Friday, September 24, 2010

Apostolic Article #2



Dearly Beloved worldwide family member of the 'Household of Faith (Gal 6:10, c),

Greetings to you in the matchless Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ! How are you doing today? I pray and hope that you are doing wonderfully well by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor 13:13). The Bible says, "But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness." (Hebrews 3:13, NIV). As long as God gives us time and grace to continue we will be seeing what we call as TODAY. It is a timeline that will fit every corner of the Globe that has a Household of Faith member living in it. Priase the Lord!

What is sin's deceitfulness that we need to be careful of? Lack of faith is sin and whatever is not from from faith is sin (Rom 14:23). Encouragement drives away unbelief and increases our faith and confidence. This is why We need to encourage one another in the family of faith, so that we all grown in faith day by day. Once we do it, God will be pleased with us and our Household, and He will tremendously bless us all in the coming days (Heb 11:6). Then truly we will become blessed to be blessing to all nations and people groups.

"Think of ways to encourage one another to outbursts of love and good deeds. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near." (Hebrews 10:24, 25, NLT).

Living in the end times we need one another to support, warn and encourage eachother as we can already see the signs of His coming all around us everyday.

I pray and believe that this article titled as 'Blessings in Disguise' might bless you as it is written from a day to day perspective of my own school of faith testing in my life. So read, enjoy and be blessed in Jesus Name! Don't forget saints, I love you and Jesus loves us all!

Apostolically Yours in His Sevice,

Abraham Israel





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Many times we get frustrated with our weaknesses. Still at other times we become hopeless because of our indwelling weaknesses. A few other times we go to the extent of living in despair and dread when we think of these weaknesses.


Do you know that Jesus became a man just like us in the weakness of humanity not only in order to know and symphathize for us, but in order to be a compassionate priest of God to help us in all our weaknesses in our daily life (Heb 4:15).


Many times as we fall in to the same weakness of our flesh, we immediately think that we have lost our faith and we are no more a Christian because we are doing the same sin again and again.


C.S. Lewis’ in Mere Christianity says:


“A live body is not one that never gets hurt, but one that to some extent can repair itself. In the same way a Christian is not a man who never goes wrong, but a man who is enabled to repent, and pick himself up and begin over again after each stumble—because the Christ-life is inside him, repairing him all the time, enabling him to repeat (to some degree) the kind of voluntary death which Christ Himself carried out.”


Sin always hurts. But the life of God which resides within us heals the hurts and reapairs itself, as it is the nature and potential attributes of the God-life that works within us because we are His dear children (1 John 3:8-9; 5:11-12). We should understand that falling down and gettings hurt is not the end of our faith life, it is just a process where we learn to live with the weaknesses. We pick ourselves and repent by looking towards God saying, "Lord, I am sorry for doing it again and then we thank Him for His faithfullness for having forgiven us the moment we said sorry (1 John 1:9)." Then we ask for Him to empower us to make us die the voluntary death to our soulish life which Christ has already acheived for us (2 Cor 4:10), which we also carry within us inorder to see the power of His victorious resurrection through us and be known by us (Phil 3:10-11).


When Paul says '[I] carry in my body the dying of Jesus.' In other words it means that "If I welcome the cross and see that it has already put to death the flesh of sinful nature inside me (Rom 6:6, 10-11), then I find myself able to say no to its passion and strong desire that works to deny me from fullfilling the will and destiny that God has for my life (Rom 6:17-19)."


A.W. Tozer beautifully says: "The new cross does not slay the sinner, it redirects him. It gears him into a cleaner and jollier way of living and saves his self-respect... Christ calls men to carry a cross; we call them to have fun in His name... We want to be saved but we insist Christ do all the dying. No cross for us, no dethronement, no dying. We remain king within the little kingdom of Mansoul and wear our tinsel crown with all the pride of a Caesar; but we doom ourselves to shadows and weakness and spiritual sterility." It is one thing to believe to be saved from hell fire, but another thing to take up our cross and live the superabundant life of Jesus on earth as it is heaven.


If we do not understand to say no to all the weaknesses of our soulish fleshy life, we will never come to live the abundant life that God has given to us through Jesus Christ (John 10:10). It is not in our natural strength to say no to all fleshly passion and desires that consumes us most of the time, but it is in the dunamis power of God that is within our new spirit-man which can make it possible under the direction and guidance of the Spirit (1 John 4:4; Rom 8:16).


Many of us feel inadequate and not worthy to serve God after we fall in to our besetting weaknesses. We allow ourselves to think and say to ourselves with this so called unworthy-mindset and say to Abba God like the Lost Prodigal Son, "18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, 19 and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.”’.... 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’" (Luke 15:18-19, 21).


