Let GO and Let BE

It was a busy Tuesday morning in our household. As usual I got ready for work and Hannah for her daycare. As we hurried to the car, Hannah sat in her car seat and I started to buckle her up to ensure she is safe during the drive

A typical near 5 year old, my daughter was wriggling and complaining that the seat belt was too tight while I was STILL trying to buckle her. She was being so impatient telling me that I was hurting her while all I was trying to do was to buckle her up to ensure her safety. Hannah said ‘Stop it Momma, you are hurting me ‘.

By this time, I stopped doing what I was doing and looked into her eyes and said ‘ Hannah, Mommy is not finished yet . If you just stay still and not move, I can quickly do what I am supposed to do, to buckle you to keep you safe while we drive’ . With that, Hannah stopped moving and within minutes ‘click’ , she was all buckled up and we were set for our drive

The Holy Spirit said something to me and I could not stop smiling at myself the whole drive. He said ‘Sindu, can you see yourself in Hannah’s actions today ?’

The Word of God says that He has the best plans in store for us and all His plans are to prosper us and not harm us.

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11

And not only He has the plans for us , He is also faithful to complete what He started for our lives . Sometimes a stern voice like I said to my child, is what He does to grab our attention to what He is trying to tell us

He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it

Philippians 1:6

As our Heavenly Father, His concern for us is our safety as we navigate through the abundant life He has given us. Out of His unconditional love for us , throughout the journey, He corrects, He disciplines, He guides and He leads the way for His children. As mere humans, our concern is always about our comfort. The moment we are taken off our comfort zone, even if it is for a short period of time, naturally then comes the whinging, complaining, ‘Why God Why?’ ‘Why Me?’ questions and ultimately doubt and uncertainty in the presence and very existence of God

Today God wants to tell you this. ‘My dear child, will you LET GO off your control over your life and LET ME BE God over your life ? I am not finished with you yet. So don’t draw your judgement line yet based on your circumstances or feelings , as the best is yet to come. Trust me to take you through this , Believe me for your healing , Hold onto me for your provision and see if I will not make a way for you in your wilderness. I parted the Red Sea for my children, I am the same yesterday and today and my love for you STILL stands the same. You are the apple of my eye and I have engraved you on the palm of my Hand. I knew you from your mothers womb and you are so very precious to me. Take me into your life once again and you will never have to be alone or do this alone . Come to me my precious one, I am not finished with you yet so don’t bring to an end the dreams and desires I have laid on your heart ‘

31 So, what does all this mean? If God has determined to stand with us, tell me, who then could ever stand against us?

32 For God has proved his love by giving us his greatest treasure, the gift of his Son. And since God freely offered him up as the sacrifice for us all,[a] he certainly won’t withhold from us anything else he has to give…

35 Who could ever separate us from the endless love of God’s Anointed One? Absolutely no one! For nothing in the universe has the power to diminish his love toward us. Troubles, pressures, and problems are unable to come between us and heaven’s love. What about persecutions, deprivations,dangers, and death threats? No, for they are all impotent to hinder omnipotent love…

37 Yet even in the midst of all these things, we triumph over them all, for God has made us to be more than conquerors, and his demonstrated love is our glorious victory over everything!

Romans 8

God wants to remind you of His promise ‘ Be still and Know that I am your God’. There might be giant like circumstances roaring around you or situations trying to scare you , God wants to tell you today that you are more than a conqueror and you have victory in Jesus already. Believe it, Claim it and Live it !

