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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.

THE POWER OF CHRISTIANS

It is in our human nature to desire access to power, for we all want to manage situations in our lives.  As you know, when we have problems, we feel weak.

It is God’s plan that we all go through tough times.  And the reason for this, when we are weak we find ourselves seeking solutions. Many of us turn to a person who has a solution to our problem.  When we go to the doctor, they’ll try their best, but it is only a temporary solution.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

When you go to the bank manager, they’ll try to lend you money, but then their intention is to get more out of you.  When you go to councillor, they’ll try to give you a bit of advice, but they can’t fight your battles; you have to fight the battles yourself.  I’ll never forget a councillor who said, ‘I’ll tell you the truth, money doesn’t bring happiness; I can’t tell you how many millionaires, who have come to me, crying their eyes out, for they feel like they can’t manage life’.  But many of us have felt helpless in some situations, if you haven’t experienced it, don’t worry, you’ll get it later.

TV brings a lot of situations in our homes, when we see the chaos in other parts of the world.  Sometimes our homes can be safe-haven when we get it right. We do it right, when we decide to do the right thing to get a job, pay the bills, keep away from trouble, look after our families, cook meals, etc.

Let me tell you, as mentioned before, when Jesus said, all authority is been given to me, he goes on to say, I have given them (believers) glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one. I in them and you in me’. John 17:22

When a person follows Jesus and obeys him, they gain power, which is assimilated to the holy spirit. God uses the Holy Spirit to mould a person to be the best they can be.  The Holy Spirit energises the person; thus, they have peace in their hearts.  When they pray God listens to them. He also uses angels to serve those who will inherit salvation. Heb. 1:14

I remember life before I was born again (true Christian), I know, I mentioned this before, but I don’t mind sharing it again; I thought I was one of the unhappiest people on planet earth. I was very depressed and miserable, little did I know that God had an amazing plan for my life; now I’m one of the happiest. I have to say, I have regained the joy, I had as a child.

When we obey Jesus, God blesses us in an amazing way; he transforms us to be powerful on the inside, that’s when we end up enjoying life even more; even when we face problems, He energises us, and when the problem is too strong for us he takes it away.

Here is the truth, when day light comes we get energised, and more active, but when night comes, our power is reduced, less active – a time to sleep. This is synonymous with our spiritual state of mind. God/Jesus empowers us, while Satan weakens us.

God has given true Christians hope and power, and it makes them happy that they’re going to participate in the great jubilation of living forever. How is God going to do it?   It is a good question; but the answer is in the Bible, which will be in the next topic.

ARE YOU CONNECTED TO JESUS CHRIST?

We live in a world where connection to something is crucial.  Many of us want to be connected to something of real significance; many of us think if only I get connected to that person, I can get on a ladder;   when we get connected to certain countries, and good family networks,  we feel better or safer.

Jesus Christ is the most powerful person who has ever lived on earth. He said, all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. God the Father was happy to give him everything that belongs to him, including his Kingdom. That’s why he wants mankind to connect to Jesus. The scr. says, he is the tree and those who follow him with a sincere heart, are the branches.  John 15. Jesus says, I’m the vine you’re the branches. If a person remains in me and I’m in them, they’ll bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. For without Jesus, there is no forgiveness or salvation.

It doesn’t matter who you’re, whether a prophet or a religious leader. God’s plan will stand for ever – Jesus is the only plan of salvation.

God Almighty has divided existence of the world in two time zones before the end. The first phase (the Old Testament) before Jesus…and the second phase (after Jesus). Jesus said, things will get worse. (Matt. 24)

The bible says, he’ll wipe out everything and then there will be a new heaven and the new earth. (1 Peter 3) I can understand that because, as you can see the world is full of chaos and getting worse.

Going back to the first question, which is significantly important in terms of our survival. God Almighty has given us only one reliable source of information, which reveals his thoughts – the Holy Bible. The creator of the universe wants us to connect to Yesuah (Jesus). If you want to have access to God Almighty, you have to be in the right position. There is a barrier between us and God, which is created by our sins. If you want to be approved by God Almighty, you must connect to Jesus.

