The Heart Matters

The most difficult person I have ever met is me. I find such a conflict – a perfect God and an imperfect subject.

If there’s one thing that can’t be ignored, it’s the long trial of terrible examples of Christianity we can be. I have lost count of heartbreaking stories featuring misguided, or conceited, or zealous, or arrogant, or unrepentant followers of Christ. Wife beaters, adulterers, liars, thieves, deceivers, abusers, cheats… you name it, we have it. How can followers of Jesus be such?… It makes no sense! Maybe I am a voice crying out, lost in the noise that surrounds us all. Covid has been terrible, but greater still should be our efforts to quarantine and heal our hearts. I don’t think I have to expound the role wicked hearts have played in this pandemic. Beggars the question, which is the worse pandemic?

If it helps to admit, he who shouts loudest wears the largest crown, for you to read on and change, then so be it. My story isn’t a pretty one. I was on a fast track to being the chief of abusers. Jesus intervened by His great mercy. Every perverse poison you can think of, ran in my blood. The blood of Jesus interposed and like someone falling on a grenade to protect others, Jesus covered me on the cross. 

I am bemused beyond belief at those trying to write off evil as merely a product of society, or childhood experiences – some speak of it as merely subjective or a grand illusion. Don’t believe a word of it! A snake is crawling among us and seeks to be within us.

Seriously, I don’t think there’s a single honest person in this world, who’s lived to be 20, without multiple eerie encounters with the serpent.

When one explains the miraculous, like the story of my salvation, most of us tend to settle for “they lived happily ever after” but truth be told: Life is a minefield – we are the mines – and they are everywhere – staying charged as long as you don’t change. My parents left so many things rancid and gangrenous AFTER they got “saved” – not a day has gone by, without others experiencing pain because they refused to change and reconcile.

More than ever, I oscillate to a RADICAL Christianity – A heart level change – everything monstrous about you should be called out and thrown under the bus over and over and over if necessary. Maybe the morbid fascination of destroying zombies on the silver screen is our subconscious desire to kill the beast within us and others.

Dear Christian, more than anyone, you need to change!!!

Covered in the blood of my savior, my heart senses the call to change right from the grassroots – every definition of who I was and am had to be dug up – examined with Christ, truth infused and lies rejected – it’s a very real ongoing process. It numbs my mind that this process doesn’t change things like wife-beating, murderous anger, property disputes, active abuse of another human being. Sadly, I know missionaries that beat their wives, Christian musicians unfaithful to their spouses, Christians that would murder to seize property or achieve vested interests , et al… What rubbish! 

Jesus propels through culture, parental influences, character traits, and all your experiences, like a two-edged sword – a surgeon bringing vengeance on a cancerous tumor called sin. Have you not met this Jesus?

Mr. Perfect here – kept pet monsters “hidden” away from surgeon Jesus – you can guess how that turned out. So if you are reading this, let me save you and others a world of heartache and pain… Let Jesus remove them radically now! Christians close to me have paid a heavy price for not allowing Jesus to transform them. At the very least, we are called to stay repentant, accountable, and humble. Which part of “love your neighbor as yourself”, “for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen” do we not get? 

What’s your pet monster? Pornography? (The abuse of God’s supreme gift in marriage and the number one industry destroying the image of God in others), the debaucherous occult elements of today’s entertainment? Abusive Anger? Sensuality? Perversion? A bully complex? the love of money? property? ego? manipulation?

And do not give the devil an opportunity. Ephesians 4:27

Mercy calls us back. Heed her call now. Take one step towards Jesus and He will take the thousand steps needed to reach and change you.

Be radical in the desire to be changed, Reach out to someone mature or a fellowship willing to pull you out, get help! Jesus will restore and build the broken walls. Sadly, some damages you can’t do anything about, but eternity will wipe away every tear – that He promises. 

You are called to spread the healing of heaven to those around you, not spread the poison of Satan. If the snake bit you when you were young – doesn’t mean you need to inflict others or suffer the poison. Break the chain! – the abused don’t have to abuse. Jesus is the antidote – experience Him and share Him. We all need Him.

The lover of your soul has paid the price for your forgiveness but you must “sin no more” to stop the vicious cycle operating within and through you. Guilt, backsliding, fear, temptations, false doctrine, unbelief and accusations are the traps our adversity sets up to ship wreck us. Love the Lord with all your HEART to get back on track.

Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace. Romans 6:12-14

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may  prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2

“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. John 14:15

Let your wife, your husband, your friend, your brother, your parent, your boss, your servant, your neighbor taste and see the Lord is good.

Seek forgiveness, make reparations where possible, and give forgiveness. It will lift you to a whole new place – with Christ – with peace that passes understanding, the goodness of God in the land of the living, and joy that knows no limit.

The Bible – the one book that pulls no punches to set us free of the poison of sin. If you want heart surgery, let the Spirit use these scriptures and teaching. If you want to get to the heart of the matter and see why you are the way you are, and what’s the solution – Look into the mirror of God’s Word. 

Here’s the video playlist link (12 videos):

Also find the entire study notes below. If you desire to skip the videos and just use this to do your own study… go for it! (Though a lot of explanations are in the videos)

By the mercies of God… Let the Holy Spirit change you!!


Our modern-day understandings of the word ‘heart’ cloud our ability to understand scriptural usage. So let’s clarify.

  1. Culturally

In twenty-first century English, the word “heart” is used to express emotions as an individual compartment of the inner part of the human. An emoji.

We have a tendency to see people as having two separate parts, wherein one part is the emotions, which we refer to as the heart, then a brain, which houses the mind.

The Bible does not divide man so easily – it focuses on all three making up the whole of a being – this is called the “heart.”

  1. Medically

I have come across people who pour contempt on the bible because of its medically or scientifically absurd take on the heart and mind. This is an unfortunate misunderstanding of the realm or scope where the Bible is operating. It’s spiritual understanding and a take on reality that science has to catch up to. Science is overly simplistic in its temporal approach to things and does not have a clue to the interactions that make up the universe and much less, the Human being. The bible does acknowledge organs of the human body but when the words heart and mind are employed they mean so much more. Read on.

  1. Biblically

When both the Old and New Testaments speak about the heart, it never means merely human feelings (emotions). In both the Old Testament (OT) and the New Testament (NT) the word “heart” is used to refer to the whole of the innermost part of the human. (Metaphysical aggregate of what we really are – the innermost part – the sum and substance of us)

The Biblical word “heart,” is the inner aspect of a man, made of many streams flowing into a reservoir.

   1) Mental Process(The mind), which is the major part (where action & reaction take place), which is to lead a person in their life. Input is received through the eyes, ears, and experiences.

   2) Emotions (which only process as reaction), as icing to enrich our lives or complicating our dark experiences.

   3) Will, the seat of the will (discretionary, volitional, decision-making) where decisions are made between the rational and the emotive.

   4)Memories – altars of your life. Created by God or the Evil One.

The complex interactions between the above create the person we are. Christ and the Holy Spirit can pierce this quagmire, settle its storms, cleanse and shed His love to resurrect a pure heart that can see God. It’s a daily process till we see Him face to face.

{Would like to acknowledge – – from whom I have borrowed heavily to do the introduction.}

II. The word “HEART” in the Bible

Occurs 115 plus times in the NT and 565 plus times in the OT!!! Depending on the version you use the total number of usage can range up to 800 plus times. This variation is because of the reasons listed below.

In both the Old Testament (OT) and the New Testament (NT) the word “heart” is used to refer to the whole of the innermost part of the human, NOT merely the emotions.

OT: lebab (3824) ‘leiv’ and ‘leivav’ rarely refer to “heart” as the physical organ of the body – rather they refer to the inner person, the mind, understanding, and underlying attitudes of human beings, all subsumed under the metaphorical term “heart.”

    With regard to persons, leiv and leivav signify the heart as the seat of a person’s inner being, guiding motivation, or moral conscience. Perhaps the broadest sense of this terminology occurs in those contexts where leiv refers to “heart” in the sense of “in one’s own mind,” or even “to oneself” 

NT: Strong’s Greek Dictionary, states the Greek word kardia (2588)

Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, “Will a child be born to a man one hundred years old? And will Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” Gen 17:17 

“Before I (Abraham’s servant, possibly Eliezer) had finished speaking in my heart (A place of conversation with God), behold, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder, and went down to the spring and drew, and I said to her, ‘Please let me drink.’ Gen 24:45 

Jeroboam said in his heart, “Now the kingdom will return to the house of David. 1 Kings 12:26

The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” Ps 14:1 

“He has done mighty deeds with His arm; He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their heart. Luke 1:51

The Heart is the place you speak things into being like “spoke into being” in Genesis 1. What you create or allow to be created!!  (interesting parallel “SELF AUTHORING” – Jordan Petersen, see section XV)

The Heart is a reservoir into which the streams (what you “speak” or allow/open the door to) of the mind, thoughts, memory, the eyes, the ears, other senses, and the spirit feed. The mouth and our actions are that which spills out through the dam gates. 



Genesis 4;6,7 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?  If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.”

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him and will dine with him, and he with Me.

In Genesis, Sin is crouching at the door of the heart  – In Revelation, Jesus is knocking at the door of the heart! The grand story of every human being and the story of mankind.

III. God’s perspective is always the heart

Since the creation of man, God has been reaching out to the heart and the story of the genesis to revelation is the playing out of the same.

The history of mankind and the failure of every human institution (from family – siblings – government – religion) is a matter of the heart. 

The fragmented and dysfunctional maladies of an individual are a matter of the heart. 

{SIDE NOTE – There are three that operate in the realm of your heart and the heart of others – one is you, the second is God (all good and perfect experiences), and the third is Satan (all wicked – steal, kill and destroy experiences) The influence of men operate either in godly wisdom or the demonic.}

1 Samuel 16:7 (David and Saul is the context, the human ruler conundrum, the limited judgment man has)
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Ezek 6:9 (Israel’s Exile is the context)  “Then those of you who escape will remember Me among the nations to which they will be carried captive, how I have  been hurt by their adulterous hearts which turned away from Me, and by their eyes which played the harlot after their idols…”  

Jer 23:26 (False prophets is the context) How long? Is there anything in the hearts of the prophets who prophesy falsehood, even these prophets of the deception of their own heart 

Gen 6:5 (Noah’s time and the advent of the flood is the context) Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Jer 17:9 – 10
“The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?
“I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give to each man according to his ways, According to the results of his deeds.

IV. Lessons from the heart of Pharaoh – 

Exodus 4:21; Exodus 7:14 (Pharaoh is the context, a study on the heart of man) God said to Moses, “When you go back to Egypt see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders which I have put in your power; but I will harden his heart. Then the LORD said to Moses, “Pharaoh’s heart is stubborn; he refuses to let the people go. 

Exodus 7:22 But the magicians of Egypt did the same (Water turned to blood) with their secret arts; and Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he did not listen to them, as the LORD had said. 

Exodus 8:8-15 Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron and said, “Entreat the LORD that He remove the frogs from me and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may sacrifice to the LORD.” 9 Moses said to Pharaoh, “The honor is yours to tell me: when shall I entreat for you and your servants and your people, that the frogs be destroyed from you and your houses, that they may be left only in the Nile?” Then he said, “Tomorrow.” So he said, “May it be according to your word, that you may know that there is no one like the LORD our God. The frogs will depart from you and your houses and your servants and your people; they will be left only in the Nile.” Then Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh, and Moses cried to the LORD concerning the frogs which He had inflicted upon Pharaoh. The LORD did according to the word of Moses, and the frogs died out of the houses, the courts, and the fields. So they piled them in heaps, and the land became foul. But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart and did not listen to them, as the LORD had said. 

Exodus 8:18-19 The magicians tried with their secret arts to bring forth gnats, but they could not; so there were gnats on man and beast. Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.” But Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he did not listen to them, as the LORD had said. 

The heart will lead nations to ruin and also no measure of God’s intervention will change a hardened heart – even after the whole nation, including his own, loses the firstborn – Pharaoh doesn’t change.

Exodus 14:5-7 When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his servants had a change of heart toward the people, and they said, “What is this we have done, that we have let Israel go from serving us?” So he made his chariot ready and took his people with him; and he took six hundred select chariots, and all the other chariots of Egypt with officers over all of them. The waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen, even Pharaoh’s entire army that had gone into the sea after them; not even one of them remained. Exodus 14:28

Egypt hasn’t really recovered from this event for 3300 plus years.

V. Lessons from Samson and Delilah

Judges 16:15-21 Samson and Delilah (Permission to access your heart leads to consequences both spiritually and physically)

Delilah Extracts His Secret

15 Then she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when your heart is not with me? You have deceived me these three times and have not told me where your great strength is.” 16 It came about when she pressed him daily with her words and urged him, that his soul was annoyed to death. 17 So he told her all that was in his heart and said to her, “A razor has never come on my head, for I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If I am shaved, then my strength will leave me and I will become weak and be like any other man.”

