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1 Peter 5:8

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 06 October 2017

Read: 1 Peter 5:8

Sobriety and vigilance are crucial to living a victorious Christian life. The Greek word for “sober” (nēphō) means being temperate or abstinent, especially in respect to wine. It is an antonym for the state of mind caused by drunkenness and is used more broadly to refer to spiritual and moral sobriety, a clear-thinking and self-controlled mental state that is free from confusion and unbridled passions. The Greek word for “vigilance” (grēgoreō) refers to alertness and watchfulness...


1 Corinthians 10:31

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 05 October 2017

Read: 1 Corinthians 10:31

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he chief purpose for which God’s people should live is God’s glory. It is also the chief rule by which they decide what they should do. They should do only that which will honour God.

To act for the glory of God is to act so that His glory is acknowledged, admired and accomplished. Whatever is done to advance the glory of God is right; whatever is done without the purpose of His glory is wrong...


John 10:14

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 04 October 2017

Read: John 10:14

The Lord Jesus Christ, for the second time in John 10, refers to Himself as “the good shepherd”. It is His joy to repeatedly affirm that He is “the good shepherd” of His people, the church. He is also referred to as the “great shepherd” (Hebrews 13:20), and “the chief shepherd” (1 Peter 5:4).

The church, the body of believers, is tenderly attended to by the Lord Jesus Christ. He guides the church through His voice in the Scriptures. All Scriptural commandments, promises, rebukes, corrections, instructions, doctrines are for their protection and guidance...


James 4:10

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 03 October 2017

Read: James 4:10

The call to humble ourselves follows James’ admonition in the previous verse to mourn and weep before the Lord for our sins. “Be afflicted,” James 4:9 says, “and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.” When we stand in the presence of the Lord, let us humbly acknowledge our unworthiness to come before Him because of our many sins. Let us humbly admit that we have no merit of our own to be granted access to His holy presence...


Proverbs 16:25

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 02 October 2017

Read: Proverbs 16:25

This verse has been mentioned once before in Proverbs 14:12. Since it is being repeated, we stand alerted twice to its warning. Hence, it is of utmost importance that we pay attention to its admonition.

We are warned here concerning the delusive and seductive nature of our self-will. Alas, even a destructive way may seem right unto a man if he simply follows his passion and self-will, which have been darkened by sin. If a man’s thoughts and feelings are not guided by the wisdom of God’s Word, what is harmful may seem right to him, being warped by his mind that is predisposed to sin and disobedience...


John 10:11

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 01 October 2017

Read: John 10:11

Whenever Jesus Christ refers to Himself as the Shepherd of His people, He takes ownership of them and undertakes to see to their care Himself. He is not like the hireling, who does not feel responsibility for the sheep and whom Jesus contemptuously spoke of in John 10:12, “But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep...


James 4:8b

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 30 September 2017

Read: James 4:8b

Have you noticed that here James calls his readers “sinners” and “double minded”? Who are they?

Among those who are gathered in the churches of Jesus Christ, there are those who continue to entangle themselves with sin. Sinners are those who transgress the righteous laws of God, and conduct themselves in a manner that is displeasing to God. The word “double minded” refers to those who are fickle-minded and unstable in their faith and devotion to God. The double-minded are those who vacillate between God and the world. Here James calls them all to repentance...


Romans 8:37

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 29 September 2017

Read: Romans 8:37

Christians are conquerors. In fact, our verse declares that Christians are “more than conquerors”. This is truly a comforting message to Christians, for they live in a hostile world. Though they would face extreme hostilities, their faith shall not be quenched because the Word of God assures them that they shall be “more than conquerors”!

Paul has written in the previous verses about the steadfastness of God’s love for believers in the face of hostility: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword...


Galatians 2:20b

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 28 September 2017

Read: Galatians 2:

This is part of the apostle Paul’s joyful testimony of his new life in Christ. He testifies here of the reality of the newness of life that he has been experiencing since he had met Christ. Paul is not explaining an experience unique to himself, but to everyone who is a Christian.

The renewed life of every Christian is not some future, faraway experience. The new life is an everyday experience of Christians while they “live in the flesh”. Neither is it some kind of mystical, “out-of-body” experience..


John 10:9

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Read: John 10:9

Jesus was explaining His relationship with His people using the parable of a shepherd and his sheep. In the earlier section of this chapter, Jesus spoke of the sheep in the fold and the shepherd entering the fold through its door (vv. 2, 3a). Then He spoke about the shepherd and his sheep leaving the fold through the door (v. 3b), with the shepherd leading them into the pasture (v. 4). Now in our verse, Jesus describes a midday scene where the sheep had been led out from the village fold to the grassy slopes to graze and to the brook for a refreshing drink...



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