“Count your many blessings name them one by one

and it will surprise you what the lord has done.

Count your many blessings every doubt will fly

and you will keep singing as the days go by.”

The song lyric resonates with David’s words in Psalms. Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare. (Psalm 40:5)  

God has done innumerable wonders in our lives. We need to take time, ponder, reflect and fill with awe, give thanks for the specific blessings that he has purchased for each one of us at the cross of Calvary. What is blessing means to us. We should understand the God’s idea of blessing. It is more about ‘knowing Him’ than health and wealth blessings. He makes us to learn, to wait, to grow in faith before we receive the blessing. It is a great training and unforgettable experience.

The blessings of free air, water, food and light are ignored and sometimes taken for granted. We fail to see God’s care and provision in these free gifts. The seven I am statements of Jesus mentioned in John’s Gospel, tells us as who Jesus is. Do we need anything more than these in this life.

I am the Bread of Life (6:35, 48)

I am the light of the world (8:12, 9:5)

I am the door of the sheep (10:7, 9)

I am the good shepherd (10:11)

I am the resurrection and Life (11:25)

I am the way, the truth and the life (14:6)

I am the true Vine (15: 1, 5)


  • Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, (Isaiah 46:9)
  • Then take care lest you forget the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. (Deut 6:12)
  • I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. (Psalm 77:11)
  • Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them” (Eccle 12;1)
  • But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. (John 14:26)
  • Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, (Psalm 103:2)
  • He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and merciful. (psalm 111:4)
  • “Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children. (Deut 4:9)
  • You shall not be afraid of them but you shall remember what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt (Deut 7:18)
  • …I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John10:10b)
  • He heals the broken in heart, and binds up their wounds.(Psalm 147:3)
  • Come to me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.(Matt 11:28)
  • His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence (2 Peter 1:3)
  • And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:19)

PRAYER: Father, we thank you for being our Shepherd. You lead us from the front. You provide for us, guide us, care for us and carry us when we are with injury and in pain. You protect us from the attacking animals of the wild. Help us to forget not all the benefits that we receive from you. Help us to remain thankful to you.   

Faith – God’s Promises


Faith is not an emotion or feeling, it is an action. We see wonderful testimonies of ‘Heroes of Faith’ and ‘Saints Hall of Fame’ in Hebrews 11th chapter. These saints of old compose the “cloud of witnesses” in the beginning of the next chapter with their powerful testimonies to inspire the Hebrews to come to faith. In the following verses of the 11th chapter, we read that they all got approval from God. They made decisions that pleased him. God tests our faith in the crucible. (1 peter 1:7)

Do not throw away your confidence (Heb 10:35). Faith is a lifestyle, not an event. The righteous live by faith. FAITH can be explained in the following steps.   

  • Follow the Lord (Ephesians 5: 1): Bible tells us to follow, to listen, to obey the instructions given by God.
  • Acknowledge His Sovereignty: (Luke 1:37; Matt 19:26) His sovereign will has given us everything we need for life.
  • Imitate His personality: (1 pet 2:21; phil 2:5) Christ is our example and we are called to imitate Him.
  • Trust in Him at all times: (Psalm 62:8, Psalm 20: 7): our God is a trustworthy God even in the darkest times and in the valley of shadow of death. He remains faithful even if we are unfaithful…always truthful. That’s his very nature and he cannot change. He is immutable – he cannot change.
  • Hang on to God’s purposes: God has great plans for each one of us, plans to prosper us.  (Jeremiah 29:11)


  • Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather in barns; yet your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? (Matt 6:26-27)
  • And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)
  • And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (Mathew 11:22)
  • And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” (Mathew 21:22)
  • And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)
  • For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,(Ephesians 2:8)
  • “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
  • He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Mathew 17:20)
  • In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; (Ephesians 6:16)
  • By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. (Hebrews 11:7)
  • And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.(Mark 10:52)
  • Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. (Romans 10:17)

PRAYER: Lord, help us to put our trust in you irrespective of the situation we are in.  We are in the uncertain and unprecedented times with chaos, doubt and ambiguity all around. Teach us to understand that faith of the size of a miniature seed can move mountains. We acknowledge that we fall short of your expectations when it comes to faith. Fill us with unshakable faith that plagues, pestilences, diseases, storms and disasters cannot move us.

