What a christian should do ? – Take the Word of God Sword

ATTENTION

Is it enough for us to live like this? What will be the end of this journey? Whether we study Word of God or not, our judgement will be based on each and every Word of God written. Your excuses like I didn’t know, I didn’t read, none told me about Word of God have  no value before God.

If any of you sin without knowing it, doing any of the things that by theLord’s commandments ought not to be done, you have incurred guilt, and are subject to punishment. (Leviticus 5:17)

Think ! Do we try to learn and spread the Word of God with the Church? Do we spend money and energy for this? Is not God gave the wealth and health for this also? Could we not save more souls, if we tried and utilised the chances and time God gave according to our life status?

Let us awake…. Join with the church  to learn and spread the Word of God, Word of God Live.

if you seek it like silver,
    and search for it as for hidden treasures— (Proverbs 2:4)

What should we do?

 1. Read Bible daily. Remember Word of God day and night. Live in Word of God.

This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to act in accordance with all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall be successful. (Joshua 1:8)

  1. Teach children Word of God with full concentration. Make a habit of speaking Word of God always.

Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. (Deuteronomy 6:7)

  1. Carry the Holy Bible with pride wherever you go for spiritual related work.

Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, (Deuteronomy 6:8)

  1. Buy and give one Holy Bible to each and everyone in the family. Make awareness among children that work without Word of God is vain.

Unless the Lord builds the house,
    those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord guards the city,
    the guard keeps watch in vain. (Psalms 127:1)

  1.  Use quotations from Bible Whenever get a chance to speak.

This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; (Joshua 1:8)

  1. Spend money and work hard for distributing Bible and also arranging proclamation of Word of God.

Do not be ashamed, then, of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God, (2 Timothy 1:8)

  1. Ensure and decide that will only listen, read and distribute booklets, books which are approved and attached with the  church.

10 Do not receive into the house or welcome anyone who comes to you and does not bring this teaching; 11 for to welcome is to participate in the evil deeds of such a person. (2 John 10-11)

Think about above and try to follow. Spread the Word of God.

Inspiration and Courtesy – Malayalam Book written by Fr. Xavier Khan Vattayil, Sehion Retreat Centre, Attappady, Kerala State, India.

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Word of God is not for self explanation – Take the Word of God Sword

Holy Bible20 He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the ages for your sake. 21 Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God. (1 peter 1:20-21)

You might have attended many retreats and have received blessings of Holy Spirit. That doesn’t mean that your explanations about Bible verses are complete.  Spiritual knowledge and power of explanation about the Word of God is lying with church (magisterium) If we have surely the Holy Spirit in us, then we will never try to explain the Word of God as per our knowledge and belief beyond the mainstream of the Apostolic Church.

For we are not peddlers of God’s word like so many; but in Christ we speak as persons of sincerity, as persons sent from God and standing in his presence. (2 Corinthians 2:17)

Word of God should preach only with purity and attached with the Apostolic Church.

But even if we or an angel from heaven should proclaim to you a gospel contrary to what we proclaimed to you, let that one be accursed! As we have said before, so now I repeat, if anyone proclaims to you a gospel contrary to what you received, let that one be accursed! (Galatians 1:8-9)

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)

After reading Word of God, do not speak explain whatever you like. Handle Word of God properly.  Be a good servant of Christ, good preacher of the Word of God with maturity, purity and attached with the magisterium of the Apostolic Church.

Model of St. Paul

for I did not receive it from a human source, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. (Galatians 1:12)

God gave everything to St. Paul through revelation. Still he presented it before other apostles and humbly evaluated for mistakes. This is the heart opening where there is blessings of the Holy Spirit.

We read the words of St. Paul as below:-

Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me. I went up in response to a revelation. Then I laid before them (though only in a private meeting with the acknowledged leaders) the gospel that I proclaim among the Gentiles, in order to make sure that I was not running, or had not run, in vain. (Galatians 2:1-2)

If our run should not become wastage, then we should preach the Word of God only with the consent of Bishops, co-operation of the church, obedient to the powers and rules of the church.

Inspiration and Courtesy – Malayalam Book written by Fr. Xavier Khan Vattayil, Sehion Retreat Centre, Attappady, Kerala State, India.

Teach children Word of God with command – Take the Word of God Sword

Jesus Christ Pic with children nice pic

1There was a man living in Babylon whose name was Joakim. He married the daughter of Hilkiah, named Susanna, a very beautiful woman and one who feared the Lord. Her parents were righteous, and had trained their daughter according to the law of Moses. (Daniel 13:1-3 (NRSVCE))

From childhood parents of Susanna taught her Word of God. That protected her from sinful life.

