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Are you burdened?

One of my favourite scriptures is Matthew 11.28: Jesus says, ‘Come to me all of you who are weary and burdened…

God Almighty allows problems of all angles to come to us; I know I’ve said this before but I will say it again; some of them are initiated by Satan; to understand this, you have to read a conversation between Father God and Satan; Job 1:6-22, and then chapter 2:1-10

How many times are we bombarded with problems? What it a burden? As you know, it is an occurrence that is hard to bear or something that makes you uncomfortable, thus it takes your joy or makes you frustrated; something that makes you feel trapped or makes you live in fear; something that you are addicted to and you know it is ruining your life; something that brings you pain, and makes you feel insecure and uncertain, etc.

I’ve only mentioned a few but there are many of them you can think of in your own life.  God Almighty knows all the details of our problems; he also knows people are burdened by false religions, false ideas, bad governments, economic problems, bad relationships, poverty, etc.

God is drawing people to Jesus Christ, that’s why Jesus says, ‘Come to me, and I’ll give you rest and peace.’

And then he says, ‘Take my yoke upon you….’

What does he mean?

Think about it; what is a yoke in Jesus? English is my second language, but I can explain it as the Holy Spirit leads me;  I believe a yoke is when you attach yourself to somebody; so, he is saying, ‘Attach yourself to me; don’t handle problems on your own; have faith in God.’

Jesus knew a human being in detail; and he knew most of our problems are caused by our sinful nature or other people sinning against us.

I have to tell you most of my problems have been brought about by those two dimensions; so, our lives can be like a vicious circle, you do something to someone or vice versa.

He also says, ‘Learn from me…he means, I have all the guidance you need to sort out your damaged life. I’m the way, the truth and the life… I’m also your councillor for no prophet or an angel or another human being is going to help you like me.

Paul said, ‘I’m astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel, which is really no gospel at all; Galatians 1:6

He was very concerned; because you have to remember that he was from a different religion (Judaism), and persecuted Christians; after his conversation he went to Asia, Syria and so many other places, preaching the gospel of Christ. So, what he saw, shocked him, people were turning to new religions.

And then he went on to say; evidently, some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. How many people are confused by ideas created by man? I can name a few; evolution, politics, secular ideology, false religions, etc.

When you look into the history of religions they were all started by one person; that person, whoever it was, would take bits from the bible and then add on their own theories, and this has spread around the world like fire; with that in mind a person has to be careful when they preach about God – it has to be from the Bible.

Paul goes on to say, ‘Even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one, we preached to you, let him be condemned;

So, when you have Jesus in your life, he becomes your solution, your comfort, and your friend. He says, I’m gentle and humble in heart; he means, he looks at your life with compassion; he wants to help you, because you’re weak.

Many people seem to be in control of their lives; they are quite successful in their endeavours, and seem to be happy on the outside, but the inside is full of uncertainty and weaknesses; so, when they face problems, that’s when the reality kicks in, that they need a helping hand. And without God it is impossible for a human being to be happy, for he provides the needs we stand on.

Sometimes those in in less developed countries may think that those in much more developed ones are sorted! Who said so? That’s a fantasy! The pressure of life is all around us – it can get you wherever you are.

Jesus says, ‘In me you’ll find rest; it is true, when your life is in him, you’ll find peace; and when you focus your mind on him, don’t focus on the problems.

He says, ‘My yoke is easy; meaning life becomes easier when we turn away from bad things; in him we feel secure in our salvation; in him, we have a fulfilment of life.

He says, ‘My burden is light.’ It is true, when we are in Jesus, we learn to simplify our lives, for his guidance is not burdensome – it is good for us; so, when we focus on the Bible our mind becomes lighter; also, in Jesus we sing happy songs of praise and dance, because God is on our side.

OUR AMAZING GOD

We have a wonderful God, for he has allowed us to study what he created; and that’s what we call science; everything he created portrays his power. When you read the bible, you get to understand, that he created the world in a short time. I believe, before he created, he thought about all the details, and then said, that’s good.

Everything God Almighty created has a message to convey; Palms 24:1; the planet earth belongs to God Almighty and everything in it, and all who live in it.

Sometimes, when I see the beautiful animals, fish of all colours, birds in their beautiful colours and shapes, I’m like ‘Wow, God is amazing!’ You get the feeling that God thought about beauty, when he created.

I like the fact that when he created the greatest of all (mankind); he gave us the skin, so that we can choose to wear clothes of different colours. It is amazing that we walk on his planet, eat what he created, drink what he created, breathe the air he created, and enjoy the sun shine he created. And even with all that, some people don’t appreciate.

Someone may ask; what do you mean they don’t appreciate? When you appreciate what someone has done for you, what do you do? You guessed it; you say thank you and praise them, and then end up loving them. It is exactly the same scenario with God.

One thing about me, I love sharing my faith; why do I do it? Because I love God and Jesus; also, this has enabled me to love people; for love compels us to do good things; when you care for people, you help them by reminding them about God’s plan – that they need to be saved. It is God’s will that we help each other.

