THE SECRET TO HAPPINESS

God Almighty watches as we struggle with life.  He has all the solutions to our problems.  It  is his plan that everyone of us has to go through trials, even Jesus who never sinned had to go through them.  The scripture says, especially to those on his side, ‘consider it pure joy, whenever you go through trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  James 1:2-5

In most cases, when we go through difficulties, we develop a strong character, especially if we have a positive attitude.  As you know, there are some problems which will never go away, no matter what we do.  However, God wants us to take refuge in him.  When we acknowledge that we need his help, he gives us grace – kindness, strength and peace.  The scripture says, it is important to ask God for wisdom, for when we seek his guidance, he’ll always provide  an answer.

He knows our power is limited, but his power is limitless – trillions times stronger than ours.  In my Christian experience, with every trial I turn to God  and he always helps.  We have to remember God Almighty uses words to do things.  When he created the world, he said, ‘let there be ..’ So, the Bible is special, it is the only book he holds dear to his heart. God uses it as a tool to accomplish his plan.

Holding the Bible is like holding Jesus’ hand – he is the word of God. John 1.  So, when you feel depressed, stressed out, or scared, get the Bible, sit down comfortably in a quiet place, close your eyes, hold the Bible firmly with both hands, and pray by saying – ‘ by your word help me to be happy and at peace.  Believe me, I’ve tried it and it works wonderfully.

The Centurion understood this concept that God and Jesus operated in the same way, that’s why he said, ‘say the word…’. Luke 7:1-7 Jesus was impressed by his faith, eventually his request was given.

DID YOU GO TO CHURCH?

This is something many think about from time to time.  Most of us are aware that Sunday has a significance to remind us about worshiping God.  Here is the issue, some try and give up.  Why? Because they lack faith, others, however, when they understand they don’t give up.

What is the purpose of going to church or a meeting of fellow believers?  We learn from the Bible, that it is God’s plan from the beginning  –  a way of encouraging  one another, for a group is stronger than one man standing alone.  It is in our human nature to crave companionship.  We don’t want to be alone.  As you know, it is in everything we do, e.g. a family network, cooperate companies, government institutions,  etc.

So, a meeting of believers is a way of standing in solidarity and love.  I’ve heard people say, I believe but I don’t want to go to church – believing alone is not enough, for faith without actions is dead. You cannot do one without the other. Jesus said, ‘where two or more are gathered together I am with them’.  Matt. 18:20. Which means a Christian meeting begins with two people.  Some early Christians used to meet in their houses, which is a practice some prefer to use even to day, others, however, prefer to go to a larger gathering.

Therefore, it doesn’t matter to God, whether you decide to form a small church meeting in your house or vice versa.  What matters is you are in his Kingdom.  The first thing Jesus did before he started his ministry was to form a group of disciples, twelve in all.  He set us an example, that anyone can start a ministry, especially if it is a man. Why a man? Most of the prophets God used to do his work were men.  Why does the Bible emphasize on the men to be the leaders of church meetings other than women.  No 1. Because a man was created first. There is a quality he put in  every man which women lack.  Someone may ask, what quality?  A man has a way of handling emotions while women struggle.  When there is a disaster,  men are more capable of handling the situation more than  women, and are  calmer.  And when it comes to bravery, men stand at the front line while  women hold back.  That’s why the responsibility of leadership lies with the men more than the  women, not only in their homes but in a church organisation.

It is all in God’s plan, for he knows us in detail.  He knows what works better, and he advises us to do it his way.  However, If a woman wants to lead, she should ask God for wisdom, for that decision is between her and Yahweh God.  As you know, Jesus is the overall leader of God’s people, and he had to be a man.

And when it comes to sharing the good news , God wants everyone of us on his side to do it in love.  What I have done in this blog is to switch on the light, through God’s grace.   God’s will is, when he gives you something good, share it – don’t keep it to yourself.