18 When Delilah saw that he had told her all that was in his heart, she sent and called the lords of the Philistines, saying, “Come up once more, for he has told me all that is in his heart.” Then the lords of the Philistines came up to her and brought the money in their hands. 19 She made him sleep on her knees, and called for a man and had him shave off the seven locks of his hair. Then she began to afflict him, and his strength left him. 20 She said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” And he awoke from his sleep and said, “I will go out as at other times and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the LORD had departed from him. 21 Then the Philistines seized him and gouged out his eyes; and they brought him down to Gaza and bound him with bronze chains, and he was a grinder in the prison


VI. More God’s perspective

Is 29:13 (False Religion, Hypocrisy is the context) Then the Lord said, “Because this people draw near with their words. And honor Me with their lip service, But they remove their hearts far from Me,  And their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote(Habitual repetition),

Mat 18:35 (Where the truth must have sway – true obedience) My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.”

Mat 5:28 (Adultery, fornication, Sexual Abuse of another human being) but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Mar 12:30 (The primary place to ensure the others follow) and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’

Jn 2:23,25 (Jesus is ONLY gauging you by the heart!!)
Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name, observing His signs which He was doing. But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, for He knew all men, and because He did not need anyone to testify concerning man, for He Himself knew what was in man.

2 Chronicles 16:9 (The Seer pointing out King Asa trusting in man instead of God, the condition of the heart)
For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. You have acted foolishly in this. Indeed, from now on you will surely have wars.”

Hebrews 4:12 (The Word of God is the only instrument that can operate your heart) For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Hebrews 8:8-12 (The new covenant was established to save our hearts! Jesus died on the cross to win our hearts)  For finding fault with them, He says, “Behold, days are coming, says the Lord,  When I will effect A new covenant With the house of Israel and with the house of Judah;  Not like the covenant which I made with their fathers. On the day when I took them by the hand. To lead them out of the land of Egypt; For they did not continue in My covenant, And I did not care for them, says the Lord. “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel. After those days, says the Lord:  I will put My laws into their minds,  And I will write them on their hearts. And I will be their God, And they shall be My people.  “And they shall not teach everyone his fellow citizen, And everyone his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ For all will know Me. From the least to the greatest of them.  “For I will be merciful to their iniquities,  And I will remember their sins no more.”

Jeremiah 31:33-34   “But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the Lord, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the Lord, “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”

VII. Integrity of the heart is leverage with God – 

Abimelech’s (A Philistine king of Gerar, near Gaza) case before God, this passage reveals some really deep understanding of how your heart predestines you to grace, favor, dreams and visions, etc…

Now Abraham journeyed from there toward the land of the Negev, and settled between Kadesh and Shur; then he sojourned in Gerar. Abraham said of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister.” So Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.   But God came to Abimelech in a dream of the night, and said to him, “Behold, you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is married.” Now Abimelech had not come near her; and he said, “Lord, will You slay a nation, even though blameless? Did he not himself say to me, ‘She is my sister’? And she herself said, ‘He is my brother.’ In the integrity of my heart and the innocence of my hands I have done this.” Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know that in the integrity of your heart you have done this, and I also  kept you from sinning against Me; therefore I did not let you touch her. Now therefore, restore the man’s wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not restore her, know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours.” Genesis 20:1-7

VIII. Samuel’s scary warning to Israel at the establishment of the monarchy – 

Then all the people said to Samuel, “Pray for your servants to the LORD your God, so that we may not die, for we have added to all our sins this evil by asking for ourselves a king.” Samuel said to the people, “Do not fear. You have committed all this evil, yet do not turn aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD (NOT THE KING!) with all your heart. 1 Samuel 12:19-20

IX.  The Heart after God’s own – a man sensitive in his heart to God – it is a great asset.  

This was the secret to the successes of David. His heart distressed or elated with the thoughts and counsel of God. His righteous victories came by a heart enamored by God and in his failings, when confronted by the Spirit he buckled to his knees quickly and repented genuinely. That’s why God gave him the title – “Man after My heart” – The judgement and discipline of God crushed his pride and poured the balm of repentance and humility in his heart.

Let’s look at a paradoxical passage and a particular incident in the latter part of David’s Life:

Now again the anger of the LORD burned against Israel, and it incited David against them to say, “Go, number Israel and Judah.” 2 Samuel 24:1

Same passage in Chronicles makes an amazing reading.

Then Satan stood up against Israel and moved David to number Israel. So David said to Joab and to the princes of the people, “Go, number Israel from Beersheba even to Dan, and bring me word that I may know their number.” 1 Chronicles 21:1-2

The incidents after the census in 2 Samuel 24

After nearly ten months of the census and getting the results…

Now David’s heart troubled him after he had numbered the people. So David said to the LORD, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done. But now, O LORD, please take away the iniquity of Your servant, for I have acted very foolishly.” When David arose in the morning, the word of the LORD came to the prophet Gad, David’s seer, saying, “Go and speak to David, ‘Thus the LORD says, “I am offering you three things; choose for yourself one of them, which I will do to you.”’”  So Gad came to David and told him, and said to him, “Shall seven years of famine come to you in your land? Or will you flee three months before your foes while they pursue you? Or shall there be three days’ pestilence in your land? Now consider and see what answer I shall return to Him who sent me.” Then David said to Gad, “I am in great distress. Let us now fall into the hand of the LORD for His mercies are great, but do not let me fall into the hand of man.” 

So the LORD sent a pestilence upon Israel from the morning until the appointed time, and seventy thousand men of the people from Dan to Beersheba died.  When the angel stretched out his hand toward Jerusalem to destroy it, the LORD relented from the calamity and said to the angel who destroyed the people, “It is enough! Now relax your hand!” And the angel of the LORD was by the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite. Then David spoke to the LORD when he saw the angel who was striking down the people, and said, “Behold, it is I who have sinned, and it is I who have done wrong; but these sheep, what have they done? Please let Your hand be against me and against my father’s house.”

David Builds an Altar

So Gad came to David that day and said to him, “Go up, erect an altar to the LORD on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.” David went up according to the word of Gad, just as the LORD had commanded. Araunah looked down and saw the king and his servants crossing over toward him; and Araunah went out and bowed his face to the ground before the king. Then Araunah said, “Why has my lord the king come to his servant?” And David said, “To buy the threshing floor from you, in order to build an altar to the LORD, that the plague may be held back from the people.” Araunah said to David, “Let my lord the king take and offer up what is good in his sight. Look, the oxen for the burnt offering, the threshing sledges and the yokes of the oxen for the wood. Everything, O king, Araunah gives to the king.” And Araunah said to the king, “May the LORD your God accept you.” (NOTE: THIS WAS ALSO A TEST TO WEIGH DAVID”S HEART) However, the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price, for I will not offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God which cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver. (THIS WAS AN ADVANCE OF SORTS – THE WHOLE SITE WOULD COST 600 SHEKELS – Expensive. 1 Chronicles 21:25) David built there an altar to the LORD and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. Thus the LORD was moved by prayer for the land, and the plague was held back from Israel. 


CONTEXT:  In neither book are we given a definite context for this census taking, and we have no way of knowing whether it took place before or after Absalom’s revolt. But since it led indirectly to the acquisition of the hill (Mt. Moriah) that became the location of the temple and of the royal palaces, it must have occurred several years before the end of David’s career


Without being fully aware of what was going on in his heart, David had apparently been building up an attitude of pride and self-admiration for what he had achieved in the way of military success and economic expansion of his people. He began to think more in terms of armaments and troops than in terms of the faithful mercies of God. In his youth he had put his entire trust in God alone, whether he was facing Goliath with a slingshot or an army of Amalekites with a band of four hundred men. But in later years he had come to rely more and more on material resources, like any hard-headed realist, and he learned to measure his strength by the yardstick of numbers and wealth.

1 Chronicles 21, we are faced with the statement that it was Satan who moved David to conduct the census even over Joab’s warning and protest. The verb for “incited” is identical in 2 Samuel 24:1 (wayyāseṯ). Why would Satan get himself involved in this affair? It was because Satan found it in his own interest to do so. David and Israel in the condition of their heart (Pride, Human reasoning, godless nationalism) had opened the door to demonic influence. We Find David/Israel in a SIMILAR SITUATION TO EGYPT’S PHARAOH!  The consequence was a plague!

The Lord therefore decided that it was time for David to be brought to his knees once more and to be cast on the grace of God through a time of soul-searching trial. He therefore allowed David to carry out the plan he had long cherished, that of counting up his manpower resources in order to plan his future military strategy with a view to the most effective deployment of his armies. Quite possibly this would also afford him a better base for assessment of taxes too.

*SIDE NOTE ON CENSUS – It was not that census taking was inherently evil. The Lord was not displeased with the two censuses taken in the time of Moses; in fact, He gave Moses positive directions to number all his military effectives (Num. 1:2-3; 26:2), both at the beginning of the forty years’ wandering in the desert and at the end of that period, as they were on the threshold of the conquest. The second census was designed to show that the total of Israel’s armed forces was actually a bit less than it had been forty years earlier. And yet with that smaller force they would sweep all their enemies before them, rather than cowering in fear at the prospect of war as their fathers had done at Kadesh-Barnea. The second census would also serve a useful purpose as a basis for the distribution of the conquered territory among the Twelve Tribes. The more numerous tribes should be awarded the larger tracts in the apportionment of land. The census God instructs/allows to be taken was purely administrative or to highlight His ability to multiply the strength of the few or to conquer the many. Never to manipulate or to inflate nationalistic pride.

But this census on which David had set his heart could serve no other purpose than to inflate the national ego. As soon as the numbering was complete, God meant to chasten the nation by a disastrous plague that would cause a considerable loss of life and a decrease in the numbers of their citizens.

General Joab felt a definite uneasiness about this whole project. He sensed that David and his advisors were becoming increasingly puffed up over their brilliant conquests, which had brought the Palestinian, Syrian, and Phoenician kingdoms into a state of vassalage and dependency on Israel. Joab was fearful that the Lord was displeased with this new attitude of self-confidence and self-esteem, and he tried to dissuade David from his purpose.

1 Chronicles 21:3 records Joab as saying, “The LORD make his people an hundred times so many more as they be: but, my lord the king, are they not all my lord’s servants? Why then doth my lord require this thing? Why will he be a cause of trespass to Israel?” There is a definite sense in which Yahweh gave David a final warning through the lips of Joab, before David finally committed himself to the census.

 An Important lesson to be learned.

Both Satan and God are involved in heart/soul-searching testings and trials – God with a basically benevolent motive and a view to eventual victory and increasing usefulness for the person so tested, but Satan with an altogether malicious motive, hoping to do as much damage as he possibly can. Satan entered David’s disjointed heart in order to deal a severe blow to Israel and to mar David’s prestige before his subjects. As it turned out in the case of all God’s children that choose to humble themselves and repent, Satan’s success was limited and transient; Satan’s malice was surpassed by the overruling grace of God.

In the aftermath of the plague, which cost the lives of seventy thousand Israelites (2 Sam. 24:15), the angel of the Lord designated the exact spot on Mount Moriah where the plague was stopped as the chosen spot for the future temple of the Lord (v.18). This structure was destined to bring much blessing into the lives of God’s people for many generations to come.

David was a man of failures but his greatest achievement was to understand that the heart matters and set His heart again and again back to God.


P.S: The census God instructs/allows to be taken(with Moses) was purely administrative or to highlight His ability to multiply the strength of the few or to conquer the many. Never to manipulate or to inflate nationalistic pride.


X. King Solomon’s Insight into who God is

Solomon’s Prayer for wisdom? or what?

Then Solomon said, “You have shown great lovingkindness to Your servant David my father, according as he walked before You in truth and righteousness and uprightness of heart toward You; and You have reserved for him this great lovingkindness, that You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. Now, O LORD my God, You have made Your servant king in place of my father David, yet I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in.  Your servant is in the midst of Your people which You have chosen, a great people who are too many to be numbered or counted. So give Your servant an understanding/discerning heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” 1 Kings 3:6-9

At the temple dedication

He (Solomon) said, “O LORD, the God of Israel, there is no God like You in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and showing lovingkindness to Your servants who walk before You with all their heart, 1 Kings 8:23

XI. The heart and health – 

The condition of your heart has physical and mental consequences.

 Then Elkanah her (Hannah, mother of Samuel) husband said to her, “Hannah, why do you weep and why do you not eat and why is your heart sad? Am I not better to you than ten sons?” 1 Samuel 1:8

A joyful heart makes a cheerful face, But when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken. Proverbs 15:13

A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22

This is why we must resist and cleanse every kind of evil, poison, bitterness, falsehood, and lies in our hearts. Don’t tolerate it, meditate on these things – cast them out… remove all guile (wicked counsel).

XII. Satan wants your heart to fail in matters of righteousness and faith in God. He will put on a show to undermine your faith. 

David and Goliath

David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail on account of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:32

Goliath operates in your heart with fear, blasphemy, and awe against the knowledge of God/Faith.

