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

The Man Who Climbed The Tree

Zacchaeus encounters Jesus and his life turns around. He gives up his belongings to the poor and repays to those he swindled. How did this all happen?

I’m writing this just to get the record straight about the recent events that had unfolded in our town. In short, yes it’s true that I gave away most of my belongings to the poor and repaid those from whom I had swindled. So yes, I’m acknowledging that I have abused my power of the position that I hold. And no, I was not blackmailed into giving back the money. I did what I did of my own accord. Since I understand your skepticism,  I wanted to clarify my side of the story.

Couple of months ago, I met Matthew, the tax collector, in Jerusalem. We have known each other for quite a long time. Went to the same school. We actually spent most of our childhood together. Those who know me would certify that I’m an introvert who does not have a lot of friends. But Matthew was always an exception. He was closest to the brother I never had. He understood me better than most people. As tax collectors, we are always misunderstood and looked down on as traitors because we extort money from our own people to establish Roman rule. We obviously shared the same pain of being ostracized from our own. We would spend hours together criticizing our own people, talking about politics and debating on the scriptures.

The ‘Matthew’ that I met last in Jerusalem was indeed a changed man. I could see that he was far more composed than I have ever seen him to be. In our whole course of conversation, he never brought up his share of hurt and pain. It seemed as if he was beyond that. As if he had been healed from all the hurt and it didn’t bother him anymore. There was so much compassion in his eyes. He mentioned that he had quit his job. His life had been turned around since the time he decided to follow Jesus, the Rabbi. I could not believe what I was seeing.

How was this even possible? Was Jesus really the man whom Matthew proclaimed? Seeing Matthew, I immediately recognized the depravity of my soul, how poor and sick I was. Compared to me, Matthew was always the better person. He never extorted money or took advantage of people like I did. On my way back, I kept wondering if there was any redemption for a person like me.

It was around noon yesterday, when I heard the news that Jesus was walking through my town. People in the town had varied opinions of him. Some thought he was a prophet. Others thought he was going to be the king of Israel who would eventually redeem us from the Romans. Some even thought he was a false prophet claiming to be the Messiah. I wanted to see who this Jesus was for myself. When I went to the town square to see him, I saw a multitude of crowd around him. Well, it was impossible to even have a glimpse of him since I am short. I was so desperate to see him that I decided to run ahead. I forgot everything and climbed a sycamore tree just to have a better look at him. It was also in the hope of remaining unnoticed.

As I was on the tree, waiting for Jesus, memories started flooding my mind. I was always the odd one out, the laughing stock of the family. In response, I became the rebellious kid. And as I became popular for all the wrong reasons, I was gradually left out from my own. I could not remember the last time I was invited to someone’s home. My parents and relatives were ashamed of me. I was ashamed of myself. I could not look myself in the mirror to see the person I had become.

Just as I was thinking about my life, I saw Jesus. He looked like anybody else. His appearance wasn’t impressive. But as he came closer to where I was, I could see what Matthew was talking about. There was something about him that got everyone’s attention. I could sense so much grace in him. And as I began to be nervous, I was hoping that he wouldn’t look up and notice me. But to my astonishment, he did.

When Jesus came to the place where I was, he looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down because today I must stay at your house.”

“Zacchaeus!” He knew my name.

To be honest, I have no idea of what took hold of me. Immediately I came down and welcomed him. I was so full of joy. I can’t even begin to describe of all that was going within me. Spending time with him was like Heaven. Heaven indeed.

I saw the compassion in him. He could see right through my facade and yet chose to love me. I know it was not about deserving because I had done nothing good in my life. It was about belonging. Though lost I was, I belonged to him. He had somehow found my lost soul. I have never felt so whole in my life. Never felt so loved. This love burned within me to an extent that I was willing to give up everything I held most dear. And that’s what happened. I gave half my belongings to the poor and repaid four times to those I extorted. What I gave was nothing in comparison to what I received from Jesus. My friends, the Messiah is here. You don’t have to keep seeking him anymore, he will come seeking you.

