Today with Jesus
- Today with Jesus
“But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine.” (Daniel 1:8)
A lady from Kerala still wears the Indian traditional dress - saree (from 1962 till date).
Determination, before doing anything is the force behind success and blessings of any venture and challenges. Day to day we are at pressure to bend according to the winds of life that we face. We need to resolve and determine to keep our eternal principles and values under all circumstances. Our eternal reward is worth any suffering we may have to endure.
Daniel resolved not to eat the royal food, either because it was forbidden by Jewish law, such as pork or because accepting the king’s food and drink was the first step toward depending on his gifts and favours. Although Daniel was in a culture that did not honour God, he still obeyed God’s laws. It is a lifelong determination. It is easier to resist temptation if you have thought through your convictions before the temptation arises. When temptation comes, you will be ready to say no.
Susan, a fair, tall and intelligent lady landed in Canada in 1962 as a 23 year old. She was determined not to sway by the dress code and culture of Canada. Her interactions with the people here did not influenced her to change her dress code and still wears the traditional Indian saree. Now in her 70s, she still wears sarees even though the majority of malayalees switch to western clothes. She has inspired and motivated hundreds of people to be proud about the greatness of their own culture, a trait which needs to be passed down to our next generation.
Prayer: Jesus, let us be your ambassadors on this earth and follow all your eternal laws. Let our generation not be swayed by the earthly, trivial culture and values. We pray for people like Susan who keep up their values with determination. Let us be tolerant with others. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Saturday, 2nd June 2012
- 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