Loneliness – Understanding and overcoming loneliness

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2 Tim 4: 16,17

At my first defense no one stood with me, but all forsook me. May it not be charged against them.17 But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.

Are you alone or feeling alone?

Rejection and misunderstanding leads to solitude. This feeling of alone will be overwhelming when nothing good is happening around you. Sleepless nights or painful nights. Awkward parties and fellowship knowing that everyone is just superficial. Many in this world go through this phase. But what it means to a believer in Lord Jesus Christ? We can see many believers go through this feeling of loneliness. Apostle Paul also felt this loneliness we can see it in many verses. But the main thing is that, he confess that when he was deserted by everyone the Lord stood by him. Our Lord said that I will never leave you nor forsake you. This is the antidote for loneliness. But many cannot take this antidote even though they believe in this verse. The emotional loneliness overcomes the faith in the word of God because it looks more of words than experience. When the manifestation of the weakness of the flesh overshadows the joy of your spirit that is when loneliness takes over in the believers life. There are two things that brings us to this realization:

  1. Unbelief in His word

Failure to believe in His word is not because that we don’t believe it is God’s word, but it is because of our reasoning. This varies between person to person based on their intellectual ability. More knowledge means more reasoning and more unbelief. If you can not be a child, you cannot enter in to the kingdom of God. A child believes instantly when his/her father promises something and always reminds or ask the father that you said so. But as we grow up our reasoning defiles our faith and it becomes adulterated faith with the world. Paul said that the Lord stood by me. He had the faith to believe and saw the glory of God standing beside him. That saved him from sorrow of loneliness and also the shadow of the fleshy manifestation is removed by God’s glorious presence.

  1. Failure to realize the purpose of loneliness

When we are alone or feeling alone it makes us vulnerable for satanic attack. Depression creeps in when Satan attacks your family or finance or your fellowship. This will result in intense spiritual battle that is happening within oneself. When we don’t identify this battle, then we fall into heavy depression and slowly slip into mental oppression. This is happening because we do not understand God’s purpose of our loneliness. When the disciples fled Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane he was alone because He needs to drink the cup of suffering alone to fulfill the will of God. When Paul was deserted and felt lonely he has to testify alone in front of the court. So certain things that we as an individual child of God should do alone according to the purpose of God in certain seasons. So when next time you feel lonely or if you are feeling lonely now, then be assured that you have to do some task alone for God in His kingdom. The Lord who promised us that He will never leave us alone nor forsakes us even everybody accuses us or rejects us or deserted us, will see to it that He is faithful to His word. None of His words will fall to the ground. It will work mightily to those who believes and it also works according to His will to those who are not faithful because He is faithful.

Fight loneliness with childlike faith and understand the purpose of God in your loneliness. God will give you grace through Christ Jesus to endure the season of loneliness. Glory be to God alone.  Amen.

Are we riding on someone else vision?

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Matthew 15:12-14

Then His disciples came and said to Him, “Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?”

13 But He answered and said, “Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. 14 Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.”

 

When Balaam rode in his donkey, the animal saw the Angel of the Lord and went in other direction escaping Balaam from death. The Angel of the Lord said “The donkey saw Me and turned aside from Me these three times. If she had not turned aside from Me, surely I would also have killed you by now, and let her live.”

In this incident donkey saved Balaam life. But if the donkey did not see the vision what would have happened? Balaam would be dead. Likewise in today’s world many are living by other believer’s visions and prophecy and counsel. Because of this, if the believer who is having a vision or word do not see or hear the real will of God, the receiver of the vision or word is also going to be dead. This is what Jesus our Lord mentioned as blind leading the blind. Many today enters into ministry by riding on other’s vision to even begin it. If anyone who begins a ministry based on someone else vision is likely to fail in the ministry. It does not mean we should not seek godly counsel, but rather you should not begin with it or if it is different from what you have received, then you should spend more time with the Lord to get clarity. You need to have your own calling and vision from God for your path. That way is set, before you only and not for the donkey. Like how a donkey is used as an instrument when our Lord entered into His sufferings, God will use fellow believers as an instrument in our path.

Since many false prophets and preachers are in Christendom today, it is best to get our own vision to begin the ministry by staying at the feet of the Lord. So do not ride on other’s vision or counsel but rather know your own path. If you are honest with the Lord, then your path will be approved by the saints of the Lord.

