My dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. In our spiritual life we most often because of our mistakes or our sins we experience guilt which leads us to sit in sadness, in grief, in isolation and many a times we wait for some spiritual leader to take one step towards us to help us out of this situation, and most of the time such situation leads us into frustration and taking back our steps from faith in Christ,because we do not find any hope or any help from people andin such situations, we tend to feel that God also is not helping us out, because we are focusing more on our problems, on our past or on our future.We are seeking help from people and not from God. And some of us we sit silently with spiritual homeostasis, expecting God to help us out. What do you think will God help us out? No, my dear brothers and sisters he will surely not help us out.
When the sun sets, we know that very soon the same sun will rise and there will be brightness again. When a tree sheds its leaves, we know that in due time the same tree will grow new leaves again. When a flower dies, we know that the same plant will have another bud that is waiting to bloom. When we abandon our Lord Jesus Christ, many of us do not know that there will be no light, no growth and no life in our lives. But if we hold on to Jesus there is a ray of hope that will surely bring us out from darkness into light, from bondage of sin to freedom, from the pit to the land of the living. So that what had been spoken to prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled, “the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death, light has dawned.”- Matt. 4:16.
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ. In your life you all have trails and troubles. You might think that even after you have surrendered your life in God’s hand, why you have to go through so much of pain and troubles. My dear brothers and sisters, being in the hands of God doesn’t mean no problems or no hardship, in fact the children of God have to go through lots of pain and persecution double the amount before, till the days you are on this earth. Because this world is ruled by devil and you know it very well that you are in this world but you are not of this world [read John 17:16].
“In the Beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep.” – Genesis 1:1-2. So God created humankind in his image in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” -Genesis 1:27.
“The Lord spoke to Moses saying: Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy”. - Leviticus 19:1-2. The Israelites who were brought out of Egypt fell into deep sin. Hence, God called them to be purified and to live a holy life. Even today, we are the Israelites, who fall into sin every day. “Jesus has chosen us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love”. - Ephesians 1:4. But we are so caught up by the pleasures of this material world that we always give in to the desires of our flesh. The word of God clearly tells us, “Do not love the world or things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world; for all that is in the world – the desires of the flesh, the desires of the eyes, the pride in riches – comes not from the Father but from the world”. - John 2:15-16.
Never in your life you will be lonely.
When you have Jesus with thee,
You will never ever fall weak,
Solely upon him when you lean.
In sorrow you will suffer no pain,
Because with you your comforter is always there,
Where Jesus has established his throne,
There is peace and joy in abound.
Always rejoice in the Lord ,
Because faithful is your God.
He will never fail you, in your times of hard.
You will never hide in shame because of your faults.
He lifts up those who trust in him.
Jesus wants us to surrender and stand still.
Than he will carry our burden and give us relief.
He will fight for us and we will never fall in defeat.
- K. Maria Lobo, Mumbai
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Heavenly Father how great is your mercy!
How mighty and marvellous are your deeds!
Who can grasp the depts of your wisdom!
Who can surpass the love you have for your children!
For us gentiles you hardened the heart of your own people.
We are no one, but your grace towards us was unconditional,
You saved us, the impure and unholy nation.
We are unworthy but through your Son you made us worthy for your kingdom.
Through Christ’s sacrifice all the barriers are broken.
In Christ alone we are one body one people.
Christ only is our head and not any denomination.
Through the blood of Christ we have become right with our Father.
So my dear friends, why are we still standing apart?
The time is gone when we were not of God.
Now for the sake of Christ’s sacrifice let us become one.
Leave all indifferences behind and let’s work together for God.
- K. Maria Lobo, Mumbai