Archives for the month of: August, 2013

Measureless supply line!

Verse for Today: Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Numbers 20:7 – The Lord said to Moses, “Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to the rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water.

When we complain and grow in unbelief, it is very difficult for us to see the hand of God at work in our midst. The Israelites couldn’t see how God would give them water in the desert. They didn’t realize that God provides for His children at their place of need. But a life of faith in God demands our trust in what God would do at the right time and place in the right measure. The more than two million people and their cattle required water of the size of a small lake, but their unbelief made them to conclude that it was impossible for such a body of water to come up in the desert. This was because they never understood how big their God was. But God wanted Israelites to ask Him for water and all other needs no matter where they were and God was determined to give it to them to satiate all their cravings. God had already planned to perform a miracle and open a rock to give them water like a lake for all of them and their cattle to drink to the brim. There was no need for Moses to break or beat the rock for water, but to simply speak in the name of the Lord. The rock and the water have been waiting for God’s command to break open to give water to His people. God was there waiting for them to open their mouths wide to drink water rather than use the mouths to complain and murmur. Today God speaks to us to follow the same instruction that He gave to Moses and ask that our needs be met according to the depth of His provisions. It needs trust, faith and patience to wait for God to give to us at His time according to His measure. When He gives, it fully satisfies us as a testimony to His faithfulness and benevolence.

Dear friend, are you experiencing a craving for your mundane needs to be met? Do you get exasperated because you can’t find what you want around you? Have you been waiting for long to meet your needs? Today God reminds you whether you have taken the time to ask Him to meet your needs. You can ask only if you have the faith that God will provide. You probably feel that there is no scientific and logical evidence that your needs can be met where you are situated. But God wants to challenge you to exercise your faith and dare to ask Him to meet your needs no matter what they are. He will definitely answer you and meet your need in unusual ways. He will meet open needs openly and confidential needs confidentially. Sometimes He gives in bits and pieces, but at other times He gives in large quantity, and it is all according to your needs at the right time. He will not let you faint and weary. He will come to your rescue at the nick of time. He gives far beyond your expectations and imagination. It gives total satisfaction now and forevermore. The way God gives today is an indication of how He will give in the future also. It overwhelms us and makes us feel guilty about our unbelief, complaints and murmurs. God’s daily provisions in our lives are to strengthen our faith in His benevolence. Let us continue to trust our compassionate and benevolent God and confess our faithlessness to Him.

Psalms 107:9 – For He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

Thought for Today
Oommen Philip

So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where [is] thy sting? O grave, where [is] thy victory? (1 Corinthians 15:54-55)
When we get to heaven, we will have an incorruptible and immortal body. Death will be conquered!

My Prayer: O Lord, You sacrificed so much that I might live! Thank you for conquering death and allowing me to live with You forever.

Blue Letter bible

And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers: If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, [and] if thou turn unto the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul. (Deuteronomy 30:9-10)

As we devote our lives to serve God, He blesses the fruit of our labours with great delight and pleasure. Just as He rejoices to bless us, so also Christians should desire to serve Him. This unfathomable pleasure in serving is solely founded on the Word of God and living in accordance to it. When we follow His commands with all our heart, soul, and mind, God prospers our way over an abundance.

Blue Letter Bible

God’s Antidepressant!
Verse for Today: Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Psalms 01:03 – (The blessed man) is like a tree planted by the streams of water…. whose leaf does not wither.

When we look around, we can see a lot of lives which are sagging like withered leaves. These lives progressively wither away because they don’t dwell near the cool living water and are not planted near to the water of life. When the poisonous wind of difficult situations blow on it, these leaves sag as they do not have the capacity to withstand pressures. They do not receive spiritual nutrition and water to keep be alive and grow stronger. The people of the world who do not have Jesus in their lives wither away and disappear into a Christ-less eternity. The people of God who keep themselves away from being planted near to the water of life in the Word of God also sag and get depressed because they do not have the time or interest to dwell near to the water of life. Many such lives try to survive on the world’s artificial nutrition for their minds, but slowly their spiritual tenor and texture elude them. Such people succumb to temptations and fall into the worldly ways of living. But Word of God today instructs us to be planted nearest to the water of life. This water is Jesus and His Word which ought to fill our lives so that we will not sag or become depressed. When we are thus rejuvenated by the Person of Jesus Christ and as His life and Word fill our hearts, our lives will become spiritually energetic, vibrant and exuberant. We would be filled with the Spirit and the Word which will become the spiritually sustainable force in our lives. A spiritual diagnosis of our lives each day with the help of the Word of God will reveal how much our lives are spiritually sagging. Today His Spirit invokes us to draw near to the cool waters of our Shepherd and drink to the brink to soak our souls so that we would experience spiritual vibrancy.

Dear reader, is your life a sagging leaf which ebbs away from the spiritual realm in which you are placed? Are you experiencing spiritual coldness in your relationship with your Lord and His Word? Do you feel the loss of spiritual power to withstand the attacks of the enemy and do you become more and more depressed in life? Is the joy of the Lord in your life dwindling? Perhaps it is time to take a spiritual audit of your life to see how far you are drinking the water of life on a daily basis. Nothing that the world offers you will impact your spiritual life positively. On the other hand, it will only drain you of your spiritual energy and enthusiasm. The panacea for all your spiritual ailments today is to get yourself firmly planted near the water of life and get yourself sink deep in it. The water of life will cure your spiritual weaknesses and mental depression and will give you the nourishment that you need to grow spiritually. The spiritual water of the Word of God will purge you of the worldly poisons of possessions, positions, prestige and prominence which the world lures you into. It will give you the vigor and vitality that you once had in your life and will enable you to withstand the pressures of the world upon you. Today you are challenged to be deeply rooted in the Word of God to fill your heart, mind and life to guide you as you face the pressures of the world and live to portray the life of Christ in its power all the days of your lives.

Psalms 92:13 – Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.

Thought for Today
The fruit of our tree of life will reveal whether we are planted on the side of the river of life or not.

Today in the Word
Oommen Philip