Category Archives: practical

Constant Battel

Today, I came across a man who was very upset, looked very taken back, very unhappy, and very unsettled, as friendly man I am naturally, I went near him and asked him, “I hope I am not overstepping my boundaries by asking, is everything is alright?”, and he said to me, no, but you wouldn’t understand me, I’ve lost my dear aunt who was very near and dear to me.

I wasn’t alarmed, neither this story let me veer me, rather I remained calm and I said to him, “I am very sorry for your loss, would you like water or anything I am here for you?” This disconsolate man tells me very rudely, “you have no idea how it feels when you lose your loved ones”, and as I realised wariness in the conversation thereby wanting to quell the conversation quickly as possible, I said, ‘I am sorry for asking you in this time of grieving’ (But inside me I was thinking, you try me, I have lost my sister when she was just 20 years old, in her tender life, when life had just begun for her, I loved my sister and we were so close), despite the burning fire in my heart, I wanted this man to grieve and see his pain of loss is the greatest things amongst all and I let him alone.

Dear readers, In our lives, many of us have lost many things, some might be of great value (life) or some might be like sweets or pen or maybe a pet too. Losing something is very painful, it hurts so much so that it will tear your heart out, as much as it could take your life too. In the Bible in Mark 8:36, it is written “For what does it benefit a man to gain the whole world yet lose his life?”, this is a proof that no one can preserve life, no one can hold life forever, certainly the life will slip away of our flesh and the question is, what then? Are you aware?

We human, reason and fumble within and ourselves with our logic, the epistemology of every topic that is questioned, but have we dug deep within us to find what is our life made for or made of? Simple as it seems but there is more to that meets the eye. Many people are happy with the things that meet their daily needs, but some desire more then that is there to meet their daily lives, some are happy with the material wealth but some with the unseen wealth, some are happy with good health but some want more than a health, some are happy today and not sure of tomorrow but some seek for tomorrow. Tomorrow could be a sunny day or rainy day, for some it doesn’t matter but for some, it matters a lot, people’s today depends upon what would be tomorrow and tomorrow depends upon today. Every good farmer prepares for tomorrow, every good businessman prepares for tomorrow, every good student prepares for tomorrow, every good mother prepare for tomorrow, every good sports person prepares for tomorrow likewise every prudent and sagacious person who envisage for tomorrow or the future would be living today, in the future hope of tomorrow, certainly for sure we do not know what tomorrow will bring to us in our lives, but we can always prepare for the best.

Dear friends, are you ready for tomorrow? Are you prepared for the future? Only the lazy person claims, “There’s a lion out there! If I go outside, I might be killed!” Proverbs 22:13. Not wanting to be prepared for tomorrow is laziness. As the wisdom from Proverbs writes that lazy person hates work: “The sluggard’s craving will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work” (21:25); he loves to sleep: “As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed” (26:14);  he is the talks the talk of the thousand tell: “The sluggard says, ‘There is a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets’” (26:13); he is the waster of time and energy: “He who is slothful in his work is a brother to him who is a great waster” (18:9 KJV); he believes he is wise, but is a fool: “The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who answer discreetly” (26:16).
Proverbs also tells us the result for the laziness: A lazy person becomes a servant (or debtor): “Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor” (12:24); his future is undefinable: “A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing” (20:4); his future could be poverty: “The soul of the lazy man desires and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich” (13:4 KJV).

Here my point is not about the laziness that leads to failure, poor and of the aesthetic view of the world, but my point is yet living this aesthetic driven life we ought to ask ourselves, what is tomorrow going to be for me real and eternal. We see our physical life but every physical life are governed by the spiritual or metaphysical. Are we ready for the next step of our Pneumatology? If we are, see you later

Advertisements

Why Jesus wanted a donkey not Ferrari or BMW?

img_9442.jpg

Okay, we know there was no BMW or Ferrari at that time….however, there was horses, which looked good, faster….

However, If we look in the bible verse, Jesus wants a donkey to ride around. Have we ever thought why he wanted a donkey?

In the holy bible it is written.


Matthew 11:2

Then Jesus sent two disciples, Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me


Why would Jesus want a donkey to ride? God seemed so keen to ride a donkey. So, if we look carefully on the characteristics of a donkey.

Donkeys have distinct characteristics.


Hard worker, strong and intelligent

Donkeys are stronger than a horse of the same size. It could carry lots of things required while travelling as Jesus was travelling all the time.


Herd animal

Donkeys don’t like being kept alone. So, it would not be distracted while preaching around in the crowds.


Concentration and curiosity

Donkeys have better concentration, i.e. they are less easily startled (unlike horses). So, donkey was more reliable and trustworthy to travel with.


Stubborn

Donkeys have highly developed sense of self-preservation. Hence difficult to force or frighten. While training a donkey, action and words plays important role. By doing this they can trust to be protected from harm. So, donkey needs a bond with its owner.


Dogs are scared (Natural aversion to canine)

Dogs are scared away easily/ naturally by a donkey. So, it would help Jesus on his way to the preaching without being entangled by astray dogs around villages at that time.


Powerful hearing

Donkeys can hear from 60 miles away as they have bigger ears than horses.


