Tuesday, March 3, 2015

PSALM 121

A song of ascents.

 
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—
    He who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, He who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm
    He will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Scripture of The Week - Philippians 1:3


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Dear Reader

I have just posted February monthly devotional today for yesterday's date. Sorry for posting it too late. I know there are some readers who are following up on the monthly devotionals.

I have also been reading more, and I have been able to understand some things  that I did not well understand  before I wrote the article "Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven." Therefore, I'm working on updating the article. Just few changes and clarifications.

You know, I am a forever student of The Word of God, and the more I read the Word of God, the more God is speaking to me and renewing my mind, and reveal some things to me. Every time I open the Bible and read the Word of God, or Google online some Bible passages, or listening to other people preaching and sermons, I learn more and more. And I have to say, I love it more, when I read The Bible for myself and God opens and reveals something to me. Something that I never heard before from other Preachers. I love it when He opens my mind up and gives me understanding of some things. And you know, later on I get to write about it and share with you all, so that we can all learn together.

So please check back later this week to check on the few updates I have made on the article.

God bless you.
 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Will Of GOD

True and False Disciples
Matthew 7:21-23, NIV

21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your Name and in Your name drive out demons and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from Me, you evildoers!’

The Wise and Foolish Builders
Matthew 7:24-29, NIV

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these Words of Mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at His teaching, 29 because He taught as One Who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

Basically what Jesus is saying in Matthew 7:21-23 is that those who will enter heaven will not do so based on their miraculous achievements and accomplishments or works of any sort, but solely on the basis of obedience to the will of God.

Obeying the Will of God is very important.

So what is the Will of God and where can we find it?

The Will of God is the The Word of God. The Will of God is The Words of Christ. The Will of God is in the teachings of Jesus.

The Will of God is God’s instructions of how we should live our lives. The Will of God is found in The Bible (2 Timothy 3:16-17). If you want to know The Will of God for yourself you have to invest reading The Word of God which is found in The Bible. If you want to know The Will of God, you have to seek God to know Him.

I thank God for His Word. And I don’t know about you, but I just want to know God’s Will for my life. Few years I go, I decided to seek God and read His Word so that I would know Him and His Will for my life, so that I would know His Will for certain situations and circumstances in my life. It is to do the Will of God is that I am after. Every time I face a situation and a challenge I try to go to The Word of God and seek instructions on how to handle it the way God will want me to handle it. Sometimes before I open The Bible, The Holy Spirit will just bring me into remembrance of a scripture from within me, and I will know right away how to respond to the situation. Sometimes I will be in so much despair and confusion, and I will open the Bible or just Google online seeking for The Word of God for encouragement so I could be emotional healed and for God to open my mind to see what He sees.

The day when I found out that it is God’s Will for us to be healed, I was so happy. Because every time I read about Jesus, The Bible says Jesus healed so and so, Jesus delivered so and so. Jesus healed and delivered so many people from different kind of situations. So when you read that you automatically know that it is God’s Will to heal us. So every time the enemy tries to intimidating me that Jesus does not want to heal you, look at how long you have been waiting, and I will just tell the devil, you are a liar, get out of my thoughts. I know what The Word of God says; by His stripes I am healed (Isaiah 53:5). God is faithful and He keeps His promises. In His own time I will see His deliverance and healing manifestation in me. But as for now I am standing on His promises, and I take by faith in Him that I am healed, I am delivered. Delay does not mean denial.

Every time the devil tries to tell me God does not love you, and I will tell and ask him have you seen the cross before devil? Because as for me, whenever I look at the cross, I see Jesus telling me Helen I love so much that I died for you on the cross, for “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends (John 15:13).”

My circumstances will tell me oh Helen you can’t do this. And I will say let's see, mmh...The Word of God says I can do everything through Christ, Who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13).” And I will ask The Lord, is this Your Will and plan for me? If it is please give me strength and ability to do it. Make a way for me, here I come walking by faith.

Whenever Jesus spoke, He spoke the truth (John 8:45-46). Jesus taught so many things. I mean so many enlightening teachings. If you want to know what Jesus has taught, read the Bible for yourself. If you want to know God for yourself, you have to read the Bible for yourself. But if you cannot wait to know what Jesus really said and taught, you want to know now, start with the four Gospels of the New Testament- the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. And asks the Lord, feed me with Your Word; feed me with the bread of heaven (John 6:51; Matthew 4:4). It’s good to know The Word of God yourself, so that nothing or nobody can deceive you. If you know the Word of God, you will know where you should not go, what you should not do, and et cetera.

The Word of God will build you up and give you enlightenment on things. Every question that you may have that you need to be answered can be answered in The Word of God. The Bible has full of solutions and answers to life questions that you may have. The more you read and know the Word of God, the more you know God and the Will of God.

Every time you feel lonely, depressed, and confused, just reach for The Word of God. If you don’t know where to go in the Bible to find comfort just Google online for scriptures that speaks about loneliness, depression, and so on. And The Word of God will empower you to be strong. Because when The Word of God really gets inside of you, it will empower you to make right choices. It will empower you to make right decisions, and keep going and not to quit.

When you apply the Word of God to your circumstances that you may be facing, you will be like a wise builder because the Word of God is the rock; the Word of Christ is the rock. It will always stand because you have put your faith in God and His Word.

