Verse of the day: Matthew 6:6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
Thought for the day: This verse comes directly as a stone hitting on my head at times. It is true that His Word is like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces. Jesus wants us to give, pray and fast in secret, so that He can reward us openly. Certain things in life are to be preserved as secret between us and God. Worldly men may not understand what is going on with us. Such things if we announce to everyone, not only that we take the glory that belongs to God, but also we open the doors for men to speak things that may put us down. What we do are to be known by God alone. God knows our toils and sacrifices far from above. He will reward us accordingly. Keeping such things in secret will keep us worthy to receive His reward. That doesn’t mean corporate giving, praying and fasting is not important. But it looks like God is more interested in our private life than our public appearance.
Balan Swaminathan Apr 06, 2011
Verse of the day: 1 Kings 19:7 And the angel of the LORD came back the second time, and touched him, and said, “Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you.”
Thought for the day: Every valley has a mountain. Time of joy and time of sorrow are part of life. Elijah had a mighty victory over the prophets of Baal as he called fire from heaven to prove that the Lord is God. Soon after the great victory, Elijah had to face a gloomy period. Not only Elijah, many men and women of God have experienced such extremes in their lifetime. Time of great achievements makes us to boast in the name of the Lord. Time of hardships makes us to lean on Him. When we are up on the mountain, let us not forget there will be a valley soon. When we are down in the valley, let us not give up as there will be a mountain soon.
Balan Swaminathan March 31, 2011
Verse of the day: James 1:15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
Thought for the day: You got the snake when it was a baby and domesticated it all through these years. Since it has been with you for several years, it cannot be considered as one among the pets you have. Snake is a snake; it always waits for chance. When the opportunity arises or when it is in need of self protection, it is going to bite you. Unless you realize it is snake, poisonous and going to kill you, you may never get away with it. Such is our sin. Keeping sin within us, playing with it when no one else around, and pretend as if we have never touched it is going to kill us one day. We need to realize it is sin, playing with sin is dangerous and will draw us towards the eternal fire. Jesus not only forgives our sins, He also delivers us from the bondage of sin, so that we can be totally sin free.
Balan Swaminathan March 30, 2011
Verse of the day: Matthew 7:22-23 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
Thought for the day: God hates those who are not doing His will. God hates those who perform miracles, those who prophesy and those who cast out demons and still practice lawlessness. They perform all these in front of men, but inside they are disordered, they lack control, they are open to everything that Bible forbids. It is better to practice what is lawful. Better to practice 10 commandments and then preach. Better to live according to the Word than to prophesy, better to obey God than performing miracles, better to transform Christ like than casting out demons. If we put all our effort towards changing our characters one by one, to demonstrate fruit of the spirit in our lives (love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control), the gifts of the Holy Spirit will operate by itself. We will be doing what is lawful. Let us not try to do what Jesus did, let us try to be like Jesus in our inner man. If so, what was seen with Jesus will be seen in our lives. Dead will arise, blind will see, lame will walk and deaf will hear and the mute will speak. More than anything else, we will have a place in heaven!
Balan Swaminathan March 28, 2011
Verse of the day: Luke 9:11 But when the multitudes knew it, they followed Him; and He received them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who had need of healing.
Thought for the day: Jesus did not leave the sick as sick after preaching the Word. Every preaching session ended in healing. He proved His Word by healing the sick. The message of the cross is incomplete if we say that His death on the cross brought only salvation. Jesus carried the burden of our sins on the cross and the same time he took all our infirmities on the cross. The Gospel is imperfect if it preaches only salvation. Jesus went about preaching the gospel of the kingdom and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. Today, if people are not getting healed in our prayer meetings and churches, the Gospel we preach is incomplete and ineffective. The miracle and healing cannot be confined to the period while Jesus lived on this earth. He is alive today and He still heals today. If you believe, He will raise you and raise others through your ministry as a testimony. If you still argue, it is not just you; many others are drawn away from the cross and from the Gospel.
Balan Swaminathan March 24, 2011