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

I Forgive You

This blog has taken me almost 3 months to write. God has been teaching me about forgiveness through a personal struggle that I’ve been going through. I hope and pray that as you read this, you find freedom in forgiveness as well.

“I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive.
Forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note – torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one.” – Henry Ward Beecher

 
“I Forgive You”… Those are not easy words for me to say.
Have you ever been trapped in a situation where you continue to harbor bitterness towards those who’ve hurt you but earnestly seek freedom from the pain.
You say you forgive, but the memory and pain still haunts you and you keep going back to it. In these past few months, God has been teaching me that forgiving even the worst offence is not impossible. It’s a challenging process, but it is not impossible. There is freedom from the past when we place those offenses at the foot of the cross and learn to forgive the way Christ forgave you.
 
Remember the parable of the unmerciful servant from the Bible (Matthew 18:21-25). Verse 21-22: “Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times”.
 
Forgive the person who offends you Seventy-seven times? After 2 or 3 times, I’m usually done forgiving and prefer to be ignorant. (Anyone been in my shoes?) But if you think about it, when we choose Not to forgive the person who hurts us, or even “pretend” to forgive while continuing to hold a grudge in our heart; it eventually damages our relationships and the way we treat all our relationships.
 
For some of us, we’ve been hurt repeatedly or quite severely by someone, that the word “forgiveness” makes us look away and turn a deaf ear. Forgiveness is not easy, no doubt about that. Just by saying “I forgive you” doesn’t necessarily mean you have actually forgiven the person. Your mouth may say one thing but your heart can mean otherwise. Bitterness against the person who hurt you can fester for years. I’ve been in a place where I have acknowledged that I’ve forgiven although In reality I didn’t really want to forgive. I only said it because I did not want to feel guilty about not forgiving.
 
God’s forgiveness sets us free from the prison of guilt. Likewise, our forgiveness of others sets us free from the prison of our bitterness.

If you’re still not convinced, here are 2 more reasons why you should forgive:
 
 
1. God commands us to forgive.
Forgive-Just as Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4: 31-32 says “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” This verse can’t be more clear about it.
 
 
2. God loved us before we loved him and forgave us before we ever knew what it meant.
1 John 4:19-21 “We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.”

We know how to love because God was the example of love. We know how to forgive because God forgave us first. This verse goes on to say how can we say we love a God who we cannot see when we are not able to love the person who is in front of us?

Matthew 6: 9-13 (Lord’s Prayer) was a prayer that we recited at school every morning. Pay special attention to verse 12, “Forgive our debts as we forgive our debtors.” Why is it so easy for us to ask for forgiveness, yet seems twice as hard to forgive? How can we ask God to forgive us, when we fail to do it ourselves?
 
Forgiveness is a choice that we make – It’s not an emotion but an act of the will. If we left forgiveness to “How we feel”, we would seldom forgive those who hurt us. It may take a while for our feelings to catch up to our will, but our will needs to respond to the scriptural mandate to forgive. When someone apologizes, we have the opportunity to practice will power. Forgiveness is the first step to restoring a relationship. But I also have to add this; forgiveness isn’t forgetting or justifying the deeds of a person. It is a whole-hearted decision to move past the hurt and the first step towards re-building trust. Sure! we should build boundaries but we MUST release ourselves and the person who hurt us from any previous debt. We cannot hold onto the past and say “I forgive you” but keep bringing up the hurt when there is a disagreement.
 
Romans 3:23 says “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. It’s only because God first loved and forgave us that we can be in a relationship with him. It’s a lot easier to forgive others when we realize all that we have been forgiven for. It’s part of being human that we struggle and need the ones we love to extend mercy to us. Maintaining this perspective helps us imitate Christ.
 
When we truly forgive, we set 2 prisoners free; the person we’ve forgiven and ourselves.

“Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.” – Corrie Ten Boom

 

“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you” – C.S. Lewis

This post was first published here on the author’s blog post.

