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September 3, 2016
The R.A.C.E, Part 3

By Answers2Prayer 

  "...And the Lord--who is the Spirit--makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image." (2 Cor 3:18)

With consistent cross-bearing (Ah, yet another C), which is all about saying yes to all God-honoring acts, and no to all selfish desires, I repeat that with the indwelling Spirit empowerment, a Christian slowly but steadily becomes conformed to the image of Christ.

Here I would like to proclaim as to what constituted the complete purpose of the final Adam's (Read "Jesus" See 1 Cor 15:45) first coming. Figuratively put, if "searching out and saving the lost" is step one of His 2-step grand design, then step two is all about "reforming" in us the pristine, God-like image the first Adam was created with (see Genesis 1:27), had lost due to the fall. If by Jesus' stripes we are healed (see Isaiah 53:5), does it not follow that by His marred image/disfigurement that the crucifixion brought upon him (see Isaiah 52:14), He set the process rolling for restoring the original God-like image in us?
 
Long before the Apostle Paul penned his dying declaration (see 2 Tim 4:7) on completing the course, a look at his approach to the "Christian race of life" would seem to be the very definition of the Olympics motto: "Citius, Altius, Fortius" -- Faster, Higher and Stronger...Here goes...

"I don't mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us" (Philippians 3:12-14)

Hmmm...didn't somebody say the Christian life is like riding a bicycle? If you do not keep pedalling forward, you are bound to fall down!

By the way, the words enshrined in the Olympic's motto were not penned by the founding Father of the Modern Olympic movement, Baron de Coubertin, but rather by a Pastor friend of his: Thanks Pastor Henri Martin Didon! As a Pastor myself, am I not proud of this fact! 

Oh yes the Marathon calls for a long haul. If there is one virtue in Christ which stands tall, it is His infinite patience borne out of His infinite love. Truth be told, if one is called Christ-like, it simply means that he is as patient and long-suffering as Christ. This takes us to yet another Pauline personal account under the next sub-heading...

E-Endurance

Reading of 2 Cor 11:24-27 gives one in some measure an idea of the physical hardships borne by Apostle Paul in his "race" for Christ's Glory. Add to this the "thorn in his flesh" that refused to go away (see 2 Cor 12:1-10), and the picture emerges with no shades of grey of a marathon runner battling exhaustion, chugging along one weary mile after the other. His flesh is crying "halt", but his spirit is spurring on. Let's get this straight: The Master did not sugar-coat the demands of walking in the straight and the narrow, and neither did Paul (See Acts 14:22). Yes, the Christian life is not only tough; but impossible, if you try to go it alone: "'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the Lord" (Zech 4:6). 

The Christian life, simply put, is as easy or tough as letting Christ live in and through us; but justifiably to the Apostle Paul, the greatest "spiritual warrior" (opps sorry! The "runner") should belong the last word: "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." (Gal 2:20)

The moot point now is this: with stalwarts like him watching us from the Heavenly stands (see Heb 12:1), how are we running our race? We supply the will, the Lord supplies the power. Chug on Christian...Chug on well!

Prayer: Lord Jesus, Thou art the vine and we are the branches, we find our strength to live a God-honoring life in Thee alone. Strengthen us more, we beseech Thee. Amen.

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September 1, 2016
The R.A.C.E, Part 2


By Answers2Prayer 
 After having meditated on the "R" part of the acronym "RACE", let's continue to focus on the said acronym during this Olympics time by casting the spotlight on...

A-Abundant Life/Anointing...

Let's continue with the Paul saga in Acts 9...

"Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, 'Brother Saul, the Lord--Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here--has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.' Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength." (Acts 9:17-19)

Every Christian at the point of his regeneration becomes a Temple of God (1 Cor 3:16), with the Spirit of God indwelling him (Romans 8:9). Without which, it would be impossible for him to say "no" to the attractions of the flesh, to the world or to Satan, from whose domain, he has been saved. Ditto with Saul, who now became Paul...

The Saviour has promised abundant life (John 10:10) to all those who accept Him. What can be more abundant, then enjoying the fruit of the Holy Spirit--The Comforter--right here on Earth (John 14:16)! 

Contrasted with the "fruit of the Satan" (Gal 5:19-21), which everyone "suffers from" before regeneration, imagine and experience for yourselves how fulfilling the fruit of the Spirit is: "...love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control..." (Gal 5:22-23). 

Talk of having a foretaste of Heaven right here on Earth (Eph 2:6)! No wonder that a Christian, after "tasting Christ", goes to any extent to sustain that relationship which opened the "fountains of heavenly joy" in him in the first place! Yes, even if it means dying as a martyr, if the situation so demands. 

"No I cannot live for a moment, in the absence of the comforting presence of my Lord. It would be like living on hell". So goes not only my refrain but that of countless born-again Christians in the last two thousand years. How amazing is this Christian race, where the "juiced up" runner (with the Coach--the Holy Spirit--empowering him from inside with "spiritual adrenaline" -- See Eph 3:16/Heb 13:9) can never lose!!!

After enjoying the Fruit of the Spirit, with passage of time and with continual obedience, come the gifts of the Holy Spirit in a Christian's life by way of a special anointing experience (2 Tim 2:21). The gifts would vary from person to person (1 Cor 12), depending on the kind of Ministry the Lord has planned for him (The Five-fold Ministry is listed in Eph 4:12-15). The experience of receiving the Holy Spirit that a Christian has at the point of his regeneration, and the one (read "anointing") at the beginning of his service unto the Lord, are different. It would not be plain joy, but rather a joyous experience even as the fire passes through him! I would never forget the experience of fire settling on me, one rainy July evening in 1989 (after six years of my walk with the Lord), as I began preaching my first sermon in a youth service in St Georges Church, Abids, Hyderabad. Truth to tell, for a few hours afterward this experience, I was afraid even to go to the washroom...

Just as it is not possible to lead an effective, God-pleasing Christian life without the continual inner equipping (Heb 13:20), it is also not possible to be an effective "spokesman" for the Lord later on without the periodical anointing. Imagine Yours Truly preaching on Oct 17th, 1983 in the Youth Service of St Georges Church the very next day after being Born again. No way! A baby needs to grow and  learn to walk before running. However, all said and done, for all Christians, whether anointed for 5-fold Ministry of the Church or not (See Eph 4:12-15), the universal ministry, from the time of spiritual re-birth, is to lovingly share their testimony of how Jesus has re-generated them with everyone (1 Peter 3:15)!

Prayer: Father even while filling us with Your abundant life from the beginning of our Christian race, You also anoint us to be used in Your Ministry. How thankful, we are to Thee for these spiritual blessings. In Jesus' Name. Amen

Suresh Manoharan
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August 30, 2016
The R.A.C.E, Part 1
By Answers2Prayer 
 "...I have finished the race..." (2 Tim 4:7)

Hey, 2016 is the year of Olympics! There are several athletic events which would capture the imagination of Sports aficionados; but one which is guaranteed to stir one's soul is the Marathon race. Period. There are races and then there is Marathon in a pedestal of its own. There is no other race which places so much demand on a runner's stamina and perseverance as this 26 miler does. 

The race that Apostle Paul is alluding to here in his dying declaration (very soon, he would die a martyr for Christ, beheaded by half-insane Roman Emperor Nero) is not your typical 100 metres sprint (I agree, it has its own appeal); but the marathon race of his spiritual life. Nine times out of ten, the christian life is more of a Marathon than a Sprint. One is bound to come across more of Paul-like testimonies than accounts resembling that of the repentant thief on the cross, whose road to Paradise was a bit like a Bolt's sprint race! Let's hit the loop line now and peep into the history of the Marathon race...

Brief history of the Marathon race...

The modern Marathon commemorates the 25 km run of the soldier Pheidippides from a battlefield at the site of the town of Marathon, Greece, to Athens in 490 B.C, bringing news of a Greek victory over the Persians. Legend has it that Pheidippides delivered the momentous message "Niki!" ("victory"), then collapsed and died, thereby setting a precedent for dramatic conclusions to the marathon.

