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Does God Love Me?

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This is one important question everyone – no matter their race, creed, religion, sex, or life achievements, want to know. People want to be at peace with God. It is unfortunate that many people may never get to know the truth until they have positioned themselves properly to know the answer.  God has said, “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”  Jer. 29:13

We live in a world where this question is increasingly demanding answer. Does God love me? People, no matter who, find themselves in precarious situations with family relationships is tumult, job and careers are constantly threatened, and various dangers are posed to lives and properties. There are many young people who don’t know what their future will eventually turn out to be as world events have become highly unpredictable. Abuse is on the increase and laws are being twisted daily to suit power-brokers; those who are supposed to provide protection to people are the very ones perpetrating atrocity against the populace.

Many people face all kinds of humiliation daily and the burden of sin is so heavy to bear and with problems weighing people down, it is appropriate to ask “Does God love me?” We have this assurance from God clearly stated, “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) It is  love with a commitment.

“Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us:” 1 John3:16

God’s love was demonstrated by the death of his only son and the scripture say “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 14:13. However, we were not his friends when Jesus died for us. He did it because of love. God said,

“But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord God: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?” Ezek 18:21-23 (KJV)

God love everyone, though he hates sin, he wants all people to turn to him in repentance. He does not despise you. He loves you.

““Behold, God is mighty, but despises no one; He is mighty in strength of understanding. He does not preserve the life of the wicked, But gives justice to the oppressed. He does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous; But they are on the throne with kings, For He has seated them forever, And they are exalted. And if they are bound in fetters, Held in the cords of affliction, Then He tells them their work and their transgressions— That they have acted defiantly. He also opens their ear to instruction, And commands that they turn from iniquity. If they obey and serve Him, They shall spend their days in prosperity, And their years in pleasures. Job 36:5-11

God loves you and has said so. He also demonstrated it. God doesn’t despise you. If you are not living right, he wants to help you. The troubles you are going through don’t give God pleasure; God does not take delight in the death of people; he is not happy to lose people, the devil does.

This is what God is thinking about you at the moment. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” Jer 29:11.

You must exercise faith in God and in his promises. Take the word of God for it. God loves you. If you have not accepted Jesus as Lord of your life, do it today. Make peace with God – repent of your sin, ask for forgiveness and accept Jesus into your life. Thank God for his love and live the rest of your live basking in that love.

Let God Speak to Your Situation

Life challenges are like a second nature to many of us. We are always looking for people who will help us out of troubles. That is natural and normal. However help from fellow men no matter how useful it can be, is limited. The psalmist says, “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.” (NIV) Those Mountains used to be places where people had their idols. It can infer looking up to people in “high places” for help. Real help comes from God. He knows who to connect you with and when.

Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

God’s help comes at the right moment for those who trust him. John 5:1-8 tells us of a man who waited 38 years at a pool’s yard for the help of a man but never found it.

Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.  One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

 “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am tryin

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g to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.” (NIV)

Many of us live in such frustration and confusion daily, year after year. You can experience a change today. Let God speak to that situation and you will be fine. That was what happened in the beginning and it has always been so as we read in John 5:2-8. Jesus spoke to the situation of the man who was invalid for 38 years.

Gen. 1:1-4, says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.” (NIV)

The word of God changed horrible situations and health the sick. The word of God brought into existence the things that did not exist. It can do the same for you. You can only experience it when you decide to give God a chance in your life. Give him the opportunity to help you. This is the right time to you it.

God says in Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” (NIV). Do it now.

How to walk in the miraculous

John the Baptist baptizing Christ

John the Baptist baptizing Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is not a new thing for people to argue about God’s existence.  It is actually time wasting engaging people in such debates. There was a time when John the Baptist asked Jesus such a question and it is good to look at that scripture.

“And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?

When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?

And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight.

Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.

And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.” Luke 7:19-23 (KJV).

Jesus responded by letting them see the power of God in action, after which he sent them back to John. He instructed them to tell John the Baptist what they saw. Jesus was sure that John the Baptist doesn’t need a lot of words. The miracles will speak for God.

The ungodliness all around us will not respond to arguments. The miraculous will do the work.

The miraculous is more than mental assent to God’s promises. That is the real problem that many people face today, they subject the work of God to human thoughts. There is no miracle in the Bible that men had the capability to understand except by revelation. Zechariah, a high priest in Israel, had the need to resolve such a puzzle.

