Verse of the day: John 8:36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
Thought for the day: What kind of rejoicing it is for a bird that escapes from the snare of a fowler or a bird that escapes from its cage? Take one step back to imagine the situation of the caged bird. With overwhelming fear and anxiety the bird would have desperately looked for a way to escape. A feeling of hopelessness echoed from everywhere. Would have tried to gain sympathy from others but left unnoticed. Many of us go through the similar experience in our personal life. Everything looks alright externally, but caged inside. The fear of sickness, struggle of separation, affliction of loneliness, pain caused by wounding words, the plague of misunderstanding, etc. But the good news is that the bird is no more inside the cage, it escaped. Come to Christ Jesus, He is not a thief, He is your Savior. He has come to give you life, abundant life. He assures you an eternal life that is free from all these struggles. Even while living in this world, He will make you walk over the situations you are facing today. If Christ Jesus sets you free, you are free indeed.
Balan Swaminathan June 15, 2010
Verse of the day: John 15:7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
Thought for the day: A common question among Christians is “Why doesn’t God answer my prayer?” Many develop a negative attitude towards prayer and live with a complaint – God doesn’t answer their prayer. Many say that even if you pray, what was predestined will eventually happen and nothing can prevent it. Many curse themselves saying that it is my fate that I have to face all these in my life. Certainly there is something missing here. A closer look at the above verse suggests two conditions for prayer to be answered. 1. We abide in Christ, 2. His words abide in us. Often we abide in Christ, but we fail to allow God’s word to work in us. Take a conscious effort today; you will see a breakthrough in your prayer life.
Balan Swaminathan June 13, 2010
Verse of the day: Psalm 112:7 He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.
Thought for the day: We live in a world there is no guarantee for anything. Flip the pages of news paper or browse through the news portal or watch the news headlines, majority of them are shocking in nature. A phone call or a medical report could easily spoil the day and even change the entire course of life. We hesitate to make phone calls afraid of hearing bad news. We delay doctor’s visit fearing surgery. As we are nearing the coming of the Lord, we are going to hear more and more bad news. There is a fear that greatly prevails among people in terms of economic, political and natural changes that can take place any moment. According to Psalm 112, a man who fears the Lord and delights in God’s commandments will have no fear for bad news. Encourage you to become one like him, so that you will be no more subjected to the threat of bad news.
Balan Swaminathan June 10, 2010
Verse of the day: 1 Samuel 17:47 Then all this assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD’s, and He will give you into our hands.
Thought for the day: Many of us live in discouragement and frustration as we don’t see immediate result for our prayers. You may say that I have been praying for years together, but I don’t see any improvement at all. Day by day it is becoming worse and I have almost given up. It was the same situation in the camp of the men of Israel in the Valley of Elah. Children of Israel were dismayed and greatly afraid as the Philistine defied and cursed the God of Israel. Not just one day, it was going on for forty days, morning and evening. My dear friend, you have done everything that you could do, there is nothing else you can do at this situation. But be encouraged to know that the battle is the Lord’s. Just keep praying, don’t lose hope, don’t get discouraged and don’t get confused. Leave it up to the Lord, wait and see how He handles the situation for you.
Balan Swaminathan June 09, 2010
Verse of the day: Isaiah 6:5 So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts.”
Thought for the day: One person is taller than another. She is smarter than her brother. He cannot run faster than his friend. Your neighbor’s truck is bigger than yours. I will start earlier than you. These are some of the relative terms often used in our daily conversation. At times, we compare ourselves with others and think we are doing better than them. We even consider ourselves superior as we don’t involve in such activities. We think we are holy unlike the other believers as we don’t do such things. Here Isaiah, who was a mouth piece of God, always spoke God’s word would have never thought there is something that could defile him. But when he saw the Lord, he realized his unacceptable condition. It all depends with whom we compare ourselves. Keep Christ as your reference and live according to His standards. Never look at someone and be contented thinking that we are doing better than him or her.
Balan Swaminathan June 09, 2010