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A beacon of hope in a rolled stone

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Do you ever see hope in death?

Death is inevitable and when it occurs there is mourning, depression, and emptiness. These are the common emotions when there is death in the family.

But there is one death that changed the history of the world that offered hope to all mankind. This happened more than 2,000 years ago on the hill of Golgotha where Jesus Christ paved the way for salvation once and for all to all who believe.

To the Lord’s enemies, this was their greatest victory. Having the savior suffer a gruesome death, they thought they have defeated heaven’s beloved. Unbeknownst to them, this was Jesus monumental victory. This was the victory that enveloped the whole world and all generations.

How shallow and presumptuous they could be to think that they could defeat the Creator of the world and bring him down to their small-minded levels. You can never take down a powerful God unless he gives it. And so he did. He suffered the scorn, shame, and the beatings so you can be a part of his awesome family.

This Easter season, we celebrate the Lord’s death and resurrection which is the foundation of the Christian faith. If Christ has not risen from the dead, then our worship and faith are futile. No other deity has ever defeated death head-on and came out victorious only Jesus did. (1 Corinthians 15:55-57)

On that fine morning when the stone was rolled away, our champion came out with a new, perfect body that only showed the nail-scarred hands and feet to let everyone know that He, indeed is the only Saviour of the world and no other. (John 14:6).

Have you placed your faith in Jesus Christ? If not, I urge you to do it today because the time is now. We are on borrowed time and you will never know when it will be your last. When it is over and you are not saved, you will be lost forever and there is no turning back. No amount of money, good deeds nor prayers can save you, only your faith in the Lord’s death as a payment for your sins can. So don’t delay, do it today.

I have created another post on how to accept God’s free gift of salvation. Click here to learn more about it and make this Easter season your best day ever.

Remember, you are loved which is why this blog exists to help you in your spiritual life.

 

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A Red-Ribboned Love Letter

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Today is Valentine’s Day and what better way to celebrate it than to open the best love letter of all time. If you don’t have a partner to celebrate the occasion or if you feel lonely, empty or down, don’t be.

I Have Some News For You.

You are dearly loved and cherished. Long before the foundation of the world. You were made with utmost care by the Creator of the universe. (Psalm 139:13). He even penned a love letter for you so can have a connection with him. His love never falters or diminishes even if you do something wrong. He even seeks you out if you go the wrong way.

The Lord is your Good Shepherd. If you read the parable of the Good Shepherd, you will be able to see how he went out looking for the one lamb that went astray just to bring him back to the fold. This is a story of how the Lord gives us a picture of his heart for you. He is very happy to find the ones that are lost. So if you think that you have wandered from his care, ask for forgiveness and God will never turn his back on you. (Isaiah 44:22).

And yes, His love letter – the Bible. The whole written Word is an outpouring of his great passion and affection for you. Personally, my favorite book of all is the book of Hebrews. Look at the verses below.

Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said,

“I will never fail you.

    I will never abandon you.”

Isn’t this verse beautiful? The Lord God who cannot lie and cannot fail, said this. Who else can say these things and carry it out with a hundred percent certainly and without failure? Only God can.

If you have been hurt or abandoned, remember that there is Someone who will never leave you nor forsake you. Shake the dust off your feet and look in the mirror and say, ‘I’m loved and will never be alone ever’.

Hebrews 13:6

So we can say with confidence,

“The Lord is my helper,

    so I will have no fear.

    What can mere people do to me?”

Even if you have been hurt or betrayed before, no worries. God who is love got you covered. God’s love is perfect and perfect love expels all fear. (I John 4:18).

Just go back and reread the verses above. Let it sink in your heart and spirit till it is ingrained in your being.

Another 2 Verses To Tie It All Up:

Romans 8:28

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

If you’re a Christian, everything that happens in your life is not wasted. All the mishaps, failures and disappointments will be used by God to give you a good future. Remember that God is the Master Craftsman who can orchestrate all things for your benefit.

