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Welcome to the Christian Topics and Bible Study blog!

Here, on this blog, you will find discussed various topics of the Bible, like the Christian faith, God’s provision, God’s care in our suffering, God’s love for us, and other topics.

Hopefully, you will find something, which will help you in your walk with God!

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Galatians 3:5

God does miracles in  our lives because of our faith in what we have from God the Father by what Jesus did for us. God never gives us miracles because of how much we obey the Law.  No, it is  it because of what we do, but it is because of what Jesus did for us. Every miracle we receive from God is always entirely by his grace and entirely independent of our good works.

Paul is saying to the Galatians in Galatians 3:5, that God works miracles among them, independent of their works, and regardless of if they obey the Law of God properly or enough.

He is explaining to them, that it is by the Holy Spirit and faith in God that we receive the miracles from God, no matter if we obey the Law, because it is by grace from God that those miracles happen, and not if we deserve them by obeying the Law. It is entirely the work of God and his grace and Holy Spirit in us, that does the miracles, regardless of what commands from the Law we obey.

It is not dependent on us to have miracles from God, but it depends on his grace and power in our life. Our only role, is to accept all that God the Father has done for us through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus by faith, and apply it by faith in our life, in order for us to see the miracles God does.

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The Power of the Spirit

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Recently in our online church meetings we have been looking at the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament. However, since I am currently reading through the Old Testament in my personal devotions, I have begun to reflect on what we learn about the Holy Spirit in this part of the Bible.

The Holy Spirit is not referred to as such until after the days of Jesus’s ministry on earth. In the Old Testament Scriptures, the Holy Spirit is usually referred to as the Spirit of God. He was present right from the beginning at the creation of the world, as we see in Genesis chapter 1 verse 3. Then, from time to time, we read about how He came upon specific individuals for certain tasks.

This week I have been reading about Samson, in the book of Judges. In chapter 14 verse 6 it says “And the…

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The Battle is the Lord’s

Christian Reflections

Yesterday I wrote about how God called Gideon in chapter 6 of the book of Judges. The story continues in the next chapter and it just gets better! Gideon gathers together an army of 32,000 men but God tells him that this is too many for Him to allow them the victory, “Lest Israel boast about themselves against Me, saying My own hand has delivered me.” (Judges 7:2) So, the Lord instructs Gideon to tell the men that are fearful to turn around and go home. 22,000 left! (How would you have felt at this point if you were Gideon?)

Gideon now has an army of 10,000 but God still isn’t satisfied so He sets another test. This time Gideon has to bring the men to the river – those that drink the water by cupping their hands are to remain but those who lap like a dog are to…

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Under the Law or lead by the Spirit?

In the twenty-third chapter of the book of Joshua, we read again how the Israelites were warned that they must keep the Law given to them by their former leader, Moses. They were also forbidden to marry or to mix with other nations lest their faith be compromised. God had promised them many blessings yet […]

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We Look at the Problem, God Looks at the Solution-1 Corinthians 10:13

No difficulty or a challenge comes into your life, first without God allowing it. And even if he allows it, he takes care of it more than you do.

You may think how you can cope with that mountain and it may look too big and impossible to conquer, but God has already taken care of it, even before it came into your life, because he cares for you, and because your life itself belongs to him, and you are hidden with Christ in God.

For us, most of the challenges and difficulties we face seem sometime impossible to pass through or endure, but God will not let you fight that difficulty or challenge and struggle with it, beyond your ability to cope.

He lets you be tested, but he has also provided all the tools you need, and the grace and strength you need, in order for you to lass through it.

We look at the problem, but God looks at the solution, because he had the solution, before you had the problem.

The question is, do we pay attention to the solution he has provided, or we are only concentrated on the problem? We are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus.

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Zeal for God Romans 12:11

 

 

God wants us to be zealous for him, and for serving him – Romans 12:11.

But, we have to realize, that just being zealous for God, is not enough. We can be very ambitious to serve God, and do things for God, but if our doctrines are not in agreement with the Word of God, and if we have embraced the wrong way of thinking about the things of God, our zeal for God is missing the target. We can be zealous for the wrong thing.

We have to strive to be zealous for God, but with the right doctrine and knowledge of God, and knowledge about God, and the things of God. 

We can be like golden vessels in the hands of God, used for his purpose, only when we align ourselves with the correct knowledge of God, and with the revelation from heaven.

There thousands of different doctrines about God and his Word, and some of them are far away from heaven, and some are straight from heaven. But the revelation from heaven can never be wrong. It is always true. 

