Who is leading you? by Pr.Sibi George - 4th Feb 2018
Who is leading you?
This passage draws our attention to three people. Paul, on who knew the truth, lived and preached it with conviction. The proconsul, who was seeking the truth and Elymas, the Jewish false prophet who was deceitful. Here we see God’s power being demonstrated, one man’s eyes was blinded and other’s was opened. The proconsul saw and believed. Elymas knew, was deceitful and was blinded and in his sorry state instead of turning to God he looked for someone to lead him.
Is Jesus leading us or are we looking for others to lead us through, is it the blind leading the blind.
What is it to have Jesus leading us?
1. To be set free from the slavery of sin John 8:31-36
2. To deny ourselves and carry the cross to follow Him
3. Learning to love
Matthew 5: 43-45
We many a times fail but as the Bible says in Romans 13 ‘ There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus’ , when we confess and ask God to intervene, being filled with the Holy Spirit we are more than conquerors.
Like the proconsul we may many times be deceived or may be ignorant of the truth, but when God reveals Himself we need to humble ourselves and acknowledge the truth, only then can we transition ourselves from a seeker to one living with conviction like Paul.
But there are times we know the truth but are deceived and also deceive others , like Elymas we are blinded and are just looking for someone to lead us thru. Our justifications to why we sin may be the deception we are living in.
by Pr. Sibi George
The Parable of the two Builders - 28th Jan 2018
Why do you think Jesus told this parable?
Large crowds of people followed Jesus Christ, but they had no idea why they were following. Most times they followed Him because He taught well, some for the miracles that he performed. Jesus knew their enthusiasm did not match their conviction. He spoke this parable to them, asking them to evaluate their commitments, ” Why do you follow Me?”
The three myths we suffer from, today:
1. If we think we are sincere therefore we are right , this is being foolish.
2. Speaking truth statements is the same as being truthful, this is deceit.
3. The truth I claim to live by doesn’t need to be validated, this is arrogance
Jesus spoke this parable to underline the fact that hearing is of no use, it has to be translated into action.
The following are the observations from the parable:
1. Both men built and did exactly the same thing. The parable doesn’t say that one was hardworking and the other lazy. Both worked hard. Working hard is not the same as working right. Working right is working within the will and purposes of God , yes this involves hard work.
2. Both houses were useful until the flood . Usefulness is not an indication of being right. ‘Am I obeying God?’ is the more important question than ‘ Am I useful?’ Our lives are never right until we are right with God.
3. Both the houses were subjected to the same flood.
Experiences in life are not always an indication of your walk with God.*Building on a strong foundation doesn’t guarantee a trouble free life. Problems and difficulties in life always doesn’t mean that there is something wrong with the foundation
Then how do I evaluate my life? On what basis do I know my relationship with God is right?
What caused the collapse of one building?
The flood was the occasion, the reason was the wrong choice of foundation.
Calamities and tragedies doesn’t cause people to lose faith, it lays bare the foundation on which the house was built. It exposes the foundation on which our faith stands.
Adversities can strengthen our faith by revealing to us that our faith is built on a firm foundation.
Both men built a house, but one man dug deeper and built it on a rock. He was not interested in just building a house but he wanted to build it on a rock so that it could stand inspite of the flood. He chose to persevere to dig deep to find the rock.
The rock is the promise of God, it is our Salvation.
Sometimes the rock is difficult to find. Keep digging, don’t give up. God is faithful.
Our faith in God is not an abstract idea , it is a by product of our daily living and our relationship with God.
Jesus challenges us to examine our beliefs. What is our goal for life? What do we live for? Will it last for a lifetime or will it collapse with the first sign of trouble?
Our problem is not flood, but the choices we make.
The important thing in life is not where you are going, but whom you are walking with . Walking with the right person you will always be right. Jesus said ” I am the Way”- If you are walking with Him, you will never be lost.
by Dr. Sunny Philip
The Christmas Story- 17th December 2017
The Christmas story is the greatest Supernova mankind has ever witnessed. An infinite God becoming a finite being, the Creator God coming down in midst of His creation.
