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.

DO YOU CARE ABOUT YOURSELF?

 

This is a question Jesus would ask any of us? How do I know? Because the Holy Spirit is helping me with the questions, which relate to our inner being. As I mentioned previously, God wants us to examine ourselves.

So, when it comes to this question, one would say; yes, because I look after myself.

And then he would ask; how?

Well, I wash my hair and make sure that I have a nice haircut. To be honest, sometimes I’m not even bothered about my hair, so I let it go wild.

Hmm… Father in heaven examines the mind and the heart of a person, but man looks at outside appearance.

I also make sure I bathe regularly, because I know keeping a good hygiene is important. And I  try to eat healthy, making sure that I have a good balanced diet.

Okay…keep going…

Well, I try to make good decisions to keep me on the right track.

What decisions?

Well, I decided to get married, which is good for me.

That’s good, what else?

I try to be a responsible person, that’s why I work hard sometimes, to pay the bills, and look after my family.

It is good to know you take responsibility to heart.

I also try to make good friends to make me happy.

The thing is, as you know, most of us want to have the good things in life. However, here is the issue, if a person really cares about themselves they wouldn’t want to face the wrath of God. People who listen to God through the Bible and want to be saved through Jesus really care about themselves. Anyone who cares would want to be forgiven for their sins. And they would avoid doing bad things because of the negative consequences. The scripture says, you reap what you sow.

THE PIT FALLS

There are two dimensions God wants us to be aware of. First of all, his existence as the creator of life and the world.  And the second one is Satan.  Satan is not acting alone, he uses his demons. (Revelation 12:7) When the devil was thrown out heaven, he got really angry.  He decided to go after the most precious thing  of all God’s creation on earth, and close to his own heart –  a Human Being.

When you get to know the character of God which is based on love, justice, forgiveness and judgement, you also have to know the character of Satan, for he is just the opposite.  God Almighty is got your best interest at heart , the devil is against you.

The biggest enemy you’ll ever encounter as a human being is not another human or another creature, but Satan. The devil hates humans, and he’ll do anything to harm.  Jesus said, he is the father of lies.  Every lie and evil thought in our minds is planted by Satan. The Bible says, The Devil has been sinning from the beginning. Jesus came to destroy the devil’s work and save mankind from his control. I John 3:7-10

It is true, that it is so easy to be controlled by Satan.  We all go through that.  Some of the tactics he uses are manipulation and disguise.  We learn, that he is a master of disguise, to make someone believe they’re doing the right thing, when actually they’re in the wrong.  All the pitfalls we fall into are planted by Satan, for example, false beliefs, lack of faith, drug issues, selfishness, hatred, etc.  But to sum it all, every kind of sin. In addition to this, as I mentioned in the earlier post, Satan also targets the core of our being, for example, our desires and weaknesses.  He wants people to stay on his side, and he also goes after those on God’s side. He also makes us focus on our disappointments, failures, problems, so that we lose our joy. The Almighty God, on the other hand, wants us to enjoy life by  avoiding Satan’s pit falls, and  focus on doing the right thing.

When we fall into his pit, it is difficult to get out of, unless a person turns to God, through Jesus.  Jesus is the only one who can rescue mankind from Satan’ s control. The bible says, if you’re in Jesus the devil cannot harm you.  What does this mean? The Holy Spirit says, when we live our lives according to the Bible, we get into God’s protection.  I can talk from my own experience, when I turned to God my life changed for the better, and I thank God for the transformation.

EMPTINESS

What makes a person who seems to have it all, but would feel like they’re empty at times?  We see it all the time in film stars, pop idols, and in our homes.  Some call it middle life crisis.  Normally, it is a feeling of emptiness.  God who created us knows us inside out. The feeling of emptiness starts at an early stage, as children.  When children feel it, they try to fill it with game activities.  So, they play and laugh a lot.

When we get older we examine ourselves even more.  Thus, we try to fill our lives with more activities. We realise that we need a marriage, children, a job, and money, of course.  Once we acquire a piece of this and that, for some reason we still feel unsatisfied.  We thought the marriage which started with lots of love, for some reason, it becomes a struggle.  That’s why every married person comes to a point and says, marriage is difficult. Why?  Because dealing with an imperfect person is not easy.  And when it comes to raising our children, because of their imperfections, obviously a parent would struggle sometimes.

