Thursday, 14 June 2012

The Titles and Names of Christ

Adam, Second – 1Co 15:45
Almighty – Re 1:18
Amen – Re 3:14
Alpha and Omega – Re 1:8; 22:13
Advocate – 1Jo 2:1
Angel – Ge 48:16; Ex 23:20,21
Angel of the Lord – Ex 3:2; Jg 13:1518
Angel of God’s presence – Isa 63:9
Apostle – Heb 3:1
Arm of the Lord – Isa 51:9; 53:1
Author and Finisher or our faith – Heb 12:2
Blessed and only Potentate – 1Ti 6:15
Beginning of the creation of God – Re 3:14
Branch – Jer 23:5; Zec 3:8; 6:12
Bread of Life – Joh 6:35,48
Captain of the Lord’s hosts – Jos 5:14,15
Captain of salvation – Heb 2:10
Chief Shepherd – 1Pe 5:4
Christ of God – Lu 9:20
Consolation of Israel – Lu 2:25
Chief Cornerstone – Eph 2:20; 1Pe 2:6
Commander – Isa 55:4
Counsellor – Isa 9:6
David – Jer 30:9; Eze 34:23
Dayspring – Lu 1:78
Deliverer – Ro 11:26
Desire of all nations – Hag 2:7
Door – Joh 10:7
Elect of God – Isa 42:1
Emmanuel – Isa 7:14; Mt 1:23
Eternal life – 1Jo 1:2; 5:20
Everlasting Father – Isa 9:6
Faithful witness – Re 1:5; 3:14
First and Last – Re 1:17; 2:8
Firstbegotten of the dead – Re 1:5
Firstborn of every creature – Col 1:15
Forerunner – Heb 6:20
God – Isa 40:9; Joh 20:28
God blessed for ever – Ro 9:5
God’s fellow – Zec 13:7
Glory of the Lord – Isa 40:5
Good Shepherd – Joh 10:14
Great High Priest – Heb 4:14
Governor – Mt 2:6
Head of the Church – Eph 5:23; Col 1:18
Heir of all things – Heb 1:2
Holy One – Ps 16:10; Ac 2:27,31
Holy One of God – Mr 1:24
Holy One of Israel – Isa 41:14
Horn of salvation – Lu 1:69
I AM – Ex 3:14; Joh 8:58
JEHOVAH – Isa 26:4
Jesus – Mt 1:21; 1Th 1:10
Judge of Israel – Mic 5:1
Just One – Ac 7:52
King – Zec 9:9; Mt 21:5
King of Israel – Joh 1:49
King of the Jews – Mt 2:2
King of Saints – Re 15:3
King of Kings – 1Ti 6:15; Re 17:14
Law giver – Isa 33:22
Lamb – Re 5:6,12; 13:8; 21:22; 22:3
Lamb of God – Joh 1:29,36
Leader – Isa 55:4
Life – Joh 14:6; Col 3:4; 1Jo 1:2
Light of the world – Joh 8:12
Lion of the tribe of Judah – Re 5:5
Lord of glory – 1Co 2:8
Lord of all – Ac 10:36
LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS – Jer 23:6
Lord God of the holy prophets – Re 22:6
Lord God Almighty – Re 15:3
Mediator – 1Ti 2:5
Messenger of the covenant – Mal 3:1
Messiah – Da 9:25; Joh 1:41
Mighty God – Isa 9:6
Mighty One of Jacob – Isa 60:16
Morningstar – Re 22:16
Nazarene – Mt 2:23
Offspring of David – Re 22:16
Only begotten – Joh 1:14
Our Passover – 1Co 5:7
Plant of renown – Eze 34:29
Prince of life – Ac 3:15
Prince of peace – Isa 9:6
Prince of the kings of the earth – Re 1:5
Prophet – Lu 24:19; Joh 7:40
Ransom – 1Ti 2:6
Redeemer – Job 19:25; Isa 59:20; 60:16
Resurrection and life – Joh 11:25
Rock – 1Co 10:4
Root of David – Re 22:16
Root of Jesse – Isa 11:10
Ruler of Israel – Mic 5:2
Saviour – 2Pe 2:20; 3:18
Servant – Isa 42:1; 52:13
Shepherd and Bishop of souls – 1Pe 2:25
Shiloh – Ge 49:10
Son of the blessed – Mr 14:61
Son of God – Lu 1:35; Joh 1:49
Son of the Highest – Lu 1:32
Son of David – Mt 9:27
Son of man – Joh 5:27; 6:37
Star – Nu 24:17
Sun of righteousness – Mal 4:2
Surety – Heb 7:22
True God – 1Jo 5:20
True Light – Joh 1:9
True Vine – Joh 15:1
Truth – Joh 14:6
Way – Joh 14:6
Wisdom – Pr 8:12
Witness – Isa 55:4
Wonderful – Isa 9:6
Word – Joh 1:1; 5:7
Word of God – Re 19:13
Word of Life – 1Jo 1:1

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Nanma Mathrame....

 
നന്മ മാത്രമേ നന്മ മാത്രമേ

നന്മ അല്ലാതോന്നുമേ നീ ചെയ്കെയില്ല

എന്തുഭവിചെന്നാലും, എന്തു സഹിചെന്നാലും

എല്ലാംയേശുവേ നന്മകായിട്ടല്ലോ



നീ മാത്രമേ നീ മാത്രമേ

നീ മാത്രമേ എന്‍ ആത്മസഖി

എന്‍റെ യേശുവേ എന്‍റെ ജീവനെ

എന്‍റെ ആശയേ നീ ഒന്നു മാത്രമേ



നിന്നെ സ്നേഹിക്കും നിന്‍റെ ദാസനും

നന്മ അല്ലാതോന്നുമേ നീ ചെയ്തിടുമോ

എന്നെ പേര്‍ചൊല്ലി വിളിച്ചീടുവാന്‍

കൃപ തോന്നി എന്നതിനാല്‍ ഞാന്‍ ഭാഗ്യവാന്‍



പരിശോധനകള്‍ മനോവേദനകള്‍

ഭയം ഏതും വിധം എന്നില്‍ ‍വന്നിടുമ്പോള്‍

പരിപോലും കുറവില്ല സ്നേഹമെന്നില്‍

ചൊരിഞ്ഞിടും നാഥന്‍ പോക്കും വഴിയും തരും



ദോഷം മാത്രമേ ഈ ലോകം തരും

ദോഷമായിട്ടൊന്നും പ്രിയന്‍ ‍ചെയ്കയില്ല

എന്‍റെ യേശുവേ എന്‍റെ പ്രാണനെ

നന്മ ചെയ്‌വാന്‍ എനിക്കും നീ കൃപ നല്‍കുകെ



എന്‍റെ ശോധനകള്‍ എന്‍റെ വേദനകള്‍

എന്‍റെ സങ്കടങ്ങള്‍ എല്ലാം നീങ്ങിടുമേ

എന്‍റെ കാന്തനെ എന്‍റെ നാഥനെ

എന്‍ മണാളനെ വേഗം വന്നിടണേ

















Saturday, 19 May 2012

THE NINE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

THE NINE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Revelation Gifts - gifts that reveal something
* Word of Wisdom
* Word of Knowledge
* Discerning of Spirits

