Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 02 June 2016
Read: Romans 13:8
As Paul begins to exhort brethren concerning the debt of love that Christians owe one another, He said, "Owe no man anything." So can we borrow money? The Bible allows lending and borrowing in times of real need (Deut. 15:7-8; Ps. 37:26; Ex. 22:25). But it discourages us from being in debt, for a man's debt would make him servile before the lender (cf. Deut. 15:6; 28:12,44; Prov. 22:7). The Bible also warns against taking responsibility for the debts of others...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 01 June 2016
Read: Psalm 18:30
David looks back at his experience of God's unerring guidance and protection as he endured many dreadful troubles, and now declares, "As for God, his way is perfect". David does not complain against God for all his troubles, but glorifies Him with his testimony that God's ways are perfect. He stands up for God, and declares the perfection of the divine providence...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 31 May 2016
Read: Hebrews 13:7a
This is an exhortation that is intended to guard our hearts from wandering away from the divine truths that God has given to us through men who faithfully served Him among His people. It would be tragic if we forget God's faithful servants who gave us His truth, and follow after those who teach contrary to the truth of God's Word. This is why in Acts 20:29-30, the Apostle Paul warned the Ephesian elders, "For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 30 May 2016
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 29 May 2016
Read: John 1:10
ccording to John, Jesus Christ, who was with God from all eternity (v.1), "was in the world". This certainly refers to Christ's incarnation, coming to this world in the form of a man, and dwelling among men. The One, who was invisible to man, has revealed Himself to them. What a great wonder it was that the eternal Son of God has come into this world! He was in this world, which was "made by him...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 28 May 2016
Read: Hebrews 13:5a
Christians must be careful to avoid covetousness in life. It is a pernicious sin. The prophet Habakkuk said, "Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil!" (Hab. 2:9). In other words, one who lives covetously to secure a life of ease, which is free from troubles, would only invite greater troubles to his house...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 27 May 2016
Read: 1 Peter 5:5b
ot only the younger Christians should submit unto the elder, but all should submit one to another. This is a very remarkable instruction that, if practised by everyone in the church, would help her to enjoy great peace and progress in the work of the Lord. It is the golden rule for church unity and the kingdom advancement...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 26 May 2016
Read: Proverbs 15:23
his saying is set in the context of having wise counsellors. There is great profitability in listening to men who can provide wise advice about matters of life, whether it be spiritual or mundane matters.
It is also God's will concerning us that every Christian be wise in speech to exhort and edify one another. God has great expectation concerning His people's communication with one another. He wants them to cultivate wise speech...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 25 May 2016
Read: Colossians 1:11
This is a portion of Paul's prayer for Colossian Christians. What a needful prayer! Paul was aware that a Christian, unless endued with strength of his Almighty God, will not be able to persevere in his life of faith and service. Every Christian needs to be empowered with the Omnipotent's strength, which is infinitely greater than his own strength. A Christian's personal strength is not equal to his challenges. Jesus said, "without me ye can do nothing...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 24 May 2016
Read: 1 Corinthians 15:55
Two types of feelings about death is expressed in these rhetorical questions by the Apostle Paul - the feelings of those who have not received the Lord Jesus as their Saviour, and also of those who have received Him by faith as their Saviour.
People's general sentiment about death is described here as something with a "sting" that results in "victory" over us. The allusion seems to be the venomous sting of a reptile...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 23 May 2016
Read: 1 Peter 1:25
This verse begins with a solemn declaration about the enduring nature of Holy Scripture. The adversative "But" at the beginning of the verse indicates that the enduring nature of Scripture is presented in contrast to the withering nature of man expressed in the previous verse. Man and his glory perish like the flower of grass, but God's Word abides and lives forever...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 22 May 2016
Read: Hebrews 7:25a
The Lord Jesus Christ "is able to save". He is mighty to save, for He is our divine saviour. Titus 2:13 refers to Him as "the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ" (cf. Tit. 2:10; 1 Tim 1:1). Jude 1:25 refers to Jesus Christ as "the only wise God our Saviour" to whom belongs "glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever". As the omnipotent God, Jesus Christ has immeasurable power to save sinners from their sins and eternal condemnation. In Isaiah 45:22, He says, "Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 21 May 2016
Read: John 15:5b
There is great assurance for everyone who wants to triumph over his spiritual failures, dullness and fruitless condition. Here, Jesus gives to every Christian the most essential key to living a fruitful life. He gives everyone, who is discouraged and despondent over his failures, reasons to cheer himself in anticipation of a fruitful life...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 20 May 2016
