Verse of the day: Matthew 18:19-20 “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”
Thought for the day: Prayer is not just communication. Prayer is a petition made to God based on an agreement. We need to understand what happens when we pray. According to Jesus, when we come together in His name, Jesus comes there in the midst. Answer to our prayer depends on Jesus coming in agreement with what we ask for. There comes the will of God. So if we pray according to the will of God, Jesus is in agreement with our prayer and He takes our petition to the Father in Heaven. God cannot refuse if His Son comes with such request. Because the agreement made with Him on earth by us is so powerful. God grants the answer immediately.
Balan Swaminathan Dec 15, 2010
Verse of the day: Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.
Thought for the day: God cannot execute His plans through someone who fears men. God cannot use someone who is afraid of people. Remember Jesus who faced thousands of individual all alone including kings, high priests, religious leaders, government officials, soldiers, common people, the poor and the needy. We need to live peacefully, giving respect to others and loving everyone including those who hate us. But that doesn’t mean that we need be afraid of people. Fear of man leads towards disobedience to God. Fear of man prevents us from fulfilling God’s will. Fear of man makes us to question God’s call in our life. Fear of man exposes our weakness in front of others. Fear of man makes us an unreliable leader. Trust in the Lord and be aware that no hell can do anything against you and no one can touch you as long as you are a true child of God.
Balan Swaminathan Dec 09, 2010
Verse of the day: Psalm 118:8 It is better to trust in the LORD Than to put confidence in man.
Thought for the day: Many times we get disappointed as we trust in men. We think he or she is very close to us and going to save us in the time of trouble. But we struggle to accept the fact that they are no more with us, instead they are against us. The cause of all the trouble is our expectation on others. We fail to accept the fact that they are just men and women. They are not angels or any extraordinary beings. They behave like men and react like men. Let us learn to look at man as man. Let us not expect any good from him. Today he is with us, tomorrow he may change. That is why Bible says, it is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. He is an unchanging God. Even if everyone goes away from you, He will stand with you till the end.
Balan Swaminathan Dec 08, 2010
Verse of the day: Acts 9:18 Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.
Thought for the day: This is what happened when Ananias prayed for Saul. I would imagine this way. When Ananias prayed for Saul, to his surprise scales fell down from Saul’s eyes. Ananias with great curiosity went and took the scales one by one to know what it was all about. He found what was written behind each one of them and started reading them as, adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, and revelries. Ananias became tired and gave up collecting and reading them further.
Balan Swaminathan Dec 07, 2010
Verse of the day: 2 Timothy 2:3 Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
Thought for the day: A soldier is not armed just to protect himself. He is appointed for the protection of others. God has anointed you and me not just to live for ourselves. The safety of others is entrusted in your hands. Many of us ensure all the safety aspects around us thinking that we are safe. God is telling that as long as you are not faithful in your duty as a soldier of Christ Jesus, your safety doesn’t guarantee a safe living. Let us not worry about our health, our future, our reputation, our children, our parents, etc. God is calling you to put on the whole armor of God and get on the battle. Fight against the flesh, the sin, the self, anything that drag us behind and the powers of darkness to bring others into light. There may be injuries, pains and damages; it doesn’t matter as long as you remain committed to your call as a soldier of Christ.
Balan Swaminathan Dec 06, 2010