Monday, November 24, 2014

TRUE GOSPEL


Friday, November 21, 2014

VERY IMPORTANT PEOPLE - VIP

No amount of money in this world
Or the highest level of education
And other designated worldly titles
One could ever have or achieved
Listed on this world VIPs’ list
Can compare to the worth
Of those who are born of GOD
Those who are in CHRIST JESUS
Whom He suffered and died for
Because of His love for this world
He gave them supernatural VIP status
Down on this earth and in heaven above

- Poem by Helen Majaga


For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 NKJV

He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: John 1:11-12 NIV

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

LORD, Please Help Me Forgive!

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:1 NKJV

And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. Mark 11:25 NIV

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant
Matthew 18:21-35


21 Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”

22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. 23 Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25 But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made. 26 The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, ‘Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ 27 Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.

28 “But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’ 29 So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ 30 And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt. 31 So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done. 32 Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. 33 Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’ 34 And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him.

35 “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”


Like the golden rule says, “do to others what you would like others to do to you (Matthew 7:12).” So if you want to be forgiven by others you will also need to learn to forgive others. You can’t be expecting to be forgiven all the time or whenever you have done some people wrong, while you are not forgiving other people who have done you wrong.

In this life there are some things you will never be able to control the way you would like too. People hear and perceive things differently. You may think you have said something nice to them, but actually you ended up insulting them. You cannot make everyone like or love you, or cater to you, or say things that will always complementing you. It does not work that way, not in this world, maybe in Heaven.

Remember the Lord’s Prayer that says, “Heavenly Father, forgive my sins as I have forgiven those who have sinned against me (Luke 11:4).” Or what Jesus also said, "when you stand praying; forgive those who have done you wrong (Mark 11:25)”. Remember also what Jesus told Peter after he asked Him how many times he should forgive a person; “not seven times, but up to seventy times seven (Matthew 18:21).”

In this world, we need to learn how to forgive; there is no way to escape it. First, it’s for our own good, because the things we do while in anger or pain sometimes lead us to places that we never really wanted to be in the first place. Second, it’s what God desires for us to do. One of God’s desires for us is to love each other and walk in love. We are not perfect, so if we have to live in this imperfect world, we need to learn to forgive each other. If God says to do it, then it’s achievable. We can forgive each other.

I don’t know about you, but I am one of those who are really struggling in this area. Have you ever had one of those critical moments where you actually asked God, “why me? Lord, please tell me who do I need to forgive so that I can get out of this torment (Matthew 18:35).” Some of the stones and punches that are being thrown to us in this life many times are very painful. I guess they are supposed to teach us something, but I think few of them are just attacks from the enemy that are not really necessary. One of the things that satan likes to do is to steal joy from God’s people. So basically satan will use anyone or any situation to discourage or upset us, and one of his intentions is to steal joy away from us so that he could hinder our walk with The Lord Jesus Christ. But thank God we already know his tricks, and we have The Holy Spirit in our lives to help us overcome our daily temptations (Luke 11:4) of getting even with revenge or walking like victims and wimps (Philippians 4:13; Romans 8:37). After all, the real enemy is satan and not the people he uses to discourage us (Ephesians 6:10-13).

So how do we learn to forgive and let go? I would like to think forgiving other people should come automatically for those who are in Christ Jesus. This is true only when we are walking in the Spirit, not in the flesh (Romans 8:1; Galatians 5:16-26). Most of the times we still have to yield to the Holy Spirit convictions and promptings when He convinces us that we need to forgive ourselves, or that person, and another person. He is not going to force us to do it. The Holy Spirit will soften our hearts and help us see things the way God sees it, and then we need to heed and respond well to it. Sometimes The Holy Spirit will personally remove the grudge and resentment away from us. It’s something you must experience yourself. It happened to me more than a few times in my life. I really knew and felt The Holy Spirit was removing all the grudge and resentment away from my heart. I felt His presence so full in me; I was filled with His peace, love, and joy, and my heart felt so good. It’s the most precious moment you can ever experience. And each time I never really wanted that feeling and experience to ever go away. It happened always when I really let go of myself and everything else around me, and just pray and worship Him. Few times it happened in my worse moments, when I was seriously broken and I have cried to my last painful cry, and then suddenly I felt His presence in me removing all the grudge, and then I automatically stopped crying.

