Worshiping HIM – without being a singer

Workship GodI am in many ages all at one time. As a worshipper I am bouncing between the primary school & the secondary school, restless to go to secondary school. As a lover of God, I am in the kindergarten, although I wish to be raise up to the high school. As a social role, I am a Husband & a Dad. Yeah, a graduate in engineering, an entrepreneur. Physically, many rate me with the strength & vitality of a healthy early 30’s guy.

I have always been amazed, right from high school of the immense & deep devotion for Jesus of the men & women of faith, be it John the apostle, St. Francis of Assisi. I skimmed through the writings of the saints & wondered what drew their love for Christ, Jesus Christ. Now years and even decades later, feel sad that I had not perused any of the writings, taking deep dive & fathoming these books/writings.

Years later, even before I discovered the reasons, even before perusing the reading of the books, got to hear & repeatedly hear again and again about the importance of reading the Bible. Over many years had the discipline of reading through the Bible. Checked the internet and discovered various Bible reading plans. Many times the routine dropped off, but picked back into the schedule. I would not have a perfect reading, but many years of nearly perfect reading. All these lead to the discovery that it’s love that brings devotion. Thus started the quest for loving God.

As these were going on, in the church, repeatedly many preacher’s encouraged the congregation to make declarations. Power of the spoken word to make change was emphasized time & again. Read the power of declarations in the post (link to be to be advised here later). Thus started the next stage of declaring the Word Of God, aligned to where I desired to go in Life.

Then started declaring: I want to love you Lord, love you in Truth & Spirit. This has been going for years. Since this is fully aligned to the will of God plainly mentioned in the Bible, I was certain and excited about this. And little by little, I started loving HIM more. You may wonder, why I am saying little by little. During the moments of the conscience day, I still do not find I am doing all that I could to please HIM. Wonder why, although I want to. The only reason I find is I am not conscience of the Love of Christ as often I should. I am not conscience of the true depth & significance about this. I believe if I love him well, I would always please him.

Conscience of this limitation, I wanted to change more of my inside. In quest of this discovered about the need to worship. Remembered the many times the congregation was exhorted in the church to Worship HIM. But I did not sing. Even when I sang during the occasions we prayed as a family, when I sang, my young boy, in a loving manner conveyed how I was out of tune. My darling wife was always controlled in her reaction, clothing it with the cloak of greater love, which only covered up my voice from shame because of pitiable singing.

However, in my weakness, HE gives strength & strategies to overcome shortcomings. Praise & worship songs in YouTube came to rescue.

Workship God Songs like – Your Presence is Heaven to Me Israel Houghton *NEW VERSION* found at https://youtu.be/kQAwpMFS_9o and many like this came to my rescue. Started singing & worshipping. But when I let my voice be drowned in the music from these worship songs, I heard as well as others heard only from the perfection from the YouTube channel.

I am still a student in purist of worshipping better. I need to labor. Need to continue to praying in tongues, read and meditate the Bible & worship HIM in spite of my voice. Thanks to the Christian worship songs in YouTube.

7 reasons, why should you should desire to have a Pure Heart?

Heart ImagePure gold, pure silver is valued more and desired more. We come across impure items naturally in nature. To transform them into purity requires time and effort. Time and efforts needs to be put to transform items, be it gold, silver, water, or even a human heart into a state of purity. Pure items are in demand & are treasured.

Consider drinking water, although water may be available in plenty, when visiting many cities and villages, you are cautioned to drink only bottled mineral water or distilled water. Drinking anything else is generally associated with risking various sickness including diarrhea. While a glass of water which is not a bottled mineral water may look identical to a glass tap water, what follows can be a different experience, which is regretted. In many cases, both glasses of water may look similar & even taste similar, but the difference is felt after a day or so. While one glass of water may give ongoing refreshing, the other can result is frequent toilet visits. It is only heeding to the warning and experience of others, which guides one to continually decide in favor of pure mineral or distilled drinking bottled water.

