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.


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

Can Anything Good Come Out of Nazareth?

Nathaniel doubted the Savior could be from the city of Nazareth. Why?

Can anything good come out of Nazareth?

On a particular Monday morning I felt motivated to read the scriptures. But at the same time I was struggling. This discouragement was ringing in my ears – “hey you are lost. Why are you reading? You know you can’t do it.” Amidst this intense struggle, I was hoping to find just one word that would make my day.

I started reading from the Gospel of John, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” I was like, I know this, should I stop now?

It took me approximately another 931 words to get encouraged.

And here I was at John 1:46, ‘And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”

Google informed me that Nathaniel the disciple of Jesus is mentioned only once in the entire Bible, and that too in John 1.

I was like, “Bro. Nathaniel you are only mentioned once. Though you have a meaningful name, how could you ask that question?”

I became curious as to why Nathaniel made that statement, so I started looking up for the history of Nazareth.

And this is what I found. Nazareth was a lost city, illiterate, behind the time, dead-end. Nazareth was a small village having a population of a few hundred. And after the death of Herod the great in 4 BC, the city was robbed over 2,000 Jews being crucified and the inhabitants being sold into slavery.

Their condition had been pathetic for a long time. They had no hope. They were lost. It seemed as if they had reached a dead-end.

And this is why, Nathaniel made that statement, because he could not believe that the messiah hailed from Nazareth.

When I understood this context, I began to compare this with my own personal life. I’m sure that there are many people who would ask, “can anything good come out of Jerin?” In fact, I have asked that question myself numerous times.

But as I read this passage, I realized that the answer is “yes”, because Jesus is the good thing that is there in my life. I was lost, dead in my sins and had reached a complete dead end.

Just like Jesus changed the history of Nazareth, He became the Way for me when I had reached a dead-end of my life. He saved me, giving me hope and future.

I guess every character in the Bible was somehow lost in one way or the other. And they were in pursuit of hope. But each of them became special as they got associated with God.

If Jesus is in our life, then we are not dead or hopeless. We have a great destiny and purpose in Him. He can rewrite our history.

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Even on Mondays

Losing a loved one or being betrayed is never good. Bad things happen, and they’re not blessings in disguise. Only God’s love can help us.

It’s been two months since I last wrote, and much as I’d like to say it’s because I’m on my honeymoon, that wouldn’t be entirely true. I’ve been unwell for two months now. I had five visits to the hospital last month! No, I’m not pregnant (I know you were wondering). And, I won’t get into details to stick to my word limit, but it was rough. I speak for myself when I say that always feeling sick is the easiest way to feel down.

In the midst of it all, I was reminded that God is good. I know some of us cringe at that thought. Of course, I don’t know what you’ve been through. Of course, I wouldn’t understand. Trust me, I get that. But we can’t correlate His goodness with the state of our lives. I’m not suggesting that all things that happen to us are good. Losing a loved one is never good. Being betrayed by someone isn’t good either. Bad things do happen to us, and often, they’re not blessings in disguise. But, unlike social media, Jesus doesn’t ask us to pretend like pain isn’t real.

What I am saying, is that His love does more than feel sorry for us. God’s goodness helps us, and His love heals us from our pain. God is constant, and He is constantly good. Whether we agree or not, He is good. Irrespective of our opinions and situations, He is good. And especially when life is rough, I’m so grateful that He is.

“So why would I fear the future? For your goodness and love pursue me all the days of my life.” -Psalm 23:6

I’m encouraged by David’s confidence when he says that. Another translation reads, “Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life”. I love how he makes it sound silly to doubt it. Of course, God’s goodness is going to hunt me down and pursue me all the days of my life. Even on Mondays! Would you believe that?

On rough days, I choose to trust that the Creator knows what He is doing, and then, rest in the assurance that His goodness and love is pursuing me. Some days I’ll be able to see it even with my eyes shut and on other days I may need to look a little closer; but it’s right there, every day of my life. His goodness is pursuing us every moment and there is nothing that can stop Him. And on the days that I don’t believe it, His reckless love will pursue me anyway!