God’s Love – Promises of God

God is love. There is neither hatred nor envy in him. His love is inestimable. It is more than and beyond any human comparisons. To understand it thoroughly we may need a lifetime. In our earthly relations parental love is considered as the highest and unparalleled form of love. Psalmist says, even if the parents forsake me the lord will receive me (Psalm 27: 10). The Lord’s compassion on his children is also compared to the earthly father’s compassion (Psalm 103:13). God also says that, though a mother may forget you, I will not forget you (Isaiah 49:15). The earth and its elements, the world and its relationships cannot offer the kind of love that god showers on his children.  God has great plans for his children. Plans to prosper you and me and not to harm us. (Jeremiah  29:11) The Psalmist says, How precious  are your thoughts about me, O God! They cannot be numbered!

The parental love, the love of the spouse, siblings, our children and friends is short lived and a shadow of the real love that we are going to experience forever in the bosom of God. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:13). He sacrificed his everything to redeem us from the pit and bondage of sin and to set us free, free indeed! He paid the price as a ransom and purchased us and how can He possibly abandon us.    


  • For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.(John 3:16)
  • But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
  • We love because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19)
  • Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)
  • So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. (1 John 4:16)
  • The Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. (Jeremaiah 31:3)
  • In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.(1 John 4:10)
  • But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. (Psalm 86:15)
  • And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. (Matt 22:37-39)
  • Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations, (Deut 7:9)
  • Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” (John 14:21)

PRAYER: Lord, your love has no limits.The earthly love that I experience here is only a shadow with all its limitations and shortcomings. You understand, you care and you persevere with us. You give, give and give everything all the time to our unsatisfied souls. If all the sky were paper and all the ocean is ink, to write about the greatness of your love soon the ocean would drain dry. Help us to prioritise and value the love you have for us and to the whole world.  

Rejoice – Gods Promises


Paul’s letters from prison are considered the most joyful books in the bible. He urges Philippians to Rejoice in the Lord always. The word Joy is mentioned 16 times in the letter to Philippians. In spite of the sufferings he endured in the roman prison, he encouraged believers to rejoice in the Lord.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:4-7)         

A man who needs encouragement is giving encouragement to others. In addition to his prison sufferings for four years, Paul also encountered storms and three times ship wreck, beaten with rods thrice, faced whippings for five times, stoned once, carried the agonising pain of aching ribs and muscles and scars on back for his life. History indicates many have died due to these roman beatings. Every incident of painful encounter yielded amazing results and conversions for the glory of God.    

How is it possible to remain peaceful and joyful while suffering and enduring pain? What are the reasons for Pauls happiness and joy? How can he say that even if I am being poured out like a drink offering…I am glad and rejoice with all of you?  (2:17,18). How is it possible to be content whatever the circumstances? (4:11)

Paul is always mindful of the future glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. (Romans 8:18). He is also sure that the inner man is being strengthened despite all sufferings. Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. (2 Cor 4:16-17)

Paul understood the magnificent generosity of God’s grace.But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Cor 12:9)

Pauls joy depended on knowing Christ. He explains it clearly in the 3rd chapter of Philippians. When Christ himself is the reason for our joy and happiness, no one can snatch it away from us. He concluded everything in saying, for me to live is Christ and to die is gain (1:21)


  • This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)
  • May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. (Romans 15:13)
  • Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. (romans 12:12)
  • So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. (John16:22)
  • Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, (1 peter 1:8)
  • Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:20)
  • These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. (John 15:11)
  • Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. ( Luke 15:7)
  • For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning. (Psalm 30:5)
  • Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. (James 1:2-3)
  • But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. (1 peter 4:13)
  • Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 thess 5:16-18)
  • When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul. (psalm 94:19)
  • Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy! (psalm 47:1)

Prayer: Lord, you have brought me everlasting joy and happiness through your supreme sacrifice on the cross. My heart is filled with praise, worship, adoration and honour for your inestimable love, awesome purity and endless wisdom. show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.