XIII. Jezebel and Ahab. The most wicked counsel and the most meaningless things can give joy to the heart!! – 

Jezebel his wife said to him, “Do you now reign over Israel? Arise, eat bread, and let your heart be joyful; I will give you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.” 1 Kings 21:7

Summary from Bible odyssey website –  1Kgs 21 begins with the story of Naboth, who owned a vineyard next to the palace of King Ahab at Jezreel. To grow vegetables, the king offered to buy Naboth’s vineyard or exchange it for a better one. Naboth flatly refused. Instead of using his royal prerogatives to expropriate Naboth, the king returned home to sulk until Queen Jezebel had Naboth convicted on false charges and stoned to death. Ahab seized the vineyard, but the prophet Elijah stepped in to foretell the downfall of Ahab’s dynasty.

Satan gives you fantasies in your heart that will give you confidence and a poisonous joy that is abstract. Things will only get worse and worse. It takes you away from truth, pours death in your veins, abuses you and abuses others through you. The end of it will be your destruction. 

That porn and lust is offered by Jezebel, that greed/covetousness/envy will be justified by Jezebel, that selfishness will be encouraged by Jezebel, that spite and bitterness will be inflamed by Jezebel. Jezebel wants to infiltrate the heart. If Goliath operates in your heart with fear, blasphemy, and awe, Jezebel operates in your heart with glamor, blasphemy and malicious craftiness.

Watch out for Jezebels in your life and shut their voice over you. Could be a person, a TV program, A magazine, a newspaper, a youtube search, a website… Recognize a Jezebel spirit when it offers or encourages your darkest desires.

The name Jezebel roughly means “where is the prince?” considered a ceremonial chant in Baal (Prince) worship. Jezebel seeks the presence of Satan/an open door to the prince of darkness.

“Jezebel has stamped her name on history as the representative of all that is designing, crafty, malicious, revengeful, and cruel. She is the first great instigator of organized persecution against the servants of God – the prophets. Guided by no principle, restrained by no fear of either God or man, passionate in her attachment to her heathen worship, she spared no pains to maintain idolatry around her in all its splendour. Four hundred and fifty prophets ministered under her care to Baal, besides four hundred prophets of the groves [RSV, ‘prophets of the Asherah’], which ate at her table ( 1 Kings 18:19 ). The idolatry, too, was of the most debased and sensual kind.” Her conduct was in many respects very disastrous to the kingdom both of Israel and Judah ( 21:1-29 )”  – from

“And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write:

The Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet are like burnished bronze, says this:

‘I know your deeds, and your love and faith and service and perseverance, and that your deeds of late are greater than at first. But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. I gave her time to repent, and she does not want to repent of her immorality. Behold, I will throw her on a bed of sickness, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of her deeds. And I will kill her children with pestilence, and all the churches will know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts; and I will give to each one of you according to your deeds. Revelation 2:18-23

“Moffat (Expositor’s Greek Testament) aptly renders, “that Jezebel of a woman alleging herself a prophetess.” Some members of the church at Thyatira “under the sway of an influential woman refused to separate from the local guilds where moral interests, though not ostensibly defied, were often seriously compromised ….. Her lax principles or tendencies made for a connection with foreign and compromising associations which evidently exerted a dangerous influence upon some weaker Christians in the city.” Her followers “prided themselves upon their enlightened liberalism (Revelation 2:24).” – from

XIV.  More God’s Perspective

The importance of the scriptures we are about to study cannot be overstated. Listen to the voice of God! He wants you to tread a path of simplicity, purity and holiness  

Act 2:42 — 46 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need.  Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity/simplicity of heart.

There is no other path for heart – if you love complexity, a dark and winding, compromising, sinful path – hope you get to the other side – there is no other option, to walk with Christ, repent for the kingdom of God is at hand.

The Bible is a mirror every man needs to gaze upon… come all ye!! YOU must gaze in the eyes of Jesus – see as HE sees you! Jesus will tell you who you are, where you been, why you are the way you are, and He, only He can truly set you free – Only One tells you THE TRUTH and shows you THE WAY and give you THE LIFE immortal.

XV. How your Heart works!

What is your treasure? Your treasure (What all/Who all are treasured) determines what is coming out of your heart.

Mat 6:19-24

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

   “The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light.  But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! 

You have your eye on your treasure! 

A passage that confounded me, Interesting observations – those that can see, their most provocative sense is sight! Also on close inspection, this scripture indicates what you see is what you turn on! Or turn to! The ears focus most often on what you set your eye on. What we let pour into our hearts through our eyes and ears have tremendous influence on our life story and legacy.

Every book, every room, every screen works on this principle – light emitting diodes display that which is of darkness or that which is good, pleasing, perfect. Thus there is such a thing as “the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!”, which means you use light to set before you darkness. And the guiding light becomes perverse.

It breaks one’s heart when we see the church neglect these principles. Garbage in, garbage out. Wickedness in, wickedness out. Abuse in, abuse out.

 The verse continues into..

   “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth (Gr mamonas, for Aram mamon (mammon); i.e. wealth, etc., personified as an object of worship)

Jesus has summed up humanities struggles through all time in these few words.

Luke 6:45 The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.

Treasure extended meanings –  cherish, adore, worship, venerate, reverence, prized, riches, valuable/value, wealth/assets, hold dear, esteemed, dote on (to bestow or express excessive love or fondness habitually ), catch, darling, find, fortune, resource, funds, hoard, richness, stored up, pride and joy, delight, apple of one’s eye (!!!), boast

Have “Good” treasures… to ensure a heart that produces Good. Good, pleasing to God, Perfect, praise worthy, good repute, true, honorable, right, good gifts, pure, lovely, if there is any excellence – Good treasure.  (Philippians 4:8; Rom 12:1, 2)

Psalms 101:2-4 I will  give heed to the blameless way. When will You come to me? I will walk within my house in the  integrity of my heart. I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not fasten its grip on me. A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will know no evil. 

Proverbs 23:6-7 Do not eat the bread of a selfish man, Or desire his delicacies; For as he thinks within himself (in his heart), so he is. He says to you, “Eat and drink!” But his heart is not with you. 

1 Kings 11:3,4 He (King Solomon) had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines, and his wives turned his heart away. For when Solomon was old, his wives turned his heart away after other gods; and his heart was not wholly devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been.

Luke 2:19, 51 But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart. And He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and He continued in subjection to them; and His mother treasured all these things in her heart. 

Colossians 3:12 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and  patience;

Psalms 119:11 Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You.

2 Ti 2:22 Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

All our senses, eyes – ears – mind must flee!!

Gal 5:17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.

XVI.  Self Authoring that becomes God authoring

Who or what is authoring your life? Fear? Vanity? Laziness? Past abusive experiences? Hollywood? Beyonce? The Devil? Take responsibility for one’s life and heart, grab the helm of your ship and it’s direction. This will be radical, and will change you, and change the world around you. You decide what gets voiced and let the actions proceed. But it must be a godly exercise. In the following excerpt, Jordan Peterson* details a self authoring program that is revolutionizing many people around the world, but examine it carefully, isn’t it similar to what God desires happening in us? While Peterson’s is an open ended humanistic exercise, OURS SHOULD BE A SCRIPTURE INFUSED ONE COZ ONLY THE TRUTH CAN SET US FREE!!

I love the way he has articulated it but I want us to infuse scripture into it.

From Petersen’s official website on self – authoring:

“People who spend time writing carefully about themselves become happier, less anxious and depressed and physically healthier. They become more productive, persistent and engaged in life. This is because thinking about where you came from, who you are and where you are going helps you chart a simpler and more rewarding path through life.”

The Past Authoring Program helps you remember, articulate and analyze key positive and negative life experiences.

The Present Authoring Program has two modules. The first helps you understand and rectify your personality faults. The second helps you understand and develop your personality virtues.

The Future Authoring Program helps you envision a meaningful, healthy and productive future, three to five years down the road, and to develop a detailed, implementable plan to make that future a reality.

“Put your past to rest! Understand and improve your present personality! Design the future you want to live! The Self Authoring Suite will improve your life.”    – Jordan Peterson

*{Jordan Petersen is a Professor of Psychology, holding degrees in political science and psychology and a Phd in clinical psychology. He has some christian leanings but is more a philosopher and is in a state of flux and not a conservative christian, from my appraisal.

In a 2017 interview, Peterson was asked if he was a Christian; he responded, “I suppose the most straight-forward answer to that is yes.” When asked if he believes in God, Peterson responded: “I think the proper response to that is No, but I’m afraid He might exist.”}

Though these are profound, they must be infused with scripture/faith to be pleasing to God and to have lasting positive eternal effect. Humanistic self authoring is a dead end because it will not fill the God sized void in us – plus there is a scary case in point – 

Satan is recorded as self authoring his terrible rebellion.

Isaiah 14:12-14 “How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations! “But you said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, And I will sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north. ‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ 

Be careful of the false self or ego and pride based on authoring of oneself! My daughter asked me this question, “If we say to ourselves I can do this and I will achieve this.. Is that how to become successful?” That is the way of pride and you will end in a pit as far as your relationship with God and others are concerned. It is the mantra of Hollywood and much of modern media – “Look into your heart”, “You are all you need”, “Just believe in your heart and you can do it”, etc

The self authoring God wants in a Christian’s life is agreeing with the voice of the Holy Spirit over your life and repeating that in our hearts till we see the fulfillment. I can do this because He is able to strengthen me according to the word/promise I have received. God is the source not the self thus it is God authoring your life!!

Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith,…. Hebrews 12:2

And He *said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19

Faith is God authoring your past, present and future! Faith is a new heart, the old is gone and the new has come. Faith is the renewing of your heart and mind. Faith is a heavenly perspective of your life. That’s why scripture says ”man shall not live by bread alone” – for the wages of this sin riddled life is death – but “The words of eternity/eternal life” (past, present, future) – the “bread from heaven” – will give you “life, life in abundance”, peace – “the peace of God” “guarding your heart and mind” (“not like the world gives”) which will “crush the serpent’s head”/authority (over you life) “underneath your feet” 

The disciple is one that develops this good treasure (walk of Faith) over the entirety of his life, baptizing both the old and new (past, present and future) in the words of Christ  

Rewrite/cancel out the lies and deception that our earlier “father of lies” and “death” wrote over us – let the Holy Spirit write His words on hearts, transforming old and new to treasures of heaven. Interesting analogy with Petersen’s writing things down – a form of meditation we are ignoring. We are all writers! Write out your life with the words of Christ/ faith. Write the vision down (Hab 2:2.3)

The disciple is one completely refined and redefined.

Jesus in the gospel of Luke defines a disciple(Only three scriptures with the word) as

  1. “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. Luke 14:26
  2. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. Luke 14:27
  3. So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions. Luke 14:33

If this is not a total redefinition of oneself – I don’t know what is! Are you totally redefined and refined or still clinging to the lies and deceptions of our past or the Devil?

XVII.  Reading Aloud 

A God given discipline we may not be using to mould and transform our hearts so has to be God authored is the reading aloud or loud proclamation of God’s word/prophecy. In many portions of the Bible this leads to radical transformation or a new chapter in the move of God (Nehemiah, Exodus, Jesus reads the scripture aloud). Are we reading scripture out loud where it is required? Are we incorporating scripture into our daily conversations/prayer? It is a bible prescribed act of tremendous power! Today we seem to have shelved scripture reading (if it happens!) to silent speed reading that may or may not engage our hearts and minds.

The following are quotes from an article in the BBC –

For much of history, reading was a fairly noisy activity. On clay tablets written in ancient Iraq and Syria some 4,000 years ago, the commonly used words for “to read” literally meant “to cry out” or “to listen”. “I am sending a very urgent message,” says one letter from this period. “Listen to this tablet. If it is appropriate, have the king listen to it.”

Only occasionally, a different technique was mentioned: to “see” a tablet – to read it silently.

Today, silent reading is the norm. The majority of us bottle the words in our heads as if sitting in the hushed confines of a library. Reading out loud is largely reserved for bedtime stories and performances.

But a growing body of research suggests that we may be missing out by reading only with the voices inside our minds. The ancient art of reading aloud has a number of benefits for adults, from helping improve our memories and understand complex texts, to strengthening emotional bonds between people. And far from being a rare or bygone activity, it is still surprisingly common in modern life. Many of us intuitively use it as a convenient tool for making sense of the written word, and are just not aware of it.

Colin MacLeod, a psychologist at the University of Waterloo in Canada, people consistently remember words and texts better if they read them aloud than if they read them silently. … the memory-boosting effect of reading aloud is particularly strong in children, but it works for older people, too. “It’s beneficial throughout the age range,” he says.

MacLeod has named this phenomenon the “production effect”. It means that producing written words – that’s to say, reading them out loud – improves our memory of them.

MacLeod says one reason why people remember the spoken words is that “they stand out, they’re distinctive, because they were done aloud, and this gives you an additional basis for memory”.

