What are you worrying about?
Do you find yourself worrying every day for various things in your life?
Do you worry about your needs, having no job, or no money to pay your bills? Or do you worry about your health and a disease which you believe and expect God to heal?
Worry is an enemy which attacks Christian or non Christian. It is a common mental challenge which plagues the lives of many people around the world.
The question is, what can you do about your own worry, so that your life will be less worry-full, and more worth living.
You see, we as Christians are either worryors or warriors. God has commanded us to stop being anxious, and to be soldiers of Christ. He calls us and wants as to behave like soldiers for him, and not like worry wimps.
He knows that we do not need to worry, even when we do. He wants us to be like Apostle Peter, who was just sleeping and relaxing amount the soldiers guarding him, when he was in prison. Peter was sleeping, and not worrying. How do we know? Well, people who worry too much, can not usually sleep.
Listen, God wants you to stop worrying, and be free from it! Why, because he knows that worry deprives you from trusting in him, and believing him for a miracle in your life. You can not worry about your problem, and believe for a miracle at the same time, because the fact that you worry, shows that you do not belief enough to see the miraculous. People who believe God for a miracle, are confident in him, that he will do it in their life. You can not be confident in God for a miracle, if you worry!
We either believe our circumstances more, or we believe God more. The closer we are to God, and the more we know him, the further we are from our troublesome circumstance in life. And the closer we are to our circumstance, and the more we know about it, and the more it dominates us, the further we are from our trust and faith in God, for delivering us and helping us, in that difficult circumstance. We either believe or worry. The one can ‘kill’ us, and the other can heal us. The choice is entirely ours. God has provided us with everything in his Word, to be warriors for him, instead of ‘worryors’.
As we know in Philippians 4:6, God tells us not to be anxious about anything first, and then the next verse tells us that the peace of God, will guard our heart and minds in Christ Jesus. We have to do our part, not to be anxious, so that we can allow, the peace of God to guard our minds and hearts in Christ. If we are worried most of the time, how can we let the peace of Christ to do what it is supposed to do, in our hearts and minds? If we worry, we do not let the peace of God to rule in our hearts.
There are two types of Christians in the world, the born again, and the bored again Christians.
The ones who are born from above, that is from the Holy Spirit, are the born again Christians. The ones who are born from bellow, that is by tradition, religion and the philosophy of this world, are the other types of Christians, they are the ones, born by the flesh.
The ones who are born from above, are the ones who have the living God on the inside of them, and they have the fullness of God in themselves. They are the real, and true Christians, which Jesus cares about, because he lives in them, by his Holy Spirit. They can not be bored, because they have been born from heaven, and nothing in heaven or from heaven, can ever be boring.
The ones who are born from bellow, that is born by religion, tradition and philosophy, are usually bored, because there is nothing from from heaven in them, since the Holy Spirit does not live in them, and they according to the New Testament, are spiritually dead. Now being spiritually dead is boring, really boring, because the source of life, God himself, does not live in them. They are the Christians, to are such in mind only, but not in heart. Their minds are ‘born again’ by religion and tradition, but their hearts remain dead, because the Holy Spirit, is not in them.
The only true Christians who Jesus would call his own, are those who are a new creation. What is a new creation? Well, that is a human spirit, which has been dead before accepting Jesus as a personal Savior and Lord, separated from God, who is the source of life. But once that person gives their life to Jesus, and accepts him as a Lord and Saviour, the Holy Spirit comes in the heart or the spirit of that person, and makes it alive, by making it a new creation. The spirit of man becomes born again from the Holy Spirit, and also become one with the Holy Spirit, because whoever is joined to the Lord, is one with him.
The Christians who are born from bellow, by the flesh, and by religion, tradition or philosophy, are those to whom Jesus will say ‘I never knew you, depart from me, you evil doers’. How could they be born again from heaven, if they are evil doers? You can not be a Christian, and a bank robber at the same time. And how could Jesus tell them that he never knew them, if they were born again from his Holy Spirit, and if he is living in them, being their Lord and Savior. So, obviously, they were never born from above, but what they had, was just religion or philosophy.
From day to day, just switch on the ‘false prophet’, I mean the TV, and it starts to ‘prophecy’ lies to you. Not just lies, but terror and all sorts of suffering, everywhere. The suffering everywhere, the one of the signs that it is the end times.
But, we as Christians, are not left alone to wallow, in all the misery, that is going around, no! Although God is allowing suffering to take place in many parts of the world, he is not careless about our own suffering, because of various reasons, but he cares about it, just as he has promised in his Word.
Do you find yourself sometimes, in a position of wailing and crying, because your situation is too heard to bear? And what does God think or wants to do about that? What do you think, he wants to do about that?
Well, just look to Psalm 30:11, and you can see that God turned the suffering of king David, into dancing. That is his will for you too! No doubt! God is not a respecter of anyone! Your are his favourite just like any other Christian there is!
If you read about the life of king David, you can see how many times, he was in a serious trouble, and plenty of suffering in his own heart, and yet, the Bible tells us, that he was the man after God’s own heart. So, do not ever think, that just because you feel depressed or worried because of the painful situation you find yourself in, that God does not pay enough attention to you, or is ignoring your own suffering! No, he never does that and never will!
Just look at how so many times in the Bible, God has promised to help people who are suffering and in pain, and he has promised to deliver them. You can start with Psalm 34, because in that Psalm alone, God has promised that the righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him out of them all! Do you see that? Who is the righteous man? Well, me and you if we are in Christ.
Yes, God says in Psalm 34, that you and me can have many troubles, but has promised to deliver us of them all! And that is not just a promise in Psalm 34, but in many other parts of the Word of God! That is what God wants to do, in your own personal situation of pain and suffering!
What are the troubles God will deliver you from? Well, any trouble! God does not categorise your or my own troubles, but as much as that is a trouble in my or your life, he wants to remove it!
Or look at Psalm 147:3. It says that God heals the brokenhearted, and binds their wounds. What does it mean? It means that he wants to heal you from depression, because what else can a broken heart mean, than a depression or sadness, and he wants to heal that condition of your heart, that is your spirit.
So, God is always involved in your suffering, no matter what your needs are, for healing, provision or anything else you need from him, and he wants to help you. Just believe that he does, ask him for help, and thank him that he will do it for you personally, because he cares!
Before you start reading this post, please bear in mind, that the author of this post, has struggled with spending money, in the right way before God in the past, and has spend money in small or big amounts in the past, in the wrong way, definitely in a not very appropriate way before God. But the author of this post, also believes, that there is forgiveness from God, for all of us, who spend money in the bad way before God, not as his heart desires. May God help us, to do the right thing financially!
Read Proverbs 30:8. Now, that is a good prayer, which is about a person, asking God, to give him only what he needs, no riches, but no poverty either.
There are many people, who believe, that Christians, must not pray for riches, and ask God to give them millions of dollars. If the reader is one of them, then this prayer in Proverbs 30:8, is a brilliant way, to ask God to give you only what you need.
This prayer is similar to what Jesus told us to pray about our daily need, that is, to ask God the Father, to give us our daily bread.
In both prayers, the emphasis is not riches, and millions in the bank, but about what a person needs.
If you are one of those people, who are concerned, with the Prosperity Gospel, as it is called by so many Christians, than this mode of prayer, to ask God for only what you need, is all you need to ask for.
But, if it is not a problem for you personally, to ask God, to give you riches, and a lot of money and other material blessings, then freely go ahead, and ask him for that too, because the problem before God, is never the amount of money or blessings you have, but what you do with that. That is the main question which you have to ask yourself first, about any money or other blessings in your life.
You see, the problem is never the amount of money or other material blessings you have, in your life! Never! The question is always, what you do with the amount of money that you have.
You can be pleasing God, and he can accept and it could be 100% according to his will, if you have millions of dollars in the bank, and if you have many other material blessings, if, you use them according to God’s will, in a way, that is pleasing to God.
If being rich as a Christian, and having a lot of money and material possessions, was wrong, and was problem according to God, then why did God himself, offer to Solomon riches and prosperity, even when Solomon did not ask for that?
