Crying is not weakness, encourage yourself , God will strengthen you and give you victory !

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“Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep.” – 1Samuel 30:4

King David was very much disappointed when he returned to ziklak,  his two wives, daughters, sons,  wife and childrens of his soldiers were also taken as captive by amalekites.

His own men were about to stone him, because they were greatly distressed and grieved.  It was a hopless situation where no one can help except God.

David encouraged himself in the Lord his God, he enquired Lord , pursued the amalekites, defeated them, and recovered his two wives, daughters, sons, and all that was lost was recovered.  He also got the spoils of battle.  Like this God turned a failure to victory.

Even we may be in a situation where would have lost money, wealth, property. Our own friends would have insulted us and mocked us, because of our failures. We need not worry, there is a God , who will turn our failure into success. Perhaps in the sight of men, our present condition may be very poor, but God will never allow us to be in that situation, he will create a new way, for God to give a job, riches, wealth are easy things. There can be misunderstandings, broken relationship, where no one can help to reunite with family, but Our lord Jesus will help us to find a solution, God himself will solve all our problems. Do not loose hope, God will help us.

“Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight: ” – Psa 144:1

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Who will be caught up in second coming of Jesus Christ (Rapture) !!!

Jesus Christ :”I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. 

Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.” Luke – 17:34-36

No one predict who will be caught up in second coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ. But above verses give  clue about Rapture(Second coming of Jesus Christ)

 two men in one bed:  who can be on bed – brothers, sisters, husband & wife, children and a parents. Mostly closely related persons sleep together. Among them  one will taken and  other  will be left behind.
Two women grinding together- house : this can be compared to house of God . in the church only one part of believers will be taken and others will be left behind.

Two men in the field:  This can be viewed in two perspective way. 

a) Our work place: we physically work. There one will be caught up and other will be left behind.

b) Field : spiritually where saved and unsaved people live together. Only those saved people who preserve the salvation, love , holiness and faith until coming of Christ will be caught up in Rapture. 

In above all verses we read one thing common, one will be taken and other will be left behind. This shows only 50% will caught up, and the remaining 50% will be left behind group. By the Grace of God let us be in caught up group.

Let us pray and receive  Grace of Jesus to be seen in His Coming.

Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” Jude 1:21
  

The Lost Sheep

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What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?

 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.  -Luke 15:4- 


  In the last article we read about lost coin, but lost sheep is different from lost coin. Sheep has life, it knows it’s Shepherd , it knows it’s herd. 

Sheep can be compared to a person who got saved, led a spiritual life for some period of time and then went away from the God. We would have experience of salvation , Jesus Christ died on cross for my sins, and I  am redeemd by His precious blood. But when God delays to answer our prayers, trial , tribulations we face makes us to go away from presence of God. Sometimes we make wrong decisions in our education, career, job, and in family life, makes us to go away from God. 

Sheep follows it’s Shepherd by:

Sight:  as sheep follow by looking at Shepherd we must look at Jesus Christ only. when we don’t read the Bible, don’t go to church regularly, don’t pray regularly, we will go away from God.

Voice :  as sheep hears its voice and follow him we need to follow Jesus Christ .we may be physically present in church, but our mind may be thinking something else, we may be mentally absent. When God speaks to us through sermons, servant of God, or by prophecy, we may think  that is not for me, simply ignore it. By these ways go astray from God.

Walk : or running, as sheep follow its shepered. We must follow the foot step of Jesus Christ. Thy word is lamp unto my feet and light unto my path(PS 119). Mediation of word of God help us to follow Jesus. Many times when we are sick, when trial comes , we will get weary , we get discouraged and doubt God,  give up going to church.

   Our situation may be same like the sheep lost its sight, deaf to voice of God, lost our path. But As the Shepherd comes in search of the lost sheep, and when he finds it, he layeth the sheep on his shoulders, Jesus Christ our Shepherd comes in search of us.  His love of Calvary saved us, brought us to His presence. Even though many times we forget His love, forget precious salvation we have received, Our beloved Shepherd Jesus Christ never forgets us. He finds us, takes us upon His shoulders, like a father until we reach His home. 

Unique thing in this parable is, after the shepered finds the sheep, He never allows it to walk among the hered, He Himself carries on His shoulders. This can be compared to we the believers, having fellowship with servants of God, holding on to the promises  that God have given us, God will enable us to reach His home.
Jesus Christ:  ” I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.”   (John 10:11)

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Great faith !

“when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? ” -Luke 18:8

Jesus Christ said above verses when He was telling the parable of unjust judge and widow. That unjust judge heard and avenged to the widow, similarly God will answer all our prayers, He may delay but but will surely answer our request. 

One thing we learn here is, when the Lord is near, God expects we must have faith in Him. Because since we are in a world of full of sin , in this sinful world to live a Holy life, Righteous life, forgiving and loving our adversaries is difficult, even though we try to make it with our own ability is only a small thing in the sight of God. Hence God expects aleast we must grow in faith life day to day, we may be Holy for a day but next day we may commit sin, but in  aspect of   faith we must grow from faith to faith.  Our holiness is nothing compared to God’s Holiness, our righteousness is nothing compared to God’s righteousness. Hence only by faith we believe , we will be caught up in His coming.  Let us pray to God and receive His Grace to be seen with.

“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. – Jude 1:20-21

God is with you

Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.

And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. [Is] not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.

And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel.  (Joshua 10:12-14)

Our God is a wonderful God, He have done many miracles. One of it is mentioned above. He stops Suns and Moon for the sake of His chosen people. 

Even we may have lost many years wasting our times in vain things, but when we come to God and seek His forgiveness, He will forgive us. Is He able to restore our wasted time??? Hope so. But He will make us to utilize our remaining time in a best way, so that what ever time we have lost will be restored.He will restore all our blessings,  There is nothing impossible from God.

Be a good soldier !

Blessed be the LORD my strength, which

 

(2 Timothy 2:1 to 10)

“1   Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

2   And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

3   Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

4   No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

5   And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.

6   The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.

7   Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.

8   Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:

9   Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.

10   Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. “

 

Moral: God has called and chosen us for His eternal purpose to be fulfilled in our life. In this spiritual journey, we must pray and fight in prayers to obtain the eternal life. We must not always seek others for prayer help. God wants to teach us so that we alone need to fight in prayer to grow in spiritual life. we know the victory is ours, because our Jesus Christ Have already defeated the Satan on cross. God also expects that we must pray for the salvation of unsaved persons, let god give us grace to pray.

“Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:” (Ps 144:1)

 

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