The word of God tells us “Do not appear before the Lord empty-handed, for all that you offer is in fulfillment of the commandment. The offering of the righteous enriches the altar, and its pleasing odor rises before the Most High. The sacrifice of the righteous is acceptable, and will never be forgotten. Be generous when you worship the Lord, and do not stint the first fruits of your hands” – Sirach. 35:6-10
Many of us do not understand the importance of tithes or one-tenth. God says that one-tenth of everything that we have belong to him. “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house” – Malachi. 8:10
The greatest enemy of every man here on earth is fear. Fear rules most of the people in the world. Everyone is frightened of one or the other factor, in life. Fear of death, sickness, failure, being caught in unfaithfulness, etc. Lots of people are frightened about the future. What will happen, tomorrow and what will I do, if the situation comes tomorrow? For all these problems, my dear, the only solution is, Trust in God. “He will not fail you or forsake you. For he says I will never leave you or forsake you” (Hebrews. 13:5). So if you take his word seriously, I mean, if you believe in his word, you can confidently say “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid, what can anyone do to me?” (Hebrews. 13:6)
Every human person, here on earth, desires power and honour richness, position, name and fame and in order to achieve that he or she strives day and night, and when one does not get what he or she wants, he lives in sorrow and sadness. My dear brothers and sisters, what this world offers to us does not stay with us forever. What power or position, we get from people is temporary and that is why we see everywhere fights and troubles in political, social, institutional placements. There is fight and injustice and destruction for the sake of power and recognitions. Hence, the word of God, tells us, do not desire this world and its glory, that will pass away. It will not remain forever. The rich will become poor, master will be a slave, ruler will be ruled, minister will have to be an ordinary citizen, so on and so forth. Hence seek glory and honour, power and authority from God, in order to serve him and honour him. We read, Jesus gave this power and authority in the Gospel. “All authority in Heaven and on Earth, God has given to me, go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Mt. 28: 28-29). The authority, what the disciples received from Jesus was permanent. The authority God gave to his prophets was permanent. We need today authority from God to overcome all evil. Jesus says “See I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of enemy, and nothing will hurt you” (Luke. 10:19)
“If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord & believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). Confession is where we take the word of God and speak it aloud to our self to begin to minister to our very own soul. Our soul is our mind, will, intellect and emotions. The soul is one of the places we have to get rid of our unbelief and to change how we think and feel about our circumstances. We need to take the Word of God that pertains to our needs and say them aloud to ourselves daily.
Jesus said “I tell you, on the day of judgment you will have to give an account for every careless word you utter” (Matthew 12:36). Our words have power to affect our present situations and they also determine our future. We are living today based on the words which we have spoken in the past. Each word that we speak has either creative or destructive power. Relationships can be destroyed by words or lack of words, things that are said or things that should be said that are not said, hence we need to replace our negative words, with the Word of God. Jesus said “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34). So our words determine the state of our heart.
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God is a master of the impossible. He made the world out of nothing. - Pretty good old world, isn't it? He hung it on nothing. - Hangs pretty good, doesn't it? Nothing is too hard for Him!
People of God,
Rejoice in our Lord.
Sing and shout aloud,
For our God is glorious of all.
Give thanks to him with all your heart,
For he was there with you in the times of hard
He protected you from every evils dark
He have put you in his heavenly park.
He have given you hope,
When you were crushed down by the mob,
He have given you strength,
When you were so weak to take your breath.
He have given you a new life.
He have protected you from devil's plan,
For he is there so you are there,
We exist because of his grace.
- Maria Lobo, Mumbai.
Oh what a beautiful moment with Christ,
Nobody can give me that peace in my mind,
My voice and hands to him I raise,
Jesus you are a great king who is to be praised.
Oh what a joy in serving him in his court,
Graces and mercies from him it flows,
What a lovely moment to sit near his footstool.
From him blows the wind of mercies which is cool.
Oh what a wonderful day to sing with his saints.
Oh how beautiful is to bring glory to his name.
Oh how joyful is to praise him with his servant.
Oh how peaceful is to stay in his presence.
I may give praise to your holy name.
Just for me from heaven you came,
You died for me for my life sake,
So that you may give me that heavenly palace.
- Maria Lobo, Mumbai.
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