As we look into the account of the birth of Jesus Christ, we see God didn’t choose the palace or the elite to be born in our midst. He chose ordinary people to accomplish the extraordinary.
He was born in a stable and placed in a manger, a place no man would choose to bring forth their beloved child. But God chose this mess to bring forth the Messiah only to once again affirm that He is able to bring forth His deliverance in any messy situations if we allow Him to.
We see the Angels declare the birth of Jesus to the Shepherds, what an amazing God who chooses to reveal himself to the lowly. But what are the wise men doing here? In the Bible we see the mention of the wise men in the book of Daniel in the context as that of the astrologers. Were these wise men really sent by God to seek the Messiah or were they the deception of the evil one to draw the attention of king Herod, who in his insecurity ordered the boys below the age of 2yr in Bethlehem to be killed?
Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.
Matthew 2:16 KJV
Something to ponder upon.
Yet we see what was intended for evil God redeems it and reveals Himself.
And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
Matthew 2:12 KJV .
We also see how the evil one time again attempts to thwart the plan of God. The wise men who were not Jews brought Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh to offer to the child which was against the Jewish law.
And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child, they opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
Matthew 2:11 KJV
As we continue to read the account of the birth, we see how God intervenes each time and speaks to Joseph thrice in a dream and directs him so as to protect the vulnerable child. We see how Joseph and Mary’s obedience and willingness to go through any inconveniences caused the fulfillment of the prophecy.
Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
Matthew 1:22-23 KJV
This Christmas story is unlike what we have heard in the past. This account completely goes against the idea of luxurious, sparkling clean stable depicted in the Nativity scenes set during Christmas season, the ‘Wise’ Men’s visit to proclaim and celebrate Christ’s birth, the Star appearing to the lead the wise men.
Isn’t Christmas more than the Nativity scene, Star and the visit of the Magi?
Are we missing the true essence of the His Birth?
Are we deceived or are we led to the truth?
Are we willing to be like Joseph, willing to obey the voice of God and discern the end time deceptions?
A Lesson from ants - Pastor Luke - 3rd December 2017
Proverbs 6:6-8 :6 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! 7 It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, 8 yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.
1. Planning & Stratergy : Ants plan months in advance regarding their food & its storage.
2. Unity : Each ant has unique roles & responsibilities in the ant community.
3. Team-Work : Ants work together to achieve seemingly impossible tasks.Who would believe that Ants even construct their own cities from scratch!!!
4. Humility : Ants are humble and have no qualms about serving fellow ants and helping them with important information, ecspecially regarding danger and food sources.
5. Hard-Work: Ants are very hardworking and carry loads several times their own weight.!!
6. Perseverance : Ants keep working through most of the day and keep going even under the most extreme circumstances.
7. Comeback-ability : They bounce back from the most dire situations.They start building from scratch ,even if months of labour gets destroyed in a few seconds.
Purpose of your mission - 26th October 2017 - Ps. Melven Pereira
Well i always feel this , especially when i’m having a bad day or going though the furnace that the world throws at me.
Each one of us are created uniquely for a purpose. If we don’t surrender ourself to the Lord Jesus Christ , we eventually are going to surrender ourselves to something like ego, money, lust , pride, anger, fear, expectations of others, unworthiness etc. It is very important to know the purpose for which we are created .
At the beginning of time, God knew that we were going to need a Savior because of our sinfulness. God could have done this in many different ways, but the way He chose to do this was to send His only begotten Son to this Earth. Now God could have immediately sent Jesus to this Earth, but instead He waited many years.
If you look at the genealogy of Jesus Christ in Matthew 1:1-17 and understand the past life of the individuals mentioned in the genealogy , we understand that God used the most unusual cast of men and women to be in the line of the Savior. In simple words He uses the most imperfect of people to do His perfect will.