How do you connect? There are things we must do;

  • To believe in everything he says.
  • You must be born again. John 3 (it is a total spiritual transformation; your mind is renewed)
  • We must get baptised – it is like signing a contract between you and God/Jesus. (Your whole body has to be immersed in water)
  • We must read the bible. God wants us to know what happened in the past (the old testament), he wants us to live life according to the new testament, so every time we read the bible and do what it says we connect.
  • And we must repent of sins

I love evangelism, which I’m doing here as a way of serving God our Father and Jesus our Saviour. I also love talking to people. On the street I speak to all kinds of people from different religious backgrounds. When I speak to the Muslims about Jesus, some respond, some don’t. I realise that, God wants us to explain to them, so that they can also be saved. And those who respond to the message of Jesus will be saved.

The problem a lot of people have is lack of knowledge and understanding. It also shows in the Christian environment; that’s why there are unnecessary divisions, which Jesus mentioned. God who created us knows that we are limited in so many ways, for example, our understanding of things is limited; He and Jesus have perfect understand but we don’t. Both have perfect intelligence which we lack; we forget easily but they don’t; we panic when the pressure is on, but they don’t.

When I spoke to a guy who shared his story, he stated – he suffered from depression; he even tried to stab someone and ended up in a mental hospital. He then said, ‘when he heard the message of Christ, he looked deep into his life, and had a transformation’. There’s no human being who hasn’t been messed up by sin.  Jesus came to fix us.  That’s why he says, therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the stream rose, and the winds blew, and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had  its  foundation on the rock.  So, there you’ re; it is very clear! In life, we need a strong foundation in order to survive; Jesus is the strongest foundation we can have, even when problems or  temptations come our way, we hold on to him and his teachings.

Sadly, many are not connected to Jesus; there are those who go to church meetings but are not connected.  Many of them are in Catholic churches, protestant churches, etc.  A good heart is required to connect; where by a person listens carefully to what Jesus says, and then acts upon the word of God. So, as you read all the questions in here you’ll get to understand that they’re all connected to the Bible. They’re designed to examine ourselves.

A MOUNTAIN

God has laid out signs in the world for us to learn from; one of them is a mountain. Jesus said, ‘Have Faith in God. I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, go throw yourself into the sea, and does not doubt it’ll be done for him. Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And if you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that you Father in heaven may forgive your sins. Mark 11:22-25

Now what is a mountain? I’ve been struggling to understand this scripture over the years, but by God’s grace now I do.   This is how the holy spirit has helped to interpret this. We all know, a mountain is normally built by layers of soil, rocks, and stones. When we look at it we are overwhelmed by the sheer size of it. Take Everest for example, it is scary!  Some people try to climb, but with so much pain. That means handling a mountain brings pain. But for many of us we decide to be observers by keeping a distance. We do this because we fear the consequences. So, that means we use God given wisdom that there is no need to climb a mountain.

Okay; let’s go back to the question; what mountain is Jesus talking about? Many of us are busy building mountains in our lives. How do we do it?  By sinning.  As you know, it begins with a thought and it goes to actions. The more we think about it, the more we build it up, and the more we act upon it, the bigger it becomes. Building normally starts at young age.  We all know teenagerhood is when we break away from the rules, before that our state of mind has a good sense of innocence.

So, building a mountain takes a day or years, which means when we involve ourselves in any kind of sin and it becomes a habit, we are on Mt. Everest – dangerous grounds and the consequence are inevitable.  We live in chaotic world, where hatred has become a mountain for some people.  And when that happens the turmoil descends on those people who embrace those kind of attitudes, e.g. wars, fear, etc.

A wrong religion is also a huge mountain; when Jesus said, he is the only truth we can rely on, he knew the consequences of false preaching are catastrophic.  Evolution theory is a scary mountain, and many are building on it.  Lack of faith is another scary mountain; guess what, there is no hope with this kind of attitude.  And when the love of money consumes your life more than anything else, you are on mount Everest.  Money issues have created a lot of mountains, e.g. envy, wrong desires, debt issues, depression, etc. that’s why Jesus said, the love of money is the root of all evil.