We have to be zealous for the revelation and knowledge which the Holy Spirit gives, and observe and test the doctrines of men. There is a revelation about the Word of God, and doctrines about the Word of God. The revelations is always 100 percent true, while the doctrines or some of them are not always true.

May our God and Father give us more knowledge and revelation from heaven, about him and his Word, and help us be zealous for the right thing, in the name of Jesus!

 

 

 

 

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Faith and Love-1 Corinthians 13:2

In 1 Corinthians 13:2, Paul says that if we have faith to move mountains but have not love, we are nothing. The reason we are nothing is because the whole purpose of our faith, is to express God through us, and God is Love.

Jesus said that people will recognize that we are Christians, by our love. Why he did not say they will recognize us by our faith? Because God is Love.

In eternity Love remains forever, and all heaven is about love. There is no faith in heaven because nobody needs faith in heaven. Faith is needed here only on earth. Who needs faith in heaven? But everyone in heaven needs love. In fact we can not be in heaven and can not function in heaven in whatever aspect, if we do not have love. Why? Because the only place where there is no love and no love is needed, is hell. Everywhere else, it is.

The very purpose of existence is to love God and to love people.

 

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Forgiveness has Consequences 1Chronicles 21:12

God in his mercy, will forgive us when we repent of our sin. But it does not always mean, that there would not be negative consequences.

It is interesting to note, that even King David, the man after God’s heart, to whom God has always shown great mercy, had to endure the negative consequences of sin, when he decided to count the number of the Israelites, something, which was not pleasing to God.

God spoke to the prophet Gad and told Gad to give David three choices of punishment from God for Israel, because of the sin of David in 1 Chronicles 21:11, 12

Surely, David had repented and God had forgiven him, but why God still decided to punish Israel because of the sin of David?

We tend to think that because we live by grace, and are forgiven our sins, because of what Jesus did for us, therefore, there would not be any punishment from God for us, or bad consequences. But in the case of King David, that was not so.

God is still showing his kindness and his sternness to us Christians, even in the new testament, according to Romans 11:22.

Although King David repented, and was forgiven by God, it still caused thousands of people in Israel to perish.

 

 

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Why We Doubt?

 

Many Christians doubt from time to time, about the validity of the Word of God, about what God has said in his Word. But why we doubt sometimes.

One of the reasons is because we have not been grounded or rooted properly in the Word of God. The Bible is clear that the Word of God produces faith in us. When we do not have stored in our heart and mind, enough from the Word of God, we can easily fall into the trap of believing in circumstances and what other people say or do, instead of what God says or does.

If we are not close to God in our daily life, we will be closer to something else in our life, which does not come from heaven.


Another reason is how much we believe of what the Bible says. We can know very well the Word of God, and even memorise it, but it does not mean that we believe what it says, completely. The enemy of our souls also quoted the Word of God from Psalm 91 to Jesus, as it is recorded in the Gospels, but he does not obey the Gospels.


Knowing a lot about the Word of God, or knowing the Word, is totally different thing from believing the Word of God. What will produce results in our life, is not just knowing the Word of God but believing it.

 

 

 

 

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Belonging vs. Performance-Luke 15:11-32

The younger son was looking for performance, if he was doing good or bad, but the father was looking for belonging, that it was his son.

Mercy triumphs over judgement.

When God gives us blessings it is not because of what we do, good or bad, but because we belong to him as his children and because of his compassion.

The older son thought that his father gives him things, depending on if he has been a good boy, doing good things, and avoiding doing bad, based entirely on performance.

The older son did not comprehend his son-ship and belonging as a son to his father. He thought his father loved him depending on what he does, good or bad, being worthy or not.

Many Christians today look for performance of doing good things in order to get blessings from God. They forget that their belonging as children of God, pulls down blessings from heaven.

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‘It is Written’ or ‘What if’

‘It is written’ comes from heaven, ‘what if’ comes from hell. ‘It is written’ equals light and truth, ‘what if’ equals lie and darkness. ‘It is written’ has the ability to melt the ‘what if’, like the sunlight melts the snow. ‘It is written’ will uplift your spirit and bring you closer to God, ‘what if’ will drag you towards hell. ‘It is written’ is the remedy, ‘what if’ is the disease.

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The Challenges of Faith James 1:1-4

We seem not to want, our faith to be challenged. But God does not think so. He always wants to stretch our faith level, in order to grow our faith. James 1:1-4

 Think about it. If our faith is not challenged, by adverse circumstances, how can we know how strong our faith is. It is only when we are squeezed in a tight place, that we see how strong our faith in God and his Word is.

