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God’s Precious Investment

I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.” (Ephesians 1:18, NLT)

As believers in Christ, we are God’s precious inheritance. He has purchased us with the precious blood of Christ, and looks forward to spending eternity with us. 

But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:13, NLT) 

God has invested a lot in you and me. He has given us time, talent, and treasure in varying degrees. We will have to give an accounting for the use of these gifts; however, we should view our time in this world as the greatest opportunity to serve in advancing his kingdom. 

He has given us the assurance of salvation: “I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.” (John 5:24, NLT) 

Such statements of assurance give us a positive outlook and confidence for the future. “Opportunity” is the word that pops into my mind. May God flood our hearts with the light of positive opportunity to be of service to him, and to enjoy rewards that he has for those who take advantage of his offer. Our relationship with him is “incentive driven” and not “fear driven.”

 Christ lives in us. All we have to do is to get the “self life” out of the way and to allow him to live his life through us. “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20, NLT) 

This can be our reality if we will daily present ourselves to him for his service.

Today, ask yourself: 

Do I understand I am completely accepted by God as his child? Am I trusting Christ to live his life through me?

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Our Hope!

But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our “ lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” (Philippians 3:20-21, NIV)

It is amazing to think we are only passing through a temporary world, knowing the real world awaits us when our “time bubble” breaks, thrusting us into the eternal paradigm. We have the assurance that our citizenship is in heaven and that is where we are heading. In the meantime, we have the prospect of Jesus Christ returning at any moment.

This is truly a blessed hope! How encouraging to know that we will be freed from the foolishness of the wisdom and rulers of this age. 

I can hardly wait, in God’s timing, to receive a glorified body like the glorified body of Jesus Christ. This body will be beyond anything you and I can think or imagine. “Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.” (Matthew 13:43, NIV) 

In the flesh we cannot even look at the sun without special glasses that protect our eyes.

In the meantime, we are to be busy in the part of God’s vineyard where he has placed us. We want to make sure we use our 3 Ts(time, treasure, talent) wisely with an eternal perspective in mind. 

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.” (Titus 2:11–15, NIV) 

We know there is more to life than the best that this world can offer. It is all going to perish. Truly we are in a desert wasteland from a spiritual standpoint. David expressed the same, “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” (Psalm 42:1–2, NIV) 

It will not be very long, “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.” (Revelation 22:20, NIV) 

Today, ask yourself: 

Am I living life anticipating that Jesus Christ could return at any time? What must I do to bring my life into conformance with his will today?

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A Comforting Truth

Now this is what the Lord says. He created you, people of Jacob; he formed you, people of Israel. He says, ‘Don’t be afraid, because I have saved you. I have called you by name, and you are mine.’” (Isaiah 43:1, NCV)

How comforting to realize that God knows us by name. He has created us, formed us, and even fashioned our hearts individually. “He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works.” (Psalm 33:15, NKJV) 

Each of us is unique and special, created for fulfilling a specific purpose. 

Our priority must be to discover what we have been designed for, so we can find God’s purpose for us. Then we can be busy doing the works he has prepared for us. “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10, NLT) 

When we are used for our designed purpose, we can live the abundant life.

 We must listen for the voice of the Shepherd, “The one who guards the door opens it for him. And the sheep listen to the voice of the shepherd. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.” (John 10:3, NCV) 

By delving into the Word of God, we listen for what he has to say to us individually. His Spirit will prompt us and lead us in into the works he wants us to do.

Most comforting is the thought of his return for us. “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:2–3, NIV) 

When he returns for us, we want to be busy doing the work we were designed for in his vineyard. We know he will be pleased with us, if we are focused living a life that will echo into eternity.

Today, ask yourself: 

Do I know how special I am to God, believing that he created me, formed me, fashioned my heart, and knows my name?  Am I looking forward to his return so I can be with him

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THE WORD OF TRUTH

People understand things differently and I bet the definitions we have for spiritual growth are also different, depending on one’s point of view. But, all in all, spiritual growth is the process of replacing the lies, myths and misconceptions in us with the truth. Jesus in John 17:17 prayed and asked God, “sanctify them with the truth, your word is truth.”

