Spiritual walk or run?

Scriptural Readings: Luke 22:42, Hebrews 12:1- 3

At this point of time the Lord has got a lot of things for me to accomplish and I have to make this time His time. This is a time of sanctification for you and I. As we follow His instructions for us, we have to do it with no delay. As we accomplish His instructions for us, we become better Christians and useful for God.

As Christians, we all know that when we got born again, we become a new creature in Jesus Christ and the moment we receive the status of co heir with Jesus we have to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, no exception and with no reservation.

The fact is as we deal with our lives, whether our spiritual lives or our earthly lives, we always face difficulties. Getting our body soul and spirit one with God’s spirit requires some serious efforts and sometimes a time consuming process.There are times we have to have some painful moments or unacceptable situations just for us to realize we are doing the wrong thing.

This is the time that we have to ask God “Should I slow down or speed up”? Spiritual maturity depends on how we follow God.This is why sometimes we have to walk or sometimes we have to run with regards with our spiritual lives.

Jesus walked slowly towards His death bearing all the pain and shame for us. Some of us right now are carrying our crosses slowly and having this inner feeling of giving up. Jesus was confronted with same thing.He saw exactly what will happen to Him(Luke 22:42). Keep in mind that these things will happen to us. Each and everyone of us who will follow Jesus will have a cross to bear.

Now we are on a race. We are told to run the race with patience. Setting aside all the things that will make it difficult for us. We are asked to look upon our Lord and savior Jesus Christ as an example who saw not the difficulties, pain, shame and all those things that would make it impossible for us to have fellowship with God. This time Jesus saw the joy that would be not only for Him but for all of us who will follow him. We have to install in our minds how He endured these things that we should not get tired and lose the purpose of running this race. The purpose of this race is to carry on this race whether we walk or run and to fix our eyes on Jesus Who is the author and finisher of our faith(Hebrews 12:1- 3).

Yes, there are things that seems to be impossible to accomplish His will and instructions for us but Jesus the author and finisher of our faith will slow us down to let us see what He wants us to see and on the other hand will speed up things for us to accomplish His will to the end.

Heavenly Father, allow us walk and follow the footsteps of your Son Jesus Christ. Let us not get weary and lose the heart to run the race that you have set before us. In the mighty name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ we pray. Amen


Time is up

Scriptural Readings Genesis 1:4-5, Ecclesiastes 3, Luke 12: 19-20

Time is important. I think that there is no point of argument on this statement. All of us follow a time frame including God. There is a culmination for everything. 24 hours seem to be short and we need more. Why do people need more time? There are also people who have all the time in the world.

When God divided the light, He called the light day and the darkness He called night (Genesis 1:4-5). This is one day. Is it 24 hours? What is the importance, involvement and the consequences of these for all of us? Why do we have to know the answer to all these things?

A day is always ahead of us. What does it mean? It means that we have to be open and be well aware for His instructions, blessings or may be something else. This day is not ours to own. A day was made because He has a purpose for this(Ecclesiastes 3). The problem is that we are always occupied with what we have to do for a single day. Most of the time we never ask what is His will for us for that day or a particular day and that is why we always get into trouble. We tend to think more of ourselves instead of Him and this is why we are defeated with just one day of worries, loneliness and all emotional downsides. Time framed us instead of framing our time for Him. Our days are numbered and we should be wise living our lives by turning our focus and the whole of our spirit, soul and body to the day for our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. We should always think that our time is always up.This kind of attitude will bring us closer to Him who made the day and who made us. Again we do not hold our time (Luke 12: 19-20) and let God handle our time.

God prepared a new heaven and earth so there is a time that all things will pass away and new things will come. The time that we invested just for the personal reason outside God’s intervention is just a waste of time. Our time is up. We have to let God operate every second of our time to Him in exchange for eternity.

Heavenly Father, choosing our time to spend without you is a total waste of time. Let your appointed time be upon us that we might continue the true meaning of our lives. Make this time available to us in no time. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.


Peace of mind

Scriptural Reading John 14: 26-27

We live and survive in a jittery or agitated world. An environment controlled and is more likely to be submissive to every kind of evil influences. The minute we open our eyes whether we like it or not we will be confronted by vagueness and hesitations.

Once again as Christians, we are protected and authorized by God’s power. We have the spirit of Jesus in our spirit, soul and body and this means that we have no reason not to accomplish and follow God’s instructions.

God has always something for us. A purpose. We are a part of this purpose and sometimes we give way to some excuses when we do God’s work and it should not be delayed and it should not be this case and if He is doing something, this means we will also be rewarded.