And when it comes to our jobs, we end up dealing with imperfect people, and that’s becomes a struggle, too.  And when it comes to money and so many other things, as King Solomon said, it is like chasing after the wind. Ecclesiastes 1:17.  It comes and goes. So, when it comes to those who have lots of it, they get sucked into it and it becomes a trap.   Once it becomes a trap, the more they become addicted to it.  And with addiction there comes all kinds of stress to the rich, as well as the poor.  Solomon was the richest man in the world, he went after he wanted, at some point he called it madness.  This is someone who knew God, and his wisdom, and then he messed up big time.  After a while he examined his life, the negatives and the positives, sometimes he lost it,  and he then realised that nothing surpasses God’s wisdom and plan.

It is funny how sometimes we lose interest in things quickly.  I remember going to a friend’s party.  She decided to have it in one of those posh hotels.  Well, one of those expensive ones in London.  So, out of her good heart she invited a group of Christians. It was good, because we wanted to have fun, as well as, loving the Lord.  When I got in that hotel I was overwhelmed by its interior beauty – golden taps, marble floors, and beautiful carpets.  I thought this was a place to be.  We danced and had a good time.  After the party I kept on thinking about the hotel. The more I thought about it, the more I talked about it to my friends.  When I decided to go back again, I took a friend with me, but for some reason, I didn’t have that wow feeling  I had before.  Why? I got used to it, which is so much in our human nature.

God Almighty made the heart to be the centre of our being. The physical one, as you know, controls our whole body. But the spiritual one is also crucial, and this is where we feel the emptiness.

Jesus said, ‘in me you’ll have life. I am the bread of life’. John 6:33-40. You have to remember Jesus like God Almighty knew a human being in detail. God knows whatever we do or run after, nothing, I say it again, nothing will ever fulfil as Jesus does. When a person has Jesus in their hearts and obey what he says they have life to the full.  He said, ‘I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full’. John 10:10

THE SECRET TO HAPPINESS

God Almighty watches as we struggle with life.  He has all the solutions to our problems.  It  is his plan that everyone of us has to go through trials, even Jesus who never sinned had to go through them.  The scripture says, especially to those on his side, ‘consider it pure joy, whenever you go through trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  James 1:2-5

In most cases, when we go through difficulties, we develop a strong character, especially if we have a positive attitude.  As you know, there are some problems which will never go away, no matter what we do.  However, God wants us to take refuge in him.  When we acknowledge that we need his help, he gives us grace – kindness, strength and peace.  The scripture says, it is important to ask God for wisdom, for when we seek his guidance, he’ll always provide  an answer.

He knows our power is limited, but his power is limitless – trillions times stronger than ours.  In my Christian experience, with every trial I turn to God  and he always helps.  We have to remember God Almighty uses words to do things.  When he created the world, he said, ‘let there be ..’ So, the Bible is special, it is the only book he holds dear to his heart. God uses it as a tool to accomplish his plan.

Holding the Bible is like holding Jesus’ hand – he is the word of God. John 1.  So, when you feel depressed, stressed out, or scared –  sit down comfortably in a quiet place or kneel, close your eyes, hold the Bible firmly with both hands, pray and ask God for help. Believe me, I’ve tried it and it works wonderfully.

The Centurion understood this concept that God and Jesus operated in the same way, that’s why he said, ‘say the word…’. Luke 7:1-7 Jesus was impressed by his faith, eventually his request was granted.

DID YOU GO TO CHURCH?

This is something many think about from time to time.  Most of us are aware that Sunday has a significance to remind us about worshiping God.  Here is the issue, some try and give up.  Why? Because they lack faith, others, however, when they understand they don’t give up.

What is the purpose of going to church or a meeting of fellow believers?  We learn from the Bible, that it is God’s plan from the beginning  – It is a part of our salvation.  A way of encouraging  one another, for a group is stronger than one man standing alone.  It is in our human nature to crave companionship.  We don’t want to be alone.  As you know, it is in everything we do, e.g. a family network, cooperate companies, government institutions,  etc.

