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Monday, February 3, 2020

What is it you have in your hand?



Hi friends,

Hope you are doing good.  

The text that inspired me to write this post was the narration of the Widow’s mites in Luke 21:1-4. “And Jesus sat over against the treasury and beheld how people cast money into the treasury; and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites (very small monetary unit), which make a farthing (quarter of a penny) And He called unto Him His disciples and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.” - Mark 12:41-44.

When we read the Old Testament, we find in the book of Exodus, God calling Moses to be His mouthpiece and to go to Pharaoh to bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt. Moses questions the Lord asking Him “why should they hearken to my voice and believe me ?” God simply asks Moses the more important question: “what do you have in your hand?” Moses replies that he has a rod (being a shepherd in the wilderness) and God shows him how to use it. Moses obeys God and throws it on the ground and it becomes a snake, God then asks Moses to put forth his hand and take the snake by the tail and it becomes a rod once again. This miracle would cause others to believe that the Lord God had appeared before Moses.
God could have chosen anything to do the miracle but He chose the Shepherd’s Rod that was already in Moses hand. 

Similarly God has put into each of our hands something; maybe treasure, time, talent and He expects us to put to good use that which He has given us. If we look at others who have more than us, we will feel inferior and will not be able to do that which God has already empowered us to do. On the other hand, looking at people who seem to have lesser than us may make us feel superior to them but this is also not what God wants from us. Any kind of comparison between apples and oranges is not fair because they are two different fruits- their color, fragrance, taste, etc are all different similarly, all of God’s creations are unique and special in their own way.

In the story of the Widow’s Mites God sees how she gives all that she has with a willing heart. She is not holding back anything; even for her existence. It is probably her faith in Jehovah Jireh (Provider) that encourages her to part with her last two coins. It amazes me how the Lord thinks. Anybody would have questioned whether her putting her two coins would make any difference to the money collected that day but this God of ours who is a God who sees our hearts, not only welcomes the widow’s mites but makes a profound statement to the disciples that – “this woman has put in more than any of the other contributors.”

Of course, ours is a God who fed the 5000 with a young lad’s lunch box of five loaves and two fish. Even when His disciples question the Lord in John 6:9 “what are they among so many? The Lord answers to make them sit and He blesses and breaks the food and there was plenty for all.

Many times we question the value of what we have to give to the Lord. But He doesn’t want our ability only our availability. As He is a God who always uses that which He has already placed in our hand. So let us make sure that we never belittle what little we have but that we make full use of that which He has placed into our hands.

Not only does it displease the Lord when we do not make use of our Talents,but it makes Him angry.  As we can see in the Parable of the Talents in Mathew 25:25-30, He calls the third servant a wicked and slothful servant for digging the coin in the ground. Jesus says “For unto everyone that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance : but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.”

 In another place, the Lord Jesus curses the fig tree for not bearing fruit and it withers away. (Mathew 21:19)

In yet another incident, we can see how important it is to be honest with that which is in our hands. In Acts 5:1-11 we see how Ananias and Sapphira lied about the money that they had got after selling a possession. They kept part of it for themselves and lied to the Holy Spirit even when questioned by Peter about the amount. Both of them fell down and died that day. On the one hand, we see a Lord whose heart is touched by the Widows Mites and on the other hand we see how dishonesty angers the Lord.

The best way is to be grateful to the Lord for every little thing He has bestowed on us and surrender it all back to Him to use it for His Glory alone. At the end of it all, Jesus will never ask us what we did with what we didn’t have but surely He will ask us what we did with what we had. Let us make sure that when He does ask us we will be able to say confidently that we have done all we could with all we had been given.




Have a blessed week,
Sparky laurie                                                      


Monday, January 13, 2020

The Goodness of God

Hi friends,
It was been a while since I've shared something. First things first, Wishing you a wonderful 2020!!!
We are indeed so privileged to enter this New Year when many have passed away.Let us step into this new decade and new year with a fresh 20-20 vision that God has for us. No matter the trials that we go through or have gone through, one thing remains forever; and that is His Goodness has and will never fail us. At the beginning of this year, a sister of mine had shared this verse Psalms 23:6 which says "Surely Goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life"and yesterday I came across this beautiful song full of gratitude and thanksgiving for His Goodness and faithfulness and am sharing it with you. Let us sing of the Goodness of God no matter where we are for we have lived in the Goodness of God.

Song by Jenn Johnson (Bethel Music)



Have a blessed week,

Sparky Laurie

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Wine out of the Vine & Diamonds out of Dust!

Hi friends,
 Today I d like to share some thoughts the Lord gave me as I was going through my Morning Devotional .The Text is John 15 :5 : " I am the Vine and you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in Him bears much fruit.However, apart from Me, you can do nothing.
What the Lord is asking us to do is actually pretty simple, all that He's asking us to do is ABIDE in Him Instead of our struggle with sin,sickness, curses, unholiness,depression,shame,poverty,loneliness or death , we just accept Him as our Lord & Savior and He freely gives us all that is His.