Even though it gives me much pleasure to share the message here, I also love talking to people on the street. I spoke to a young man, and explained salvation by using the analogy of a sinking ship; imagine yourself on a sinking ship, and then you see a rescue boat; what comes into your mind first? ‘My first reaction is to save myself, and then save someone else,’ he said. Almost nine out of ten people agreed. One lady said she would save someone else before she saves herself; maybe she was only saying it. But with salvation, you have to save yourself first.

The world as you know it, is spinning in space, travelling thousands of miles per hour; according to some scientific research, they say that, by the end of the year, we have travelled millions of miles around the sun; no wonder, we grow some wrinkles as the years go by.

So, who makes sure that our planet doesn’t bump into the moon, or other planets in the orbit; you guessed it – God Almighty; He is very busy working; maintaining that every planet stays in its position as he planned; but one day, he will change things.

Jesus said, ‘The sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light, the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies (all the planets) will be shaken; and the people living at that time will see Jesus coming on the clouds. (Matthew 24:29-31)

The bible also says, ‘God will create a new heaven and a new earth.’ (2 Peter 3: 8-13) You can understand why God will renew things; look at the world we are living in, many will agree it is getting worse; God examines everything in detail. I know I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again; He examines mankind more than anything else; for we are more important to him than any other creature. He created us in his own image. (Genesis 1:27)

Back to the young man; I said to him, almost 98% of what you have is God given, and only 2% is man given; when we started counting, the eyes, the hearing, the nose to smell, the energy, the legs, the hands, the food, the mouth, the hair, and the list went on; and then we talked about the man made things; all these little things we have in our houses, but even those are made out of the raw materials.

When you think about what God has done for us, he has a right to judge us; the scripture says, he is going to judge us according to what we have done on his planet; As you know, he has given us time to decide which side we want to be on. His side or Satan’s side.

Jesus wants us to keep on preaching; God knows human beings need to be told again and again; for we have a weakness called ‘forgetting.’ And that’s why Christians are required to read their bibles again and again, scripture by scripture; we feed our minds with the word of God to remind ourselves to do the right thing; because God has given us the rescue boat which is connected to Noah’s Ark. (Jesus)

So, when I explained to some people on the street that Jesus is the rescue plan, about three out of nine people said, they will make sure, that they jump in it; someone asked, ‘how can I get into it?’ I said, ‘The bible is your passport to the promised land; (John 3:1-21, Nicodemus will always be remembered for asking this question; how can a person be born again when he is old?) – a person has to be born again by believing every word Jesus says; repent of your sins; get baptized (fully immersed) – which means the bad guy goes and a good guy emerges from the water; so living life in Jesus, also means to focus on doing good; acting righteously; and your love for God and people expands, as you live your life through the biblical guidance. (Acts 2: 38-40)

I like what the French guy said, ‘Oh, so I have to do some cleaning; clean my life; that makes so much sense; I’ll do it!’

Many people are making a good decision to turn to God through Jesus Christ; because they understand that they need to be forgiven for the wrong things they’ve done – they don’t want to face the punishment of God. Also, they want to experience what God has promised – total happiness of living forever. (Revelation 21:4)

THE PINNACLE OF LIFE

There is something we have come to learn, that in order to get to the top of the mountain you have to climb. And if you want to overcome insecurities, you need to aim higher in your thinking and actions.

Many of us have to go through stages of insecurities; as you know, it starts at an early age, but as a young kid, you ignore them because you have a lot of wisdom.

But as we get older, we realise that we need to take steps to get to where we need to be, so we start climbing by using our skills and intelligence. While doing all these things, we start to feel insecure about our inadequacies, and then the comparison comes in when we start judging wrongly, thinking just because somebody is got high grades, is better than those who missed the mark, or if someone is in a top managerial position, they are better than the subordinates; and then you get those actors who are put in ‘A or B list,’ etc.

The world system is operating on the ups and downs of changing circumstances, and many of our insecurities are brought about by Satan, for instance, bad governments, racism, tribalism, terrorism, etc. However, we also have to deal with the inside factors – the struggles within syndrome. As you know, when a person looks at themselves and others in a negative way, it affects them and those around them.

So, what is the pinnacle of life? Someone may ask! Hang on, I’ll explain! In life, as you know, you can operate at the top or at the bottom. Many times, people aim higher in terms of family establishments, carriers, businesses, government positions or world kingdoms, to make themselves feel better. You may say, ‘We know that!’

However, as a human being, you need to go to the pinnacle; someone may say, ‘Okay, tell me more, I’m listening!’  But another person may say, ‘I think I know what you mean, and still others may say, ‘For me, I don’t get it.’ Jesus was right – people will respond differently.