But never forget that it is our Heavenly Abba's goodness that draws us towards him in repentance and that too before we could reach Him (Rom 2:4). The moment we feel sorry and walk toward our Heavenly Father, He runs towards us and reaches us before we could ever reach for Him. He then kisses us with His Presence and embraces us after we repent and come towards Him each time after we fall in to sin nature and run away from Him (Luke 15:20).


He not only accepts us, but he gives us a heavenly party of righteousness, joy and peace in the Holy Spirit each time we come back to Him (Rom 14:17), and then He puts a signet ring of authority to us through already accepting us "in the beloved" (Luke 10:19; Eph 1:6), which makes us rebuke the demonic influences that has made us to sin (Luke 15:22-23). Finally the devil flees away, the sorrow that lasted for a night would have fled away to bring the joy of sunshine in our spiritual walk with God (James 4:7). Our mourining turns to morning, what a joy (Ps 30:5).


Never forget that God does not use us inspite of our weakness, but because of our weakness. The weaknesses in us makes us not to lean on our own strength but the strength of the Lord. When Apostle Paul cried out to God to remove the fleshly soulish and physical weakness from him (1 Cor 9:27; Rom 7:16-17; Gal 4:13), Our Lord Jesus said to him, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in [your] weakness." (2 Cor 12:9). In other words it is like God saying, "I know what your weaknesses are, I do not want to take it away because you cannot see my power operate in you and through you unless it is there. So use my empowerment to overcome it as a conqueror when ever you are tempted to give in to it or fall in to it, and above all don't feel like a failure because you are really a sucessful winner with Me because of your weaknesses."


Just think about all the people whom God used in the times past, Adam was a failure (Gen 3:9-12, 17-19), Noah was a drunk (Gen 9:20-24), Abraham was too old (Gen 17:16-17; 21:2-5), Isaac was a daydreamer (Gen 24:63), Jacob was a liar (Gen 27:12, 19-24), Leah was ugly (Gen 29:17), Joseph was abused (Gen 37:24-36; 39:7-20), Moses had a stuttering problem (Exod 4:10), Gideon was afraid (Jud 6:11, 13, 15, 27), Sampson had long hair and was a womanizer (Jud 13:3-5, 24; 16:1-4), Rahab was a prostitute (Jos 2:1), Jeremiah and Timothy were too young (Jer 1:6-7; 1 Tim 4:12), David had an affair and was a murderer (2 Sam 11:3-4, 14-15), Elijah was suicidal (1 Kings 19:4), Isaiah preached naked (Isaiah 20:2-3), Jonah ran from God (Jonah 1:3), Naomi was a widow (Ruth 1:1-3, 5-22), Job went bankrupt (Job 1:20-21), John the Baptist ate bugs (Matt 3:4), Peter denied Christ (Matt 26:69-75), The Disciples fell asleep while praying (Matt 26:36-44), Martha worried about everything (Luke 10:40-41), The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once (John 4:16-19), Zaccheus was too small (Luke 19:3), Paul was too religious (Phil 3:4-6; Acts 8:1; Acts 23:6; Galatians 1:13-14; 1 Timothy 1:15-16), Timothy had an ulcer (1 Tim 5:23), Lazarus was dead (John 11:17-37)...AND above all Jesus had no comeliness or beauty that we should desire him (Isaiah 53:2)! All these people were chosen and used because they were weak in themselves but strong in God whom they trusted with all their heart, soul, mind and strength.


The next time you feel like God can't use you, just remember that all of these weak people whom we saw God use right through the Bible were really used because they were weak. God is not searching for people who have it in them to do great works for Him, but he is really on the look out for those who are weak enough to cling on to Him desperately as a baby tries to hold on to its parents. God is not impressed with greatness and talents as the world sees it, but God is impressed always with the hopeless who cries for help like a child and clings on to Him in utter helplessness. He sees great potential in all who find nothing but weakness and hopelessness with their own resources. One of the greatest pioneering missionary of the past centuries Hudson Taylor said, "God uses men who are weak and feeble enough to lean on Him." Yes indeed, God truly uses weak men to lean on Him and as a result do mighty exploits for Him.


Charles Spurgeon, who was called as the prince of preachers, said it beautifully, "When a man sees himself to be altogether lost and ruined, covered all over with the defilement of sin, and no part free from pollution; when he disclaims all righteousness of his own, and pleads guilty before the Lord, then is he clean through the blood of Jesus, and the grace of God. When sin is seen and felt it has received its death blow, and the Lord looks with eyes of mercy upon the soul afflicted with it.


