Archive for December 2008

Prayer (Part 2)

In this second post on Prayer, I want to shift our attention towards the Prayer of Hannah. Most of us, know how the story goes but for those who are not familiar with the story of Hannah I will try to narrate it briefly. If you are familiar with the story please move on to the next Paragraph. In First Samuel Chapter 1, we see a man named Elkanah who had two wives Peninnah and Hannah. Peninnah had children but Hannah was barren. This was a cause for great concern and worry for Hannah. Moreover, she was always ridiculed and irritated by Peninnah. In the eyes of the World Hannah was fruitless,useless and good for nothing, but not in the eyes of her Heavenly Father and her loving husband. But the kind words of her husband was not enough to console her, it only made more desperate to have a child. The Bible says Elkanah would take his two wives and children to Shiloh every year to offer sacrifice. When they were in the Temple Peninnah used to irritate Hannah until she wept and refused to eat. On one such occasion Hannah decided it was time to pray and receive what God wanted her to have. She stood up and prayed to God her only source of help. She also made a vow that she would offer her son for the needs of the Temple if she was given a son.

The Story of Hannah is a wonderful story which teaches us an awful lot about Prayer and how it works. Today morning, I wondered what really made God move to answer this humble woman's prayer. Then, God revealed to me these three points which I would love to share with you today.

  • Seek Help from God and Nowhere else - When Eli mistook her for a drunkard she did not retaliate with harsh words even though she was irritated and discouraged. Better than that, she did not tell him all her needs and why she was praying. All that she said was. " I am a woman who is deeply troubled". Hannah said that much because that's all Eli needed to know. If it was me in Hannah's place I would have told Eli all that I wanted and would have asked him to pray with me. No, there is no need for that if you are praying for your personal need its enough for you to pray. Only then will God be able to Honor your faith. If you ask for prayer from others, there is a chance that your prayer partner may not have the same Faith as you. Think about it.
  • Her face was no longer downcast - Read this: "1 Samuel 1:18 - May your servant find favor in your eyes. Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast." Oh, I feel like standing up and applauding this young woman's faith. How I wish I had that much Faith. See, God cares about what you say, what you do after you pray more than he cares about what you do or say when you pray. In my last post on prayer, I made it clear that God knows what you are going to ask for even before you ask for it. The problem with most Christians today is that they worry, pray and then worry again. Is that not foolishness of the highest order. Let us all learn a lesson from Hannah today. From today onwards let us pray and be happy even if we do not see any instantaneous results.
  • The Vow - The third point that I want to make is also the most important point. Here, we see Hannah making a vow before God . We modern Christians seldom do so. All we do is pray and receive. As a child, I always wanted to have a soccer ball, I pestered my Dad until I got it. When he finally bought it for me he told me that the ball should in no way affect my studies. When I think about it, he always made me promise that I would not get addicted to the toys he bought me. God is looking for a vow from you. A vow which you should keep. Next time you pray about something make a vow to God stating how you will use the answer to your prayer to glorify His name. Do not forget your vow when your need is fulfilled. Enjoy the results.

The Kingdom of God

I ts funny How the Lord can lead you some days. Today Morning I sat down to learn more about Prayer, but I ended up learning about The Kingdom of God. For Some time now, I have been learning about a lot of virtues I want to have and keep in my life in the coming year. I went through Humility, Faith, Prayer and now finally Seeking the Kingdom of God. My New Year's resolution is to be a man of Prayer,faith and desire for God. So, lets jump into today's topic without beating around the bush.

Seek his Kingdom and these things will be given to you as well. Do not be afraid,little flock for your Father has been pleased to give you the Kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For whee your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
- Luke 12:31-34

Now to know the context of every verse is crucial, so let us do a little background check. Jesus was talking about the futility of worrying in the preceding verses and ends up with the promise that whoever seeks the Kingdom of God will given all these things. The words "these things" refers to food, clothes etc. It seems like we have no need to worry about our existence if we are seeking the Kingdom of God. Now, what exactly is this Kingdom of God. In Matthew Chapter 13, Jesus describes the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of Heaven through 5 parables. Some of these parables deal with the end of the age (which is when the kingdom of God will be established). But, the others like the Parable of the mustard seed, Yeast and the hidden treasure of the pearl teach us the value of the Kingdom of God. Even after going through all these verses, I was not able to clearly define the Kingdom of God. Does it mean heaven or is there something more to it. Let's have a look at Luke 17:20-22.

