Monthly Archives: September 2013

Psalm 20:6

Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed; He will hear him from His holy Heaven with the saving strengths of His right hand. (MKJV)

கர்த்தர் தாம் அபிஷேகம் பண்ணினவரை இரட்சிக்கிறார் என்பதை இப்பொழுது அறிந்திருக்கிறேன்; தமது வலதுகரம் செய்யும் இரட்சிப்பின் வல்லமைகளைக் காண்பித்து, தமது பரிசுத்த வானத்திலிருந்து அவருடைய ஜெபத்தைக் கேட்பார். – சங்கீதம் 20:6

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What Kind of People Are in Your Town?

“Judge not, that ye be not judged” (Matthew 7:1).

There was once a wise old man sitting at the gate of an ancient city. A young traveler stopped before entering the city and asked the old man, “What kind of people live in this town?” The wise man answered with a question, “What kind of people were in the town you just came from?”

“Oh, they were liars and cheats and thugs and drunks, terrible people,” the young traveler replied. The old man shook his head, “The people in this town are the same way.”
Later another stranger paused to ask the same question, and again the wise man questioned his questioner, “What kind of people did you just leave?”
The second traveler answered, “Oh, I left a fine town. The people were good and kind and honest and hardworking.” The wise man smiled and said, “The people in this town are the same way.”
People who are kind and forgiving toward others usually experience tolerance from others themselves; those who are harsh, censorious and critical toward others find that others exhibit much the same disposition toward them.
Of course, when our Lord warned, “Judge not,” He was not talking about exposing the sins of the ungodly – we must do that. Neither was He talking about withdrawing from the immoral, or restoring erring Christians, or resolving civil disputes, or “knowing a tree by its fruits.”

  • He was forbidding illegitimate judgments that stem from a self-righteous, haughty, puffed-up, hypocritical spirit (Mat_7:15; Luk_6:37-38; Rom_2:1-3).
  • He was forbidding judgments based on inadequate information (Joh_7:21-24).
  • He was forbidding judgments in which the person assumes the position of God, trying and sentencing brethren in regard to eternal salvation (Jos_4:11-12; Rom_14:3-4, Rom_14:10, Rom_14:13; 1Co_4:5).

What kind of people live in your town?

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John 3:20-21“Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.”

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Isaiah 25:1

O LORD, You are my God; I will exalt You and praise Your Name, for in perfect faithfulness You have done marvelous things, things planned long ago. (NIV)

கர்த்தாவே, நீரே என் தேவன்; உம்மை உயர்த்தி, உமது நாமத்தைத் துதிப்பேன்; நீர் அதிசயமானவைகளைச் செய்தீர்; உமது பூர்வ ஆலோசனைகள் சத்தியமும் உறுதியுமானவைகள். – ஏசாயா 25:1

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Matthew 5:3

Blessed are the poor in spirit! For theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. (MKJV)

ஆவியில் எளிமையுள்ளவர்கள் பாக்கியவான்கள்; பரலோகராஜ்யம் அவர்களுடையது. – மத்தேயு 5:3

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My burden – Raging wind and tempest

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When our life is engulfed in ravaging storms and continuous struggle, our heart wishes to get away from these situations as soon as possible. Yes, we can hold on for few days, even for few weeks… but when the struggle for day-to-day life extends for months, then we really wish we can get away from all these.

This is what David wanted. He wished he had the wings of dove so that he could get away from the windy storm and the tempest that was surrounding his life.

I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest. – Psalm 55:8 (MKJV)

Dear friend, do you feel this way today? Are you feeling… only if I have the means to get away from all these raging winds and tempest? If only I can get a moment of rest? David, who wished all these things, finally found an answer.

Cast your burden, this burden of raging winds, this burden of tempest, this burden of troubles coming against you all the time, on the LORD and He will sustain you. – Psalm 55:22

Yes, dear friend, cast your burden on the LORD. And He will surely sustain you. Let us cast our burden on the LORD and wait for Him. No matter how hard the situation looks today, when we wait for the LORD, dear friend, you will not hurry to find a shelter from the raging wind and the storm. Instead, you will get out of the shelter that you are in, the small boat in which you are being rocked today, you will get out of it and you will walk on the water, you will overcome this tempest and raging winds in a glorious manner.

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And when Peter had come down OUT OF THE BOAT, he WALKED ON THE WATER to go to Jesus. – Matthew 14:29 (MKJV)

Yes, dear friend, cast your burden on the LORD. You will not hasten an escape from this tempest and raging winds. Instead you will get out of that boat, you will trample this tempest and storm under you feet, you will walk on the water and you will reach Jesus Christ in a magnificent manner. That is your calling and by God, you will do it. God be with you. Amen.