So, a meeting of believers is a way of standing in solidarity and love.  I’ve heard people say, I believe but I don’t want to go to church – believing alone is not enough, for faith without actions is dead. You cannot do one without the other. Jesus said, ‘where two or more are gathered together I am with them’.  Matt. 18:20. Which means a Christian meeting begins with two people.  Some early Christians used to meet in their houses, which is a practice some prefer to use even to day, others, however, prefer to go to a larger gathering.

Therefore, it doesn’t matter to God, whether you decide to form a small church meeting in your house or vice versa.  What matters is you are in his Kingdom.  The first thing Jesus did before he started his ministry was to form a group of disciples, twelve in all.  He set us an example, that anyone can start a ministry, especially if it is a man. Why a man? Most of the prophets God used to do his work were men.  Why does the Bible emphasize on the men to be the leaders of church meetings other than women.  No 1. Because a man was created first.  As you are aware, a man’s voice has more authority. There is also another quality God put in  every man which women lack.  Someone may ask, what quality?  A man has a way of handling emotions better than a woman.  When there is a disaster,  men are more capable of handling the situation  than  women.  That’s why the responsibility of leadership lies with the men more than the  women, not only in their homes but in a church organisation.

It is all in God’s plan, for he knows us in detail.  He knows what works better, and he advises us to do it his way.  However, If a woman wants to lead, she should ask God for wisdom, for that decision is between her and Yahweh God.  As you know, Jesus is the overall leader of God’s people, and he had to be a man.

And when it comes to sharing the good news , God wants everyone of us on his side to do it in love.  What I have done in this blog is to switch on the light, through God’s grace.   God’s will is, when he gives you something good, share it – don’t keep it to yourself.  Salvation in Jesus is the best thing that could ever happen to a human being.

THE BEST JOB IN THE WORLD

When I read what Jesus said, it opened my mind.  He was challenging the Jews who were giving him a hard time. John 6:26.  He said working for him is better than working for food.  It made me realise, it is so true!  Working for Jesus, is the best job in the world, better than diamonds, money, or anything in the world.  It seems like anyone who works for Jesus is put in a higher position by God above any other position in the world.  And the position is free to anyone who wants it and nothing can take it away.  He is the Boss of all.  He eventually promotes you to eternity.  Isn’t that wonderful?  Millions are doing just that.

And he says, to be promoted, first you have to believe in him, and do what he says.  For, he has been given authority by God to judge.  He is the King of all, God put him in a high position which is above all angels and humanity. The Holy Bible says, ‘ every knee will bow before him’. Philippians 2:10.

So, it is with anyone who loves God, and goes on to share the good news about Jesus to someone, Mathew 28:17-20.  When you work for him, he is your Boss, for without him it is impossible to please God.  Working for Jesus is the same as working for Jehovah God the Father, the creator of heaven and earth.  For what Jesus says, is exactly what God says!

In our secular working environments, we are slaves to who we work for. Workers normally want to please the boss, by making sure they do a job properly, so that they can keep their place in the company, or get a promotion and a pay rise.  No one desires to be sacked, especially when they know the job is their lively-hood.

So the same with Jesus, he has the power to sack you if you don’t listen to him, also to approve who is fit to enter into God’s kingdom and who isn’t, because God gave him that authority. John 15:2

When it comes to salvation, first of all, he said, ‘you must be born again’ John 3, which means a total transformation… before you didn’t know, now you know, before you didn’t understand (spiritual blindness) now you understand, before you didn’t have the Holy Spirit now you have it. Before you didn’t listen to God now you listen. Before you didn’t walk in his guidance now you walk. Before you didn’t care about being saved now you do.  And then he mentions, water baptism as a symbol of commitment, (it is like signing a contract of salvation). Acts 2:38, and chap.3:23

DO YOU KNOW THE RIGHT WAY?

Do all religions lead to God? This is a question many people ask.