Isaiah 43:19

For I am about to do something new.

    See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?

I will make a pathway through the wilderness.

    I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.

Even if your relationship is dry or on a standstill and you’ve wasted years in it, still no worries. Even if you might feel that your life is empty and see no hope for a bright future. Don’t despair. You have a great God who can make something new. Unbeknownst to you, God is creating something new. He is actively creating a pathway through your dry wasteland and making it a green pasture. All you have to do is ask and you will receive it.

Do you not know that we have a High Priest who is our Advocate to the Father? Let all your needs, petitions, wants or just whatever is in your heart, be presented to the Lord. You have a lifeline that is open 24/7. Speak to your Father in heaven for he always has a compassionate heart and a listening ear to everyone. Don’t be afraid. However small, trivial or heavy it might seem, He can take it and is interested in all of it.

So what are you waiting for? Find a quiet place, open up your heart and pour out everything that is weighing you down. I can assure you once you’re done you will feel light, refreshed and just overwhelmed with peace and joy.

Read the book of Hebrews for the remaining days of February. It is only 13 chapters and if you only read 1 chapter a day, you will be able to finish the whole book at the end of this month. And then, you will feel the outpouring and overwhelming love of God for you not only from this day on but for the rest of your life.

 
 

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For Your Healing

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This is my first post after a very long absence. The reason being is because I got sick – been diagnosed with conditions one after another. I got hospitalized for 8 days and been on multiple medications for many months which made me nauseous and lethargic. I didn’t have the interest nor the energy to do anything else except to just lie down and wallow in my predicament.

On top of that, I had another autoimmune disease which according to the medical community will be with me for the rest of my life. My life had been at the standstill and housework and other responsibilities had been on hold while I dealt with all of my medical conditions.

I may not post on a regular basis but as long as there is life in me, I will continue writing about my first love, Jesus Christ. After all, this is my Great Commission.

Now that I’m back, this blog post will deal with healing. So here goes…

As Christians, we partake of the Lord’s Supper and this is in commemoration with what Jesus did for us on the cross.

Harshly beaten by the Romans.

Back scourged until all flesh was open and bloody.

Bones fully exposed.

Suffered the gruesome death on the cross.

If you have watched the movie, The Passion of the Christ, Jim Caviezel did a good job of portraying Jesus.  I can still remember watching it with silence and with goosebumps on my skin. I told my husband to hold me because I was uncomfortable and somewhat shivering just thinking of what the real scenario was.

He was badly beaten that his skin was dark and you can’t even look at him because it’s too much for humans to take. “He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.” (Isaiah 53:5).
(I Peter 2:24).

Take it in faith that by his wounds you are healed. Just like your salvation, you took in faith that what Jesus did on the cross was for the forgiveness of your sins and the surety of your heavenly eternal destination.

He endured it all because of his great love for us and saw the future of what it can do for you and the joy it would bring him forever.

In the Gospels, Jesus healed all who came to him for healing – blind, deaf, mute, paralytic, demon-possessed, issues of blood disorders, skin diseases and even brought the dead to life.

Our God is omnipotent and nothing is impossible for him but how come we have doubts believing that he can heal us no matter what we are suffering?

Do we have hidden sin in our lives which cause God not to listen to our prayers? Or maybe we don’t have enough faith. After all, He said, “without faith, it is impossible to please Him?” (Hebrews 11:6).

It’s true that if we harbor sin, there is a gap in our relationship with God but it doesn’t remove us from being his child. We are still a part of his family no matter what. As long as we confess our sins, he forgives us and makes us clean again. A close relationship is once again restored.

With regards to faith, God said, “if you had faith even as small as mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” (Matthew 17:20)

Even if we only have little faith as small as a mustard seed, we can move mountains, sickness, obstacles in our way.  The key here is not of our own strength but on the person who is the object of our faith.