 If our faith is not challenged and tested, it will not grow, but remain on the same level. But God wants us to grow in him, and our spiritual growth, is by the Holy Spirit in us, and by the Word of God. Also, we grow as we come as the body of Christ, to serve God together.

 I believe that it was possible, that Jesus let the disciple alone, in the middle of the storm, to battle the strong wind and the waves, in order to test and stretch their faith. If Peter was not in the middle of the storm, he would not experience the miracle of walking of the water, and his faith would not grow in the supernatural things of God.

 All through the Bible, from the Old Testament, to the New Testament, God has challenged the faith of those who believe in him, and want to follow him.

 It is easy to believe in God, when everything is fine, and you are cruising through the calm waters of life. When everything is smooth and nice in our life, it is very easy to believe in God. But only through challenging and difficult times, the real faith in God can be not only tested, but also demonstrated.

The effectiveness and power of our faith, is shown and demonstrated, when there is opposition of our faith. The stronger the challenge and opposition of our faith in God, the stronger our faith in God and his Word has to be.

 

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Small Thing-Big Results James 3:3

If we look in James chapter 3, we will see that a small thing has an influence and controls big things. The small thing dominates over the big things, that is why our tongue can influence or put on fire our whole life.

Sometimes, we think, that it is the big things in our life, which cause big negative effects, but not according to what James chapter 3 is saying.

If we control the small thing-tongue-according to God’s will, we can control our whole life according to God’s will. That is why in James chapter three it says that horses can be controlled with a bridle and a big ship, can be steered to where we want, by the rudder.

The one who does not control his tongue, his religious life is worthless, as it is written in the Epistle of James 1:26.

 

 

 

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Faith Focus-Matthew 14:29

As long as Peter was holding on to the word of Jesus ‘come’ he was walking on water. But the moment Peter forgot about the word Jesus gave him to come towards him, and began to trust the power of the wind, rather then the power of the word of Jesus, be began to sink.

The rhema word from God can be all the time out there for us, but it will not produce results and will  not do a miracle for us, if we diminish its power and influence in our life, by our unbelief,  by concentrating on something else.

God is ready to give a miracle but if we believe his promises only the half way, we will not see result.

 

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Get off that mountain! — Christian Reflections

In the book of Deuteronomy (chapter 1 verse 2), we read that the journey the Israelites took from Horeb to Kadesh Barnea, on the borders of Canaan in the Promised Land, is only an eleven day journey. Now the Israelites had reached Horeb within the first couple of months of leaving Egypt, yet it was […]

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Religion vs. Truth-Mark 2:7

Although Jesus was speaking the truth because he is the Truth, those people did not have the revelation from heaven to be able to see and understand that truth by the help of the Holy Spirit. They had a doctrine and religion and a lot of legalism but not a heavenly revelation about what Jesus was saying and doing. Today we should be careful that we do not dismiss a spiritual experience of other Christians as not valid, just because it does not fit our doctrine. They may have a revelation from the Holy Spirit which we do not have. And the only way to understand correctly the Word of God, is by revelation from the Holy Spirit because the Word of God is from him. The rest is about theology, doctrinal interpretation, legalism and philosophy. Yes Theology has its own importance and place in the body of Christ, but there is also a revelation from the Holy Spirit for the body of Christ too.

 

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God’s Ways are Mysterious-Matthew 2:13

We logically would think that the angel would protect Joseph and Mary and baby Jesus from Herod but no, he instead told them to go to Egypt. Could not the angel supernaturally stop Herod killing baby Jesus? Yes he could. But that is not the way God wanted to happen. Most people would assume the angel supernaturally would protect the Son of God. But God’s ways are mysterious for us humans to understand, because his thoughts are higher than our thoughts. It is similar in many ways for many things happening in our lives. We think that this way is better or the other way, but somehow, God has a different way and choice for us, which could appear to be not the choice we would make, but nevertheless, he makes the best choices for us, even when they seem mysterious.

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Do Not Reason What God Says-John 11:39

We sometimes want to reason what God says about us or our situation. Martha said “but” to what Jesus said about Lazarus. She tried to reason it. Let us not say ‘but’ to God when he says something about our life or situation. Let us say a better ‘b’ word which is  believe.

Believe means we validate what God is saying. ‘But’ hurts the Holy Spirit because when we say ‘but’ to God, it shows that we doubt the validity, reality and the truth of what he is saying. Doubting God by saying ‘but’, is like we are saying that what he says is not true. By us saying ‘but’ to God is like we are saying that there is another reality than that one which God is talking about, and that other reality is our own reasoning. God will never accept the ‘but’ word, because it enthrones our ‘reality’ rather than his. He is trustworthy enough for us to accept what he is saying without the ‘but’ because we even come to him for everything by faith  and not by reason. Our reason is too shallow to grasp everything he says or has for us and he loves to be trusted. We cannot reason the things about God but we can believe them and experience them.