The production effect is strongest if we read aloud ourselves. But listening to someone else read can benefit memory in other ways. “Some find it helps them unpack complicated, difficult texts, whether it’s legal, academic, or Ikea-style instructions,” Duncan says. “Maybe it’s about slowing down, saying it and hearing it.”

In his book on ancient literacy, Reading and Writing in Babylon, the French assyriologist Dominique Charpin quotes a letter by a scribe called Hulalum that hints at silent reading in a hurry. Apparently, Hulalum switched between “seeing” (ie, silent reading) and “saying/listening” (loud reading), depending on the situation.

In his book on ancient literacy, Reading and Writing in Babylon, the French assyriologist Dominique Charpin quotes a letter by a scribe called Hulalum that hints at silent reading in a hurry. Apparently, Hulalum switched between “seeing” (i.e, silent reading) and “saying/listening” (loud reading), depending on the situation.

{Reading silently has the same advantage as scribbling – speed, sometimes getting close to the speed of thought and can be powerful BUT the oft neglected reading aloud and repetitive reading must be employed as it has incredible meditative value and is productive for assimilation. – me and the latter half of the article. Also the importance of scripture put to song. Finally, what the scripture instructs: 

And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,  speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to  God, even the Father;  and be subject to one another in the  fear of Christ. Ephesians 5:18-21}

A loud presence of scripture in your life/heart is evidence of the filling/presence of the Holy Spirit!

XVIII. The nature of a heart submitted to the Flesh/Mammon

Gen 8:21 …for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth…

This is and will be the doom of mankind. 

Dear Christian, Dear Christian Parent, Dear Church – this is where the battle is and all of us have a responsibility to raise a standard in our homes, churches, and areas of influence.

(Is it any surprise that all media companies, all companies/governments want to take the youth in their hands? “He alone who owns the youth gains the future.” – Adolf Hitler)

Is 32:6 For a fool speaks nonsense, And his heart  inclines toward wickedness: To practice ungodliness and to speak error against the Lord, To  keep the hungry person unsatisfied And to withhold drink from the thirsty.

Mat 15:15 — Mat 15:20 Peter said to Him, “Explain the parable to us.”  Jesus said, “Are you still lacking in understanding also? Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated? But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man.”

Mat 12:34 You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.

2Pe 2:14 having eyes full of adultery that never cease from sin, enticing unstable souls, having a heart trained in greed, accursed children

XIX. Direct reference to Satan’s activities to effect our hearts:

Mat 13:19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road.

Luke 8:11  “Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God. Those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they will not believe and be saved.

Jn 13:2 During supper, the devil having already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to betray Him,

Acts 5:3 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back some of the price of the land?

XX. Additional verses on Hardness of Heart and God engaging with us:

Mar 6:52 for they had not gained any insight from the incident of the loaves, but their heart was hardened.

Mar 10:5 But Jesus said to them, “ Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment.

Mar 16:14 Afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at the table; and He reproached them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen.

Eph 4:18 being darkened in their understanding,  excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart;

Jn 12:40 “HE has blinded their eyes and HE hardened their heart, so that they would not see with their eyes and perceive with their heart, and be converted and I heal them.”

Jn 1:45 — Jn 1:51
Philip *found Nathanael and *said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” Nathanael said to him, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” Philip *said to him, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and *said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael *said to Him, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael answered Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you that I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” And He *said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see the heavens opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” (Nathanael, whose name is spelled Nathaniel in popular modern usage, was one of the disciples called by Jesus (John 1:43). Nathanael was from Cana in Galilee (John 21:2) and was brought to Jesus by his friend, Philip, who also became one of Jesus’ disciples. Nathanael was one of the first to express belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of God (John 1:49). His name means “God has given” in Hebrew. Interestingly, Nathanael is only mentioned in the Gospel of John; the other three gospels identify him as “Bartholomew.”)

XXI. What we give permission (“Let”) to operate in our HEART:

Jn 14:1 “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.

Rom 1:21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Jam 3:13-18 Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly,  natural, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the  seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.(The things which must be allowed in our hearts to reign)

XXII. Allow the Spirit to pierce and operate our heart and the streams that feed it:

Act 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren,  what shall we do?”

Rom 2:29 But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God.

Eph 1:18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

Heb 10:15,16 And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us; for after saying, “This is the covenant that I will make with them. After those days, says the Lord: I will put MY laws upon their heart, And on their mind I will write them,”

XXIII.  The power of a heart submitted to the Holy Spirit

Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Mat 13:14 For the heart of this people has become dull, With their ears they scarcely hear,And they have closed their eyes,Otherwise they would see with their eyes,Hear with their ears,And understand with their heart and return,And I would heal them.’ (Apply the opposite TRUTH that staring at us – an active heart allows God to work miracles in our midst)

Luke 24:25 And He said to them, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! (Apply the opposite TRUTH that staring at us – an active heart allows God to work miracles in our midst)

Mar 11:23 Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him.

Luke 2:19 But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.

Eph 5:19  speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord;

Heb 3:10 – 11 “Therefore I was angry with this generation, And said, ‘They always go astray in their heart, And they did not know MY ways’;  AS I swore in MY wrath, ‘They shall not enter MY rest.’”  (Apply the opposite TRUTH that staring at us – an obedient heart experiences His rest)

XXIV.  Faith resides and thrives in a sincere Heart

Heb 10:22 let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

Heb 3:12 Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. (Apply opposite TRUTH!!)

Rom 10: 8-10 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;   for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.

XXV.  Final Warnings, instructions

Rom 2:5 But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,

Eph 6: 5,6   Slaves, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ; not by way of eye-service, as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.

Similar to the above, 

Col 3:22 – 24   Slaves, in all things obey those who are your masters on earth, not with external service, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men,  knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.

1Ti 1:5 But the goal of our  instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

1Jo 3:17 But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?

Rev 18:7   To the degree that she glorified herself and lived sensuously, to the same degree give her torment and mourning; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as A queen and I am not A widow, and will never see mourning.’ “Says in her heart”!!! Examine daily – minute by minute – what has “say”/ what is being said in your heart – the loudest voice. Decide to incline your Heart to the Holy Spirit and ONLY the Holy Spirit.

Romans 8:27 And He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

XXVI.  A shining example left for us

Act 2:46

 Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart,

Act 4:32

And the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own, but all things were common property to them.


King Uzziah, The Plague, And Isaiah

The Bible is the book for times such as this! Written in desperate situations and plagues of all types. During a pandemic, it’s easy to think that this is a one-off. But since the beginning – various plagues have afflicted mankind – the plague of Satan’s rebellion, the plague of original sin, the plague of corrupt government, the plague of human mismanagement, the plague of pride and sin, the plague of dysfunctional families, the plague of leprosy and other diseases, the plague of abuse, the plague of disjointed personalities, lunacy, madness,…

Lessons from the Bible on such a time as this:

God is not surprised by the events that transpire on earth. He does the surprising. The prophet, the church, the Christian need a clear vision of the heavenly Kingdom. 

Isaiah 6:1-4

1 In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. 2 Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called out to another and said, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.”4 And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke. 

The context of this passage:


From New International Bible Dictionary:

UZZIAH (ŭ-zī’ȧa, Heb. ‘uzzîyâh, the LORD is strength). 

Uzziah the king, also called Azariah, the son of Amaziah. At the age of sixteen, he became Judah’s tenth king (2 Kings 14:21) and ruled fifty-two years. He came to the throne at a difficult time. His father, because of a military failure, had been killed (14:19). Uzziah was the people’s choice as his successor (14:21). He undertook, very early in his career, an expedition against his father’s enemies and won battles against the Edomites, Philistines, Arabians, and the Meunites (2 Kings 14:22; 2 Chron 26:1-7). He strengthened his kingdom (26:2), and the report of his strength spread as far as Egypt (26:8). He made many improvements on his home front (26:9-10), and he possessed real ability at organization (26:11-15).

In spite of these successes, he strayed far from the Lord at the end of his life. Apparently as long as the prophet Zechariah lived, his influence was great on the king, and “as long as he sought the LORD, God gave him success” (2 Chron 26:5). However, when he became strong, pride-filled his heart, and one day he went into the temple, determined to burn incense to the Lord, a duty to be performed only by the priest. The chief priest, Azariah, with eighty priests went into the temple to reason with him, but he would not listen. Because of his self-will, God struck him with leprosy, which stayed with him until his death (26:16-21). 

The Passage of Scripture on Uzziah is fascinating. And surprisingly connected to a plague – leprosy.

2 Chronicles 26

1 And all the people of Judah took Uzziah (Democratic king), who was sixteen years old, and made him king in the place of his father Amaziah. (He came to the throne at a difficult time. His father, because of a military failure, had been killed (2 Kings14:19)

2 He built Eloth and restored it to Judah after the king slept with his fathers. 

3 Uzziah was sixteen years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-two years in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Jechiliah of Jerusalem. 

4 He did right in the sight of the LORD according to all that his father Amaziah had done. 

5 He continued to seek God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding through the vision of God; and as long as he sought the LORD, God prospered him. (The secret to his success was one that followed God’s vision! And the right order to life! In this case God – Prophet – King)

Uzziah Succeeds in War

6 Now he went out and warred against the Philistines, and broke down the wall of Gath and the wall of Jabneh and the wall of Ashdod; and he built cities in the area of Ashdod and among the Philistines. 7 God helped him against the Philistines, and against the Arabians who lived in Gur-baal, and the Meunites. 8 The Ammonites also gave tribute to Uzziah, and his fame extended to the border of Egypt, for he became very strong. 9 Moreover, Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the Corner Gate and at the Valley Gate and at the corner buttress and fortified them. 10 He built towers in the wilderness and hewed many cisterns, for he had much livestock, both in the lowland and in the plain. He also had plowmen and vinedressers in the hill country and the fertile fields, for he loved the soil. 11 Moreover, Uzziah had an army ready for battle, which entered combat by divisions according to the number of their muster, prepared by Jeiel the scribe and Maaseiah the official, under the direction of Hananiah, one of the king’s officers. 12 The total number of the heads of the households, of valiant warriors, was 2,600. 13 Under their direction was an elite army of 307,500, who could wage war with great power, to help the king against the enemy. 14 Moreover, Uzziah prepared for all the army shields, spears, helmets, body armor, bows and sling stones. 15 In Jerusalem he made engines of war invented by skillful men to be on the towers and on the corners for the purpose of shooting arrows and great stones. Hence his fame spread afar, for he was marvelously helped until he was strong.

The section above reads like the list of positives, successes, expansions, and technological/ scientific advances of the world before this pandemic struck. Many people (maybe even Isaiah the prophet) would have settled into a false sense of security. We must be careful in trusting in these similar things worldly successes, expansions, technological/ scientific/medicinal advances governments, the general narrative of the media, propaganda, and educational systems of this world. Man is fallible, only God is not.

Pride Is Uzziah’s Undoing

16 But when he became strong, his heart was so proud that he acted corruptly, and he was unfaithful to the LORD his God, for he entered the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense.

God-given order was broken. I don’t think, I need to list the transgressions of this generation. It would be a shame if we as Christians are not aware of the headlines of heaven – seek first the kingdom of God.

17 Then Azariah the priest entered after him and with him eighty priests of the LORD, valiant men. (Wonder if we – servants of God – would be called valiant men by the Holy Spirit? They stood for the Word of God – didn’t matter who it was. God pleasers, not man pleasers)

18 They opposed Uzziah the king (one who put fear in the nations of the world) and said to him, “It is not for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the LORD, but for the priests, the sons of Aaron who are consecrated to burn incense. Get out of the sanctuary, for you have been unfaithful and will have no honor from the LORD God.” 

19 But Uzziah, with a censer in his hand for burning incense, was enraged; and while he was enraged with the priests, the leprosy (Yes, scripture says “THE leprosy” – meaning it was on everyone’s mind, of global infamy, a volume of information is contained in the word, a plague, an event of despair and hopelessness) broke out on his forehead before the priests in the house of the LORD, beside the altar of incense. 

20 Azariah the chief priest and all the priests looked at him, and behold, he was leprous on his forehead; and they hurried him out of there, and he himself also hastened to get out because the LORD had smitten him. (The powers that be are humbled and in a helpless state! Sound familiar?)

21 King Uzziah was a leper to the day of his death; and he lived in a separate house, being a leper, for he was cut off from the house of the LORD. And Jotham his son was over the king’s house judging the people of the land. 22 Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, first to last, the prophet Isaiah, the son of Amoz, has written. 23 So Uzziah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the field of the grave which belonged to the kings, for they said, “He is a leper.” And Jotham his son became king in his place.


Some or many of us received this forward, but I wonder if we gave it the kind of attention it deserves. It was shared as a list of prophecies about this time we are going through but that wouldn’t be right about every passage in the list (This generation of sensationalists!) 

But that such events are chronicled in the Bible should put some measure of comfort and boldness to the promises and presence of God in our lives.

