5 Rules for Effective Ministry

5 Rules for Effective Ministry

Hello,

It’s been a while since a wrote a blog. The last time I wrote was on May 12, 2017. 137 days since I wrote the last one.! Life has become busy and a lot of great things happened during those few months.

I’ve been in ministry for a year now from the time I started a church. Life’s been great, in great moments you praise the Lord and in difficult moments you still praise him but you learn how to avoid mistakes and do it better next time.

Winning any game requires you to play by the rules. So is the ministry, if you attain the reward that God has set for you then you have to live by the rules.

I’m going to list five rules for effective ministry. I’ve learned this from:

  1. Watching my dad lead the church, preach and teach week after week, counsel people and do all the church duties.
  2. Experience of starting my own church.

I’ll share a few of them today.

 

1. Be Prepared in season and out of season. (2 Timothy 4:2)
Yes, for those of you who love preaching and teaching. This is for you.! As Pastors, we have one important mandate that is:
Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction 2 Timothy 4:2

A few months ago, I felt God talking to me saying, prepare and preach a sermon every day so that you can learn how to preach a sermon better. But, somehow, didn’t obey the instructions. And I paid the price for it.

Here’s what happened.
I was at a friends wedding and all of a sudden we heard the MC invited me and another pastor to come on stage to speak and wish the couple. I tell you, First, it was a Surprise and Second, I didn’t know what to speak in a wedding. I was unprepared. I went blank. However, I went on stage and spoke something.

It was one of those moments I wish I had spoken better. I could have put a small message together in 3 minutes in which I could have blessed the couple with God’s word, and I could have preached the gospel(it was largely a non-believer crowd) and could have inspired them towards a Godly living. But I missed a precious opportunity because I wasn’t prepared.

You see, precious opportunities don’t come every time and when they come, they DON’T give you an advance notice. You’ve got to be prepared.

My Hermeneutics teacher told me that one thing that he does everyday.. is that he prepares a sermon. That’s a great practice. I still remember the kind of exposition and sermon he would preach. It was brilliant.

He did what he could do because he prepared a sermon even without any speaking appointments. He made preaching his lifestyle; something that he incorporated into his life every day.

You never know when opportunities will knock at your door. Be prepared in season and out of season. I believe, God speaks best when you are well-prepared to preach.! Prepare sermons even when you don’t have any preaching opportunities. Those sermons will be the best sermons.

 

2. Remember there are “Seasons of Waiting” in Ministry.
A Senior Pastor who has been in ministry for almost 25+ years told me, “I wish I had waited on the Lord when God called me to ministry.” He continued saying, because he didn’t wait on God he faced great troubles, some that shook the ministry, and it was beyond what he could bear.

I strongly believe, we have to fulfill God’s will in God’s timing. Many times we make the mistake of fulfilling God’s will in our timing; thinking that this is the best time. But we will face the worst of trials.!

The Season of waiting are those times in life when all you do is pray and read and meditate on the word of God.

One important work that God does to us in the “Season of Waiting” is that he prepares you physically and mentally for what is about to come. Because after the season of waiting, we will experience joyful moments and painful moments too. But we’ll be able to walk through those moments easily if we spend a good time in waiting on him.

If you go through the season of waiting, “God will give you the ability to always focus on Him during joyful moments so that you don’t take the glory for yourself and He will give you the strength to walk and sustain during painful moments in ministry.”

But, if we do not walk through the “season of waiting” we won’t be physically and mentally prepared to face challenges.

Remember, a slow-cooked dish tastes better than the dish cooked in a pressure cooker.

Wait on God and you will see Him open up doors like you’ve never expected.

Are you in a Season of Waiting? If Yes, share your experience in the comments below.

 

3. Disciple at least one person
God will always give you one person, irrespective of age & background, who you can counsel, teach and nurture.

Jesus said, Matthew 28:19
Therefore go and make DISCIPLES of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Jesus’ command to his disciple was simple. “MAKE DISCIPLE of all nations” In other words, Jesus is saying, Invest what I’ve invested in you.

I tell you this, one of the greatest and highest investments that you can make in ministry is investing in discipling people. They will come to you as a rough rock with sharp edges and it is your responsibility to sculpt them, shape them according to God’s plan.