Spurgeon continues, "Sin mourned and confessed, however black and foul, shall never shut a man out from the Lord Jesus. Whosoever cometh unto Him, He will in no wise cast out. Though dishonest as the thief, though unchaste as the woman who was a sinner, though fierce as Saul of Tarsus, though cruel as Manasseh, though rebellious as the prodigal, the great heart of love will look upon the man who feels himself to have no soundness in him, and will pronounce him clean, when he trusts in Jesus crucified. Come to Him, then, poor heavy-laden sinner, Come needy, come guilty, come loathsome and bare; You can't come too filthy--come just as you are."


Because our Lord is on the look out for people who are weak and small in their own eyes like a Gideon who threshed wheat in the winepress because of the fear of the enemies who were strong according to the worlds standard (Judges 6:11-14), we have hope who see ourselves as wretched and weak in our own eyes. Actually because God is sending us apsotolically in to the world to affect it with His power, very soon we will come to realise that we are strong in God because of all our weakness and not inspite of it. One of these days our very weaknesses might become a new song in our mouth with the blessed Lyrics, "9 ....Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong." (2 Cor 12:9-10). When the world hears such songs they might mock, but we who have come to the Lord seeking refuge will rise up in His glory and power to shine forth as 'Apostolics in Christ' of our generation.


We need constant encounter with God like Jacob had, time after time in each season's of our life to realise that we are indeed weak. If the Lord had not touched the thigh of Jacob to dislocate it in order for him to limp, he would never have trusted God's supernatural ability to protect, preserve and prosper him or be blessed by God Almighty to become a 'Israel' which means 'Prince with God' (Gen 32:24-29).


Our weakness in us transforms us from being a 'liar' Jacob to Israel the 'Prince of God' (Gen 32:28). The realisation of our weakness and our inability to please God by our own strength will always precede our transformation from "glory to glory" (2 Cor 12:9-10; Rom 12:1-2; 2 Cor 3:18).


Conclusion:


"Weaknesses! How we dread and fear them; how we allow it to take us out of His glorious way!
But the Master never planned that we should fall beneath their sway.
Paul made weaknesses serve him, made them glorify his Lord;
He boasted in his weaknesses till he could say, filled to full with His power today;
He turned each weaknesses into blessing as he boldly preached the Word eachday.
'These things turned to my advantage,' this old warrior oft would say.
'For our good they work together,' though they seem to shroud the day."


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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Apostolic Article #1



Dearly Beloved worldwide family member of the 'Household of Faith (Gal 6:6c),

Greetings to you in the matchless Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ! I really welcome you all who have newly joined in this 'Apostolics in Christ' group from the BOTTOM OF MY HEART. Thank you for joining in this family of faith and I pray for all of you to be blessed in such a way that you start to live as a light and a salt in this dark and tasteless spirituality of our end times.

Apostolic Blessings to all our existing Household members! The word 'Household' means FAMILY. I hope you all are doing wonderfully well. I pray this month of September bring GOD'S PERFECT REST AND COMFORT in EVERY AREA OF YOUR LIFE. May the Lord's blessing be upon you.

I would like you to read and understand the 'Royal Lineage of God' within us, so that we can learn to live like the royals of God in the "Household of Faith' in the coming days for the glory of God!!! So read, enjoy and be blessed in Jesus Name! Don't forget saints, I love you and Jesus loves us all!



.....................7 Highly Effective Eagle Habits from the Bible.....................






One facet of the face of God is an eagle face which each of the four living creatures named as Cherubim had. They are placed around the throne of God to protect its holiness and proclaim the glory of God when it is revealed to them (Ezek 1:3-10; 10:15; Rev 4:6-10). Each time the living creatures revealed a facet of God, we see the elders who represent the Church of God fall down before God and worship Him by casting their crowns (Rev 4:9-11). In other words, when ever they realised their royal identity that God has lavished upon them, they humbled themselves before God and give Him all the glory for what He has given them because of His benevolence. Lack of revelation always deprecates the glory due to God, but abundant revelation glorifies God. The eagles represented the royalty of God. Because we are God's children adopted in to His great lineage of royalty, we are called in the Bible as "a royal priesthood", "kings" and "His own special people" (1 Peter 2:9; Rev 1:6). As God children we need to know deeply about this kingly lineage that we have and need to remind ourselves of it especially when we feel as worthless trash because of the devil's soulish ideas that come from the third rated world system of governance. Royals are always taught to behave and live in a royal way, which is totally different from the way people live outside of it. We also need to teach ourselves to think, live and behave like the royalty of God's family when we live in this world. We are in the world but not of the world (John 17:11, 16).


