Thursday, May 28, 2020

Do not disturb

Some of us don't like to be disturbed when sleeping. If we could, we would put a sign on our bedroom or bed space doors a "Do not disturb" sign that we see in hotel rooms. But God in all his wisdom often takes off these imaginary sign boards and purposely disturbs our sleep for the greater good of our own spiritual lives and for the sake of dying humanity. A baby's cry, a knock on our door or window, a frightening dream, an abnormally snoring spouse, he can disturb us in any way he chooses, just to make us get up and pray. Yet often we shake off his nudges and turn over to the other side cursing whatever disturbed our sleep. 

Some have become callous in their attitude to the promptings of the Spirit of God. Why should an unbelieving dying humanity be our concern? Surely God can manage his world. Of course, he can. But he is always on the lookout for them who would rise up to a challenge; them who can stand in the gap and war for his kingdom. For every soul is of priceless value and one soul saved by prayer and intercession brings great joy in heaven.
Luke 15:7,10 WEB
I tell you that even so there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance. 
Even so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner repenting.

In this season, where the world is going through untold suffering because of the Corona virus, let's shake off our callous attitude to prayer and intercession and be sensitive to the nudgings and promptings of the Holy Spirit of God, rising up as warriors to see God establish his kingdom; meanwhile also preparing ourselves for the triumphant return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Praise the Lord.
Dr. Johnson Cherian

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Monday, May 4, 2020

Devotional

Psalm 3:3 
But you, O Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.

David was fleeing from his own son Absalom who wanted to be king in place of his father. Imagine living in fear of your own children. Absalom plotted against his father and succeeded for a while, but God's justice prevailed and David became king again.

We see David's trust in God here as he sings this psalm while fleeing from the palace. He believed that God was his shield, his glory and the one who lifts his head high.

Praise God if you have put your trust in Jesus Christ. If you are passing through troubled times, remember that he is your
shield, your glory and the one who lifts your head high. Keep trusting in him. He will give you victory over the problems that you are facing these days.

Dr. Johnson Cherian

Devotional

Exodus 23:25 

Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you..

To the Israelites embarking on a great journey through the wilderness, God's promise to bless their food and water and to take away sickness from their midst must have been very comforting. God's condition was that they worship him. 

The Israelites did go through many problems related to these because of their unfaithfulness to God. 
One thing the Bible makes clear is God's faithfulness and most believers in Jesus Christ can vouch for that.

The Apostle Paul writes, 
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all, how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:32) 

Even today God is faithful to bless your food and water and remove sickness from your midst because his Son Jesus Christ paid the price on the cross for your salvation, healing and deliverance. He is your provider too. 

Trust in God and his faithfulness to see you through the tough times you are going through. 

Dr. Johnson Cherian

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