Hi Family and friends
♥My Heavenly Father’s love so…captivates my heart!
He loved man-kind so much that He sent His Only Son Jesus Christ to die for all our sins. Jesus died to set us free and rose again on the 3rd day. giving us hope for a future. Jesus will come again to take us to be with Him.
♥Father’s love is constant, patient and welcoming. He waits for a child who strays away or backslides.
¸.•*¨*✿Sometimes a child willingly strays and walks away from the Father like the Prodigal son.
(★Luke 15:12, “The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.’)
♥Prodigal walks away
¸.•*¨*✿Sometimes one may foolishly wander away like the lost
(★Luke 15:4-6,” “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’)
♥Shepherd looks out for the lost sheep
¸.•*¨*✿And yet others maybe lost in this world like the coin
(★Luke 15:8-9′ suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?”).
♥Woman searches for the lost coin
♥But no matter what God’s love reaches out. He waits for the son who willingly walks away, searches hard for the strayed and lost.
★ He heals the brokenhearted
And binds up their wounds. Psalms 147:3
♥When the Prodigal son returned home in repentance, he seen his heart.The father was so….happy he forgave, forgot and didn’t ask him what he did with all the money or how he spent it, he was just happy the son returned.
This is our Heavenly Father’s love!
♥He welcomes a truly repentant son with love and not condemnation.
Father always picks up a son who repents and looks at him in compassion. He doesn’t shake his finger or cast him out. But lifts him up and says “I love you. I forgive you. Sin no more. It doesn’t matter what people say, but my I am able by the Blood of my Son JESUS, to wash your sins away.”
♥But the elder brother found it hard to accept his younger brother’s return but the Father wanted to rejoice.
(★Luke: 28-32′ older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’ ” ‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’)
THIS IS OUR FATHER’S HEART ND LOVE. HE SEES BEYOND OUR
FAULTS, FALLS AND LOOKS AT OUR HEART.
OUR HEART THAT TURNS TO HIM IN REPENTANCE.
♥Even today when Prodigals return home in repentance, some fellow brothers still look with suspicion and may refuse to accept them.
♥But cheer up there’s hope in Jesus. He accepts a repentant sinner, a backslidden child whole heartedly.
♥Let us ask the Father to fill our hearts with HIS love today…so that we can love like HE does!
♥Do you have loved ones who once loved the Lord and loved His people but who have walked away from God?
♥They may have once been on fire for God but gradually became cold and disinterested in the things of the Kingdom.
♥Today can we pray for all the prodigals we know because their Heavenly Father awaits their return.
Hi family and friends,
God’s Word says in Revelation 12:11
They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.
Life is not a bed of roses. We all go through times of pain, tears, loss, etc, but our God sure can turn these situations for our good.
We go through testing times so that we can testify of God’s goodness in our lives.
In April 2012 I started suddenly getting pain in my lower back, it slowly increased with passing months, I found it hard to sit for more than 10-15 mins, even walking 15 mins would send shooting pain above my knees and back. There was a slight bulge in my lower back.
Then in July went to see an Orthopedic doctor who checked my back and said there seemed to be a problem in the lower 3rd and 4th vertebrae, and said these 2 vertebrae had bulged out because it had degenerated and advised me to get an MRI done. When I got the report doctor looked at it and said, ” This is a Degenerative disc problem, it is a spinal condition caused by the breakdown of your inter vertebral discs. The gel in the discs between the lower 3rd and lower 4th vertebrae has dried up and now these vertebrae are like dead and when you move the nerve gets pinched between these vertebrae and strains the spinal cord and this is causing the pain. Now you have to make life style changes. You have to take care otherwise surgery will be the option after a couple of years.”
(as he’s saying this, I am saying in my mind..”No Lord it’s not dead.”)
And then he gave me a list of things to do and not to do like…
1) No sitting on one position for more than 20 mins.
2) No lifting weights..
3) Wear a belt at all times.
4) Go to a physiotherapist for a month and learn some back strengthening exercises and do it daily,
and the list went on..:)
That night the Lord reminded me of Ezekiel 37: 4 Then He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! 5 This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath[a] enter you, and you will come to life. 6 I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.”
And then the choice was before me, “Whose report do I choose to believe?”
I was doing my exercises daily, following the doctor’s advise and holding on to God’s Word and believing.
But the pain kept coming now and then.
Then in October I decided to go to Coimbatore for 3 weeks, where my sister is a doctor and take some rest at her place.
It’s said, when we are down and in pain and if in our heart we are in communion with God, He will send His encouragement in unusual ways.
In Coimbatore one night when I was resting on the couch, I heard
this powerful song on the television. It’s a tamil song but do listen!
The singer was Gersson Edinbaro, singing Ezekiel 37, suddenly these words came out alive to me even as he sang “Pesu, Pesu (Speak, speak)speak life, speak God’s word, His power,
these are days when dry bones will come together, weak knees will be strengthened,
the crooked will be made straight, rough paths will be leveled.
So speak, speak nerves will be formed, bones will come together and flesh will be formed. And with the breath and Word of God life will come within you.”
Just as I was listening to the words of this songs, felt God’s power and it encouraged me to speak God’s word (Ezekiel 37:1 to 10) into my physical condition and I was back in Mumbai in November and it was in January ’13 I realized slowly but surely, healing had come to my bones as I had stopped wearing my belt since December and was hardly doing my exercises.
So I thanked God I was with out pain for nearly 2 months now. The pain was gone but the slight bulge in the lower back remained.
On Sunday January 27th, I shared this testimony to few of our sisters in Church.
Monday 28th went for a night prayer and the next morning(29th, Tuesday) got a drop till a toll naka close to our place around 5.30 AM.
From there I took a rick home. The auto was going on high speed hit on something, there was a huge jerk, I was thrown up on my seat and when landed on the seat I felt my spinal cord literally shake and started getting a severe pain in my lower back and I thought, “If only I had worn my belt…”
Then I said..”No Lord this cannot happen…I don’t want this pain again.”
I got home did not tell anyone anything, after kids and Leslie left for work, I was lying in bed crying and telling God…”Lord You had healed me, now if the enemy had meant this for my bad, turn this for my good Lord, just don’t want this pain Lord.”
I was listening to this above song and claiming God’s Word.
The next morning when I got up there was no pain.
I just stood up rubbed my lower back I was shocked I could not feel that bulge! God had set right my 2 vertebrae.
What doctors said was impossible, God made it possible Glory be to our God on High!
I thank God for all who prayed for me and encourage me.
Philippians 1:3, “I thank my God every time I remember you.”
God is good! All Glory be to Him alone!
There is power in the Word of God!
All of us were one day lost in sin… until one day our Lord found us…
Only God can bring Salvation, total healing, restoration and make the one who heeds to His call and believes in His Word a new creation through His Son Jesus Christ.
Only He can turn our mess into message; our test becomes a testimony!
There is hope for the hopeless in Him…
He is the One who will wash us of all our unrighteous deeds and cloth us with His righteousness!
Let’s testify of God’s work in our lives!
We overcome the enemy by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony!
Revelation 12:11 “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”
Let us boldly testify of what God’s done in our lives.