We are going to know about the eagle, because God has called us to be one with such royal characteristics to exhibit as long as we live on this earth. Because we are the ones who have a royal character of an eagle with in us, we just need to learn what is inside us and remind ourselves of it when we feel otherwise. You might have heard about a story of an eagle egg which was placed in the crow's nest and got hatched by it. The eaglet did not know that it is an eagle and stayed with the crow in the lower altitude thinking of a crow by being with them. One day when it saw an eagle trying to attack the crow flocks, something within it said, soar higher and the eagle will get scared. Once the eaglet believed it can, it went after the attacking eagle higher and higher in to the high places, till it surrendered to the young energetic eagle. Surprised by the power within it, the young eagle left the crow flocks forever to live in the higher altitude of greatness and royalty. In the same way we as believers not knowing the royal lineage of our God has been living in the crow crowd of wordly people in the low altitude of the earth. But I believe as you come to understand the eagle face of the royalty of our Heavenly Father, you too will soon believe you can and begin to soar high in your spirit in to the heavenly mindedness of our God and live perpetually in the lifestyle of royalty. The crow based earthly low altitude thinking of the old man in thrown away and replaced with the "I can do all things through Christ" (Phil 4:13) renewed high altitude heavenly thinking of the eagle for the glory of God (Eph 4:22-24). Remember the apostolic exhortation of Apsotle Paul to soar in to high places by setting our minds on things above (Col 3:1-2).


1. Eagles Flock Together


As the old saying goes, "Birds of like feathers flock together". Eagles do not mix with other birds but always only enjoys to fly in the high altitude of the eagle only. We as the children God are told not to forsake the assembling of saints but come together and encourage each other to live a royal lifestyle of God with other believers. This royal character of our heavenly Father and lifestyle is the heavenly attitude of high altitude sermon of Jesus on the mount (Heb 10:25; 3:13; 1 Thess 5:11; Matt 5:1-48). Also like Jesus, Moses and many other saints of the past, we go alone and pray with the Heavenly Father (Matt 6:6; Exod 24:15, 18; Luke 6:12). We soar alone in the spirit realm with God the Father many times.


2. Eagles Sees a Long Distance Prey or Enemy


Eagles have strong vision and so are able to identify its prey and focusses on it until it gets the prey and at the same time it is able to see from afar its enemy the snakes trying to sneak in to its nest in order to steal its egg or to kill its young ones. Though eagles build its nest on high rocks and places, snakes have a tendency and ability to climb it. But the strong vision of eagles keeps the enemies away from its nest. We as the children of God are focussed on our reward which is to kill the unbelief, sorrow, depression and eat the positive things of peace, joy and righteouness as a result of killing it (Isa 61:2-3; Rom 14:17). The demons and devils have a tendency and ability to attack our nest which is our home, finance, relationships, health, spiritual well being and soulish wholeness (1 Peter 5:8). The demonic realm of principalities, powers and rulers of the darkness of this age who are trying to steal, kill and destroy our abundant life of God within our families, loved ones and our community, we see by the foresight and strong vision of God from far off and start to resist it by attacking it, the enemy who tries to come in will become scared and flee away (John 10:10; Eph 6:12; James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:9-10). The Lord will reveal the plans of the enemy within our spiritual foresight like for the prophet Elisha. When the Lord reveals the plans of the enemies of our soul in advance to us, the enemy will become frustrated, powerless and confused till they can no more attack us who are the people of God (2 Kings 6:23; Matt 4:11; Luke 4:13). This has recently happened to me in my life too. The Lord showed the enemy trying to kill a lukewarm believer whom I know very well in a vision. I prayed for him to be shown mercies and had peace after that. Afterwards I met his mother a few weeks later and she told that this particular believer met with an accident and if not for God's grace would have died on that spot itself. I told her the time that it might have occured and she said that it was the same time he met with an accident. I praise God for the strong vision of royalty he gives to us in various times which outwits the enemies plans completely.


3. Eagles Do Not Eat Dead Things


Eagles never consume dead things but vultures do. Because we are the ones with the royal characteristics of an eagle within us, Jesus said, "55 For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. 56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me." (John 6:55-57). His blood that we drink is our faith in the saving blood of Jesus and the flesh of Jesus that we eat is the words that He has spoken to us which we keep in our lives (Matt 26:26-28; John 6:63; 10:27; 14:15). We the believers are the one who eat fresh flesh of Jesus' words from heaven through the Holy Spirit's teachings which always makes us live His life on earth royally (John 1:14; 6:63; 11:26; 1 Cor 2:13).


