At the cross… at the cross …

Dear Saints of the Living God… Grace and Mercy to you and your family!

To start with, let me apologize for being very sporadic about sending the mails in the morning, as our proverbs226 site was bombed by hackers and they also crashed our email server… and in order to protect the sanctity of the distribution list, I had to refrain from sending any mails… and now, we are good… 

Very recently, when I was on the road – traveling, someone was feeding with a powerful thought and I want to share with you… “When we start to have relationship with the heavenly father, then, He gives access to certain privileges and blessings follows… soon we get so consumed by the blessings, we start to build process and procedure around the grace and privilege – and we fail to have the relationship that we once had, which gave access to the privilege. There is only one thing – that has permanence in this world, that is our relationship with our Savior – when we lose them, that’s when we get blinded. Is there a problem that irks you this morning… go back to the basics and get the relationship right with God… when we dwell in His presence, restoration begins… My prayer is that, if me or anyone who is reading this has moved on from the relationship with the father, let this mail serve as a remainder.
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With that said, today morning, I want to meditate on how the relationship matters to Jesus. Let us jump into the pages of John, chapter 4. There are certain events that are recorded in all 4 gospels but some are unique to specific author and here is a story that is very unique to this book. Where Jesus meet the Samaritan woman near the well.

Verses 4 – 7 says,
“Now he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water”

There are several things about this incident is worth noting… Here is woman who is coming to draw the water at noon – why is that, because she is living a lifestyle that is not common – she has 5 husbands, She doesn’t want to draw the water when other woman are around – so she picks a time that is uncommon for getting the water. But Jesus shows up and talks to her about living water. You see, lot of times, we tend to carry the baggage from the past, and in fact, even after asking for the forgiveness from the Lord, we tend to carry them… today morning – I am here to encourage you, to drop the baggage from the past. Bible says, There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Couple of weeks ago, we had a 3 and ½ hour message on “The Cross” at Kershaw Correctional, and I was one of the 4 speakers on that day… and by the time, I went to the podium, 2 of the chapel workers has finished speaking taking over 2 hours… and so I was thinking – God how can we keep the energy level and focus intact. As I started speaking, the presence of the Lord consumed these men, in that room… and the message was very simple… “Forgiveness”…

As I wrapped up the message, I invited the men, who hasn’t forgiven themselves… these are men who are serving time for their mistakes… if anything – they are paying their restitution by being inside the prison. As the invitation went out, I saw men, standing up all over the room… and coming to the front… We cried and pleaded that day – for the complete freedom, and that the bondage be removed in the name of Jesus. Several of them came after the service to talk about how they felt the freedom in their life…

You see, it is our human nature, to beat ourselves over the past mistakes over and over again… we tend to go back into the prison and lock ourselves, when in fact, the bible says, when the son sets you free, you are free indeed. I am not saying, we should pour perfume over casket – instead allow the Lord to clean our past from any condemnation that the enemy might bring it back using guilt trip. It is over, and paid in full at the cross…

  • Jesus could have given up on Peter for denying Him 3 times, when He was lead from one house to the other like a lamb going to a slaughter house – but He came back, after resurrection to restore Peter from the past mistakes…
  • The Lord sent the Prophet to restore King David from his past mistake…
  • The children of Israel is known for betrayal and wrong doing again and again and again – infact, the Lord was so tired and angry over them several times, but He never gave up on them, that’s why He sent the prophet and judges from time to time to restore them.

Is there a past that is bothering you? Is there an area in your life, where you haven’t let Jesus in? or every time, some bad things happen in your life, the enemy tries to bring your past… Even when Jesus was dangling on the rugged cross, He was praying for the Lord to forgive them. There is nothing from our past that He cannot heal… unless we bury the past, there is no resurrection!

Today is the day, and now is the time, that we need to leave them at the foothills of Calvary… The Lord who knows how to restore the years of the locust has chewed will restore the days that is rightfully yours.

As I wrap this morning, here is the song that comes to my mind…

At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away,
It was there by faith I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day!

At the cross… at the cross… where the Healing and Restoration begins…

May the Good Lord Bless you!