 

 

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Do You Know What You Want from God? John 5:6

What a question to ask a sick man waiting to be healed in John 5:6. Surely Jesus knew that the man was there waiting to be healed. Why did he ask him that question? Is it possible that Jesus wants us to express our faith in him by us confessing our faith for healing from him? It was the same with the blind man Bartimaeus when Jesus asked him what Bartimaeus want Jesus to do for him in Mark 10:51. It was obvious that Bartimaeus wanted healing. God wants us to do two things when we want something from him. One, to know exactly and precisely what we want, and second, to confess and express our faith by speaking. God wants to heal us and give us things but, he will not force healing on us. He wants us to express our faith in him by speaking and being specific. Vague prayers do not do good. We can not go to a shop and say “I want a soup”. We have to say to the vendor, what type of soup we want precisely.

 

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How to Be Patient-Colossians 1:11

Do you want to have a lot of patience, and be able to endure the challenges and difficulties in life even more?

Then ask God to fill you with his power.

One of the reasons God is giving us his power, his anointing by the Holy Spirit, is to enable us to live and do his commandments. 

Apostle Paul says in Colossians 1:11 that when Christians are strengthened with God power, then they will be able to be more patient and to endure.

The Christian life is supernatural, and doing the commandments of God, is only possible, by the anointing and the help of the Holy Spirit. It is not a matter of will and decision. If it was a matter only of will and decision, then we as Christians, would fall flat on our face, many times, unable to do the commandments of God. 

It does not mean that we never brake the commandments of God, we do sometimes, but it does mean, that the Holy Spirit in us, enables us by his grace and power, to do what God has commanded us, even in the most challenging situations in our life. That is how, those who lost their life, because of persecution for their faith, were able to be faithful even to death, by the power, the anointing of the Holy Spirit, abiding in them.

We are giving the anointing of the Holy Spirit and the Bible says that the anointing abides in us. 

One of the reason for the anointing to be in us, is to enable us to be more like Jesus, and to live like Jesus, when he was on earth. 

Apostle Paul also said, that he can do all things, through Him who gives him strength. 

We need the power of God in us, to make us endure hardship and be more patient in difficult times. We can not do it on our own.

The power of God in us, can relate and enable more patience in our life. 

So, the power of God, is not only for doing miracles in our life, but also for shaping our character, making it more like the character of Jesus.

In Colossians 2:23, Paul shows that men made rules, can not make a person fight against the sinful nature in their body, regardless of who made the rules, or what rules they are. Only the power or the anointing of the Holy Spirit in us, can help us do that. That is how we become more patient too.

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Who is Feeding Us?-Luke 12:24

Looking at the birds, because they search for food, we think that they find their food when searching for it. But in reality God feeds them. Yes, they have to go out from their nest to search for food, but when they are searching for it, God provides it for them. People who do not believe in God are worried about food because they do not know that God feeds us – verse 30. But we do and glory and thanks to our Lord Jesus for that! All we need will be given to us by God – verse 31. We do not earn it. He gives it to us.

 

 

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Delight in Suffering-2 Corinthians 12:10

First of all, how could Apostle Paul delight in troubles? Most people are depressed, worried and anxious, when they get in serious suffering. But not Paul, He had something from heaven, given him from God, which enabled him to delight in difficulties. The power and the grace from God for Paul was sufficient to make him delight in pain, suffering and all sort of problems.

It is similar to the ‘delight’ in suffering, which the Apostles experienced, when they were flogged because of preaching about Jesus. The came out after being flogged, rejoicing. How could they? The grace and power of God. Acts-5:40, 41.

 

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Your Source of Provision-Mark 6:36, 37

 

 

Our provision does not start, and does not finish with circumstances. Our provision starts with God promising to provide for us. 

In Mark 6:36, 37, the disciples were completely in the flesh. How? Well, because all they were doing was calculating all the circumstances, and their own abilities about providing food for the thousands of people. They were spiritually blind, that the Source of all things and Life Himself, was standing next to them. Jesus had already done so many miracles which they testified with their own eyes, and yet they still were relying completely on logic, instead of the Word and promises of God.

Jesus said that we should not worry what we can eat, or what we can wear.