Power Gifts - gifts that do something
* Faith
* Healings
* Miracles

Inspiration Gifts - gifts that say something
* Prophecy
* Diverse Tongues
* Interpretation of Tongues

1. THE GIFT OF WISDOM
There are three types of wisdom:
* The wisdom of God (I Corinthians 2:6-7)
* The wisdom of the world (I Corinthians 2:6)
* The wisdom of man (Ecclesiastes 1:16-18)
The gift of the word of wisdom is the application of knowledge that God gives you ( I Corinthians 2:6-7). This type of wisdom is a gift which cannot be gained through study or experience and should by no means try to replace them. The gift of the word of wisdom is seeing life from God's perspective. As a Christian exercises this gift, he begins to develop a fear of the Lord. This is the "beginning of wisdom" according to Proverbs 1:7.
The gift of the word of wisdom is also the revealing of prophetic future; it is speaking hidden truths of what is not known. It is a supernatural perspective to ascertain the divine means for accomplishing God's will in a given situation, and is a divinely given power to appropriate spiritual intuition in problem solving.
Furthermore, this gift involves having a sense of divine direction, being led by the Holy Spirit to act appropriately in a given set of circumstances, and rightly applying knowlege.
The gift of wisdom is the wisdom of God. It is the supernatural importation of facts; it is not natural. You can't earn it. It is received from God through prayer (Ephesians 1:17).
The gift of the word of wisdom works interactively with the other two revelation gifts: knowledge and discernment.

2. THE GIFT OF KNOWLEDGE
A word of knowledge is a definite conviction, impression, or knowing that comes to you in a similitude (a mental picture), a dream, through a vision, or by a Scripture that is quickened to you. It is supernatural insight or understanding of circumstances, situations, problems, or a body of facts by revelation; that is, without assistance by any human resource but solely by divine aid.
Furthermore, the gift of the word of knowledge is the transcendental revelation of the divine will and plan of God. It involves moral wisdom for right living and relationships, requires objective understanding concerning divine things in human duties, and refers to knowledge of God or of the things that belong to God, as related in the Gospel.
The gifts of the word of wisdom and the word of knowledge function together; knowledge is raw material and wisdom builds on it.

3. THE DISCERNING OF SPIRITS
Discerning of spirits is the supernatural ability given by the Holy Spirit to perceive the source of a spiritual manifestation and determine whether it is of God (Acts 10:30-35), of the devil (Acts 16:16-18), of man (Acts 8:18-23), or of the world. It is not mind reading, psychic phenomena, or the ability to criticize and find fault.
Discerning of spirits must be done by the power of the Holy Spirit; He bears witness with our spirit when something is or is not of God. The gift of discerning of spirits is the supernatural power to detect the realm of the spirits and their activities. It implies the power of spiritual insight - the supernatural revelation of plans and purposes of the enemy and his forces. It is a gift which protects and guards your Christian life.
How to Test a Spirit
You can discern or test whether or not a spirit is of God by the following three ways:
1 Observing what a person does. In Matthew 7:15-20, Jesus explains that false prophets are known by their fruit - by their conduct and actions.
2 Observing whether or not a person exalts Jesus Christ as the Son of God and as Lord and Saviour (I Corinthians 12:3).
3 By listening to what a person says (I John 4:1-3). Does their confession line up with the truth of God's Word?

4. THE GIFT OF FAITH
The gift of faith is the supernatural ability to believe God without doubt, combat unbelief, and visualize what God wants to accomplish. It is not only an inner conviction impelled by an urgent and higher calling, but also a supernatural ability to meet adverse circumstances with trust in God's words and messages.

The Bible speaks of several different types of faith which increase from faith to faith (Romans 1:17):
* Saving faith - faith which gets you into Heaven
(Ephesians 2:8-9)
* Fruit of faith - faith which gets Heaven into you
(Galatians 5:22-23) .
* Gift of faith - stems from saving faith and the fruit of faith; It is the ability to believe for the miraculous
(II Thessalonians 1:3).
This gift not only operates in healings and in miracles, but in the realm of the impossible as well. Saving faith produces the active faith of the fruit of the Spirit which, in turn, produces the gift of faith. When the gift of faith is empowered, the results are miraculous!

5 THE GIFT OF HEALING
The gift of healings refers to supernatural healing without human aid; it is a special gift to pray for specific diseases.
Healing can come through the touch of faith (James 5:14-15); by speaking the word of faith (Luke 7:1-10); or by the presence of God being manifested (Mark 6:56; Acts 19:11-12).
The Bible speaks of "gifts" of healing because there are three types of healings: physical (diabetes, blindness, cancer, deafness, etc.), emotional (jealousy, worry, discouragement, and other destructive attitudes), and spiritual (bitterness, greed, and guilt, etc.).
Although there are three main types of healings, there is much diversity with the gift of healings. While one person might have the gift of healing to rid a person of cancer or perform a creative miracle, another person might have a diversity of the same gift to correct lower back problems or remove a root of bitterness).
According to Mark 16:17-20, the gifts of healing belong to all believers. You can know whether or not you have the gift of healing by the following:
* By the inner witness of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:16).
* When you have a special ability to believe for physical healing for someone (Romans 12:3-8).
* When you have an overwhelming feeling of compassion which moves you to action (Matthew 20:34).