Biblical passages describing similar conditions to what we are experiencing:

1. The songs in the temple will go away. (Amos 8: 3)

2. The corpses are so numerous that they are thrown away.  (Amos 8: 3)

3. The earth will shake (Amos 8: 8)

4. The Festivals and Celebrations become sad.  (Amos 8:10)

5. Bitter days ahead. (Amos 8:10)

6. You will not be able to hear the Word. (Amos 8:11, 12)

7. young people fall unconscious when they are young. (Amos 8:13)

8. Marriages will be without celebrations. (Jer 16: 9)

9. People will die of deadly diseases.  (Jer 16: 4)

10. They will not be able to mourn for their dead. They will not be able to bury their dead. (Jer 16: 4)

11. They will not go to the house of sorrow. And will not show sympathy. (Jer 16: 5)

12. Big and small, old and young will die. There will be no one to bury them. (Jer 16: 6)

13. It is forbidden to go to a feast/celebration. (Jer 16: 8)

14. Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors: hide thyself for a little while, till the fury pass away.  (Isaiah 26:20)

15. The pride of men shall be humbled, and the lofty shall be humbled. (Isaiah 2:11)

16. Wash your hands so that they do not die. (Exodus 30: 18-21)

17. Keep distance if you have symptoms. Cover Mouth and Avoid Contact (Leviticus 13: 4,5,46 Mask)

18. Whoever is sick should stay inside their tent for 7 to 14 days (Leviticus 13: 4-5, Quarantine)



A. Know God is aware, He has prepared us already for a time like this – the Bible in your hands and the Spirit in you. Allow the supremacy of Christ to energize you to be servants of God in this situation.

Isaiah 6:4-9a

4 And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke. 5 Then I said, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.” 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs. 7 He touched my mouth with it and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven.”

Isaiah’s Commission

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” 9 He said, “Go”

B. Pour yourself into the service and awareness of the one Kingdom that cannot be shaken.

i. Read your bible more than ever.

ii. Pray more and pray focused on those God has put into your heart. 

iii. Find out what you can do for your neighbor, financial/physical help those in need. 

iv. be active now – not a time to be passive – people, more than ever, need the gospel of Jesus and the Love, Peace, and comfort of God. Be a minister of these characters of God to those around you.

v. Like Jesus dealt with the plague of the Roman Empire, the indifferent religious order, the plague of Leprosy – be lead of the Spirit, do what He wants you to do – in some cases, it would be not to lose heart and continue to do what He asked you to, don’t get distracted.

vi. Resist the Devil. He is dealing in despondency, depression, hopelessness, and lies. Don’t allow any of these to take root. Man shall not live by the media, or the charity of man or governments but by the word that proceeds from the mouth of God. This was Jesus’ response to Satan (Matt 4:4). Remember that.  

vii. Expect miracles of provision, healing, and wisdom. The God of the Bible, His lovingkindness is everlasting. He pours extraordinary grace for extraordinary times.

Hebrews 12:28-29

28 Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; 29 for our God is a consuming fire. 

C. Finally, keep this life in a Biblical perspective. We are here for a short period of seventy years or a hundred at max. This is just the gestation period! To arrive into eternal life! So let’s get on with the kingdom of God and don’t let these physical bodies be our entire focus. That’s for the unregenerate. Oh, how we are trying to preserve this mortal body! Full of fear and doubt… so consumed by it. Rather we should be taking the wings of the immortal laying ahead of us. Keep your eyes on the Lord seated on the throne! He cares for you!

Matthew 10:28-33

28 Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows. 32 “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven 

John 11:25-26

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” 


So put on the righteousness of God imparted by the burning coal of His word. Be innocent as doves, wise as serpents. Serve the King of kings, Love your neighbor as yourself, Help those of the household of faith. And finally, to borrow and rephrase from William Carey: Expect great things of the Holy Spirit and attempt great things by the Spirit. You were born for such a time as this! (ESTHER)


Romans 1:17b

Good Wednesday, Thursday or Friday?

I had to revisit this question.

Like so many of you, the Friday crucifixion and Jesus’ statement of “Three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” had me in knots to arrive on Sunday. Early in my Christian walk, I had come to accept an explanation for Friday using a global depiction of days and nights. On closer examination though, the multiple sabbaths and other details in the scriptures just didn’t add up.

Here are a few things to keep in mind before taking the dive into the study:

  1. For the Jew, a day started at sundown and ended at the next sundown – pretty hard for us to digest, but it’s found in ” God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day. Genesis 1:5. The different gospels do mix the Jewish system of day (Sunset – Day starts) and the gentile system (Sunrise – Day starts) as and when required. Now to this, add the existence of multiple Sabbaths (Details below) and you can see how a careful, prayerful study was required to find the time of Jesus crucifixion.
  2. Friday being the day of crucifixion is an extremely weak argument. Some argue for Thursday, and others Wednesday. The Friday narrative is a strong catholic tradition and many scholars have backed it (Subsequently it is also ingrained in world tradition)
  3. The day we celebrate as Good Friday can remain so because “One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to GodRomans 14:5-6. It doesn’t have to be an issue like the 25th of December (not really Christ’s birth date). The purpose of this study is to show there is no contradiction in scripture, not to bash people or traditions. Also, the scriptures are so precise about the time of Christ’s death and the Passover lamb being slain! Centuries before the event, God prophesied His Son’s death and who would slay Him. Mind-boggling.
  4. I truly wish our Christian forefathers did a more thorough study on this before making Friday official. The scriptures are clear, but they must be studied with an openness to the Jewishness of Christ and also placing the gospels side by side. Such things underline the importance of serious bible study in a Christian’s life.
  5. Thankfully we are all right on Resurrection Sunday! Praise God!

So let’s get into it.

Here is some information that applies to both Wednesday and Thursday propositions, put really well (by Shari Abbott, Reasons for Hope Jesus, a proponent of a Thursday crucifixion) to start you off:

A Weak Friday

The biblical evidence for a Friday crucifixion is very weak. The primary support for it comes from this verse: Mark 15:42 And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath…

Remember that the Jewish day began with the evening hours (at nightfall) and lasted until the end of the daylight hours (signified by nightfall of the next day). Therefore, the Jews weekly Sabbath began at nightfall on Saturday (which we would consider Friday night) and lasted until the end of the daytime hours on Saturday (which the Jews would consider the beginning of Sunday). It’s important to understand that their day was marked by “evening and morning” just as God declared it in creation (Genesis 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23 31).

Every weekly Sabbath had a day of preparation on the preceding day. It was a day to prepare for the coming Sabbath so no work would be done on that day. Mark 15:42 tells us that Jesus was crucified on the day of preparation, the day before the Sabbath. The church has assumed that to be Friday afternoon, which would have proceeded the weekly Saturday Sabbath. But is that correct?

Additional Sabbath Days There are a number of other Sabbaths in addition to the weekly Sabbath. The word “sabbath” means rest and God declared rest for His people with weekly Sabbaths and additional Holy Days of Convocation. Collectively, these Sabbaths are called “seasons” (Gen 1:14) or God’s appointed times (Leviticus 23:2), and they include:

Weekly Sabbaths: 52
Days of Passover: 7
Shavout, Feast of Weeks (Pentecost) 1
Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets) 1
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) 1
Days of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) 1
Shimini Atzeret (8th Day of Assembly) 1
= 70 Sabbaths

The early church considered the reference to the Sabbath in Mark 15:42 to mean the weekly Sabbath. Since Jesus was crucified on the day of preparation, they assumed it to have taken place on Friday afternoon. The error in this logic is that the Sabbath referred to in Mark 15 is the Feast of Unleavened Bread, one the seven Holy Days of Passover.

The Passover Sabbath

The Feast of Unleavened Bread is also known as the Feast of the Passover, which was celebrated in remembrance of the Israelites being delivered from Egyptian bondage. This feast is set on Nisan 15 (Leviticus 23:6), which could fall on any day of the week. This feast day is a High Sabbath (a day of rest), also called a High Day and it was preceded by a day of preparation.

John 19:31 Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

John 19:31 tells that Jesus was crucified on the Preparation Day before the High Day Sabbath of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. This places the date of Jesus’ crucifixion on Nisan 14. Since the Passover feast is set according to the calendar (unlike the weekly Sabbath that is set according to the day) the question becomes, on what day of the week was the feast day that year?

The above in italics is taken from –

An audiovisual presentation works wonders for a subject like this. Here are two brilliant presentations on the Wednesday Crucifixion. The first one is simpler than the second one and is a must-watch before attempting the exhaustive second one. The second also delves into the issue of the Lord’s Supper. Watch these videos several times if you must – take notes, it will help you grasp the weight of prophecy concerning Christ in the Old Testament.

Now the second video, special mention to the creators of this one – kudos! this is a whole lot of work.

After watching these videos enough times, I encourage you to go back to the Thursday proposal on the website I shared earlier and try to see that viewpoint too.

In the duration of this study, I also came across some that claim Christ’s ordeal of being taken from court to court and imprisonment/torture started from Monday night till the Wednesday crucifixion. I don’t think that can be thoroughly proved or is needed. If you are wondering why I am not including videos or write-ups from Friday proponents, it’s cause they get mentioned in the above-quoted website.

Here is the result of my work, studying this topic – hope it helps make things clearer. You may have to save the image and zoom in to look at it closer.

So was it Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday?

For me, the scales are in favor of Wednesday.

Be encouraged to study this on your own, in-depth. How the times, the epochs, the seasons, the Passovers, the covenants, the promises, the cultures, the nations, and creation itself came to that summit of salvation! It will only leave you in awe of the great I AM. He is indeed Alpha and Omega – the Beginning and the End – the Lord of time, space, and all created things. Unsearchable is His wisdom.

May every day of our lives be a reminder of the work of the cross. It is the greatest week, and the greatest work, the universe has ever seen. That unspeakable, unfathomable mystery. The beauty of Jesus Christ – Meekness and Majesty.

It is a subject of wonder, worship, and surrender. I pray it will be for you too.

But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons

Galatians 4:4-5

For just as you once were disobedient to God, but now have been shown mercy because of their disobedience, so these also now have been disobedient, that because of the mercy shown to you they also may now be shown mercy. For God has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all.
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, OR WHO BECAME HIS COUNSELOR? Or WHO HAS FIRST GIVEN TO HIM THAT IT MIGHT BE PAID BACK TO HIM AGAIN? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.

Romans 11:30-36

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

John 3:16

P.S: This same One said He would come again in the clouds of glory… I wouldn’t bet against Him…

But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest said to Him, “I  adjure You by the living God, that You tell us whether You are the Christ, the Son of God.” Jesus said to him, “You have said it yourself; nevertheless I tell you, hereafter you will see THE SON OF MAN SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF POWER, and COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN.”

Matthew 26:63-64

BEHOLD, HE IS COMING WITH THE CLOUDS, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Revelation 1:7-8

Supremacy of Christ – The Unstoppable Force of Prophecy and Eternal Plans

κύριος kyrios; from κῦρος kuros (supremacy); supreme in authority, i.e. (as noun) controller; by implication, Master (as a respectful title): God, Lord, master, Sir.

The Lord of time and space. Immense prophetic and messianic relevance. Makes us ask- who is this Jesus? How great thou art. God’s great wisdom and mastery of justice in the midst of the chaos we create (from our empires to our daily personal choices)

Full of prophetic language and fulfillment. We as Christians, must be avid students of the prophetic and operate/function/ live in this realm of God’s sovereign operation. The triumphant entry is full of words rooted deeply in the psyche of Jewish messianic expectation.

Found in all four gospels. Matthew 21:10-17; Luke 19: 28-47; John 12: 12-19

Mark 11:1-12

The Triumphal Entry

​  As they *approached Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, He *sent two of His disciples, and *said to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, on which no one yet has ever sat; untie it and bring it here. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ you say, ‘The Lord has need of it’; and immediately he will send it back here.” They went away and found a colt tied at the door, outside in the street; and they *untied it. Some of the bystanders were saying to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” They spoke to them just as Jesus had told them, and they gave them permission.  They *brought the colt to Jesus and put their coats on it; and He sat on it. And many spread their coats in the road, and others spread leafy branches which they had cut from the fields. Those who went in front and those who followed were shouting:

“Hosanna! BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David; Hosanna in the highest!”

 Jesus entered Jerusalem and came into the temple; and after looking around at everything, He left for Bethany with the twelve, since it was already late.

I. “Donkey”

Jacob’s prophecy (approx 1900 years before this event)

Gen 49:10-11 “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes, And to him shall be the obedience of the peoples. “ He ties his foal to the vine, And his donkey’s colt to the choice vine; He washes his garments in wine, And his robes in the blood of grapes.

