Have you ever heard the story about the farmer who told his wife one morning that he was going to plough the southern side of his farm ?He got off to an early start so he could oil the tractor . He needed more oil, so he went to the shop to get it. On the way to the shop, he noticed his cows weren’t fed . So he proceeded to the cattle feed , where he found some sacks of feed. The sacks reminded him that his potatoes were sprouting. When he started for the potato pit , he passed the woodpile and remembered that his daughter wanted wood in the house. As he picked up a few sticks , an ailing goat passed by. He dropped the wood and reached for the goat. When evening arrived , the frustrated farmer had not even gotten to the tractor, let alone the field!
How many times have you found yourself in a similar situation? You intended to do something you knew was important, but were distracted and never accomplished what you set out to do.
Or perhaps you can think of something that you have always wanted to do but can never find time for.
By the same question, are you aware of something that you do often that is a waste of time ?
If you are a normal person, you answered “Yes” to both questions and thought of something specific in each case. Isn’t it strange that we can want to do one thing for a long time and never get to it, and yet at the same time we freely admit that we are wasting time on other activities ?
If you tried to describe what God is like, it could be difficult or daunting. But when the people who wrote the Bible pondered the mystery of God, they consistently described God’s character in this way: compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, overflowing with loyal love and faithfulness.1 We’re going to look at this third phrase, that God is “slow to anger.” Now, that might surprise some people. Isn’t the God of the Bible mostly angry, striking people down for their sins? Well, it turns out that God’s anger in the Bible is way more nuanced than that and way more interesting.
In Hebrew, the phrase “slow to anger” is pronounced ’erek ’appayim, or literally, “long of nose.” But what does God’s patience have to do with a long nose? Well, first, we need to look at the common biblical Hebrew way to say that someone is angry: “their nose burned hot.” Like in the story of Joseph, when Potiphar thinks that Joseph tried to sleep with his wife, “his nose burned hot.” 2 It’s usually translated “his anger burned.” It’s describing how your body, especially your face, gets hot when you’re filled with anger. And so in Hebrew, the main words for anger are either “nose” or “heat” or “hot nose.”
This is why a patient person is called “long of nose.” It takes a long time for their nose to get hot. Like in the biblical proverb, “A person’s wisdom is their long nose,” 3 that is, their slow anger!
Now, in the Bible, God gets angry numerous times, but God doesn’t have a nose or get hot! These are metaphors, using our experience of hot anger to describe how God feels when he witnesses human evil. Just like you would get angry if you saw a child being bullied on the playground, so God gets angry when humans oppress each other and ruin his world. In the Bible, God’s anger is an expression of his justice and his love for the world. But he’s slow to anger, which means he gives people lots of time to change. Like in the story of the Exodus, when Pharaoh enslaves the Israelites and has their baby boys thrown into the waters, God sends Moses to confront Pharaoh.4 And Pharaoh’s given ten chances to let Israel go free.5 But after the tenth refusal, Pharaoh rides out with his chariots to destroy the Israelites, 6 and so God destroys him in the waters.7 Pharaoh’s own evil is turned back upon him, and we read that this is an act of God’s “hot anger.” Now, that’s really intense. But think about it. God wouldn’t be good if he didn’t get angry at Pharaoh’s evil and eventually do something about it. And notice that God’s anger is expressed by handing Pharaoh over to the consequences of his own decisions.
This is why Jesus said that he was going to Jerusalem to die as a demonstration of God’s love for his enemies. 11 He would stand in the place of his people, who were choosing self-destruction, and take the consequences of their decisions upon himself. In Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, we see God’s anger at evil and his love for people working together to provide forgiveness and life for a humanity lost in self-ruin. So God’s anger in the Bible is really important, but it’s not the end of the story. When God is angry and brings justice, it’s because he’s good. And he’s extremely patient, working out his plan to restore people to his love. And that’s what it means to say that God is “slow to anger.”
The man answered, “A man called Jesus made some mud and rubbed it on my eyes. Then He told me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash yourself.’ So I went there and washed myself, and now I can see!” They asked him, “Where is Jesus?” The blind man answered, “I don’t know.” They brought the man who was once blind to the Pharisees. (Jesus had made the mud and opened the blind man’s eyes on the Sabbath day.)
Again, the Pharisees kept asking the blind man how he could see. The man said to them, “He put mud on my eyes, I washed myself, and I can see.” Some of the Pharisees were saying, “This man is not from God because He does not keep the Sabbath day!” But others were asking, “How could a sinful man perform such miracles?” They were divided among themselves.
