Friday Devotion 10 April 2020 / At the Cross

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Jesus has been Crucified on the cross. This is a day Jesus died on the cross for me and you and for the all humanity. His passion , His mission , His life saved us today for an eternal life with him. At the cross , we see a victory , A good Jesus who never fails . Let us read from Mother Teresa as she called it ” Prayer of the stations of the Cross”

” Jesus lives His Passion today in the suffering, in the hungry, in the handicapped- in that child who eats a piece of bread crumb, because when that piece of bread is finished, there will be no more, and hunger will come again. There is a station of the cross. Let us be there , Lord, with that child.

Jesus lives His passion today in the thousands who die not only for a piece of bread, but for a little bit of love, of recognition. That is a station of the cross. Let us be there, Lord, with those who are dying for love.

Jesus lives His passion today in the fall of the young people who, as jesus did, fall again and again. Let us be there Lord.

Jesus lives His passion today in the homeless people in the parks , the alcoholics and the drug-addicted. Let us not be on of those who look and do not see. Instead , Lord, let us be there at that station of the cross.

  • At Prayer with Mother Teresa , Eileen Egan

 

Meditate the Cross of Jesus, His passion , His love , His life and let us be there at that station of the cross.

Written By Dariush Youkhaneh

 

Prepare for the Best

I want to know your heart God. I am searching for the best in your presence Lord. I am not looking to myself and saying oh I am not look like you! Instead , I am looking to mirror and saying I am blessed to be your child. I will never change the word in my mouth – My mouth and lips will praise you forever. I wear a new cloth of you. I am so lucky to know you. Funny is this world not to accepting you Jesus! They ignore you for nothing. Even , though , You love them and give them dreams and visions.

I want you more than anything else in this world . You are my life and every breathe I am taking right now is yours it is meant to be yours. Fool are those put their trust in object of this world. I am humble for your plan and purpose in my life. How can I prepare myself for the best? Tell me the secret of your heart Jesus. Open up my inner being to know you better and better. Takes away all my iniquity-  Let your blood again and again wash me over.

I am forever thankful for the Cross. For your loving heart , I am in awe Jesus. Tell me how to be like You? Tell me how to be the best of You? Tell me the whisper of your precious love. Let me drink your tears of Joy and drawn me into your ocean of righteousness. Sanctify me and accept my heart repentance with an honest worship of my windy heart. See , take it away if there is anything that you don’t like – make it your Home. Thank you for sharing your goodness with me , Thank you that you create a safe place for me , Thank you for simply loving me without knowing me. How great you are?

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When this world gives me Pain , You give me Peace. When this world gives me trouble , You give me Truthful. When this world gives me lie , You give me Love. When this world gives me hassle , You give me hope , When I am faint away you comfort me and tell me have Faith. I see you everywhere , your hands doing miracles all around the world. Fool are those denying it and bless are those believing it. You are my leader. I am learning a class that you are my teacher.

My confess is this: to love you more , to know you more and to obey you right! Teach me your way – in a way of yours. I love you Jesus – Lucky my heart that have a place for you. I am preparing for you. This is your home.

 

 

Written By

Dariush Youkhaneh

Author of Heads Held High

https://www.kobo.com/au/en/ebook/heads-held-high

 

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This is my first letter in public about this topic. Don’t take it personal. Digest it easy.

Yes, There is a time you wished someone would be along side with you. But singleness is a blessing. If God plan is for me to be alone on the earth right now- So it is what it is. I am talking from Christian prospective. I do not know what  would be singleness without Christ. Perhaps , May I would not be single if I was not Christian. Because there is something in Jesus keep you warm and safe. You feel it when you walk with Him everyday. And Apostle Paul sense that presence that is why He said in his letter ” Sometimes I wish everyone were single like me—a simpler life in many ways! 

A simpler life in many ways. That is true . indeed true. But it is not easy. Single life has own challenge and obstacle in front. But in many ways is simpler than a married life. I am not here to encourage us ” Oh stay single forever, Nah , I am here to encourage us that if we are single and desire to have someone ( opposite gender ) it is better to wait for God’s timing “. Temptation is so many in a world of sexual disorder ! am I trusting God. Each valentine’s day is a remembering God’s love either we would be single or married. It is great to love someone. But it is greater to love someone loved us first.

