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Haunted


“I just can’t sleep. It’s way too hard! It’s impossible! Every time I close my eyes, I’m reminded of that horrible past… I can’t get over it! I have changed now but I can’t get over what I did… How could I?  And now it’s creeping into my waking hours as well – everyday, some small occurrence takes me back, traumatizes me! No matter where I am – a small incident, the look on someone’s face, a familiar location – everything reminds me of that! It’s way too hard for me to get over…
Dear Lord, I have surrendered my everything to you, I have come a long way from my sin but I still can’t get over it. The sins of my past keep haunting me and prevent me from seeking you wholeheartedly. Everytime I come into your presence I feel this weight in my heart – a weight of guilt and regret. Lord, I’m sorry for everything I have done. I’m trying to lead a new life in You and trust in You as my strength but the past is holding onto me like strong chains. Lord, please help me…”

Have you ever been in a similar situation? Or maybe you just continue to live in regret and have not sought the Lord yet. Well, the Lord has better news for you. You remember when Jesus Christ died on the Cross? He dies for ALL of your sins – even before you were born. What’s more – He died for the sins of all mankind – the sins of the past, of the present and those that were yet to be committed. That was the whole purpose of His sacrifice. When you commit your life to Christ, ALL of your sins are forgiven and forgotten. They’re on the Ocean Floor. They do not have to haunt you any more.

When we do something wrong, however, the Holy Spirit convicts us so that we realize our mistake and ask the Father for forgiveness. God’s grace and mercy is unlimited and they are new every morning. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” [I John 1:9 (KJV)] In Romans 5:20, Paul says that where sin abounds, Grace abounds much more. But this does not mean that we should keep sinning so that God’s grace may keep abounding. It does not work that way. Whoever is baptized into Christ Jesus is also baptized into His death (Romans 6:4) so that just like Jesus rose from the dead, we also are raised to live in the newness of life. So when our old man (Romans 6:6-7) is dead, we are freed from sin.

What this all means is that, Jesus did not die only for “nice” people. He died for everyone even those who did not want Him and those who rejected Him. That was God’s amazing love speaking. No one who genuinely loves Christ would want to continue living in their sins – especially when those sins cost Jesus His life. How can any believer glory in what God hates? Before we came to Christ, sin was in control of us and we were its obedient slaves. However because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we obtain that power to live for God. One day, the sin that still dwells in our unredeemed bodies will be eradicated completely. Until then, we are to draw on the power of the Spirit to put to death the sin that still wants to express itself, and obey God for His glory.

Do not worry about your past sins, God has forgiven them! And when the creator of the entire Universe has forgiven them, who are you to hold onto them? Forgive yourself. Move on. Hold onto the Spirit to give you strength to continue living a life in Christ free of sin. Casting Crowns and Audio Adrenaline say it much better. Our sins are cast away from us as far as the East is from the West. How far is the East from the West?? From one scarred hand to the other. Truly. Beautiful Metaphor.


[This YouTube video was uploaded by user ‘TheGospelTrain]

The mistakes I’ve made
That caused pain
I could have done without
All my selfish thought
All my pride
The things I hide
You have forgot about
They’re all behind you
They’ll never find you
They’re on the ocean floor
Your sins are forgotten
They’re on the bottom
Of the ocean floor
My misdeeds
All my greed
All the things that haunt me now
They’re not a pretty sight to see
But they’re wiped away
By a mighty, mighty wave
A mighty, mighty wave
Your sins are erased
And they are no more
They’re out on the ocean floor
Take them away
To return no more
Take them away
To the ocean floor.

And that’s why we can say “I’m forgiven! I don’t have to carry the weight of who I’ve been, ‘Cause I’m forgiven”

“Well, the past is playing with my head, and failure knocks me down again. I’m reminded of the wrong that I have said and done and that devil just won’t let me forget.
In this life I know what I’ve been but here in Your arms, I know what I am!

I’m forgiven, I’m forgiven! And I don’t have to carry the weight of who I’ve been ’cause I’m forgiven!

My mistakes are running through my mind and I relive my days in the middle of the night when I struggle with my pain, wrestle with my pride, sometimes I feel alone and I cry.

When I don’t fit in and I don’t feel like I belong anywhere…  When I don’t measure up too much in this life, Oh, I’m a treasure in the arms of Christ!”

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A Covering from the Storm


Just a couple of posts ago (Click here to view post), we saw the essence and benefit of Absolute Surrender. We saw how we need to adopt an attitude where we are ready to accept all the challenges that come our way so that we finally result in the masterpiece that God wants us to be. Sometimes, this may dampen the spirits of new believers, as they fear anticipating an outcome or the future. But, honestly, once we have committed absolutely everything into the Hands of God, we can be sure that He will take care of the outcome, and He will make sure that “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8: 28 NKJV)

Even if we say,
Let the waters rise, if you want them to,
I will follow you, I will follow you.”