Let me explain a bit more; Yahweh God said to his people, ‘I’ll make you the head not the tail, if you pay attention to the commandments and follow them carefully, you will always be at the top not the bottom.’  (Deuteronomy 28:13)   The bible goes on to mention two sections of life – the top one, made by God and the bottom one, made by man. To understand this, you have to read the book of Daniel chapter 2, where the prophet Daniel interprets a dream and mentions, ‘the rock that became a huge mountain (Zion connected to church of God or Christ) and filled the earthJesus.  And he then went on to explain another vision; he mentioned the kingdoms that will be set by man – these we call countries and their governments; some of them will make items of iron and steel to make themselves powerful. How many countries have established themselves through this process? (I’ll leave that to your imagination)

Back to the mountain; when you get on the top of the mountain you feel great; Right? Of course! After all the hard work of getting there, you feel like you’ve triumphed. This carries a message, where many of us come to a point in our lives when we have to start from the bottom and work our way up – meaning most of our endeavours are progressed by information and actions. So, once we acquire the knowledge and understanding we start climbing. For there’s something in our human nature, that wants to aim higher whereby we use the skills and talents God had instilled in us, but once we do that, the worldly system (Babylon) pushes and judges us by virtue, looks, and abilities; they say, for a person to have value in themselves, they have to acquire a certain standard where money is involved as well.

Moreover, as we try to reach our goals in life, many of us can only go so far, for our human establishments can’t get a person to the pinnacle of life, and that means a person can be an actor, a musician, a president, a king, a billionaire, etc. but are still not there.  The kingdom of God is the highest a person can get to. Once you’re in it, everything else is below you. At the pinnacle your mind changes, and then you start looking down on the sins in your life, in the end, you get rid of them. I’ll explain this from a different angle, you start seeing things the way Jesus did.

The worldly system is nothing compared to the kingdom of God, where Jesus is reigning as King. Manmade systems lack greatest substance, and have less value; as you are aware, everything God made has more value than manmade things; that’s why after a person achieves something, they will ultimately feel a sense of emptiness; why? Because worldly positions will disappear, including manmade religions – false religions; but when you gain salvation, you’ll have Jesus with you forever.

Once, I was watching a documentary about an actress who was very famous in the sixties (forgotten her name); she said, ‘After getting things I  wanted, the fame, marriage and children, I came to a point where I felt it wasn’t enough, in the end, I got very bored and sad.’ And another politician said, ‘I have worked very hard all my life; I gained one of the top positions in the government; I have money and a loving family around me, but when I’m on my own, I get very depressed, I don’t know why.’

So, the kingdom of God makes a person bigger than worldly achievements and systems; it makes their happiness and peace expand if they put the bible into practice; (and when problems come, Jesus says, ‘Don’t worry about it; don’t do bad things, and don’t even think about it.’) I’ve seen it in myself and other peoples’ lives; a person who is in the village somewhere will feel like they are on top of the world. So, when a person belongs to Jesus, they are given higher titles, e.g. princesses, royal priesthood, children of God, God’s people, the conquerors of the world, the chosen ones. However, when you are on the top, you have to behave with a sense of dignity – avoiding the shameful behaviours of sin. (sin is shameful, it makes a person feel bad and small) Thus, when God seals you with the holy spirit, that’s when you know you’re on the top – it takes obedience.

However, I have to tell you this, the higher you go, the more the humility; that means, the pride has to go – (people on the left need to see that we practice what we preach).  Look at Jesus! He was the most powerful man on planet earth; he had the power of God, yet he humbled himself before God and made himself to be a servant to mankind; (Philippians 2:6-11) So, the good news is anyone can get to the pinnacle, and all you have to do is feed yourself with the word of God – and do your best to work on your salvation. Jesus said, ‘Make every effort to enter the narrow door (the kingdom of God), because many, I tell you will try to enter and will not be able to.’ (Luke 13:24)  He means, if you are a hypocrite you’ll be disqualified or if you’re in a wrong religion.

Jesus also said, ‘For everyone who exalts himself will humbled and he who humbles himself will be exalted.’ (Luke 14:11)

That’s what it is people, we need to understand these things; when we appreciate what Jesus did for us, Father God is pleased. Jesus said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.’  Matt. 28:16-20 (NIV)

THE HOLES IN YOUR POCKETS

When you read the bible, you get to understand that God almighty tackles every angle of our lives.  For example, He asks, ‘Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your panelled houses, while this house remains in ruin?’ (Haggai chapter 1)

So, it is an interesting question and it goes straight to the heart of a human being. God almighty has given the worshipers instructions, and one of them is to prepare a place where people can worship.

When you look around in some countries like Britain, you get the feeling, that there was a time when people took their faith seriously, that’s why church buildings are everywhere. And when you look into Britain’s history, you could see, that life was hard due to food shortages, poverty, etc. so, many would go to church on Sunday to have peace of mind.

