Wednesday, September 14, 2022

HOPE in JESUS alone

 

Romans 15:13

King James Version

13 Now the God of hope fill you 

with all joy and peace in believing, 

that ye may abound in hope, 

through the power of the Holy Ghost.


Born agains are taught by the HOLY SPIRIT.

SPIRIT taught me much, early on.

I've been born again three years now.

The lessons have been intense.

And here's what I found:

ALL hope must be focused in JESUS alone.


Only JESUS can give us REAL hope.

Why can't we have hope in man?

Scripture answers that, with great certainty:

Genesis 6:5-6

King James Version

5 And God saw that the wickedness of man 

was great in the earth, 

and that every imagination 

of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

6 And it repented the Lord 

that he had made man on the earth, 

and it grieved him at his heart.


Psalm 146:3-5

King James Version

3 Put not your trust in princes, 

nor in the son of man, 

in whom there is no help.

4 His breath goeth forth, 

he returneth to his earth; 

in that very day his thoughts perish.

5 Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, 

whose hope is in the Lord his God:


Jeremiah 17:9

King James Version

9 The heart is deceitful above all things, 

and desperately wicked: 

who can know it?


Romans 3:23

King James Version

23 For all have sinned, 

and come short of the glory of God;


Romans 8:1-8

King James Version

8 There is therefore now no condemnation to them 

which are in Christ Jesus, 

who walk not after the flesh, 

but after the Spirit.

2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus 

hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

3 For what the law could not do, 

in that it was weak through the flesh, 

God sending his own Son 

in the likeness of sinful flesh, 

and for sin, 

condemned sin in the flesh:

4 That the righteousness of the law 

might be fulfilled in us, 

who walk not after the flesh, 

but after the Spirit.

5 For they that are after the flesh 

do mind the things of the flesh; 

but they that are after the Spirit 

the things of the Spirit.

6 For to be carnally minded is death; 

but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: 

for it is not subject to the law of God, 

neither indeed can be.

8 So then they that are in the flesh 

cannot please God.


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Tuesday, June 14, 2022

IDENTITY crisis?

 


Romans 8:5

King James Version

5 For they that are after the flesh 

do mind the things of the flesh; 

but they that are after the Spirit 

the things of the Spirit.


Which one are you?

Male, or female?

What work do you do?

What faith do you believe in?

Can you really identify who you are?

Do you have definite ideas about yourself?

Will you stick with them till the day you die?

You know, like what people say often:

"I was born Catholic; I will die a Catholic."

"I was born here, I will die here."


That image above caught my eye at a plastic modeler's exhibit I visited yesterday.

So very incongruous.

Very witty.

And humorous.

The hobbyist surely knew what he was doing.

The model was a "Hulk", and yet he donned a "Superman" shirt.

Sez who the two can't mix?

And yet, the character also has a third secret person.

The original person, in fact.

Bruce Banner's a scientist, unwittingly exposed to gamma radation, was transformed into what they called a "green monster".

Virtually indestructible.

He can leap great heights, clobber enemies with his huge fists, and all because they made him angry.

Where others turned green with envy, Hulk was green to begin with.

And he's not envious.

Just don't get him angry.

Among all the superhero characters I've watched, seems he's the one enemies find hard to beat.

He's green, so I guess kryptonite won't work.

So, how many people live in you?

How many characters are you living?

How many roles are you playing?

Which one predominates?

It's true, we live many roles in society.

There's the son, husband, father, CEO.

There's the daughter, wife, mother, housekeeper.

And just in case feminists would balk at that, well, some wives actually prefer staying home.

Happily supporting her husband, kids, and serving GOD.

We all play many roles in society.

Blessed are we, if we have many talents to speak of.

We can multi-task.

Blessed are we, if we have only one talent to speak of.

We can focus.

The world's so engrossed in titles, wealth, and prestige.

Most aspire to be famous.

Most desire to be wealthy.

No one wants to be a nobody.

In my case, I don't mind at all.

Nobody, nowhere, is just fine with me.

I just love being a child of GOD.

I love being born again.

I love following JESUS.

It doesn't matter what the world perceives me to be.

All I care is I get GOD's WORD right.

And that I share with you, accurately.

I like the new self GOD gave me:

Ephesians 4:24

King James Version

24 And that ye put on the new man, 

which after God 

is created in righteousness 

and true holiness.