You see, it was not the desire or the request of Solomon, to ask God for money or riches. It was entirely and completely God’s desire and intention from the start, to give to Solomon plenty of money and riches, and to make Solomon, the richest man in the world. So, the prosperity was not an idea coming from Solomon himself, but from God, first of all!
Also, if it was wrong for the people of God, to ask God for riches and a lot of money and other material blessings, why did Abraham was a man rich in gold. Go and read it in the Bible. It says Abraham was a rich man, and that included being rich in gold! Shall we continue?
What about Job? Have you noticed that it say that Job was very rich, and yet, was a man, who was pleasing to God, and God himself said, that there was no other righteous man like Job, who follows God, and obeys what God commands.
The Poverty Gospel was never a Gospel coming from heaven, but is coming straight from hell, from the prince of darkness, who has come to kill, steal and destroy. Steal what? Well, steal what you get from heaven, and that is your money too.
That is where the Poverty Gospel, or shall I call it the Poverty Goose-spell comes from. Poverty is a curse, according to the Word of God, in the Old Testament. How can something which the Word of God says is a curse in the very Word of God, be a blessing to you as a Christian? Poverty was a curse in the Old Testament, given from God to people who disobeyed God. Read Deuteronomy chapter 28.
The other type of Gospel, which is the only true Gospel, which comes from heaven, tells us in the book of Revelation, that the saints who go to heaven, will live in a city made of pure gold, and the main street made of gold.
So, once you change your temporal address here on earth, with your permanent address in heaven which will be your eternal address, you and gold will be inseparable, if you agree with it or not. You will not be able to escape walking on gold, and living in a city build of gold for eternity. That is the Jerusalem in heaven, prepared from God for his saints.
Even Apostle Paul says in the New Testament, that he has learned to live when he has plenty, and when he has little. But what is important is, that he says that he has learned to live with, when he has plenty. What does plenty means? It just means plenty, abundance, and nothing else.
We can sin before God with very little money, and we can sin before God with plenty of money. The question is never the amount of money we have, but what we do with it, that God is concerned about. If you have only $1, but use it for the wrong purpose, then no matter how small the amount, it is still a sin. And, you can have $1 000 000, and use it for the right purpose, and it can still be a blessing and be pleasing to God.
So, money or the amount of it, is never the problem, but it is always how we use it, that determines if it is a problem, or a blessing.
Are you at the end of the rope financially? God will give you another one, without end!
If God cares for every single animal, there is in the world, to feed them, would he not care for you, who are from the chosen generation, and from a royal priesthood? You are made in his image, and no animal is. Would God not take care of your financial situation, if you are the crown of his creation?
Do not be like the disciples of Jesus, who could not see the Provider of everything, right there with them, and were asking, how they could feed the thousands of people, in a isolated place, with no money to buy food for everyone, after Jesus told them to give those thousands of people food, before he multiplied the few fish and bread by a miracle.
Think about the Israelite during the time, they were in the wilderness. God fed them with the bread from heaven, the Manna, and provided them, with water from the rock, as recorded in Psalm 105:40, 41. He cared for them, for 40 years, while they were in the wilderness, to provide for their needs. They did not have income in the wilderness for 40 years, because what could they work, in a wilderness. They did not have social benefits, to rely on. Yet, God miraculously, took care of them.
And now, if you are a born again Christian, you are under a better covenant, because we live under the New Testament now. By accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord, you are given the status of being a child of the living God.
I want you to look again, at Hebrew 13:5, even if you know that verse, because, that is one of the clear promises of God Almighty for you, and about the amount of money you have. It says, that you should be content with the amount of money you have.
Now, you may be saying that you have very little money. If that is the case, then it does not matter. It does not matter really how much money you have now, and the reason for that is found in Hebrews 13:5. That is God talking to you personally, regardless of how much money you have now, in your pocket, bank account or wallet!
God says to you very clearly, in Hebrews 13:5, that no matter how much money you have now, he will not leave you or forsake you, but that he is your helper! Do you see that? God does not care how much money you have now, because he is saying, that he will not leave you in need, and that he will not forget that you need money!
That is what it is saying to you! God says in that verse, that he will not leave you in a situation, where you will be a needy person, lacking money or what you need! That is his promise for you personally! Take it, believe it, confess it, receive it by faith, and wait, letting him fulfil his Word, and the promise in his Word, because his Word never fails, but will accomplish what God has spoken it for!
Do you struggle with loneliness? Do you feel lonely most of the time?
Even if you do, you must never forget, that if you are a born again Christian, you can not be alone, even if you think you are! Why? Because once you give your life to Jesus, he never leaves you alone! Never, just as he has promised!
Yes, ofcourse you need a human connections too, and that is vital for your well-being, health and life! But never give up hope! Why? Because from the very beginning of the creation of man on earth, God was concerned that Adam was feeling lonely! From the very start! God cared, and God cared so much that Adam felt alone, that he gave him a nap, and created the woman, to be his companion! That was God’s intention and idea, that many should not be alone, and even God himself said very clearly in his Word, that it is not good, for a man to be alone!
Listen, That case with Adam feeling lonely and God being concerned with it so much, that he created another human being to be with him, should show you enough evidence, that God cares for your loneliness, and that God does not want you to be alone, even if now, you are!
When the Bible tells us that God cares for us, and that we should cast all our anxiety to him, that includes your situation of feeling lonely, and being lonely! God cares to resolve and eliminate your loneliness! How? You do not need to know how God will resolve your suffering of loneliness, but continue to believe and trust him, that he will do!
Never give hope that he will take you out of your loneliness, because he knows how much you suffer, because of that, just as much he knew and saw how much Adam was suffering from his loneliness!
Ask God for help, to give you husband or a wife, if you want to get married, or to give you friends, and brothers and sisters in Christ, to be more often in fellowship with them! You will be asking 100% according to God’s will, and the Bible tells us, that if we ask according to God’s will, he listens to us, and we receive what we have asked for!
The Bible says that if we ask in faith, we receive, not that we may receive, but that we receive what we have asked of him, which is according to his will! So, believe that you have the answer of your prayers, and continue to thank him, everyday for the answer, even if you do not see it, with your physical eyes yet!
And God said in the beginning, that it is not good for man to be alone, and he created Eve, to be companion for Adam, and I am sure, Adam was excited and very happy after that, and never feeling lonely again! That same will happen to you, because you are the beloved child of God, his own treasured possession, for which he cares very much!
Jesus heals today! That is the truth, and that is a fact!
You may wonder sometimes, why you have not received your healing from God.
And there are Christians who have not received their healing yet, all over the world, but, the reality from heaven and the truth in the Word of God is, that God wants to heal you, and he does heal, many people, everywhere, right at this moment, all over the world.
Cancer is according to many medical doctors, incurable disease, but not according to God. Today, there are many people being healed by faith in Jesus and the Word of God, the Bible, from all sorts of cancers, in many places of the world.
You must know, that cancer, whatever stage or type it is, is still curable today, by God. All that God requires, is faith in his Word, and his promises.
How do you explain the fact, that today, there are so many people healed from the worst cases of cancer, in many different countries, just by believing that Jesus will heal them? The author of this posts, has been an eyewitness, of how God heals people from cancer, in various places of the world. All that was required before the healing, is just a simple faith in God, and his Word. That was it. Not a big faith, but even a small faith which can move a mountain.
In Matthew 8:16, 17, we can see, that Jesus healed all those people, who came to him for healing. It is interesting to notice, that not every person who came to Jesus for healing, and was healed, was a Jew, or a Christian. Many of those people were even non religious people, and many also came to be healed by Jesus, from other countries like Syria, and not only from Israel, and yet, Jesus healed them, because he had compassion for them.
There are thousands of testimonies on the Internet today, of people being healed of all types of cancer by faith in God and his Word. The miracles of healing from God, by faith in Jesus and his Word, are still real and valid today. If you are suffering from any type of cancer, try faith in Jesus, ask him to heal you, and believe that he does, and you just receive your healing from him by faith, and thank him for that!
The very original Greek word for ‘Salvation’ in the Bible, also means ‘healing’, so everything has been provided by God already, including your healing, by what Jesus did on the cross for us. Just receive by faith that provided already healing from Jesus by his death on the cross, and thank him for that, even if you do not see immediate result!
