes of the Lord. David wanted to climb above all his problems and dwell in the presence of God to enjoy the security and safety that God alone would be able to provide. David’s noble longings in life challenge us today to rise above our situations and dwell with the Lord in His presence. When we lift up our hearts to the Lord, He will answer us and see us through our shattering experiences.

Dear reader, are you finding it difficult to cope with your cloudy situations in life? Do you find yourself intimidated by your problems and taking away your joy? But you don’t need to dwell in the ruts to suffer. God wants you to rise above your circumstances and dwell in His presence to find true joy and contentment. In God’s presence, you will find solutions to your problems and strength for every step of your way. God wants to remind you today that you cannot find true joy in your own way and through your efforts. He wants you to recognize that true joy comes by getting yourself lifted up to the presence of God and dwell there. He is above all your problems and circumstances and His presence rules and overrules all your situations. When you knock at His door, it will be opened to give you joy, peace, patience and faith in your situations. No matter what kind of wind is blowing against you, God will not permit you to be uprooted. When you wait for God in His presence, His Spirit will fill your heart and strengthen your soul. He will give you His peace that passes all understanding. He in control and that He will work out your situation for you. He will find a way out of your current predicaments. He will put His joy in your heart and fill it to overflowing.

Psalms 34:15 – The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their cry.

Thought for Today
The way out of our difficult situations is to be lifted up to the presence of God.

Prayer for Today
Dear Lord Jesus: Please hold my hands and lift me up to higher grounds today to be filled with Your glory which will take away all my cares from me. Amen!

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Monday, September 23, 2013


Lessons from hindrances!

Verse for Today: Monday, September 23, 2013

Psalms 66:6 – (God) turned the sea into dry land, they passed through the waters on foot – come let us rejoice in Him.

God uses the lives of His children to show that He is powerful and willing to turn impossibilities into realities. It is one thing to make people cross seas, but it is more amazing to see how they walk the dry land under the sea. We see God helping His people to cross the sea to continue with their sojourn. He does it according to the needs of the hour and the situation. He uses boats to help His disciples to travel through storms and waves. Paul was helped to cross the sea through a hurricane. God took Evangelist Philip to travel through the air to reach out to the Ethiopian Eunuch who was traveling on a chariot in a desert. He used a basket to transport Paul from trouble to safety. He prepared a fish to swallow and carry Jonah to the safety of the shore. Our God permits us sometimes to travel unhurt through waters and fire. Sometimes He works on the elements and put out its power to allow us to pass through. There are so many such situations in our lives today which we may not be even aware of. But God delivers us from snares and keeps us going in spite impending dangers and threats. He performs powerful acts of deliverance to help us to overcome hindrances. God’s children are blessed to pass through obstacles unhurt in order that His schedule in our lives may be kept. When we see such great acts of our God, it causes us to fall prostrate before Him to praise Him and to rejoice in His deliverance, restoration and victory.

Dear reader, are you facing hindrances and obstacles on the pathway on which the Lord has been leading you? Often hindrances are planted on our way by the enemy of our soul to slow us down or make us take a detour. But God transforms those hindrances into great opportunities to demonstrate His power in our lives. Sometimes God uses hindrances to teach us faith, patience and maturity. The lessons that we learn at such junctures will help us to learn great lessons which will strengthen us in our future experiences. But our human frailties often make us grumble about the tough tests in the Schools of Faith that our Lord has enrolled us in. When we reach a new hindrance in life, we tend to forget the past lessons in faith and fall into discouragement and anxiety. Sometimes we even ask God as to why He has forgotten us and dumped us mercilessly into such straights. Peter, Paul and Silas were in prisons, but they took it as God’s leading and praised Him for it. They were locked up in stocks, but prisons did not enter their souls. Their faith could not be put behind the bars by the authorities. They were peaceful and courageous and even sang praises to God openly and loudly. It is one thing to praise God after crossing the sea and getting a release from the prison, but praising God even during painful prison experiences is not easy. But our God is able to give us grace to enjoy prisons rather than endure it with grumbling. No matter what hindrances come your ways today, rest assured that your Lord knows all about it. He has a plan to help you overcome it and cross over to new pathway to progress. It is not a time to wallow over the hindrances, but to rejoice that your Lord will take you through it to the other side with jubilation and rejoicing.