I like the fact JESUS wants us to be childlike:

Matthew 18:3

King James Version

3 And said, 

Verily I say unto you, 

Except ye be converted, 

and become as little children, 

ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.


I was many things.

I could have been more things.

But all that pale in comparison to being a child.

After CHRIST's heart.

Holding His hand each day.

As we skip, and hop.

Rather, as I skip, and hop.

And how the LORD finds me crazy.

Amused at my fertile imagination.

Pleased at my obedience.

GOD made us male, and female.

GOD created us for His purpose.

As born again, I have no identity crisis.

SPIRIT tells me all I need to think, say, and do.

I'm at peace with the LORD.

I serve Him alone.


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Saturday, February 19, 2022

GOD's sheep

 

The LORD JESUS said:

John 10:27

King James Version

27 My sheep hear my voice, 

and I know them, 

and they follow me:


I don't mind being sheep.

I'm not sheepish about it.

If anything, I'm proud to be a follower, and believer of JESUS.

He was the leader I longed to follow.

The GREATEST, chose to be the humblest.

That He may save us, from our sins.

Isaiah 53:1-7

King James Version

53 Who hath believed our report? 

and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?

2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, 

and as a root out of a dry ground: 

he hath no form nor comeliness; 

and when we shall see him, 

there is no beauty that we should desire him.

3 He is despised and rejected of men; 

a man of sorrows, 

and acquainted with grief: 

and we hid as it were our faces from him;

 he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, 

and carried our sorrows: 

yet we did esteem him stricken, 

smitten of God, 

and afflicted.

5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, 

he was bruised for our iniquities: 

the chastisement of our peace was upon him; 

and with his stripes we are healed.

6 All we like sheep have gone astray; 

we have turned every one to his own way; 

and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

7 He was oppressed, 

and he was afflicted, 

yet he opened not his mouth: 

he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, 

and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, 

so he openeth not his mouth.


JESUS was the epitome of TRUE LEADERSHIP.

He is the GOOD SHEPHERD.

John 10:11

King James Version

11 I am the good shepherd: 

the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.


I don't mind being sheep at all.

For the one who herds me, is the LORD.

Who better to follow, than JESUS?


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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

MORE DESIRABLE than GOLD

 

Psalm 19:10

King James Version

10 More to be desired are they than gold, 

yea, 

than much fine gold: 

sweeter also than honey 

and the honeycomb.


As born again, life turns simple.

You know what matters most now.

And it's these:

Psalm 19:7

King James Version

7 The law of the Lord is perfect, 

converting the soul: 

the testimony of the Lord is sure, 

making wise the simple.


Psalm 19:8

King James Version

8 The statutes of the Lord are right, 

rejoicing the heart: 

the commandment of the Lord is pure, 

enlightening the eyes.


Psalm 19:9

King James Version

9 The fear of the Lord is clean, 

enduring for ever: 

the judgments of the Lord are true 

and righteous altogether.


Greater than gold, the believer loves GOD's WORD, for this purpose:

Psalm 19:11

King James Version

11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: 

and in keeping of them there is great reward.


What greater joy is there, than knowing we live by the Bible, by God's WORD, guiding us each moment.

And that we become worthy of the Lord.


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Sunday, June 13, 2021

BEYOND food

 

The LORD JESUS said:

Matthew 4:4

King James Version

4 But he answered and said, 

It is written, 

Man shall not live by bread alone, 

but by every word that proceedeth 

out of the mouth of God.


The world drowns in food.

It's impossible for anyone to go hungry, if our hearts be in the right place, alongside Christ's.

Where many nations throw away food unthinkingly, other nations would be lucky if it's thrown their way.

Before becoming born again, I've always believed no one need go hungry.

Now that I'm born again, I'm being fed the Living Water, and the Bread of Life.

All the more I think all can be fed -- in body, and in spirit.


A true born again's needs are simple.

We live for God; not for food.

We eat to live; we don't live to eat.

We don't visit cable channels that show how to make the fluffiest scrambled eggs, or the nuttiest bars, or the most decadent chocolate cake.

We have subjected our appetites, to serve the Lord.

And I think how the people of Israel were fed manna.

