Today with Jesus
- Today’s Bible verse
"For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Do you hope for a job, a better future?
Hope is that invisible force that makes all things possible. Hope in the Creator for he can generate anything from nothing. We hope that we will get a job. The hope is the positive energy that keep us motivated and enthused while we wait. And if we don’t get the job, it’s hope once again that tell us we might have a better shot next time. We should have the hope and love to meet any challenging situations and think, “there is always hope, and this will be solved.” Because hope is created in our own hearts and minds, we are in control of it and can create more of it if we choose to. Archbishop Tutu said: “There is no situation that is not transformable. There is no person who is hopeless. There is no set of circumstances that cannot be turned about by ordinary human beings and their natural capacity for love of the deepest sort.”
In their 60s, Thomas and Mary were a blessed God fearing couple who migrated to Canada to stay with their son and family. Usually the life of retired people in Canada is one of solitary confinement or something similar to a house arrest. Their only hope is to look after the grandchildren and be in their company. They do not have hopes of getting employed, especially in this time of acute recession and financial crunch. The young, talented and educated lot stand a better chance to get jobs. Mary, a retired teacher didn’t lose hope to have a job in Canada. On landing here, she looked around for employment as a teacher. She had knocked all the doors with vigorous hope in the Lord Jesus - ‘He will give me the Job.’ and she got the job of her choice. Now she says, "God is great and He definitely takes care of the people who trust and hope in Jesus."
Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are bold " (2 Corinthians 3:12). I want you to think about the problems in your life and hope in Jesus that He will take care of them. Then you have nothing to worry about.
Prayer : Jesus, let all negative soul-eating thoughts be vanished from the minds of worried and negative people. Let the hopes of those who call upon you be fulfilled. Those who are hoping to get a job, be blessed with it. For you, everything is possible. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Toronto, Wednesday, 5th January 2011
- 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