Similarly often, whether your heart is pure or impure, others may not discern any difference. It’s like the glass of water – the glass with the impure tap water and the glass with the pure bottled water would just look the same. But the person you notices the differences is HIM, the almighty.
1. In 1 Samuel, verse 7, we read, “The LORD told Samuel, “Don’t look at His appearance or his height, for I’ve rejected him. Truly, God does not see what man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD sees the heart. So if you want to reach your destiny, your full potential, to be chosen by GOD, take good care of your HEART, maintain it pure.

Why getting chosen by GOD is important? If you are chosen by God, no wall, no hindrance can block your progress, you can even forget envious and jealous friends and relations. Here in this case, David’s Dad & his brothers had decided to ignore him totally ignoring him from the feast when Prophet Samuel had visited their home.

2. Your words, your vocabulary, what you speak becomes good & wholesome, if you take care of your heart. Thus people would like your conversations. Matthew 15, verse 18 to 19 says, “What comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart . . . For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a man”

3. Thus if you take care of your heart, you can also have a clean body. Read again the latter part of the last biblical reference. Before physical adultery takes place, adultery happens in the heart. Adultery in both forms is sinful. When any desire is pursued with greater importance than walking in Gods ways, is adulterous. Mathew 5, verse 27 to 28 says, “You shall not commit adultery.” But I say to you that every one who looks at a woman

4. Lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. (Matthew 5:27–28). If you take care of your heart, you can stay away from adultery. What is in your heart is not known to others, it’s a secret chamber which only God knows. What you are as a root, not visible to others, but God is very significant and is as visible as a branch..

5. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” This is from Mathew 5, verse 8. Thus, if you take care to maintain a clean heart, you can see GOD, can gain permission to be in HIS presence.

6. King David says, with clean hands & pure heart, you can go to HIS presence & stand in HIS presence (ascend the Hill of the Lord). Read the Psalm 24, verses 3 to 4, “ Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false, and does not swear deceitfully.”

7. Yet again another awesome benefit of maintaining a pure heart, can be seen in James, where it states, “Draw near to Jesus & HE will draw near to you. Read James 4, verse 8, “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you men of double mind.” A double minded person, is a hypocritical person, a person whose intent and action are not fully aligned, a person who is deceptive, unfaithful.

How would you recognize a person with a pure heart? A person with a pure heart will love God with All his/her Heart – total, not partial this is the very first commandment. You may have noticed by now, that loving God with All heart, echoing of a “pure heart”.

In Hebrews chapter 12, verse 14, Jesus says, “Strive for . . . the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.” For many of us who feel distressed at the prospect that we would not be able to see God, Jesus is quick to give a relief in Hebrews 12, verse 24, when he mentions, “With men it is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

1.With the benefits of a pure heart well established, here are the 3 keys to have a clean heart, viz. Cry to God, “Create in me a Clean Heart”. This is mentioned in Psalm 51, verse 10. You can prayerfully sing this at the following YouTube link https://youtu.be/6lBhvTAfmIk

2. Instead of looking at yourself, look, focus at HIM, who can make you clean. Read verse 14 chapter 2 of Titus, where Christ “gave himself for us . . . to purify for himself a people.”

3. It is Jesus Christ, who cleans and purifies our heart, when we accept his saving grace by faith. Therefore, without any doubt, with all certainty, trust in the Lord with ALL your heart, as mentioned in provers 3, verse 5.

Will these 3 steps, you will see God. Trust in Him, Acts 15:9

Tata Global Beverages – Basic insights for potential investors

Generally I am media shy. Hence in spite of being the top investor into the Tata group from Mirdiff, an upmarket residential location in Dubai, I am not hounded by press reporters. I know that I can enjoy this peace and calm only for a few more months until eventually I get to be the top investor from the Middle east into the Tata Group.

Generally being adventurous, yet conservative in terms of sector investment, I have limited my exposure to Tata Steel & Tata Global Beverages. The rationale is the trustworthiness of commodities & food sector.