“So, we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives.” -Romans 8:28

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

Stop & Listen

Many might not know this, but I can be quite the worryguts. I tend to stress about little things. I find it difficult to just be STILL and allow things to take it’s course (#ThingsMarriedLifeTeachesYou). My husband could probably tell you stories about how I get when I do not know what’s happening next. Be it leaving dirty dishes over night or not knowing what I’ll be doing the next morning. For instance: a couple of days ago, we had some trouble with the water supply in our apartment (#LifeInIndia) and to make it worse, we had a bunch of friends coming over that evening. Naturally, I turned into a giant worrywart and spent my time trying my best to get my husband worried about it too. Obviously that did not work. My amused husband replied “Honey, I got this, I’ll take care of it”. As much as I eagerly wanted to trust him a 100%, the pessimist inside me wouldn’t let me and I planned backups just incase.
This is true for most of us. Most likely you are the same, or relate to this on some level. When we are stuck in a situation that we cannot control, we feel handicapped. Like when we’re lost, and our GPS fails to work. We live in a time where we are dependent on immediate results. We need our super fast internet, we wish our journeys could be quicker, we expect immediate replies to our texts, and we want to know why our application is taking so long to be processed.
FYI, when I returned home from work, the water problem was fixed. And we had a wonderful evening with our friends. (#AwesomeHusband) At the end of my busy day, after all our friends had left I was reminded of Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God…”. What a beautiful verse, yet so ignored, especially when most applicable. In Hebrew, the word “Still” means to “Let go” or “Release”. In other words, God asks us to submit to him completely and acknowledge that He is in control.
Anxiety leads to stress. Stress leads to fear. Fear leads to depression.
Anxiousness and fearfulness go hand in hand. Research shows that we have upwards of 50,000 thoughts a day. Think about that! Now how many of these thoughts are in fact happy and uplifting? Or are they mostly consisting of “I can’t believe I messed up, I’m such an idiot, I can’t do it, Life is so hard, I’m such a failure, I’m a fraud, I’m too old, I’m too young….. ”
While the world is constantly barking in your face telling you that you need to be busy, God your creator is whispering saying “Be Still”. It isn’t easy living in this loud and busy world and yet follow the instruction of that gentle voice. But we know it is the best thing to do.
Have you ever been intimidated by silence? I’ve had that feeling, and I’m not fond of it. Silence causes me to address issues that I might be running away from. I choose to rather fill them with mind-numbing internet surfing, television or reading. Please don’t get me wrong! I’m not claiming that any of these are wrong. However, when I use these as excuses to fill a void it only harms me. Lost opportunities, lost relationships, lost dreams.
When we realize that we are truly incapable of controlling life, we can surrender our will to God’s will. It may be a matter of finally saying we trust Him. This will open the door so that we may experience the fullness of all God wants and has for us. After all, He is our Creator and has a perfect plan for us when we let Him orchestrate it.
A song that I usually listen to when I get anxious is “Letting Go” by Steffany Gretzinger. The part that always gets me is “And You remind me of things forgotten. You unwind me until I’m totally undone. And with Your arms around me Fear was no match for Your love. And now You’ve won me” You unwind me till I’m totally undone.. Complete surrender and letting go of our fears, our thoughts and our anxiousness.
So I’m going to leave you with this: The next time you are bombarded with fearful and anxious thoughts that are raging within you like a violent storm, do as Jesus did. Silence those thoughts by saying, “Peace, be still.” When you need strength and help, let go and rest in God. “Be still and know that I am God..”

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

Finish the race

I often wonder, why are there people who worry about my life more than me. People who have a say in my life other than my parents. Those who still manage to direct my life decisions. It’s amazing how I end up feeling miserable because of them, making me feel like it’s all my fault. And I end up in giving up on my dreams.

When I go against the current, 90% of the people around me label me as a ‘gone case’. Only handful of few encourage me. I may have a vision from God that is different from the usual, but as I end up listening to everyone around me, I become ignorant about HIS plan for my life.

The struggle is real in dealing with people staring at you and cursing you for not doing things the regular way. In the moment, when I’m not strong in faith, I end up becoming rebellious. And there are times when I have lost my complete confidence.

This is something I have learned that has helped me along the way. When we see a beautiful house and say, “Wow such a pretty house!” But could we say the same during the construction of the same beautiful house? No right? Only the builder knows what it’s going to be like. Only he sees the bigger picture. Just because some people complain or nag during the construction, he won’t stop the construction. It is just a matter of time.