In 1908, the race's length was extended from about 25 miles to 26.2 miles (42km), so that it finished in front of the Royal Box. This distance is still used today. Very much in line with the Biblical principle that the "best is reserved for the last" (John 2:10), the Men's Marathon race ("best" athletic event) is invariably held on the last day of every Olympics games. 

Onto the main track again...

So what are the lessons we can glean from Apostle Paul's life in the backdrop of a Marathon race? By the way, how about weaving this Series of 4 parts around the acronym RACE itself for easier understanding...using mostly the Pauline writings found in the Blessed Scripture...

R-Repentance

While the life-changing experience of every born-again Christian may not be as melodramatic as that of the Apostle Saul (then Saul of Tarsus, see Acts 9:1-16), no Christian can begin the race of his life (life in tow with the Almighty) without repentance, which is all about setting right the relationship with the Creator. This relationship was impaired by the Fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3). The crafty Enemy of God--the Satan--and our souls did our first parents in. Satan, incidentally, was one of the archangels in Heaven, before "the evil desire to sit in God's throne entered him, resulting in his abysmal fall" (Isa 14:12-15).

All of us are sinners by birth, enslaved to Satan as the Bible proclaims (Romans 3:23/5:12). The Wise would concur. Think it through...after we are born and are growing...does anyone (our parents or our School teachers) teach us how to lie, how to become jealous, etc? Does it not come  all (these sinful traits) very naturally to us? Talk of genetics and transmission of characteristic from a parent to a child...we all inherit the fallen Adamic nature. No wonder the Saviour launched His Earthly preaching ministry with these immortal words: "Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand" (Matt 4:17). How's that for prioritizing--putting horse before the cart?

I would never forget my childhood and early teenage age, which I spent wandering aimlessly in life, seeking pleasure from several worldly enjoyments but having found no real, lasting joy.  I desperately went to Church one day (October 16th, 1983) in deep depression. There I heard a sermon on the "Born-again experience" (John 3:3) and invited Jesus into my life. In retrospect, it seems that the Saviour was waiting there (St Georges Church, Abids, Hyderabad) on that day for me with open arms...

Want me to tell you, how I prayed on that day of 16th October 1983? Well...here goes: "Lord Jesus, I confess I am a sinner by birth. I believe you shed your blood and died on the Cross for my sins. Please pardon all the sins I have committed so far in my life. Please come into my life right now. Amen". 

Dear Reader, if you have already accepted the Saviour, Praise God. Otherwise, why not make Your's truly's prayer, your own as well...right now! It is at this point that the Starter's gun is heard, as it were, in the spiritual marathon race called the Christian life.

Prayer: Father, how blessed are those who have set their relationship right with Thee by appropriating in their lives the atoning work of Your Son Jesus on the Cross! Let not their love for Thee borne out of gratitude ever diminish. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Suresh Manoharan
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August 27, 2016
God of Abundance, Part 3

By Answers2Prayer Subscribe Unsubscribe Devotionals Contact us  "...for we live by faith, not by sight." (2 Cor 5:7, NET)

Let's remember that God is a God of abundance, and He is not slack about His promises. When He promises us healing, He heals. When He promises to provide for our needs, He provides. When He promises to re-establish broken relationships, he re-establishes them. In His time, yes, but our job is to live by faith, not by sight, and our works should respond accordingly. So why not give God a sacrifice of praise, even if we aren't yet healed? Why not throw a celebration, even if our homes aren't yet brought back together? For in so doing, we are living by faith, not by sight.

This kind of a message is always easier to preach than to practice, but it's interesting that whenever God gives me a new message, He always allows me to go through something in my life that makes me have to "practice" what I "preach". 

This time is no different. 

About a year ago, my cancer medication was changed, and as soon as I began taking the new pills, I began having new symptoms. I decided not to worry about it, but when I went back for my next follow-up visit with oncology, my Oncologist couldn't dismiss it as readily as I had. He wanted me to go for an ultrasound and he said he would refer me to a specialist. 

Quite naturally, my "laissez-faire" attitude flew out the window. I mean, if your doctor is worried, shouldn't you be as well?

The symptoms continued for the next several weeks, until God began giving me this "God of Abundance" message. I claimed healing over these new symptoms that day, claiming His abundant healing power over them. Gradually, over the course of a week, the symptoms disappeared completely. 

I rejoiced and I praised God, then I made a donation in the name of the mighty God who heals, and I invited my family out for ice cream to celebrate my healing. 

The problem was, I was walking by sight, not by faith. I didn't make a donation and have a celebration with my family before the symptoms resolved; I did so after I was already seeing the results of God's abundance. And imagine my disappointment when a few days after my little "celebration" with my family, the symptoms returned, worse than ever. To say I was discouraged would have been an understatement. I admit that I was even a tiny bit angry at God. After all, I had already declared His abundance, I had already declared to my entire family that I was healed! 

I kept the return of my symptoms to myself for a few days. I had to work through my anger. And of course, they worsened. Finally, I shared the new trouble with my husband, fully expecting him to be as discouraged as I was. He was not. He simply said God would heal me of these symptoms for good. 

That's when God began speaking to me about walking by faith and not by sight. I wish I could tell you that I started praising God that I was healed, even when the symptoms were still present, but I'm afraid my faith is not yet that strong. I gave the worry back to God, however, and I repented of my anger and discouragement and prayed for God to strengthen my faith. Anyone surprised to learn that the symptoms again began to diminish, until three days later, they had disappeared completely? 

Why did my symptoms return?

I believe it was because God had an important lesson to teach me in walking by faith in His abundance, and not by sight. I don't know if the symptoms will ever return again, but I do know one thing: I am healed. Period. Whether that healing is manifested today or next month is irrelevant: The God of the universe has poured out His abundant healing power on my body, and I rejoice, I praise Him. And just perhaps, it's time for a second little celebration. What do you think? 

Whatever your concern is now, friends, why not give it to God? Why not stand upon His abundant promises, even when you don't see the results right away? Why not follow Solomon's example, and before you see even the tiniest manifestation of the promise, why not give God a sacrifice of praise and plan a little celebration? That, friends, is truly walking by faith and not by sight.

In His love,
Lyn

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August 25, 2016
God of Abundance, Part 2

By Answers2Prayer Subscribe Unsubscribe Devotionals Contact us  Last week, in God of Abundance, part 1, we saw that God is indeed a God of abundance, giving to His creation way over and above what they request. We also saw that the way to access this abundance of God is to ask. But wait. I have been asking God for my healing, for my finances, for my relationships, and I'm not getting any response. Why am I not experiencing this abundance? Is it only for some people and not for others?

Solomon received this promise from God when he was in Gibeon sacrificing to the Lord. (See 1 Kings 3:4-14). When he awoke from his dream, however, Solomon did not immediately have those riches. In fact, if he had even the wisdom, he likely wouldn't have immediately noticed, for the Bible records that he "...woke up and realized it was a dream." (1 Kings 3:15a) 

I don't know about you, when I have a dream, I generally just push it aside; but this was not Solomon's reaction. 1 Kings records: "He went to Jerusalem, stood before the ark of the Lord's covenant, offered up burnt sacrifices, presented peace offerings, and held a feast for all his servants." (1 Kings 3:15b)

Thus, Solomon went immediately to offer up burnt offerings and peace offerings to the Lord, and then he held a feast, even though he didn't feel any different and his bank account hadn't changed! 

Why would he do that? 

Because He knew the God who gave him the dream! He knew that this God always keeps His promises!

But wait. How do we know that Solomon knew God kept His promises?

In Solomon's own words a few chapters later: "The LORD is worthy of praise because he has made Israel his people secure just as he promised! Not one of all the faithful promises he made through his servant Moses is left unfulfilled!" (1Kgs 8:56, NET)

Solomon looked back in history. He saw that all the promises God had made to Moses were fulfilled, and this gave him faith to not just know God would fulfill this promise to him, but to be sure of it. So sure, in fact, that he did two things: 

1. He privately thanked God by offering burnt offerings and peace offerings; and 
2. He publically showed his faith in God by throwing a feast for his servants! 

