Wednesday, January 23, 2013

MY Chief Joy

UV 645/10,000 MY CHIEF JOY If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy. Psalm 137 v 6 Once Jesus appeared in our house, The Tabernacle and asked us to remember to pray for the salvation of the Jews: that their eyes blinded by human tradition be opened to perceive and experience truth. Many people ask- what’s special about the Jews? A certain believer from the UK met me and gave me the answer. He said, “ Every one of us who are saved today, the gospel was brought to our fathers by a Jew.” For instance, Thomas, the apostle brought the gospel to the shores of India. He doubted the most but he also traveled the most. On another occasion, the Lord reminded us to remember the martyrdom of four people held sacred in the Jewish memory: Abel, the very first martyr, Zachariah who was killed in the temple, John the Baptist and Stephen. If we do not remember the Lord and His servants, our tongues would not be fulfilling their purpose. We need to use our tongues to thank and praise the Lord remembering His many kindnesses to us, meaning the specific acts of deliverance. There are many things that bring delight to a man’s heart but our chief joy should be to remember the Lord and enjoy His presence. Prayer is the spiritual equivalent of breathing and the Word is the spiritual corollary of food and drink. That is why Jesus said, “ My food is to do the will of my Father in heaven.” Many people wait till they get to heaven to do the Father’s will while they are busy doing their own wills on earth in this lifetime. But, the Father will tell them that it is too late. Doing the will of the Father implies knowing, understanding and obeying the Word. Part of that will is remembering to pray and bless the Jews, Jerusalem, the only city designated as the city of God and the nation of Israel. Prateep V Philip

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