THE BEST JOB IN THE WORLD

When I read what Jesus said, and he was challenging the Jews who were giving him a hard time. John 6:26.  It opened my eyes.  He said working for him is better than working for food.  It made me realise, it is so true!  Working for Jesus, is the best job in the world, better than diamonds, money, or anything in the world.  It seems like anyone who works for Jesus is put in a higher position by God above any other position in the world.  And the position is free to anyone who wants it and nothing can take it away.  He is the Boss of all.  He eventually promotes you to eternity.  Isn’t that wonderful?  Millions are doing just that.

And he says, to be promoted, first you have to believe in him, and do what he says.  For, he has been given authority by God to judge.  He is the King of all, God put in a high position which is above all angels and humanity. The Holy Bible says, ‘ every knee will bow before him’. Philippians 2:10.

So, it is with anyone who loves God, and goes on to share the good news about Jesus to someone, Mathew 28:17-20.  When you work for him, he is your Boss, without him it is impossible to operate or to please God.  Working for Jesus is the same as working for Jehovah God the Father, the creator of heaven and earth.  For what Jesus says, is exactly what God says!

In our secular working environments, we are slaves to who we work for. Workers normally want to please the boss; by making sure they do a job properly, so that they can keep their place in the company, or get a promotion and a pay rise.  No one desires to be sacked, especially when they know the job is their lively-hood.

So the same with Jesus, he has the power to sack you if you don’t listen to him, also to approve who is fit to enter into God’s kingdom and who isn’t, because God gave him that authority. John 15:2

First of all, he said, ‘you must be born again’ John 3, which means a total transformation… before you didn’t know, now you know, before you didn’t understand (spiritual blindness) now you understand, before you didn’t have the Holy Spirit now you have it. Before you didn’t listen to God now you listen. Before you didn’t walk in his guidance now you walk. Before you didn’t care about being saved now you do.  And then he mentions, water baptism as a symbol of commitment, (it is like signing a contract of salvation). Acts 2:38, and chap.3:23

DO YOU KNOW THE RIGHT WAY?

Do all religions lead to God? This is a question many people ask.

God wants us to know and understand what happened in the past before the coming of Christ his one and only chosen Son to redeem mankind.  When you read the Bible, you get to understand how the Israelites came about. They were descendants of Jacob’s twelve sons.  We learn that God was pleased with Abraham.  Jacob was Isaac’s son from Abraham. Genesis 12 -50 Exodus 1 – 14

So, the Almighty God decided to start his big movement of deliverance through them.  He did it step by step while preparing the coming of his Son.  While he chose them, he had to teach them, and lead them from one land to another, so that his plan could be fulfilled. Note: they didn’t choose to serve him, in the end, some of them rebelled and by doing so they had to face the consequences of their actions.

So that was the Old Covenant, but when Jesus came, things changed forever, thus creating the new order.  In the new covenant, we have to choose whether we want to be on his side or not.  As mentioned before, whatever decision we make,  we determine our destiny.

So nowadays God examines the heart, for it is in your heart you decide to do the right thing or not.

So, let’s go back to the question; do all religions lead to God?  And Jesus’ answer is ‘NO’.  How do we know this?  He said, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’. John 14:6.  We learn from the Bible that Jesus was like God the Father, he couldn’t sin or lie.  Remember he said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me’. Matt. 28:17.  Which means, God loved Jesus more than anybody else in the world and in heaven, that’s why he gave him all the power.

We also learn from Cain and Abel, that God doesn’t accept any kind of worship. Gen. 4 Cain thought he was doing the right thing, but he was rejected while Abel was accepted.  The same stands today, some people think their kind of worship is right, little do they know, that God had already rejected it.  The Scripture says, the worshipers must worship in truth and the spirit (holy spirit). John 4:23  When it comes to the truth, God made sure that all the true prophets point to Jesus, i.e.  Abraham, Isaiah, Jeremiah, David, Moses, Ezekiel, Daniel, Zechariah, etc.  They all understood that God’s plan has to be totally pure without blemish, and the only one who can fulfil that was Jesus.