You’ve got to:

  1. Counsel them
  2. Teach them
  3. Preach
  4. Talk about God and spiritual matters (Not Gossip)
  5. Spend time in prayer
  6. Encourage them to do what you do
    1. If you are a good Bible teacher: Teach them how to do it as well.
    2. If you are a good preacher: Teach them how to preach.

After you do that, step back and look what God will do through them. Discipling is a rewarding job. It’s painful, and it requires lots of patience, prayer, and hard work. But at the end, it’s worth every minute you’ve spent with them.

Discipleship is not only limited to someone who speaks your language or is from your hometown. It may be a person who doesn’t know you or may not even like where you come from. But if God wants you to disciple them. Do it.! You’ll see what God will do through them. You will surely receive the reward for your labor.

 

4. Form a team who will serve along with you.
Never do ministry as a One-Man show. It’s dangerous.

Acts 6:2–4 MSG
They said, “It wouldn’t be right for us to abandon our responsibilities for preaching and teaching the Word of God to help with the care of the poor. So, friends, choose seven men from among you whom everyone trusts, men full of the Holy Spirit and good sense, and we’ll assign them this task. Meanwhile, we’ll stick to our assigned tasks of prayer and speaking God’s Word.”

That is what the early apostles did and that is what we are supposed to do.

You may have a congregation with just 5 members…form a team with those five members. Listen to God, ask him for guidance. Each member has a gift, something that they can bring to the table, encourage them to use that. Some may be good in leading worship, some in praying for miracles, some in gathering resources and some in greeting people. Give them responsibilities. Don’t shy away from it.

Jesus had a team of 12, they were imperfect but still did things together. Judas Iscariot, though a betrayer and liar, was in charge of the treasury.

If you want your ministry to grow. Form a team and delegate responsibilities.

As a Pastor, or a Leader you have to ask God to give you the ability to identify the gift that He has placed in others so that you can teach and encourage them to use it more.

You might be able to do all of what your team members can do, probably even better than them but working that way will reduce your effectiveness or your position in the ministry.

Form a team and watch the results.

 

5. Be careful in confiding secrets or opening up your heart to others
This is one lesson that I’ve learnt in a painful way.

As Pastors and Leaders, we are still humans. We don’t become superhuman beings when we enter into ministry. We want to share what is on our mind with other people. We want to confide secrets.! But No! Be Careful. Never share with anyone.

Because nothing of what you say will be understood or taken in the right way by anyone.

So, Who can you share with?
Share your secrets, share your thoughts with the woman that God has given you. Your Wife.

My teacher who taught a subject on Marriage and Family said, “Man’s biggest need is that he needs a shoulder to lean on after all his work.”

I am experiencing that now. I look for moments at the end of the day to talk to my wife where I can open up my heart with her. I can speak anything I want. I may be right. I may not be right. I may theologically wrong but I still share. Because God has put in her the capacity to listen and comfort me with her loving embrace. That means a lot.!

I’ve seen pastors share secrets and open their heart to people other than their wife. At the right time the very people they shared with, will stand against them and accuse them. In those moments, we as pastors and leaders won’t have anything to say. We’ll be defenseless. I’ve seen this happening. It’s one of those heart-breaking moments in ministry.

God knows our needs as Pastors and Leaders. He has given us a woman called “Wife” with whom we can confide everything. She will listen, understand and will comfort you.

If you are not married share your secrets and open your heart to your parents or your siblings.

I have shared secrets and have opened up my heart to other people and I’m reaping the pain of that even today.

If you want to share. Share only with your wife

So, those were the five rules of effective ministry. I’ll expand this list more and more in the days to come.!

I hope and pray that this will be a blessing to you. If you are blessed, share this article with others and if you have any questions or anything to add to the list. Write them in the comments section below.

 

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Total Surrender

Total Surrender

 

A week ago I was listening to Bishop T.D. Jakes quote a verse from 2 Timothy 1:12 and that caught my attention ever since. I am going to write about that today.

2 Timothy 1:12

For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.

May God bless you richly as you continue to read this blog.