Exodus 16:14-15

King James Version

14 And when the dew that lay was gone up, 

behold, 

upon the face of the wilderness 

there lay a small round thing, 

as small as the hoar frost on the ground.

15 And when the children of Israel saw it, 

they said one to another, 

It is manna

for they wist not what it was. 

And Moses said unto them, 

This is the bread which the Lord hath given you to eat.


What the Lord provides, it comes in great abundance.

Exodus 16:18

King James Version

18 And when they did mete it with an omer, 

he that gathered much had nothing over, 

and he that gathered little had no lack

they gathered every man according to his eating.


Imagine if we were to focus on JESUS, the Living Water, and the Bread of Life?

We shall never hunger.

We shall never thirst.

John 6:35

King James Version

35 And Jesus said unto them, 

I am the bread of life: 

he that cometh to me shall never hunger; 

and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.


We will have eternal life.

John 6:27

King James Version

27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, 

but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, 

which the Son of man shall give unto you: 

for him hath God the Father sealed.


If your heart is in God, you'd know food must not be a god.

GOD is the only one we must praise, adore, and focus on.

The Lord Jesus has showed us how.

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Updated 26 January 2022

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Why hardship never seems to end

 

The LORD JESUS said:

Revelation 3:10

King James Version

10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, 

I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, 

which shall come upon all the world, 

to try them that dwell upon the earth.


Why does hardship on earth never seem to end?

We all got on the wrong ship, that's what.

I don't know about you, but ever since God made me born again, and His Holy Spirit started teaching me, everything became crystal clear.

Even the source of all our hardships.

And why it continues so.

Consider the following:

Eve was tempted.

Genesis 3:6

King James Version

6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, 

and that it was pleasant to the eyes, 

and a tree to be desired to make one wise, 

she took of the fruit thereof, 

and did eat, 

and gave also unto her husband with her; 

and he did eat.


God was mighty mad and put out the curse.

Genesis 3:16-19

King James Version

16 Unto the woman he said

I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; 

in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; 

and thy desire shall be to thy husband, 

and he shall rule over thee.

17 And unto Adam he said

Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, 

and hast eaten of the tree, 

of which I commanded thee, saying, 

Thou shalt not eat of it: 

cursed is the ground for thy sake; 

in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; 

and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;

19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, 

till thou return unto the ground; 

for out of it wast thou taken: 

for dust thou art, 

and unto dust shalt thou return.


He sealed the garden of Eden from us.

Genesis 3:22-24

King James Version

22 And the Lord God said, 

Behold, 

the man is become as one of us, 

to know good and evil: 

and now, 

lest he put forth his hand, 

and take also of the tree of life, 

and eat, 

and live for ever:

23 Therefore the Lord God sent him forth 

from the garden of Eden, 

to till the ground from whence he was taken.

24 So he drove out the man; 

and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden 

Cherubims, 

and a flaming sword which turned every way, 

to keep the way of the tree of life.


Man kept sinning, thus, the curse was never lifted.

Exodus 34:7

King James Version

7 Keeping mercy for thousands, 

forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, 

and that will by no means clear the guilty; 

visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, 

and upon the children's children, 

unto the third and to the fourth generation.


Worse, man kept adoring other gods, and never God.

Deuteronomy 5:9

King James Version

9 Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, 

nor serve them: 

for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, 

visiting the iniquity of the fathers 

upon the children unto the third and fourth generation 

of them that hate me,


Now, really think about it.

You don't have to be a master of logic, or mathematics, or even be a theologian to analyze things.

If God visited the "iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation", and we kept sinning in the midst of those generations, how can suffering ever end?

Hello.

Let's say the first generation sinned.

Fine.

Then the second generation got right with God.

Awesome.

Thing is, the third generation forgot, and rebelled.

Oh boy.

Won't that third generation pass on the same curse to its own next generations?

No wonder, JESUS was sent.

We could have been beyond redemption.

All right, the Lord probably said, "I'll take on human form."

"I'll take on your sins."

"I'll show you how to adore the Father."

"I'll show you how to love each other."

"I'll defeat death, and the devil, for you."

"I'll show you how last can be first."

"I'll show you that only God matters."

"I'll minister, but after I die, God will raise me up again."

"I'll show you God's power over life, and death."

"But I won't leave you comfortless. I'll send you the Holy Spirit, to teach you all things about Me."