Therefore, to be accepted by God a person has to be perfect like Jesus.  For without perfection we cannot be accepted.  We’re all imperfect because of sin, and the only chance we have is Jesus.  We also learn from the Bible even the true prophets sinned, so they also need Jesus.  So that means to be accepted by the Almighty Holy God, the creator of all living beings, a person has to approved by Jesus. Matt. 25:31-36

THE PEARLS

When you examine the character of God, you get to realise that he is very interesting, serious, very kind and loving.  To understand this, you have to look at the good side of us. As I mentioned before, we inherited a portion of his character..

Another part of God’s character which I find very fascinating is that he wants us to find the hidden pearls. You may ask, what do you mean?  I’ll explain; as you aware, all the precious stones are hidden underground, and then you find the precious pearls in oysters. This is synonymous with a Christian message which we have to dig and find it in the bible, and in Jesus.  And when to comes to God you have to seek him, and if you do, you’ll find him.  For we get a period in our lives when we don’t know him, but when we decide to find Jesus we also find God, because the Son and the Father are similar in every way.

Another way of explaining it, as Jesus mentioned, why throw your pearls to the pigs?  We learn from that, all of us have hidden pearls stored in us.  You may ask again. What do you mean? I’ll explain; the pearls are all the good qualities in us, for example, when God created us as a man or a woman that’s our pearl.  For, we are all wonderfully made; which also means every talent or skill he put in us is special. Every good thing in us is of high quality, and every good thing we’re able to do is a pearl.

So, when Jesus asked, why do you throw your pearls? Matt.7:6.  He means, when you have something of a high value, don’t misuse it. What happens when you throw your pearls to the pigs? You guessed it! They’ll trample on them, and make them dirty.  Now we understand every part of our body is precious, and the question is, why ruin your special qualities, or ruin your life? The reality is, most of us have done this, but wisdom helps us to amend our broken pieces.

And Jesus goes on to explain, our good behaviours and thoughts are like pearls. So, when you are on his side you keep your pearls, instead of picking rubbish (wrong decisions) which have no value, you pick the pearls (good decisions).  And the scr. also means, those on the other side (left) are watching those on the right. (God side). The moment a Christian believer,  a Pastor or a Priest does a wrong thing,  it is discouraging, and puts people off Christianity, but when they see a person showing humility and a repenting attitude, they get encouraged.  Christianity is the only religion which is in the light because of Jesus.  The world  need good preachers, good Christians , and we all need to wake up.  For life is short.

ARE YOU AT PEACE?

When you examine the Bible, you get to understand that, this is a kind of question God and Jesus would ask. God looks from heaven and sees mankind in chaos from time to time. As mentioned before, God wants us to reason well and every question is to examine our lives. And if we sit down and answer this question, we’ll all give reasons why we are not at peace. Someone might say, ‘I’m not at peace because of so and so, or because of this situation, or because the job is getting on my nerves, or the money issues, and the list goes on.

Peace is precious, and you can’t put any amount of money on it. It is a gift from God. Every time we get a sense of peace, it is because God has allowed it for a reason. And the reason is, because he wants us to enjoy life.

Jesus said, ‘in this world you’ll have troubles but in me you’ll have peace’. Anyone who is in Christ would tell you that the Holy Spirit gives you a tremendous peace, there is nothing in this world is like it. Peace creates happiness. The scr. Says, cast your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7.

And if you lose your peace, ask God to restore it. One thing I know, we lose peace sometimes because of sin. And Satan is behind all the chaos. But, whenever we do the right thing we gain blessings – peace. It is all in the Bible.

 

THE SECRET TO SALVATION

As the bible says, firstly we hear the message of God, secondly we see (an open mind) thirdly we act (putting the word of God into practice – repentance of sins) and we then ask for His Holy Spirit which carries the truth and leads us to salvation.  Now that our mind is open to Christ’s teaching, we live a life that pleases God.  So we shun evil and embrace goodness.