The word of God is the truth. Through it we are put together and shaped for the great tasks God has for us. John 6:63 says it better, ”…the words that I have spoken to you are the spirit and the life.”  The Bible is not just a doctrinal guidebook, it is God Himself speaking to us through it, a word that generates life, creates faith, produces change, frightens the devil, causes miracles, heals, builds character, transforms circumstances, imparts joy overcomes adversity, defeats temptations, infuses hope, releases power, cleanses us and guarantees us life eternal. It is just impossible for us to live without the word of God. We have to treasure it even more than our daily bread (Job 23:12)

“…that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

-2 Timothy 3:17

Well, statistics show a significant increase in the number of bibles in print today than ever before, but a Bible in the shelf is as good as nothing- it is worthless. Because of not reading the bible we starve and even die of spiritual malnutrition. To be healthy disciples of Jesus, Consistent Bible Reading (CBR) should be our priority. Jesus said, “if you abide in my word then you are truly my disciples.”

“Of His own will He brought us forth the word of truth that we should be a kind of first fruits of His creatures.”

-James 1:18

What then must we do to fully abide in God’s word? We have to observe the 3A’s explained here:

Accept its authority. Human beings have for so long based their choices on unreliable authorities, culture, traditions, reasons or even emotions. These have in several occasions mislead us. However, the Word of God presents us the perfect standard that will never ever lead us astray. Why then can’t it be the authoritative standard for our lives? It is the compass we should rely on for direction, the counsel we should seek in every situation for making wise decisions and our benchmark for doing all our evaluations. It should be the first and the last word in our lives. (Proverbs 30:5, Acts 24:14)

“All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness…”

-2 Timothy 3:16

Assimilate its truth. Just listening to the Word and believing it is not enough. We have to go an extra mile and fill our minds with it so that the Holy Spirit can transform us by it. We therefore are charged with the responsibility of receiving the word, reading it, researching it, and reflecting on it at all times.

We should take care of how we listen. Not once I have heard people complain of how boring the speaker of the day was. I believe what matters most in most cases is how humbled and receptive WE are to God’s word. God can use even the most boring and ineloquent speaker to address us. So, any time that feeling comes, it should not be a time to complain. It instead should be a time for you to check your attitude (James 1:21)

“Take heed then how you hear; for to him who has, will more be given and from him who has not, even what he thinks he has will be taken away.”

-Luke 8:18

Daily reading of the word will keep you in range of Gods voice. (James 1:25)

“…His sheep follow Him because they know His voice. But they will never follow a stranger: in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”

-John 10:4-5

Apply its principles. We do listen, we do read the Bible on our own but it is all null and void if we do not put into action what the Word instructs us. We have to cultivate a culture of being doers of the word, and not just readers and listeners.

 

“…but he who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty and perseveres, being no hearer that forgets but a doer that acts, he shall be blessed in his doing.”

-James 1:25

Attending all Bible study sessions and reading the word daily will never worry the Devil. Only our application of the principles taught therein will worry him, and keep him far from us. Blessings come by obeying the word, not just knowing it.

“…and anyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.”

-Matthew 7:26

Jesus said, “now that you know these things you will be blessed if you do them.” (John 13:17)

Application of the word is not easy- it is actually difficult and even painful. This is why so many people tend to avoid it. We forget that the truth has been given to set us free, but first make us miserable. Resistance is human nature and this is what makes it hard work to do as the word instructs.

Reading the Bible and applying its principles is one thing we MUST develop if we want to get closer to God. How close we get to God is our choice, shown by how much time we give to Him.

“The word of God was not given to increase our knowledge. It was given to change our lives.”

-D.L. Moody
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Friendship vieved from a Biblical perspective.