Jesus said, that we should carry our cross daily, and die to ourselves, if we want to follow him. At the first glance to that saying of Jesus, it seems very difficult thing to do, and we ask ourselves the question, if we can actually do that, on a daily basis, being non perfect human beings, although we have the Holy Spirit in us to help us to do so.
When we read Philippians 3:7-10, we can see, that Paul was really counting everything in his earthly life, as rubbish, in order for him, to get more of God. In other words, Paul was looking to the eternal value of spending his life for Jesus, and the things God wanted him to do on earth, instead of spending his life for himself, and the things he wanted to do for himself.
Paul realised, that if had spend his life for himself and the things he wanted to do, instead of what God had in plan for his life, then, he would get all those human earthly desires satisfied, but the value of that, would be only for his life on earth, without bringing any value for his eternal life. That is why he decided to give life to those heavenly things in his life, which would serve God, and not himself, and would have value for his eternal life in heaven.
As Jesus said that we should die for ourselves, in order to live for him, he meant that we should set what he has commanded us to do, in our daily life, to the priority number 1, and then, after that do what we want to do. As the Bible says that we should not longer live for ourselves, but for him, who died on the cross for us, that is Jesus.
It is impossible to live for what God desires from us, and to live for ourselves, at the same time, because we will fall in love with the one or the other. We can not serve two masters.
We need to be just like a seed in the ground. Unless it dies, it will remain forever in the ground as a seed, but will not produce fruit. The only way for a seed to produce fruit, is when it dies.
So, in a similar way, God wants our life to be like a seed, which will produce fruit, only when we die for ourselves. Is that easy to do? Not at all! In a matter of fact, to die for ourselves on a daily basis is often very difficult, because we have to say ‘No’ to our flesh, and say ‘Yes’ to the Holy Spirit in us. And that is where the battle is in our life, when we have to sacrifice what we want, in order to get what God wants, and our desires will sometime, conflict with what God desires for us.
But the Holy Spirit is there, to help us, become overcomes, just like Jesus said, that he has overcome the world.
In order for us, to know God better, to have more of God in us, and to know the power of God in our life, just as Apostle Paul wanted to do, as written in Philippians 3:7-10, we have to come to a point, where we can say like him “I consider all things rubbish, in order to gain Christ.” Everybody can say that, but to do that, there must be a sacrifice or ourselves, and that is sometimes very difficult to do, but it is possible, when the Holy Spirit is involved, and gives us the ability, power and grace to do so. If he does not help us, we can not die to ourselves in order to serve God, but will possibly find living for ourselves, more often.
Here we are. We have a promise from God, to keep us supplied with what we need, even in the worst of situations like famine.
With all this situation of job loses, and misery after misery with lock-downs and all the restrictions from governments around the world, because of Covid 19, many people everywhere, including Christians, have lost their jobs, their homes or their incomes, and many feel like they are living in a time of famine.
But, yet the Word of God says, that even in a time of famine, God will keep alive those who serve him, and follow him.
We can not get a better promise than that!
Do not try to calculate, how or from where, your will get your provision, if you need food, jobs or clothing, because, very often, or I would say, most of the time, you will not be able to figure it out anyway, but even if you can not, God can, and he will figure it out for you, just as he has promised.
Psalm 33:19, really shows that God cares about what is going on around the world, even in a time of famine, or Corona-virus pandemic, to provide and care for those who love him. That is his promise, and his promises will never fail, just as God himself, can not and will never fail, in what he does or says!
God has never asked of us, or expected of us, to figure out, how he does things, but has asked and commanded us, to believe him, and what he has said in his Word. God himself has promised in the Bible, that the Word he sends on earth, will never fail, but will accomplish what he sends it for! And it will!
All that God requires, is for us to trust him, and believe what he has said and promised. He knows that we do not understand, why certain things happen, and that we often do not see how, or do not understand, from where our provision for food, jobs, or other things will come from. And that is fine with him. All that he wants is that we trust him, because he is trustworthy.
Our faith in God, is often like a blind faith, without explanations about why should we believe, or how things from God, will happen. We can not understand many things that God does anyway, and I believe, that even if God would explain to us many of the things he does, we will not be able to understand them anyway. And he knows that!
We tend to believe, mainly what we can explain, and especially when we can explain why something happens, or will happen. But with our faith in God, we believe what he says, not because we can explain why God does something, but because of his character, and because of the miracles he has already done before, like miracles of provision, healing or other miracles, either in our life, or in the life of other people.
And first of all, we believe, because of the trustworthiness of the Bible, the very Word of God, which has proved itself to be true, through the history of mankind.
Even in famine, and in time of Covid 19 pandemic, God still feeds the birds. Think about it! We tend to think, that the birds feed themselves, because they fly all they long, searching for food here and there. But, Jesus himself said, that it is God who feeds the birds! The birds may be searching all day and night for food, but unless God provides for them, their search would be in vain.
Would he not feed us, who are called his beloved children, and are the body of Christ? Jesus takes care, of his own body.
This world gives us many reasons to be worried and anxious, but on the other hand, the Word of God gives us reasons not to!
There is no situation left hopeless, if you are with God, because everything is possible with God!
When Jesus went to heaven, he did not leave us hopeless, and he did not leave his disciples hopeless and in despair. God never wants his children to be hopeless! How can you be blessed by God and hopeless at the same time? How can you be victorious in Christ, and yet be hopeless at the same time? No, it does not go like that.
Only this world, which is without God, is hopeless, because they do not have the One, who can turn their situation from hopeless, to hopeful. But we are not of this world, and Jesus said to his followers, that he has overcome the world. He still overcomes, through us, because he lives in us. Jesus is the head, and we are his body, and he wants his body to be full with hope, and to overcome today, for his glory.
In Romans 15:13, it says that we believe in the God of hope. He is called the God of hope. Why? Because there is always hope with him! He loves to turn your hopeless situation into hopeful, because, first of all, he will get the glory by doing that, and second, you will be blessed too.
God wants you and me, to overflow with hope as written in Romans 15:13. Hope means waiting to receive something good, in the future. And not only that, but in Romans 15:13, it also says, that God fills us with joy and peace, so that we can overflow with hope. Being only hopeful for something, but miserable on the inside, while you are waiting, is no fun, and makes what you hope for, to be more difficult to wait for.
But God fills those who hope to receive from him, the answer of what they hope for, with joy and peace, so that it will make it easier for them to wait to receive, what they are hoping for. That is what Romans 15:13 says.
It is sometimes difficult to wait in hope, to receive what you hope for, but if God gives you joy and peace, while you wait, it makes it more bearable and easier to wait for what you are hoping for.
God is always interested to give you the best he can, regardless if that is food, clothing, employment, or other things.
He has promised in his Word, not only to satisfy your needs, but to feed you with the best food there is. Can you think about that for a moment?
God is not only interested to satisfy your needs, but he wants to give you the best gifts he can give you. He has the best for you in mind. No believing it yet?
Look at Psalm 81:16. Although, it is addressed to the people of Israel, the principle is the same, and it is, that if you obey and serve God, he wants to give you the best, of what you need. And we Christians are called a spiritual Jews, in the New Testament.
In verse 16, of Psalm 81, God says that he will feed those who follow and obey him, with the finest of food. That is his intention, not to give you just what you need, but to give you the best of what you need.
So, the next time you are praying for your needs, and ask God to give you what you need, remember what his Word says, that he wants to give you the best of what you need, and not only just what you need, regardless of what you are asking him to give you.
If you are a Christian, then you must be absolutely sure, that God wants, has promised, and will supply all your needs! That is the truth, and that truth is a fact. That is not a wish from God for you, but is his promise to you personally!
God is interested in your needs, but is not interested in greed! Your needs attract his attention, but if you have greed, his intention is to remove it, from your and my life.
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Are full with anxiety? Do you worry most of the time? Are you anxious of what will happen in a particular situation in your life? You are not alone, and many people these days are. But, you do not have to be!
This world, and the circumstances in your life, may give you all the reasons to worry, and be anxious. But ask yourself the following question. Does God want to to wallow in worry and anxiety, or to be free from worry and anxiety?