When God gives us a vision, the path is not without any hurdles. It is not a rosy picture or magic that happens instantaneously out of the blue. It takes time to unveil its beauty. The question I need to ask myself is if I can trust God and be patient.

It is hard to be prayerful and thankful to God for all the experiences we go through, whether good or bad. The truth is that this journey makes us stronger and moulds us to become what God wants to be.
Yes, we might have temptation and sometimes fall but that cannot stop us from trusting God. David being appointed made endless mistakes and yet He was called to be “Man after God’s own heart.”

The final choice is ours, whether we choose to go ahead with the vision that God has given and submit completely to go through the hard procedure, to become the beautiful masterpiece that God wants us to be or just give up easily and shut our eyes to the glory of God.

It is Hard but with God by our side. It is POSSIBLE. It’s a Hurdle race, so if you fall it doesn’t matter just get up and finish the race!.

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Climbing Out of Your Cave!!

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by life? We all do from time to time! There are times when we too find ourselves in one of life’s cave experiences. We think all of our help and strength is gone. We feel alone, discouraged and deserted. Ever been there?
Well, the first thing we need to acknowledge in such situations is that such experiences in life are there with a purpose ie, the Lord uses the hardships of life to develop us. God does not do this to break us rather He does it to build us up. As hard as it may be to understand and bear, God uses the times of affliction, suffering and pain in our lives to train us to become more like His darling Son Jesus.
Secondly, every cave experiences in life brings forth certain revelations in time. They will reveal our character and commitment to God. Take Job for example, in his sufferings; Satan might have said, “Let me squeeze him and I’ll get a lemon juice from him. I’ll prove that what he appears to be on the outside is all a show. So the devil squeezed Job, he didn’t get lemon juice but he got lemonade.
Friends, Job didn’t get sour on the Lord; he just shouted in the devil’s face and got sweeter (Job 1:20-21). Nothing demonstrates our level of character and commitment to God than our continued obedience and faithful service, even when we are in one of the caves of life!
Finally, caves make for hard living but they are not altogether bad! There are some refreshing discoveries to be made in the caves of life. Caves have the ability to focus our priorities. When we go into a cave experience, we soon learn what is important and what is trivial. The caves will tighten our focus onto that which is most important: -finding and doing the will of God.
Friends, let me encourage you God will bring us to the place where we are alone with Him and shut off from the rest of the world. We fear those times, but they often precede the times of God’s greatest blessings in our lives! You see, there are lessons that are learned in the dark that cannot be learned in the light. There are truths that can only be understood by those who are cut off and shut up with the Lord. In reality, the cave times can be a blessed time of instruction and growth for our lives. What about you? Are your cave experiences a blessing to your life, or are they burdens that seem too heavy to carry? Think about it!!!

Temptations Cannot Overtake You

James 1:13—16
“Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.”

Fishermen use worms to attract fish. It’s not at all about the worm! The real deal from the fisherman’s standpoint is the hook beneath the worm. The role that worms play is to entice the fish. Not many hours later, the fisherman enjoys a savory meal. I am sure that none of you have ever seen, or heard of a mouse looking for a mousetrap. What entices the mouse is the cheese. The cheese is set on the trap, and its “lust” for the cheese, deceives the mouse, making it unable to recognize the snare. An interesting point to note is the genuineness behind the object of attraction used, so as to lure or entice the prey, and thus create the opportunity for its ultimate destruction.

This is the exact picture that James is trying to portray in the minds of his readers by using the word “entice.” The bible is replete with examples of men like Adam, the patriarchs, Noah, Moses, Samson, David, Solomon, and many, many more. Men, just like us, who were enticed by “objects” of attraction.

ALL, and I mean, ALL of them had their shares of successes and failures during such enticements. Joseph when enticed by Potiphar’s wife day by day, responded by running away from her (Genesis 39:10). While it did not take too much for David to be tempted and pursue the woman he noticed naked in the pool outside the terrace (2 Samuel 11). We don’t need to talk about Solomon. Moses succumbed to righteous anger. Samson fell prey to pride. Peter also fell prey to the same. Paul fought with Barnabas over John Mark, because of his egotistic zeal for God’s work, to the extent of rejecting Mark, as though he was doing God a favor. It was this religious zeal that led him to murder an untold number of Christians before he was confronted by the Master on the Road to Damascus. Somehow he succumbed to the same temptation even in the case of Mark.

