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Sit and rest

Scriptural Readings: Ecclesiastes 3:7, Psalm 37:7, Job 6:24, Ephesians 2:6-7

For so many obvious reasons a lot of us are currently living the most trying times in our lives. We continue to see and experience restlessness. From small scale to medium-scale and the most obvious larger scale. Our problems are compounded every day and it seems that these things will never come to an end. Is there a possibility that these things will one day be over? How long can we endure these things confronting us? Can we be able to reach the rest we want in this never and changing to the worst world we live in? The longer that it takes us to deal with it the shorter we are being pushed to the edge as if our entire being is a ticking time bomb.

King James bible

Ecclesiastes 3:7

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

Psalm 37:7

Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

Job 6:24

Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred.

Of the many things that we surely and miss in our lives at this point is just to sit, rest, and listen to the holy things God is telling, teaching, and instructing us. Let God speak and we should sit patiently and remain in silence. It is about time that we should stop giving and executing humanly options in the first place(most of the time failing) but listen carefully to the divine instructions first and foremost. It is impossible to receive God’s instructions if we are filled up with our reasoning following our way of thinking and collaborating with our stubborn attitude of dealing with these things through our actions. These are the things that make us weak. This is the clearest error in our lives that is continually done in a daily manner. Sitting and resting on God through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is the only thing that can assure us from all these things that are making our lives miserable lifted from us.

Ephesians 2:6-7

v.6 And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus:

God made us sit with Jesus our Lord and Savior in heavenly places. Once we Christians are seated with Him it means that we have to rest with Him. The idea of sitting and seated with Him means He will do all the things needed by us firstly. When we are sitting down or lying down the pressure is not within us. It is transferred on the chair or bed where we are sitting or lying down. When we are tired we need to rest our physical body including our mental health. We should be having a time of rest. In a lying or sitting position, our whole being does not have to put any strain or force itself to rest. All the things that make it difficult for us are now transferred to the bed or the chair we are resting on. In the same way, it goes with our spiritual lives. We must rest and sit with our Lord Jesus Christ. Resting and sitting with Him means He has taken the burden from us and we are free and should be patiently waiting for His instructions and most especially His blessing for us. This is the divine rest that most of us are looking for and probably missing.

And I will give you rest

If we stand on our ground, trusting in our own beliefs, bearing anxiety, depression, and things that we carry on our shoulders as we face every day, sooner or later we are going to give up. Our man-made faith in believing that we can stand on our human ground is strong and will sooner or later crumble like cookies when uncertainties and problems pile up. We are going to admit that we cannot stand anymore. Do not hold back. We should not keep anything from Him. There should not be anything left inside from holding us back from Him. Jesus promised us rest. Stand on this promise. This is the ground we should be standing on. All these things that we keep holding on to, things that made it difficult to live one more day should be given to Him in exchange for our rest. He said He will give us the rest we needed. If we ask for it, He will give it.

v.7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

New Living Translation

v.7 So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Jesus Christ.

When we became Christians, accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour we were made to sit with Him in the heavenly places and this resulted in one of the many things that God promised us. God promised that He will show or point to us the incredible richness of His grace and kindness that in the future generations might see it as well. We are given this promise, yes, right at this very moment and no doubt about it. His grace and kindness in abundance were given to us today that can displace any anxiety, depression, and all those miseries that imprisoned us for a long time. We continually walk in our Christian lives bearing all these things that burden us. We need to sit and rest. God made us sit with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to show that through grace and kindness we are free from the bondage of oppression from anxiety, depression, and all the things that slave us and above all assurance of eternal peace.

Stand on His ground

Scriptural Readings: Matthew 24:6-8,13-14

King James Version

Matthew 24

v.6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all [these things] must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

v.7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

v.8 All these [are] the beginning of sorrows.

New Living Translation

v.6 And you will hear of wars and threat of wars , but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately.

V.7 Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes and many parts of the world.

v.8 But all this is only the first of birth pains, with more to come.

It seems that what is happening today is becoming clearer as days pass for Christians and as Christians we should be well aware of what is going on. We have been reading, hearing and seeing a lot of the worst news ever in our lives. What do these things tell us? Where are we heading?

