Verse of the day: Deuteronomy 16:10 (NIV) Then celebrate the Festival of Weeks to the LORD your God by giving a freewill offering in proportion to the blessings the LORD your God has given you.
Thought for the day: We need to give to the Lord in proportion to the blessings the Lord has given us.
I believe God blesses me when I seek Him with my whole heart, not when I give Him.
My blessings are in proportion with the purity of my heart and my faithfulness to Him than my tithe and offerings.
If I give to God expecting in return, I consider myself seeking after earthly treasure, I lose the benefit of treasures stored up in heaven.
I want to give Him because of what He has already given to me, not for what He is going to give me.
Verse of the day: Matthew 19:21 Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
Thought for the day: Jesus was not talking to an ungodly wicked person. Jesus was talking to a righteous man who strictly followed all the commandments. Jesus was not asking him to feed the poor and distribute gifts to the poor. Jesus was asking him to sell all that he had, his earthly possession, treasure stored up on earth. He was promised treasure in heaven, not because he is going to give to the poor, but because of the act of losing his heart from the earthly possession. Jesus is telling him, your heart is set on your earthly riches. Give it away, so that you will set your heart on heavenly riches. It really matters where our heart is today? Unfortunately this young man didn’t want to do that and he went away sorrowful.
Balan Swaminathan Sunday, Jan 10, 2011
Verse of the day: Colossians 3:3 (Amplified Bible) For [as far as this world is concerned] you have died, and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God.
Thought for the day: Any of you who visited the VGP Universal Kingdom amusement park in Golden beach Chennai, India would not have failed to visit the unmoving…, stone like creature called the Statue Man. Whatever you do, this man stands still, doesn’t move, doesn’t smile and not even blink. Anyone who disturbs the equilibrium of this statue man gets a cash award of Rs.10, 000. As for as the crowd is concerned this man is dead. Here Paul writes, as far as this world is concerned you have died. At times we are so sensitive and react to situations unnecessarily and get into trouble even pulling others into it. We need to be sensitive to sin, but not to what others think and talk about us. Moment you know that your ego is hurt, you are unnecessarily blamed, you are considered lower than your actual ability, you are not rewarded for what you deserve, remember Colossians 3:3 – you are dead to this world. None of these can drag you or slow you down from what God wants you to do. Hide yourself within Christ, moment we react with anger and start retaliating, we are exposed. We fail to witness Christ in that particular situation and the enemy takes the upper hand. Oh…I need His grace in this matter.
Balan Swaminathan Wednesday, Jan 07, 2011
Verse of the day: Colossians 3:2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
Thought for the day: Imagine a person walking in the streets of New York with hands lifted up and eyes looking above. You know what people may call him. Live in this earth as if you are a pilgrim or a passerby. This world doe…sn’t belong to us. We belong to another world that is eternal. That doesn’t mean that we cannot live in this world. Live in this world with your own life style and enjoy this world within the ambit of the Word of God. Your life style is your own choice, don’t try to imitate others and don’t blame others for their lifestyle. We will be able to set our mind on things above if we decide to invest our wealth that is in excess of our living on things above. How do we do that? Spend to make more friends and introduce them to Jesus. Invest in mission and missionary activities that spread the Gospel. Feed the poor, care for the widows and orphans, treat the sick and broken, invest to set the captives free, deliver those who are bonded and oppressed by the enemy. Have you noticed…this requires not just investing your money but investing your life as a whole!
Balan Swaminathan Wednesday, Jan 06, 2011
Verse of the day: Psalm 6:6 I am weary with my groaning; all night I soak my pillow with tears, I drench my couch with my weeping.
Thought for the day: When I was young, I was longing to go to bed as it was a time of dreaming. When we got married I used to wait for that precious moment on bed to share our love. But now I hate going to bed. I don’t know why I should have these lonely dreadful nights in my life. This is the secret cry of many. What has gone wrong with you over a period of time? Have you lost your loved ones? Have you lost your health? Are you worried about your children? Are you disappointed as you are not loved truly? Are you terrified about the separation in your life? Are you frustrated with your own life? David was like you at some point of time in his life. As you do, He soaked his pillow with tears. He had sleepless nights. But if you read few verses below, he says, “The Lord heard my supplication; the Lord received my prayer.” Don’t just cry, cry to God who can hear you. Don’t think this is the end of it. Your end can be a beginning of a great future. Only God can do this for you. His name is Jesus. If you can call upon His name and pour out your heart as you go to bed, you will be put to sleep soon by the angels, as they are the ministering spirits sent to serve you.
Balan Swaminathan Wednesday, Jan 05, 2011