Monthly Archives: December 2015
I recently shared a prayer called ‘Uproot in me every evil seed‘ and then a prayer called ‘Plant in me O Lord’. Now there’s a good reason for it. This year has been quite a dramatic year for me on various fronts. Especially on the spiritual front. So I felt like I better share this one up before the year ends. It’s possible that by knowing this, you too might ask God for the right things in life and elimination of evil from your life.
Just before this year could begin and even right up to April 2015, I’d be encouraged to pray that every evil seed is uprooted from my life. I received such suggestions from various people. Originally, the context of such a praying attitude was to ensure one doesn’t get sick or unwell. However, the field of view expanded. With faith in the Lord Jesus, I kept praying every time there was a call to remove all obstacles that come in the will of God in my life.
Then things started unfolding themselves in my life by the grace of God. I found that evil seeds can also be people, not mere illnesses alone. Suddenly I started noticing some the people who profess the Christian faith and who were good friends and allies of mine at that time for many years, were not all that much into the faith. I mean their view of the Gospel didn’t go by with the true Gospel at all. Let me make it real to you, for starters some believed that once forgiven they do not need to ever repent if they happen sin again. (I’ve already covered this in a much earlier post called as The heresy of pre forgiven sin). And this was surprising to me that they conveniently kept this hidden for a long time from me though they were much aware that I do believe in repentance every time a person sins, not just one time only.
There were another bunch of folks who were of the opinion that God will automatically grant his ‘stamp’ of approval on everything they do, even if meant using deceitful means. For them it was not a case of doing God’s will in their life. It was the opposite, which is their own thoughts and opinions are ‘deemed’ as God’s will for them on the assumption that everything they do is by default approved by the Lord without checking with the Bible. They seemed to conveniently ignore the following verses of the Bible:
- There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. (Proverbs 16:25)
- Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him,and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Then there was the legalistic brigade which believes that one must fast for almost everything and at every season. Legalism works as a counferfeit of discipline and I surely have had a tough time dealing with such people until I realized that the best way to tackle them is by the Holy Scriptures. And they were the most hostile to deal with but eventually they couldn’t prevail against the principles of the Bible.
I mentioned only three types of deviations in short without going too much in to the specifics, but there are more such deviations from the Gospel I noticed among others this year (again!), which I intend to expose in the future, but these should suffice for now.
A common trend that I noticed among such people is that they were cherry picking Bible verses as per their liking instead of taking the whole of the Bible in context. Besides this they were obsessed with their denominational tags and doctrines far much more than normal. And this led them to label anyone (not just me) as one who is ignorant and in need of their ‘guidance’. Well it didn’t work on me especially when I realized they had an aversion to the teachings of the Epistle of James and also of the Letter to the Hebrews in the Bible. One even said they hate such and such Bible verse and I’d be shocked by such replies. They again ignore the fact that ‘Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. (Proverbs 30:5)’. So I also didn’t ignore that they were repeatedly trying to spoil my name in the preaching of the word obviously behind my back since they knew they stand no chance in a debate with me, though I at many times asked for face to face discussion about their points of view. So, I immediately went on guard against them and now they are totally out of my life, for good.
The effect was a lot of peace and joy, which was almost instant. I didn’t realize that they were such a negative influence of me until they actually got removed from my life. I could pray really well again! It came to my mind, that not a single part of me being happy depends on them but it’s only up to the Lord alone. Oddly, I didn’t even have to try too hard. The Lord just made it turn out in such a way that they by their own actions are now in a different direction from me. My only judgement on them was that I won’t be wasting my time on those who hinder my walk with the Lord God. As simple as that!
To those curious about the judgement part I’d suggest that you read a few earlier posts of mine titled Do not judge or do no repent? & Some people seem to read only the words ‘Judge not’ in the Bible. Under those circumstances it had become less of judgement and more of respect to the Lord. One couldn’t remain with such people without them in return attempting to undermine the rightful knowledge of the Gospel.
My own observation was that whatever that I’d ask them to pray for me wouldn’t happen but in fact the reverse would happen. I mean challenges in life would seem to overpower me. But then when they got out of my life, I kept a very basic level of prayer and saw good results. I’d just would read the Bible and then ask the Holy Spirit to help me understand it correctly and then pray as plainly as possible. So the part of the part removing every evil seed prayer, came out well for the glory of God. This was in a way trying to keep only Christ as mediator between myself and God.