Perhaps you say, ‘Yes, I want to be free from worry and anxiety, but I can not’. Well, maybe you can not, but there is One, who can set you free. And not only is God able to free you from worry and anxiety, but he has also promised in his Word, that he will do so, not once or twice, but quite a few times.
Look at Psalm 121. First of all, it says that your help comes from God. Help for what? Well, any help you need, it is there, available from God for you. But you may wonder, if that help, includes freedom from worry and anxiety. Yes, it does. Why should God help you only in one area of your life, but not help you in another? He does not just help you half a way, only for half of the things in your life. No.
Would a earthly father help his children just for some of the things, but not for others. Of course, a good father will want to help his children for everything. How much more does God want to do that for us.
In Psalm 121, verse 3, it says that God will not let your foot slip. What does it mean? Well, it means that he cares enough for you, so that you will not fall flat on your face, and hurt your nose in life. The main reason God will not let your foot slip, is so that you will not fall and hurt yourself. That is it.
When you spiritually begin to slip and fall in life, he will do exactly that too, he will not let you get hurt, but will comfort you, even if you do. He watches over you says verse 5. Watches over you for what? So that you will be free from harm, as verse 7 says. What harm? Well, any harm. Be it physical or mental. And that includes the harm from anxiety and worry. Yes, it does, because anxiety and worry, hurts you not only mentally, but physically too.
God wants to be your shade by day, as verses 5 and 6 say, so that the sun will not hurt you. When you get too ‘hot’ in your life, from various worries and anxieties, God wants to cool you down mentally, so you will be comforted.
God watches over you, verse 7. He watches over you, so you will not be harmed, mentally, or physically. When he watches over you, that includes him caring to set you free from worry and anxiety, because he has promised to keep you from all harm, verse 7. It says all harm, and not only some harm, and that includes keeping you from the harm of worry, and anxiety too.
Ah, depression! It is prevalent in these days in the life of many people, and even in the life of Christians, the very children of God! But what is the difference?
The difference is, that we as Christians, believe in God, who has promised to comfort us. And the people without God, trust the doctors and other people, to get comfort, when they become depressed or sick.
There even can not be any comparison, of us as Christians being comforted by God, and the unbelievers, without God, and without hope in the world, who get comforted just by prescription drugs, people and some alternative remedies!
God knew, from very long time ago, that people in the world, Christians or not, will become depressed, just by everything getting worse in the world, year after year, and decade after decade. Therefore, he has made sure to promise us, who believe in him, that he certainly, will comfort us, in all our troubles! In all, not just some! He has promised to comfort us, in all our troubles! Just read 2 Corinthians, 1:3-7, and see what God has promised his children! And that is not the only passage in the Bible, where God promises to comfort us.
I believe there is not degree of depression, even the worst type of depression, called ‘Clinical Depression’, which God can not heal! Why should he heal only mild cases of depression? No, there is not limit with God, and he can, and will heal all types of depression, only if you believe that he will! That is all that is necessary! To believe!
In Isaiah chapter 61, and verses from 1 to 3, God says that he will set the prisoners free, and give comfort and joy, to those who have sank into despair. Do you see that? He is talking about comforting all, not some, but all who mourn, and giving the oil of joy, to those in despair. That is what God promises you, if you are a child of God. But you have to believe it. You have to receive that promise, and apply it to your situation and accept it by faith. Than, and only then, it can work, for you, me, or whomever else.
God has provided all we need, in order to be comforted. And it is there, promised in his Word, and is like medicine, ready to be applied.
Now, in the natural, you can have all the best medicine in the world, just the best and right medicine, able to release you from your misery, sickness, and depression. But, it is only valid, working and effective, if you take it, and apply it! If you doubt that the medicine will work or help you, even if it could be the most effective medicine in the world, it will not help, you until you apply it.
It is similar with the promises of God, for the life of the Christian. You can know all those promises of God, for your situation, for your depression, for your healing, but unless you really believe that they will help you and heal you, and apply them in your life and situation, you will remain just as before, sick, and depressed.
It is like a man, drowning in the sea, and somebody comes to help them, and gives them the lifebelt to put on their body, and be saved from drowning. Unless that drowning person takes that lifebelt, and applies it to their body, they will perish. It is similar with the promises of God, for your situation, depression or sickness. You can have the ‘lifebelt’ from heaven with you all the time, but unless you take it and apply it, you will continue in your suffering. Take what is given you from heaven, be healed, restored and saved from depression, and live. Even our salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, although it is provided from God for us, it will not work, unless we believe it, accept and apply it, in our life.
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Everybody wants to be happy? Who does not want to be happy? Raise your hand!
Most people in the world, especially without God in their life, look for happiness, in external things, in circumstances, and what is hap-pen-ing in their life and around them. The very work ‘happiness’ is mostly directly related to what is happening in a person’s life. If good things are happening, then they are happy, if bad things are happening, then they are not happy.
But there is another type of happiness, and it is nothing to do, with what is happening or not happening around you. That type of happiness, is…Click here to continue
In today’s business world, especially in the West, the rat race never ends. People are rushing to work, rushing to get back from work, rushing to do this, to do that, toiling and working long hours, and go to their homes, and the same each day. The attempt to achieve more, work more, earn more, never ends, but so does their level of burn out, and unhappiness.
King Solomon, was somehow also in the ‘rat race’, building and working on endless projects, toiling endlessly, and after he completed all, that he wanted to achieve, he asked himself, was it worthy, or what was the point of all that. He eventually found, by the wisdom which God has granted him to have, that for human beings, it is better for them to enjoy the product of their toiling and working, rather than spend more time, working more, not being able to enjoy, what they have worked for.
Many people today, find that they still are not happy, even after working so, much, earning so much, and having a never ending ‘rat race’ daily.
If we look at what King Solomon says in the book of the Ecclesiastes, chapter 3, and verses 12, 13 and 22, we can see, that what he recommends that people do, which he thinks is better, is that they should enjoy what they are working for, instead of trying to work more, be extremely busy, with all sorts of projects, and never be able to sit down, and enjoy all they are working for. Solomon says that it is actually a gift from God, for a man to stop his work, take time to enjoy what they have worked for. Of course it is.
How can a person enjoy what they have worked for, if they do not have the time to sit down, slow down, and chill out, spending time with friends and family, and thus, being able to enjoy the consequences of their work. That was the design of God, from the very beginning. Even though God placed Adam and Eve, in the garden of Eden, to work in it, they surely had time to sit down and just enjoy that garden, and all it had to offer. I am sure Adam and Eve, did not have overtime, and did not work overtime in the garden of Eden. They surely had a time, to slow down, and enjoy all their work, in that garden.
But today’s lifestyle, of many people, is most work, more toil, and less time for family and friends, less time for leisure activities, and that is not a recipe for happiness, but for blowing out all your fuses, when a person finds, that they just are not happy. They can not be, if they do not enjoy, what they have worked for, just as Solomon says in the Book.
Hard work is good, but God did not create men for work only, but to have time to enjoy the beautiful garden of Eden, and spend time with each other, basically, just to enjoy the fruit of their labour. That is the gift from God. Hard work is necessary, but working yourself to death, was never God’s design or intention, and never will be. There is time for everything, just as the book of Ecclesiastes says, and that applies to time for work and time for living.
There you have it, beautifully explained, in the book of Ecclesiastes, chapter 4, verse 8. That man described in that chapter, is having a lot of work to do, which surely made him rich, and gave him wealth, but he himself realised, that despite of the fact, that he had all that business, and surely a lot of money, he was still not happy. Then he began to ask himself, some good and useful questions, about his life, his work, and what was going on.
If we are not content, with our wealth, that will always be the driving force, to do more, work more, burn out, and yes, earn more, but with no time, to enjoy what we were toiling for. That is why Solomon says that it is not all about how many businesses you have and are doing, and it is not about how much money you have in the bank, but it is also about how much of what you have, are able to sit down and enjoy. So I believe, Solomon somehow at some point, left the ‘rat race’, in order to sit down and enjoy, all those project he was working on, and he recommends that we do the same.
Do you want to be happy? Who does not! Every human being on the planet, wants to be happy. But why is that? Because God designed man to be happy, from the very beginning.
