The Little Children and Jesus

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In Luke 18:15-17, it is said that people were bringing little children even babies to Jesus to have him touch them. These parents were willing to bring their children to God and have them experience him in real. But the disciples rebuked the parents and stopped them. Has this happened to you? Have you ever neglected your children from experiencing God because you think they are not old enough to understand God yet. This is big mistake. God can talk to anyone whether they are capable or not of understanding him. Children also represent those people who have not heard of Jesus or those that are physically incapable of understanding God or those new Christians who have just begun their new life. The Bible says that Jesus called these children back to him and told the disciples that the Kingdom of God belongs to these little ones. Oh what a statement was that?

In Mathew 21, we see children shouting Hosanna to Jesus, the Son of David. Seeing this and miracles, the chief priests were stunned. Jesus reminded them of the verse that goes “From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise”.

Dear reader, I want to encourage you to take your children with you whenever you pray or go to Church. Give them the same importance as you would give an adult. These children have the capacity to learn very well right from their birth. Also if you feel someone is like a child incapable of understanding God, don’t give up. Be a good Christian and keep sharing the saving Word of God. God bless you.

Jesus is the Greatest Reason

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Life is filled with options and we have different reasons for the choice we make. For some the reason may be happiness, for some the reason may be money, for some it may be an unfulfilled dream and some others make decisions for negative reasons. With every choice we make there is a reason. In Luke 5:33-38 (mouse over to reveal verse), the pharisees ask Jesus why his disciples eat and drink while John the Baptist’s and their own disciples pray and fast all the time. Does not God require them to perform these rituals? Does Jesus not follow the traditions of the old testament.

Well our Lord Jesus had a reason why he did not allow his disciples to fast. He himself was the reason. As long as he, the bridegroom is with them there is no need to fast because we fast to be in the presence of God. Jesus Christ also explains this in a few parables. If we have an old cloth and a new one, would we cut the new one and repair the old one with it. No, because that destroys both the new and the old. Besides, why would we need the old torn cloth when we already have a new one? Would we pour new wine into an old wineskin? No, because that would break the old wineskin and ruin the wine. Would we choose new wine over old. No, we want the old one which tastes better.

Similarly, just because someone says you need to do something is not a reason enough for you to do it whether it is fasting or praying or ministering. What we do as a Christian should not come out of compulsion or tradition. It should come out of a need and hope. Jesus is the world’s greatest need and our greatest hope. So when we pray or read Bible, we should do it out of wanting to know God and to have our lives changed. When we help or minister someone, we should do it because Jesus did the same to us. For a Christian, there is no greater reason than Jesus. If this has blessed you or you have something more to add, please let me know. Thanks.

The Olive Tree

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In my previous post I wrote about the house of God and what it represents. Reading Psalms further I came to this verse in which King David compares himself to that of an olive tree in the house of God. In Psalm 52:8 it is written “But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God”.

Olive tree is biblically very significant. Olive oil represents anointing, healing, joy, and light, its leaves symbolizes peace which is still used in the emblem of the State of Israel, its branches represent beauty, its trunk is said to be strong and capable of regeneration in case of it being cut down or burnt, it is ever green and bearing fruits through centuries. Olive oil has been used extensively in Biblical sacrifices and to anoint some of the greatest kings.

To be an olive tree flourishing in the house of God means to be an anointed, shining, peaceful, beautiful, strong and ever fruitful child of God in an environment of constant prayer. Just like in the physical, we may have to go under the oil press of beating and crushing to produce good oil. Just have patience and submit to God praying constantly that he changes us to become like an olive tree in the house of God. God bless you.

House of the Lord

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King David said “One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple” (Psalm 27:4). The New Living Translation reads, it is the thing that David seeks the most. King David is a man of prayer. He cries to God when he needs help and praises God when he receives the answer. And if there is one thing that he seeks most, more than anything else in the world, it is to be in the house of God constantly gazing upon the beauty of the almighty. He loves to admire his heavenly father in an environment of prayer.

In the new testament, our Lord Jesus makes clear to us what the house of the Lord is. In Matthew 21:13 he says, “My house will be called a house of prayer”. I truly believe that both our Lord Jesus and King David were referring to the same house which in modern english should mean an environment where we continually come to God in prayer. Literally it could be a prayer room or your car or any place you almost frequently come in contact with the Lord. This is where we are able to seek his presence and admire his glory just as David did. Do you agree with me? If you have another revelation to share, please comment below. Thanks for reading.