Monthly Archives: November 2013
The other day I was at the living room studying, and my son Avishai was wearing big daddy’s slippers and enjoying running around with slippers on from hall to kitchen to bed room. I kept hearing Chumlano (my wife) warning him to be careful from falling as he was enjoying running and making loud sound like car horn, vehicle sound etc. He kept falling too but he handled well getting up and all sorts of things. He needed our (parents) attention and cheer him up. I was encouraging him saying, “Avi, wow! you doing great buddy!” then he calls his mom….. Then in his excitement, he does risky tricks, warning goes from mom, he ignores it and suddenly falls again and now, he wasn’t able to get up by himself, he started crying…I said, “come on, you can get up and run again man! Try it, try again.” He feels HELPLESS and cries hard and in desperate help, tears rolling down from his eyes covering cheek dripping to the ground. Mom suggests me from the bedroom to have a look, what has happened. I saw him not trying to get up and just kept crying for help. I encouraged him to try again after quite long waiting, now he tries to get up and yes, of course he was unable to get up due to the slippers trapped his foot wrong way.
Then I go to him, lift him up, bring him close to my heart, gave a big warm big DADDY’s hug and said,”Daddy, loves you buddy! Mommy loves you buddy! You were doing good! You are gonna make it next time! I am with you always.” What made me and Chumla to have a look? Father’ Love and mother’s Love!
My learning: Whenever we are in HELPLESS, desperate situation, God our Father involves in our lives. He wants us to try all possible ways to get out of the situation. He doesn’t want us to sit doing nothing but weeping and crying for help. He wants us to take a step..and he will take double. Thats what I have to do and all of us have to do, keep moving, keep trying. And one of my top/fav/true kinda Love Letter bellow from my father….please read it and be encouraged 🙂
My Dear Child
You may not know me, but I know everything about you…Psalm 139:1
I know when you sit down and when you rise up…Psalm 139:2
I am familiar with all your ways…Psalm 139:3
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered…Matthew 10:29-31
For you were made in my image…Genesis 1:27
In me you live and move and have your being…Acts 17:28
For you are my offspring…Acts 17:28
I knew you even before you were conceived…Jeremiah 1:4-5
I chose you when I planned creation…Ephesians 1:11-12
You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book…Psalm 139:15-16
I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live…Acts 17:26
You are fearfully and wonderfully made…Psalm 139:14
I knit you together in your mother’s womb…Psalm 139:13
And brought you forth on the day you were born…Psalm 71:6
I have been misrepresented by those who don’t know me…John 8:41-44
I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love… 1 John 4:16
And it is my desire to lavish my love on you…1 John 3:1
Simply because you are my child and I am your father…1 John 3:1
I offer you more than your earthly father ever could…Matthew 7:11
For I am the perfect father…Matthew 5:48
Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand…James 1:17
For I am your provider and I meet all your needs…Matthew 6:31-33
My plan for your future has always been filled with hope…Jeremiah 29:11
Because I love you with an everlasting love…Jeremiah 31:3
My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore…Psalm 139:17-18
And I rejoice over you with singing…Zephaniah 3:17
I will never stop doing good to you…Jeremiah 32:40
For you are my treasured possession…Exodus 19:5
I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul…Jeremiah 32:41
And I want to show you great and marvellous things…Jeremiah 33:3
If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me…Deuteronomy 4:29
Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart…Psalm 37:4
For it is I who gave you those desires…Philippians 2:13
I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine…Ephesians 3:20
For I am your greatest encourager…2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles…2 Corinthians 1:3-4
When you are broken-hearted, I am close to you…Psalm 34:18
As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart…Isaiah 40:11
One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes…Revelation 21:3-4
And I’ll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth…Revelation 21:3-4
I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus…John 17:23
For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed…John 17:26
He is the exact representation of my being…Hebrews 1:3
He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you…Romans 8:31
And to tell you that I am not counting your sins…2 Corinthians 5:18-19
Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled…2 Corinthians 5:18-19
His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you…1 John 4:10
I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love…Romans 8:31-32
If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me…1 John 2:23
And nothing will ever separate you from my love again…Romans 8:38-39
Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen…Luke 15:7
I have always been Father, and will always be Father…Ephesians 3:14-15
My question is…Will you be my child?…John 1:12-13
I am waiting for you…Luke 15:11-32
Love, Your Dad, Almighty God
Great are you Lord,
the train of your robe fills the temple, clothed in majesty,
bright as the sun, who can stand before you?
The heavens declare your glory, the earth rejoices,
all of creation cries, Holy ,holy ,holy is the Lord almighty.
We are at your footstool, we fall face down.
You are exalted, seated on the throne, high above everything and everyone.