You who have born of righteous why are you walking in flesh?

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Gal 3:3 Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?

God in Christ Jesus through the Holy Spirit asking us this question today. You who have born in the Spirit why are you walking in flesh? It is like those who born in a Christian family, lives like pagans. This is what is happening in many believers life. We begin the race well but soon hop on to the lifestyle of the people in the world like how we are born of the flesh again. Born again in the Spirit is nullified by being born to the flesh. Why? Is the born again Spirit filled life is not enough for you? Or was it not entertaining to your itching ears and lustful eyes? What is lacking in your Spirit filled life that you went seeking the life of the world? Something was missing in your Spirit filled life and that is why you went to live the other lifestyle. You painted the flesh with the born again name and still live with the lump of flesh underneath like an under baked bread. Why are you living with two opinions? The lifestyle that we live today is an adulterated lifestyle and thus the quality of our faith. So we see many suffering without any real persecution. The persecution that many churches face today is from flesh. When we are not able to withstand the persecution of the flesh, how can we endure the persecution from Anti-Christ dominions and principalities and powers of darkness? Jer 12:5 “If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, Then how can you contend with horses? And if in the land of peace, In which you trusted, they wearied you, Then how will you do in the floodplain of the Jordan?

As James 1:8 says double minded man is unstable in all his ways. So instead of unstable in your life, just chose one life and live to its fullness. If you want to live the worldly life live to its fullness and don’t say I am a born again Christian. If you want to live the Spirit filled life and then live to see the fullness of Christ in your life. So choose wisely which one you would like to live. Do not live a warm life that is neither hot nor cold.

Very few who began the life in the Spirit will complete the life in Spirit. So ask God to eliminate the world from your lifestyle and bring in godly lifestyle in your life. I am not talking about external lifestyle of godliness but internal life of godliness which is displayed outside as a character of Jesus Christ.

Will you be hiding?

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Gen 3:8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

When God came down to visit Adam and Eve in the garden to have fellowship with them, they were both hiding from God because of sin. When sin enters in our life or when sin reigns in our life, we will automatically hide from God because either we do not want it to be exposed or we fear God that He will punish us. Like Adam and Eve, many will be hiding from God when Jesus Christ comes as a King to reign the earth. Those who knew Him will be hiding and those who do not knew Him will also hide from Him because of the glory of God.

Why would one be hiding from God? Because of sin in one’s life. When one persistently live in sin even though they knew Christ, they will be hiding in the darkness when He comes. Those who are cleansed from their sins by the Lamb of God and walk in righteousness continuously, will boldly in confidence be ready to meet Him.

So the question we should ask today, if God in Christ comes today, would you be hiding, or in confidence, rejoice greatly to meet Him?

Jesus our Lord said, behold I stand today at the door and knock; if anyone opens the door and invite Me, I will come in and dine with him. Many today do not open the doors of their heart because of guilt, shame and lust. They want to live the way they lived because they like it and love it. This is how Satan has blinded the understanding of many. They were afraid to open it for various reasons. But on the contrary, Jesus our Lord says, I know your weakness, I know your nakedness and I know your pride so why don’t you open the door, I will come and cleanse you and live with you. You will be Mine and I will be yours like in the garden of Eden.

Would you come out of hiding today? Repent and invite Lord Jesus to stay with you. You will not be ashamed.

I John 2:28

And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.

You shall see the glory of God

Psalms 91:8  Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.

The Lord God almighty the Maker of heaven and earth tells us ‘You shall see! You shall see the light, you shall see the deliverance, and you shall see the victory’.

 

He opens the eyes of the blind; He opens the understanding of our heart to see the glory of God. Then we will shout, ‘I saw the glory of God! I saw the glory of God!’ What a revelation to us to see the glory of the living God in the form of Jesus Christ. Have we seen Him as Wonderful? Have we seen Him as Counselor? Have we seen Him as Mighty God? Have seen Him as Everlasting Father? Have we seen Him as Prince of Peace? If we can see Him, then we will see the salvation of the Lord. We will see His deliverance. We will see with our own eyes the destruction of the enemy.

 

In such a time as this there arise a great need for the saints to see the mighty revelation of Christ in their life. Without the revelation you cannot stand the trial; you cannot pass through the fire of refinement; you cannot await the coming of our Lord.