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Life Lessons from Laundry

“My washing machine has given up on me.”, my mother texted me. Another few texts came flooding in, “I just put in a load and it’s just refusing to wash.” Immediately, I shared the mighty words of wisdom that our generation lives by and insisted, “Try restarting it!”. That’s always the solution, isn’t it? Well, apparently not. “I’ve already tried that several times but it’s just not working”, she sent back.

We tried everything but all the washing machine did was beep. Just when I suggested she call the company technicians to come and have a look at it my phone buzzed with another text that read, “I fixed it!”

Now, we all know how tech-savvy parents are becoming so you’re probably not alarmed to hear that she googled it. Clever as she is, she figured out what the problem was and fixed it.

The washing machine, that deceivingly looks brand new is, in fact, 17 years old. Unfortunately, age is catching up and a magnet broke off it. Mama found the magnet, fixed it into its right place and secured it with scotch tape. And Voila, it’s good as new again.

The magnet is this itsy-bitsy thing that you’d barely believe served a purpose at all. A diameter of barely an inch and covered in rust, yet it was indispensable. That’s when we realized that God always does that.

We tend to throw broken things away, but Father specializes in exalting the insignificant. He picks those the world calls unworthy and transforms them to being worthy. Of course, He doesn’t need us, yet He delights in using the broken to bring to nothing things which are mighty.

‘Jesus didn’t call the equipped, He equipped the called.’ We’ve heard it one too many times but are we really listening? In God, we find our significance and purpose.

And so, despite our long list of limitations and even our grumpy outbursts Father delights in using us to bring down giants. So, trust me on this, you are worthy. You are worthy of a purpose that goes far beyond your estimated ability. You may be rusty but you’ve still got in you.

“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” -2 Corinthians 12:9

Not by worth but by birth.

We all have heard the story of the prodigal son dozens of times.  Our elders/pastors always focus on how dumb the son was and how terrible his sin was. But what strikes me the most in Luke chapter 15 is “Heart of Good Daddy”. 

Luke 15:24 Because this son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found! And they began to revel {and} feast {and} make merry.

We all know this story. Don’t we? We all have heard the story of the prodigal son dozens of times.  Our elders/pastors always focus on how dumb the son was and how terrible his sin was. But what strikes me the most in Luke chapter 15 is “Heart of Good Daddy”. Luke 15 is a chapter that shows God’s love and His Grace towards “bad people/bad society/worst people.” We have three beautiful parables in the passage and I understand that the reason why these parables were spoken by Jesus is because of Luke 15:1,2,3

Now all the tax collectors and sinners [including non-observant Jews] were coming near Jesus to listen to Him. Both the Pharisees and the scribes began muttering and complaining, saying, “This man accepts and welcomes sinners and eats with them.” So He told them this parable.

So the reason why these parables are mentioned is because people were complaining that Jesus were hanging out with bad people, criminals, people whom the society calls “thugs”, “prostitutes”, “drug addicts”. So what I understand is that the three parables mentioned in Luke 15 are the explanation of why Jesus put on skins and bones and befriended the sinful people.
So Jesus begins with telling about a crazy shepherd who is just so bad at mathematics, who just leaves 99 of His sheep in the desert, and goes in search of 1 lost one. And when He finds it, He carries that sheep on His shoulders and throws a big party in celebration of finding back His sheep. I mean what is the shepherd doing? How irresponsible of Him? He left 99 for 1? If it was me, I would let go of that 1 sheep and look after the 99. Would you not do the same?

And while we stay confused about the first parable, Jesus goes ahead and starts with His second parable. A woman who has got 10 coins and then she loses 1 coin out of those 10. And we again see that the woman mentioned in the story is going so crazy that she is literally turning her house upside down while searching for that one lost coin. And when she finds that one coin she just throws a party which is 100 times more costly than that 1 lost coin. Lady you need some help! I mean what’s wrong with these people?
And then He goes on to talk about the father who had 2 sons. And the younger son who is totally a spoilt brat, so rebellious, totally self serving comes back to become an “hired employee” under his father. But what surprises me is that even though we all title this story as “the prodigal son”, I would say this story is more about a gracious Father than a rebellious son. 