What do we do in the face of God's promises? 

I don't know about you, but I usually don't spent much time praising Him until I begin to see that promise realized. Is this truly walking by faith? Not at all. It is walking by sight. Yet we are told to live not by sight, but by faith: "for we live by faith, not by sight." (2 Cor 5:7, NET) That's what Solomon did. He had faith in the God who had always kept His promises, and without waiting for the promises to be realized, he offered sacrifices and threw a party.

Jesus' brother offers us some excellent advice...Advice that I might add was followed by King Solomon hundreds of years before it was even written: "What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but does not have works? Can this kind of faith save him?...So also faith, if it does not have works, is dead being by itself. But someone will say, 'You have faith and I have works.' Show me your faith without works and I will show you faith by my works." (Jas 2:14-18, NET)

"I will show you faith by my works..." That's exactly what Solomon did, isn't it?

And that's exactly what we must do when we've received a promise from God, yet we haven't yet seen its manifestation: We must follow Solomon's example. We must give God praise, and then throw a celebration.

Let's remember that God is a God of abundance, and He is not slack about His promises. When He promises us healing, He heals. When He promises to provide for our needs, He provides. When He promises to re-establish broken relationships, he re-establishes them. In His time, yes, but our job is to live by faith, not by sight, and our works should respond accordingly. 

How do we apply this to our lives? By giving God a sacrifice of praise, even if we haven't yet been healed! By throwing a celebration, even if our homes haven't yet been brought back together! For in so doing, we are living by faith, not by sight.

Please join us next week for God of Abundance, Part 3: A real-life example of God's abundance when we live like Solomon did: Living by faith, not by sight!

In His love,
Lyn 

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August 23, 2016
God of Abundance, Part 1

By Answers2Prayer  God of abundance.

We've all heard it, we've read it in our Bibles, but have we truly experienced it?

Solomon experienced God's abundance. 1 Kings 3:5-13 bible records that God appeared to Solomon in a dream and offered him anything his heart desired. Solomon, in all humility, asked God for wisdom to rule the people God had placed in his kingdom. 

Did Solomon receive his request?

Yes. Absolutely. "The Lord was pleased that Solomon made this request. God said to him, 'Because you asked for the ability to make wise judicial decisions, and not for long life, or riches, or vengeance on your enemies, I grant your request, and give you a wise and discerning mind superior to that of anyone who has preceded or will succeed you.'" (1 Kings 3:11-13a)

That is wonderful. It is already an example of the abundance of God. God didn't just promise Solomon some wisdom. He promised that Solomon would have a wise and discerning mind superior to that of anyone! God is a God of abundance. When we ask Him for things, we can be sure that not only will we receive what we have requested, but we will receive it in abundance!

But the story doesn't end here. God went on to say to Solomon: "Furthermore, I am giving you what you did not request -- riches and honor so that you will be the greatest king of your generation." (1 Kgs 3:5-13, NET). Not only does Solomon receive an abundance of wisdom, but he also receives what he didn't even ask for!

Talk about God's abundance!

And this abundance isn't just reserved for Kings of Israel. God is a God of abundance, and He loves nothing more than to pour out His abundance on us. This includes healing--even from cancer! It includes provision. It includes restoration. It includes an abundance of everything that we lack. Consider this text: "Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ. For he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world that we may be holy and unblemished in his sight in love. He did this by predestining us to adoption as his sons through Jesus Christ, according to the pleasure of his will -- to the praise of the glory of his grace that he has freely bestowed on us in his dearly loved Son." (Eph 1:3-6, NET)

Friends, God wants us to be holy, unblemished. He has adopted us as His sons and daughters. Is God's abundance available to us? Yes! We are sons and daughters of the King!

What do you lack this day? Do you lack health? Strength? Finances? Patience? Wisdom? Ask of God: "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened." (Matt 7:7-8); And a few verses later: "If you then, although you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!" (Matt 7:11, NET); 

But wait. I have been asking God for my healing, for my finances, for my relationships, and I'm not getting any response. Why am I not experiencing this abundance? Is it only for some people and not for others?

Join us next week for God's Abundance, Part 2!

In His love,
Lyn

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August 18, 2016
The Lighthouse Still Stands

By Answers2Prayer 
"Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'" (John 8:12)

A few years ago the Florida Keys were devastated by a severe hurricane. It was shocking and terrible to see large trees snapped like matchsticks. Homes were floating in flood waters. Roofs were blown off leaving some semblance of shells of houses. Electricity was unavailable for days and, in some areas, weeks.

One thing was still standing intact: the lighthouse. The road to it and the surrounding area was trashed from the storm, but the lighthouse itself was ok.

In life in general, we have times when there are storms. Some not so bad, and others catastrophic. We need a lighthouse that still stands for us. We need the safe place of a harbor, and a Harbormaster watching out for us.

In the midst of tragedy, God is still on His throne, and He is about the business of putting things together for our good, even then. There's a worship song that says it this way: You're my Savior, Restorer, Rebuilder, Rewarder, My Refuge, Redeemer, Defender, My Healer, Savior * God, our lighthouse, still stands. He is our refuge in all times. 

This is good news, most especially when storms hit.

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August 16, 2016
Why are we Here?

By Answers2Prayer Subscribe Unsubscribe Devotionals Contact us  "Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love." (1 John 4:8)

When I was a boy we lived 4 miles from town and most of my friends. As a result I ended up playing by myself a lot. I didn't mind the solitude, however. I enjoyed riding my bike for hours,  swimming in the river, and taking long walks in the woods. It felt good being alone with my own thoughts and my own imagination. Sometimes I even pondered a few of the big questions we all have. I would think, "What is this world all about?", "What is the meaning of life?", and "Why are we here?". I never could think of a good answer, though, and soon went back to playing again. It took me many years and a lot of searching to find the answer I was seeking and when I did it was so simple that I almost didn't believe it. 

The answer is LOVE. It always has been and it always will be. The rest is just details. God loves us all so much and He put us here to love as well. We are here to choose love. We are here to share love. We are here to learn of love. We are here to grow in love. We are here to pray for love. We are here to delight in love. We are here to become one with Our Heavenly Father's Love. We are here to complete our missions in love and to help others to complete theirs. We are here to fill ourselves full to overflowing with the Love that created and maintains the universe. We are here to love God. We are here to love ourselves. We are here to love everyone as ourselves. We are here to find our own special ways of sharing all the love that is within us. It is our gift to God and our answer to life. And even if we haven't done the best job of it up until now, each new day gives us another chance.

When the big questions of life leave you lost then, don't give up. Just love. The answers will come to you, if not in this life then in the next. Always remember that "God is Love" and that when you love you will grow closer to God, Heaven, and your true self.

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August 13, 2016
Weeds

By Answers2Prayer Subscribe Unsubscribe Devotionals Contact us  I noticed something as I watered the plants on my deck this morning. I noticed that although they were healthy, they were no longer pretty. They had become infected with weeds. 

Normally, every time I water the plants, I pull off the dead flower heads and pull up any weeds I find in the pots; but we have been away for four weeks of this summer. I had asked the neighbor's 10 year-old daughter to water the plants, and she had done a fabulous job of that; but I had not asked her to weed the pots. 

And so, as I watered those flowers and vegetables in their pots this morning, I carefully pulled up the tiny weeds. As I did so, I noticed something: Some of those weeds looked an awfully lot like the plants I had placed in those pots, while others hid under the rich foliage of the healthy flowers, making it hard for me to see them. And after I had cleaned out about half of the many pots, I kind of got tired of the whole procedure and I started to leave those weeds that were less noticeable.

What will be the result of my slothfulness?

When I go out to water the plants tomorrow, I will find healthier, more well-established weeds, ones that have their roots well entwined around the roots of my flowers and vegetables. I will find weeds that are significantly harder to remove. 

