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GETTING THE BEST OUT OF LIFE

Getting the best out of life requires;

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

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

 

 

 

DID YOU HEAR?

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

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

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

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

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

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

America as a renowned powerful nation portrays a spiritual significance, for while other countries were busy suppressing the truth, it embraced the message and made it alive, through new churches that have decided to preach the entire truth of salvation.

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

CAN YOU DO IT?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Note: faith comes through hearing the word of God.

THE KING OF ALL

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

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

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

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

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

THE HEART OF GOD

We all have someone who touches our hearts deeply more than others, a number one or a favourite person, so to speak.  The one we love more than others.

You may ask, what does this got to do with God?  Okay, the Bible says, we are made in God’s image, which means we have inherited his characters (the good side of us.)  Gen.1:27

Consequently, the heart of God is Jesus.  He is his special number one, his one and only begotten son who has never sinned.  He is the only one Yahweh God connected with totally. That’s why God wants us to listen to every word Jesus said.  Philippians 1:9. God exalted him to the highest place, and gave him a name that is above every name, and at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, in heaven, and on earth and under the earth. And every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

As mentioned before, God created everything through his son. He put Jesus above every other person he has ever created.  When it comes to understanding God and his word, one must look  in the Bible.  For, it helps us to understand everything that needs to be known. Relatively speaking, the heart of God is the Holy Bible, for He speaks and acts through it.  I Tim. 3. All scripture is God breathed, and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.

When God Almighty sent Jesus on earth, He had to make sure he was in total perfection to deliver his message, and to accomplish his plan of salvation.

 

THE WRITING ON THE WALL

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Have you ever wondered why we are here or why God created the world?  Or, what is the purpose behind some of the things we see?  The answer is always in the Bible.  The Almighty God has given us signs which relate to his Son.  Every God’s creation carries a message about his Son.  The scriptures says, ‘God created the world through Jesus’. John 1:3, Colossians 1

Below are some of the signs, which point to Jesus, and God’s Kingdom.

Blood, is to remind us about Jesus, that through him we can be forgiven of our sins. Matt.26:28

Lightning –  this is God’s way of reminding us that Jesus is coming back to execute judgement. Matt. 24:27

The Stars – these represent God’s people. The followers of Jesus Christ have to stand out in righteousness. Philippians 2:14-15

A vine tree that bears fruit. This is to remind us that, he is the tree, and his followers are the branches. The fruits are the good deeds. John 15:5

Clouds – to remind us that Jesus is coming back. Acts 1

Light  (Sun) – is to remind us that Jesus is the light of the world. John 8:12

Water – is to remind us that Jesus is a spiritual drink, and baptism through him produces salvation. John 4:14

Rainbow – to remind us  of God’s promise.

Field/garden – is to remind us of God’s plan through Jesus.

Darkness – is to remind us that Jesus overpowers sin.

The word of God – is to remind us that Jesus is the perfect word of God.

Food – is to remind us that Jesus is the spiritual food a human being needs to survive. John 6:32-42

Road – is to remind us that Jesus is the only way to the Father. John 14:6

Truth – is to remind us that he is the only truth.  He said, I am the way, the truth, and the life.  John 14-:6-7

The soil – is to remind us, that to be in Jesus, is like plant that grows in a good soil. Matt.13:23

Medicine – is to remind us that Jesus is like medicine or the main Doctor we need for healing. Luke 5:31

Thunder – is to remind us that God’s voice is as loud as thunder and He speaks through Jesus. Matt. 17:5…a voice from the cloud said, This is my Son, whom I love, with him I am well pleased. Listen to him.

Rain – is to remind us about his word through Jesus. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth….it will  accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:10-11

Wind – is to remind us about his Holy Spirit. John 3:7-8

Fire – is to remind us about judgement through his Son.

Stone – is to remind us that Jesus is like a rock to lean on. I Peter 2:6

The human body has a message about Jesus. For example, the head represent Jesus as the leader of God’s people.

The eyes – is to remind us of understanding his word and God’s plan through Jesus.