We can be assured that:
Though the waters rise
They will not pull me under
When the mountain slides
And crashes to the sea
I will lift my eyes and call out to You, Father
Be my covering”

God is always on our side. He will immediately come to our rescue and be our covering. You can count on Him. Bebo Norman’s ‘Be my Covering’ strikes the nail right on the head; with a moving combination of his modulated voice, soul-stirring message, and amazing music, this song can raise your spirits or move you to happy tears. It will increase your confidence in the power of our Lord, and best of all, it reinforces the message: “DON’T GIVE UP, OUR LORD IS COMING TO HELP YOU!!”
You are deeply, sincerely loved, with an unconditional love that passes all understanding. It’s true.


[This YouTube video has been uploaded by user ‘joelmnoah’]

“This was written as both a really personal song and as a sort of global prayer – it tells a story that I think people who live anywhere in this broken world can understand. We wrote this at my lake house down in Georgia – a peaceful and quiet place. There’s so much unrest today, so much turmoil, from natural disaster to war, so we’re praying in this song that the peace we felt in that setting by the river – the peace of Christ, really – can truly become something global. I think that’s one of our primary calls as believers – to hope for hope for this world.” – Bebo Norman    [Source: JesusFreakHideout]

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At the Center of It All


In the early years of our faith, we usually are boosted by our pure untainted ‘first Love’ to the Lord. But as we grow much more in faith, we tend to get complacent. It happens to most of us, most of the time. Besides, you are not alone if you say that you have always thought back to your first love and wished things could be the same as they were then. You probably say that you miss the closeness you had in your relationship with the Lord.

Then, you probably begin to voluntarily involve yourself in as many church ministries as you can – Helping out in Sunday School or providing technical aid support at your church; or you sponsor some popular minister or volunteer to join the Worship team at your church or probably involve yourself in one or other Church-related activity.

That’s all perfectly fine – but how many of us actually involve ourselves with the attitude that it is going to bring us closer in our relationship with the Lord? Or do we merely do these things in order to prove something to ourselves or put on a ‘holier-than-thou’ masquerade in front of others? Indeed, some of us do want to be seen as a better and much ‘holier’ person than the next. But in the process, are we not destroying our purpose of getting closer with the Lord?

Jesus calls us to different things. And the Lord always has His own timing. In due time, we will all be pushed towards our calling to fulfill our earthly obligations. However, we often aim for these higher things and bigger obligations that appear more glitzy and glamorous, thinking that we are doing this for the Lord. But are we faithful in the small things in our life – our smallest callings?

Jesus says, in Luke 16:10 (NIV), “Whoever can be trusted with a very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”

Let’s reflect… Do we read our Bibles daily? How much time do we spend in the presence of the Lord – giving thanks, praising and interceding for our brothers and sisters who have yet to find the Lord… If we are not faithful in these little things, how could we expect God to use us for bigger things?

We sing a lot of songs and most of the time we just say things that we don’t mean. We need to get down to the basics – until we are faithful in these little things, it is too far-fetched to expect God to use us in a much higher calling.

When we talk about being faithful in small things, this does not mean that we only read our Bibles regularly and pray regularly. It means that the Lord becomes so engrained into our being that it would be impossible to imagine existence without Him. It is the kind of childlike faith where God is always on our mind. God should be at the ‘Center of it all’. And the best part is this: Once we are honest and faithful in our calling and interest, God automatically becomes the center of it all. When God feels the passion within us to Love Him and serve Him more, He automatically becomes the center of everything we do. We will spontaneously put God into all our actions and the decisions we make. Chris August’s ‘Center of it’ portrays that interest where God becomes the center of everything we do.

[From ‘chrisaugustmusic’ on Youtube]

God is more than just a priority. He should be the very heartbeat of all the things that we do, think and say. God is the reason why we still move and breathe. He is at the very core of our existence. Don’t you think He deserves more than what we have given Him today?

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Praise You in This Storm


I was sure by now that You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away, Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say “Amen”, but it’s still raining.

>> As the thunder rolls,
I barely hear You whisper through the rain, “I’m with you”
And as Your mercy falls,
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives, and takes away

I’ll praise You in this storm, And I will lift my hands
You are who You are, no matter where I am
Every tear I’ve cried, You hold in Your hand
You’ve never left my side, and though my heart is torn…
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when, I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry, You raised me up again
My strength is almost gone, how can I carry on
If I can’t find You

(>>)

I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth.