 

Paul writes this passage from a Prison in Rome. He writes to Timothy, a young Pastor, whom he had trained and appointed at the church in Ephesus. Timothy was more than a fellow co-worker. Paul calls Timothy as a true son in the faith. It’s is clearly evident that Paul’s relationship with Timothy crossed the regular boundaries of a “minister and co-worker relationship.” There were many who worked along with Paul in advancing the gospel but Timothy out of all of them seemed to have caught Paul’s heart that Paul wrote two letters to him to impart the valuable lessons and to motivate and to encourage him in ministry.

At this point in time; Paul is in Prison. So Timothy, his son in the faith, might have been ashamed of his spiritual father, mentor and guide because of his imprisonment. Imprisonment was not something to be celebrated. That is why Paul writes, 2 Timothy 1:8 says, “Do not be ashamed of me(Paul).”

As a young servant of God, Timothy would have been going through emotionally turbulent times. He’s young; not sure of everything that needs to be done; Timothy might have needed Paul the most at this time but Paul is imprisoned; He had very few people to stand with him in ministry; He was concerned about his life and future probably worrying if he would also be imprisoned one day like Paul.

I could sometimes relate with what Timothy is going through; being a young person in the ministry can be heavy lifting task. A task bigger than life; it can be overwhelming and daunting; fear of future could overtake at times.

But Paul as he pens this beautiful teaching to Timothy. Paul knowing what Timothy was going through; Paul does not address the problem directly but turns his focus towards what’s more important. Paul turns timothy’s attention towards life and on the God who leads it.

Paul writes, “For this reason, I also suffer these things; nevertheless, I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day”

Paul begins by saying that he is not ashamed because of one reason. The reason is that he knows whom he has believed and knows for sure that He is able to keep what Paul has committed to him until that day.

When Paul received the calling, he wasn’t a jobless rogue going around the streets causing strife but he was an important and highly respected person in the society. But when God called him, he left the life that he considered worthy of honor and respect to follow God.

When God calls, he begins with an act of surrender. We surrender our plans, desires and will to follow God’s plans, desires, and will. In other words, we are exchanging our life with his life. That is why Paul writes, “I no longer live but Christ lives in me, the life I now live I live by faith in the son of God.”

And so when you think about life after coming to ministry. It is often easy to say, “Oh, I need a build a good life.” I need to make sure I have all that need.” I need to make sure I am financially stable and well to do. I need to make sure I hold an honorable position, status and respect in the society. Eventually, we become so full ourselves in ministry that we still control some part our lives. But Paul lived a life of total surrender. He knew that his life was not his own but that he had given it to the Lord when he found him. So his life was not precious to him nor the pleasures but knowing God and accomplishing his will mattered to him the most. That is why he says,

Philippians 3:7. But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ

So when he writes this to Timothy, He writes a very affirmative and a bold statement that his life did not matter to him because he knew who he had given it to. And he knew that God is able to guard what he had committed till that day.

When we look at ourselves. Sometimes there are so many things we could look back and say I wish I had that, I wish that happened in life. We often desire things that we had left for the Lord. Sometimes there is so much of struggle in our flesh that makes us think the past was better than the current times. The past days were simpler than the ones now.

We are stuck in such thinking because we are still holding on to our own lives than surrendering it to God completely. We have not given every part of our life to him. We might have given to God but we are still looking at the past and saying that those days were somewhat good.

We have to arrive at such a commitment to God’s will and plan. Paul did not consider his life precious but knew that he trusts a God who is able to keep his life until that day when he sees him face to face.

I could go on writing more and more about his verse. There’s more to say and learn from this passage but I want to end it saying that our Life isn’t worth living until it is fully surrendered into the hands of God. Because he only can make us arrive at our Goal. Our abilities, our talents, and gifts will never lead us to our goal but only entrusting our lives in God’s hands will bring us that far.

Paul arrived at the end of his life and said, “I have finished my race.”  He was so confident that he had completed what God had wanted him to do.

Let us also arrive at such a point in our life where we can say boldly that I have finished my race because I entrusted my life in the hands of God.

Know where to Hide

Know where to Hide

“Knowing where to Hide” is the key factor to living a christ-centered life.

Job, a man found in the scriptures, whose piety and devotion towards God was far greater than any of the people living during his time. He would have lived around the time of the patriarchs; either Abraham, Jacob, Joseph or Moses. And God saw something so unique about Job and his devotion towards him that God called him an upright man.

Woah! That’s a valid certification of man’s character.