The internet, drug addictions, binge drinking, etc.  have created negative influences which are ready to erupt. God Almighty has given us life; we have a responsibility for our lives.  How you look after your body is your responsibility, and if you want to enjoy life, build well.  Jesus advises us how to become excellent builders.  When God gave Noah the instructions to build the ark, he was thinking about Jesus.  So, that means, when you build your life according to Jesus’s teachings you’re sorted.

I read a scripture in the old testament, which explains our sins as a mountain. (I can’t remember where, but I’ll look it up).  So, that’s why Jesus says, a mountain in our lives can be removed by faith, which also means we can use Biblical scriptures to remove any hindrances in our lives.  A hindrance is a sin that stops a person from prospering the way God wants them to be.  A sin stops us from enjoying a peaceful life.  A sin is like a volcano waiting to erupt. That’s why God wants us to examine our lives and make changes, and to think about the consequences.

Another way to look at the mountain is a situation which is difficult to handle.  Many of us get those, and we feel the problem is permanent, whatever we do, it is not going anywhere – immovable. But Jesus says, when you believe that God will take away problems, you become happier; but you also have to understand when he says, throw the problem in the sea.  I believe it means, a problem or difficult situation can be submerged in water – dissolved.  And that means if you can’t solve it, don’t think about it; give it to God, and focus on being a good person, then you’ll enjoy life.  And when it is submerged, God gives you strength, so that you don’t get overwhelmed by it.  I’m talking from experience.

 

SEEKING BLESSINGS

Most people know God Almighty is our provider. The scripture says, every good thing comes from him. James 1:16, says, don’t be deceived… Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father in heaven.

Every one of us is so busy seeking blessings. God created it in our human nature, that we thrive in blessings.  We all know, we don’t prosper in doing bad, we can only prosper in doing good.

Some people think prosperity means getting a lot of money. The prosperity the bible is talking about is joy, peace, strength and security in Christ, which is more important than money.  But this doesn’t mean that God doesn’t bless us with money to pay the bills. Of course, he does it in his own way.  He blessed Jacob with livestock, silver and land.  David and Solomon were also very rich. Jesus, on the other hand, had none of those things, but he had power.

As mentioned in the previous post, God examines our hearts and minds in detail, and he blesses every right action. This is the issue, we all start with a lot of blessings – the innocence of a child carries a lot of blessings; Jesus mentioned the wisdom of children is instilled by God.

I didn’t understand these things before, thank God I can understand now. It is God’s will that we should seek his blessings.  He is pouring out blessings like rain.  Our job is to live a life of blessings, which means we should live the rest of lives seeking blessings.  Every biblical scripture carries a blessing.

Here is the issue, we start with a lot of blessings, but as we get older the blessings start disappearing one by one. Most of our blessings disappear because of sin. (Adam’s sin) Hmm…it is hard to hear but it is true.  Well, it is God’s plan, he gives and takes away. For when a blessing is taken away that’s when we starting thinking deeply; we start analysing the situation and try to come up with solutions; we even see another open door.

God’s door is always open to every human being; when people wake up from their slumber they enter it. They enter it because of the knowledge; they enter it because of Jesus; they enter it because they want to be saved; they enter it because life has become harder, etc.

So, this is what we need to know, pearls of life are in the Bible. When we are in Christ, God releases more blessings; I’ve seen it in my own life and other people’s; for when you’re in Christ you get a transformation. This is the truth; when you believe you gain more blessings. When you read a scripture, you gain a blessing. When you do what it says you get a blessing. But, as we all know, every sin is got a curse attached to it;  when you do a bad thing, something bad happens.

God has a way of restoring broken people; it doesn’t matter what situation you find yourself in.  All kinds of people are restored in Jesus.  Sometimes, you may feel sad because of the blessings you have lost.  But when you use wisdom you’ll find that there is benefit in that as well. When you lose something, God replaces it with something else.