 

Hear me oh chosen of God let not your heart be troubled but let it be established in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

You shall see, you shall see the deliverance and the reward of the wicked. As Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed instantly, you shall see the destruction of the wicked one.

 

Rejoice you barren; rejoice you bore many. Rejoice you rich and poor; rejoice you who suffer and joyful. The end of all thing is at hand so renew your mind through the everlasting Fountain of Living Water and see the glory of God. Him, our Lord Jesus, you should seek and love, and worship the Father in heaven.

 

Blessed is he who can see the glory of God

Blessed is he who can stand till the end

Blessed is he whose name is written in the book of life

 

Come Lord Jesus Come.

Amen

Are u called by His Name?

Isaiah 43:1

But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.

 

God the Holy Spirit, Who speaks to the churches in the whole world asks this question, are you called by My name? You may say, Lord we are called as Christians based on Your name. So what do you mean whether we are called by Your name?

 

The Lord God of all ages who is omnipotent, and great in mercy, and showers grace for the humble says YOU ARE NOT MINE. I repeat YOU ARE NOT MINE. My people will know Me and known by Me. But you are worthless and stubborn people who praises the wicked and ridicule the righteous. You see days and season for your festivities but do not look upon Me. So why then shall I call you as My people. You followed your heart deceit in the name of religion so why should I name you?

 

My sheep will know My voice and I will call them by name. Individual name given to each one. I lead them to the living water and I will feed them and help them to rest in peace. All you evildoers go away from My body.

 

I shall call My people by their name and they will say here I am Lord, what thou will have me to do?

 

I believe this message is given to us, not to put us in guilt trip but to analyze our walk with our Lord.

 

Are you called by our Lord Jesus by name? Have you ever replied what you want me to do Lord? Please do not hide behind the mask of Religion and self-righteousness that plagues many Christians today. Precious Lord Jesus is coming very soon, So Repent from your works of darkness; humble yourselves today to submit all your self-righteousness and be part of His flock; He will give you a name and He will baptize you in Holy Spirit and Fire and say that YOU ARE MINE.
Amen! Come Lord Jesus come.

 

Allow the seed of promise to grow to its maturity

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Romans 4:17-25

 

…who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.”[19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. 22 And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.”[

 

We all know that we need to hold on to the promise during the rough times. But many of us do not hold it till the end. Even though we know that we need to stand in faith, why we are not able to stand the trial or waiting period? This is some kind of mystery within us. A mystery of how a seed grows under the soil, likewise the mystery of faith growing through the word of God which is the seed. The result of the promise is not in sowing but in reaping. Meaning the blessing of the promise or fulfilment of the promise is seen only at the time of execution but not at the time of receiving the promise. Many are glad that they received the promise from God. Every year beginning they wait for a new promise. But they forget or they did not see through the previous promises to its fullness. So that is why many who received promise could not inherit the inheritance of the promise. Each promise has its own maturing time. We need to allow the seed of promise to grow to its maturity.

 

And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it.

 

Do not allow Satan to destroy your promise. He comes by the wayside and if you are not careful enough, he destroys the promise seed or in a way that he makes you to forget the promise and go away.

Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth.But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away.

Do not have evil desires or sin in your heart. This will make your heart shallow and the seed will not grow into maturity. When the power of darkness attacks you, you will not have strong roots to stand and see to its fullness.

 

And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop.

Do not allow the cares of this worldly life distract you and not allowing to stand in faith to receive the fullness of the promise.

But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.

Let your heart be like a good ground where you can receive the seed of promise, nurture it with the power of the Holy Spirit, stand the test of times and reach the fullness of harvest. It will yield thirty fold, sixty fold and hundred fold. Allow the seed of promise to grow to its maturity. God is the one who gives increase; so wait for its fullness of time to come.

Rise up warriors, Rise up in faith

Ep 6:18

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.