One of the many causes of the delay of God’s work is our emotions. For whatever reason or reasons we have this feeling to step back or hold back.

v.26 But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

In this passage, Jesus in His words reminded us that the Holy Spirit will teach us and will bring to our minds whatsoever He said unto us.

The word “said in Greek is epo, meaning a primary verb used only in the definite past tense. It is identical to rheo also a primary verb meaning flow or through the idea of pouring forth). If we are going to study deeply and carefully about what Jesus is telling us, the word saidHe was telling and referring to us are obviously His words.They are not simply words but powerful words. His words with power were poured and is flowing in our spirit, soul and body. Now having this same power given to us by our Heavenly Father through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we can now handle and face whatever holding or taking us back from accomplishing our mission coming from God.

v.27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

These are powerful words from our savior Jesus Christ. Have we ever imagine how powerful these words are? The powers with in these words are the same powers that created our world.These words become powerful because it came from the omnipotent God!

The peace He left (Peace I leave with you) us will stay with us because He has given(my peace I give unto you) it to us and He will never take it back. It will be and is a part of our sanctification. A promise to make our lives as Christians easier.

Jesus knows that we are going to depend and look for peace outside not inside (not as the world giveth,). He knows that one way or the other we will be having a wavering faith(Let not your heart be troubled). This is why His words by the power of the Holy Spirit will continue to remind us the power of God’s words flowing in us. In the court of law if the judge said innocent then it is indeed innocent. The judge is the source of the power of the words. If the words will not come from the judge then it has no effect. The same for Christians. Jesus words are powerful because He is God himself and these words make the difference.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. These powerful words which he left and given in order to flow in our whole being with out a doubt and with no reservation should be claimed by each and every Christians. We will continue to be a defeated Christian if we will not claim this promise.

The thing that we have to do right now is to live triumphantly through Jesus and His words inside of us, His words that is flowing in us, a peace of mind.


Who we are inside

Scriptural reading Romans 7:15-20; verse 4 (New International Version);1 Corinthians 14:33 King James Version (King James Version)

Struggling is a common part for everyone. As Christians, we have a spiritual war that has already been won through Jesus Christ but the fact is that we have to slug it out or have it in a battle and we have to win this battle the hard way. It is not easy to kick the habit of smoking or getting rid with addictions for people who do not trust God. On the other hand, it can be the same with Christians who might be facing the same things or might be even worst.

We might realize it or not but the battle ground is ourselves. Our body is the site where decisions are made whether it is going to be good or bad. We have to see ourselves from deep with in us. We have to see who we are from inside in order to resolve the existing conflict. We are weak from inside. As a matter of fact we cannot save ourselves. How is it possible to win the battle and the war if the bottom line is we cannot save ourselves. The truth is the enemy is ourselves. When we face ourselves, we face the enemy.

Verse 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.

Just to start with, confusion is present. ” I do not understand what I do”. We are confused. This is the result when we decided to work something that is good and guess what? We refuse to do it! “For what I want to do I do not do“, we do exactly the opposite “but what I hate I do”. A question that we asked repeatedly to ourselves why we love doing it again and again?

1 Corinthians 14:33 King James Version (King James Version)

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

God will never and ever confuse us. The devil the father of lies is doing everything to make us lie. He uses our body to make up our mind and decide the wrong things “but what I hate I do”.

Verse 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.

Sin with in us binds us with the law. It prevents us from doing God’s will. When we are finally successful of doing the wrong things ” And if I do what I do not want to do”, the law is now right. It is now more true and definite that we are sinners and we’re helpless with out Jesus.

Verse 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.

It is now very clear that inside us we are having a battle. We struggle against sin inside of us. We know our sinful nature confront what is true and right and the result is that always sin wins. Sin is stronger than we are and that is why we need a savior not just a savior but God Himself in the person of Jesus Christ.

Verse 18 For I know the good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.

Sometimes we are fooled to believe that nothing is really good in us. We are Christians and we have to stand on the promise that we are the children of God. We are able and has the capacity to perform what God has instructed us.

Verse 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do- this I keep on doing.

Verse 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

Summing up verses 19 and 20. We are on our way to doomsday. Since we cannot save ourselves, then we need JESUS CHRIST.

verse 4 So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead in order that we might bear fruit for God.

If we back track a bit, the solution to the battle who we are inside is nothing but a lost in every way creature. Our actions and decisions can never be admissible and gratifying in God’s presence. It was the atoning death on the cross by Jesus and through His resurrection that made us belong to Him and finally winning the battle that we might bear fruit for God.

Yes, you and I can bear fruit. We are now completely changed. Now we know our position. Our position in Jesus Christ has over turned the table. Through Jesus Christ we can finally win the battle. The war is over.

Now this is who we are inside, we are the children of God.