There are other ways to learn to forgive others that I have heard some people advise others to do. For instance; one of the advice is, “just do not focus on the negative and instead focus on the positive and what God can do through you.” Another one is, “just let go and let God.” Also, “just ignore it and the people who have hurt you; try to avoid them and detach yourself from them.” Though all of these advices may actually work, but I still think The Holy Spirit way and help is the best way on this. The Holy Spirit will not only help you to forgive, but can also help to bring you together with that person that even if you tried yourself to befriend with the person you wouldn’t be able to succeed. When The Holy Spirit helps you to forgive someone, you really end up forgiving that someone. And sometimes you will also go an extra mile depending on what The Holy Spirit will direct you. Because The Holy Spirit would also want to use you to show His love to that person and reveal Jesus through you.

It sounds very simple, but it really isn’t especially for those people who have very sensitive hearts and are easily offended. And I am not saying you cannot forgive others if you decide to do it by yourself. If God said to forgive, it means you can do it on your own, but I think you can do it better with the help of The Spirit of God Himself. So if you are struggling in this area of forgiving others, just pray to God, and He will help you. Forgiveness is an ongoing process that feels like it will never end. And trust me, there will be times in your life, you will need His help.

I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 NKJV

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Romans 8:37 NKJV

Teaching about Prayer
Luke 11:1-13NLT


1Once Jesus was in a certain place praying. As He finished, one of His disciples came to Him and said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”

2 Jesus said, “This is how you should pray:

“Father, may Your Name be kept holy.
May Your Kingdom come soon.
3 Give us each day the food we need,
4 and forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
And don’t let us yield to temptation.”

5 Then, teaching them more about prayer, He used this story: “Suppose you went to a friend’s house at midnight, wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. You say to him, 6 ‘A friend of mine has just arrived for a visit, and I have nothing for him to eat.’ 7 And suppose he calls out from his bedroom, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is locked for the night, and my family and I are all in bed. I can’t help you.’ 8 But I tell you this—though he won’t do it for friendship’s sake, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence.

9 “And so I tell you, 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. 10 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

11 “You fathers—if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead? 12 Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not! 13 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him.”


Living by the Spirit’s Power
Galatians 5:16-26 NLT


16 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. 18 But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.

19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. 26 Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.


The Whole Armor of God
Ephesians 6:10-20 NLT


10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

19 And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike. 20 I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God’s ambassador. So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for Him, as I should.
 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

JOHN 10 NIV

The Good Shepherd and His Sheep

1 “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” 6 Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what He was telling them.

7 Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who have come before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through Me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

14 “I am the good shepherd; I know My sheep and My sheep know Me— 15 just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father—and I lay down My life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to My voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17 The reason my Father loves Me is that I lay down My life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of My own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from My Father.”

19 The Jews who heard these words were again divided. 20 Many of them said, “He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to Him?”

21 But others said, “These are not the sayings of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”

Further Conflict Over Jesus’ Claims

22 Then came the Festival of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade. 24 The Jews who were there gathered around Him, saying, “How long will You keep us in suspense? If You are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”

25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in My Father’s Name testify about Me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not My sheep. 27 My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, Who has given them to Me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of My Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

31 Again His Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone Him, 32 but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone Me?”

33 “We are not stoning You for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because You, a mere man, claim to be God.”

34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods”’? 35 If He called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be set aside— 36 what about the One whom the Father set apart as His very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse Me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’? 37 Do not believe Me unless I do the works of My Father. 38 But if I do them, even though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father.” 39 Again they tried to seize Him, but He escaped their grasp.

40 Then Jesus went back across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing in the early days. There He stayed, 41 and many people came to Him. They said, “Though John never performed a sign, all that John said about this man was true.” 42 And in that place many believed in Jesus.

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