A lot of us today who live in different parts of this world whether a Christian or not, we are definitely somehow affected by what is happening on this planet. While this is written, there are some countries who are having a conventional war. People are suffering and dying because we are plagued by a virus. Unemployment rises, political instability threatens almost every country in the world. Economy is on the brink of collapsing. We cannot deny the fact that uncertainties continue to intensify as days go by. What do these things sum up to?

see that ye be not troubled…

The Lord Jesus said that we should not be troubled , alarmed or panicked.
These are His words. There should be no reason why we should not believe and follow it, and as Christians, if we are not to follow the things that He instructed us, it is going to be a disaster for sure at the end for all of us if we continue to ignore these things that we are asked to do by our Lord Jesus.

What about the good news? Will there be good news? Or some will say that there is no more good news happening today neither will there be happening in the future.

There is a good news.

King James Version

v. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

v.14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

New Living Translation

v. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

v.14 And the Good News about the KIngdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come.

Nobody knows when the end will come. It is only our Heavenly Father knows, but what is very clear right now is that the signs are for real and we cannot deny it and as we go on reading the whole chapter to the end, it tells us that we have to be strong in the Lord.

The big question now is are we strong in Him. It is indeed a scary feeling of what is happening today but we have to endure. How? Verse 13 said those who will endure will be at the end and be saved. The word “endure” in Greek is “hupomeno”. Hupomeno comes from the root words hupo and meno meaning “stay behind” or in other words remain; figuratively it means persevere- abide.

Jesus the son of the living God wants us to remain, persevere and abide in Him. We should stand on His ground. As soon as we stand on His ground, we will have fortitude. We are going to be immovable. We are the ones who will proclaim and preach the Good News about the KIngdom. If we stand on the ground of the good news, the finished work at cavalry, we will have the task of spreading the good news. This is the strongest ground that we will be standing on as Christians. This is the ground where the foundation of our salvation was fortified and this is the ground we are to stand on as we go through with our Christian lives.

We are always given the option where to stand on. It is important that we have to stand on something otherwise we are going to be miserable with our lives. We have to remember that we humans have the tendency to lean on or stand on something if we are in distress. This is our nature. We need a saviour. We need God through Jesus Christ. No one goes through the Father but through Him.

We can continue to stand on the ground where we cannot be sure of what will be for us at the end or stand on the ground where Jesus our Lord and Saviour promised us that we cannot be moved. Let the Holy Spirit guide us. Let us always have a prayerful life that the Holy Spirit will protect, sanctify and empower us on these times of trouble.

Heavenly Father, we are always weak. We can never be strong without Your Son Jesus. We come to Your throne of grace. Help us with our frailties and weaknesses. Cleanse us from our iniquities and let Your Holy Spirit comfort us in times of uncertainties. In the mighty name of Your son Jesus, our Lord and Saviour we pray. Amen.

It is all about intentions

Scriptural Readings: Acts 13:2, James 4:8, Matthew 22: 36-40

Intention is all about planning including our feelings and all those sorts of things that we want. True enough we considered a lot of things arriving from these intentions. Considering the things and the time we gave and went through with these intentions as Christians, the question is…Is it God’s will?

King James Version

Acts 13:2

As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.

New Living Testament Version

Acts 13:2

One day as these men were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Dedicate Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.”

One sure thing is that God has a plan and intentions for us. Make no mistake about it. He will reveal a lot of things for us as soon as we go through with our day. The Holy Spirit Whom the Father promised us will guide us. We should not doubt it. God never wanted for us to have intentions without His will. God has a plan for each and everyone of us.

If our intentions is all for God’s glory there is no doubt that God will not delay His response for us. The only reason we cannot understand, comprehend and all mixed up is because of our own intentions hidden in our hearts that only God can see.

One day as these men were worshipping the Lord and fasting….

This alone we can see that they were no doubt serious with their worship and fasting as well. This is a time only for God. Their intention and focus is just all for our God. There is only one thing in their spirits, soul and body and that is God. They are doing this for one reason and that is to draw near to God and sure thing was that they knew God will draw near to them. And as they expected the Holy Spirit responded by giving them His intention.

James 4:8

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse [your] hands, [ye] sinners; and purify [your] hearts, [ye] double minded.

This is why a personal relationship with Jesus, accepting Him as our Lord and Savior is needed.

We are asked to draw near to Him but when? Tomorrow? Next week? next month? because we have to finish something? God knows all our intentions. There is no doubt that if we draw near to Him He is always there and He will draw near to us. This is the reason why we always regret things at the end. God is always waiting for us to draw near to Him but we always have other intentions which has become a priority not Him.

