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The important picture

Scriptural Readings: John 14:17, John 9:39.

John 14:17

King James Version

[Even] the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

New Living Translation

He is the Holy Spirit who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive Him because it is not looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him because he lives with you now and later will be in you.

A picture paints a thousand words, as the proverb says. Many of these old photos bring back nostalgic memories. We relive the past the more we see. As we turn back the hands of time, we see our mistakes, correct them, and learn from our experiences. Although useful they may be, these are human efforts, and they are deceptive.

Is there something hidden behind a photograph? The first few seconds of a video? Our wide variety of emotions will be stirred by what our eyes see, creating illusions and an unending list of thoughts running across our minds.

The fact remains that various things cloud our thoughts. Our minds readily agree with what our eyes tell us most often. It leaves our faith in God second in line, or the most shameful thing, left at the bottom, forgotten. We discover what is most meaningful in our spiritual lives when our faith endures trials. It will help us understand who God is. Time will always play its part in giving us the reality of this truth. God is faithful to His words so that we can know Him. And have a divine relationship with Him.

John 9:39

King James Version

And Jesus said, For judgment, I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.

New Living Translation

Then Jesus told him, “I entered this world to render judgment—to give sight to the blind and to show those who think they see that they are blind.”

Now enters the actual picture: Jesus Christ, the son of the living God (John 3:16), came to live among us to bring us back to our heavenly Father. What did we do? Rejection! Having seen the image of God and fulfilled His promises, humankind is on solid ground to reject Him.

Experiences, whether positive or negative, are pictures of the road to repentance. One can believe that contrition is a revelation in its entireness, providing eternal and never-ending truth about our God. It is the unseen part of the picture that humanity refuses to acknowledge. We hold on to hope on the principle that seeing is believing. It is easier for us to be convinced if we see more. Our obsession with what we perceive entitles us to side with unbelievers practically without notice.

In contrast, we should expose ourselves radically to the light instead of concealing something in the dark. As we get closer to the light, the picture becomes unmistakable. We cannot hide from God under any circumstances. Contrariwise, God will show us divine things.

We live in a kaleidoscope world. There are a variety of multicoloured plans for destruction and evil schemes hidden in this realm. God is showing us a black-and-white picture. We are prisoners in a fallen world. And that we cannot have salvation apart from Him. As for the other part of the picture, He gave us His Son as our redeemer.

What picture are you seeing?

Our world today is a series of collections of old pictures of the future. Yes, the destiny of our future is nothing but seeing humanity living in misery without Jesus in our lives. Everything starts with repentance. It is imperative to acknowledge Jesus’ finished work on Mount Calvary. An obscene picture shows us the true nature of eternal life. Although God handles and runs each of our lives differently, He gives us a clear vision of hope, blessings, healing, and so forth. The picture of hell is crystal clear for those who do not accept Jesus Christ. It is an image of suffering and a never-ending moment of agony.

What Other News?

Scriptural readings: Genesis 2:4-6; 8-9

How influential is the news today? Does it help most of the time? Why do we pay attention to these reports, which often leave feelings of either pleasure or disgust? Why are we interested in these things?

Satisfaction and sanctification?

Is it a necessity to be satisfied? Is happiness or fulfillment a feeling or a condition in our way of life? If so, sanctification is another thing that sometimes restricts our earthly enjoyment. Is this right? For this reason, we have trouble prioritizing satisfaction or purification. Correct? This procedure has become a burden for us, adding to the original issue of what is essential, pleasure or consecration.

Genesis 2:4-6

King James Version

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This is the account of the creation of the heavens and the earth. When the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

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neither wild plants nor grains were growing on the earth. For the Lord God had not yet sent rain to water the earth, and there were no people to cultivate the soil.

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Instead, springs came up from the ground and watered all the land.

God created the entirety of perfection. There is an order. And because sin entered the picture, today’s conditions are very different. Our faults make it difficult to live in an ideal world. Yet, our heavenly Father continues to clothe the field. He made sure birds ate without working. And what concerns us? We lead a sinful lifestyle and have a self-centered, oriented life.