If you think what kind of life, Adam and Even had, before they fell into sin. I am sure, they were enjoying themselves, in the garden of Eden. God had provided everything they needed, in that garden, all the nice food was there, and there was no any evil going on, around them, they felt safe, they were safe, they had all their needs supplied, and all the beautiful plants were around them.
There was nothing in the garden of Eden, to make Adam and Eve unhappy, depressed or worried, and they still did not know what evil was, because they had not fallen into sin yet. That was the original intention and design for mankind, from God, from the very beginning. Why should God change his intention today about that same design, he created, from the very beginning?
People everywhere, Christians or not, are looking for happiness. People without faith in God, do not know anything about the original design and intention of God, that God designed man, to be happy, from the start. So, they are looking for all sorts of things today, to make them happy.
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Is there a way, to stop lack of money, jobs, cars, houses, or whatever you need, in your life? There is, if you consider what the Word of God says.
God has promised to supply all our needs, according to his riches, in Christ Jesus. There are many passages in the Bible, which clearly show, that God does want to supply, all our needs, just as he did supply, all Adam and Eve needed, from the very beginning, when he created them.
The question is never if God wants to supply all our needs, but if we want to believe, that he does. God has already done, what we need, to make sure, that we have all that we need. But, there is one thing, he would not do. And that is, to force his provision of what we need, to us. Yes, he cares and provides for us, if we ask him or not, but somehow, he wants us to ask him, for what we need. That is why Jesus said, that we should ask, because if we do, we will receive.
Why does God, wants us to ask him, for what we need? Why he just does not give it to us, without us having to ask him for that? Because by our asking God for what we need, we display, our dependency on him, and our faith in him, as our provider. When we ask, we express our faith, that he will provide. We show to him, that we believe we are dependent on him, to supply our needs.
In Mark 8:2, 3, Jesus gives us the assurance, that if we chose to walk with him, follow him in our daily life, listen to him, spend time with him, he has taken all our needs, into consideration. Although he did not supply the needs of those people spending their time with him, at the very first day, he did after a few day, just because he did not them to go home hungry, and collapse on the way from hunger.
But the main reason he wanted to supply all their needs for food, was, because the were with him, and they left all their jobs, family, houses, and other things they were doing, in order to be with Jesus, listen to him, and do what he tells them to do. They were first seeking the Kingdom of God, instead of seeking first, what they will eat or drink, if they went with Jesus in a remote place, without any food.
Do you see that? They did not have food with them, and were hungry, after spending a few days with Jesus. That shows, that from the very start, they chose to go and be with Jesus in remote places, even without having what to eat or drink. They knew they will be hungry soon, but yet, they chose the Kingdom of God first, by going with Jesus, spending time with him, and listening to him, even if that meant for them, to leave their homes, their jobs, their families, and hobbies, and other staff they were going daily, in order to be with Jesus. The were looking to satisfy their spiritual hunger, even if that meant, on the expense, of being physically hungry, for a few days.
That is one of the main reasons, why Jesus wanted to feed them, and provide for them, even if meant, to do it in a miraculous way, as recorded, in Mark 8:6. Seek you first the Kingdom of God.
This will happen to you, if you do similar things, to what all those thousands of hungry people did, when they spend their time with Jesus, even on the expense, of losing weight, being without food, in a remote place.
What we look at in life, will determine, if we have more, less, or not at all faith in God. What we look at, we pay attention to, and give ourselves to it. If we look and our attention remains with the circumstances of our life, or with the news on the TV, or with what the doctors or friends say to us, then we can be full of fear, and lack of faith.
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How many times in the Bible, it is very clear, that God really wants to supply all our needs! He never guaranteed that he will supply all our greed, but guaranteed that he will supply all our need!
The question is never if God will supply what we need or not, but will we believe that he will? That is the question which always remains there, for all born again children of God, to answer for themselves.
When we read Matthew chapter 7, we can very clearly see, how Jesus talks about God meeting our needs, and he even compares our fatherhood and the relationships of earthly father, to that of our heavenly Father and us.
How can we as his children still ask, and wonder, if God will supply all we need, when we read Matthew 7, and see clearly, what Jesus said, that God will give us good things, when we ask him for them! Yes God knows that we need food, clothing, jobs, money, houses, and other things, but he still wants us to ask him for him to give them to us.
Now, in Matthew chapter 7 and verses 9, 10, 11, Jesus talks about those evil fathers, or bad fathers, who although they are are evil in their character, still have some love for their children, and still want to grant the desires of their children, for gifts, and all sorts of other good things.
Them being evil, can not stop them to display the little amount of good left in them, and the love they have for their children, by giving them good things. You would not expect to receive very much good, from an evil person, that is why Jesus used the bad characters, to compare, to the immense and unlimited goodness of God, which he has for us.
The evil nature of those so called evil by Jesus fathers, still can not stop them to display their good fatherhood, to their children.
Now, what about our heavenly Father, who is good, and there is nothing evil in him?
Although the evil characters of the bad earthly fathers, could interfere and somehow limit their little goodness in them, for giving nice things to their children, with our heavenly Father, that is entirely different. Our God and Father, who loves us dearly, and who has limitless goodness for us, because he is good, just can not stop wanting to give us good gifts, and good things, when we ask him for them. There is nothing in our God and Father, which can or will cause him to stop, wanting to give us nice things!
Jesus said in Matthew 7:11, that our heavenly Father, will give us good gifts, when we ask him, much more, than any earthly evil father could give, to their own children. The question is, how much more? And I believe, the answer is, without limit! Why should God have a limit, of how many good gifts he wants to give us.
I believe, that God our heavenly Father, wants to give us good gifts, much more that we can handle to have, use, and have fun with. Is there are limit of all the good things, our Father in heaven, our God, wants to do in our lives? And if there is why? But I do not believe that there is a limit, because I am sure he finds that difficult to put any limit on the good things, he wants to give us or do for us.
Let me ask you a question. How many good things, you think, God gave to Adam and Eve, when he put them in Paradise, after he created them? I believe there was plenty of nice things, which God created in Paradise, for Adam and Eve. I am sure, they could never be bored, or have enough, with living in Paradise. There surely, were many nice things in Paradise for Adam and Eve, to have fun, and be able to say “We really live in a Paradise!”
That is how our heavenly Father God, want us to be like, because of everything he has done for us in Christ, even if we do not live in Paradise anymore! But we must not forget, that we can never miss Paradise in heaven, but will also be in it for eternity.
The ways of God in our lives as Christians, often defy logic and common sense. But why is that? Because God is God, and we are just his creation. He is limitless, but we are limited. He always knows why he is doing things, and we often do not know, why we are doing it. And because his ways are higher than our ways, and his thoughts are higher than our thoughts.
The way God sees things, is many times not the way we see them.
In Luke 5:5, 6, we see Jesus asking Peter, to go and fish again. Now, you can not just go and tell a professional fisherman, who has tried to catch fish for a whole night, and who has caught nothing, to go and fish again, in the morning. No, according to the professional fisherman Peter, things do not work like this, in the domain of professional fishing. It seems illogical, is out of common sense, and seems like lose of time and effort.
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Do you struggle with forgiveness from God in your life, for something you have done as a Christian, and that was something with which heaven was not impressed, and you wonder, if God has really forgiven you?
There many Christians, who struggle with the ‘idea’ that God perhaps, will not forgive, the so called ‘bad’ thing, they have done.
To think that God will not forgive, even if have repented for something wrong you have done, is to live with faith, in only the ‘half’ of grace from God. But you see, there is no ‘half’ grace from God for you, just because you have sinned.
If you look at 1 John 1:9, it clearly states that if you confess your sins, God will forgive you! That is the truth! That is the Word of God, speaking to you, right now!
Do not measure the level of the wrong thing you have done, with the level of the grace of God for you! The amount or the size of your sin, will never be able to come on the same level, with the grace God has for you! No sin is big enough or dirty enough, to be able to stop the grace of God coming over it, and washing it away, from your life.
When Jesus died on the cross for our sins, God surely has estimated, the amount and size of all sins, people will commit in the future, and he made sure, that there would not be enough sins, or any sin, which will be able to heavier on the balance scales, than his grace.