COMMUNITY

(Fellowship/community in this context is taken to mean a friendship/relationship)

A community is a group of people sharing a common understanding, and who reveal themselves using same manner, tradition, language and law. The church is the Christian community-the body of Christ.
Colossians 3:15
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body of Christ, you were called to peace and be thankful.

This means that each one of us is a member of Gods family; and we are chosen to live together in peace.

Psalms 133:1        Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to      dwell together in unity.
Ephesians 2:19
Consequently you are no longer foreigners and aliens; you are fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household.
We are members of God’s own family, citizens of God’s country and we belong to God’s household with every other Christian.
Matthew 18:20
Where two are gathered in my name, I am there in their midst.
From the above, we learn that life is meant to be shared in form of unselfish loving, honest sharing, practical serving, sacrificial giving, sympathetic comforting and all others (the list is endless).In Matthew 18:20 God promises us that where two or three are gathered in his name, He is in their midst .This means that co-existing together as a community invites God’s presence.

Then, how can we cultivate a real community/fellowship?
James 3:18

Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.
We can develop a robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if we work hard to get along with each other, treating each other with honor and dignity.
(Ephesians 4:3, I timothy 3: 14-15)
Therefore, cultivating a community requires the following virtues:

  1. Honesty-you must care enough for your fellows to lovingly speak the truth. You also should care enough to lovingly confront the one who is sinning or is being tempted to sin. Just be frank and open. (Galatians 6:1-2, Ephesians 4:25)
  2. Humility-humility is the oil that soothes and smoothens relationships. You should think more of others than you think of yourself. (1 Peter 5:5)
  3. Courtesy-you should be considerate with each other’s feelings and be patient with those who irritate us. (Rom 15:1-2, 12:10, Titus 3:2)
  4. Confidentiality-you should he ready to share your deepest needs, hurts and mistakes. But, what is shared in the group, however, should not cross to outsiders. (Proverbs 16:28). Gossip causes hurt, division and destroys relationships.
  5. Frequency-you should have regular contact and give time to each other. (Hebrews 10:25, Acts 2:46). There should be an investment of time. (1 John 3:16)

How can we differentiate between real and fake fellowship?

  1. In a real fellowship, people experience authenticity: they share their hurts, reveal their feelings, confess their failures etc.(James 5:16, 1 John 1:9)
  2. In a real fellowship, people experience mutuality: they depend on each other and build reciprocal relationships (Romans 1:16, 14;19)
  3. In a real fellowship, people show sympathy: They share in the pain of others and feel for each other. (Colossians 3:12)
  4. In a real fellowship people experience and show mercy for each other. They make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive each other. (Colossians 3:13)

PROTECTING YOUR FELLOWSHIP
Ephesians 4:3
Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.
We are joined together with peace through the spirit. We therefore should make every effort to stay together this way.

Colossians 3:14
Most of all, let love guide your life, for then the whole church will stay together in perfect harmony.

Unity is the soul of fellowship and we therefore should strive to stay united by;

  1. Focusing on what you have in common, and not your differences. We are all different and we should not struggle to be uniform. God wants unity and not uniformity. We must stay focused on what matters most. In fact, conflict is a sign that attention has shifted to less important things. (Romans 14:1, 14:19)
  2. Being realistic in our expectations: it’s obvious that people will hurt you, disappoint you and let you down, but do not leave them. divorce is a sign of immaturity (Ephesians 4:2)
  3. Choose to encourage your fellows rather than criticizing them. You should not criticize, compare or judge one another. (romans 14:4, 14:10, 14:19)
  4. Do not listen to gossip. You should have the courage of telling gossipers, “Please stop, I don’t need to know this. Have you talked to the person?” (Jude 1:18-19, proverbs 17:4, 26:20)
  5. Practice Godly methods of conflict resolution. If you have an issue, go directly to the person instead of gossiping around. (Matthew 18:15-17)
  6. Support your pastor (In case of a church) and leaders. (Hebrews 13:17, 1 Thessalonians 5:12, 1 Corinthians 10:24)

We should all understand that it is each and everyone’s responsibility to protect our fellowship (Friendships).