Once having been asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would come Jesus replied, "The Kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation nor will people say, Here it is or there it is because the Kingdom of God is within you.

So, when Jesus said, "Seek the Kingdom of God" he meant to live so as to enter heaven and to store up treasures in Heaven and not on Earth. For where your treasure is, there will be your heart also. A rich man will have many treasures on Earth and therefore there is a big chance that his eyes and his heart will be set on his earthly possessions. This is why Jesus said, "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God."If you are hard pressed for money this holiday season, do not pray for surplus money but seek the Kingdom of God and then God will fulfill His Promise and give you all the things that you need. (I did not say, all that you want).

Coming Up

I n the coming days we will be looking at Prayer again in the upcoming post Prayer (Part 2). Then, we will be moving on into end time studies by focusing mainly on the Life and book of Daniel. I am having a great time in my life even though some things are yet unclear about my future. But, as I turn back and look at my life I have had many experiences and through all the bad ones God has shown me the way out. Please continue praying for me as we move on into a new year. I want to live a life that God will be happy of, and I know that time is not on my side.. Brothers and Sisters the end is nearer than ever before, let us show Haste and urgency in getting God's work done. Keep praying for all the missionary works in different areas of the World especially for countries like India where the Christians are being persecuted. Let us also pray for World Peace, but we should bear in mind that what God said will take place should take place. Let us remember the Words of the Lord that we should not be alarmed when we hear of wars and rumors of wars. In the coming year, I pray that all of us Christians in the Blog world and outside, grow closer to God and be filled in the Holy Spirit for in the last days He will pour out his Spirit on "all" flesh. God be with you all..

Prayer (Part 1)

B efore we go deeper into the topic of Prayer, it is critical to know and understand what Jesus taught about Prayer. In Matt 5:5-14, Jesus talks about how to pray. He stresses on 3 important points of Prayer.

  • Do not Pray to show others, or to make yourself look religious.Do not even tell others when and how much you Pray. It is yours and the Father's business alone. This instruction comes with a promise, That the Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you in public.
  • Prayer does not depend on the number of words we use or the quality of the words we use. The Father knows before we ask, but he wants to give it to us only after we spend time in His presence. Sometimes, prayer can be a sigh, sometimes it can last for 2 hours. Prayer should always be led by the Spirit. Do not be in a rush when you pray, take your time and relax in God's presence. Now, for a closer look at the Lord's Prayer.
  • Note How the prayer begins - It begins with worship and blessing the Father in heaven. Many of us start praying by just rushing into our needs. That is not advisable. Then, Jesus prays that our will be joined into God's will and that God's will be done. The third part is asking God to provide for us everything we need for the day. This part of the Lord's prayer is clear evidence that God wants us to pray daily. This is where we need to ask God for our needs and believe that it is already done. Then, we should end the prayer by asking forgiveness for all our sins, but note how Jesus puts it into words.
"Forgive us our debts (sins, shortcomings) as we also have forgiven our debtors".
This implies that we can ask for forgiveness only after we forgive everyone for everything. The point is before we start praying we need to ask ourselves if all our relationships are in a good state. If it is not in a good state, we need to make amends before we pray. Same thing happens when you worship, if you have not forgiven someone, or not made amends in a broken relationship God will not accept your worship. So, whether we forgive or not decides whether or not God will accept our worship and whether or not God will accept our worship and whether or not he will forgive us our sins.

Ask yourself if you forgive others when they harm you, or are you quick to condemn them. This might be what is blocking your miracle.


ow Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see" - Hebrews 11:1. This gem of a verse is by far the best definition of Faith I have heard before. It is so simple, yet the verse needs a lot of reflection to perfect our understanding of our faith. It says that faith is not mere hope, nor is it any false hope, but it is the act of being sure that through God what we hope will be ours. Yesterday night as I was reading the word of God to prepare for this post, God told me that trying to explain Faith completely is an impossible task. Therefore, I am not trying to explain faith completely... Faith can only be explained to ourselves by us. We can only understand the concept of Faith by using it in our daily lives. This is the reason why even Paul tried to explain what Faith is by referring to a large number of Saints. Note that each saint of God, did different things with Faith. Here are some truths about Faith that we as believers should always keep in our hearts:

