October 2016

Unshakeable

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So the governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him (Daniel 6:4 NKJV).


The Bible tells us that one day heaven and earth will pass away but His Words remain (Mark 13:31) and according to Psalm 138:2 God put His Word above all His name. In other words, God honors His Word and His Word is Yes And Amen (2 Corinthians 1:20). Therefore we know that the quoted verse above is the truth because it is the Word of God and not a fairy tale. Since the governors and satraps could not find any charge nor fault in Daniel, they tried to dupe king Darius by signing a decree that says, "All the governors of the kingdom, the administrators and satraps, the counselors and advisors, have consulted together to establish a royal statute and to make a firm decree, that whoever petitions any god or man for thirty days, except you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions." (Daniel 6:7 NKJV)

A Living Sacrifice

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I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service (Romans 12:1 NKJV)

 

Have you noticed that Paul does not use the word "demand" but “beseech”? This shows that God does not force or push His will upon anyone who is not willing to present his body holy and acceptable to Him. The word "therefore" shows a connection between the thought before, which Paul links with the present statement. What was the thought prior to this statement? The thought prior to this statement was about God who was full of mercy, grace and love who called us out of darkness, justified and glorified us who believed in Him to present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to him, which is our reasonable service.

Love God Love Others

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20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? 21 And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also (1 John 4:20-21 NKJV).


On a daily base, we hear people say "How are you" or "I love you", which has no meaning other than "Hi". A few years back someone asked me "How are you Harry" and I answered him, do you really want to know how I am doing? If so please sit down and I will tell you how I am doing. He was surprised and told me "well, it is just a saying like hi, you know". How about "I love you", do we really care if something happens to the one that we said "I love you", aren't these words cliché only?

 

The Deadly Betrayal

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Now after the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Then Jesus said to him, “What you do, do quickly.” (John 13:27 NKJV)

 

Have you been betrayed by your friend or by your loved ones? What went through your mind as you experienced the betrayal? How did you cope with it? Or have you betrayed your friend or your loved ones? What went through your mind as you betrayed him or her? Did you have any resentment thereafter? If you did, what did you do with the resentment you experienced? If you did not experience any resentment, did you ask yourself "why"?

No Condemnation Forever

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There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit (Romans 8:1 NKJV)

 

The book of Romans chapter eight is clearly the center of the book of Romans. In this chapter, we learned that the effect of our justification in Christ is "No Condemnation and No Separation" from Him who died in our place. Though we are still in the state of sin (we are not perfect yet and we still sin), the Holy Spirit declares now at the very moment to all who believe in Jesus Christ that we are in "No Condemnation" status because Christ justified all who believe in Him.

 

Faith Or Work?

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3 For what does the Scripture say?“Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” 4 Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. 5 But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, 6 just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works: 7 “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered; Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin.” (Romans 4:3-8 NKJV)


There are a lot of books that we have been reading growing up and sometimes we do not agree with the Author. How do we treat the Bible when we read it? Do we treat the Bible differently when we read it or do we treat the Bible the same as any other book we read? One thing we must know that the Bible does not contain the Word of God, the Bible IS the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16). If we believe that the Bible is the Word of God then we must believe the whole Bible as Truth and treat it with respect. The truth is not the fact for the fact is man's opinion that changes over time as more information becomes available. The truth is absolute and will never change over time. In other words, fact is subject to the truth.

God The Just And The Justifier

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31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? (Romans 8:31-34a NKJV).


The book of Romans amazes me each time I read it and it is the hard core of the Gospel. When I think I know the book of Romans, it turns out that I do not know anything about it because the more I read it the more I do not know because it is so rich with information and it will take years for us to really dig it deep. St. Agustine, Martin Luther, John Wesley to name a few came to know Christ through the book of Romans. What is it about the book of Romans that distinguishes it from any other epistles written in the Bible? Why do Theologians see the book of Romans as Paul's Theological Masterpiece?

 

Walk As He Walked

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He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked (1 John 2:6 NKJV).


Many times people told me how non-believers were much better in helping others and even loving others. They did not close their eyes when they saw a need in helping others, they immediately rolled their sleeves and ready to get dirty and wet in times of need. There was time when I witnessed how a friend of mine a non-believer was so quick in sharing food when she saw another friend was in need (it was not a onetime occasion but she repeatedly helped him who was in need). Did not the good Samaritan do the same thing (Luke 10:25-37). How about us believers, will we do the same? Or will we close our eyes and pretend we do not see?