Verse of the day: Luke 16:9 And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions), so that when it fails, they [those you have favored] may receive and welcome you into the everlasting habitations (dwellings).
Thought for the day: I remember the story of rich man and Lazarus Jesus told in Luke 16. Imagine the rich man had treated Lazarus not as a beggar but as a friend by giving him proper food, clothing and a little shelter. When both of them died, Lazarus and Abraham together would have received the rich man into the eternal home of comfort. The message here is simple. God has blessed us all of us in this world. We need a certain portion of our wealth for our living. God is telling us to use the rest of our wealth to make friends for Him in this world. How do we make friends when we don’t know who they are? Easy way is to introduce our Best Friend to them. The effort to do this may vary from just inviting someone home to going into the parts of the world where Gospel is not preached or supporting such ministries. Any additional effort needs our time and money. But the reward of making such friends is great and eternal. What a joy it will be when we see them receiving and welcoming us into our eternal homes!
Balan Swaminathan Thursday, May 01, 2010
Verse of the day: Matthew 14:27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”
Thought for the day: Many times when we go through hardships we fail to recognize the hand of God upon us. We think God is no more listening to our prayers and He is no more concerned about our situation. That is the nature of man. Men around us exactly do that. When we flourish they all take pleasure being with us. But when we are struck down with disaster, we don’t find them anymore. The disciples who were struggling for their lives in the sea would have thought the same. But Jesus confirmed them saying that He is not a man, not a ghost but He is God. How can He change His mind concerning you and me? He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He will never take His abiding presence away from you. Call upon His name. He is right there for you. Be of good cheer!
Balan Swaminathan Thursday, Apr 30, 2010
Verse of the day: Matthew 14:18 He said, “Bring them here to Me.”
Thought for the day: Moment the disciples said, “We have here only five loaves and two fish” the Lord said, “Bring them here to me”. He could have created something out of nothing. According to Romans 4:17 our God is the one Who gives life to the dead and speaks of the nonexistent things that as if they existed”. Such an almighty God eagerly waiting for the moment when someone says, “Lord here I am and this is what I have in my hand”. That little boy could have kept quiet without telling what he had in his hand or could have refused to give. Those five loaves and two fish were of no use until they were given to Jesus. Only He can bless the little we have with us. Give it to Him. It may be our talents, the little money, our poor health, our children, our qualification, the little knowledge we have about Bible and God, the little time we can give after our work hours, whatever it may be, God can bless them and multiply them only when we give them to Jesus.
Balan Swaminathan Thursday, Apr 29, 2010
Verse of the day: Matthew 8:8 the centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.
Thought for the day: Later Bible says, Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour. Look at the faith of the centurion. The action followed by the great faith allowed the Word to be spoken into his situation. Only God’s Word can bring healing and revive the dead situation. The reason is that life came into the handful of dust of the ground when God spoke a Word. Today there are many dead situations in our lives. Either speak the Word of God into these dead situations or allow someone else to speak. We will see the dead raising and walking.
Balan Swaminathan Thursday, Apr 28, 2010
Verse of the day: Psalm 49:4-6 why should I fear when evil days come, when wicked deceivers surround me-
Thought for the day: One of the ways to attract fish is by lighting the water. Small fishes drawn towards this light become easy prey for bigger ones and the bigger ones are eventually caught by the fishermen. Enemy brings fear in our mind, attracts us towards him and makes us to lose faith in God. Once our faith is weak, we become easy prey for the enemy. When evil strikes us, do not be afraid. Why should we fear when evil comes upon our lives? Having faith in God keeps you away from the trap of the enemy. Don’t be deceived by the serpent’s cunningness.
Balan Swaminathan Thursday, Apr 27, 2010