God certified Job saying;

Job is

  • Blameless
  • Upright
  • Fears God
  • Turns away from Evil

I wish we all could get such a certification from God.

Now, we know what happened to Job later; He lost his property, servants, and children and had painful sores from the crown of his head to the sole of his feet.

This pain that job faced came in two phases: first, property, servants, and children were killed and destroyed; second, he was inflicted with painful sores.

After the first phase of troubles: Job tore his robe, shaved his head, fell to the ground and worshiped. And said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return” The Lord gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. (Job 1:20-21)

If you read those verses over and over again. You will notice something remarkable about those statements.

A man who lost property, his livestock which was an important wealth of measure in those time, servants were killed and children, his own progeny dead, says those words.

This situation isn’t a hypothetical one. It’s not a tale or a myth. It’s real. The pain, the suffering is all real.

But why did he say those words?

If I were in Job’s position, I would have loaded my donkey went the spot where the livestock was stolen; ordered my men to chase those people down and get all that I lost. And visit the spot where the children died, mourn for them, bring them back and bury them. I would have done all of this. This would have been my immediate action. But Job didn’t seem to do any of that. The moment he heard what happened, he stays where he his and praises the name of the LORD.

Job did something that proved he is upright, blameless, fears God and turns away from evil.

When Job faced pain this is what he did.

As I read those passages I realized, Job knew where to hide when troubles came. And because he knew where to hide himself, he praised the name of the LORD in spite of reacting to this painful moment.

Here’s where the truth is,

Job 1:20;
Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped.

The key word in that verse is: worshiped

Job’s reaction to this painful moment was worship. Job worshiped God in that painful moment. Job had lost property, servants, and children but he worshiped. Worship was Job’s hiding place. Job knew where to hide. He hid in worship, he hid himself in the presence of the LORD. As he hid in worship he knew that this was the Lord’s doing and said, “The Lord gave and Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

Let’s be honest. If you and I face such situation what will our response be; will we blame God and people around us for all things that went wrong?

How do we react when anxiety strikes? How do we react when we face pressure to perform? How do we react when problems come? How do we react when we face challenges?

How do we combat them?

In our Christian life, we face many battles. Many spiritual warfares. Sometimes it’s too overwhelming to stand strong. It’s easy to fall. It’s easy to loose our temper. It’s easy to shout at someone when things don’t go the way we expect. In a small moment, we speak words that show anger and hurt others. We speak words that shouldn’t be spoken. We dishonor parents, family, and friends. We dishonor relationships.

There’s something important to understand: The anxiety we face in life is an arrow from the enemy. Unwanted pressure or untimely pressure is an arrow from the enemy. People gossiping and talking bad about us are arrows that are induced by the enemy. Problems and challenges are arrows from the enemy. And when such situations come we have to hide in worship instead of reacting to all that has gone wrong.

But often times in our stand against the arrows of the enemy; we begin to shoot back arrows and we fail.

When people talk bad about us…we will find who they are and give an answer for all they spoke. When somebody causes trouble we make sure they get twice of what they did to us.

But that’s not what we are supposed to do. Rather we should hide in worship when people gossip. We should hide in worship when anxiety strikes. We should hide in worship when challenges come. We should hide in worship when pressure builds up. We have to develop the habit of hiding in worship and in the presence of the LORD when anything goes wrong.

Remember those are arrows. When they fly towards you instead of dodging; hide in worship. Hide in the presence of the LORD.

What does hiding in worship mean?

Hiding in worship means to set your mind in worshipping and praising God for all that he has done in the past and now continue to seek his protection and strength as you face this challenge. When you do that, God will give you the strength to overcome and also protect you from any harm.

The Psalmist realized this and writes.

Psalm 91:1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
Psaln 91:7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

Psalm 32:7 You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.

Job knew where to hide when arrows flew towards him. David knew where to hide when arrows flew towards him. Even today when arrows fly towards you, learn to hide in the presence of the LORD.

When you learn to hide you will live a christ-centered life.

When God calls

When God calls

An intriguing question: How do you respond when God calls?

God calls people to serve him full-time or part-time in the ministry.

Note: This article is written for those who have received a call to ministry and are in the process of giving an answer to the call of God. Also to anyone who is considering to be in the ministry.

