THE KINDNESS OF GOD

The kindness of God is manifested in his love, forgiveness and power. His kindness rains and shines on every human being and every other creature – day in, day out. The scripture says, ‘The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love; he is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. (Psalm 145:9)

When we go through tough times, his kindness gives us strength. ‘The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all who look to you, you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.’ (Psalm 145:14-19)

In addition, his love and kindness helps us to take on the tasks of the day. The scripture says, ‘I lie down and sleep; I wake up again because God Almighty sustains me.’ (Psalm 3:5)

As you get to know our God Almighty, you can feel his heart and his kindness, when he says, ‘I know the plans I have for you (salvation through Jesus); plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you hope and a future; when you will call upon me and come and pray to me, I will listen to you; and when you seek me with all your heart, you will find me.’ (Jeremiah 29:11-13)

But the question is, do you appreciate his love and kindness?

Many of us appreciate his love when we praise him and say thank you; when we read the bible; when we take his guidance to heart; when we express kindness to others; and when we worship him in truth (Jesus).

God bless you!

JESUS OUR SAVIOUR

Jesus was the most encouraging, loving, kindest, powerful person, who has ever stepped on the face of the earth – the only begotten Son of God Almighty.

When you worry, he says, ‘Don’t worry about life,’ but seek the Kingdom of God first and all these things will be added on to you.’ (Matt. 6:25-34) In other words, take his guidance about life and you’ll be fine.

When you’re hurting, he says, ‘Have faith in God…’ don’t doubt in your heart, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it.’ (Mark 11:22) But remember, we have to ask God according to his will; thus, don’t ask for something which is outside his will. (Please don’t ask for a million pounds; what are you going to do with it? If you’re thinking about self-indulgence, think again! However, if you receive money, use it to pay for your needs, and for the needs of others – helping the poor) Proverbs 19:17

In regard to gaining faith and the Holy Spirit, he says, ‘Ask and it will be given to you. Seek, and you shall find.’ (Matt. 7:7-12) For without the Holy Spirit, it is impossible to be born-again – for a person needs be transformed according to the Bible. John 3:3-8

In regard to salvation, he says, ‘Knock and the door will be opened.’ So, as we listen to him, we learn that God is waiting for people to knock on the door to his kingdom. (If you want to be saved, you’ll knock on the door.)

In regard to sin, he teaches us to be remorseful, to confess, to repent, and to be baptized, because God wants to forgive us . (Luke 24:45-47) Afterwards, he said, ‘All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.’ (Matt. 28:17-20)

So, everything about Jesus is good and wonderful; he is the core to happiness; he is the doctor to our broken hearts; he is our deliverer from the Satanic influences; he is the door to the Father in heaven; he is seated at the right hand of God. (Colossians 3:1)

WHY DO YOU CELEBRATE JESUS?

Many times, people celebrate Christmas without even thinking about the purpose of it. Some people think, it is all about having fun, getting with family members, sharing presents, eating your favourite meals, drinking more beer, etc. After doing all that, they get an emptiness in their hearts.

We live in a time when God is shifting things, shifting minds, touching the core of our hearts, and shaking our comfort zones. But we have to remember that God pushes his plan to help us get into his righteousness.

We learn from the Bible, that God does things in perfection; for instance, he chose certain numbers to ascertain his plan; the most popular ones are listed in the Bible with a meaning – six is significant – connected to a human being; Seven is connected to the time of resting and deliverance; twelve is significant – connected to Jesus’ twelve disciples – connected to twelve tribes of Israel – connected to a human’s twelve ribs on each side.  Three is significantJesus died for three days and then was raised again – also connected to a normal way of communication (speak, hear, see), and to three stages of life.

And the question is, when did Jesus come on earth? When you examine the Bible, you realize that the angel Gabriel gave us a clue; (Luke 1:26) In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel…. Moreover, as Adam and Eve were created on the sixth day, I believe Jesus had to come on earth on the day connected to man-kind. So, what about the 25th of Dec.? How did it come about? I read on the internet that it was created by the Romans; they had their own Pegan beliefs which they celebrated on that particular date.

