Our only Goal !!

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‘One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.” – Psalms 27:4

The football world cup 2018 season is going on. Each people who are spectators want their country to win the match and move on forward to final match.  In final also they don’t want draw but a complete victory to lift the Cup.  That is ambition of each team.

Similarly , who are we?
What is our goal?

Many years we are attending church nominally . We  are praying  for ou needs and that’s all, no vision of eternity and preparation of our life for eternity.

But when we consider what is our “Goal”
answer is ”nothing”.

When receive worldly blessings, we think we have reached our goal.  But that’s wrong.

Psalmist King Davids only desire was to dwell in the house of Lord all his days of life.

He being a king desired to dwell in the house of Lord rather than Palace with luxuries ! Because he truly loved God.

We who  are in new testament period,  we our selves that is our is dwelling place of God, that is the  temple of God.

“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own.”-  I Corinth 6:19.

We need to be holy, preserve our holiness because our body is the temple of God. To live an overcoming holy life we need to go to church regularly. But  most of times we go late by 5 or 10 minutes.  Even though we attend we always looking at watch when will the message get over and we go home.

In this present world if we don’t like the presence of God in church , then how can we spend thousands of thousands years with Jesus in heaven for eternity  ??? !!!

In heaven we will have only Jesus  and bands of angels praising Him continuously. If we don’t learn to love Jesus here on earth, then how will we love him and spend time through out eternity???

Our Jesus Christ have already won the match for us and showed his love for towards us (John3:16). We are are on the victory side.  we are in the last days of his coming ,Our one and only GOAL is to be like  Him (Jesus Christ ). We must change our  character to like Jesus only then we will be caught up in His coming.

“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”-1 John 3:2

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He guides you !

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If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
– John 3:12-13

We ourselves doubt whether  heaven exists or not when things happens contradictory to our expectations. In case of unsaved people , they question whether God really exists and heaven exists, Because no one have seen heaven. our Lord saviour  Jesus Christ came from heaven lived a perfect life and set an example for us and taught us the qualities of life to inherit heaven. To inherit heaven first thing we need is faith that God is true, Jesus is the only way to heaven.

When we board a bus we don’t see driver face, but still trust him,  that he will take us to our destination. Similarly we board train or flight we don’t know who drives it, but still we believe we will reach our destination.

But to  us to trust in our Lord Jesus Christ is very very tough or difficult. Some times our own experience or knowledge may tell us even God cannot help, But that is completely wrong.

-Abraham begat Isaac at 100yrs age,

-Noah built ark and was only family escaped flood on this whole earth.

-By faith walls of Jericho fell.
Hebrews 11th chapter we read the real heroes of faith. And last verse is not yet complete, it will complete with “Our name”. This shows heaven is not for coward people but only for courageous and heroes.

We can become hero not by our own ability or knowledge but by the guidance and grace of Jesus Christ.  Let God give us Grace only trust in Him always.

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6

Little time !!

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” In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” – 1 Cor 15:52

I use to wonder why Jesus Christ have kept fraction of second  (moment ) for Rapture. If God would give one minute,  one hour,  or a day for transformation, then all most everyone one will ask forgiveness from Jesus Christ and become worthy to enter kingdom of Heaven.  Imagine I we have to board a train, we must get prepared well and go to station and wait for that particular time when the train arrives. We will have only few minutes to search our seat and occupy it. Similarly let us imagine Rapture (second coming of Jesus ),if rapture takes place in a moment, then only the well prepared believers will go to Heaven. If the rapture takes place for more than a second, minute or hour, then the people who are not able fly with other believers will surely ask forgiveness from Jesus Christ. Our Lord Jesus is merciful God, will surely have to forgive them,that situation is almost everyone will get time to repent,  pray and escape the judgement day. But God is not pleased with that,  His aim is only the perfected saints , who are truely worshing Him must be caught up in His coming. Hence God have planned rapture will take place in a moment, less than a fraction of second . In a “moment” we will not be able repent, pray and get ready.
Since the second  coming of Jesus (rapture ) may be at any time and the duration is less than a second we must be ready always.
Let God give us grace to prepare for His coming. 
Maranatha!