“Once when Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense. And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.

Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born. He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.” Luke 1:8-18. (NIV)

In the natural realm, the message that the angel delivered to him was very difficult to accept but God was not asking him to subject it to mental reasoning. Mary, the mother of Jesus, was confronted with such a condition when the conception of Jesus was announced. This is what the scriptures said.

“In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month.  For no word from God will ever fail.” Luke 1:26-35. (NIV)

The question has always been “How can this be?”

Luke 1:35, explains it. Miracles happen by the power of the Holy Spirit; and the word of God will never fail.

Jesus told us of our part in the miraculous in Mark11:22-24, “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered.  “TrulyI tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (NIV)

The secret to the miraculous is:

  1. Faith in God. This is absolute. This kind of faith could make you look foolish to people. How easy is it for you to believe that an 80 years old lady will become pregnant? The issue is that it is tasking mentally to think of such a thing. Faith in God is simply not to question his ability to do anything, like the adviser of Ahab, a former King of Israel, did, when Elisha uttered a word of prophesy at a time when there was lack of food in the country. In his prophesy, Elisha said, “Hear the word of the LORD. This is what the LORD says: About this time tomorrow, a seahof the finest flour will sell for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel at the gate of Samaria.” The officer on whose arm the king was leaning said to the man of God, “Look, even if the LORD should open the floodgates of the heavens, could this happen?” 2 Kings 7:1-2 (NIV).

The man brought reproach to God by his unbelief and sarcastic comment. He was quick to limit God’s abilities to the mundane world. His loud mouth cost him his life.

  1. You must believe in your heart: A heart belief is not a mental assent. We can see this in Mary’s reply to the angel, she said,  “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her” Luke1:38. (NIV).  She simply acknowledged that she knew God can do anything even if it was beyond her comprehension.
  2. To walk in the miraculous you must become very compassionate. You must radiate the love of God to people in very genuine ways all the time. The power of God operates in an atmosphere of love and compassion.
  3. You must never have the tendencies to abuse the power of God. God does not permit the use of his power to do evil and wickedness. Jesus rebuked his disciples who desired to abuse the power of God. This was stated in this scripture; “As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.  And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them But Jesus turned and rebuked them.” Luke 9:51-55 (NIV).
  4. You must not take the glory due to God. You can see the attitude of the early Apostles to the miraculous in the Acts of the Apostles. They always used such occurrences to talk about Jesus and the love of God.
  5. You must seek the will of God and obey Him in everything. You do this by studying the word of God.  Joshua 1:8 says, “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” (NIV) You must be prayerful.
  6. You must watch what you say. Careless talk may become very dangerous.

“For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.” 1 Cor. 4:20 (KJV)

God bless you.

Dead Man Escapes from Jail!

Jesus appears to the disciples (watercolour)

Jesus appears to the disciples (watercolour) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some years ago, I was very fond of a Newspaper called “The Headlines”. This Paper publishes News that made the headline several years ago; I am taking a leaf from them to publish a story that probably featured as a headline several years ago and with a probable title like this: “Dead Man Escapes from jail. The story is true and the News is truth but the Headline is mine.

The News had it that a man who was killed by his adversaries because of envy and whose tomb was sealed with a big stone placed by several men and a dreadful security guard posted to protect the place, to forestall the claim by the dead man that he will rise the third after his death, has escaped from his tomb cell.

According to a reporter called Matthew, “there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.” (1)

The News was very disturbing because another reporter, Luke, said “Very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb. They were carrying the spices that they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb. When they went in, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were puzzled about this, two men in clothes that were as bright as lightning suddenly stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed to the ground. The men asked the women, “Why are you looking among the dead for the living one? He’s not here. He has been brought back to life! Remember what he told you while he was still in Galilee. He said, ‘The Son of Man must be handed over to sinful people, be crucified, and come back to life on the third day.’” (2).

According to this reporter, the man, who was certified dead, indeed lives.

