Posted in Ages 11 & above, The Negatives

Unbelief

Imagine that, a stranger in shabby and worn out clothes approaches you and tells you, “I am the richest person in this area”. How will you react to this? Will you believe it? If you are a sane individual, you will not believe it unless the person provides you with solid proof that validates his statement. We humans are logical and rational in nature and so we cannot believe theories that are illogical. The concept of spiritual world and even GOD seems illogical to a lot of people. They consider it foolishness as they do not consider any of the proofs around them. The mere existence of humanity and the beautiful creations around us is the greatest proof of God’s existence. Unbelief in God and specially in Jesus can cause us serious trouble. Let us look into the treasure book to find out clues.

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Unbelief in God

Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God;

Hebrews 3:12

We already learned in ” Who are fools?” that a person who do not believe in GOD is called a fool. A heart that believes in God is WISE before Him, but an unbelieving heart is foolish before Him. No matter how learned they are or how vast their worldly wisdom is or how marvelous their worldly accomplishments are, they are still considered FOOLS by God if they do not believe in Him. Your education or your wealth or your achievements does not indicate wisdom before God, only a BELIEVING HEART does.

Moreover, not believing in the true living God is considered EVIL. An unbelieving heart is an evil heart that does not acknowledge the existence of God. Each day of our life on this Earth is a gracious gift from our heavenly Father. Not recognizing the existence of our creator nor His plans for our life is the most pathetic state we could be in. No wonder He calls such unbelievers FOOLS.

He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

John 3:18 – 19

Jesus is the Son of God who was sent by God the Father, as a savior for the whole of humanity to redeem them from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God. Whoever believes in Jesus as Son of God and accepts Him as their Savior will be saved. But not everybody believes this. What about the unbelieving lot? Not believing in the son of God results in condemnation – meaning they are declared guilty and sentenced for punishment. They are declared guilty because they loved to continue in their evil ways rather than turning themselves to the light – Jesus. And their punishment is eternal doom. Jesus is the only way to eternal life.

And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

1 Timothy 1:12

If you have been living your life without believing in the true living God or His son Jesus, now is the time for you to return back to him. Repent and accept Jesus as your savior. God will forgive and forget your past considering it as ignorance and will enable you to carry out the plans of your Creator, the purposes for which He sent you.

Not believing in God and His son Jesus is FOOLISH and EVIL before God and results in Eternal Condemnation and Eternal Doom.

Surrounded by Unbelief

Mark 6:1‭-‬6

Jesus after beginning His ministry went to His hometown with His disciples. And on the Sabbath, He began to teach in the synagogue. Many heard Him and were astonished, saying, “Where did this Man learn these things? And what wisdom is this, that such mighty works are performed by His hands! Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?” They were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.” Now He could not do any mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went to villages, teaching.

His own people could not believe the fact that a normal person like them is doing such great works for God. To them, He was too familiar as an ordinary person and because of this they would not believe. They saw Him as a carpenter and not a child of God sent to accomplish God’s purposes. Jesus could not do any mighty works because of the unbelief of people who surrounded Him.

So with unbelief lingering, the mighty works of God does not takes place. And do not surround yourself with people who do not believe in you or the mission for which God sent you – even if they are the people in your closer circle. They will definitely discourage you and blow out the passion in you. As much as He would love to stay in His hometown, Jesus moved away from them because, if He stayed among these people who could not believe in God’s plan for His life, He wouldn’t be able to carry out His mission.

Separate yourself from people who do not believe in God’s plan and purpose for you, because they will definitely discourage you and could bring you out of God’s mission and purposes for your life.

Consequences of Unbelief

Mark 9:14‭-‬27

During Jesus’s ministry, a man brought his son who was mute, to the disciples. From time to time an evil spirit would seize him and throw him down. When this happens, the boy foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. Jesus’s disciples could not cast the evil spirit out. When Jesus came to them, this boy was brought to Him. When the boy saw Jesus, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth. The father told Him that this has been happening from his childhood and that he was often thrown into fire & water by the evil spirit. The father said, “But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as dead. But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.

Here, the boy was brought to the disciples and they could not heal him. Jesus called his disciples “O faithless generation“. Their unbelief is the reason why they could not carry out the healing. Now the boys father, even though he brought the child to Jesus, did not believe that the boy will be healed. Probably seeing the disciples not able to heal would have disheartened him. So when Jesus came he said – if you can do anything, please help us. He did not say – I believe in you and know you can help. Jesus could not heal the boy in the midst of these unbelieving hearts. So He addressed it one by one. First the disciples and then the boy’s father. As soon as it was addressed to the father, he cried out and prayed – I believe, help my unbelief. When the unbelieving heart turned into a believing one, Jesus casted out the evil spirit.