This all reminds me of sin. 

The Bible tells us: "But each one is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desires. Then when desire conceives, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is full grown, it gives birth to death." (James 1:14-15)

Thus, temptation is like those little weeds. If we pull them up by the roots the moment we see them, they will not conceive sin. But if we don't keep watch, they will grow, giving birth to spiritual death. 

Let's also remember that: "Evildoers are snared by their own sin..." (Proverbs 29:6)

So what do we do to keep these "weeds" under control so that the "gardens" of our hearts can be pure and beautiful and bear the fruit of God's spirit?

God's Word says: "and we take every thought captive to make it obey Christ. We are also ready to punish every act of disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete." (2Cor 10:5-6, NET)

In other words, we analyze every thought in our heads, comparing it to the Truth of how God's Word suggests we live. If it doesn't line up, we "take it captive", we send it away. And as we search our hearts, when we see any "weeds" that have been allowed in the past to grow up, we deal with them. We pull them up and discard them. 

Let's not forget Peter's excellent advice: "Be sober and alert. Your enemy the devil, like a roaring lion, is on the prowl looking for someone to devour. Resist him, strong in your faith, because you know that your brothers and sisters throughout the world are enduring the same kinds of suffering." (1Pet 5:8-9, NET)

As I examined my potted plants this morning, God began to speak to me about a little "weed" I had noticed in my heart a few days ago, that I had been too lazy to remove. Somehow I "liked" that little weed, and I didn't want to get rid of it. Not yet. But God's message was clear: The longer I let it "grow" in the "garden" of my heart, the more its roots would entangle with the good fruit I want to grow there, and the more this little "weed" will steal the water and nutrients of the "soil" of my heart, serving to "starve" and "dehydrate" the good fruit of the Spirit. I needed to get rid of it before it overtook the "garden" of my heart. 

I fell to my knees and pulled up that weed by its roots, I gave it to God, and I repented of having allowed it to grow there. 

Boy do I feel better! 

And boy is it ever easier to act loving and kind, to be patient and gentle, to have joy and faith. 

Want to truly bear the fruit of the Spirit? 

Then it is important to remove the weeds of sin. Ask God to reveal them to you, and then "pull them up" by their "roots". 

Oh, and if you want to keep the garden of your heart clean, it is best to take personal responsibility for examining it daily. Only then will you find the "weeds" of sin before they take over your heart.

In His love,
Lyn 

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August 11, 2016
The Seatbelt

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  A few years ago before my wife retired from nursing, she was getting ready to leave the parking lot after her days work. She noticed an older gentleman driving out before her onto the main road. He had only gone a very short distance when he stopped and put on his seatbelt. He then drove off some distance up the road, followed by a Police car. He was pulled over and stopped and accused of driving without a seatbelt. The gentleman said that owing to the stiffness of his joints he found it easier to manoeuvre about in the car park without the belt on, and then put on his belt when he got into a proper position on the road, ready to move off.

No mercy or grace was shown. The Law would not bend. The gentleman was fined. He had broken the law and had to pay. Suffer the consequences even for the smallest fault.
I was so thankful for the verse in Romans 6:14b. You are not under law but under Grace.
I was reminded too that we have all broken God`s laws, but He has met our need and paid our debt in full. Hallelujah. Colossians 2:13-14: "He cancelled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; He took it away, nailing it to the cross." (NIV).

Because God is so gracious and has paid our debt in full, the apostle Paul warns us not to be too casual about it. He says in Romans 6:1b-2: "shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid." (AV).

I have thought about being very diligent about making sure my seat belt is on every time I venture out onto the road. The law is watching.

So also for our safety on the journey of life, and be able to obey God`s laws we need to put on Christ. Romans 13:14: "We need Him on every moment we are awake. God watches over us while we sleep."

Finally, something else to think about. If we keep Christ on, by faith, we will produce fruit for God. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, and self-control; against such there is no law. What freedom. No law.
Remember to belt up in the back also.

Have a safe journey and keep an eye on your rear mirror.

Donnie Black
 
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August 9, 2016
Knowing About Knowing, Part 4
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Today in the last part of our series on "Knowing about Knowing", let's focus on the last of the Christian doctrines namely Glorification in the light of our "Knowing about knowing" concept... 

Glorification

"All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son..." (Matt 11:27)

Folks, we are treading now on an absolutely Holy ground. We are now casting spotlight on the Father-Son relationship vis-a-vis the subject "know". The Greek Word used here for "know" is "Epiginosko" which is the deepest level of experiential knowledge about the person concerned surpassing even that of Ginosko. Any wonder then that this knowledge in the Son led to immeasurably greater respect for the Father and a love which was able to take any sacrifice in its stride. 

Also, the Son knew the Father's glory (the sum total of all His unique traits of goodness constitute His Glory -- See Exo 33:18-19) to such an extent that the all-consuming desire to uphold it led the normally serene Lamb of God to even rare acts of aggression...a la roaring lion (John 2:13-22/Matt 21:12-13). Jesus was also all "fire and brimstone" in condemning the hypocrisy of some "Servants of God" of His times...notably the Clergy of the Jewish temple (Matt 23), who not surprisingly had lopsided spiritual priorities (Matt 23:23). Didn't I mention in the earlier part of my message also that "not knowing" God properly would lead to skewed spiritual priorities in service ostensibly done in His Name? By contrast, how true is this trustworthy saying...the more we know God clearly, the more we would love Him dearly and the more we love Him dearly, the more we would follow Him nearly.

The Son's understanding of the magnitude of the Father's glory can also be discerned clearly from the prayer He taught His disciples (Luke 11:1-4). Doesn't the Phrase "Hallowed be Thy Name" come right at the very top (before anything else), from where it rightfully belongs?

One proof of a Christian's growth is that he would bear anything to uphold His Lord's Name. Sad isn't it, when we consider that some genuine heroes of faith in times of terrible provocation or temptation allowed the Almighty's Name to be tarnished, while paying heavy cost in the bargain...Take Moses and David for example (Numbers 20:1-12/2 Sam 12:13-14). In stark contrast, picturize the scene at the Calvary cross when the Satan (yes, it was him) through his human agents hurled everything at God's Son in order to provoke Him into at least one God-dishonoring act (1 Peter 2:21-24/Heb 12:3) but wouldn't succeed. Why? For the Son who had a clear-cut agenda in the matter of protecting His Father's Glory steeled Himself, come what may, to bear the most excruciating torture in human history even while being aware that the eventual rewards would by far outweigh the pain endured (Heb 12:2/Philippians 2:5-11).

Even after seeing such tangible proofs of the Son's "knowledge" of the Father, and even after making a wonderful declaration such as the one recorded in Philippians 3:10, it was indeed both humbling and aspirational of Apostle Paul to note thus of Heavenly relationships on the other side of Eternity....the realm the Son-Father relationship was in this Earth itself... 

"For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known." (I Cor 13:12)

No prizes for guessing that the Greek word used by the Apostle Paul in the captioned Scripture portion is Epiginosko, which in English has been translated into know fully.

Yes, for every Child of God this hope of knowing the Father just like His Son Jesus indeed holds good, for one day we shall indeed be like Jesus (1 John 3:2) and thereby know the Father's "goodness" just like Christ. Quite surely at that time our "sacrifices" of our Earthly sojourn would be dwarfed by the size of the Father's rewards (I Cor 2:9). 

Hey, don't you know that the Word (another name for Jesus) always keeps His Word? So, if He has said in His Word that one day we would become like Him, should we not take the Word at its Word? So regarding the glorious future, Boy I know something fabulous is coming my way. Do you?

Hallelujah and Amen.

Prayer: Father, whatever be the cost, help me Your Child to know you better and better. In Jesus' Name. Amen.


Suresh Manoharan,
Hyderabad, India
J and SM Ministries 
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Knowing About Knowing, Part 3
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After having focused on one (Justification) of the three key Christian doctrines in the background of the concept "Knowing about Knowing", today let's reflect on yet another paramount doctrine of sanctification within the same co-ordinates... 