Jesus said in Matthew 7:24-29 that “Therefore everyone who hears these Words of Mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.”

Jesus also said, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven (Matthew 7:21).”

To prophesy, drive out demons, or perform many miracles in Jesus Name, is not enough. What is important is to do the Will of God. And you cannot do The Will of God without being empowered by The Word of God and His Holy Spirit.

The Bible in Acts 8:9-24 has one example that could relate to this, in the story of Simon the Sorcerer. And this is what it says; “Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great, and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, “This man is rightly called the Great Power of God.” They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his sorcery. But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw. When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to Samaria. When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.” Then Simon answered, “Pray to the Lord for me so that nothing you have said may happen to me.”

When someone performs miracles, or drive out demons, or prophesy, even if they say in The Name of Jesus, what Jesus is looking is from whom spirit did they perform the miracle? Was it the Holy Spirit of God that performed the miracle? Or there was the other spirit behind it? Did they do that to really serve Jesus Christ and for God’s glory or was it for their own glory and gratification? Did they apply Jesus’ teachings in their lives, and walk the talk? When they performed that miracle, did they do it out of their faith in God, or faith in themselves and other things, and out of their own will?

I mean to obey the Will of God, to be obedient to Christ is very important.

Jesus said in John 3:5, "Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.” He also said to His disciples, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another (John 13: 34-35).” John 14:13 NLT says, Jesus replied, "All who love Me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and We will come and make Our home with each of them.”

If you do not have the Holy Spirit, if you are not born-again, if you do not have the Spirit of Christ within you, and you are performing miracles, drive out demons, or prophesy, in Jesus’ Name, and you don’t do what Jesus says like love your brethren, give to the poor, you may lie to us, but you may not lie to Jesus. It is only God Who knows the truth about our hearts and our lives.

The Bible says in Romans 8:9 NLT, those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to Him at all. John 1:1-5 NLT says, “In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through Him, and nothing was created except through Him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and His life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” And then it continues in John 1:14 NLT, “So the Word became human and made His home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen His glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.”

My friend, Jesus is the Word of God. Jesus himself said, “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you--they are full of the Spirit and life (John 6:63).” “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away (Mark 13:37; Matthew 24:35; Luke 21:33).”

This brings to my point, if Jesus is the Word of God, and Jesus’ Words are Spirit and life, or in other words His Words give life to things, and His Words will never pass away, and His Words are final authority, His Words are the final solution about life you can ever find out there, then Jesus is The Will of God. So whenever you see Jesus Words and Teachings, just know there you might find The Will of God in your life. Actually 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip His people to do every good work.” So the entire Bible, both Old and New Testament, is filled with God’s Will, and instructions to His People. And when Jesus came, He came to correct some of the wrong doctrines about the law and fulfill the law. For instance on His Sermon on the Mount (please read Matthew chapter 5), one of them is when He said, “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For He gives His sunlight to both the evil and the good, and He sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:43-48).

Remember what Jesus also said to the people who believed in Him, “You are truly My disciples if you remain faithful to My teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:31-32).”

In Romans 12:1-2, Apostle Paul said, “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

God is Sovereign; “He does according to His Will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay His hand or say to Him, ‘What have you done?” (Daniel 4:35). When God calls you to do something, it’s best if you obey Him and His plans for your life. Do you know the story of Johan, and what happened to him when he ran away from what God called Him to do? Please read the book of Johan and you will find out, it’s only four chapters.

Jesus was very obedient. At the hour of His suffering, persecution, and betrayal, He told The Father, “Father, if You are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from Me. Yet I want Your Will to be done, not Mine (Luke 22:42, NLT).”

In 1 Peter 3:17 Peter writes, “It is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s Will, than for doing evil.” Sometimes living a godly life and obey God’s Will and Plans for your life come with lots of persecution. Jesus said in John 16:33, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in Me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world (John 16:33).” He also said if they have persecuted Me, they will persecute you. Do you remember what I told you? 'A slave is not greater than the master.' Since they persecuted Me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to Me, they would listen to you (John 15:20, NLT).

Did God asked you to do something and you are running from His Will and Plans because of the burdens, persecutions, and sacrifice that it comes with it? I urge you not to run, just do it regardless of the things it comes with it. Jesus promised to give us peace in Him. And also we have His Holy Spirit to comfort us during out trials and testing times. Apostle Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the Will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

This may sound harsh, but it is what Jesus said: “A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them. If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward. I tell you the truth, the master will put that servant in charge of all he owns. But what if the servant thinks, ‘My master won’t be back for a while,’ and he begins beating the other servants, partying, and getting drunk? The master will return unannounced and unexpected, and he will cut the servant in pieces and banish him with the unfaithful. “And a servant who knows what the master wants, but isn’t prepared and doesn’t carry out those instructions, will be severely punished. But someone who does not know, and then does something wrong, will be punished only lightly. When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required (Luke 12:42-48).

Decide today to obey the Will of God. Someone may say, but I don’t know the Will of God for my life? Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps (Proverbs 16:9 NLT). Decide today to spend quality time with God by reading His Word and worshipping Him, and watch Him speaks to you that concerns you. Watch Him reveal His Will for your life.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Scripture of the Week