Monthly Archives: April 2016

HE was MINDFUL

“Near the cross of Jesus stood His mother, His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw His mother there, and the disciple whom He loved, standing nearby, He said….. to the disciple ‘Here is your mother’. From that time on, this disciple took her into his home. ” (John 19: 25-27)

Jesus was mindful of others’ needs. He unselfishly considered others. He was aware of those who suffered poverty and in His teaching said ‘Give to the poor’. He was aware of those who were disadvantaged. He was concerned for those who suffered.

He was caring, considerate, thoughtful, and mindful of each person’s situation and circumstances.

When He sent His disciples out to the towns and villages to preach the gospel, He gave practical advice on where they were to stay and whether to take any luggage.

On the cross, when the penitent thief, who was crucified alongside Him, turned to Jesus and said “ ‘Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom’. Jesus; answered him ‘…today you will be with Me in paradise. ”’ (Luke 23 :42).

Also, when Jesus was on the cross and saw His mother standing there He made arrangements for her welfare. He was mindful.

Others were conscious of the Lord’s mindfulness.

His own mother was, she said, “My soul glorifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for He has been mindful of the humble state of His servant. ” (Luke 1:47 & 48).

David said, “ When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in space, what is man that You are mindful of him.. ” (Psalm 8: 4). Man is the crown of creation, created after God’s own image.

May we draw consolation from the words of the psalmist who said “The Lord remembers us and will bless us.” (Psalm 115 : 12).

Our Saviour showed concern and care,

As life on earth He chose to share.

It did not take Him long to find

Distress and need of ev’ry kind.

He mindful was of other’s needs,

 And so performed outstanding deeds.

 His love and care did demonstrate

To pain and hurt alleviate.

Our Lord was so approachable,

So loving and so merciful.

He mindful was of those who sought

His help, for ills they to Him brought.

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Names of God’s People

“Ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people” (2 Cor. 6.16).

In Ephesians the apostle uses seven names for God’s people. He calls them the “Church” of the Lord Jesus Christ, because they have been called out from the world – God’s peculiar people. He calls them the “Body of Christ,” because the same life flows through every member. That Body contains God’s fullness, the fullness of Him, which filleth all in all. The health of that life is supplied to every tissue, nerve and fibre. He calls them “one new man”, no more Jew and Gentile – all human and national differences forgotten. He calls them, the heavenly “family” that we may be able to enjoy the divine love of the Father.

Then He says, “Ye are God’s building”. Again He calls them “God’s Temple”. Then, finally, the “Bride” of Christ. Now why are we called “God’s building”? Because a building is constructed by a plan. To become God’s building, we must be built, first of all, upon a strong and deep foundation, a rock foundation. As God’s servants we must be sure that we spend enough time studying God’s Word with the people; otherwise they will remain weak spiritually. We must know that our responsibility is not only to preach, but to take the people deep in the foundation truth of the faith.

Meditation by Bakht Singh

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Speaking What's Right of God

“And it came about after the Lord had spoken these words to Job, the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, ‘My wrath is kindled against you and against your two friends, because you have not spoken of Me what is right as my servant Job has'” (Job 42:7, NASB) 

How did Job speak what is right? Three friends come to comfort him, but get into a nasty argument. Everyone says what sounds very religious and claims, “I’m right.” That serves well as a definition of pride. Nobody, including the upright Job, shows a trace of humility.

All of us instantly accept one statement as true, although only coming from our own mouth: “I’m right.” When anyone gets into an argument, isn’t that both sides’ central point? And doesn’t it implicitly claim, “I might as well be God”?

When God said that Job spoke right of him, he specifically meant these two comments:

“Behold, I am insignificant; what can I reply to Thee? I lay my hand only mouth. Once I have spoken, and I will not answer; Even twice, and I will add no more” — (Job 40:4-5).

“I have heard Thee by the hearing of the ear, but now my eyes have seen Thee; Therefore I retract, and I repent in dust and ashes” — (Job 42:5-6).

In other words, God did not endorse any of the comments Job made in the heat of controversy, only his repudiation of them. The others could have also humbled themselves, but didn’t. Therefore, God was angry with them for maintaining their pride.

The antidote to pride is humility. The antidote to “I’m right” is “I’m not God.”

Meditation by David Guion

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GLS Kerala to organize Discount Sale

Pathanamthitta:  GLS Kerala will be organizing a massive discount sale from 16 to 31 May 2016 at GLS Publishing, MTS Commercial Complex, College Road, Pathanamthitta, Kerala 689645.  The sale offers discount up to 80% on books. English and Malayalam Bibles, dictionaries, study Bibles, reference books, theological books, commentaries, biographies and other titles will be available on the sale. Books from other publications will also be showcased on the occasion. For further details contact: 0468-2221248, 8592885546. Email: glskerala@glsindia.com

 

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State of our Heart

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which on the outside look beautiful, but inside they are full of the bones of the dead, and all kinds of filth.” (Matthew 23:27 NRSV)

It was a custom amongst the Jews that every year in the month before Passover, the tombs of those who were buried on the hillsides or near the highways around Jerusalem, were painted white with a type of chalk. This prevented pilgrims on the way to Passover, from accidentally coming into contact with the tombs and becoming contaminated and defiled, as was the belief according to Levitical law (Numbers 19:16).

Once ‘white,’ the graves appeared beautiful, but within contained the bones and corrupting bodies of the dead. Jesus compares the scribes and Pharisees to these tombs. He said their outward conduct appeared well–clean and immaculate. But their hearts were full of hypocrisy, bitterness, anger, greed, pride, lust and jealousy.

