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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

LOVING GOD

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Have you ever been in love? When your heart is devoted to someone; most of us have.  It all begins when we are very young. Little children normally love their parents, grandparents, siblings, and friends a lot.  Doing that makes them  happy.

Loving someone deeply as you know, makes us  happy.  We end up praising them by talking about them and stating how wonderful they are.  The process, begins by admiring their qualities, and then we get to know them by spending time with them, i.e. by talking and listening.  Subsequently, we end up doing what pleases them, by saying, ‘I love you’.  And eventually, we end up with a relationship which is based on submission (obedience).  Just like a loving relationship in a marriage between a husband and wife, where being faithful to each other is at heart.  According to the Bible, this is synonymous to the relationship between God, and a believer in Christ.

Loving God, begins when we admire his qualities, and acknowledge who he is as the Creator.  Recognising the beauty of all his creations and how wonderfully we are made, makes us praise him.  God made it in a way, that we cannot escape him.  His creations are all around us, to help us  think about him.  This brings me to a saying, ‘a person can run away from anyone, but cannot run away from God’. The secret to happiness is to love God and Jesus.  How do we do it?  One may ask!  Jesus gave us  tips, when he said, ‘love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength’. (Do what pleases him).

When he mentions loving God with all your  mind and heart, I used to struggle to understand the difference. It is only recently when it all became clear to me.  For example, as you know, we put all kinds of thoughts in our minds.  For what we put in our minds affects the way we feel.  So the heart is where all our desires, and feelings are stored.  Jesus said, out of the overflow of the heart your mouth speaks.  And also what comes out of our thoughts will determine our actions.

He also explained, in John 14 &15.  And in John 14:21, he says, whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father in heaven, and I too will love him/her and show myself to them.

When Jesus says, love God with all your heart; it  means to be sincere and humble when it comes to obedience.  Also another way of putting it , we shouldn’t doubt our faith in God.  So in the end, we respect and honour him by putting his thoughts (Biblical scriptures) into our minds through faith.  Jesus says, we have to do what pleases him to show our love.  As mentioned in the Bible, to focus on God through Jesus and  do what is good.

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WHAT DOES GOD REALLY THINK?

To get into God’s mind, you have to start from the beginning of the Bible.  In Genesis, you can see He’s thinking of creating, and does it step by step.  And then He talks to someone, ‘let us make man in our own image’.  When you go further into the scriptures, you find that Jesus mentions something crucial; he says, he was there at the beginning, John 6:62.  And then he says, the Father sent him, and afterwards he says, ‘I’m going back to the Father in heaven’.  He is currently seated at the right hand of God the Father.

When you keep on reading, you get to a scripture in Isaiah, whereby God says to us, ‘as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my thoughts higher than yours’Isaiah 55:9. So here we learn, his thoughts are far higher than ours.  This includes his plan, intelligence, generosity, judgement, kindness, love, patience, forgiveness, and justice.

Before Jesus, he uses prophets such as Abraham, to get glimpse of his thinking.  When it came to Moses, he speaks to him directly by giving him the Ten Commandments and explains why.

The Ten Commandments are crucial to get us on the right track, but Jesus extends God’s requirements even further.  The Bible says, God proclaimed the commandments in a loud voice, from out of the fire.  And it goes on to say, they are designed for our protection and also to enjoy life in peace.  (Why did God choose fire?  I ask.  The Holy Spirit says, fire, as God’s creation,  has a way of getting our attention quickly – a sign of being alert to God’s purpose). Deuteronomy 5

  1. You shall have no other gods before me. (there is only one God the creator of heaven and the earth with all living things)
  2. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of worship.
  3. You shall not misuse the name of God (YHWH), e.g.  blasphemy, swearing falsely Matt. 5:33-37, using Him to do acts of terror which are not connected to his will, etc)
  4. Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy ( this helps us to reflect on what is more important, thus taking a break from work)
  5. Honour your parents. (most parents have got their children’s best interest at heart)
  6. You shall not murder.
  7. You shall not commit adultery. (divorce and adultery breaks hearts)
  8. You shall not steal.
  9. You shall not give a false testimony against anyone.
  10. You shall not covet, or set desire on something that belongs to someone else.  (Admiring something is one thing but desiring and setting your heart on something that belongs to someone else is another; it causes insecurity).  Desiring something we don’t have is Satan’s trap of getting us unhappy, in other words to stop us appreciating what we have already been given by God.