Sadly, nowadays going to church on Sunday is seen as a rare occasion for some people, thus, some churches are dying as a result. Some people, on the other hand, go to church to experience a few minutes of peace. And if you want to read the bible, you wouldn’t find it in many Cathedrals. I asked a lady steward once, ‘How come you don’t have bibles in here?’ She shrugged her shoulders and said, ‘We used to, years ago, but we decided to get rid of them because people were stealing them.’ Hmm…that’s a bit strange…why would someone go to church and steal the Holy Bible?  

God examines things in detail, and wants people to respond to his message through Jesus. So that question goes beyond church buildings, it is about repentance – for the problem comes, when a person is only focussing on their human desires, other than focussing on God’s kingdom, to seek salvation.

However, some churches have emerged from the ashes (false teachings), and are carrying the bibles with them, and are taking the scriptures seriously, for they understand the importance of obedience.  So, while some churches are dying out spiritually others are prospering.  The scripture says, ‘People perish because of lack of knowledge.’  (Hosea 4:6) Jesus teaches us that, if you want to survive you have to get into the bible and live in it.

When God spoke to the Israelites at that time, the message goes to all mankind. So, while you are busy running after this and that, time is flying as well. Then Jehovah God says, ‘Give careful thoughts to your ways.’ Now you see, he wants us to examine our lives.

When I explained to my brother, he understood; I said to him, ‘All these years you’ve been chasing after things you want.’ He said, ‘Now, I feel like I’m in the valley, because things are not working out as I expected.’ I said, ‘But there is something else you need to work on, which will uplift you, to get you out of the valley – work on your faith.’ He said, ‘Thank you for telling me; your words are so encouraging; I’ll do it.’ That put a smile on my face.

Then God said, ‘You have planted much, but harvested little; aargh, now he targets a sensitive part of us; we all get those moments; How many people work hard to get something, and the end result is little?  For example, businesses, jobs, marriages and so many other plans. So, stress here!

Then He says, ‘You eat, but never have enough.’ Some one may say, ‘When I eat, I have enough,’ but a person in another country may say, ‘Oh yes, that relates to me.’ However, this affects all of us; it means less satisfaction in some of our endeavours. Stress!

Then He says, ‘You put on clothes, but are not warm.’ When you’re in a cold country, as you know, however much we try to cover up we still feel the coldness. What does this mean? Stress again!

Then He says, ‘You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.’ Ooh… it is the money thing. We get money, and it flies away like an eagle. It happens so much in utility bills, (we have to pay for the water God created) business losses, etc. Everybody has to lose money in one or the other. Someone may say, ‘That’s life!’ But, as you know, the rich gain a lot from the poor, as they keep on putting the prices up in computers, phones, designer labels, etc. making them big profits. So, more stress! And many are feeling it.

Then He says it again, ‘Consider your ways.’ Now He is telling us to think again, to make changes in our lives, get rid of the bad stuff, and work on our faith. Then He says, ‘You expected much, but see, it turned out little.’ Ouch, that hurts! You know how it goes with so many people, ‘I’m looking for the one, my other half to complete me.’ When they get the one, they get married; after a while, they start questioning whether that person was the one, when they start feeling the blues – the unhappiness, boredom, disappointments, etc. What’s that? Aha, you guessed it – stress! The same goes with the job, and so many other things.

Then He says, ‘You see what you brought home, I blew away.’ Ouch… that hurts! But that’s how it is! For we get what we want and then we lose it. Why?  It is because of sin, which started in Eden; sin is poisonous, dangerous, destroys people’s lives and it causes a curse called stress!  Stress, as you know, comes from all angles; it comes from our own sins, from other people sins, etc. People try to beat stress with all kind of ideas – a bit of smoking, drinking, exercise, etc.  Hmmm… does it work?

God Almighty who created us, knows us in detail and targets the issues of our hearts, which means after getting this and that, we still get to the point when we feel frustrated.

But He has given us the cure for stress – prayer and wisdom from the Bible. Every time I get stressed out, I pray and then I use the bible to sort me out. Christian life is beautiful – a blessing from God. Some people think it is hard, but it is easy, if you have faith and the right attitude. God knows a human being cannot be perfect without Jesus. So, in Jesus we have security, peace and hope.

Jesus said, ‘The kingdom of God is like a person who found treasure in the garden, went back home and sold everything he had in order to gain it.’ (Matt. 13:44) So, once you have it, you’re on the winning side. Hooray!! Happy days.

As you’ve noticed reader, I’m trying to deliver this message to you, the way God wants me to do it; by using the Bible; sometimes, I make a typing mistake, but that doesn’t matter so long as you understand the message. So, my prayer is, may God help you. Amen!

WHO IS ISREAL?

God has been helping to me to understand more about the bible. Where did the Israelites come from?

To understand this, you have to go to Gen 32. Jacob, the son of Isaac has been blessed by God. He now has two wives, eleven sons, and many domestic animals. He then decides to flee from his Uncle Laban (Genesis 31) whose attitude towards him has changed. You can see Jacob is not happy, he is scared; he then asks him, ‘What is my crime? What sin have I committed that you hunt me down?

