Sunday, December 13, 2015

Manna for the Day

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"The LORD weighs the hearts." (Prov.21:2, NKJV).

Many times we see our lives as pathetic and good for nothing because we notice the external actions that we do which we actually dislike. But every time God see us in the same situation, He sees what is the root of such a condition that caused these external dead and evil works to take place. Once He sees our motives to please Him and yet the inability of us in our flesh to please Him by our strength, those are the times God compassionately embraces us in our spirit and automatically cleanses us to lift us with His strength to make us fly by making us sit on His wings to parade us to high places to make us realize that He is pleased even in our failures and not just our spiritual success. The irony of God's reward is, sometimes when we realize that we have lost in our spiritual battle completely, God suddenly starts to consider what we have decided as failures in our own life to be rewarded because according to Him we fail only when we fail to try one more time towards perfection like Him. So we must learn from our failures but never choose to stay in it but move on because according to God you are moving in to higher place of learning and mastering spiritually the art of walking with His Spirit. Some people who religiously live saying I have done so much for God, and this and that I have sacrificed and achieved for God, I am afraid though they might boast in what they have done for God now and then later might get disqualified eternally for its reward because of their motives behind it. So the best way to live is to praise God and give Him glory for our success, and then given thanks for our failures and live to learn and move on to master those thing in which we have failed. God loves to see us learn and grow spiritually as his child, we must live to forget what good we have done in God and at the same time remember what good the Lord has done for us, so that at the right time God will weigh our spirit to keep rewarding us more and more for our good works and motives behind it now in this life and in the life to come.

"The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever." (Ps.19:9, NKJV).

There are possibilities of having one fear or the fear of all things and fear of everything in the life of a Christian. There is a fear that is clean and those who have it will stay in satisfaction and safety, because that is the fear of the ONE LORD JESUS CHRIST. This fear will continue forever in the life of one who has it because even in the life to come, there is a book of remembrance that keeps record in heaven of those who have lived with the fear of God on earth in which even what they spoke with each other in the fear of the Lord about Him will have been recorded for us to be given special reward of authority, rulership and glory for living in it. This fear of the Lord is clean, which means the fear of getting punished is in itself is not in this category but rather it is a reverential fear towards our Lord out of respect, awe and loving friendship we have with Him. But all the rest of the fear that come to us, like the fear of our future, fear of darkness, fear of poverty, fear of punishment, fear of losing friends, fear of losing one's family, fear of the unknown, fear of bankruptcy, fear of financial collapse of our nation and its stock market, fear of the end of the world, fear of evil, fear of witchcraft, fear of death, fear of sickness leading to death, etc are all the fears that we have to face and bear if we do not choose to stay in that one Fear of God that is clean. All other fears in this life except the fear of the Lord are all unclean and will pull us down in our spiritual life. If we could only realize that truth, we will choose to stay in the fear of the Lord all day long, which means from the time we open our eyes in the morning being thankful for the new day and mercies, till the time we close our eyes to sleep and leave ourselves in to the hands of the Lord to watch over us, we will positively choose to take our decisions by having that fear of the Lord and think about the consequence of our decision that might lead us to the torment of other fear which are all unclean. To stay clean we have to avoid getting unclean, that is what the fear of the Lord help us to be. May the one realm of the seven fold Spirit of God which is the fear of the Lord rest and abide with us now and forevermore to keep us in its favor and shade of heaven. Lay your anointed hands as a child of God upon your head and say and confess over yourself and your family, 'May the clean fear of the Lord be upon you and yours in Jesus mighty name!' Then say, because now I have the fear of the Lord upon me, I am blessed! Blessed beyond all means! Hallelujah!

"God made man upright, but they have sought out many schemes." (Eccl.7:29, NKJV).

God has made man in his own image and he desired him to have direct relationship with him as His dear children. But once Adam and Eve our forefather and mother sinned against God and became transgressors by choice of voluntary transgression, from that moment of time God has still not changed one bit, but humans became alienated enough to seek schemes to satisfy themselves apart from God forgetting that they were not made for themselves but for God. We are all made for relationship with God, when we do not realize this we actually become mad. The madness of man to fill the God shaped void within by substituting religion for relationship brought him to a dead end road of sin and death. As religion wants to give to God what it wants to if He wants, God sought relationship with man to tell him that they are not able to give him what He wanted, that is a sinless man dying on behalf of the sinful to free the unjust justfully through him. Since no humans were able to provide the demand of God, finally God himself decided to send his own only begotten Son to become man and then live as sinless man for 33 years and die for all humans. God fulfilled the requirement of the justice that his righteousness demanded through Jesus Christ the God-Man, and then spread the good news to all humanity that they need not do anything to please Him but rather all they need to do is to believe the one who died for their sins and rose up again to justify them before Him. Hallelujah! Thank God this has made us to realize that religion demands to do for God, true relationship with God freely says through Jesus, 'It is all done on behalf of you and God is pleased with you now.' Only Believe! O what a privilege we have today to know that God has remade us as upright who were spoiled enemies against Him and lived in sin which He hated, to continue as rebels in the past. But thank God that the Good News of Jesus Christ not only declares us as upright, but actually it changes us and transforms us from inside out to make us live uprightly before God and men in a true relationship of love. Praise the Lord! Life can simply continue with much joy and peace through love for God and man through faith in what God has already done for us and we need to remind ourselves that even in a million years we cannot pay back what God has done for us, but can only live gratefully the rest of our lives in humble service to Him.

