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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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

Greeting card with cats on

Greeting card with cats on (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Greeting card longoria's

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.

HOW TO RECEIVE LORD’S FAVOUR

English: Road Through Lord's Throat Lord's Thr...

English: Road Through Lord’s Throat Lord’s Throat is a pretty wooded valley, named after Lord Forbes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psalm 41:1-3

 Blessed  is he who has regards for the weak ; the Lord delivers him In times of trouble.

The Lord will protect him and preserve his life ;he will bless him in the land and not surrender him to the desire of his foes.

The Lord will sustain him on his sickbed and restore him from his bed of illness.

 

Our lives become blessed and meaningful as we consider the poor and the weak. Here blessed means made happy and satisfied. People can be weak physically , mentally , spiritually and financially. we need to love them, care for them, support them, and  encourage them .This way we will be able to show  God’s love , and be  channels to draw them to God .

As we show care and  love  the Lord says that he will deliver us  from our  troubles, trials and difficulties. We will  be protected from all our enemies both physical and spiritual ,you will enjoy long life and good health.

We will also be sustained ,provided ,nourished ,and nursed by God and  be set  always in his presence.

God is seeking people who will show His heart ‘s concern to a world engulfed  in selfishness. I  invite you to decide this day to love the helpless ,the needy and show concern through encouraging words and deeds. Appreciate them and uplift them so the divine favour   be upon you. Have a blessed new month.


HOW TO RECEIVE GOD’S BLESSINGS

Words have a power all their own

Words have a power all their own (Photo credit: Lynne Hand)


God is our loving father ,he cares for us ,it is his nature that he wants to bless us.

He blesses us both spiritually and physically.

His love has no limits,  it is flowing  to everyone.

He is slow to anger and abounding in mercy.

By drawing near to him we experience his love and his divine provision.

His words reveal to us the ways to receive his blessings. Following are some…

  •  Believe in His words ,his words are himself, what he says stands ,it is power . For

he created the world with words, he said let there be  light and it was so( Gen 1:3) .Therefore turn to the word of God with trust and confidence.

  • Love the word of God, this way you love God himself, for he is expressed in his words, his love flows   throughout his word . Thirst  for it, as the deer thirst after  water.(Deut 6:5)
  • Read the word of God, He who reads his word is blessed; in his words there is wisdom and strength. The more one reads the word the more he comes to know him. It nourishes your soul.(Rev 1:3)
  • Meditate on the word, it  helps  the word to be digested in to your system. It will produce divine energy within you to fight the battles in your life.(Joshua 1:8)And it empowers you.
  • Pray the word of God, it  renews your mind and prepares you to see the world in a new light. Your attitudes will change and the word  will become alive in you.(Romans 12:2)
  • Obey the word of God, means to  take  action  in trusting the word. Here you show your respect and  dependence  on God. The  reverential  fear of the lord  guarantees  success in life.( EX 12:24;Deut 8:1;Pro 29:18)
  •  Share the word of God, The blessings have to be shared, it is the will of God and the nature  of God. As we faithfully  share  the blessings,  the more blessed we  will become. The  world  is thirsting for the truth, you have it, please share it lavishly. You received  freely  give freely  because it has the power to change and free people from their bondages and difficulties,.(Mt 28:19)

   Some spiritual blessings

  •  Arms with strength    Psalm18:32
  • Rest                                psalm23:2
  • Protection                     psalm 37:39
  • Up holds                        Isaiah41;10
  • Some physical blessings
    • Long life                        Deut 4:40
    • All go well                     Deut 12:28
    • Prosper in all                Deut 28:8
    • No lack                          Psalm 34;10

PRAYER OF GRATITUDE

Psalm 103:2 “Praise the Lord, O my soul; and forget not all his benefits…”

On 24th March 2012 ,I was dying from a severe heart attack;all glory to God  He protected me and healed me.As I was recovering
the Lord reminded me of being grateful to Him.So this prayer was given to me by the Holy spirit.

  • Dear Lord thank you for healing me.
  • Thank you for saving my life.
  • Thank you for giving me a new lease of life to serve you and worship you.
  • Thank you that you are with me by my side.
  • Thank you that your life is flowing through me.
  • Thank you that you make me lie down in green pastures.
  • Thank you that you are providing me.
  • Thank you  for the food ,clothing ,shelter and the fresh air.
  • Thank you I am blessed to bless others.
  • Thank you for my loving family and dear friends.
  • Thank you for nourishing  my soul.
  • Thank you that you have released a new anointing on my ministry.
  • Thank you  I am energized,physically,mentally and spiritually.Amen

THE POWER IN HIS NAME

Tea plantation in Sri Lanka

Tea plantation in Sri Lanka (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Philippians 2:10″..at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,in heaven and on earth and under the earth,”

This tells us  that Jesus has the power in all areas of life and the universe.Not only He has the power but He himself is the power.

Therefore   those who trust in Him will be protected ,blessed , guided  and freed.

Once I was  serving in a remote area of Sri Lanka where people had a strong belief  in spirits’ power.In one of these villages,  there was a christian family where  I had regular bible study and a prayer meeting.

One day a young a girl from this village was possessed by the spirits and began   fortune telling .This became very  popular among the villagers and large crowds gathered to know  of their future.So the people  at home seen this  as a good way of income , built  a shrine in their compound for the spirits.

As time passed by, the spirits began to oppress the christian family in the village in many ways. The people  at home became sick without any reason,their financial  resources began to slide down , the spirits themselves began to appear,  in different forms in their compound, trying to intimidate them.They became very helpless but they did not want to give in to the spirits, instead they kept placing their trust in the Lord.

They knew  they were facing a spiritual battle. So we began to invoke the name of the Lord and prayed rebuking the evil spirits. As we continued to pray , within two weeks we could see the power of God.The Lord gave the victory to His children and  all of a sudden the shrine was stopped and the   oppression from the evil spirits ceased.

Jesus is victorious ,His victory  is always for you and me who trust in Him,Amen.