6. THE GIFT OF MIRACLES
A miracle is the performance of something which is against the laws of nature; it is a supernatural power to intervene and counteract earthly and evil forces. The word miracles comes from the Greek word dunamis which means "power and might that multiplies itself." The gift of miracles operates closely with the power gifts of faith and healings to bring authority over Satan, sickness, sin, and the binding forces of this age.
Miracles can also be defined as supernatural intercessions of God. God exhorts us with energy to do something that is not natural or normal to us. Just as the ministry gift of miracles is the expression of prayer, so is the function of the Holy Spirit to direct our prayers (Romans 8:26).
However, the greatest miracle (and often least talked about) is the miracle of salvation. Sure, it doesn't appear as spectacular as parting a sea or even raising a person from the dead, but then again, we as human beings are truly impressed by the manifestations of outward signs and wonders. God, on the other hand, isn't so concerned about outward appearances and flamboyant showmanship but rather a person's heart condition. It is God's desire that believers utilize these spiritual gifts to combat unbelief and bring non-believers to repentance in order that spiritually dead people can be transformed into new creatures in Christ Jesus.
After you become a new creature in Christ, a miraculous transformation begins to occur in you every day to confirm you to Christ's image (Ephesians 1:17-20) and to strengthen your inner man (Colossians 1:10-11). The power of God was miraculously manifested in the lives of believers in the New Testament church (Acts 4:33; Mark 16:20), and God wants His power not only working in you, but also through you (Acts 1:8).
Jesus said, "Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God" (Matthew 22:29). The Apostle Paul warned Timothy about those who have a form of godliness, but deny the power thereof, and he told him not to associate with such people (II Timothy 3:5). If you want the gift of miracles to operate in you, make sure that the Word of God is in you and that you are being influenced by the right people. Miracles are the product of the spoken Word of God, because the Word of God and God are one (Psalm 33:6).

7. THE GIFT OF PROPHECY
The gift of prophecy edifies, exhorts, and comforts (I Corinthians 14:3); helps us build up or strengthen; and should lead us to the Word of God. It is the ministry of the Holy Spirit to convict of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment to come (John 16:8-11).

Prophecy is divinely inspired and anointed utterance; a supernatural proclamation in a known language. It is the manifestation of the Spirit of God - not of intellect (I Corinthians 12:7), and it may be possessed and operated by all who have the infilling of the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 14:31)

Intellect, faith, and will are operative in this gift, but its exercise is not intellectually based. It is calling forth words from the Spirit of God. The gift of prophecy operates when there is high worship (I Samuel 10:5-6), when others prophets are present (I Samuel 10:9-10), and when hands are laid on you by ministers (Acts 19:1-6).

8. THE GIFT OF DIVERSE TONGUES
Supernatural utterance through the power of the Holy Spirit in a person that manifests as spiritual language. The Holy Spirit energizes the tongue to edify believers through language and music.
Diverse tongues is the most misunderstood and dynamic gift. It is not your prayer language, but it can surface through intercession, conference, or through the individual.
Supernatural utterance in languages not known to the speaker; these languages may be existent in the world, revived from some past culture, or "unknown" in the sense that they are a means of communication inspired by the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 28:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 2:4, 10:44-48, 19:1-7; I Corinthians 12:10, 13:1-3, 14:2, 4-22, 26-32).
The spiritual gift involving ability to speak in foreign language(s) not previously studied or to respond to experience of the Holy Spirit by uttering sounds which those without the gift of interpretation could not understand. At Pentecost the church received the gift to communicate the gospel in foreign languages (Acts 2). God gave His Spirit to all His people to empower them to witness and prophesy. In Corinth some members of the church uttered sounds the rest of the congregation did not understand (I Corinthians 12-14). This led to controversy and division. Paul tried to unite the church, assuring the church that there are different gifts but only one Spirit (I Corinthians 12:4-11).

There are three types of tongues mentioned in the Bible:
Three Types of Tongues
1. An unknown tongue unto God (I Corinthians 14:2).
This type of tongue edifies you (I Corinthians 14:4; Jude 20), assists you in prayer (Romans 8:26-27), stirs up the prophetic ministry (I Corinthians 14:5), refreshes your soul (Isaiah 28:11-12), gives victory over the devil (Ephesians 6:18), and helps you worship in the Spirit (I Corinthians 14:14-15; Hebrews 2:12).
When you sing in the Spirit, God joins in with you and confuses and defeats the enemy (Isaiah 30:29-31); it breaks the yoke of bondage (Acts 16:25); it brings you into the presence of God (Psalm 22:3); and it aids you in intercession (Romans 8:26).
2. A known tongue that is a sign to unbelievers.
(I Corinthians 14:2; Acts 2:6).
3. A tongue that is understood through interpretation and edifies the church (I Corinthians 14:15).

Please note that the gift of tongues (as well as your prayer language) is a product of both God and man. Every believer has a part to play in speaking in tongues for the Spirit gives you utterance, and you do the talking. The Holy Spirit does not talk with tongues. In fact, nowhere in the Bible does it mention that the Holy Spirit ever talked with tongues. Instead, you will be doing the talking in the flesh; after all, God said He would pour out His Spirit on all flesh. Everyone who has ever spoken in tongues was in the flesh; however, he or she was inspired by the Spirit when they spoke.

9.. THE INTERPRETATION OF TONGUES
Interpretation of tongues is a supernatural verbalization and subsequent interpretation to reveal the meaning of a diverse tongue. This gift operates out of the mind of the Spirit rather than out of the mind of man.
It is important to note that "interpretation" of tongues is not the same thing as "translation" of tongues, for the interpreter never understands the tongue he or she is interpreting. For example, the message in tongues may be long and the interpretation short because the interpretation only gives the meaning. On the other hand, one may speak a short time in tongues and then given a lengthy interpretation. Yet still, at other times, the interpretation is almost word for word.
The Word of God says that if you pray in tongues, you should pray that you will also interpret - not only for the benefit of others - but for your own benefit as well.
If someone speaks in tongues, you can ask God to move through you to give the interpretation so others will understand, but you can also do this in your private prayers for your own personal benefit. You can pray, "Father, help me understand what I've just said to you in the Spirit," and the Lord will give you the interpretation.
The gift of interpretation of tongues is the second of three inspirational or vocal gifts of the Holy Spirit. When combined with the inspirational gift of diverse tongues, the miraculous and supernatural phenomenon known as prophecy results.


Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Fruit Of The Spirit

Fruit of the Spirit
"Fruit of the Spirit" is a biblical term that sums up the nine visible attributes of a true Christian life. Using the King James Version of Galatians 5:22-23, these attributes are: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. We learn from scripture that these are not individual "fruits" from which we pick and choose. Rather, the fruit of the Spirit is one ninefold "fruit" that characterizes all who truly walk in the Holy Spirit. Collectively, these are the fruits that all Christians should be producing in their new lives with Jesus Christ.
Fruit of the Spirit - The Nine Biblical Attributes
The fruit of the Spirit is a physical manifestation of a Christian's transformed life. In order to mature as believers, we should study and understand the attributes of the ninefold fruit: 

Love - "And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him" (1 John 4:16). Through Jesus Christ, our greatest goal is to do all things in love. "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails" (1 Corinthians 13:4-8). 

Joy - "The joy of the Lord is your strength" (Nehemiah 8:10). "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God" (Hebrews 12:2). 

Peace - "Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 5:1). "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit" (Romans 15:13). 

Longsuffering (patience) -- We are "strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness" (Colossians 1:11). "With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love" (Ephesians 4:2). 

Gentleness (kindness) -- We should live "in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left" (2 Corinthians 6:6-7). 

Goodness - "Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power" (2 Thessalonians 1:11). "For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth" (Ephesians 5:9). 

Faith (faithfulness) - "O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth" (Isaiah 25:1). "I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith" (Ephesians 3:16-17). 

Meekness - "Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted" (Galatians 6:1). "With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love" (Ephesians 4:2). 

Temperance (self-control) - "But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love" (2 Peter 1:5-7).

Jehovah Nissi: The Lord Is My Banner

THE LORD IS MY BANNER

It was over a great battle in the Old Testament that God revealed himself as Jehovah Nissi, THE LORD IS MY BANNER. It happened at the time when Israel was wandering in the wilderness after miraculously crossing the Red Sea. Amalek was the enemy who came against Israel in Rephidim. In Exodus 17:8-16 Moses called on his young apprentice, Joshua, to lead the Israelites into battle while he stationed himself on top of a hill to pray. He had with him his brother Aaron and his assistant, Hur. As Moses lifted his hands and prayed, the Israelites prevailed in the battle but when he let his hands down, Amalek prevailed. So Aaron and Hur set Moses on a rock and held his hands up for him until the battle was totally won.
At the end of the day there was victory and God told Moses to write down what had happened and read it in Joshua's hearing. God was thinking ahead to the time when Moses would be gone and Joshua would be called upon to take over leadership of God's chosen people. Joshua would be the one to cross the Jordan River into Canaan (the Promised Land) and defeat Jericho. He would have plenty of battles ahead of him and God wanted him to remember back to this one and the victory God had given them.
Instead of raising a flag, Moses built an altar because in those times, an altar was often used as a place of remembering or marking an important event. This is where Moses called God Jehovah Nissi because he understood the revelation that God himself is our banner, our victory. He is the one who wins our battles. He still does that by the way. When Moses wrote that story down for Joshua, he was also writing it down for our benefit so that we will remember it as we go into battle. How do we know that?
There is an interesting thing that God says when he tells Moses to write down the story. God says that he "…will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven." (verse 14b) That means that this enemy would not rise again - he was defeated UTTERLY. In verse 16, however, Moses says; "…the Lord has sworn: the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation." How is it that God is saying the enemy was completely defeated and yet that there would be future wars with Amalek in future generations?
Amalek in this story represents our enemy, Satan, who is active against God's people in all generations. Even though the literal "Amalek" at that time was completely defeated by Israel's army, other Amaleks would rise up against Israel and on down to you and me in our own generation. When you gather under Jehovah Nissi as your banner, trust him that the outcome of your battle will be the same as it was for Moses and Joshua at Rephidim. God is saying there will always be war; don't be surprised by it. He is also saying he is always the winner.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

The Prayer of Jabez


 The prayer of Jabez is found in a historical note within a genealogy: “Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, ‘I gave birth to him in pain.’ Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, ‘Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.’ And God granted his request” (1 Chronicles 4:9-10).

Little is known of Jabez, other than he was a descendant of Judah, he was an honorable man, and his mother named him “Jabez” (meaning “sorrowful” or “sorrow-maker”) because his had been a painful birth. In his prayer, Jabez cries out to God for protection and blessing. Using a play on words, Jabez, the “man of sorrow,” asks God to keep him from that sorrow which his name both recalled and foreboded.

The prayer of Jabez contains an urgent request for four things: 1) God’s blessing. Jabez acknowledges that the God of Israel is the source of all blessing, and he asks God for His grace. No doubt, this request was based, at least in part, on God’s promise of blessing to Abraham and his descendants (Genesis 22:17).

2) An expansion of territory. Jabez prays for victory and prosperity in all his endeavors and that his life would be marked by increase.

3) The presence of God’s hand. In other words, Jabez asks for the guidance of God and His strength to be evident in his daily existence.

4) Protection from harm. Jesus taught His disciples to pray in this way: “Father in heaven . . . deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:9, 13). Jabez looks to God in confidence as his defender.

Jabez’s goal in his prayer was to live free from sorrow, and the last thing we read about him is that God heard and answered his prayer. Like Solomon’s humble prayer for wisdom (1 Kings 3:5-14), Jabez’s devout prayer for blessing was answered. The success Jabez enjoyed outweighed the sorrow of his beginning. The prayer of Jabez overcame the name of Jabez.

എനിക്കായ് കരുതുന്നവന്‍....

 
 
എനിക്കായ് കരുതുന്നവന്‍

ഭാരങ്ങള്‍ വഹിക്കുന്നവന്‍ (2 )

എന്നെ കൈവിടാത്തവന്‍

യേശു എന്‍ കൂടെയുണ്ട് (2 )


പരീക്ഷ എന്‍റെ ദൈവം അനുവദിച്ചാല്‍

പരിഹാരം എനിക്കായ് കരുതീട്ടുണ്ട് (2 )

എന്തിനെന്നു ചോദിക്കില്ല ഞാന്‍

എന്‍റെ നന്മയ്കായെന്നെറിയുന്നു ഞാന്‍ (2 ) (പരീക്ഷ....)


എരിതീയില്‍ വീണാലും

അവിടെ ഞാന്‍ ഏകനല്ല (2 )

വീഴുന്നത് തീയിലല്ല

എന്‍ യേശുവിന്‍ കരങ്ങളിലാ (2 ) (പരീക്ഷ....)