The ears – is to remind us to listen to God  through Jesus. Matt.3:16

10 fingers/toes – is to remind us about the ten commandments.

The right hand – to remind us of judgement, righteousness, and that Jesus is seated at the right hand of God. Matt. 25:33

The Birth – is to remind us of being born again. New beginning. John 3:5-7

Happiness – is to remind us that in Jesus, a human will have total fulfilment.  Jesus said, I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10

Christmas celebration – is to remind us, that being saved by Jesus is total  happiness.

HUMAN BEINGS

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As human beings God designed us with a very high intelligence which is above other creatures.  As you know, we can analyse, reason, explore our imagination, etc.

All of us are clever in our own way, and it all depends on whether we want to push that extra mile. We are experts when it comes to scrutinising, and managing given situations or tasks.

We have a big capacity to process information, hence keeping some of it or filter out what we don’t want.

As you aware, we start each day with decisions and reasoning.  We spend a lot of time thinking about what we need to, want to do, don’t want to do, or didn’t manage to do, etc.  and end up giving reasons.

Jesus mentioned something that resonates with my mind from time to time; to imitate the attitude of little children.  There is a lot we can learn from children, especially when it comes to handling life, for they have in built godly wisdom.  And when it comes to learning about God, they’re very receptive.

They’re also very smart, but school can be a pressure ground, where tasks are decided for them. However, in their mind, they think about, why they need to do a task, and the benefits. In most cases, whatever  information they get fed, they’re only going to decide what they want to do. Which means, as they get older, thinking about what’s necessary for themselves is crucial.

I’m one of those people who believe there is no need to put pressure on children with intensive exams. We all know, it is good to learn the necessary skills from here and there, but to put pressure on a child to a point where they’re stressed out, and scared of school is something to  reconsider. (just an observation)

Going back to the first point, when you read the Bible, you get to understand that God wants us to use our thinking ability, thus thinking clearly through understanding and knowledge.

I remember the first time I heard about evolution, I got confused. The Bing-bang theory didn’t make any sense at all.  The monkey theory, that human beings evolved from a monkey didn’t make sense either. I thought to myself, how come monkeys are still monkeys and we are still humans. When I thought about God’s message, I knew the Bible is spot on. It explains everything. God’s word cannot be beaten.

The fact that Jesus used parables as a way of communication, indicates that God wants us to think deeply.  Secondly, he wants us to acknowledge that we need  help when it comes to understanding his message. Even though we are clever, God knows we are limited, that’s why he used Jesus and the Holy Spirit to play a crucial role, to help us understand his word (Holy Bible). The people who wrote the Bible had to be directed by God and Jesus, to avoid any errors.

Sometimes as you know, human beings can be proud, thinking they can figure out things without his help. Wrong. It is impossible without God’s help. For a pot without a maker, there is no pot.

The purpose of life, is to get it right before God.  He doesn’t want us to miss the point, in other words, he doesn’t want us to miss out, when it comes to his salvation through Jesus.

WE ALL NEED HELP

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God Almighty our creator knows we need help, for without him we can’t function.  So he has to make sure this world he created functions according to his will.

The right amount of oxygen and carbon dioxide is released in the atmosphere for all living things to survive.  The sun has to be at the right position from the earth.   Genesis 1:14 God said, let there be lights from expanse of the sky to separate the day from night, and let them serve as signs to mark the seasons, days and years.  And let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on earth.  God made two great lights, the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. And God saw it was good.

Jesus said, God is always at work.  So he is busy working behind the scenes.  He looks after all creatures great and small.  That’s a big job to handle, only God can do it.  So talking about work, this is work at its best.

We all have our own tasks to handle.  And sometimes our tasks can be too difficult to handle, causing us to give up.  However, perseverance helps us to go a long way.  Most of our tasks require reasoning.  Why do we do it, and what are the benefits?  God allows us to work because it is good for us. Laziness is not good for us.

Remember we acquired God’s characters, and one of them is determination.  When he decides to do something he does it as he did right from the beginning.  Relatively, when we are determined to do something we get on with it.  God gives energy, without it nothing can be done.  He made sure every creature gets enough energy to act accordingly.

