ARE YOU SLEEPING?

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Jesus would say to any one who is sleeping – wake up!  It means to get into the scriptures and understand what he is saying.  It also means to be alert to his message and put it into practice, and to be aware of his warning.  Mathew 6:13 He goes on to say, choose the narrow road..and pray that you don’t fall into temptation.  He advises us about what it means to be baptised in water, and how to worship God in truth.  (Acts 2:38)  Babtism is an indvidual decision before God, which requires us to examine ourselves and to fully understand what it means.  According to scriptures it means to bury the old self (which had gone astray from God) into the water and come out as new person/creation. (means a person is in the light, understands the will of God and are willing to obey, therefore they’re on the narrow road- on God side)

I was baptised as a young teenager when a priest sprinkled water on my head.  I thought I did the right thing.  I didn’t even change inwardly, for I kept on living a life of sin, as I totally ignored the Bible.  But God was on my case, when years later, something kept on nagging me; you didn’t do it the right way.  I remember thinking; I want to do it the biblical way as Jesus did, for he set an example for us, when he was baptised as an adult in the big water, Math. 3:15-16, even though he didn’t have to because he had no sin, it was part of God’s plan.  So what did I do?  After studying the Bible, I was baptised by being fully immersed in a pool.  It was something I’ll never forget, and so special that I cried.

Some people may ask,  is it right to baptise babies?  My question is how does Jesus see it?  He wasn’t babtised as a baby, and there is no where in the Bible that it should be done so.  God will judge according to what you have done.  From Jesus point of view a baby has done nothing wrong apart from being born with Adam’s sin.  And the scripture says God exercises absolute justice.

Most of the questions Jesus used are intended to get us think.  For the believers, he asks, ‘Do you really love me?’ and he goes on to say, ‘obey my teachings’.  So that means obeying God and loving Him go together.  If you want God to love you, obey Jesus’ teachings. John 14:23.  Jesus wants us to understand what it means to love God, which he explains in the scriptures.

Do what pleases him.  He says; Love him with all your heart, in thinking, and obedience.  He also knows we will never be perfect, but  wants us to do our best and take his words seriously; to have a heart of obedience and focus on the scriptures; that’s why the scripture says confess your sins, 1 John 1:9.  (Confessing a sin requires obedience and humility).  It softens a heart, when we acknowledge our sins and feel deeply remorseful  before God and then ask him for forgiveness through Jesus.  And when we sin against someone, we go to the person and apologise and ask forgiveness. James 4:16  But when we confess, we have to set our hearts on loving God by being obedient to his word; for Jesus advises us to be humble before God, to repent and do the right thing. Luke 24:47

photo 16‘Are you still sleeping?’ is also directed at someone who goes to church but still doesn’t understand.  For God to open our minds, we must be willing to take in his words and guidance.  Jesus said, ‘the word is food’.  Food nourishes our physical being, which synonymous to the word of God nourishing our spiritual being. This is crucial because it means we take his words in our hearts and set our mind on obedience by living our lives accordingly.  We have to remember God’s guidance is for our own good, for it keeps us from getting into trouble, and gives us peace to enjoy life in abundance. John 10:10

When He asks, is that your idea or did others talk about me? John 18:34 – is directed at someone who is misinformed,  distorts the truth about him, and has another theology.  Another question he asks, why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? – This gets us to examine our hearts and thoughts.

To be continued..

 

JESUS AS YOUR BEST FRIEND

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Jesus said, ‘God our Father in  heaven’,  provides our needs.  The way He deals with us is similar to a good relationship between a parent and a child.  Any good parent would not want their child to do wrong, so he or she guides, protects and disciplines with love.

As you can tell, the questions God used in the Holy Bible are similar to ours. This kind of relationship between a human and God especially when you listen to him and try to reason even though He knows what you are thinking is beautiful, for you can feel His love and kindness.  And when your reasoning is good, you hear an answer from the Holy Spirit which speaks to your mind, ‘you’ve answered correctly’.  A Greek woman did just that with Jesus, and he approved. Mark 7:24

Having Jesus as our best friend is the best thing we could ever do, he is there when we need him, for he operates through the Holy Spirit.  No human being would ever fill that position.  And this pleases God (YHWH). The moment we become born again, John 3:7 – we get into God’s Kingdom, and get into a transformation and a sense of happiness. Our thoughts and actions become beautiful just like the scriptures.  (I relate this to when a pupa changes into a butterfly.)

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The scripture says we become children of God. I John 2:28-29. Now that he is our friend, we end up loving him, and listen to him by following his teachings and do what he says. (John 15:14).  He is now our preacher, counsellor and teacher.  He is with you wherever you go and advises you on every situation.  He comforts you when you have problems and says,  ‘everything is possible with God’.   When you start worrying, he says, ‘don’t worry!‘  When you are afraid, he says, ‘take courage’. When you face a temptation, he says, ‘use the scriptures and run away before you get yourself into trouble’.