ഘോരമാം ശോധനയില്‍

ആഴങ്ങള്‍ കടന്നീടുമ്പോള്‍ (2 )

നടത്തുന്നതെശുവത്രേ

ഞാന്‍ അവന്‍ കരങ്ങളിലാ (2 ) (പരീക്ഷ....)


ദൈവം എനിക്കനുകൂലം

അത് നന്നായ് അറിയുന്നു ഞാന്‍ (2 )

ദൈവം അനുകൂലം എങ്കില്‍

ആരെനികെതിരായിടും (2 ) (പരീക്ഷ....)






Saturday, 14 April 2012

Thanksgiving, The Language Of Heaven

A Characteristic of a Christian…
Thankfulness should be a characteristic of a Christian. We should “always give thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”(Eph. 5:20). And “in everything give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thes. 5:18).
Thankfulness ought to be genuine and come from the heart. This is in contrast to the godless who “neither glorify Him nor give thanks to Him” (Rom. 1:21).
Give Thanks In All Circumstances…
In 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Paul tells us to “give thanks in all circumstances, because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
We should be thankful for material blessings but we shouldn’t put them ahead of the God who bestowed those blessings on us. Our attitude should be to “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all other things [food, clothing, shelter, ect.] will then be given to you as well” (Matt. 7:33) .
Being thankful for good times is easy enough, but Paul tells us to be thankful in “all” circumstances, including trials. So much so that he says that we should “rejoice in our sufferings”. There’s an old saying that comes to mind:
“Glory To God For All Things”
In all things? Why? Because Jesus said that in this world we would have trouble, but He was quick to add that He has overcome the world. We’re reminded that“suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 5:3-5 )
Paul goes on to encourage us to be thankful because God makes sure that all things work “for the good of those who love him” (Rom. 8:28). It’s not that all things that happen are good, but that God can cause good to come out of every situation.
We praise Him because trials and hardships do not limit His ability to work in our lives. In fact, when we go through hard times it gives God a chance to do a special work in our life because, “the Lord is near to those with a broken heart” (Ps. 34:18), and His strength “is made perfect in our weakness”. (2 Cor. 12:9) When we are weak, He is strong.
The Importance of Thanksfulness…
In Revelation chapters 4 and 5 we find Creation face to face with Creator in heaven. Creation reacts in two ways: The first reaction is praise – God is perfect and holy and He alone deserves to be worshiped. The second reaction is thankfulness – Although we’re not worthy to stand before God He not only allows us to stand in His presence, He invites us. Jesus promised that if anyone comes to Him, He will not turn them away. (John 6:37)
These thoughts are beyond comprehension! We wonder along with David, “what is man that you are mindful of him?” (Psalm 144:3) The only way to react to the wonderful kindness of God is with a grateful heart. We will be singing songs of thanks to the Lord throughout eternity — “Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto him that sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.” will be our anthem. And thanksgiving will be the language of heaven.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Forgiveness

Forgiveness has received notable consideration as a method of reaching a state of emotional healing by social psychologist in the last few years, and rightly so, for God initiated the concept from the fall of man; God knew that it would take an attitude of forgiving to live in emotional and spiritual freedom. From Joseph forgiving his brothers in Egypt to the forgiving acts of Christ on the cross, this godly concept has been born of the character of God. Forgiving another for wrongs done has been described has having compassion, a ceasing to feel resentment, or a cancellation of debt owed. And, certainly all three definitions apply to the character of God. We learn early in the book of Genesis that God made man in his own image and we learn from Christ in the New Testament that we are to follow after him, using his life as an example for conducting ours. It's no surprise that modern psychology is finding value in Christian forgiveness, because God has always known human nature and how to mold it closer to His own perfect image.
As soon as sin entered the world, the Lord God had a plan to bring mankind back unto himself; to restore the broken relationship. And, this magnificent plan would be based on a unique attitude and emotion: forgiveness. To demonstrate to the world what atonement and forgiving were all about, God chose the nation of Israel as a people that would walk after him, becoming a light to the surrounding nations. In the book of Leviticus, we see that the Lord initiated the law which included the act of sacrifice as a means of atoning for sin. "And he shall do with the bullock as he did with the bullock of sin offering, so shall he do with this; and the priest shall make an atonement for them, and it shall be forgiven them" (Leviticus 4:20). Several more sacrifices were instructed and the Lord ended most every instruction with the words "It shall be forgiven him". Early in the history of man, God presented the idea that He would send the ultimate sacrifice and that Christian forgiveness would become a powerful definition of God's love.
Christ, the one and only begotten son of God, came, ultimately, to become the sacrificial lamb that would be the last sacrifice for all of mankind. Jesus was the forgiving atonement for all of man's sins. As sin had entered the world through one man, Adam, so mercy entered into the world through one man, Jesus Christ. "In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace" (Ephesians 1:7). Jesus openly forgave sins while he walked on earth, demonstrating that He had the power of God to judge, but choosing to extend Christian forgiveness instead. And, the final act of forgiving compassion of the crucifixion on the cross did not bring an end to the need for human forgiving. Jesus taught that those who followed in his ways would need to continue the excellent tradition of forgiving one another. "And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you" (Ephesians 4:32).

Throughout Scripture, there are many verses that emphasize Christian forgiveness. Both Jesus and Paul the Apostle taught that in order to be forgiven, one must be willing to exercise mercy in difficult situations involving others. Paul also explained to readers that forgiveness would follow confession; that mercy is showered upon those who fully recognize their sin and repent. And, of course, confessing sin and having God forgive are by no means legalistic activities. "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage" (Galatians 5:1). Jesus Christ set us free from the law, and so confessing sins is as much of a spiritually healing activity and a recognition of our limited human flesh as it a command. Everything initiated by God for us is always in our own best interest.

Forgiving others for wrongs that they have inflicted upon our lives and comforts is not an easy task. Perhaps this is the reason that the topic of Christian forgiveness is so widespread and well covered in the Bible. Because man nor woman owns a sea of forgetfulness, it seems that we hang on to past wrongs that we have done and that others have done to us. But, we must remember that nailed to the cross is every wrong ever done, past and future. Take time to thoroughly study the topic of forgiving and discover the compassionate, mercy, and payment for sins that Christ offers. The secular psychologist are absolutely correct - forgiving is key to emotional health.