4. Eagles Loves the Storm


Eagles are the only birds that loves the strom. When all other birds try to flee from the storm and hide itself from the fierceness of it, eagles fly in to it and will use the wind of the strom to rise higher in a fraction of seconds. It uses the pressure of the storm to glide higher without using its own energy. It is able to do this because God has created it uniquely with an ability to lock its wings in a fixed position, in the midst of the fierce storm winds. After a certain period of experiencing storms face to face, the eagles love to play in the storms. The storms in life that we as God's royal eagles face are trials, tribulations and temptations (John 16:33; James 1:12). As we face the stormy wind of afflictions in life, the Holy Spirit helps us lock our mind in a fixed position with the grace of God through faith in the finished work of the Cross, which helps us not to spend our energy but just stay in the storm and enjoy the lift and height of heavenly mindedness in a greater and greater altitude (1 Cor 10:13; Eph 6:16; 1 Peter 5:9-10; Phil 4:7). After a period of time we start to love the trials because of the positive things of peace that we are able to experience in the storm and the heavenly after effects of being lifted in to great height of spirituality and ecstacy in believing (1 Peter 1:8), which would not have been possible without it. This is the reason Apostle James said, "2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing" (James 1:2-4). We as a person of royalty need to take a quality decision of accepting trials willingly with joy because it lifts us in to higher altitude of spirituality without us wasting even an ounce of energy. After we start to use all the manuveres in the midst of stroms, we will surely say, "Bring it on with a stout chest and our head held high".


5. Eagles Tests Before Trusting


The female eagle during courtship always takes a male one in to the air after picking up a twig from the ground and go to a certain height and will drop it for the male to chase it. Once the male catches hold of it and brings back, the female flies in to a higher altitude and drops it in the same way. This is repeated until the female gets an assurance that the male one has mastered the art of seriously picking up the twigs in real love and affection. Once they get hooked up in trust, the father and the mother eagle mate for life. And they work together as parents. Apostle Paul made it clear that we must enter the kingdom of God's parental and a lover's joy, peace and righteousness only through tribulations (2 Tim 3:12; Acts 14:22; Rom 14:17). God tests us through various trials in order to test our love for the Lord and purify it by making us learn obedience through suffering (Ps 66:10; Heb 5:8). God tested Abraham before he trusted Him as his dear friend for eternity (Gen 22:1, 9-12, 16-17; Is 41:8; James 2:21-23). Some of us try to test God like the grumbling Israelites did, which is totally a wrong attitude that arises out of our sinful soulish mind (Exod 17:7). God must be trusted because he is perfect (Matt 5:48), we need to be tested because we are imperfect beings who need to be purified through various trials, tempatation and tribulations in order to be made perfect (Rom 5:3-5; Deut 8:16; Mal 3:3). Once the tests are over, God trusts us and establishes us for eternity ahead (1 Peter 5:9-10). This is a royal courtship with God that we must undergo in order to be establised for eternity.


6. Eagles Trains it's Children to Maturity


Eagles always builds its nest on high places where the enemies cannot easily reach. God always sets his weak amd lowly in mind children's in high places far above the reach of the enemy by His sovereign power (Matt 5:3-4; Job 5:11; Ps 91:14). The male eagles pick up thorns and lays it on the cliff as an outer shell of protection and then it brings twigs to form another layer over it for ruggedness and agility. And again it places a layer of thorns over it for the nest to withstand enemies penetration and then places a layer of soft-grass just before the inner most layer of rugs which completes the nest. The finishing touches for the nest is completed with its feathers kept over the outermost layers of rugs. In the life of Joseph his circumstances and his place of stay was full of thorns. He was thrown in to a well by his own brothers because of jealousy and was sold to some nomadic Arabians as a commodity, who again took him to Egypt and was resold as a slave to an officer of the Pharaoh. From there he was thrown in to a prison where his feet were hurt by the fetters and was laid in irons for no fault of his (Ps 105:17-18). The presence of God and His grace were the feathers that was always present all around Joseph which kept him inside the nest of thorns where he prospered and did not bleed to death by the thorns of his circumstances (Gen 39:2, 21, 23). When we go through the times of hardship and trials for no reason of our mistake, God covers us with His feathers and protects us under the shelter of His wings. And only there we find our refuge and His faithfulness becomes out shield and rampart in the midst of all our throny and harsh circumstances (Ps 91:1-4).


Both male and female eagles participate in raising the eagle family. She lays the eggs and protects them; he builds the nest and hunts. All the members of the Trinity participate in the royal training of all believers. The Father loved us and sent His only begotten Son to transfer us in to the kingdom of His Son Jesus Christ (Col 1:13), the Son of God died on behalf of us redemptively and qualified us to be participants of the training of the royals (Col 1:14, 21) and the Holy Spirit works as the agent executive and facilitator in ministering the training course of the royals (John 14:26; 1 John 2:27).