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Bible sayStay where you were when God  called your name  ” . Be Proud to where you are and to who you are. And Also to who you becoming. A pure heart have a smile in any situation. Our spiritual life is so important than our body life. It is Spirit of God , who will make us alive in heavenly realm. There is so much pressure around you , Yes I know. There is much things going on around you , Yes I know. Be still and shake off all dust of this world and pray continuously as Jesus did. I met a friend today on the way to library He told me that I found someone and I am dating today (Valentin’s day) , He Said ” Dariush I am looking for someone to get married , not girlfriend “. I said ” That’s great mate “. Indeed , that’s awesome you found someone go for it , but a single rose and go for a date.

Friends , Stay where you were called to be. God is there. Hold the high ground with Him at your side. 1 Corinthians 7: 24.

Your life is complete with or without marriage. Our life is hidden in Christ , It is a gift to be YOU.

Vaughan Roberts in His article on the gospel coalition talks about four things God says to singles that : 1- It is a gift 2- it is an advantage 3- it is hard 4- It is not permanent.

All of them is right and true. We got Jesus on our side, the best of best and the king of kings. Let your gentleness and your kindness be known to people around you , not a making up love but a genuine love which company’s with Heavenly Father. Sure, soon or later The God of everything , who died on the Cross for us will give us all the answer.

C.S Lewis in his “the four loves ” illustrates beautifully about affection , friendship , Eros and Charity( Agape) loves. But the Agape or unconditional love of God is greatest of all.  

Father God , In Jesus name  we came to you. You are the one we can trust. You  are our first Love. We hold on to you very closely. We allow and open our hearts to your endless love. We thank you for eternal life. We thank you for everything you have done and you are going to do in our life. Here Father I pray for singles and married people, Pray for any human being that all are in the centre of your attention. I pray that they experience your unconditional(Agape) love. Where , There would be no lack of affliction   and attention. May your word will be done to us.Amen

 

 

Written by Dariush Youkhaneh

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Four_Loves

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/four-things-god-says-singles/

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+7&version=MSG

            

Big Love (Loving Large)

I know life is harsh and sometimes we can not even bother ourselves to look back. Last Thursday night I heard a testimony from someone that literally shack my heart. He pronounced dead but how God brought him back to life. His hand was full of someone’s blood, How God not only saved his soul also saved him from a tragedy.

I reckon I can not miss the forecast again in Australia. Very fast , Today was the hottest day in Australian history after 1939. About 47 degree above. My Fan is very tired and working from yesterday , My windows is open also. Right now I am typing this is about 24 which compares to 42 is pretty chill. I know. We are in summer. Most of you experiencing of cold weather. Tell me how is the weather there now? Very COLD?

Okay. In this case take your tea or coffee and keep reading my this post. Intentionally I select Loving big because I felt from the start of 2018 we need to remind ourselves Only LOVE matters everything else are in background. If you tell me someone died for me to give me comfort probably I will say go away and do not joke with me. But there is someone who loved me and died for me. The biggest love I know , The largest love we know. The Love of Jesus.

[ A gently chill-wind slapping my face as I am typing this , How good is cold weather 🙂 ].

I want his endless love be within me that I can love people , I can forgive them that I can give my all to them. I even can not imagine this love. I am not talking about romantic love , I am talking that unconditional heavenly love that covered me and you today. Grace and Love how close they are today. People talks about this amazing love but they had never experienced it before.

As Max Lucado says ” God loves us too much to indulge our every whim”.

He loves us in every area of our life. His Loves is so much that He made us like him , A light in the world , His own children.

I remember, One day I asked God . “Please I can not do this , tell me what is the next step” I said. Immediately within a week. I got my answer. He said to me :” Look outside my  child” I said yes Father I see. ” I kept my nation for 40 years I gave them water food and everything they need but do not think I can keep you here for more than two years? ” Such a love overflowed in me from top to down. The peace and his love changed my attitude , and from  then on , I never complained about anything.