And the scripture says, ‘do what is right and good in God’s sight, so that it may go well with you’Deut. 6:18.  Most people would agree that breaking God’s commandments have consequences.  All the commandments have one thing in common – Love. (Loving God and your fellow human being).  And where there is love, there is respect.

Without the Bible, we wouldn’t have known the truth about God, or to understand exactly what happened long time ago.  So much is revealed in the New Testament and the Old Testament.  We learn how he chose the Israelites (descendants of the twelve sons of Jacob) as the first fruits.  Even when he does that, he had already planned from the beginning to send his own begotten Son to rescue mankind from Satan’s control.  So Yahweh decided that the only way a human can be forgiven of sin, is through his Son.

That’s why he spoke in a loud voice, ‘this is my own Son, listen to him’. Mathew 17:5.  So Jesus is his number one.  He set him apart to be as holy as Him, and gave him all authority in heaven and on earth, to forgive sins, to save, to judge, and to give eternal life, Mathew 25:31-46, 28:18-20For every knee will bow before Jesus. Philippians 2

Jesus said, the Father is in  me, for every thing he said, came from God.  The people who saw Jesus in person had a special opportunity, because seeing Jesus was like seeing God, John 12:45.  Jesus also said, he is the only one who saw and knew the Father.  Those who love him and put the Bible into practice with a sincere heart will get to know him and the Father, and in the end will inherit eternal life.  He said, not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord will enter into the kingdom of heaven only those who do the will of my Father in heaven. Matt.7:21.  And what’s the will of God?  It is to do what pleases him.

So if anyone wants to know the real God, the one who created the world, they have to ask Jesus to open their mind. Luke 24:45. The question is; does God want every human being to believe and read the Bible.  The Holy Spirit says, ‘Yes’. Why?  Because it holds the words of his Son, whom he has appointed to be above all, for in him there was no sin or error.  Does Almighty God want all people to listen to Jesus and do what he says?  His Holy Spirit says, ‘Yes’.  (It was impossible for Jesus to lie).  If anyone wants to know what God thinks, they have to get into Jesus’ mind, in order for them to  get a clear picture.  Does Jesus want people to cause violence or terror in the name of religion?  The Holy Spirit says, No.  Does God want people to hate each other because of religion? Jesus says, ‘No’.  God wants people to get to know him in truth and love.

The scripture says a thousand years is a day to God. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance’. 2 Peter 3: 8-9.  God hates any kind of sin; He wants us to focus on his plan through Jesus – to be saved.  Because the scripture says, ‘He is the image of invisible God, the first born over all creation. For by him all things in heaven and earth, visual and invisible…were created. Colossians 1:15-20.

When Jesus came, he opened the door for everyone to have access to God.  He emphasised on having faith in God.  Believing in Jesus and the Bible scriptures is an important process when it comes to know God.  It dictates our actions and flourishes our minds.  And if anyone wants to know whether God the Creator of Heaven and Earth wants them to read the Bible and follow its teachings, they have to ask Him in privacy and silence, and He’ll answer them.

Jesus mentions about the judgement, ‘There is a Judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him/her at the last day. For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say…whatever I say is just as the Father has told me to say’. John 12.  God wants us to examine ourselves.  If you’re a believer, Jesus says, watch yourself when it comes to sin, and apply the scriptures in your life.  Luke 17:3

God has opened my mind to understand the scriptures, that’s why Jesus wants me to share the message.  I used to have questions, and God has answered most of my questions.  For example, how did different races came about?  He gave me an answer.

If you have any questions, be free to ask!  Jesus will help me answer your questions, regarding God and the Bible.

(Scriptures from NIV Bible)

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.