Dear Jesus,

Thank you for speaking to me. I lay my burdens and my hearts longings at your feet. I let go off my life control and surrender my life to you. I ask you to take control. Lord, I believe there is nothing impossible with you and I ask for your intervention in my life situation right now and I speak your power over my life. I speak your life over my life. Thank you for your Word

In Jesus Name

Amen

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LENT – DAY 2 – PATHWAY TO JESUS

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Born into a traditional hindu family, I have always tried to get close to the various hindu dieties doing numerous pooja’s and keeping up with the rigorous rituals. I always tried to please the hindu dieties with many sacrifices and believed in the concept of rebirth and karma, which is a concept of one’s belief that past beneficial effects are derived from past beneficial actions and harmful effects from past harmful actions. In my search for God, I got caught up with the so many rituals that I performed so well religiously but still lacked something. I had no knowledge of the various hindu dieties I worshipped, I don’t even know them and instead of reverence for them I had fear gripping my heart that if I do something wrong those dieties will punish me. I lacked a fellowship, a real relationship with those dieties. I felt empty inside

Then I heard about Jesus. Firstly I could not even believe that Jesus was God born as man and took my place on the Cross so I could live an eternal life. I had my heart filled with questions ‘ I don’t even know Jesus so why will He die for me ? ‘ , ‘ If He is God why could He just not save me ?’ , ‘ Why should He die ?’ ‘ Is this a myth or a real happening ?’ As a young teenager my heart tried to reason out every possible thing and make sense to my logical mind

At that time, one of my friends gave me a Bible to read which turned out to be a  Book of Life for me.

As I began reading, learning and pondering on the words in the Bible, John 3:31  became true in my life.

 If you continue in My words, you truly are My disciples

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”…John 3:31-32

I had an encounter with Jesus through His Word. I realised that God loves me so much that He chose to die for me, while I was a sinner. He did the same for you too. Such is His unconditional love for everyone in this world.

Romans 5:7-9

Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

God’s love for us is unconditional, unbeatable and uncomparable.

Isaiah 53: 4-5

Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering,

yet we considered Him punished by God, stricken by Him, and afflicted.

5But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities;

the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

All of us in our lives have gone through a search season where we are trying to find answers for something in our lives. This lent season I encourage you to discover your pathway to Jesus. No matter your journey, new believer , non-believer or a believer for years, there is always treasures to be found in the kingdom of God. The treasure is discoverable only when you are on the right track towards your destination

My pathway to Jesus has ended with a life that I own that is not worried about anything. A life that I can live trusting my God as I know He provides, He cares and He protects. Through this journey I am a proud owner of God’s peace that surpasses all understanding amongst many chaotic situations of life. You can have it too, if you choose the pathway that leads to Jesus

With that comes the blessed assurance of Hope, in the midst of despair and chaos

2 Corinthians 4:8-12 Amplified Bible (AMP)

8 We are pressured in every way [hedged in], but not crushed; perplexed [unsure of finding a way out], but not driven to despair; hunted down and persecuted, but not deserted [to stand alone]; struck down, but never destroyed; 10 always carrying around in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the [resurrection] life of Jesus also may be shown in our body. 11 For we who live are constantly [experiencing the threat of] being handed over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the [resurrection] life of Jesus also may be evidenced in our mortal body [which is subject to death]. 12 So physical death is [actively] at work in us, but [spiritual] life [is actively at work] in you.

Dear Jesus ,

As I embark on my journey, make yourself known to me. Help me to grasp an understanding of who You really are. As I reflect on your love and ways, lead me to the pathway of life

In Jesus Name

Amen

Stay Blessed

The NORM in the NORMAL – FAITH LIKE ABRAHAM

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We all have dreams BIGGER than ourselves. Aspirations that go far beyond the skies. Hope that is never-ending because of the God we trust in.

YET most often we surrender our thinking to this one little thought that hinders and handicaps us from stepping forward and stepping out

 ‘I am just a normal person, trying to live my life ‘or ‘I am just a normal person who has a normal life of going to work to earn my living, supporting my family and just trying to live a calm life ‘

And in the midst of living our ‘NORM’ al lives, we get side tracked from the very purpose that God created us. There is a potential risk of missing out on the calling of God and wondering ‘WHY,  ‘WHAT HAPPENED ‘ and ‘ MY LIFE IS RIGHT WHERE I STARTED ‘

There are many characters in the Bible who were ‘ NORMAL’ men and women just like one of us. They are no different from us in that they also faced the hardest and toughest battles of life. They were also faced with giants in their life that we all have to deal with. For some it is idolatry, for some it is adultery, for some it is unexpected life incidents like miscarriages, divorce, loss of loved ones, for some it’s life transitions like moving from their home country or changing jobs to a totally new area , for some it is finding life partner or becoming a parent.

