Real Intimacy

I love to read and I make it point to read every day. I read books, blogs, magazines, and whatever I find interesting and drawing towards Jesus. It’s all because I wanted a real intimacy with Him.

Some of the online magazines that I read were totally amazing, and they influenced me so much. I could see a lot of changes in my behaviour and habits. I also felt drawn to Jesus most of the time.

Reading about Christ was even (in a way) an inspiration for me to start blogging.

But it was not long before I started pondering over having a real intimacy with Jesus and ended up learning a lesson.

Real Intimacy

At one point of time, I developed this liking towards playing guitar. I did not particularly want to become a famous guitarist or so. I just wanted to play guitar so that I can sing and praise God in my personal worship time.

Without taking any guitar classes, I started digging into the internet for every free online guitar tutorial possible. I downloaded chords, read about how to hold a guitar, how to hold a pick and watched videos of people strumming, picking and playing vigorously. I tried to learn playing guitar from them.

Today I am able to play guitar in my own personal worship time (though I don’t play publicly) but there was much more that I had to do than all the downloading, reading and watching of videos.

I had to practice.

Yes, I had to spend time with my guitar for hours and hours to be able to play even a single song. I still remember the time when I grabbed my guitar and started playing even if I had five minutes time before leaving to college.

I put all my heart, energy and time into this instrument to be able to start playing it, even though it was painful and difficult for me.

Having intimacy with Christ is not just about reading books about Him, listening to sermons, listening to gospel songs, or watching Christian movies and videos.

All of these sure help in our walk with God. But, real intimacy is when we spend solid time with the King of Kings personally.

We can have an intimate relationship with Jesus, when we take time to know about Him reading and meditating on the word of God, allowing the Holy Spirit to work in our hearts and praying to Him.

King David in the Bible tells in Psalms 27:4 “One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple”.

He desired to dwell in the house of God where the presence of God was.

My friend, if you’re longing to have a real intimacy with Jesus just shut the noises of the world and spend time alone with Jesus.

You might be doing a lot of other things for God, but God wants you to be with Him, in His presence.

Make it a point to spend long hours with your creator early in the morning, the best hours of the day with the lover of your soul, and dwelling in His presence the entire day. You will taste the sweetness of having intimacy with Christ.

Waiting on God for your Mr. Right

I read about a girl who gave her life at a very young age and surrendered every part of her life including her marriage to Jesus. She decided never to give her heart to any man unless she was sure that he was the person that God had for her and it was the right timing for her to give her heart to him.

For a young American girl of 12 to surrender completely to God, never have a boyfriend and just wait on God to bring someone into her life seemed insane to people around. But was it really worth it?

Waiting on God for your Mr. Right

Krissy kept living completely surrendered to Jesus and serving Him with all her heart. She did not look for a guy and simply trusted that one day God will bring her Mr. Right to her.

She passed her high school and later her college without having a single boyfriend. She was then in her twenties and went across to her thirties still without any guy.

It was then that someone asked her, “Krissy, are you called to be single?” That was not an easy question for her to answer, for it had always been Krissy’s deep desire to get married and to raise a family. She thought for a while and then she answered, “Today I am.”

She did not know how and when God would bring her man into her life, but she was so in love with Jesus that He had become her all in all. She would wake up in the morning with a huge smile, take her bible and read it as if the love of her life had left a love note to her while she was asleep.

Krissy was so fulfilled in Christ and was willing to do anything that God wanted her to do.

Later she felt God’s call to go to a small place to serve Him. But people around her advised her to move to a bigger city where there would be some possibility for her to find a man. Yet, Krissy simply obeyed God and did not try to manipulate situations around her to get married.

As she was taking a bible study in that place where God had called her, a man in his mid thirties, just a little older to Krissy occurred to join the group. This man had the same commitment as Krissy did and he had never given his heart to a girl before. They became friends and later knew that God was leading them to marriage.

Krissy did not regret that she had wasted so many years without getting married because those were blessed years of her life when God used her as a single to bring so many lives to Himself and impact countless number of people around her.

And when they finally got married, it was a glorious day, that as she walked into the church, the presence of God filled the entire place and the beauty of Jesus radiated on her face.

God brought her Mr. Right in a place and a time that was least possible according to everyone around. But, God is God and is able to do anything that He wants in His own time.

Somewhere God has prepared the one who is the best for us. But if we try to take the matter in our own hands, we may miss God’s best for us.

Rather than looking earnestly for a man and getting anxious about our future, if we surrender to Christ and start living for God, trusting Him to bring the right person in the right time in our lives, He will bring the right person at the right time and we will never be disappointed.

The Lesson From Pain

I have wondered many times how God could allow so much of pain in my life. But I never realized then, that it was only for my good.

The Lesson From Pain

All of us have a lot of people around us, friends, classmates, colleagues, family members and so on. But there will be just one person we feel very close to, with whom you laugh together, cry together, work together and just enjoy each other’s friendship, because the bond is so good. There is so much trust between each other.