Sanctification

After receiving a new life from the Saviour, while we do our bit earnestly of praying, Bible-reading, Church fellowshipping and Witnessing in order to be transformed into Christ's image (2 Cor 3:18)--which is the basic purpose behind our being "justified"-- the good Lord does His bit too (a very important one at that) in moulding us into His image. We need to co-operate with Him in this matter. Over to Apostle Paul on this subject...

"...That I may know...the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings...." (Phillippians 3:10 KJV)

Ginosko has been employed again for the word Know in the above-captioned Scripture portion. Compared to this (in his sanctification process) Apostle Paul reasons every other thing like his rich spiritual Jewish heritage for instance is "dung" (strong words quoted verbatim. See Philippians 3:8, KJV). Now how's that for hitting the nail on its head, as it were!

What is a Christian's "sufferings" if it is not consistent Cross-bearing for God's Glory (Luke 9:23), much like what the Saviour (Heb 9:14) did. This Cross-bearing produces Christ-like virtues (Rom 5:3-4) in a Christian. Let's now try to "know" what exactly is Cross-bearing. Remember for a Cross (synonymous with pain) to be carried, it necessarily has to be in touch with your being. Therein lies the answer. The surrounding "unavoidable" irksome circumstances, which one cannot get away from...be it in a country where we live in (can we leave the Country and flee if communal persecutions break out?) or in the place of education/employment/business or in a relationship like marriage, parenthood or the perpetual pain in even one's own body due to some health disorder or the "pain" in resisting an urge to gratify a sexual desire in the unmarried lot or "pain" in resisting the temptation to get even with an enemy...All these constitute a cross. Enduring it without complaint is what earnest Christian cross-bearing is all about.

Now coming to the Resurrection power in a Child of God...What is it if it is not the presence of the same Life-giving Holy Spirit, which quickened his dead spirit at the point of re-generation (Rom 8:2/11) and who now manifests Himself in him by way of continual joy (Acts 9:31/Rom 5:5)?
 
It is in this rare "atmospheric" condition of pain outside and joy inside that a Christian's character gets built. Dwelling more on the subject of the Ethereal Joy which is ever present in a Christian's heart, let it be said that this immeasurable joy (Psa 16:11) not only increases one's spiritual "feel-good" factor exponentially, but also it is by this super-natural joy that one gets to experience fully the joy in other permissive joys like the one in enjoying a sumptuous meal or in the one of physical intimacy within the ambit of marriage ( to play it safe in the contemporary context, shall I qualify the word marriage with the word "heterosexual" 1 Tim 4:1-4 TLB? ), or be it in enjoying to the hilt a creatively-compiled Sports article...at once contributing to abundant life (John 10:10). Simply put, minus the Divine joy, joy would go out of other legitimate "joyous" activities!
 
Focusing on the work of the Spirit in tandem with the Cross in making a Christian grow, it has been said...

-Cross without the Spirit, you dry-up (Psa 106:15 TLB),
-Spirit without the Cross, you puff-up (2 Cor 12:7 TLB)
-With the Cross and the Spirit, you grow-up

While Christians are growing up, some out of the Lord's mercy (2 Cor 4:1) would further be consecrated by Him to be used in the Five-fold Ministry of the Church as Apostles, Prophets, Pastors, Teachers and Evangelists (2 Tim 2:21/Eph 4:8-15). It has to be noted here that while for experiencing Salvation the qualification is realization of one's sinfulness, for consecration into a God-ordained Ministry the qualification is consistent Cross-bearing with the power of His indwelling Spirit.

Also it is only by conjoining the Cross and the Spirit, that the ever-present (yes, it has to be there at all times) love equation in the Deity-Devotee relationship in the Christian realm can be established on this side of the Eternity. Without Cross-bearing 24-7 submissively can we ever underscore our claim that we love the Lord at all times. By the same token, without the placement of the life-giving waters (read Perpetual joy-John 7:37/1 Peter 1:8) in our spirit, can our Heavenly Father validate His claims that He loves us all times? Oh really, cross and the Spirit are made for each other in this Sanctification process!

Prayer: Father grant me more knowledge of Thy goodness, even as I co-operate with You in my sanctification process. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Suresh Manoharan,
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August 4, 2016
Knowing About Knowing, Part 2

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  While exploring the subject of "Knowing about Knowing", let's cast our spotlight today on the key Christian doctrine of Justification...

"And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent" (John 17:3)

Well, the Christian life begins as it were by experientially knowing God and Jesus Christ (here too for "know" the Greek word "Ginosko" is used in the original text) which means being quickened from spiritual death by the receipt of life-giving God's Spirit (Rom 8:2). Until that Spirit is known and received as an earnest of the soul's inheritance, there can be no saving knowledge of God and Christ (Romans 8:9). Doesn't the ever truthful Scripture attest this truth in another place..."Hereby we know that we abide in Him and He in us because He hath given us his Spirit" (1 John 4:13).

This new birth experience is bound to generate oodles of respect and love in the Saved for the Saviour (Luke 7:47). If Success in the book written by Thomas Edison is 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration, then let it be said that major component of the "all odds surmounting love" (I Cor 13:7) in the forgiven one is respect for the Forgiver. Respect in essence is the core belief that my Divine Deliverer from sin is good all the time. Period (Thanks Don Moen)!!!

For instance, did the Jews in the Wilderness who missed out on the Promised Land really "know" Him? Obviously "no" since one can suspect from their frequent rebellious outbursts (Exo 16:3/17:3/Numbers 11:4-6/14:3) that far from loving Him, they did not even respect Him in the first place! True knowledge of the Saviour would lead to respect in one's heart culminating in love-laced obedience at all times to One who gave His all at the Cross to "buy" our pardon (2 Cor 5:21). 

Prayer: Father, even as my heart is bubbling with gratitude for Your miracle of saving me from sin, help me know more and more about Thy infinite goodness in order, I am grateful at all times. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Suresh Manoharan,
Hyderabad, India
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August 2, 2016
Knowing About Knowing, Part 1

By Answers2Prayer Subscribe Unsubscribe Devotionals Contact us  Now this kind of title is bound to raise a few eyebrows much like the title "Prophesying about Prophecies" would do. Can we really prophesy about say Tribulation related prophecies contained in Rev 6-19 of the Bible? Yes, by simply prophesying with conviction that they would all come true! Similarly can we come to "know" more about the word "Know" as used in the Scripture? The answer is a resounding yes!

Boom! This subject assumes paramount significance especially in the wake of grim words Jesus has reserved to employ for some misguided Charismatic "servants" of God at the time of reckoning which would cause tumultuous shock to them..."I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness." (Matt 7:23).

What? An omniscient God (Pro 15:11/Heb 4:13) "not" knowing about some of His own professing Servants? Does it not go against all Canons of Spiritual logic based on the truthful Canon (Psa 119:142/160)? For an answer, let us aim to understand the meaning of the word "Know" in original Greek text. Incidentally for the English word "Know" there are three Greek words each describing the higher level of intimacy and knowledge of the subject concerned. Two of which, I would like to focus upon immediately, with the best (exposition of the third word) of course being reserved for the last!

Firstly, the Greek Word "Oidate", used for instance, in John 7:28 (You know where I was born...) as also in Matt 20:22/24:42 conveys merely "superficial knowledge" akin to the English equivalent of "I see what you are saying." By contrast, another Greek word, "Ginosko", which is what is attributed to our Lord in the key scripture portion of Matt 7:23 means "knowing through personal experience". This is also used in other Scripture portions like Luke 1:34, John 8:32, 10:14.