There’s the part of planting in one’s life not by one’s own standards but by the will of God. This part is not yet complete but let me say this year as I prayed for the best alliances and friendships in life, the Lord God has indeed given me these things really well. And I know that more is due in the future. It’s just that I was initially more focused on removal of evil. But I know for sure that now in the future, it also needs to be about acceptance of the good things of God by asking in faith.
I do hope that now you know the context of the two prayers about removing evil seeds and planting right seeds and are so are able to pray much better. This doesn’t actually stop at praying effectively alone. It’s more about the will of God going right in your life in terms of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
God be with you, always!
Plant in me O Lord your Holy Word. I pray that I be like the good soil that bears yield a hundred fold in abundance and not a good thing goes to waste.
Invest your grace in my life that I share it with others who don’t yet know you as a loving God. Strengthen my will to preach the Gospel in every season to all whom you bring to me by your Holy Spirit.
Enable me to do what is right and just even if all the world around me chooses not to do so. Let those who love Christ in friendship become my companions too. Take away every hindrance that keeps me from getting true friends and relationships and O Lord I ask in faith that you speak your favour upon me from your heavenly throne.
Fill me your light, I ask in the name of Jesus Christ, that I shine bright to glorify you O Lord God in my thoughts words and actions. I pray that your joy is my strength everyday and forever.
Bless my physical vision and spiritual eyes too that I live vigilant and not ignorant of the opportunities to grasp and the dangers to avoid. Enable me to do all in things Christ daily. Bless me with humility to render thanks to you when I achieve great things so that I don’t fall prey to vain things.
Plant everything good and wholesome in my life that your name be highly respected and glorified in all who see me. By your Holy Spirit let me guided from victory to victory. I ask this in name of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world. Amen and Amen.
Uproot in me O Lord God, every evil seed that the enemy has planted in my life.
Weed out every plant which is of the devil in my mind. Remove it totally from the roots and let it all dry out.
Purge out all those people who are sent by the fallen one to try to make me profane and hinder my faith. Let your light shine and purge away their dark influence from my soul.
Cause it O Lord that every evil scheming person who secretly plots against me is exposed and made to leave my presence. Let not the name of those who are your friends be put to shame.
Every thought of sin and impurity I cast it all out in the name of Jesus Christ. Everything in me that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, leave right now in the name of the Lord.
I refuse to give heed to the desires of the flesh but choose to accept the desires of the Spirit. Let humility be what I always have towards you O God. Correct me gently if I walk into the wrong way but be firm to call me out loudly and immediately. Take away from me all false and presumptuous thoughts which tend to evil.
Let only the goodness of Christ manifest in me. Cause me to love and study your Holy Word everyday. May your face always shine with favor upon me.
Uproot all things in my life which are not according to your holy and loving will for me O God. Plant everything that’s good and true in my life that I bear fruit in abundance for your glory.
I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ your Son. Amen and amen.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28)
Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all. (Colossians 3: 9-11)
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,on them has light shone….For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. (Isaiah 9:2,6-7)
Rejoice O all who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. He has redeemed us from sin and death. Give thanks to the Lord God that he sent us his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life. Give thanks to the Holy Spirit for making the incarnation of the Word of God in human flesh possible. Give thanks to Jesus who in humility and obedience came to earth to fulfill the Law and for his finished work on the Cross. He is the eternal king of Israel and the head of the Church. Love him with honour and sincerity. And trust in him forever!
Have faith in the Lord as you honour his birth, death and resurrection. Believe he will come again to earth in glory. Wish you all the peace, love and joy of Jesus Christ who was born for all mankind.
Christ be with you!
Note: Lyrics by Leo Salins and vocals by Sheldon Bangera.
The Jingle Bells Redeemed – The Real Christmas song, praises Jesus Christ unlike the other song Jingle Bells which is a secular song and has hardly anything do with the Bible. Hear this song and most importantly sing it and share this with your friends and family.
Nowadays I keep getting messages saying “Keep Christ in Christmas” but then a new message stood out. I’ve added the last four words to it. Here it goes : “Keep Christ in Christians this Christmas and forever”.
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:56-57)
Some people might cherry pick only the latter part of the above verses but doesn’t change the principles of the Bible. It’s abundantly clear that when sin stings it brings death. Physical death may come later but spiritual decay happens immediately. Avoid sinning and by this save yourself from a lot of trouble!