Sunday, April 8, 2012

Day 40

Hebrews 11:6, Lamentations 3:25, Jeremiah 29:11, 2 Chronicles 16:9 - II

...To do this sincerely is to do this with all your heart, truly, truly desiring it, and taking on that desire to wherever it leads you. When we seek sincerely, we seek to learn. We don't know what it is we're looking for yet. We should be ready to dive deep into the search for the thought of which makes our hearts beat with joy.

This is a continuous exercise that will define your Christian Walk. To seek. To search. To be sincere. To desire. To dive in. To find to joy of getting your hands dirty with the Truth of Jesus. To do this repeatedly as he reveals and shows you new things in His time. To have a heart that's available and perfect toward him. To always be ready to learn the next new awesome thing God wants you to know.

Sunil Noronha

Day 39

Hebrews 11:6, Lamentations 3:25, Jeremiah 29:11, 2 Chronicles 16:9 - I

As we seek God, the right foot forward is always the right start. Seeking and sincerity are the essentials of a rightly guided journey. The right foot forward is always seeking sincerely and seeking open endedly.

When you seek, you are not looking for something in a certain specific place. Then you may as well just go ahead and get it from there. When you seek, you don't know the way. You search for it, not knowing what it is, but something of what it tastes and feels like, going with the yearning for it. It's like wanting the taste of, say, sugarcane juice except that you don't know what it is, and trying every possible juice till it satisfies the taste you desired all along.

Sunil Noronha

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Day 38

The Cross was where His blood was shed
The Cross was where for your sins He bled
The Cross: There your heart forever turned
The Cross: A place your indebted to and a passion you forever yearn

It's not a mere event that upstaged the world and turned it right side up for the very first time. It's the place where a journey in Christ takes root and it's the place which that journey never leaves or forgets. It's not one you visit once a year. The Cross is alive and kicking every second after you paid your first visit, like when you never leave its foot thereafter.

If your life is not defined by it, you need to set the root back at the foot of the cross. As you do that, think about what it is and what it means today, down to every last detail. What does it really mean to have the cross define your life? What does it mean when that stands true for each step that you take every day? How do you not only celebrate it as an event, notion or a symbolic piece of wood or metal?

Sunil Noronha

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Day 37

...For generations, the questions have not changed. The quest of the soul has remained the same always. The answer to it is not painted in pretty pictures that corporate ministry only allows. It is a difficult decision when the moment of confrontation comes and must not be ‘sold’ in any easier form. It should be either sold in completeness or not sold at all. The fact that the option must remains open, through the lives of the God’s people around them, does not change.

Lastly, as people in ministry, we are not fully polished and round. We also are being worked in by God as He wants to work in other people through us. We cannot present a polished picture because we are not polished people. We cannot seem, in the least, self righteous. A picture that is rough around the edges is the picture that is one that is only completely true to all of us.

So the question is now, have you just simply GONE as yet?

Sunil Noronha

Day 36

...When we don’t just simply go, we lose out on, one, the romance of the affair. The thing that Abraham felt when he just went must have been awesome. Of course, he had a lot with him and not so much to worry about, but he had NO clue where he was going. He just went where he was told to go. I can imagine Abraham, if he was asked to do it today, letting the wind hit his face and feeling the sweet wind of the adventure the Lord would be bringing up on him. Not that it would be very easy in worldly terms, but I thought we leave those terms of reference behind when we choose to follow the Lord. The (truer) intrinsic blessings outdo any possible thing in the whole wide world.

Also, just simply going, paints a rather non-corporate picture of how we are reaching out to the world. It is not a pretty picture, one that is akin to buying tickets to a concert that you want to see or a play or a movie you want to go to.
And, while it is nice to attract people with pretty pictures, we must consider what we are attracting them to. Are we saying come have a good time and not telling that we have a message implanted in the programme that will tell them about Jesus secretly? When ever did the actual first step to Christ become one that is desired, wanted or is found cool by a person who has not met him yet? That moment of the encounter when the poverty of the spirit is brought to light and the degenerate heart is confronted, something that can only be done by Christ himself? Is that moment something that is designed to be enjoyable, wonderful and nice? Does a corporate approach facilitate this entry into Christ?

Sunil Noronha

Day 35

The word ‘go’ has an enchantment to it. When Jesus said, “Go”, he fully meant that we must simply just GO. He didn’t say wait till you have the means. In Luke 10, when he asks the 72 to, “Go”, he didn’t give them a ministry name, get a few sponsors, tell them who to call so that they get to sleep eat well enough and get people to get the places of meeting ready and inform the people to attend the event. They simply went, of course replete with instructions.

One dimension of how we have ‘gone’ wrong is when we seek to ensure a comfortable way forward. We, for some reason, should know how things will fall in place well before we leave and must check up of the arrangements thereof till the moments arrived. While I agree that, when we have the option to do that we must, it should never be an issue when we don't have the option.

Sunil Noronha

Day 34

...One of the most effective ways to do that I've learnt is to take a Jesus Freefall. Trust Him in absolutely everything and jump into notknowingness I'd that be the case as he leads. In the process, you will learn to lead the life of a necessary faith - one that won't have any imaginative frills. The real deal. You will learn a faith that is rooted only in God and absolutely nothing else.

A Jesus Freefall is when you tell Jesus to take all control and let him only possibly be the person who sees you through. You tell him you will take anything he gives you and that doing without anything else is absolutely fine by you. Speak your heart out but ask nothing as a matter of right. When you do that, you truly have no faith issues. Your existence becomes as much less about you than it truly becomes about him only.

Sunil Noronha