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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.

WHAT YOU SAY

When you understand the Bible, you get to realise how important it is, especially when it comes to understanding God and life. This is the issue; God created us with the ability to communicate and reason.  It is a gift, but it has consequences, for what we say define who we are.

There is something I’ve been reading and it has helped me to understand it more. Jesus said, ‘Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will bad, for a tree is recognised by its fruit’.  Which I believe,  he means we are like trees. The fruits are our thoughts and actions.  And he goes on to say, ‘out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks’ A good person brings good stored in them, as opposed to a bad person who stores the bad.  So here we learn that, what is on our hearts will come out in  words and actions.  And then he says, but I tell you that man-kind will have to give account on the day of judgement, for every word they have spoken.  For by your words you’ll be acquitted and by your words you’ll be condemned. Matt. 12:33-37

Ooh… I don’t know about you, but this gets me thinking and to be alert. This is serious stuff and we have to know it.  Remember what Jesus says is what God Almighty – the Creator says.  As human beings, we prefer someone to tell us the truth, especially if it is good for us.  It is like when the Doctor says, you have a bad cough but take this medicine and it’ll help you.

So, according to Jesus, it looks like whatever we say goes up and that means God hears every word we say.

As you know, when we want to expose our feelings, we say, I feel, I want,  I am so and so, or I believe this and that.  So, Jesus says whatever we are comes from the heart.  For we store the good and the bad in our hearts, for example, beliefs, love, and so forth. Therefore, Jesus wants us to understand the condition of our faith. Some people say, they don’t have faith, some say they do. Some say, I believe in God, but …Well, there you’re; when Jesus says something that’s what it is, and it’ll never be changed.  As we’ve learnt from the Bible, God questions, and we give all kinds of reasons, especially when it comes to faith and our actions.

If you are like me, and you spend time speaking to people from all religious backgrounds you’ll get a shock of what people say when it comes to God and Jesus.  However, as God’s people we have to focus on doing the right thing. The scripture says, when you preach make sure whatever you say is exactly how God wants you to say it.  (I can’t remember where it is in the bible, but I’ll look it up)

GETTING THE BEST OUT OF LIFE

Getting the best out of life requires;

  • to be on the good side of God,
  • gaining wisdom, understanding and hope,
  • good planning,
  • giving because it is good for the heart,
  • love instead of hate,
  • kindness instead of selfishness,
  • working  instead of laziness,
  • forgiving to gain access to peace,
  • doing the best you can with what you have,
  • learning from your mistakes and avoiding the pitfalls,
  • respecting yourself for there will never be anyone like you,
  • keeping life simple
  • correcting your mistakes
  • having a quite time to reflect, remember each day has its own troubles
  • taking your troubles to God
  • helping or serving others
  • Loving God and people around us, is what the greatest teacher on earth (Jesus) said.

Who wouldn’t  want the best out of life?  One of the things God wants us  to understand and be clear about is his gift to mankind. Jesus is the best gift you’ll ever get.  We all need deliverance. Who wouldn’t want to be delivered from a dangerous situation?

 

 

 

DID YOU HEAR?

The Holy Bible has come a long way, at one time it was only reserved for the elite, and on other occasions, ironically, people were persecuted for reading it.  Even now, some countries will put a person in prison for possessing one.

God, as you know, is very much in control of everything.  His purpose still stands that every one hears his word.  Many people have heard his message and have decided to have a small portion of it.  And many others claim to be Christians, because they want to be part of a religion.

But there is a problem which a lot of people will relate to; (hypocrisy) one of Satan’s tools to destroy our faith.  Jesus warned about hypocrisy, matt. 23:25-26 (when someone puts on a good outside appearance when the inner side is the opposite.)  Many of us have observed religions and have seen the good and the bad.  God has a way revealing what is true and what is not. So, when it comes to gaining knowledge, he wants us to keep our mind and ears open. Jesus said it repeatedly, let those who have ears hear.