God knows that we need all those things. He created us to be with needs, and he is more concerned that our needs are met, than we are. How we know that? Let us look at 1 Timothy 6:17, where it says that God is the one who provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

We tend to think that it is us, who work for money in order to provide ourselves with food, but yet God wants us to know, that despite the fact that he wants us to work, our work is not our provider and source, but it is him. Work or not, he will provide for us, because he is the source of our life and everything around us. He will provide for us, because Jesus said that our life is more than food itself.

When the Bible says that God cares for us, that includes him caring for what we should eat, or what we should wear. He does not and never will care only for some things in our life. No, he cares about everything.

A good earthly father, will care about everything going on in the life of their child. A good father will not be partial and say ‘I will care for this, but not for that’. No, he is concerned for anything going on in the life of his child.

How much more, God who did not spare his own Son Jesus, but gave him and allowed him to come and die for us, will give us everything else we need – Romans 8:32

 

 

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Ways God Comforts Us-2 Corinthians 7:6

 

There are various ways which God uses to comfort us.

He comforts us by his Holy Spirit who lives in our hearts.

But God also comforts us by circumstances, and what happens to us and around us.

We tend to think most of the time, that God comforts us by his Holy Spirit, and he does. But how often we think about the circumstances in our life, which God uses to comfort us?

The Bible says that everything works for good, for those who love the Lord.

In 2 Corinthians 1:3-10, we can see that our God the Father comforts us in all our trials, and I believe that refers primarily to God comforting us by his Holy Spirit.

But if we look at 2 Corinthians 7:6, 7 we can see how God used Titus, to comfort Apostle Paul. So God uses circumstances to comfort us too, even though, often we do not recognise that.

And the comfort Paul received, was not just by the coming of Titus, but also by the comfort other Christian believers gave Titus. So, all that is about what happened to Titus, and then in turn to Paul.

We are thankful to our caring God and Father, in the name of Jesus, that he uses not only his Holy Spirit to comfort us on the inside, but the circumstances in our life on the outside, to comfort us too.

 

 

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Giving as a Christian-Mark 10:21

The more we give here on earth financially, for the Kingdom of God, the wealthier we will be in heaven.

Our good deeds on earth which are only temporary, build an abundant amount of wealth for us in heaven.

Whatever good deed we deposit here, will be stored in heaven for us for eternity.

Instead of rejoicing for his eternal wealth in heaven, the rich man in Mark 10:21, became sad of the idea of losing his earthy wealth. He just did not realise the value of the heavenly wealth, about which Jesus was talking about. He needed revelation from heaven in order to grasp that reality spiritually. He did not have that revelation about the value of the heavenly wealth, so he was left stuck, with his earthly wealth.

If he could have the revelation about the heavenly wealth, he would realise the real value of it, in comparison to his earthly wealth, and the fact, that the heavenly wealth will be for eternity his, while his earthly wealth, is only for limited time.

If he chose, he could be like the person who found a pearl buried in the field, went back, sold everything he had, and with that money he would go and buy that field, in order to get the pearl. The pearl is about the Kingdom of God.

Without any questions, the heavenly wealth is more precious and valuable according to God, than the earthly wealth, just because, it is directly about the Kingdom of God, first and for all, while the earthly wealth, could be related and used for the Kingdom of God, but it also can be used for other purposes instead.

Earthly wealth gives the sense of power and security to people, so the only way to overcome that power, is to really know, by revelation, what the heavenly wealth is all about.

If the rich man in Mark 10:21, could give his wealth for the poor, he would get much more wealth in heaven, which would make him happy for eternity.

 

 

 

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Faith versus Fear-Mark 4:40

Mark 4:40 

You can not have faith and fear at the same time. Jesus asked them why they do not have faith because he knew that the only thing they had was fear. When we look at the storms in our life, and the circumstances around us, they produce fear in us. When we look at the Word of God, jt produces faith in us. We are told to fix our eyes on Jesus. As long as Peter believed when Jesus told him to come to him walking on water, be could walk on the water. But when he started looking at the storm, he was afraid and he began to sink. When we begin to sink in the storms of our life, Jesus could ask us, where is our faith.

Faith does not come automatically. It comes by hearing the Word of God, as the Bible says. Hearing the Word of God, means we pay attention to the Word, even in the storms of our life, even in the most challenging situations. It is not about how we feel about the situations in our life, but it is about what we want to think and believe, when those situations come to our face.

 

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Persistence in Prayer-Matthew 15:23-28

Was it because of the persistence of the Canaanite woman, that Jesus answered her prayer in Matthew 15:23-28? Maybe.

Jesus said that her faith is great. But why did he said so?

In verse 23, Jesus did not even answer her. But latter we see, that he said her faith is great.