Word of God – God’s Promises


Psalm 119 is a love poem to God’s law. We find the psalmists great desire to meditate the statutes and commands. It’s a sheer craving and longing for the word of God by staying awake through the watches of the night. David delighted in the decrees and they became the theme of his sojourners life.  They are more precious than pure gold and sweeter than honey than the honey from honeycomb. (Psalm 119:10) I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word. (Psalm 119:16) Your decrees are the theme of my song wherever I lodge. (Psalm 119:54). The number of times we meditate on God’s word the sweeter it becomes. God’s word is compared to ‘hidden treasure’. The deeper we go into the study the wealthier we become with the discovery of more precious gold and diamonds. God’s word has the power to transform lives. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 timothy 3:16-17). It hurts God to see his children neglect the word. I wrote for them the many things of my law, but they regarded them as something foreign. (Hosea 8:12). He is furious and judges the children of Israel.. because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children. (Hosea 4:6. We may encounter dry seasons and the word of god appears dry and unappealing but that should not be the reason to spend less time or to stop reading the bible altogether. God speaks to us in unexpected ways and times. We should ask Gods help to open our eyes that we may see the love and concern of God. Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. (Psalm 119:18)

They stood where they were and read from the Book of the Law of the Lord their God for a quarter of the day, and spent another quarter in confession and in worshiping the Lord their God. (Nehemiah 9:3) Paul instructed Timothy to read carefully Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. (1 Tim 4:13). Lord Jesus also read the scriptures and everyone listened attentively. (Luke4:16-20).

We should spend prayer time daily along with the family for at least half an hour. It includes singing, bible reading and prayer. Children in the family should be allowed to read the scripture portions aloud as assigned to them which follows discussion and prayer time. This will help them to know the importance of the scriptures and the family altar to overcome any issue arising in their personal lives as they grow into maturity. Bible is the God’s amazing book and it has the solutions for all the problems faced by mankind. God’s word and Gods invisible hand is clearly evident in the history and in the progress of human race.


  • All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.”(1 peter 1:24-25)
  • As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth:  It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:10-11)
  • This is what the Lord says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be?Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?”declares the Lord. “These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word. (Isaiah 66:1-2)
  • He sent out his word and healed them;  he rescued them from the grave. Psalm 107:20)
  • This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.” (Matt 8:17)
  • “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” (matt 7: 24-27)
  • See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven?  At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. (Hebrews 12: 25-27)
  • Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts. (Jeremiah 15:16)
  • He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction. (Psalm 107:20)
  • All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.(2 Tim 3:16-17)
  • For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
  • So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (Romans 10:17)
  • In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John1:1)
  • The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. (Isaiah 40:8)
  • Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.(Matt 24:35)

PRAYER: Lord as the Psalmist says “Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path”. It is an anchor in the trials and storms of life and a compass in our perplexed journey. You have offered manifold blessings to those whose delight is in your word and who meditates on it day and night. Help us Lord to hide your word in our hearts, heed it and herald it for the expansion of your kingdom.

Prayer – God’s Promises


God taught us to pray irrespective of the situation. The storms may rage furiously and the fires may engulf us but there should be a prayer on the lips all the time. Prayer should become a lifestyle. Daniel prayed three times a day as usual in spite of the issued decree. ..three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. (Daniel 6:10). Nothing happens to us without the permission and approval of God, he is in control and he is an ever present help in times of trouble. David prayed earnestly in the mornings, In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. (Psalm 5:3) David occasionally spent time with God 7 times a day.

When speaking about the end times, Jesus instructed us to be alert in prayer.  Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. (Mark 13:33, Matt 25:1-3). The world is in a hurry these days and for every one of us there is very less time for prayer. We have invented gadgets to relieve us from work stress and to save time but we are not having any extra free time than the previous generations. We became still busier these days and the victim in all this is the prayer time.  Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint on his knees.  And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. (Mark 1:35) Jesus set an example of daily early morning prayer time alone in an undisturbed place.   


  • Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (Mark 11:24)
  • Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groaning too deep for words. (Romans 8:26)
  • But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (Matt 6:6)
  • Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. (Jeremiah 33:3)
  • When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. (psalm 34:7)
  • If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 chr 7:14)
  • Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. (Jer 29:12)
  • And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. (1 John 5:14-15)
  • Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:6-7)
  • Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. (James 5:13-18)
  • The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfils the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them. (Psalm 145:18-19)

PRAYER: Father teach us how to pray. Thank you for listening to our heart cries, agony and the unuttered words. Even when we are still pondering over the issues we are facing and trying to articulate the words in prayer, the answer is on its way. You are the first to take initiative, you intervene, you intercede and you get involved till the matter is resolved.  