In these last days when things are going out of whack from the inside to the outside, God is raising up an army of His chosen, to rise up in faith. These are remnants who are struggling with lots of unbelief in their life. Why there is unbelief? Because they are not able to see what God is doing in their midst. The lack of understanding pushing down many of these chosen warriors not to reach the standard of faith that is set for them by their Lord. Today God through Spirit of Christ telling you, ‘Rise Up warrior; Rise up in faith’. It is like a tall tree that you have to climb. The higher you climb, the clearer you will see and you can view great extent of territory of what God is to offer you. You need to leap in faith and grab that standard of faith that is specially given to you. For each one the Lord has given a measure of faith according to the ministry.  So we have to reach it in spite of difficulty. Satan is always there to pull us down. He binds us with so many stumbling stones around our waist and that hinders us in rising up in faith. Break the stumbling stones with the belt of His truth. Break the chains of darkness with the Power of the Holy Spirit. Always filled with the Holy Spirit and leap higher in your spiritual life. The Spirit of the Lord will help you like a Helper to reach out your faith level. From there you will see clearly the will of God for you. From the top you can see the territory that you need to inherit in faith in the kingdom of God. From there you will see the visions given by God. From there you will see the salvation that is coming from Zion. Oh men of His kingdom, warriors in His army. Rise up Rise up in your faith. Do not be bogged down. Do not let the devil troll over you. Strengthen in His word and tie up your loins with truth that is in Christ Jesus and the Power of your Lord’s resurrection will give life that is eternal and powerful. Rise up warriors; Rise up in faith. Halleluiah! Amen.

God is looking for warriors who will fight till the end

Rev 2:26 And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations

‘None of these things will move me’ are the words that came out of Paul when uncertainty veiled over his face (Acts 20:22). He shrugged the unbelief and the spirit of heaviness with his faith and self-denial. When things do not work according to our timeline or expectation or things suddenly changed when we thought that God has delivered us, a sense of doubt and fear of the worst linger over our heads like a veil. This veil, if it is not removed, it will hinder us from seeing the glory of God. It will blind our eyes and we will be in spiritual turmoil. During this time, Lord Jesus expect His servants to be an expert warriors in battle. This is when the battle will get intense.  When the works of the devil is destroyed in our situation, the devil knows it and he comes at us with full fierceness and anger. At this time, do not give up or do not lay in bed curled. Be a warrior and fight against these evil forces that is coming against to your blessings and to the ministry. Fight till death. We cannot die because Jesus died for us in the cross. He is victorious over death and hell. So we cannot die, so the only option is, our enemy to be defeated and the works of darkness will become a heap of ash. So be strong in the Lord and fight the good battle and tear the veil that is trying to choke you. The enemy is defeated and you just need to do the finishing touches. Jesus our Lord said to His disciples in the garden of Gethsemane “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter.  “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” When the devil attacks heavily, our flesh will become weak and we will not have the willingness to pray. But our Lord teaches, that this is the good time to pray that we will not fall in to the temptation of the devil. When the Lord ask us to be in prayer, we should be in prayer. This is the way to fight the good battle. Do not lose faith, prevail in prayer, continually battle the enemy and the devil will flee from you.

None of these things move me

Acts 20:22-24

22 And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, 23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. 24 But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. 

Paul was going to Jerusalem bound in the Spirit. Holy Spirit testified that persecution and suffering is awaiting him in every city. So in this situation he says’ None of these things move me’. He is not afraid of the will of God nor he consider suffering and persecution to be a hindrance to the ministry that Lord Jesus given to him.

Are we in a position where we can say these words like Paul?

When you hear a bad news or a shocking revelation about a disease or some trouble in your ministry, are you in a position to say none of these things move me? PS 112 verse 7 says that the righteous will not afraid when they hear bad news. Because he trust in the Lord. This is the character Paul displays here. He trusted in the Lord who called him for His ministry. The next thing he does is, he does not care for himself even to the point of dying. Self-denial and trusting the Lord will make any man who is led by the Holy Spirit or bound in the Spirit to say ‘None of these things will move me’.

When the news comes, we will be instantly distressed; the devil will inject thoughts of unbelief; but we need to shrug it out and trust in the Lord even to the point of uncertainty, humiliation, death, and suffering. When we are willing to fight, God will rise in our midst. His holy presence will be manifested through Holy Spirit. The enemy will be defeated. Even though we may suffer some pain, ultimately God will be victorious and Jesus Christ our Lord will have the final say to any situation in this world and to the coming age. Amen!

Ps 112 6-8

Surely the righteous will never be shaken;
    they will be remembered forever.
They will have no fear of bad news;
    their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear;
    in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.