 

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Jesus Through the Bible

 

We believe in a Christ-centered Bible. The salvation that was expected in the Old Testament is exhibited in the Gospels and then explained in the rest of the New Testament.

From Genesis we learn that Jesus is the seed of the woman who will crush Satan’s head, and the son of Abraham who will bless all the nations of the earth. From Exodus we learn that Jesus is the Passover Lamb whose blood saves us from the angel of death, and the wilderness tabernacle where God dwells in glory. From Leviticus we learn that He is the atoning sacrifice that takes away our sin. From Numbers we learn that He is the bronze serpent lifted up for everyone who looks to Him in faith. From Deuteronomy we learn that He is the prophet greater than Moses who comes to teach us God’s will.

So much for the Pentateuch.

What do we learn from the historical books? From Joshua we learn that Jesus is our great captain in the fight. From Judges we learn that He is the king who helps us do what is right in God’s eyes, and not our own. From Ruth we learn that Jesus is our kinsman-redeemer. From 1 and 2 Samuel we learn that He is our anointed king. From 1 and 2 Kings we learn that He is the glory in the temple. From 1 and 2 Chronicles we learn that He is the Son of David — the rightful king of Judah. From Ezra and Nehemiah we learn that He will restore the city of God. From Esther we learn that He will deliver us from all our enemies.

Then we come to the poetic writings. From Job we learn that Jesus is our living redeemer, who will stand on the earth at the last day. From the Psalms we learn that He is the sweet singer of Israel — the Savior forsaken by God and left to die, yet restored by God to rule the nations. From Proverbs we learn that Jesus is our wisdom. From Ecclesiastes we learn that He alone can give us meaning and purpose. From the Song of Solomon we learn that He is the lover of our souls.

This brings us to the prophets, whose special mission it was to prophesy about the coming of Christ. Isaiah tells that He is the child born of the Virgin, the son given to rule, the shoot from the stump of Jesse, and the servant stricken and afflicted, upon whom God has laid all our iniquity. Jeremiah and Lamentations tell us that Jesus is our comforter in sorrow, the mediator of a new covenant who turns our weeping into songs of joy. Ezekiel tells us that the Spirit of Jesus can breathe life into dry bones and make a heart of stone beat again. Daniel tells us that Jesus is the Son of Man coming in clouds of glory to render justice on the earth.

These are the Major Prophets, but the Minor Prophets also bore witness to Jesus Christ. Hosea prophesied that He would be a faithful husband to His wayward people. Joel prophesied that before He came to judge the nations, Jesus would pour out His Spirit on men and women, Jews and Gentiles, young and old. Amos and Obadiah prophesied that He would restore God’s kingdom. Jonah prophesied that for the sake of the nations, He would be raised on the third day. Micah prophesied that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem. Nahum prophesied that He would judge the world. Habakkuk prophesied that He would justify those who live by faith. Zephaniah prophesied He would rejoice over His people with singing. Haggai prophesied that He would rebuild God’s temple. Zechariah prophesied that He would come in royal gentleness, riding on a donkey, and that when He did, all God’s people would be holy. Malachi prophesied that before He came, a prophet would turn the hearts of the fathers back to their children.

From Genesis to Malachi, the Old Testament is all about Jesus. But of course it is in the New Testament that Jesus actually comes to save His people. Whereas the Old Testament gives us His background, the New Testament presents His biography.

The gospels give us the good news of salvation through His crucifixion and resurrection. The Gospel of Matthew is that Jesus is the Messiah God promised to Israel. The Gospel of Mark is that He is the suffering servant. The Gospel of Luke is that He is a Savior for everyone, including the poor and the weak. The Gospel of John is that He is the incarnate word, the Son of God, the light of the world, the bread of life, and the only way of salvation. But all the gospels end with the same good news: Jesus died on the cross for sinners and was raised again to give eternal life; anyone who believes in Him will be saved.