  1. Faith is a requisite to please God. Without Faith no one can please God.
  2. Faith is the opposite of fear. Whoever has faith will fear nothing.
  3. Faith can be exercised daily in our lives. Just as muscles grow in our body according to how much we use it, Faith also grows within us. If we decide to be worried about every other thing in this world it will harm our faith but as we make a conscious effort to trust in God, our situations will change for the better and our faith will be increased.
  4. Is believing and faith the same thing?. The answer is definitely "No". As a child I used to think that it was easier for the children of Israel to believe and trust in God than it is for me because they saw the splendor of God. The case of the Israelite is evidence that believing and faith is not the same thing. They believed that God existed, they acknowledged what He did for them in the past, but when it came to being hopeful of the future they failed miserably. Remember, Faith is about the future, not the past.
  5. We are justified by how much Faith we have.
  6. Faith is trusting the promise of God even when everything is not perfect.
  7. Faith is not a gift, it is a duty..Long time ago, I used to think that some people are blessed with faith. That is not the case, we are the ones who decide how much faith we have. It is our duty to trust in God.
  8. Lack of Faith hurts God. Have you ever heard someone else say to you, " You do not trust me do You". Have you looked carefully into the eyes of a person who says so, all I can see there is hurt. God gets hurt when we do not trust in Him, just like a husband will get hurt if his wife does not trust in him.
  9. Faith is the key that opens the lock to God's blessings.
  10. Faith and works work hand in hand. (James 2:19).
I want you to see this video so that you can understand what faith is... watch how the little girl holds her Dad's hands when she is afraid. Now, that is Faith.

Humility is the Key

Have you ever wondered what kind of character pleases God the most, I Have.. Is it the most energetic person, the most intelligent person, the most talkative person, the orator, the artist. Well, I have great joy to tell you that it is none of these, because I am none of the above. God delights in the Humble person a lot more than he does in the proud talented person. I am not saying that he hates talent, I am saying that he hates the proud and loves the Humble. If we would stop running after things that try to project us as something that we are not and focus on being humble in His sight, He would raise us up in due time. Every one of us in this world wants to be significant, everyone wants power but as Christians its high time we decide to follow Christ's humble way of self denial. I have not heard a single sermon about Humility and how to practice it, but I have heard scores of messages about seed faith. Are we ignoring those so called "little things" for the "big things". Humility is not a little thing, It is a big thing in the eyes of God. It is the escalator to success for many people. For it is God's promise that He will raise up the Humble that wait on Him.

Time to dig deeper into the issue of Humility. First of all, I would like to say that we can act Humble in many occasions and not be really humble at heart. There are many people I know who are very humble and decent when they are in public but stupid and tyrannic when they are behind closed doors. Note that this is not the humility we are dealing with here. The true Humility that moves God has many characteristics out of which these are the main ones:

  • Humility is fearing God
  • Humility is agreeing to be led by God
  • A Humble person recognizes and acknowledges his/her weaknesses
  • Humble people consider others better than themselves
  • Humble people are obedient people (ready to do whatever is good)

Are you obedient, do you fear God ( Fear does not mean fear as in fearing a dictator, it means awe and respect) Do you recognize and acknowledge your weaknesses, do you consider others better (This is not inferiority complex, it is respecting others and it is God's way of checking pride from growing), Are you obedient to your elders and all those who tell you to do things that are good. If your answer for at least one of these questions is "No", it is time to act. It is time to humble yourselves in the eyes of God. Let me remind you of the benefits of being humble before I end this post. Read carefully the following scriptures:

  1. Matt 23:12 - "Whoever humbles himself will be exalted"
  2. Pro 11:2 - "When pride comes, then comes disgrace but with humility comes wisdom"
  3. Pro 15:33 - " The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom and humility"
  4. Pro 3:34 - "He mocks proud mockers, but gives grace to the Humble.
  5. Isa 66:2 - "This is the one I esteem: He who is humble and contrite in spirit"
I love that last verse. Have a great day and God bless you.

As You Sow so shall you reap

"Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit will reap eternal Life." - Galatians 6:7,8

When God created this World as we see today, He created a set of Principles or core truths that He cannot change. One of the many principles of God, is shown in the above verse. Let us dig a little deeper into this verse for some time.

