Saturday, August 21, 2010

I am with you

"I am with you' declares Yahweh Sabaoth, 'and my spirit is present among you. Do not be afraid." ((Haggai 2: 4 – 5)

Yahweh is with me in this journey. And because Yahweh is with me, it is accomplished. I do not fear. Yahweh will rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. He will arouse the spirit of men to help me.

"Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?" I believe Lord. I will not fear. The spirit of Yahweh is with me. He is helping me.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Anxious to see Jesus

"And he (Herod) was anxious to see him." (Luke 9: 9)

Why was Herod anxious to see Jesus?

  • See miracles?
  • Hear Jesus?
  • Plain curiosity?

Whatever motive Herod might have for wanting to see Jesus, won't be great if at the end of each day, we could say, "I was anxious to see Jesus today." The bible promises: Search for Him and you shall find Him. Another person who was anxious to see Jesus was Zachaeus.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Money bag with a hole

"The wage earner gets his wages only to put them in a bag with a hole in it." (Haggai 1:6)

It is utter foolishness for a wage earner to put his hard earned money in a bag with holes in it. Yet, according to the word of God, this is what happens when we put our business first and God's business last.

The Lord says: "Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, all these things will be given you besides." (Matthew 6:33)

When we invest our gifts of time, talent and treasure, when we promote God's business first and not the last in our priority, the return on investment is a 100 fold in this life and in the life to come, everlasting happiness.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Power over evil

"He called the 12 together and gave them power and authority over all devils and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal." (Luke 9: 1-2)

We exercise power over devils when we reject evil in our life. When we help someone overcome the influence of evil in their life, we fulfill the injunction of Luke 9: 1 – 6. The word of God is the sword of the spirit. It is our weapon par excellence against the forces of darkness. Know the word, understand the word and use the word.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

God revives depressed spirits

"And now, for a brief moment, the favor of Yahweh our God has allowed a remnant of us to escape and give us a stable home in his holy place, so that our God can raise our spirits and revive us a little in our slavery." (Ezra 9: 8-9)

Even in the midst of the most severe test and crisis, look for the finger of God ever ready to comfort and encourage us.

God punishes. He also revives. Our afflictions and punishment are temporary.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Using the gift

"On each one of us God's favor has been bestowed in whatever way Christ allotted it." (Ephesians 4:7) – Feast of St. Matthew

The choice! The call! The anointed!

What favor has God bestowed on Matthew, the tax collector? A tax recorder is now promoted to record the good news.

A marketing man now markets the good news.

"I have chosen you from the world to go and bear fruit that will last."

  • "I will bear a witness to you in the world, O Lord. I will spread the knowledge of your name among my brothers, alleluia!" (Psalm 17: 50; 21 – 23)