They asked the man again, “What do you say about Jesus? Do you believe He opened your eyes?” The man answered, “He is a prophet.” The Jewish leaders didn’t believe that the man had really been blind and could now see, until they called the man’s parents. The leaders asked them, “Is this man your son? Do you claim that he was born blind? How come he now sees?” Then his parents answered, “We know he is our son and that he was born blind, but we don’t know how he can see now. We don’t know how he opened his eyes. Ask him. He is a grown man; he can speak for himself.” (The man’s parents said these things, because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. The Jewish leaders had already agreed that if anyone said that Jesus was the Messiah, that person would be thrown out of the synagogue. That is why his parents said, “He is an adult; ask him.”) Then, a second time, the Jewish leaders told the man (who had been blind), “Give glory to God! We know that this man is a sinner.” The man answered, “Maybe He is a sinner. I don’t know. But one thing I do know, I was blind and now I can see” (John 9:11-25).
Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.
” And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed.
Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see the great sight, why the bush does not burn.”
So when the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” – Exodus 3:1-4
TO MAKE US TURN TOWARDS HIM AND REVEAL HIMSELF TO US.
The first verse of Exodus 3 can be simplified as “Minding our own business” and going by the systems of this world , Here Moses was doing his daily routine , little did he expect that he was going to Know his Purpose that day. The Second verse God does a Miracle to get Moses’ attention ,” the bush was burning with fire , but the bush was not consumed” , In the third verse we see that Moses decides to go and pay attention to that amazing sight, and once God gets Moses’ attention , we can further read that God reveals his plans for Moses . Similarly , recall your memories and think , what made you to turn towards God , what brought you to this article? Which Miracle had a greater impact in your life?.
TO SHOW HIS POWER AND NAME TO HIS CHILDREN AND ALL THE EARTH
“But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth. – Exodus 9:16 – The second portion gives us a clear picture that , God raises his People for showing his glory and power , Remember the last time when , God gave you a salary Raise , God gave you something which you were not even worthy of , Did you give credit to God or your Hard-work ? Remember to give praise and glory to God in every situations. See the statements made by Kings in those days , which is not acceptable in God’s sight. – And Pharaoh said, “Who is the LORD, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, nor will I let Israel go.” – Exodus 5:2 , . In Daniel 3:15 we can read about Nebuchadnezzar’s statement ” And who is the god who will deliver you from my hands?” Remember to exalt and glorify him in every situations.
TO MAKE US TO BELIEVE AND TRUST IN HIM
“And I am glad for your sakes that i was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him.” – John 11:15
“This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.” – John 2:11
“So the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives.” And he himself believed, and his whole household.” – John 4:53
All the three references confirms that , God does miracles to increase your Faith, and place your trust in Him. Remember to increase your Faith when things doesn’t go in your way.
TO CONFIRM HIS WORD
“And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs.Amen” – Mark 16:20
“Therefore they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.” – Acts 14:3
God creates Miracles to Confirm his word , no wonder when you pray holding to the Promises of God , you will receive a miracle , Learn to Trust God’s word and promises to Receive his miracles.
MIRACLES HAPPEN TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE
Matthew 13:58 says that ” Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
Your Faith plays a major role in receiving miracles from God, Kindly read the following miracles which happened purely because of Faith.
“And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if you are willing, You can make me clean.” – Matthew 8:3 ( Jesus Cleanses a Leper ).
“When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! – Matthew 8:10 ( Jesus Heals a Centurion’s Servant ).
“Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.” – Matthew 9:2 ( Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralytic because of His friends faith).
“Then He touched their eyes,saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.” “- Matthew 9:29 ( Jesus Heals Two Blind Men ).
“But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.”” – Matthew 9:22 ( A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed ).
These verses are enough to increase our faith in God, and trust in his plans for us.
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None who has tasted the love of Jesus can stay silent. They cannot control the joy and happiness they have received.
As the proverbial saying says “let the universe attain the happiness that I have attained”. They cannot keep quite but share the love of Jesus which they have tasted and found good. They will become a sweet spring of water to others.
Neelakanta Subbiah Pillai was a Brahmin born in Tamil Nadu. He was touched by the love of Jesus, and totally governed by him. He was compelled by the love of Jesus. He started to preach Christ in all villages and hamlets. He mingled with the poor and identified himself as a poor person, lived with them, ate the porridge given by them and lived like Jesus Christ.
Once a person was travelling on a bullock cart, through the village he was living. As soon as Subbiah saw that man he ran behind the cart, He testified about Jesus to that man. Even if he comes across women who came to draw water from the well, he will share the love of Jesus with them. He wrote in front and back of the kurtha he used to wear , the slogan “Believe Jesus” due to this many who saw and read this became more eager to know about Jesus and to learn more about Jesus. They became the children of god.
This great person was the one who was the pastor of the church of Nagercoil in Kanyakumari district, because of this righteous man the Christians in Tirunelveli obtained many spiritual fruits. He was a honest person who Practiced the words of Jesus in his life.
