Verse of the day: Matthew 18:19 “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.
Thought for the day: These are not the words of any political leader or any government official. These are the words of Jesus Christ the Son of God. All that we need is an agreement between two. An agreement on what we are praying for. The reason why Jesus said this because, it is not easy for any two to come together in agreement for a single issue as husband and wife, father and son, mother and daughter, parents and grandparents, fellow ministers and fellow believers. It is easy to have this agreement to organize a party, to organize a camp or a picnic, but not prayer. Remember, prayer can be answered only by the Father. He will honor our prayer only if it is offered as commanded by Jesus. Prayer is answered when more hands joined together. For this reason, it is important to have family prayer, group prayer, fasting prayer, corporate prayer, and more prayer than anything else.
Balan Swaminathan July 30, 2010
Verse of the day: Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.
Thought for the day: Walking in the dark is extremely difficult. Every step is critical for the one who walks through a rough narrow path along the side of a hill in a dark night. A careless step may throw him into the valley down. One who walks to cross a jungle in a dark night finds it almost impossible without proper light. It is highly possible that he may stamp on deadly poisonous creatures at any moment. It is much more difficult for a child of God to walk on this earth without stepping on the land mines set by the enemy. A wrong step may blow us away from God’s plan. A wrong step may take the rest of the life away from serving Him. Many have witnessed such disasters when they later realized and turned back to God. Enemy’s traps cannot be found by ordinary light. Only Word of God can identify them and cause us to walk on His will.
Balan Swaminathan July 29, 2010
Verse of the day: Psalm 32:10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; But he who trusts in the LORD, mercy shall surround him.
Thought for the day: I thought the word with opposite meaning of sorrow is happiness. But this verse says the opposite of sorrow is mercy. What we deserve is sorrow, but the mercy of God makes us happy. Today you may say God has kept me happy with all blessings in my life. I am not going through what others are going through. Do you know there are many living in this world counting their days? Do you know many infants are born with date of death predicted? Do you know many end the day with no hope for tomorrow? We may think in what way we are more precious than them. No, there is no reason for us being spared. All that I can think of is the mercy of God that surrounds us. Thank Him right now.
Balan Swaminathan July 28, 2010
Verse of the day: Jeremiah 29:13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
Thought for the day: I remember an incident that took place in a village. A poor farmer’s wife became seriously ill and doctors gave up on her. As he was a believer, he went and called the Chaplain to come and pray for his wife. His request was denied. He ran to the senior pastor of the church. The pastor was not available as he went for a conference in the nearby town. This poor man didn’t know what to do. With frustration and anger, he ran to the church and stood in front of the church and struck the floor with the shawl he had around his neck and yelled at God pointing his fingers towards the alter, “I went to the Chaplain, he said he cannot come, I went seeking after the Pastor, He is not at home, Hey God, are you there at least to come and heal my wife?” With a sense of achievement mixed with anger he took the shawl and put it back on his shoulder and rushed back home. To his amazement, his wife was at the kitchen preparing food for him. The man asked her what happened. She said, just few minutes ago one elderly man in white robe came inside the house and touched me. Seek God, you will find Him.
Balan Swaminathan July 27, 2010
Verse of the day: Luke 23:43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
Thought for the day: This is the second word spoken by our Savior while hanging on the cross. Again, we are told something about ourselves and something about the Lord. Hanging beside Jesus is a man whose entire life has been one of violence and murder. He asked, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
His entire life had been godless and wicked. He did nothing to deserve salvation; he had no good works, no righteousness, and no morality. Yet, he was saved. Why? Because of God’s grace. It is never too late to turn to Jesus in faith and repentance. If we think that we can wait until the point of our death to repent and believe, it may be too late. Most of us are not given the luxury of knowing when death might come. It might hit us at any moment. An earthquake might strike. We might have an accident on the way home. So now is the time to turn to Jesus. Before it becomes too late, let us turn to Jesus in repentance and in faith.
Ruth Prasanth March 29, 2011