Two weeks back, I was sitting in my office pantry with my friends and there were noises around me. My friends were cracking their own jokes and were laughing. But, my eyes kept drifting around and stopped at the door to the pantry, which had the sign – “Push” and “Pull”.
I was concentrating on the door and kept noticing everyone who pass through the door. Ten minutes passed by and nearly 10 to 15 members passed through that door, but none followed the signs in it. They were pushing where they have to pull and pulling where they have to push.
I am not right, even, I make the same mistake when I open such doors. We get confused with the terms ‘Push’ and ‘Pull’. Instantly, God started asking me questions. I felt as if He is whispering in my ears, “Carolin, how many times have you pulled the person into your life whom I wanted to push and how many times have you pushed someone when I desired to pull them in”
During my schooling, I was attached to a friend. Getting well with your friends is fine, but going beyond, it is non acceptable. I had my friend at the top where I have to keep God. God doesn’t let His position to anyone and no one can fill His place. GOD, graciously helped me to get out of that relationship. But, that was not the last time. I did the same mistake during my college and my first year of work. It was tough for me when God was pushing away the ones who I tried pulling in. Simply, it was God who won and I have to pay a huge price which I still regret for not obeying immediately.
Besides, there are examples in the Bible-
1. Samson, who heeded the voice of Delilah instead of God. God kept pushing Delilah away from Samson, but he continued pulling her in losing his eyes and his life. 2. Sarah, who pulled in Hagar into the life of Abraham and we know the outcomes. 3. Bathsebha who should have pushed David – instead she drew him in resulting in losing his first son. 4. Solomon, who should have pushed off the wives following the idols, instead pulled many which resulted in God splitting the kingdom in two after his generation.
And there are few good examples too:
Rahab, who pushed aside everything in her country to know the true God and to dwell with the people of Israel. Ruth, who pulled herself towards her mother in law, though Naomi kept pushing her off.
And besides, there are situations when God wants us to pull people towards us, but what we do is we push them away from God. We become a blockage for them.
I remember a girl in a youth camp, who kept coming behind me to talk. I just kept avoiding her as I didn’t want to sit with her to talk. I thought it was a waste of time. But then, as she was following me everywhere, I have to sit with her. Only when I began talking to her, I came to know that she was planning for a suicide and was touched by my testimony so that she wanted to give a last try. I was embarrassed and ashamed of myself. Friends, if I haven’t talked with her that day, I would have lost a beautiful soul in the realm of God. I would have been the reason to drive her away from God.
And remember, our act sometimes pushes away people from God. Be deliberate with your words and act as you might be the Gospel to someone watching you.
On this day, as we are remembering the Resurrection of Christ, who came to this world just to pull us with His love to be in His kingdom, ask yourselves,
Have I been pulling the people in my life whom God desires to push away. Our circle is real important. Are we pulling the habits which are pushing us off from God. Are we pulling people towards God or pushing them out from God.
Push away the things that are not desired by God which blocks the destiny of yours and pull yourself towards the God!!
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to
it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it
yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that
goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will
accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Isaiah
55: 10, 11
Seriously? Even after reading those long lists
of Do’s and Don’ts, genealogical verses, widths and heights in
cubic feet for building arks and sanctuary for God, number of
blue, purple and scarlet pomegranates with golden balls in between
them in the garments for priests, you still believe this quote to
be true? Are these really making sense? You find it tough to say yes? If yes,
then, this is definitely for you. Recently I have heard about two life changing
testimonies over a casual conversation.
Adultery: This friend of mine got impressed when her friend doesn’t ogle at other beautiful girls when the rest of the team’s time pass is just that. There was only one guy who was different from the rest of the men around her workplace. She was amazed at this quality of him and while checking on this he has explained why he doesn’t dare to look at girls in the same way his colleagues do. These verses act as a guardrail for him not to. “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5: 27, 28. I have never heard of such verse to touch someone’s heart and change their life! Even most of the Christians these days would think that His standards are way too high and are not practically possible to reach. But she was touched by what he said and her curiosity to know about the one who has established such high standard for holiness grew more and more on every passing day. That was all!!! Today she is a fervent believer of Christ!
Revelation – I can’t remember how many years have passed by since I have read this book! This takes the place of the most ignored book in my Bible as I feel really bored of it when I don’t understand what it says! After seeing changes in my college friend, her brother started probing her with lot of questions to which she has quoted some references she knew from Revelation! “Seriously you mean you read revelation?”, I asked her in surprise. Yep, she did! She herself is fairly a new believer and it would take so much courage for someone to take that book and meditate and to quote references from it. You know what!? It touched her brother’s heart and today he is also a strong believer. Together they are inspiring their parents now! After hearing these two divine appointments, I could not stop believing the above quoted verse. Yes, none of His Word would return void. It would definitely establish its purpose before it returns to Him!!!I liked this quote from my friend! What are you waiting for, now?! Just pray that God would use your time, words and life to touch others’ lives. You never know when God is going to use you and your words as divine appointments in others’ lives! Not just your word, but the way how you live according to His standard would definitely create that divine appointment for sure, and you would be amazed when you hear testimonies like these!! Try it!!! God bless you!!
Author: Jansi D –Rockers fellowship of IT MNC, Chennai.
