How Elijah faced life?Divine power displayed.

Prayer flags on Renjo La

Prayer flags on Renjo La (Photo credit: Oliphant)

Elijah– the Man who Prayed and succeeded.

Elijah was a prophet who lived in the northern kingdom of Israel. He was very much upset by the idol worship promoted by King Ahab. He worked tirelessly to bring back the worship of true God in Israel. Being an ordinary man, it was not an easy task. He had to risk his life.  He had to fight against King Ahab and Queen Jezebel. But he did not give up, he was committed for the course of God.

He challenged the political and temporal authority in the name of God.

In (1 kings17:1) He declared that there want be rain unless at his command and it was so. God stood with His prophet who honored Him.

He humbly obeyed God and took refuge in His provision.                                     

  • God led him and provided him in an extraordinary way. The ravens were employed to serve him. They brought him bread and meat morning and evening.
  • As the famine grew severe he was asked to go to Zerephath to a widow’s house, there again he was fed miraculously and given the challenge to exhibit the mighty healing power of God. He prayed for the dead child of the house owner. Again God answered and made the child alive honoring his servant’s faith.

  He challenged the power of gods and their priests (1kings18:18).

The priests of Baal were summoned to demonstrate the power of their god against the power of God of Israel.  At this dramatic event, he simply prayed to God, to send down fire upon a wet and water drenched sacrifice and God honored his request and answered by sending fire.

He faced the king and asked him to be prepared for the coming rain(1Kings18:41-46).

He prayed and it rained.

He was a devoted man, who trusted and obeyed God unhesitatingly.  He had enough and more patience to wait for the answer to his prayers.

He never gave up.  He was earnest and fervent in his prayers.

He delighted in working with and for God. He knew his prayers would be answered.

If we pray with the same intensity and fervency we could experience the mighty power of prayer. So let us be fervent in our prayers and be enthusiastic, devoted, bold and obedient in the service of God.

Elijah was just like us (James 5:17) but he had an extraordinary faith.

He stood with God and God stood with him. Even today God stands with those who would like to stand with Him.

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God Heals.

Moses spring in Egypt

God Heals

After 400years of slavery in Egypt the Israelites were heading towards the Promised Land.

 

While traveling   through the desert of Shur, for three days they couldn’t find drinking water. They were tired and exhausted .At last they came to Mara and there was water, but what a disappointment! The water was bitter and couldn’t be drunk.  In their unbearable thirst and distress, they began to grumble against Moses, as if it was his fault. They have easily forgotten what God has done in Egypt, the miracles, the deliverance, the mighty power of God.

 

Instead of turning to God for help they turned against His servant.

 

But Moses turned to God and prayed. God intervened. He showed Moses a piece of wood. He threw it in to the water and it became sweet (Exodus 15:25).

 

At this place God revealed Himself a new Title Name JehovahRapha “I am the Lord, who heals” (Exodus 15:26). He is the healer.  All healing belongs to Him. He chooses diverse ways and means to heal. This was very clearly demonstrated by Christ in His earthly ministry. Sometimes He touched the sick, some occasions He used mud the natural things, in some other places he used the spoken word.

 

He is sovereign. He knows what is best and He acts freely. What we need to do is to yield to Him, trust Him and obey Him. The God who frees also heals. All these are available to us though   faith and believing prayer. He said to the women with an issue of blood “daughter your faith has healed you”. Let’s have faith in Jehovah- Rapha who is able and willing to heal us.


God Is Interested In You

English: Moses Pleading with Israel, as in Deu...

English: Moses Pleading with Israel, as in Deuteronomy 6:1-15, illustration from a Bible card published 1907 by the Providence Lithograph Company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The God we worship is interested in our welfare. He is not separated from us. He is with us, and within us. Israelites cried to God in their distress from Egypt. He heard their cry and came to rescue them. He led them out of bondage to freedom.

 “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey” (Exodus 3:8-9).

The God, we worship is “I AM WHO I AM” (Exodus 3:14).

He is great. He is unchanging. He is eternal. He is sovereign. He is mighty. He is able.