Matthew 22: 36-39

v.36 Master, which [is] the great commandment in the law?

v.37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

v.38 This is the first and great commandment.

v.39 And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

v.40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

All things do matter. Our responsibilities to our families. Our social responsibilities matter too. Our rights also matters a lot. Jesus wants us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves but the first thing Jesus wanted is to love God with all our hearts, soul and mind.

If our intention is to think what are the good reasons why we should divorce our partners, a legitimate reason why we should be having abortion because these are bothering us. Do we think that these intentions are more favorable for God? Did we ever asked God how to have a forgiving heart so that I can forgive my cheating partner? Have we given some serious thoughts about the innocent life that has to be removed because of an untimely pregnancy? Did we ever have the thoughts of giving God the time and not asking Him the reasons why we should have reasons for these things that we did and decided in the first place ? These are our intentions. True enough we are focused on God but our intention is for our own good not His will. Again, true enough we will be having these uncertainties but God wants us to focus on Him not with the things that has given us these discomforts. God is bigger than any of our countless unbearable problems.

God wants us to acknowledge Him. His presence in us should tell us that we are precious to Him and not to waste time looking for what is good for us. God knows what is best for us. It would be a real comfort and peace of mind focusing on Him. Despite the fact that we are weary and heavily laden, Jesus said “ I will give you rest.”

Demand and expectation

Scriptural Readings: Philippians 4:6-7,19; John 14:27

Demand and expect are normal human behaviors. For some, these things become a habit. We have made laws twisted them and become accustomed to it and to the extent that it has transformed and taken them with us on having evil things in our lives. Abortion, divorce and the list goes on and to make things worst, we are trying to add more.

As Christians, can we benefit from these laws?

We are in a situation that we have to have needs and the worst way of having these needs is demanding God. We have carried our attitude in praying to God that we are demanding things from Him. It is a foolish thing to demand from God. God is not a genie, a magical spirit believed to take human form and serve the person who calls it. It is the other way around. We call upon Him and we serve Him. When praying we should not demand. We request from God. We humble ourselves and we go to the throne of grace with humbleness and we request(pray) God for our petitions and not to demand from God.

There is no doubt God hears us through Jesus but the attitude we’re having and showing will not be fully taken into consideration because of arrogance and having intentions not according to His will. Half of the world is in chaos. Even the richest countries in the world are now battling with so many things in order to return to their former glory and what do we do? We demand a lot and expect our own selfish decisions to come up. We think that we are doing the right things collectively but the truth is we are having our selfish motivation individually. Have we thought about why almost one half of this planet is killing each other and dividing even their own countries?

Philippians 4:6-7

v. 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

v.7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

It is all about request and result not demand and expect. When we pray (request), God answers(results) prayers. God sees not the words we say but our purpose and intention in our hearts. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit and therefore we should know what we lack and need therefore in our spiritual lives. These are the things that we have to pray(request)for. Remember that God knows everything! Even before we say a single word, He knows our purpose and intentions. If we make a request(a prayer)and the result is different from what we know, there is something that God wants us to know or do something else. As Christians we should not rely on expectations because this will cause frustrations and many more but we have to rely on God’s revelations through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. From this, a strong personal relationship to our Lord Jesus is established. From God through Jesus, we will be having our strong spiritual matureness living the spiritual way God intended in us to be.

The Father did not demand Jesus to go down and became a man to save us. The Son of the living God humbled Himself became a man and the result was salvation to mankind. This is the Gospel of our Lord and Savior. The good news. Despite the middle of turmoil and uncertainties, we do not have to demand and expect but instead we should be in no doubt in total peace.

Let us get rid of demand and expect. Of the many things that we are looking for is true peace of mind. As we continue to have an attitude of demand and expect we will always have the result of wanting more and expecting more and thus peace becomes unattainable.

John 14:27

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.

Philippians 4:19

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Let us accept the peace that the Lord Jesus left and offered us. This is the start of redirecting our lives from dissatisfaction to contentment. This life that we willfully submitted to Jesus Christ will be changed. We will see and act on His will that will make others see we are His disciples and children of our heavenly Father. We have to put in our minds that God knows our needs and will supply them and not what we want in our lives. If we try to read carefully God said that He will supply the needs and not the wants. Dissatisfaction starts when we try to want things that we do not need. We should not even try to want things that we do not need.

I Timothy 6:6-12

v.6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

v.7 For we brought nothing into [this] world, [and it is] certain we can carry nothing out.

v.8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

v.9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and [into] many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

v.10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

v.11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

v.12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

A Perfect Journey.