However, God has a way of turning things around for his own purpose; when people celebrate around the world, a message of Jesus Christ is preached. As you are aware, Christmas has a name attached to it for a purpose – Jesus came to save mankind; in other words, to connect human beings to God; (John 3)

The Bible says, ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he or she is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come. All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ…God was reconciling the mankind to himself; (2 cor. 5) So, this is what a human being must do in their life time – to reunite themselves to God – for this is the ultimate decision above every decision. Plus, the bible says, if you hear the word of God, you start acting on your faith today, because tomorrow is never guaranteed. (Hebrews 3:15)

Oops, I can hear someone saying, ‘Ok, Maggie, we get that!  What about the celebration?’ Oh yes, the happy celebration!!! Now listen, no more joking; I have to be serious, even these unprecedented times.  I have to say it, even though some of you don’t want me to say it – God Almighty wants us to understand that the celebration is attached to his forgiveness, love, and salvation through Jesus. Amen!

God bless you!! Happy Christmas!! Keep Smiling!!

WHO OR WHAT CONTROLS YOUR LIFE?

This is a question that touches our hearts, because every human being is controlled by something.  Many times, when people examine their lifestyle, they realise that they have the power to make something happen – they have the power to make good decisions, power to change, etc.

However, too often, we want to be in control of our lives or we allow ourselves to be controlled.  Someone may say, ‘I’m the master of my destiny, the captain of my ship, in other words, I control my life, because I have a free will.

Person B – My kids are controlling me, and I spend a big chunk of my life thinking about them, worrying about them, and so forth.

Person C – My spouse controls me, and it is making me uncomfortable.

Person D – I’m controlled by my job, my company, money issues – that takes a   big chunk of my life.

Person E – I’m controlled by the government, politics – so, I spend a lot time thinking about how they disappoint us in a lot of issues, and then I think about what they should and shouldn’t do.

Person F – As for me, my time is consumed by my pets – they are my life; plus, I think about conservation projects all the time.

Person G – For me, farming is my life 24 -7; yea, that takes a big chunk of my life more than anything else, but I’m also worried about the environment.

Person H – For me, I’m in the army; I’m a fighter; yea, that’s my life – it consumes me.

Person I – Well, for me, the drugs control me – I’m addicted 24-7.

Person J – For me, I’m controlled by my desires – I don’t feel good about it, not proud of it, and it seems like my life is spiralling out of control.

Person K – I’m controlled by traditions, set up by generations before me; I’m talking about culture, and witch-craft – so a big chunk of my life is consumed by it.

Person L – I’m controlled by fame; I’m self-observed entertainer – I need to please people, show them my talents – a big chunk of my life is consumed by this. 24 -7

Person M – Well, for me, I’m consumed by my religion, passed on by my generation; it has its ups and downs; negatives and positives; I think about it more than anything else.

Person N – Nowadays, we live in a world of computers, gargets, phones, cars, television, etc. so, my life is consumed by all that. 24-7

Person O – Well, for me, I’m controlled by problems; problem here, problem there – I get depressed – it’s like 24-7.

Person P – I’m controlled by poverty; I can’t find a job, I tried so many times; you see, we live in a poor country; opportunities are few; sometimes, I don’t know where the next meal is going to come from; sometimes, I feel like a failure, it consumes me 24 -7.

Person P – Look at the world now; it seems like we are being controlled by fear of Covid-19; it is unbelievable, unprecedented, no wonder, we are going down.

Finally, the last person stands up, and says, ‘For me, I’m controlled by Jesus; you see, I’ve been where you are, trying to control my life anyhow, leaning on my own understanding, did a lot of things, thinking they’ll be my fulfilment, not knowing I was chasing after the wind.  I needed my life to be meaningful – so when I understood that I need a saviour in this corrupt world, I made an important decision to save my life – I became born again, had to repent of my sins, got baptised fully immersed in water, and then entered into God’s Kingdom. You see, the Bible has all the answers to life.  It is very empowering – a safe plan, which heals our broken hearts, and gives us an incredible hope.  And when I read the Bible, I feel God’s love, peace, and power; nowadays, I live my life on the word of God, for there is no other way that can save us from this corrupt broken world, which is controlled by Satan.’

The scripture says, ‘A man is slave to whatever has mastered him.’ (2 Peter 2:20)

And, ‘Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.’ (Acts 4:12)

You see, a lot of people don’t understand the message but some of us do…God has given us the greatest gift, ever given to man (Salvation), and we must grab it. This is the only way we can be victorious, and besides everyman has to prepare for judgement. God Bless You!!