“God does not choose people because of their ability, but because of their availability.”
― Brother Andrew (Source)

That is a true statement. If you have ever attended a bible college you would have heard that statement several times, almost every month by the time you graduate. It’s a powerful statement.

Over the years, I have seen several students graduate from the bible college. Unfortunately, most don’t enter into ministry. I am not pointing my finger at them as I write this. But that’s a fact. And I have pondered over that for years. Why don’t people go into ministry after studies if that is what they have trained and prepared themselves for all those years?

In my batch of 36 students, only a few – about 10 of them are in ministry. Some are still studying, some have chosen to be in different organizations.

Well, maybe that’s what they wanted to do.

Jesus said, the Harvest is plenty but the laborers are few. Matthew 9:37.

What does that mean? Jesus is saying, there are people who are longing to know the truth, they are ripe to know God but there is lack of Christian workers who have not yet gone into the field to harvest them.

Oswald Chambers said like this (Source)

“God did not direct His call to Isaiah— Isaiah overheard God saying, “. . . who will go for Us?” The call of God is not just for a select few but for everyone. Whether I hear God’s call or not depends on the condition of my ears, and exactly what I hear depends upon my spiritual attitude.”
― Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

It’s very interesting to understand that Isaiah overhead God’s call for his life. Our response depends on how well our ears are tuned to listen to his call for ministry.

God’s call to ministry is challenging. It’s not a walk to fame, not a walk where people will celebrate you and welcome you. Rather you will find that you will be questioned more and sometimes even discouraged to go into ministry. Instead, if you were to say, I am going to the USA to work; You will be supported, encouraged and even financed by people. You will be sent into the ends of the earth to work and make a living but not so easily for ministry.

Isaiah heard the call of God and answered and did a terrific ministry. He was a prophet. He was one of a kind; spoke the word of God without any adulteration; just the way he received it. Elijah heard the call of God and brought fire down to demonstrate God’s power. Elisha heard the call of God through Elijah and raised the dead to life. And even after his death when a dead man was thrown on his tomb the moment the body touched Elisha’s bones the dead man came to life and stood up (2 Kings 13:21). Moses obeyed the call of God and lead israelities out of EgyptThe disciples of Jesus heard the call and followed him. Paul received the call and did a great ministry among the non-Jewish people. Thomas the disciple of Jesus came to India after he received and call and died in South India as a martyr; the seed of the gospel was sown.

Men and women called by God throughout history have served him. Some were highly educated, rich and influential and some poor and had no education. God used everybody and called them based on how available and prepared they were to hear and obey his call.

The greatest fear today that grips the heart of young people as they think about ministry is this, what will happen to my life. What about my future?; Should I be separated from my parents? How will I meet my needs? How will I feed my family? What about finance?

These are common and practical questions. But often times such questions can be asked with unbelief and doubt in mind. And slowly because of such questions and worries, many fall away from doing the ministry.

One thing we need to get into our minds is this, “When God calls he provides.” He knows what we need even before we ask him. He knows what we need even before we know that we need.

So when God calls, we are to answer, Yes Lord, I will go. Honestly, it’s not an easy one to say. But when you say, this is what it means, “I am now placing my life, my hopes, and my family into your hands. Take me where you want. I will follow you and serve you for the rest of my life.”

I believe we would be surprised if we were to see what God can do with our life if we give it to him fully.

Psalms 34:10 says,  The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.

The ones who are strong will lack and suffer hunger but those who look to the Lord will lack no good thing. When you depend on him he will feed you, protect you and take you to places you’ve never imagined and have never been before.

Also, times of testing will come. Times will come when you find yourselves in a tough situation, there will be plenty of need but you may not see any providence. Sometimes we won’t have what we desire. God shapes us throughout those times. He builds our faith and takes us to the next chapter of our journey.

I have met many pastors who left their good paying jobs in private and government firms to serve the Lord. The beginning was tough but now God has blessed them abundantly. My family is a testimony to that. There were tough times as my parents left their jobs and began ministry. Today, we don’t lack anything. We have good food, good house, good clothing and all that we need.

That is how God blesses when we serve him. He is a faithful master who never delays the wages for his workers. He is a father who provides his children without fail. He shepherd who guides his sheep on the right path. He is the protector who protects those who serve him.

Those who serve him never lack anything. They are healthy, safe and sound.!

