March 2017

The Power Of Confession

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32 "Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven" (Matthew 10:32-33 NKJV).


The word "therefore" is a conclusion of the thought prior to the current statement made by Christ. Five verses before Christ was talking about the fear of God and He concluded His thought in verse thirty-two by saying, "Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven." This is a promise made by Christ Himself that He will not cast out anyone who confesses Him before men but rather him He will also confess before His Father who is in heaven. Christ did not give any promise that was based on deeds but rather about confession that was based on faith.

 

Spiritual Blessing

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Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love (Ephesians 1:3-4 NKJV).


The Greek word for "Spiritual Blessing" is "Pneumatikos", which refers to blessings that are by their very nature such as come from the Holy Spirit. The spiritual blessing Paul was talking about in verse 3 is that He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world (v.4). In other words, when He chose us, we were not created yet. How can this be? Does it mean that it is our fate if we are not chosen and therefore we put the blame on Him for not choosing us? Did God give us the ability to make our own choice prior to making His choice?

 

How To Respond In A Crisis

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45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.   (1 Samuel 17:45 NKJV)


From 1 Samuel 17, we learn that that Philistine's army represented by Goliath has defied the Israeli army to choose a man to fight him one on one. If the man whom the Israel army chooses to fight him (Goliath) can kill him, then all Philistine will become servants to Israel. But if Goliath prevails against the man whom the Israel army chooses to fight him, then Israel shall be servants to the Philistine. The Bible tells us in verse 11, "When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid." All Israel are experiencing mental crisis, none of them has the courage to take the challenge given by Goliath, at least not until David comes who steps forward in defiance.

 

 

Justified By Faith

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Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,  through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (Romans 5:1-2 NKJV).

 

Growing up in Asia as a child some fifty years ago, if a child broke any glassware in a store, the parents of the child held the responsibility to pay the full amount of the glassware broken by their child. Once the parents paid the full amount asked by the store, the child was forever free from any penalty and he could not be sentenced twice for the same mistake he committed. The same applies for us sinners. When we committed sin, the penalty that we carry is death. Death does not only mean physical death but also being separated from God throughout eternity. The separation from the holy God can only be reversed when the penalty (death) is paid in full. The separation from the holy God can only be reversed when sinners are declared righteous.

 

 

Keep Your Friends

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You will keep your friends if you forgive them, but you will lose your friends if you keep talking about what they did wrong (Proverbs 17:9 CEV).


Have you ever thought about this truth? No one likes his shortcomings to be exposed; no one likes his mistakes to be reminded; no one likes his sins to be gossiped for he who does it, breaks up friendships. But he who covers a transgression seeks love; he who forgives a shortcoming keeps friends; he who conceals an offense promotes love. Which of the two attitudes do you think is better?

 

Making An Effortless Turn

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From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I (Psalm 61:2 NKJV).


How often do we see instead of solving a problem, we create a bigger problem and that is on top of the one problem we try to solve we add another problem to it. Why is it? Where do we fix our eyes on? On the problem or on the solution? Do we attack the problem as in brainstorming to get more ideas in finding ways to solve it? Or do we attack the person/persons/organization/circumstances that might have caused the existing problem? Attacking the person that might have caused the existing problem will create a bigger problem than the one that already existed (creating a tense atmosphere) and yet there is still no solution!

 

Stop Running

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24 Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day. 25 Now when He saw that He did not prevail against him, He touched the socket of his hip; and the socket of Jacob’s hip was out of joint as He wrestled with him. 26 And He said, “Let Me go, for the day breaks.”But he said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me!” (Genesis 32:24-26 NKJV)


This is a very interesting story that we can learn from the life of Jacob, a man that was always on the run. Jacob was a man that put so much trust in himself, self-sufficient, self-contentment, self-reliant and he leaned on his own understanding. Jacob was a man with an iron will, a man who was prone to rely on himself rather than trusting the Lord completely. All this while he could get away with his plan depending fully on his own strategy and this time was no difference; he was prepared to escape if Esau decided to attack him.

Adopted As His Children

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Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, 2 but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father. (Galatians 4:1-2 NKJV)

 

Michael Oher (NFL football player) came from a broken home. When Michael was sixteen years of age, he was taken in by Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy. So, he was not adopted when he was still a baby but when he was a teenager. The Greek word (huiothesia [uiJoqesiva]) for adoption in the New Testament means "to place as a son". Warren W. Wiersbe goes even further when he says that the word for adoption in the New Testament means "to place as an adult son."

Transformed In His Presence

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40 And Elijah said to them, “Seize the prophets of Baal! Do not let one of them escape!” So they seized them; and Elijah brought them down to the Brook Kishon and executed them there.


After Elijah the Prophet killed all the false prophets (1 Kings 18:40), he was afraid and ran for his life fearing Jezebel who threatened to kill him (1 Kings 19:2-3) and he hid in a cave (1 Kings 19:9). Elijah stood up for the Lord but then fear of being alone without any support quickly caved in and he lost his faith and became depressed. God challenged him to step out of his dangerous hiding place to be in His presence (1 Kings 19:11), so he can be transformed. God wanted him to know that He is safe - No hidden agenda! Though we might not see Him or feel His presence, He is there for us for He will never leave nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6). He is Immanuel  (God is with us) - Matthew 1:23.