God (Yahweh) says to him, ‘Go back to your country; a land of your father and relatives, and I’ll be with you.’

When you read the whole the story, you get to understand that before Jacob came to live with his Uncle Laban, he was running away from problems at home, for he had an issue with his brother who didn’t like him.

I think every human being can relate to this. For we all try to run from problems; in many cases, people move from one place to another. Many people run away from marriages, and they give a reason why. Some run away from their countries, (I can relate to this) and give a reason why they’re doing it.

As mentioned in the previous posts, God Almighty sees all our reasonings in everything we do. So, Jacob has given his reason why he didn’t want to go back, for his scared of his brother; he says, ‘I’m afraid he’ll attack me.’

God who has been watching him all along, wants him to deal with his brother; so, he makes sure that Jacob meets his brother Esau. God knew his brother was not going to attack him, for he wanted to reconcile and put matters behind him.

Before this happens, Jacob had to deal with his faith. He prays a lot, and then gets scared. He thinks the worst is going to happen, even though God has told him, if he goes back, he’ll bless him.

He still struggles, he talks to his servants, wives and children; once they sense his fears and distress, they get scared too. He then sends his messengers to his brother to somehow do a bit of spying on him. They came back with a message, that his brother is on his way with four hundred men to meet him (vs 6). When Jacob heard this, he is all over the place. He gets scared even more, and prays again, ‘Please God save me from my brother.’ After that, he decides to divide the people who were with him into two groups, and the animals as well; he then sends them in different directions, for he thinks, if his brother attacks one group, at least the other one will be saved. Soon afterwards, he sends his herds men, and flocks ahead of him, after instructing the leader what to say.

At night, he sets up another plan; took his possessions, including his family, the maid and servants, and sent them across the river. After sending them he is left alone. When he was on his own, and it is dark, he reflects even more about his life and faith. The more he thinks, the more worried he became.

God, on the other hand, after giving him time to think, he intervenes and acts, to get him out of his self-pity. He then sends a man (maybe an angel, I don’t know) to wrestle with him physically. I can imagine this wrestling match, which probably involved being pinned down on the ground, arms and legs twisted. (normally a wrestling match doesn’t involve punches) Anyway, this goes on for the rest of the night; Jacob gets an injury on his hip in the end. When the morning appears, the man says, ‘Let me go, it is day break.’ (day break means a new beginning, the struggle is gone, and wrestling means, the struggle of life, or problems) After that, he gives him a new name, ‘Israel’ which means an overcomer. (people of God) Gen. 32:8

This name is significant to people of God, as you know, Jesus was a Jew, from the tribe of Judah, which is part of Israel clan. Jesus overcame a huddle, and it was painful. When a person develops faith through Jesus Christ, they also become spiritual Israelites – and that means they become overcomers, so they don’t face the wrath of God. The bible mentions the natural Israelites – these are descendants of Jacob; (from the twelve sons of Jacob, a race of people was formed – God used them though out the Old Testament) However, those who are not connected to Jacob naturally are called Gentiles. But God Almighty is now only interested in those who are saved through Christ, for through Jesus, people of God are formed. Why through Jesus Christ? Because a human cannot attain purity (blameless) God requires without Jesus Christ. The scripture says, ‘Salvation is found in one one else, for there’s no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.’ Acts 4:12

The story ends happily; after the wrestling match his faith gains strength, he was more positive, his fears subsided, he had courage and his mind was at peace. On his way back he met his brother, who offered peace and wished him well. And when he went back to his country, he was blessed even more. God who created us knows every detail of our being. He allows a problem to get our attention.

The story of Jacob has a message behind it, which every Christian (children of God) will encounter to test their faith.  Wrestling with God affects all true Christians, sometimes a person may feel stressed out about a problem. But a person who perseveres through trials, when they keep their faith and righteousness in Christ will be saved.

But what about those who are not in Christ; the bible says, they will wrestle with Satan. As we all know, no one is exempt from problems (physical pain, spiritual pain – heart break, disappoints, betrayals, rejection, persecutions; financial pain, family problems, war zones, depression, bereavement, etc; but problems are designed to help us think, for God wants us to examine our lives. My experience of hardships has helped me to grow in my faith and to share the message of God. The bible says, ‘God wants everyone to be saved through Jesus,’ because he is very compassionate, loving and just. So, it is very important to know the questions of God, which started in Eden. As you know, every human being is a product of Adam and Eve. So that means every human being is subjected to questioning and to judgement.

Someone asked, what about the animals? Animals don’t know have a conscience of knowing right and wrong, but what happened in Eden affected all them too. When God gave Adam and Eve to rule over all animals, and that meant the decisions they made would affect the whole world.

There you go readers; the truth has to be told.

THE BATTLE BETWEEN THE GOOD AND EVIL

As humans we’re all aware of the good and evil. The battle is in our minds. We have God who wants us to be in his kingdom, then you get Satan who wants people to be on his side.