IT IS A STORY MORE ABOUT LOVE THAN MORE ABOUT SIN.

Yes, the son wasted everything with all that He had. Well, that’s not the end of the story. The story continues about a Father who restored His son with all that He had.

Take a look at the first two stories. What did the sheep do to be found? “He/She” didn’t do anything. If anything, I believe the sheep must have ran farther away. What about the coin friends? What did the coin do to be found by her owner? Nothing. Most of the sermons we hear seems like the “sheep”, the “coin” and the “son”, they all earned their forgiveness because they were sorry for what they did. Tell me one instance where they feel sorry for their doing? No. Nobody did anything to be found/forgiven.
I know you all must be talking about his repentance speech in Luke 15: 17-20 – But when he [finally]came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have more than enough food, while I am dying here of hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight. I am no longer WORTHY to be called your son; [just] treat me like one of your hired men.”So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer WORTHY to be called your son.’

Friends! I have a trouble with His speech here. You see the motivation of His speech is not from his heart. It is not sincere. It’s hunger for food that motivates him to think about His dad. (Roti, Kapda, Makaan) And now that he has decided to go to his daddy, he feels he got have something to say to convince him and take him back.
Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; [just] treat me like one of your hired men.”
Wait now here is where I again have a problem with his speech. What does he mean when he says, “I am no longer worthy”? I mean, when was he ever worthy to be his father’s son?
I am the second son to my father. If I were to go to my Dad one day and say, “Daddy, finally today I feel I am worthy to be your son”. I am sure my daddy will be ticked. I am his son. He’d do anything for me. It has never been about how good or how bad I was to him. Fathers are already pleased with their sons/daughters because they are loved by the Father based on who they are and not what they do.

Being a son or a daughter has nothing to do with worth. Just go and ask your parents this same question.

We are the sons and daughters of God by birth and not by worth. And that’s why bible tells us to be born again.

Your heavenly Father is pleased with you because you are His Son/Daughter in Christ.

Show me one single baby child in this planet who is born out of his/her efforts. Have you ever heard any doctor talk to the baby inside the mother saying, “Come on kid! Try harder! It all depends on you!” No! It’s the other way round. It is the mother who does the hard work to bring the baby out.

Likewise spiritual birth happens by Grace when we believe.

Ephesians 2:8,9 – “For it is by grace [God’s remarkable compassion and favour drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God; not as a result of [your] works [nor your attempts to keep the Law], so that no one will [be able to] boast or take credit in any way [for his salvation].

Believe what? Simply that, Jesus came for you 2015 years ago. He paid for your sins when He died. And that He rose again to grant us the access to the Heavenly life.

His life became available to us. Being a child of God has nothing to do with what you do or what you cannot do. It totally depends on what He has DONE 2015 years ago. Our faith is in Him, not in ourselves.

IT IS NOT BY WORTH BUT BY BIRTH ALONE!

Notes of an Imperfect Believer

Many a time the glaring flaws we note in others are far less than the flaws present in us. That is if we recognize them. Recognize that we too fall short. Short of many things. Short of the glory of God.
Imagine if God reacted like us to imperfection.

‘Imperfect’

The one tag we cannot shake off.

As months and years go by, imperfections of those we know or begin to know, begin to prick us. First subtly then glaringly. How does one deal with the imperfections that one sees in others? Often in not too kind a way. So, bad mouthing the person, being bitter towards them, shouting, fuming or blackmailing them seems normal.

But many a time the glaring flaws we note in others are far less than the flaws present in us. That is if we recognize them. Recognize that we too fall short. Short of many things. Short of the glory of God.

Imagine if God reacted like us to imperfection.

And therein lies the difference. The Perfect One did not leave us wallowing in our imperfections. He loved us despite our low estate, says Psalm 136:23. What a benchmark! Thus the response to imperfection in others might not be anger but love. That is a godly response. God so loved us while we were yet sinners. Perhaps, the gossip mongering, the lack of unity among us would stop if we realize imperfections should be overlooked and dealt with in love. The godly way of doing things. For, the ten things we list as faults in others there might be a ten more if we care to look within.