When the security guards told the man’s adversaries want happened, the News had it that they were bribed to say that his followers came to steal him while they slept. “While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city. They told the chief priests everything that had happened. The chief priests gathered together with the leaders and agreed on a plan. They gave the soldiers a large amount of money and told them to say that Jesus’ disciples had come at night and had stolen his body while they were sleeping. They added, “If the governor hears about it, we’ll take care of it, and you’ll have nothing to worry about.” The soldiers took the money and did as they were told. Their story has been spread among the Jewish people to this day. ” (3)

The report also said that the man appeared to his followers alive “Mary from Magdala went to the disciples and told them, “I have seen the Lord.” She also told them what he had said to her. That Sunday evening, the disciples were together behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jews. Jesus stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you!” When he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were glad to see the Lord.

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” After he had said this, he breathed on the disciples and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whenever you forgive sins, they are forgiven. Whenever you don’t forgive them, they are not forgiven.” Thomas, one of the twelve apostles, who was called Didymus, wasn’t with them when Jesus came. The other disciples told him, “We’ve seen the Lord.” Thomas told them, “I refuse to believe this unless I see the nail marks in his hands, put my fingers into them, and put my hand into his side.” A week later Jesus’ disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Even though the doors were locked, Jesus stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then Jesus said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Take your hand, and put it into my side. Stop doubting, and believe.” Thomas responded to Jesus, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to Thomas, “You believe because you’ve seen me. Blessed are those who haven’t seen me but believe.” (4)

It was a Headline story that will never be forgotten in all history. The information about Jesus’ death and resurrection was well publicised when it happened and the story about him is still spreading.

It was News, alright, When Jesus met two of his disciple who were on the way to Emmaus, (they did not know it was him) and when he asked them what they were discussing this was their answer “Cleopas answered, “Are you the only visitor in Jerusalem who does not know what just happened there”? Luke 24:17-18. (NCV)

People have tried over the years to stop this story without success; Bibles had been burnt and preachers had been killed for the gospel sake but the story will not stop. It was not a story that was made up because even some of the disciples only believed the resurrection after they saw Jesus and touched him.

It is important that you believe the gospel and give your life to Jesus.

Quotes:

  1. Matt. 28:2-4.
  2. Luke 24: 1-7 (GW)
  3. Matt. 28:11-15 (GW)
  4. John 20: 18-29) (GW)

Ref:  www.biblegateway.com (all Bible quotes)

“Salvation” is by Grace – Not Works!

Portrait of Martin Luther as an Augustinian Monk

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“But God’s mercy is so abundant, and his love for us is so great, that while we were spiritually dead in our disobedience he brought us to life with Christ. It is by God’s grace that you have been saved. In our union with Christ Jesus he raised us up with him to rule with him in the heavenly world. He did this to demonstrate for all time to come the extraordinary greatness of his grace in the love he showed us in Christ Jesus.For it is by God’s grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God’s gift, so that no one can boast about it. God has made us what we are, and in our union with Christ Jesus he has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do”. Eph.2:4-10 (GNT)

I feel strongly led to share the scripture quoted above with you. I have had a confirmation already about this. Please take your time to enjoy the grace of God.

There are many people who are bound to works trying to please God and seeking a nod from men. Some do it to buy favour from God. They have been told that the more they give the more they will get from God; the more they work, the more they are approved by God and a lot of that goes today.

Please I don’t a misgiving about giving and about serving God. God approves of that and blesses those who do but it must be done with the right motives and with the right perspective. They must not be done as a way to put God on the spot, which is, buying favour.

We are saved by grace not by works. These were the issues Martin Luther and others fought against when they discovered the truth but they have found their way back to the “holy places” and nobody dares speak out against those practises because they don’t want to be thrown out of “church”.

“You can never buy yourself back”. Salvation is by faith and the blessing of are freely given and received by faith.

I believe in the scriptures above service to God, giving, sowing seed and tithing. However, the fact that people have taken “advantage” of God and people in this matter is as clear as daylight.

I believer in serving God and I have devoted my life doing it; but it must be done with reverence. I equally know that there are people who despise people who work for God, according to them “why should they pay someone to preach the Bible”, after all, we all went to school. Meanwhile they are desperate to collect tithes which are actually means that God put in place to cater for those working for him on full time. (Check it up).

Love, grace and faith are the ways to relate to him in our walk with him and in our work for him. You will find peace with God when you do this and expect fight with men who want to continue the “Adam’s way” – leaves for cover (Genesis 3:7) “As soon as they had eaten it, they were given understanding and realized that they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and covered themselves.”