God has divided life in two; the High zone (light) or the low zone (darkness). The high zone uplifts us; the low zone brings us down. Christianity is living life in a high zone; Jesus was the happiest person who has ever lived on planet earth. He had a perfect portion of love, kindness, power, holiness, etc, which is similar to God Almighty.  When Jesus became sad, it was only for a very short time. So, when Jesus is in us we gain what he has. There is nothing better than that in this world.

Almighty God says, ‘I have set before you, blessings and curses; then he says, choose blessings; choose life. Deuteronomy 30:19. When he says this, he also refers to Jesus…because eternal life is in Jesus.  Jesus said, no one can come to me unless the Father draws the person, and I’ll raise them up at the last day…they will be taught by God. Any one who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to meno one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father. John 6:44-48.  So, here is Jesus telling us what we need to know.

WHAT IS FORGIVENESS?

This is a crucial question which comes from the heart of God Almighty and connects to our inner being. As we examine his character in the Bible, we get to understand that forgiveness pleases God.

I have been a true Christian for a long time, but it has taken me a long time to understand it fully.  By God’s grace I’m going to explain it here so that the reader can understand it as well.

As you know, we all have hurt someone or vice-versa. Did you notice that people who hurt us most are the closest? Relationships break down because of sin, but forgiveness heals broken hearts.  And sometimes it takes a long time to forgive someone, but when we deal with it quickly the better.  Some people think words hurt more than actions, but I differ from this argument.  I believe both hurt more or less the same; I speak from my personal experiences.

Back to the question; what does forgiveness mean?

It means:

  • not to hold a grudge against the person
  • to erase the issue against the person who has sinned against you
  • to say that you have forgiven them
  • to pray for the person, or wish them well
  • to ask God to forgive them for the wrong they’ve done to you (when Jesus was crucified he said Father forgive them)

This is the issue, it feels good to be forgiven; as you have experienced forgiveness brings peace and joy. So, Father God wants us to understand, if we feel good when we are forgiven by others, imagine the forgiveness of God.  Jesus said, for if you forgive men (people) when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men for their sins, you Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew. 6:14

So, we learn that to gain salvation we have to do what Jesus says. We also learn from the Bible, that God can only forgive sins through Jesus. For, there is no other way we can be saved apart from blood of Jesus Christ, which cleanses our sins. (Hebrews 9)

NO PROBLEM

A person who doesn’t succumb to the problem is much stronger than the one who does..  I’m sure you’re now thinking,  we all know that!  But I’ll explain  a bit more on this;

Firstly, Father God who created and gave us life solves every problem the way he wants.  He revealed his thoughts in the bible for us to learn and understand things.

There is no other book like the bible –  it is the most important book in the world; the biggest selling book of all time, more than two billion books have been sold.  It holds all the secrets and unlocks  solutions to all our problems.  It is the key to happiness and holds the words of encouragement you’ll never find in any other book.

I’m going to take you back to Jesus; Matt.14:22-34, he’s walking on water, the disciples are afraid, and he is saying to Peter, come to me. Peter does as he’s told, but he sees the wind, becomes afraid, and begins to sink.  Immediately Jesus  demonstrates  the power of God, he holds Peter’s hand, and all is well.

But before that, Peter is operating in his human nature, which is tainted by weaknesses. First of all, he is afraid, then he doubts when he says, if it is really you… then gets distracted and focusses on the problem, finally, he acknowledges that if he doesn’t hold Jesus’ hand, he’ll drown.

Here we learn that Peter sees the problem, felt it, but says no to the problem;  the problem gets solved by God, when he holds Jesus’ hand.

Jesus said, ‘problems will come,’  (John 16:33) because we live in a world full of problems, for Satan is busy creating chaos.  But he indicates, when we use our faith, God will have mercy on us.  Satan’s world is harder, insecure, sadder, chaotic etc. whereby God’s kingdom is the opposite.

People are busy creating problems for themselves. I’ve done it too in the past, when I was on Satan’s side. Some people are following what others are doing; they say in their minds, let’s follow what others are doing whether good or bad. That’s how gangs are created, family networks are broken down, and lives are destroyed.

