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2Timothy 4:3, “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear” (NIV)
The builders have stumbled upon on a biblical principle called foundation, they know that foundation is everything. Every building must or should have a foundation. Foundation is the basis on which a thing stands, is founded upon, or is supported. In a building, foundation is a structure that transfers loads to the earth. Foundation is not on top, it’s at the bottom holding the weight of what is to be built on it. Strong and deeper foundation goes down past the weaker upper layer of soil to reach the concrete. Read the rest of this entry »
Mark 9:14-29,”…But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us”
A father had faith for his child to be healed the moment he brought him to Jesus. Once His disciples could not do anything for his son and looking at the condition of his son and how worse it was getting. Then looking at how the spirits were terrorizing his boy even in the presence of Jesus, his faith from his request to Jesus suggest that he had very little hope, he says “But if You can do anything have compassion on us and help us“. The word “IF” sounded like a doubt in Jesus’ ability to heal. If you doubt someone’s ability, then how will you have faith in them? “WHEN” is the word of assurance, that is the word of faith this father needed. He needed help for his son, however, he also needed help to believe that it could be done. My prayer is that we will take our faith off “IF” and move it to “WHEN” for that is where the Lord would have us put our faith. He can do it period, it’s just a matter of WHEN. The bible says that, “He makes all things beautiful in His time” Read the rest of this entry »
Proverbs 24:16,”for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again,..” (NIV)
One of the most frustrating things is dealing with failures. There is no joy in knowing you have fallen or failed. Competitions have winners and losers, that is how it is set up. We cheer up for winners and we rejoice when we are winners but what do we do when we fall and or fail? You may be frustrated with yourself right now over failing to meet a deadline, or failing an exam, or failing to win what you hoped to win. What about failing to please the Lord with your life, fell in sin or sinned so bad again that you wondered if there was any more mercy left for you.
Revelation 22:1-21, “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give everyone according to has work”
We are living in the end times believe it or not. A man by the name of Harold Camping confidently predicted the Second Coming of the Lord on May 21, 2011, he thinks he knows Jesus’ timing better than Christ does. While these claims have been made in the past by different people who claimed Christ was coming on a particular date, all failed and so shall this one. Again we have to be reminded that the end times prophesies in the old and the new testament are being fulfilled before our eyes. Jesus said that He does not know the day or the hour of His coming but when we see these signs, we ought to know He is coming soon. Read the rest of this entry »
We are facing tough times especially economic crisis. Everyone is affected in these tough times. The magnitude may be small or great but the fact remains life is tough. We as believers many times have promised the world that if they come to Jesus, all their troubles will disappear. Many have responded to the call expecting comfort and good life. When everything did not go as they expected, they abandoned their faith. You and I have to address this early in our Christ walk this question, “Why do we serve Christ?” It’s been said, “life is not fair but God is good”, situations and circumstances will not make Him less of Himself, He is the same forever. So understanding that we will always be faced with situations leads us to address them. Read the rest of this entry »
Luke 18:9-12, “9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’”, (NIV)
To live a Christian life is never easy, there are ups and downs in this walk. I mentioned recently how we often measure the success of our walk by what we accomplish rather than what He has accomplished for us on the cross. We say something like this, “dying on the cross for our sins was something we could never do, but living the life of a Christian is something we are most capable of doing”. I come across many sermons preached on “How to” rather than what “He has”. A while back I was in a Christian book store, it’s shelves were filled with self-help books, filled with “how to’s”. Examples, “how to write your ticket with God”, “7 steps to being blessed”, “how to get God’s attention and favor”. We say we are saved by grace and behave as though our salvation is kept and maintained by the law.
Now Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see him, but they were not able to get near him because of the crowd. Luke 8:20 Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.” Luke 8:21 He replied, “My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.” (Luke 8:19-21
Isn’t it interesting that you can grow up with your family members, but in the long run some of our friends are closer to us in relationship than our own family? In the church world this would be labeled as a having a kindred spirit. Read the rest of this entry »