Today with Jesus
- Today’s Bible verse
“For due season we will reap, if we don’t give up. And let us not grow weary of doing good”.
Are you on the verge of ”giving up” in your pursuit of life?
When all sides look bleak, remember there is a heaven above, and a God of creation to make everything new and bright. God stands for creation, not destruction, to give in, not give up, and to support, not pull down. Winter can’t stand still but has to give way to spring - that is the law of nature and God – a life of new leaves, buds, flowers, fruits, etc., a new life for all living things - a joy to all. We can always be confident that the never-failing miraculous hand is waiting to descend when you feel suicidal, withdrawn and depressed. It is discouraging to continue to do what is right and receive no word of thanks, or see no tangible results, but Paul challenged the Galatians, and challenges us to keep on doing good and trust God for the results. People’s perception and attitude will change, but God, our saviour, is always faithful - yesterday, today and tomorrow. So, we should persist in doing what we do. Continue to ask, seek and knock. God will give them to you.
Ivan Henry has been acquitted and proved his innocence after serving 26 years in jail, the longest incarceration served till date by any one in Canada. When he went to jail, his two daughters were aged 7 and 9, and it was six years since his wife had died. He represented himself, filed appeals but none of these were successful until the latest one. The trial judge had made several errors. But he’s not angry or bitter. “It wouldn’t heal me if I was angry, I would just walk around and start drinking, I can’t do that,” he said. Henry also had advice for those innocent people still in jail. “Don’t give up. Keep plugging ahead and work to get out and to learn what society is all about. It’s not all a dirty world. We are all here to try and help each other”.
Give a supporting hand to those who are on the verge of falling. The generations won’t forget it and heaven will support you when you are falling. The justice system should be fool proof and corruption of any kind, should never creep into the periphery of justice. The integrity of investigators and jurists should be above suspicion.
Jesus, you are the God who supports and make us grow. We pray for those who are depressed due to failures in life, failure in marriage, mental challenges above their capacities, jail terms, pressures of life, and other innumerable reasons. We pray for those people with suicidal minds and other weaknesses. Let them know that they are not alone and that you are always with them. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Please forward this to your near and dear ones.
Toronto, Tuesday, 2nd November 2010
- Today with Jesus
“Leave these men alone! Let them go.” (Acts 5:38)
The sign of the Cross on the television tower in Berlin : “The
sign of unbeatable sign of worship,”- Ronald Regan, President of USA in 1987.
Till the passing of
the present earth and heaven, Christ, his Cross and its principles would be
valued and be in proclamation for the salvation of the world. No power on earth
can wipe out the eternal truth of God from the face of this earth. It is always
better not to fight and antagonize Christ and his principles. When Peter and other disciples were put in
jail to be punished by the assembly of Jews, the great respected learned
teacher, Gamaliel, advised them,
"Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will
fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will
only find yourselves fighting against God” -(Acts 5:38&39). It is an universal law for a smooth peaceful
way of co-operative living on earth.
After the second world
war, Berlin was under Communist government. Most of the churches and its
symbols were destroyed to crush the faith in Jesus. To show the power and
strength of atheism and communism, Walter Ulbech, the head of communist
Germany, constructed the tallest television tower in Germany. On top of the
tower is a stainless steel globe in rotation.
As soon as the construction was over,
everyone was shocked to find a shining and glittering sign of a cross on
the globe from top to bottom. The sun's rays shone on the globe from all sides
making the cross to glitter. The
engineers tried all their might to erase it, but in vain. Still it is there to proclaim to the world
that the cross is our salvation.
Conscience question: Are we in a fight against Christ and
his teachings by our actions of projecting and selling ourselves for self-glorification?
Prayer: Jesus, let us be the promoters of your signs
and symbols of your sacrifice on the cross for our salvation and eternity. Let
us not be destroyers, but custodians of your teachings. We pray for all those
who are in the ministry to spread your good news of salvation on the cross. Let
all those who believe in you be in salvation and the fighters against you be in
conversion. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
16th October 2012