45 When Moses had finished reciting all these words to all Israel, 46 he said to them: “Take to heart all the words that I am giving in witness against you today; give them as a command to your children, so that they may diligently observe all the words of this law. 47 This is no trifling matter for you, but rather your very life; through it you may live long in the land that you are crossing over the Jordan to possess.” (Deuteronomy 32:45-47)

He humbled you by letting you hunger, then by feeding you with manna, with which neither you nor your ancestors were acquainted, in order to make you understand that one does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord (Deuteronomy 8:3)

Family members should understand this.

Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:6-9)

One Bible may be available in your home. But each and every member should have one Bible. Should read and meditate bible daily, not just once, but whenever you have time.

Word of God is a weapon – Weapon of the soul

Life of a christian is always a fight. Satan is the enemy of a christian. Word of God is the weapon to fight with Satan.

The Whole Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For our[b] struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. 15 As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. 16 With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:10-17)

Except all other weapons described in above bible verses is only for self protection. Word of God is the only weapon to attack Satan. Because of this, Satan always try his best to give obstacles in reading, learning and spreading Word of God. Satan never bother about how much work, prayer,study, good deeds a person do.  But if he try to read, learn or spread the Word of God, Satan immediately bring obstacles like sleepy, laziness, weakness, disease etc. Satan is that much afraid of Word of God.

Inspiration and Courtesy – Malayalam Book written by Fr. Xavier Khan Vattayil, Sehion Retreat Centre, Attappady, Kerala State, India.

Obeying Word of God bring success – Take the Word of God Sword

Holy Bible

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. (Joshua 1:8)

When you read learn one or two verses which strike your mind and try to recite it 4/5 times daily. You can do it whenever you are alone. That will protect you from sin, satan and disease.

For always win, these are the directions given by God to Joshua who selected as the leader after Moses.

but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers. (Psalms 1:2-3)

We know that a tree planted by streams of water yields its fruit in season and the leaf doesn’t wither, because the tree always get enough water. It is same like that if we follow the law of the Lord, meditates on his law day and night, our life will be always happy. Even if we face some obstacles, we will have the strength to overcome it.

God has more quoted with Israel in the books of Deuteronomy in old Testament. In Deuteronomy many blessings and promises are written for people who obey the Word of God.

If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. (Deuteronomy 28:1)

The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. (Deuteronomy 28:13)

Carefully follow the terms of this covenant, so that you may prosper in everything you do. (Deuteronomy 29:9)

You know the difference and status of head and tail. You want to be head and not tail. If you follow the commands of Lord, your God will make you the head. not the tail. God is saying these words.

If Word of God is not in our heart, then we feel dislike to Church and God.

I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are looking for a way to kill me, because you have no room for my word. (John 8:37)

There are those who rebel against the light, who do not know its ways or stay in its paths. (Job 24:13)

This is common these days among some people.  When they have disease, job problem, financial problem, they seek God, attend the church regularly and pray. But after all problems are solved, they have dislike for going to church, dislike with church authorities, no time to read bible, no time to pray. Why it is happening? Because word of God is not in their heart.

Satan destroy the capacity to accept the Word of God.

43 Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. 44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:43-44)

“Their deeds do not permit them
    to return to their God.
A spirit of prostitution is in their heart;
    they do not acknowledge the Lord. (Hosea 5:4)

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. (2 Corinthians 4:3)

Satan is very clever. He give temptations to watch television or other entertainment at prayer time. He will make the mind to think that if the prayer is postponed, or even could not pray one day, instead of going to church going for shopping or other work is not a problem. He will make to think that God will forgive everything. Do not listen to words of Satan.

Holy spirit give us the wish to hear and help to remember the Word of God.

It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me. (John 6:45)

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. (John 10:27)

Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.” (John 8:47)

Without the blessings of  the Holy Spirit we can’t do anything.  Holy spirit provide the wish to pray, wish to confession and all such things. We must pray to God to send his Holy spirit to open our hearts to understand the sermons and Bible verses.

Word of God give high status before the God.

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. (John 15:7)

If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be set aside— (John 10:35)

If you have word of God in your heart, your actions and deeds will be good and your status will be high.

Word of God is medicine.

20 My son, pay attention to what I say;
    turn your ear to my words.
21 Do not let them out of your sight,
    keep them within your heart;
22 for they are life to those who find them
    and health to one’s whole body. (Proverbs 4:20-22)

For neither herb nor poultice cured them,
but it was your word, O Lord, that heals all people. (Wisdom 16:12)

he sent out his word and healed them,
    and delivered them from destruction. (Psalms 107:20)

It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. (John 6:63)

Jesus healed many with word of God. Download this Prayer Book for the Sick  which contain many bible verses and prayer for sick healing.

Inspiration and Courtesy – Malayalam Book written by Fr. Xavier Khan Vattayil, Sehion Retreat Centre, Attappady, Kerala State, India.