You have God who pulls you to be in Jesus, and Satan who pulls you away from Jesus. (John 6:44 -47) Jesus says, ‘No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him/her at the last day. It is written in the Prophets. They will all be taught by God. Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him (the Holy Bible) comes to me. No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God. Only he has seen the Father. I tell you the truth, whoever believes has everlasting life.’

We know from the scriptures, that war started in heaven when the devil had a bad attitude. (Rev. 12:7-9 NIV) The scripture says, ‘There was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost the place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down – that ancient serpent called the devil or Satan, who leads the whole world astray.’

God put all these things in writing because he wants us to know. Satan knows his days are numbered, one day he will be destroyed. But in the mean time he causes as much chaos as he can. The bible states, he controls so much of the world and that means he controls much of the human population.

As a human, you have to know how he operates. I know I have said this before, but I’ll say it again. You have to be aware of his schemes. Jesus taught us how to pray and said, ‘deliver us from Satan’s schemes.’

What are Satan’s schemes? We know from the bible the devil wanted to kill baby Jesus through Herod. (Matt. 2) It wanted to destroy God’s plan of salvation to save mankind. It was powerless in achieving that; for how can the devil fight against God Almighty and win? It is impossible.

Below are some of the devil’s schemes:

  • He stops people from understanding the bible
  • He wants people to worship him, that’s why he created his own agenda (false worship) which is contrary to God’s plan of salvation through Jesus. When you look around the world, you can see how Satan has set up pillars of worship, for example, the money system of buying and selling (the beast), which the bible says has affected all mankind, and it has a number 666. (Rev. 13:16-18) But God Almighty has allowed it to happen for a reason – using money wisely to meet our needs and the needs of others.
  • He makes people undermine God’s plan of salvation through Jesus.
  • He makes people undermine Jesus
  • He makes people persecute Christians
  • He attacks everyone: in some countries you get punished for reading the bible. Why? Because Satan doesn’t want people to inherit eternal life, which can only be obtained through Jesus.
  • He puts negativity and doubts in people’s minds
  • He wants us to be out of control
  • He tempts us to do wrong
  • He discourages people from going to Christian meetings and believing the true word of God – the Bible.
  • He confuses people with different ideologies.

He is very crafty; he knows how we think, that we have a habit of focusing on what we want; for he has been allowed to study how a human being operates.  The moment you think negatively about God or Jesus, he is got you under his control. But God Almighty has given us the weapon to fight back – Jesus and the bible.  The bible says, we are all under a spiritual battle: we have to remember the devil hates humans and doesn’t care. (he is 100% bad) As you know, we inherited the good from God, and the bad from Satan. So, that’s how it is in this world. It all started in Eden.

Jesus our saviour is not like any other prophet, he is above all prophets. As mentioned in the Bible, he was there when God our Father was creating the world. He was given the power to operate as God Almighty. The scripture says, He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creations. For through him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible…. So that in everything he might have supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself to all things (mankind), whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood (we are reconciled to God, and forgiven through Jesus), when he was crucified on the cross. (Colossians 1:15-23) Once you understand this, you’ll understand God’s plan.

People, life is not just about eating and drinking, marriage or no marriage, children or no children, or job or no job, or having fun; we have to be serious and understand the deeper things of life. Why are we here? And where are we going from here? God Almighty has given us information about Jesus, it’s up to us to take it or leave it. You determine your destiny. As I said before, I have to say it as it is. The truth. The message in this blog summarises the bible to help the reader understand. It is God who is helping me here; so, as I write these words down, I’m also learning.

WHY THE CONFUSION?

The question is, why the confusion?

There is something in Christianity that bothers me a lot. I think about it almost every day.

Recently I had met up with a good friend of mine. We are both Christians, we love the Lord, and take the Bible seriously, but we differ in some of our beliefs. When I state my point about Christianity, I normally back it up with a scripture, because that’s what Jesus wants us to do.

The issue was about baptism: she was baptised by a different church, I was baptised by another, both churches take obedience seriously.

Her point was, I should be baptized again by her church. I said, ‘it doesn’t make sense, when I was baptised, I was acknowledged by God’, for the scripture says, ‘make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit (the holy spirit unites us). there’s only one body (children of God), one spirit (holy spirit), one faith (Christianity), one baptism, one Lord (Jesus died for our sins), one hope, one Salvation, and one God (the creator of world and all living creatures) the Father of who is overall and through all and in all. (the children of God) (Ephesians 4:1-5)

So, the problem many people have is the misunderstanding of scriptures, but the word of God is not difficult to understand; it is very clear. When Jesus spoke in parables, he made sure that he explains in order for us to understand. It is not rocket science people, or climbing mountain Everest, it is easy. God made it easy for us through Jesus.

When a Christian teaches another Christian to be baptised again, it is contrary to what the bible teaches. First of all, when a person makes a decision, it is done through faith in Jesus. I know I’ve mentioned this before, millions baptise their babies. Is it in the Bible? No! A baby is not aware, has not sinned, and does not need to repent.

