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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.

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 5th

A ‘Special’ target

So he had his chariot made ready and took his army with him. He took six hundred of the best chariots, along with all the other chariots of Egypt, with officers over all of them - Exodus 14:6-7
  ‘Whew! I can relax now’, are the words we would not find in a Christian’s lexicon, once his walk with his Redeemer has begun. Just as the Pharaoh chased the emancipated Jews to bring them under his bondage once again, the devil would chase ‘a delivered sinner’ to bring him once again under the yoke of sin. In fact, Christians would be ‘special target’ of the spiritual foe, since we have come out of the crowd, which is blindly following him (Eph 2:2).

  We can be emboldened & as well as encouraged by the fact that just as Pharaoh could not once again subjugate the ‘freed lot’, the wily old spiritual foe cannot also enslave us once again…permanently, since we are now under His care & protection (I John 3:8-9).
  Even as we rejoice in our spiritual freedom, let us continually thank Him, for suffering an excruciating death on the cross, in order you & I, may breathe ‘free air of spiritual emancipation’.

Father, words fail us, when we want to thank You not only for redeeming us from the clutches of sin but also for empowering us to walk in ‘the straight & narrow path’, so that our old evil master cannot enslave us again. We thank Thee once again in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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