Scriptural Readings: I Peter 2:11, Jeremiah 29:11, Psalms 23.

We are on a journey. We are just passing through this world as the old saying goes but how do we see ourselves in this journey? As Christians we are told that we are going to be with God as He promised us when were done with our earthly lives.

As Christians, we should see ourselves as God’s vehicle. As we deal with a 24/7 cycle in our lives we should be driven by God’s will but the journey has become difficult for us.

A car will always have a bumpy road and has to slow down. Even the largest ship has to cover from a safe place letting a strong storm pass. An airplane has to cope up with air pockets and trains will stop because one way or the other it will run out of tracks.

We need Jesus to absorb these bumpy roads. He’s our shelter during the storm and we will definitely crash as we feel something wrong with our engines due to problems and soon as we run out of tracks because we face uncertainties, our journey stops.

It is a lost cause without God’s intervention. Having no knowledge of what God wants us to do will be a futile attempt to have a life of what God wants us to have. It is only God’s will that we are going to go on and continue our lives conformed to His will handling all the toughest things that will come our way.

I Peter 2:11

Dearly beloved, I beseech [you] as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

Sanctification translated in Greek is hagiasmos means “holiness.” Sanctification therefore, means “to make holy.” God wants us, human beings to be holy as holy as he is holy( Lev 11:44 ; Matt 5:48 ; 1 Peter 1:15-16). We are to be saints. Saints translated in Greek is hagios. It is an integral part of our spiritual lives shaking our whole spirit, soul and mortal bodies leaving the things only what God needs in us. This is time, God’s time that He will send us and become true, equipped and mature Christians.

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

The word know in Hebrew is YADA` meaning to ascertain by seeing. It is in the Kal preterite form meaning the action had been completed. In other words, He has seen us. He even knows the exact number of our hairs even we keep losing some of them in a daily manner. He already has seen the manner of our journey!

What really is wonderful about this passage is that the Lord has given us thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. The word give is in Kal infinitive. Infinitive verbs like the concept of infinity, they are not bound by time. Therefore thoughts of peace and not of evil shall be with us through our journey as an expected end. The word expected in Hebrew is tiqvahah which means thing that I long for or things that we long for. As for the word end in Hebrew means the last or end, hence, the future.

Psalms 23

1 A Psalm of David.

The LORD [is] my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou [art] with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Christian joy and happiness does not mean having no sad and trying moments. We are going to be tested by time through our journey and we are not going to be alone on this journey.

To sum things up, God has already given us peace along our journey in life that is not bound by time. Yes, as pilgrims we are asked to abstain from fleshly lust which can be very difficult for us but God has already seen what lies ahead and He wants us to know that along our journey He has already given us the peace that is not bound by time.

Heavenly Father, we come unto your throne of grace with heaviness in our hearts. We come to your holy presence and claim your promises. You are near to us who are brokenhearted and afflicted. We stand on your promise that you are going to deliver us from these afflictions and lift up these sorrows. We stand on our faith that You will grant us peace that is not bound by time. Through Your son Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior we pray. Amen.

Look Who’s talking? Are we listening? What are we doing?

Scriptural Readings: Matthew 24:10,12; Hebrews 6:4-6; Psalms 34:18-19;
II Corinthians 3:4; Colossians 2:2, 9-10; Matthew 22: 36-40; Revelation 19:10.

Matthew 24:10

And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another,

What is true about what is happening today around this planet causes alarm and a lot of discomforts and uncertainties. The fact that peace is being compromised, half of the people around the world do not want to be living in perfect harmony. Some people think they were offended and they were betrayed.

The result…

and shall hate one another.
We can see perfectly the picture of our true nature if what our wants would not be met. Since some of us felt offended and betrayed we resorted into hatred. Hatred has become an option. Violence has become a normal thing for us to see and experience. It has become a solution to our differences.There is now no conviction. There was so much delight seeing other people hurt and die. We cannot hide these. We can see them everywhere.

Is this true or false?

v.12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

Rejecting the truth, many of us are walking away and gone astray. Our calloused conscience cannot communicate with our faith anymore because our sinful nature together with our own selfish desires are racing each other inside of us in whichever comes first as a winner we end up becoming the loser. Forgiving one another is just a lie that we have to live with. The supposed burning love in our hearts either died or had gone cold.