Psalms 78:13 – He divided the sea and led them through; He made the water stand firm like a wall.  

Thought for Today
In God’s School of Faith, there are tough tests like crossing the seas, staying in Lion’s dens overnight and dwelling in furnaces.

Prayer for Today
Dear Lord Jesus: Teach me today to learn lessons in faith as I face great hindrances in my sojourn. Amen! 

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Sunday, September 22, 2013


Firewall of protection!

Verse for Today: Sunday, September 22, 2013

Psalms 32:10 – Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in Him.

Life in this world has its toll on human beings. The consequences of sin are everywhere and it is abounding. It has permeated into all walks of life and in all spheres of activity. Man is faced with all the associated woes of this sinful world. Human life is full of a series of sufferings because of it. But in such a world of chaos, sufferings, sickness and pain, God’s children have a special covering of grace, love, compassion and mercy to protect them. God’s wings of protection are spread above us. He has erected a wall of grace and compassion around us and hides us under His arms. We are His special possession purchased by the blood of His Only Begotten Son. As long as we live in this world, we might be facing woes of some kind, but our God will help us to handle it in His strength and power. We are asked to follow the example of David to keep trusting our God to keep us safe and secure in times of trouble. When the wicked people of this world try to find escape from woes through the means of the world, we trust in God and enjoy His protection and safety. The unsaved person has no hope when faced with woes, but God’s children put their hope in the Lord who will take them through the woes with His peace daily and hope of a place in the future where there will be no more woes. Such trust is ours through faith in Jesus Christ which helps us to keep going before, through and after woes. It is likely that woes come one after the other, but we have the privilege to keep trusting God through all the woes and the resultant pain and sufferings. No matter what our situations of woes are, we are safe in the arms of Jesus in His presence, enjoying His power, protection, provisions and peace.

Dear friend, are you lately faced with woes of some kind or the other? Don’t be surprised at it because as long as we live in this sinful world, there will be difficulties of some sort that will beat against human life. The children of God also face some woes, but the beauty of our life is that we have our Lord with us when we go through it. Even when we travel in the boat with Jesus, there will be storms and waves beating against our boat. But the presence of our Lord in our boat makes a whole world of difference. He is with us all the time as the unseen lifeguard round the clock in our lives. His mercy and compassion encircle around us and will make a firewall on all sides of our boat. He keeps us safe from the secret weapons of the enemy to discourage us. His presence with us enables us to keep going. He is our travel companion day and night and will not take a break from us any time. He speaks to us as we travel along and shares words of encouragement. He will motivate us to go forward with the hope of His interference in our affairs. He provides for all our physical, emotional and spiritual requirements on a daily basis so that we do not need to have any cares in life. He gives us His peace that passes all understanding in all our cumbersome circumstances that with His help and power, we can handle our situations till the end. When we have such great provisions in our lives, why should we worry or fret?

Psalms 91:4 – He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge. 
Thought for Today

The woes of life will not break through the firewall of protection God has erected around His children.

Prayer for Today
Dear Lord Jesus: Help me today to put my trust in Your power and strength to take me through all woes without getting hurt. Amen!

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Saturday, September 21, 2013


Divine Honor!

Verse for Today: Saturday, September 21, 2013

Psalms 89:50 – Remember, Lord, how Your servant has been mocked.

Mockery, ridicule, despising and rejection are realities that God’s servants often face. These come from foes and friends alike. Mockery is used by the enemy of our souls to weaken and frustrate us in our walk and warfare. The enemy resorts to psychological warfare to subdue us and make us retreat. When mockery breaks the hearts of God’s servants, they might be tempted to quit or slow down. But we can always go to our Lord to share our heartaches and misery as and when we encounter mockery and ridicule. The enemy tries to tell us that our weapons of faith will not stand the test of time. He will even turn the household of faith against us to prove that our spiritual stand and life of faith are too idealistic to be real. When we stand on faith and denounce all other avenues for survival, the enemy comes to ridicule us and show us how thoughtless and unintelligent we are. But our Lord watches the mockery and ridicule that His children are faced with. It is better to tell the Lord about our pain owing to mockery and leave it at His feet. Our Lord will avenge the enemy at the right time. At His time, He will respond in kind to all the ridicule that we face here on earth. He will wipe our tears, remove our fears and comfort us that we will soon receive His acclaim for all that we suffer here on earth for His name’ sake.  

