Posts Tagged ‘Grateful’


Numbers 31 (NLT) Then the Lord said to Moses, “On behalf of the people of Israel, take revenge on the Midianites for leading them into idolatry. After that, you will die and join your ancestors”… They attacked Midian as the Lord had commanded Moses, and they killed all the men. All five of the Midianite kings—Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur, and Reba—died in the battle. They also killed Balaam son of Beor with the sword. Then the Israelite army captured the Midianite women and children and seized their cattle and flocks and all their wealth as plunder. They burned all the towns and villages where the Midianites had lived… But Moses was furious with all the generals and captains who had returned from the battle. “Why have you let all the women live?” he demanded. “These are the very ones who followed Balaam’s advice and caused the people of Israel to rebel against the Lord at Mount Peor. They are the ones who caused the plague to strike the Lord’s people. So kill all the boys and all the women who have had intercourse with a man. Only the young girls who are virgins may live; you may keep them for yourselves… “From the army’s portion, first give the Lord his share of the plunder—one of every 500 of the prisoners and of the cattle, donkeys, sheep, and goats. Give this share of the army’s half to Eleazar the priest as an offering to the Lord. From the half that belongs to the people of Israel, take one of every fifty of the prisoners and of the cattle, donkeys, sheep, goats, and other animals. Give this share to the Levites, who are in charge of maintaining the Lord’s Tabernacle.”

Some chapters of the Bible like today’s reading make us as Christians wish they were never recorded because it seems to show God in poor light. What is God speaking to us through this horrendous bloodshed He ordered and was it recorded incorrectly? (more…)

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Colossians 3:15-17
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

I was chatting with my ex-colleague and friend from Dubai yesterday and in the course of the conversation got three pieces of sad news. An ex-colleague lost her husband in a car accident in Nigeria yesterday, another ex-colleague’s husband has been jailed because of trumped up charges and no lawyer will represent him because the ruler of the city is involved and a third colleague has filed for divorce because her husband tried to kill her. All these have occurred in the span of a few weeks and my friends are all upset and feeling helpless. In today’s passage, Paul talks about the peace of Christ ruling our hearts and one might wonder why God would give that word to us in such difficult times and how we could possibly have peace when the world is at war?

Paul lived a hazardous life as did many children of God and most importantly Jesus Christ himself. Jesus warns all who follow him that in this new life, we will have trouble but we are not to worry for He overcame the world for us (Jn. 16:33). The peace of Christ rests upon us from the moment we submit ourselves into His hand and even though we face challenges, we are comforted. The word of God gives us assurances time and again about God’s promises and we therefore need to immerse ourselves in the word to be able to draw strength from it. Furthermore, we are called not just to be hearers of the word but to teach, correct each other, worship God through song and praise showing our gratitude to Him. Everything we do, we need to do it in the name of the Lord Jesus, always thanking God the Father through Him and by that the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:7).

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

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Luke 17:11-19
Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

What a sight it must’ve been for those traveling with Jesus when ten lepers called out to him for healing as he passed them by. Over and over again in the gospels, we hear the plea of the poor, the suffering, the dying, the mourning and what is interesting about them is that they are not ashamed to call out to Jesus for help. What is even more amazing is that this is what the Lord appreciated and responded to with healing and the basis was their faith in him and his ability to heal them. In this passage above, it is the record of another great miracle but the response from those who were healed is what is most important for us today.

Last evening, we were visiting with dear friends who are better called family considering the relationship we share. They shared something from times past when they lived in Dubai that I would like us to do. Every Christmas, each person in their fellowship would bring in a list of prayer needs for the following year and these would be individually sealed in envelopes and stored by a custodian. The following Christmas, the envelope would be opened and the individuals would share the way the Lord worked in their lives. It would be outstanding to see how God answered prayers and people would express their gratitude to God for his manifold blessings. We need to know that God will answer our prayers if it is what he wants for us and we ask in faith. However, when God answers, what is our response? Have you been grateful to God for his countless blessings in your life? Have you thanked him and been grateful for his goodness? Lets be people of gratitude for what the Lord has done and is doing in our lives. Let’s not be the 9 healed lepers who forgot but rather like the one who was sincerely grateful.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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Luke 3:15-18
The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Christ. John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” And with many other words John exhorted the people and preached the good news to them.

These are the words of John and in it we see humility not because John was being ‘Appropriate’ or ‘Nice’ or ‘Respectable’ but because he knew this to be the truth. John does not come across as a cultured well mannered person but as someone who dressed wildly, spoke brashly and was willing to die for his beliefs. What a contrast to us today who would rather hide our beliefs, be considered appropriate and mild mannered and avoid conflict. What is the Lord asking of us today?

We now live in Canada and it is a beautiful land with absolutely wonderful, warm-hearted people who make it warmer than the coldest winters can get. One challenge we face here though is that it is not socially appropriate to share your faith and people reserve their thoughts and feeling of religion and politics to themselves. This is not uncommon in most places I have lived in or visited and the challenge for us today is to decide if we want to fall prey to the devil’s taunts through what’s culturally acceptable or if we want to shamelessly profess our gratefulness to our Lord and maker who has transformed us and given us hope all the money in the world would not buy. Are you holding back to be culturally appropriate and losing precious souls in the bargain? Are you willing to be shameless and bold for what the Lord has done for you? Lets be Johns’ in our world and save many than be Judass’ in our willingness to sell our faith for being appreciated in the eyes of man.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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