The Bible says that all human beings have a sinful nature inside. Every person who is born into this world is born with sin in their hearts. Yes, even the little cute child you know has a sinful nature residing in it. This happened due to the fall of Man. Now, there is a second nature that can inhabit our body, that is the Spiritual nature. The Spiritual nature enters our beings only when we accept Jesus into our hearts as our personal Savior. Does that mean that our sinful nature is completely replaced by a new Spiritual nature. No, far from it, As Christians we have both our sinful nature and our Spiritual nature residing inside in us. But, here's the problem only one of this both natures can rule us or can control us. This fight for control my brethren is the fight of our lives. We can either try and put our Spiritual nature or the Holy Spirit in us on the throne of our life, or we can put our Sinful nature on the throne of our lives. This choice is not a one time choice we make when we accept God into our hearts, it is a daily moment by moment choice we all have to make. This is where the verse we looked at comes in.

If we sow to please our sinful nature, we will reap destruction. Sow to please our sinful nature?. What does that mean?. Sowing refers to our actions.. When we harbor sinful thoughts like anger and hurt towards somebody we are sowing seeds for our sinful nature to take over. I guarantee you if we all keep that anger towards someone burning in our inner being, its only a matter of time until we will reap destruction by acting out at the person. In the same way if we sow seeds of love so as to please the Holy Spirit we will reap eternal life. Besides, reaping eternal life we will also reap happiness, peace and joy. How do you actually sow to please the Spirit, its by continually depending on God's grace. We all have to learn this once and for all, that our deeds are not going to get us into heaven. Its our daily dependence on God's grace that will take us through to the other side.

Let me explain, we have a less than perfect body(not shape, I am talking about the flesh and the sinful desires), a less than perfect soul(our thoughts, our actions,our attitudes are all less than perfect. Hope you agree)........ But Glory Be to God we have a perfect Spirit in us (The Spirit of God is in us, there is nothing more perfect than that). If we let ourselves be controlled by this Spirit we will have a great time on Earth and a better time in Heaven. To keep the Spirit in control we need to depend on God's grace daily, because as I said it is a daily decision we make whether to put the sinful nature on the throne of our lives or the Spiritual Nature on the throne of our Lives. Its time to look at ourselves one more time, who is controlling us?. Is it the Sinful nature with all its desires, or the Spiritual Nature with all that God wants you to have. Ask yourself.

Being Cool

Are you those people who are labeled cool by your society or the college in which you study?. Unfortunately, I was not cool and I hope I will never be. Don't be mistaken by my strong stand now, but there was a time when I really wanted to be cool. I wanted to be just like every other cool dude in college. In my attempt to be cool, I chose friends who were cool, I dressed to be cool and even talked to be cool. Have you noticed how cool sometimes borders sin and hell, when I noticed that, I gave up being cool. I saw that some of my friends expected me to listen to Satanic music, see super horror movies, see porn every day and also drink alcohol. What did I do?. Well, I chickened out and as a result I was labeled mama's boy and many other names I dare not mention. I took the lonely road out, the road of insult, but I thank God for helping me to take that decision. I know a lot of college students who were Christians, before they actually joined college. Once they joined college, they used their freedom and ruined their lives. I know people who started using drugs, smoking and every other thing after college. They seldom understand that those little decisions they make during college years will stick with them till they die. Are you one of those people who will do anything to impress your friends. If you are, I am sorry for you because you are going to be disappointed in the end. Real friends do not need you to impress them daily, they will be there till the end no matter what. I've had only one true friend in my entire life. Every one else wanted me to be their little puppet doing the things they wanted me to do. They do not know how to disagree.. So, stop pleasing others, hold on to biblical principles tightly and don't worry if people hate you for that. They hated Jesus, is it a surprise that they will hate you?. I have come to terms with my life and I have promised myself that I will be what God intended me to be and not what my so called friends intend me to be. Will you make the same decision?. I will tell you, its worth it.