It is you that gives breath to every living being and creature.
Everything comes from you for you are sovereign.
You control everything.
We live because you allow us to, every fraction of our life is in your mighty hands.
We can do nothing and we are nothing without you.
How can I even question you when
I cannot even face you, for your glory fills the temple,
your greatness, your presence, your holiness,
makes me realize how sinful, foolish, lustful, unclean and stupid I am.
I deserve punishment, death but
I need forgiveness and you
O mighty King sent your very son to die for me!!
How awesome n humbling is that! Who could ever love me that way and you forgive me completely.
Therefore I offer my life to you. That’s the least I could do.
Take me, mould me, fill me, use me, send me where you want me to go and I will go for you.
Here I am sovereign Lord. I am your soldier assigned to do your work,
your will and your will alone be done.
I live to please you for in the end when I see you face to face on that day,
nothing ,absolutely nothing is going to matter,
all the why’s and how’s, the degrees, the possessions and its likes,
nothing matters except to hear those words from you-Well done good and faithful servant.
Therefore, may I live a life worthy of you, worthy of the gospel of grace.
Oh, my,, my,, from where to where! I almost slipped into the religion mode once again in spite of knowing the truth so closely. Who would like being religious? NOT ME, know what? I found many others as well, there is no life in there. I agree with all those who don’t like religion thing, whatever it is. I wonder how many of my dear friends and family would still be trapped into that box religion. Its my sincere prayer that all will come to know the truth the truth will set all free!-John 8:32
FAQ: What is religion? What is the Gospel?
I know many of us are confused with the above two questions not able to make a distinctive differences.
I hope this answers clearly…..Religion emphasizes the importance of sacrifices,devotion, ritual, and how much i should do for God(Get2work). BUT the Gospel emphasizes the importance of the sacrifice and the work of Jesus Christ(It is finished). Christianity is not about religion, it is about relationship. Relationship with God and one another. Jesus never preached religion, in fact he dint like the religious people so religious leaders were against him (Matthew 12.) What about today’s religious people? For you to answer or we can discuss on the comment below. Lets evaluate with the following whether you are Gospel driven or Religion driven.
|“I obey, therefore I am accepted.”||“I am accepted therefore I obey.”|
|Motivation based on fear and insecurity.||Motivation based on grateful joy.|
|I obey God in order to get things from God.||I obey God to get God-to delight and resemble him|
|When circumstances in my life go wrong, I am angry at God or myself, since I believe, like Job’s friends, that anyone who is good deserve a comfortable life.||When circumstances in my life go wrong, I struggle, but I know all my punishment fell on Jesus and that while he may allow this for my training, he will exercise his Fatherly love within my trial.|
|When I am criticized I am furious or devastated because it is critical that I think of myself as a ‘good person.’ Threats to that self-image must be destroyed at all cost.||When I am criticized I struggle, but it is not critical for me to think of myself as a ‘good person.’ My identity is not built on my record or my performance but on God’s love for me in Christ. I can take criticism. That’s how I became Christian.|
|My prayer consists largely of petition, and it only heats up when I am in a time of need. My main purpose in prayer is control of the environment. My self-view swings between two poles. If and when I am living up to my standards, I feel confident, but then I am prone to be proud and unsympathetic to failing people if and when I am not living up to standards, I feel humble but not confident-I feel like failure.||My prayer life consists of generous stretches of praise and adoration. My main purpose is fellowship with him. My self-view is not based on a view of myself as a moral achiever. In Christ I am simultaneously sinful lost yet accepted in Christ. I am so bad he had to die for me, and I am so loved he was glad to die for me. This leads me to deeper and deeper humility and confidence at the same time-neither swaggering nor sniveling.|
|My identity and self-worth are based on mainly on how hard I work, or how moral I am—and so I must look down on those I perceive as lazy or immoral. I disdain and feel superior to ‘the other.’||My identity and self-worth is centered on the one who died for his enemies, who was excluded from the city for me. I am saved by sheer grace. So I can’t look down on those who believe or practice something different from me. Only by grace I am what I am. I’ve no inner need to win arguments.|
|Since I look my own pedigree or performance for my spiritual acceptability, my heart manufactures idols. It may be talents, my moral record, my personal discipline, my social status, etc. I absolutely have to have them so they serve as my main hope, meaning, happiness, security, and significance, whatever I may say I believe about God.||I have many good things in my life—family, work, spiritual disciplines, etc. but none of these good things are ultimate things to me. None of them are things I absolutely have to have them, so there is a limit to how much anxiety, bitterness, and despondency they can inflict on me when they are threatened and lost. -Tim keller Gospel DNA.|
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May be if you wish, could you write your view on: What about today’s religious people? (Please read the blog for the context.)