Hebrews 6:4-6

v.4 For [it is] impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,

v.5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,

v.6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put [him] to an open shame.

New Living Translation

Hebrews 6:4-6

v.4 For it is impossible to bring back to repentance those who were once enlightened—those who have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in the Holy Spirit,

v.5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the power of the age to come—

v.6 and who then turns away from God. It is impossible to bring such people back to repentance; by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing him to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame.

There are times that we Christians look at Jesus as just merely a human unknowingly. There are times we never acknowledge Him as a savior. Only to find out that our faith does not seem to work for us at all and the reason is we have been living our lives in this situation.

Many of us today are broken, one way or the other we have felt and suffered from frustrations, depression making us helpless and broken.

Psalms 34:18-19

v.18 The LORD [is] nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saved such as be of a contrite spirit.

Many [are] the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

II Corinthians 3:4

v.4 Such confidence we have through Christ toward God.

Colossians 2:2

v.2 that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself,

Colossians 2:9-10

For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority;

And who is talking? Isn’t that these words are from God? Isn’t He reffering to our Lord Jesus Christ the One He sent for our salvation and the way that we have to live by, the truth that we should and have to believe in and to have a life pleasing to the Father?

Are we listening? Do we hear what God is telling us or do we continue with our own way of living? God has given us the capacity to choose and what are we doing?

Matthew 22: 36-40

v.36 Master, which [is] the great commandment in the law?

v.37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

v.38 This is the first and great commandment.

v.39 And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

v.40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

The thing that is happening and what we are doing right now is exactly the opposite of what God wants us to do. How can we please God if the first law alone is a failure for us. How can we accomplish the second law if we have failed already on the first law. God is love. How can we love God if we have hatred in us. This is a totally completed picture of failure as a Christian.
Jesus said that we have to love God with all our heart, souls and mind because God Himself will deal with these things that are impossible for us to get rid of, our hating hearts, hating souls and hating minds making it possible to love ourselves as well as our neighbors.

Unless we accept the absolute truth of the finished work of Jesus Christ at the calvary, the good news, it is impossible to love God and Jesus Christ who gave His life for us. Hatred will forever reign in our hearts, souls and minds and this means that we have chosen the wrong way, the wrong truth and the wrong life.

Revelation 19:10

And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See [thou do it] not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

Having the testimony of Jesus Christ in our lives will reveal to us the many things we need in our spiritual lives. Our spiritual lives matter. The more that we draw near to Him and He will no doubt draw near to us. The more revelations we will be having the more life pleasing to the Father our lives in whole will be. Alleluia!

Just like the Master

Scriptural Readings: Matthew 10:1; 11:1;27; 18: 1-4

The cyber world, digital world, whatever you call it, this is the wireless world that we are to live. A world that we made to live side by side with the fourth industrial revolution, computers, gadgets and a lot more which might dictate our 24/7. It can be a wonderland for us or can be a real nightmare. Are these things that we’ve made invaded our territories or are we tasked to conquer this land or this kind of world connected and joined with microchips ready to wage war or just maybe that this will give us the peace we need. In this cyber world that we are living right now, we can easily believe, appreciate and rely on the things that we see. An attitude of ours that the Lord Jesus knows and He has something for us to know and do.

Matthew 10

v.1 And when he had called unto [him] his twelve disciples, he gave them power [against] unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

As Christians we should be thrilled with this verse. The 12 disciples are no different from any of us today living in this modern times, we can also be doing the same things. We are also the disciple of Jesus. The word “mathetes” a Greek word also from another Greek word “manthano” meaning a learner or in other words a pupil was used in this verse. Any other Christians like you and I have the authority to perform such because we the pupils and Jesus being our teacher will teach us how to do it in this modern world run by microchips!

Obviously our Lord Jesus wants us right now in this modern advanced world to conquer the unconquered places to step in and share the good news. We should also keep up with the times. Jesus sent the 12 with a mission and we have to keep it this way, continue what Jesus commanded us. As every microchip that contributes and does their individual part, we all have our individual parts too. Our Lord will send us out there to complete one thing, His will!

Matthew 11

v.1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities.

This is what happens next. After we have done our jobs, He will take over. This is where the true power lies. The gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. As we always do after seeing things, we ask questions. Right? This is the perfect time that Jesus will create a relationship with the unbelievers. After they have seen all the things impossible for humans to do, they will resort to someone or something they can trust and have faith in. We are humans. We were created to have a relationship. We were created to have a relationship with our Creator. God’s will is for us to be with Him as children, co heir of Jesus Christ. This is why the Son of God Jesus humbled Himself and He Himself made a way that we can be brought back to our Heavenly Father.

v.27 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him”.