So with an unbelieving heart you cannot receive healing or miracles – Jesus could cast out the evil spirit only after the father believed. Also at the same time you also cannot perform the works of God for the glory of God if you have an unbelieving heart – the disciples could not cast the evil spirit out because of their unbelieving hearts.

You cannot receive miracles and healings if you have an unbelieving heart. Also you won’t be able to carry out the works of God if you have an unbelieving heart.

Treasures uncovered

Not believing in God and His son Jesus is FOOLISH and EVIL before God and results in Eternal Condemnation and Eternal Doom.

Separate yourself from people who do not believe in God’s plan and purpose for you, because they will definitely discourage you and could bring you out of God’s mission and purposes for your life.

You cannot receive miracles and healings if you have an unbelieving heart. Also you won’t be able to carry out the works of God if you have an unbelieving heart.

Prayer:

Thank you Father for sending your Son and bringing us into your kingdom. Thank you for counting us faithful to carry out your work. Help our unbelief and enable us to fulfill the plan and purpose for which you have sent us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Posted in Ages 11 & above, God & Me

The Armor of GOD

Have you seen a soldier who is ready for battle? Maybe not real time but definitely in movies right? They will be dressed in a special outfit – a uniform with a belt on their waist, helmet on their head, a bulletproof shield held in their hand, a bullet proof vest, shoes or boots on their feet and weapons like gun to fight. Back in the olden days too, soldiers who went for battle wore a special outfit. It is called the “Armor” and had almost similar components as a modern day battle outfit.

An Armor consists of a belt, a breastplate, a helmet, a pair of shoes, a shield and weapons – mainly a sword. Why do soldiers wear this special outfit – the armor, for battle? Battle is not a time of leisure. A soldier would be completely focused on fighting putting his life at stake. There are big chances that the weapon of the enemy could injure his body and major internal organs. So the armor is worn to shield / protect their body from the weapons of enemy. All components of the armor except weapon are for shielding and protecting while weapon is the only component used to fight back.

The bible also talks about an armor – The Armor of God. What is this all about? Let us open the treasure book to learn more about it.

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Ephesians 6:10-17 – click this video to read this bible portion

Clue 1: Ephesians 6:10-13

The Battle

The Word of God says, we have to put on the complete armor of God. We now know that an armor is worn only during battles. So this means we are in a battle. So we should be wearing an armor to protect ourselves from being hurt. Being in a battle means there is an enemy to fight.

Our enemy

The word of God says “put on the whole armor of God to stand against the tricks of the devil”. Also it is written, our fight is not against flesh and blood – meaning other humans. So the enemy in this battle are not people but the devil and dark evil powers – domains, powers and rulers of darkness. The devil and his gang of evil spirits are our enemy and we know they are not in flesh but spirit. So the battle is not physical but in the spiritual realm.

The battleground

But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

2 Corinthians 11:3

In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

2 Corinthians 4:4

Both these verses states that the devil tries to corrupt and blind our minds from the actual truth. So our enemy – the serpent / the god of this world / the devil tries to manipulate our minds. That is where he tries to play his tricks. So our mind is the battlefield!!

Now we know that we are in a battle, we know where the battle takes place and who our enemy is!!!

So how do we get prepared for the battle and fight our enemy?

Clue 2: Ephesians 6:14-17

Like in a physical battle where soldiers wear the armor to protect themselves from the weapons of the enemy, in this spiritual battle against the devil, we too should wear an armor –The Armor of God, to protect ourselves from his weapons!

The armor of God also consists of shielding components – Belt, Breastplate, Shoes, Shield, Helmet and a weapon to fight – the Sword

The Belt of Truth

We normally use a belt to gird our loose pants tight onto our waist so that we can walk confidently without being afraid that our pants would come down. Imagine yourself in a battle and your belt isn’t proper. Would you be able to focus completely on the battle or will you be partly bothered about the pants coming down? Definitely the pants will bother you and this could take your life!!! In the armor of God, our belt is “TRUTH”. We should always speak the truth and be truthful to God, ourselves and others. If we are truthful in everything then we can walk confidently and we will be able to rightly focus on our battle without giving the devil a loophole to pull us down!!

Breastplate of righteousness

A breastplate is worn to guard the chest area, specially the heart. In the armor of God, our breastplate is “RIGHTEOUSNESS“. Righteousness means “right standing with GOD” or being right with God. Sin separates us from God but we are made righteous through faith in Jesus Christ. When we believe in Jesus, his blood makes us right before God. This is our breast plate that will guard our heart from the weapons of the enemy.

The shoes of gospel of peace

We wear shoes to protect our feet from sharp and hard objects that lie in our path. In the armor of God, “PEACE” is the shoes that we should wear to guard our walk. Always walk in peace and be peacemakers. Let the peace of God rule our hearts and minds. Worry is one object that the devil places in our path to hurt our feet, but if the peace of God rules our mind, it guards us from getting hurt.

