Thought for the day Archive

Verse of the day: Romans 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Thought for the day: Most of you would have experienced some kind of opposition or enmity in your work places, within your own family, within the community where you live or even within your church. If you say you have never experienced that, remember you have an adversary the devil himself. Here Paul says, “If God is at your side, no one can stand against you”. Don’t get discouraged by looking at them. They walk like a lion and talk like a roaring lion, but they are not. It is the enemy who is trying to devour you. He can come near you, but he cannot touch you. As God is with you, he cannot stand against you. Resist the opposing, arguing, disobeying, and rebellious spirit in the name of Jesus. You will see the victory. He is a faithful God, faithful in His Word. Those who came against you one way will flee before you seven ways. Don’t be afraid of any false accusation, any kind of injustice, favoritism and slandering. God is for you, who can be against you?

Balan Swaminathan June 30, 2010

Verse of the day: Romans 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Thought for the day: Often we don’t realize God is for us. Moment we find sin in our lives, we think God is against us. God never turns against us. We turn against God. Because of His abundant mercy and extreme patience, He waits for us to come back to Him. But there is a mystery. When we go far away from God, He looks at the pain His own son endured on the cross for us. That has never faded away from His mind. He looks at our sinful nature and looks at the savior on the cross and decides not to turn against us. Never fail to realize, it is Jesus who stands in the middle and intercedes for us. He is the one who keeps us away from the wrath of God. If Jesus would not have died for us, God would have turned against us due to our extreme wickedness and His wrath would have consumed us. The good news is, God is for us, not against us. Run into His grace, His arms are wide open.

Balan Swaminathan June 29, 2010

Verse of the day: Matthew 17:20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.

Thought for the day: What a contrasting analogy Jesus made to impress the fact of His disciple’s unbelief. Jesus is talking about a tiny little mustard seed and a huge mountain. If we take a little mustard seed between our fingers and look at the mountain we feel the exponential vastness. Jesus is not talking about us moving a mountain; He is talking about what a huge difference a little faith can make. Often we close our eyes, imagine the moving mountain in faith and open our eyes expecting a miracle. This is a terrible mistake. We shouldn’t be looking at the mountains in front of us. We don’t need to imagine the miracle before it happens. All that we need to do is, with the little faith look at the master who can do anything and everything for us. Our faith needs to be on the Lord, not on anything else. It is up to the Lord to change the situation and do a miracle. Our problem may be like a mountain, but we need a mustard seed of faith on the Lord to move the mountain. Eventually we didn’t move the mountain; the mountain is moved by the Lord as we had a little faith on Him.

Balan Swaminathan June 28, 2010

Verse of the day: Psalm 91:14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.

Thought for the day: Many know Him as Jesus, many others know Him as Jehovah and few know Him as a triune God. But only a very few know really who He is. Even while Jesus was hanging on the cross many thought He was a king, few others as Messiah and few others considered Him as a thief. The world never has known His name correctly. Always there seems to be confusion. But you and I know who He is. We know not just the name but the one the name is associated with. He is Al mighty God, He is our Father, He is our savior, He is our friend, He is our protector, He is our peace, He is our shepherd and He is our maker. He keeps us on a higher level as we know Him more. In a place of absolute protection, perfect health, wealth, all other blessings, joy and peace. There will be trouble and pain but we know who is with us as we have known His name. The enemy may come near us, but he cannot touch us as we are set on high. Do you know His name?

Balan Swaminathan June 24, 2010

Verse of the day: Matt. 16:24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.

Thought for the day: Many are willing to follow Jesus, but not having any clue on how to do that. What does it mean to say, you deny yourself? Here is a clue. Denying is, saying no to yourself. For example, when the flesh craves to enjoy worldly pleasures, you say no to your flesh. Not toiling towards having wealth and luxury more than required. Saying no to evil thoughts and focusing on righteous deeds. When we do all these, we are not obeying the voice of our flesh; instead we obey the voice of the spirit. What does it mean to say, take up the cross? Willingly accept the reproach and shame that come as a result of your self-denial and commitment to the Gospel. Then, you are called the true follower of Christ, His disciple.

Balan Swaminathan June 22, 2010