OUTPOUR OF THE HOLY SPIRIT – A Pentecost Devotion

Light despite the darkness

Pentecost Sunday, this year 2018 falls on May 20th. I was led to share this devotion from my theology college assessment, which I wrote almost 7 years back. The document might be outdated but the TRUTH in it stands still

THE BOOK OF ACTS

Acts is a unique New Testament books that provides us with the historical record of the early church.It is also a theological book that contains lessons and living examples of the work of the Holy Spirit, church relationships and organisation, the implications of grace and the laws of love

Let’s read Acts chapter 2 , verses 1 – 13

1-4 When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force—no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building. Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them.

5-11 There were many Jews staying in Jerusalem just then, devout pilgrims from all over the world. When they heard the sound, they came on the run. Then when they heard, one after another, their own mother tongues being spoken, they were thunderstruck. They couldn’t for the life of them figure out what was going on, and kept saying, “Aren’t these all Galileans? How come we’re hearing them talk in our various mother tongues?

Parthians, Medes, and Elamites;
Visitors from Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia,
Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia,
Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene;
Immigrants from Rome, both Jews and proselytes;
Even Cretans and Arabs!

 

“They’re speaking our languages, describing God’s mighty works!”

12 Their heads were spinning; they couldn’t make head or tail of any of it. They talked back and forth, confused: “What’s going on here?”

13 Others joked, “They’re drunk on cheap wine.”

Q: What is the day of Pentecost and why were ‘they ‘ (Acts 2:1)         assembled in one place?

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TRUST IN GOD – 2018 MOTHER’S DAY MESSAGE

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One of the highlights of this 2018 Mother’s Day was me sharing at my local church on one of my favorite topics in the Bible ‘TRUST ‘and along the way a bit on my mom journey. I consider that an absolute privilege and honor. It was no doubt an emotional moment for me. I  am absolutely thrilled to share that with you on my blog. I hope the message blesses your heart as much as it did to me

FLASH BACK

A little bit of flashback about me. I am a born again believer from a Hindu background. Life was all good, happily married when I came to Australia. Disaster struck and my dreams shattered when my marriage of 6 years abruptly ended and I became suddenly single with my 6-month old baby. With no immediate family in Australia and being a first time mom, it was quite a challenge and probably the toughest season I had ever faced in my life. The one thing that really made a difference in my life then was my choice to TRUST GOD THROUGH IT ALL. God used this pain in my life to take me from strength to strength. God used my struggles to teach me about His love for me and how much He cares about me. This painful journey took me to a new level of trust in God, trust where is no doubt that God will provide or fear that God will leave me. I got a grasp of how much God loves me right in my darkest pit. Jesus became my confident, my shelter and my protector. I said bye bye to my ‘long -distance’ relationship with God and started a brand new ‘move-in’ relation with Him allowing Him access to every part of my life.

SCRIPTURE VERSE

One of my favorite scriptures in the Bible talks about TRUST

Trust in the Lord COMPLETELY,
and DO NOT rely on your own OPINIONS

With all your heart RELY ON HIM to guide you,
and HE WILL lead you in every decision YOU MAKE

Proverbs 3:5

 

1. TRUST IN GOD COMES WITH FAMILIARITY OF GOD

Trust in the Lord COMPLETELY

Proverbs 3:5a

Trust is a crucial ingredient in any relationship, to make it work. In every sphere of our relationship, there is a level of trust involved. And that level of trust determines the depth of our relationship with that person

BABY’S FIRST STEPS

I can never forget my daughter’s first steps. When she took her first steps, we were in the living room and she started walking without her walker. There was probably few steps distance between us and when she walked towards me, I noticed few things

 

  • With every step she took, she did not look to the left or the right, but kept her eyes focused on me
  • After few steps, she lost her balance and stumbled
  • She heard my voice ‘Hannah, come on, you can do it ‘
  • Then she looked at me, picked herself up again and completed her final steps towards me

