A CHRISTmas REFLECTion

In my part of the world, Christmas Day is almost over. With all the hustle and bustle of family get-togethers, gift unwrapping, celebration meal preparations, tradition of going to church on Christmas day that comes with it, I sat down to reflect on what this day really means to me and probably for all of us

For many this is a jolly season, a season of holidays, a season of festivities, a season of break, a season of quality family time.

For many Christians like me, it is a day of Hope, a day of rejoicing, a day of light when love become real in the form of Jesus and redeemed each and every one of us from the clutches of sin. The Word of God confirms that in John 3:16

6 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Jesus lived a life of sacrifice and love. To a world drowning in its own desires and wants, Jesus is the life boat that can save us.

Matthew 11:15 Whoever has ears, let Him hear

Imagine the world celebrates Christmas with its own ‘Xmas’ changes to it. STILL, Christmas is ONE day when people come together in a family to a lunch / dinner table putting aside all their differences, it’s ONE day when they take a break from work to spend quality time with their extended families, it’s ONE day when we want to do something for the underprivileged, it’s ONE day when people extend their heart of generosity for kids that never receive a present, it’s ONE day when forgiveness is extended, it’s ONE day when few step into a church for the first time, it’s one day when separated parents for once agree on their child custody for spending time with the child.

From what I have noticed it’s ONE day when people choose love instead of hate irrespective of situations, forgiveness instead of revenge irrespective of circumstances and extend grace like never before all with a smile, as it’s CHRISTmas. I see the spirit of CHRIST in every home during this season in one form or the other

If ONE CHRISTmas day has so much impact in our personal lives, how much more will there be peace and joy on this earth, how much more will there be love and hope reinstated , if ONLY we chose to celebrate all our days like CHRISTmas

Today calls for restoration of our faith in love, in peace, in joy, in hope through belief in Jesus Christ. That is shown in our acts of love and kindness towards our own self and towards each other .

Today I want to introduce you to the way of love

1 Corinthians 13 The Message (MSG)

The Way of Love

13 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.

If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.

A sacrificial love that Jesus willingly gave up His life for the you and me, just so we can live a life free of sin.

Today I encourage you to CHOOSE LOVE

Today I encourage you to LOVE like CHRIST

That will be the greatest gift of all, that we can give Jesus, for His birthday today.

7 If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up.

Love cares more for others than for self.

Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.

Love doesn’t strut,

Doesn’t have a swelled head,

Doesn’t force itself on others,

Isn’t always “me first,”

Doesn’t fly off the handle,

Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,

Doesn’t revel when others grovel,

Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,

Puts up with anything,

Trusts God always,

Always looks for the best,

Never looks back,

But keeps going to the end.

8-10 Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.

If we want to love like Jesus, we need the help of the author of the perfector of our faith. We cannot and do not have to do it alone. You might be thinking your life is over , or you are in your deepest pit, you might feel like nothing is going to change…….BUT

I have a word of HOPE for you. When going through a fire, if we focus on how bad the fire is , we are not helping ourselves in any way to get out of the fire. We risk ourselves being burnt by that fire. Rather we focus on how to get out of the fire, that will potentially save our lives. Today I want to encourage you to trust a God Jesus, who not only wants to quench the fire that’s burning your soul but also wants to refresh your soul with his living water that gives life. All you need is to believe. This is the day that the Lord has made. Do not let the day pass without receiving His gift of eternal life for yourself.

Prayer

The Sinners Prayer ( by Dr. Ray Pritchard )

Lord Jesus, for too long I’ve kept you out of my life. I know that I am a sinner and that I cannot save myself. No longer will I close the door when I hear you knocking. By faith I gratefully receive your gift of salvation. I am ready to trust you as my Lord and Savior. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for coming to earth. I believe you are the Son of God who died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead on the third day. Thank you for bearing my sins and giving me the gift of eternal life. I believe your words are true. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus, and be my Savior. Amen.

Stay Blessed in Him

Blessed Christmas 2018 🎄

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning

Thank you God for this indescribable gift of Jesus and Hope that saves

May God’s blessing be yours this Christmas !