Weakness is not good, for God wants us to be strong in faith and actions.  According to the Bible many of our weaknesses are brought about by Satan.  One of them is fear.  Fear, as you know, brings insecurity.  Satan’s character is to be bad in everything. Satan manipulates fear to our disadvantage, for example, fear of stepping into faith, etc. The scripture says, there is no fear in love.  1 John 4:18.  Love crosses difficult barriers.  In essence, we all need God’s love. God put a portion of love in each and everyone of us, as you know,  without it, we can’t  give or take.

Sometimes, we forget how loving and patient God is.  For without his amazing generousity and kindness, we wouldn’t enjoy life. The scripture says, don’t be deceived…every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father in heaven.

God planned that every human being needs Jesus, when it comes to his salvation.  The holiness God requires from us, can only be obtained through his Son.  He says it in the scriptures, so it’s up to us to accept it or not.  Acts 4:17.  Salvation is found in no one else, there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.

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A TREASURE IN YOUR GARDEN

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I love the beauty of gardens, and walking through them gives me that sense of joy.  Our lives can be like a garden.  So your life is your own garden and you’re the farmer. There is a hidden treasure (seed of faith) in your garden, and guess what, a lot of people don’t know it. When I realised it I started digging!  How?  I looked up to God and looked deep into my own life, and realised the mistakes I was doing. And after praying I realised the treasure has always been around me (the Bible) and the seed which was planted in me when I heard the message about Jesus, needed to grow into a health plant.

A Christian garden is an eye opener.  After humbling myself before God, I started reading the Bible and set my heart on repenting of my sins and obedience.  I then got baptised.  God opened my mind and I received the Holy Spirit.  I now have to work on my self, and do what is necessary to please God.  Nowadays, the first thing I do in the morning is to pray, and then read the scriptures.   When I choose a praise song to sing to the Lord,  I have to like it.

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There was a time in my life when I was eating bad fruits which were draining and unproductive, so I decided that I’m not going to waste time on bad fruits (bad decisions), so I try my best to avoid them as much as I can.  And I know that, for my rehabilitation I need the word of God, so that I can plant good seeds as well as eating good fruits, and in the end to reap a harvest (Salvation).

When I was young and living in the village, we had a routine of planting food crops. We would cultivate the plantations by digging out the weeds first, in order for the crops to grow properly.

I relate this to my Christian garden (life), bearing in mind that I can’t do it without God’s help.  But at the same time, I have to do my part with the tools He has given me.  So I eat the fruit of that comes from the Bible.  I decided that I need the food every day which requires me to read and meditate on it.  And then I realised that for me to grow in the way God wants me to, I needed to put it into practice. When I get little weeds in my garden which I know Satan is responsible, I make decision to pull them out before they ruin my precious garden, which requires me to repent of my sins and confess.

I then realised that in the Christian garden, Jesus is the tree of life, so He is my saviour, my leader, my best friend, my teacher/preacher and when it comes to Yahweh God, He has the final say.  Guess what, once I planted this in my heart, I found myself changing from inside out.  In the end my little garden blossomed with fruits of joy, fruits of courage, fruits of hope, fruits of peace and love.

I realise that by planting seeds of love I can help, and encourage someone else, not only in Christian meetings, but in other areas of communication. I’m pretty sure we all need fruits of love, such as joy, giving, kind-heartedness, forgiveness, good communication and peacefulness;

– To strengthen Christian congregations

– To strengthen a marriage

– To strengthen family networks

– To cultivate good friendships

– To develop good working relationships

In my own garden, I also realise that every little thing matters; an encouraging word and a good action go a long way.  So when I get the drought days, I remind myself of the little things I need to do to help me get back on the joy track.

And a daily prayer is my way of eating that delicious meal, which I need to give me the strength to fight some of my battles.  I keep reminding myself, now that I have Jesus in my life; I have to do my best to keep life simple, by focusing on his wisdom, and putting it into practice, so no worries.