The Bible teaches us, that Jesus is the number one teacher and has set a standard which pleases God, so everybody else must listen to him to be on the right track. Jesus said, (when it comes to faith) do not call anyone on earth Father, for you have one Father, and he is in heaven, and one teacher, the Christ. Matt.23:9

The problem with us humans is, we have a habit of messing things up.  Most of us have messed up information and our lives.  And when it came to Christianity which God holds dear, because of Jesus, we messed it up. The big churches which were supposed to teach the entire truth, only preached part of the truth. So, in the end, that caused divisions, wars, and hypocrisy, hence missing the salvation.

Many nations are trying to suppress Christianity, and in other nations,  people are trying to destroy it altogether. Nevertheless, it is impossible for anyone to get away from the message of God. Why? Because our moral standard is built on it.  Jesus says, ‘wake up’, for the message of God is real.  And he mentioned something critical, ‘though they hear they don’t understand’.  Someone mentioned America. When I thought about it, I realised that, what she said was true.  She stated that, America is included in the Bible prophesy. It mentions Jerusalem, not in a physical sense but a spiritual one, which relates to our spiritual awakening in Christ.

America as a renowned powerful nation played a part in portraying a spiritual awakening, for while other countries were busy suppressing the truth, it embraced the message, through new churches that have decided to preach the entire truth of salvation.

And when God Almighty asked the second question ‘who told you…?’ in Eden, it was crucial, to help us understand his will and character. When we examine this question, as I mentioned before, he wants us to examine any information we feed our minds, whether it is based on truth or not.  He has given us a lot of tips in the Bible. Jesus said, he is the truth and the gate (the right direction) to the Kingdom of God. So, if one wants to be saved they must take the right direction and do the right thing.

CAN YOU DO IT?

There is empowerment in the positive attitude of ‘I can’. This is a gift from God. When we understand God’s character, it helps us to understand life and our human nature. God Almighty operates in absolute power, as you know, there is nothing he cannot do. We also know, Jesus is the only one who had the same power.

God has given us a portion of his character, and one of them is, ‘I can do attitude’, a vital ingredient in our personal development. God knows every human being in their right mind, is capable of being obedient to him.  He made it so easy for us, when it comes to gaining salvation through Jesus.  He doesn’t ask us to do things which are humanly impossible.  Jesus said believe the message, for it is good news.

So, his question is, can you do it? Can you cross over from the dry land (no hope) to the promised land? (salvation)  A land flowing with milk and honey.

One of the easiest things God wants us to do, is to believe in his existence and plan. Most of us operate with an attitude of, ‘ I can do it’.  We manage to accomplish our dreams with a positive attitude. Sometimes a challenge may be hard but with a good attitude we get positive results.  The moment we set our mind on ‘I can do it’ we get empowerment.  As you know, we do it in all areas of our lives, e.g. in education, marriages, faith etc. When we are given a task, the first thing that comes to our mind is how to do it.  Anyone who has achieved something good, would say, it wasn’t easy at first, but with a positive attitude I managed to do it.

And when it comes to God’s plan, Jesus would ask, can you do a good thing?  Can you go to church, repent of a sin, be good to someone else, forgive etc.?  And when we check ourselves, some of us would answer, ‘YES WE CAN’.

God has given us the power to be able to change things in our lives. In most cases, our attitude either stops us or helps us to achieve certain goals. Take for example, a person who’s been given many skills or talents naturally, but after a bad reasoning episode, he or she goes, ‘even though I can do that job and see the benefits, I’m not bothered’. That person has assessed all angles of the situation, and has concluded, ‘even though the angle I’m standing on is not very helpful to me but I’ll stand on it any way’.  No one can win with that kind of attitude.  For when you give little you gain little.

As mentioned earlier,’ a can-do attitude’, empowers us and keeps the world going.  As humans, we are good at being copy cats. Many inventions have been established through copying God.  I can explain.  For instance, a person who invented a car, came up with an idea that, it needs different components for it work, i.e. water, oil, lights, engine etc.  A man cannot invent something good without God’s help.

Note: faith comes through hearing the word of God.

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?

Jesus explained, the world is divided into two parts, ‘the narrow road and the wide road. And he goes on to say, ‘enter through the narrow gate’ Matt. 7:13-14.

Life is a journey –  the journey you take determines your destiny.