While in training the mother eagle will thrown the eaglets outside of its nest and the eaglets will get scared and will always try to come back in to the comfort zone of the nest. Slowly the eagle will begin to remove the feather, rugs and soft grass inside its nest step by step so that the eaglets can be trained to fly like them. The eaglets may feel that their mother and father are doing cruel things to them as they feel the thorns prick them and make them bleed. Many times we as believers try to stay in the comfort zone of the old season that the Lord has kept us to grow for a time. But the Lord takes us in to situations that may seem very cruel as we start to bleed because of the hardship of thorns we face in the new season, but the Lord's motive in doing it is to make ours fears flee and teach us to soar in faith. Because of the thorns we feel inside the comfort zone of our old and outdated season, we slowly jump out in to the new season like the eaglets jump out of the thorny nest.


Then the mother eagle pushes them off the cliff of their nest into the air. As they shriek in fear, father eagle flies out and picks them up on his back before they fall, and brings them back to the cliff. This goes on for sometime until they start flapping their wings. God said to the Israelites who faced consistent trials, tribulations and time of great testings in the transitory time of wilderness, "You have seen what I did to the Egyptians. You know how I carried you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself." (Exod 19:4, NLT). God also said to them, "9 For the LORD’s portion is His people...10 He found him in a desert land...a howling wilderness; He encircled him, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye. 11 As an eagle stirs up its nest, Hovers over its young, spreading out its wings, taking them up, Carrying them on its wings, 12 So the LORD alone led him.... 13 “He made him ride in the heights of the earth, that he might eat the produce of the fields; He made him draw honey from the rock, and oil from the flinty rock" ( Deut 32:9-13). God always throws us off from the familiar surroundings during the transitory time between the old and new season. This makes us to get caught in a great fall off guard and suddenly we feel as though we are going to die because of the great fall, but instead we are safely taken in to His wings of our Heavenly Abba Daddy to find comfort from all our fear. Slowly we start to enjoy the fall and the fresh air knowing that we will be taken by the safe wings of God each time. As we fall like the eaglets in to great trials and fall, the blood of Jesus starts to flow inside our wings and strengthens our faith in the protecting soveriegn hand of the Lord over our life. The great things that happens during this time is that we learn to live in the so called danger of fall by our faith and also we specially start to enjoy the trials and tribulation (Rom 5:3-5; James 1:2-4). Fear of the fall flies away because of trusting in God's love and sovereign protection and we soar consistently flapping the wings of faith and learn to stay that way without toiling (1 John 4:18-19; Gal 5:6; Heb 4:3).


7. Eagles Retires Until New Feathers Grow


When the eagles get older and weak because of the worn out feathers which slows down its flight speed and manueveres, the eagles retires away in the rocks and will pluck away all its old feathers until it is completely bare. It waits until a new set of feather grows and comes out of his body. It stays in the hiding place until all the new feathers comes back to make it fly dynamically and royally again without much effort or toil. Likewise, we take of our old man of soulish self after a season of flying in faith and wait in the presence of the Lord to make us rise up with the new feathers of faith from the new man by renewing our minds with the word of God (Eph 4:22-24). This is what Apostle Paul spoke about when he said, "8 But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him" (Col 3:8-10). We need to wait upon the Lord in constant prayer of the secret hiding place of God's presence inorder to be renewed with new feathers and be strengthened to mount up and soar again like young eagles in faith (Is 40:31; Ps 32:7; 119:114; 31:20; Matt 6:6).


May we all live royally as an eagle and soar in our faith for the glory of God in our end time generation!


Apostolically Yours in His Sevice,

Abraham Israel



...........................God Bless You All................................


Please Note:

I would like you all to please participate in the discussion board where all of the important questions of faith can be learned by sharing our thoughts in it. It is a way in which the fellow worldwide 'Household of Faith' members can share their knowledge of God and also learn from other family members to increase in their faith (Rom 10:17). In this regard I would like to remind you of the exhortation of Apostle Peter who said, "Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord" (2 Peter 1:2). In other words as we participate to know more of Jesus through the discussion of His Word, grace and peace wil increase proportionately in our lives. The Discussion topic is : 'WHAT IS GOD'S VIEW ON ABORTION?' - Click the link to have your say, http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=107991784900&topic=13530

Also Just Drop in to the Group at least once in a while to say HI! to all the family Members of Faith and your comments and feedback will always encourage each one of us in our walk with our LORD - Click the link to see the wall of Our Group 'Apostolics in Christ' and write a few words of love - http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=107991784900


Published on (Wednesday, September 22, 2010)


Friday, August 13, 2010

Apostolic Devotional #1







...............The New Beginning.....................