He says,

1. I have indeed seen the misery of my people.

God cares for us and sees us always and everywhere. He is willing to get involved in our affairs to help us and free us. Seeing the suffering of His people  in Egypt , He chose and prepared Moses as a leader to rescue them.  He saved them as promised.     Even today He does it, in  and through Christ. We have a redeemer, we have a glorious hope.

 

2. I have heard them crying out.

“Call unto me and I will answer you…”(Jeremiah 33:3).

He hears our prayers. He is sensitive to our needs. He heard the cry of His people and sent  Moses to deliver them.  Same way Jesus was sent to  free us. We  have been set free.

 

3. I am concerned about their suffering.

He is our shepherd. He took action to deliver them, protect and provide for them on their journey to freedom. He is concerned of us. He wants to comfort us, and provide for us.  He, as our shepherd  is with us, even when we go through the valley of death.

 

4. I have come down to rescue them.

He had a mission, rescuing His people. He accomplished it in relation to Israel.

He sent His son to rescue us from the bondage of sin and the power of Satan.  We are no more under bondage. We are more than conquerors. We have been set free.

 

5. Bring them out of that land to a good and specious land, a land flowing with milk and honey

They were released  from  slavery. The circumstances were changed; the environment was changed and were brought to a new dimension of divine experience. God always brings us out, from one level of experience to another level of experience to taste and see how good the Lord is.

It is rewarding, for “the blessings of Lord brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it” (Proverbs 10:22).

 

Our God loves us.He is interested in us and bring us, in to true freedom to enjoy Him and His blessings.The opportunity is open for all.Let us draw near to Him in faith.

 


God cares for you.

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(Psalm139:1-6) “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me.

You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from far…..”

 

Do you know that God knows you and cares for you?

He is watching you, to help you and bless you.

He sees all your problems and difficulties.

He knows all the harassing thoughts that are running in and through your mind, the worries, the daily concerns.

He knows all your movements, your going in and coming out, your sitting and rising, even the unspoken words of pain and distress.

In your anguish, you may have tried to run away from him but He the omniscient God sees you and cares for you.

Sometimes we ask “Where is He when we go through bitter experiences of life?”But He is close by our side waiting to help us and lift us up.   His hands are always there to cover us from danger and deliver us from our enemies.   His hands give us shelter and comfort.

He is great and awesome. He loves us and thinks of us, for we are His treasured possession.

Let us meditate today, on His goodness and greatness, commit the day in to His hands and rest in Him.

Lord thank you for this beautiful day, thank you for your loving   care. Thank you for your protective hand. I trust you with my whole heart. I bless you and honor you.


Are You stressed?

English: Lush Grass Ahead Coming down from the...

English: Lush Grass Ahead Coming down from the wilderness near the stream in the lee of Bryn Du, and the grass is much greener from now on. “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” Psalm 23:1-3 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psalm 13:5

Psalm 13:5 (Photo credit: [Share the Word])

Meditative prayer to overcome stress.

You can overcome stress, you can be victorious in life, for God loves you, he cares for you. Have hope, trust in him, go to him and spend time under his shadow.

As soon as you get up in the morning, take up your Bible and go to a calm and quiet place, where you are not disturbed. Open the Bible and read meditatively and slowly Psalm 118:24, Hebrews 13:5,John 10:10,Isaiah 40:31, Psalm 23:1-2,Philippians 4:19.

Now start praying the words thanking him, worshiping himand praising him.

Pray Psalm 118: “This is the day that the lord has made”. Lord thank you for this beautiful day, thank you for the good sleep, thank you for the opportunity to be with you and serve you today.

Hebrews 13:5 “..I will never leave nor forsake you” Thank you for your loving presence, your warmth, your assurance, I love you and worship you.

John 10:10 “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full”. I know and believe that your life is flowing in and through me, you are refreshing me. Thank you lord, for your life in me. I am alive because of you.

Isaiah 40:31 “Those who hope in the lord shall renew their strength.”I look to you and wait for you, I know you strengthen me, renew me and I can rise up, by your grace. I am able to achieve great things for you this day. Praise you lord.

 Psalm 23:1-2; “The Lord is my shepherd” Philippians4:19 “My God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory.” You are my good shepherd, you provide for me, protect me and quench my thirst and supply all my needs.  Thank you lord, for your great concern and care.  I can live without any fear, I do not have to worry, for you are with me, you look after me and I am in safe hands.