Shield of faith

A shield protects us from the flaming arrows and other weapons of the enemy. In the armor of God, our shield is “FAITH”. When the enemy sends flaming arrows to attack our mind, we should use faith to shield our mind. The enemy might send arrows of disbelief, doubt, despair, depression, fear, loneliness, un-forgiveness, lust, etc., and we should shield it from entering our minds and hearts by proclaiming our faith.

Helmet of salvation

A Helmet is used to guard our head in battle. If head is not protected, we will definitely lose our life in the battle!!! In the armor of God “SALVATION” is our helmet. Salvation protects our head. Without salvation you will lose your life – the eternal life. If you have not known Jesus as your savior, invite him to your heart today. To be saved, confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead. Put on the helmet of salvation and secure your eternal life!!!

Sword  – The Word of God

In the Armor, the weapon to fight is the sword and in the armor of God, the sword is WORD OF GOD.

We know that our mind is the battle ground and this is where the enemy attacks. The enemy sends his flaming arrows of all kinds of negativity to our mind. When we use our shield (Faith) we protect our mind from these arrows. It will definitely protect us from getting injured, but it doesn’t stop the enemy from fighting us. As we see in all fights, an enemy will stop fighting only if we get stronger and he gets weaker. How does that happen? We should fight back then he will slowly lose his strength. We fight back with our weapon, the WORD OF GOD… Fight all negative thoughts the devil is trying to plant in our hearts, with the word of God.. Declare the word of God in all areas of his attack and keep on declaring!!! The word of God says that the enemy will eventually flee – Resist the devil and he will flee from you!!!

In Luke chapter 4 we see, Jesus when tempted by the devil fought back with the Word of God and the devil left him. Jesus took victory over the devil by fighting back with Word of God!

Treasures uncovered

We are in a constant battle and hence we should be always alert! The battleground is our mind and the devil is our enemy .

Put on the full ARMOR of GOD –

Protect yourselves from the weapons of the enemy by wearing the Belt of Truth, the Breastplate of Righteousness, the Shoes of Peace, the Shield of Faith and the Helmet of Salvation.

Fight the enemy with Word of God and he will flee from us.

We have to put on the full armor of God to protect ourselves. If any element of protection is missing we can get hurt. So wearing all the components of armor is vital for our existence. Also fight your battle with the Word of God and victory is guaranteed!!!

Prayer:

Father, Thank you for making us aware about the armor of God. Lord Jesus, we thank you for the helmet of salvation that secures our eternal life. We also thank you for making us righteous. Thank you for the Word you have given us to fight the enemy. Thank you for making us victorious, in Jesus name, Amen!!!


Posted in Ages 5 to 10

AM I GOOD ENOUGH?

Very often we stand in front of the mirror and admire ourselves… We all love to do that!!!!

Some days we feel very charming & beautiful and some other days we are not happy with our looks…

There are even some other days when our friends, parents, siblings or dear ones comment negatively on our looks or even on our personality. And I am sure few of those comments would have made us wonder

“Am I really like that?”

Their words influence us and most of the time affects our confidence.

Hey… Have we passed such negative comments on others? Uhmmm… maybe not always directly…. many times behind their back

Oh My.. she is very dark !!!

he is a shorty…. he is a fatso….

I have not seen such an ugly face!!!!

blah.. blahh.. blahhhh….”

Do you think this is right?

In our defense we will say

“Everyone does it…. so why not me”?

Everyone does it” doesn’t mean it is the right thing to do. We should always do what is right.

Let us explore and find the right thing!!

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CLUE 1Genesis 1:27

“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

Sometimes we say or we hear others say “He is a spitting image of his father or she looks exactly like her mother and so on. Here the bible says, God created humans in “HIS OWN” image and created them as man and woman. This means we are the spitting image of our Father, GOD Himself – and this applies to both man and woman.

CLUE 2Psalms 139:13-14

“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and 
wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.”

God formed us inside our mother’s womb. We are made fearfully and wonderfully. Each of us are a handiwork of God – HIS Creative Masterpiece.

Treasures uncovered


I AM “UNIQUE” & “SPECIAL”.
I AM CREATED IN
GOD’S OWN IMAGE &
SO ARE OTHERS.

If we think we are “not good enough” or we are ugly, then we are doubting God and his wonderful creativity.

If we pass negative comments about others appearance, we are insulting God’s creativity and God, the creator Himself



Prayer:

Father, thank you for creating me so wonderfully and in your own image. Thank you for revealing to me that i am special and unique…. Please forgive me for my bad attitude. Help me also to remember that all people around me are created in your image. Amen!!