Posts Tagged ‘Receive’


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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Revelation 5:1-5,12 Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”… In a loud voice they sang: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”

The imagery of majesty and supremacy continues in today’s chapter with God holding the scroll that refers to what is to come, then a question asked by a mighty angel about who is worthy to open the scroll and the answer coming from a lamb! In all the might, splendour, power and majesty of heaven, what’s a little lamb doing there? Should it not be Jesus?

One of the realities of the christian faith is that we are to the world nothing but a broken set of people who admit failure and defeat and operate in God’s strength alone. We are not a clan of intelligent, strong and wealthy people who have been chosen to fit God’s standards and furthermore what we become after God transforms us is for His glory and not ours.

To save us from our brokenness and poverty in spirit, God sent His own and only son Jesus Christ to come into this earth in simple human form, live a life of absolute simplicity, show us that only He could meet the requirements of the law and finally was sacrificed like the perfect sacrifice that could atone for every human’s sin.

This was the Lamb of God that took away the sins of the entire world by taking the curse of human sin on Himself and dying on the cross of Calvary for no fault of His. This lamb was raised up by God after 3 days and seated on God’s right-hand side to one day judge the living and the dead. This Lamb is the one who is worthy to open the scroll of God.

As we realize the significance of Jesus in our lives, I pray that we along with the countless hosts of heaven are able to sing praises unto Jesus’ name for only He is worthy!

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

1 John 2:15-17, 22-25, 27
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever… Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist—he denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also. See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is what he promised us—even eternal life… As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.

In recent days, I have been exploring the web  to understand what non-believing christians find contentious about the christian faith. As expected, there are thousands of articles and videos that cast doubt on the very existence of God, let alone the christian God and there are many christians who have responded to some of these challenges either successfully or not. Believing is the most critical part of our faith and knowing why we believe is critical as well when we hope to share what Christ has done for us. Questions like the need for a God, the authenticity of the Bible, the worth of a God who does not save people from suffering, etc. are hard questions and because we cannot get an answer, it might cause us to doubt if our faith is correctly placed in the first place. How then can God remind us to hold firm to our faith when we do not have answers to basic issues such as these? (more…)


2 Corinthians 1:3-5 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.

Today we study the 150th chapter in our journey across the Bible and the start of the 2nd letter from Paul to the Corinthian church. Paul gets right to it again and I struggled with what to write on as there is so much meat in this one chapter alone. What struck me was the description of God that Paul used and I dwelt on it for long. He refers to God as the father of Jesus, the father of compassion and the God of comfort. We know that God is the father of Jesus Christ but what is the relevance to calling God the father of compassion and God of comfort? Also, why should we receive the sufferings of Christ?

In the Old Testament, there are references to God as the God of Abraham, Jacob, etc. and these denote God’s covenant-relation to them and their seed. God of Jesus was the covenant-relation to the Mediator and his spiritual seed. God of comfort is used because God is quintessentially the God of tender mercies and he delights in showing mercy (Mic. 7:18). If we like the apostles don’t undergo tribulations, what joy are we to share with those who don’t know Christ and the joy of life everlasting with Him in Heaven? Sufferings abound in our lives when we serve Jesus Christ and with that we receive the comfort of God’s mercies when we glorify Him. Through our sufferings we can speak joyfully of God’s goodness and mercies and share what God has done for our souls.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

2 Cor. 1:21,22 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.


1 Corinthians 4:6-7
Now, brothers, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, “Do not go beyond what is written.” Then you will not take pride in one man over against another. For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?

Paul continues in his letter to the church in Corinth and to us today where he reminds us that we are servants of Christ Jesus entrusted with the secret things of God and that we are not to judge others because only Christ can judge and reward us as He can see the motives of our hearts. He also warns us not to go beyond what is written in God’s word and this is critical to us today in our walk with the Lord. We are ‘Glory Thieves’ and our desire is to always make ourselves look better in the eyes of man and in this pursuit we twist even the word of God to our benefit.

As I was riding back on the train yesterday afternoon, I tried to read a book but was distracted by the ambient noise of people chattering. I put down my book and listened to what was being discussed. The train was full of everyday people who regularly travelled together and conversations included issues in their workplaces, relationships, homes, lousy weather, busy weekends, endless chores and more. When I looked outside, I noticed that we were traveling through a picturesque landscape of mountains, waterways, colourful flora and fauna, quiet towns and a beautiful life, which few were able to see because they were consumed by the pains of the lives. Do we really appreciate what God has blessed us with and is life not much more than just our problems? Let’s refocus our eyes on Him and live for Him and lets us not be blinded by our problems but instead share the joy we have abounding within us through our relationship with Jesus!

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy


1 Corinthians 3:10-15
By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.

As I read through this chapter that talks about divisions in the Church, I wondered what else was new about this topic that we could learn about. We know that we are called to worship God as Bible believing Christians and not as denominations because soon the denomination defines us and our values and not Christ. We are quickly driven by the ones leading the denomination or the ones who influenced them rather than the one who created them and used them for His own glory. Here Paul digs deeper about evangelism when he says in v7: So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.

We are called into God’s service by Jesus when He gave out the great commission and this was based on the authority that God the father gave Jesus. Our calling is to serve God to the lost and doing everything in the name of the father, son and holy spirit, not out own. For everything that we build for God will be tested severely to determine it’s worth and if there is anything that is found offensive to God, it will burn away and what will remain is our faith. Therefore as in building Churches, drawing people to Christ or even walking with Christ, we are assured that we will be put to the test and we better have sowed right for we will otherwise be burned severely. Lets resubmit our lives, our ministries and our walk to Christ and ask Him to lead, direct and be glorified rather than being scorched in the fire.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy


Acts 2:37-39
When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.

After reading through the gospels, the first thing that strikes me about Acts is that the disciples have suddenly matured and are a different set of people. No longer do they seem silly, doubting, tense or confused but they seem to be transformed and the obvious reason is not alcohol as some locals witnessing this change commented it might be. Peter stood up to speak and the 10 other disciples stood up with him and there seemed to be no bickering or doubts about what he spoke. What was happening here? What happened to these local uneducated fishermen that they suddenly grew wise?

All along the Bible, people have held onto the prophets and the disciples as significant. The Jews hold onto Moses’ law, some Christians look up to the disciples as special but the reality of the matter is that everything is about God, his son Jesus Christ and the ministering of the Holy Spirit. The change the disciples encountered was not of their own accord, not because they suddenly understood and certainly not because they were a special set of humans. They were empowered by the Spirit of God that was at work in and through them. Today we are called to submit our lives to Christ and to let the Holy Spirit work in and through us, not to be called great but to direct the world to Jesus Christ, the savior!

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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