Archive for July 2009

Sunday Sermon

Its a little late but I thought it would be a good idea to spend some time dwelling upon today's sermon I heard from our church pastor. The core of the message was that sometimes what works for others in the past might not work for us now or in the future. For example, consider what Abraham did when he took his son Issac to sacrifice Him. Abraham got up early in the morning and took the firewood and fire from his own home for the sacrifice. But, when the sons of Aaron did the same thing in Leviticus 10 : 1, it brought about their own death.

Aaron's sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the LORD, contrary to his command.

In the same way we can see that sometimes what was right in the past in our own lives might not always be the best thing to do. For example, Moses was commanded to hit a rock to bring forth water and He did so, but the second time He was only told to command to the rock. Moses did not give much attention and He just did the same thing he had done the last time he encountered such a situation. God looked at this as disobedience and punished Moses. This was one of the reasons why Moses never entered Canaan - The promised land.

In our lives, we might have certain misconceptions about how God works which lead to our disobedience against God rather than obedience. This is a very important aspect of Christian life and we should never give more importance to our past experiences than the actual command of God.

The Grand Scheme of Things

Over the past few weeks I was engulfed over the way history has played itself out.First of all, did it play itself out or did God in all His wisdom guide every bit of History to its minute detail. Did He allow all these wars, famine and poverty to go on for some bigger objective or is it all Man's fault. Its a little hard to address these questions head on. As I kept pondering on these questions in my mind, I found it necessary at some point to look back at the farthest pages of History. Though the world does not believe in it the Bible is the most earliest and most provocative historical books of all time. The Bible tells us the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about how this world came to be. So let's take a look at what happened so far in the grand scheme of things

In the beginning, God created man and everything we see in nature today. He blessed man to go out and populate the world, inhabit and rule it. When he created man He also gave him something extra extra special - Free will. This is the power to write one's own destiny. This gift was and is still utterly misused by mankind. This free will is what put man in the chains of sin and disobedience. To put it simple, God wrote the rules or the law which is above everything else and God gave man a choice to either follow the law or to break it and face the consequences. Man chose the latter and history took a drastic turn on that day. Things got so worse that even God thought he made a grand mistake when he made man. Does God make mistakes.... Hmmm. He finally decided that man should be wiped off the globe through a flood that would rewrite history. He chose one man or let me say found one man and his family who would be the new father of all - Noah. This man Noah tried to persuade many people to get into his boat but was mostly unsuccessful. The people remained outside, but the animals who don't have a free will got into the boat. Sometimes, I think its better to be a flea inside that Boat of salvation than to be a king who stayed out of the boat of salvation.

Years passed... Noah was long gone. It was time for God to choose a different man for a very different purpose. God decided that it was time to make His own nation among the wicked nations of this world. He decided the exact geographical location of this new nation ( I'm talking of Israel and if you don't know, Israel lies exactly in the middle of the world map). So he chose this new man Abram, changed him to Abraham and then sent him onto the center of the world. Because this man dared to obey even in the most dire circumstances, God made Him go from childless to father of nations...literally. When Abraham was gone there was an Issac, when Issac was gone there was Jacob... thus started this grand lineage that would bless the whole world. Jacob became Israel when he decided to struggle with God just to be blessed more than anyone in this world. Israel is translated to "One who struggled with God". That name still holds true, In all history there has never been a nation who had to go through this much suffering. But, Israel was and will always be the apple of God's eye. Whoever touches Israel touches God. Woe to you all you nations who despise Israel. Through Jacob's sons God had established a nation that will last forever.

So here was this nation blessed by God even though they were not even remotely worthy of it and here was the rest of the world who was in a great big mess. The world had become fatherless so as to speak. They did not know who created them and was separated from God through sin. Then came the ultimate point in the grand scheme of things. God decided to send His Son to die on the cross as a sacrifice for the sins of all the world, not only for Israel. Yes, Jesus died even for those who were not even born yet. Jesus came, Jesus loved, Jesus conquered through His love far more than any King ever before. He died and then He rose again and when he did He tore the veil of separation between God and man. History was torn into two. This was the new world, everything was made new. Jesus still lives, His word will never pass away and He is the only reason a person like me gets to have communion to God. I am the great grandson of a drunkard. All my ancestors were idol worshipers, but God loved me with such an everlasting, daring, audacious, unexplainable, unfathomable love that I am now His as much as He is Mine. I am sold out to this great God. Are You??? Where do you come in the scheme of God?. He wants you to be His friend and partner. Will You give your life to Him?

God's Love

The topic of God's love is a little hard to explain and impossible to measure. If we could measure God's Love to us like we measure any physical quantity , we could measure God Himself. Why?. Because God is Love. Sometimes, His love towards us is also hard to understand, sometimes we doubt if He ever loves us when Life goes through its dark times. This was the every day experience of God's people Israel. Now, as we are all joined to the New Israel of the New Testament we are all experiencing what that special Nation went through for centuries. By the way, Israel means "One who struggled with God". As we are the new Israel, we will also have to struggle with God like Jacob (the original Israel) did.. Sometimes circumstances in Life makes us think twice if God is still in control. But, the simple fact is that He always His. He lets some bad things happen to us once in a while either to make us stronger in faith or to get our attention,.. If you are away from God you can be almost sure of the fact that God will discipline you to bring you back to Him. Look at these words from Hosea which prove my point. Read it over and over agian and be sure of the fact that God loves you.

She has not acknowledged that I was the one
who gave her the grain, the new wine and oil,
who lavished on her the silver and gold—
which they used for Baal.

9 "Therefore I will take away my grain when it ripens,
and my new wine when it is ready.
I will take back my wool and my linen,
intended to cover her nakedness.

10 So now I will expose her lewdness
before the eyes of her lovers;
no one will take her out of my hands.

11 I will stop all her celebrations:
her yearly festivals, her New Moons,
her Sabbath days—all her appointed feasts.

12 I will ruin her vines and her fig trees,
which she said were her pay from her lovers;
I will make them a thicket,
and wild animals will devour them.

13 I will punish her for the days
she burned incense to the Baals;
she decked herself with rings and jewelry,
and went after her lovers,
but me she forgot,"
declares the LORD.

14 "Therefore I am now going to allure her;
I will lead her into the desert
and speak tenderly to her.

15 There I will give her back her vineyards,
and will make the Valley of Achor a]">[a] a door of hope.
There she will sing b]">[b] as in the days of her youth,
as in the day she came up out of Egypt.

16 "In that day," declares the LORD,
"you will call me 'my husband';
you will no longer call me 'my master. c]">[c]

Look at the transition between the verses 13 and 14... From verses 8 to 13 God is speaking about what He will do to bring Him back and from verse 14 onwards He is speaking about the love that was lost being found again.

Shut out the world and Bring in God

I have been very much led by the spirit these days to shut out the world from my life and welome God to the innermost places of my life. My eyes were opened to the fact that I was spending most of my time either doing my own things or just wasting time. I spend little or no time in the presence of God. As I was praying today, the Lord asked me to experiment something I have never done before. he told me to shut the world out and give Him some room to operate. I have taken a decision to stop watching TV or sit in front of the computer unless I am doing something useful. I am going to take this day by day and see what God will do in my life..Every day I want to post something to my blog to keep record of how things are changing, because I believe that a whole lot is about to change.

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