We know that God is omnipotent, (all-powerful), omniscient (all-knowing) and
omnipresent (ever-present). These are his characteristics.

He is also the same yesterday, today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8).

He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. (James 1:17)

If Jesus healed them then and He is the same as yesterday as today and forevermore, then surely He will do the same for you if you will only ask him.

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8)

All you need to do is the ask Him, right? Read the passage again and take it to heart for God said, “Everyone who asks, receives and everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” This verse is not selective only to the few but to each and everyone.

Remember that God is omnipotent and can never lie. So whatever He says, you can bank on it.

If you think you don’t have enough faith, then be like the boy’s father whose son was demon-possessed who said to Jesus that, “he believes but need help overcoming his unbelief.” (Mark 9:14-29)

The thing is though, Jesus timing doesn’t coincide with our timing. When you ask for healing, He may heal you that instant or he will use the medical community or you might have to wait for a while. But whatever it may be, be assured that he hears your prayers and will answer it on His timetable. Just trust and believe while waiting for your breakthrough. Remember, God is Jehovah Rapha – The Lord who heals you.

‘Till here guys and see you next post.

 

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

The “ON GOLGOTHA” Bible Code Matrix CONFIRMS: Spear of Destiny, Yeshua’s Sacrifice, and the Blood that trickled down the Crevice onto the Mercy Seat.

The “ON GOLGOTHA” Bible Code Matrix CONFIRMS: Spear of Destiny, Yeshua’s Sacrifice, and the Blood that trickled down the Crevice onto the Mercy Seat.

A beautiful post from prophetictimelines -a blog that I follow that gives you evidence on the death of Jesus Christ and why He alone is the True Savior of the world.

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Most people are familiar with the story that began almost 2000 years ago, where Jesus of Nazareth, the one and only begotten Son of YHWH (God), gave his life, for the sins of the world.

However, many are not aware of the beautiful plan the Father had for the Ark of the Covenant, that was tucked away in the rocky hill named Golgotha.

The gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John reference Golgotha as the “place of the skull.

Matthew 27:33-34  And whenthey cametoa placecalledGolgotha,whichmeansThe Placeof the Skull,   They offered Him wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, He refused to drink it.

Mark 15:22  They broughtJesustoa placecalled Golgotha,whichmeansThe Placeof the Skull. 

Luke 23:33  Whenthey cametotheplacecalledThe Skull,

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Posted by on March 16, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

What Is Faith Part 2

 


On my previous post, I wrote about faith and why we should place our faith in God alone. I wrote about the different attributes of God and no other deity past, present or future exhibits the qualities that God alone possesses.

For today’s post, I’m going to share the different Bible characters who exemplified faith and which is the compilation of what faith really means.

Hebrews 11 shows us great examples of faith:

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.

By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.

It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. Abel’s offering gave evidence that he was a righteous man, and God showed his approval of his gifts. Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by his example of faith.

It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying – “he disappeared, because God took him.”  For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God. And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before. By his faith Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes by faith.

It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith-for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise. Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.

It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed that God would keep his promise. And so a whole nation came from this one man who as good as dead-a nation with so many people that, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore, there is no way to count them.

All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own. If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back. But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God’s promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, even though God had told him, “Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted.” Abraham reasoned that if Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life again. And in a sense, Abraham did receive his son back from the dead.

It was by faith that Isaac promised blessings for the future to his sons, Jacob and Esau.

It was by faith that Jacob, when he was old and dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons and bowed in worship as he leaned on his staff.

It was by faith that Joseph, when he was about to die, said confidently that the people of Israel would leave Egypt. He even commanded them to take his bones with them when they left.

It was by faith that Moses’ parents hid him for three months when he was born. They saw that God had given them an unusual child, and they were not afraid to disobey the king’s command.

It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of Christ than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to his great reward. It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible. It was by faith that Moses commanded the people of Israel to keep the Passover and to sprinkle blood on the doorposts so that the angel of death would not kill their firstborn sons.

