Verse of the day: Psalm 46:10 be still, and know that I am God;
Thought for the day: We meet all the people we know, we tell everyone about it, we announce it in the church and ask them to pray for us, we fast and pray, even we spend so much to resolve the issue, while doing all these we forget who our God is. We know that He has the answer to our problem, but we still try to receive the answer by our own effort. We think God may work out a miracle through someone we know. But God says, all your effort is good, but you do not take time to realize that I am God. Take time, halt all that you do, acknowledge, recognize and understand that I am God. When there is absolute silence, no hope for any good thing to happen, that is the time for your miracle.
Balan Swaminathan Thursday, Apr 22, 2010
Verse of the day: Jeremiah 12:5 If you have raced with men on foot and they have tired you out, then how can you compete with horses?
Thought for the day: Often we get disappointed when we are misunderstood, mistreated, hated, not rewarded, not recognized and when our expectations are not fulfilled. Lack of love and affection among family members takes the peace out of our mind and easily leads us in to frustration. If all these frustrations and disappointments are untreated, they pileup together as mountain and lead us towards depression. As a child of God, you and I cannot allow this to happen to us. If we are not bold enough to face such challenges in our daily life, how do we face challenges for God? Days are going to come when we need to run with horses not just with ordinary men. God is equipping us today. One thing we need to understand, we need to be vulnerable towards God, in the same time our skin needs to be thick enough to handle such challenges with men so that we may boldly take risk and face challenges for God.
Balan Swaminathan Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010
Verse of the day: 2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.
Thought for the day: We are all working towards certain goals in our minds, certain targets in our lives, expecting for a particular blessing from the Lord or even for a supernatural breakthrough in our lives. But if we look at the current situation, there is no sign for anything that could happen in our lifetime, not even a trace of it. It’s all what we conceived in our mind and what we think God has put as a vision in our mind. The delay at times causes doubt in our mind and makes us to think is it really from God, is it really the will of God. Often we forget who we are. God wants us to be reminded of the most significant truth “We walk by faith, not by sight”. Every step we take today is by faith; we may not know where to put our next step. That is how it is. Walking by faith is not by seeing. Seeing and walking is not a walk of faith. Think of the blessings we see today, we never would have thought of them, we only would have prayed about it. Our Lord is faithful to His promises. Let us keep walking, don’t stop, one day we will see it, touch it and own it.
Balan Swaminathan Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010
Verse of the day: Psalm 125:1 Those who trust in the LORD Are like Mount Zion, Which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
Thought for the day: Mountains appear stable, strong, rugged, huge, overpowering, and even the color of the rocky mountain represents its strength. Rain cannot change its color, fire cannot melt the mountain, wind cannot blow away a portion of the mountain, and flood cannot move it from one place to another. None of the changes in its surroundings affects the mountain. Those who trust in the Lord are like mount Zion. The questions we may ask ourselves are, we appear holy, are we really holy? We appear strong, are we really strong? We appear faithful, are we really? We appear zealous for the Lord, are we really? Are we really the same as we appear outside? Only a time of fire, wind and flood can prove who we really are.
Balan Swaminathan Monday, Apr 19, 2010
Verse of the day: Jeremiah 18:6 “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the LORD. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel!
Thought for the day: We sing “Spirit of the living God…melt me, mold me, fill me and use me”; God cannot do all these unless we are vulnerable to God. Most often we tell our desire to God and ask Him to make it as His will. We go ahead and do whatever we desired to do and tell that God’s will is fulfilled in our lives. No, clay in the hands of a potter has no authority to make any suggestion to the potter. The potter has to decide on what to do with the clay. When we are totally yielded to God, He puts His desire in our hearts that is according to the Word of God having an ultimate aim of bringing Glory to Him, the potter.
Balan Swaminathan Sunday, Apr 18, 2010