The Root Of Bitterness

“Bitterness” is an adjective and has the following definitions:
1. Strong and sharp in taste: having a sharp strong unpleasant taste, for example, like that of orange peel
2. Resentful: angry and resentful.
3. Difficult to accept: painful or very hard to accept.
4. Hostile: expressing intense hostility.
5. Very cold: penetratingly and unpleasantly cold.

I am interested in the second definition: Resentful, which reflects a brooding anger. This anger produces a bad spirit within a person, a spirit of hostility and coldness towards God or others.

Now the question is – Where does bitterness come from?

Bitterness is the result of what others do to us or say about us. Sometimes, bitterness can result from the events of life themselves, as we blame God or others for our troubles. It affects every relationship within our lives, but most importantly affects our relationship with the Lord.

The Bible talks about this “root of bitterness” in Heb 12:15 and Deut 29:18. It is called a root because it begins to grow hidden within the soil of our hearts. From there, its roots entwine themselves around our hearts and minds, until they choke the life out of us emotionally and spiritually. If allowed to grow unchecked, this “root of bitterness” will spring up into a plant that will cast a shadow over everything that we want to do, literally dominating our very existence.

We don’t need to be afflicted by this root of bitterness. If we honestly confess our hurts to the Lord, and seek to forgive the offending party, then God will give us the grace to heal us. We don’t need to let that root of bitterness live another minute! Only God can restore us through His healing.

But for some of us, we need go that extra mile and ask forgiveness from our offended Brother or Sister. Saying, “I’m sorry for what I said or what I did. Please forgive me!”, would be a blessing! Still for those of us, who are harboring a hurt and nursing a wounded spirit while the offending person doesn’t even know what they have done. The best thing we can do is to get it before the Lord and allow Him to deal with it. If we can’t get over, then the Bible tells us to go to that particular Brother or Sister and talk it over in a spirit of humility and love.

So friends, let’s be honest and start dealing with our roots of bitterness, it’s time to pluck the weeds out so that our life grow in the abundance of Christ.

Why did God raise Christ?

It is through Christ’s death on the cross that our sins are forgiven, then why did God raise Christ?

Ever wondered why God raised Christ?

After the fall in the garden of Eden, man could no longer have proper fellowship with God. Even though he was made in the very image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26), he lost the confidence of facing Him due to guilt that engulfed him (Romans 3:23).

God promised that He would send us a Messiah whose name would be “Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23), meaning ‘God with us’. He broke all stereotypes of religion. He dined with sinners and had a following of tax collectors and prostitutes (Luke 15:1). He was popular in attending parties and in one particular occasion self invited himself to a sinner’s home (Luke 19:5). He was so radical in his methods that the religious leaders were mad at him. They wanted to kill him but failed. The religious leaders could not kill Jesus, He gave up His own life (John 10:18) to save us.

Romans 10:9
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Our Christian walk begins in Christ when we accept Him as our Lord and Saviour. Surrendering our lives to His Lordship and believing that He has completely saved us from our sins. It is through Christ’s death on the cross that our sins are forgiven (Ephesians 1:7, Romans 3:24-25), then why the resurrection is the key to our salvation?

Romans 4:25
He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.

It is true that He indeed died for our sins and His work has been finished. God raised him up so that you and I will have the proof of our sins been forgiven at the cross.

In the Old Testament, only the high priest could enter the most holy of holies to present the annual sacrifice. While the sacrifice was offered, the people would wait for the return of their high priest. Seeing him alive would confirm that their sacrifice had been accepted by God. If something went wrong, the high priest would not return alive (Exodus 28:43).

The sacrifice of Jesus Christ once for all, was the complete payment that obtained our sanctification (Hebrews 10:10). However, His resurrection from the dead is the receipt (proof) of payment for our sins. That is, He became our eternal High Priest (Hebrews 4:14; Hebrews 6:20). Jesus was raised for our sakes so that we could find the confidence in believing that our sins are completely forgiven in him. Resurrection is God’s approval of Christ’s finished work.

