“For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of
power and of love and of self-discipline” (2Timothy 1:7). As we
begin the New Year 2021, the Lord says, …. “See, I am making all things new.” (Revelation
21:5). When the Lord leads us, He makes us people of power, love and
of God: In the Old Testament, Samson was filled with the
power of God. He used the jawbone of a dead donkey and slew a thousand people. “Then he found a fresh jawbone of a donkey,
reached down and took it, and with it he killed a thousand men” (Judges
15:15). Young David tears a lion and a bear into pieces as he was anointed with
the Holy Spirit. Though Goliath was more than 9 feet tall and was armed with
all the best of armor, fifteen year old David could put him down and cut off
his head (1Sam 17:51). Joshua ordered the sun and moon to stand still and they
obeyed him (Joshua 10:12-13). Calling on the name of the living God, Moses
raises his staff, ten curses come upon the Egyptians one after the other. With
the same rod, he commanded the red sea to part into two. In the name of the
Lord God, Moses made the heavenly food, Manna, to rain down from heaven. Even
the dry rocks yielded fresh drinking water. Great things happen when God mixes
of Jesus: Power of God was bestowed upon Lord Jesus. “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and
with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by
the devil, for God was with him” (Acts 10:38). He
turned water into wine, healed the lepers, gave eye sight to the blind, made the paralytic walk, commanded
the demons to get out, ordered the violent sea and storm to calm down. At the
voice of his order, dead persons came back to life.
Lord Jesus promises his followers to be anointed with
His Holy spirit. “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be
with you forever” (John 14:16). “But you will receive power when the
Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in
all Judea and Samaria,
and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). During
the Pentecost, the believers received the promise anointing of the Holy Spirit.
Then the disciples of the Lord went all over the world and performed similar
powerful miracles and much more than that. “Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in
me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than
these, because I am going to the Father” (John 14:12).
During Covid 19 pandemic, a person affected with
HIV/AIDS became very ill and was taken to the hospital. There he was diagnosed
with Covid-19. The doctors gave up all hope. The person was unconscious for ten
days. He started listening to Bible based preachings on YouTube on hospital bed
then telephoned me to pray over him. He felt the Lord is speaking to him all through
his period of coma. He was surrounded by Mother Mary and angels. When he became
conscious, he became completely healthy. The doctors were surprised and
exclaimed that it is a divine miracle.
of the Holy Spirit: The power of God manifests as the gifts
of the Holy Spirit. The gifts are Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude
Knowledge, and Divine Fear Piety. The divine wisdom helps us in turning our
enemies into benefactors. “When they came to Jesus, they appealed to him earnestly, saying, He is worthy of having you do this for
him, for he loves our people, and it is he who built our synagogue
for us” (Luke 7:4-5). The Romans and their
soldiers were very cruel to Jews and therefore, Jews hated them. The Romans
were very strict with them. But this centurion had become a friend of the Jews.
He built a synagogue for them. Jesus helps him by healing his slave. Divine
power is not to fight with our enemies but rather win them over to Jesus.
Do not think that all your enemies
are for your destruction. When God is with you, they become a stepping stone
for your growth and prosperity. Goliath becomes an opportunity for David what
he can achieve by the power of the Holy Spirit. The divine wisdom leads him to
keep away from King Saul, who tries to kill him. But David becomes soul
friend of Jonathan, the son of King Saul. Let the Divine Wisdom enlighten us to
make use of all oppositions to use them as stepping stones of spiritual and
decisions at Right Time: Divine Wisdom leads us to take right
decisions at the right time. When the tax collects came to collect tax from
Simon Peter, he goes to Lord Jesus. “However, so that we do not give offense to them, go to the
sea and cast a hook; take the first fish that comes up; and when you open its
mouth, you will find a coin; take that and give it to them for you and
me.” (Mathew 17:27). The divine wisdom leads
Simon Peter to strike gold in his daily profession of fishing. As we allow the
Holy Spirit anoint us & lead us, we will be blessed financially to meet all
our needs and much more. In the New Year 2021, let us do our jobs, businesses
and professions with great dedication and commitment.
person went through great financial crisis as he lost his job because of Covid -19
lock down in March 2020. He had just started to construct his new house. He had
even borrowed lots of money as loans. He even contemplated suicide. Then he
came across Word of God preached through YouTube media. The word of God
consoled him, strengthened him and filled him with great hope that God will do
miracles to uplift him financially. Accordingly, he started trying out online
jobs and local business. He struck a jackpot. He got an online job with a very
good day. His business also flourished. He quotes, “We know that all things work
together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his
8:28). His house construction progressed faster than his earlier plans. More
than his financial prosperity, he is reads Holy Bible daily and worships God
thrice a day.
“……My grace is sufficient for
you…” (2 Corinthian12:9) God provided enough grace for St. Paul to lead
a glorious life. As you call on the Holy Spirit every day to fill you with
power, love & self control, God’s grace provides for all your needs.
Spirit of Love: We
are given Holy Spirit of love. 1 Corinthians 13 explains us about Divine love. Whatever
we good we do is futile like a noisy going without the ‘divine love’. This
divine love is also called ‘agape’, which makes Jesus our Lord to shed his last
drop of blood for us. With ‘agape love’ our lives become meaningful and
wonderful. Without love, all our gifts, talents, charismas achievements and
sacrifices amount to nothing (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)
The characteristics of this ‘agape
love’ are beautifully explained by St. Paul Love is patient, kind, not jealous,
not boastful, not arrogant, not rude, not irritable, not resentful, does not rejoice
over wrong rejoice over right, not selfish, not self centered, bears all things,
believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things(versus 4-8). This
divine love is above knowledge, prophecy, hope and faith (versus 9-13). Hope is
regarding the future faith is about here and now, where as divine love is about
having intimate relationship with God. The purpose of all programs &
activities of Divine Call Centre is to have such intimacy with God the father.
Let us prosper in this ‘divine love’ in this New Year2021!
of Self Control: We are given the Holy Spirit of
self-control. God has gifted us with Body, mind and heart. These are to be
controlled, formed, directed and put to best of use “Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of
the flesh” (Gal 5:16). Many are destroyed because they have not
formed their conscience well. Obedience to our parents, elders and wise people,
help us in forming a holy conscience. This holy conscience disciplines our
mind, heart and body. Then we do not follow desires of the flesh (Gal 5:19-21).
Rather we hear the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). “So if you have been raised with
Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right
hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that
are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ
in God” (Colossians 3:1-3). The divine message
makes it clear to us that we are dead to sin and are raised with Christ.
Therefore focus on heaven and be glorious like Christ.
I saw a Chinese circus. In that circus,
a young girl throws a dozen cups in the air and placed perfectly on her head
one over the other. The performance needs tremendous concentration &
calmness of mind. Then she continues to carry those twelve cups on head and
performs on a platform rolling over a cylinder. When I met personally a lady in
Hong Kong, who was part of such circus group in China. She went through all the
rigorous discipline, training, diet and hard work because her focus was on
feeding her hungry and sick parents and siblings. What is our focus? Let our
focus be God and our eternal life with Him “For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that
is within you through the laying on of my hands; (2Tim1:6) “Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable,
whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is
commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of
praise, think about these things” (Phil4:8).
assure you my personal prayer for each one of you. Have a Spirit filled
prosperous New Year 2021!