Dear Friend, are you facing mockery and ridicule because of your ardent faith in the Lord and His Word? Is the world around you laughing at your faith as redundant which will not work in the modern world? Remember, those who follow the Lord truly will face such reactions from the world. Nehemiah faced such a situation when he was told by the enemy that his rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem would not stand the test of even a fox jumping over it. Jezebel mocked and threatened Prophet Elijah about his security and safety in God’s promises. The people mocked Noah for building a big ark to protect his family from such a strange event called rain which they had never seen before. The Goliaths of this world would heartily mock small Davids with their sling and stones and conclude that it would never work against a formidable enemy. In today’s world, the army of Gideon will be a laughing stock. They would mock at the six stone jars of Cana, the five loafs and two small fish in the desert for a large crowd of a few thousand hungry people, dipping in a river seven times for curing leprosy or a cloud of the size of a human hand for a thunderstorm. But we know that our Lord can work with little things as much as with big things. He understands our pain as we face the mockery of the world because of Him. Our Lord Jesus went through such mockery and despising in this world and so He will give us the grace to go through similar reactions of the world as He did. He will wipe our tears and strengthen our trembling hearts as we face ridicule and despising for His name’ sake. He will comfort us and reassure us of the great honor and recognition that await us at the Bema. He will transform our shame into jubilation when we see Him face to face. What awaits us in His presence is a fitting reward for our willingness to suffer mockery and rejection for Him today. 

Psalms 69:19 – You know how I am scorned, disgraced and shamed; all my enemies are before You.

Thought for Today
When the world mocks His children, God gives them patience to endure it and wait for heavenly honor.

Prayer for Today
Dear Lord Jesus: When I face ridicule because of my commitment to You, please help me to enjoy grace and strength to overcome all shame and discouragement. Amen!

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Friday, September 20, 2013


 Sustaining and strengthening!

Verse for Today: Friday, September 20, 2013

Psalms 89:21 – My hand will sustain him; surely My arm will strengthen him.

The reality of the sustaining and strengthening power of God touches the weak and powerless. But the touch of the Almighty is experienced only by those who confess their weaknesses and confide in His all-powerful hand. God’s willingness to empower the weak is limited to the extent to which we are committed to receive His power and live accordingly. David had very skillful hands at the sling, sword as well as at the harp. But when the task became formidable, David had to depend on the hands of God and His mighty power. He realized how weak he was without the sustaining power of God. God performs the ministry of sustenance and empowerment to all His children if they seek after Him. Today God is looking for His children who are willing to confess their powerlessness and ask Him to fill them with His power through His Word and Spirit. Those who find it difficult to keep going by themselves in this world to continue to serve Him also need His sustaining hands. God has promised to help and sustain and His help is available for those who desire it. He is waiting to see how we would appropriate the promise He has given us. We do not need to live without divine power. We do not need to allow ourselves to be sustained by the lukewarm water from the broken cisterns of this world which will not quench our thirst. Our God has made the heavenly reservoir of His goodness for us to draw from. His heavenly warehouse is full of His riches in glory which will suffice for all our physical, emotional and spiritual needs all the time.  We have only ourselves to blame if we forfeit His riches, power and strength that are available to us to sustain ourselves in this world as we serve Him.