The Bible paints a brutally honest picture about the followers of Christ. It celebrates weakness as much as the strength of its characters. David is as guilty of adultery as he is a jubilant worshipper. Abraham the father of Faith lied about his wife. His son Isaac followed his steps. John the Baptist, the “greatest man to be born of a woman”, soon to face execution, has pangs of doubt of Christ being the real Messiah. The fact is that the Bible does not cover up imperfections. It puts them up for threadbare display. Why? Because God recognizes we are but dust.

Surprisingly, we seem to think and act otherwise.

Isn’t this why we strive to paint the followers of Christ as epitomes of perfection? Why our churches are custom made for “perfect people” and have no room for the “sinner”? Why we think twice before admitting our wrongs to a fellow believer? Why we feel choked Sunday after Sunday trying to keep up the role of the ‘perfect disciple’?

Perhaps we forget that while admitting our imperfections we also admit that God is perfect, and hence worthy of worship. Our imperfections and those of others then will lead us to worship and humility. It is in our imperfections that we admire his perfection, in his words and works, and bow our knees to Him. It is while battling with imperfections, that we seek strength from his perfected work on the cross.

As God perfects us each day, may we have grace to overlook the imperfections of others.

Grace – The indescribable gift!

This New Year many of us might have decided to stand by new resolutions. Friends rather than pursuing principles, concepts, or even good character qualities, our ultimate goal, this year should be to focus more on the Person of Jesus.

For many people, the New Year is a time to leave old problems and fears behind and get a fresh start on life. But the trouble is, for most of us, the old problems and fears just won’t stay behind us. We do want to press forward with our lives, but our mistakes, sins and trials seem to have us shackled to the past.
I am here to tell you about someone who came down to this earth for you and me, willingly gave His life for us and fulfilled what He intended to do, 2015 years ago. That means we no longer have to be haunted by shame over past mistakes, guilt over our failures, or pain from broken relationships.
As far as I am concerned, there is no better way to start out this New Year than to focus on God’s Grace, which often is defined as God’s undeserved love for all humanity.

John 1:17 teaches us that Jesus was full of Grace and Truth. He is the personification and the embodiment of Grace and Truth; and it says from His fullness, His essence, from the center of the core of who He is, we receive Grace upon Grace. It’s Grace without end, it is unconditional, illogical Grace. He doesn’t just give it. He himself is Grace.
It isn’t that you are suddenly transformed into a faultless person. But it’s that God has given his Grace to you in the person of Jesus. No matter how far you have advanced or not advanced in your career, no matter how far short you may fall of your personal goals, no matter what sins have marred your life, no matter what a mess you’ve made of things, no matter how you or others perceive your status or importance in life – regardless of all these things, when you believe the person of Jesus, you belong to God. You are now His, and He makes all things, including you, new (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Jesus, who obviously is God, the Savior of the universe, did not come for a clean, calculated approach. He came in the mess of it all and He got dirty with the people-obviously sinless and perfect, but was not afraid to get associated with people, bad people. He was so passionate that He put on skin and bones as God to really help humanity.
You see, friends, it’s not about what we deserve. It’s never about how successful we’ve been or how hard we’ve worked. But it’s about His love for us. This New Year, I want to tell you about a God who loves us in spite of ourselves. He loves us so much that he did everything that was needed to be done to save us from ourselves. He became a man, a human like us, and died on the cross without sin to save us from death and release us from the power of sin in our lives.
The truth of the matter is that through Jesus Christ, God has forgiven and forgotten our sins. We no longer need to feel guilty about them. We no longer need to worry that God doesn’t love us or that He doesn’t accept us. We no longer need to feel afraid that we might not make it into his glorious Kingdom! God says that through Jesus, we are forgiven.

Yes, we have a New Year and many of us might have decided to stand by new resolutions.
But friends, rather than pursuing principles, concepts, or even good character qualities, our ultimate goal, this year should be to focus more on the Person of Jesus (His Grace and unconditional love toward us).

Paul refers to God’s Grace toward us as an indescribable gift (2 Corinthians 9:15). Humanly, it seems far too good to be true. Yet, this gift of Grace is the very definition of good. And it is my prayer that you will know and feel the wonderful truth of God’s precious gift to you this year.
God bless and have a great year ahead peeps!