Zechariah 9:9 (approx 550 years before event) Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Balaam’s donkey. Where the prophet has lost his way (Under the bidding of kings or the desire for power and wealth) The donkey sees the will and Word of God. More parallels with Jesus’ times*

Numbers 22:22-33 22 But God was angry because he was going, and the angel of the LORD took his stand in the way as an adversary against him. Now he was riding on his donkey and his two servants were with him. 23 When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way with his drawn sword in his hand, the donkey turned off from the way and went into the field; but Balaam struck the donkey to turn her back into the way. 24 Then the angel of the LORD stood in a narrow path of the vineyards, with a wall on this side and a wall on that side. 25 When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she pressed herself to the wall and pressed Balaam’s foot against the wall, so he struck her again. 26 The angel of the LORD went further, and stood in a narrow place where there was no way to turn to the right hand or the left. 27 When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she lay down under Balaam; so Balaam was angry and struck the donkey with his stick. 28 And the LORD opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?” 29 Then Balaam said to the donkey, “Because you have made a mockery of me! If there had been a sword in my hand, I would have killed you by now.” 30 The donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your donkey on which you have ridden all your life to this day? Have I ever been accustomed to do so to you?” And he said, “No.” 31 Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way with his drawn sword in his hand; and he bowed all the way to the ground. 32 The angel of the LORD said to him, “Why have you struck your donkey these three times? Behold, I have come out as an adversary, because your way was contrary to me. 33 But the donkey saw me and turned aside from me these three times. If she had not turned aside from me, I would surely have killed you just now, and let her live.”

1Ki 1:38 – 40 Solomon Anointed King So Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the Cherethites, and the Pelethites went down and had Solomon ride on King David’s mule, and brought him to Gihon. Zadok the priest then took the horn of oil from the tent and anointed Solomon. Then they blew the trumpet, and all the people said, “Long live King Solomon!” All the people went up after him, and the people were playing on flutes and rejoicing with great joy, so that the earth shook at their noise.

Solomon was anointed and placed on the throne, riding in a procession on a donkey! Jesus – the Son of David!

———– Side note: the mention of Bethphage and Bethany was ridiculed by critics of the Bible as a contradiction because it was a long and winding route rather than straight to Jerusalem till archeology proved that’s how the Roman road was laid out! ———–

II. “The Lord has need of it” 

May seem ambiguous or like Christ asking his disciples to steal a donkey. But this is royal language and a custom of kings. It was well understood and practiced – whether a donkey or a horse or any resource in a king’s dominion. Also no one was allowed to ride the king’s horse or donkey. And the king would use a pristine one, not used for another purpose or by someone else. Only he would sit on it (Jesus specifies “on which no one yet has ever sat” Luke 19:30b)

The Greek word for Lord is κύριος kyrios; from κῦρος kuros (supremacy); supreme in authority, i.e. (as noun) controller; by implication, Master (as a respectful title): — God, Lord, master, Sir.

III. “Coats on the road” 

Also brings in imagery of the old testament.  who was the worst king of Israel?  And (The first) organized persecutor of the prophets?  Who put prophets to death and seeked to kill  them?

Ahab and his consort Jezebel. 

So what’s that got to do with the “coats on the road” and Christ’s triumphal entry? It marked the change of covenant/high priest/leader/prophet/kingship over Israel!!! Like Jehu would replace Ahab.

God had enough of Ahab and Jezebel. 

2Ki 9:1-13 Jehu Reigns over Israel ​ Now Elisha the prophet called one of the sons of the prophets and said to him, “Gird up your loins, and take this flask of oil in your hand and go to Ramoth-gilead. When you arrive there, search out Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi, and go in and  bid him arise from among his brothers, and bring him to an inner room. Then take the flask of oil and pour it on his head and say, ‘Thus says the LORD, “I have anointed you king over Israel.”’ Then open the door and flee and do not wait.”

So the young man, the servant of the prophet, went to Ramoth-gilead. When he came, behold, the captains of the army were sitting, and he said, “I have a word for you, O captain.” And Jehu said, “For which one of us?” And he said, “For you, O captain.” He arose and went into the house, and he poured the oil on his head and said to him, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘I have anointed you king over the people of the LORD, even over Israel. You shall strike the house of Ahab your master, that I may avenge the blood of My servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the LORD, at the hand of Jezebel. For the whole house of Ahab shall perish, and I will cut off from Ahab every male person both bond and free in Israel.  I will make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah.  The dogs shall eat Jezebel in the territory of Jezreel, and none shall bury her.’” Then he opened the door and fled.

Now Jehu came out to the servants of his master, and one said to him, “Is all well? Why did this mad fellow come to you?” And he said to them, “You know very well the man and his talk.” They said, “It is a lie, tell us now.” And he said, “Thus and thus he said to me, ‘Thus says the LORD, “I have anointed you king over Israel.”’” Then they hurried and each man took his garment and placed it under him on the bare steps, and blew the trumpet, saying, “Jehu is king!”

*Interesting parallels with the Jewish leaders and Rome!!! Godless and meaningless Judaism and radical paganism hand in hand. Makes us wonder about the world we have today – it’s now on a global scale! A similar Israel leads the world in technology and is in forefront of so many other fields. And her consort is an increasingly radical and pagan western civilization. They persecute the truth… Jesus will be at the gate soon!

For any serious student of the OT and prophecy, Jesus is a lighthouse- an elephant in the room.

Jesus, the anointed one, enters His domain and cleanses the temple and heals – messianic characteristics. The entire event was a clear indication of a new move of God and a fundamental change God has initiated. The crowds, their response, the details of the event… the chief priests and scribes had a terrible premonition – becoming indignant. 

Matthew 21:10-17 10 When He had entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.” Cleansing the Temple 12 And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves. 13 And He *said to them, “It is written, ‘MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER’; but you are making it a ROBBERS’ DEN.” 14 And the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. 15 But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that He had done, and the children who were shouting in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they became indignant 16 and said to Him, “Do You hear what these children are saying?” And Jesus *said to them, “Yes; have you never read, ‘OUT OF THE MOUTH OF INFANTS AND NURSING BABIES YOU HAVE PREPARED PRAISE FOR YOURSELF’?” 17 And He left them and went out of the city to Bethany, and spent the night there.

Luke 19:37-40 37 As soon as He was approaching, near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles which they had seen, 38 shouting: “BLESSED IS THE KING WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” 40 But Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!”

Like Pharaoh before Moses (“Let my people go!”), they choose to hardened their heart and “the chief priests and the scribes and the leading men among the people were trying to destroy Him” Luke 19:47 (Like Ahab and Jezebel)

IV. “The stones will cry out.”

Jesus testifies of the unstoppable force that prophecies are. Plans formed before the foundations of the world were at play. This was not prophetic language but a literal warning. He could raise children of Abraham from stones. This I AM Language.

V. “Mount of Olives and Bethany”

Messianic prophecy and progression of covenant and redemptive history.

Procession starts at Bethany, mount of olives, enters the east gate. Before the destruction of the temple and the glory of God departing Israel, the temple and the captivity (589 BC) – listen to Ezekiel’s prophecy of the glory of God returning to the temple and the removal of all the wickedness and institutions added by humans, all the events unfolding around the mount of olives and into Jerusalem – the glory of God which left in 589 BC returns in the person and work of the Son. That’s why Jesus enters, inspects, clears, and heals in the temple!!! (Matthew 21:10-17)

Ezekiel 43:1-9 Vision of the Glory of God Filling the Temple 1 Then he led me to the gate, the gate facing toward the east; 2 and behold, the glory of the God of Israel was coming from the way of the east. And His voice was like the sound of many waters; and the earth shone with His glory. 3 And it was like the appearance of the vision which I saw, like the vision which I saw when He came to destroy the city. And the visions were like the vision which I saw by the river Chebar; and I fell on my face. 4 And the glory of the LORD came into the house by the way of the gate facing toward the east. 5 And the Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house. 6 Then I heard one speaking to me from the house, while a man was standing beside me. 7 He said to me, “Son of man, this is the place of My throne and the place of the soles of My feet, where I will dwell among the sons of Israel forever. And the house of Israel will not again defile My holy name, neither they nor their kings, by their harlotry and by the corpses of their kings when they die, 8 by setting their threshold by My threshold and their door post beside My door post, with only the wall between Me and them. And they have defiled My holy name by their abominations which they have committed. So I have consumed them in My anger. 9 Now let them put away their harlotry and the corpses of their kings far from Me; and I will dwell among them forever.

The above passage also lends weight to the event (Triumphal entry) being God wrestling His Kingship back over spiritual Israel (“The King of the Jews” INRI) – the foundation of a heavenly city and temple not made by human hands – made up of living stones. This Kingdom, this city, this temple is the everlasting kingdom and cannot be destroyed by man or all the gates of hell.

VI. “The palm leaves”

John 12:12-13 12 On the next day the large crowd who had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13 took the branches of the palm trees and went out to meet Him, and began to shout, “Hosanna! BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD, even the King of Israel.” 

Represents Royalty and also the nature of righteous now determined by allegiance to Jesus Christ the King.

The Palm tree is a regal tree with foliage bursting right at the top like a crown.

It is also a symbol of fertility in a land of barrenness.

We are likened to a Palm tree, “the righteous shall flourish like the Palm tree” (Psalm 92). Further down in verse, it also mentions the green sap meaning vitality/eternal life. The sap of a Palm tree was used as a natural sweetener and is also used for making wine.

Psalms 92:5-15 How great are Your works, O LORD! Your  thoughts are very deep. A senseless man has no knowledge, Nor does a stupid man understand this: That when the wicked sprouted up like grass And all who did iniquity flourished, It was only that they might be destroyed forevermore. But You, O LORD, are on high forever. For, behold, Your enemies, O LORD, For, behold, Your enemies will perish; All who do iniquity will be scattered. But You have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox; I have been anointed with fresh oil. And my eye has looked exultantly upon my foes, My ears hear of the evildoers who rise up against me. The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree, He will grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Planted in the house of the LORD, They will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still  yield fruit in old age; They shall be full of sap and very green, To declare that the LORD is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him. 

Christ now establishes an everlasting Kingdom and one never to be destroyed. A temple and glory that fills the earth as the waters cover the sea. A nation of nations, a people gathered from the nations, a city made of living stones, a city made by the hands of Jesus Christ.

Zechariah 9:10

I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim And the horse from Jerusalem; And the bow of war will be cut off. And He will speak peace to the nations; And His dominion will be from sea to sea, And from the River to the ends of the earth.

Isa 62:1 – 4

Zion’s Glory and New Name ​ For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not keep quiet,

Until her righteousness goes forth like brightness, And her salvation like a torch that is burning. The nations will see your righteousness, And all kings your glory;And you will be called by a new name Which the mouth of the LORD will designate.

You will also be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, And a royal diadem in the hand of your God. It will no longer be said to you, “ Forsaken,” Nor to your land will it any longer be said, “Desolate”; But you will be called, “My delight is in her,”And your land, “ Married”; For the LORD delights in you,And to Him your land will be married.

Further Applications:

  • He is Lord of time and space and the ocean of the peoples, nations and cultures.
  • He is head of the Church and indisputable leader of the Kingdom of God. He has removed all other human leadership interference (kings and high priests.. etc)
  • The disciples locked into the eternal purpose of God by the simplicity of devotion to Jesus. Being around Jesus lead to being in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing!! 
  • The second coming of Jesus
  • The shepherds must look to the chief Shepherd. Do not make the mistakes of the Chief priests and scribes! Humble yourselves under His mighty hand – Be wary of earthly strings and desire for power/manipulation/..etc


I would like to acknowledge the masterful exposition by R. C. Sproul on the Gospel of Mark, on which I have relied heavily. Also, others from the church (Ajit, Binoy, and Sharon) who contributed with their reflections.

Bethlehem Ephrathah

In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”
When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.” Luke 2:8-15

But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Galatians 4:4-5

“But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah,
From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity.” Micah 5:2

Ephrathah was the ancient name of Bethlehem Judah during the time of Jacob. Significance of Bethlehem –

  1. Jacob buried his beloved Rachel near the gate at Bethlehem (Gen 48:7) 
  2. It also was the home of Ruth 
  3. The birthplace of King David (1 Sam 16:4-13; ), the shepherd-king of Israel, and of course “David’s greater son” the Lord Jesus Christ. 
  4. Bethlehem means the House of Bread, and the land was inherited by the tribe of Judah, the messianic tribe.


“The bawling of sheep rang across the fields of Bethlehem. Migdal Eder, the Tower of the Flock, was the place where lambs destined for the Temple were born and raised. Every firstborn male lamb from the area around Bethlehem was considered holy, set aside for sacrifice in Jerusalem. Generations of hereditary shepherds tended the sacred flocks. They were common folk, used to many cold, lonely nights in the fields. As protectors of the sheep, they risked their lives to keep the animals from going astray … and falling into the many ravines of the hill country.  {It is said that that this area has the largest number of shepherd towers in the world, as the shepherds took great care to protect these firstborn lambs from any blemish}

After pouring their lives out into their flocks, the shepherds would separate the lambs, choosing only the perfect firstborn males to drive to Jerusalem. There the lambs would be purchased by those who wished to atone for their sins. On the same mountain where Abraham had offered his son to the Lord, the lambs would shed their blood and lose their lives as that atonement. It was an endless cycle.