BE FRUITFUL

Hello readers,

I’m going to take you back to Eden, where we all started; I know I’ve mentioned this before in the beginning of this blog; but as many true Christians are aware, you cannot preach about God and Jesus, without the holy spirit. So, as I elaborate this story about what happened in Eden, I know that’s what Jesus wants me to do.

Therefore, we all need to understand the beginning of our lives, which started with a man called Adam. I know the Bible doesn’t give us all the details of the relationship between God and his first special creation called a human being, by the name of Adam, but I’m going to rely on the Holy spirit to help me here.

God Almighty was excited about all his creations, but his last physical creation was even more special, because he made a human based on himself; He also put in him something called a free will, so that Adam can decide, when to sit down, take a walk, what to touch, when to sleep, etc.

He loved Adam so much that he would communicate with him; and I’m sure God will talk to him about what he had created, and when he presented food to him, he would say, ‘Enjoy!’

There’s something else we need to know; when Adam was created, his mind had no information, so he relied on God to give him ideas, and guide him. This is similar to when a human being gives birth to a baby, and then have to train, and guide them in what they should do and shouldn’t do. (Gen. 2:16)

Anyway, when Adam was aware of himself as human being, he appreciated how God created him; and I’m sure he was like, ‘Wow!! Look at me, I’m wonderfully made. My legs can walk; my eyes can see; my hands can touch and hold; you’ve given me the skin, it feels nice to touch and you coloured it too; you’ve also given me hair, it feels nice and you coloured it as well.’

And I’m sure he also asked questions like; why have you given me ten fingers? And God will give him an answer, ‘So that you can hold things properly.’ And Adam would ask, ‘What about the ten toes?’ And God would smile, ‘So that you can walk on the land properly.’ What about these nails? What do I do with them? And then God had to explain to him that, every part of your body is to serve me as your Creator, to serve you and others, so don’t misuse it.

And Adam was like, ‘Wow…I can talk; I also can raise and lower my voice, whistle, hum and even sing…Ooh… da la la…!!! And I can hear the birds sing, the animals, the wind blowing; I can hear all these sounds around me…and most of all I can hear you talking to me. Thank you so much! You have created me wonderfully!

And God was like, I made you in my own image; I want you to feel what I feel, and to get to know me in an intimate way. I have put love in you, so that you can love me and love others;  I have put kindness in you, so that you can give as I have given you;  plus I want you to be creative;  I want you to be able to learn from me;  I’m going to help you enjoy life; I want you to be happy; I’m going to help you to be intelligent;  I have taken from me to give to you;  I also want you to reason and question;  for no other creature is like you;  I have given you power to dominate them;  you are higher than them, for you have the ability to understand.  You see all those creatures around you, they cannot do what you do, because I have not given them that power.  Now listen carefully, as your maker, I am your Father and I’m going to teach you a lot of things.  For I have given you a special mind, I want you to use it well; also use your voice to pray and sing to me.

Hence, the love between God and man was perfect – a perfect relationship based on commitment and love; Adam had a pure mind of a little child, not contaminated by evil. As a human you can also imagine other questions Adam would ask, ‘Why is the sky blue?  How did you make the water?  Why did you make the grass green?’

Thus, Adam was enjoying his happy life without problems, busy watching and naming all the creatures God had created.  And when God had showed him what to eat, I’m sure he was like ‘wow’ they all taste different but delicious – thank you!  But while he was enjoying the single life, I’m sure sometimes he would talk to himself or he would think it would be nice to talk to another human being. (How do I know?  Because we also don’t want to be lonely; we don’t want to be in a state where there is no one to talk to.) So, God was ahead of Adam, because he examined his mind – He was aware of his thinking and his whereabouts.  He was watching everything, as he does now.

When God considered his loneliness, he said, ‘It is not good for a man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him’. (Genesis 2:18)  

So, Adam needed a human to human interaction; in the end, God surprised him with someone special – He created another human;  I presume Adam was like ‘Wow…she is so beautiful!’  And after examining her, he realised that, she was a bit different, designed with a different tone of voice, with a different figure, a bit shorter than him, and not physically strong as he was; but she would reason, ask questions, support him with working on the land, would encourage him, and was loving too.  And Adam was like, she feels the way I feel! She can imitate what I do, and she is pure as I am.  Just like Adam, Eve communicated with God too.