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Bring it on!


We have often come across the term “Absolute Surrender”. Something like that would mean giving up everything without control over anything. As believers, that is exactly what we do when we accept Christ to be the President of, and Resident in, our lives. When we surrender everything into God’s hands, we are telling Him to take it all and use it toward His Glory. At the same time, our surrender should be ABSOLUTE – we can’t say, “God, I’d like you to look after all these things in my life except THIS. I think I know pretty much all about this to handle it just fine…” – that would be exerting control and would hinder God’s absolute, perfect plan in our lives.

When we surrender completely into God’s hands, He is going to shape us into perfection – into the masterpiece that He wants us to be. He is going to shape us to be more and more like Him. Consider it this way – God is going to ‘chisel’ away all the unwanted ‘deadwood’ in our lives. Now chiseling is not exactly a pleasant experience – it might even be a painful experience – but what is really important is the end result in which we become masterpieces in the wonderful workmanship of our Lord. ‘For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.’ Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)

Revelation 3:19 says: ‘I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.’ (NLT) It is only because of God’s love that He rebukes from our wrong doing and sets us on the right path. We need to accept this ‘pruning’ so that we can grow in the right path according to His will.

Sometimes, this ‘chiseling’ and ‘pruning’ and ‘correction’ can work up quit a storm in our lives. At these points of time, we need to stick firm to our refuge – our Lord – or else we may be blown away by the storm and go astray. But once we realize that the storm we are in is for our own good, we will be able to accept it all the more easier. As human beings, we tend to ignore the bigger picture and focus merely on the present. When we focus on the Lord and cling firmly to Him, He will help us to grasp that bigger picture and help us through the storm.
Sometimes these storms come into our lives in order to bring us down on our knees, reminding us of our weakness and our dependence on the Lord.

We need to adopt an attitude where we are ready to accept all the challenges that come our way so that we finally result in the masterpiece that God wants us to be. We need to understand that it is for our own good, and that no matter what storms may breeze through our lives, we will not be shaken and continue to follow the Lord.

Mikeschair’s song ‘Let the waters Rise’ says it best:
“There’s a raging sea, right in front of me;
(It) wants to pull me in, bring me to my knees,
So let the waters rise, if You want them to,
I will follow You, I will follow You…”

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Victor’s Crown


When the children of Israel were initially rescued from Egypt, they were mere ‘children’ in terms of Spiritual growth as well. They were yet to encounter the miraculous, wonder-working hand of God, as they would wander through the wilderness for 40 years, under the leadership of Moses. This is precisely why their encounter with the first obstacle to reaching Canaan – crossing the Red Sea – did not take much of “doing” on their part. (Read Exodus 14) They did not need to set forth a shout of worship that would cause the mighty waves of the Red Sea to part, making way for the multitude of the children of Israel to cross. It took mere obedience and patience. The Lord responds to Moses: “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.” (Exodus 14: 15, 16; NKJV) The children of Israel were merely asked to go forward, and everything would open up for them accordingly.

As they progress through the wilderness, they meet other obstacles – bigger ones. These other times, they are seen to be tested on their spiritual growth as well. They were not merely children any more. They had to be grown spiritually as well. When it came to bringing down the great wall of Jericho under the leadership of Joshua, it took a lot of “doing” – This was what the Lord asked them to do: “March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets.  When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.” (Joshua 6: 3-5; NIV)

And that is exactly what “Worship” was all about. It was the humble obedience to the voice of the Lord and it was claiming the Powerful, mighty name of the Lord. A loud shout was uplifted to the Lord because of the victory He had already given to them. The Lord’s presence was heavily present that day.

Fast forward around 2000 years later, when Jesus Christ was crucified on the Cross. It was foretold through prophecy in the Old Testament that the Messiah (Jesus) would return to Earth, and He would die for the sin of all mankind. This was the foremost reason that Jesus came to Earth – to redeem us and unite us once again with the Father. For this, Jesus gave up His life as a sacrifice for the entire human race. In the Old Testament, it is necessary for a sacrifice to be made for the remittance of sin. It is equally important that the sacrifice is pure, clean, sinless and free from all blemishes. In the Old Testament, the Sacrifice was usually a young newborn lamb – pure, white and free from blemishes. When it came to the sin of all mankind, it required a sacrifice of the same magnitude to be offered – Which is why Christ was the perfect sacrifice. He – God – came in the form of a human being mingled with us, set forth an example and to redeem mankind once again. Although Christ came in human form, he was sinless and blameless. He was conceived through the miraculous work of the Holy Spirit. He would be the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all mankind forever.