Now back to the first statement, when we say no to the problem, we become energised and stronger.  Some problems are easily fixed. You get a pain somewhere, you take some pain killers – problem solved.  Father God is so kind; he has helped us with a medicine revolution.  Many of them, as you are aware, come from plants and minerals.

But when it comes to marriage problems, the devil becomes the manipulator as well as the destroyer. Think about it; why would someone destroy a marriage – an institution of love, for the sake of money?  A person who says I’m not going to destroy my marriage despite the  problems, keeps it.

And there is another scenario; we complain too much; that we dont have enough; we want more than we need; we’re always asking for more of this, more of that.

Paul said it plainly, ‘he has learnt to be content with even the little‘. This is crucial if we want to live a happy life.  When Jesus our chief advisor said, come to me, all you who are burdened, weary, restless, anxious and I’ll give you rest, (Matt. 11:28) He knew those weaknesses will affect us all, so, he gave us tips  on how to handle difficulties.

The scripture says, humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he’ll lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares…1 peter. 5:6-7.

Anxiety and fear are some of Satan’s schemes to cause imbalance in a person.  A faithful believer in Christ is stronger, and is more likely to say no to a problem, no to anxiety, no to fear, no to Satan etc. Father God wants us to understand, that many of our problems are brought about by Satan. Job 1. That’s why Jesus said, pray – deliver us from Satan’s schemes. Finally, as a believer in Christ you have to say to yourself, ‘I’m not going to let Satan stop me from acquiring the biggest prize of all – salvation’.

TRUST HIM

Jesus said, trust in God, trust also in me. I’m the way the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you would know my Father as well. (John 14. NIV) John 18:37, he says, ‘everyone on the side of the truth listens to me’.

He says this to help us understand the relationship he has with the God the Father, which is 100% unity.  He goes on to say, the words I say to you are not my own.  Rather, it is the Father in me who is doing his work, or at least believe in the evidence of the miracles.

He goes on to say, if you love me, you’ll obey my teachings.  And I’ll ask the Father, and he’ll give you another Counsellor to be with you forever – the spirit of truth (the Holy Spirit)

I know I’ve mentioned some of the scriptures here in the earlier posts, but that doesn’t matter.  The thing about the Bible, it is something you have to read again and again for the rest of your life, if you believe in God.  It is a book of life and salvation.

Now we need to examine what Jesus says, the world cannot accept him, it neither sees him or knows him (the Holy Spirit). Who are the world? The people outside God’s Kingdom.

I spoke to a Muslim once, and he said, they don’t accept the Holy Spirit. I told to him what Paul said about the unforgivable sin, which is rejecting the Holy Spirit.  When someone rejects the Holy Spirit, they are rejecting God, his counselling, the truth, the Bible and Jesus.

Now let’s go back to what Jesus said, whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me, will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.

Now he is teaching us if you really want to be saved, you have to be serious about obedience.  I remember years ago, when I was in my early twenties. I thought I was a Christian. Once I was watching the news on TV, and  it showed a clip about Muslims beating up their chests.  And I thought I’ve never seen that before, people having so much passion for God.  So, I thought, maybe I should become a Muslim.  Why did I think that? Because, I felt I had little faith, and I thought I needed to have passion for God. But it is God who stopped me from becoming a Muslim.  How did he do it? He took the thought out of my mind.

A few years later when I started searching for him, he introduced born again Christians in my life.  And when I got into the bible and got to know Jesus, I realised that passion alone is not enough. Doing good things alone is not enough before God. Paul was an example, he was a Jew, followed the rules, and had passion for God, but he persecuted Christians.  When he became born again in Christ, he realised that salvation in Jesus is vitally important – the forgiveness of sins.  Back to me, If I had become a Muslim, God wouldn’t have used me for this.

Yahweh God Almighty wants us to understand, it is not about sacrifices he is after.  He has done that already, when he sacrificed his own son for our sins.  Before that, in the old covenant with the Israelites, animals were sacrificed for sins. He is after our love, and when you love God with all your heart, mind, strength and soul, you have to love Jesus the same way.  And he wants everyone to know, that he has established one plan only from the bottom of his heart – that plan is through Jesus, his one and only begotten Son as a sacrifice for our sins. That’s why it is important to listen to what Jesus says.  He says, he is the only truth, he came to save mankind, and that God has given him authority in heaven and the earth to judge mankind. (Matt. 28:16-20) In the end, it’s up to you. You either choose the right way or the wrong way.