God wants us to have that kind of childlike trust towards Him. A trust that builds with familiarity of the person you do life with. So much trust of the child, that all that mattered to her was her mom standing in front of her and cheering her on. She recognized me as I spend time with her and she is familiar with my voice. When we spend time with God and get familiarized with Him, it will be so easy to trust God for our life. I wonder if she will show the same excitement during her baby steps walking, if the person on the other end was an unfamiliar person? I highly doubt so. That’s when the fear of uncertainty and doubt kicks in

Trust and Faith go Hand in Hand,

WHEN you TRUST God, YOUR FAITH will set you into action

ABRAHAM

I love how Abraham handled his situation by TRUST in GOD. There are about 12 examples from his life in Gen 12-21 about this walk with God through his TRUST journey

Romans 4:3 puts it beautifully on what was the turning point of Abraham’s trust

What we read in Scripture is, “Abraham entered into what God was doing for him, and that was the turning point. He trusted God to set him right instead of trying to be right on his own.”

ENCOURAGEMENT FOR MOMS

Moms , we do so many things , in the home, around the home, at work and everywhere. We are no doubt overcomers and multi taskers. But sometimes stress gets to us no matter how hard we try to de-stress ourselves. It’s time we stop laying out our journey ourselves, trying to figure it all by ourselves, relying on everything except God and then asking God to bless that journey. It’s time to set the norm like Abraham, to step out in faith and trust God even for the unknown, TRUSTING GOD COMPLETELY

2.RELY ON HIM TO GUIDE YOU WITH ALL YOUR HEART

I wonder how Abraham must have felt when God told him to move out of his comfort zone . God in fact did not even tell him where he was going. Abraham left for an unknown destination trusting God for his future as Abraham relied on God with ALL is heart

Abraham obeyed without question and set on his journey. WHY ?

  • He knew God’s heart
  • He knew God has a plan for his life
  • He knew God will provide for all his needs
  • THAT helped him make the transition
  • Abraham did not base his trust on his current situation but for who God is and what He has done for him in the past

Probably its time to ask yourself, what is that one thing that God asked you to DO and you have put that on ‘ PENDING ‘ status ? I believe that is time to transition from that ‘ PENDING’ Status ‘ to ‘ WORK IN PROGRESS

3.FINALLY, GOD EXPECTS US TO TAKE ACTION

Proverbs 3:5 tells us

HE will lead you in every decision YOU MAKE

It’s one thing to trust in God and have great faith in God. It’s a totally different thing to set that faith to action in a practical way in our lives

Imagine as a good parent, you make the best healthy meal for your child, with lots and lots of veggies. You know in your heart that if they eat it, they will become strong and stay healthy. As a parent the most you can do is to cook for them. The child needs to EAT to get the nutrients into their body. YOU can’t eat that food and EXPECT your CHILD’S body to grow healthy

It’s the same with God. God has set a wonderful life ahead of us. To live the abundant life God has for us, we need to make a CHOICE to live in the ways of God. We can’t live life the way we want and blame it on God saying ‘If there is a God why is He allowing such and such thing in my life ‘? Bad choices lead to bad consequences

ABRAHAM AND HIS SON

God told Abraham to sacrifice his only son, the son of the answered prayers, the son who was born to Abraham at an old age

Imagine the pressure Abraham must have gone through in faith, trust and obedience on what God had called him to do, but still all the while trusting God

Abraham did not turn around and ask God

’ Are you kidding me God ‘ or ‘ Do you even know what you are asking God ?’

Instead Abraham set on his journey to offer his son as a sacrifice the way God wanted. ABRAHAM RELIED ON GOD’S PROMISE FOR HIS SON.