He said, ‘This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh, she shall be called a woman, for she was taken out of man; (Genesis 2:23)

So, Adam had to teach Eve what God had taught him; they were happy couple who loved their creator – talking, singing, praising God – and they worked on the land in harmony.  We must remember, God didn’t want them to sit around doing nothing, he said, ‘Be fruitful.’ (Gen. 1:28)  He wanted them to be productive; He wanted them expand what they have been given; He said, ‘You’ll have children who are like you – both male and female.  In other words, you’ll multiply into trillions.  (But when you keep reading the Bible, you realise that, being fruitful is not just about having kids and ruling the animals, it goes beyond that, when Jesus said, ‘Bear fruit,’ which I’m going to explain as you keep on reading.)

Adam you’ll be a dad, and Eve will be a mother.  You’ll learn how to be parent to your children – you’ll learn how to motivate, to teach, to guide, to provide, to protect, and to discipline.  Because you’ll be copying my way of being a Father to you.  And you must bear fruit in doing good works, in thinking, in good character, in kindness, in being creative, in loving each other, and in loving me as your creator.  Your whole body must bear fruit – use your mind and hands to serve, and to do good.  Use your eyes to bear fruit – it is the window of your soul, use them properly (read the bible, enjoy the sceneries and all creations). Use your mouth to bear fruit – talk about good things, say encouraging words, correct someone, eat healthily, and preach the gospel.  Use your legs to bear fruit – explore the face of the earth. (go to work and church meetings).  I have put talents in every part of your body – use your body well; use your whole body to praise me as your creator.

Reader, I know I have mentioned this before at the beginning of the blog; but Jesus wants me to explain more as he opens my mind to understand. He gives us gifts to teach, to preach, and to serve for the glory of God.  And as I’m writing this, I’m learning too!  Jesus is helping me, so that I can explain the message properly.  I remember years ago, when I didn’t understand the bible, but as the Holy spirit opens my mind to understand more, I decide to share the message to others.

So, Adam and Eve understood what they needed to do;  they had to do everything God wanted them to do;  as I mentioned before, they had a perfect loving relationship; they both respected God and each other perfectly; Adam respected his position that he was created first, and Eve respected her position as second. And this was a marriage connected to God.

You may ask, ‘Where was Jesus while this was happening?’  He was right there, getting involved and watching.  For he said, ‘before Abraham I am.’  

So, they had a perfect loving relationship with God, until Satan’s comes to mess things up.  He targeted the free will of Adam and Eve.  We learn from the Bible that Satan cannot do anything without God’s permission. (Job 1:6)  So I presume, he went up to God and said, these two people you created to be in your image, I know you gave them the power of free will, just like yours – to decide what they want to do, but it is only based on the good, because you are good;  what about testing them out with an another idea of evil;  to see whether they will resist it.  God was like Okay, I give you permission – so, all humans must be tempted by the devil. (When you read about how the devil operates, you realise that it is extremely dangerous and crafty.)

And we know that the only way Satan could do it was to lie to them.  You have to remember, Adam and Eve didn’t know that lying existed, for they were only conditioned to do God’s will.  In the end, they believed Satan, and disobeyed God.  Now as a human being, you must realise that Satan has lied to you, has tempted you with evil, and many times, you have believed in his ideas.

As you know, God was upset with Adam and Eve, they were unfaithful.  So, he separated himself from them, because of their sin.  The bible says, sin separates us from God.  Before the fall they were supposed to live forever in total happiness;  their bodies were not aging, there was no illness, etc. After the sin, God put a cherubim and flashing sword to guard the way to the tree of life (living forever as before) Genesis 3:24  Nevertheless, God Almighty still didn’t give up on the humans;  he continued to help them on their journey of life.  God knows humans are weak, so he had to keep on providing.  He then had a conversation with Jesus, and that meant Jesus had to come down on the planet to restore what Adam had messed up. Gen. 3:22

God knows human beings are damaged and weakened by sin, so they need help from someone who was stronger than they are – someone who can help them to reconcile with God.  For, it is impossible for human being to be saved by their own effort.  Jesus now has to carry a human being to where it started – to be united to God forever.  It is impossible for any other prophet to do it;  this authority has been given to one person;  that’s why he is called the saviour of mankind.

