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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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

You must win christ !!

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“Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ” – philipians 3:8

Jesus Christ have already won us by sacrificing himself on cross. We must win back christ in order to be with him for ever in eternity.

How can we win christ?
Ans: We must live a life which pleases God in all the aspects.

Jesus Christ set a perfect example for us. We must be like Jesus.  God the Lord gave 10 commandments in old testament but Jesus made those 10 commmand to 2 commandments of Love.

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Mattew 22:37,39

To love our friends, family members is easy, but to forgive and love our enemies is very difficult in our daily life. But if we have a desire to go to heaven and sit beside Jesus the we need to love our enemies.It is difficult with our own knowledge and mind but Lord Jesus will give Grace and help us to love all. Let us run the race with one goal of winning Jesus Christ !!!

Limits of Heavenly freedom !

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“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not. – ” 1 Corinthian 10:23

The above verses was said by Apostle paul. His life is a very good example for us. He once was against Jesus , but after getting saved he suffered much for christ. There was none like him in bible who suffered for Jesus Christ.  Apostle paul during ministry when there was opportunity to get to gether with worldly people (gentiles) he did not do it.

During his ministry , he said aboves verses regarding eating and drinking with gentiles.  He says do not be partakers of gentiles table and also with Lords table.

We may get together with unsaved worldly friends and dine with them and drink alcohol which is wrong. We still try to justify with God, saying that was party arrangef by office people, if am absent, or do not drink , they will get offended. But we forget that our Lord Jesus gets offended, when we mingle with them and drink. Whatever reason we may give but wrong is a wrong in the sight of God.

God have called us to lead a separated holy life. Separation from worldly things. What are the worldly things which may defile us
1.internet  2.television 3.social networking 4.movies 5.using costly gadgets like mobile, tab etc.. 6. Costly car, big mansions etc… … the list goes on…
All the above thins are very  much essential, but we must have a limitation on them. By using internet  and tv we learn both good and bad things, regarding social networking – we spend much time on checking and reading others comments, pictures and status, house is very much essential thing but constructing big and luxurious house is not an essential. To sleep we require about 6*4 feet cot only , hence constructing big luxury house can be avoided. Lastly car or bike is needed for our daily travel but buying luxury car or bike is  only waste of money. All above things easily separates us from God. Hence God expects us to live a simple life. To go to heavenly we live a humle life, a life of simplicity. We read in bible that it is difficult for rich to enter heaven. Hence better to be simple.

God would have blessed us abundantly, but God is always watching us how we live, whether we live a simple separated life or a worldly luxury life ?

” the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. ” – James 4:4

Give first preference to God.

​”Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” – Psalms 51:10

 In Psalms 51 chapter we read about the confession of King David. He was convicted of sin with Bathsheba. Hence he with a broken heart seek  God for His forgiveness.  Here David ask God to create a clean heart and right spirit  in him. 

When people of Israel was in battle with their enemies , David being a King should have  been there in battle. But he was in palace at that time, this shows he was led by a wrong spirit,  which in turn led into a sin with Bathsheba. 

 This can be compare to our spirutual battle. During church hour we must go and attend church. If we do not go to church on Sundays, and go to some other place and spend time in vainly then we will get into trouble, this shows we are led by wrong spirit. Surely we will commit sin. Hence we need to be careful, attend Sunday worship , Bible studies . we must give first preference to God and seek him. The right spirit always urges us to attend church meeting. Let God give us Grace to seek him presence diligently. 

“Teach me to do thy will; for thou [art] my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.” – Psa 143:10