Our inner life must be cleansed first, and then the purity of the exterior life will follow as a matter of course. There can be no real Godliness or righteousness unless the inward man is first renewed. Conversion of heart precedes sanctification. We may train ourselves to observe the outward show of right speech, correct conduct, and virtuous behavior, but unless there is a change of heart all this is in vain.

Jesus is the transformer of our hearts (2 Cor 3:18). No good intentions or resolutions will bring about lasting, effective change to our sinful hearts, only the work of God’s Spirit. Let’s surrender to His work, so that others might witness Jesus living in us.

Meditation by Jennifer Woodley

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My Chosen

I have five brothers, and the one younger to me became a high officer some years ago. One day, as we were traveling together, he told me: ‘Now I can no longer travel in the third class.’ I said: ‘All these years you have traveled in the third class! ’ but he answered: ‘I am now a magistrate, and it is beneath my dignity. Even if I have to borrow the money l must go first class to keep up the dignity of my position.’ That is a very poor illustration of a great truth. If you believe that you have been called by your God for His kingdom and glory, then you will seek to walk worthy of your calling. You are a child of God, His partner and vessel, and a king, a prince and a priest. Walk worthy of Him.

We have to be prepared for that glorious heavenly calling through manifold trials and temptations, hardships and difficulties, and we have no right to tell Him how to train us. When you go to any College or University you cannot say to the professor: ‘Mr. Professor, I am a graduate; I come from a wealthy family, and so I can tell you how to teach! ’ You have no right to speak in that way. You have to learn what he teaches, as he knows what is best for you. God only knows what is best for us. God only knows how to train us, and His chastening, rebuke and trial are for some purpose.

Taken from the book ‘My Chosen’ written by Bakht Singh

Published by Gospel Literature Service

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Don't Let Fear Interfere

I have to admit that it’s easier said than done! When you are faced with more troubles and problems then you have ever faced before; trying to get your mind off of them can be a daunting task! Of course that’s Satan’s plan, to keep you staring and dwelling on your problems ALL the time. The more time you spend thinking about them the more fear will rise up in you and take over your life!

That’s when your circumstances reign and rule your life instead of allowing God to do so. Fear will grab your attention and keep you from doing those things that you would normally do every day. Even the simplest of things seem to get pushed aside, put off or even forgotten about. Fear of what MIGHT happen can be as devastating as faith that can do the impossible!

The Bible says 365 times not to be afraid or not to fear. That’s one for each day of the year. I would say for God to list it that many times in His Word it must be important! If you think about it, fear can distract, detour and interfere with your life so that you become a useless Christian. Disabling you to the point that you only think of yourself and your problems while ignoring those around you including love ones and friends. That’s when Satan wins which is sad considering he is a defeated foe!

Too often we always take our problems to Father God as our last resort instead of our first resort! He is the answer to ALL of your problems if you will give Him a chance. Matthew 6:8 “for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” He will ALWAYS do what’s best for His children who place their trust in Him!

Troubles and problems plague everyone everywhere. What makes you different is that you serve a God who watches over you and takes care of you. Can you trust Him to handle your problems? Do you think He is MORE than capable of doing so? Ephesians 3:21 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” I choose NOT to live in fear but to live in you Lord!

So don’t let your fear interfere with you blessing others and being a blessing to others. For you are the apple of your heavenly Father’s eye who loves you! You represent His kingdom everywhere you are and everywhere you go everyday!

Meditation by Steve Countryman

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Recovery

“They soon forgot His works; they waited not for His counsel” (Psa. 106.13).

However great your loss may be and whatever its cause, it can be recovered, and in fact, in recovery we receive much more than we have lost. However, we must be willing to obey God’s Word and His divine laws which no man can change. Even though David was a good, wise and kind king and a man after God’s own heart, he was deceived by the devil on four occasions and suffered four great losses, but with the help of God, and by His grace he recovered all. Let us look at the causes for the four losses, and then see how he recovered all that he lost. The first is in 1 Samuel 29:1-4. David wanted to join the army of the Philistines against Saul. Saul was David’s enemy and tried to kill him on several occasions because God had chosen David to be king instead of Saul.

The Philistines led by their princes, gathered together and went to battle against Saul. David went with them but the princes of the Philistines did not believe David and he was compelled to go back, very sad and disappointed. David knew that Saul had been anointed king by Samuel and though Saul had been disobedient to God’s Word, yet he was still God’s anointed. That is why God had not allowed David to touch Saul but David had become impatient. David knew that on many occasions God had been with him to help him, yet on this occasion, without consulting God, he had joined the Philistines.

Meditation by Bakht Singh

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"Desert Water"

Therefore the people quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” And Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the LORD?” Exodus 17:2

Wikipedia defines desert as a barren area of land where little precipitation occurs and the living conditions are hostile for plant and animal life. While we may not physically live in the desert, we, as Christians, do experience desert-like seasons along our spiritual journey. Situations in our homes, on our jobs, in our families or relationships become hostile, and we find ourselves angry, disappointed, or frustrated with God. In those moments, we feel parched–like we are running on empty and in desperate need of water. When little to no relief comes, it is tempting to complain and question, “Where is God? Why is He doing this to me? When will this dry spell end?” When things get rough and the terrain hard to navigate or too hard to bear, tap into Jesus. He will provide you with living water to help you get through your dry season!

Father, give us the wisdom to recognize, to navigate, and to transition through the various seasons in our lives. When we are tempted to curse you out of our lack of understanding, have mercy on us. When we are empty, Holy Spirit we ask you to fill us with living water that will sustain us in the driest of seasons. Our hope is in you, Lord! In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen!

 Meditation by Tracie Morrison

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