Now we are closer to nailing the truth as it were behind the truth in Matt 7:23. What the good Lord is actually saying is this: between that genre of His professing Servants and Him, there was never any "oneness of mind". In other words, their priorities whilst purportedly doing Ministry in His Name influenced probably by self-seeking lust for fame, wealth or pleasures were never His. In short, they never knew Him well enough to align their priorities with His despite His many efforts to correct them, so much so that He had to abandon them to their errant ways. Dear Friends, the biggest punishment on this of Eternity ironically is not a chastisement bringing in its wake indescribable agony (a La Jonah in Sheol experience - Jonah 2), but the one when the Lord gives up a misguided soul to its own self-gratification ways...sad to say...even when "those ways" mean service ostensibly done selflessly in His Name (Rom 1:28). In case, if you are now you going through a painful disciplining process, Praise God for it for it means He is not willing to give up on you (Heb 12:5-11).

While on the subject, in this 4-part series we will be learning how to apply this paramount "knowing about knowing" concept to each of the three cardinal Christian Doctrines beginning with...Justification. Please join us on Thursday. 

Prayer: Father, whatever be the cost, help me Your Child to know you better and better. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

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July 30, 2016
Drielandenpunt

By Answers2Prayer 
Ever wish you could be three places at once? 

Now that takes real talent. It is the ultimate in multitasking to be able to do three things at one time, but to be three places at once is impossible. 

Or so I thought, until the day I found myself not just in three places at once...but in three--countries!--at once! Now that takes more than talent. It takes supernatural powers!

Either that, or it requires being at Drielandenpunt! 

This is an unusual spot where three world countries--Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands--all come together: "Drie" = Three; "landen" = countries; and "punt" = point. Literally translated, it is "Three countries point". And there I stood with my legs split apart and a hand to the ground, literally placing myself in three countries at once. Pretty talented, eh? 

But wait. I can stand with my legs split apart, reaching to the ground with my hand anywhere in the world, but it won't mean that I'm in three countries at once. Besides my "gymnastic" abilities, I also needed to be at the Drielandenpunt. That is what made the difference.

There are many things we would like to see in this life, and many of them are in the "impossible" category. For example, we cannot heal ourselves. We cannot provide for our families when there is no money coming in. We cannot "make" our rebellious teens love and respect us, and we cannot "remove" the difficult managers, principals and bosses. This all takes supernatural power. Power that we, as humans, do not possess.

God is always on His throne. We know He loves us beyond measure, and if we ever doubt it, we can be assured of this by contemplating Jesus' selfless gift on the cross for each of us. So why doesn't God just remove our illnesses? Why doesn't He "straighten out" our rebellious children? Why doesn't He "remove" our difficult managers, etc? 

Let's remember that I can stand with my feet apart and my hand to the ground at any time; yet it only means I'm in three countries at the same time if I am doing so at the Drielandenpunt. I must be in the right place to accomplish this feat. The same is true of receiving God's supernatural power. 

So just where is this "right place" where we can access this power? 

When Jesus died on the cross, He paid the price for our Salvation. But His death did so much more. It opened the doors for us to access His supernatural power. When we are "in Christ", we are in the "right place" to access the "supernatural" power from above. Consider this text: "...so that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what is the wealth of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the incomparable greatness of his power toward us who believe, as displayed in the exercise of his immense strength. This power he exercised in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms far above every rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And God put all things under Christ's feet..." (Eph 1:17-22, NET)

What does it mean to be "in Christ"?

It means that we trust Him fully. It means we believe in the fullness of His death and resurrection. It means we put our faith in His endless provision. And when we do, we are in the right place for God's supernatural power to flow through us. We are at God's "Drielandenpunt".

This "place" is available to everyone; yet just as I had to put out some effort in a foreign country with a language I didn't speak to even find Drielandenpunt, I must also seek God's "Drielandenpunt" with all of my heart. I must love and trust Him above all else, I must truly believe in the abundance of His provision. 

I recently had my cancer medication changed. As soon as the change happened, I began experiencing an odd, new symptom. My oncologist was concerned enough that this symptom might mean a return of cancer that he referred me to a specialist and he order some more tests. I continue to await those tests. However, I also went to God's "Drielandenpunt". I turned the problem over to Him, fully trusting in the provision of His healing power. Gradually, over the course of a week, the symptom lessened until it disappeared completely. After experiencing this symptom daily for the past three months, I am now standing in "Drielandenpunt" in my living room: I am in the right place, for I am fully trusting in His endless provision, and as a result, I have opened the door for God's miraculous power to flow through me. I am healed. Praise God!

Are you in need of a miracle? Come to the "Drielandenpunt": humbly come to God, seeking His love, seeking His friendship, and believing in His never-ending provision. That is the place where you can do the supernatural and see God's miracles in your life. 

Anyone know of a place where there are four countries coming together at the same point???

In His love,
Lyn

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July 28, 2016
I'm Going to Let it Shine

By Answers2Prayer Subscribe Unsubscribe Devotionals Contact us  "In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." (Matt 5:16)

It was a warm evening in June. I was a young dad, sitting in a lawn chair, holding my baby boy on my lap. My wife and I had just rented an old house with a big yard. Her uncle along with his wife and two, young daughters had dropped by to pay us a visit. As we adults sat outside, sipping iced tea, and watching the sun go down, the two girls raced around the yard, laughing, yelling, and trying their best to catch lightening in a jar. 

The lightening was lightening bugs, of course. Dozens of fireflies were floating freely around the yard, moving slowly, but always just evading their pursuers. Soon my young cousins got me to join in the hunt and we safely captured two of the little shiners and put them in a mason jar with a lid on it. We sat and watched them blink on and off for a long time. Finally, one of the girls looked at me and said, "They look sad. We should let them go." I slowly opened the lid and we watched as they flew away to freedom. Then we laughed and sang several verses of the song: "This little light of mine. I'm going to let it shine."

As I think back on that night so many years ago it makes me remember all the times I have kept my own light sealed in the mason jar of my soul instead of sharing it with the world. Fear, anger, jealousy, and doubt have made me hide my light so many times over the years. It has taken me a long time to see that like those lightening bugs God wants all of us to shine our light as bright as we can, as long as we can, and every single chance that we can.

Don't let fear keep you from shining your light. Don't let this world keep you from living your love. God loves you so much. God meant for you to shine. Share your love then. Be kind. Help others. Do good. Bring joy. Make your life a beacon for all the world to see. Take all that lovely light within you and "let it shine, let it shine, let it shine."

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July 26, 2016
Listen

By Answers2Prayer Subscribe Unsubscribe Devotionals Contact us  "Then He said, 'Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.' And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave." (1 Kings 19:11-13) 

As a writer I am always looking for inspiration. I can always tell that God has a sense of humor too, because my best inspirations often come at the most inconvenient times when I have nothing to write them down on. 

I can remember once years ago when I was walking with my children around a local lake in the Summertime. The sun was sparkling off the crystal clear waters. Butterflies were dancing above the wild flowers. The shady trees were full of chirping birds. It felt so peaceful there. I smiled and relaxed. Of course, that is when the idea for a new story suddenly appeared, fully formed, in my mind. We were still a half-mile away from our car and I was afraid my aging brain would forget part of the story before I got there. I took my pen out of my pocket then and started writing it down on the palm of my hand.

Later after I had transferred the inspiration to paper and was washing the ink off my hand I laughed and asked God why He always seemed to speak to my heart at the strangest times. As soon as I said it, I heard in my mind: "Because that is the only time you are listening!"

Maybe if we all want to hear from God more often we should just shut up and listen. God speaks to us in the silence of our souls. God whispers to us in the quiet of the storm. God talks to us but never talks over us. If you want to hear God's inspiration and guidance in your heart and mind, you have to shut off your own noise. If you want to feel God's love inside you, you have to silence the chattering monkey within.

We are all Children of God and He is forever ready to love us, inspire us, guide us, improve us, and help us to grow into the people we were meant to be. His inspiration comes to us through our thoughts, our intuition, our experiences, and our lives. All we have to do is let Him in. All we have to do is open our hearts and close our mouths. All we have to do is listen. 

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July 23, 2016
If you Don't Like the Weather...