‘I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him

Gen 17:19

And God’s promises are YES and AMEN, God never lies. Abraham relied on his learned experience through his walk with God. He knew that not by trusting in God, he could make a compromised decision, like he did in the past. He knew deep inside his heart God will come through still did not stop doing what God want him to do

Gen 22:5 He told his servants ‘

Stay here with the donkey. The boy and I will travel a little farther. We will worship there, and then we will come right back

MOMS, motherhood is a privilege and a beautiful journey. Raising little humans is no easy task. We never have to do it alone. I know that we are concerned for our kids, about their school, about their friend’s circle, about their friends, about their choices, but we need to realise that there is only so much we could do. We need to partner with God, we need to trust God, rely on Him to lead us. We need to invite God into every sphere of our lives, to live the life He wants us to live. To lead our families from a position of love, grace and authority. When we boldly take action for His guidance offered, He will bless the journey along the way

 

PRAYER

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for this gift of motherhood.Even though Mother’s day is celebrated just one day in the year, we need the same strength, same courage, same guidance, same patience and same wisdom from You to raise the little ones that you have entrusted to our care, 365 days throughout the year. We ask that you will bless us with the spirit of discernment and sword of protection around our hearts and minds so we will be able to fulfill our calling as a mother to the most beautiful children you have blessed us with

In Jesus Name

Amen

Lent – Day 21 – More Closer Much Deeper

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Your tone of conversation with an individual reflects the depth of your relationship with that individual

Imagine hypothetically we know the exact date/ time we will die and we also know the truth that anything is possible with God. In such a situation, our natural human response if given a chance to converse with God would be to either plead with God to extend our lifetime or get angry at God for bringing such a wrath on us while coming to a conclusion that ‘ God does not love me anymore ‘ state of mind. How we react to such a situation really depends on our personal relationship with God.

Jesus was going to have the most agonising and gruesome death on the Cross. A death that’s most painful and shameful, dying a sinner’s death being a sinless man. In His human form, His final act before his death was His heartfelt prayer to His Father. Jesus did not get angry at God that He has led Him to this or felt abandoned by God when God who is mighty and able could take away this kind of death for Jesus , did not choose to.

Rather Jesus pours His heart out to God, calling Him ‘ Abba, Father ‘ . How heart-warming ! Jesus knew that God His Father is all able, all powerful and that He loves Him very deeply. Jesus also knows that is Father is a loving God who cares deeply for His creation and His plans are always perfect. Jesus was able to set that tone of ‘trust’ and ‘ love’ and ‘confidence’ even in His final conversation with God. That reflects the deep intimate loving relationship that Jesus shared with His Father

Abba, Father,” He said, “everything is possible for you.

Take this cup from me.

Yet not what I will, but what You will

Mark 14:36

 

I love it when my child comes to me boldly and without fear asking what she wants. My child knows I love her and that I want her to be happy. So she has the freedom to approach me anytime with the confidence and trust that Mommy will act in the best interest for her, even if that is a NO sometimes. The tone of my child’s conversation with me reflects the depth of our relationship. A relationship is built on sharing selfless love, effective communication, caring for each other and sacrifices made for each other in each other’s best interests.

This day of lent, stop and reflect for a moment very honestly. How is your tone of conversation with God ? Are you mad at God for something ? Are you deeply disappointed with God for that long awaited prayer answer ? Are you frustrated with God for not giving what you want ? or simply you are living in a denial that God does not love you or care for you anymore ?

Well, I have a good news for you. This is the truth about God from His Holy Word.

God is kind, merciful, patient, extravagant in love and full of blessings.

My prayer for you today is that you get to know Him and experience Him in a way you have never seen before , which will give a fresh revelation of His love for you. May your tone of conversation with God reflect your deep, loving , trustworthy relationship with God, now and forever more

Change your life, not just your clothes.
    Come back to God, your God.
And here’s why: God is kind and merciful.
    He takes a deep breath, puts up with a lot,
This most patient God, extravagant in love,
    always ready to cancel catastrophe.
Who knows? Maybe He’ll do it now,
    maybe He’ll turn around and show pity.
Maybe, when all’s said and done,
    there’ll be blessings full and robust for your God!

Joel 2:13-14

Stay Blessed in Him

Lent – Day 16 – FAITH requires ACTION

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What we believe becomes who we are. It reflects in all aspects of our character, behaviour, relationships and the way we live our lives .