But as Paul matured in Christian walk, he became convinced of the truth that it was none other than the faithfulness of God that kept him, both away from, and during temptation. He clearly states, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it (1 Corinthians 10:13).” This is only because we have a High Priest who sympathizes with our weaknesses, who Himself was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15). Therefore, my beloved friends, the only way to resist the devil is by submitting to God, and he will flee from you (James 4:7). Take courage, He is able to, and will aid us when we are tempted (Hebrews 2:18).”

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Delightful Distress

Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice. (Philippians 4: 4)

This was one of the first verses that I learned.  Maybe it was due to the song, or maybe it was due to its easiness; I do not know. But this verse has helped me a lot of times.

At a point in my life, I often thought how a person can feel and show joy and delight in the toughest situations of life. Lets accept it, our lives are not 100% trouble-free.  In a sense, it may seem even more troublesome than others. Maybe, life might look fallen apart, circumstances may seem dire, and we may not have the perfect life we imagined. Maybe, that has shattered the happiness for a moment in our lives. We do get sad and depressed. And it is completely normal.

That is why, we are called to ‘rejoice in the Lord’, and not just rejoice in the worldly things.  For the only place where we can find happiness in a world like this, is in the Lord.

Rejoice in him, in whom we have life.

Rejoice because of the life that has been granted to us due to his unconditional love.

Trials happen in life for a reason; as God plans to build us, mold us and perfect us.  Be it trouble or happiness, can we have the heart to say, ‘Yes Lord, I trust in you’? Trusting in him blindly helps us in letting go of our fears and tensions as He turns our mourning into dancing.

I’m valued above all, worth waiting for, and adored beyond measure by God.  Jesus died on the cross for the sake of his love for us.  God’s love for each and every one of His children surpasses all human understandings.  I cannot even fathom that perfect love, let alone, digest that I’m a part of it too.  How can I remain miserable when I know that someone is out there, looking out for every step that I take? Is that not enough for me to remain jubilant at all times?

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Hope and Expectation

Expectations and Hope, two words we often come across almost daily, which seem similar, but are poles apart. How do these two terms differ? Or what makes them differ.

Expectations and Hope, two words we often come across almost daily, which seem similar, but are poles apart.  You listen to people around you, they have expectations. You happen to attend a funeral (which I hope isn’t daily; unless you are a janitor at the cemetery or something), you hear the speaker speaking about the blessed hope. 

How do these two terms differ? Or what makes them differ. First let’s see how they are similar. They both can merely mean the same if you look at them with a common worldview. Simply put, an apprehension, or presumption, on a positive note. They are known to boost morale, and keep spirits high. 

Where do they differ? They differ at where, you place Christ in your life. Indeed, we often don’t realize how things can mean and appear completely different the moment we put Christ into perspective. 

Expectations are from people, from things. Expectations don’t always make us happy. The tide of expectations is always fluctuating. You don’t ‘expect’ your friends to hurt you. You ‘expect’ your car to start, the moment you turn on the ignition. You ‘expect’ to wake up next morning to carry on with your schedule. (In my case, you ‘expect’ to wake up to the alarm, but you don’t so it’s disappointing again.) Expecting too much sets us up for disappointment. We presume a set of things to occur to our standard and then get disappointed as these expectations get sidelined by life.

What’s different about Hope? Christ is different about Hope. Without Christ, hope can be nothing other than a synonym for expectation. The moment you put Christ into perspective, your expectation changes into hope, and your ‘set standards’ sweep down into HIS will for you. This may not be what you wanted, but will certainly be what you needed. God knows what’s best for you. So the next time you get through something you put into God’s hands, look back and you’ll see how beautifully, he wrote that chapter in your life.

This hope you’ll see is much better, as it doesn’t disappoint, and grants you what you need and that too, in plenty. Trust me, you won’t run out of HIS provision for you. 

