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Matthew 6:33

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 02 August 2017

Read: Matthew 6:33

Instead of being preoccupied with material provision for our daily lives, we are exhorted here by the Lord Jesus Christ to make God’s kingdom and His righteousness our primary object of attention. We must be deliberate to give preference to spiritual matters over worldly matters. Nothing should be allowed to take precedence over our commitment to seek the spiritual and moral excellence in our lives. Moreover, we must exert great care and diligence to live a consecrated life to God...


James 1:13a

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 01 August 2017

Read: James 1:13a

It is important that we take note of James’ caution: “Let no man say … I am tempted of God”. Some believers tend to misinterpret God-sent trials as God tempting them with opportunities to sin. Such a notion is far from the truth. So, James gives a stern warning to those who may try to pin the blame on God and hold God responsible for their temptation to sin. James is very concerned about such an idea of God and desires that his readers will reject the suggestion that God has a hand in inducing people to sin...


James 5:13

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 31 July 2017

Read: James 5:13

In a local congregation of believers, a variety of experiences may be found at a given time. While some people experience severe afflictions, others are presented with reasons for jubilation. It is also true that all alike are subject to afflictions and happiness. Both those types of experiences can be in different persons or in the same individuals at the same time. And sometimes, change from one extreme to the other can happen suddenly...


Ephesians 6:16

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 30 July 2017

Read: Ephesians 6:16

The fourth piece of armour that God has given to Christians for their spiritual battle is “the shield of faith”. The type of shield mentioned here is thureon in Greek. This is the original word that is translated as “shield” in this verse. This shield, measuring 4½ feet by 2½ feet, was made of a thick and hard wooden plank, covered with either metal or leather. The metal would deflect the enemies’ arrows, while the leather was treated with some oil to extinguish the fiery pitch on the arrows. This shield was designed for maximum protection and deployed for a specific strategy in a major battle...


1 Peter 4:16

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 29 July 2017

Read: 1 Peter 4:16

Christians often have to endure society’s rejection, ostracism, violence and even official persecution. The unbelieving world hates every genuine Christian. Jesus had forewarned, “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved” (Mark 13:13; cf. Matthew 5:11; 10:22; 24:9; Philippians 1:29).

Should a Christian feel embarrassed or weakened or abandoned by the opposition and troubles that he suffers...


John 14:21b

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 28 July 2017

Read: John 14:21b

God is greatly pleased with everyone who loves His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. He loves such a one. Thus, if we love Christ, there falls upon our hearts the blessings of the Father’s love. This is not to say that the Father’s love for us is caused or motivated by our love for Him. Neither does it mean that His love towards us begin only when we begin to love Christ. We could not have loved Him, if He did not love us first. What the Lord Jesus asserts here is that when an individual loves Him, the Father would express His pleasure to him by new and grander expressions of His love...


Psalm 29:11

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 27 July 2017

Read: Psalm 29:11

The LORD’s gifts to His people are recounted and affirmed in the text for our meditation. The LORD rejoices in blessing His people. As Proverbs 3:33 records, “he blesseth the habitation of the just.” So we join the apostle Paul to say in thanksgiving, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ...


Philippians 4:7

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Read: Philippians 4:7

The first word “and” takes our attention to what has been discussed in the preceding verse. In the light of the earlier verse, we learn that while anxiety destroys the peace of heart, prayer restores and maintains peace in our hearts. To everyone who in everything prays with thanksgiving (v. 6), the peace of God is promised...


Psalm 103:9

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Read: Psalm 103:9

Though God’s people have often provoked the LORD, He has not dealt with them according to their sins. Psalm 78:38-39 tell us, “But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath. For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again...


Proverbs 28:13

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 24 July 2017

Read: Proverbs 28:13

First of all, we are warned of the danger of “covering” our sins – “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper”. But how does one cover or conceal his sins? One may cover his sins by putting the blame on another, like Adam who pointed his finger at Eve, or Eve who pointed her finger at the serpent (Genesis 3:12-13; cf. Job 31:33), or Saul who blamed the people (1 Samuel 15:24). Some hide their sins by pleading ignorance and dissociating themselves from any responsibility...



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