Blessed Christmas from our family to yours ❤️

Discover Your Praise Life

Australia For Jesus – Awakening – Day 3

God Worshippers and God Questers – this one is for you , from the heart of God

I attended an Awakening Australia session held today at the Marvel Stadium

WOW ! Witnessing the powerful manifestation of the Lord and His wonderous works, miraculous healing, tender uplifting of souls, breakthrough praise, I felt the Lord so close. I felt His warmth, His fire on me that compelled my heart to cry out ‘Lord, break my heart for what breaks yours. Help me to see the world through Your eyes ‘ and Bill Johnson’s prayer ‘ Lord, impart in my heart what you have for my life. I want to heal the sick, cast out demons, break strongholds, restore Hope and love people the way you loved them. Help me to see the world through your eyes. I am in 100% Lord and the Lord reminded me ‘ well, you said you were available too a week back ‘.. I knew deep in my heart something BIG that’s going to cost me is coming my way but I asked the Lord for grace to stand my ground and be obedient

During worship, I had a vision that kept coming back to me and I had to get it out. Hence my post. I used to feel hesitant before to speak out what the Lord laid on my heart but now I come with the authority that He has given me, and without any shame or intimidation I believe this is my calling and stepping out fully into what He has called me to do. To share what He lays on my heart for people to know and work on. No more fear or doubt devil

Here is my vision. I saw a HUGE ship approaching a HUGE ice berg. As we were worshipping and as the praise raised from the hearts of the people, the ship moved forward and started chipping the ice berg , slowly and steadily. I could feel the intensity as the praise rose so did the work of the HUGE ship chipping away the massive ice berg. Australia For Jesus !! The captain of the ship Jesus has set into action , commissioning His people to rescue the lost and restore Hope to the fallen. The ice berg could be anything in your life, depression, brokenness, sickness, anxiety, relational issues, abuse, trauma, you name it BUT take heart Jesus the captain of the ship has built His ship with your throne of praise and prayer, which is also your weapon to battle those fears that are raging in your heart and trying to tear you down. Keep your staff held high, just like Moses did. In your praise lies your breakthrough.

Psalm 45:2

You are fairer than the sons of men; Grace is poured upon Your lips; Therefore God has blessed You forever

What happened tonight ?? David summarised it long time back. God-Worshippers co-partnering with God and chipping away what steals His people’s joy and chipping away whatever tries to tag them for things of the world in the form of distraction and temptation for futile things. It’s a kingdom partnership deal.

Psalm 22

Shout Hallelujah, you God-worshipers;

give glory, you sons of Jacob;

adore him, you daughters of Israel.

He has never let you down,

never looked the other way

when you were being kicked around.

He has never wandered off to do his own thing;

he has been right there, listening.

25-26

Here in this great gathering for worship

I have discovered this praise-life.

And I’ll do what I promised right here

in front of the God-worshipers.

Down-and-outers sit at God’s table

and eat their fill.

Everyone on the hunt for God

is here, praising him.

“Live it up, from head to toe.

Don’t ever quit!”

27-28

From the four corners of the earth

people are coming to their senses,

are running back to God.

Long-lost families

are falling on their faces before him.

God has taken charge;

from now on he has the last word.

29

All the power-mongers are before him

—worshiping!

All the poor and powerless, too

—worshiping!

Along with those who never got it together

—worshiping!

30-31

Our children and their children

will get in on this

As the word is passed along

from parent to child.

Babies not yet conceived

will hear the good news—

that God does what he says.

So here is your declaration for the battle ahead and the strength for the victory that has already been achieved through Jesus. Discover your very own praise life

I believe that God has marked Australia as His own. The challenge now is to keep up the pursuit of God and a clean heart to inherit all that He has for us. And it starts with each individual willingly obeying the call of God on their lives, without comparison to one another, but with authority, identity and full acceptance of WHOSE they belong. We are all parts of ONE body and need to work together without jealousy or competition as we ALL work towards one common goal, save souls from perishing

24

1-2 God claims Earth and everything in it,

God claims World and all who live on it.

He built it on Ocean foundations,

laid it out on River girders.

3-4

Who can climb Mount God?

Who can scale the holy north-face?

Only the clean-handed,

only the pure-hearted;

Men who won’t cheat,

women who won’t seduce.

5-6

God is at their side;

with God’s help they make it.

This, Jacob, is what happens

to God-seekers, God-questers.

My prayer for you tonight is

Psalm 27

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I’m sure now I’ll (you will ) see God’s goodness

in the exuberant earth.

Stay with God!

Take heart. Don’t quit.

I’ll say it again:

Stay with God.

Stay blessed

In Jesus Name

Amen

Lest We Forget

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Today, Sunday, 11 November 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18). Each year on this day Australians observe one minute’s silence at 11am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts. Join us wherever you are to honour the ultimate sacrifice of these heroes, who paid their today’s for our tomorrow’s !