The Father says today, I am doing a quick work in righteousness. The season now turns from blight and failed outcomes to new hope and new expectation. I will walk you into the place where everything you say and do becomes as effective as if I said it and did it. This is what the cross paid for. This is why My side was pierced with blood and water pouring forth. The veil is rent, and the way is made open. No one is holding you back, and the angels with the flaming swords now beckon the penitent to pass into the entitlement of sons purchased for you on Calvary.
Are you ready for “as in heaven so on earth?” Let your mouth pray. Decree a thing, and it will rise up from the earth and become manifest. Declare the outcome boldly without shame for I will cause the seeds of your obedience to bring harvest before they even hit the ground-no more coping strategies. No more waiting for “one day someday” for I declare to you that this is the day of your redemption and this is the day that manifest grace pours out in full measure to change the entire landscape of your life according to My promise.
“God says to you this day you are moving from a season of PROCESS to YOUR season of OUTCOME!”
I will go before you and make the rough places smooth; I will shatter the doors of bronze and cut through their iron bars.I will give you the treasures of darkness And riches hidden in secret places – Isa 45:2-3
The Father says I am bringing you into your wealthy place. Leviathan is brought down this day, says God. The children of pride will no longer triumph over you. Provision is your portion this day. The resources of My treasuries are now available to you. Impoverishment and lack flee away. Fullness and benefit are pouring to supply you. Open your mouth wide in expectation and know that things are changing even now. I am bringing the hand of My favor over you for promotion and for increase. The new is coming and the stale, old religious experience is being swept away. Lay hold on this word and war with this word and it will surely become manifest reality in your life.
You have experienced downturn and you have faced denial after denial says God. All of that changes today. I am bringing you out to the land that flows with the logos and the rhema – the milk and the honey. You will drink deeply and taste fully of My goodness says the Father as you step up to take the land and the territory I have accorded you even now. Are you willing to lay hold on your NOW says the Father? I say to you that you have dwelled in the land of disappointment long enough. You are coming out of the thorny place and the waste howling wilderness. Your feet will walk the pavements of the palace. I will set you before kings and potentates. I have seated you this day in heavenly places in Christ. This is the day that you will ascend in worship and descend in warfare.
Let loose from your mouth this day says God those prayers – those warfare prayers that defeat the enemy and remove him far from your borders and your boundaries. I am bringing up your rear guard and going before you with hail stones, with fire and with vapor of smoke. I will melt the heavens and shake the mountains. I will come down and draw you out of many waters. This is your day of deliverance. This is your day of upturn and ascension. Refuse to accept the limitations of the enemy intended to limit your blessing and rob you of your inheritance for I am with you as the God who wars and in your behalf I am showing Myself strong and mighty to defend you and defeat the strategies of hell against your life.
Judges chapter 6 and 7 talks about a powerful story of God using a weak, insignificant man to give a great victory and deliverance to a whole nation. Here are some of the lessons God taught me through this great story.
No complex solutions but simple trust and obedience (7 v16)
When faced with a powerful enemy, human inclination is to think of a complex solution with complex logistics and several other factors! No one would have come out with a solution involving trumpets, jars and lights. With God on our side we don’t need complex solutions all the time. We just need to be in a place of quietness and trust and simply obey God.
Sometimes our own actions can limit God (6 v35)
It was Gideon who sent invitation to all the people to join him in the battle(chapter 6 verse 35). But God said to Gideon (chapter 7 verse 2), “you have too many people I cannot the enemies in to your hands.” Sometimes our actions can limit God from doing what he wants. So we need to make sure we are in tune with God before taking any major decisions.
God is interested in quality than quantity (7:6)
God asked Gideon to send the people back home who are fearful. He then sifted the people based on how they drink water. God chose the three hundred who drank from cupped hands, lapping like dogs. All the rest got down on their knees to drink. Some bible scholars say, that drinking water with cupped hands shows alertness as others who kneeled down must have kept the weapons down when they drank the water. Whilst we don’t know the actual reason behind God’s selection, one thing is sure. God is not interested in how many people we have. He is interested in what kind of people we are.
Our enemies are afraid of us and they know we are capable of destroying their kingdoms (7:13)
Gideon was a fearful man by nature. God asked Gideon to “eavesdrop” his enemy’s conversation about him. Gideon heard his enemies were afraid of him that he is going to destroy them. This revelation totally transformed him! Our enemy satan is well aware of what we are capable of through Christ. He is afraid of us and he knows that we are capable of destroying his kingdom when we join hands with God.
A leader has to be transformed first before he can transform a nation (7 v15)
Chapter 6 and 7 contains 65 verses in total. Out of these, 57 verses are about Gideon’s transformation from a fearful man to a confident leader. The victory for the nation was summarized in just 4 verses. A leader has to be transformed first before he can transform a nation. God will wait however long it might take because he knows what a transformed leader is capable of.
God can give victory to a nation with just empty jars that are ready to be broken (7 v19)
God didn’t give a submarine or a sophisticated military weapon to Gideon. He gave victory with “empty jars which were broken”. Throughout the bible God chose weak people who were flawed and insignificant. God loves empty jars that are ready to be broken. Our brokenness can result in healing for many. God does not call the qualified, but he qualifies the called. Paul said, “But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us”.
A leader should lead an exemplary life (7 v17)
After Gideon got transformed he told the people, “Watch me, Follow my lead. When I get to the edge of the camp, do exactly as I do.” A leader should live such a life that he can boldly say, “Watch me, follow my lead and do exactly as I do.”
This message is written by Bro. Davidson Samuel who is an IT Professional / Subject Matter Expert in Banking domain, based out of Scotland, UK.