As we take Communion, by partaking of the elements the bread which represents His Body broken for us and the Wine which represents the Holy Blood of Jesus, we are actually exchanging that which we have for that which is His.A Divine Exchange takes place.
1) We are forgiven and made righteous in exchange for our sin.(2 Corin 5:21)
2) We are healed from sickness and disease as He bore our transgressions and iniquities (Isa 53:4)
3) We are delivered from generational curses and are now totally blessed.(Gal 3:13)
4)We are clean because of His spoken Word over us.(John 15:3)
5)We are free from sorrow because His joy now fills our hearts.(John 15:11)
6) He took our broken minds and has given us His mind.(1 Corin 2:16)
7) He took our shame and covered us with His Glory(Hebrews12:2, Psalms 3:3)
8) He took our poverty and gave us His riches. (2 Corin 8:9)
9) He has taken our loneliness and calls us His Friend and promises never to leave us alone.(John 15:15,Joshua 1:5)
10)Instead of death, He gives us eternal life.(John 10:10)

Abiding in Jesus and filling our minds with His Word leads us to right thinking which then leads to right actions and finally right witness.( John 15:26,27) Spiritual talk doesn't always make sense to the unsaved but anybody can understand the fruit of the Spirit kindness, joy, peace and stability through loving actions. We are all a work in Progress and He will finish what He has started.(Philippians 3:10-17)
Let's surrender to our Lord who is the Master Craftsman and will never give up on us.



DIAMONDS OUT OF DUST: By Hawk Nelson   https://youtu.be/Yf1ARbpB0gA


Have a fruitful week!

Sparky laurie

Friday, August 2, 2019

'I will restore to you the years the Locusts have eaten!'



Hi friends,
Today’s post is one that speaks about the promise of God’s restoration for all that we have lost. It can be very frustrating to see the harvest that we have worked for (by sowing generously at the right time) be destroyed completely overnight by the locusts. In spite of our hard work, we are deprived of the fruit. Deu 28:38 “You shall carry much seed to the field but gather little in, for the locusts shall consume it.”
 I’ve always wondered how the destruction of the crops was so total and complete. Then I noticed that there was mention of the 4 different types of locusts. The assault almost seems coordinated. In Joel 1:4 “What the chewing locust left, the swarming locust has eaten; what the swarming locust left, the crawling locust has eaten; And what the crawling locust left, the consuming locust has eaten.”
We see four types of locusts listed there. Let us study each one progressively.


    1)      The Chewing Locust- also known as the Cutting Locust refers to the Caterpillar Stage in the development of a Locust. In this phase, they chew up everything in sight, though they may not eat everything they chew. Also their bodies are vibrant green in color and they repel insects of their kind hence they live solitary lives.

    2 )   The Swarming Locust -refers to the Migratory Locust. These are the locusts that attacked Egypt in the plagues of locusts in Exodus 10:4. In this phase, the insect undergoes some chemical changes in their brain as a result of which their body color changes from green to striking yellow and black markings. They are no longer repelled from each other, rather they come together to form a group called swarm and attack every edible thing in sight. This phase is known as the Gregarious Phase.


    3)   The Crawling Locust- is also known as the Cankerworm.This is the locust that frustrates us. It just lingers around and persistently gnaws and licks everything green in its path. It is assigned to bother us by not moving.


    4)    The Consuming Locust- They are also known as Strippers. They strip vegetation. They set out to remove the bark from the tree before it becomes fully mature. They are assigned to look for any life and cause it to look dead. They consume everything as an act of cleaning up.
Thus we can see how what one type of locust left, the other type of locust attacked, till finally everything was totally destroyed.

God at different points in history brought swarms of locusts upon his disobedient people as a means of disciplining them. In Joel 2:25, God takes responsibility for the insect army which he sent among them as a punishment for sin and breaking the covenant. In the very next verse however He promises restoration for His people adding that His people would never be put to shame again. In vs 19, He sent grain and new wine and oil. In vs 22, that pastures are restored as are the fruit and fig trees and grapevines.in vs 23, God sends the former and latter rain as a sign of His faithfulness to His people. Now wheat fills the threshing floors (bumper crop) and vats of new wine and oil overflow (vs 24) now conditions have been restored to better than before, with peace, ample food and the resulting joy and gladness.


In the same way, those of us who have sowed faithfully for many years only to find the harvest plundered again and again, can stand on this promise of Restoration. That this time the Lord will restore to us everything that the enemy has stolen from us and that we- His people shall never be put to shame again. (Joel 2:26,27)

Luv n prayers,

Sparky laurie





Friday, July 19, 2019

Who do I think I am? I am just a Nobody.... trying to tell Everybody ....All about Somebody ! :)


1 Pet 2:9 "But we are a chosen generation, a Holy nation, a peculiar people that we may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light."