Currently Tea accounts for nearly 70 per cent of Tata Global Beverages’ revenues with Speciality tea making up 15 per cent.
Coffee accounts for 25 per cent of its revenues.
While water, a relatively newer line, accounts for 2 per cent.

As per strategic plan, Tata Global Beverages is targeting to increase revenue from the value-added segment thus aiming at boosting revenue from:

Speciality teas to 30 per cent,
Coffee to 35 per cent and
Water to 10 per cent.

Towards increasing the footprint in USA – the world’s largest coffee market, Tata Global Beverages is actively looking at alliances and acquisitions. Currently, the US market is tapped in through the brand EIGHT O’CLOCK. The brand Eight O Clock is a product of an alliance between Tata Coffee and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters own Keruig, the largest single-serve coffee machine operator in the US. The Eight O’Clock branded coffee pods for Keurig machines (often referred to as K-cups) has helped in significantly increasing the market share in the US. As you would have guessed it right, Tata Global Beverages has invested into Tata Coffee.

The international business accounting for 66% of consolidated revenue is growing steadily. In addition to strong growth in Europe & US, the south Asia business in Pakistan & Bangladesh is growing well.

Various popular brands which bring revenue for the company includes:

Tetley, Tata Tea, Grand Coffee in the Russia, Chakra Gold Tea in India, the Tata Tea Gold, Eight O’Clock Coffee, Grand Coffee, Himalayan water, Tata Water Plus, Tata Gluco Plus, Starbucks in India(Tata Starbucks).

An author, 22 months in waiting

Two days ago, I met a charming, joyful, youthful man in his mid-fifties at the Kochi airport. His fair-skinned face was made brighter with his clean-shaven, moustache-removed face. I have much respect and love for this person, partly because he is a farmer sowing seeds of love and harmony into the lives of disturbed families across the breadth & depth of Kerala, partly because there is much serenity and peace in his warm personality.

He and I got to discussing life and the joy of living. It was then that I discovered that he was working on a book, wanting to get it published. On asking further, I was told that he was not able to write daily. His crutch was his mood. So he would write when his mood was good. He had enough and more to write about, but due to one reason or another he did not have the right mood (mental frame work) to write. He mentioned that it was 22 months since he started the project, and it seemed that he still had a long way to go.

At this I shared the golden keys to be a consistently successful writer viz.

  1. Discipline is the key to harness creativity, including writing which is a creative pursuit. Writing should not be left at the mercy of one’s mood. Thus once you decide to write 250 words or 1,000 words daily, just do it.
  2. Writing is to be separated from editing. Write when you decide to do it. Edit it in a separate time slot.

I should give credit for the first tip to the blogger I follow much, Jeff Goins @ www.JeffGoins.com. I recall, the importance of daily discipline in writing was shared first by my Dad. I recall, my Dad mention to me how Somerset Maugham would write for 4 hours daily.

There was a twinkle in his eyes of the soon-to-be author. He explained, “Yes, I will do it as a routine.” The joy in perceiving the reduced time frame for publishing the first book was refreshing to our hearts. We bid adieu.

​Speaking at every opportunity

Yesterday, after getting back from a 4-day trip to Kochi, Joseph, my first-born delighted me. He mentioned that he made a speech in his new school. As part of the class leader selection process, public speaking was required.

He guessed that he stood little chance of winning the selection process as 90% of the students in his class were old students. Nonetheless, as he had something meaningful to speak, he decided to stand up and speak.

I commended him & gave him a hug. Told him that he had gladdened my heart. Told him three important points, viz.

  1. Use the first opportunity to speak. Never be hesitant, especially if you meet the 2nd requirement.
  2. Have something meaningful and useful to speak about. A creative mind can always find a useful observation to make.
  3. The first few occasions, you may hesitate under the cover of not having anything useful to say. Ignore these self talks, unless you persevere you will never have anything to say. Being intentional is a necessary.