8 Reasons Why I don't Share My faith

You know what, Holidays can be very boring. When we have school, we wait and wait for the Holidays to arrive. when it is here, we forget about all the plans we have. I am in such a situation now, the " I don't have much to do state". But, if we look closer in our lives there is a lot we can do. So, I decided that I am going to get some things done each day... One and the most important thing I have decided to do is to give God my undivided attention. Then, there are lots of things I can do around the Home... so let me get to it without wasting much time.

Loving Heavenly Father,

Help us remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and the worship of the wise men. Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world. Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting.

Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings, and teach us to be merry with clean hearts. May Christmas morning make us happy to be Thy children, and Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus' sake.

In Thy Name We Pray,

R.L Stevenson

Yesterday night was a very different night in my life. Although I confess to be a Christian I feel the need to get closer to God many times in my life. Most of the time, my prayers are just requests... "God give me that... God heal him... God do that... God do this". So, yesterday I wanted God to have me... every bit of me. I waited and prayed for some time yesterday night hoping he would touch me in some way but all He told me at the end was this.... "Ben, you are still in a rush, why?". He said " You have waited in lines to meet prominent people, sometimes you have waited in line just to pay some bills...You have waited at the traffic signal. But, when you pray, why are you so impatient... like something more important is waiting to be done ..All I need is you... I know your needs, I want my heart to beat inside your heart. I am the Vine and you are the Branch, if the Branch is separated from the Vine it will die. Don't be in a hurry, Be still and know that I am God. Once I started doing it, I felt like time faded away.. Under my table lamp on a cold night I can most truly say that I talked and walked with my God. My hands in His. But, its not enough to give God some time on your schedule. Every breath that we take, every little thing that we do should be through God. Let me end by asking you this question.

How many time in a day do you even think about God?
As you answer that question also consider this verse from the book of Psalms.

"He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep".

Is God too simple for Man?

have noticed far too many times that the problem most people have with Christianity is its Simplicity. Lots of people set their hearts on finding God, they become seekers of the truth.The question why most of them overlook the God of the Bible and turn to mere idols of this world always baffles me. When I was in India, I remember seeing many people from the West coming to our State in search of the true God. Many of them claim they have found God in following some prominent Gurus. These people, mostly Americans and British have actually overlooked Christianity in their country to follow the utter foolishness practiced in my Country. I could not understand why people accept some other cult instead of accepting Christ. Then God revealed it to me, the first and foremost reason as to which why a person may go to a pagan god or a cult is pride.Why do I say that?.. I will tell you why. See, in all the pagan religions of this world, Satan has twisted the truth into an idea of "Do Good and Receive Good". The Hindu religion teaches Karma. The Buddhist religion teaches almost the same thing. What I am trying to say is that people want to say at the end of the day that they "attained" salvation by what they did. They want to feel good about themselves, they want to be proud. They want to achieve salvation like everything else. Once they become proud of attaining salvation, they believe they have seen God. This is Pride.Nothing else. Christianity which is the Truth teaches that it is God's grace which saves us and not our works. The Gospel is all about the Grace of God. If there is a word that the world will never understand it is Grace. By grace we are saved, not by our deeds. Our deeds mean nothing but filthy rags to God. The Bible talks about a man who found it difficult to accept the simple advice from God.

In second Kings 5, we see a man named Naaman.

2 Kings 5:1 says, " Now Naaaman, captain of the army of the King of Aram, was a great man with his master, and highly respected, because by him the LORD had given victory to Aram. The man was also a valiant warrior, but he was a leper.

He was not a Hebrew man, but note how God gave him victory. The verse starts out pointing out everything good about Namaan, but comes to a screeching halt and says he was a leper. Being a leper in Aram, he could still hold a decent job as the Geberal of the King.

We go on to see that Namaan becomes desperate about curing himself from this disease. He is then advised by the most unlikeliest of sources... let us read on

"Now the Arameans had gone out in bands and had taken captive a little girl from the land of Israel; and she waited on Naaman's wife. She said to her mistress, "I wish my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria". 2 Kings 5:2-3

The little girl was referring to Elisha, the prophet. Naaman decided to heed the words of this servant girl and went on to see Elisha. Note how much Naaman wanted to be healed, he would have given anything a try just to be healed. Now, let us look at the preparations Namaan made for his journey.

" He departed and took with Him ten talents of silver and six thousand shekels of gold and ten changes of clothes".

