For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)
To fight against the darkness we come to God with our hearts and minds prepared by fasting and praying, and we present our request of winning against the evil and overcoming the spiritual warfare. One of the most powerful weapons is fasting prayers.
By fasting, our carnal impulses are forced to relinquish control. It compels us to accept that what we fight against is not external. The true enemy is spiritual and the battlefield is our heart. When we fast, we position ourselves for God to move.
For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete. (2 Corinthians 10:3-6)
In the days of Mordecai and Esther, all the Jews fasted and prayed together (Esther 4:16 ) in order to seek victory in battle against their enemies. God is pleased when we fast and His favor rests on our side.
We fast and pray for God to intervene and give us victory against the enemy. Our victory comes only from Him.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 1 For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. 2 A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. 3 A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. 4 A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. 5 A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. 6 A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away. 7 A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak. 8 A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace.
With the start of new year comes new season. Make the best of this new season to move towards God’s purposes in your life. Leave behind every hindrance that is going against your higher calling. It’s time to revive, renew and rejuvenate.
Get up and do your part, take initiative and walk in obedience and God will bring you to the fulfillment of His purpose in your life. Bask in His presence and walk in His will this new season.
Happy New Year!!!
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.”
On this Christmas, as we remember Christ’s birth, let’s ponder about what Jesus represents and what His purpose on this earth was.
The main purpose was to save each one of us and that none should perish (John 3:16). Also to bring us in close connection, and bridge us to our Father in heaven.
When we are in connection with Him, His Holy Spirit is active and helps us to live lives that reflect and represent who Jesus is.
So, from here on let’s focus on the things above which is more meaningful eternally than temporary things that shatter in a moment. Jesus said, I am the light of the world.
Make room to receive Him today and be in the light of His presence which is continual source of our everyday living.
Merry Christmas, everyone!
“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
In this season of advent let’s spread the hope that we found in Jesus, love that we experienced by His gentle presence, peace that surpasses all our earthly understanding and Joy that is supernatural.
Draw closer to Him and spend time in His presence and make room in your life to listen to His still voice. The day is coming closer than you think that you get to see Him face to face. Let's exalt His holy name with deep appreciation, and glorify His name because of Who He is, was and is to come.
This Advent, may you celebrate with expectation of His supernatural miracles, savoring the God given season as we look forward with excitement to receiving the greatest gift God has ever given His children. Amen!
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Keeping eternal perspective we can always rejoice because of God's salvation despite our temporary circumstances. We can rejoice always, even in persecution, because we believe in God’s promises.
Our hope is in the Lord, for He is our rock and our salvation (Psalm 62:6).
Praying continually. Every waking moment we live in the awareness that God is with us and that He is actively involved and engaged in our thoughts and actions. Unceasing prayer is continual dependence and communion with our Father in heaven.
Give thanks in all circumstances. We can give thanks in everything because we understand how God is using those things in our lives to grow us now and in the future. Thankfulness produces joy.
Lets do God's will by rejoicing always, praying continually and giving thanks in all circumstances.
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.
No action is good enough to provide our own salvation. No good deeds can undo the sins we have committed. Salvation is a gift. Further, it is a gift only God can provide.
No matter how much we desire to give salvation to another person, we cannot. Only God can offer the gift of eternal life.
Instead, we are called to proclaim the gospel, live it, share it, pray for the salvation of others, and help people grow in the grace of God.
Receive the Gift of Salvation that the Lord gives us freely by His Grace.
"But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth."
To worship God in spirit and in truth, is to declare that God is worthy of our reverence. We do it with a heart inclined toward God and in submission to Him.
We worship God when our attitudes, actions, and words declare that He is worthy of our praise. It is also expressed in our daily lives through prayer, scripture reading, acts of kindness, gratitude, pure thoughts and showing Christ's love.
Oftentimes we offer worship to God out of a sense of duty, or in expectation of blessing, or as a result of being taught a tradition.
The Father in heaven is seeking true worshipers. Let's all worship Him in spirit and truth.
26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
When we trust God and abide in Him, His peace and contentment surpasses our anxiety and, everyday worries about things that don't matter.
Our heavenly Father takes care of the birds, how much more valuable are you? You are of ultimate value to God. Leave all your cares and concerns to Him and He will take care and provide your daily needs.
God has declared us of ultimate value by sending his Son to redeem us. We should commit to pursue what is of ultimate value, the Father and His Kingdom. When we do that, the necessities will fall into place.
Let's seek God's wisdom to know that God values you more and, trust Him in all your cares.
Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him, and He will act.
No matter our circumstances, commit your way to the Lord. It may not be easy but with Lord's help we can stay the course and walk with Him every step of our way.
When life doesn't go the way we wanted, it's easy to derail and wander. But when we are fully committed to the Lord and walk in His spirit, He shapes us and grows us in His righteousness (Psalm 37:6).
God cannot lie, so when He says that He will act on your behalf, you can believe Him. So trust Him completely and don't give up when it gets uncomfortable.
When we commit our ways to Lord, He will accomplish His work in our lives.
The Lord’s light penetrates the human spirit, exposing every hidden motive.
Everyday when we pray to God, welcome His inner scrutiny into our inner being and willingly submit to His searching our hearts, our hidden thoughts and our secret motives - so that we may be fit vessels to shine forth His light to others.
The lamp is not that Light of God but the vessel through which the Light of Christ may shine - illuminating our hearts and shining forth the Light of Christ and the Love of God to this world.
The human spirit is God's lamp in a dark world of sin and suffering. We are not created with the capacity to shine ourselves - only the Light of Christ within our human spirit, can illumine the spirit of man, and shed light in a dark world.
Let's shine forth the Life and Light of Christ that indwells in us.