Psalm 103:1 “Bless the lord O my soul and all that is within me praise his holy name”. Lord I praise you from the depth of my heart; you have been and are so good to me always. I believe you and trust you. Thank you for your sustaining grace. I love you and give you praise. Holy be your name, my Lord and my king. Amen.


SIX STEPS TO VICTORIOUS LIFE.

Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island (Photo credit: Robert Whyte http://www.arachne.org.au)

Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island (Photo credit: Robert Whyte http://www.arachne.org.au)


Psalm37:1-8

Here God is encouraging us to trust him, despite of all injustices ad wickedness. For those who trust in the lord shall never be put to shame ( Romans 10:11) . He promises to be with us and lead us .He will make a way where there is no way. Here  He  gives some practical advice to live a peaceful life.

  1. Do not fret or be envious of the evil men .Do not worry or be jealous, when you see the bad men prosper. It is not going to help you, it will make you unhappy and depressed. Look to God and count your blessings. Thank him for what you already have. Our focus should be on God not on outside circumstances or the prosperity of others. God will deal with the bad or the evil in his time.
  2. Trust in the Lord and do good.  And dwell in the land and enjoy .Keep doing good. God will reward you for that. He knows you and blesses you. When Jesus was on the earth he always did good. Enjoy the blessings God has given you and bless others with your blessings.
  3. Delight yourself in the Lord. World delights in the worldly things but it will not bring them lasting happiness. You delight in him, in his provision, in his love .Think of his greatness and loving care. Praise him, for in his presence there is fullness of joy .As you enjoy him, all your God given desires will be fulfilled. When his presence covers you, all the good things will flow to you naturally.
  4. Commit your ways to the Lord. Hand all of your concerns   in to the hands of the lord. He will prove your innocence, support you and protect you. Lift you from sinking situations and let you shine.
  5. Be still before the lord and wait patiently. Don’t rush or get upset. Cultivate calmness, believe that he can and will solve your problems. Mediate on his word .It will take the stress out of your life y and you will enjoy long and healthy life.
  6. Refrain from anger. Anger is a killer. It produces unhealthy chemicals in your body. It makes you sick and you will die young. You will also lose control and act foolishly,   losing friends and making enemies easily. So be patient and let God handle things for you. Remember the battle is not yours it is his.

Dear loving heavenly father please help me to trust you   and your words. I commit all  my  plans to you. Please give me the strength and understanding to listen to you and act wisely. I know you love me and care for me. I worship you and bless your holy name.


HOW TO BE HAPPY AND SUCCESSFUL IN MARRIED LIFE

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Greeting card with cats on (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Greeting card longoria’s (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Marriage is a divine calling. It is a very blessed experience. It  is  love  consummated. It must be nourished, protected and prospered. Marriage   gives  us  an  opportunity to grow together, live together and experience heavenly bliss on earth.

  1. Learn to love each other unconditionally. Maintain the initial love. It is always helpful to think  and ponder upon the   good old days.
  2. Appreciate each  other ,  value  the roles each-one plays. Show concern and care through words and deeds.(loving words, encouraging words)
  3. Look at the eyes and say” I love  you “ with full of emotions and romance.
  4. Keep humor alive. Don’t be boring ,be willing to laugh and be laughed at.
  5. Spend   quality time with each other, take time off  for recreation, outdoor games, leisure walks in the nature.
  6. Bless and pray for each other.
  7. Give gifts ,  share and accept gifts.
  8. Remember the birthdays, wedding day. Send a greeting card.
  9. Listen to each other, comfort and console.
  10. Be neat and attractive, dress nicely , groom well.
  11. Read the word of God together. Go to a vibrant church. Sing praises to God.
  12. Touch affectionately and tenderly. Show affection through caressing, kissing and rubbing.
  13. Look after each other health, good nutrition, good eating habits, plenty of fresh air, and  exercises.
  14. Be mentally alert and have good thoughts and attitudes, understand each other  learn to  be patient.
  15.  Sleep  well, go for  regular checkups.
  16. Learn to forgive and forget it is human to error and divine to forgive.
  17. Every day look for something good to praise.
  18. Be likable.
  19. Be thankful to God for your partner.
  20. Make Jesus the Lord of your life and the family.