The bible says Jesus is the last Adam, the one who was obedient to God, and was not born with a sin; so, as you know, we all have sinned except Jesus, and all are born with a sin of Adam. (I cor. 15:45)  And there’s a question of some of us ask, ‘Is Adam and Eve going to be saved?’ I don’t know! Only God knows! But when God covered them, I think that was a sign of reconciliation, to connect them to Jesus. (Gen. 3:21)

Sometimes, we forget that we can ask God about our lives;   for instance, why is this happening?  What can I do about this situation? God will always direct you to the Bible, and will give you wisdom to do the right thing. And it all depends on your faith.  As God has given Jesus to carry us, all your questions, and prayers go to Jesus first. For we can only be close to God, through Jesus.

One of the things we all have to be aware of, and God wants us to be aware, is the imposters.  For instance, we are all aware, there are counterfeit money, fake art works, fake designer bags, etc. We learn from the Bible that, there will be fake prophets, fake religions, and fake preachers. (2 Peter 2:1) 

The Bible says, Jesus is the word of God, he was there at the beginning… (John 1:1-6)  At the judgement people will realise they were given false information, and at that time it will be too late.  And people will regret that they should have made the decision of reconciliation to God, while they were on the planet.  As you know, every human being needs to know the truth; we prosper in the truth, and we have all adopted the wisdom of saying to someone, ‘tell me the truth.’  Jesus said, the truth will set you free. So, he is the boss, and I’m serving him, to say the truth.

So how do you know you have the truth about God?  You must trust the Bible, and you must trust Jesus and you must listen carefully to what he said. ‘I am the way the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him, and have seen him…if you love me, you’ll obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counsellor to be with you forever – the spirit of truth – The Holy Spirit. (John 14:6-15) NIV

We know that Jesus spoke the truth because God was operating through him. Yahweh God also had to use the prophets who existed before him to prophesy about him – He had to give them the message which regards to Jesus.  And when Jesus was on earth, the disciples who saw him had to write down what he did – the scripture says, ‘While Jesus was speaking, a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud; A voice came from the cloud, sayingThis is my son, listen to him.’ ( Luke 9:35)

When Jesus said, ‘bear fruit…’ he compared human beings like trees, ‘You’re like a tree – a good tree bears good fruits, but a bad tree bears bad fruits.’ (Matthew 7:19) We also learn from the bible, that the Holy Spirit produces fruits love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, perseverance, and self-control – all righteousness – to be born again, repentance of sins, confession, renewing your mind in Christ, singing, praising, forgiving,  etc. (Galatians 5:16-25)

There is a difference between a religion and a relationship with God. Christianity is a loving relationship between God and man. But a religion is normally made by one man’s idea, mixed with the truth and false teachings; in the end, it does not guarantee salvation or forgiveness – it doesn’t give the full light or knowledge God and his plan of forgiveness.  And it contradicts the bible, it is unclear and uncertain.  

So, when a human realises that, to be accepted by God, they must be perfect, totally pure, and blameless, that’s when they attach themselves to Jesus. He said, a person must be born again (John 3) – meaning you have to believe everything he says, so that you can be transformed spiritually – for you become what you believe – if you believe that you must stop doing wrong things, that’s what you will do.  Also, the scripture says, without the blood of Jesus there is no forgiveness. So, that’s God’s plan and no man can change it.

I pray that God helps you to understand the message. God Bless you!!!

WHEN GOD SHAKES THE WORLD

God Almighty wants all human beings to understand that he is the creator and so much in control.  When you read the bible, it exposes the characteristics of God. We learn from the bible, that he gets upset, because of wickedness, for when he examines the whole world, he sees the bad attitudes, the pride, the sins, etc. The scripture says, ‘The arrogance of man (humans) will be brought low, and the pride of men will be humbled…’ Isaiah 2:17

What’s happening now is biblical;  God has paralysed the world many times before right from the days of Noah; (Genesis 6:5-6)  Years later, when the Prophet Daniel saw that the Israelites at that time were brought down to their knees, because of the bad things they were doing, including idol worship, he prayed, ‘Father God, you are great and awesome, you keep your covenant of love with all who love you, and obey your commands; we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled;  we have turned away from your commands and laws; we have not listened…please have mercy on us and forgive us… Daniel 9:4-23…Daniel understood that he had to confess his sins and the sins of his people (the Israelites), in order for God to turn things around.  Eventually, while he was praying the Angel Gabriel appeared to him, and said, ‘An answer has been given…’ he then showed him a vision about Christ.

