Plunging into the unknown

What if the Aston Martin Vantage GT12 is convinced that it is just a pull cart and lives like one, never knowing its power or potential. As a larva that does not know the fascinating butterfly it will soon become, man also does not know his own greatness or what he is destined to become. He lives in ignorance of what he is actually capable of. All that he is able to think up with his so called advanced intellect is so limited. It seldom measure up to the reality of who he really is or what he is capable of.

Man can only find himself fully in God - his creator.

Man does not become great by addition but by subtraction. Man tries to become great by adding to him degrees, possessions, wealth, health, superficial beauty, name, fame etc. He thinks he is the sum total of the value of all that he processes. He becomes great by letting go...

His greatness lies within himself. Because he isn't humble enough to look upto God, he fails look into himself and find the treasure. Godless man is …

Six lane highways are not for all

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Mathew 7:14
Those who have not submitted themselves under the authority of the Gospel is not guided by the Truth but are tossed around by their own decietful desires. Such are faced with unlimited options as far the direction of their life's journey is concerned. They are guided by too many dim and dull lights. Everywhere there are mega offers and jackpots to entice the pleasure seeker. Their journey is wayward and aimless. They sway in all directions like drunkards. Their road thus is wide and entrance is wider. They will not reach any destination for they have none. The road they traverse is illusory and deceptive. They are trapped and are headed to eternal nothingness. No passengers in this extra wide highway care about each other. They are utterly selfish and always c…

Is your wife beautiful?

We live in a culture where beauty of the human body is falsely defined by pornography. So if you are a person who grew up with pornographic influence, it is almost certain that you have not liked your wife's body when you saw her naked for the first time. And it would be no different even now unless you have learned in the hard way to love her for who she really is.

The pornographic culture has deceived us to seek beauty in the body divorced from the person. Beauty of the person though perceived in the body, lies in the soul. Every person that God created is beautiful. If I'm unable to see my wife's real beauty, the problem lies in my heart. The effective tool to measure ones love for his wife is his ability to see and foster his wife’s beauty (TOB 92:4). 
The onus is totally upon the husband to make his wife aware of her beauty by loving her - body and soul. A husband must find out where his wife doubts her own beauty, it is precisely there he should love her tenderly, h…

Resisting Sin

Sin destroys joy and freedom. It leaves us in fear and loneliness. Slowly but surely, we loose our self worth. The questions is how can we safeguard ourselves from the devastating consequences of sin and live joyfully and victoriously? Merely asking God to protect us from sin would not be enough because it requires our participation. It would be like asking a doctor to heal us and waiting to be healed doing nothing. In our daily struggle against sin, God expects us 'to do' a few things so that effort becomes effective and fruitful. And only in doing these things we cooperate with God's glorious plan for our redemption and eternal life.

Our situations may be unique and our vulnerabilities different. Yet it may be possible to draw out few guidelines that are applicable to all. Resisting sin effectively requires the following:

1) Great desire and will
Most of the time we fall into sin because we do not really want to avoid sin. If you are taking your  sinfulness lightly, and …

When whip and thorns show up again!

Rough edges are there to smoothen me
Pointed ones to poke me deep
They exist in my life to remind me
Of the distance I must tread to be good

Don't I know I'm Gods work in progress
Becoming the maker more or less
These are tools my maker uses
To chip off parts not in his plan

Holy will I be if I permit and not resist
Redeemed be my heart bit by bit
Purifying me in the furnace of love
Untill He sees his face shine in mine

Thank you Lord for the many gifts given
That makes me sad but makes me wise
They purge my still ungodly side
To abide totally as branch in the vine

Pain and suffering are there to spare me
From the surging fires of purging pyre
Love cannot hate so I'm never alone
Always by me is the shepherd so good

Your chastisement is a sweet medicine
That makes me chaste and cleanses sin
Never let me forget thy care and desire
When thy whip and thorns show up again

The joy of Lent

The words we generally associate with Lent are the unpleasant ones like, desert, heat, dryness, wilderness, fear, beasts, hunger, thirst, loneliness etc. We may think, for Jesus, the forty days he spent in the wilderness was an unpleasant experience. But on the contrary, it may well be the best forty days in his life, spent in deep relationship with the father.

Jesus' victory over the crafty schemes of the devil at the end of his fast, is the proof of the immense strength one receives in prayer (dwelling in the presence of God).

Lent begins with a very powerful scripture passage where Jesus, soon after his baptism is lead by the Spirit to be tempted by the devil. Jesus, with extreme clarity, conviction and determination destroys every one of the temptations and commands the devil to get away and at once he does. The devil presents before Jesus, practical sounding, too good to be true worldly promises, suggestions and challenges, while attempting to tempt him. Complying to devils …

Not without a fight

God promised the Israelites who were slaves in Egypt, Canaan, a land flowing with milk and honey. This land was not as we might think an unoccupied single piece of land, full of trees and cows and honey combs waiting to welcome God's people but a land occupied by corrupt, immoral people who were hardly good to mingle with let alone to live with.

Taking procession of the promised land was not a cake walk. God's people had to wage a series of wars to wipe the opposition out. Yes, God was with the Israelites yet the victory was not without a fight.

Jesus redeemed us from sin and promised the Kingdom of God for all those who believe in him yet it is not without a fight. The signs God did for the Israelites were merely foreshadows the greater works Christ would do during his time. Like the Israelites, people of the new Jerusalem - the Church would also have to fight battles to enter the promised kingdom. Jesus taught us to believe in Him and trust him. He promised to never leave u…