Thought for the day Archive

Verse of the day: Mark 7:29-30 Then he told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.” She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.

Thought for the day: Once a Greek woman came to Jesus begging Him to drive the demon out of her daughter. Jesus told her, “it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” The woman understood Jesus and she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” As she was willing to humble herself, she received the deliverance. We don’t receive His healing and deliverance as we don’t humble and surrender. We got so accustomed using the name of Jesus and the power of His Word. We think we can claim healing and deliverance by the word of our mouth. Jesus honors not just the word, but the heart from where the word comes out. Today we don’t see miracles as His servants are not willing to humble before God. The woman realized that she is nothing in front of God; she even was willing to bring her “self” down to the level of dogs. It is sad to know that today men and women of God have even gone to the extent of dictating God. They think that their words have power to trigger God to perform miracle. No, God moves when someone calls Him with a humble heart. Only God alone knows who is humble.

Balan Swaminathan March 23, 2011

Verse of the day: Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Thought for the day: This I would say is the most powerful verse in the Bible. Many lives are saved as this verse is well understood and many lives are ceased as this verse is not known to them. People look at life as a whole, worry, give up and decide to end their lives abruptly. Go to your doctor, he examines your body and tells you that there are two surgeries to be done, an endoscopy and a biopsy to be done. Go to your dentist, he says you are in danger of getting infection in most of your teeth. You need to replace the bridge, two root canals to be done and need to put few crowns. Go to a mechanic, he says, you already crossed 100, 000 miles, you need to replace the engine fuel pump, timing belt, master brake cylinder and of course all the tires. You come home with the estimate after one of these visits and sit in the couch with both hands on your head. According to Matthew 6:34, let us not look at the whole work that is to be done. Let us look at what can be done first and the rest in multiple steps. Many of us want to know how and where we will be in the next ten years. God is telling us do not even worry about tomorrow. Today is in your hands, tomorrow is yet to come and yesterday never comes again. Let us tell the Lord, “I do not ask to see the distant scene: one step enough for me”.

Balan Swaminathan March 22, 2011

Verse of the day: Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

Thought for the day: This is one of the areas where our faith stumbles at times. Sometimes we become tired and feel like giving up. It is certain that there will be times of trials in various forms while doing “good”. It may be ministry of the Word, ministry of support and encouragement, ministry of counsel and teaching, evangelical or church ministry, or some other form of ministry. The more we involve, the chances are higher that we may get hit by this kind of fatigue at times. In this situation, we are left with two options. One is to quit, the other is to continue. It is easy to quit. But to continue, we need to overcome it. Remember, Jesus being in agony at the garden of Gethsemane did not stop Him from carrying the cross and dying for us. Paul beaten up and thrown outside the city didn’t stop him from preaching. John who was in exile at the isle of Patmos did not prevent him from receiving the revelation of God. Today, whatever the situation you may be, nothing will stop you from what you are called to do. Wait on the Lord and renew your strength, you will run and not become weary.

Balan Swaminathan March 22, 2011

Verse of the day: Psalm 41:4 I said, “LORD, be merciful to me; Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.”

Thought for the day: Our God is so merciful to us. We are not consumed by His wrath since He has mercy on us. Many don’t realize this fact and take life for granted thinking that God doesn’t really care about them sinning. People don’t hesitate to sin if this mercy is wrongly understood. Every act that is sinful in nature entitles punishment. His abundance in mercy delays the punishment and even cancels it out once we turn back to God. Instead, if we never turn back to God, we may escape this earth because of His mercy, but suffer eternal punishment as sin deserves punishment. His mercy is precious and priceless for a sinner like you and me.

Balan Swaminathan March 21, 2011

Verse of the day: Psalm 94:19 In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul.

Thought for the day: There is no doubt as we grow and become adult the anxieties grow up and it continues to grow as we become older and older. Those things delighted us years back are no more of delight to us. Due to our health condition and age factor we start living within so many restrictions that won’t allow us to delight the way we used to do. As our health deteriorates we find no more pleasure in living in this earth. We are anxious for many things not just about ourselves, but about others too – our children, people whom do we love, etc. Morning to evening we have enough things to worry about. In the midst of all, we fail to recognize the one who comforts and delights our soul. When everything went well, you felt you didn’t need Him. But now that you lost your delight, at least come to Him. His arms are wide open; He will embrace you and comfort you.

Balan Swaminathan March 16, 2011