Philippians 4:13 (NIV) “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
The purpose He created us is to have a relationship with Him. God gives us different talents to serve others. Once you start to put your faith in God, you start to life a life without fear and realise that all things are possible. God chose to dwell within us. Just imagine the possibility of things that we can do , its limitless !!
Ultimately the Children of God, through Jesus Christ our Saviour become a “LIVING STONE “, being built as a spiritual house as mentioned in 1Peter 2:4.
Arise mighty warrior, sons of Issachar - 29th Oct 2017 by Mohan Kumar
Saul was a king, someone whom you didn’t want to mess around with. Then why did these men set out to meet David? 1 Chronicles 12:38. They were Saul’s men, but they came to make David the new king, the Lord’s anointed one. Decide for yourselves to whom your loyalty belongs. 1 Chronicles 12:23. When David was down, they were with him to tell him ” You are the Lord’s anointed one, I am with you, I will pray for you, I will fight for you.” I need a friend the most when I am down, when I have failed, when I am guilty to assure me, pray for me, to fight with me.
Mission Impossible - 22nd October 2017
We are on a Mission and that is to do the impossibility through Jesus, Our Mission fields may be different, based on God’s calling in our life , some of us may be the only saved member in our family , that a mission field for you , some at our work places , community etc., but all of this has a common problem. what is it ? We always find ourselves stuck in impossible situations. We face situations like , death , sickness , unforgiveness, broken relationships, habits that we feel impossible to break etc…
But there is hope this is what Jesus said in Mathew 19 : 26 ” “Jesus looked at them and said, with man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible”All the disciples in the bible have gone through all this situations, what were they thinking is something we need to understand.
We are often afraid of our assumptions of a particular situations. My all time favourite person in the bible is Peter , he always like to put his head into every thing and then later realise what has he done. Lets read Mathew 14: 22 to 33 , for now verse 26 When the disciples saw him, they screamed in terror, thinking he was a ghost.
The situation is in verse 24 they were scared and wanted help and when their help came, Jesus was walking on water and they assumed it was a ghost. Our assumptions are influenced by the world and the people around us. We need to be very careful with who we listen to . People around us can be classified under two categories
Very Negative Thinkers– — They see difficulty in any situation
VIP-Very Inspiring persons– -they see the opportunity in every situation
In Verse 28 “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you by walking on water.
Here Peter was a an expert fisherman with a PHD in fishing and Jesus was just a carpenter. Peter knew Jesus was just a carpenter and i guess that why he asked Jesus in Verse 28 saying ” If it is you command me to come to you on the ater”.
We often look to our credentials and evaluate, sometimes project, what we can accomplish with our earned skills and abilities. Our skills and abilities are only tools that God uses to accomplish his work in us, with us and through us. In any situation we need to seek His plans first , it may be difficult but yet not impossible. We need
to know God’s will in anything we do . What is practical in the worldly sense in impractical in the spiritual sense .
Peter did not ask the Lord, “Tell me to come to you by swimming…”, he said, “Tell me to come to you by walking on water” – an unusual request from an educated man in swimming. That’s a practical attitude about doing something that looks impossible with men – but possible with God and it comes down to one point A vision without action is just a desire; an action without vision is plain disaster. If we need to start something great for God, start it.
Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5. Paul further elaborated on that passage, “For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.” Php. 4:13.
3. Comfort Zone.
“So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus.” v.29 Peter a PHD in fishing knew that the safest place in the sea is the boat , had he not ventured out he would not have experienced the miracle of walking on water. We love to serve God in our comfort zones . But when the days are tough and stormy we re-assess our commitment, and often retreat. In terms of commitment and passion for the Lord’s work, we find two types of disciples:
The cheering Disciple : The other disciples who were in the boat must have cheered with their fists in the air, “go, Peter, go”, when they saw him walking on sea waves. They are quite satisfied to observe what God is doing. We have many disciples of this type in our churches. They are faithful to attend church events and worship services; they love to see people getting saved, others healed, some others reporting great feats in their ministries; but they themselves are still painstakingly carrying their decades-old struggles.
