Posts Tagged ‘Change’


Hebrews 6:17-20
God wouldn’t change his plan. He wanted to make this perfectly clear to those who would receive his promise, so he took an oath. God did this so that we would be encouraged. God cannot lie when he takes an oath or makes a promise. These two things can never be changed. Those of us who have taken refuge in him hold on to the confidence we have been given. We have this confidence as a sure and strong anchor for our lives. This confidence goes into the [holy] place behind the curtain where Jesus went before us on our behalf. He has become the chief priest forever in the way Melchizedek was a priest.

I’ve always wondered why courts around the world ask people to promise to speak the truth and then judge them based on what they speak. Someone or the other lies when in the paddock after taking an oath and therefore the exercise of making the person promise to tell the truth seems futile. Corruption and brokenness is a reality in our world and as much as we would like to deny its existence and live in a bubble, we cannot because the truth eventually comes out in the open and it is hard to deal with. People who make promises should be able to keep them and I for one am a failure in that area. I have made a billion promises and doubt that I managed to keep any but worse still is the fact that I don’t remember any that I have made. How can we then believe that God keeps promises He made and will continue to keep them? (more…)

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John 2:6-10
Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

This is a well-known and much-spoken about miracle and considering the number of amazing miracles Jesus performed, this can easily become just another one. However, we have to note that this is the first miracle Jesus performed that is recorded in the Bible. There may have been other for his mother to call him to do something so outstanding but Jesus was not the keenest because he felt it was not the time for him to start his ministry yet. What stood out for me is the thoughts of the bridegroom who was complemented about the wine. He knew for a fact that the wine was over and he also knew that this would be considered shameful for him and his family because it was custom to serve wine until the end of the meal. What would possibly be going through his mind when the master of the banquet called to speak to him about the wine? Elation, excitement, joy or shame, sadness and misery? After hearing the master of banquet out, what would have been his reaction?

The reason I ask these questions is to know how you and I would react/respond to God’s working in our lives? When we have a monumental situation in our lives, we are crying blood before God for his resolution and when God does respond, what is our reaction? Would we keep all the pledges we made before God if he delivered us? Would we still need God and go to him as passionately as we did when we had our issues? Would we testify of God’s goodness and grace to us even though we deserve none of it? Would we forget God’s mercies and blessings? Judging from my life, I am guilty of all of the above even though God has been faithful time and time again. I am not proud of my actions and I do hope to make amends from right now, after being reminded by God through his word. What about you? Has God been good to you and are you still in a passionate and sincere relationship with him after his mighty deliverance?

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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Wild Baby Elephant


Luke 8:34-37
When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured. Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left.

In the midst of the many miracles that took place, this was sitting out like a sore thumb. There was such a wonderful record of healing of the demon-possessed man and why would anyone in their right mind have an issue with it? This was the hope of millions that someone who was so severely written off, who had no control over his life and death would be one day considered normal. Can you imagine reformed serial murderers? Is that even acceptable in our society? Once condemned, we cannot seem to accept something as a new creation and therefore change of this sort seems ridiculous. Do you agree? Do you think that Jesus is talking to us through this terribly broken situation?

In my few years of walking around consciously after being saved, I have met some people whose transformation from sinful to sinfree was astounding. I’ve heard and met terrorists who are saved and reformed, drug addicts who are no longer addicted to drugs but to the service of the Lord, felons who have turned a completely new leaf and more and it sounds fascinating but would you be willing to befriend them if you knew their background? Would you be willing to let your kids be around them? This passage talks about how the people of the land wanted nothing to do with Jesus because they were not able to accept the change. This transformation was too much for their human, devil-centered hearts to accept and they were more concerned about looking livestock than wanting change of hearts themselves. We are so caught up justifying ourselves and thinking about the specks in other’s eyes that we forget the plank in ours. Have you been transformed from sinfulness to being a new creation in Christ? Are you accepting of sinners saved by Christ?

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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