If you have received God’s call for yourself. Do not hesitate. Say, Yes!

God did not direct his call to Isaiah but he heard and responded because his ears were tuned enough to hear God’s voice.

How are your ears today? Do you hear the voice of God every day? If you hear then be expectantly waiting to hear his call. If you do not hear his voice surrender yourself in his presence and get into the habit of hearing his voice everyday.

I met a dear pastor whom I had met few months before I left my job. At this time when I met, I told him, I am now in full-time ministry. He said these words of encouragement, “Brother, you are now part of a very different class of Soldiers that stand for God.” Those words sank deep into my heart knowing that I am privileged to be in the ministry and to serve him with all my strength.

When God calls, respond. It’s glorious to serve him.

Read about my life here: Grateful for what I am today.

If you have any interesting stories to share or have questions about your call. You can leave them as comments below.

 

 

 

 

Walking in your destiny

Walking in your destiny

John Piper recently posted a tweet that said, “God’s will for our life is that his will should become our will.”

I agree to that.

It’s easier said than done.

It seems easier to walk in your own will and desire than walk in the destiny that God has prepared for you.

Because we tend to walk by what we see.

But God desires the opposite for our life. He wants us to walk by faith and not by sight.

In other words, if there is anything in our life that we held on as a treasured possession, that we put our hard work, our hopes, and everything to it – because we see it. Be sure, one day, God will remove that out of your life.

I worked at The Bangalore Conservatory. I served in different positions. I loved my job. I loved the organization. I treated it as a baby. This organization was so precious to me that I spent countless hours planning, working towards achieving the goals. I spent my time, energy, sacrificed my family time to spend at BC. I gave it all. There are times when I’ve worked for 16 hours straight. I thought I’d spend most of my life here. But one day, things started to change. I heard God’s call to enter into full-time ministry. It was a tough decision. I prayed and finally said, Yes. The very thing that I regarded as precious; God took away. Why ?

Why ?

Because I put my hard work and hopes on what I saw. But God took me into a place to make me live according to what I believe and not in what I see. He wanted me to believe in him for my providence. He wanted me to believe in what he made me be. He wanted me to believe in what he spoke into my life several years ago. He wanted me to believe in what he has called me to do.

More than anything, He wanted me to believe in what he can do in my life more than what I can do by myself.

Fast forward, several months later. I have moved to Mangalore. I have met wonderful people; people who became like family to me. Started a church and became part of bible study group where I teach regularly.

So, How is life compared to the time when I worked at Bangalore Conservatory and now when I am in full-time ministry?

When I was working, I put my hopes and hard work in what I could see. I saw an institution that has the potential to become the best music degree institution in the country. I saw students, staff, and everything else. And I saw my providence in that. I put my hopes in what I saw.

And now when I am in ministry. God is teaching me to put my hopes and hard work in what I believe. I believe there is a call, there is a mission and I believe that one day a mega-church will rise up in this city that will lift the name of Jesus high.!

But now, what do I see? I see few people, a small group, challenging times, times when I walk around with coins in my wallet, and sometimes nothing.!

But God has been faithful to me. He has helped me live here for 6 months and continues to provide everything I need. Often times, the question I ask or ponder is why I don’t see anything materialize in the way I expect it to happen. Although I see a structure, I don’t see anything materialize.

But, I know, God is doing something in me. He is teaching me to walk by faith and not by sight. He wants to me to put my hopes and work in what I believe and not in what I see.

He wants me to put my belief in what he can do than what I could achieve by myself.

If I live according to what I see then I don’t need God’s help. But only when I live according to what I believe then I need God in everything. Without him, I can’t live. Without him, I can’t breathe. Without him, I can’t survive.

I believe one day a generation of young people will rise up for the name of Jesus. This city, Mangalore, is going to be on fire for God.

All this will come to fulfillment only if I continue to live according to what I believe.

I tell you, this is life. Though it’s challenging it is a fruitful life. It is satisfying. You will experience the amazing presence of God in an inexpressible way; I experience it every day. This is life. God provides in ways I can never imagine. He is faithful.

This is my destiny.

If God has called you walk into the destiny he has designed for you. Do not hesitate. Pray and prepare yourself. And say Yes Lord, and begin to walk. You will see him do mighty work in your life.

Always remember to set your eyes on what God can do through your life than what you could do by yourself.

