Verse of the day: Psalm 1:3 He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.
Thought for the day: There is a huge difference between a tree that is planted by a river side and a tree that is planted in a dry land. The tree in the dry land struggles for its survival during summer. It shoots out its roots deep beneath the ground to draw water. During severe summer the leaves wither and even the branches dry up. But look at the tree that is planted by the river. No struggle to get water, always stays green, blossoms and bears fruit in season and provides shelter to the birds of the air. Both are trees but planted in different places. It is important that we are planted in the right place. Think of the church, fellowship and friends circle where you are planted. Are you able to access the flow of the anointing during worship? Are you still able to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit even when you are among your friends? Are you able to draw the spiritual food when the Word of God is spoken? If not, uproot yourself from those places and run away seeking the right place. You will be withered away if you still hang around there for some reason.
Balan Swaminathan July 7, 2010
Verse of the day: Matthew 9:37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.
Thought for the day: Recently we were spending time together with one of our non-Christian friend’s family. We were sharing about what God has been doing in and through our lives. We were talking about prayer, intercession, how prayers are getting answered, how God is changing lives, etc. As we spent few hours discussing various aspects, we felt the move of God in them. At the end of the discussion, they started questioning about their rituals and other aspects of their religion among themselves. We could see the convincing work of the Spirit of God. We were sure the seed is sown and it will be ready for harvest soon. Unlike few decades back, many non-Christians are open to the Gospel today. Many of them are so involved in their routine rituals knowing that they will result in nothing. They need someone to interfere and tell them that there is another way and that is the way. If we are not in a position to tell them what they need to do, at least tell them what Christ has done for us and what he has been doing in and through us. The Spirit of God will direct our words to their hearts and plant the seed. If we approach this with fasting and prayer, we will see immediate results. Listen to the voice of the Lord calling you and me to labor in the field. It is time for harvest.
Balan Swaminathan July 5, 2010
Verse of the day: Psalm 40:2 He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps.
Thought for the day: If we just turn back and see how amazingly God had brought us from the darkness into the marvelous light. Many of us were so lost in this world and became hopeless. But our Lord because of His mercy found us and brought us out of the horrible pit. Many would have turned to us and spoken words of discouragement and disgrace. People around us would have thought that everything concerning us will come to an end soon. Even the loved ones would have lost their hope in us. But our Lord found us in our mother’s womb even before our substance was formed. We never realized that we were so closely followed by our maker. He in His immense wisdom pulled us out of the pit on the right time. Today it is an amazing testimony that God has established us in Christ, on the solid rock the true foundation and the cornerstone.
Balan Swaminathan July 4, 2010
Verse of the day: Psalm 30:11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,
Thought for the day: The above verse clearly indicates mourning and dancing, sackcloth and gladness are part of our life on earth. Our Lord is the one who turns your bad time into good time. He raises you from your sick bed. He sets you free from the oppression. He makes you free from all your debts. He helps you to forget how messed up you were in the past. He causes you to walk in the path of righteousness. He can even fix up your family relationship that is deteriorating day by day. He knows even what you are going through inside and fix it up for you. No one needs to know about it. But certainly they will see gladness in your life when the heaviness is lifted up. He is willing to do it for you today. His name is Jesus. He is standing next to you as you read this. Ask Him, He will do it for you. Amen!
Balan Swaminathan July 2, 2010
Verse of the day: Psalm 29:4 4 The voice of the LORD is powerful; The voice of the LORD is full of majesty.
Thought for the day: Right from birth, man hears different voices around him and he continues to hear till he dies. Certain voices are familiar and many others are unfamiliar. Certain voices are gentle, others are harsh. Certain voices are encouraging, others are always discouraging. Most of the time human voices can produce no effect in the situation. We would have heard people babbling from the moment they get up till they go to bed. No effect it could have made on anyone. But there is a voice, when spoken, produces lightning and thunder, breaks the cedars, divides the flames of fire, shakes the Wilderness, makes the deer give birth, causes the dead arise, calms the wind and the sea, heals the sick miles away, boosts the morale, changes lives, breaks the hearts, brings in obedience, comforts and accompanies all the way through. That is the voice of the Lord spoken with power and might. Are you able to listen to His voice? If not, tune your life to receive from Him.
Balan Swaminathan July 1, 2010