Popular stand-up comedian, Jerry Seinfeld had made a great thought provoking joke. “I read a thing that actually says that speaking in front of a crowd is considered the number one fear of the average person. I found that amazing – number two was death! That means to the average person if you have to be at a funeral, you would rather be in the casket than doing the eulogy.”

Why is public speaking important?

  1. Multiplier effect
    In a conversation you generally speak to one person or may be two or three. But in a public speaking at one time, you generally speak to 50 or more people. Thus you have at least 50 times more exposure and self-confidence.
  1. Get respect  
    Often people are hesitant to make a public speech. But when people take the plunge, they are perceived to be bold & have leadership skills.
  2. Get ahead of competition 
    When you tread to go step into territory others are hesitant to step into, you make a visible impact. You get ahead of the pack, when you make a public speech.
  3. Gain trust
    When you deliver a genuine message effectively, you get to leverage the trust of the audience.

As a sign of further endorsement, I called up my Dad & shared this news. He is a seasoned public speaker. He has systematically baptised many into practising the art of public speaking. Later, when my Dad congratulated Joseph, he would have been further encouraged.

Morning with Jesus…Quiet time with the Lord

Quiet time - morning with Jesus

Go spend time every morning with Him.

It’s a new day & a new month. I very much desire that as an individual as well as a family (my darling wife, my first-born Joseph & my second one David) all walk with greater conscience, that is, You are our desire…

Here are a few praise and worship songs I drenched myself in today. I sang along with the YouTube versions of these songs. (Click them, if you want to hear them)

I will worship with all of my heart..I will praise you with all of my strength
I am coming back to the heart of worship, its all about you
All I need is You
Here I am to Worship, Here I am to bow down

For my day’s reading, I visited http://www.biblegateway.com/reading-plans/old-new-testament/2013/09/01?version=NKJV

For my declarations, I chose a few selected verses from the last week, the good aspect of this was that, unlike many other scripture verses, I did not have to modify it to personalise it. It was personalised in the first person, by default.

A Psalm of David - Psalm 101
1 I will sing of mercy and justice;
To You, O Lord, I will sing praises.
2 I will behave wisely in a perfect way.
Oh, when will You come to me?
I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.
3 I will set nothing wicked before my eyes;
I hate the work of those who fall away;
It shall not cling to me.
4 A perverse heart shall depart from me;
I will not know wickedness.
5 Whoever secretly slanders his neighbour,
Him I will destroy;
The one who has a haughty look and a proud heart,
Him I will not endure.
6 My eyes shall be on the faithful of the land,
That they may dwell with me;
He who walks in a perfect way,
He shall serve me.
7 He who works deceit shall not dwell within my house;
He who tells lies shall not continue in my presence.
8 Early I will destroy all the wicked of the land,
That I may cut off all the evildoers from the city of the Lord.

Psalm 119
97 Oh, how I love Your law!
It is my meditation all the day.
98 You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies;
For they are ever with me.
99 I have more understanding than all my teachers,
For Your testimonies are my meditation.
100 I understand more than the ancients,
Because I keep Your precepts.
101 I have restrained my feet from every evil way,
That I may keep Your word.
102 I have not departed from Your judgments,
For You Yourself have taught me.
103 How sweet are Your words to my taste,
Sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 Through Your precepts I get understanding;
Therefore I hate every false way.

Thanking you Lord for the Million blessings

I am just amazed at the blessings He showers on me every day.

Right from the very best parents, loving siblings & a gracious wife & joyous children, I cannot thank You enough. I thank you for inspiring & peaceful uncles & aunts and resourceful cousins. My mind can recall a hundreds of people whom You have perfectly placed at the right moments of my life.

During our prayer time, every morning, I share with my wife about the sweet blessings & rejoice in these. We declare to Him that we do not choose to take any of this for granted. It feels so good thanking the one who deserves it most.