11 ” For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. – 1 CORINTHIANS 3 : 11-15
A fiery test is coming that will reveal the quality of the work of everyone who helps to build the church of Christ on earth. Paul’s metaphor pictures the church, the community of believers, as a structure that may be raised with either high-quality or poor building materials. He seems to equate these building materials with teaching that is true and helpful about the way of God versus that which is distorted and misleading.
WOOD – HAY – STRAW
Comes in Big quantities
Found on the ground
Destroyed by fire.
GOLD – SILVER – PRECIOUS STONES ( DIAMOND )
Found in small quantities
Discovered under the ground
Purified by Fire
Even structures built from cheap, weak materials may appear good and strong to casual view. Fire will reveal what the building is really made of. That fire will come with the judgement of Christ on the day of the Lord. This is a judgement of the work of Christians, not the Christians themselves (Romans 8:1). Non-believers must face a very different judgement (Revelation 20:11–15). Scholars disagree whether, in this case, Paul is describing the works of all believers or only of Christian leaders (James 3:1). In either case, all Christians will experience some judgement of their works (2 Corinthians 5:10).
We know this is not a judgement of whether a person is saved or not (Titus 3:5). It’s not God’s judgement on sin. Those who trust in Christ have been forgiven for their sin. Jesus already received God’s judgement for it. Paul made it clear at the very start of this letter that the Christians in Corinth, though many were still living “of the flesh” (1 Corinthians 3:3), would stand guiltless before God in the day of the Lord (1 Corinthians 1:8).
First Corinthians 3:10–23 expands on Paul’s earlier point that it is God, not human beings, who are worthy. Each person must build their ”works” on a foundation of Christ. Those works will be subject to judgement, to see what has eternal value.
Lasting works are based in valuable, durable, precious things like wisdom and truth. Cheap and fragile materials won’t stand the fire of God’s judgement.
Saint Ebba worked with eagerness and enthusiasm for educating the women of England and also for the growth of the kingdom of Jesus Christ. She was the daughter of a King. From her childhood she was filled with love for God and godly fear.
She developed an eagerness to propagate the good news of Jesus Christ as she found many people who lived in her country unaware of Jesus Christ. Her father invited a missionary called Adrian who had the passion for missionary work from Scotland to his country. He requested him to preach the gospel in his country. Due to this the thirst for missionary work surged in her young blood. She refused to surrender to the luxurious lifestyle of the princely life but surrender her soul for the missionary work filled with thoughts of Jesus Christ. Her sister also became a great believer.
To be pure and holy in the heart and body she joined in a nunnery and became a Nun. She started a nunnery by herself and admitted several other girls who offered themselves to Jesus Christ and encourage them to live a holy life. This served as a spiritual training centre.
She corrected several corruptions and disorderly things, she could find in her nunnery then and there. She made her nunnery to follow the disciplines which she expected other Christian establishment to follow. She totally abolished inequality and taught equal life in Jesus Christ. She approached the people with peace of heart and joy. She fulfilled their needs. A school in her memory was established in Chennai, India, Which makes the people remember her even today.
PONDER : Do we have the life of good conduct and esteemed thoughts?
Mary Jones of Wales had a great wish to buy a Holy Bible of her own. It was very hard to get a Bible in those days, Even if it was available , the poor couldn’t afford it. The price was exorbitant. Mary was very Poor. Then how did she manage to buy a Bible of her own ?
Six years rolled past. Her savings for buying a Bible , grew along with the passion to own a Bible. Mary Jones was bubbling with joy for the amount to buy a Bible was available at last. She came to know that the Holy Bibles were available with a Pastor who was living 25 Kilometres away from her place. She happily started her walk for the Purchase.
A great shock awaited Mary. A thunder struck her joy. She was disappointed to hear that the Bibles were out of stock . She began to weep and wail. The heart of the Pastor too broke.
His heart was shaken for the desire and efforts of the little girl to have a Bible. He brought out a beautiful Bible which he had kept for his own use. He placed it in the hands of Mary.
Mary stared at the Pastor not believing her eyes. Her Joy knew no bounds. She ran back to her village. She invited her relatives. She was overwhelmed with enthusiasm. Mary started to read the Bible aloud. This passion of Mary was the root cause for the emergence of International Bible Society.
Kindly Ponder , What is our Love for the Bible today ?
The Lord heard me; The Lord helped me. – Mary Jones
The foundation of the relationship of the Holy Spirit with you is the cross of Jesus Christ. All four Gospels record an account of the Holy Spirit descending as a dove upon Jesus during His baptism. Doves represent purity, innocence and gentleness.
“There are nine feathers on the left and right wings of the dove. There are also nine gifts of the Holy Spirit( 1 Cor. 12: 7-10 )and nine fruits of the Spirit ( Gal. 5 : 22-23 ).