The Mist

Why the mist or the fog? Verse 5 tells us God intended not for the plants to grow until someone has to take care of them. The man had to till the ground. The phrase “till” in Hebrew is “abad” a primitive root; to work; by implication to serve, till (Causatively) enslave. Now, in verse 6, the mist rose. It sprinkled, affecting the entire face of the ground. The term “watered” in Hebrew is “shaqah” a basic root; to quaff, i.e. (causatively) to irrigate. It is in the Hiphil preterite form, meaning in the past the irrigation was done.

In the past, the plants were irrigated by God. If we join the dots, when our original parents sinned, there was a procedure accomplished outside the garden. A continuing order was established. When they were taken out, they had to adapt to their new environment. They have to survive and plow the ground, and the rest is history.

King James Version

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And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

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And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

New Living Translation

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Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he placed the man he had made.

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The Lord God made all sorts of trees grow up from the ground—trees that were beautiful and that produced delicious fruit. In the middle of the garden he placed the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

The Place we live in.

The mist? The trees? Do these make sense? They do! They are part of God’s plan and blessing. Aside from what God created first, He gave this unique location, the garden. Now, we have two places to enjoy. Then, came the sad day. We were ordered to leave the special place that our Father had provided. Our actions were forced upon us, and we were sent back to the outside with the consequences.

And Now the News….

It may sound like awful stories, but carrying the great message we knew and rejected. Since our first parents disobeyed our Father, we were in the irreversible position of spiritual death. Our faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord saved us. It is the gospel of the Son of the Almighty living God we call the Good News. The only remedy is restoring things to their original purpose.

There is no doubt our Father loves us so much. From the beginning, He designed everything, including our redemption. Salvation. It is the other news that gets rejected the most. We want a righteous world, and it can only start by accepting Jesus, the Son of the Living God, as our Lord and Savior.

Now, those facts are stated. The gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the only good news that makes it matter. God had restored our relationship with Him through His Son. Despite the terrible reports that continue to plague us, we can face them with a different mindset this time. Satisfaction and sanctification are defined. It made it easier to handle happiness and consecration.

Temporary

Scriptural Readings: Matthew 13:49; 24:3,14; Genesis 3:3; Isaiah 65:17; 66:22; II Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1.

Matthew 13:49

King James Version

V.49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,

New Living Translation

V.49 That is the way it will be at the end of the world. The angels will come and separate the wicked people from the righteous,

King James Version

Matthew 24:3

V.3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? And what [shall be] the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

New Living Translation

V.3 Later, Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives. His disciples came to him privately and said, “Tell us, when will all this happen? What sign will signal your return and the end of the world?

King James Version

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.14 And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world so that all nations[c] will hear it; and then the end will come.

Is everything temporary? If so, have we ever given serious thought to what happens when the impermanent is over? How sure are we not having the same dilemma again? What lies ahead? Are we going to love it? But what if it is not, and what we are right now is what we are? Then we are going to wish for the better, Right?

God has a plan. We live in a world that will end, and humanity has to go through with it. Everything must come to pass. If there are going to be rumors of war, there will be rumors of war. If there will be a war, then there will be a war. It will not change. It is going to be final.

What is new?

When we accept what Jesus did on the cross, it precedes salvation. There is no other way of salvation but to receive the cross for redemption, the gospel of Jesus Christ! What God wants us to understand is that salvation is at hand. While we worry a lot, we never give a critical thought to what salvation is all about.

Salvation is more than our name written in the Lamb’s book of life. Sometimes we think that salvation is just salvation. Salvation is the start of a new spiritual life. Being saved, God linked to us things that we needed to live a different life. An appealing life that will define what Christianity is all about. A new journey entirely different from what we had before. A new life with God-given power, wisdom, sense, and filled with purpose living until the end.

King James Version

Genesis3:3

V.3 But of the fruit of the tree which [is] in the midst of the garden, God hath said,1 Ye shall not eat4 of it, neither shall ye touch4 it, lest ye die.4

New Living Translation

V.3 “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’”

The tree

In the bible, the tree helps us to realize and appreciate a lot of things. If Adam and Eve chose the tree of life instead of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, then it’s a different scenario today. What is miserable is that we continue to fight to preserve the consciousness of what is good, but we comfortably submit to what evil provides. This tree continues to grow in our hearts. If this is not true then, we will not have conflicts with each other. With the manner we live our lives, we always choose hatred rather than forgiveness. Instead of seeking the kingdom of God, some people today attempt to disprove God’s existence. We cannot seek the kingdom of God if hatred is a way of living. It will be impossible for our Father to add all the things He promised us. Simply impossible. Living in a world full of deception, hostilities, and many other things that pull us down, we have to be empowered by God’s wisdom.

