Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A New Life

And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you’ Rom 8:10-11 .

Sounds confusing?

What this scripture means is if we our spiritual life is strong the Spirit itself will empower life in you to do exceeding, abundantly, righteously, full like an overflow vessel and victorious Christian life you can imagine. No Christian would like to live a half cup spirit.

There are testimonies after testimonies of how Christian give up his/hers body to a life lead by Holy Spirit and how this transform their old living into marvelous new leaf.

Sometime is easy to say than done don’t you think. No one is perfect not even me. But there are means and ways of how we can take a bold step to enter into a spiritual realm. 5 practical steps you can be active in building up you spiritual life.

1. Read the Bible consistently- that is how you understand what God speaking to you. There is also you find wisdom in life. The more you read your spirit will began to active a communion with you and God.

2. Pray – to be closer to Holy Spirit you need to pray as often as you can. This means discipline your-self to speak with God. The Holy Spirit will gradually guide you.

3. Watch yourself – Behave and not be detestable to God. There are many detestable things that God dislike. But God didn’t ask you to be a perfect person and walk like Christ. But refrain from doing things that will spike God’s wrath. Be quick to ask for forgiveness. Also watch what you speak because it can hurt the Holy Spirit.

4. Speak in tongue - If you are born again Christian you know how to speak in tongue. If you are not then you need to be born again. (No, I just pulling your leg). Speaking in tongue comes naturally if you allow the Holy Spirit to take over you and you will utter words of neither you or your neighbor understands but God only understand.

5. Associate your life with other Christians – if you are poor follower of the first four steps why not follow an example of other Christian brother or sister you know and emulate their way of life. Please pick up the good treats not the bad one. This is called Blessing by Associating

So, don’t let the carnal flesh takes over your life. Refuse yourself to be a defeated Christian life. Give the Spirit a chance to elevate you to a new level of life. God is already waiting to receive you with open arms.

God Bless

Monday, July 20, 2009

Hindering Yourself and Rise Up

My recent post explained I have been sick for a whole week and not able to write something for my blog. I pondered for a while after I published it. Why, why I was so weak and giving excuses after excuses for not writing about Him. Not giving glory of his name because of my feeble body. After all He is the creator of all things so what is a flu to Him.

I ask myself have i ever go all out and do what is right even if I am under the weather. Have you ever just let go all the burdens in your thoughts and give Him first. Most of the times I tend to drifted from the right thoughts into something unproductive things. Excuse again. I think a lot of people would do that. But why? A big Why to me.

I am not someone super spiritual or a pastor or ordained by God. I started this blog to give glory to Him the above and nothing else. No one can stop me not even my cell group or my pastor. I think what is right to serve Him the” Great I am”. Somehow I feel a burden to continue writing more and more because of this and that. I am not surprise my inner being wants to serve Him but my flesh is weak. The greatest enemy I used to say is you yourself. I let myself down, I let my enemy in me takes over me hindering me to be an active Christian instead of pasive and reluctant one.

After all this why and why question I fumble through the Bible and found a scripture in Psalm 143:4-6 “ Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me. My heart within me is distressed. I remember the days of old. I meditate on all my works. I muse on the work of Your hands. I spread out my hands to You. My soul longs for you like a thirsty land”. It sounds relevant to me. This scripture taught me how to rise up from my inexcusable slumber by remember Him, His faithfulness, His blessing to me from the olden days and most of all the challenges He guides me through. Well, my answer from my excusable thoughts is meditating in God abilities and not yours brother! I mean me. In another word i find myself no excuse not to write about Him because He is greater than i am.

I believe you too can learn from this scripture if you are overwhelmed by things with many concerns that caught you off guards at the same time. Stop what you are doing. Praise Him and press in into His presence. It could be your dog ran off with other dogs, tensions with your parents, money problems or sickness like me. Any big or small things that hinder you from God just meditate in Him and not think about your liabilities.

God Bless.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sick Week

I have been sick for the whole last week and hadn't been thinking spiritually what to write for my blog. The medication i have been consuming drown me with hallucination to my mind and mood. That is why i hate to take medication.

This is not good for my family and myself. Temperamental and mood swing are always there when you are not strong controlling you spiritual muscle. My wife and children have been complaining that i am not myself every time i am out of mood.

Sometimes the spirit is strong but the flesh is weak. Sometimes both are weak and you tend to loose yourself. I must admit myself is not perfect christian but hoping to walk in Christ likeness at least try. Nobody said is easy for a man to be pure. I hope my temporal discomfort will just dissipate off by this week and get on with my blog.