Let us stick to the original plan. Let Jesus rule our lives and revelations will open up for us. It’s exciting that God is working with us just like our Master, Teacher and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with the Father. It is true that we are living in the most advanced technology of the time. Communication is in its fastest way possible. No doubt about it.
It is also true that God will never cease to communicate to us but sometimes they are delayed because the problem lies within ourselves. God communicates with us having nothing but the instructions straight to our hearts and minds, no gadgets making it the fastest.

Matthew 18

v. 1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

v. 2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,

v. 3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

v. 4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Let us be like the Master, our Savior and Lord Jesus. Let us be the children of God. Unless we humble ourselves like our Lord Jesus Christ we will never have the contentment. Children realize their contentment only after following what they are asked to do. Nowadays some children complain first before doing whatever they are asked to do and this is exactly what we adults are! There are no differences between us and them. This is why Jesus said unless you turn yourselves like that of the children. The Son of God did not complain, turned Himself into a human or in other words humbled Himself and saved us.

One can make use of the cyber world to change. We can make promises to ourselves to make changes. A lot of things can be written all about changes but there is only one source that can make a true, genuine and guaranteed change in us and that source is our Lord and Savior the Master, Jesus Christ the source of life.

What is the difference between a gun and a car?

Scriptural Readings: 1st Corinthians 3:19-20, Romans 1:21-22

There will always be dissatisfaction or discontentment. Make sure about it. Otherwise we will not ask questions and look for better things in our lives. We will always need answers.

Out from curiosity and discontentment rise our questions. Have we ever asked ourselves why in the first place we raised such questions? We know that when we reach dissatisfaction and we have to address this we are going to ask the question why do we have to arrive at this place in our lives over and over again? The next thing and as always and normally we do is turn to our faculty of intelligence once again. This is where the valuable time is wasted because our questions will lead to other questions and therefore we have to be satisfied or otherwise continue to raise questions and look for satisfaction. One thing we know is that when we traced back in our lives from that time when we were looking for answers from the previous questions and finally we got it and the next thing we know is that we have fallen on this course and the cycle goes on. We are trapped in this situation. There could never be satisfaction.

1st Corinthians 3:19-20

v.19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

v.20 And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.

There is no doubt that we are truly and totally incomplete being and incapable of having satisfaction and truly believing and living the idea to be fitted into a perfect way of living and out from our own finite minds that we look and rely for answers.

We have to be reminded always that even acquiring the highest ability of obtaining answers we will discover at times it will suffice but our uncertainties embedded in us looking for more truth and that even our own lifetime will never reach the satisfaction that we are looking for. What is out there that we rely on wisdom of this world will never ever give us the right and perfect answer. The highest attainable knowledge that humans can be having is not even close to what God is and has.

Romans 1:21-22

v. 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified [him] not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

v. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

We have detached ourselves from the original purpose God has for us. Instead of reaching out for Jesus for everything that we need, we concocted our own way to live our lives. We think that guns were made to kill. Yes, it will be utilize to eradicate evil in the society but then again it can be used to kill the innocent. A car can be made in to an ambulance saving humans it could also be use to run away from a crime. We make arguments on these and more seeking and thinking one would be right and the other wrong. We profess we are wise but the truth is we are fools.

We think we know the answer to anything and everything. We theorize hoping the answer is just around the corner. Aside and outside from Jesus there are no possible answers. We will continue to have dissatisfaction and discontentment until we accept the finished work of Jesus Christ at Calvary. Only Jesus can truly give satisfaction and contentment. He will fulfill all God’s promises as soon as we accept Him as Lord and Savior. We will continue to have revelations as soon as we put our full trust and faith in Him. We can now clearly see the difference between our foolish life we are living before and the new life that we have in Jesus Christ.

No Christian is exempted.

Scriptural Readings: Matthew 10:30, John 11:26, Matthew 10:32, Galatians 5:22-23, John 15: 5,8

How do many of us react with feelings in an instant? Making feelings as a gauge? Sometimes we do sometimes we don’t. We have to be honest to ourselves. One thing is true and that is the difficulty to choose between what we feel is right and our final decisions. Feelings and decisions are two different things that we have to settle. One way or the other we are going to make a decision and more often we have a lot of things to consider and more time to think ending up not quite sure.