King James Version

Luke 6:44

V.44 For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.

New Living Translation

Luke 6:44

V.44 A tree is identified by its fruit. Figs are never gathered from thornbushes, and grapes are not picked from bramble bushes.

The fruit

What is in the plan is when Jesus saved us, the Father guaranteed us the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit transformed us from our old selves, making us a new creation in Christ. How are we going to know this? By the fruit. How are we going to identify a tree? Of course, by its fruits! In the same method, we bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit as we go through sanctification because the Holy Spirit lives in us. And as we permanently listen for His instructions, the fruit becomes true in us. These are distinguishing hallmarks sealed to us Christians, making us disciples of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 65:17

King James Version

V.17 For, behold, I create6 new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered,11 nor come4 into mind.

New Living Translation

V.17 “Look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth, and no one will even think about the old ones anymore.

Isaiah 66:22

King James Version

V.22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make,6 shall remain6 before me, saith7 the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.4

New Living Translation

V.22 “As surely as my new heavens and earth will remain,

so will you always be my people,

with a name that will never disappear,”

says the Lord.

II Peter 3:13

King James Version

V.13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

New Living Translation

V.13 But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness.

Revelation 21:1

King James Version

V.1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

New Living Translation

V.1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone.

Yes, all of us live in a temporary world. As Christians, we are looking forward to what is everlasting, including our spiritual lives. Let us not go blind by the ongoing gloomy circumstances happening today that presently lie, convincing us to believe in desperation. For some of us, living in the darkest moment in our lives imprisoned in hopelessness, anguishing the unendurable agony going through the day, there is hope. We indeed undergo these things, but we are heading to a place where happiness and joy are exceptional in our expectations, which no words can ever describe. Alleluia!

A Divine Future


Scriptural Readings: Philippians 3:12, I Corinthians 15:58, Galatians 1:15, Romans 8:28


Philippians 3:12


King James Version

Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.


New Living translation

I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.


Motivations are a necessity in our lives to move us forward. Every one of us looks forward to achieving something we planned. It is the same in our spiritual lives. The moment we accepted Jesus Christ as our Saviour and Lord, we are now His follower. We have to press on. God has given us a divine future, and we have to make sure that we will fix our spiritual eyes on it. Our spiritual lives are far more crucial than our mortal lives. In the spiritual realm, God never takes time out to motivate us. We have to put in our minds the reality of the ultimate reason why we have to pursue a holy life, which is our divine life.



I Corinthians 15:58


King James Version

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.


New Living translation

So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.


As we survive our daily lives, God continues to refine and redesign us for the best. It will be a thrill, getting to know more about our Lord and Savior Jesus. Pressing on will give us more victory in Jesus Christ. He is now holding us, but WE HAVE TO HOLD ON TO HIM! His love and His presence will no doubt motivate us to continue to do His will. We have to press on. Our spiritual lives are far more essential than what our mortal lives can offer. The moment that we work together with our Lord, it can never be useless. It is of utmost importance that we must be having our un-divided time for His instructions through prayers and meditations. These are the defining moments where we see our faith and spiritual lives grow.

Galatians 1:15


King James Version

But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called [me] by his grace,


New Living translation

But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace. Then it pleased him


There might be ups and downs, but God’s work never stops. We are going to have thrilling moments with our God. The tiniest things that we work on for His glorification are essential parts of a much bigger picture. We are a part of something huge that we might not see in the meantime but, for sure, we are completing what God has for us in the future. Once God gives life starting from the mother’s womb, it will be a part of God’s plan. All the things that God instructs us to do now are a part of the future. The sad part is that most of us fail to see our significance to our God. We are good at measuring things happening to us. We are always at our best in judging others, and this is why we have shortcomings. God loves each one of us. One day, God will reveal to us things that we never knew coming, and the reason is it has pleased Him that we have to do His will. His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. We are a part of His will.