The bible speaks to generations of mankind, forever deliberate and urgently; sometimes, people think Yahweh God is silent (that’s also part of his character).  But God has a way of using his people to awaken those who are sleeping.  But, sometimes when you try to wake somebody up, and they still don’t want to wake up, in the end, what do you do?  You guessed it – you leave them alone.  When I was living in the village, a rooster would call around six in the morning, and then would repeat it again at different times during the day; a calling so loud that it makes you go alert.  We learn that, God used a rooster’s call to remind Apostle Peter of his sin.

Moreover, when God shakes our personal lives or the world, it is his way of waking us up – to think about salvation.  The scripture says, ‘God is our refuge and strength, always helping in times of trouble… Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall.  He makes wars cease to the ends of the world. Psalm 46

And then it goes on to say, ‘God says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God.  I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth,’ then in (psalm 50:10-11) He says, ‘Every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills.  I know every bird in the mountains, and the creatures of the field are mine…for the whole world is mine and all that is in it.

Nowadays nations are brought to their knees with fear and uncertainty, while other creatures are getting on with their lives, doing what they are supposed to do. The scripture says, ‘God Almighty planned it, to bring low the pride … and to humble all who are renowned on the earth.’ Isaiah 23:9

God knows many have gone astray, engrossed in their pride to pursue their own plans; man-kind has built pillars of pride – personal achievements, economic system, false beliefs, high education, scientific resolutions, disobedience, etc.  So, what does God do?  He shakes all the pillars. The scriptures God says, ‘I have cut off nations; their strongholds are demolished; I have left their streets deserted… (Zephaniah 3:6).  He stood, and shook the earth; he looked and made the nations tremble; (Habakkuk 3:6 NIV)  

We are definitely experiencing a warning sign from God – a humbling process; that means a person has to sit down and do some self-examination before God; are you on His side or Satan’s side?  And those who go to church – are you pursuing righteousness or a hypocrite?  Are you living a life God approves?  This is definitely a time of reflection and changing. The scr. says, ‘Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, (love of God, Jesus and your neighbour) and break up your useless ground (sin); for it is time to seek the Lord…’ Hosea 10:12

God says, ‘I created you in your mother’s womb, I put a spirit in you.’ (Psalm 104:30, 139:13 & Jeremiah 1:5)

God does things with good intentions; he wants people to turn to Jesus for he established eternal life in his Son, in him we gain forgiveness and eternal life. And he wants us to change our crooked thinking and ways; for many have moved away from the biblical guidance – now he wants us to go back to the Bible; God Almighty purifies a human being through Jesus and the Bible. Jesus is the Word of God; (John 1:1) the script. says, ‘He commands all people everywhere to repent.  For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed (Jesus).  He has given proof to all men by raising him from the dead.’

I was reading the conversation between the Jesus and the Jews; I have to tell you – it is intense; the Jews/Israelites, as you are aware, came from one family (Jacob and his sons) and expanded into twelve tribes;  in the end, God chose to teach them righteousness based on his commandments;  so, they thought they knew about God, but in this passage Jesus is telling them that they needed to know more, that without his sacrifice for our sins, and the shading of his blood there is no forgiveness.  (John 6:26-55)  In addition, they had put his words into practice.

God wants us to understand, the old Testament represents the beginning of His plan and the New Testament is the end of his plan.  Jesus said, ‘I’m the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. (Revelation 22:12-13) – telling us, that the message of God ends with him, and there is no other plan a human being can gain the forgiveness of God. For God (Yahweh) uses the blood of Jesus Christ to cleanse us from sins. Apostle Paul explained how God commanded Moses to use the blood of sacrificed animals, and when Jesus came, all that stopped – God Almighty established a new covenant through Jesus Christ based on his mercy. (Hebrews 9)

We are going through a storm, but we have to remember storms are temporary; every problem is designed to last a short time or vice versa; life is a journey and a learning experience; mankind has gone through a lot of storms – wars, diseases, hunger, etc.  And Jesus said, ‘Nation will rise against nation; kingdom against kingdom; there will be famines and earthquakes in various places; all these are the beginning of birth pains.’  But what else do we learn from the Bible?  When people humble themselves, God calms down the storms; for He is very compassionate and knows that, we are just human beings, we get scared easily, and without his help, we are helpless. (Psalm 145 :9)  We also learn from the Bible that, God disciplines everyone – to teach us righteousness. And that’s His way of helping us to gain salvation. Heb. 12:7-12.

