Comfort For The Future

Revelation 21.pngAnd I heard a loud voice from the throne saying. “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them They will be his people and God himself will be with them and be their God.                     Revelation 21:3

In our day fear has cast a very dark shadow over the future. On the international scene there is ever-increasing tension, clashes between races and the seeming inability of leaders to handle even the most basic issues cause people to wonder what kind of world awaiting their children and grandchildren. It is impossible not to personalize national and international affairs, because of necessity you are part of humanity.

To be sheltered n the living Christ elevates your view above the temporal, giving you an exceptional appreciation of life. You realize that the times you live in, regardless of how tense and ominous they might appear, are still under God’s control. The Lord God Almighty still reigns and has not rejected His creation.

If you do believe in the omnipotence of God and if your faith is built on a steadfast foundation, it will have practical results in creating a positive attitude in your life. You will not fear the extinction of mankind, but rather believe in God’s redemptive work that will come to fulfillment in mankind.

To believe that God is working out His divine plan with us, is spite of our sin, enables us to maintain a well-balanced and calm attitude. The choice is yours, you can look to the future without God and experience depression and fear, or you can believe in God’s plan of redemption and approach the future comforted, and with trust.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends


Life To The Full

Psalm 36.pngThey feast on the abundance f your house; you give them drink from your river delights. For with you is the fountain of life, in your light we see light.    Psalm 36:8-9

Never allow life to become an unbearable burden to you, because it is God’s greatest gift to you. He only gives to you what is good and you should be exceedingly grateful for that. Unfortunately it is possible to make your life an unbearable burden through degenerating and negative thoughts, and by the total neglect of your spiritual life and principles.

If you want to lead a full and blessed life, there are certain principles that must be accepted. One of the most important principles is that you must be grateful for your life, because it is the best thing God has given you. Of course this doesn’t mean that everything must always be plain sailing, but when you accept the goodness of life with gratitude towards God, you will stop fighting it. When you start co-operating with life, you become a collaborator with the almighty God. When you accept that life is good, you become aware that it has a clean goal and plan. This acceptance removes all impatience and frustration, and life becomes an exciting and satisfying experience. But, in order for you to understand the great plan of life, you need to know the Planner. You need to accept the fact that God exists and allow your life to be controlled by godly principles, until eventually you become an expression of those plans.

When you have this experience and make it your own, you posses a unity with the Creator and your life is filled with the fullness of God. How can you possibly thank and praise Him enough for this lifetime?, and I am not sure we can.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Wait For The Lord

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Teach me your way, Lord, lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors. Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witness rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations. I remain confident of this; I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

Psalm 27:11-14

When we are waiting, trusting, and hoping for God, it is intricately connected, like golden strands interwoven to form a strong chain. Trusting is the central strand because it is the response from God’s children that he desires most. Waiting and hoping embellish the central strand and strengthen the chains that connects God to us. Waiting for God to work, with our eyes on him, is evidence that we really do trust him. If you or I mouth the words “I trust You” while anxiously trying to make sure things go our way, our words ring hollow. Hoping is future-directed, connecting you to your inheritance in heaven. However, the benefits of hope fall fully on me and you in the present. Because we belong to God, we don’t just pass time in waiting. We can wait expectantly, in hopeful trust. Keep our antennae out to pick up even the faintest glimmer of God’s Presence.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Jesus Washes His Disciples Feet

John 13.pngIt was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God, so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin, and began to wash his disciples feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” “No”, said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” Then, Lord, Simon Peter replied, not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!” Jesus answered, Those who have a bath need only to wash their feet, their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.  For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean. When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you? he asked them. “You call me Teacher, and Lord, and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.                                            John 13:1-17 (NIV)

In Biblical times, the dusty and dirty conditions of the region necessitated the need for foot washing. Although the disciples most likely would have been happy to wash Jesus’ feet, they could not conceive of washing each other’s feet. This was because in the society of the time, foot washing was reserved for the lowliest of servants. Peers did not wash one another’s feet, except very rarely and as mark of great love. Therefore, when Jesus moved to wash the disciples feet, they were shocked. Through his action, Jesus taught the lesson of selfless service that was exemplified by his death on the cross.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Workers Are Few

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Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. The he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:35-38
This is one of the most important things Jesus ever said. When He and the orthodox spiritual leaders of His time looked at the crowds of ordinary people, they looked at them in different ways. The Pharisees saw them as chaff that was blown away by the wind and burnt. Jesus saw them as a harvest that had to be gathered. The Pharisees wanted to sinners destroyed; Jesus in his great love, died for the salvation of sinners.
This is also one of the great Christian truths, and one of the greatest challengers for Christians. The harvest will never be gathered unless there are people who harvest the crop. This is one of the burning truths of the Christian faith: Jesus needs people. While He was on earth, his voice didn’t reach that many people. He never left Palestine and there was a waiting world outside its borders. To this day he wants people to hear the good news of the gospel, but it will never be heard if people don’t spread it.
Prayer is not enough. We can pray everyday that the kingdom of God will come, but prayer without works is dead. It was Christ’s dream for each person to be a missionary or a harvester. If the harvest of humankind is ever to be reaped, there will have to be people who do it. Somewhere there is someone who we must lead them to God. God needs you and me to gather the harvest.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Resting In God

The Lord replied; “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.              Exodus 33:14 .                                                 God’s presence will go with you, and he will give you rest. Sometimes when you are quite weary, all you can think about is finding rest. As a result, your awareness of his presence grows dim. God assure you, through, that even when your attention falters, his remains steadfast. Rejoice that the God who always takes care of you has infinite attention span!

Instead of worrying about where and when you will find rest, remember that God promised to provide for you. Worrying wastes vast quantities of energy, the very thing you need most to help you reach a resting place. When you are low on energy, go gently and steadily through out your day looking to God for help. Rest in the knowledge that God watches over you. Whenever you are struggling with weariness come to him and he will give you rest.                     Come to me, all you who are and burdened, and I will give you rest.            Matthew 11:28 .                                              Blessings to you my friends

Pleasing God

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But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God, I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever.               Psalm 52:8 .

Seek to please God above all else. Let this be your guiding focus throughout the day so that you won’t be side tracked by lesser goals. You will not be able to achieve success through discipline alone, for this pursuit requires more than will power. It is mainly powered by what is in your heart. As your love for God grows stronger, so does your desire to please him. When a man and woman are deeply in love, they take delight in pleasing one another. They may spend hours pondering ways to surprise their beloved with unexpected pleasures. Simply anticipating the loved  one’s happiness is exciting to such a lover. God himself is such a lover. He delight in increasing your joy, making it complete. The best way to grow in your passion for God is to increase your awareness of his ardent love for him. Whenever you seek to please him, think about him as the lover of your soul, the one who loves you perfectly every nanosecond of your existence. Let your budding desire to please God flourish in the light of his unfailing love.                      Blessings to you my friends!