God, the Father, out of His incredible Love for mankind sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to die for the iniquities of all mankind. In His life on earth, Satan tempted Jesus, willing for Him to slip up and sin. Satan even used Scripture to argue his case. But, the Lord Jesus Christ, ever victorious, triumphed over sin and temptation, by taking hold of the Word of God and responding wittily, with greater authority to Satan.

At 33 years of age, it was finally time for the Lamb of God to be slain. Satan felt victorious – he had convinced a group of Pharisees to plot the death of Christ with the help of an insider, a betrayer – Judas Iscariot. The deed had to be done, and Christ was willing for the will of the Father to be implemented. Jesus was full of love and forgiveness toward everyone – even His torturers. He was tortured and put on a Cross to die.

A couple of Jesus’ followers (not His 12 disciples), took down His body from the Cross, and laid Him to rest in a tomb. For the time, it seemed as if the darkness had won – Satan may have rejoiced that night.

Jesus’ disciples may have felt sorely confused and uncertain. Till then their Rabbi (Master) had constantly been with them and guided them. If they were at all confident then, they were really uncertain now.They felt like sheep without a shepherd – they did not have anyone to guide them. All appeared to be lost. Or so it seemed…

On the third day, miraculously, according to prophecy and the Will of God, Jesus rose from the dead! Even Death could not hold Him back. Our Lord is all-powerful, and victorious. There is nothing that can defeat Him or put Him down. OUR LORD IS ULTIMATE.

Even the Grave could not hold Him in. Jesus Christ is now risen from the grave, and has conquered sin and death. What’s more – He’s given US the power to overcome sin and death as well. Our Lord cannot be defeated – because He wears the Victor’s Crown. No matter what may happen, our God always triumphs!

Satan may seem strong for a moment, but our Lord is stronger. There is nothing above or beyond Him. The Word of God also claims so. (Luke 11: 21, 22) “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe;  but when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoil.” If Satan is the strong man, Jesus is the stronger person who will shatter Satan by his foundation.

Darlene Zschech brings out this aspect of our all-powerful Lord, who wears the Victor’s Crown. The song is so powerful and was co-written by some of the renowned worship leaders of our time – Darlene Zschech, Kari Jobe and Israel Houghton.

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Rock Bottom


From personal experience, I have come to believe that every one of us, as believers, will come to a point when we reach rock bottom – reach the depths of hopelessness – when there is absolutely no way out of the situation we are in. God has a plan even in these times. He knows our full potential, and He knows us better than we know ourselves. It is because of this that He deliberately makes us undergo this trying time. It is only when we hit rock bottom – hard! – that we stop looking around and look up, reaching out for divine help and guidance.

It’s kind of funny that we sometimes think we are strong and big and all these materialistic aspects just creep into our lives. When we reach rock bottom, however, none of these things seem to matter. When we look up at this great, awesome, mighty God, we realize that we’re actually Nothing compared to Him. We’re smaller than a speck of dust that makes up the entire universe. The most amazing part, however, stands in the fact that this great, awesome, powerful God actually cares about us, and actually takes the time to talk with us and feel our pain and provide us with comfort.

I felt internally compelled to share my testimony today, and it is out of personal experience that I say almost every believer goes through a point in their lives when they hit rock bottom and finally turn to the Lord. It is at this point of time when we indulge in a bond and relationship with the Lord like never before. It is at this point of time that we reach the most humble peak in our lives (if you have probably been through this situation, you know what I am talking about – You’re completely broken and in the depths of weakness and depression and you’re just bracing for what’s going to hit you next). And then we just cry out to the Lord in total surrender, “Lord, I just can’t do it anymore, it’s more than I can handle. Lord, I am so weak, don’t you see? I can barely move another step forward, and I see this huge mountain in front of me. I’m expected to cross that mountain, Lord – how can I? I barely have enough strength for another step! Lord, I’m broken, down to nothing, but I’m still holding to the One thing – that You are God and You are strong when I am weak. This Life – this battle – this mountain that I have to climb, Lord I can’t! Carry me, Lord! Carry me…”

And that’s what the Lord does, He just carries us over that mountain – the next moment you know, you are on the other side of what appeared to be a huge, un-climbable mountain. When we humble ourselves to nothingness, the Lord gently lifts us up, out of the depths of our sorrow and pain and struggle, and He just takes us to greater heights that we could never even have imagined before. It’s in our weaknesses that He shows Himself to be Strong. Stronger than we could ever imagine.

And there is so much comfort in His presence; God is so loving, tender, merciful and patient. He remains with us every step of the way, no matter what we go through. And we can always call out to Him in all our times of needs. He never fails us.