Dear Friends,
Its been a while since I've penned down something. I just came across this amazing Video that uplifts me each time I play it. Just want to share it with you...  It reminds us who we are in Christ. Hope it blesses you as much as it blessed me.

Casting Crowns NOBODY (feat Matthew West)


Why You ever chose me
Has always been a mystery
All my life I’ve been told I belong at the end of the line
With all the other Not-Quites,With all the Never-Get-It-Rights
But it turns out we’re the ones You’ve been looking for all this time

Chorus :
‘Cause I’m just a nobody
Trying to tell everybody
All about Somebody who saved my soul
Ever since you rescued me,
You gave my heart a song to sing
I’m living for the world to see
Nobody but Jesus
I’m living for the world to see
Nobody but Jesus

Moses had stage fright
And David brought a rock to a sword fight
You picked 12 outsiders nobody would’ve chosen
And You changed the world
Well, the moral of the story is
Everybody’s got a purpose
So when I hear that devil start talking to me, saying
“Who do you think you are?”
I say… I’m just a nobody Trying to tell everybody
All about Somebody who saved my soul
Ever since You rescued me
You gave my heart a song to sing
I’m living for the world to see
Nobody but Jesus
I’m living for the world to see
Nobody but Jesus

So let me go down down down in history
As another blood-bought faithful member of the family
And if they all forget my name, well, that’s fine with me
I’m living for the world to see
Nobody but Jesus
So let me go down down down in history
As another blood-bought faithful member of the family
And if they all forget my name, well, that’s fine with me
I’m living for the world to see
Nobody but Jesus
Cause I’m just a nobody
Trying to tell everybody
All about Somebody who saved my soul
Ever since you rescued me,
You gave my heart a song to sing
I’m living for the world to see
Nobody but Jesus
I’m living for the world to see
Nobody but Jesus
I’m living for the world to see
Nobody but Jesus

Mark Hall, Bernie Herms, Matthew West
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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

I am a Christian

"For we walk by faith and not by sight."-2 Corin 5:7

Hi friends,
Hope you are doing fine. I just came across this amazing Song by NEWSONG . Its called I AM A CHRISTIAN and encourages us to WALK ON no matter how lonesome or tiring it gets. He is walking before us , besides us and behind us. Since we are surrounded by our Lord there is nothing that can touch us without His knowledge and approval. We can be confident of this. Click below and enjoy this beautiful and encouraging song.



Hope you enjoyed it. Here's a promise for you  "You shall walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may go well with you, and that you may live long in the land that you shall possess."- Deu 5:33
Luv n prayers,
Sparkylaurie

Friday, February 8, 2019

Lord, Use Me Too

"Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I. Send me!"- Isaiah 6:8


Hi friends,
Hope this post finds you all hale and hearty. Just came across this lovely song that echoes all I want to say since a very young age. All I wanted was to be used by the Lord for the Glory of His wonderful name. But as we all do, sometimes I would list down the reasons why the Lord would'nt choose me but His word says that "He has called us by name and that He has chosen us for His Glory" and so all I want to say is Lord Use Me, Use me too....

USE ME TOO - Jonny Diaz
*(I've highlighted my favorite lines and made some notes in pink.)

Lyrics
A little boy faced a giant man
With a few rocks and a sling in hand
He wasn't ready, but he was willing   *(How true that none of us will ever be fully ready!)
He said a prayer and looked to the sky
Wound it up and he let it fly- *(David did what he could and God did what David couldnt.)
No one could believe Goliath falling
It's amazing what You do
Oh the world would never choose *(His choice doesn't really make much sense from a worldly point of view.)
The small, the weak, with ready, willing, and open hands
That's who You seek to bring to life all Your biggest plans

All that I have is more than enough for You (*REVELATION )
Use me, use me too, too
Mary was just a small town girl
When she had a child that would change the world
Must have been so scared, but You were right there (* Our Faithful God is always there to help us carry out His purposes)
So no more listing the reasons why I am unqualified 
For You to use me, so come and use me
It's amazing what You do
When we give it all to You-* (Surrender is all God wants)
The small, the weak, with ready, willing, and open hands
That's who You seek to bring to life all Your biggest plans
All that I have is more than enough for You
Use me, use me too, too
Use me, use me too, too
I will go where You lead
I will not be afraid
You are all that I need
You have called me by name Use me too -*( The Anthem for marching on )
The small, the weak, with ready, willing, and open hands
That's who You seek to bring to life all Your biggest plans
All that I have is more than enough for You
Use me, use me too, too
Use me, use me too, too
Use me, use me too, too
Use me, use me too, too
Songwriters: PARDO JEFF / DIAZ JONNY
Use Me Too lyrics © Centricity Music Publishing
 Hope you enjoyed this post. Maybe you could take a moment to sing from your heart, Lord Use Me too.

Click to enjoy this beautiful song : https://youtu.be/HmsDYJWWBlo

Luv n prayers,
Sparky laurie