Sometimes I wonder at the sheer detail of the Bible. Nevertheless, Namaan took a lot of stuff, he falsely imagined Elisha to be some shamaan who would heal him and ask for money in return. Oh my, was he in for a surprise. Next up, let us look at the meeting between the leper and the healer.

"So Namaan came with his horses and his chariots and stood at the doorway of the house of Elisha. Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying. "Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh will be restored to you and you will be clean." 2 Kings 5:9-10

I am sure Namaan might have dropped his jaw at what the messenger had to say,but he did not force his way and see Elisha. He was angry, but why??. He expected a big 4 hour long healing ceremony but all he got was an order to go take bath in some river. He wanted to go back and die, that is how frustrated he was. Thanks to his servants he made the right choice.

"Then his servants came near and spoke to him and said, " My father, had the prophet told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it?. How much more then, when he says to you, "Wash, and be clean". 2 Kings 5:13

I love the question asked by the servants.. what happened next is history. But my point is that Namaan came very close to throwing away healing just because it did not seem too complicated for him. This is what is happening in the world today. Everyone thinks they know what Christianity is, because they think it is too simple. This explains why people are turning to Pagan gods, the occult and even Satan worship for salvation.

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways," declares the LORD. - Isaiah 55:8

Must Watch this video.. I have never seen anything like this in my life before. The guy as gone through a lot as President and this latest incident sums up his time in office. I Hope and pray that our new President as a better time in the white House.

I can almost see Home

This post is dedicated to all those Christian friends who are in grief or depression for some reason. I want to start off by saying that I don't know why your sad and I cannot know. But, God knows and he does not want you to see sad anymore.. He Loves you. In our families, have you noticed that the whole family goes cold and sad, when one of us is sad. That happens because family members are connected heart to heart. When one feels down,everyone feels down. Its the same with God. He is sad to see you sad.. You might ask me if that is true why God does not come and take your sadness away. God's word says cast your burdens on Him and that he will carry it for you. We seldom carry our burdens to God in prayer, some of us go to God with the burden and take the burden back with us after praying. So, My beloved Brother/Sister are you willing to put some burdens down today. God will take care of it, please put it down.. I pray that all the negative thoughts in your mind be gone in Jesus name. Replace all those thoughts with Hope. Not the false hope that this world gives, but with the Hope from above, The hope of that wonderful future, you are going to have in eternity.

My beloved Brother/Sister, one of these days we will be walking the Streets of gold. One of these days we will kiss the face that was bruised for us.. Your pain will go away, every tear from your eye will be wiped away. The pain in your heart will go away, the pain in your body will fade away. I know that Home is near, there is not much to go now just a bit. When we reach there, we will have transformed bodies, the body we have now will be removed, in a twinkle of the eye we will be transformed. But, when you reach heaven and when everything is perfect there will still be One with bruises on his hands. Your bridegroom will show you where the nail pierced that day, he will show you forever how much it meant to Him to take you there to this beautiful place. The place where there is no darkness, where the Lamb is the Light, the place meant for you and I.... The place I call Home. It will be Home sweet Home and I can almost see Home, can You?

Love a Child

Are you looking for an organization to make donations..?? I came across this missionary organization on the Daystar television Network. Its Called Love a Child, the ministry is run by a Christian couple who have moved to Haiti to focus on feeding the poor and to attend to the medical needs of the people there. For more information check out their website. The television program was a real eye opener for me to the extent of suffering many people go through in the World we live in. I want to encourage you to give to this ministry, it will be a great blessing to the people in Haiti. Moreover, God will bless you too. If you cannot make up your mind to give or not let me guide you to this verse in Job:

"If I have withheld the poor from their desire or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail;or have eaten my morsel of bread myself alone, and the fatherless have not eaten thereof,then let mine arm fall from my shoulder blade and mine arm be broken from the bone."

I guess I don't have to say much more now. For those who have a desire to give, and don't have much money, you can always offer your prayers for them. I humbly ask you to pray for the poor and needy throughout the world every day. Your prayers will support the many missionaries in the battle field to stay strong in the face of challenges. God Bless You.