The world is divided into two parts, according to the scripture above, which means there are two kinds of people. Those on God side and those who aren’t.  In other words, those on the right and those on the left.  Jesus said, when he comes in his glory and all the angels with him he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. And all nations will be gathered before him, and he’ll separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He’ll put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Matt 25:31-33. Jesus explained again in, John 8:12-47, to help us understand this scenario. He said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life’. ( it means whoever believes and  does what he says, is  in the light – God side)

This is an important decision we must make in life, whether to be on his side or not.  As you know, we are aware of the good and the bad. Every human being has both. Jesus was the only one who was without  sin.

As mentioned from the beginning, Adam and Eve messed it for us, when they listened to Satan.  So, Jesus wants us to be clear, God is  good and Satan is bad.  Nowadays, most of the games the children play contains this philosophy.  And if you ask kids which side they would want to be on, obviously, they’ll all take the good side. Furthermore, none of us would want to be on the bad side of life.  We all want things to go well for us. (the happy good side)

The scripture says, man was made in God’s image.  It took me a long time to understand this. Thank God now I understand.  It all goes back to the goodness of God.  God is good as mentioned earlier, so, part of us, as you know, is good. Consequently, we act in a good way, but the bad part (sin) of us is connected to Satan.  A scripture says, God is good to everyone and He shows compassion on all creatures. Psalm 145:9 

Recently, I spoke to a gentleman who believed in evolution rather than God. I asked him if he had children, of which he said he had. I asked again, do you want your children to be good or bad? That caught him by surprise. Eventually, he ended up mentioning the good and evil. Our conversation helped him to think about the spiritual side other than evolution, because as you know, the spiritual side of us is connected to the physical side.

So, to be on God side is a personal decision, no one will ever make it for you. What helps us to make that decision? Firstly, we need knowledge, which God has provided through the Bible, and then understanding.  Many of us understand that the Bible was written by men of God, who were led by God’s own Holy Spirit. Once we are clear in our minds on that, we get to understand that there is no single lie in the Bible, for God wanted his word to be delivered in truth, so he had to make sure he uses his power to protect it.

Moving on, when someone is on his side they’re protected in Jesus. The Bible says, sin separates us from God, meaning when we do bad things we get separated.

The Bible says, we all had gone astray from God, meaning we want to do whatever we want despite the consequences. (disobedient to God) But at the same time, God wants to save us from the calamity awaiting us because of disobedience.

Now that we understand, let’s go back to the question, whose side are you on? God side or Satan side. There is no middle  ground, for a day is governed by day and night. You either belong to the day light or the darkness.  As you know, during the day we can see clearly where we are going as opposed to the night where we can’t see clearly,  and when there are no lights, all you see is total darkness . There is something Jesus mentioned, which is, to be born again. John 3:1-21. It is a scripture many of us are familiar with, and try to comprehend but sometimes fail, due to lack of knowledge. However, by God’s grace, I’m going to lay it out here as I have done previously.

We go through the first stage of unawareness of God, until we hear the message.  In my experience, I became aware when I was about six. To cut the story short, I came to a point in my life when it all became clear to me.  And I had to understand that when we are on his side we become children of God. I John 3. Therefore, to be born again, means to become a child of God.

To be on his side or a child of God requires us to have faith in God and Jesus, and focus on doing good, because God is good. Those on his side walk in the light, which means they understand what God says about Jesus, and take obedience seriously. Jesus said, anyone who repents and turn to God through him, there is rejoicing in heaven – it pleases God. Luke 15:7. This means they’ve turned from (Satan)darkness to light (God). Does this mean we don’t make mistakes? Of course not!  When one is on his side, there’re aware of a sin, and take godly guidance to heart. It is impossible, as you know, to be perfect, however much we try. But God wants us to be humble and try our best in living a life that pleases him. 2 Peter 1:5-10.

Sometimes we make mistakes without even being aware, but in most cases, we are aware. For example, as you have noticed in this blog when I make a mistake I correct it. Likewise, in our walk with God, we should get rid of any sin – repentance. Jesus’ message is, avoid the sin as much as you can, for it is for your own good, but if you sin, confess it and keep walking in the light, especially if you want good things to happen to you.  As you are aware, in most cases, when we do bad, bad things happen to us.