There are also five main tail feathers on a dove, which can represent the fivefold ministry gifts of apostles, prophets, pastors, evangelists and teachers( Eph. 4:11 ). The tail feathers of a dove are like the rudder of a ship- they assist in balance and direction in flight, just as the fivefold ministry gifts in the church bring balance to the body of Christ.” – LEONARD RAVENHILL
DOVE AND THE ARK :
But the dove found no resting place for the sole of her foot, and she returned into the ark to him, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her, and drew her into the ark to himself. GENESIS 8:9
Then the dove came to him in the evening, and behold, a freshly plucked olive leaf was in her mouth, and Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth. So he waited yet another seven days and sent out the dove, which did not return again to him anymore. GENESIS 8:11-12
The Ark sheltered Noah from the wrath of God.
The Ark only had one door.
The Ark only had one window.
The Ark only had one family.
Noah had an assignment in the ark.
The dove lived in the ark.
THE DOVE LEFT THE ARK THREE TIMES:
The first time the dove left the Ark, it found no resting place.
The second time dove left the Ark, it brought an olive leaf.
The third time dove left the Ark, it didn’t come back.
Our relationship with Jesus is the foundation of the Holy Spirit’s relationship with us.
INSPIRED FROM : RELATIONSHIP-WITH-THE HOLY SPIRIT – VLADIMIR SAVCHUK
Artist Sigismund Goetze shocked Victorian-era England with a painting entitled “Despised and Rejected of Men.” In it, he portrayed the suffering, condemned Jesus surrounded by people of Goetze’s own generation. They were so consumed by their own interests – business, romance, politics – that they were shockingly oblivious to the Saviour’s sacrifice. Indifferent to Christ, the surrounding crowd, like the mob at the foot of Jesus’s cross, had no idea what -or who- they had missed.
In our day as well, believers and unbelievers alike can easily become distracted from the eternal. How can followers of Jesus cut through this fog of distraction with the truth of God’s great love? We can begin by loving one another as fellow children of God. Jesus said, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples”(JOHN 13:35).
But real love doesn’t stop there. We extend that love by sharing the gospel in hopes of drawing people to the Savior. As Paul wrote, “We are… Christ’s ambassadors” (2 CORINTHIANS 5:20).
In this way, the body of Christ can both reflect and project God’s love, the love we so desperately need, to both each other and to our world. May both efforts, empowered by His Spirit, be a part of cutting through the distractions that hinder us from seeing the wonder of God’s love in Jesus.
TO A WORLD LIVING IN THE FOG OF DISTRACTION, WE BRING THE LIGHT OF THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS.
As we move through this pandemic and begin to think of it’s impact and effect, many peoples are asking what is going to happen now, some are predicting the worst. “The world will never be the same.” they say. “We’ll never go back to the normal.” So , what do you have to say to those predictors ? Read on ..
THE SHELTERING GOD
God sheltered Noah and his family for one year in an ark , until Noah emerged to become the father of all the nations of the world.
God sheltered Jacob in the home of his uncle Laban when he needed to escape the anger of his brother Esau, twenty years later, Jacob emerged with a new family , new wealth , new identity. He became Israel , The new name for God’s chosen people.
God sheltered Joseph from his seventeenth to thirtieth year, but his slavery and prison were a big source of learning for his greatness.
God sheltered Moses in a remote desert for forty years, but Moses came forth to liberate the Jewish people from Egypt.
God sheltered Naomi in the Barren land of Moab , until she became bitter. But she and her daughter-in-law, Ruth, travelled to Bethlehem to participate in one of the greatest love stories of history.
God sheltered David for fifteen years after he’d been anointed as King of Israel. When David finally assumed the throne, he was a man after God’s own heart and gave us many of the Psalms.
God sheltered Elijah by the brook Cherith, and after the sheltering he stood alone against the Prophets of Baal in Mount Caramel.
God sheltered Jonah for three days and three nights in a belly of a whale. When the sheltering was over, Jonah went to Nineveh to preach the History’s greatest Revival.
God sheltered Esther while in the palace of Persia’s King, and she saved her people from Destruction.
God sheltered the disciples in the upper room for ten days until the Holy Spirit descended on them in a dramatic way and formed and fashioned the Church.
Lastly, and most incredibly, God sheltered Jesus in a Tomb for three days, and on the third day Jesus came forth in power to bring salvation to the world
The God who sheltered His peoples in biblical days won’t stop now. You can count on the sheltering God to help you no matter where you’ve been or where you are headed . He wants to move through your times of trouble with supernatural grace and unexplainable hope.
You have been a refuge to the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat. – Isaiah 25:4
Inspired from :The Sheltering God – David Jeremiah