God blessed me with such a friend, someone I trusted like I trusted no one else. I could bear any problem with anyone else except with this best friend of mine. When she was there for me, I felt supported, comforted and strong. Nothing that happened to me seemed like a very big problem.

But one day I found myself in a situation where things were not the same anymore. In fact it was just the opposite. My best friend was no more my best friend and very soon, I found myself being avoided by the same person who once loved me so much.

The pain drained me mentally and was crying to God about how helpless I felt. And I learnt a lesson from the pain.

When my friend was there for me, no other problem seemed huge. The reason was that I loved her so much and was happy she was there to stand beside me when I needed help. But if God had been there in that place of my friend, nothing would have disappointed or hurt me.

If God is our greatest love, nobody else or nothing else will seem big enough to crush us, because we will always have the love of our life with us.

People may fail us but Jesus never does. Love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8) and God is love. He is always there for us.

God wants us to love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength. When we do not do that, and give His place to others, we face problems in life which will draw us close to Him and understand His love.

Yet He is a gentle God, who will never force us. It’s our choice to either choose Him and go to Him or reject Him and run to the world for love. He waits patiently with arms wide open for you.

My friend if you’re doing the same mistake that I once did, giving the place of God to others in your life, rectify it now. And if you’re going through the pain that I went through, run to Jesus. Just close your eyes and invite Him into your heart. He will come in and be your best friend.

Only Jesus can love us unconditionally and satisfy us always.

The Power of Encouragement

I’ve had this desire in me for very long, a desire to do something with the little talents that God has given me, a desire to write.

But there was also fear. What if no one likes what I write? And what do I even write about?

This was not the first time I got such questions discouraging me. It happened almost every time I felt I could do something. My confidence was thrown in the dark.

But this time I decided to do something. I shared this small desire in my heart with my friend. I thought she would encourage me. And behold! She did.

Broony sits next to me in class and always cheers me up. The moment I told her that I wanted to write, she started encouraging me, telling me how to start and how to keep going. She said “its okay, if no one reads it”, and she went on till I felt I should really start writing, no matter what.

Do you see this blog now? It was because of God’s grace and those little encouraging words, spoken to me, when I simply wanted to write. Today I receive mails from people in and out of India telling how they are blessed by God’s word.

The Bible says, in Hebrews 3.13, “encourage one another daily”, and in Ephesians 4. 29,”Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen”.

You never know how much the small encouraging words you speak can work in others’ lives. It will bring life, hope, joy and meaning in their life even without your knowledge. And you will be remembered for it even if you don’t realize it.

God always wants us to be of good cheer, to rejoice in Him and trust Him. There is nothing like the Word of God (Bible) that can encourage us. Take heart and spend time with the Word of God, and you will be encouraged and will be a source of encouragement to those around you.

So, let us encourage one another, build each other’s faith and press on.

Guard Your Light

Have you ever realised that there is a light shining in you?

It is the light that brings hope to the hopeless, comfort to the broken and peace to those who don’t have any peace in them. Yes, it is the light of Christ that shines on you.

The very first verse of Isaiah 61 says, “Arise and shine for your light has come”. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal saviour and are living in Him, His light is shining upon you.

guard your light

Sadly, many  are allowing the light in them to fade, by moving away from God slowly, sometimes even without their knowledge. From light, their life moves to darkness.

When we are in the dark, we are ignorant, with our hearts hardened and far from God. We are no longer sensitive to the still small voice of God. Impurity and lust takes over us and we continually long for more of them (Ephesians 4: 17-19).

Do you feel this way now? Let me tell you my friend, God has not given up on you. He wants to draw you back into His light, into the holy life which you are called to live.  If you feel God can never forgive you again, just shake that lie off your head and take a moment, go on your knees and cry out to Jesus and telling Him, “Jesus I sinned against you, please forgive me and draw me close to you”, because God is waiting for you to return and He wants you back very badly.

Now, let me also remind you of what God tells in Matthew 6: 22-23. He says, “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness”.

Yes my dear friend, it is very important to guard our light. The key to it, is to guard our eyes first. It is what we see that takes root in our minds, becomes our thinking, our desire and finally our action. Have you  ever done something that you never wanted to and then wondered how you could act so bad, because it was just not your character? It is because of what you kept seeing around you, that came out as action after its time inside your mind.

My friend once forced me to watch a horror movie with her, because she was scared to watch it alone. I hesitated in the beginning, but finally agreed to watch it for five minutes with her. Believe me, five minutes became two hours and I badly suffered the impacts of watching those scary scenes. They would come in front of my eyes every night, especially when I was alone. They kept haunting me even though I wanted to forget them.

It is the same with things which display lust, violence, anger or anything negative we know we should not have in us. They keep lingering in our minds and thoughts until we do it someday. It’s no use saying, I’ll watch it just once. Watching it once will never happen, because the flesh will crave for more and more, and will never be satisfied, making its victims addicted to it. So, learn to say NO, the very first time.

