“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked”.
God has blessed each one of us in incredible ways, in our talents, gifts and resources. And we are supposed to share it with others in our community.
In Luke 12:41-48, Jesus answers Peter of our responsibility to be a faithful servant. When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.
God entrusted us with great blessings, as we are His own children. And we are to honor the Lord with our best fruits and best efforts. And serve Him back with what He gave us freely. Freely you have received; freely give (Matt 10:8).
We've been given much; God expects much from us!
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
God’s love is perfect and it models how we should love others. We, humans are not perfect but we should strive to follow these qualities.
We let down others by ourselves but when we experience God’s love and have relationship with Him, we will be able to show His love to others.
God’s love is amazing and nothing can separate you from God’s love (Romans 8:39). You are secure in His love.
His perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18). There is nothing to fear because God already knows all your mistakes and still loves you deeply.
God’s perfect love empowers us to love others like He loves us.
1 Thessalonians 5:17
Pray without ceasing.
Prayer is a very important part of a believer’s walk with the Lord. Bible says to never stop praying, pray continuously. In all circumstances, and every moment, talk to God.
Every waking hour, we need to talk to God in the awareness that God is near us and that He is active in our thoughts and actions. By talking to God continuously, we acknowledge that God is engaged in our everyday lives. And that He is 100% involved in every moment of our lives.
God answers our prayers. He guides our every step and reveals His will and plan for our lives, as we walk close to Him. Stay on the course and never stop talking to God.
Our relationship with God is eternal and thus the need for our constant communication with Him.
Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
As followers of Christ we should emulate the example of Jesus whose words were so filled with grace that the multitudes were amazed (Luke 4:22).
Whatever is in your heart determines what you say. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart (Matt 12:34-35).
When one becomes a Christian, there is an expectancy that a change of speech follows because living for Christ makes a difference in one’s choice of words.
Let’s fill our hearts with the love of Christ so that gracious words can come out of our mouths.
6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
As Christians we all need to follow His nature, that is, to be servant hearted, humble and of no reputation. Though Jesus was God, He gave up His privileges and took the humble position as a servant and was born as human being.
The greatest leader of all time is Jesus Christ. True leadership is servanthood. Serving others is the very essence of ministry. All believers are called to ministry.
Our ministry is this: Matthew 28:18-20
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Following His humble nature and doing His ministry is every believer’s way of life.
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
Even though evil prevailed in 2020, God is still good. He is so good. His plans are for our future with Him. His love for us is everlasting.
Looking at the past year and through it all God has looked after us and protected us, and blessed us even in the midst of chaos.
He is such a faithful God that no man can compare. His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23). He is the reason for our victories and blessed lives.
Praise Him with cymbals and instruments (Psalms 150:3-6); shout His holy name on the rooftops. He is worthy and greatly to be worshiped with highest praises.
Be filled with gratitude and hope in Him in every season for He is always good. He is our all in all!!
Happy and Blessed New year!!
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
This is exciting time of the year and most of us are anticipating celebrating and remembering the birth of Christ. It is the best time to remember the greatest gift He has given to us, His son, Jesus Christ. The whole reason for this season.
It may not seem like normal with all the lock down restrictions, but because we have a God of hope (Romans 15:13) let us be filled with His hope, joy, peace and love, and receive His greatest gift by experiencing His powerful presence.
When you receive Him in your heart, you wont feel the lack, and the emptiness is gone. This gift of infinite love is available for all to receive. Receive Him in your heart and enjoy the greatest gift.
Christmas is the celebration of God's gift to this world in the form of Jesus.
Merry Christmas, everyone!
14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. 15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.
God gave many promises to us and He is waiting to fulfill in your life, right now. Here in Psalms 91:14-15, He promises to deliver us, set us on high, answer us, be with us in trouble and honor us.
All we have to do is love Him and know Him. It sounds simple but living in this material world, it’s adding friction against our motion towards God. Are we willing to soften, calm down and focus on Him when the world is pulling us towards it?
Start spending time with God in prayer and by reading His word, and get to know Him. When you love Him, it gets easy to be obedient and faithful to Him.
Lets strive to love and know God so that He can fulfill His promises to us.
And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
Jesus heals ten lepers (Read Luke 17:11-19), but only one comes back to thank Him. Though he was a Samaritan, his faith was expressed by his act of grateful praise.
Nine of the ten lepers who were healed kept going and never returned to thank Jesus. As Christians we have experienced God’s healing, goodness and grace so much that sometimes we take it for granted and forget to thank Him.
The real blessing that one leper received on the top of healing was wholeness. When he went to thank Jesus, He said thy faith hath made thee whole (Luke 17:19). Being whole is important to be an effective Christian.
The authentic gratitude is an act of faith and the result is the wholeness.
14 I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. 15 As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.
A shepherd protects his sheep at all times and at any cost. Many nights a shepherd stays awake to watch over his sheep to protect them from danger. He leads them to green pasture for continuous supply of food and nourishment.
Jesus describes Himself as “The Good Shepherd”. He feeds, protects, guides and cares for us. He went one step further - He died on the cross and paid the penalty for our sins, failures and mistakes.
He took our shame and guilt and gave us freedom and purpose in life. If that was not enough, He also put His Spirit in us so that we will never be alone without God in us.
With the Lord Jesus Christ as your Shepherd you have His guaranteed protection, preservation and provision always.