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WHAT IS THE HOLY SPIRIT?

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Many people in the spiritual world don’t know what this means.  The Holy Spirit is a powerful force God (YHWH- His name) the creator of heaven and earth uses to communicate with people.  His name is not easy to pronounce, but in English it is translated as Jehovah, in Hebrew it is translated as Yahweh.  This is the name He revealed to the early prophets, such as Moses, Abraham etc.

Jesus (Yesuah) explained in John 16, the purpose of the Holy Spirit.

  1. To preach the truth
  2. To counsel us
  3. To convict us of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness
  4. To remind us of judgement
  5. To guide us in all truth
  6. To strengthen our faith
  7. To encourage us

God put a conscious in every one of us, in regard to the knowledge of good and evil, which happened in Eden.  We are all aware of two voices speaking to us, in regard to sin.  One says, do the right thing as opposed to the other.

The Holy Spirit as Jesus says, convicts us of sin, and reminds us to do the right thing, especially where God and Jesus are concerned.

In Galatians 5:22, we learn more: that the Holy spirit produces love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control in a believer.  Note: A believer who is obedient gains much joy in Christ and will be saved.

Jesus said, the Holy spirit can only operate through him, therefore pointing us to all areas of righteousness, e.g. praying, reading his word and putting it into practice, encouraging each other in meetings, etc.

The Holy Spirit will always remind us to be obedient to God and Jesus.  God and Jesus are attached 100%. Obedience to Jesus is obedience to God.

The Holy Spirit also opens our minds to understand the Bible, to prophesy, and reminds us, that salvation (forgiveness of our sins) is only found in Jesus Christ and  Christianity.  As you can see, the Holy spirit is using me in this blog to prophesy (meaning to tell the truth about God).  Salvation is found in one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. Acts 3:12.  Jesus also says, anyone who asks God for the holy spirit, will receive.  And you can only receive if you obey. Acts 5:32.

Jesus says, if you love me you’ll obey what I command. And I’ll ask the Father, and he’ll give another Counsellor (Holy Spirit) to be with you forever. 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. John 14

The Holy Spirit does not make people fall over, nor does it make a preacher blow and make people fall on the ground.  People fall because of imbalance and emotions, which also  happens at weddings.  I know this will surprise some people who believe this is the case.  How do we know this?  Because of the scriptures, e.g. fruit of the spirit above. There is nowhere in the Bible that supports falling over. The idea of falling over is a man’s idea, it is not God’s will.  I’d advise anyone who practices this to search the scriptures for themselves.  A preacher who uses this tactic is sending out a message that they have power, or has a misunderstanding.  I’m not judging  because I know some people believe that’s what they should do.  However,  I’m just stating out a fact which other Christians are concerned about.  God wants anyone who preaches to portray a humble attitude; to put the congregation above themselves. For God wants us to worship in truth, peace and order.

Jesus did something we believers have to learn from, especially if you are in leadership, or are among the sheep (followers). To wash each other’s feet (serving one another with a humble attitude, and doing acts of kindness). John 13:12-17.

God used the Holy spirit to do miraculous wonders, like making the disciples speak in different languages, so that the listeners would understand what was being preached. Acts 2.  Nowadays, we  learn all kinds of languages through education, part of the reason is to preach the gospel to the world. For example, English has played a major part in various parts of the world.

And this is the issue, it is impossible to be a Christian/born again without the Holy Spirit. John 3:5-8.  When we receive the Holy Spirit, our mind and actions change to the godly guidance. The word gets into our mind, and we get moulded by God through the Bible and the Holy Spirit.  The Bible also gives us a clue,  after Baptism, which is pledging a good conscious before God, we receive the Holy spirit. Acts 2:32-41.

In Romans 8:1-17, it says, those who live according to the sinful nature have set their minds on their sinful desires, but those who live according to what the Holy spirit have set their minds on what Jesus and God desires.  And those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.  Any one who does not have the spirit of Christ does not belong to God.

bibleFor this to happen, it all depends on your heart.  When we have a good heart we seriously listen to God and Jesus.