By Answers2Prayer 
  A minute ago, when I looked out the window, it was foggy. I couldn't see to the back of my property; but now, the pond and its ring of trees are clearly visible.

It kind of reminds me of the saying I heard when we visited Alberta a few years back: If you don't like the weather, wait a few minutes! With the onslaught of global warming, we have all noted a change in our weather patterns, and I'm starting to think this saying will soon apply to Southern Ontario as well!

In His famous Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is quoted as saying something that is similar: "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?" (Matt 6:25-27)

Wait. There is nothing about the weather in that passage...

Or is there? 

The weather is part of life, and Jesus' message to us is clear: We are not to worry about life's problems! 

The same is true of that bad reaction to chemotherapy and the pain that was a result of your last radiation treatment. It's true of the sleepless nights and the tears of broken relationships as well as the anguish of job loss, financial difficulties, death, and any of the other myriad of things that we face on a daily basis. Hey, it is true of our entire life's picture! God's message to us throughout is clear: We are not to worry about life's problems! For in all honesty, "Which of by worrying can add one cubit to stature?"

Though these words are already poignant, Jesus goes on to reiterate His point for another 7 verses. Friends, when Jesus repeats Himself, especially for 7 more verses, we know He's trying to get our attention! 

So what should we do instead of worrying?

We do what they do in Alberta--and what we are starting to need to do in Ontario as well--We wait it out, ever knowing that there are brighter days ahead. 

But waiting is sometimes so hard. Isn't there something we can do to help us through the wait? 

Jesus has the answer there as well: "Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." (Matt 6:31-33).

While in the midst of our pain, our fatigue, our brokenness and our fear, Jesus says, "Seek...the Kingdom of God and His righteousness..."

Friends, seeking God in our pain will help us weather the storm, but it will do so much more: "...and all these things shall be added to you." So while we stop worrying, while we seek God instead, God promises to take care of our problems. 

It's a win-win situation!

In His love, 
Lyn

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July 21, 2016
My Plans

By Answers2Prayer 
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take." (Proverbs 3:5-6)

"The mind of man plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps." (Proverbs 16:9, Proverbs 20:24)

"The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and he delights in his way." (Psalm 37:23)

"You can make many plans, but the Lord's purpose will prevail." (Proverbs 19:21)

"I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11)

I had the day all planned out. Just enough time to do everything on my list.

Not too far into the morning that got entirely rearranged. I was fussing and fuming about it to myself when all of a sudden I realized that I had given the day to God, as I do most mornings, giving him free reign for whatever would take place that day.

God is never early, and He's never late; He is always right on time. When He orchestrates a day's schedule and plans, He has a reason. We can trust that it is for good, and remember there's always a bigger picture.

As I write this, I am thinking, "I hope I can remember this the next time my plans get bumped and the day's activities get totally shuffled around!" and be thankful.

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July 19, 2016
A Part of God's Creation

By Answers2Prayer 
  I was sitting in my car with the windows rolled down. My daughter had a meeting in the building in front of me and I was waiting to give her a ride home. The eighty degree day was wrapping the world in its warmth. A gentle breeze was blowing. Fat, fluffy clouds coasted lazily across the sky. The sun was washing the world with its golden light, making everything more beautiful. It sparkled off the green leaves filling every tree and made them glow. On the ground a bumble bee buzzed around a patch of yellow dandelions while a patient butterfly fluttered  above him. Dozens of different birds were singing. Each of their songs was unique but they curiously combined into a symphony of delight. Even a squirrel seemed to stop and listen to them for a moment before zipping away across the pavement and up an old Oak tree.

As I sat there I noticed that I was smiling peacefully and that my heart felt full of contentment. It was like I could feel the Love of God all around me and within me too. It made wonder why more people didn't make the time each day to take in all the beauty, peace, and love that surrounds us.

Archibald Rutledge wrote: "God ministers to our spirits by the beauty that adorns creation." Perhaps the best thing each of us can do then is to care for God's creation, to add our own beauty to it and to do our best to share it with others.

Do your best then to add your loving soul, sweet smile, and kind heart to God's creation. Add your goodwill and helping hands to it as well. Add your optimism and enthusiasm. Add your wisdom, skills, and talents. Add all that you are to make this world a better place. We are all a part of God's glorious tapestry of creation! How big or small a part of it is up to us, however.
 
Don't let yours be as small as a grain of sand when it can be as huge as Heaven.

"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard." (Ps 19:1-2)

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July 16, 2016
Understanding the 'Why', Part 2

By Answers2Prayer Subscribe Unsubscribe Devotionals Contact us  Last Thursday, in "Understanding the 'Why', Part 1", we saw that though it makes it a lot easier to go through trials when we understand why, we can trust God to know why, even when we don't see it. We can take comfort in the fact that God is always in control.

Is it even truly humanly possible to understand the 'why' in each and every situation?

I didn't think so, and I was learning to be content in not knowing, when God gave me the following text: "Evil men do not understand justice, But those who seek the Lord understand all." (Prov 28:5)

I did a double take when I read this verse this morning. I am busy resigning myself to the fact that I don't need to understand everything, that I can trust God to be in charge of my negative circumstances even when I don't understand why, and now I see that it IS actually possible to 'understand all'? 

Wow!

Notice, however, that there is, indeed, a qualifier to this promise: "those who seek the Lord..." Yes, it is possible to find an answer to the 'why' question, but only to those who seek the Lord. 

Does this mean that it is available to us whenever we seek to know the answer to 'why' in the midst of a storm? Or does it mean that the answers to the 'why' questions are available to those who make it a habit of seeking the Lord? To those who pursue a daily, personal, deep relationship with God? To those whose trust is truly without borders?

I would have to say that perhaps just seeking God in the midst of our trials for the purpose of understanding why we are going through what we face is probably not what the text is referring to here. You see, if we only seek God in the midst of our trials, we will not cultivate that friendship relationship that we need to even recognize His voice when He does speak to us. 

Rather, I would suggest that this text means that when we are in the habit of seeking God at all times--when we pursue a personal, daily relationship with God; when our trust grows to the point that it is truly without borders--that is when we will begin to see. We won't just our trials of today, but we will begin to see all things from His perspective. And as we begin to see His big picture unfolding, understanding the 'why' in the face of our trials will be a natural progression of our relationship with God.

Three years ago, I was chosen to go through cancer. Naturally, I asked 'why'. Unfortunately, I wasn't quite at the point where I could say I trusted God to know the 'why', nor was I close enough to God to see anything from His perspective. It was in the midst of this trial that I learned that I didn't need to know 'why', that I could trust that God knew why, and that was all I needed. And so I set out, through the cancer walk, to become closer to God. I have to tell you that God couldn't have chosen any trial for me that would have better accomplished that purpose, and at the end, He began to give me glimpses of the big picture. At the end, as a result of my seeking God diligently--not because I wanted to know why, but because I wanted to know Him--I became privy to the answers to the 'why' questions. 

Since this time, I have made it a point of seeking God on a daily basis, of seeking to know Him more, of longing to have a greater desire to know Him more fully, and since this time there have been many trials that have arisen. Perhaps these have not been on the same scale as cancer, but each time, God has made me privy to the answer to the 'why' question, at least in part. Not because I sought Him in the midst of the trial for the purpose of knowing why, but because I seek Him regularly for the purpose of knowing Him more.

Want to know why you are going through cancer or other major illnesses? Want to understand why you've been chosen to go through divorce? Want to comprehend why dealing with rebellious teens or financial problems has been 'dumped' on you? Then seek God with all your heart on a daily basis for the sole reason of desiring to know Him more. He is more than happy to help us understand why we are going through what we face, we just need to seek Him more!

In His love,
Lyn

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July 14, 2016
Understanding the 'Why', Part 1

By Answers2Prayer 
  One of the big things I struggle with every time I'm going through trials is the question, 'Why?'

I'm sure I'm not alone in this, for it is innately human to want to understand things, and somehow, it makes what we're going through easier when we understand the 'why' piece.

