Thought for the day Archive

Verse of the day: Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.

Thought for the day: Eating and drinking are two essential aspects of human body. Someone who is starving knows the worth of food. Someone who just ran a race under hot sun knows the value of a drink. Everyone at some point of time feels hungry or thirsty. But not many feel the hunger and thirst for righteousness. We live in an unrighteous world where there is no value for morality and honesty. Wickedness is filled everywhere. Righteous acts are unnoticed. Unrighteous deeds are motivated as there is hype involved. Men and women are craving to do the unlawful and unrighteous. What pays more is usually found to be illegal. Righteous are never allowed to come up. God says, you are blessed, when unrighteous falls, you righteous will stand straight. When people everywhere starve for food and thirst for drink, you righteous will be filled. It doesn’t matter whether someone recognizes or not, continue to do what is found to be righteous. What a blessing it is to walk in righteousness before God in this land.

Balan Swaminathan May 31, 2010

Verse of the day: Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

Thought for the day: I remember an incident that took place in the forest of Assam. A truck fully loaded was going uphill and the driver had to maneuver the loaded truck through the twenty eight hairpin bends in order to reach the other side of the hill. The driver using all his experience and skills just crossed the fifteenth hairpin bend and stopped the truck to be inspected by the forest check post authorities. After careful examination and recording the details of the truck and the goods, the authorities gave their permission to proceed. When the truck reached the twenty second hairpin bend, the driver couldn’t maneuver the truck as he expected and found that the truck already slipped off the road and was falling into the valley. All that the driver could do is nothing but call upon the name of the Lord, “Jesus… Jesus”. Suddenly a hand came and upheld the truck and the truck that started rolling from the twenty second bend was carefully landed on the ninth bend and the driver started driving uphill once again. The truck reached the fifteenth bend and stopped by the same check post authorities for examination. They looked at the truck and the records, verified it again and again. They were astonished as the truck that crossed the check post just an hour ago, came back once again climbing uphill with no record of going down. The driver explained what he had just experienced. All the authorities gave their life to the Lord on the same night. How true it is that our Lord upholds us with His righteous right hand in times of need!

Balan Swaminathan May 27, 2010

Verse of the day: Matthew 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: “On Good Friday 1985, Keith Wheeler began carrying a twelve-foot wooden cross. By the grace and mercy of God, he has now carried the cross over 19,500 miles through more than 185 countries on all seven continents.”

Today we see people carrying the cross and traveling all over the world thinking that they are fulfilling what the Lord has commanded them to do. Few others think sickness, poverty, loneliness, separation, bondage and great loss are the cross in their lives. Cross is a symbol of degradation, shame, reproach, guilt, agony of helplessness and even death. Are we going through any of these in our lives for Christ sake? We may be put to shame, may be falsely accused, and may be oppressed from all direction simply because we are Christians and we stand for Christian values. We will not be able to carry this cross unless we are willing to deny ourselves. There is a major difference between the cross Jesus carried and the cross carried by any true follower of Christ. Jesus carried his cross in which He was going to be crucified. Any true follower of Christ carries his or her cross in which self is already crucified and hanging dead.

Balan Swaminathan May 26, 2010

Verse of the day: Hebrews 12:1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

Thought for the day: A race on the track is compared to our Christian life on this earth. Noteveryone can run on the track unless they are trained and fit to do so. Even if they run, they are not expected to run the same distance that varies from 100m to 1500m. Depending on their ability they are trained to run one or few of these races. In any race, many will be running and finally only three will be rewarded. A run that is highly competitive and shorter in distance, it matters how we start, how we run and how we end. A runner who is on the run doesn’t really worry about who is watching and what is going around. All that he does is run to win.
All these are true in a Christian life. Not everyone is called to live like you and I do on this earth. Many who had started with us are no more with Christ. They either left their first love or became cold and lost their passion. It is not really important how did we start, it is important how do we live today and how we are going to end. Because Jesus said, “he who stands firm to the end will be saved.” As we are called to run the race to receive the heavenly reward, we cannot be distracted by what is going around us. We cannot get entangled with the sins of this world. If we do so, we will never make it to receive the reward that Christ Jesus has kept for us.

Balan Swaminathan May 25, 2010

Verse of the day: Psalm 103:19 The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, and His sovereignty rules over all.

Thought for the day: A leader is expected to be above all others in character, importance, excellence, etc. People feel secure and care free under such leadership. When a king has supreme rank, power or authority, people live in confidence and with no anxiety. But when the kingdom is overthrown by the enemies, people are at stake and their hope is shattered. Our Lord is sovereign and His sovereignty rules the universe. His kingdom is never defeated because His only enemy was already defeated. Anyone who is not part of this kingdom is at risk and they are subjected to the attack of the enemy. Do you experience the threat of the enemy? Do you feel that the struggle you are going through has no reason other than the work of the enemy? Looks like you don’t belong to this sovereign kingdom. Take the citizenship of this heavenly kingdom on earth by allowing Christ, the sovereign King to rule over your life.

Balan Swaminathan May 24, 2010