Transforming Grace: Best from the Worst

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

It was Saturday night, raining and thundering, flashes of lightning all over. Electric cables were broken and trees were fallen on the ground. The leaves around whistled in the wind and no one was on the street. All confined to the noisy club room without any knowledge of the doom. For me it was just another night with an uncommon light. Something unusual was about to happen of which I had no clue.

I waved goodbye to my friends aka partners-in-crime and got on the street to find a cab to my abode. It was so calm and no one was aware of what was happening outside. The noise and the high voltage music, the dosage of drugs and the swapping of partners and lovers on high was nothing compared to the damage caused on the outside.

Still in the quietness of the dark I walked searching for a cab. My high heels resounded in the quietness. In a while the tapping echoed and multiplied more as if a mob was after me. It was after a few more steps later that I realised that I am being followed by a group of moral police. My steps moved faster and heart beating at a rate higher. All I wanted was to escape from the hands of the moral police because none of my explanation would be enough for them to let me go. I started running, huffing and puffing with all my strength.

I was almost out of breath when I saw the cross in the shimmering light of the lamp post at a distance across the street. With all that was in me, I ran and crossed the street to hide myself behind the tall grown shrubs. Worn and weary, tattered and torn, I dragged myself to the front of the church where the cross was hung. On the wooden sign board was written 223, 265, 144, 105 and John 8:1-11. These numbers didn’t make any sense to me and I didn’t know at that time why my mind capture them. All I wanted was to be safe and protected.

Expecting no one inside the church, I opened the door quietly to sneak in without my predators’ notice. And there I stood inside the church with more than 100 eyes on me, all neatly dressed. I said to myself what on earth are they doing at this time of the night. But I dared not ask anyone and slowly moonwalked into one of the pews. It was warm inside. The atmosphere was full of an indescribable feeling. Felt so good for the very first time but the eyes staring me from all corners started making me uncomfortable. From old to the young all started to pierce me with their eyes. At first I thought it was because I disturbed the service by entering into the chapel late. Moments passed by and I realised it was about the way I was dressed. Even though I was in my best club attire, people inside expressed their discomfort through their stare. It seemed like I was not welcomed into their circle. All of a sudden that good feeling that I had for the very first time burst and I started feeling the way I usually feel with people of my club. The feeling of being unwanted, rejected, spoiled, abused just came back to my mind. It was in that moment the preacher uttered these words, “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery.” That was it. It broke me completely. I felt as if someone was talking about me. The earth below my feet moved. The stares and the words sounded so harsh and right on my face that I could not stand it.

Tears rolled down my cheeks. My makeup wasn’t glamorous anymore. I wanted to leave that place where everyone wanted to condemn me but the fear of the mob outside refrained me from moving an inch. For the very first time in my life, I wanted to live another moment. First time ever I felt the warm love but only for a moment. Sitting on that pew I longed to hear some assurance that I will be okay. I cried within me for help and hope. Just in that moment I heard the preacher say, “Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”, “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” What? Did I hear that right? Raising my head up I looked up to the altar where the preacher was preaching from. He read the scripture again. And yeah, lo and behold!!! There was none staring at me. For me it seemed to be a dream, a fantasy. I ran to the altar and lay myself at the feet of the preacher and cried and sobbed. I could not believe what I just heard.

The gentle preacher lifted me up and said, “Dear daughter, everyone has sinned and has fallen short from the glory of God. Sin happens in human life, but there is a God who cares for you even when you are in deep sin because you are His child. And He loves you the way you are right now.” Those gentle words where like bulldozers breaking open the flood gates of a water reservoir that have been holding so much of water for a long time. The water which had started stinking and was spreading bad smell. All of a sudden it came out with a mighty force. For the very first time in my life I felt the joy of being loved by someone. Till now I used to go in search of love and here I am in the invisible arms of a lover who loves me even when I have wronged Him.