God encourages us through His Word to have faith that is filled with action, out of love and reverence for God. And not merely do God talks without any God love in it. He calls it utter nonsense when someone does that

Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?

James 2:14-17

One thing that stands out among the biblical heroes mentioned in the Bible is the unshakeable faith they had in their God, their Father AND  what they did about their faith in their practical lives. They knew that it was impossible to please God without faith. They had the confidence in what they hoped for and assurance in what they do not see.

In the world’s eyes ,Noah appeared foolish when he started building the ark but Noah believed in what God said and put his faith to action. He was not a people pleaser rather a God pleaser. Noah was not afraid to stand out as he trusted in God’s plan . He built the ark just the way God had instructed him and saved his family

By faith, Noah built a ship in the middle of dry land. He was warned about something he couldn’t see, and acted on what he was told. The result? His family was saved. His act of faith drew a sharp line between the evil of the unbelieving world and the rightness of the believing world. As a result, Noah became intimate with God

Hebrews 11:7

Abraham put to action his extraordinary, unwavering belief in God when God told him to travel to an unknown place and God did not tell him where he was going.

Abraham said yes to God’s call to travel to an unknown place that would become his home. When he left he had no idea where he was going. By an act of faith he lived in the country promised him, lived as a stranger camping in tents. Isaac and Jacob did the same, living under the same promise. Abraham did it by keeping his eye on an unseen city with real, eternal foundations—the City designed and built by God. evil of the unbelieving world and the rightness of the believing world. As a result, Noah became intimate with God

Hebrews 11:8

Hebrews 11 lists all the biblical heroes that put their faith to action, trusting God one step at a time in their unknown journey. They had complete confidence that even though they have no idea about how their journey will end, they trusted in His promises and had unwavering faith that when God ordains their steps there is nothing to be afraid of or worried about . They looked to God for help and just followed what God had asked them to do. They put their faith to action.

For the reflection part, how does that ‘faith in action’ work for you and me in our practical lives ? Ephesians 5:1-2 encourages us to ‘wake up from our sleep’

Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that

Ephesians 5:1-2

We all have mountains in our own private battles that we are struggling with. Of course, we all have been praying for that new job, for that life partner, for that new home , for that new car, for that intimacy with God. Other than praying, are we doing anything about it ? Any ACTION to co-operate with God for His promises to come true in our lives ?

I am a strong believer in prayer and His miracle working power. I also strongly believe that God wants us to use that mustard seed of faith that He has given us , to work along with Him, to co-operate with Him to make His plans establish on this earth for His glory. It’s God that puts that dream , that desire in your heart that you have right now and probably He has confirmed that through a prophecy. It’s time to trust His word and set into action

God has that wonderful job for you. But He needs you to use that God given talents in your interview from your end so He can sprinkle His favour for the best outcome. God will heal you but He needs you to go to the doctor and have your medication. Of course, if God has promised you a certain ministry, you need to equip yourself in that by studying and learning in that area.

My prayer for you today is that May this day be a day of ‘faith filled with action’ for you.

May you find that little mustard seed of faith that God put in your heart and put that faith to action TODAY

Because you’re not yet taking God seriously,” said Jesus. “The simple truth is that if you had a mere kernel of faith, a poppy seed, say, you would tell this mountain, ‘Move!’ and it would move. There is nothing you wouldn’t be able to tackle.”