Then the New Testament turns its attention to the church, which is still about Jesus because the church is His body. The book of Acts shows how Jesus is working in the church today, through the gospel, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Then come all the letters that were written to the church — letters that tell about Jesus and how to live for Him. In Romans Jesus is righteousness from God for Jews and Gentiles; in 1 and 2 Corinthians He is the one who unifies the church and gives us spiritual gifts for ministry. In Galatians Jesus liberates us from legalism; in Ephesians He is the head of the church; in Philippians He is the joy of our salvation; in Colossians He is the firstborn over all creation. In 1 and 2 Thessalonians Jesus is coming soon to deliver us from this evil age; in 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus He shepherds His people; and in Philemon He reconciles brothers who are separated by sin. This is the gospel according to Paul.

Hebrews is an easy one: Jesus is the great high priest who died for sin once and for all on the cross and who sympathizes with us in all our weakness. In the epistle of James, Jesus helps us to prove our faith by doing good works. In the epistles of Peter He is our example in suffering. In the letters of John He is the Lord of love. In Jude He is our Master and Teacher. Last, but not least, comes the book of Revelation, in which Jesus Christ is revealed as the Lamb of God slain for sinners, Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end, the King of kings and Lord of lords, the great Judge over all the earth, and the glorious God of heaven.

The Bible says that in Jesus “all things hold together” (Colossians 1:17) and this is as true of the Bible as it is of anything else. Jesus holds the whole Bible together. From Genesis to Revelation, the Word of God is all about Jesus, and therefore it has the power to bring salvation through faith in Him. It is by reading the Bible that we come to know Jesus, and it is by coming to know Jesus that we are saved. This is why we are so committed to God’s Word, why it is the foundation for everything we do, both as a church and as individual Christians.

We love the Word because it brings us to Christ.

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What are you waiting for? Get born again today.

Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a Christian? Some people believe that they are Christians because they have joined a church. Others think that following certain rules or standards is what’s required. But in reality, Christianity is not about membership, or adopting a code for living, it requires total transformation. Everything must become new.

Jesus explained the process to a religious leader who came to meet with him secretly one night. He told him, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” (John 3:3, NLT)

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV

In order for you to begin the journey that leads to heaven you must be born again — this time spiritually. Physical birth produces physical life. Spiritual birth creates spiritual life.

Spiritual new birth is the gateway to a new beginning — the start of your journey with God.

When you are born again, all things become new:

  1. New Citizenship-You are transferred out of Satan’s Domain of Darkness into God’s Kingdom of Light.
  2. New Relationship with God-Your Heavenly Father adopts you as His child. Then you are also a coheir with Jesus Christ to all Kingdom blessings.
  3. New Nature-Your old sin nature is crucified with Jesus and you are given a new nature that is clothed in the righteousness of Christ.
  4. New Family-You become part of God’s heavenly family, brothers and sisters in Christ, who make up the Body of Christ.
  5. New Purpose-Your focus for life becomes glorifying God through worship, obedience and service, rather than pursuing self-centered, worldly interests.
  6. New Freedom-You are set free from the power of sin so you can live righteously.
  7. New Hope-Meaningless and futile existence are left behind as your future is filled with promise and blessings.
  8. New Destiny-You have been on a path that will eventually lead you into the very depths of hell where you would spend a horrific eternity apart from God. But instead, you can look forward to the joys of heaven, living in the presence of God forever.
  9. New Power-Your capabilities are limited to self-effort, but you will be filled with the resurrection power of Jesus through his indwelling Spirit.

But this new life all begins with spiritual birth. Have you been “born again?” If not, what are you waiting for? God has an amazing life planned for you — one that will last forever!

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WE SHALL REJOICE WITH OUR LORD JESUS.

