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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 8th

IS HONEYMOON OVER?



This is what the LORD says: "What fault did your fathers find in me, that they strayed so far from me? They followed worthless idols and became worthless themselves. Jeremiah 2:5
 
  Once we come to know our Lord in a personal way & taste his redeeming love, how I wish the fairy tale phrase ‘they lived happily ever after’ would apply to our relationship with Him, because invariably the honeymoon would end, just as it did for the redeemed Israelites as the above scripture portion bears out (also refer Exodus 32:1-6). Without condoning their brazen acts & at the same time remaining clear-eyed, if I were to introspect my own spiritual life post my born-again experience, I too would be guilty of a wrong attitude on numerous occasions though it may not have been equivalent to blatant idol-worship.

  Though, I would not out rightly join my erstwhile friends in the despicable acts, I used to indulge in along with them in my ‘former life’, the period of obeying Christ ‘out of pure love’ was over in a week’s time (Rev 2:4) after the ‘salvation experience’. Instead, in that place came the fear of chastisement. My spiritual life was becoming a drudgery when the good Lord brought yet another incident in my life (a National Christian youth festival in June, 1984) to rekindle the flames of devotion, which were burning very low & in danger of completely dying out.
 
  Every honest Christian with a backslidden experience would also echo these sentiments. But our great & loving God is forever to be praised for not giving up on us but on the other hand forever pleading with us to come back unto the right track (Jeremiah 2:9–KJV).
 
  Prayer:

Father, Thy humility borne out of infinite love simply leaves me stunned. Though, you have so many obedient followers of Thine in this world, You still pine for fellowship with those who have gone astray & are ever ready to accept them, once they repent. For these very traits of love & humilty, I praise Thee from the bottom of my heart. Amen.
 
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