Dear friend, are you struggling in your effort at sustaining yourself daily? Do you often feel so weak and powerless in your confrontation with the challenges of life? But God has provision for your every physical, emotional and spiritual need. He gives you according to your needs and on the basis of the challenges of your situations. There is grace for you to deal in all your situations. There is strength for you to carry every burden. There is power for you to handle every struggle. There is courage for you to face all your difficult circumstances. But you must ask and seek after the goodness of our Father as it is made available for you through Jesus Christ. You must take steps of faith to draw from God’s powerhouse and His warehouse of resources. He has peace for you to handle every situation. He has patience for you to face all delays. He has strength for you to withstand all pressures. He has maturity for you to stay put when your situation is against you. God sustained David throughout his exile and brought him back to sit on the throne prepared for him. Joseph was given all the grace and sustenance for over thirteen years while the stage was being prepared for him to take the spotlight. Daniel enjoyed the strength and power of God to face the emperors and rulers of the world to continue to speak the Word. Jeremiah received the grace to go through tears and still preach the truth. Nehemiah received patience and sustenance while the walls of Jerusalem were built and the city reestablished for God’s people to worship God and live in peace and confidence. Today God comes to give you the same grace, patience, faith, courage and strength to face your situations to keep going in life and meet every challenge.

Deuteronomy 33:27 – The eternal God is our refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.

Thought for Today
When God strengthens us, we are the most powerful people in this world.

Prayer for Today
Dear Lord Jesus: Help me today not to depend on my own strength, but to draw from Your Powerhouse for all my weaknesses. Amen!
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Thursday, September 19, 2013


Willing follower!

Verse for Today: Thursday, September 19, 2013  

Psalms 73:24 – You guide me with Your counsel, and afterwards You will take me into glory.

A sojourner needs wise and accurate counsel to stay on track in the right direction. When we tread through the wilderness of this world, we have to fight self will, worldly distractions and wrong perceptions about our walk and direction. But we must resist all these temptations to follow Jesus who called us. We are on this pathway because of His benevolence and not because of our merits or wisdom. As we seek His face, He guides us with His eyes and leads us in the path of righteousness. He is full of wise counsel and knows the pathway that is best for us to tread. His way for us is the way of the cross that He trod. It is a way of ridicule, despising, mockery and persecution. It is a way which exposes us to the heat and wind of life. It is a way which challenges us to give our best time, treasures, training and talents to the Master for Him to use it for His glory as we walk with Him. There are negative forces which try to pull us back or sidetrack. But our Master is with us every step of the way to lead and guide us. He gives us His counsel to know the way and chose every step. His wise counsel comes to us through His Word which is lamp unto our steps and light unto our path. His Counselor, the Holy Spirit, who lives in our hearts, speaks to us through His still, soft voice to lead, guide, warn, correct and encourage us in our walk. But we will hear His voice only if we do not quench His power in our lives. Let us today confess all our past disobedience and surrender our will so that we will be able to hear His voice and walk accordingly. 

Dear friend, are you battered with confusing counsel from various forces around you? Are you challenged by the seemingly wise distractions and pseudo attractions which try to pull you to the sidelines and slow you down in your pathway? Is your walk frustrating and apprehensive? At times, do you feel that you have lost the way and have gone on detours? Are these experiences making you depressed like Jacob when the storms of life beat against his life? But all the while, your Lord and Master is walking by you and He wants to hold your hands to take you to the right direction. He has the right counsel for you to keep track of His ways. His heavenly light is available for you day and night through His Word and His Spirit. His Word is full of the best counsel for you to heed to. His Spirit speaks to you at each step of the way to either warn you or to confirm you steps. But remember, the Lord will not impose it on you, but will only show you the way. You must make the right decision and chose the right pathway. All heavenly resources are made available for you to make the right choice. If you are living by grieving and quenching the Spirit, it would be difficult for you to listen to His voice. If your ears are tuned to the false voices of the Vanity Fair of this world, it would be well nigh impossible to hear the voice of the Lord. If you follow His voice, He will take you forward and when the journey is over, take you Home to be with Him forever. Today you are challenged to give Him your ears so that you would hear His voice and walk accordingly. 

Psalms 32:8 – I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.

Thought for Today
Only a willing and surrendered listener is able to take advantage of wise counsel from God.

Prayer for Today
Dear Lord Jesus: Help me to renew my commitment, obedience and surrender to You today to heed to Your wise counsel and walk after You. Amen!

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013


Distress Buster!
 Verse for Today: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 

Psalms 77:2 – When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands and my soul refused to be comforted.