The chasing Disciple: But there are a few disciples who come out of their comfort zones and endeavor to discover what God can do through them in the unknown. If we want to experience something of great magnitude, we need to get out of our comfort zones and boldly venture into the unknown. It is there that we can experience God’s mighty works!. “The Journey of a Thousand Miles begins at ONE STEP!
When we are about to embark on something new which we have not yet done before , we have a lot o anxiety , can we do this , what will go wrong etc… When Peter walked on water and was enjoying the glory of that miracle. That was when his eyes were on Jesus. We plunge and emerge; rise and fall. Peter’s experience teaches us the following.
a. Don’t get Disturbed in your Focus The waves were pounding the boat, and the wind was fierce, when Peter went over the side of the boat but those did not disturb him. So suddenly, when he was disturbed by the same waves and winds that he brushed aside few minutes earlier, his gear shifted to reverse and his miracle sail went into turbulent sea current. The world distracts us; delays us; and detours us. Our circumstances will still be there in the coming year. Don’t get disturbed or distracted in your focus. Focus on Jesus alone.
b. Don’t get Defeated by your Fears. When his eyes were on Jesus, he had faith; when he was out-of- focus on Jesus, he had fears. The devil has no power to directly harm us if we have been sheltered under the blood of Jesus. But the one tool, and a very effective one, that he can use is fear. He prowls around like a roaring lion, not to
bite or devour us, but to scare us. We live in a world of fears, but there is always a light at the tunnel’s end. And it radiates the face of Jesus, to whom we must focus our attention. Romans 8: 17 , we have not been given a spirit of fear. We sometimes think that our Mission is Impossible? No longer. Jesus said, “With God all things are
possible!” Let us do our part, and experience God’s mighty works transpire in our lives, and our ministries:
1st October 2017 - Pr. Sibi George
Facing our Giants - Pr. Joshua Senthiappan
- Fear of making mistakes
David wasnt afraid of the stones falling short or not reaching their target. He knew that God was the one going before him. David wasn’t afraid about the future,he lived in the present.Isaiah 43: 1&2 -“Fear not,for I have redeemed and called you by name.You are mine.Dont fear the waters and flames.I am with you.”
I John 4:4- Greater is He that is in me than He that is in the world.
Knowing and understanding that God is always with us. Isaiah called himself a man of unclean lips. Jeremiah said that he was too young and people wouldn’t listen to Him. Jer 1:5 – God reassures Jeremiah that even before he was formed in his mother’s womb, He called him and set him apart. When they entrusted themselves into God’s hands ,God blessed them and made them a prophet to the nations. 1Tim 4:12 – Don’t let anyone look down upon you because you’re young, but be an example in every way. Whatever little we have,God will take it and make use of our weaknesses for his glory.
- Fear of feeling incapable (inadequate)
David felt pricked when he heard David defying the armies of God. Goliaths barbs at God stirred David up. David knew that the battle wasn’t His,but the Lord’s. He challenges Goliath back in the name of the Lord. David know that all his inadequacies would be covered by trusting in God’s name. David who was the youngest and smallest at home,was also the youngest among the Israelites,but he gave the battle into God’s hands. God did the rest.
Isaiah 59:1 – The arm of the Lord is not too short to save or his ear too dull to ear.
God had seen and heard the affliction of his children and wanted to save them. Who do we turn to when we feel small? Do we look inward or do we look at our all powerful God? Gideon was called a mighty man of valor. Even before Gideon could become a conqueror, God called him a hero at the threshing floor. God looks at us differently. Gideon’s family was the smallest in the smallest tribe in Israel and he was the youngest in his family. God gave him the boldness and confidence.
Psalms 71:6 – Going in the strength of the Lord.
Psalms 23 :4 – Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,l will fear no evil for God is with me.