Read: John 12:26
Owhat great honour is promised to all who serve Christ according to His good and perfect will revealed in His Word! How wonderful to hear it from the lips of our blessed Lord and Saviour! He will certainly do what He said. O how tenderly, graciously the Lord deals with His servants! How amazing it is that in the midst of His great agony, He thought about cheering His troubled servants by telling them of the honour that His Father will bestow upon them...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 19 May 2016
Read: Titus 2:7
In this chapter, Paul gives Titus various instructions that he should inculcate in the lives of believers of various age groups. He was to instruct aged men to be sober, grave, and temperate (v.2); the aged women to be holy and be teachers of good things to younger women (vv.3,4) ; the younger women to be home-makers who love of their husbands and children according to God's Word (vv.4,5); and the younger men to be sober minded...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 18 May 2016
Read: Colossians 1:14
Here our salvation is referred to as "redemption" in Christ. The word "redemption" refers to securing of one's release or freedom by the payment of a price, which was known as "ransom". Redeeming salves and prisoners of war by paying a ransom was common in the ancient world. So "redemption" is freedom purchased. It also presupposes the condition of detention from which there is no escape until the ransom is paid...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 17 May 2016
Read: Psalm 23:6b
David was a man who always desired to be in "the house of the LORD." In the house of the LORD, he rejoiced in the goodness and mercies of the LORD. Worship, songs, testimonies, the meditation of His Word, prayers, and all other activities in the LORD's house granted him the greatest joy he experienced in this world. In Psalm 5:7, he uttered, "But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 16 May 2016
Read: Psalm 23:1
Psalm 23 is a psalm in which David expresses his personal faith in the LORD. So he said with absolute conviction, "The LORD is my shepherd". No doubt that the LORD is the shepherd of Israel (cf. Psalm 80:1). However, it was David's own faith and conviction that the LORD is also his shepherd.
David trusted in the great name of his God with total assurance of heart. The name "the LORD" is the great Jehovah, the great I AM that I AM...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 15 May 2016
Read: Psalm 27:10
It is possible that one's parents may forsake him. In fact, it does happen. Jesus did warn of such betrayals. "Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 14 May 2016
Read: 1 John 5:21
The Apostle John begins his final exhortation of his first epistle by addressing believers, "Little children." This is his characteristic affectionate mode of addressing believers. About 8 times in this epistle, John used the salutation "little children" (1 Jn. 2:1,12-13,18,28; 3:7,18; 4:4; 5:21). With tender affection, the apostle here warned believers concerning the danger of "idols...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 13 May 2016
Read: Proverbs 3:12
The Scriptures often ascribe the paternal relation to the LORD's dealings with His people. In the text for today's devotion, the LORD's corrective measures are depicted as that of a loving father. The idea of God's paternal correction is evidently taken from Deuteronomy 8:5, "Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that as a man chasteneth his son, so the Lord thy God chasteneth thee...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 12 May 2016
Read: Luke 6:28
It is so natural for us to feel bitter toward those who hurt us, whether verbally or physically. Revenge seems to be the sweetest response to those who ill-treat or injure us. While it is so natural for us to use all our powers to repel injuries and to punish those that are against us; our Lord Jesus says, "Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 11 May 2016
Read: Psalm 19:7b
Here David refers to the Scriptures as "the testimony of the LORD". In many other places also, the Scripture refers to itself as the testimony of the LORD. For instance, Psalm 119 refers to the Scripture about 23 times as the "testimony" or "testimonies" of the LORD. The Hebrew word for "testimony" (ʿēdût) used here means "that which is borne witness to". The Scripture is the LORD's testimony because it is His own affirmation of all things that are recorded in it. The Bible is a divine witness. All that is revealed in the Scriptures is God's own true report...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 10 May 2016
Read: Revelation 3:19
When Christ rebuked the church in Laodecia with stern and severe words, He wanted them to know that it is His love for them that resulted in such sharp words of rebuke. He said, "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten." To rebuke one's sins is not being unjustly captious or fault-finding. It is neither some kind of hypocritical nitpicking that is done with impatient, bitter, retaliatory spirit. Its actual intent is not to destroy a good person or a good action....
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 09 May 2016
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 08 May 2016
Read: Isaiah 45:6b
The Lord through the Prophet Isaiah declares Himself to be the Supreme Sovereign, who has no match or equal anywhere. The LORD is the undisputed King. Even the new powerful king, Cyrus of Persia, who would crush and conquer the might of great Babylon, would serve the LORD. Irrespective of his exploits and subjugation of the world's powerful kings and princes, Cyrus would be under the LORD's dominion (Cf. Isa. 44:28; 45:1-4). Cyrus would act just as God commanded him...
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