The darkest of all of your sins, is not dark enough, to prevent or stop the light of God’s grace, to wipe it away, and make it diminish forever.
Perhaps you say, that I do not know, what you have done, and how bad it is. Yes, I do not know, and I do not need to know, because I do know, what the Word of God says about it. And it says ‘Forgiven!’
The fact of your guilt, for the sin you have done, as a Christian, has to face the truth, which is the Word of God. If you have sinned, and feel guilty as a Christian, even after you have repented before God, your feeling of guilt is a fact, and is real, but is not necessarily the truth. But the Word of God is the truth, and that is what matters, because God’s truth says you are forgiven, feeling it or not! That is truth established in heaven and in his Word! Just hang on, on it, and the truth will set you free!
When Jesus died on the cross for our sins, every single sin, which any human being has committed in the past, or will commit in the future, has been taken into account from God. Every sin! There is no sin, that heaven can not or will not forgive, apart from the eternal sin, as the Scriptures say.
So, be encouraged! God loves you enough, to forgive you all your sins, and he has, if you have repented, just as he has promised you, in his Word.
Oh, suffering, there is plenty of it, wherever we turn!
Turn on the TV, and there is plenty of suffering to see, to keep you glued to the TV for 24/7.
But can you really be free from suffering? That is the big question.
What does God think about your suffering, and what he wants to do about that?
There are only three choices God can make about your suffering. One, it is set you free from it. Two, it is to be indifferent about your suffering. And the third choice is not to release you from it but let you continue in it. Which one of the choices you think, God will definitely make about your suffering and your difficult situation? I hope you guessed it already! That he will definitely make the choice to help you and set you free from pain and suffering.
If you read the Bible, you can clearly see, that in Old and New Testament, God is concerned about your suffering, and not only that, but really wants to help you, and set you free from it.
God will either set you free from suffering, but even if he does not for whatever reason, he will help you to go and pass through it, but definitely, will not leave you helpless!
The problems we sometimes face, is that…Click here to continue
When it comes to suffering, in the life of a Christian, God is always concerned, and is always ready to be a present help in trouble, as he has promised in Psalm 46:1.
God always cares about our tears, and he wants to wipe them away, as he has promised in the book of Revelation.
God cares for your tears! What are you crying for! If it not because of joy, then it surely is because of suffering. There is so much going around in the world now, to make you feel crying for a week, non stop. Is God passive to hurry up to comfort you, and wipe away your tears? The Bible is full with verses about God, wanting to comfort his own children, in the Old Testament and the New.
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How often you think, when you get depressed, that you are stuck with it, and can not get rid of it?
I have got good news for you!
If you are a child of God, and you have the Comforter, the Holy Spirit in your heart, you can definitely be free from depression! Why do I say that! Because the Word of God says that! And there is nothing better to hear, when you want to be free from depression!
You see, the more you watch the News, the more depressed you will feel, because, most of the News out there, are a depression producing news! in most of them there is no good.
And vice versa. The more of the Good News you listen to, the Word of God, the better you will feel, and the Word of God has the potential to heal and remove the depression from you, because the Word of God is living and active, as the Bible says.
If you look at Psalm 10 verses 14 and 17, you can see that God really cares for the afflicted, and that includes all those who are depressed. In a matter of fact, verse 14 in the NIV translation of the Bible, says that God considers your grief, and takes it in hand. Do you know what that means?
That means he cares enough for you, to heal and deliver you from grief and depression! Why should he take it in hand, and consider it, if he did not plan to heal you and deliver you from suffering? God is not only sympathetic with our suffering, but he cares enough to be willing to deliver us from it.
In verse 17 of Psalm 10, in the NIV version, it says that God wants to encourage you, and he listens to your cry. What are you crying to God for? Are you depressed? Do not forget what it says in verse 17, that God wants to encourage you! Just go to him, remind God what he has promised in his Word, that he will encourage you and that he listens to your cry for help, and than thank him for the answer, and believe that he has done it! That is all! It is not complicated. If he says that he will, he will and you just accept it with faith and thank him for that!
Do you worry about the things going around in the world? Do you worry about things in your own life, perhaps how get rid of a chronic disease, or how to find an employment, or perhaps, about broken relationships with members of your own family?
Why do we worry?
Well, worry does on in our own brain, by us calculating and estimating what we can do, in order to make sure, that we will be free from danger, or to make sure, that we will be safe, and without unnecessary suffering in our life.
All that sounds good, that we are taking a precaution of how to avoid harmful or dangerous things in our life. But, the problem becomes, when we start thinking too much, and on a regular basis, about the same things again and again, so much so, that those thoughts of worry, occupy our mind most of the time, or at least, very often.
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One thing is certain! That if you believe in God and follow and serve him, all your needs will be met! All of them! Not just some!
God is more than a willing and has promised, to supply all your needs! That is the truth, if you want to believe it or not!
God does not want any of your needs, to be unsatisfied! Why should he care to supply some of your needs, and not another?
When we read 1 Timothy 6:17, we can see that…Click to continue
How well you know your Shepherd, will determine how much of green pastures you see around in your life.
The less we know Jesus Christ our good Shepherd, the more dry grass and no pastures we will find around us.
God wants to lead you to a green pastures, if you are his sheep.
God always wanted to give you green pastures, instead of a dry morsel.
From the very beginning, God gave Adam and Eve a green pastures, and more, the Paradise.
God hates lack in your life, as much as you do. Just read Psalm 23:1. The very two verses of Psalm 23, show that…Click to continue
God has warned us, not to worry about what we shall eat, or what we shall drink!
You do not need to worry anymore, how you will get money for what you need, be it food, clothes, rent, cars, and other things!
The fact that Jesus said that you should not worry about how you will get what you need, shows, that God is really concerned about your needs being met!
But what is worrying about your needs being met?
Well, it is the constant thinking, reasoning and calculating in your mind, of how and from where is the best place for you, to find what you need. It is all based on logic, and not on faith. Faith does not calculate, reason, or estimate! It just trusts and believes the truth, and the Word of God is truth.
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he Word of God is full, with so many promises, for all those who believe, that their needs will be met by God!
If you find yourself lacking anything which you need in life, like, money, jobs, food, etc, then read, because the Word of God has to say something to your personally about that!
There are some Christians, who claim for example, that if God has promised something in the Old Testament, then that is only for the people of Israel, and not for us as Christians. That is not so!
In the New Testament, saint Paul says that we are spiritual Jews, because we are co-hairs with Christ. We are the children of the promise, children of Abraham, just because of our faith in Jesus Christ. Yes, we are not physically Jews, but we are spiritual Jews, according to saint Paul!
When king David says in Psalm 103, that God satisfies his desires with good things, do you think that is only for him and for the people of Israel? No, because you are a child of God in Jesus Christ, therefore, that promise is also for you! God loves you as much as he loved king David!
Why he should love us less!
In Psalm 103:2, it says that we should not forget the benefits from God. What benefits? Well, all those blessings which God has given you in the past, or has given you today! That is all those things you needed in the past, like food, jobs, clothes, and any other spiritual or material blessings!
The problem is that, when we face lack in our life, and when we wonder where we are going to teg the next meal, or the money to pay the bills, we tend to...Click here to continue
Do you want to terminate and eliminate the lack of what you need in you life, the way God intended it to be? Then read on, because there are sure ways from God, of how to stop living in not enough of all you need, be it finances, car, jobs, food, clothes and other necessary things in life!
God created you with needs, so he is more than concerned to satisfy and provide for those needs, as he has promised in his Word.
All thought the Bible, be it Old Testament or New Testament, we can see our God as being the provider of all people have needed in the past. But that is not only for the past, because he has promised to provide for all his children, past, present or future!
Our God is not like some politicians, who promise us something, but fail to deliver! No, God does not waste his time and our time, with false hopes, about our needs being provided for!
Our God is never limited by our circumstances. He creates something out of nothing, just as he created the heaven and earth by his Word, out of nothing.
No mountain of lack, and not enough, is too big for our Father God in heaven, to be removed!
There are so many passages in the Bible, which show that God can provide for needs of people, where there is not even any reason to think so.