It is not unusual that God’s servants fall into distress in difficult circumstances. But the secret of getting out of distress and misery is to seek the Lord at the right time. When our hands stretch out to Him for help and when we refuse to be comforted in the ways of the world, our Lord comes to strengthen us. When we have sleepless nights because of difficulties, our Lord comes to give us songs in the night. These songs are the heart cry of our souls unto Him. Perhaps no one else in this world knows the pain and agony that we are going through. There are situations and concerns in our lives that others are unable to understand in its full gravity. There are pressures in our souls that we are unable to share with others. We often meet people who find fault with us for our distress because they are unable to understand us or that we are unable to express our true feelings and burdens to them. But our Lord knows us, our burdens and cares well and comes to comfort and deliver us. When we stretch our hands out to Him, He comes to hold our hands and put His hands in ours. He reassures us that He is with us and will walk with us as we go through waters and fire. He will cover us lest we get engulfed by the storms and the waves or burned in fires of life. He will keep our hands from getting tired of stretching out to Him for help. In our distress, He will fill us with His hope and peace. The same grace and strength that He gave to His servants like Asaph and David will be given to us also today in our difficult situations to give us release and relief as we take steps of faith in our sojourn. 
Dear reader, are you facing distress and hopelessness in life today? Is your situation trying to pluck you out of the ground? Are unfavorable wind and waves beating against you to devastate your life? But there is a place to go to and a person to seek after in times of distress and disturbance. Our Lord is waiting for us to go to Him in our difficulties and cry unto Him. When He sees our tears, His heart will melt for us. When He finds heavy burden on our shoulders, He will come to lift it up. He will have compassion on us because of our plight and will comfort and encourage us. He is willing to take away our daily sorrows, misery and stress and lighten our load. He will turn our dark nights into starry nights of music and melodies filled with praise. The songs which came out of distress in the life of Asaph, David and the sons of Korah show their faith in the Lord as He gave them relief  and comfort. He gave the same comfort to Daniel in the Lion’s den, the Hebrew boys in the furnace, Paul during the shipwreck and the disciples during the storms. Joseph had relief and peace when he was in the hopeless pit and dungeon and gave him victory in the wake of temptation. He touched the lonely John in Patmos and gave him hope through revelation of His glory. He is near us today and travels with us in our dark nights of distress to restore our broken hearts and comfort our weary minds and fill us with His hope to keep going.  

Psalms 32:7 – You are my hiding-place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.

Thought for Today
Songs of tears are the antidote to distress to deliver us from our misery.  

Prayer for Today
Dear Lord Jesus: Help me to find peace, hope and rest in You during my times of distress as I cry unto you with stretched out hands. Amen!

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013


Eyes of faith!

Verse for Today: Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Hebrews 3:1 – Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest whom we confess.

Our internal eyes help us to examine, analyze, evaluate and draw conclusions about our objects. When we fix our thoughts and eyes on Jesus, we find Him quite satisfying in all our longings. Jesus meets all our desires, demands and needs as He is the Apostle sent from God to us with all the blessings of the heavenly places. He is sufficient to meet all our emotional and spiritual needs and gives us enough grace in our physical needs as well. He is also our High Priest who pleads our case successfully before the Throne of Grace where all our actions are judged righteously. He earns our forgiveness from the righteous Father in heaven and takes away our guilt for all our offences. So on the one hand, Jesus gives us all the goodness of the Father and on the other hand all our iniquities are wiped out with His own blood and through His Word. If we look for these two ministries from any other source, we will be grossly disappointed. We cannot find it in religions, denominations or sages. Today we are admonished to take a careful look at Jesus and see His character and ministries and draw from His reservoir to meet all our emotional, spiritual and physical needs. If we ask Him, we will be given our needs. If we seek Him at the right time, He will be found nearest to us. If we knock at His door, He will answer at the right time. He deals with us in love and compassion. He is patient with us and handles our situations in kindness and grace. Today Jesus is near us and He passes our way to offer us help and support in all areas of our lives. But it is up to us to look unto Him for help which will not be denied. If we call on Him, He will answer and give us to meet all our needs all the days of our lives.