Obstacles due to ignorance of the Word of God – Take the Word of God Sword

Why are  you facing obstacles in life? Why your children are not doing well in studies,why they are not listening to you, why not respecting elders and teachers? Why disasters coming? Below bible verses will speak the reason for all these obstacles.

17 I appointed watchmen over you and said,
‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’
But you said, ‘We will not listen.’
18 Therefore hear, you nations;
you who are witnesses,
observe what will happen to them.
19 Hear, you earth:
I am bringing disaster on this people,
the fruit of their schemes,
because they have not listened to my words
and have rejected my law.
20 What do I care about incense from Sheba
or sweet calamus from a distant land?
Your burnt offerings are not acceptable;
your sacrifices do not please me.”
21 Therefore this is what the Lord says:

“I will put obstacles before this people.
Parents and children alike will stumble over them;
neighbors and friends will perish.” (Jeremiah 6:17-21)

Prophet Jonah ignored the Word of God and obstacles came for him. Jonah thought he knew better than God. But in the end he learned a valuable lesson about the Lord’s mercy and forgiveness. The point of this story is that God can provide a supernatural means of rescue when his people are in trouble. Is there some area of your life in which you are defying God, and rationalizing it? Remember that God wants you to be open and honest with him. It’s always wise to obey the One who loves you most.

Read the below bible verses in which God clearly saying what will happen if you are disobedient to Word of God.

Punishment for Disobedience

14 “‘But if you will not listen to me and carry out all these commands, 15 and if you reject my decrees and abhor my laws and fail to carry out all my commands and so violate my covenant, 16 then I will do this to you: I will bring on you sudden terror, wasting diseases and fever that will destroy your sight and sap your strength. You will plant seed in vain, because your enemies will eat it. 17 I will set my face against you so that you will be defeated by your enemies; those who hate you will rule over you, and you will flee even when no one is pursuing you. (Leviticus 26:14-17)

 

Inspiration and Courtesy – Malayalam Book written by Fr. Xavier Khan Vattayil, Sehion Retreat Centre, Attappady, Kerala State, India.

Do not feel despise or feel burden on Word of God – Take the Word of God Sword

Holy BibleTherefore the word of the Lord will be to them,  “Precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little;”in order that they may go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken. (Isaiah 28:13)

We should have over enthusiasm to listen, obey and spread the Word of God.

11 for those who despise wisdom and instruction are miserable.
Their hope is vain, their labors are unprofitable,
and their works are useless.
12 Their wives are foolish, and their children evil;
13 their offspring are accursed. (Wisdom 3:11-13)

Sometimes we feel that we are hard working, but the result is zero or not up to the level as it should be. Sometimes we wish and hope good things, but the result is just the opposite. We send our children in good schools but their result is poor, their friendship is with wrong people. Wives are beautiful and look like very clever, but doing foolish things. When we feel our hope is vain, our labor is not profitable, our works are useless, our children are not listening to parents and elders and they are leading a life as per their wish with wrong friends, then that is the time for us to look back and think whether we have ever despised wisdom and instructions of Word of God. If yes, we must repent and ask pardon to Lord for this.

Never insult Word of God or discourse. Do not even touch the Holy Bible with impurity. If ever thrown out or put the Bible in fire, repent about that sin.

Inspiration and Courtesy – Malayalam Book written by Fr. Xavier Khan Vattayil, Sehion Retreat Centre, Attappady, Kerala State, India.

God ignore people do not have Word of God – Take the Word of God Sword

Holy Bible

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;
because you have rejected knowledge,
I reject you from being a priest to me.
And since you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children. (Hosea 4:6)

Saul, the first king of Israel ignored the Word of God. Then God rejected him from the kingdom.

For rebellion is no less a sin than divination,
    and stubbornness is like iniquity and idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,
    he has also rejected you from being king.” (1 Samuel 15:23)

God rejected Saul ruined. Failed in the war. Saul tried to die leaning on his spear. His stomach cut opened, intestines came out, blood flowed. How can forget the last moments of Saul floundering to die. The sad picture of his end is in the last words to an Amalekite who passed through that way.

He said to me, ‘Come, stand over me and kill me; for convulsions have seized me, and yet my life still lingers.’ (2 Samuel 1:9)

Ignoring Word of God reached Saul at this stage.

But Lot’s wife, behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt. (Genesis 19:26)

God rejected the wife of Lot who ignored the Word of God. Lot accepted and obeyed the Word of God. That lead him to life. People who reject the Word of God will become dead life.

Inspiration and Courtesy – Malayalam Book of Fr. Xavier Khan Vattayil, Sehion Retreat Centre, Attappady, Kerala State, India.