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The Flood

The flood

This chapter has both destruction and survival. At one hand we see that the God is protecting Noah and his family along with the clean animals, birds and other creatures. And on the other hand, God is bringing in the floods to destroy the unjust.
God couldn’t stand at the sight of His creation;’ shortcomings and decided to put an end to the sinful and pervasiveness of man on the earth. Are we part of the mass destruction by God or the graceful family of Noah who get saved?
Trust in God and He will give you a second chance. Take it, if you truly want to progress and advance.

The verses that have touched our hearts while reading the chapter are as follows:
Then the LORD said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you alone are righteous before me in this generation.

And Noah did all that the LORD had commanded him.

Let’s Pray: Lord, strengthen a new faith, so that I can be saved from my sinful and disgraceful ways of life. Lord, help me return to You in faith and in prayers. Amen

Chapter 7: The Flood
1 Then the LORD said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you alone are righteous before me in this generation.
2 Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals, the male and its mate; and a pair of the animals that are not clean, the male and its mate;
3 and seven pairs of the birds of the air also, male and female, to keep their kind alive on the face of all the earth.
4 For in seven days I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights; and every living thing that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground.”
5 And Noah did all that the LORD had commanded him.
6 Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters came on the earth.
7 And Noah with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives went into the ark to escape the waters of the flood.
8 Of clean animals, and of animals that are not clean, and of birds, and of everything that creeps on the ground,
9 two and two, male and female, went into the ark with Noah, as God had commanded Noah.
10 And after seven days the waters of the flood came on the earth.
11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened.
12 The rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.
13 On the very same day Noah with his sons, Shem and Ham and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons entered the ark,
14 they and every wild animal of every kind, and all domestic animals of every kind, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every bird of every kind — every bird, every winged creature.
15 They went into the ark with Noah, two and two of all flesh in which there was the breath of life.
16 And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him; and the LORD shut him in.
17 The flood continued forty days on the earth; and the waters increased, and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth.
18 The waters swelled and increased greatly on the earth; and the ark floated on the face of the waters. 19 The waters swelled so mightily on the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered;
20 the waters swelled above the mountains, covering them fifteen cubits deep.
21 And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, domestic animals, wild animals, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and all human beings;
22 everything on dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died.
23 He blotted out every living thing that was on the face of the ground, human beings and animals and creeping things and birds of the air; they were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those that were with him in the ark.
24 And the waters swelled on the earth for one hundred fifty days.

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Posted by on February 11, 2015 in My Christianship

 

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Noah Makes the Ark

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This chapter brings out a very different perspective of relationship between God and man. At one hand the sons of Gods were marrying the daughters of man. They were having children too, thus, projecting a very special bond. On the other hand however, man’s evil nature was never at rest. Man’s heart and thoughts were corrupt. Men were though walking with the God they were also drifting away from God due to their sinful indulgences. And, this displeased God and He was ready to destroy His own creation. Though, in this very chapter we also find that a man named Noah found grace in the eyes of the God. God, then commanded Noah to build an ark as if was going to bring great floods on the earth to destroy the evil ways of men. Noah, who walked with God, did everything as per God’s precision.

Quite a site it would have been -seeing Noah build an ark would seem like a stupid idea to the people around. And from here we can infer that it is only God who can foresee what is coming in the future. Have you wondered that at max we can play two days ahead with minutest details and rest is just our guess, for example how many of us can for sure tell that six months from now where we would be, with whom or even what we would be eating or wearing. We can never ever be too sure. Such is our life. But, if God is with us and if we allow His words to be our guide, then, God will foresee our future and will guide us accordingly. All we need to have is faith.

The verses that have touched our hearts while reading the chapter are as follows:
The LORD saw that the wickedness of humankind was great in the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of their hearts was only evil continually.

And the LORD was sorry that he had made humankind on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.
So the LORD said, “I will blot out from the earth the human beings I have created — people together with animals and creeping things and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the sight of the LORD.

Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.

Let’s Pray: God grant me the faith that I would believe in You and forever do Your will. Just like Noah- assist me with Your grace that I may be humble and sincere. Amen

Chapter 6: Noah Makes the Ark
1 When people began to multiply on the face of the ground, and daughters were born to them,
2 the sons of God saw that they were fair; and they took wives for themselves of all that they chose.
3 Then the LORD said, “My spirit shall not abide in mortals forever, for they are flesh; their days shall be one hundred twenty years.”
4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days — and also afterward — when the sons of God went in to the daughters of humans, who bore children to them. These were the heroes that were of old, warriors of renown.
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5 The LORD saw that the wickedness of humankind was great in the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of their hearts was only evil continually.
6 And the LORD was sorry that he had made humankind on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.
7 So the LORD said, “I will blot out from the earth the human beings I have created — people together with animals and creeping things and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.”
8 But Noah found favor in the sight of the LORD.
9 These are the descendants of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation; Noah walked with God.
10 And Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
11 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence.
12 And God saw that the earth was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted its ways upon the earth.
13 And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence because of them; now I am going to destroy them along with the earth.
14 Make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch.
15 This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits.
16 Make a roof for the ark, and finish it to a cubit above; and put the door of the ark in its side; make it with lower, second, and third decks.
17 For my part, I am going to bring a flood of waters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die.
18 But I will establish my covenant with you; and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.
19 And of every living thing, of all flesh, you shall bring two of every kind into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female.
20 Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground according to its kind, two of every kind shall come in to you, to keep them alive.
21 Also take with you every kind of food that is eaten, and store it up; and it shall serve as food for you and for them.”
22 Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2015 in My Christianship

 

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Soul of Christ

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Soul of Christ, sanctify me;
Body of Christ, save me;
Blood of Christ, inebriate me;
Water from the side of Christ, wash me;
Passion of Christ, strengthen me;
0 good Jesus, hear me;
Within Thy wounds, hide me;
Permit me not to be separated from ‘Thee;
From the wicked foe defend me;
In the hour of my death call me,
And bid me come unto Thee,
That with all Thy saints I may praise Thee
For ever and ever. Amen.

Anima Christi – Saint Ignatius Loyola – 16th Century
 
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Posted by on September 13, 2014 in Prayers

 

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Why have doubts when you have entered in a relationship with God!

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Solution to strengthening our relationship with God

I asked this question when I shared with my guide and mentor the fact that this Lent season I am trying to be the prodigal son who has returned. I said that I am not sure if:

  • I would be able to last the 40 days
  • be a good Christian
  • follow all the Commandments
  • be truthful to myself
  • leave the vices of the world and
  • truly be the person who loves and adores God

And he said, “Why have doubts when you have entered in a relationship with God?”

These words stuck me and all the doubts disappeared like the dark clouds on a sunny day. I am here today willingly to be God’s. I am aware that there are going to be challenges and I will fail, but that will not stop me in believing what I have always believed. The faith that has lasted this long will take me through it and the God so ever loving will guide me through it.

Saying NO was my strongest weakness and in just few days I have practiced saying it so much that I have started to acquire a new self confidence and strength within. I know you might say it is the beginner’s luck, probably few days back I would have agreed with you. But certainly not today, why you ask; it is because that I am with the ‘Miracle Worker’ now. I have prayed and read my Bible, being with the One who can make the mountains move just with the minutest of faith in our hearts, is the best feeling one can experience.

I am reminded of few lines which I had heard, “The greatest treasures are not gold, nor jewels, nor works of art. They cannot be held in your hands. They’re held within your heart. The worldly things will fade away as seasons come and go. But the treasure of true relationship will never lose its glow.”

The word “if” has no room when we are in a relationship with God.  Just enter, believe, pray and God will guide you and be there for you forever and ever.

 
 

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