The human life is full of ups and downs, peaks and off peaks. It is common to all people to face hard times and also good times. But in all these, God walks with His chosen ones. I just wonder how those who have not yet acknowledged Jesus as the Son of God and have not yet allowed Him to be Lord and savior over their lives manage to walk through these tribulations- the refiner’s furnace, with all that heat and pressure. I bet its supper terrible!

But still we have some who claim to have acknowledged Jesus as the savior and call themselves ‘saved’ yet they expect a smooth life – a life of abundance, a life of victory in everything, a life of happiness, a posh lifestyle, with all the great vehicles, best clothes and all you can think of. Well, they might justify themselves by scripture, which is still right anyway. Whenever one gets saved, he ceases to look forward to the things of the flesh and behold, he gets transformed to focus on the things of the spirit. His desires go in line with God’s expectations which are not material in any way.

But is it not the same God that said seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all its righteousness and then all the other things will be added to you that also says ‘I have refined you, but not as silver is refined. Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering’? (Isaiah 48:10)

Is it not the same God that tells us to commit our ways to Him and He will fulfill the desires of our hearts (Psalms 37:4) that also promises us a life of war?

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12)

As Christians, our life is hard, let’s call a spade a spade and not a big spoon. We are in a struggle of living a righteous life in an environment full of evil all the way from what we watch on television, to what we listen on radio, to what we read on newspapers and social media, and even to what we see happening around us every second. We therefore must stand strong in prayer, for all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to us (Matthew 28:18) and its only in prayer that we shall take captive the devil’s plans, bind them, destroy them and send them back to hell, where they belong. Whenever there is a man to pray, believe me or not, there is always a God to answer. Our God is a faithful God and He answers the prayers of His people.

For God says so clearly that no weapon fashioned against us (His chosen ones) shall prosper. And that every weapon sent to us in one way He shall scatter in seven ways. And every ill word spoken against us, whether on dry land or under water shall not prosper in Jesus’ Mighty Name (Isaiah 54:17)

So, this very moment, this very hour, this very minute, this very second rise up and claim your territory in prayer. Possess it for it is written that the devil shall not oppress you anymore. By the death of Jesus on the cross it was all taken away…it is over in Jesus name! There shall be no more suffering in our lives. And even as our refiner God passes us through His furnace of affliction so that we may develop perseverance and be mature, not lacking in anything, we shall find peace even in that too. We shall not be troubled for God is molding us and fashioning us for His work. For the Bible says “Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand”(Isaiah 64:8)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding shall keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

May the Lord’s peace be with each of you in your many tribulations and struggles of life. This earth is not our home. We may suffer here but let’s keep pressing on towards that which we are called to heavenwards. We shall rejoice with our Lord Jesus. Amen

 

 

Your brother in Christ:

Kavulavu M. Briton

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What do you know about the April Fools Day?

April Fools’ Day also known as All Fool’s day is rooted in the ancient pagan customs of this world. It is literally a day for fools!

But God is the Author of wisdom FOR THOSE WHO ARE SAVED, not foolishness. He expects His servants to seek His wisdom (James. 1:5 ), not play the fool.

In Proverbs 24:9 , God’s Word says, “The thought [devising] of foolishness is sin.” And sin is the breaking of God’s spiritual laws (I John 3:4 ; Rom. 7:14 ). God condemns even foolish talking and jesting ( Ephesians 5:1-4 ). Christ stated, “…whosoever shall say, You fool, shall be in danger of hell fire” ( Matthew 5:22 ).

Christ also condemned engaging in foolishness: “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornication, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within and defile the man” (Mark 7:21-23 ).

Also, God commands His people to “Learn not the way of the heathen…For the customs of the people are vain [futile]” ( Jeremiah 10:2-3 ). He also commands, “Wherefore come out from among them, and be you separate” ( II Corinthians 6:17 ).

Foolishness is sin. Christians must not engage in it. They must separate themselves from the pagan customs, practices and traditions of this world—including April Fools’ Day