Who Is Responsible?
Who is responsible for your actions? You can say others encouraged you to do wrong. Of course they might have motivated you. But then the ultimate responsibility for your action is yours alone.
Judas Iscariot faced this bitter truth.He said, “I have sinned for I have betrayed innocent blood.” Saying so he returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and elders. And what was their … Read the rest
Speak to Aaron and say to him, “When you set up the seven lamps, they are to light the area in front of the lampstand” (Numbers 8:2 NIV).
A Christian is called to shine. But he has no light of his own. Instead he is given the ability to shine. It comes from above, from God Himself.
The lampstand here was made of gold. It had a shine of its … Read the rest
And the Lord said, “I will wait until you return” (Judges 6:18b NIV).
It is surprising to note God’s choices. He chose many who were not confident about themselves. He chose those who were afraid to step out. But he made leaders of such stuff as these. Even today he continues to do so. You may be one like Gideon. Afraid of the enemy and hiding from them. Trying to … Read the rest
He will also send you rain for the seed you sow in the ground, and the food that comes from the land will be rich and plentiful (Isaiah 30:23a NIV).
This is a promise which should put hope in the heart of all sowing God’s Word. Many times you might have been discouraged seeing no results in your ministry. Some get so discouraged that they stop sowing seeds altogether. This … Read the rest
After she had given him a drink, she said, “I’ll draw water for your camels too, until they have finished drinking” (Genesis 24:19 NIV).
Did not Jesus talk about going the second mile (Ref. Matthew 5:41)? What did He mean by that? Will it profit us to observe it? Meditating on the verse above might throw some light on going the second mile.
This incident in the life of Rebekah … Read the rest
Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give them–to the Israelites (Joshua 1:2 NIV).
The first instruction after Moses was dead was: “Get ready.” The Promised Land had to be conquered. The people were told to get ready to conquer it. They were not asked to look back and think that … Read the rest
You are my witnesses (Isaiah 43:10a NIV).
God repeats this statement in quick succession twice (Isaiah 43:12 and 44:8). That means God meant it to be taken very seriously indeed. So what does it mean?
First of all it means that you need to have an intimate knowledge of God. This is important because no on can witness to anything that he has no knowledge about. God is inviting you … Read the rest
The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites … ” (Deuteronomy 1:6, 7a NIV).
Achievers for God don’t sit still for ever. They press forward. They do not make victories an occasion for rest. But they make it their base where they plan to move forward. Others, who like to … Read the rest
“Woe to the obstinate children,” declares the Lord, “to those who carry out plans that are not mine, forming an alliance, but not by my Spirit, heaping sin upon sin (Isaiah 30:1 NIV).
Alliances play an important role in life. They can help you or cause your ruin. So one should enter into alliances very carefully and with much prayer. Here, it talks about the stubbornness of the Israelites. They … Read the rest
Because they have not followed me wholeheartedly … (Numbers 32:11a NIV).
Half-heartedly following God is dangerous. It causes you to have puny (small and weak) faith. It cannot take God at His word and act on what He has commanded. It looks at obstacles and trembles in fear instead of looking at a big God and conquering it. It causes you to think of going back to old habits and … Read the rest