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When Lord Stirs people

There is a particular incident mentioned in the book of Haggai when God stirred up the spirit of people to come and work on a task.
Haggai 1:13-15
“Then Haggai,theLord’s messenger,gave this message of theLordto the people: “I am withyou,” declares theLord.So theLordstirred upthe spirit of Zerubbabelson of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua son of Jozadak,the high priest, and the spirit of the whole remnantof the people. They came and began to work on the house of theLordAlmighty, their God,on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month.” (NIV)
Other translation says that the Lord “sparked the enthusiasm” (NLT). This stirring started after God rebuked the people for their slackness and then people decided to obey the word of God which came to them. It also says that they feared the Lord.  It was followed by another message from God – “I am with you”.
I am with you” is really comforting when it comes from the creator God who holds everything in his hands. What else do we…

Thought- Stop doubting and believe

After the resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples. They were overjoyed and Jesus told them that He is sending them as the Father sent Him. Jesus breathed on them and said “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” (John 20:21-23, NIV)

I am sure it was an exciting movement. But one disciple missed it. Thomas missed all of this and when he was told about it, he said, "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe." (John 20:25, NIV)

Now a week later Jesus came to His disciples and said to Thomas like this- "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe." (John 20:27, NIV)

Jesus had told his disciples many times, before His death, about the His death and resurrection. At this point Thomas could not believe what the other disciples to…

Thought - Drawing people to themselves

If a Pastor/ Leader draw people unto them and not to Jesus then there is a fundamental flaw. When someone is fighting for their leader while ignoring the commandment of Jesus then you should be concerned.
If your heart beats for your leader more than Jesus, then you need to do a reality check. I wish leaders understand this and stop using people. Ultimately we are called to make disciples of Jesus Christ and not ourselves.
If our influence is not resulting in people coming closer to God in personal relationship then we need to re-evaluate our ministry methods. My heart really breaks when I see that someone is willing to do anything for their leader while they care least about obeying God's word and honoring Him.

"For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear." (2 Tim 4:3, NLT)

Thought - Be Infants regarding Evil

One verse which I was reading recently during my Bible reading and which made me think a lot is
1 Cor.14:20
"Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults."

Paul in 1 Corinthians 12-14 mostly talks about spiritual gifts. In the context of the chapter Paul was talking about speaking in tongues here. But the advice that we have to be like infants in regard to evil is a very practical and powerful advice. Its very much important if we have to lead a victorious Christian Life in this crooked world.