What made them stand out in their lives is the choices that made in their ‘NORMAL’ life when they were faced with situations. They were obedient to the Word of God and willing to break the ‘NORM’ in the ‘NORMAL’ so they can live their faith out in a way that glorifies God. They trusted God , relied on Him and waited on Him to fulfil all their heart’s desires.

NORM is defined as something that is usual, typical, or standard.

 In the coming weeks, we will be looking at  some of the Biblical characters in this context on how they overcame the NORM in the NORMAL. Let’s keep in mind that these were just NORMAL people in their day and age, just like us in this modern age.

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Hemmed In His Perfect Plan

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Psalm 139: 5

You HEM me in behind and before, and You lay Your hand upon me

As per Wikipedia definition , ‘a HEM in sewing is a garment finishing method, where the edge of a piece of cloth is folded narrowly and sewn to prevent unravelling of the fabric’

In that context , it amazes me on how the King of the Universe would go before His children ,follow His children and place His hand of blessing His children’s lives, just to make sure we are OK. Of all things in the world, He chooses to HEM us, to enclose us in His arms just to keep us all in one piece at all times, especially during those rough times.

When life hits hard, it’s sometimes hard to accept the fact that God is fair. Feelings take over facts and we start questioning God’s righteousness based on our life’s experiences and circumstances. Most often it happens that when things go well, we feel the presence of God all over our lives. But when life hits a rough patch, then comes the reality check. It’s most often in those darkest valleys we encounter God and experience the most amazing taste of His love and grace for our lives.

As a parent when my toddler was really young and just started walking, I used a backpack leash to help my daughter walk. Whilst I really wanted to encourage her in exploring her walking experience in public, I also made arrangements for her safety. I used this harness on her backpack and let her walk in the front while I held on to the leash. My daughter used to very excited that she was walking on her own but little did she know that there is her mother at her back protecting her from behind. When she tried to run away in the shopping centre due to excitement , I just pull the leash gently a little bit backward so she comes close to me and stays safe. Yes, that definitely did upset her but in addition to giving her own space, providing a safe environment to explore is also part of my parental responsibility. I love my daughter too much to see her hurt.

As our Heavenly Father, that’s how God takes care of us. Sometimes we don’t even know why there is a leash in the midst of our lives that is stopping us from moving forward. That promotion which is so very close but nothing seems to happen, that loan which is almost approved but not really signed off, that interview which you thought you were successful but no updates yet could be some of the potential leashes you are facing in your life currently. We just want to run our lives all by ourselves, in the most fast forward way in nano second speed. But God has a invisible leash on all our lives .. not to control us but for our well being and safety.

God wants to encourage you and wants you to know that He has got it all under control. He wants you to know that He is protecting you from behind, from all things past. He wants you to know that He is protecting you from the forefront too, making sure you are safe and sound. He knows your past, He knows your present and He also knows your future. There is nothing hidden in our lives from His sight.

Today, take heart and choose to place your trust in God for whatever mountain you are facing. Be assured in God’s love for your life. Be assured in God’s protection over your life. He loves you too much to see you suffer.

Dear God Jesus,

Please forgive for my doubt. As I choose to place my trust in You, help me to see through Your eyes Your plans for my life and give me the strength to live life Your way with all the blessed assurance you have provided me today.

In Jesus Name
Amen

Stay Blessed In Him💞

Revelation brings about Elevation

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Revelation of Who God is will elevate us to a place of love, peace and secure place in Christ. Revelation of how much He loves us will elevate us to that level of trust in Him, that will help us to press forward in faith , pushing back the natural limitations and reports from humans.

As we continue this journey of hope and faith, as we look to the God of Hope for all our unanswered prayers, my prayer for you is for him to reveal things concerning your situation and elevate you to the position He wants you to be at.

In Jesus Name Amen🙏🏻💞