Saturday, 3 March 2012

The Seven Redemptive Names of God

In his redemptive relation to man, Jehovah has seven compound names which reveal Him as meeting every need of man from his lost state to the end. These compound names are:

Jehovah-Jireh
"the Lord will provide" (Genesis 22:13,14).
i.e., will provide a sacrifice

Jehovah-Rapha
"the Lord that healeth" (Exodus 15:26).
That this refers to physical healing the context shows, but the deeper healing of soul malady is implied.
Jehovah-Nissi
"the Lord our banner" (Exodus 17:8-15).
The name is interpreted by the context. The enemy was Amalek, a type of the flesh, and the conflict that day stands for the conflict of (Galatians 5:17) the war of the Spirit against the flesh. Victory was wholly due to divine help.
Jehovah-Shalom
"the Lord our peace," or "the Lord send peace" (Judges 6:24). 
Almost the whole ministry of Jehovah finds expression and illustration in that chapter. Jehovah hates and judges sin (Genesis 2:1-5). Jehovah loves and saves sinners (Genesis 2:7-18) but only through sacrifice (Genesis 2:19-21). See also: Romans 5:1; Ephesians 2:14; Colossians 1:20.
Jehovah-Ra-ah
"the Lord my shepherd" (Psalm 23.). 
In Psalm 22, Jehovah makes peace by the blood of the cross; in Psalm 23, Jehovah is shepherding His own who are in the world.
Jehovah-Tsidkenu
"the Lord our righteousness" (Jeremiah 23:6).
This name of Jehovah occurs in a prophecy concerning the future restoration and conversion of Israel. Then Israel will hail him as Jehovah-Tsidkenu—"the Lord our righteousness."
Jehovah-Shammah
"the Lord is present" (Ezekiel 48:35). 
This name signifies Jehovah’s abiding presence with His people (Exodus 33:14,15; 1 Chronicles 16:27,33; Psalm 16:11, 97:5; Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5).

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Agape

Agape is love which is of and from God, whose very nature is love itself. The Apostle John affirms this in 1 John 4:8: “God is love.” God does not merely love; He is love itself. Everything God does flows from His love. But it is important to remember that God’s love is not a sappy, sentimental love such as we often hear portrayed. God loves because that is His nature and the expression of His being. He loves the unlovable and the unlovely (us!), not because we deserve to be loved, but because it is His nature to do so, and He must be true to His nature and character. God’s love is displayed most clearly at the Cross, where Christ died for the unworthy creatures who were “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1), not because we did anything to deserve it, “but God commends His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). The object of agape love never does anything to merit His love. We are the undeserving recipients upon whom He lavishes that love. His love was demonstrated when He sent His Son into the world to “seek and save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10), and to provide eternal life to those He sought and saved. He paid the ultimate sacrifice for those He loves.

In the same way, we are to love others sacrificially. Jesus gave the parable of the Good Samaritan as an example of sacrifice for the sake of others, even for those who may care nothing at all for us, or even hate us, as the Jews did the Samaritans. Sacrificial love is not based on a feeling, but a determined act of the will, a joyful resolve to put the welfare of others above our own. But this type of love does not come naturally to humans. Because of our fallen nature, we are incapable of producing such a love. If we are to love as God loves, that love—that agape—can only come from its true Source. This is the love which “has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit given to us” when we became His children (Romans 5:5). Because that love is now in our hearts, we can obey Jesus who said, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. As I have loved you, you should also love one another” (John 13:34). This new commandment involves loving one another as He loved us sacrificially, even to the point of death. But again, it is clear that only God can generate within us the kind of self-sacrificing love which is the proof that we are His children. “By this we have known the love of God, because He laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers” (1 John 3:16). Because of God’s love toward us, we are now able to love one another.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