Struggle is there yes , But love of God is higher than anything we face.

I love Matthew 5. The sermon on the Mount. It is one of my fav scripture in the Bible. I can not ask God anymore. He says in verse 14 ” You are the light for the whole world..”  We can show to the whole world the eternal love of Father by lighting them. Telling them the truth, acting our life in peace and truth. He says in verse 13 ” You are the salt for everyone on earth..” We can act wisely and be the salt of this broken world. Not by my strength , we do not have any power , we are human. But by his word.

C.S Lewis says ” Though our feeling come and go, God’s love for us does not” .

Let us love each other big. Let us never underestimate the power of loving each other, helping each other. We are living and loving because his first loved us enough. I am thirsty to see the Love of Christ in me and other people.

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The Love of CHRIST changes everything in us. My Soul is thirst for Him…

The greatest command of God. Love let it be the first priority of our life. Some of us may doing it already. I am glad you are ahead and obeying God. His Love heals us also. He is the master of healing. I do not know you , But I rely on heavenly Love of Father. I want to be like his Love. I am going to carry the goodness and kindness of him within me. I am going to dream big , love big , live large with an open heart. And I know that I am more than conquerors through him who loved me because NOTHING can separate me from the BIG LOVE of God in Christ Jesus. Amen

 

What is in your life most matter?

Do you love Him?

 

Written By Dariush Youkhaneh

John 3: 16

Romans 5:8

Matthew 5

Romans 8:37-39

Galatians 2: 20

1 John 3: 1

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Faith is Colourful.

..The life I now live in the body, I live by FAITH in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave himself for me.

Faith is not a motion or emotion. It is a real thing we deal. If you believe it heart fully it will take you to next step. So why these days we do not see much the real faith around, because there is no genuine believe in it even, our self-conscious are not active and sincerely believe it. So what is the reason of it? The short answer would be : comfort and not whole heart surrendering everything to Him, to another word not believing in unseen or the things we can not see.

When we ask something we need to believe it to happen for us and there would be no doubt and hesitation or not going to happen. 100% your heart , your soul and your mind must believe that will happen. To satisfy your mind; it is up to you to fix it up , Tell your mind be silent and listen to heart to believe it. Because doubt is like a wave in the sea takes you anywhere. You believe in Jesus Right? You believe in His Name Right? So now you are asking things like from Son to Father. You and I need to believe our Father is able and can make us new. This needs our faith to be colourful. Faith in healing , Faith in word , Faith in Jesus , Faith in better things ahead , Faith that He is able.

Let’s think about this. If my Faith can change me , the things and people around me , why not to taste it and believe my Father( God ) is powerful. There are so many example in the Bible about Faith from Moses and Joshua to Paul and Jesus.

Faith is a lovely Mum’ sing – La La La – for her kid, Faith is a really honest and genuine friend that will never let you down. It is a beauty of blue ocean. It is a lovely tree that will bring in all four seasons all kind of fruit. It is a sun will shine in your life.

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Faith is colourful in the black and white world.

John [3:36] says ” Whoever believes in the Son has eternal Life.. ” so Faith has an everlasting attribute to attach. If you and I just believe , How our world will change. Believe in Him not in our limited ability. Faith in His powerful wisdom not in our limited understanding. It will not take you back , it will push you forward. Faith looks the best in people and change their life forever and ever.

The first channel is to believe in the Blood of Son. You are gone 80% of the way. Believe in the Holy Spirit and Father , you are gone 99% of the way. The 1% is believe in You. That you are made in the image of God and your likeness of Him now.

John [3:18] says ” Whoever believes in him is not condemned..” and ” Whoever believe in me , as scripture has said,

rivers of living water will flow from within them”

This river is within you, and will overflow gratefully. It will bring life and peace to you and people around you. It will supernaturally provide all sort of needs on the earth. It will heal us. It will revive us.