Dearly Beloved worldwide family member of the 'Household of Faith (Gal 6:10c),

Greetings to you in the matchless Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ! I really welcome you all who have joined in this 'Apostolics in Christ' group from the BOTTOM OF MY HEART. Thank you for joining in this family of faith and I pray for all of you to be blessed in such a way that you start to live as a light and a salt in this dark and tasteless spirituality of our end times.

I hope that you are all doing wonderfully by His GRACE! I would like to remind you with a promise that I believe that the Lord is releasing in the heavenlies in this special month. I am so excited about it. You may be asking by this time, what is it that you are speaking about? The Lord says, "This is a new beginning for many in the ministry, personal life, job and in many other areas that you have been praying for years. This is the 8th month [i.e. August] of this year. 8 is the number of new beginning. It is 7 plus 1. Hence it is the number specially associated with Resurrection and Regeneration, and the beginning of a new era and order. I am bringing a NEW beginning in your ATTITUDE, DESIRE and THE SUPER ABUNDANT VICTORIOUS LIFE OF CHRIST IN YOU. Look forward with expectation for surprises from the throne of God and keep praising ME for the breakthrough that I am going to give in advance."

I stir you up all with this promise to hold on this new month, “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I WILL DO A NEW THING, NOW it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I WILL even MAKE A ROAD in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The beast of the field will honor Me, the jackals and the ostriches, because I GIVE WATERS in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, TO GIVE DRINK TO MY PEOPLE, MY CHOSEN” (Isaiah 43:18-20). Your breakthrough is just before you friends, brothers and sisters. It is like you taking the last step before the miracle you have prayed for, cried for and waited for breaks forth before you. Praise the Lord!

Satan will try his best to stop you from believing and aborting the plans of God for your lives (John 10:10). He and his demonic minions know that you are unstoppable because of the faith that God has given you and which you have worked out until this season (1 John 5:4). To hold on and believe in faith for the breakthrough, God gave a confirmation promise saying, "FEAR NOT, O land; BE GLAD and REJOICE, For THE LORD WILL DO GREAT THINGS" (joel 2:21). Here we see 3 things that we need to remind ourselves in this coming months and even years ahead, where there will be a great spiritual warfare intiated by Satanic cohorts in the heavenlies because of the NEW BEGINNING that God is bringing in to every one's lives, you need to deal in the physical realm when it manifests.

Don't Forget to Do the Following 3 Things Without Fail,

1) Do not allow yourself to become fearful of any circumstances that arises suddenly. But talk to yourself by saying, '...tell your name and then say....FEAR NOT O MIGHTY MAN/WOMAN OF VALOUR, THE LORD IS WITH YOU' (1 sam 30:6; Jud 6:12).

2) Choose to rejoice in God by seeing all the positive things that are going to happen in your lives because God has promised you a NEW BEGINNING in the coming days ahead (Phil 4:4). Rejoice in faith and be still with out allowing youself to become anxious by praying continuously because of the hopeless situations that you see around you (Ps 46:10; Phil 4:6-7). Never forget that Jesus is inside the boat of your heart even though storms may be blowing outside (Matt 8:23-27).

3) You don't have to even try to fulfill the destiny and dreams that God has given you in the season ahead, but the LORD Himself will walk in to all your hopeless situations and fight for you in HIS TIME and bring your destiny to fullfillment as years go by (Psa 105:19; Is 45:2; 52:12; Exodus 23:23).

May the Lord's Grace empower you and carry you as you apply these principles in this new season of your life saints (2 Cor 13:14). God Bless you greatly with His great grace and favour in this season of NEW BEGINNING, just like Jesus was in His life when he lived on this planet earth (Acts 4:33; Luke 2:52). In the next letter I will be continuing with the topic of New Beginning...so get ready for living this new kingdom lifestyle of joy, peace and righteousness ahead (Rom 14:17)! I am sending a wonderful devotional article named, 'What is Your Heart Desire?'. So read, enjoy and be blessed in Jesus Name! Don't forget saints, I love you and Jesus loves us all!

Apostolically Yours in His Sevice,

Abraham Israel



...............What is Your Heart Desire?.......................


These days as spiritual things gets commercialised just like any other market commodities in the business, we as Christians have truly lost what it means to be in relationship and intimacy with Jesus. The saints of old longed for fellowship with God, this was the greatness in life they intensely desired after. Loving Jesus in an intimate way will make our hearts tender and will lead us to love others unconditionally (Matt 18:3; 1 John 4:20-21). This is what made the apostles who were sold out lovers of Jesus to share through their apostolic letters, how we as the child of God can have a tangible fellowship daily with Jesus (1 John 1:3; 1 Cor 1:9). The apostles were men full of joy and swam being drunk in the Spirit (1 John 1:4; Eph 5:18). These apostolic men hardly were able to remember their miseries of life because they were too drunk in the Spirit of Christ to remember it (Prov 31:7; Rom 8:9).