I happened to study in the same school my mom taught in. Believe me when I say so, it’s NOT a cool thing. Like it has its perks, you get to hang out with the seniors, get favoured in the clinic if there’s a line or something, get favoured if you’re late with your homework etc. But it’s not always on the ‘cooler’ side. Every teacher has a direct access to your parent, and there could be a PTM any day. School was never easy for me. Every new day brought more trouble, more naughtiness, more complaints and of course more ‘expectations’.

There came a time when these expectations overtook me, and I expected things from myself. This was the start of a low phase. Thankfully enough, I was born in a Christian home, and would be fed every week with the much needed word. Although it took me kind of longer than school life to fight my battles, I wasn’t far from the track. Not saying I didn’t go astray. Not saying I didn’t mess up. We’re humans. We mess up, and we expect. Both of which can be very disappointing. But, like I said; putting Christ into perspective, really helped me transform my expectations into hopes. These hopes eased the burden. 

Jesus said, come to me; ask ye heavy and laden, and I'll give you rest. This was his way of working in me. I never saw it coming this route. He works in ways we cannot see. He'll turn your expectations into hopes, enroute for a miracle release. 

So let’s try and cling on to Hope, centring Christ for it’s difficult to deal with the world otherwise. 

Just as the song goes… 

“My hope is built, on nothing else..
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness….”

Victorious in Trials and Temptations

In the year 2009 during the global recession, I lost my lucrative job in a multinational company. Later contracted T.B. that made me bed-ridden for about 14 months. Being the sole-earner of the family, I sensed a strong force pulling me down to nothingness.

We often get perturbed losing our joy when we face challenges in life. And many a times we reckon these as falling to temptations or trials. As we see hovering clouds of failure, we start losing hope. Life tends to haunt, finding lesser reasons to live.

In the year 2009 during the global recession, I lost my lucrative job in a multinational company. Later contracted T.B. that made me bed-ridden for about 14 months. Being the sole-earner of the family, sensed a strong force pulling me down to nothingness, which at the moment made my inner being restless and to question.

While looking after my family with the resources getting emptied, pulling on with life seemed an uphill task! It was then one’s faith in Jesus gets tested, the apt reminder from the scriptures (Hebrews 11:1;Philippians 4:6-7) strengthened my faith muscles. The situation in the family began to change, I learnt to be content and began to focus on Him, “The author and finisher of our faith.” (Hebrews 12:2).

I would draw my spiritual strength from the Bible as I would perpetually read it. It was one of those days as I was reading the passage (James 1:2-4), “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and be complete, not lacking anything.”

These words were written to strengthen, encourage and console the first century church who were struggling through intense persecution.

The same verse reiterated in my mind. How can one be joyous while going through trials, those too of many kinds?
I would ask God to respond, getting more confused. Oh no! Am I being tempted or is this a trial?

Here my quest for comprehending the distinct demarcation of Trial and Temptation began.

God never tempts, (James 1:13-15), “When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempts anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.

God tests, but Satan tempts. The origins of temptations are comprehensively hidden in: the lust of the flesh; the lust of the eyes and the pride of life (1 John 2:16).

Satan would not tempt us without the prior permission of God (Job 1:12). Neither would God allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear, as God is faithful (1 Corinthians 10:13). To be tempted is not sin, but yielding to temptation is. Thus it is said, “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial.” Even Jesus was tempted thrice. Did he fail? No! He indeed didn’t!

“If this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials.”
Even, the father of Faith, Abraham was tested. And in its continuation in 1 Peter 1:7 confirms, “Trials have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire.”

And finally when Job was tested and He saw Jesus in God himself and acknowledged the positivity in becoming victorious in trials. “But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.” (Job 23:10)

We are victorious, celebrating the victory on the cross, continue to live a hopeful life during difficult times.
It is indeed joyful to know that we are in Him during the trials and temptations. His Word and promises comfort us.

The positive consequence of persevering under trials are:

  • Stability (in Faith and Spiritual Growth)
  • Humility (The essence of Christ-Centred Life)
  • Maturity (in the person of Christ)
  • Conformity (in His own image – More God-like)

In Christ Jesus we find ourselves victorious in the moments of trials and temptations, how severe they may be. Let’s raise the banner of Jehovah Nissi!