Jesus while on earth was true to his name “Immanuel – God is with us”. But the story does not end there. This was just the beginning because His Spirit lives in those who believe in Him.

Jesus changed our status from ‘God with us’ to ‘God in us’ (Colossians 1:27).

We are finally reconciled to God in Christ having the boldness and confidence to access Him (Hebrews 4:16). That’s why the resurrection.

Unconditional Forgiveness

Forgiveness does not come in installments but is given to us as a gift! You have been completely and eternally forgiven on account of Jesus. You need to settle this in your heart otherwise you’ll be tossed and turned by every mixed-up teaching.

Are you completely forgiven or partly forgiven? It’s a simple question that reveals whether you appreciate all Christ did for you on the cross.

The gospel that Jesus revealed declares that God loves you like a father, he holds nothing against you, and he longs for his sons and daughters to come home. It’s the good news an orphaned world desperately needs to hear.

But some say that if you sinned this morning you are not forgiven until you confess and repent and draw upon that cross-wrought provision. In other words, between the time you sin and the time you repent, you are unforgiven. “Your account is in the red. You need to fix it.” This is not true!!!

My dear friend, the good news of the gospel declares that you are forgiven not because of your work of confession. Your confession cannot wash away your sins. You are forgiven because of the blood of Jesus shed for you. His blood alone cleanses you.

You may ask me, “Brother, if I sin I should make amends. Right?”

Yes, you should, but you’re fooling yourself if you think you can do that which Christ has done.

What happens if you forget to confess? What happens if you confess every sin but one?

Your answer would be, “It doesn’t really matter. God looks at the heart.” But my friend, it does matter, for the law tells us so. Break the law of confessing-to-be-forgiven and you will be guilty of breaking the whole thing (James 2:10).

For instance, I neglected to put money into my account before my electricity bill went out. The bill bounces and a small oversight leads to a big headache. There will be letters. There will be phone calls. There will be a bank fee. Right?

God treats sin the same way banks treat money – very seriously. (It cost him his Son’s life!) If you say forgiveness comes in installments, then you need to account for every single sin, big and small.

The truth is that God’s forgiveness is not given in installments

Forgiveness does not come in installments but is given to us as a gift! You have been completely and eternally forgiven on account of Jesus. You need to settle this in your heart otherwise you’ll be tossed and turned by every mixed-up teaching.

But don’t take my word for it. Let every matter be established in the presence of two or three witnesses. Here’s my first witness, the apostle Paul:

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His Grace. (Ephesians 1:7)

You are not forgiven in accordance with your acts of confession but His Grace! Now for my second witness:

I write to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake. (1 John 2:12)

“Are forgiven”, not will be forgiven. The cross is a done deal. Jesus died once for all to do away with all sin.

Here’s my third witness:

Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins … (Psalm 103:2–3a)

All means all. All does not mean only those sins you have repented and confessed for Jesus carried the sins of the whole world.

And now for a surprise witness: It’s Jesus himself who, on the night he rose from the dead, said that the forgiven-ness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations.

Unconditional love = unconditional forgiveness

While He walked this earth, Jesus forgave sinners who neither repented nor confessed. He did this to show that love keeps no record of wrongs. He did it to reveal a God who loves you like a Father and who does not wait for you to get cleaned up before welcoming you with open arms.

My friend! I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. (Acts 13:38)

Forgiveness is not something to earn through acts of piety or penance, but a gift to receive and in Christ Jesus you have it!

Hebrews 10:2

…For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins.

What are you more conscious of today? Your sins or the fact that you have been forgiven? My friend, don’t be conscious of your sins. Be conscious instead of Jesus and His finished work. The Lamb of God has taken away all your sins at the cross, so count on the fact that you are a forgiven child of God!