It was by faith that the people of Israel went right through the Red  Sea as though they were on dry ground. But when the Egyptians tried to follow, they were all drowned.

It was by faith that the people of Israel marched around Jericho for seven days, and the walls came crashing down.

It was by faith that Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed with the people in her city who refused to obey God. For she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.

How much more do I need to say? It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets. By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions, quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight. Women received their loved ones back again from death.

But others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set free. They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection. Some were jeered at, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in prisons. Some died by stoning, some were sawed in half, and others were killed with the sword. Some went about wearing skins of sheep and goats, destitute and oppressed and mistreated. They were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground.

All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised. For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us.


REFLECTION:

The characters in the Bible showed exemplary faith but did not receive the promises of God. An example is the promise of Abraham where his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. (Genesis 22:17). We can all testify that this promise was just fulfilled in our lifetime. But look at how Abraham’s faith is. He did not see God but aligned his life to following God’s will.

Another is Joseph. He died with the promise that his people, Israel would go back to their promised land. He was so sure of the promise that he even told his people to carry his bones when they leave Egypt.

These people did not have the Bible to rely on nor other people before them to emulate. They each showed such faith that they were willing to die for it. Some were tortured, thrown into the lion’s den and even sawed in half. They were willing to give up their lives and not enjoy the momentary pleasures of this life but were looking for the great price ahead.

In our time, we have numerous Bibles, examples of faith-filled people but oftentimes we still fall short of our belief in the Almighty. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). So whatever he did in the past, He will surely follow through because he has no sin, can’t lie and is perfect. There is no shadow of him turning. (James 1:17).  Whatever He says in his word, he will complete it with surety.

 

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Psalm 23

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series A Psalm of David

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The LORD is my shepherd;
I have everything I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows;
he leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to his name.

Even when I walk
through the dark valley of death,
I will not be afraid,
for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
protect and comfort me.

You prepare a feast for me
in the presence of my enemies.
You welcome me as a guest,
anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings.
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever.


THERE’S PEACE IN THE VALLEY (PSALM 23:4)

Joseph Addison was one of the finest English essayists of the eighteenth century. He dabbled in politics but because he was shy and embarrassingly clumsy, he never went any farther than being a cabinet member. Once he tried to speak before Parliament, but he stuttered, stammered, blushed, coughed, apologized, sat down, and never tried it again.

F.S. Boreham notes that there were two things Addison was passionately fond of. He loved the fields and streams of his home county, and he loved Psalm 23. In fact, Addison wrote paraphrases of both Psalm 23 and Psalm 19, which were published in the Spectator Magazine in 1712.

Addison had learned Psalm 23 at his mother’s knee. As a writer he always treasured its exquisite writing, and as a Christian he revered its message. Lord Thomas Macauley eulogized Addison in this way: “He loved the psalm which represents the Ruler of all things under the endearing image of a shepherd, whose crook guides the flock through gloomy and desolate glens to meadows well watered and rich in herbage.”

As Addison lay dying at the age of forty-seven, he clung to the promise of Psalm 23:4: “I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.” Knowing his death was imminent, he sent for his son-in-law, the earl of Warwick, who was a sheep gone astray. When the earl arrived, Addison said, “See in what peace a Christian can die.”

Sometimes mid scenes of deepest gloom,
Sometimes where Eden’s bower’s bloom,
By waters still, o’er troubled sea,
Still ‘tis his hand that leadeth me.
JOSEPH H. GILMORE

 

Reference:

Petersen, William and Petersen, Randy. One Year Book of Psalms. Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. 1999.

 

 

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I Have Another Blog Guys

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Yes, you read it right. I have another blog and I’m so excited to share it with all of you. I won’t be revealing much, just check it out by clicking here. Let me know what you think.

Thanks for everything. Here’s to all of us. MWAH!!

 

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