Donkeys can survive deserts

Donkeys have a different digestive system, which can break down inedible vegetation and extract moisture from food efficiently. So, while travelling with limited food and water, donkey was the most efficient means of transport at that time.

Facts sourced from http://www.mikesdonkeys.co.uk/facts.html

When there is no one to help.

If you are looking for answer to the question of the topic. You have come to the right place.


Have you ever been in a situation where there is no one to help you? You talk to your friends, near and dear ones. All they could do is give you moral support and try to show support. Okay, they may give you hug and be there around you while you cry, shout and moan………..but at the end of the day they have got works to do and will have to leave. Another possibility is you can call helplines where there are people ready to assist you with your problems and troubleshoot the problems…. not so helpful while another person is on another corner of the world… maybe thousand miles away. You may talk to your dad, mom, best friend….but it’s still hard to explain 100% what exactly is going inside your mind and heart.

So, what will you do then? It would be amazing if we had a device which can understand our feelings, desires, emotions and all…like the ones portrait in different scientific fiction movies….but in reality it’s not possible. So, back to reality you do seek if there is anything else you can get comfort from right?

  • I think it is now time for you to concentrate on the back end part of your life. I.e. your spirit. Maybe it is time for your spirit to receive servicing. How can you achieve it??
  • Mark 4:9 says those who have ears let them hear what the church of the spirit says to the inner core of your heart. So, what does the church of the spirit say??

Everyone has tensions of future, what happens next, when I will die, what to eat, and many more. However, Jesus gives a powerful message through Bible that if you put all your problems unto him you shall be able to overcome any kind of problem. Please read Matthew 11:29, 30 and you can help yourself to reduce your burden.

It is a very important time to focus your mind and spirit towards a specific ‘thing’. The ‘thing’ I am referring to is indescribable…but is something important. Let’s use the word ‘hope’ however, this word reduces the weight. So, let’s say “huge… hope”. There are many interesting verses in the Bible which gives us hope. If we explore deep inside, we may wander around and get lost because the information available is so vast.

Delight in the Lord Jesus Christ and he shall give you the desires of your heart. If you are lost and don’t know what to do next…thinking about what is the right way to go?? Then please rely on all your ways to the lord with full trust…..yes I say again ‘TRUST’ and he will guide you what to do.

Read Psalms 37:4-7 for more detailed explanations.

To explore about how to pray? Why to pray? And similar topics keep in touch and we will be updating in the upcoming posts.
Continue reading When there is no one to help.

The man who cried

The man who cried

Why? Why? Why did he cry? What was the problem? Did he cry because it was hurting him? Did he cry because it was painful? Did he cry because he lost something or someone?Why did he cry?

First cry mentioned in the Bible is in Genesis 21:17 “God heard the boy crying”, why was the boy crying? This situation was so grievous even God couldn’t bare. Lets take few parameters.

  1. Father sent mother and a boy away with a morsel of water, long journey there is no water left.
  2. There is no safety when needed.
  3. There is no food left.
  4. There is no-where to go.
  5. There was no reason in human’s eyes to be kicked out of the house to wilderness
  6. The boy was dying.

And there could be many more reasons why the boy was crying. Here, we could see a boy “Ishmael” is crying. (Why Ishmael was kicked out? He wasn’t a promised son by God. Ishmael was borne out of human idea, like the different ideologies and gods created by men). Yet, God being God did not forsake the dying cry of a child boy. Here we can see, God was merciful from the beginning to mankind.

Yesterday, I saw a man crying. It touched my heart. This man I didn’t know who he was but he was crying something terrible thing happened to him.When I saw this crying man and the situation, I could see the depth of his thought for him to cry.

Today, if you are a father or a mother think this over and over; if you had to leave your sons who are (4 and 7) years old forever. What is the future of these two sons? As a human being this is not fair? However, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11

“For with God nothing shall be impossible.” Luke 1:37

And Lord God goes on saying,

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.” Isaiah 55:8

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:” Ecclesiastes 3:1

Yes, humanly thinking this is not fair but as per the word of God, as God being God, “As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.” Psalm 18:30

Hence, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1Thessalonians 5:18

As a living and practical person, it is very difficult and impossible to satisfy our mind and heart; however God Himself says, “Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:3&4

If we cry, it is good for our physical and emotional elements of our life. Yet we cry, we must look unto the Lord for everything, because His is all in all. He gives life and takes life. He has the key of our life to eternity Heaven and eternity Hell.

Finally, even though we might feel impossible and unbarring, if we look in the word of God and His promises, it not only comfort us; but our God Jesus the Christ is not only promising God but He is has fulfilled the promises and He will do it in your and my life.

But our challenge for you and I is, are we willing to take on-board? If we are then, Lord Jesus Himself said, “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63

May the Lord Jesus give us this day to look in our lives and see, are we restraining ourselves from unlashing our potential by blaming God Jesus the Christ for the things that has happened in our lives. Here, let me remind you God said, I have a plan for you to give you life and future, but only if we know what He meant by that. Let us not blame someone or each other but if we take this as “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Roman 8:28

Rather then blaming one another, lets “forgive, forget and forward“.

Further read “Thanks Giving Service for the life of Bro. Ranaouddim Rai

God bless you all.