The Past that hurts

The Past that hurts

We all have a past. If we look back, it hurts.

Though there are good memories, if we look back there are memories that can hurt us.

If you step outside and ask people in their mid 30’s to share a memory from their past; they will answer with extra caution because they wouldn’t want to let out the dark part of their past to any stranger. But if you were to ask a kid what he did in the past year, he would have a ton of happy stories to tell you.

So, why are we that way? Why do we, in our 20’s and 30’s, clearly remember the past hurtful memories more than the good and happy ones?

Why do we remember the times when our hearts were broken, more than the times when we found peace, joy, and happiness in Christ?

Why do we remember the times we were embarrassed in front of a people than the times we were praised and appreciated in front of people?

Why ?

Maybe such memories burn deep into our heart that often times we leave them there with a desire to keep them as the monument of our past. Some like to keep their memories that way. Some like to erase it. Some like to keep but at the same time erase it (Torn apart between two things). But one thing to remember is that the more we cause the past to linger the more it will become the weight that pulls us down.

No matter how we move forward in life, we find ourselves coming back to the same memories, life and habits. We really haven’t moved forward rather we have only moved forward carrying with us the shackles of the past and chains of guilt and hurt still tied on to us.

I love this scripture, Psalmist says,

Psalms 130:3. If you, LORD, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? 

The Psalmist had a deeper revelation, he knew that God never kept a record of his past when he prayed to God and said, “I am sorry.”

he goes on to say,

Psalms 130:4. But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you. 

God knows our past and knows all that we have done but still offers forgiveness. So that we can be called his children.

So now, because God has forgiven our sins and hasn’t kept a record of our past. We as his children do not have any obligations, rights or responsibilities to keep the past alive in us.

We are now, called to serve him with all our heart, soul, and mind: throwing away the past that hurt us, throwing away the past that kept us back all these days, throwing away the past that told us we are incapable of achieving anything in life. We are now, called to serve him with peace, joy, and tranquility.

If God doesn’t keep a record of our sins then we shouldn’t.

God is able to make all things new in our life.

Heb 8:12 says, For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

Forgetting past hurtful memories is a miracle. Only God can help us get out of it. Ask him and he will heal you of every past hurtful memory.

And now that you have been forgiven, restored and set free; set yourself on the course to run.

Heb. 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Let’s us throw away every hurtful memory by asking God to heal and help us get over it. And set ourselves on the course to run by fixing our eyes on Jesus, the one who started the faith and the one who can perfect the faith.

In my former days, I was a pornography addict but now I have developed a hate and displeasure towards it. It’s been five years since I gazed my eyes on any of those websites. That is something only God can do. God has changed my life so much that the past doesn’t hurt. Rather when I look back at it, I rejoice because I’ve been forgiven and set free.

If God can do that for me. He can do it for you.

Allow God to take control of your life. He will make it GLORIOUS.

I was inspired to write this blog after I read a blog(and the comments) titled, “Reclaiming Childhood” by Beauty Beyond Bones. Read that article here

New Year Resolution: Less of me and more of Jesus

New Year Resolution: Less of me and more of Jesus

It’s that time of the year when we begin to reflect on all things we did this year and make plans and new resolutions for the coming year. Honestly, most new year resolutions are thrown out the window by the end of the first month. However, sometimes we are able to keep a few and accomplish them.

If I have to reflect on all that events that happened this year. There’s a lot to be thankful and grateful to God for. I began this year with a preparation to move to a new place, moved in a few months, met awesome people who became like family to me, and started a Church. It’s amazing to me when I think of what God can do if we were to let him work more and more in our life every day.

As I sat this evening working and sketching out a design, this popped into my mind.

“If only our lives were less of us and more of God then we won’t have to argue, fight or be negative towards anyone.”

As those words came into my mind. I decided that I am going to make those words my resolution for the new year.

Probably, we don’t fight, argue or do any sort of negative thing but somewhere in us the “I” still lies awake. And I believe, this is progressive, it takes time, patience and effort to strip everything that makes us boast in us or in who we are.

So, I want to encourage you. As you begin this new year let your life become more of Jesus and less of yourself.

Also, thank you to everyone who subscribed to my blog. I hope to keep writing many more in the coming days.

Thank you.

God bless us all.