Nothing pleases God more than someone building a relationship with him through Jesus.  If you read the Bible you’ll understand why? And when we sin, we have to ask God for forgiveness through his son Jesus.  However, He still wants us to do our best when it comes to following the scriptures and obedience.  Even though Jesus is in heaven seated at the right hand of God, he is watching the world and operates through the Holy Spirit.  Luke 22:69

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We all look for real friendships, those who understand us, and care about how we feel.  A real friend who operates within or outside a family is special because they operate with love, and listen to our concerns. They are aware of what pleases us and are loyal.  Jesus feels the same way, he knows his real friends are the ones who listen to him by taking the scriptures to heart and actions.

Many religious people  make a mistake of ignoring  what God says through the Holy Bible, to help them understand the truth about salvation. The scripture says, live a life that pleases him. I Thess. 4:1-8.  Ephesians 4 :17-32  Jesus says, get into the word of God and obey it, that’s the only way to enter into God’s kingdom.  It’s not about relying on what a particular church or anyone else is saying.  It is about relying on what God says, because in the end He is going to judge us through Jesus Christ, according to his word. Math. 25:31-34, Romans 14:9-10, Heb. 4:12-13

To be continued….

HE QUESTIONS AN ATHEIST

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Later on God asks a man again (Job).  Job loved God, but he had an issue God wanted him to see, which was to do with justice.  It is fascinating to see how God (Yahweh) questioned him. But to any one else who doubts His existence or justice, the following apply;

Brace your self like a man, I’ll question you and you shall answer me.

Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me if you understand.

Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it?

Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb, when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness, when I fixed limits for it, and set doors and bars in its place?

Have you ever given orders to the morning or shown the dawn its place? What is the way to the abode of light? Where does darkness reside? Can you take them to their places? Do you know the path to their dwellings? Surely you know, for you were already born!

Would you discredit my justice? Would you condemn me to justify yourself?

Do you have an arm like God’s and can your voice thunder like His?

(NIV Job 38)

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GOD’S QUESTIONS

God’s questions are designed to get us into thinking about the deep issues that connect us to him; thus to help us to reason and understand clearly about what we know, especially when it comes to his plan. That’s why His first questions began with, Where, Who, and What.  When you keep on reading through the New Testament, Jesus who represented God perfectly used the same questioning techniques, including Why, How, etc.  God doesn’t question us when we are babies, it is only at that point when our conscious is totally in-tuned of knowing right and wrong, and are able to reason when it comes to making decisions.

God questions us and in most cases we are not even aware. For example, if you believe, why don’t you read the Bible and do what it says?  Note; Questions normally include ‘You’, which means the finger is pointing at you.  And when we have bad thoughts, Jesus would ask, ‘Why do you entertain bad thoughts in your mind?’ Mathew 9:4 .  Another question which Jesus would ask; what are you going to do?  or what are you doing? However, when we ask ourselves questions, they normally include ‘I’.  For example, what was I thinking? Or what am I doing?

To be continued………………

GOD COMES UP WITH A SOLUTION

After the great fall, the Serpent, Adam and Eve were subject to judgement which goes on to affect the rest of mankind. But God (Yahweh) in the end comes up with a solution; Jesus (Yesuah) – to help mankind.  He does it step by step by using the prophets.  (Hebrew 1:1)  Note; when Jesus came, he preached and solved people’s problems.  He was a perfect Doctor; through him we get a treatment for Satan’s bite (sin and its consequences).  Every problem he solved pointed to the most important healing of all, which targets the spiritual side of us Adam messed up.  Jesus brought about Salvation and forgiveness to build a bridge between God and mankind. That’s why He emphasised on believing, love, and obedience.

flowersThe fall of mankind was the beginning of questions which connect to our own hearts.  And because we are made in God’s image we also ask questions, which are normally directed at each other.  The words that come out of a person reveal who they are.  However, when it comes to asking God, it is good to ask for wisdom, especially when we don’t understand the scriptures, or about any situation we find ourselves in. That’s why Jesus says, ‘ask and it will be given to you’… Mathew 7:7 (He doesn’t mean ask for anything that comes up in your mind).  He means, ask according to God’s will.

Occasionally, we may find ourselves asking Jesus questions which begin with a why.  Now a question that comes to my mind; why did God ask Adam first, considering it was Eve who sinned first?  (And the Holy Spirit says, because God spoke to him first.  He had that initial relationship with God, and he could have been adamant to say no to sin, and remind his wife of God’s commandment, but he didn’t.  It was his first fatal mistake which went on to affect all humanity apart from Jesus).

Sometimes just like Adam and Eve, we play the blame game to cover our sins. Instead of taking responsibility of acknowledging our own sin and changing it or reading the scriptures, we sometimes give excuses.  Sin has a way of making us crumble; Satan the master planner of all wrongs has a way of playing all kinds of tricks and lies on us, and will give us all kinds of reasons to convince us, it is okay.  But God wants us to know the truth, and understand the Holy Scriptures.

The Effect of Adam’s Sin

sjc j0035The effect of Adam is so clear in our own lives, which the Bible says; birth pains, marriage breakdowns, stressful toiling etc, and then finally death.  But before that we go through other zones of insecurity:

War zones of unhappiness,  can’t seem to get enough, fear or no peace,  confusion,  feelings of emptiness or doubt,  lack of understanding, selfish attitudes,  weighed down by money problems,  and to name just the few.