God Almighty is righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made, and He is near to all who call on him in truth (through Jesus).  He fulfils the desires of those who fear him, he hears their cry and saves them. Psalm 145:17-19

Apostle Paul preached the gospel extensively, going from one region to another, urging people to turn from darkness to light (Jesus), and from the power of the devil to God. He loved and served God and Jesus Christ with all his heart, mind, soul and strength. He is an inspiration. (Acts 26:15-18) May God bless you with peace.

ARE YOU PROUD?

I have to tell you, all the questions in here are put in my mind by the Holy spirit (Jesus) and are connected to the Bible; for there is no way I would be able to do this without God’s help.

Here is the issue, there is pride in every human being, who is capable of sinning willingly.  I’m talking about the pride, which limits someone to understand the things of God.  How did we get pride?  We got it from Satan; Rev. 13:5

Before we go any further, we need to look in the Bible: (Genesis 11:1)  Now the whole world had one language and common speech. As men moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.  They said to each other, ‘Let’s make bricks and bake them…They used bricks instead of stone, and tar for mortar.  Then they said, ‘Come let’s build ourselves a city with a tower that reaches to the heavens so that we make a name for ourselves (pride, a Babylon attitude) and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth. (rebellion) – but we all know man cannot build a tower of bricks to the heavens; it is literally impossible, but what has man done thousands of years later?  I’ll leave it to your imagination. 

But God decided to use the angels …to confuse their language, so that they will not understand each other. (that was the beginning of so many languages) Then God scattered people all over the face of the earth.

So, when a person hardens their hearts, they become very proud – it is a character of Satan.

It is manifested in beauty – when a person becomes obsessed by the way the look.  It is embedded in materialism/money – sometimes, the more a person has, the more they praise themselves.  It is manifested in man-made titles or authority or personal achievements – when a person thinks they’ve done something by their personal effort, and think they’re better than the subordinates.

It is manifested in false beliefs – false religions, evolution theory, medium, etc. It also goes into languages – when a person thinks their language or accent is better than others.  It is manifested in tribalism and racism – when a person thinks their tribe or race is better than others.  It goes into powerful countries – when a person thinks their country is better than others, just because they have a strong economic system.

Unfortunately, it has also penetrated church organisations – causing damage to someone’s faith, in the end they don’t even bother to read the bible and put it into practice; it also causes believers to become very judgemental, when they think their church is the only truth, etc.

The majority of mankind are proud especially when it comes to entering the Kingdom of God – when you evangelize on the streets and mention God or Jesus, the majority react negatively (Satan’s trap).  That’s why Jesus said, only a few people will be saved – ‘enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road (distraction, unbelief, disobedience, pride) to destruction and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow that leads to life, (obedience to Jesus) and only a few find it.Matt. 6:13-14 

The scripture says, ‘God hates pride.’ Proverbs 18:13. (You can understand why God almighty hates every sin, for it creates disgrace; also, as you are aware the majority of humans hate evil behaviours – it is wisdom of God.)

So, what does God do to deal with our pride?  He diminishes it; before you know it, your beauty disappears slowly; your energy is decreased by aging; your confidence goes down; things you rely on suddenly disappear; job gone; money disappears; your country is riddled by problems, and the list goes on.

When we become a born-again Christians, God Almighty helps us to deal with pride;  After embarking on the beautiful journey of Christianity, we feed ourselves with the word of God; and the more we do it, the more we gain;  for the scripture says, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’  When a person humbles themselves, they believe in God (YHWH) as our Creator, they believe in Jesus as our saviour, they believe the Biblical scriptures as the true word of God, and they don’t rationalize their own false beliefs.