"The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe." (Prov 18:10).

Many times through our flesh demonic bondage creep in to our life through our besetting sins. We then start to feel like we are prisoners to our own nature and body. Little do we realize at that time that we are not prisoners, but prisoners of hope. God says in his Word, "Come back to the place of safety, all you prisoners who still have hope! I promise this very day that I will repay two blessings for each of your troubles." (Zech 9:12). Even Pentecostal or Charismatic believers do face problems through the demons of the flesh, and it is a lie that Satan has spread within the Church that a believer cannot be demon oppressed because of being Holy Spirit possessed. Plainly Jesus told to all believers that because Satan and his minions come to steal, kill and destroy the children of God with the wiles of his evil plans of sin and death, we will have trial and tribulation in this world, but we can be cheerful because Jesus has already overcome the world perfectly and in His name He has given each one of us the power of attorney to use His mighty invincible authority to over come it all in the same way and bring it all in to subjection. That is why His name JESUS is a strong tower which we must always use against Satan and his minions, and run in to it to be safe from their evil attacks. His name is the place of perfect safety for his children. His name invokes present help in times of all our trouble of our soul. Satan wants to make us hopeless so that we could get paralyzed in unbelief and be kept as prisoners hopelessly. In the mist of such terrible situations, if only we could realize that we are not just a prisoner but a prisoner of hope, faith will arise to make us use the name of Jesus and get self delivered from the fleshly, sinful and demonic manifestation that tries to bind us all in our Christian lives. God has already slain the flesh of ours in Christ Jesus two thousand years ago on the Cross on our behalf, now it is our responsibility to rise up in faith every time oppression comes against us in the form of fleshly self, and keep it slain down in the grave to make it continue to rest in peace. Use the name of Jesus and experience all demons whether it is hate, jealously, infirmity, pornography, masturbation, lust, etc come in to subjection to you! When we resist demonic oppression of any kind in Jesus name and see His victory manifested in those situations, God has promised to give two blessings for each of our troubles. In other words, God allows troubles in our flesh so that our blessings can be doubled. GLORY TO GOD!

"And these signs shall follow them that believe; By making use of my name they shall expel demons; then they will speak in new tongues to be empowered again and again." (Mark 16:17).

In the ticking moments of the end of end times in which we are living before the appearing of the Lord, demonic realm of deception is so much more active like never before because they know that the time of the end for all their evils are coming to a dead end. So we are bombarded knowingly and unknowingly by the demonic oppression of Satan as we live as a Christian. To search for an exorcist, men and women of God to drive out demons has been the usual thing of the Old Testament times. But thank God for making each of us a child of God and sons of God in the New Testament times in which we are living. Today God says through the Holy Spirit to all believers, "Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son..." (Gen 21:10). Who is the bondwoman? Who is the person whom God calls "my son"? The bondwoman is the fleshly nature in us which mocks the things of God, and the son of God is the new spirit man of the new creation within us who is begotten by the Word of God and guided by the Holy Spirit of God personally. The flesh man hates the spirit man, the spirit man hates the fleshly man, these are contrary to one another and cannot go together. The works of the fleshly man according to God is " impure thoughts, eagerness for lustful pleasure, 20 idolatry, spiritism (that is, encouraging the activity of demons), hatred and fighting, jealousy and anger, constant effort to get the best for yourself, complaints and criticisms, the feeling that everyone else is wrong except those in your own little group--and there will be wrong doctrine, 21 envy, murder, drunkenness, wild parties, and all that sort of things like these...."(Gal 5:19-21, LB). The works of the spirit-man of the new creation are, "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." (Gal 5:22-23, LB). God declares that all those who are in Christ have chosen to cast out their own wrong inclinations of the fleshly man, because they have chosen to constantly make use of the name of Jesus to expel demons who try to create a habit or strong hold out of them constantly and will be empowered by the guidance of the Holy Spirit by speaking in new tongues constantly all the time. This every believer will try to do because of realizing that in Christ their fleshly man is already crucified on the Cross two thousand years ago itself through Jesus Christ's substitutional death on behalf of them. So every believer has a training ground to expel demons first in their own lives and then as God begins to open their spiritual eyes, automatically they will be made to expel demons in others as a testimony of God's power in which they live as heavenly citizens on earth. So every believer may not be a exorcist, but every body is called by God to become one. The training ground for exorcism that God gives is in our own lives first, the same word 'cast out' or 'expel' is used in the scenario of having victory over sin nature and the same in used in demon driving, so we ought to recognize that demons are attitude of mind that comes to make a strong hold in the lives of all humans and influence their behavior and habits. They are shadows of evil that need to be expelled by us to live victoriously as a child of God and also by training ourselves in it, expel demons from others as this is the most visible manifestation of the Kingdom of God that demonstrates the evil nature and the eternal defeat of the kingdom of Satan. If ever practice makes a Christian perfect, it is in this area of exorcism that we are all called to.

Much Blessings.....