” For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” 1Thess 4:16-17

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The lost dominion !

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Gen 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

God blessed Adam and eve with above blessing. With blessing God gave them power of dominion on all animals, birds, all creatures. Which means all living creature must obey Adam and even just like our pet dog obeys,  when say sit it sits down,  when we say get up it gets up. Adam could have ruled these animals for many years , before he fell.

After Adam and Eve sinned,  they lost their perfection. They lost their dominion on all these creatures. Not only Adam was responsible for sin.

In Genesis 6:2,3- That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
Gen 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man [was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Gen 6:6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
Gen 6:7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
  The the  above incident of marrying can be compared to love marriage (sin in the sight of God) . The sons of God chose the daughters of man because of beauty ( fair ). God is not pleased with it. Because God gave, Eve to Adam,  Rebekah to Isaac,  God knows and decides who to be our life partner.

Hence during  blessing Noah,  God blesses him like this way :

Gen 8:17 Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth.

The missing thing in the second time when God blessed them is the loss of dominion and subdue of all living creature. Which God had given them earlier.

But good news for us today is   our ” Lord saviour Jesus Christ “ regained the lost dominion. By the grace and blood  of Jesus Christ we get the dominion in eternity. Let us hope for that eternal glory.

Isaiah 11:6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

True happiness :-)

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Luke-19:1-10 And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.
2 And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.
3 And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.
4 And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.
5.And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.”
6 And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully
7 And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.
8 And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.
9 And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.
10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

We all know the story of Zacchaeus, how he sought Jesus. But why he was diligent in seeing Jesus?

Since zacchaeus was tax collector, He had become rich, not because of his hard work but by collecting extra money and cheating people.

All his wealth and money didn’t give him joy. Hence he was waiting to see Jesus.

Perhaps we may not be like zaccheaus but we may be busy in our work making extra money rather seeking God.

1Timothy  6:7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

How much ever we earn and save we can’t take even single coin with us when we leave this world.

When Zacchaeus realized that money and wealth cannot give him happiness, he sought Jesus.

But Jesus Christ indeed came towards him and told he will stay in his house. What a privileged man was  Zacchaeus that Lord Jesus abided in his house!!

We even though sinners,   Jesus Christ came in search of us. When Jesus comes into our life, our sins are forgiven,  we get joy and happiness that this world cannot give. Let us accept Jesus Christ as personal saviour .

Mat 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

First appearance

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“Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.” Mark 16:9

  After resurrection our Lord saviour Jesus Christ first appeared to Mary Magdalene.
Mary Magdalene and Mary came early in the morning to the sepulchre, but to their surprise the Angel came and rolled the big stone. The Angel told He (Jesus ) have risen. Hence Mary Magdalene went back and brought the disciples of Jesus. They also saw that the sepulchre was opened,  the stone was rolled out,  only the clothes of Jesus was found.
The disciples who came there went home. But Mary alone was standing.

John 20:11 ” Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping:

John 20:15 Jesus said unto her,woman why deepest thou?

This is the first appearance of Jesus after resurrection.  Jesus didn’t appear to his mother Mary,  or His beloved  disciples who came to see the sepulchre but His first appearance was to Mary Magdalene. Why ??

The disciples who came there went home, they didn’t search for him alive or seek for his body.

But Mary was seeking Jesus because,  Jesus delivered her from evil spirits, she had experienced that miracle in her life. She was seeking Lord Jesus with contrite heart, her sorrow was deep. When she didn’t find Jesus body. She asks Angel to tell her where they have kept Jesus body.(John 30:13)

Mary Magdalene was truly seeking  Jesus with great sorrow,  Hence Jesus appeared to Her First

Likewise Jesus is going to appear only those who seek him fervently.
We need seek him diligently.  we need seek God for our spiritual needs, We need to be always in prayer seeking God’s plan in every aspects in our life. When we seek Jesus diligently surely He will appear to us. Let God help to grow in prayer life. Praise the Lord.

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? – John 11:25