Taken From –  CBN “Why Bethlehem


If there was ever an event to underline that God is not surprised by world events and the haphazard political/social environment of mankind – it’s Christmas.

If there was ever an event to underline that God can supernaturally override every human authority – whether scientific or tyrannical or democratic – it’s Christmas.

A Virgin gave Birth. A barren woman gave birth.

The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God. And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month. For nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:35-37

The human census brings Joseph and a heavily pregnant Mary to Bethlehem. 

Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David  Luke 2:1-4

A tyrannical Herod sends Joseph, Mary, and Jesus to Egypt. But every step is a fulfillment of prophecies made centuries ago!!

So Joseph got up and took the Child and His mother while it was still night, and left for Egypt. He remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “OUT OF EGYPT I CALLED MY SON.” Matthew 2:14-15


Marriage is God’s idea, not man’s. The blueprint for a successful married life can be found in God’s manual – The Bible. Here are seven gleanings from the scripture and Christian experience I would like to share with you.

1. Honor God together. 

Deuteronomy 6:4-5  “Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one!    You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”

Matthew 6:33   But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Pray together. 

Encourage each other in the paths of righteousness. 

Build a home of holiness, thanksgiving, and testimony. 

Be active in Church wherever you go. 

Memorize and study the Bible.

2. Cling to each other.

Genesis 2:24   For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

Other than God, no one is closer or more consulted. No woman nor man has your attention more than each. 

Your bodies belong to each other. Be sexually active towards each other, revel in the glorious gift of marital sex. 

Grace and forgiveness are fertile soil for intimacy.

Celebrate each other by making love, making food, making music…

3. Be truthful. 

Exodus 20:16  “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

John 8:32   and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

Be transparent towards each other. Do not lie to each other. Always be concerned about each other’s hearts being filled with truth.

4. Be hospitable

1 Peter 4:9    Be hospitable to one another without complaint.

Bring others into fellowship and restoration. Seek to have people at your home regularly! Every Christian home is to be a place for miracles in provision for others.

5. The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. 

Hebrews 13:5   Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,”

Let not money be your Master but instead the Holy Spirit. Be cheerful givers. Let money flow freely from your hands to others without strings.

6. Let each other flourish in talent and service to God.

Hebrews 10:24  and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds

Discover talents in each other and cultivate – encourage – them. This should be a lifelong commitment, a great adventure God wants both of you to experience. Reject selfishness and choose to be fertile soil for the other. Serve Christ with your talents.

7. Honor your parents. Have children. 

Exodus 20:12  “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

Genesis 1:28   God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Enjoy and use the opportunity God WILL give you to bless and care for your parents. 

Enjoy Children, the provision will only increase! More the children, the more the provision. Children must add to the depth of your relationship with your spouse. They are favor from God not a burden. Children are lent to us by Heaven, allow Heaven to take care of them always.

Final WORDS – 


Proverbs 3:13-18

How blessed is the man who finds wisdom
And the man who gains understanding.
For her profit is better than the profit of silver
And her gain better than fine gold.
She is more precious than jewels;
And nothing you desire compares with her.
  Long life is in her right hand;
In her left hand are riches and honor.
Her ways are pleasant ways
And all her paths are peace.
She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her,
And happy are all who hold her fast.

Matthew 7:24-27

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.” 

Unleash the Power of Divine Understanding – part 1

“Each of us are meant to release an unique form of God’s understanding on this planet!”

A sermon preached on the 1st of November 2020 at Revelation Church. You may find the whole sermon at the YouTube link below

Here is the outline and verse references –

Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law
And keep it with all my heart.
Psalms 119:34

“Understanding”- This word occurs around 136 times in the Bible.

h0995. בִּין ḇiyn; a primitive root; to separate mentally (or distinguish), i.e.(generally) understand: — attend, consider, be cunning, diligently, direct, discern, eloquent, feel, inform, instruct, have intelligence, know, look well to, mark, perceive, be prudent, regard, (can) skill(-full), teach, think, (cause, make to, get, give, have) understand(-ing), view, (deal) wise(-ly, man).

God is to be worshiped by a people of understanding, not hypocrites or the ignorant. God hates an arrogant, unteachable, lukewarm, negligent, naive, disinterested, distracted, proud spirit. (Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding, Whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check, Otherwise they will not come near to you. Psalms 32:9;  Man in his pomp, yet without understanding, Is like the beasts that perish. Psalms 49:20)

“But where can wisdom be found?
And where is the place of understanding?
“Man does not know its value,
Nor is it found in the land of the living.
“The deep says, ‘It is not in me’;
And the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’
“Pure gold cannot be given in exchange for it,
Nor can silver be weighed as its price.
“It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir,
In precious onyx, or sapphire.
“Gold or glass cannot equal it,
Nor can it be exchanged for articles of fine gold.
“Coral and crystal are not to be mentioned;
And the acquisition of wisdom is above that of pearls.
“The topaz of Ethiopia cannot equal it,
Nor can it be valued in pure gold.
“Where then does wisdom come from?
And where is the place of understanding?
“Thus it is hidden from the eyes of all living
And concealed from the birds of the sky.
“ Abaddon and Death say,
‘With our ears we have heard a report of it.’
“God understands its way,
And He knows its place.
“For He looks to the ends of the earth
And sees everything under the heavens.
“When He imparted weight to the wind
And meted out the waters by measure,
When He set a limit for the rain
And a course for the thunderbolt,
Then He saw it and declared it;
He established it and also searched it out.
“And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom;
And to depart from evil is understanding.’”
Job 28:12-28

Elihu in Job:

“I thought  age should speak,
And increased years should teach wisdom.
“But it is a spirit in man,
And the breath of the Almighty gives them understanding.
“The abundant in years may not be wise,
Nor may elders understand justice.
“So I say, ‘Listen to me,
I too will tell what I think.’
Job 32:7-10

God has opened up the possibility of miraculous growth in skill , craftsmanship, eloquence, etc in a split moment/surprisingly short spans of time if we are available to the breath of the almighty.

God asks the scientist:

“Who has put wisdom in the innermost being Or given understanding to the mind?

Job 38:36

“The brain is the most complex object in the universe!” – National Geographic. The inner workings of the mind confound us.. it points to a creator of the ability of understanding! The sooner we submit to Him, the sooner we can grow in understanding.

There is great power in understanding!

 Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite. Psalms 147:5

“Behold, God is mighty but does not despise any; He is mighty in strength of understanding. Job 36:5 

God crushes His enemies in perfect justice and holiness by His understanding!

  1. Thus doing things in line with His understanding destroys the schemes of Satan in future!

2. Thus we have victory in the name of “JESUS”

Faith is divine understanding given by grace and by revelation. God drops atomic packages of divine understanding on His people through dreams and visions. This has the ability to transform our whole life and can be graciously dropped on the young and the old to speed up the process of walking in divine understanding.

I have filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship, Exodus 31:3 Occurs several times in conjunction with the same phrases in Genesis. Understanding, discretion, discernment, counsel are byproducts of each other in scripture after scripture.

Expect God to open up your brain’s potential supernaturally!!

Your understanding of God’s understanding yields spectacular fruit.

God Revives Us From the Dust

Don’t live your life choked by the dust of earth, be revived by the breath of Heaven

A sermon preached on the 11th of October 2020 at Revelation Church. You may find the whole sermon at the YouTube link below

Here is the outline, verse references and further notes on a fascinating subject. Trust it will aid to release you from the burden of dust. Jesus is willing to get intertwined with us, His Spirit/voice/word will elevate us to a new and fruitful life.

My soul cleaves to the dust; Revive me according to Your word. Psalms 119:25

I. Soul – h5315. נֶפֶשׁ nep̱eš; from 5314; properly, a breathing creature.

II. Cleaves – h1692. דָּבַק ḏâḇaq; a primitive root; properly, to impinge, i.e. cling or adhere; figuratively, to catch by pursuit: — abide fast, cleave (fast together), follow close (hard after), be joined (together), keep (fast), overtake, pursue hard, stick, take. 

II. Dust – 

h6083. עָפָר ‘âp̱âr; from 6080; dust (as powdered or gray); hence, clay, earth, mud: — ashes, dust, earth, ground, morter, powder, rubbish. 

Naturally, we, proceeding from heaven, grow roots into the dust and the dust lends us its hopelessness, curses, and shackles.

A. Concerning Dust In the Bible:

In Genesis:

The LORD God said to the serpent,
“Because you have done this,
Cursed are you more than all cattle,
And more than every beast of the field;
On your belly you will go,
And dust you will eat
All the days of your life

Genesis 3:14

17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’;
Cursed is the ground because of you;
In toil you will eat of it
All the days of your life.
18 “Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you;
And you will eat the plants of the field;
19 By the sweat of your face
You will eat bread,
Till you return to the ground,
Because from it you were taken;
For you are dust,
And to dust you shall return.”

Genesis 3:17-19

In Exodus, plagues are hidden in the dust:

The Plague of Insects

16 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘Stretch out your staff and strike the dust of the earth, that it may become gnats through all the land of Egypt.’”

Exodus 8:16

The Plagues of Boils (Disease)

Soot/ashes (Death) are closely connected to dust – the same word in Hebrew for both! The plagues of Boils (Disease) is connected to fine Dust. Viruses/disease travel vast distances on dust.

8 Then the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Take for yourselves handfuls of soot from a kiln, and let Moses throw it toward the sky in the sight of Pharaoh. 9 It will become fine dust over all the land of Egypt, and will become boils breaking out with sores on man and beast through all the land of Egypt.” 10 So they took soot from a kiln, and stood before Pharaoh; and Moses threw it toward the sky, and it became boils breaking out with sores on man and beast.

Exodus 9:8-10

In Numbers, dust makes holy water “the water of bitterness that brings a curse” Numbers 5:18 

In Judges and portions of the OT, Dust represented the most desperate wickedness, disgust, sorrow, and repentance. Dust represents God’s judgment, meaninglessness, futility, and an inefficient place to hide.

Other attributes are it’s ability to cloud up and obscure progress or lead to destruction. It’s a fascinating study and meditation.

Reflections –

Dust in the above symbolic derivations are ever-present in our existence. Life in general, news, movies, social media, mainstream music, actually throws a ton of dust upon on us, careful not to choke on it! Be washed with the water of God’s word…

The most positive quality scripture attributes dust is its sheer magnitude (interesting how technology and development have wrestled with it! And we are a source so it can’t really be fully removed!!)

III. How God revives us from the dust.

Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

Genesis 2:7

Our hope is the breath of God – The very first time the word dust is used in the Bible, the verse also contains our only hope, God’s breath. We must move from the bread of the dust (Gen 3:19) to the Bread of Life from Heaven (Jn 6:33,35)

That why Jesus said – Man shall not live by bread alone (produced from the dust to sustain dust by the “sweat of our brows” till dust we become) but by every word (Breath) that proceeds out of the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4)

Without breath, dust has no life or heavenly value. God’s breath helps us live a spiritual life and the dividends are limitless. The spirit part of us is created to channel us to God. Too many of us live and are defined in the dust when we were called to live by the spirit. 

Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the  spirit will return to God who gave it.

Ecclesiastes 12:7

25 For our soul has sunk down into the dust;
Our body cleaves to the earth.
26  Rise up, be our help,
And redeem us for the sake of Your lovingkindness.

Psalms 44:25-26

Numerous passages express God’s intense desire to raise us up from the dust, it’s His breath that does it. 

“He raises the poor from the dust,
He lifts the needy from the ash heap
1 Samuel 2:8a

In Psalm 119- A List of what revives us out of the Dust

i. According to His word 

My soul cleaves to the dust; Revive me according to Your word. Psalms 119:25

ii. A fixation on His ways

Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity, And revive me in Your ways. Psalms 119:37

iii. Longing for His precepts and righteousness

Behold, I long for Your precepts; Revive me through Your righteousness. Psalms 119:40

iv. God’s faithfulness to His promises.

Revive me according to Your lovingkindness, So that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth. Psalms 119:88

Hear my voice according to Your lovingkindness; Revive me, O LORD, according to Your ordinances. Psalms 119:149

v. By memorizing His Word

I will never forget Your precepts, For by them You have  revived me. Psalms 119:93

vi. God’s mediation

Plead my cause and redeem me; Revive me according to Your word. Psalms 119:154

vii. God’s forgiveness and mercies

Great are Your mercies, O LORD; Revive me according to Your ordinances. Psalms 119:156

[An Addition from other Psalms]

viii. For His names sake

For the sake of Your name, O LORD, revive me. In Your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble. Psalms 143:11

He restores my soul; He guides me in the  paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Psalms 23:3


I. Lick not the dust of the earth – the portion of the wicked – but feed on the manna (the bread) that comes out of heaven. Live not by the flesh but by the spirit!! And surely you will overcome and be raised up.