HOPE

Trustful expectation, particularly with reference to the fulfillment of God's promises. Biblical hope is the anticipation of a favorable outcome under God's guidance. More specifically, hope is the confidence that what God has done for us in the past guarantees our participation in what God will do in the future. This contrasts to the world's definition of hope as “a feeling that what is wanted will happen.” Understood in this way, hope can denote either a baseless optimism or a vague yearning after an unattainable good. If hope is to be genuine hope, however, it must be founded on something (or someone) which affords reasonable grounds for confidence in its fulfillment. The Bible bases its hope in God and His saving acts.
Words for Hope In the Old Testament the words which are most often used to connote “hope” are tigwa (“to look for something with eager expectation”), batach (“to rely on something reliable”), and yachal (“trust”). In the New Testament “hope” is the proper translation for the verb elpizein and the noun elpis. Other words which belong to the vocabulary of hope are pepoithenai (“to trust”), hupomenein (“to endure”), and prosdokan (“to expect” or “to await”). It is important to note that the reality of hope is often present where the exact words are absent. A case in point is the New Testament Book of Revelation. The word “hope” does not appear in its pages. The message of Revelation, however, is permeated with the reality of hope. A complete examination of hope would have to include all of the exhortations, prayers, promises, and future tenses in the Bible.
The Ground and Object of Hope In the Old Testament, God alone is the ultimate ground and object of hope. Hope in God was generated by His might deeds in history. In fulfilling His promise to Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3), He redeemed the Israelites from bondage in Egypt. He provided for their needs in the wilderness, formed them into a covenant community at Sinai, and led them into the successful occupation of Canaan. These acts provided a firm base for their confidence in God's continuing purpose for them. Even when Israel was unfaithful, hope was not lost. Because of God's faithfulness and mercy, those who returned to Him could count on His help (Malachi 3:6-7). This help included forgiveness (2 Chronicles 7:14; Psalms 86:5) as well as deliverance from enemies. Thus, Jeremiah addressed God as the “hope of Israel, the saviour thereof in time of trouble” (Jeremiah 14:8; compare Jeremiah 14:22; Jeremiah 17:13). Likewise, the psalmist called on Israel to “hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins” (Psalms 130:7-8 NIV; compare Psalms 131:3).
A corollary of putting one's hope in God is refusing to place one's final confidence in the created order. All created things are weak, transient, and apt to fail. For this reason it is futile to vest ultimate hope in wealth (Psalms 49:6-12; Psalms 52:7; Proverbs 11:28), houses (Isaiah 32:17-18), princes (Psalms 146:3), empires and armies (Isaiah 31:1-3;2 Kings 18:19-24), or even the Jerusalem Temple (Jeremiah 7:1-7). God, and God only, is a rock that cannot be moved (Deuteronomy 32:4,Deuteronomy 32:15,Deuteronomy 32:18; Psalms 18:2; Psalms 62:2; Isaiah 26:4) and a refuge and fortress who provides ultimate security (Psalms 14:6, Psalms 61:3; Psalms 73:28; Psalms 91:9). An accurate summary of the Old Testament emphasis is found in Psalms 119:49-50. “Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope. My comfort in my suffering is this: your promise preserves my life” (NIV).
A significant aspect of Old Testament hope was Israel's expectation of a messiah, that is, an anointed ruler from David's line. This expectation grew out of the promise that God would establish the throne of David forever (2 Samuel 7:14). The anointed ruler (messiah) would be God's agent to restore Israel's glory and rule the nations in peace and righteousness. For the most part, however, David's successors were disappointments. The direction of the nation was away from the ideal. Thus, people looked to the future for a son of David who would fulfill the divine promise.
The New Testament continues to speak of God as the source and object of hope. Paul wrote that it was the “God who raises the dead” on whom “we have set our hope” (2 Corinthians 1:9-10 NIV). Furthermore, “we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men” (1 Timothy 4:10 NAS). Peter reminded his readers that “your faith and hope are in God” (1 Peter 1:21 NAS). In the New Testament, as in the Old, God is the “God of hope” (Romans 15:13).
For the early Christians, hope is also focused in Christ. He is called “our hope” (1 Timothy 1:1), and the hope of glory is identified with “Christ in you” (Colossians 1:27). Images applied to God in the Old Testament are transferred to Christ in the New. He is the Savior (Luke 2:11; Acts 13:23; Titus 1:4; Titus 3:6), the source of life (John 6:35), the rock on which hope is built (1 Peter 2:4-7). He is the first and last (Revelation 1:17), the day-spring dispelling darkness and leading His people into eternal day (Revelation 22:5).
New Testament writers spoke of Christ as the object and ground of hope for two reasons. 1) He is the Messiah who has brought salvation by His life, death, and resurrection (Luke 24:46). God's promises are fulfilled in Him. “For in him every one of God's promises is a “Yes” (2 Corinthians 1:20 NRSV). 2) They are aware of the unity between Father and Son. This is a unity of nature (John 1:1; Colossians 1:19) as well as a unity in the work of redemption. Because “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself” (2 Corinthians 5:19), hope in the Son is one with hope in the Father.
The Future of Hope While the New Testament affirms the sufficiency of Christ's redemptive work in the past, it also looks forward to His return in the future to complete God's purpose. Indeed, the major emphasis on hope in the New Testament centers on the second coming of Christ. The “blessed hope” of the Church is nothing less than “the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).
This expectation filled the horizon of the early Christian community. Jesus Himself spoke of it (Mark 8:38; Mark 13:26; Mark 14:28; John 14:1-4). His disciples were promised that “this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11). Apostolic preaching reiterated the theme (Acts 3:19-21; Acts 10:42; Acts 17:31). References in the epistles are numerous. Paul reminded the Philippians that “our conversation is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20 NAS; compare1 Corinthians 15:51-54; 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10; 1 Thessalonians 2:19; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Timothy 6:14). Christ “will appear a second time… to save those who are eagerly waiting for him” (Hebrews 9:28 NRSV). Christians are “shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:5). If the Lord's coming seems delayed unduly, it is still certain because “the Lord is not slack concerning his promise” (2 Peter 3:9). The last book of the Bible begins and ends with a reference to Christ's return. “Behold, he cometh with clouds” (Revelation 1:7). “He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20).
The content of the hope which will be realized in the future is described in different ways. Christians will “obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God” (Romans 8:21 NRSV); realize their hope of “righteousness” (Galatians 5:5); be “transformed into his likeness” (2 Corinthians 3:12-18 REB; compare 1 John 3:1-3); acquire possession of the inheritance (Ephesians 1:14), and experience the resurrection of the body (1 Corinthians 15:21,1 Corinthians 15:50-55).
Hope is not merely individual in scope, however. It has cosmic dimensions as well. God's purpose is to redeem the whole creation. Thus, Christians expect that “the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Romans 8:21). Peter expressed it like this: “we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2 Peter 3:13).
The Assurance of Hope Christians live in hope for two basic reasons. The first reason is because of what God has done in Christ. Especially important is the emphasis the New Testament places on the resurrection by which Christ has defeated the power of sin and death. “By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3 NRSV).
The second reason is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God” (Romans 8:16). Furthermore, the Spirit is the “first installment of our inheritance, so that we may finally come into full possession of the prize of redemption” (Ephesians 1:14 Williams). “Hope never disappoints us; for through the Holy Spirit that has been given us, God's love has flooded our hearts” (Romans 5:5 Williams). Hence, Paul's prayer that “the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost” (Romans 15:13).
Given the assurance of hope, Christians live in the present with confidence and face the future with courage. They can also meet trials triumphantly because they know “that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance character; and character, hope” (Romans 5:3-4 NIV). Such perseverance is not passive resignation; it is the confident endurance in the face of opposition. There is, therefore, a certitude in Christian hope which amounts to a qualitative difference from ordinary hope. Christian hope is the gift of God. “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure” (Hebrews 6:19NIV).