No matter what has happened or what you have done, God wants you to know that because of His Son’s finished work, He will be merciful to your unrighteousness, and your sins and lawless deeds He will remember no more. (Hebrews 8:12)

That is why you should not be conscious of your sins. In fact, when you are sin-conscious, the devil brings in condemnation, and the more you receive it and condemn yourself

Beloved, remember that all your sins have already been paid for by Jesus on the cross. And the more you count on the fact that you have the Father’s forgiveness and that He does not condemn you because of Jesus’ finished work, the more sin and its effects—sickness, hatred, lack and so on—will lose their grip on you. You will find yourself walking in a greater measure of God’s grace and blessings!

Forgiven and Forgotten!!

God has forgiven and forgotten our sins through Jesus Christ. God says “NO MORE!!!” Today, when we go to Church, God’s marvelous light does not reveal how sinful we are, but how righteous we are in Christ!!

GOD HAS FORGIVEN & FORGOTTEN OUR SINS THROUGH JESUS CHRIST

Psalm 90 “You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.”

According to this verse, we might feel that we are not worthy to go to His presence. When we go to Church, we think that God’s light exposes our sins, thus making us feel guilty all the time. But friends! That was true only under the Old Covenant. Under the Old Covenant, the Ten Commandments told the people to obey. Whenever they failed they knew that God remembered their sins.

But I am here to tell you the good news of the gospel. The gospel that declares, the Ten Commandments and Laws have been fulfilled and taken away on the cross because by Jesus’ death – by his one sacrifice – ALL our sins have been forgiven!!

The Old Covenant was all about man’s deeds, and therefore man’s sins were always before God. But the New Covenant is ALL ABOUT JESUS’s obedience. Therefore God cannot and will never remember our sins anymore because the work of Jesus was so perfect enough to wipe out all our sins.

Isaiah 43 “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins NO MORE”

God says “NO MORE!!!” Today, when we go to Church, God’s marvelous light does not reveal how sinful we are, but how righteous we are in Christ!!
In fact, His light shines in you because of Jesus who lives in you. He is your light and you are no more in darkness.

Hebrews 10:17

…“Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”

I don’t know about you, but I would say that Hebrews 10:17 is good news. God sees all our sins-past, present and future-and says, “Your sins I remember no more!” The words “no more” are a strong double negative in the original Greek text. In other words, God is saying, “Your sins I will by no means ever remember!”

Has God lowered His standards? No, He is still perfectly holy. He did remember all our sins-2,000 years ago at the cross. Every sin which we have committed or will commit has been punished to the full in the body of Jesus Christ at the cross. That is why today, God remembers our sins no more. We should, therefore, not be sin-conscious.

Hebrews 10:12, 14 says, “But this Man [Jesus], after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God…For by one offering He has perfected forever…”

You and I are perfected forever because of Jesus’ perfect work on the cross. We are perfected by God’s full acceptance and perfect delight in His Son’s work that has so glorified His holiness. Beloved, hear God say to you, “I will be merciful. Your sins and lawless deeds I will remember no more.”

I love Romans 6.

I love the way Paul repeats over and over again that we have been set free from sin.

It happens in verse 7.

“Anyone who has died has been set free from sin.”

Then again in verse 18.

“You have been set free from sin.”

Then again in verse 22.

“You have been set free from sin.”

I think Paul was trying to tell us something!

And it doesn’t take a genius to work out what Paul was trying to tell us:

You have been set free from sin! 

Each time we feel condemned for our past mistakes, God wants us to remember the cross and say, “Lord Jesus, you were sentenced for this sin I committed. You bore the judgment, so God will not judge me for this sin. You were condemned for this sin, so God will not condemn me for it.”

If you don’t look to the cross, you will become sin-conscious and you will walk around with a certain expectation of judgment. You must come to the place where you know and believe that all your sins are forgiven, and that you are saved eternally.

We are free.

Free from sin.

Absolutely, perfectly, completely free.

Amen!