God wants us to know and understand what happened in the past before the coming of Christ his one and only chosen Son to redeem mankind.  When you read the Bible, you get to understand how the Israelites came about. They were descendants of Jacob’s twelve sons.  We learn that God was pleased with Abraham.  Jacob was Isaac’s son from Abraham. Genesis 12 -50 Exodus 1 – 14

So, the Almighty God decided to start his big movement of deliverance through them.  He did it step by step while preparing the coming of his Son.  While he chose them, he had to teach them, and lead them from one land to another, so that his plan could be fulfilled. Note: they didn’t choose to serve him, in the end, some of them rebelled and by doing so they had to face the consequences of their actions.

So that was the Old Covenant, but when Jesus came, things changed forever, thus creating the new order.  In the new covenant, we have to choose whether we want to be on his side or not.  As mentioned before, whatever decision we make,  we determine our destiny.

So nowadays God examines the heart, for it is in your heart you decide to do the right thing or not.

So, let’s go back to the question; do all religions lead to God?  And Jesus’ answer is ‘NO’.  How do we know this?  He said, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’. John 14:6.  We learn from the Bible that Jesus was like God the Father, he couldn’t sin or lie.  Remember he said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me’. Matt. 28:17.  Which means, God loved Jesus more than anybody else in the world and in heaven, that’s why he gave him all the power.

We also learn from Cain and Abel, that God doesn’t accept any kind of worship. Gen. 4 Cain thought he was doing the right thing, but he was rejected while Abel was accepted.  The same stands today, some people think their kind of worship is right, little do they know, that God had already rejected it.  The Scripture says, the worshipers must worship in truth and the spirit (holy spirit). John 4:23  When it comes to the truth, God made sure that all the true prophets point to Jesus, i.e.  Abraham, Isaiah, Jeremiah, David, Moses, Ezekiel, Daniel, Zechariah, etc.  They all understood that God’s plan has to be totally pure without blemish, and the only one who can fulfil that was Jesus.

Therefore, to be accepted by God a person has to be perfect like Jesus.  For without perfection we cannot be accepted.  We’re all imperfect because of sin, and the only chance we have is Jesus.  We also learn from the Bible even the true prophets sinned, so they also need Jesus.  So that means to be accepted by the Almighty Holy God, the creator of all living beings, a person has to approved by Jesus. Matt. 25:31-36

THE PEARLS

When you examine the character of God, you get to realise that he is very interesting, serious, very kind and loving.  To understand this, you have to look at the good side of us. As I mentioned before, we inherited a portion of his character..

Another part of God’s character which I find very fascinating is that he wants us to find the hidden pearls. You may ask, what do you mean?  I’ll explain; as you aware, all the precious stones are hidden underground, and then you find the precious pearls in oysters. This is synonymous with a Christian message which we have to dig and find it in the bible, and in Jesus.  And when to comes to God you have to seek him, and if you do, you’ll find him.  For we get a period in our lives when we don’t know him, but when we decide to find Jesus we also find God, because the Son and the Father are similar in every way.

Another way of explaining it, as Jesus mentioned, why throw your pearls to the pigs?  We learn from that, all of us have hidden pearls stored in us.  You may ask again. What do you mean? I’ll explain; the pearls are all the good qualities in us, for example, when God created us as a man or a woman that’s our pearl.  For, we are all wonderfully made; which also means every talent or skill he put in us is special. Every good thing in us is of high quality, and every good thing we’re able to do is a pearl.

So, when Jesus asked, why do you throw your pearls? Matt.7:6.  He means, when you have something of a high value, don’t misuse it. What happens when you throw your pearls to the pigs? You guessed it! They’ll trample on them, and make them dirty.  Now we understand every part of our body is precious, and the question is, why ruin your special qualities, or ruin your life? The reality is, most of us have done this, but wisdom helps us to amend our broken pieces.

And Jesus goes on to explain, our good behaviours and thoughts are like pearls. So, when you are on his side you keep your pearls, instead of picking rubbish (wrong decisions) which have no value, you pick the pearls (good decisions).  And the scr. also means, those on the other side (left) are watching those on the right. (God side). The moment a Christian believer,  a Pastor or a Priest does a wrong thing,  it is discouraging, and puts people off Christianity, but when they see a person showing humility and a repenting attitude, they get encouraged.  Christianity is the only religion which is in the light because of Jesus.  The world  need good preachers, good Christians , and we all need to wake up.  For life is short.