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We are all fallen sinners…


The diagnosis is not very good: we are ignorant, guilty, and corrupt. As a litany of biblical texts reveals, we find ourselves as fallen sinners ravaged by this threefold consequence of our sins. Our foolish hearts are darkened (Rom 1:21) and our thoughts are continually evil (Gn 6:5). Our minds are clouded by sin and ignorant of the things of God (Eph 4:17-18), though in our folly we glory in our great knowledge and wisdom. We have exchanged God’s truth for a lie (Rom 1:25), and our minds are’blinded by the god of this age’ (2 Cor 4:4). Like a blind man in a drunken stupor, pitifully groping his way through life, so our sin has blinded us to the truth of God. Intoxicated with our own self-righteousness, we stumble through life seeking to justify ourselves before God.

We labor under the tremendous weight of guilt-the penalty for our many infractions of the law of God. While many are quite adept at ignoring God’s just verdict against them, many others feel like they will buckle under the weight of God’s heavy hand. Not only are they guilty for their own individual violations of God’s law in thought, word, and deed, but they are also rendered guilty for their participation in the sin of Adam, whose own guilt has been imputed to all those who spring from his loins (Rom 5:12, 18-19). While we may delude ourselves into thinking that we have sinned against our neighbors only, David knew that this was not true.’Against you and you only have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight’ (Ps 51:4), was his plaintive cry to his God. Because of our guilt, there is no way we can dare stand in the presence of God.’If you O Lord kept a record of sins, who could stand?’ (Ps 130:3).

But ignorance and the guilt of sin are not the only things in view as we survey the Scriptures. We also suffer from the destructive pollution of this inherited sinful condition, which infects every part of us from the moment of conception. Born in sin as the Psalmist declares (Ps 51:5), there is no good residing in us (Ps 14:1-3). Our bodies, which are fearfully and wonderfully made (Ps 139:14), become instruments to act out the wickedness that would otherwise lie hidden in our hearts (Rom 6:13). It is the guilt and the pollution from this sin that renders us so miserable. Life apart from God’s forgiveness is described in the language of sickness-the trembling, sweaty weakness of a sick body trying to fight off a high fever (Ps 32:3-4). We have no peace with either God or neighbor (Rom 3:17), and we are’separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel, and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world’ (Eph 2:12). Thus sin leaves us ignorant, guilty, and polluted, and therefore utterly miserable. Indeed, while the diagnosis is bad, the prognosis is far worse, for this disease is always fatal and earthly doctors have no cure. There is, however, one account of a glorious and miraculous cure from this disease: The good news of the Gospel proclaims that while’this is impossible with men,’ nevertheless, with God,’all things are possible!’

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Meeting Christ in the Suffering of Failure & Poverty


When we thing of failure, what comes to our mind first?

  1. Failure in business achievement
  2. Failure in marriage

i)       Peace

ii)     Barrenness

iii)   Finding a life partner

3.     Failure in bring up our children in Christian way

4.     Failure to win the love of another (Forgetting that Christian Martyrs preferred Christ love                   to any human love).

Luke 5: 1 – 8

Lesson 1: Verse 3 – Jesus sat in the boat and taught the crowd.

  1. We ought to hear the Word of God. Read it yourself Joshua 1:8 (This word shall not depart from your mouth)
  2. Attending the gathering of the children of God Heb10:25 (Do not neglect the gathering of the children of God)

Lesson 2: Verse 4 – When He finished speaking, he said “…let deep your net for a catch”

  1. Digesting of the Word of God we heard
  2. Meditation – letting God to speak to us in His own way.

Lesson 3: Verse 5 – …We worked hard all night and we caught nothing. But if you said so, I will let down the net.

  1. Yes, I‘ve tried all possible means but still have to hold on to the word.
  2. Stop complaining and listen to have He told you in meditation
  3. Learn to hear His voice
  4. Faith  Hope of all things not seen Hebrew 11:1

Lesson 4: Verse 6 – They let them down and caught such a large number of fish.

  1. Put your faith – what you heard from Him in meditation in action.
  2. Make a move and let God lead
  3. Keep on declaring open doors in your life.

Lesson 5: Verse 5 – They motioned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them.

  1. Invite people greater than you in spirit for help in prayer. Prophets of old is still the same with the Prophets of today. But be wise and pray for God’s guardians
  2. Share with others no matter how little you are blessed with.

Lesson 6: Verse 8 -9 He fell on his knees before Jesus and acknowledged Him… Go away from me Lord! I am a sinful man.

  1. Always be thankful, acknowledge God every minute of your life.
  2. Do not let your pass press you down Philippians 3:12-14 – Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

How do we meet failure?

Failure comes in different ways; in some people’s cases it might not be humanly fault, in some others it might be their fault.