Jesus goes on to say, the Father (God Almighty, the creator of the universe) will love those who obey my teachings. So, what do we learn here, he is now excluding other religions, because they’re not teaching salvation though him. What else? He is also excluding those who say they’re Christians but are not obedient to the teachings of the Bible.  He goes on to say, he who does not love me will not obey my teaching. And then he says, the counsellor the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you.

This is what Paul said which helps us to understand, ‘I’m astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by grace of Christ, and are turning to a different gospel – which is no gospel at all. Eventually some are throwing you into confusion and trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the gospel of Christ, let him be eternally condemned’. Galatians 6:6-10. You have to remember Paul travelled all over the place to preach the gospel. He went to Asia, Syria, Judea, Jerusalem, Rome, Cyprus, Athens and so many others.

The bible says, Jesus is in heaven and is seated at the right hand of God. (Acts 1:1-10).  So, that shows, everyone else is awaiting judgement, even the prophets, Abraham, Moses and others. (John 5:28).  And he wants us to understand that just because someone claimed to be a Prophet or a preacher, it doesn’t mean they’ll make it.  It all depends on the message you believed, what you did, and what you said.  If the message you believed and acted on is inline with his teachings, then you have a chance.

Someone said, I can see what you’re doing. You’re trying to help people, which is good. I said, ‘it is God who is doing it, using people like me to speak to those on the other side’.

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

God knows a human being will always pursue happiness in one way or another.  He created the idea of happiness, for example, we enjoy food, nice weather, and relationships. We don’t know much but God knows everything.

However, many of us pursue happiness in our ambitions, and sometimes, we are deceived by feelings.  The scripture says, the heart is deceitful beyond cure. Jeremiah 17:9-10.  That’s when a person is ruled by feelings, rather than godly wisdom.

Here is the issue, whatever a person pursues rather than God, will always end up in a disappointment along the way.  I’ll explain: disappointments are inevitable because of the influence of Satan. And whatever we pursue in the worldly system carries the negatives and the positives.  Take for example, money and material things which we all go after to meet our needs, but as you know, the negatives are clear to see.  Financial stress is on the top list. As you  know, money talks… (catch me if you can, but if you focus your mind too much on me I will give you stress, aha!!) and it doesn’t discriminate.

God watches – we want this, we want that. The scripture which touched me to revaluate my life, James 4:1-3, which I mentioned before: it says, what causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your inner desires that battle within you? You want something but don’t get it. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask you do not receive because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.  This scripture also relates to wisdom, James 1;5, if you lack wisdom ask God.

In life you come to a point where you have something as your number one focus.  As you’re aware, some people choose jobs to be their main focus.  Some people it is a marriage, or a family.  Some it is just education, and for others it is the culture, false beliefs, drugs, alcohol or sport.  But a person who has Jesus as their main focus will never get disappointed.  When you have Jesus as your saviour, it pleases God, nothing pleases him more than that.

Jesus brings real happiness into our lives, especially if we listen to him and take his advice about life.  And when it comes to Christmas, God has allowed it to happen as a sign to mankind, therefore followers of Christ should celebrate and be happy because of the Salvation which is yet to come.

The Bible helps us to examine ourselves before God.  Are you on the right track or the wrong one?  I compare my life now to what it was before in the darkness.  It was miserable.  But now that I’m in the light, God has blessed me with much more happiness.  And I know that sharing this message is exactly what God wants me to do – to help somebody else.  God has a way of putting happiness in your heart, when you focus on him, and worship him in truth – through Jesus, for his doesn’t accept any other way.

So when we pursue Jesus, we pursue real happiness.  Christmas which connect us to Jesus, should be celebrated  happily – singing and dancing all day long. Because, he came to save us, so that we can be forgiven. I don’t know about you, but it is the biggest present ever – making us happier than a wedding day.