The problem most of us is , we so much flash-back. People are healed still go back and talk about how miserable I was. Testimonies are good in a better way to encourage others. But some of us till living in past – there is a better future are ahead if we only believe and have faith God can do great things ahead. Lets talk about the beauty of heaven and future . Lets sing praise and good news of Christ. Lets speak life to each other. Lets make decision and this pain and suffering will be away by the Faith in the Son of God.

” Go” , Said Jesus, ” your faith has healed you “..[Mark 10:52a]

 

Written By Dariush Youkhaneh

Freed of myself

I do not need any reason to do good because i need to be accepted. I do not need to live a life of that others have to accept it. I am not going to be others. I learnt to live a life of love. When i was introduced to myself – I was slowly dragged myself from out of the presence of God to a world of me. That it does not necessarily means i am free. I did not know that to be me it means I need to be in Him. But I learnt it. Although i was beating by it. It was a sense of God making me a new figure.

I thought the word of ‘enjoy’ means , the things in the world will make me happy. But I learnt enjoy means to enjoy God. To be with Him.

The lack of knowledge can not drag me down of  ‘myself’. Because my reality it is defined in Him. When i am in God _ He is giving me ‘ the true of me ‘. David knew that and he says : “Enjoy the Lord ” . It means taking us not seriously and free ourselves of the things of the world.  It means simply enjoy the simple of you and let your personality grows in Him, Not by the criteria of this world instead by desire of God.

I know the reality is so real and tangible.

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But ‘the true of me’ is found in the Spirit not in the flesh.  

When my wishes and dreams are lined with the heart of God- then i can say like David ” and he will give what your heart asks “. I will enjoy every moment of me { yes even in hard times} becasue i choose to be in Him. I choose to accept my mistakes and failures. I choose to not letting unforgiveness have any place in my heart. I choose to love others . I choose to be in peace with Him in Christ. I choose wherever i would be , i will glorify Him.

When i commit my life to Him , He will act!  

Am i a professional worker ? am i a simple worker? I will commit it to him everything i do.

You and me , made to freed ourselves the things of the world are trying to stick on us. They labeled us unfaithful , they labeled us crazy . They labeled us unmodern and fool, direct and indirect. I am proud in my God. I am proud and enjoy in Him. I am single-minded not narrow-minded .  I love them continuously. Because i know one day ‘ the true of ourselves ‘ will be shown obviously. That is what David says:

” and will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
    your justice like high noon. “

I am going to reflect this. I am going to live in this. Who is in me is bigger than any other out there.  How do i find this ? By :

” Be still before the Lord,
    and wait for him. ” 

Live , Wait  and Trust :  these are good for your soul.

 

 

Written By Dariush Youkhaneh

Read : Psalm 37

This life is…

What stopping you love your God?

Is it Pain in past, or worrying about future? You do not know HOW MUCH YOUR CREATOR LOVE YOU.

I am so exciting to announce that . You are child of God. You are a new creation in Him. You are who be formed like him. Love people , love your family and live a life of live. Everyday is full of new opportunities for you.

 Do not miss your today because of yesterday. And embrace what is ahead of you.

This life is …

… Full of Making mistakes  and find the right way

… A breath of morning

… Worrying and not to be afraid

… Making major and minor decisions

… Laughter and craziness

…to be light and salt and to be used and not

… Worth to live in

… Being healed and not to be

… Moments and memories

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“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14 : 6 .

He is the Life  and all the statement above are under His . In Him you have life. In Him you find meaning. In any situation or season you are in. You  are made to be there to glorify Him. You are saying Dariush how God want me to be in pain and sorrow . God does not want you to be in pain at all. God is not a bad God, He is a father. You meant to be there at that season to glorify Him. Jesus said “ I came you may have life in me “.

The life is

He loved you before you found yourself in your that particular season. There is always a door open for you, always. You say , how I am going to find it? The answer will be found in Jesus. He said :” I am the way ..”

Yhooooo. What do you want more? Life is given to you right now. You have an eternal life in  Him.

 

Proverbs 14 : 27

The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death.

Halleluiah. We have LIFE.

Fear of the Lord starts with obeying Him.

My life is His life. Your life is His life. Our life is His life. Do you believe it?

 

Written by Dariush Youkhaneh