Missing Discernment

Philippians 1:9-10 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,

Dear Saints of God, in the above mentioned verse Apostle Paul instructs the church to grow in love, in depth knowledge so that we may be able to discern. The church from the beginning of time has been a victim of confusion and deception due to lack of discernment. We can see it in the garden of Eden to the time where people rejected Jesus in Nazareth. The same situation is prevalent today.

discernmentThere are many factors that contribute towards this scenario. Discernment is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, as spoken in  1 Corinthians 12:10. Sadly there are not many teachers who teach on this subject but also there are not many believers who want to learn about this gift either. The teachings on prophecy, healing and miracles are encouraged and accepted. Nowadays politics is not found in the parliament as much as it is seen on the pulpit. There are people who are using the gift of discernment as a weapon to settle scores and degrade people. When the gifts of the Holy Spirit are used without love, the results are fatal.

There are three kinds of mature believers who sit in churches. One are those who do not question what they hear from the pulpit. The second kind are those who  who keep questioning and criticising what they hear, and the last ones are the loyal ones who decide to keep silent inspite of knowing what’s wrong. There are many reasons to this, some of them are more loyal to the leaders than to the Lord, some don’t want to invite trouble etc. But the Bible says to whom much is given much will be asked (Luke 12:48). There are many instances in the Bible where God has spoken through his prophets and apostles and Jesus himself has spoken about the false prophets. When we hear the term false prophet we feel that it is associated with prophecy but it actually means false teachers. In other words the person who is biblically wrapping a false message and deceiving people to follow it. We need discernment to understand such people and their teaching.

As human beings we all make mistakes. But when a person is corrected in love how he or she responds tells us under which spirit they operate. The gifts of the Spirit are to build the Kingdom of God and not a man’s kingdom. One cannot preach humility while he is living in ego city. Its high time the ministers of the gospel practise what they preach and live it out.

The coming days are tough. Do not allow anyone to deceive you to live a compromising life and follow wrong doctrines. No one has authority to add, subtract or twist the word of God. So be filled with the Holy Ghost and tune your ears to the still small voice of God so that the gift of discerment operates in you along with the fruit of love. This will help in the edification of the body of Christ. Have a victorious day- Pastor T.Bakshi

Don’t Stop Sowing

Psalm 126: 5 Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.6 Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow,will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.

Dear Chosen ones of God, a lot of times we have these questions – Does God know me? Does He know my struggles and troubles? The Bible says that God knows you (Jeremiah 1:5). He knows your strengths and He knows your weakness and troubles too. During our difficult times we don’t see Him but the Bible says He never leaves  us nor forsakes us (Deuteronomy 31:6). Just imagine you and your friend going for a trip in your car and all of sudden the road gets bumpy.  Will your friend get off the car because the road got bumpy? The answer is no. The other aspect is that you cannot look at your friend while you drive through this bad patch. You have to look at the road and obviously when the road gets rough your driving has to be more focused. But the luxury of having a companion in a drive is that you can communicate with him. And what a companion we have in Jesus Christ. In the journey of life Jesus Christ is with us. If Jesus is in your car He is also going through the same bumps as you are going through. He knows it all. Although you may not see Him but if you pay attention you will be able to hear Him and speak to Him.

dont-stop-sowingThe tools and tactics of the enemy are directed to put a pause in whatever you are chosen to do. At times the circumstances feel so unbearable that we want to stop and quit. Just because the task got difficult does not mean it is impossible. Philippians 4:13 says that “I can do all things through Christ Jesus” even the most difficult things. God did not make you a quitter. HE made you in HIS image a victor. No matter how hard and difficult your circumstances are, don’t quit or put a pause to what you are called to do. In-spite of your sorrow if you carry on sowing in the kingdom of God you will reap joyfully. You are a generation of royal priests. It doesn’t matter whether you are a full time minister or a house wife or a business person or a student etc.. Don’t quit because the harvest time is near and the harvest is plentiful. Although it may be  difficult for you to even imagine your tomorrow, remember God is in control.  Your reward does not come from man it comes from God. Have a great day  Pr. T.Bakshi

 

Don’t Be Intimidated

2 Timothy 2:23-26 (AKJV)

23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. 24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25 in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26 and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

Don’t Be Intimidated

Dear Friends, these days one of areas where the church is divided and overly engaged, is in winning debates. Enemy wants us to be intimidated so that your focus shifts on winning arguments and disputes, rather than winning souls for the kingdom. This is a common scenario in Christian households, work and worship places. While walking in the will of God we will always come across opposition.