“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” John 15:13 

#remembranceday #honouringheroes #somuchrespectforthem #freedomfighters #poppyday🌺 #100yearson #admiration #commonwealth 

Hallow(IN) or Hell-No (OUT)

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My insight into Halloween

My daughter was so excited since last night. She said she decorated a spooky cardboard house at her daycare and all her friends were going to celebrate Halloween the next day. I can definitely say she was all for the fun with zero facts on what Halloween is all about 

As a Christian, I choose not to participate in any Halloween activity. For me, I find no fun or any sense in getting my child dressed up as a monster, fake blood dripping from her mouth and scaring people away with a ‘trick or treat ‘. 

Trust me, I have had dilemma’s in the past and also dressed up my daughter as a fairy for her previous Halloween day at daycare , thinking if she is a fairy then it should be NO problem. But this year, I had a conviction and I took my stand 

I had a ( atleast tried to ) have a conversation with my daughter that as Christians we don’t associate with anything dark or spooky stuff as we believe in light and everlasting Hope. Well, as you know it was hard for her little mind to comprehend what I was trying to tell her. So I took advantage of something that she loves to do and we made a deal, swap the Halloween party for a day spent with her grandpa , where she can have lots of play and most importantly watch Dory ( even if it is a 1000th time ). She probably might be ready for a more serious conversation next year. At the end of the day, she told me she agreed with me that there are much more positive things to celebrate about than celebrate Halloween which makes no sense. For her playing with grandpa and watching a movie with grandpa was a massive win. 

What I am trying to get across here is , as a parent we have the BIG responsibility of teaching our kids to discern the right way from the wrong. With younger kids, it’s our responsibility to take a decision on their behalf when they are too young to make a choice themselves. We might have a 1000 reasons to celebrate Halloween and twist it to suit our opinions thinking that ‘my child is not going to turn up like that but it’s just a days fun and lots of chocolates ‘ but deep down it has a lasting impression on the child’s heart and could send a wrong message for a life time . Children are like clay, they become what we shape them into 

Whenever I have a dilemma I run my thoughts through this Bible verse Phil 4:8-9

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse

Does Hallow(IN) fulfill Gods way of living life ?  Think for yourself , then you will agree with me that it’s Hell-No(OUT)

May God give you the discernment when making choices for your children and the boldness to stand out from the crowd. Sometimes it’s best to stand alone than to follow a senseless crowd 

Stay Blessed in Him💞

When CHOICE Matters

Experiencing a burnt out moment right now ? At some stage all of us go through that phase in our lives. Let’s check what the Word of God has to say about burnt outs and the best solution to tackle those gloomy moments

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Says Jesus

Matthew 11:28-30

You are ONE of a kind – UNIQUE & SPECIAL

Today this gorgeous skyline reminded me of how unique God’s creation is. The sun rises and the sun sets. It’s a daily occurrence in the creation of God. As I was just admiring His beautiful creation , not wanting to take my eyes off the sky, I felt a gentle whisper in my heart ‘ No 2 sunrise or sunset are the same at any given day/ evening , JUST like YOU, there is no duplicate of you ‘

‘You are UNIQUE, You are SPECIAL, You are PERFECT in EVERY way. That’s the way I created you. You might have a resemblance but I did not create a replica of you. You are CHOSEN to do ONLY what YOU can do. So don’t try to COPY or COMPARE. I LOVE YOU just the way YOU are. DO NOT be afraid. You are MINE . I will NEVER leave you nor forsake you’

Knowing your Identity in Christ will enable you to Walk in your God-Given authority

Isaiah 43:1

But now, this is what the Lord says—

He who created you, Jacob,

He who formed you, Israel:

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;

 I have summoned you by name;

you are mine.

When you pass through the waters,

I will be with you;

and when you pass through the rivers,

they will not sweep over you.

When you walk through the fire,

you will not be burned;

the flames will not set you ablaze.

For I am the Lord your God,

the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;

Today right this moment, take courage in Him. Do not fear. The God of Heaven and Earth, has called you by name. Rise above the lies that have been roaring at you ‘you are not good enough, you are not smart enough , you are not beautiful enough ‘ and replace those lies with the truth about what God tells you who you are ‘ I am chosen, I am beautifully and wonderfully made, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’. There is no battle that can’t be won with declaration of praise and worship to God our Saviour. Declare it, experience it and live it loud !

Obedient Small Beginnings

Obedient Small Beginnings

A call for obedience ! Been praying about something and wonder why nothing is happening ? Probably you are missing that gentle whisper of God to take a leap of faith, thinking the beginning is small or insignificant. Here’s a reminder for you that God is with you, every step of the way. YOU ARE NOT ALONE . He wants you to take a leap of faith, trusting Him with your small beginnings.

Isaiah 41:10

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”