Ask for God’s help and keep your eyes clean and holy. Turn your eyes away from any movie, poster, book or even people who display what displeases God.

Let your body be full of Light so that you will be blessed and will be a blessing to everyone around you. Arise and shine for God!

Whom Do I Run To?

Run To Jesus

I would like to tell you about one of my favourite couples. Let’s see if you can guess who I’m talking about.

I happened to read about their life the other day and was so impressed by how beautiful they were with each other.

There was this young woman, who was waiting for her marriage. She did not know who her man will be and where he was. But, all that she knew was that she was so in love with him already, that she was ready to leave everything and go with him, any moment.

After waiting long, she was in for a big surprise when a proposal was brought to her. She felt like her dreams had come true, for when she met him, she got to know what a blessed he was. She was delighted to know that he was not just a good man, but also someone who started loving her very much. She became his source of comfort and the girl felt like she had gotten the greatest gift of her life- her wonderful husband.

There is another point I love about them. This man was a person who prayed for his wife. In fact, she conceived as an answer to his prayer for her. Isn’t that beautiful? Sure it’s beautiful and I’m also sure you would have guessed the couple right by now. If not, it is Isaac and Rebecca. (Genesis 25)

I would like to talk about what impressed me about Rebecca.

Like I told already, her husband was a gift to her and she sure felt blessed and loved. She would have loved him more than anybody else that she could think of. He was probably her greatest joy. I’m sure she would have wanted to tell him every good and bad, sad and happy, small and big thing that was in her heart.

Now this young woman gets conceived one day and finds out that there is something wrong, going on inside of her. She was scared, confused and anxious to know what was wrong.But thankfully, she had her husband, who loved her so much and could give her confidence, to share it with.

But let me tell you something that really touched me.

She did not choose to go to Isaac with her problem. Instead, she went to God and enquired of Him. (Genesis 25.22).

Can you believe? Her love for her husband, her greatest joy in this world, the love of her life, her prayer partner was definitely not more than the love that she had for her God.

She trusted God more than the man she loved and shared her life with.

Today, my friend, we may have one friend or many friends, who can be with us, or understand us, who are very close to our hearts and can even pray with us and for us. God still wants to be the first.

Whom do we think of when we get up in the morning? Who comes to our mind in times of joy? Whom do we run to when in trouble? It is definitely good to share our burden. But the question is whose face do we seek first?

Even if we do not have friends, do we long to have human beings as our comfort or do we run gladly into the arms of God and are embraced by His love? God wants us to seek Him first. It doesn’t matter what kind of problem or need it is, He is all sufficient. No love can match His love for us. He is madly in love with you and wants you to be with Him always.

David tells the Lord in Psalms 27.8, “You have said, ‘seek My face’. My heart says to you, “your face Lord, do I seek.”

Yes, God wants us to seek Him and not any man. Shall we tell the Lord that we will seek Him first always and not run to man instead.

When we seek the Lord first, we will lack no good thing (Psalm 34.10) and every other blessing will come our way even if we do not ask for them (Matthew 6.33). All that you thought was going wrong will turn out to be for your good. Just trust Jesus. He makes a way where there seems to be no way.

Amidst problems, I have personally experienced such joy that none of my friends could give. It happened when I sought the face of Jesus. He covers me with His love and speaks to me from His Word every time I seek Him.

What is your choice today, do you still want to run to people or do you want to seek God first?

Trust me, you will never regret going to God first and no man can give the satisfaction that Jesus gives us.

Will God Accept Me?

Sinner

There was time in my life when I felt like I sinned so much against God, that by no means can He like me after that. I could see everything going wrong around me and I was so convinced they were the consequences of my sins. I was so down in my spirit and felt like God had forsaken me. I felt simply hopeless.

At that point of time I had no other choice but to keep asking Him for His grace, for I knew I could do nothing without God. And though I kept asking God for forgiveness, I felt so strong inside that God will not forgive me because I’m just too bad.

Today, I wanna share with you how God beautifully showed me His love and took me back again into the experience of the joy of His salvation.

From the time I started condemning myself, I was begging God for forgiveness. And I’m sure God forgave me the very first time I went to Him in tears. But I never believed it. I’m so glad God was determined to pull me back into His love that He kept talking to me repeatedly, from the Word of God, how He loves sinners, till I was convinced that God still loves me.

Jesus ate with sinners when He was on this earth. He loved them and forgave them when they came to Him believing in Him. He accepts us the way we are and can make us righteous.

Psalms 103:12 says, “as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”

God not only removes our sins from us. He even forgets them when we confess our sins and ask Him to forgive us. No sin is beyond the grace of God, that it cannot be cleansed by the blood of Jesus.

Now instead of condemning ourselves, let us turn to God and pursue Him. Let us resolve to spend time meditating on His Word and praying. If we don’t do that, we cannot live a Holy life.

God loves you the way you are. He wants you totally and He wants you right now. Are you willing to get back to Him?