The enemy uses different people in our lives to create obstruction and opposition. These encounters obviously hurt us. There is a 3 way response to such hurts. The first is we will keep pondering about it and turn these hurts into offences and end up hurting others. The best way is to forgive and forget such situation by the power of the Holy Spirit. The second method is to go all out and deal with such people and try and win arguments. God did not call us win argument He has called us win souls. Winning over an argument or a debate will just give gratification to our flesh but will hinder plan and purposes of God in our lives.

The third way is we will keep quite and run away from such debates and situations. Having a politically correct stand. Like it or not God’s kingdom does not run on political and democratic principles. God’s kingdom has God’s rule. In the Gospels there are many accounts where people were trying to test  Jesus by engaging Him in unnecessary debates. The place where they asked Him about paying taxes (Matthew 22:15-22). The instance where they questioned Jesus about the healing on Sabbath (Mark 3:1-6). People brought a woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11). In all these situations Jesus taught us to turn the tables. He never exited the scene grumbling, neither He kept quite but taught all these people in love and humility. This is reason many were saved and delivered from the snares of the evil one. When you encounter such situation depend pray and depend upon the Holy Spirit to give your right words( Matthew 10:19).

Let our focus be on doing what God has called us to do.The Holy Spirit is a spirit of peace and love. Use the gift of love and faith to overcome such issues. Have victorious day Pr. Bakshi-The Well Diggers Ministry.

Faith Comes By hearing

Romans 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Faith

Dear Friends, in our walk with God faith plays a key role. As it is written in Hebrews 11:6 Its impossible to please him without faith. Our biggest gift “Salvation” is the gift which we receive through our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. It is through faith that impossible is made possible. Faith is the result of hearing God’s word. In our journey of faith we encounter storms and situations that shake us to the core and surround us with doubt and fear. This is the point where a believer needs to decide, what he wants to hear. Does he want to hear the false ungodly voices, advises and reports, or is he eager to hear from God through His word.

We know what happened in the garden of Eden, when Eve heard the voice of Satan. She pondered upon it and entertained the thought of going against God’s commandment. We all know the rest of the events that followed as a result of heeding to ungodly voices.

The enemy is unwilling to give up on us and he continuously keeps questioning the word and promises of God in our lives. We can control what we fill our heart and mind with. The word of God is true and unshakeable (Matthew 24:35).  Its a weapon against the schemes and tactics of the enemy which work against our faith.  If you hear the Word of God, you will be able to apply it appropriately.

We cannot obey God unless we hear His word. The Bible says victory is ours, so let’s stir up our faith by hearing God’s word and heed to the still small voice of the Holy Spirit. Then we can move to the enemy’s camp and see the battle being won. Have a victorious day. Pastor T.Bakshi

God’s Example

God's Example

Ephesians  (NKJV) 5:1 Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

Dear Friends, The epistle of Ephesians is a profound work of God. It is one of Apostle Paul’s prison epistle and it summarises the whole Bible.  It gives the whole idea of God’s redemptive work.

The above mentioned chapter starts with love then as it progresses it talks about the relation of husband and wife, followed by the description of Christ as the husband and leader of Church. The church has a lot things to offer these days. All kind of courses, great worship, teachings, seminar and conferences etc.. The aspect which is missing is love, without love all these things have no impact. John 3;16 say ” For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,”. HIS act of sacrificing HIS son was based on love. God loves the Church but does the Church love God?.

Apostle Paul instructs the church to imitate Christ. But the Church imitates Christ in a way that suits people. People are ready to walk in love  as long as it is comfortable for them to do so.  Church is not a building nor it ends on a Sunday. Church begins or operates where two or three are gathered in His name. It may be your family, work place or neighbourhood. Generally the reflection of Christ ends the moment the sermon is over.  But the Apostle is instructing the Church to imitate Christ in every aspect life. The verse says that He gave himself as an offering, out of love and compassion for us. What are we ready to give up as imitators of Christ? Our ego, false thought processes and philosophies are more precious to us than the teachings of Christ.

God does place difficult people in our lives. It’s not for changing them but to upgrade our version of Christianity. Proverbs 27:17 (NKJV)As iron sharpens iron,So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. When a blade is sharpened, there is a lot of friction and heat. How do we deal with it, tells us what and whom we follow. Is it the teachings of Christ or the rules of our flesh.

Life of Jesus Christ is an example for all of us. As imitators of Christ our job is to be like fragrance in the places and situation that stinks. It can be your family relationships, workplace or neighbourhood. Be like a fragrance pleasing to our Lord God, that can suppress any foul smell of sin and false living. Have a blessed day Pastor T.Bakshi