A word in season to the weary


๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน25th February๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

โ€โ€ฆthat house โ€ฆ fell not: for it was founded upon a rockโ€ (Matthew 7:25)

Before Nehemiah started building the broken wall, he went round to see for himself how they were broken down and how the gates were consumed with fire. Before we rebuild the House of God, first, we must find out the cause of barrenness.

These days in many places we find believers and Christian leaders praying for revival and awakening among Godโ€™s people, without being sufficiently concerned to know the cause for their barrenness. Only by using some customary phrases in prayers such as โ€œwe have sinnedโ€ and so on, we cannot see God working in the midst of His people. They think they have achieved their objective by praying and forgetting all about it. Believers also cannot expect revival without going beyond praying about it and doing nothing more. Unless a patient tells the doctor the details of his troubles the doctor cannot examine him, or diagnose his disease and give him the right treatment. The condition of the walls of Jerusalem was due to the sins of the children of Israel. This had not been faced frankly. For many years God, out of His love went on warning them through His prophets, but they continued to disobey God with much indifference to His repeated warnings. After giving them sufficient chances, God sent Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and destroyed their city, broke down the walls and burnt the gates.

These days also we can find similar situations; there is barrenness among believers, because they insist on following man-made customs, practices, rituals and ceremonies rather than obeying His Word. They fail to diagnose this as the root of the trouble. When a man wants to build a strong building first of all he has to lay a strong foundation. In the spiritual sense we see that our Lord also has said that if we build our house upon a rock it will not fall by the wind, storm or floods. The Lord Jesus Christ Himself is our rock. We have to build upon Him Who is the rock; that means, our procedure for building has to be according to His teachings, His instructions, His heavenly will, His heavenly plan, His heavenly wisdom and heavenly power. In Eph. 2:20 we read, โ€œAnd are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stoneโ€. That is how we believers have to build a spiritual house on a strong spiritual foundation. Many people forget this first law and try to build Godโ€™s House on sand, on things which have no support from God. That is why we see everything is falling into pieces. God is giving us a very solemn warning in Heb12: 26 that He is going to shake all that is of man-made origin and practice. Hence whatever we do, it has to be based on Godโ€™s Word, if we want our work to bear fruit and withstand the test of opposing forces.

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Luke 22:62. He went outside and wept bitterly

When Peter realised his failure ,he cried bitterly Peter had said that he would never disown Jesus despite Jesus prediction .But when frightened ,he went against all that he boldly promised He was not able to stand up for the lord.He failed as a disciple and as a friend.

Later after Jesus had risen from the dead ,jesus forgave Peter.Jesus knew that Peter’ s remorse was genuine.Jesus asked him to carry on His work.

God loves us and He will make us overcomers.Failure also is a purpose in God’s plan.We have to forgive people and invite them back into our favor.

Cynthia Sathiaraj