Failures that are not human fault

  1. Failures willed by God: In the issue of Esau and Jacob

Romans 9:10-13 – Not only that, but Rebecca’s children were conceived at the same time by our father Isaac. Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad—in order that God’s purpose in election might stand: not by works but by him who calls—she was told, “The older will serve the younger.”Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”

Malachi 1: 2-3 “I have loved you,” says the LORD. “But you ask, ‘How have you loved us?’ “Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the LORD. “Yet I have loved Jacob, but Esau I have hated, and I have turned his hill country into a wasteland and left his inheritance to the desert jackals.”

Genesis 25:23

2.   Many experienced failure because of their nature

–         Ugly

–         Deformation

–         Unintelligent etc

3.   Family background

–         Poverty in the family – Jabez I chronicle 4:9-10

–         Jesus’ family was a setback to His teaching also … can something good come from Bethlehem. St August said that “ without the resurrection and coming of the Holy Spirit, Jesus Himself would be deemed to failure”

4.    Uncultured / unmannered people

–         Bad up bringing can course failure in someone’s life. No one that comes across uncultured person that will like to have anything to do with him/her again.

5.   Barrenness / Sterile

–         The story of Hannah and her husband’s wife Peninnah 1 Samuel 1:1-8

B.  Failures that are human fault.

  1. Sin – It’s a result of man not knowing God’s goodness. If we acknowledge God’s goodness, His love, we will never do anything to hurt Him.

–         Proverb 14:34 Righteousness exult a nation …

–         Genesis 4:10 Curses on Cain because he killed his brother Abel

–         1 Timothy 5:23 The sins of people are plain to see and their sins go ahead of them…

2.    Comparing ourselves to someone

–         Riches –

–         Beauty – having surgery just to be beautiful like your colleague

–         Education etc

3.   Envy. It is one of the worst suffering connected to failure.

–         Envying someone gifted by the Spirit of God

–         Envying one whose prayer has been answered and yours not answered.

4.    Not seeking the face of God before doing things.

–         The story of Ruth         Ruth 1:1-22

Steps in overcoming Failure

  1. Accept setback or poverty as part of God’s providence (Job’s story) Romans 9:19-21
  2. If convinced that your failure is God’s will, keep on praying until He makes your goal possible. (Proverb 19:21 – You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail)
  3. Identify your problem/failure with the failure of Jesus, the God-Man who was rejected by the people of his own village the religious leaders who supposed to be his anchor.
  4. Pray for the spirit of humility. Seek God by being committed to humility and serving rather than personal comfort and self gratification.
  5. Avoid blaming others for your failure as if they were more powerful than God. (Nothing happens without God’s permission/will Roman 9:14 – 18)

–         Ask for grace to forgive those who stands in your way (He will make your enemies at peace with you Proverb 16:7)

6.   Be joyful all the time. Engage yourself in praises

–         It makes you a lion

–         It makes you prevails

–         It’s a media that transfer your battle to God. And God takes over, and when God takes over, it’s over.

Daily Rules from God


1. Wake Up!!

Decide to have a good day. ‘Today is the day the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.’

Psalms 118:24 

2. Dress Up!!

The best way to dress up is to put on a smile. A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. ‘The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at outward appearance; but the Lord looks at the heart.’

I Samuel 16:7 

3. Listen Up!!

Say nice things and learn to listen. God gave us two ears and one mouth, so He must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking. ‘He who guards his lips guards his soul.’

Proverbs 13:3 

4. Stand Up!!…

For what you believe in. Stand for something or you will fall for anything.. ‘Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good…’

Galatians 6:9-10 

5. Look Up!!…

To the Lord.
‘I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me.’

Philippians 4: 13 

6. Reach Up!!…

For something higher. ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding.  In all your ways, acknowledge Him, And He will direct your path.’
Proverbs 3:5-6


7. Lift Up!!…

Your Prayers.
‘Do not worry about anything; instead PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING.’
Philippians 4:6

 

 

A CHRISTIAN


Several years ago, a preacher from out-of-state accepted a call to a church in Houston, Texas. Some weeks after he arrived, he had an occasion to ride the bus from his home to the downtown area. When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him a quarter too much change.. As he considered what to do, he thought to himself, ‘You’d better give the quarter back. It would be wrong to keep it.’ Then he thought, ‘Oh, forget it, it’s only a quarter. Who would worry about this little amount? Anyway, the bus company gets too much fare; they will never miss it. Accept it as a ‘gift from God’ and keep quiet.’

When his stop came, he paused momentarily at the door, and then he handed the quarter to the driver and said, ‘Here,you gave me too much change .’

The driver, with a smile, replied, ‘Aren’t you the new preacher in town?’ ‘Yes’ he replied.

‘Well, I have been thinking a lot lately about going somewhere to worship. I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you too much change. I’ll see you at church on Sunday.’

