Saturday, November 26, 2011

Showers of Blessing!

“…so we shall be separate, Your people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth” Exodus 33:16.

This is exactly what God wanted His people, the Israelites to be when they had to travel through several regions where the people really did not know about the LORD who led Israel to Canaan. But the Israelites often disappointed the LORD by mingling with the people of the land and did just the opposite of what the LORD had commanded them.

Here is what the Lord wants from each one of us even during these days; He is coming for a bride “not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish” Ephesians 5:27.

Although we are in a world where believers and non believers live together there is a big line drawn between the believer and the non believer. You cannot be conformed to the styles of the non believer. He has given you wisdom and we ought to conduct ourselves in a wisely manner. Ephesians 5:15-17 says, “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

2 Corinthians 6:17 says, “Therefore come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”

“Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?” James 4:4.

Dear reader, we have a great responsibility to pray for all the people in the world that they come to Jesus and accept Him as their own personal Saviour and Lord. We are the ones who should show them Jesus through our behavior and our life style. They should first see a marked difference in us so that they become attracted to Jesus Christ.

Be Blessed!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Showers of Blessing!

“I lie awake, and am like a sparrow alone on the housetop” Psalm 102:7.

I have been through situations like the sparrow from my childhood days and I love times when I am all by myself. I take advantage of such situations and see them as an opportunity to speak to God. It was hard for me to be left alone all by myself but over the years I knew God had to speak something to me when I was all by myself. If you are going through such an experience do not be discouraged, God is right by your side waiting to talk to you. Switch off your computer or your television and spent some time with God our Father. Do you know that our Father is happy when you start talking to him on a daily basis?

There are several people in the Holy Bible to whom God spoke when they were alone. In Genesis 13:14 we read, “And the LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him.” God spoke to Abram a promise in verse 15 which was specifically for Abram because the call was only for Abram. Lot was Abram’s addition to the Lord’s call.

We see how the Lord appeared to Jacob when he was left alone in Genesis 32:24. God’s blessing to Jacob appears in verse 28, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.”

Moses was all by himself tending the sheep of Jethro, his father-in-law when the Lord appeared to him in the burning bush and gave him the task of bringing His people, the Israelites from Egypt to Canaan, the land flowing with milk and honey (Exodus 3).

Gideon was threshing wheat in the winepress, hiding himself from the Midianites. In the eyes of the Lord, Gideon “was a mighty man of valor” Judges 6:12. He was not ready to give up his harvest to the enemy. God saw him as a mighty man of valor who set apart himself from the rest of the Israelites.

God started speaking to Samuel when he was alone in 1 Samuel 3:4-11 starting with a prophecy against Prophet Eli who could not restrain his two sons who were wicked and corrupt. We read in 1 Samuel 2:26,”And the child Samuel grew in stature, and in favour both with the LORD and men.”

Be Blessed!