Thursday, December 30, 2010

Showers of Blessing!

“O LORD, You are my God, I will exalt You, I will praise Your name, for you have done wonderful things.” Isaiah 25:1

As 2010 is leaving us and 2011 is at our doorstep let us thank the Lord Almighty for all the blessings He has showered upon us in 2010.

O Lord! my heavenly Father, “I will praise You, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High” Psalm 9:1 & 2).

I will “Bless the Lord and His holy name with my soul and with all that is within me” Psalm 103:1. How can I ever forget all Your benefits? You forgave all my iniquities and healed me when I was sick. I will extol you O Lord, for You have lifted me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay and set my feet upon a rock and established my steps (Psalm 40:2). You brought me out into a broad place; You delivered me because You delighted in me” Psalm 18:19. “I will praise the name of God with a song and will magnify Him with thanksgiving” (Psalm 69:30).

Hallelujah! Thank you Lord for “preparing a table before me in the presence of my enemies; and anointing my head with oil” Psalm 23:5. “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well” Psalm 139:14. Thank you Lord for You have hedged me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me” Psalm 139:5.

This prayer is my sacrifice to You O Lord from the bottom of my heart because countless are your blessings and great is Your mercy towards me and my family.

“The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings” – Eric Hoffer

It is my sincere prayer to all readers of this blog around the globe that the Lord Almighty will bless you and prosper you much more abundantly in 2011.

Be Blessed!

Happy New Year

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Showers of Blessing!

“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.” 1 Samuel 15:23

The above statement was made by Prophet Samuel to King Saul when he disobeyed the voice of the Lord. This resulted in the Lord rejecting King Saul from his position and the anointing of David as the next King of Israel. We find that King David was so loyal and faithful to the Lord. God always need people who obey Him to the core to bring about His plans on earth. Acts 13:22 says, “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.”

We are chosen by God to fulfill His purpose and plans. Ezekiel was chosen to be sent to the rebellious nation Israel. The Lord says to Ezekiel in 2:3 “Son of man, I am sending you to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against Me; they and their fathers have transgressed against Me to this very day.” And as the Lord says in Ezekiel 2:7, “You shall speak My words to them, whether they hear or whether they refuse, for they are rebellious.”

We are to preach repentance to every nation we are sent, rebellious or not, as Apostle Peter says in Acts 2:38, “Repent, and let everyone of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Ezekiel 2:6 says, “And you son of man, do not be afraid of them nor be afraid of their words… because He has made you “Like adamant stone, harder than flint, I have made your forehead; do not be afraid of them, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they are a rebellious house” (Ezekiel 3:9).

I have seen believers and men of God taking actions without taking advice from the Lord. When things go wrong, they blame God for it, whereas remember, God has nothing to do with the wrong actions we make. Isaiah 30:1 says, “Woe to the rebellious children,” says the Lord, “Who take counsel, but not of Me, and who devise plans, but not of My Spirit, that they may add sin to sin…”

The Word says rebellion and stubbornness are equal to the sin of witchcraft and idolatry. So let us not rebel or be stubborn to the word of the Lord.

Be Blessed!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Showers of Blessing

“Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him” 1 Kings 19:18.

God answered Prophet Elijah when he told Him that he was very zealous for the Lord and he was the only one left for Him. God knew His remnant even though Prophet Elijah failed to identify them. He has kept a remnant of His people in every part of the world. The remnant of the Lord “will depend on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth” Isaiah 10:20. Their whole trust is on the Lord because they walk supernaturally on earth according to His plans and live by His provisions. Wherever they go the people of the land will have a supernatural favor on them as they had with Joseph. The Lord protects His remnant as He protected the Israelites when they came out of Egypt “the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard” Isaiah 52:12.

He keeps them moving from place to place as He moved Abraham to fulfil His plan (Genesis 12:1-3). No matter whichever part of the world they are positioned they “shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward” Isaiah 37:31 & 2 Kings 19:30.

This is the promise of the Lord to His remnant “who have been upheld by Me from birth, who have been carried from the womb: even to your old age, I am He, and even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry and will deliver you” Isaiah 46:3-4.

God’s remnant “shall do no unrighteousness and speak no lies, nor shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth; for they shall feed their flocks and lie down, and no one shall make them afraid” Zephaniah 3:13. He is still in the process of gathering His remnant. The Lord has kept His remnant for a great revival in the world, to repair the house of our God, to rebuild its ruins” Ezra 9:9.