Take for example the recent changes that came about in the rehab hospital where I work. These were announced well in advance, and right from the first introduction of the upcoming changes, the 'why' piece was explained. As I sat back later and contemplated what the hospital wanted to do, I realized it was going to be a huge undertaking that would likely not settle into place for many months. That would mean major stress for everyone employed by the hospital, to say nothing of the stress on our patients. But I recognized the reasoning behind the changes, I realized that in the end, the advantages would be far-reaching, and when the dust finally settles, both patients and staff will greatly benefit. With this basic understanding in place, I volunteered to be on the planning committee (after all, if you can't fight change, you might as well help lead it!), and as we have moved through the initial transition, I have tried to be a positive voice in the midst of the stress.

Yes, knowing 'why' definitely helps us through. 

Unfortunately, when it comes to the trials that we face, we usually aren't privy to the 'why' piece. I've often thought, with the onset of each new trial, that if only I knew why, it would be so much easier to accomplish.

God has taught me two vitally important lessons about knowing 'why', and I would like to share these with you. 

So many times I've sat down in my prayer closet in the face of one major trial or another and said, "Why, God?" Now I will admit that it is difficult to hear God's voice in these situations, because the reality of our circumstances is so big in our minds that we can't seem to focus on anything else. In fact, it's pretty easy in these situations to think God has abandoned us. Yet when we really put our hearts to listening, we find that He is, indeed, there. 

One day, as I again cried out, "God, if I only knew why this was happening, it would be so much easier to navigate", I heard His voice loud and clear: "Do you really need to know 'why'? Don't you trust Me enough to know that I know why, and I see and direct the 'big picture'? Isn't that enough?"

Herein lies the first lesson we can learn from asking the 'why' question: It IS enough that God knows why. He is directing everything that happens to us, He has it all under control, and we can trust Him to know 'why'. 

The next time you are faced with circumstances and trials that are way beyond you; the next time you are tempted to ask 'why', remember that you when God knows 'why', we truly don't need to know!

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths." (Prov 3:5-6)

Won't it be fun to get to Heaven and see the picture from God's perspective?

There is yet another secret to understanding the 'why' question. Join us next time for "Understanding the 'Why', Part 2".

In His love,
Lyn

Lynona Gordon Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two, Author -- "Aboard God's Train -- A Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer", Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet newsletter, and Scriptural Nuggets, a website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, with Answers2Prayer Ministries. Follow Lyn on Twitter @lynchaffart.

 
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July 12, 2016
Seeking Understanding

By Answers2Prayer 
 "For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way..." (Hebrews 2:17)

When I was younger, and my Mom would be trying to get a point across, she would say, "Someday when you are a mother, you will understand." These days my daughter will occasionally say to me, "Now that I'm a Mom, I understand things you said a lot better!"

You have to "be there" to "get it". You can have all the head knowledge in the world, but until you experience some things, there's just no way you can understand them.

At just the right time, the Lord implemented His plan to reconcile us to Himself. And Jesus, God in the flesh, was born as a baby. He grew up in a family and experienced things we all do. 

Jesus understands us, because He's "been there". So whenever we are seeking understanding, we can remember Someone is right here to do that very thing.

That's good news.

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July 9, 2016
The Mobber

By Answers2Prayer Subscribe Unsubscribe Devotionals Contact us  During the spring and summer, I often see tiny birds driving off much larger ones. I've often wondered about this. How does such a tiny bird have the courage, speed and strength to attack and drive off a much larger one? Finally my curiosity got the better of me, and I googled it. Here is what I found:

This rather common practice in the bird world is called "mobbing", and the smaller, weaker bird is known as the "mobber". Mobbing is probably a bit more common in the spring than in other seasons, as the most common reason is protection of the mobber's nest and young. It is also sometimes done to protect a food source.

The mobber will usually attack another, larger bird, but mobbing has also been known to be an attack on a mammal, even one as large a cow. Common mobbers include chickadees, titmice, kingbirds, blackbirds, grackles, jays, and crows; while common targets include hawks, crows, ravens, herons and owls. Interestingly according to my Internet source, the mobber is most often successful.

The information only served to further prick my curiosity: How can a bird as tiny as a titmouse or a chickadee have enough strength, speed and ferocity to drive off a bird as large as a hawk or a heron? 

Apparently the mobber's success is due to its greater maneuverability. In addition, the mobber often takes the target completely by surprise, and these two factors take away much of the predator's advantage. *

But you didn't really come to read this site because you wanted a lesson on birds, so what does this have to do with the stormy trials you are currently going through?

Just this: when the target bird enters the mobber's territory, the mobber suddenly finds himself in the midst of a major trial, one that could take the life of his mate or young, or even take his own life. Isn't this how we feel in the midst of our storms?

So often as the storms press in, we feel like there is no way out. The illness is just too big for us. There isn't any solution to our financial difficulties. Our relationship problems just won't go away, etc. It is at this moment that we can take lessons from the mobber: We can rise up in the middle of our storm and drive it away!

Will we be successful?

Remember that the mobber relies on the element of surprise as well as on their greater maneuverability to succeed. We, also have something that is to our advantage: We have the power of Jesus Christ, who died on the cross to give us victory: "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." (Gal 5:1) 

It is our choice if we USE that power, or if we simply let the waves of the storm overcome us. 
Like the little mobbers who rely on surprise and maneuverability, we can rely on Jesus' resurrection power to drive off the predator that wants to rob us and our families of our peace in Jesus.

Friends, I encourage each of you to learn a valuable lesson from the mobbers. In the face of whatever your storm may be, rise up in the power of Jesus' name and command it to leave! 

The other day, the spirit of anxiety and fear overcame someone in my family. I felt so helpless. I had no idea what to do. As I drove to work, I began to pray, and suddenly it came to me: I needed to be a mobber! I rose up in the power of Jesus' name and commanded that filthy spirit away from my loved one. I declared his power broken, and then I prayed a hedge of protection over my family member that the predator would not be able to return.

When I got home that evening, I found an entirely different person waiting for me. He was completely and totally free of anxiety and fear, he had decided to take a step out in faith and let God handle the situation he had been so imprisoned by. 

What about it friends? In the face of our trials, let's be mobbers! We will be amazed at how Jesus' resurrection power will drive away the "predators" of our circumstances!

In His love,
Lyn

Lynona Gordon Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two, Author -- "Aboard God's Train -- A Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer", Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet newsletter, and Scriptural Nuggets, a website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, with Answers2Prayer Ministries. Follow Lyn on Twitter @lynchaffart.

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July 7, 2016
Eternity's Eyes

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  Over the years I have gotten so many letters and e-mails of appreciation for these simple stories I write. These letters always warm my heart. Once in a while, however, I get a letter from hurting soul who is angry with both God and life. I got one of these the other day. The man wrote: "If God truly does love us then how can He allow the poor to suffer, children to starve, and the homeless to die in the street? How can He allow so much war, cruelty, and violence in this world?" I looked at the letter for a long time and then wrote this back to him: "God doesn't allow this. We do."

There is more than enough food in this world to fill every child's stomach. There is more than enough wealth in this world to give everyone a home where they can feel safe. There is more than enough love in this world to overcome cruelty, violence, and war. Yet, we hoard, fear, and steal. We seek power instead of love. We close our homes, our hands, and our hearts.
 
We shut ourselves off and refuse to see that everyone is our brother and sister. Perhaps our problem is that we don't look at this world through the eyes of eternity. We don't see that a better home and happier life awaits us after this one. We don't see the love of God within us. Instead we chase after the things of this world. We don't see that in eternity's eyes all the wealth and power in the universe isn't worth a bucket of spit. We don't see that in the next life we won't be judged by our fame and accomplishments. We will be judged by the good we did, the people we helped, and the love we shared.

I pray that all of those hurting souls out there will find their way back to faith, love, and life. I pray that every one of us will feel just how much God loves us and realize just how much we can love as well. I pray that all of us will one day see this life through eternity's eyes.

"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'" (Matt 25:37-40 NIV)

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