Jesus said, walk in the light – in his ways (obedience).  Children of God, take Biblical instructions seriously, and have deep convictions.  As mentioned earlier, they focus on doing good in the eyes of the loving Father in Heaven. They seek his wisdom and apply it. This also helps us to understand that it is important to focus more on the good side of a person.

It is crucial to understand this, because someone may go to church or another religious meeting and are still not on God side, because they ignore the godly guidance. The Bible was written for God’s people, as a training platform – a way of living which produces full blessings.

Furthermore, Yahweh God wants us to understand it’s not about different beliefs people have acquired from different sources, it’s about loving him. We are all aware of different beliefs, passed down from generations, and has caused divisions which has affected us in so many ways.  For example, in Christianity, Protestants and Catholics had serious conflicts – contrary to the message of Christ which is about love and kindness.

Nevertheless, God wants us to understand all his prophets before Jesus, pointed to his beloved Son.  And all of them would say, listen to Jesus and do what he says, for salvation is through him. God didn’t choose any other prophet to be a sacrifice for our sins, he chose his own Son. He chose Jesus, because he had total holiness without blemish – without sin.

So being on his side means loving him, and if you love Almighty God from the heart, you obey Jesus’ commands.  And if you honour God, you honour his Son also. John 5:16-47.

In addition, God wants us to think and understand the truth about him. He wants us to figure things out, for he has given us clues.  For instance, we all experience the good times and the bad times. The good times brings happiness and peace, as opposed to the bad times that carries sadness.

When we make good decisions we reap blessings and when we make bad decisions we get disoriented and unhappy.  As you know, we all want to be in a happy place, or where there is a celebration.  Jesus said, there is a happy place prepared for God’s people, but a sad place for those who are not. Luke 16:19-31.  So, to reap a harvest of happiness, he advises us to focus on being good, and to walk in love.   A scripture says, whoever loves life and wants to see good days, must turn away from evil and do good; must seek peace and pursuit it. I Peter 3:10-12

THE KING OF ALL

Jesus is the King of all human beings.  The Holy Bible says; He is above all angels and his name is above all names, and before him every knee will bow – Philippians 2:10.  And then he says; all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. (Mat. 28) He is the chief adviser on life and faith, because he knew how God and a human being operates in every detail, so he says; love your enemy, do good, instead (Math. 5:43-45)  Think about it, what happens when you help your enemy, if he or she is desperately thirsty and you give them a glass of water?  In most cases, a heart will soften, for Love is stronger than hate. We all encounter people who don’t like us for one reason or another, that’s why his advice is paramount.

Note; he didn’t say, tell your enemy to love you, in most cases, it doesn’t work.  For, it’s your responsibility to deal with your own heart.  You’re responsible for your actions!  You are no.1 in your life. You have to deal with yourself first before you deal with someone else.  In other words, save yourself first before you save someone else.

He says; do to others as you would want them do to you.  Let’s face it, we all want to be loved, or be treated in a good way.  Who in this world would want an enemy on their side?  But then again, you learn from your enemies as well as your friends.  With your enemies, you learn that they’re acting in weakness and in many cases, they are confused and don’t know what they’re doing.  And from those who love you, you learn strength, for they know what they’re doing. The love, Jesus is talking about is not connected to any sin, because sometimes we can manipulate feelings selfishly.

When you read the Bible, you see the beginning and the end. The Bible talks about everything in detail.  But I used to have a nagging question, why other religions?  It is a question many people may ask as well.  I couldn’t get the  answer from people.  I needed to ask God instead.  It took a long time for me to get an answer, but as I kept on examining the scriptures, I found the answer in Daniel, and I John: 2. Jesus knew other religions will come into the world, and he said, all these things must happen, (Math. 24). However, he says; I’m the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except though me. John 14:6.

Jesus did everything out of pure love for Yahweh God and man kind.  And in him there was no fault.  He states, what is in the mind of a person will come out in their actions.  A good tree will produce good fruits (good actions) and then he says he is that tree and then those who are in him are the branches. John 15:1. And then  he said:  he’s been given authority to judge, (Math. 25:31). Someone may say, hang on, you are preaching something we  already know. True! But there is also someone out there who doesn’t know and needs to know.