Dear friend, are you experiencing emotional, spiritual and physical needs in life today? Have you tried to meet your needs in your own strength and wisdom and found it all in vain? Are there doors in front of your eyes which are shut for you in spite of your efforts at knocking and clamoring? But that is not the case with Jesus. The very look at Him will give you comfort and hope. When you take your eyes off the seemingly helpful, but grossly disappointing hills, and fix it on Jesus, you will find His compassion and mercy flowing towards you to meet all your needs. There is no false hope in Him, nor any disappointment. His mission as He comes to you is to meet your needs. He lives for you today and comes with open arms and heart to help you. He knows that you need Him and that you are a deprived person. He knows your heartaches, distress and exasperation. He has compassion and grace towards you. He is the Lamb who took away all the sins of the world. He doesn’t simply forgive your sins and then leave you to live your life in your strength. He gives you His Spirit to help you to meet all needs and challenges in life. Today you are admonished to look at Jesus and fix your eyes of prayer, meditation, longings and faith on Him and see that you find contentment and fulfillment.

Hebrews 12:2 – Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

Thought for Today
When our eyes are fixed on Jesus, hope and fulfillment flow to us from Him in all our situations.

Prayer for Today
Dear Lord Jesus: May I be enabled to take my eyes off the world with all that it offers and fix it solidly on You for all my needs all the time. Amen!

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Monday, September 16, 2013


Beyond the blues!

Verse for Today: Monday, September 16, 2013

Colossians 3:2 – Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

Our thoughts portray that which is important to us. Our hearts dwell in that which is real to us. It is our privilege to think about that which we hope for and expect. When we know that our destiny is heaven, it is natural that we think more about heaven than earthly matters. What is on earth are unstable and subject to change, decay and destruction. What we see are for our use for the time being. God’s children do not have any long lasting inheritance or interest here on earth. God expects us to live in the hope of being with Him in Heaven forever. This world gives us losses, failures, defeats, pain, misery, weariness and frustrations. But Heaven will bring great joy, satisfaction and excitement because our beloved Lord will be there in visible glory. So when we set our minds on things above, our lifestyle here on earth will exemplify such a focus. Our activities here on earth will then be those which will have relevance in heaven as we reach there. Today we have the opportunity to invest all our resources in activities which will find results in heaven. All our efforts on earth should thus have goals to please our Master who will reward us for our toils for Him here on earth. Each decision we make here on earth will then be based on how it would be relevant in heaven. That’s why Apostle Paul wrote about setting our minds on things above which will be a place of lasting values, relationships and rewards. When we thus set our minds on things above, our thoughts will not be disturbed with the corruptible and temporal things of our daily lives, but will be renewed through hope of what we expect in our Father’s house above. It will give us lasting peace, comfort and joy as we live with such expectancy.

Dear friend, are you bothered with the decaying and corruptible things of this earth? Your thoughts and desires will be governed by the place you think more about. If your mind is focused on the temporal things, you will be grossly disappointed because all resources and relationships that bind you will change as days pass by. Today we have the opportunity to invest our time, talents, training and treasures wisely in souls and their welfare. Thus the kingdom of God will enlarge and peoples’ lives will be built up spiritually. Today we are challenged to use the time at our disposal to meditate on the Word of God which is eternally secure in heaven. Then Jesus will be the centre of our thoughts and everything that we do will be directly or indirectly for Him and His glory. Today the Word of God reminds us to examine our lives to see to what extent we think on things which are above as compared to things of this corruptible and decaying world. Abraham thought more about the city that God prepared for him and lived with great expectation. David kept writing and singing concerning that which was above. The prophets spoke about their expectation of the eternal kingdom of God. Isaiah and Ezekiel saw a glimpse of it. Apostles John and Paul had a taste of it through revelation. But it is described and given to us in our language for us to read and meditate so that our thoughts will be renewed about heaven and our future lives with the Great Lover of our souls. Such a life in heaven while here on earth will renew our lives and sparkle our understanding with its glow and help us to live above the temporal struggles of our earthly lives.

Colossians 3:1 – Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.  

Thought for Today
The cares of this world will vaporize at the high altitude beyond the blues.

Prayer for Today
Dear Lord Jesus: Help me today to meditate on my eternal home and rise above the cares of this life. Amen!

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