Psalm 4:7

You have put gladness in my heart, more than in the season that their grain and wine increased.

The Bible never tells that the things of this world does not make us glad. But the things of this world are fickle in nature. In one second, things could change so drastically and if our joy is based on those ephemeral things, so will be our joy. But Jesus Christ does not change, yesterday, today and forever. So, let our joy be based on the unalterable nature of Jesus Christ. May He fill our hearts with such gladness this morning.

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சங்கீதம் 4:7

அவர்களுக்குத் தானியமும் திராட்சைரசமும் பெருகியிருக்கிற காலத்தின் சந்தோஷத்தைப்பார்க்கிலும், அதிக சந்தோஷத்தை என் இருதயத்தில் தந்தீர்.

சந்தோஷம். இந்த உலகத்தின் காரியங்கள் நிச்சயமாகவே நம்மைச் சந்தோஷப்படுத்துகிறது. அப்படி இல்லை என்று ஒருபோதும் வேதம் சொல்லவில்லை. ஆனால் இந்த உலகத்தின் காரியங்கள் எந்த விநாடியிலும் மாறும்; நம்முடைய சந்தோஷமும் அப்போது மாறிப்போகும். ஆனால், தேவன் தருகிற சந்தோஷம் மாறாத ஒன்று. சூழ்நிலைகள் மாறினாலும், இயேசு கிறிஸ்து நேற்றும் இன்றும் என்றும் மாறாதவராயிருக்கிறார்; ஆகவே அந்த சந்தோஷம் மாறுவதில்லை. அந்த சந்தோஷம் இந்த நாளில் உங்களையும் என்னையும் நிரப்பட்டும்.

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பிலிப்பியர் 1:29

கிறிஸ்துவினிடத்தில் விசுவாசிக்கிறதற்குமாத்திரமல்ல, அவர்நிமித்தமாகப் பாடுபடுகிறதற்கும் உங்களுக்கு அருளப்பட்டிருக்கிறது.

கிறிஸ்துவின் நிமித்தம் பாடுபடுகிறது ஒரு பாரமான காரியம் அல்ல; அது தேவன் நம்மேல் சுமத்துகிற ஒரு சுமக்க முடியாத சுமையும் அல்ல. அது நமக்கு அருளப்பட்ட ஒன்று. எப்படி கிறிஸ்துவை விசுவாசிக்கிறது ஒரு சந்தோஷமான காரியமோ, அப்படியே அவருக்காகப் பாடுபடுவதும் ஒரு சந்தோஷமான காரியமே.

எப்படி இயேசு கிறிஸ்துவை சந்தோஷத்தோடு நம்முடைய இரட்சகராய் ஏற்றுக்கொண்டோமோ, அதே சந்தோஷத்தோடு அவருக்காகப் பாடுபடுவதையும் ஏற்றுக்கொள்வோம். அவருடைய நுகம் எளிது.

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Philippians 1:29

For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.

Granted – the word used here denotes something given as a gift, given as a favor. So, we have two-fold gift from God. One is to believe in Jesus Christ, His Son. And the other is, to suffer for His sake.

Suffering for the sake of Jesus Christ is not a burden that the Lord has imposed upon us; it is not something that we need to clench our teeth in pain and have to suffer through. It is a gift given to us. It is a favor that God is doing to us. For those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their God and Savior, let us not stop there; let us also accept, with joy, that we are counted worthy to suffer for His sake. For those who have not made up your mind, trust in Jesus Christ. For His yoke is easy and His burden is light.

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Isaiah 49:15

Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you.

What beautiful words the Lord gives us this morning! Yes, even if those who love you so much today may forget you tomorrow, but the Lord our God will always keep you in His mind, forever and ever. For He redeemed you to be His, by giving His own life. Yes, dear friend, your Redeemer loves you and His Name is Jesus Christ. Never forget that as you enter the busy week ahead.

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ஏசாயா 49:15

ஸ்திரீயானவள் தன் கர்ப்பத்தின் பிள்ளைக்கு இரங்காமல், தன் பாலகனை மறப்பாளோ? அவர்கள் மறந்தாலும், நான் உன்னை மறப்பதில்லை.

எவ்வளவு அருமையான வார்த்தைகள். இந்த காலை நேரத்தில், இந்த வார்த்தைகளை நினைவில் கொள்வோம். உன் தாய் உன்னை மறந்தாலும், மறவாத தேவன் ஒருவர் உனக்கு உண்டு. அவர் உனக்காய் தம் ஜீவனையே கொடுத்து, உன்னைத் தனக்குச் சொந்தமாக மீட்டுக்கொண்டவர். இயேசு கிறிஸ்து அவரே. அவர் உன்னை நேசிக்கிறார். மறவாதே.

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Am I a sheep or a donkey?

The LORD is my Shepherd; I shall not want. – Psalm 23:1

In a previous blog, I mentioned that to take possession of the promise in Psalm 23:1, that the LORD is my Shepherd and I shall not want, we need to be sheep, for our Lord Jesus Christ is the Shepherd of sheep. And it does not matter, whether the sheep is dumb or intelligent, as long as it knows and follows the voice of the Shepherd. Today, let us look at one another aspect of a sheep.

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Sheep are not meant to carry loads. We would never see a sheep carrying a burden. But there is another animal meant for carrying burdens. A donkey. That is its job. To carry loads. To carry burdens.

Unfortunately, today, many Christians are donkeys, rather than sheep. We have become a people who are melancholic and gloomy, waiting for a disaster to strike us. Unable to bear the cross of our day-to-day life. But we are not meant to.

We are supposed to carry the yoke that our Lord gives (Matthew 11:29-30). But instead, we carry all our burdens and all our worries in our hearts. Though we come to the presence of the Lord and unload our burdens through prayer, when we go back, we make sure to carry those burdens again. There are some Christians who even warn us, if we are filled with joy and laughter, that the Lord does not like Christians laughing and if He hears us laughing, He will make us weep. Not sure which Bible they are reading.

Listen to the Psalmist. Cast your burdens on the Lord. Everything. All your pains and hurts. All your worries and failures. All your fears and expectations. The LORD is able. Yes, He is Lord Almighty. Creator of the Universe. HE has been sustaining everything that we see and that we cannot see for eternity. HE can sure sustain you. Pour your heart like Hannah did. But leave all your worries at His feet. Let the LORD trample down every burden that makes you weary.

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You are called to be a sheep. You are meant to be taken care by the Shepherd. You are not meant to worry about anything. You are called to trust your Shepherd for everything that you need. You shall not want, for your Shepherd is the God of Jeshurun, Who rides the heavens to help you (Deut. 33:26).

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Let us come to Him. Let us come to Jesus Christ. Let us accept His invitation. And this is His invitation: “Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Yes, He will give you rest. HE will make you lie down in green pastures. HE will lead you beside still waters. Come to Him. Now.

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