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DAILY DEVOTIONS
 

  In more than three decades of my Christian life, I have been blest by 2 types of Daily devos' (matter not exceeding 500 words) in universal Christian literature. Not only those Devos' which have a different theme everyday but also the ones which revolve around a certain theme over a period of time, say a fortnight have richly edified me. In fact, both styles have their own inherent advantages. If the former style caters to the varying spiritual needs of a christian from day-to-day, the latter aims 'to ground' a child of God in a certain subject in order he derives the full benefits of the deep insightful study of a certain topic, spread over a fixed span of time.

In my Daily devo page, I have consciously tried to go in for 'a blend of both the styles' whereby within a constant theme, I would be aiming to focus on different facets of it which admittedly is a closer imitation of the 'Constant theme' style than the 'Varying topics' one.

For starters in the first month of January I would be dwelling on the theme of the "Christian Journey", with the material being arranged in a Book-like format under which the pages would be opened ( i,e..displayed on-line) on each succeeding day.

So here's wishing you a happy & an edifying read....

Suresh Manoharan




January 18th

United, we stand...



And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it - Numbers 13:30
 
  While continuing to let our thoughts flow on the subject of similarities between the 2 grand journeys'...the one of our Jewish counterparts en-route to the Promised & heaven bound Christians, we come to the subject of 'Joint tasks'...the tasks that entail a combined effort.

  In the earthly realm, while there are some tasks that may be best done individually like cooking for instance reminding us of an old adage that 'too many cooks spoil the broth', however, the good Lord in His sovereign wisdom for most part has designed us for companionship & team-work to achieve the universal good of one & all. For a well-ordered society to function like a well-oiled machine, some would out have to till the ground for agricultural purposes whereas some would have to work in the factories to produce the goods we need for both survival & for maximizing our efficiency (basics & comforts). In the spiritual realm, it is no different, 12th Chapter of I Corinthians is an elaborate exercise of apostle Paul in focusing on 'different organs' of Church which work in unison for the common benefit of everyone in it. There is no 'going it alone' business in God's perspective.
 
  In the captioned scripture portion above, look at the earnest plea of Caleb one of the twelve spies who went to spy the Promised land, before launch of the Conquest campaign (read Numbers 13th chapter) for all to unite in the same, as the other 11 spies barring Joshua were apprehensive of the eventual outcome of a war with the ‘strong inhabitants of the Promised land' (vs 28-29). Now could only Caleb & a few like-minded people alone go to war against those who were ripe to reap God's judgment on account of their continual disobedience (Genesis 15:16)? NO WAY! It entailed a joint effort of many people working together.
 
  Likewise, dear friends for Churches to succeed in their different projects, 'all need put together their shoulder to the wheel' (Philippians 2:2).
 
  Prayer:

Father, we confess our lack of unity sometimes in working together for the furtherance of Thy kingdom. Put in us the warm love for each other & unity of purpose, in order we toil together unashamedly with a fixed goal of bringing glory to Your Name. Amen
 
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