Training In the hands of God – God’s Promises

Training in the hands of god is a wonderful experience. God trains those he loves. The sole intention of God in training his children is to see them grow in spiritual maturity. We are called to run a race of endurance. Can we stay calm and peaceful when we face unforeseen situations that bring despair and darkness to our lives? God uses our trials and tribulations to strengthen us. The sufferings and hardships are part of Gods bigger plan to help us, discipline us and to teach us life’s valuable lessons. He disciplines us for our own good. Are we listening? Are we taking this discipline seriously?

Its painful and hard to go through the process of discipline but it’s worth it. It is difficult to face insults, being look down and criticism from the loved ones, friends and neighbors during the process of training.  But our god is a trustworthy god, who can sail us through the troubled waters.

It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure. Psalm 18:32

This is what the LORD says– your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. Isaiah 48: 17

God tests us in the furnace of affliction. See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. (Is 48:10) It is god who allows everything in our life, good times and bad times, light and darkness, prosperity and disaster that are meant only to refine us and not to harm us.


  • When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. (Ecclesiastes 7:14)
  • I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things. (Isaiah 45:7)
  • Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word. (Psalm 119:67)
  • It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees. Psalm (119:71)
  • Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; (Psalm 144: 1)
  • Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. (1 timothy 4:7-8)
  • Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. (1 cor 9:24-27)
  • I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (Phil 4:13)
  • For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. (Hebrews 12:11)
  • A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher. (Luke 6:40 )

PRAYER: Dear Lord, help me to understand that all your refining processes and pruning is for our better yields. You prune every branch that does bear fruit so that it will be even more fruitful. The process may be painful and hurting, but I trust you, as the ultimate goal is to reflect your image in me. Teach me to rejoice in your discipline as you discipline those you love.

Protection – God’s Promises


Psalm 91 is the answer to all the fears during pandemic lock-down and quarantine. If we observe 3, 6 and 10 verses they talk about perils, pestilences and plague. Great security is promised by God in the midst of the danger. Wisdom shall keep them from being afraid without cause and faith shall keep them from being unduly afraid. Whatever is done, our heavenly father’s will is done and we have no reason to fear. God’s people shall see not only God’s promises fulfilled, but his protection.

Even if it is gods will that we get infected with this plague or any sickness, there is a promise in 15th verse. “He shall call upon me and I will answer him. I will be with him in trouble. I will deliver him and honor him”.

The biggest comforting verse is Psalm 23:4 – as we pray to god regularly and study his word, he prepares us for the worst situations, like the psalmist we all should be ready to say “Even though I walk through the valley of shadow of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff they comfort me”.


  • …I have chosen you and have not rejected you, so do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  (Isaiah 41:9-10)
  • Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and will rescue you. (Isaiah 46:4)
  • The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all. (Psalm 34:19)
  • Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.(Hebrews 2:14-15)
  • But I will deliver you on that day, declares the Lord, and you shall not be given into the hand of the men of whom you are afraid. For I will surely save you, and you shall not fall by the sword, but you shall have your life as a prize of war, because you have put your trust in me, declares the Lord.’” (Jeremaiah 39:17-18)
  • But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. (1 peter 2:9)
  • He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, (Col 1:13)
  • But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, (Phil3: 20)
  • The Lord watches over the sojourners; he upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin. (Psalm 146:9)
  • Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” (Deut 31:6)
  • No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall confute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, declares the Lord.” (Is 54:17)
  • I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. (John 17: 15)

PRAYER: Father, help me to trust you in troubled times. Protect me in the shadow of your wings. May the unexpected storms of life like diseases, joblessness, separation, losing of loved ones, do not disturb me but use them Lord to strengthen me in faith. Keep eternity on my eyes that I may see everything in eternal value and perspective. You are my redeemer, my deliverer and my honor. May your will be done.

Waiting upon God – God’s Promises

In this fast paced world, nobody likes to wait and everyone wants an easy and quick fix solution to their problems. But God comes to the rescue of those who wait patiently for Him. David says, “I waited patiently for the lord, he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. (Psalm 40: 1-2). Moving from a slippery, shaky, helpless, uncertain and enigmatic circumstances to a rock solid base with sure footing gives great joy and happiness. The next verse in the psalm expresses that emotion,  ..He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.