Sexual Warfare Part 2

In the first part of this post, we saw how dangerous the weapon of sex can be when used by the Devil . We saw how Jesus put the level of adultery from doing the act to even thinking about the act. He basically said, if you are thinking of it, you are doing it in your heart. So, the question is what will you do if you are neck high in thinking of sex all the time. What happens if you have an enormous drive to sex. I am here to help any person who is going through the struggle with sex. I am here to tell you that you can come out of it no matter what. All you need is a desire and some perseverance. Desire is not wishing you come out of the addiction, it is wanting to come out of the addiction. Let me point out the difference between desiring and wishing. A person who wishes for something, does not want to do anything about it.. He/she wants everything delivered to their doorstep. I got news for you that ain't gonna happen. A person who wants something will do anything, absolutely anything to get it. I also want to say that no one out there can help you come out of the addiction to sex, if you really do not desire to come out of it. I am asking you to make a decision now, once and for all.... do you want to take sex God's way or man's way. The choice is yours. I want you to think. You know the guilt that attacks you every time you yield to the temptation. You also know the enjoyment yielding to sex gives. If you read the first part of this post you know exactly what Jesus told about adultery. If you have not chosen to take God's way stop reading now. I cannot help you.

But if you have decided to take God's way of sacred sex and not safe sex, I want you to congratulate you for what you have done. Its a challenge to even take up a challenge. Its going to be tough but we are going to come out of this mess.... Its time to look at the word of God again.

"But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart" - Matthew 5:28

Young men of God, take this as it is... You cannot lust after women, you just cannot. You have to stop and you have to stop now. How???. Let's read further.

"If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell"

No, I am not telling you to pluck out your eyes and I am pretty sure that is not what the Lord means by that. What Jesus wants to imply here is that we have to find out the root cause of our sin. We have to ask ourselves.... when do we sin?. Some lust when they go on the internet, some when they watch movies, some at their jobs when that sexy secretary walks by. If television is stopping you from going to heaven.....THROW IT AWAY. If its internet cancel the internet.. tell the people to come and take the modem away. You don't need it if you don't know how to use it. Let's look at scripture once again.

"Your eye is the lamp of your body. when your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light"- John 11:34

That verse does not need any explanation. Do not mess with sex, look at what 17 year old Joseph did when his own master's wife made a move on him. How many young people in the church today would resist such an offer. I shudder to think about that question. He fled from the situation because he knew that if he gave it another thought, he would end up in bed with her.. Do the same in your lives too, don't wrestle with your thoughts flee from it. Let's get practical, when you know that something or someone is tempting you,,,,,,, you should abandon the thought. One way of doing this, is telling yourself strongly at that moment about your decision. You can tell yourself something like this.

"No way, No No No No No No....... I am not doing it ........... God help me. Thank you God, I will resist and the devil will flee, that's your word, God, and I believe it to be true"

Then, gain your composure back again and move on. Before ending this post I would like to point out that Christian women ought to dress modestly. Let not young men lust after you because you are showing a little too much, if you are drop dead gorgeous there is nothing you can do about it, but when you try so hard to be drop dead gorgeous, you are committing adultery with the guy who is lusting after you.

Its Snowing in Houston

I always dreamed about seeing snow. When I came to the United states, I was sad that it would not snow in Houston. But, I was wrong.. It does snow in Houston. Its snowing outside, as I am typing this. Its a dream come true. I played a lot in the snow along with my cousins, We rolled down the retention pond. We made a snow man. You name it we did it. We had illegal amount of fun... I can only thank God for all the experiences he is giving in my life. We witnessed a hurricane for the first time earlier this year and now snow. It cannot get better than this. For those of you wh live in the North, I might sound crazy but try to understand my excitement. In the midst of all my excitement, a Bible verse came into my mind.

"Though your sins are red as scarlet, I will make them white as snow". I thanked God from the bottom of my heart for cleansing me of my sin and making me white as snow. Hope all of you out there are having as much fun as I am doing. God be with y'all.

The Final Push

I had a very hard semester because of Ike. The teachers had to go through stuff they usually cover in 6 weeks. We had to study all that in 4 weeks.. It makes a difference. I am nearly at the end of the semester. I have one more online course I need to complete from the comfort of my home. But, its still hard work. Yesterday, my grade for History 1 was posted by the teacher. It almost gave me a heart attack when I saw the final grade. It read 89.6%... If only I had 0.4% more I would have got an A. I know that God wants to teach me a lesson through it. There are kids out there who try to get a C and then end up with a D.. I should be happy about what God gave me. How great it would be if all of us started appreciating the things he does for us, instead of being greedy like me. If God thinks its best for you to have a B grade instead of an A grade stop whining about it and move on. This is what I am trying to teach myself. Part of me is still disappointed, but the stronger half of me(My inner man) is driving me on.

