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.
11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
The struggles and challenges that we face are from the unseen evil world, which oppose everything and everyone that is of God. We are fighting against the principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness and against spiritual hosts of wickedness.
We need to protect ourselves from them by wearing the full armor of God i.e. truth, righteousness, the gospel, faith, salvation, the Word of God, and prayer (Ephesians 6:13-17).
When we don’t put it on, we deceive ourselves and turn against flesh and blood, which is our own brother who is created in the image of God.
Let’s always wear the full armor of God and walk in victory.
You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.
Jesus spoke these words to His disciples who were already believers and, they were chosen and appointed to produce good and long lasting fruit. The disciples followed and abided in Him.
Have you ever wondered how you got here? You follow Jesus and abide in Him and here you are chosen to bear fruit that would remain.
When we are living in spirit and truth we not only are fruitful to His praise and glory but also guided by His Holy Spirit to pray into His will and character.
Let’s live our lives fruitful for His kingdom because He chose you and me.
‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’
God speaks to us at all times. We call to Him when we pray. But, are we hearing Him. And are we receiving His answers.
God knows our problems even before we pray. He speaks to us, if we could just hear Him beyond our disappointments and pain.
When you call His name, He will answer you. Set aside your plans and agenda, and focus on learning His voice even more.
Take a moment and concentrate on what He reveals to you and gives you knowledge and understanding of your situation, which we don’t know.
Lets focus to learn His voice that shows great and mighty things.
41 And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
Many of us have a to-do list whether it is needed or not.
Here in the book of Luke, we see Martha trying to do everything in perfection. Her mind is completely on her to-do list, and is worried and troubled to get things done. She spends all her energy worrying about the things that are not necessary or needed at that time.
We sometimes get into the mindset of to-do list and get worried for unnecessary reasons.
While Mary chose to stay at the feet of Jesus and listen, which is very much needed at all times. Instead of worry, Mary is filled with love, peace and joy, which are needed. Jesus says, Mary has chosen the good part and will not be taken away from her.
Let us choose wisely one thing that is needed, Jesus!