Romans 8:28


King James Version

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.


New Living translation

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.


All Christians are looking forward to God’s instructions for us. There is a divine purpose for us to accomplish. Make no mistake about it. Fulfilling God’s will is the ultimate meaning of Christianity. We know that sooner or later, God will be calling us to do our part, and the moment we engage in the task God requires us to do, we will experience God’s power. All our endeavors will be taken care of by God Himself. There will be failures, difficulties, and more on our part, this is true, but then again, all things will work together who loves God. The only thing that will stop us from accomplishing our divine purpose is ourselves deciding not to do it. There is no one nor anything to blame but us. We complain and ask God why are we living miserably? Should we always ask ourselves why? The answer lies in us. God never fails to give us the best, and most of the time, we turn it down.

God did not spare Jesus, His only Son. His purpose is to save us, a divine purpose to bring us back to Him. If we are not to accept Him, eternal damnation in the future is our journey. There are only 2. Salvation and damnation. We have to ask ourselves. What is our future? A divine or not.

Go, Went, Gone, I’ll be back.

Scriptural Readings: Isaiah 7:14, John 14:3-4, Matthew 24:35

The word go is a sentence. It expresses a complete idea and a commandment. To be more productive in our work, we should not be disturbed, but commandments are inevitable. For some of us, though, commandments are burdening. There can be no way that we can work without moving to find help. It all boils down to how we feel about these commandments.

Isaiah 7:14

King James Version

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

New Living Translation

All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).

When there is a fire, we have to extinguish it. When we are hungry, we go and look for something to eat to nourish our bodies. We do not need any commandment to do these things. In this world we live in, we do not like something or someone forcing us to do. We have our right to impose. For most of us, we live and die for our rights. And to have rights, we have to make laws, and having more laws means we force ourselves to follow. Are these rights enough? Are the present laws helping us?

Think of a computer. When something is wrong, we need a button to clean everything. There is a Delete button, and it is always there to overhaul everything. Just like the Delete button, Jesus is always there for us. The Son of God became flesh and humbled Himself, dying on the cross. He went here on earth to love, heal, and forgive, as we were all taught. From the start, Jesus committed to be the propitiation for our sin the moment the first sin is committed. He never thought of being equal to our Father in heaven. He submitted without any commandment. He went to earth to fulfill a promise. All of these are a part of the future. 

John 14:3-4

King James Version

V.3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also.

V.4  And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

New Living Translation

V.3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.

V.4 And you know the way to where I am going.”

Now that our Lord has gone back to heaven, what is next? The future. Yes, the future. What is for us in the future? We are more concerned with the present and having difficulties moving out from our past for many of us. Isn’t that we sweat our brow for the future? Then why are we more occupied with our worries about the present and the past holding us back from the future? This robs us of all the promises God has already given to us. Jesus Christ worked out our future. 

This divine future, for many of us, may have been taken for granted. Our attitude is not spiritual but more earthly. We are scared and pushed back with our fear. We must not be in this place of despair. The minute we wake up, we seldom give more spiritual insights into the future. We spend time forgetting about the past that cannot be changed and looking towards a grueling and burdened day. This is a reality happening daily.

For Christians, we indeed have to go through with the past and present, but for some of us, we have forgotten the true meaning of why we have to look forward to our divine future, our eternal life with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. 

Matthew 24:35

King James Version

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

New Living Translation

Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.

The Omniscient, Omnipresent, and Omnipotent God is true to His promises. We can feel His presence and power. It is thrilling having our faith and must not be confused with our feelings. We have to listen and believe what our eyes are telling us. Our faith confirms so much evil around us. We need the Son of God.

He will be coming back, and it is imminent. Our salvation is just around the corner. The signs are crystal clear. Misunderstanding is a foundation and a pillar of our efforts to have peace. Our so-called intelligence is no match against a continuing pandemic, putting to a halt to almost everything we have accomplished and planning. Good times do not last long. Having uncertainties is now a way of living. We need our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Period! Even so, come, Lord Jesus.