When the preacher stepped off of  the bus, he literally grabbed the nearest light pole, held on, and said, ‘Oh God, I almost sold your Son for a quarter.’

Our lives are the only Bible some people will ever read. This is a really scary example of how much people watch us as Christians, and will put us to the test!  Always be on guard — and remember — You carry the name of Christ on your shoulders when you call yourself ‘Christian.’

Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits..
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

For the Christian Prayer is not an option but an opportunity.
“In prayer; expect setbacks, but refuse retreat.
Salvation: Nothing to Earn, Much to Learn.
Do your best, bring out the best in others,
Don’t tell the Lord how big the problem is,
tell the problem how Great the Lord is!
Put God first, be happy at last!

Ten Commandments For Integrated Life


1. Each day is an Invitation… Look at every day as a GIFT from God. Each day is a change to invest more in life; a chance to work, play, laugh, wonder and reflect. It is an invitation to shed yesterday’s skin; to stand and stare at a blade of grass; to listen to the noise of flowers blooming, and rain-drops fallings… When the sun sets down, don’t cry, because the tears may blur your eyes in such a way that you will not be able to see the starts shining up above.

2. Think Globally and Act Locally… Think of BIG thoughts. Don’t settle with smaller ones. Yet don’t forget to relish the small joys as well, like a joke, a favorite pickle, to give a smile, and to enjoy a gesture of kindness. Have great dreams, for when dreams die, we die. Remember, dreams are not those that you get during your sleep, but dreams that won’t allow you to sleep.

3. Be imaginative and innovative in life… Build castles in the air, but at the same time don’t fail to build at least a small hut on the ground. Yes, that is the beauty of thinking globally and acting locally.

4. Make the best with what is available… Don’t wait for fortunes to come to you; make things happen; don’t wait for things to happen to you. Don’t hide yourself under the banner of fate or luck in life. It is not what happens that determines your future, but what you do about what happens to you.

5. Give and give cheerfully… For what is more important in life is not what you receive, but what you give. When you give, you fulfill the very existential quality of being a human. Yes, if you are always at the receiving end, it is not a complete human existence, because it demands to give and receive. God loves a cheerful giver, because He himself is basically a GIVER.

6. Be happy, here and now… Don’t postpone the joy till the end of the journey. If you can’t enjoy the journey along the way, you can’t enjoy at the destination either. Remember, happiness is found along the way, not at the end of the way.

7. Let the Past teach you, not trouble you… Don’t allow the past to negatively interface with your present and future. If you always keep looking behind, to regret over the lost opportunities and to worry about the past sins of commission and omission, you can’t look ahead and walk further. Forget the past and trusting the Lord, focus on what is ahead, as St. Paul did.

8. Consistency shapes your life… Be positive consistent. Your happiness depends on consistency. No one, of course, can be 100% consistent, except God. Only He can maintain consistency among His words, deeds and thoughts. But try to minimize inconsistencies in your life. Remember, the basic rule: keep consistency and consistency will keep you.

9. Be cheerful… Everyone loves and likes a cheerful person. Make others feel great. What you tell people may be forgotten easily, what you give them, may be remembered for sometimes, but how you make them feel, will never be forgotten. Develop a sense of humour, which distinguishes humans from other creatures. No one can make you unhappy, unless you allow yourself to be. For happiness is an inside job.

10. Finally, Be Virtuous, and be free from anxiety… Be wise and be free from perplexity… Be brave and be free from fear… Be faithful and be free from meaninglessness… yes, remember Einstein’s word:”What can be counted does not really count in life, and what really counts in life cannot be counted”.

Change Your Thinking


There are ways to change your thinking: positive affirmations, meditation, creative visualization, to name a few. These techniques give you the option to replace a negative thought with something more in keeping with your true desires.

Remember this is a process, you are changing your thought patterns to reflect having the object of your desires. It doesn’t happen overnight, although when your thoughts are truly in line with your desires anything is possible.

Thoughts are things and you will get what you put thought into whether those thoughts are positive or negative. The Universe gives you what your thought energy projects so keep it positive and know anything is possible.

Remove the Obstacles


Your mind creates obstacles all the time. Thoughts of doubt or why it cannot happen influence the manifestation process.

You block manifestation of your desires through thoughts of lack and disbelief. If you can brainwash yourself into believing it won’t happen then you can certainly do the same in the opposite direction, it will happen. Whenever you find yourself thinking about not having what you want stop and immediately turn your thoughts to having it. Each time you do this you are retraining your mind.

Eventually you will begin thinking more positive thoughts and all that positive energy generated by those thoughts will manifest wonderful things in your life. Remember thoughts are things so, imagine what you can accomplish if you reverse your thinking to reflect that everything you desire is yours.