They were too addicted and enraptured to the contagious and ecstatic Joy that they experienced daily in fellowship with Jesus, they were not able to clearly express to people what makes them experience such heavenly life on earth and finally told to the people to believe the word of God to experience such Joy in their lives too (1 Peter 1:8; Acts 3:19). They never thought that they were sacrificing their life greatly for God, but they considered the ministry that they were doing as a privilege that God has given it to them mercifully because of His great unconditional love toward them (1 Tim 1:12).

The one thing that the apostles consistently desired in their lives was to live like Jesus lived on earth. They wanted to speak like Jesus, behave like Jesus, love like Jesus, eat like Jesus, sleep like Jesus, walk like Jesus and die like Jesus. In other words, they wanted their heart to beat the same way like Jesus. They had great apostolic family and fellow apostles around them, but they never looked on to their lives as any examples to emulate in their lives (1 Cor 11:1). Their eyes were fixed on Jesus and consistently exhorted the apostolic believers to live like they lived because of the qulaity of abundant life they experienced (Heb 12:2). The one desire that the apostles had in the recesses of their heart for the believers was to take their lives as a pattern to walk, be intimate with Jesus, walk in the joy of the Lord that is set before them always and set themselves as an example for others to follow (Phil 3:17; Phil 4:4).

These men knew what it means when the Bible says, "Much water may not put out love, or the deep waters overcome it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would be judged a price not great enough." (Sos 8:7, BBE). They gave up their possesions, status, frienships, comfort and even their time spent with their family to follow this embodiment of love whose name is Jesus (Matt 19:27; Phil 3:7-8). If we ask the question, what did they find in Jesus that they were willing to lose their very life for Him? In Jesus they found the true meaning for the existence of life. They found a passion for living that they did not find anywhere in the world. In short, by willingly losing interest in all the temporal things which they held as something of great value in their past life, they found out the very reason for the existence of life on earth (Matt 10:39; John 14:6). This is why the only man who was called by God as the one after His own heart said this wonderful statement, "Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise You!" (Psa 63:3, NLT).

The true mark of a man of God is not how big and powerful their ministries are, but how devoted they are to Jesus in this life. This is the scale of measurement that should be used to measure a man or a woman of God.

Read the following devotion of the great man of God Thomas O. Chisholm and his desire to be like Jesus that drove him in to deeper intimacy with Jesus and be inspired to follow Jesus with the heart beat that he has expressesed in the following poem,


I have one deep supreme desire,
That I may be like Jesus.
To this I fervently aspire,
That I may be like Jesus.


I want my heart His throne to be,
So that a watching world may see
His likeness shining forth in me;
I want to be like Jesus.


Oh, perfect life of Christ my Lord,
I want to be like Jesus.
My recompense and my reward,
That I may be like Jesus.


His Spirit fill my hung'ring soul,
His power all my life control;
My deepest pray'r, my highest goal,
That I may be like Jesus.


-- Thomas O. Chisholm


My question to you is, 'Are you longing for fellowship and intimacy with Jesus?' I praise God if you really are, other wise I advice you to change priority and spend your time with Jesus daily (Eccl 12:13). At the end of your small life that God has given you (Ps 90:10), all that matters will be how much time have you spend with Jesus alone. The out of this world retirement benefits awaits you if you are really intimate with Jesus now. The supernatural heavenly world's joy, empowerment and satisfaction is yours, if you continue to carry your cross that Jesus has given you in order to be yoked with Him and fullfill His plan for your life (Matt 10:38-39; Mark 8:34-35; Luke 14:26-27).


...........................God Bless You All................................


Please Note:

I would like you all to participate in the discussion board where all of the important questions of faith can be learned by sharing our thoughts in it. It is a way in which the fellow worldwide 'Household of Faith' members can share their knowlege of God and also learn from other family members to increase in their faith (Rom 10:17). In this regard I would like to remind you of the exhortation of Apostle Peter who said, "Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord" (2 Peter 1:2). In other words as we participate to know more of Jesus, grace and peace wil increase proportionately in our lives. 

The Discussion topic is :'Is Binding Satan Biblically Right?' - Click the link to have your say, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Abraham-Israel/199111139427?v=app_2373072738&ref=sgm#!/topic.php?uid=199111139427&topic=16228

Also Just Drop in to the Group at least once in a while to say HI! to all the family Members of Faith and your comments and feedback will always encourage each on of us in our walk with our LORD.


Click the link to see the wall of Our Group 'Apostolics in Christ' and write a few words of love - http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=107991784900


Published on (Tuesday, August 17, 2010)