What made Jesus to say that? Is it possible that he saw her persistence and not giving up of what she wanted to receive from God? Jesus very plainly refused to grant her request but latter he did.

We know that Jesus said in other parts of the Bible, that we should be persistent in prayer.

It is possible, that our persistence, shows to God, that we believe that he will answer us. The measure of our persistence, and the length of our persistence, reveals how strong or how big our faith is.

If we have a little faith in the promises of God, then our persistence in prayer, will be not so strong, and not for long.

Our persistence in prayer shows to God, that we believe his promises, and that we believe what he said, therefore, we persist and wait for the answer.

It is possible that sometimes, God does not answer our prayers, just because he wants to see, how much we believe that he will answer us.

If we give up quickly, in our prayer and hope for the answer, that shows to God, that we are not really believing his promises for answering our prayers very much.

The quick giving up of waiting for the answer of our prayer, shows that our faith is little.

It is similar with the case of the blind Bartimaeus.

Bartimaeus was very persistent, to get from Jesus, the answer of his request.

People were trying to stop him going to Jesus, but he continue to shout and ask Jesus to help him. Eventually Jesus paid attention to Bartimaeus, and healed him, by answering his request.

In the Psalms, we can also see that we are told to wait on God. The longer the wait, the longer the persistence, and the stronger our faith appears to be.

Maybe God sometimes makes us to wait, in order to grow our faith, and make is even stronger.

 

 

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Christianity · Love of God · Love your neighbour

Open Letter-Matthew 5:16

People are more likely to believe our good deeds rather than our good talk.

People want to see how we live, not how we talk.

Everybody can make the easy talk. But not everyone is walking the difficult walk.

The pharisees were talking the talk but not walking the walk, because Jesus said that they do not practice what they preach.

We are the open letter which people read. Are we the letter from heaven?

Jesus said that by us loving each other, people will know that we belong to him.

 

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Christian prayer · Christianity · Faith in God

Using Our Talent-Matthew 25:25

How many times we blame God for various things, as an excuse not to do what he has required and given us to do?

We get a task from God, but we try to say to him that the task is too difficult for us to do, or that we do not have the time to do it.

So, we just point to God and say that the task is not the best for us, or, it is not one which is appropriate for us.

We do that as an excuse not to do what he has given us to do, just  like the man who hid the talent in the ground and did not do what he was given to do from his master.

But the master actually showed the servant that the fault was not his, but of the servant, who did not use the talent given to him.

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Christianity · Faith in God

Looking Back or Ahead-Luke 9:62

 

We have to look ahead on the road of life, while ´driving´ through our life.

It is like driving a car. If we fix our attention ahead on the road, we can proceed, drive, and arrive at our destination.

But if we look too much at the mirrors of our car, all we can see, will be what is behind us.

By looking too much behind us, we can not continue ahead, and we can not arrive at any destination. We will not be able to progress and grow spiritually.

Also, if we look too much into the mirrors of our car, we risk of having an accident.

So with our life, like Apostle Paul said, that we should forget what is behind, the past, and look forward of what is ahead of us.

Our past is a history, and what is left is the present and the future.

 

 

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Closing the Door-Mathew 6:6

 

 

Closing the door, is not just to shut things or people out..  Mathew 6:6

If we look at the context of the whole chapter, we can clearly see that closing the door, is about separating ourselves from people for a time being, not because we want our prayer not to be heart by other people, or to cut out distraction, but so that other people will not have any relation to our prayer.

Our prayer is between us and God, so when we close the door, there is only one opportunity left, our prayer to be heart from God and nobody else, so that other people can not hear us praying.

Jesus was referring about some people, praying with the main purpose to be heart from people, not from God.

That is why he said that we should close the door, so that we can pray and be heard from God only, and nobody else.

Jesus said that we should pray to be heard from heaven, and not be heard from the earth, and those who live on it..

 

 

 

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Christianity

Spiritual Jews-Romans 2:29

What God really cares about, is if we are born from above, born from him.

According to Jesus no one can see the Kingdom of God, unless they are born again.

We are spiritual Jews, because we are born again from the Holy Spirit. God looks at the heart.

Jesus condemned the Pharisees, because they nullified and ignored the Word of God, in order to keep their traditions. It is possible that they thought keeping a tradition made from men will save them.

Jesus did not like their ignorance of his words, which could make them to become a people, born again from above. They thought that by being naturally Jews, by birth, and keeping men made traditions is the key to go to heaven.

But God recognizes only one type of a heart, which is circumcised by the Spirit of Almighty God. The heart which has become a new creation in Christ Jesus. That heart is a heart of a spiritual Jew!

