Verse of the day: Isaiah 41:13 For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’
Thought for the day: God is holding our hands because we are in need of His help. When we take our little ones for a walk they don’t like us holding their hands. They try to hold our hands and walk. But they fall easily as their hold on us is not strong enough. Once they fall, we forcefully hold their hand and walk them further. Exactly this is happening in our daily walk. We think that we are holding on to Him. But when trouble comes, we are tossed and get detached from God. God says, “You don’t worry about that, I will hold your hand”. When He holds our hand, we don’t walk, we just simply follow Him. None can separate us as He holds us. What a precious Father we have in Heaven!
Balan Swaminathan Sunday, Jul 19, 2010
Verse of the day: Luke 23:34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
Thought for the day: The first word spoken by our Savior on the cross says something about God and something about us. Have you ever wondered about the meaning of the second part of this verse, “they do not know what they do.”? Whom do you think the Lord was asking forgiveness for? Was it for the soldiers who performed their duty? Was it for the priests, the scribes, and the Pharisees, who were jealous and succeeded in plotting against Him? Was it for the crowd that yelled, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”? What about Pilate and Herod? Was He asking for forgiveness to a limited group of people? Do you think His cry would not have reached everyone in Jerusalem, Judea and Rome? Is it not reaching you and me even though we are 2,000 years away from the cross? Why did Jesus intercede for us while hanging on the cross? The answer is simple. Just like our nature is to sin, it is God’s nature to forgive!
Ruth Prasanth March 17, 2011
Verse of the day: Zechariah 4:6 So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts.
Thought for the day: Often we think it can be accomplished with our own strength. We make an attempt, miserably fail and realize that it is beyond our ability. There are certain things in this world that cannot be accomplished by human strength and ability. Especially, if you are a child of God, certain things that may appear easy for anyone become difficult for you. Because there is an opposing power behind your effort not to make it happen for you. It is like a sleeping dog that doesn’t even bother about a thief looting the house. But when it is awake, it doesn’t even allow your friend coming along with you. That dog is well awake and waiting for opportunity to oppose God’s children and God’s work. You need the power from above to overcome the opposition and accomplish God’s will on earth. Our Lord says, “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit”.
Balan Swaminathan July 18, 2010
Verse of the day: Psalm 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.
Thought for the day: You would have noticed that there are certain things follow us just like the shadow wherever we go. There is someone who always there to create the similar kind of trouble in every place we work. A particular disease affects every member of the family just like the plague of Egypt. Certain curses are passed on generation after generation and today we may be the victim of that. But God’s Word says, goodness and mercy will follow you. Why do troubles and trials follow us always instead of goodness and mercy? I found the answer in the first and the last verses of the same Psalm. Keeping the Lord as our shepherd and dwelling in God’s presence are the keys to chase the shadow like troubles away.
Balan Swaminathan July 16, 2010
Verse of the day: 1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
Thought for the day: Today I was observing a cat that was very slowly and carefully moving forward at the bottom of a bush aiming at the birds singing and playing on top. If the birds were not careful enough, they would have become an easy prey for the cat. That reminded me of the enemy who comes around us looking for an opportunity to devour. He doesn’t need much time. In a split second he can snatch us away if we are not under the covering grace of the Lord. Being with the Lord every moment is so important. Many great men of God fell apart from the grace instantly. The enemy takes pride and considers that as a success in wiping away our reputation, holy life and devotion to make us ineffective and powerless. David experienced that and many others have experienced. Take heed to the Word of God, be sober and be vigilant to escape the snare of the enemy.
Balan Swaminathan July 15, 2010