God Bless

Sunday, July 12, 2009

God, Wisdom and You

I like to share my devotion with you today. It found in Proverbs 10. The book of proverbs is an amazing book talking about wisdom, love, strength, mind and faithfulness of God. Written by King Solomon one of the wisest of kings known in history. It tells you a simple and plain advises of how to be a blessed Christian and how God's ways added no sorrow to your life if you abide to every word. Matters pertaining to personal conduct, sexual relations, business, wealth, charity, ambition, discipline, debt, child-rearing, character, alcohol, politics, revenge, and godliness are among the many topics covered in this rich collection of wise sayings. If you have any trouble or issue with what i mentioned it is good to read the book of Proverbs. God’s way is so simple but how can we deviated so much from this simple way. I have no answer for you. It is between you and God.

The proverbs of Solomon:

1 A wise son brings joy to his father,
but a foolish son grief to his mother.

2 Ill-gotten treasures are of no value,
but righteousness delivers from death.

3 The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry
but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.

4 Lazy hands make a man poor,
but diligent hands bring wealth.

5 He who gathers crops in summer is a wise son,
but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.

6 Blessings crown the head of the righteous,
but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked. [a]

7 The memory of the righteous will be a blessing,
but the name of the wicked will rot.

8 The wise in heart accept commands,
but a chattering fool comes to ruin.

9 The man of integrity walks securely,
but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.

10 He who winks maliciously causes grief,
and a chattering fool comes to ruin.

11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.

12 Hatred stirs up dissension,
but love covers over all wrongs.

13 Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning,
but a rod is for the back of him who lacks judgment.

14 Wise men store up knowledge,
but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.

15 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city,
but poverty is the ruin of the poor.

16 The wages of the righteous bring them life,
but the income of the wicked brings them punishment.

17 He who heeds discipline shows the way to life,
but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.

18 He who conceals his hatred has lying lips,
and whoever spreads slander is a fool.

19 When words are many, sin is not absent,
but he who holds his tongue is wise.

20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver,
but the heart of the wicked is of little value.

21 The lips of the righteous nourish many,
but fools die for lack of judgment.

22 The blessing of the LORD brings wealth,
and he adds no trouble to it.

23 A fool finds pleasure in evil conduct,
but a man of understanding delights in wisdom.

24 What the wicked dreads will overtake him;
what the righteous desire will be granted.

25 When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone,
but the righteous stand firm forever.

26 As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
so is a sluggard to those who send him.

27 The fear of the LORD adds length to life,
but the years of the wicked are cut short.

28 The prospect of the righteous is joy,
but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.

29 The way of the LORD is a refuge for the righteous,
but it is the ruin of those who do evil.

30 The righteous will never be uprooted,
but the wicked will not remain in the land.

31 The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom,
but a perverse tongue will be cut out.

32 The lips of the righteous know what is fitting,
but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse

The above is only one of the chapter from book of Proverbs but it tells you that God is everywhere in your life. God’s way is practical to your everyday life. Beautiful verse in this chapter is found in verse 22

“Blessing of the Lord brings wealth and he adds no sorrow into it”

Wealth can be anything from spiritual to earthly desires. If it doesn’t troubles you, you are assured God has blessed you. If you walk with God abide in his word you are assured He is walking by your side.

No matter what the circumstances you face and how desperate you are in if you are a Christian go back to the Word and seek wisdom. “Fear of the Lord is a beginning of wisdom” Proverbs 1:7

If you are a non Christian i encourage you to pick up a bible or surf for book of Proverbs.

Passages from the bible which will in courage you is found in Matthew 11:25-30 “My yoke is easy my burden is light” and John 3:20 “I am the light and the way”. So God's way is light, unburdensome and is the only way to Him.

God Bless

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Just A Matter Of Perspective‏

I like to share this article my friend sent me and after reading it i am intrigue by the message which exactly an Apostle Barbara Yoder prophesy to our church two weeks ago.


One day , the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live.
They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.
On their return from their trip , the father asked his son , "How was the trip?"
"It was great , Dad."
"Did you see how poor people live?" the father asked.
"Oh yeah , " said the son.
"So , tell me , what did you learn from the trip?" asked the father.
The son answered:
"I saw that we have one dog and they had four.
We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end.
We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.
Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.
We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.
We have servants who serve us , but they serve others.
We buy our food , but they grow theirs.
We have walls around our property to protect us , they have friends to protect them."
The boy's father was speechless.
Then his son added , "Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are."

I was pondering on the message Apostle Barbara Yoder prophesy to our church that God will restore a child like spirit in us. Will i be a child again or should i speak gaa gaa goo goo with you. It tickle me for a while what does she mean child like spirit. After reading this article i beginning to think how we are use to see things in our own perspective and not God perspective of life. How we have anger for something so trivial with God and overlook something great is on its way. How we miss the opportunity of blessing by shying away the blessing in front of us.

I must admit i have done it thousand of times and now i am sharing my shame with you. God ask us to humble our self and see the greater things to come. "Therefore who ever humble himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven" Matthew 18:4

I am no better than you but know i know i have a way to taste my blessing with this message. Be humble before God almighty and he will show you his own perspective to you.