Matt 17:20

Stay Blessed in Him

 

 

 

Hearing From God

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In all the hustle and bustle of 2018 new year goals, I decided 2 things for my life this year

  • Intentionally stay healthy by exercising and keeping fit with the food choices I make
  • Intentionally study the Word of God and hear from Him more

When I made these new year goals, I was in Cairns on a holiday with my family. I knew in my heart that I had not written a blog in a while but honestly I just did not get anything to write. In the midst of me having a break from the church Sunday school duties, holiday with family and time off from work, I had lost that connection to His gentle whispers and my secret place with God. I just felt too busy resting my usual busy self. It was not a dryness I was experiencing but I was just fading away into my life with my other priorities . I did not realise that until I had an encounter with God in my dream

I love it when God speaks to me in the language I understand and relate to. 2 days back I went to bed asking God to speak to me in my dreams. I kept a notebook ready near my bed and told God ‘I want to be your spokesperson and I am ready for the download ‘. Then went to bed in anticipation. Funny enough, God spoke to me in technical terms and pictures, so apt for a IT technical person like me. I was very impressed with my Jesus, I should say, as always

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Connect With God Today

Hello Friends, Happy Sunday😊 !!

Bless the Lord O’ my soul

All that is within me bless His Holy Name

Psalm 103:1

It’s so important to have a grateful and thankful heart for our very life we are breathing now and the good things God blesses us with ! When we do that, there is this God given peace that surpasses all understanding admidst chaos and abundant joy that overflows which is not dependant on our circumstances

So why wait ? Connect with God and attend a local church today for your portion of love, peace and joy !

Remember what seems impossible for man is always possible with God

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Matt 19:26

Have a blessed Sunday 💞

I would love to hear your story on how you connected with God Today ! Share your story on the comments below

Keep Moving ON to Keep Going ON

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I absolutely love my Sunday afternoon naps, for I know after a ‘refreshing’ nap, comes my ‘ever challenging mission’ of cleaning my home for the week ahead.

Becoming a mother has so far been one of the most rewarding and joyous experience in my life. In saying so, in order for me to keep my ‘joy’, I need to constantly and continually work on it. Parents of young toddlers can totally relate to what I am saying ‘Toddlers and Cleaning don’t go together, they JUST don’t ‘

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Journeys


No matter our journey, there is always a START and FINISH point ! When we place God in that START point and trust God for our FINISH point, we will find an Oasis for our tired weary journeys and a retreat for our happy blissful journeys ! In His presence is fullness of joy ! It’s WHO you trust through your journey matters ! A Christian journey is a journey of faith ! 

Never too late to start your journey ! Today could be your starting point !!

Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
Stay Blessed In Him💞

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‘Norm’ in the Normal – David Defeats Goliath

Don't Fear The Uncharted

Bible teaches us that David was a man after God’s own heart. David had his own success’s and failures just like any of us but what made David a cut above the rest was that his heart was always looking to God. He had a deep desire to follow God in-spite of what we know from the Bible that David was far from perfect. He had unshakable faith in the God He believed and worshiped.

If we just look at the extra-ordinary way of David becoming a king, his journey is an excellent reminder to us that God orchestrates His plans in His own ways and in His own perfect Timing.
David was chosen ‘ King’ while Saul was still a King. Samuel, the last judge of Israel is led by God to the family of Jesse in Bethlehem. Based on their appearances, Samuel assumes that the 1st son Eliab is God’s replacement for Saul. But clearly Eliab was not God’s choice. Then he passes Abinadab, Shammah and 7 of his son’s who were not God’s choices for leading his people.

1 Sam 16:17 God Says ” Do not consider the appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things that man looks at. Man looks at outward appearance, bu the Lord looks at the heart “

When all this was happening at Jess’s place, David who was a shepherd boy was actually tending his sheep. He had to be called for before the Lord confirms that infact He is the appointed king

1 Sam 16:12  “He was ruddy, had beautiful eyes and was handsome “

And the Lord said ” Arise, anoint him, for this is he “

v 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward “

Though he was anointed the King, David had to wait for almost 15 years before he could actually reign as a King. He had his own journey of being molded and shaped by God.

We see God’s favor with David throughout , especially when he became Saul’s favorite armor bearer and skillfully played for him when the evil spirit tormented Saul ( v 14 )

David is described as ‘ a man who is skilled in playing the lyre, a man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, a man of good presence and the Lord is with him ‘

This was a bit of history on how David was chosen to be a king. Let’s look at the extra-ordinary story of how he defeated Goliath

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