Psalm 63 teaches us to seek God’s presence earnestly, intensely, with a thirst and a longing like a wanderer’s search for water in the desert.  It also talks about remembering God on bed, thinking about Him through the watches of the night and clinging to him. Psalm 42 compares our divine drought of waiting and longing for God to deer’s search for streams of water.

Are we enjoying this kind of intimacy and fellowship with God? 

Psalm 27 talks about the inner voice urging the psalmist to seek God’s face. (verse 8 and 14)

Psalm 37: 7 says Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him..and verse 9 talks about those who hope in the Lord will inherit the Land.

God rewards those who seek Him diligently (Hebrews 11:6) and those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength, soar on wings like eagles, run and not grow weary, walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

Learning to rest upon God and continually wait for Him is what God teaches us and expects of us (Hosea 12:6, Psalm 105:4, Psalm 77: 2)


  • Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him.Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. (Psalm 62:5-6)
  • You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. (Hebrews 10:36)
  • Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10)
  • But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me. (Micah 7:7)
  • The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. Lam 3;25-26
  • Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived,
    no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. Isaiah 30:18
  • But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,    on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,  even as we put our hope in you. Psalm 33:18-22
  • We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. 12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. (Hebrews 6:11-12)
  • But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
  • Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.(James 5:7-8)
  • The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.(2 peter 3:9)
  • From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him.(Isaiah 64:4)
  • And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.(Galatians 6:9)
  • And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.(Phil 1:6)

PRAYER: O heavenly Father, you have created the universe and you are in control of everything. You make all things beautiful in your time. Help me to surrender myself unexpectantly and unreservedly and to wait upon you.  Create a passion in me to seek you with all my heart. Teach me to sit patiently at your feet and learn. Help me to accept my inadequacy and to acknowledge your sufficiency as you are my rock and my salvation.

Human Suffering – God’S Promises


Pandemic created a tumultuous time for many families, all over the world. Don’t you think we are in the pages of history?  How to take and understand the purpose of God in allowing this suffering in to the world. Why all God’s children are suffering too?

God’s children should always remember that good or evil, whatever happens to us comes for the good of us, as we can see in the bible verses, how much god loves and his heart aches when he sees us suffering.

Hebrews 12:5 says…And you have completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son do not make light of the Lords discipline, And do not lose heart when he rebukes you, Because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, And he chastens everyone he accepts as his son. So let’s not forget the words of encouragement as the Omnipotent God calls us Sons and daughters. We all know that parents discipline their children out of love and concern. In the same way as verse 6 clearly explains…Because the lord disciplines the one he loves and he punishes everyone he accepts as his son. So let us not take the heavenly fathers discipline lightly and don’t be upset when He rebukes you. 

Remember he said in Isaiah 49:16 – he has carved you and me upon the palm of his hands and our boundaries are even before him. What a comfort!  So let us not lose heart, Be encouraged. whatever you have to face in this troubled times remember what god said to Joshua 1:9, “do not be afraid do not be discouraged for the lord your god will be with you wherever you go. The experience of deep waters of trouble is not meant to drown us but to grow us spiritually. The storms of life are not intended to stop us but to cleanse us and to sustain us. God at times make us fall so that we can look up to Him. Sometimes the times of suffering may turn into a season of great revelation. Someone said, the one who has suffered much is like the one who knows many languages, he can understand any one. We look up to God when all the support systems like relatives, friends and well-wishers were removed from our life. Job said, Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him;(Job 13:15)


  • And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast( 1 Peter 5:10)
  • For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. (2 Corinthians 4 : 17)
  • When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. (Isaiah 43:2)
  • More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, (Romans 5:3-4)
  • For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. (Romans 8:18)
  • Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4)
  • And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
  • Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.(psalm 34:19)
  • He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Rev 21:4)
  • Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, (2tim 3:12)
  • Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (2 cor 1:3-4)
  • Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12).

PRAYER: Help me lord Jesus to be bold and courageous for you are with me in any and every situation. Let the suffering bring out the desired and intended change in me through the character transformation. Thanks for being such a wonderful God to me.