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For accessing rich treasures in His Word and for edification

  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.

Having dwelt on the topic of Christian journey in the previous month, now in the month of Febraury, I intend to focus on a monumental piece of Jewish history….the Conquest of Canaan, with its particular relevance to modern day breed of Christian spiritual warriors.

Once again, let me wish you a happy and an edifying read…

Suresh Manoharan

February 25th

Restoration of power

Then the LORD said to Joshua, "Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Take the whole army with you, and go up and attack Ai. For I have delivered into your hands the king of Ai, his people, his city and his land. - Joshua 8:1
  How reassuring, when the blackout ends and power supply is restored! How comforting, when streetlights come to life, in the dead of the night for a night-traveler groping in the darkness, trying to find His way!

Joshua and company would have felt the same, when they heard the soothing words of the Lord in the above-captioned scripture portion, just as they were licking their wounds after an unexpected, morale-shattering reverse. Their genuine repentance (backed-up by action), we meditated upon yesterday, was the cause for the return of the Lord’s presence amidst them.

In our Christian lives, how lost we feel, as it were, in the spiritual woods whenever our disobedience, makes us drift away from His comforting presence. The good news is God is yearning at all times to restore the right relationship with us and gives us back the needed power to live upright and holy lives (Eph 3:16).

A branch cannot survive when severed from the vine (John 15:4) nor can a christian live a life pleasing unto Him, unless he or she is connected to the “vine” from which the “life-giving” sap flows. As one Biblical scholar put it wisely ‘Christianity is not our responsibility but rather our response to His ability’


Father, it is beyond us to live a life pleasing unto thee, leave alone accomplishing great works for thee, without living in close association with thee. Give us the strength to live a spiritually a victorious life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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