So, the scripture says, those of us who were baptised in Christ (fully immersed in water), we were united in him, and that means we live a new life, we’re no longer slaves to sin…we have been freed from sin…and then it says, ‘do not offer parts of your body to sin, but rather offer yourselves to God, and live in righteousness. Romans 6:4-14

God has given us information to follow, which leads to salvation.

So, the confusion comes, when people don’t examine the bible, and somehow rely on another source of information which doesn’t even connect to the scriptures (false interpretation).

Baptism is an important decision based on faith in Christ and God Almighty. Another scripture says, you’re all sons of God through faith in Christ, for all of you were baptised into Christ and have clothed yourself with Christ. Galatians 3:26.

I ended up saying to the sister in Christ, we’re all aiming for one goal – salvation (eternal life); so, our job is to encourage and help those on the other side. Even with all our little differences God Almighty is on our side, and he wants us to encourage each other, love one another in Christ, and correct each other by using the scriptures.

As you’re aware, the world is full of confusion, misleading information in every corner, before you know it, you get caught up in it. Evolution is one example, if we didn’t have the bible, we’ll all be confused, and none of us would have made it.

As I said reader, I have to say it as it is! The truth is in his word – the Bible!

HOW DO YOU SHOW YOUR LOVE?

As you’re aware, we all crave to love and be loved. The more we love the happier we become. I’m sure at this point you’re thinking okay…I understand that, but tell me more…!

Father God has put a lot of love in us so that we can function properly. The love is in our hearts, and we need to ignite it in order for it to flow. No human being will ever love as Jesus did. His love for people was on a perfect scale.

Most of us have experienced falling in love; we know what love is. We know that love draws us to another human being; it draws us to employ someone, to look after someone, to love our pets, to beautiful gardens, to food, to do so many good things, and it helps us to be good, etc.

So, the question God has put in my mind; how do you show your love?  Again, the question is designed to examine ourselves in regard to God the Father, Jesus and other people. When you reason well, you understand more!

The biggest love of all is the love of God and Jesus; when we love God our Father, we have Jesus the same way. Love is spiritual. When a true Christian goes to church to worship God, it is an expression of love for God and Jesus. When a person obeys God, they have to obey Jesus as well, which is an expression of love. As you’re aware, we are made in God’s image. God has shown us something about love, for example, when someone loves you, they normally show it by actions. I know I mentioned this before, but here I’m elaborating a bit more. When you love Jesus, you have to show it through actions. Jesus indicated, we should love him more than our own family or more than anything that belongs to us in order for us to grow in faith the way God wants us to’. (Luke 14:25-34)

I can understand what Jesus says, because when you deal with imperfect human beings, you’ll always get a disappointment. Sometimes, our family members can be the most difficult ones to deal with. When you look at David’s family, for example, we learn from the bible, that there was so much chaos; his son Absalom turned against him. (2 Samuel 17) When you look at Saul, (the king of Israel at the time) he turned against his own son Jonathan. (1 Samuel)

And when Jesus says, ‘love me more than your family.’  He means, ‘I’m more important to you than your family; even though God wants us to love our families ( love your neighbour as yourself), but sometimes, family members or freinds can be discouraging when a person becomes born again in Jesus. He also says, love him more than you love yourself. The desire to please God is more important than our own desires, meaning instead of gratifying our sinful desires, we should think about righteousness.

So, Jesus says, ‘I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full.’ (John 10:10. NIV) He means, when we obey him, we’ll enjoy life much more, and we’ll be fulfilled.  The problem is the fulfilment we get from friends, families, material world, etc. is not enough. When everybody is got their own issues to deal with, it is difficult to lean on a human being. No human is strong enough to carry their own problems and the problems of others. That’s why we need a bigger fulfilment which can only be found in God, through Jesus. We need his help in all our problems. God Almighty can handle all the problems of the world. Thus, when we show him that we love him, He smiles and delivers us.

And when we celebrate Jesus in the right way, to understand that he came to save us, he smiles – meaning, it pleases Father God, our creator. (Matt. 1:21) Jesus said, ‘For God so loved the world (people) that the gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world. But to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned but whoever does not believe him stands condemned already because he or she does not believe in the name of God’s one and only Son’. (John 3:16-18 NIV) We learn from here that believing every word Jesus says and act upon it, is the key to our salvation.

Merry Christmas!

THE RULES OF MATHEMATICS

One of life’s lessons is to understand the rule of multiplication; God Almighty created mathematics, he taught us how to count; the main rules of mathematics, as you know, is to increase and decrease.

I’m going to focus on multiplication or adding up; Jesus told a parable of the talents; (Luke 19:11-26)  a man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king (Jesus) and then to return.  So, he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas. ‘Put this money to work’, he said, until I come back.