Think about the Israelis who spend 40 years in the wilderness, how God provided for all they needed, even though, they doubted that he can! He provided for thousands of people in the wilderness, without them being able to work for it, or pay for it. He fed them and provided for them, in a place, when logically, not person would think, that you can get your needs met in whatever way. That is in the wilderness.
What type of food can you get, for a few thousand people, on a daily basis, in a wilderness? Nothing! Yet God proved to them, that he will provide for them, for 40 years, daily! Not 40 days or months, no, 40 years of daily supply of all they needed, and yet, there were some, who still doubted where their next meal is going to come from.
When we read Psalm 37:19, we can see that….Click here to continue
When we read Psalm 34 verses 6, 17, 18, 19, we can see very clearly that God has promised, that if we live in a way, that pleases him, he will deliver us from our suffering and troubles! We need to grasp that truth, because the Word of God is truth, and what God said, will not change.
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There is so much trouble out there in the world today, so that the heart of a Christian or unbeliever, can sink into the darkness of despair. All that Covid 19 stuff, has created even more fearful event in the world, to make your head spin.
As a Christian, do you find yourself sometimes also sinking in despair and anxiety, even just by watching what is going on in the News? Do you sometimes feel fearful and worried, what is going to happen next in all this situation of trouble and bad news in the world? If you do, you are not alone!
Even as a Christians, we can fall into depression and negative way of thinking just by watching what is going around us, and in the world.
But, as a Christian, you have the great advantage, in comparison of people of this world, without God! What is the advantage? Well, the solid truth and fact, that you have the Spirit of the Almighty God, living on the inside of you, the one who is also called the ‘Comforter’ in the original Greek language by which the New Testament is written.
You see, when we read chapter 14 and verse 1 from the Gospel of John, we can clearly see, that Jesus told his disciples, not to let their hearts be troubled. That is not an option, I believe that is a command! God does not tell us “Well, if you want….Click here to continue…
Did you know, that God surely wants you healthy and healed!
The is no one place in the whole Bible, where God has been unwilling to heal people, either Old or New Testament! But there are plenty of Scriptures in the whole Bible, which shows that God heals, and wants to heal you too, Old Testament or New!
Whatever the condition you have, does not matter for God, because he does not care if it is so called curable or incurable condition. Jesus said that everything is possible, for the one who believes. Everything! Even Covid 19 is no barrier for God to heal!
How can some Christians wonder if God heals today or if he is willing to heal? Where they get that idea from? Surely that idea did not come from heaven, or from the Word of God, but it definitely came from hell! Definitely! Why? Because there is only one in this world, who does not want you to be healed, and that is the devil, who according to Jesus, came to kill, still, and destroy. Destroy what? Your health, and your believe in a healing from God today!
God does not allow there to be sickness in heaven, and he does not want sickness on earth, especially in the bodies of his children, the born again Christians.
We are the body of Christ. Would God want his body, the body of Christ, his church, to be sick? Would not Jesus care enough for his body, the body of Christ, the church to heal it from disease? Surely he will, and he does, as is the testimony of thousands of people in the world today, who have been healed from God, from all sorts of diseases, including cancer and Covid 19! Glory and thanks be to our Lord Jesus Christ, that he heals us today, those who believe that he still does!
In Psalms 92:12-14, we can see very clearly, that the Word of God promises that those who believe in God, and serve him, will flourish like palm tree. Now, let me ask you a question. How can you flourish like a palm tree, if you are sick in your body, and especially if you look like a dry plant, and not like a flourishing palm tree, due to an illness in your body?
Now, look at verse 14 of Psalm 92. Do you see what it says? It says that you will stay fresh and green, if you are a child of God! How can you look fresh and green, especially, if you are sick with a serious illness or condition. No, when you are really seriously sick, you will look like a trampled on vegetable, and certainly not like a plant which is fresh and green.
The idea that the Word of God says that those who believe in God, will look fresh and green, is absolutely implicating, that God wants you to be healthy and healed. That is what God said! He just has said in Psalm 92:14, that if you serve him, and believe in him, he will definitely make you look fresh and green, just like a Palm tree.
Think about it. Can a sick tree look fresh and green? Surely not, but a healthy tree can and will. So will be you, if you want to believe what God says about you, your condition or illness, that if you carry on believing what he said in his Word, you too will look fresh and green, free from sickness in your life, because Jesus has already done on the cross, and by his resurrection from the grave, everything we need, to be healed. In the wound of Jesus we are healed! Amen!
You can break free, from anxiety and worry about, how you will pay your next bill, where to find a job, or to be healed from disease! That is what God promises in so many places in his Word for his children!
Do you find yourself, in a situation where you are stuck with an incurable condition, or you wonder how you can pay your bills, or you worry about how to find an employment, and more money for your needs?
Well, all this situation in the world, with this Covid 19 stuff, is really making the world wonder and worry, what will happen next. But, if you are a Christian, read on, because the one who created the world, has put his attention on you, and your situation.
God either cares for us, or he does not. What matters is that he has said that he…..Click here to continue…
God’s will for you is to heal you! No question about it!
Old Testament or New Testament, the Bible is full with examples of healing from God, for everyone who believes, from all sorts of diseases.
Being sick does not bring glory to God, but being healed by God, does!
Let us start with our salvation first! Did you know, that the original Greek word for ‘save’ also means ‘heal’? In other words, when Jesus died on the cross for us, he provided not only salvation for us and forgiveness of sins, but also a healing for us.
God does not care what it is called, if it is called Covid 19, Covid 20 or 2000! God who created the heaven and earth is not only willing to heal from Covid 19, but is also able to do so!
The question if God wants to heal or not, simply evaporates, when we…...Click here to continue…
Can we really say ‘Goodbye’ to the lack of money in our life as Christians?
Well, if we look at the Word of God, in the Epistle to the Hebrews, we surely can!
In Hebrews chapter 13, it talks about God never leaving us and never forsaking us.
Often, we would think it talks about God being present with us, just as Jesus has promised us, that he will be always with us.
But here, in Hebrews 13:5, it talks about God never leaving us without what we need.
In fact, it talks about us, being content with what we have. But the fact is, very often we are not content with what we have. Why is that? Is it because we get bored sometimes with the things we have, and therefore, what something new and exiting?
Well, that is not God has said, in Hebrews 13. He did not say that we should look for new things, if we get bored with what we have already. No, what he said is that we should be content, that our needs are met. That is what God wants us to be content, despite the fact, that often, we are not content with the stuff we have.
In Hebrew 13:5, talks about us being free from the love of money. Why is that? Continue reading…click here
The Scripture is very clear, you will have all needs met by God. There are no ifs and buts if you read Psalm 128:1,2!
He has said that, and it will be done!
It is a wonder to figure out, how can some Christians fight against the prosperity of their needs met by God, and have leftovers, when it is very clear in many passages of the Bible, that God is our God of more than enough.
Do not we see, that twice when Jesus provided food for thousands of people, as recorded in the Gospels, there were ……..Continue:
Are you struggling at the moment to get a job?
There are so many people now in the world, who need employment, because of the Covid 19 pandemic.
Perhaps you have been looking to find a new job for a long time.
Be sure of the fact of the promise of God, that he cares for you and will provide you with an employment. But how can you be sure?
Well, let us look at Psalm 112. In verse 2 the Word of God says that if you are a Christian, and serve God, you will be blessed. How can you be blessed, if you do not have a job? The two just do not go together.
It is all down to what we want to believe more.
The circumstances of unemployment we see, and our empty pocket, or the Word of God, and what God says about it.
Think about it. God created the whole universe and the earth, and all the gold and diamonds in the earth just by his Word, by what God spoke.
He created the universe by his spoken words out of nothing. Now, do not you think, that God will surely provide you with a job by commanding a job to be given to you?
He even gave job to Adam and Eve from the very beginning. And now, you are his beloved child.
He was willing to give up for you and me, the most precious he ever had, his Son Jesus to suffer a horrible death on the cross, for my and your sins.
God the Father did not refuse to let Jesus go on the cross for you and me. And will he be unwilling to give a job to you? No way!
He promised to give good gifts to those who ask him.
So, do not wonder anymore, if God will provide you with a job, because he will! God said in Psalm 112:3 that wealth and riches will be in your house, if you believe in him and follow him. That wealth and riches surely includes an employment! Why should God want to give you wealth and riches, and not want to give you a job?