God Bless

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Hope Against All Hopelessness

We all have hope for something special in our life. Hope for money, hope for marriage, hope for love and hope for life or even hope that is out of this world. You can feel alive and strong when hope arrived and you can feel defeated when hope is far away. there is a famous verse in bible described hope

" Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when it comes , it is a tree of life" Proverb 13:12.

I had a friend i know for sometime,married for more than a decade, full of life and prosperity, humble and God fearing child. Both his wife and himself served in the church feverntly in children ministry and in cell group. They were childless for sometime. God knows we pray for this couple many occassion yet they still hope for God to answer them. They try all sorts of method to conceive but still invain. A big break comes by for an adoption of an unborn child which the mother promised to give it to them. Tear of joy and brightness was upon them as they share the news with us. You could literately see them began to get ready for the baby stuff, checking their EQ and their physical body. When time comes to deliver the baby the baby mother refused to give away. How we see them shattered their hope....... my hope for them too shattered. Having go through this difficult phase of life they woe not to hope for a baby. What a waste.

Bible teaches us there is hope that comes from having faith in Jesus Christ when everything seems hopeless to you.

" Contrary to hope, in hope believe" Rom 4:8

Do not lose hope in everything you do with good intention even you see there is no hope to continue because Bible says God is the same now and forever. I am still hoping and praying for my friend to have a life with a child. This is going to be a supernatural child.

Lastly, i would like to share a passage in the Bible found in Psalms 37:4 " Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desire of your heart". So you still have hope no matter what circumstances you are in just trust in the Lord and pray.

God Bless.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Hidden from Man, not Hidden from Jesus Christ

I would like to share something from our church bulletins which i believe you have the same intrigue if you thirst for Jesus Christ and still lost in the woods.

" there remain the youngest and he is keeping the sheep" 1Samuel 16:11

When will my turn come?
Why has it been so long?
Will i ever get out there?
Am I ever going to get to use my God given talents?
Have I been marginalised?

Have you ever ask these questions in your life. I know i have many times when i think what i have accomplished be it my ministry, career or for my family. Sometimes i frustrate myself when i see others has achieved a lot with little help or you somehow know he or she is not right but yet so successful. Sometimes you ask what's wrong with you? Are you living the right life or you have done something wrong which God still punishing you. The longer you hold on the smaller the flame eventually it fizzes out. Is this what a Christian life all about.

The bible taught you to be humble and let God does his work in preparing a secret in your heart just like David developed strong,passionate and hunger for God in place of solitude.

" He also chose David his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds, from following the ewes that had young He brought him. To shepherd Jacob His people, and Isreal His inheritance. So he shephered them according to the integrity of his heart, and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands" Psalm 78:70-72

There you see answers are soundness of your heart meaning mould you spiritual life and integrity of your hands meaning your character. I am talking to myself.

You cannot be hidding from God. You like it or not you have no choice. God is preparing you for something great. You can start running and not stop and still lost in the woods or you can do something like me sharing in cyberworld the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I maybe shooting in the dark but i think i am pretty sure many green sprouts will shoot out. The rest i leave it to God. You never know God is working in your life now at this very moment. So change for the better.

So are you intrigue now.........or you are lost?

God Bless

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Christianity Now

Christianity what does it mean to you.

We all know Christ inanity was born when Jesus die on the cross for our sin. That is ages ago. With 12 disciples teaching of Christianity spread to every corner of the world. What about now? How does Christianity grow in this era.

We have so many avenues that we can share and reach to non believers such as blogs, Internet, community, tweeter, emails, advertisement or even brick and mortar ways.

I was informed by my pastor that Assembly of God has a membership of 60 million people. I am not complaining since Catholics owns 1 billion member. But the world has 7 billions of inhabitant. So what is that 12%.

The ancient has done so much to build the foundation with only sparing tools they have just feet,mouth and burning desire. We are at the cutting edge of new technology couldn't build even stronger foundation.

So what Christianity to you as a believers mean now. Have we done much to deserve the crown in heaven. I myself does not see myself reaching out and i believe a lot of christian have the same issue.

Factors we Christian are lacking of burning desire ( may not be exhaustive)are below:

1)Lack of knowledge in Bible.
2)Personally shy to approach others feeling reject.
3)Short sighted of opportunity.
4)Alter motive instead of God Motive.
6)Lack of Interest.
7)What benefit me first instead of God.
8)Culture and Traditions.
9)Me, Me, Me, all mine

I dont have the answer to all the above but i believe if you put God first you will be lead to greater life. I have put God now for the works i done in this blog to plant seed and see it grow hopping i can touch others. The rest is up to God to work on it. I can see the harvest is in God's hand.

God Bless