How powerful is your Touch?

Colossians 3:5-11
Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised.

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Today our generation is heading to a immoral lifestyle which is subject to convenience and lustful circumstances. Men and women indulge in immoral sexual and inappropriate activities. Uncontrolled emotional spasms leading to mass destruction of sanity and sanctity. Not just of the body but of spirit and mind.

Being a Christian are we on the right track? You may call me ‘gaavaala’ or even cheaper terms but truth is truth! As a born again and baptized christian, have we left our earthly self even after repentance? Be honest to yourself. This post might just be for one person out there reading it. Are you really washed by the blood of the Lamb?

1 Thessalonians 4:3For this is the will of God, your sanctification

Advancement is good. Technology is also good. The new era has come and we need to change accordingly. All of this is fine. But The Word of the Lord never changes no matter if it is 3018. So then is it right to skip few verses from the Bible and just focus on Psalms our whole life and do whatever we please?

Many would disagree saying that Jesus forgave everybody – we are no more sinners but children of God. All this is so true but if you were an orphan, nobody would have really cared as to what you are doing. But once you are adopted to the divine family, even on earth you will be subjected to live morally upright because our Father holds a good reputation he earned in his whole lifetime. So then how much more THE FATHER IN HEAVEN SHOULD EXPECT FROM YOU?

Every one has their own devils to tame like in the quoted part of the bible few are mentioned above. Why am I talking about these things? Well this is specifically for them who think they have a honest connection with God.

No offense but if the Father of Heaven and Earth has given us the power to heal, cast out demons, raise the dead and so on. Let me ask you a couple of questions.

Are you my dear friend practicing any?
Are we not called to preach and make disciples?
Are you able to make a difference that God wants you to?
Are you being real with God?
Is this the life you wished to live after knowing the truth? Life of hypocrisy?
Are you living for people who will cheat you someday? Or live with God who in spite of being cheated will live with you every single day for the rest of your lives?

Dear friend, don’t give away your power of touch which can change circumstances and situations. Your touch can do miracles. Sanctify yourself and repent for our father is amazing and great. Pray for gifts from above. Find your real purpose. You may be working for a company on earth but know your purpose is to serve the creator and owner of heaven and earth.

Hebrews  3:15 it says TODAY if you hear my word.

Today is the day, my friend. Don’t procrastinate GOD. Let God Give you all wisdom and grace to cope up with your struggles and stand up for God. Do share your thoughts and struggles. I’ll definitely pray for you.

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I am no exception everyone has their own weakness but know, “Harder the struggles Glorious the triumph.”

Dr. Mahima John Arul
Inspired by Pastor Arul Thomas
#JesusCallsYou

Embracing The Process

Kopi Luwak Coffee– The most expensive coffee in the world with an average price of $100-$600 per pound/500g.
 
Do you know what makes this coffee so expensive? The Civet Cat (palm civet) is a nocturnal mammal native to tropical Asia and Africa and found mostly in forests. Wild civets only pick the ripest coffee berries to eat. Once the coffee has been digested and excreted, trained collectors go into the wild and pick up these excreted beans. This is then cleansed and packaged to be sold. Amazed? Disgusted? Well, this is a true story. And hence, Kopi Luwak is also called ‘poop coffee’ or ‘civet cat coffee’.
 
I had a privilege to taste Kopi Luwak Coffee in Indonesia not too long ago. Take it from a coffee lover; It was AMAZING! The most flavourful coffee I have ever tasted. It wasn’t bitter and had a pleasant nutty after taste. It’s not the bean itself that makes it special or expensive. You’re essentially paying a lot for the process. Isn’t it absurd to think that something so good can come from something so gross?
 
We often go through a very similar process in life. We may be walking into a project, relationship or a job with great excitement. But, down the road we realize it isn’t what we had pictured it to be. It may be better OR it may be worse than you had comprehended. We find ourselves lost, trapped, hopeless, confused, frustrated, worried or often alone.
 
When my husband and I started dating 5 years ago, I was excited yet uncertain. I had never pictured myself being in a long distance relationship. Over the years there were numerous times I was ready to give up. Our relationship turned out very different than my idea of a relationship. And I was not willing to go through the “Process”. I’m not going to deny it, but Patrick was my rock throughout. Through the process of long distance, I learned to be patient, I learned to trust and to speak my heart and mind (Not always easy for a P.K). And sure there were a few things we couldn’t figure out over the phone, but the process turned our relationship into a beautiful marriage. As my husband always says, “at least we have our basics right! We’ve aced the art of communicating our thoughts and emotions.” Today, I feel like we have an extended honeymoon to make up for all the years we were apart. Of course we have a few a kinks to be ironed out here and there, but we’re in a great place now thanks to the “Process”.
 
How many times have you run away from the dreaded “Process” only to find yourself back in it? Even cookies have to go through heat to come out in all their deliciousness. Mothers have to go through labour to give birth to their precious child. The “Process” is a phase. A phase that passes, a phase that is intended to produce results, a phase that teaches, a phase that tests you but in the end remains a memory but makes you stronger.
 