As for now, I cannot wait to get this final course done and get into the Holiday mood. Hope everyone is having a great time out there. If not, its just a way of looking at things... try to find the good in every situation and be the change you want to see in this world. Bye.

Sexual Warfare Part 1

"But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell". - Matthew 5:28-29

The first time I read these lines in my Bible, I was filled with a sense of discomfort. I still remember how I felt, I felt like this time God put the standards way too high for me even to try let alone reaching it. I wonder if I am the only single male who was disturbed inside when he read this part of the scripture. I want to put to words all that went through my head the first time I read this. By now, you might have understood that I have come to terms with what the Lord said. Initially, my argument went something like this, "God is the one who gave me the attraction towards the other sex when I hit puberty, How can Jesus say such a thing?", Its way over the top and I wish he never said it".

But years later, I know that Jesus made complete sense. Even if he did make sense is it possible for a young hormone- raging man to live a life without committing adultery in his heart?. History tells us that many people including the Pharisees went to great lengths to stop lustful thoughts from entering their minds. We also know how the Islamic people force their women to wear dresses revealing nothing. The Pharisees covered their heads with cloth and walked looking downwards so that they would not be tempted. This tells us two things, one, the Hebrew women were very beautiful, two, the Pharisees tried their best to keep the law. But, yet Jesus hated them. That is a totally different topic and I would not go there now.

"The LORD God said, " It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him"
Genesis 2:18

It seems like some of the helpers are not helping, they are bringing down men all over the world. Ladies, I am not generalizing that statement because there are many great women out there who I respect greatly. But, there are more so called celebrities who are being used by the devil to torment and seduce the youth of the church. Let me drive home the fact again. When Jesus said what he said in Matthew 5:28-29 he was sane and he meant exactly what he said. Please do not dilute the Word of God to what you want it to be. So, here's the question can you live a life where you don not lust after woman in your thoughts. A life where you look but you do not lust. Its like going back to childhood again some people say. Guess what Jesus said about going to heaven.

"Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these" - Matthew 19:14

Yes, my brothers out there, who go through the struggle that I go through, we will have to be like children in some aspects of our lives. That is what Paul meant when he said "Be innocent of all evil". Only children can be innocent. In my next post, I will go through how young single men can lead a pure sexual life and the reward for doing so. I have very less time as my finals are drawing near, otherwise I would have wrote it in one go.

God bless you.

Christmas Cards for Atheists???

I have heard a lot of crazy things in my life, but this story I heard yesterday makes it up there with the best. The first card shows evolution and how evolution ends in Santa Claus. The second card shows Charles Darwin dressed as Santa Claus. Did you know that 15% of people in the USA claim to be atheists but about 95% actually celebrate Christmas. What an irony!!

Christmas to 'X'mas

Change is in the Air ... Well we heard that a lot during the election. Change is coming, change is days away, and finally we heard change is here. There is something with change that draws people to it.. Change is good, some believe. But, we should always count the pro's and cons of a change. Talking about change, the most annoying change I have ever seen is the change of the word Christmas to Xmas. Where the heck did Xmas come from??? Who took Christ out of Christmas?? I will tell you who did it.... THE DEVIL. That's right, he did it and he is very successful too. X is sometimes used as a word where we don't know what to name something... hence X-ray, X-box etc. Its official, the west has taken Christ out of Christmas and brought in Santa Claus (the sweet old man who never grows old, who gives gifts, who puts children on the lap and kisses them.... eeewwwww). For a second, just see how crooked the devil is, he actually substituted Jesus with a sweet old man. This reminds me of what the Jews did when they rejected Jesus and brought in Barabas.

I don't want to wreck your happy Christmas,but I want to remind you that Christmas is about Christ. If you take Christ out, there is no Christmas. Celebrate Christmas the way it should be celebrated. Don't forget to tell your kids that there is no Santa, (but there is Satan) and there is a Jesus who he is the reason we celebrate Christmas.

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