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June 14th, 2016

As In The Mirror

As In The Mirror

“You light a smile to shine on my face, You inspire a song with Your warm embrace”

Everyone on this earth has experience of seeing their beautiful self on a mirror. We check our get-up, mono act, imitate, mimic and what not? Right from before Christ, mirrors are ancient devices for enhancing beauty. As we browse the Bible, we get a clear vision of what it means to stand in front of a mirror.

Seeing Ourselves In The Mirror, In The Physical Realm

“For if anyone is a hearer of the Word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror.” [James 1:23] When we stand in front of the mirror, we see ourselves. The moment we go from there we lose that image of us. It just vanishes. Thus when we hear God’s Word, we realise the rich essence of it and relish the nourishment it gives us. The moment we close the Bible, everything goes out of sight, out of mind and we fall back into our mundane routine; mere hearers of the Word of God ending up in vanity!

Seeing Ourselves In The Mirror, In The Spiritual Realm

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” [2 Corinthians 3:18] When we allow the Word to work in us, transform our life situations, repent, forgive, exercise charity, spread love and hope always, this brings tremendous power, joy and growth in spirituality, thereby when we see our face in the mirror in the spiritual realm we see Christ in us. Amen. Beholding the Glory of God by the power of the true living, moving and powerful HOLY SPIRIT; as Thomas Kempis send a final call to all of us to become Imitations of Christ.

Becoming The Image Of God

“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.” [1 Corinthians 13:12] When we build this relationship with God we get direct access with Him as He spoke to so many, so many saints who had direct rendezvous with God in their daily lives. We begin to understand all the hidden mysteries of our creation, purpose and mission.

We become living saints, moving around, rendering helping hand to the needy in constant prayer and communication with God. Remember every saint that the church canonized was an ordinary person like you and me. They worked for sainthood by taking the Word of God seriously and surrendered their lives to the will of God.

“GOD’S WILL, NOTHING MORE, NOTHING LESS, NOTHING ELSE” goes the saying. In this year of Mercy, let us all aspire to see the visible face of the invisible father as Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman, understand God in fullness, completeness, wholesome, perfection which will help us to have a glorious finish, as we enter the gates of heavenly abode. Amen!

– – – written by Cecilia Francis

October 13th, 2015

From My God to My Lord

From My God to My Lord

The word GOD means perfect, omnipotent, divine, immortal etc. When we consider our God as God, we stand in awe of his might and potential. We feel that we are like dust before him as St.Paul said. From our childhood we develop a sense of fear, reverence and begin to follow a ritualistic routine so as to abide and align our life in a way pleasing to God and society.

The word LORD

The word LORD Kyrios[Greek], Dominus [Latin], Dynamus [dynamite], Adonai [Hebrew] means ruler, master with power and authority. In the Bible if we watch carefully the word lord refers to husband, Lord to king and LORD (all caps) to Yahweh. He is full of power and authority.

From My God to My Lord

As long as God is God in our life, our relationship with Him is a passive one and His potential is not fully effective in our life. If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.[Romans 10:9] The moment we accept JESUS as our LORD, our life transforms completely. We ourselves allow Him to use His power to lead our lives. We must not have any inhibitions.

This is the time His will becomes our will. God’s will, nothing more, nothing less, nothing else. He is our living companion, taking control of every situation, every moment, every day and our entire life, with power and authority, depending upon the degree of trust we have in Him and how far we have surrendered our lives to Him. He will lead us to the pinnacle of success and summit of Glory.

Life – A chariot with many horses

Our life is like a chariot with many horses. If each go in its own direction, we just cannot move one bit forward. Now is the time to give the reins to our Lord and Master. Give him the reins, see him reign, let abundance of Grace and Mercy rain on us. Let Lord Jesus Christ be a dynamic God so kinetic in our lives.

God is not an abstract entity. He is an absolute reality. Every creation of the creator should find God, experience Him and feel His presence, by the time our life cease to exist. All prayers and formations are just starter packs for this greater purpose.

God Experience

On one fine day, which is sure and certain in everyone’s life, we will have that ‘GOD EXPERIENCE’. Then we come to know the purpose of our existence, our mission and target, bringing focus to our future. The Joy of this moment is just awesome. From that moment, we are led by that Kindly Light and a tender whisper guiding amidst encircling gloom. We must sustain this light and voice all our lives, never let it fade, or die out.

St.Padre Pio said “Let us first look at ourselves. The infinite distance between the azure and the abyss generates humility.” God is infinite in all dimensions. This God so infinite seeks your finite heart to rest, live and make you one with him. He knows you before your birth and is going to be with you after your death. Only during this earthly life we fail to seek him. St. Augustine says “My heart is restless until I find my Rest in Thee”.

Let seeking and being with God be our prime aim in our life. Let every prayer be addressed to Abba father, through Our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God forever and ever. Amen.

– – – written by Cecilia Francis

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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