But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, we don’t want this man to be our king. (many reject his teachings)

He was made king (God made him King of all), however, and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it.

The first one came and said, sir your mina has earned ten more. (he increased in faith a lot)

Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.

The second came and said, sir, your mina has earned five more. (he also increased in faith) His master answered, you take care five cities.

Then another servant came ad said, ‘sir here is mina, I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow’. (he had very little faith, refused to increase it, had a bad attitude)

Then he said to those standing by, ‘take his mina away from him give it to the one who has ten minas’.

Sir, they said, ‘he already has ten’.

He replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even the little he has will be taken away’.

As human beings we must understand God’s way of doing things; as you know, we start as a small seed, then little by little we increase. It is God’s plan that we increase in faith, in knowledge (bible), in understanding, in positivity, in aspirations, in skills, in kindness, in righteousness, in love, in forgiveness, in compassion, in joy, in power, in perseverance, in giving, etc.

We have to build all those things mentioned above layer by layer in faith.

Jesus said, ‘I have come, so that you may have life to the full’. When you become a child of God, your purpose in life is to increase in faith and righteousness even in old age, and salvation is a final success.

The secret to happiness is to build layers of righteousness. Jesus gave us another tip of happiness he said, ‘don’t worry about life’, because worrying has a way of decreasing a person’s faith. Having experienced it, believe me, I know what I’m talking about.

I’ve learnt over the years to use my faith in every situation, and I realise when I do that, God delivers me from fear, and gives me joy.

This is the issue which many people are not aware of, when you landed on planet earth, God planted a seed of faith in you. A seed of faith means every human can believe in God. that’s why Jesus emphasised on believing first, then actions. Jesus said, it is like a mustard seed. It is very tiny, (I’ve never seen one, but some people have) but when it grows it become a huge tree. (Luke 13:18-19) There you are readers, it is all about multiplying your faith.

LIVING FOREVER

Living forever is an inner desire for most of mankind. If we lived in a perfect world, where there’re no problems, and there’s total happiness, no human being would say I don’t want to live forever.

When I was a child, I used to read stories; most of the stories had a happy ending; they married and lived forever happily. And I thought, ‘wow’.

Nowadays, living happily forever seems like a fantasy to some people.  But let me tell you what Jesus said, which I think is gonna blow your mind.  He said, I’m the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me will live, even though he dies; whoever lives and believes in me will never die. John 11:25-26.  When you examine the scripture, you realise that he combines, believing and living. He teaches us, believing alone is not enough, you have to live your life in his teachings.

So, if you have another religion, or non-believer, that’ll get you to do some thinking.  In the end, you end up thinking what chance have I got here?  Other religions have a different message, which totally contradicts the Bible.  As mentioned in Bible, Jesus said, he is the only truth, the way and the life; and that means the Bible is the only reliable source of information we can rely on.  It wasn’t written by one person, it was written by many witnesses – true prophets and disciples of Jesus.  And if you understand how God Almighty operates, he had to use many prophets to convey the same message about Jesus.

The scripture says, ‘above all, you must understand that no prophesy of scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation.  For prophesy never had it origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter 20-21) We learn from the Bible, that anyone who preaches a message contrary to the bible is a false preacher.

We also learn that God speaks through the Bible; he opens our minds to understand the scriptures.

So, the question is, how is God going to do it?  Firstly, we have to look at Jesus.  He said, he is the resurrection; we must understand why Jesus came; most of us know that he came to save the world; not only to save, but to teach us. He told us exactly what God said.

What happened to Jesus, is going to happen to us.  He came and died; afterward he was raised again. The scripture says, for as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive’. I cor. 15:22.  He also tell us what’s going to happen. (John 5:28 -30)  When you examine Jesus’ life, he was perfect in a human form; totally godly and holy; that’s why he didn’t sin. He did a lot of miracles, which only God Almighty can do.  After the resurrection Jesus did even more wonders; for example, he got into the disciple’s house, even though the door was totally locked. (John 20: 19-20) And then afterwards, he was taken up in the sky, and went back in heaven. (Acts 1:7-11).

We also learn from his teachings, that at the resurrection God’s people will be like angels. (Luke 20: 34-36).

We know that angels behave miraculously; at one time, the Apostles were in prison, the angel got into the prison to rescue them, even though the doors were locked. (Acts 5:19-24) The angels are invisible, but God can transform them to be visible. We see it in the Old testament, when God opened the eyes of the donkey to see an angel, but Balaam on the other hand, did not see it. (Numbers 22:21 -35) Some angels appeared in a human form; (Genesis 19: 1-2) Angels are operating in the world, but we can’t see them.

When you become a child of God, you become a very special person; children of God will enjoy the new earth and the new heaven. Many of us have decided to turn to God through Jesus; the biggest and the best decision of our lives. God has opened our minds to understand that Salvation in Jesus is more important than anything else in the world. And God Almighty will bless us abundantly. As I mentioned before dear readers, the truth has to be told.