Today when I sit in the Kingly presence of my lover, my King, my Saviour, I see lot of people who are exactly like the way I was before He found me. I still find people staring at them, young and old. Nowadays the trend has gone even further. People start commenting in public and social media about the wrongs that others do. Instead of telling them that Jesus loves them, we end up condemning them. Those are the moments when I realize the wisdom and love of Jesus. Had He not embraced me with His love, I would have died on that rainy Saturday night. I would have never seen a resurrection Sunday. I would have never come to the knowledge of His saving grace. I would have never been able to spread the message of His love and grace to you today. Today God is using me to spread His fragrance to a great multitude through my story and many have found the real Love.

If you have come across my story accidently, I would say it is not an accident or coincidence. It is with a purpose. If you think you are the protagonist in this story, you have a hope just as I found grace in the eyes of my Saviour. He loves you not because you are a sinner but because you belong to Him. He loves you not because He pities on you but because He cares for you. Would you allow Him to love you more and walk with Him to see the indescribable gifts that He has been storing for you?

Let’s make a resolution today that we will never condemn a person just because of the condition they are in or the way they look or behave. Because none of us know why that person is the way that person is. If Jesus knowing the past, present and the future of the woman, can forgive her and give her a chance with a hope, let’s make sure that we imitate Him.

Your loving and caring words will build them, your harsh condemning words will kill them.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

The Gift

God’s grace is a gift and not something that we have earned. A poem of gratitude, the result of being awed and overwhelmed by God’s grace.

Lord you often bring me to this place of solitude
In spite of knowing the truth I’m pretty rude
I exhaust all my possible options in vain
And come to you in the end after all to reign

I don’t know how you feel about being my last option
I know how I’d feel if I was someone’s refuge option
Yet you are so humble and loving that you accept me
Arms wide open, an everlasting smile you give me

I know Lord that you hear my cry
I know that you are with me in my trials
I know it’s you who is sustaining me
I need you more than ever beside me

For you have known me even before I was formed
For you knew my troubles before they were caused
You have provided everything in your grace to me
For your grace is sufficient for me

You have forgiven my sins at the cross
Gave me deliverance at no cost
Unmerited favor have I found in your eyes
Priceless is your love in my eyes

For your love I can never understand
Its depth or its width
For You love me anyways
In spite of knowing all my ways

Credited Righteousness!

For if Righteousness could be gained through the law then Christ died for nothing (Galatians 2:21). Righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe (Romans 3:21-22).

Before talking about Righteousness, let’s look at what the gospel actually means. In simple translation, Gospel means ‘good news’. But why is it good news after all? When I am asking you that, I am not just simply posing a question. Instead I want you to really think what is so good about this news?

The Jews who waited (and indeed are still waiting) for the Messiah (Liberator and Saviour), didn’t really know what they were to be liberated or saved from. And unfortunately enough, believers today also don’t realize what they are actually freed from.

Through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of Life SET ME FREE from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2). For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived us, and through the commandment put us to death (Romans 7:11). For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the spirit (Romans 8:3-4).

This is the GOSPEL! For while we were still sinners God sent His Son, who knew no sin to become sin  itself, so that I and you become the Righteousness of God in Him.

Yeah that is it; we are made righteous just like that! That is the Gospel!

What else did you think? We were trying hard to keep the law which we eventually were unable to and then came Christ (TAADAA!!) now you are saved! Woohhooo! But anyways, now get back to work?!? That’s what you thought?!

Now I have heard people say, that Christ was sent so that we have a reason to be good and Righteous.
EXCUSE ME?! Wasn’t there reasons enough?

And by the way, “Christ came to be The Reason of your Righteousness and not to give you one!

For if Righteousness could be gained through the law then Christ died for nothing (Galatians 2:21). But now Righteousness from GOD, apart from law has been made known. This Righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe (Romans 3:21-22).

The biggest problem with following the law to be righteous is that we are seeking a righteousness of our own which is not through Christ.

Paul says, “That, I be found in Christ, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ – the Righteousness that comes from God and is by Faith” (Philippians 3:9).

Abraham was declared Righteous even before there was law. He was credited with righteousness apart from law through faith (Romans 4:3) and Abraham did everything because he was made righteous. We his children similarly have received righteousness apart from the law.

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!