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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.

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 4th

First things first…



Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful - Joshua 1:7-8

As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him – John 2:27
 
  It is so very comforting and reassuring to know that that God has not left us to fend for ourselves in this dark and dangerous world, where a physical or a spiritual danger lurks at every corner.

Even as Joshua readied himself and his nation for an important task ahead, he was reminded that he always had the laws of God as his guide to help him distinguish the right from wrong. They would always act as an ethereal lighthouse to him, so to speak, guiding the ship of his life and that of his Nation away from unseen dangers.

Oh how true “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” – II Tim 3:16-17.

To substantiate the above, I would like to quote an example taken not even from a Christian realm. Rusi Modi, a great Indian industrialist of TISCO fame (not a self professing Christian) remarked insightfully some years back when queried on how, he would handle the labour problems in his new assignment of heading the Indian airlines (he was given this assignment by the Indian government to bring about a reversal of fortunes in Govt-owned Indian Airlines which was very much in the red, in those days), having never experienced severe, constricting union problems of the Public sector kind in his Private sector stint. He is said to have remarked, when broached on this issue by the press, in all areas’ of his life, he had always been guided by the simple Biblical principle of ‘Do unto others, what you would want them to do unto you’ (Matt 7:12) and that, this principle which had never let him down, before, wouldn’t let him down even in his new responsibility. It sums it up. Right?

For Christians besides the written scriptures oozing with wisdom, we have a very distinct advantage of His indwelling spirit within us to teach us and guide us, whereby, we would always be in a situation, as it were, to see Black as Black and White as White with no confusing gray areas’ to contend with.

Prayer:

Father, how privileged, your children are in this New testament era to have both the written scriptures as well your Spirit to guide them, even as they press on in their ‘spiritual fight’ against the forces’ of darkness. We praise and thank you, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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