J. Peter Daniel
A human being has a very short memory. We remember the incidences such as Tsunami, Twin tower crash, etc for only certain period or until another new catastrophe comes by. People like to talk about the present new disaster rather than speaking about past incidences. But we often recall the past incidences when the same incidence repeats itself again. Whereas, the level of intensity subsides when the incidence precedes further. This is human tendency of forgetting things. For instance, first page of the newspaper flash the fresh disaster happens in the world. After some days it goes inside the state or regional or country column. Sometimes it comes in the editorial for a long time. Next it moves to the last paragraph of last page. Finally it vanishes away.
The intensity of being with the Lord is very high when we accept Jesus Christ as our personal saviour. After some years it just becomes a habitual thing to have quiet time and prayer. Next it becomes a least priority in life and finally it eradicates from our life. Due to this, we are not able to sensitivity to the sin or not able to differentiate between left and right hand. So we are coolly doing sin against God without any pricking from God’s word. This is called spiritual numbness
I. David :
God chose David to lead His people. He took him as a Shepherd and made him a Soldier and from soldier to be the king of Israel after a great struggle with Saul. During his journey, David sang lot of songs related to God’s statutes and commandments. In Ps. 19:7(NKJV), he mentioned that the word of God converts the soul.
Such a Godly man sinned against God by having lusting another man’s wife Bathsheba (2 sam. 11) and also murdered Uriah by his strategic plan. And even after his sin he had no regrets because his conscience was numb. So God sent Nathan to warn Him using a beautiful illustration. The story stimulates him to think about his life. After that, he wrote a pertinent prayer in psalm 51.
Let us ponder on the various causes of spiritual numbness
a. Despising God’s word (2 San 12:9)
David was a worship leader at that time. He wrote and composed a lot of worship songs. His talent is revealed in the book of Psalm. He had written a lot but he followed only a little. In our life also we are studying the word of God but we are not applying it properly. Sometimes, we are questioning the veracity of the Bible.
Let us read, meditate and implement the word of God in our day to day life.
b. Unsatisfactory Life (2 Sam 12:7,8)
David had a lot of legal wives and concubines. He was not satisfied with this and he wanted to satisfy his desire with other man’s wife. It shows his greed for having more.
Nowadays people are not satisfied with what they have. They crave for more and more. When we start to have more and more then it leads to gluttony, lust etc.
Let us ask God to give us satisfaction in what we are having.
c. Forsaken the first Love (Rev. 2:4):
The Ephesus church had forsaken the first love. So God warned them to return back to Him. David’s love for the Lord diminished because he despised God’s word. So he had fallen from the summit.
Similarly, God requests us to think about our darkened past and how He brought us to His light. This will give you a joy of salvation and also a stimulate us to move forward in life.
Let us evaluate, think and remove the things which that induce spiritual numbness in our lives, so that we will be able to ask God to take away the numbness and give us His spirit to fight against sin. (Heb. 6:6)
J. Peter Daniel
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Seven tips for living a dynamic life…
1. Accept every challenge as an invitation to expand your creativity and deepen your wisdom. Remember that each small victory is one step closer to a larger goal.
2. Honor your commitments in all things. Dare to build a legacy of integrity.
3. Build a support network. Seek the support of others who appreciate you and will encourage and assist you in achieving your goals.
4. Create a healthy self-nurturing environment. Balance activities that nourish body, mind, and spirit. Balance provides the energy to live passionately, joyfully, and actively.
5. Look backward to learn, and look forward to achieve. Expand your horizons to include new goals for a day when you have achieved your current goals.
6. Expect and accept only the best. Do not settle for something that does not align with your values or purpose.
7. Express gratitude daily. Allow the rarity of each day’s beauty to fill your moments with memories to treasure throughout your life.
Capitalism – He who dies with the most toys, wins.
Hari Krishna – He who plays with the most toys, wins.
Judaism – He who buys toys at the lowest price, wins.
Catholicism – He who denies himself the most toys, wins.
Anglican – They were our toys first.
Greek Orthodox – No, they were ours first.
Atheism – There is no toy maker.
Polytheism – There are many toy makers.
Evolutionism – The toys made themselves.
Church of Christ, Scientist – We are the toys.
B’Hai – All toys are just fine with us.
Amish – Toys with batteries are surely a sin.
Taoism – The doll is as important as the dump truck.
Mormonism – Every boy may have as many toys as he wants.
Voodoo – Let me borrow that doll for a second…
7th Day Adventist – He who plays with his toys on Saturday, loses.
Church of Christ – He whose toys make music, loses.
Baptist – Once played always played.
Jehovah’s Witnesses – He who sells the most toys door-to-door, wins.
Pentecostalism – He whose toys can talk, wins.
Existentialism – Toys are a figment of your imagination.
Confucianism – Once a toy is dipped in water, it is no longer dry.
Non-denominationalism – We don’t care where the toys came from, let’s just play with them.
Rev. Dr. J.N. Manokaran, Managing Director,
Trainers of Pastors International Coalition (TOPIC)
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782 mn Indians would be living on under USD 2 a day by 2015: WB-IMF
A whopping 782 million Indians will be living on less than USD 2 a day by 2015, a joint report by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund said in Washington on Friday.
The report titled ‘Global monitoring report 2010: The MDGs after the crisis’, said the number of poor Indians living on less than USD 2 would decline to 686 million by 2020. But the report adds that by the turn of the next decade as many as 268 million Indians will be living on less than USD 1.25 a day, while in 2015 the figure would be 295 million.
These figures, however, are almost double the revised number of the poor in the country which is pegged at around 400 million.
The report says China reduced its poverty rate from 60 per cent to 16 per cent, as the absolute number of extremely poor fell from 683 million to 208 million between 1990 and 2005. On the other hand, “India reduced the share of its population living in poverty from 51 per cent to 42 per cent, but because of population growth, the number of poor people actually rose from 436 million to 456 million (between 1990 and 2005),” it said.
With the pre-crisis surge of growth in the Sub-Saharan Africa nations, the proportion of Africans living on less than USD 1.25 a day fell from 58 per cent in 1990 to 51 per cent in 2005, but the absolute number of the poor rose from 296 million to 388 million. Despite Africa’s recent progress, the pace of economic growth is still not fast enough there to cut the 1990 poverty rate by half in 2015, it said.
The new analysis of maternal deaths in 181 countries found a significant decline globally, with the aggregate maternal deaths decreasing by over 35 per cent from about 526,300 in 1980 to 342,900 in 2008.
More than half of all maternal deaths are concentrated in six countries – India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, and Congo.
“All told, maternal deaths for every 1,00,000 live births decreased markedly from 422 in 1980 to 320 in 1990 and to 251 in 2008. The yearly rate of the decline in the global maternal mortality ratio since 1990 was 1.3 per cent (with an uncertainty range of 1.0-1.5),” it said.
With regard to poverty reduction, the report said, “The two large countries, China and India, are exceptions in the sense that, despite their starting points in income and poverty rates, poverty reduction has been rapid not just because of the high growth rates but also because the poverty gap and the average income distance from the poverty line have been relatively low.”