God made it easy for us; Jesus said, His yoke is easy… and that means Jesus’ ways are easy, they give us peace and joy, but Satan’s ways are harder and makes our lives harder to eventual misery.  We have all done something wrong at some point and have apologised to someone.  But a Christian way is to humble yourself, seek forgiveness from God, and say, I’m sorry God, from now on I’m going to change my ways and do it your way.  (Obedience) Just like a prodigal son.

Just like a parent to a child. When a child  does something wrong, a good child would confess to a parent. I’m sorry I lied, and then a parent would explain to the child with a warning not do that again or you’ll get a discipline.  Or when a child does something wrong, a parent would tell a child to go and apologise to the one they’ve wronged (confession). The same applies with God and his children, in the end we ask Him for forgiveness.  For God wants us to act in humility and love.

 

 

 

FALLING

When we are babies God is holding us in his hands; the moment we start sinning he let us go.  Figuratively speaking, it is like rolling off a mountain.  For every time we sin, we keep on falling.  But when we start listening to him through Jesus, we stop falling, and then he holds us in his arms again.

So someone would ask, ‘how can I stay in God’s hands?’ The answer is simple, by living your life in Jesus, which means, taking the Holy Bible as your guidance in life.  The word is spiritual, it is not just something you read and forget about like any other book. It acts like food; you have to feed your mind and heart with it everyday.  And if you don’t act upon it, you’ll fall.  Just like food/drink, if you don’t eat everyday, your body struggles and suffers. That’s why Jesus compared himself to food and water.  He has to be your daily bread and living water.  In John chapter 1, he is the word of God.

THE FRUITS OF HAPPINESS

This topic can help any one; it has certainly helped me when I decided to apply it in my own life.

God (Yahweh)

The biggest fruit of all is to love God, Honour Him, and obey his word, for there is nothing better than that.  Once you get that, you unlock the key to the Kingdom.  For without the Creator everything else is nothing.  If you look around your house, everything has been created by someone or something, and there is a reason behind it.

God created man with body parts which function to serve a purpose.  Without the head, which is synonymous to God as the head of all, everything falls apart.  So from the biggest fruits of all, we get the nutrients to sustain us (wisdom).  For, there is no way a man can survive in this world without wisdom, which is connected to love.  Happiest is a man (woman) who takes wisdom to heart and applies it.

Fruit of love

The second most important fruit of a human being is loving others, which is connected to the heart as a centre of living.  With out love everything falls apart.  There is no human being on earth who has ever emphasised on love as Jesus did.  He was the kindest and most loving human being the world has ever seen.  For He portrayed the character of God in perfection.  Even when people were nasty towards him he responded with love and kindness, and sometimes got angry at their stubborn hearts, for he wanted to help them.

The main enemy of love is Satan, for he has a way of poisoning it. Jesus said, Love God with all your heart and your neighbour – which also means, to ‘protect your heart, your inner love’.  So, we get rid of hatred, because it damages our heart and inner being.  For it is good to hate the sin not the sinner.  Jesus said, love God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind. And love your neighbour as your self. You may say, hang on a minute, this is perfection here.  But, God doesn’t ask us to do things which are impossible for us to do; whatever he tells us to do, he knows we can do it.  And when we do it, we become very happy and secure.

You may walk down the street or go shopping in the market, everyone you set your eyes on is your neighbour. In most cases, you leave people alone in peace; that’s love. In other cases, you direct someone who is lost, that’s love. Sometimes you say something nice to someone, that’s love. And other times, you buy something from a trader, that’s love.  And when you help some one in a desperate need, or forgive someone; that’s love. And when someone shares their faith with you, or vice versa; that’s love.