"And yes, I shall come quickly, so start paying attention."


Still, despite the blood of the Lamb shed on the cross, and the Word of God given through Scripture, man continues to defy the Lord.

Man can probably try defying gravity.

But defying the ONE who CREATED gravity?

Really?

No wonder, the gravity of our sins.

It all weighs heavily upon us.


Sure, we are hounded by the enemy non-stop.

Ganging up on the few faithful, hoping they'll trip.

If there's but a few, steady faithful, can you imagine the implication of it all?

Romans 3:23

King James Version

23 For all have sinned, 

and come short of the glory of God;


And the never ending extension of that curse?

How can we stop all these?

Only JESUS can save us.

We must seek Him with all our heart.

Matthew 6:33

King James Version

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, 

and his righteousness; 

and all these things shall be added unto you.


And you'll see what happens.

God will send His Holy Spirit to those who really care to know His Son.

And your personal hardship might just end.

For you will now know what matters most.


Updated 26 January 2022


Tuesday, June 1, 2021

What MAKES everything WORK?

 

John 4:24

King James Version

24 God is a Spirit: 

and they that worship him 

must worship him in spirit and in truth.


What do you think, makes everything work in this world?

Is it us?

Is it our combined energies?

Is it our intellect?

Is it our creativity?

Is it one man?

Or is it a greater power?

If you are born again, you'd know the answer.

GOD makes EVERYTHING work.

God is the Alpha and Omega.

Revelation 1:8

King James Version

8 I am Alpha and Omega, 

the beginning and the ending, 

saith the Lord, 

which is, 

and which was, 

and which is to come, 

the Almighty.


But why does man keep doubting God's power?

Why do we deprive God the LOVE and GLORY long past due Him?

We have been diabolical in our neglect.

We have been subject to the prince of the world.

The spirit that drives the world, is definitely NOT the same spirit as GOD.

For had it been the same, we would not forget God.

We would not make everything mechanical, when it ought to be SPIRITUAL.

We would not treat each other as robots.

We would be kind to each other.

We would follow God's commandments.

We would learn to love, as Jesus taught us.

We would believe in His resurrection.

We would obey God's will, at every moment.

We would pray to know His will.

We would eagerly wait for Jesus' return.

But no, we follow a different god.

Actually, many gods.

Too many gods.

As if in mockery of the ONE, TRUE GOD.

And yet, listen to what Scripture says about the Lord:

Isaiah 40:21-26

King James Version

21 Have ye not known? 

have ye not heard

hath it not been told you from the beginning? 

have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?

22 It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, 

and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; 

that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, 

and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:

23 That bringeth the princes to nothing; 

he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.

24 Yea, they shall not be planted; 

yea, they shall not be sown: 

yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: 

and he shall also blow upon them, 

and they shall wither, 

and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble.

25 To whom then will ye liken me, 

or shall I be equal? 

saith the Holy One.

26 Lift up your eyes on high, 

and behold who hath created these things, 

that bringeth out their host by number: 

he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, 

for that he is strong in power; 

not one faileth.


Isaiah 40:28-31

King James Version

28 Hast thou not known? 

hast thou not heard

that the everlasting God, 

the Lord, 

the Creator of the ends of the earth, 

fainteth not, 

neither is weary? 

there is no searching of his understanding.

29 He giveth power to the faint; 

and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, 

and the young men shall utterly fall:

31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; 

they shall mount up with wings as eagles; 

they shall run, 

and not be weary; 

and they shall walk, 

and not faint.


God makes everything work.

Why do we even think we humans have power to control anything?

God is the ONLY true power.

We can keep mocking God, rejecting Him, hiding from Him, but all power, and glory, belong to Him.

When the day of the Lord comes, where would we be?

Would we be ready for judgment?

Isaiah 2:12

King James Version

12 For the day of the Lord of hosts 

shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty

and upon every one that is lifted up; 

and he shall be brought low:


I've made my stand -- behind Jesus -- nearly 21 months ago.

Through His HOLY SPIRIT, He made everything simple, and clear for me to understand.

Scripture is His WORD.

It will be all that remains in the end.


Updated 26 January 2022


HOPE in JESUS alone

  Romans 15:13 King James Version 13 Now the God of hope fill you  with all joy and peace in believing,  that ye may abound in hope,  throug...