We have to make a decision. Yes this is true and one way or the other we are going to make use of our feelings. The question is where is Jesus in this endeavour of ours.

Matthew 10:30

But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

Love is intrinsic in us. Despite the fact that we are sinners, God left us with love. He did not take away the love inside of us. This is the reason why we have to share this love. God is Love. He wants us to spread this love. This is the gospel of Jesus Christ(John 3:16). We should not forget that we are created in the image of God. We are handcrafted by God. Each and everyone of us is very important in His eyes. He knows us from top to bottom, inside out.

Our relationship to God through Jesus is the most important thing that would ever happen in our lives. Our decisions outside God’s will can sometimes come into fruition but will never come into full satisfaction. We are saturated with things on the internet with arguments from a Christian to another. Our byword is “this is what my pastor says”. Did it ever cross our minds what Jesus says? We are encouraged to buy books that have no intention of telling us to trust the finished work of Jesus at Calvary instead of reading and studying the bible. The difficulty of seeing the right answers for our lives and our sick society is so remote because the answer who is Jesus the son of the living God is not even an option for others. We have the marching order that we have to spread the good news of Jesus Christ.

John 11:26

And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

Matthew 10:32

Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.

There should be no exemption when we say we are Christians. Our acts, decisions and endeavours should be God’s revelation through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We should be carrying the Gospel of Jesus Christ with us. This is what we have that others do not have. We have the Gospel. We have Jesus who died on the cross for us. This is salvation by grace not by works. He rose from the dead giving us eternal life taking us with Him living together with the Father and the Holy Spirit forever.

Galatians 5:22-23

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

How can we know we become a real Christian? We pray and ask God for the fruit of the Holy Spirit that we would be christ-like. In this way we can be identified as followers of Jesus Christ. What would possibly happen next is to wait. Right?

John 15:5

I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

John 15:8

Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

The fruit of the Holy Spirit will only be seen in us if we continue having a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ the son of the living God. As we enjoy a time with Jesus, the fruit of the Holy Spirit will be seen in us. The time that we are having with Him, the fruit will be produced in us coming from the Father. We have to be first, attached to the vine and the fruit will be developed in us and manifested which cannot be acquired overnight. A thing that is impossible and cannot be produced by ourselves and only Jesus can. Our Christians lives should be dependent on Him. The reality of spirituality is in Jesus Christ. This is the decision and the direction that we will never ever regret to abide in the Son of the Living God… Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. Now we have no reason why we should not spread the good news of Jesus Christ. No Christian is exempted. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

“Lazarus come…..”

Scriptural Readings: John 10:27-28, John 11:43

A busted car engine is simply dead and cannot take us anywhere. It’s dead engine needs someone to work on it again otherwise it is forever dead. The engine for whatsoever reason cannot receive communication from the different parts of the car making it dead, unproductive and worthless.

John 10:27-28

27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.

This thing is not really far from what we might be thinking right now. We cannot go anywhere with our spiritual status because we are simply dead with the things that we really needed. Dead means no communication. Unless we hear the God’s voice and His revelations then and only then we can move forward with assurance and confidence.

John 11:43

43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”

The word of God is always true on this matter. We are dead and there is only One way that can make things alive again and that voice continually raised saying to us rise and that voice is the voice of Jesus Christ. Jesus with a loud voice is asking us to rise. We could be dead on something that he wants us to do. Just like Lazarus He loves us so much. This is the first thing that He wants us to know!

We have a purpose in life. God through Jesus has given us a mission to accomplish and unless we continually are dead we cannot have revelations unless Jesus will bring us back to life we will never accomplish these missions for God’s glorification.

We have to come out from the things that make us dead from the reality that without God’s intervention in our lives we will remain inside our graves dead to what is supposed to be a wonderful relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that would lead to satisfaction and contentment and above all God’s glorification.

As Christians we should hear His voice. A thing that we have to do and should not end there because Jesus has His revelations for us. As sheeps, the only voice that we are going to hear is the voice of God in Jesus Christ not what others opinions and what they say and do, not in books that offer a lot of options on how to live life. Just like Lazarus who was dead and with God’s power through Jesus Christ heard God’s voice come out from the grave. Jesus is alive and we are the ones who are dead. We are the ones who should hear the voice telling us to follow Him. Once we hear His voice, it is time to act on it. It is the acting upon that will make us truly alive in Him.