Once I was having an evening stroll, I saw a man who seemed to be drunk and was falling over in the bush.  I thought I needed to do something, so I went over to him, thinking he was probably hurt.  I felt a bit sorry for him, because he was lying flat on his face, looking a bit helpless.  Anyway, I said, ‘I think you need some help. I’ll call the police’.  The moment he heard the word, police, his voice became louder.  No, no! Raising his head quickly, he found the energy he thought he had lost. He staggered on his feet, and went on his way half falling, half walking.  That’s love.

For as we get on with our busy schedules, our focus goes more to other people than any other creature.  We study each other, our skin colour, hair styles, fashion sense, and we realise we are all in the same boat. The more we leave each other alone the more peaceful we become.  But the moment you have a negative attitude towards somebody else, you poison your love and lose a sense of peace. Satan is the master planner of poisonous arrows which  aims at your heart – a connection to your mind.

As I mentioned from the beginning, I have to tell it as it is…the truth which benefits mankind. For that’s what our loving Almighty Father in heaven wants us to do, and it pleases him.

 

THE BEST COUNCELLING

The best counselling a human being could ever have is God’s counselling through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. There are three ways to that counselling, the first one is through the Holy Bible, and when it comes to the New Testament which is mainly about Jesus, it goes even further.  The Bible has a way of touching every dimension of our lives.

The second one is when you have that quiet time, and the Holy Spirit touches the issues in your life, especially if you are a genuine Christian. I remember a fellow Christian saying, you should always ask yourself, ‘what would Jesus do in this situation?’.  The third one is a human counselling, but you should always compare it with the scriptures.

There are three dimensions when it comes to ‘seeing’, not in a physical sense but spiritually.

–         How God sees you.

–         How you see/ or see yourself.

–         How others see you.

The first one is crucial because God sees every thought you put in your mind, every motive and action.

Secondly, how you see your situations and yourself. There are times when we see ourselves, things or other people the wrong way.  And there are times when it is just the opposite.  During some of my quiet times, I ask God for counselling or guidance on a certain issue, especially if it is bothering me.  It is interesting because, you get question like, ‘what do you see?’  In my mind, I end up stating what I see, for instance, I state how I feel about an issue, or any insecurity. So I go into details, with the knowledge that God knows everything.

Doing this enables us to open up, to see what God wants us to see or change.  He reveals things or a sin you need to see, for example, it could be character flaws in some one, or a friend you thought is a friend turns out to be the opposite or something in your marriage, or your children, or a character issue in yourself, etc.

There are times when we have an issue God wants us to get rid of, because it is not beneficial, or sometimes when we have an attitude towards somebody.  The truth is in every situation God will show us something we need to work on. Some people may ask, is God involved in every area of our lives, and the answer is no.  God is more interested in our inner/spiritual development than financial growth. He normally blesses us with what we need. God doesn’t want us to be greedy; when you have more than others, think about helping those who are struggling.  Note, Jesus was not interested in money, nor did he have his own house.

When it comes to how others see you, it is better to get an idea from someone close, some one who cares, and has got your best interest at heart. They will mention something in you, which you need to see or change, for your own benefit. You may not like it sometimes, but you need to hear it. But on the other hand, is when they get it wrong! Nevertheless, you have to examine yourself with sincerity.

Many people use human counselling, but only to some extent. But the best counsellor is God and Jesus on his side. If you want to get it right listen to the Holy Spirit, this is what God uses to get you on the right track, and the finger will always be pointing to the Bible. He knows every detail of your life. He knows all your fears and insecurities.

Let’s face it, none of us shares all their thoughts to another human being, but you can share all anxieties, and weaknesses to God, for no thought escapes him.  With any bad thought you have to ask God for forgiveness.  Normally, I say I’m sorry Father God, for that bad thought or sin; but I have a responsibility to get rid of it.

And when it comes to counselling, sometimes you need to talk to Almighty God in your heart or Jesus.  It is good to say, Father God I feel this way, what do you think? Pour it out – everything. Sometimes, you can pray in your heart wherever you are, without using your voice.  And when you get his counselling, you feel his kindness and love.