So, if you want to get rid of a pride attitude, you have to acknowledge that without God, it is impossible to do anything; and without him it is impossible to be happy, for he provides food, health, weather, good relationships, etc.  And for many of us who have made the biggest decision of all, we acknowledge that without the Holy Spirit (connected to God and Jesus Christ) we wouldn’t be in the Kingdom of God.  Jesus said, ‘I tell you the truth, no one can see the Kingdom of God unless he/she is born again (a spiritual transformation in Jesus Christ).’  John 3

Jesus also said, ‘No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him or her and I will raise them the last day. (John 6:44).  So, that means we cannot gain salvation by our own effort.  For when God examines us and sees that we are responsive and are willing to be obedient to his word, he helps us to understand and unites us to Himself, the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ.

We also learn from Jesus who humbled himself before God and man-kind; the scripture says, ‘Who being in very nature of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but humbled himself, taking the very nature of a servant…. therefore, God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.’ (Philippians 1:6-11)

As I mentioned at the beginning readers, I’m not going to beat about the bush, I have to say it as it is – the truth. Find other questions in this blog, to help you understand our God almighty.

ARE YOU CLEAN?

God Almighty who created us, watches the things we do, and he knows we don’t like uncleanness. But how did we know that uncleanness is not good? He put that conscious in us; in the end, what do we do? We clean our dirty clothes; we clean our houses, some of us do it better than others, and it all depends on our state of mind.

We also don’t like eating with dirty hands, due to hygienic reasons; nowadays, as you know, the inventions of folk, knives and chopsticks have taken over our lives; not bad, so long as, they do the job to our satisfaction. In the end, this has been added to our chores of cleaning, plus all the dishes we have to do; so, we have become experts in following human traditions. Another thing before I forget, we like taking a bath or a shower, so we scrub ourselves to get the dirt off our skins, for we like to be refreshed and to smell good, don’t we?  The market system is playing on our minds even more, giving us different options of perfumes, soaps, etc. because we like the good things of life.

We also like being smart most of the time, don’t we? Many of us have a way of working things out, mostly to our advantage; but we also get into a habit of pleasing people, in the way we dress, act, talk, for we don’t like to be seen as weaklings. We also view uncleanness as a weakness, don’t we? Most of us do!

So, the question Jesus may ask, ‘Are you clean?’ 

This is an interesting question connected to all of us; when we examine our sinful nature, sometimes we get disgusted by our actions. For after doing something bad, you feel guilty or bad, and then often wonder why you behaved that way.

When God Almighty created man, he came to a point where he had to teach us how to behave in a good way. And if you want to know the condition of your sinful nature, you have to read the bible, which advises us what to do and not to do.

A human being sins in three different ways – and this means, you sin in your mind (bad thoughts), you sin in your heart (feelings), and in your actions.

So, the biggest problem for a human being is when they get separated from God. The bible says, ‘Sin separates us from God.’ (Isaiah 59:2).

When Jesus spoke, he tackled the issues that affect our hearts; he mentioned how human traditions have taken over our minds. He challenged the Pharisees and asked, ‘Why do you break the commandment of God, for the sake of your tradition?’  He wanted them to see where they were going wrong; (nowadays, the majority of mankind are focusing on false beliefs and human traditions, like Santa, decorations, films, instead of focusing on the message of God) and afterwards, when he spoke to the crowd, he had to raise his voice; ‘Listen and understand. What goes into a person’s mouth does not make him ‘unclean’ but what comes of their mouth.’  In the scripture, he indicates that it is not the food or eating with unclean hands that makes you unclean, but what comes out of your mouth – thus, when we say and do bad things, that makes us unclean before God. Matt. 15:10

Matthew 15:16. He then says, ‘What comes out of the mouth comes from the heart; evil thoughts, false beliefs, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander, hatred, jealousy, racism, tribalism, selfishness, idolatry, witchcraft, medium practices, drunkenness, orgies, impurity, fits of rage, etc. makes a person unclean.’ (Galatians 5:19-21)

Jesus came to save us and to help us understand the things of God. The scripture says, ‘Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to man-kind by which we must be saved. Therefore, we have to celebrate, that through him we have salvation. (Happy Christmas****)

Are you burdened?

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

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

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

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

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

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

What does he mean?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OUR AMAZING GOD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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