”In that day the Lord of hosts will be for a crown of glory and a diadem of beauty to the remnant of His people” Isaiah 28:5.

Be Blessed!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Showers of Blessing

“Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons” Mark 3:14.

Although Jesus appointed twelve apostles to be with Him, Peter, James and John accompanied Jesus more closely than the others. Peter, one among the twelve apostles was the first to speak out to the public after they were anointed by the Holy Spirit. His first speech brought three thousand souls to the Lord. We read in John 15:4 ”Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.” Peter knew he could do nothing of his own because one word (John 21:6) from the Lord gave him one hundred fifty three large fishes and the net was not broken (John 21:11). We need to be coupled with the Lord in order to have a fruitful ministry.

The apostles obeyed Jesus’ words in preaching the Word to the nations. As we read in Mark 16:15 “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” The Lord wants us to “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching” 2 Timothy 4:2. Apostle Paul says in Timothy 4:3 & 4 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” Last week I was so happy to see a sticker on a car which read, “We want God back in America.” It is good that people have started to realize that without God we are nothing.

During these days, we hear about many new kinds of sicknesses. These are the days we need more of healing, miracles, signs and wonders. Peter and John healed the lame man who was seated at Solomon’s Portico Acts 3:6. Apostle Paul annoyed by the slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination commanded the spirit to come out of the girl in the name of Jesus Christ. And it obeyed him Acts 16:18.

Dear believer, I strongly believe that these words are meaningful to you and as Christians we need to exercise our authority to preach the Gospel and heal the sick.

“Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe.” Joel 3:13.

Be Blessed!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Showers of Blessing

Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you.” Genesis 12:1

These are the words of the Lord to Abram when the Lord found him in Ur of the Chaldeans. “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out not knowing where he was going” Hebrews 11:8.

The Lord spoke to me just as He spoke to Abraham when I was wholly settled according to world standards. I obeyed the Lord and in every step and I know I am walking with Him. When I entrusted myself into His hands He took good care of my family and prospered me in every inch of my life. I was nothing when He called me and I know He has invested so much in me. He is the sweetest person in my life. I tasted Him as we read in Psalm 34:8 “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him.”

Has God ever spoken to you and are you ignoring His voice? If He has spoken to you through His Word or through His Prophets’ time and again, please do not ignore the call. Be aware, that if you ignore His call He is going to choose another person in your place. Once you step out in faith the Red Sea and the Jordan are going to part before you Exodus 14:16 / Joshua 3:16. Be faithful in His work and He will indeed bless you supernaturally.

We read in Acts 6:5 how the Lord chose Stephen and Philip along with five others who served tables. Both of them did great wonders and signs among the people Acts 6:8. Acts 9:15 tells us how Apostle Paul was chosen by the Lord. “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings and the children of Israel.”

Jesus said, "The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest" Luke 10:2.

Be Blessed!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Showers of Blessing!

“The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous.” Genesis 26:13

A born again child of the Lord God Almighty who keeps His commandments, His statutes and His laws will become supernaturally prosperous. God blessed Isaac because his father “Abraham obeyed the Lord and kept His charge, His commandments, His statutes and His laws” Genesis 26:5. Abraham’s obedience to God resulted in a blessing to Isaac. I have seen the same kind of blessing come upon believers as soon as they come closer to the Lord. God sees the heart, the commitment and the faith of the believer to serve Him wholeheartedly which in turn will bring blessings upon them. Remember we ought to be sold out to God.

As you obey God, he will take you to greener pastures where you might be all by yourself. Although the whole world will be crying out RECESSION the place where He has taken you will always be green for you. We read in Genesis 26:12 “Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold, and the Lord blessed him.” Isaac reaped a hundredfold in a land hit by famine Genesis 26:1. If this has happened for Isaac, it is the same for you too.

“The blessings of the Lord will come upon you and it will start to overtake you because you obey the voice of the Lord” Deuteronomy 28:2. The blessings of the Lord will come upon you without your knowledge and the people of the land will start envying you as we read in Genesis 26:14 “So the Philistines envied him.” Do not worry when this happens to you. Stay cool because God is in control. “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” 1 John 4:4.

The envy of the people will be turned into favor by the Lord. People will start fearing you because they will come to know that the Lord is with you. “You are now the blessed of the Lord” Genesis 26:29.

Be blessed!