Matthew 6:33“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

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Psalm 126:3

The LORD has done great things for us; and we are filled with joy. (NIV)

கர்த்தர் நமக்குப் பெரிய காரியங்களைச் செய்தார்; இதினிமித்தம் நாம் மகிழ்ந்திருக்கிறோம். – சங்கீதம் 126:3

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Matthew 6:33“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

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Bereans and salvation

Generally, whenever I say this, that reading the Bible must be the first priority of a Christian than suffering, there will be someone who thinks that I belittle the missionaries who are suffering so much. No, dear friend, I would never do that. But the same Scriptures also point out something.

Thessalonians suffered for the LORD. But they did not search the Scriptures daily as the Bereans did. And see what the Spirit of God has written about what happened there.

And SOME of them believed and joined themselves to Paul and Silas… – Acts 17:4 (MKJV)

Then the Bible talks about the Bereans and what happened there.

Therefore, MANY of them believed… – Acts 17:12 (MKJV)

We know how our country is going away from the LORD. Instead of complaining about everyone else, let us start receiving the Word of the LORD more readily and let us search the Scriptures every single day. And, many will believe. Who knows, you may become the reason why our nation turns back to the LORD. All you need to do is, read and search the Scriptures every day. Are you willing to do that – for the LORD and for your country?

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Hebrews 10:30-31“For we know Him who said, “It is Mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge His people.” It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

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More noble than…

We give thanks to God for you always, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith and labor of love and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father, knowing, beloved brothers, your election of God. – 1 Thessalonians 1:2-4 (MKJV)

We are bound to thank God always for you, my brothers, as it is right, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of each one of you abounds toward one another; so much so that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God, for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations which you endure. – 2 Thessalonians 1:3-4 (MKJV)

The salutations to the church in Thessalonica tells us how highly Apostle Paul thought of them. It is very clear that they have suffered a lot, yet they did not lose their faith and hope in our LORD Jesus Christ.

In our church, there is elderly woman who often gets beaten up by her husband. Okay, now, this is India and as they say, it happens in India. And, no, I do not condone it even a bit. I consider that as one of the most heinous crimes. But it happens in India.

Anyway, whenever I asked her about it, she claimed that she was suffering for the LORD and was actually very proud that she got a chance to suffer for Christ.

Later, I found out that she got beaten up (once again, there is no reason on earth that could justify any kind of abuse against women; I am just giving you the reason I got) because she would curse her gentile husband all the time. She would be telling how he was going to burn in hell because he has not accepted the LORD, how God was going to punish him ever so severely and all that.

Yes, it is good to suffer for the LORD; but it should be because the LORD permits it. Not because we curse others. The Bible is very clear about how a believing wife should treat her non-believing husband. 1 Peter 3:1 clearly says that the non-believing husband may be won without the Word, but by the conduct of their wives.

Suffering for our LORD is good. But more importantly, knowing the Word of the LORD is better – much, much better.

Thessalonians suffered so much. There were Bereans. They did not suffer much, at least not that we know of. But they did something – they accepted the Word of the LORD readily and they searched the Scriptures DAILY. And, the Scriptures call the Bereans more noble than the Thessalonians.

And these (the Bereans) were more noble than those of Thessalonica, in that they received the Word with all readiness of mind and searched the Scriptures daily to see if those things were so. – Acts 17:11 (MKJV)

Dear friend, let us receive the Word of the LORD with all readiness of mind. And let us search the Scriptures every day. And let us become nobler every day. Amen.

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Hebrews 10:30-31“For we know Him who said, “It is Mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge His people.” It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

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Psalm 119:11

I have hidden Your Word in my heart, so that I might not sin against You. (MKJV)

நான் உமக்கு விரோதமாய் பாவம் செய்யாதபடிக்கு, உமது வாக்கை என்னிருதயத்தில் வைத்து வைத்தேன். – சங்கீதம் 119:11

Hebrews 10:30-31“For we know Him who said, “It is Mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge His people.” It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

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1 Timothy 4:4

For every creation of God is good, and nothing to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving. (MKJV)

தேவன் படைத்ததெல்லாம் நல்லதாயிருக்கிறது; ஸ்தோத்திரத்தோடே ஏற்றுக்கொள்ளப்படுமாகில் ஒன்றும் தள்ளப்படத்தக்கதல்ல.
– 1 தீமோத்தேயு 4:4

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1 John 2:1“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.”

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