Monday, 6 February 2012

Faith

Faith is the simplest of all things, and perhaps because of its simplicity it is the more difficult to explain. What is faith? It is made up of three things—knowledge, belief, and trust.
KNOWLEDGE…
Knowledge comes first. “How shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard?” (Romans 10:14). I want to be informed of a fact before I can possibly believe it. “Faith comes by hearing” (Romans 10:17); we must first hear, in order that we may know what is to be believed. “Those who know your name will trust in you” (Psalm 9:10)
A measure of knowledge is essential to faith; hence the importance of getting knowledge. “Incline your ear, and come unto me; hear, and your soul shall live” (Isaiah 55:3). Such was the word of the ancient prophet, and it is the word of the gospel still.
Search the Scriptures and learn what the Holy Spirit teaches concerning Christ and His salvation. Seek to know God: “For he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6). May the Holy Spirit give you the spirit of knowledge, and of the fear of the Lord! Know the gospel: know what the good news is, how it talks of free forgiveness, and of change of heart, of adoption into the family of God, and of countless other blessings.
Know especially Christ Jesus the Son of God, the Savior of men, united to us by His human nature, and yet one with God; and thus able to act as Mediator between God and man, able to lay His hand upon both, and to be the connecting link between the sinner and the Judge of all the earth.
Endeavor to know more and more of Christ Jesus. Endeavor especially to know the doctrine of the sacrifice of Christ; for the point upon which saving faith mainly fixes itself is this— “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them” (2 Corinthians 5:19). Know that Jesus was “made a curse for us, as it is written, Cursed is every one that hangs on a tree” (Galatians 3:13). Drink deep of the doctrine of the substitutionary work of Christ; for there lies the sweetest possible comfort to the guilty sons of men, since the Lord “made him to be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Faith begins with knowledge.
BELIEF…
The mind goes on to believe that these things are true. The soul believes that God is, and that He hears the cries of sincere hearts; that the gospel is from God; that justification by faith is the grand truth which God has revealed in these last days by His Spirit more clearly than before.
Then the heart believes that Jesus is verily and in truth our God and Savior, the Redeemer of men, the Prophet, Priest, and King of His people. All this is accepted as sure truth, not to be called in question. I pray that you may at once come to this. Get firmly to believe that “the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s dear Son, cleanse us from all sin” (1 John 1:7); that His sacrifice is complete and fully accepted of God on man’s behalf, so that he that believe on Jesus is not condemned. Believe these truths as you believe any other statements; for the difference between common faith and saving faith lies mainly in the subjects upon which it is exercised. Believe the witness of God just as you believe the testimony of your own father or friend. “If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater” (1 John 5:9).
TRUST…
So far you have made an advance toward faith; only one more ingredient is needed to complete it, which is trust. Commit yourself to the merciful God; rest your hope on the gracious gospel; trust your soul on the dying and living Savior; wash away your sins in the atoning blood; accept His perfect righteousness, and all is well.
Trust is the lifeblood of faith; there is no saving faith without it. The Puritans were accustomed to explain faith by the word “recumbency.” It meant leaning upon a thing. Lean with all your weight upon Christ. It would be a better illustration still if I said, fall at full length, and lie on the Rock of Ages. Cast yourself upon Jesus; rest in Him; commit yourself to Him.
That done, you have exercised saving faith. Faith is not a blind thing; for faith begins with knowledge. It is not a speculative thing; for faith believes facts of which it is sure. It is not an unpractical, dreamy thing; for faith trusts, and stakes its destiny upon the truth of revelation. That is one way of describing what faith is.
Let me try again. Faith is believing that Christ is what He is said to be, and that He will do what He has promised to do, and then to expect this of Him.
- Charles Spurgeon

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Jesus: From Genesis to Revelation

In the Old Testament:

- In Genesis, He is the Creator God.
- In Exodus, He is the Redeemer.
- In Leviticus, He is your sanctification.
- In Numbers, He is your guide.
- In Deuteronomy, He is your teacher.
- In Joshua, He is the mighty conqueror.
- In Judges, He gives victory over enemies.
- In Ruth, He is your kinsman, your lover, your redeemer.
- In I Samuel, He is the root of Jesse.
- In 2 Samuel, He is the Son of David.
- In 1 Kings and 2 Kings, He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
- In 1st and 2nd Chronicles, He is your intercessor and High Priest.
- In Ezra, He is your temple, your house of worship.
- In Nehemiah, He is your mighty wall, protecting you from your enemies.
- In Esther, He stands in the gap to deliver you from your enemies.
- In Job, He is the arbitrator who not only understands your struggles, but has the power to do something about them.
- In Psalms, He is your song–and your reason to sing.
- In Proverbs, He is your wisdom, helping you make sense of life and live it successfully.
- In Ecclesiastes, He is your purpose, delivering you from vanity..
- In the Song of Solomon, He is your lover, your Rose of Sharon.
- In Isaiah, He is the mighty counselor, the prince of peace, the everlasting father, and more. He’s everything you need.
- In Jeremiah, He is your balm of Gilead, the soothing salve for your sin-sick soul.
- In Lamentations, He is the ever-faithful one upon whom you can depend.
- In Ezekiel, He is your wheel in the middle of a wheel–the one who assures that dry, dead bones will come alive again.
- In Daniel, He is the ancient of days, the ever- lasting God who never runs out of time.
- In Hosea, He is your faithful lover, always beckoning you to come back–even when you have abandoned Him.
- In Joel, He is your refuge, keeping you safe in times of trouble.
- In Amos, He is the husbandman, the one you can depend on to stay by your side.
- In Obadiah, He is Lord of the Kingdom.
- In Jonah, He is your salvation, bringing you back within His will.
- In Micah, He is judge of the nation.
- In Nahum, He is the jealous God.
- In Habakkuk, He is the Holy One.
- In Zephaniah, He is the witness.
- In Haggai, He overthrows the enemies.
- In Zechariah, He is Lord of Hosts.
- In Malachi, He is the messenger of the covenant.

In the New Testament:

- In Matthew, He is king of the Jews.
- In Mark, He is the servant.
- In Luke, He is the Son of Man, feeling what you feel.
- In John, He is the Son of God.
- In Acts, He is Savior of the world.
- In Romans, He is the righteousness of God.
- In I Corinthians, He is the rock that followed Israel.
- In II Corinthians, He the triumphant one, giving victory.
- In Galatians, He is your liberty; He sets you free.
- In Ephesians, He is head of the Church.
- In Philippians, He is your joy.
- In Colossians, He is your completeness.
- In I Thessalonians, He is your hope.
- In II Thessalonians, He is your glory.
- In I Timothy, He is your faith.
- In II Timothy, He is your stability.
- In Titus He is your reason for serving.
- In Philemon, He is your benefactor.
- In Hebrews, He is your perfection.
- In James, He is the power behind your faith.
- In I Peter, He is your example.
- In II Peter, He is your purity.
- In I John, He is your life.
- In II John, He is your pattern.
- In III John, He is your motivation.
- In Jude, He is the foundation of your faith.
- In Revelation, He is your coming King.

Hell

There are two descriptions of hell in the Bible. One is of a burning fire. Jesus often used the word GEHENNA to describe hell. Gehenna was...