Remember Job from the Bible? He had everything taken away from him; his wealth, his family, everything. He was left with nothing. Did he know why? He didn’t! But, he stuck the course. His wife told him to curse God, His friends tried to convince him that he must have committed an awful crime to receive such a horrible suffering. Others urged Job to admit to whatever sin he’s committed so his suffering would end. But there was one friend named Elihu who suggested that God was moulding Job through his season of suffering. Although, I’m sure Job had a difficult time believing that any sort of good could emerge from his situation. He questioned the justice and goodness of God but he never turned his face away from God. The rest of the story is known to you (If not, I would recommend you to read Job’s story, it is beyond inspiring).
 
When we encounter unwanted change, we are often quick to show resistance. It’s natural, we are human. But consider this the next time you find yourself in the midst of storm in your life. What’s the bigger picture? What can I possibly learn from this? Do not be hesitant to ask God what he’s trying to teach you.
 
Know that every season in your life has been orchestrated and was designed to mould you into someone you are not yet. This process although painful, removes the unnecessary and brings out what is necessary. You might not see it now, but you surely will soon.
 
If the most expensive coffee in the world can come from poop. The best version of you can emerge from your worst situation.
 
This post was first published here on the author’s blog.

Waiting – pain or a blessing?

I was suffocating in my old job and was praying to God for a breakthrough with my husband. Nothing happened for a year.
We remained stuck to where we were and could not see anything in the real world but God was working behind the scenes.

I was suffocating in my old job and was praying to God for a breakthrough with my husband who was going through the same. We were praying earnestly to God for opening a way to move out. Nothing happened for a year. We remained stuck to where we were and could not see anything in the real world but God was working behind the scenes. And then one day God opened a door of opportunity for my husband to work abroad. We were a bit apprehensive but mostly excited and then we just walked in faith and accepted the offer. I had to quit my job to join my husband. There were a lot of uncertainties.

There are still a lot many uncertainties but step by step God kept leading us so beautifully, we had to get our visa extended and it was taking forever. We were losing our patience and getting desperate, really desperate. We were waiting because we had to, but our attitude during the waiting period was terrible. We were cribbing, being bitter, questioning God and what not, we even tried fasting not to humble ourselves but to be in self-pity and hoping to twist God’s arm. I feel ashamed of my attitude then. But God remained faithful and did not judge us for how we behaved and was still merciful. In a beautiful and the most amazing way our visa got renewed in God’s beautiful time. Then as soon as that was done we applied for my work permit and this time again we had to wait, but we had learnt from our past mistakes and decided to have a good attitude while trusting God.

In the meanwhile I applied for a job and had to undergo at least 5 rounds of interviews over a period of 2 months and God graciously carried me through each of those interviews and I got the job and soon after that within a few days I got my work permit and in a week’s time I started working and by God’s grace it’s close to a month now that I have started working.

As I look back, all I can see is God’s amazing grace, in spite of my bad attitude. Believe me God’s time is the best time and if God is not doing it your way, He’s doing it his way and His ways are far greater and far better than our ways. He knows the end from the beginning and His plans are always full proof. He will never let you go, He will never leave you nor forsake you, He will never put you to shame.

Now we have other stuff that is going on and we are waiting on God. It sometimes gets frustrating when we have to wait, but the best part is we can always look on God’s amazing goodness in the past. He is the same unchanging God who has carried us through thus far is faithful to carry us through till the end.

Brokenness

There are times when I have no idea why I have to go through so much of pain. And this time it wasn’t my fault.
Why the pain? Why the suffering? Why wait for so long for His promises to come true?

Often times I have felt broken; most of when, I knew I deserved to be, as a result of the bad choices I made. But then there are times when I’m broken not because of anything that I have done. Times that were beyond my control. These circumstances makes me question. Why? Why the pain and the suffering? I don’t deserve this. This is not my fault.

Joseph from the Bible would have probably asked similar questions. He was thrown in the well and sold to slavery, when he was only 17, by his own jealous brothers. What did he do wrong to deserve the shame of standing naked in the markets of Egypt when Potiphar’s wife bought him? Or when he was thrown in jail for integrity? In the end we do know that God worked it out, but for 13 years his life was going haywire. I can’t imagine the brokenness he carried. But those years were not wasteful, as God used his brokenness to be a blessing.

In Luke 8, we see Jesus multiplying the 5 loaves and 2 fish by breaking them. After they were distributed, there were 12 basketful of broken pieces left. Broken pieces became the symbol of God’s blessing.

Our times of being broken can turn out to be a blessing, if we surrender to God. Isn’t that wonderful? David writes in Psalms 51, “a broken heart and a contrite spirit is all you need.”

God does not despise a broken heart.

I’m assured that He can turn my brokenness into a blessing.