SUNDAY SCRIPTURE – 1 NOV 2009 SENT BY GHUNA KUMAR FOR GOSPEL FRIENDS, P.BOX 2202, MANDAVELI, CHENNAI – 28, SOUTH INDIA

“ The LORD is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.” Ps 118:14

This week I have been going to physiotherapist for a wax treatment for my right hip. At the same time God reminded me of the strength I have in Christ. Thank God for the great strength we all have in Christ. Where do we draw our strength?

1. THE STRENGTH OF SALVATION :- According to Rom 1:16 the gospel of salvation is the power of God in us. The very experience that God has forgiven all our sins and cleansed us from all unrighteousness and adopted us as His own sons and daughters and what a strength we have in that experience. The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Cor 1:18)

2. THE STRENGTH OF PRAYER :- “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16) “The prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well ” (James 5:15) When we wait upon God we will renew our strength, we will soar on wings like eagles, we will run and not grow weary and we will walk and not be faint. ( Isa 40:31)

3. THE STRENGTH OF FELLOWSHIP :- “How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” (Ps 133:1) In the early church the Christian Believers devoted themselves for fellowship. (Acts 2:42) There is a great strength when we share with one another in great koinonia. We are admonished not to give up in meeting together in fellowship. (Heb 10:25) Church or Home fellowship is a great strength to our souls.

4. THE STRENGTH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT – In Acts 1:8 we read, “ You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you…” In Acts of apostles the disciples were filled of the Holy Spirit from time to time and got strengthened. The Holy Spirit who dwells in us keeps us strengthened. “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the LORD Almighty. (Zech 4:6)

PRAYER :- Dear Lord, keep me strengthened. Amen.

PRAISE AND PRAYER :- 1. Yesterday we had a great fellowship with all the missionaries of North Tamilnadu area. 2. Tomorrow we will meet with all Andhra missionaries in Nellore. 3. Praise the Lord for the rain we had last week. But we need to have more rain in Mount Zion, Rajapalayam. 4. Praise the Lord for the Lord’s healing touch on some of our boys who were not well. 5. We had great response in Selaiyur CSI Church convention. 6.. Kindly pray for our financial needs and we got to do lot of purchases of new cloths for Christmas next month.