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Praise from God vs. Praise from Men-John 12:43

 

Why did those people appreciate more the praise from men, rather then the praise from God, in John 12:43?

When we do not have a proper relationship with God, and do not know him personally, we will look more for the praise of men.

Those who know God on a more intimate level, will for praise from him.

When we are concerned more with what people will say about us, rather then what God will say about us, we want the praise and approval of other people for us.

The only way for us to be more concerned about what God will say about us, is if we have a proper personal relationship with him, and know him personally.

 

 

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Christianity

Our Own Limits-Ephesians 3:20

 

Limiting ourselves -Ephesians 3:20

 

How often we find that we are limiting ourselves, in many areas of our life.

Many times, the only limitation there is, is ourselves.

Those limitation do not apply only in one area or another, but in many areas of our life, spiritual or material.

In Ephesians 3:20, Paul says that God can give us more that we can think or imagine.

I believe the reason for that is because he knows that we put limits on ourselves, in many ways, including our Christian faith.

We have somehow, by one way or another, put a lot of ´fences´ in many areas of our life.

God wants to make us brake those fences of limitation, and to learn to brake the speed limit of our faith in him and his Word, because he thinks it is possible for us to do so.

Jesus said that anything or everything is possible, for the one who believes.

God has always more for us, than we think or can imagine, and he does not limit us, but we limit ourselves in our faith in him.

The more of the limits we brake, the more of his power and work in our life will be.

 

 

 

 

 

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Christianity

Changed from Glory to Glory – 2 Corinthians 3:18

The glory of the Lord, is increasing in our lives, from day to day, and from year to year.  2 Corinthians 3:18

We are being transformed into the image of God. It is a lifelong process, that we are becoming more like our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

God always increases and develops us, in the things of God. From day to day, we become more like Jesus. God does not keep us on the same spiritual level, but he sanctifies us more and more.

That is why Paul said that our outward man decays but our inward man is renewed day by day.

That is how we grow spiritually, by being transformed by the Holy Spirit, and by the Word of God, to become more like Jesus.

 

 

 

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Christianity

The Holy Trinity Galatians 4:6

 

In Galatians 4:6, we can clearly see about the Holy Trinity.

Notice it says that God the Father sent the Spirit of his Son Jesus, into our hearts, which shows that Jesus is omnipresent as God the Father is, and that is another verse, which shows that Jesus is God, being omnipresent.

Also it says, that the Spirit of his Son cries out “Abba Father”.

The Spirit of Jesus in us communicates with God the Father, through us, by being in us.

He does it by using us, and it is not just us crying “Abba Fatter”. Awesome!

Glory and thanks be to our Lord Jesus Christ for that!

 

 

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Christianity

A Treasure from Heaven in Earthly Vesels-2 Corinthians 5:12

Today in this world, most people value what is seen, but undervalue, what is in the heart. What do we have in the heart, as christians? Well, we have the Holy Spirit of our Father God, creator of the universe, which this world, does not have. We have an eternal life in our born again spirit, which people in this word, do not have. We have the fruit and gifts of the Holy Spirit, which this world does not have. We have the anointing of God, the glory, the power of God, which this world does not have. We have the Kingdom of God on the inside of us, which the world does not have. We have the Creator of the Universe living in us. What more we need?

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Holy Spirit, Prayer Coach — Feeding On Jesus

“Then He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, ‘Simon, are you sleeping? Could you not watch one hour?’” (Mark 14:37, NKJV). When you read this question that Jesus asked Peter, what is your inner response? Can you identify with Peter? Sometimes, we as Christians carry around a vaguely guilty feeling about not […]

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Christianity

Do Not Let Your Heart Be Troubled – John 14:27

 

The Peace of God, in a Troubled Heart

 

We have peace with God, but it is our responsibility and not God’s to not let our hearts be troubled. What makes our hearts be troubled? By choosing to worry about things. By not having faith in the promises of God for our situation.

By looking to our circumstances and believing them, more than we believe God. By believing what Google and our friends and families tell us more than what God tells us about the situation we are in. 

All those things trouble our hearts and interfere with the peace God is giving us, so that we can not fully live with the the peace of God in us.

 

 

 

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Legalism vs. Grace of God Luke 6:6-11

There we are. We have here in Luke 6:6-11 a mighty miracle done by Jesus in front of the pharisees, and they instead of believing in him, and give glory to God the Father, started to plan how they can kill him. All they were looking for, was a legalistic keeping of the Law of God, by keeping the Sabbath (verse 7) and therefore, missing completely the mercy and grace of God, expressed by Jesus healing the man, in front of their eyes.