How do we face our Giants?
1.Giving our problem to God.
Psalms 55:22 -Cast all your cares upon Him,cause He cares for you. Matt 11:28 – “Come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden,and I will give you rest.”
- Believing in God and not doubting .
James 5:16 -Dont doubt God when you ask Him.
- Spending time in His presence.
God will give us the power we need to face our giant -in his presence. Psalms 91:1 – He who dwells in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the almighty.
4.Trusting in God to bring us through the storm.
Phi 1:6 -The good work He has begun,He will bring it to completion. Trust in Him and rest.
5.Confessing the Word of God.
When we feel afraid ,we need to confess the word of God. Psalms 27:1-3 –2Timothy 1:7 – God has not given us a spirit of fear, but He has given us a spirit of Power,a spirit of Love and a Sound Mind.
Facing our giants-knowing who we are
Whose are we ?
Who do we belong to? Ps 139: 13-15 Created by God.
Knitted together in our mother’s womb,we are His workmanship.We are created in the image of God. Fearfully and wonderfully made.Looking at ourselves the way God looks at us. Proverbs 28:1 – The righteous are as bold as a Lion. Romans 8:37 -We are more than conquerors through Him who has loved us.
2.He has chosen us.
We belong to Him and He called us to declare His name.
- Our worth is tied us with His son -Jesus.
Our worth is not determined by what we own ,but that He bought us and gave His son in exchange for us. Romans 8:15-16 -We are God’s children . We can call him “Abba Father” and boldly enter His presence.
4.He loves us just as we are.
Nothing we can do can make Him love us more or nothing that we’ve done can make Him close the door.”This is my beloved son/daughter with whom I am well pleased”.
5.Whose glory do we reflect?
God has given us His Glory-made us slightly below angels.We reflect the glory of the living God
Heart of a Missionary- Pr. George Cherian
Eternal Perspective -10th Sept 2017 - Pr. Vandana Sibi
God yesterday, today and forever - 3rd Sept 2017 - by Pr. Natasha Melven
6th Aug 2017 - by Sibi George
God has called us to be the salt and light in this dark world around us (Matt 5:13-16). He has promised that He will be our defense and we need not fear any evil (Ps 27:1-3). In every situation in our life, we can look up to the cross for hope. However, the way to the cross is narrow which means we need to make an intentional effort to live by godly standards. Our God is holy and cannot accept sin but He is also loving and gracious that He has given His Own Son to die on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins. So, to follow this narrow path, God has given us the Holy Spirit to guide us and help us (John 14:26). Hence it is very vital for a Christian to depend on the Holy Spirit in their everyday lives.
John 7:37-38 says,” 37On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.38Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” which means in times of need we have to run to God first, whom we believe, so that He will give us power not only to face that situation but also the power to touch the lives of other people in similar need. For all of this to happen, we need to stand firm in our faith (2 Cor 1:23) with the help of Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit is a person with whom we can communicate and have a relationship with. We need to testify about God with the help of the Holy Spirt (John 15:26-27). The Holy Spirit will also teach us and convict us about sin, righteousness and judgement which Jesus talked about during His life on earth (John 16:7-11). To please God in our everyday life, we need the Holy Spirit to dwell in us. But usually, as our faith in God ages, we tend to disobey or stop listening to the Holy Spirit due to which His power may not be manifested through us to the fullest. Although our body is full of sin-which is inevitable, He will give us life (spiritual & physical) through His righteousness (Rom 8:9-11). Hence, we need to continuously trust and depend on Him.
Also, the Holy Spirit himself bears witness that we are children of God. And if we are His children, then heirs i.e. fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with Him so that we may be glorified with Him (Rom 8:14-17). This leaves us with a great responsibility and purpose to stand for Christ and have a relationship with Him every single day, testify about Him and share with many people our understanding of the out-flowing love of God wherever we are placed, to be glorified and have eternal life with God when He comes again.