The serpent works overtime to make us lick the dust like him.

16 Nations will see and be ashamed
Of all their might.
They will put their hand on their mouth,
Their ears will be deaf.
17 They will lick the dust like a serpent,
Like reptiles of the earth.
They will come trembling out of their fortresses;
To the LORD our God they will come in dread
And they will be afraid before You.

Micah 7:16-17

II. God wants His disciples constantly washed of the dust by His word. Only such are His disciples! Jesus washed His disciples’ feet of the dust of this earth… Please allow Christ to do this daily or we will “have no part in Him”

5 Then He *poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. 6 So He *came to Simon Peter. He *said to Him, “Lord, do You wash my feet?” 7 Jesus answered and said to him, “What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter.” 8 Peter *said to Him, “Never shall You wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” 9 Simon Peter *said to Him, “Lord, then wash not only my feet, but also my hands and my head.” 10 Jesus *said to him, “He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.” 11 For He knew the one who was betraying Him; for this reason He said, “Not all of you are clean.”

John 13:5-11

III. Christ Expects the Church also to constantly cleanse each other of the dust and serve as vessels filled with the water of His Word (Ephesians 5: 26), Jesus instructs us in the same passage –

12 So when He had washed their feet, and taken His garments and reclined at the table again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? 13 You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is not greater than his master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one who sent him. 17 If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them. 18 I do not speak of all of you. I know the ones I have chosen; but it is that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘HE WHO EATS MY BREAD HAS LIFTED UP HIS HEEL AGAINST ME.’ 19 From now on I am telling you before it comes to pass, so that when it does occur, you may believe that I am He. 20 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.”

John 13:12-20

IV. What proceeds from Jesus cleanses and empowers dust to achieve miraculous things! His Spit and resultant mud heals the blind! And the context of the conversation is the effects of sin. THIS UNDERLINES GOD”S WILLINGNESS TO STEP INTO OUR CURSED SITUATION AND OVERPOWER THE CURSE BY HIS GRACE AND WORD.

​ As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.” When He had said this, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and applied the clay to his eyes, and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went away and washed, and came back seeing.

John 9: 1- 12

13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE”— 14 in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Galatians 3:13-14

V. Jesus seeks to remove the condemnation written in Dust and write the Law of the Spirit in us and thus No condemnation. When Christ writes on the ground, the dust, for one caught in adultery (thus surely cursed) – Christ’s intervention rewrites the curse and condemnation to life, forgiveness and freedom.

They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court.  Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.” John 8: 6 -11

There are many more applications, I hope this encourages you to pursue your own study and discover the great depths to which the Bible takes us. I have personally never come across a book like the Bible in thirty plus years of reading. Endless, uplifting, refreshing, liberating, infinitely profound and relevant. Jesus Loves you!

The God I hated, spilled grace when I pierced Him.

Kuwait Towers

Part One

Born in India, raised in Kuwait, stranded in India (1974 – 1991)

Born in Kerala, India. A family of four, we moved to Kuwait in 1980. Son of a construction worker, I grew up a child stuck between the East and the West. I was an amalgamation of Bollywood, Mollywood, Hollywood, Marvel, DC, and a host of literature and TV shows. Oscillating between Catholicism, new technologies, Americana and music. The Pied Piper played freely at our home.

By the end of the ’80s, the chaos of hormones; a couple of brief but traumatic experiences of sexual abuse; and the utter madness of pornography had all descended upon me… you can imagine.

Home, Fahaheel (Photograph taken in 2008)

In 1990, the unthinkable happened – I was ripped from my hometown Fahaheel and all that made me “me” was lost to Saddam Hussein and the invasion of Kuwait. I found myself stranded in India (we were holidaying in Kerala when the war broke out) At that time, Kerala was radically different from Kuwait. The place felt hostile, and primitive.

Not being able to say a proper goodbye to your home, and losing all your possessions all of a sudden – the repository of a decade of your life – is a horrible experience. I was shattered. Riches to rags.

It didn’t stop there, the slow burn sequel was the utter fall of my father. From a reasonably stable, warm, with the occasional light drinking at home – to an overnight alcoholic and an unpredictable, self-destructive thug! What added to it was that this was who my father truly was… everyone around me knew it but me. The one I had known all my childhood in Kuwait was a facade! It took me years to wrap my heart and mind around it.

By ‘91 – I had become the proud owner of a fragmented personality, filled with bitterness, anger, lust and an appetite for destruction… in retrospect, I don’t know how any sane person put up with me for long…

Yet I find there are many of us out there, playing with madness, we flock together, and survive in the quagmire – great pretenders, hopeless optimists or pessimists, occasional or obsessive abusers… We abuse or distract one another, share momentary comfort or point to another drug or lifestyle to trudge on. Depressive reading, but truth be told. More than two decades working with people, I realize many of us share the same dark underpinnings or origin stories… Deny it, bury it, wear it, “own” it, or release it… ‘it’ is still there. Takes on a thousand different expressions, but it’s the same hole in the soul.

I charted a course to excuse and vent my frustrations, rebellion, and pain. An emotional atheist that experimented with satanism. A socialist, capitalist, and an aspiring hedonist all rolled into one. A voracious reader of anything and everything, increasingly awed by the temple of Hollywood and popular western propaganda. A Pseudo intellectual who waded in pools of shallowness.

Left to our own devices, what a bag of inconsistencies we become.

Unhinged (1991 – 1992)

Meanwhile, things were getting more desperate at home.

My dad – having invested in building a large house, pursed a brief but unsuccessful political career, and with deteriorating family relations, a massive heart attack, losing his father, two attempts on his life and the alcohol abuse – was hurtling towards a literal dead end. He had pinned his hopes on returning to Kuwait for financial stability but that never took flight – all his plans unraveled… I still remember the feeling of dread and darkness at home. The devil is in the details.

In this background, I grew ever more rancid- spewing venom at God. Welcoming Satan into my life, leaning on the crutch of science and taking great pleasure in tearing into Christians and Christianity. I remember, at school, a child from the lower classes walked up to me and handed me a book or paper I had meticulously designed proclaiming “Satan is God”.. he looked me in the eyes and said, “Achacha (elder brother), don’t do this, it is not right.” Another instance comes to mind, a youth pastor confounded me with questions to my questions. He had me grudgingly accept science creates more questions than answers. But what is it about us? Fuel to the fire is even the sincerest attempts, I paid no attention.

Part Two

The Great Physician (1992 December)

Having exhausted every option.. my mother did what I detested with all my heart. She approached a Pentecostal church nearby to pray for us. I was the last hurdle she needed to get past, I blocked her path possessed with a demonic hatred – “We don’t need these weakling Christians or the failure that God is! Let dad die, we can survive!”, I raved. I would have physically assaulted her if she hadn’t acted like she took my advice and then slipped out later without my knowledge.

My mother, in her desperation, made the crucial decision to ask for help, for which I am eternally grateful. Thus began a concerted prayer vigil at this church and visitations from the pastor (Note: I want to acknowledge many others that were already praying too. God answered your prayers. Thank you for praying for us)

My father was famous for his capacity to down bottles of alcohol and hold his own. However, his addiction was complete – My mother and I would try in vain to keep him from leaving the house early in the morning for his fix – his appearance by now was of someone twenty years older than he was, and his hands shook violently without the spirit running in his veins.

As the church began praying, something in my father’s physiology changed, a miracle if you ask me, he barely would have a swig and he would collapse! The first time it happened, his companions had him admitted to a hospital on meds and alcohol at the same time. The second time, the same procedure was followed but our family doctor had enough of it. Thrown out of the hospital, advised to find psychological help, my father walked to the arrack (country liquor) shop and collapsed again… I was summoned and found him fallen on the ground outside that shop with no one around him. A pitiful sight I cannot forget. All the fair-weather friends had left… I had to carry him home. For the next day or two he had no idea where he was, or what he was doing.

Then it happened.

Late at night, on his bed, my father had a vision. It was an auditory vision, a host accompanied by an orchestra singing a song of worship! Initially, he got out of bed and looked about the house for a source but none were found. The moment he came and lay down, the worship song would begin again. He had heard this song only once before in his life, at a charismatic Christian meeting, and that too in an inebriated condition. Yet here he was – hearing the words crystal clear! So he began listening to the words – “You will be set free from all bondage, and all chains will break when you worship! Worship the Lord” As he listened, sleep came upon him.

The next day, walking down the steps, wondering if we needed to stop him leaving the house…There, to my great surprise, I saw – seated on the ground – with a songbook open, my father learning this song! From that moment and for the next 21 years of his life, he had no desire for alcohol or any withdrawal symptoms! The Great Physician had visited my house that night.

And while he was seated there, trying to learn the song, guess who walked into the house? The pastor! What are the odds?! My father gently beckons him to join and pray for him. Next thing, the pastor invites dad for a meeting and off he went, he traded spirits for the Spirit.


Rocked (1993)

This hit me hard, my foundations were rocked by my father’s transformation… The God I hated, spilled grace when I pierced Him.

At first, I hated my father for succumbing to Christianity. But there was no denying it, what was impossible, just happened. He changed overnight.

I kept a brave face, but on the inside, I was split wide open and grappling to make sense of it all.

To make things more uncomfortable, Dad made family prayer time compulsory.  And now when he prayed, it could be 15 to 45 minutes long… the whole arduous process would span at least an hour!… I tried various things like hiding small magazines in the Bible, bathroom excuses, et al. But these efforts were too hard to sustain in the shadow of Dad’s fervency. Finally, an idea dropped in my head to try and read the Bible… after all, it was one of the greatest books in literature. The first pages of Genesis in KJV was a nasty experience, the language had me in twists and the concept of creation in its pages was too much for my Big Bang Darwinian mind! With a thud, I closed the Bible. 

This period of my life is marked by so many miracles, it defies logic. That same week – my sister came home from the hostel with a Good News Bible (The Bible in contemporary English) To my sister’s bewilderment, moved by an unseen hand, I asked for this bible.

This time I started reading the stories of the kings (I and II Kings, I and II Chronicles) and found myself drawn into the world of the Bible, to quote Mel Gibson loosely – “no greater scripts exist!” 

Long before the so-called “20th-century revolution” of “honest journalism” or the ultra-realistic movie making of Hollywood, I found the Bible’s accounts compelling in its portrayal of the human condition. It was a hard reading of the victories and explicit failures of Israel’s heroes.

Then it happened to me. 

One evening I opened the Bible as my father started another epic prayer session, and as if the pages were turned by an angelic presence, the book of Job confronted me. The deepest, darkest angst toward God – the emotional atheism that was the fabric of my rebellious condition – found in the Bible of all places! – the brutal honesty of the Bible tore into me. “Sharper than any two-edged sword” I would later understand. I couldn’t stop reading it over and over… nowhere had I seen such writings… A Good God in a shockingly evil world, the suffering of the innocent, the impaired scales of justice, the mystery of sickness, the paradoxes, the philosophies… all page after page. Then, the final word and deed were God’s, where every wrong was righted and the scales restored! Job silenced by God’s wisdom, power and goodness. My soul drank it up, my spirit was awakened, and I offered this prayer – “Who are you, God?”*

That weekend, as was my custom to go looking for distractions, I visited yet another library with a friend. This time though, my attention was drawn to a dusty part of the library, and to a particular book entitled “The Desire of Nations” by Ellen G White. The experience of reading this book, I can’t explain, was the answer to my prayer* – a masterful exposition on who Jesus Christ was… the true desire of human hearts, the only Prince of Peace, and the One my heart and soul was crying out for. I gave my life to Jesus somewhere in the pages of that book and the books of the Bible.

The bitterness Satan filled me with – was washed away from my system – forgiveness, love, and life replaced it.

Of late, I recall more and more instances, where God had reached out to me from my infancy – it would be too long to list here. But there is something I want you to know, there is a war raging for your soul, from when you entered this world and to this very moment. Please choose wisely. There is only one “Lover of your soul”.. You can find Him on a cross, calling out your name.

It’s been 27 years since I gave my life to Jesus. I have seen and heard a lot of things. I have lost count of the questions I have posed Christ or the situations I saw miracles as answers to. Every week, every month, every year has proved – He is the truth, He is the way, He is the life, and He is alive. Today, I am the father of two wonderful children and blessed beyond my wildest imaginations. He lifted me up from the pit and gave me a future and hope.

If everything has failed you, try Jesus. 

If you are stranded and in trouble, call on Jesus. 

If you can’t understand yourself, or the world around you has frustrated and scarred you, If you are sick or addicted, come and see Jesus.

If He did it for me, He will surely do it for you!

I also want to encourage people praying for others – friends, spouses, parents, neighbors, colleagues – it might look impossible, but what is impossible with man is possible with God.

 “The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overpower it” Lk 1:5

“and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us” Acts 17:26-27

and he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting” Acts 9:4-5

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matt 11:28-30