Even today, we have people who see the miracles done by God, and still try to be religious, instead of giving their life to him, and be born again, by the Holy Spirit. They are satisfied with their religion, and think that they do not need miracles from God. 

The pharisees were concentrated on the Law, and in this case, missed the mercy of God for the man with the leprosy hand. And yet Jesus is the one, giving them the Law, by being God himself. How can any person be furious about a good deed of healing, in which we see the ‘stamp’ of the mercy of God?

No surprise here! Guess who is furious with a miracle from heaven. The enemy of our soul.

 

 

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Christian prayer · Christianity

People Look on the Outside, God on the Inside- Luke 19:1-10

 

People look at the outside, but God looks at the heart of men.

Being a tax collector, in those days, was one of the most hated jobs. 

Zaccheus was hated by people, because of his professional title. He was despised, rejected, and labelled by many, as the bad guy! He took their money, and as far as people are concerned, he was the person who stirred up hatred in the hearts of many people. 

But, that was on the outside. That was what people were seeying about Zaccheus. 

He was that little man, and in their eyes, he was little not only in height, but as a person too, all to do, with the career he chose to follow. Zaccheus was that little man, with a big heart, which was willing to repent, and because wanting to please Jesus, was also willing to give back big part of his money, to all those from whom he was taking too much.

But, how God looked at Zaccheus was a totally different story.

People thought that Jesus must never pay attention to people like Zaccheus, because according to them, he was a sinner, working as tax collector, and taking more than he was supposed to do, as he admitted himself.

But Jesus saw the good soil in his heart, and he saw that the heart of Zaccheusis ready for repentance. 

Most people could see Jesus passing by, but Zaccheusbeing short man, could not. But, he had a hunger to find out who Jesus was, and to see him. That was proved by him jumping on a tree, ready to do anything, just to see Jesus passing by.

Jesus saw that hunger in his heart, and called him to come down from the tree, because the hunger of Zaccheusto find out about Jesus, attracted the attention of God.

People do not see what is really in your heart, so they will miss judge you, and will get the wrong impression about you, at times. But God, knows exactly who you are as a personality, and what your real thoughts are.

We know the saying ¨Do not judge the book by its cover¨. That is what people did about Zaccheus, but Jesus knew what is in him.

 

 

 

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Christianity

Lending to Many Nations-Deuteronomy 28:12

 

How can anyone lend to many nations, if they do not have a lot? You must have not only enough for yourself, but a lot of blessings in order to give to many nations. 

Yes, it was written for the Jews in the Old Testament but we are also called spiritual Jews in the New Testament. 

Only if you live in prosperity you will be able to lend to many nations. 

Many nations certainly means more than two or three.

 

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God’s Heart for Us-Luke 7:13

 

God Cares for Our Tears-Luke 7:13

 

When we cry, the heart of Jesus goes after us, and surely, he wants to say to us ‘do not cry’, do a miracle for us, and comfort our hearts. And God has promised to wipe out our tears, in the book of Revelation.

The tears of the woman, and the pain in her heart, caused God to stop, pay attention to her, be concerned for her, and cancel the funeral she was attending.

In a similar way, God wants to cancel many of of our trials, which cause us pain and hurt. He is still concerned for us, as he was then. His heart for us does not change, because he does not change.

Jesus still wants to come close to us, and touch our trials and cancel them, as he touched the funeral and cancelled it. His compassion still wants to calm our souls, and bring his life to us, when we face the challenges of this life.

 

 

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Christian prayer · Christianity

Perspectives & Point of View-Mark 6:1-6

 

Point of View-Mark 6:1-6

 

So many people today, are like the people in the time, when Jesus was on earth.

They can only see him as a prophet, as a wise teacher, as a philosopher, or just another carpenter.

In Mark 6:1-6, we can clearly see, that although Jesus was doing all those miracles, for a few years, in front of thousands of people, there were still people, who could not see him as the Son of God. They saw him only as a man. ‘Is not this the carpenter’ they asked. And yet Jesus said that even if they do not believe what he is saying about himself, they should at least believe on the prove of the miracles themselves, which testified that he is the Son of God.

Jesus even asked them at one point who they think that he is, and only Peter had the real revelation that he is the Messiah, the Son of God. Others thought that he is one of the prophets, or whatever else.

Today, so many people still do not see, that Jesus is God himself, as he said that whoever sees him, sees the Father God.

All that some people see today, is that he is a good moral teacher, and based on that, they miss all the miracles and the supernatural God has for them and their life.

Lack of faith, lack of miracles, and Jesus still marvels today, about their unbelief, in whom he says that he is.

 

 

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