God wants not just to pay your bills, but for you to have more than enough. That is what he said, that wealth and riches are yours! That is much more than just having a job! He wants you to have more than a salary!
God wants you to be rich! Read verse 3 again!
That is the opinion of God, not a man. God wants you prosperous! That is God’s own idea, not man’s! Wealth and riches means only one thing, wealth and riches, and there are no ifs, no buts, and all the other stuff, which does not come from heaven.
Why did he go away sad? Because he realised that he had to possibly give up his possessions.
Jesus has just told him that one of the ways in the eyes of God to be perfect is to give to the poor. To be like God, who is the giver of every blessing.
It is possible that the rich man did not reslise, what he would get from God, if he decided to give up his riches and follow Jesus.
Perhaps he thought that he has achieved already, the purpose of his life, to become rich.
Just like many people in the world today, who think that is the purpose of their life.
But that is because they do not know, what God has for them, if they decide to give their life to him.
The rich man probably thought that he will be left with nothing, if he decided to follow Jesus. Many people today, think in the similar way.
But that is because they do not know that if they seek first the Kingdom of God, everything else will be added to them.
The rich man surely did not realise it, that is why he thought that he will be counted as a loser, if he became a Christian.
Have there been times you did not feel like reading your Bible? What about times not wanting to pray? Have you ever felt weary and did not know the reasons? This happened to me on the morning of Thursday, August 20, 2020. When I woke up something was amiss and I could not figure out […]Pray And Praise God Without Ceasing — MRS. T’S CORNER
Pray or perish. The more we press the snooze button, the less we pray, and the more we are tempted. The less we pray, the more we sin. Be filled with the Holy Spirit. That is a command, not an option.
How can we be filled with the Holy Spirit if we do not pray?
Jesus said in another place that we are in error, because we do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. How can we know the power of God, if we do not pray? Knowing and even acting on the Word of God is not enough.
If we do not pray, we lose communication with heaven, and when we do, the communication we are left with is this world and what it has to offer.
The image of God shines brighter and is shaped more and more in our life, when we pray. Less prayer, less image from heaven in us, and more from the fallen human nature in us and this world.
Surely Jesus prayed more intensively, the closer he came to the cross. That is why he urged the disciples to do the same, shortly before he was captured and crucified. In the most crucial time in the garden of temptation, they pressed the snooze button. I am sure God wanted them to press the prayer button instead of the snooze button.
The less we pray, the more we sleep. The more we sleep, the less we have what heaven has to offer. When we press the spiritual snooze button, we drop the Sword, and lose the battle.
The less we pray, the more we sin. The more we sin, the less we grow in maturity in Christ. The less we mature in Christ, the more of the solid food for us God has we miss. We carry on drinking only milk and stay like a spiritual infant.
The enemy knows that the less we pray, the more we can be tempted, so he is watching for an opportunity we give him, when we press the snooze button.
That is forgiving without limit. That is why Jesus used a big number, to show us that we must always forgive.
Ho many times God forgives us when we sin? Up to seven times? Up to seventy seven times? No he forgives us number of times without limit. That is why, he wants us to forgive without limit.
We may think think that for some of the worse situations in our life, when people sin against us, we can not forgive, because it hurts too much to forgive those who sin against us.
But forgiving is not forgetting. It is not about how we feel. It is about a choice made from us, based on our desire to forgive, because we have been commanded to by God.
God has commanded us to forgive others, because he has forgiven us. He wants us to be like him.
Forgiveness is a part of the image of God in us. The more we forgive, the more we look and act like God, and the brighter his image shines in us. It is about how much we want to be like him.
God wants us to grow in our faith in him, but we can do certain things in our life, which will hinder or prevent that growth, or the level of that growth.
One of the things which will slow down our growth in the things of God, is our daily worries and cares, for the many things which are in our life, and which often are very important.
When a seed is sown into the ground, if there are good conditions in the soil, and if the soil is good, it will die and produce a plant. But, that plant needs to grow. If there are no thorns around that seed, that plant will grow no problem.
But if there are thorns close to that seed, the pant will be overshadowed by the thorns, and they will slow down the growth of that plant.
In a similar way, when there are many cares in our life, and many worries, we can let them overshadow the function and the purpose of the Word of God in our life.
Of course we need to take care of many vital and important things in our life, on a daily basis, perhaps, we need to sort out or sift, which things are not necessary, even if we think that they are.
It is up to us, if we will let various spiritual ‘thorns’ to overshadow the work of God in our life.
We can be like Mary, which chose to be with Jesus, and to listen to him, sitting at his feet. Or we can be like Martha, which was listening to noise of all the preparations going on in the kitchen, instead of listening to Jesus (Luke 10:41). It is all about choice.
Jesus recommended Mary, instead of Martha, because Mary chose to be with Jesus when he came to them, instead to be with all the cooks and chefs in the busy kitchen.
Martha let the worries about the cakes and chicken in the oven, take over, and overshadow, what Jesus was talking to those listening and sitting around him.
Martha let the worries of the kitchen overshadow the Word of God for her life, and she missed the vital lessons from heaven, coming from the lips of Jesus.
So, in that sense, in that particular moment, Mary grew spiritually, but Marta just grew in body weight, by circulating around the cakes in the kitchen.
Mary became ‘fatter’ in her spirit, by feeding on the words of Jesus, and Martha by feeding in the kitchen.
Sometimes the worry about the chicken in the oven or the cakes in the kitchen, can shrink our spiritual growth, and increase our circumference and waist line.
Doing things for God, like Martha did, when she prepared the meal for Jesus, is not enough to be closer to God, and to grow spiritually. We need to be with Jesus because that is what our relationship with God is all about, first of all. To be with God.
Doing things for God is important, but being with God is more important. That is why Jesus said that Mary has chosen the better part.
In the mind of God there is no scarcity or lack for us.
That is why Jesus attracted their attention to the leftovers and the basket full with them, when he fed the thousands of people twice.
He is trying to show them, that when they go with him, and listen to him, he is mindful of their needs.
Because the thousands of people cared enough to go and follow Jesus, and be with him, listen to him, therefore, he fed them twice, by performing a miracle.
All that is needed is to be with Jesus, listen to him, and he will take the few fish and bread that we have, and multiply it for us.
Another reason why Jesus was asking the disciples how many baskets with leftovers they had, when he fed the thousands by a miracle, is because he wants to show them that he is the God of leftovers, the God of more than enough.
We could be satisfied to have God give us enough each day, just what we need, but God is not satisfied with that, because he wants us to have more than enough, he is the God of leftovers.
He wants his children to have more than enough, because there is always an abundance with him.
In Matthew 5:23, 24, Jesus is clearly saying that we Christians, must first of all, make sure, that our relationships with other people, are sorted and on a good level spiritually, before we think, of doing anything for God, working for God, serving him in the church, evangelism, worshiping God, or any other service we do for God.
God seems to emphasize the importance of how our relationship is with people, in order to approach and serve him.
We may think that if we spend enough time in prayer and fellowship with God, read his Word the Bible, or do any other work for God enough, then we are pleasing God, and serve him properly.
But if we look at chapter 13 of first Corinthians, we can clearly see, that not matter what things we do, even if we give to the poor to help them, or have the gifts of the Holy Spirit manifested in us, or have great faith in God to do miracles, if we are not patient, if we are full with envy, if we do not forgive but keep records of the wrong things done to us by others, then we are nothing.
The chapter 13 of the first Corinthians, is about our relationship with other people, and Paul says that if we do not have love, and that is love for people, we are nothing.
That is why Jesus said in Matthew 5:24, 25 that we must sort out our relationship with other people first, before we come to God, to serve him, worship him, and do things for the Kingdom of God on earth.
That is why apostle John also said that we can not love God whom we do not see, if we do not love people who we see. And that if we have love for others, God lives in us.
No matter how much time we spend praying and worshiping God, not matter how much we fast, not matter how many passages from the Bible we quote, not matter, we are not close to God, if our relationship to others is not sorted out, and is not in a good shape.
That is why the second command after the first command to love God with all our hearts, minds and strength, is to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Basically doing to others what we do to ourselves.