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August 24th, 2015

Encounter With Jesus

Encounter With Jesus

When we travel, say a train journey, we meet people. They are not friends but we call them acquaintances. But certain people who enter our lives help us, support us, stand by us, transforming us to reach the sky, the zenith of glory, the summit of success or the pinnacle of joy. Such transformation leaves everlasting memories, gratitude and breath of a new life in our hearts.

Encounter with Jesus

The word ENCOUNTER means “bring a change after contact so that you are no more the old self.” i.e. leaves an impression on someone. The same happens with our relationship with Jesus. We all know him as God, His life, His glorious finish and so on. This knowledge cannot help us in any way.

When Jesus was walking along the roads of Jerusalem and Judea many people flocked around him. They were all gifted to see him face to face which none of us got. Yet how many of them benefited? Only the ones who allowed Jesus to transform them completely.

Let us now look at three encounters people had with Jesus:

1. Bartimaeus [Mark 10:46-52]

Bartimaeus, a beggar on the roadside, totally blind, has heard so many talk about a man named Jesus. He pondering over His power, fully desires to meet Jesus, awaits with anxiety, as his last chance of hope in life. Bartimaeus cries out yelling in full surrender “Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me” as He passes by him. Jesus, fully aware of the situation, moves forward. Now the beggar hears (for he cannot see) the sound fade and Jesus moving beyond him, his last ray of hope fading, throws himself and yells “Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me”. Now Jesus turns back, calls him and asks “What can I do for you?”. He answers “I want to see You”. That is it. His sight was restored! This is what Encounter is all about!

2. The Woman with Hemorrhage [Luke 8:43-48]

A woman with heavy bleeding for 12 years comes to Jesus, “For she said in herself, If I may touch but his garment only, I shall be whole.” A huge crowd was pressing Jesus, still He particularly felt some power leaving him. He knew that a woman with full hope of being healed is touching Him. Jesus asks “Who touched me?” Peter says “Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?”. This is the difference between being pressed by a crowd and touched by a single one with faith, full of hope and surrender to be transformed. At this perfect timing healing becomes instantaneous. The woman certainly had an Encounter with Jesus.

3. Martha and Mary [John 11]

The dynamics between the two sisters and Jesus is just awesome, revealing and releasing many graces and blessings in stages. When Lazarus dies, the whole of Bethany gather in their home in mourning. Martha comes to know that Jesus is in town. She runs to the street, meets Jesus and says “Lord, if you had been here my brother would not have died”. Then she runs home, tells her sister and brings her to Jesus and now Mary repeats every word of Martha “Lord, if you had been here my brother would not have died”. Jesus is deeply moved and seeing the crowd weeping He too weeps. The crowd says “He who opened the eyes of the blind, can he not prevent this man from dying?” Again Jesus is deeply moved. Now comes the glorious finish. “Lazarus come out”! The whole audience then had an encounter with Jesus…dumb struck, standing in awe to see a dead man coming out to dine with them! Amen.

We can go on with many more examples like Centurion, Zacchaeus, Leper – they all had a desire to go to Jesus with their whole heart and faith. We also see that Judas, Pilate, High Priest, Herod, Pharisees – they all had the greatest chance of seeing Jesus face to face, yet they were lost in their own world of mortality, filled with hidden agendas and missed the mark and lost the valuable eternal life.

Let us seek Jesus to get transformed, to have an encounter with full confidence, hope, trust and faith, without even the slightest ray of doubt or apprehension. We are sure to be transformed in our six areas [Job 5:19] of life viz: physical, mental, spiritual, family, society and finance. Amen!

– – – written by Cecilia Francis


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June 29th, 2015

My Rock And My Stronghold

Jesus is rock Your trust in him is that lever

At times, we feel we are just hanging in the air, with no grip or a strong hold, with no support from anyone. Every person, enter our life, use us, stay a while and throw us away. We are left only with abuses and hurts.

We feel that we have everyone AROUND us, yet NO ONE for us, very ironical. The world may look empty and nothing much left to love or live. Without hope, our lives will just wither away.

The Lord is My Rock

Are you really so alone and lonely? Hear the Word of God say:

The LORD is My rock, My fortress and My deliverer;
My God is My rock, in whom I take refuge,
My shield and the horn of My salvation, My stronghold
In whom I will Trust.
[PSALM 18:2]

Every word of God in the Bible is 100% true. Heaven and earth will pass away but my words shall not pass away. [Matthew 24:35]

The Rock and The Lever

“Give me a place to stand and with a lever I will move the whole world.” said Archimedes. JESUS is that FIRM ROCK and your TRUST IN HIM is that LEVER.

Everyone needs a firm ground to stand still when the storms are raging. Jesus will be your rock which gives you this firm ground. HE will be your fortress when enemies war against you. Our Lord is the deliverer who delivers us from sin, evil, death and judgment.

Hold on to HIM. You are the Conqueror. Amen.

– – – written by Cecilia Francis


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June 24th, 2015

Seventy Times Seven

Seventy Times Seven

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” [Matthew 18:21-22]

Really? Seventy times seven??? Let us see how that’s possible.

Explanation of seventy times seven

Think that a murder is committed and the concerned relation has forgiven the criminal. Then how to forgive 70×7 times? Can the same person be killed that many times to be forgiven seventy times seven? No way.

Digging deeply, we realise that though forgiveness is granted, whenever the concerned relation recalls the incident his feelings will subdue him and give life to that crime as long as he lives and thus hatred can seep in. If he fails to forgive every time his mind recalls the crime, his forgiveness is still incomplete.

Forgive till you forget

We must keep forgiveness like a blank cheque and deliver it instantly every time our mind recalls the bad past of others’ wrongdoings. Never recall the bad past, bury them in the deepest sea and forget. “You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” [Micah 7:19]

Nowhere in the Bible it is said FORGIVE and FORGET but seventy times seven means FORGIVE till you FORGET, like a child. Unless you forget, forgiveness is incomplete.

Hate, Hater and Hated

HATE hates the HATER than the HATED. Hatred is like keeping a burning coal in your hand. You are the victim. It prevents all the graces from God reaching you, just like an umbrella prevents the rain drops from touching your body.

Bring before you, all the people you hate, one by one. For a moment, become their mother, immaterial of their gender and age. It becomes very easy to understand and forgive them this way. JUST FORGIVE NOW. Practice this exercise and see how perfectly peace sets in.

May God bless all of you to forgive others seventy times seven. Amen.

– – – written by Cecilia Francis


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