It was when I was going through a trying situation as this, that I felt God speak to me through Matthew West’s song – ‘Strong Enough’. That’s when I realized that God sometimes makes us go through trials and hard times, only to reunite with us in a closer way than ever before.

“Maybe, maybe that’s the point,
To reach the point of giving up.
‘Cuz when I’m finally, finally at rock bottom,
That’s when I start looking up and reaching out.”
“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength,
I don’t have to be strong enough, strong enough…”

During my baptism, God miraculously spoke to me through His word. At that point of time, I was so weak and emotionally broken, I was ready to give up the fight. But I just put my Hope in God and asked Him for the strength to continue. I wanted to surrender everything to Him, because I couldn’t take it any more. I felt like I had to handle this burden on my own, like I was alone in my battle. And I knew I couldn’t do it on my own. That’s why I took Baptism. I told God, “Lord, I’m willing to do anything for You. I would even lay my life down for You, but I need You now, more than ever. I need you to carry me through this mountain and get me to the other side. I need You to be the Strength in my weakness. I need You to show Your power through me…”

And after my Baptism, at the Service, God miraculously spoke to me through His word. He gave me a wonderful promise. His words were:
Isaiah 41:10 (KJV) –
“FEAR THOU NOT; FOR I AM WITH THEE: BE NOT DISMAYED; FOR I AM THY GOD: I WILL STRENGTHEN THEE; YEA, I WILL HELP THEE; YEA, I WILL UPHOLD THEE WITH THE RIGHT HAND OF MY RIGHTEOUSNESS.”

For anyone else reading this now, it may seem like just another promise from the Bible – nothing significant. Or you may even think that it was probably just a well-timed coincidence. But I beg to differ. I had never come across this verse before.  And at that moment when I was completely broken and was begging God to take over and be my strength, these words were such an amazing miracle in my life. I cannot express the joy I felt in words. It’s something you can only experience to realize its intensity.

Image Courtesy: evangelicaloutreach.org
Image Courtesy: evangelicaloutreach.org

I was completely overwhelmed. I always had fears and doubts to the extent where I would question God. And even before I was given the promise, I had been praying exactly that: “Lord, I am very weak and so afraid. I can’t do anything on my own, and I am a big sinner who is in no way worthy of speaking to You. Yet, with your awesome power and tender mercies, You have given me this chance… God, I need Your help – so bad! I am completely, totally, entirely dependent on You, and yet I am so afraid! Lord, help me! Please, help me…”
And that verse was like an answer to my prayer! It was so amazing! I’m so happy that first, God chose to speak to Me – an insignificant, tiny human being, and that He would use such choice words. Honestly, more than my baptism, or a clean slate to start over on, that unforgettable verse is what made my day, and changed my life.

Baptism is a wonderful chance to start out on a clean state as you are burying the “old man” (Romans 6:6) when you are immersed in the water. It is an outward display of the change brought upon you when you accept the Lord into your heart. It is a way of displaying your decision to the world. Baptism gives one the qualification to partake in the Holy Communion, additionally. It is a wonderful process and Jesus himself set an example when He took Baptism at the hand of John the Baptist.

Jimmy Needham’s “Yours to Take” best portrays the feeling that accompanies Baptism.

This is my second chance, This is no song and dance:
You came in and renewed a right spirit!
This is grace at its best,
This is taking a restless, messed up heart and having you clear it

I can feel the weight is lifting, I’m barely staying on the ground
And I can feel the wait is over, Finally the lost is found!

>> So, this is what it feels like to live life
So, this is breathing air for the very first time
The Son of man, He came here to give life
And in return He asking for mine.
Well, I’ve Been captured by grace, I’m not going away,
I’m Yours to take.

I was down for the count, I was all but knocked out,
When I heard pardon for the interruption.
Then like out of blue, Out came glorious You,
You picked me up with barely any introduction,
You won my heart by a landslide, You tend to do that every time;
So, everything I have is Yours now.
Even my very life!

Your kindness leads me to repentance,
Leads me to the cross, which leads me to forgiveness
So, I’m counting it all as loss…

The Change Inside of Me >> Mercy Me


[This YouTube video has been uploaded by user ‘livin4Jesus]

Pardon me, If I’ve been acting strange,
I haven’t been myself lately.
What you see, Is a person rearranged,
Someone affected me greatly.
And I’ve got so much to say,
Ever since Jesus looked my way.

Your life You gave for mine to save,
Its nothing less than a miracle.
Your name I praise, because the change inside of me is so beautiful.

“…So many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death… Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life… our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.” (Romans 6: 3, 4, 6-9)