Brethren, I could not myself yet to have laid hold: but one thing [I do], forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before, 14. I press on toward the goal unto the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13
God has called us to be victorious and overcomers by stepping forward for His kingdom. When we move for God it requires us to stretch and move out of our comfort zone and into the wilderness. God does not promise us with easy and painless journey but the challenging journey is going to be sweet and memorable in the end.
In order to move forward and seize the prized promises of God, we must first need to let go of our nets, sell our boats and leave our past behind us in the case of Apostle and his brother. For our case it might be extreme case of leaving our family, resigning from our jobs or selling off our businesses. But have no fear that God will prove your right and provide for all your needs and of your family.
1 Corinthians: 9. 22. To the weak I became weak, that I might gain the weak: I am become all things to all men, that I may by all means save some. 23. And I do all things for the gospel’s sake, that I may be a joint partaker thereof.
To carry the cross of Christ Jesus is about following carrying the Word of God to where ever we go and what ever we do. If we say that we love Jesus Christ, then prove it by loving the Word of His Father even more. Shall we live our lives for the sake of the Holy Bible. The pleasing end result is to lead the unsaved and unclean closer to Christ Jesus, for the sake of reconciling man with God.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah: 55. 9.
Make missions a life style and no longer a program. It is not difficult for us to give up a golf or beauty saloon session, or an expensive gift or leisure for your love ones and family. Why not use money to adopt a homeless child or support overseas mission to reach the untapped nations of the world.
Go through the Abraham experience and put Isaac on the alter, rest assured that God will put a substitute. When we sacrifice our children for God, they have belonged to God and God will take care of them even better than us. We need to live a life of sacrifice, our life will change, our perspective of life and the way we worship God will also change.
Isaiah: 43. 19. Behold, I will do a new thing; now shall it spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
We are called by God to proclaim the kingdom of God cometh down upon the earth and we also need to accept, respect, love and serve our neighbors and people around us. When we go forth into the wilderness loving people, we will encounter the Holy Spirit of God strengthening us, anointing us with supernatural capacities and working miracles through us I.e. preaching the Word of God, prophesying, saving and salvaging a great multitude, deliverance, exorcism, raising the dead, etc.
Ultimately, we too become more Christ like that radiates His loving kindness when serving people and making diciples effectively (in modern day terms is like having a ton of followers and fans on social media, whom they think, talk, act, eat and sleep like Christ Jesus through constant contact with us). And we uphold His truth and justice like a beacon on a hill.
Psalm: 139. 14. I will give thanks unto thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: Wonderful are thy works; And that my soul knoweth right well.
We need to stop trying to be like our successful, gifted, orderly, organized, multi-talented people around us or even pretending like one. And sometimes they make us feel small and feel bad of ourselves and we might even question God on where is the fairness in this world. Can we secure our identity in Christ Jesus and feel insecure no more.
Over the years we need to find our identify in Christ. We need to also accept others and their giftings and talents and see their purpose in the Kingdom of God and they are here to compliments us. People will always have different perceptions of us and even judge us. Nevertheless, the real us does not really matter but we need to find our original you that God has made us to be.
We cannot everyday struggle wanting to be like others, we cannot do that, live like that and we need to love ourselves and grow our skills and gifts and celebrate our lives like that instead. We just cannot be the person that God does not wants us to be. Because we are all made special and unique in the image of God and learn to rejoice in God.
Romans: 8. 29. For whom he foreknew, he also foreordained [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren: 30. and whom he foreordained, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
The only way to reduce and break the cyclic sinning is to have a relationship with God so that we become like the righteousness of Christ Jesus, for He is the blameless Lamb of God.
In our journey, God gives us the power to obey Him by bring a living sacrifice of Love. God gives us the power to serve him, to love others, to come into His Holy presence, to feel safe and secure in the arms of the Father. Thus, we need to know Jesus and know His good news.
Romans: 3. 23. for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God;
The reason is simply in nature of sinning, cunning and deceit we all inherit in us at the beginning. Where Adam and Eve sinned by disobeying God, when they consumed the fruit from the tree of knowledge. In the story of Jacob stealing the blessings of Esau through duress as seen in Genesis: 25. 31. And Jacob said, Sell me first thy birthright. 33. And Jacob said, Swear to me first. And he sware unto him. And he sold his birthright unto Jacob. And by pretending to be Esau and deceiving his blind and old father Isaac as depicted in Genesis: 27. 22. And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father. And he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau. 23. And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau’s hands. So he blessed him. 24. And he said, Art thou my very son Esau? And he said, I am.
Philippians: 3. 21. who shall fashion anew the body of our humiliation, [that it may be] conformed to the body of his glory, according to the working whereby he is able even to subject all things unto himself.
The image of Christ is embedded in everyone of us. Because of this enabled us to live in power and to taste how God wants us to be. And reflecting the image of God to the world, as our lives is a painting of God. Here in the power of Christ I stand because He is our shield and strength.
Romans: 12. 1. I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, [which is] your spiritual service. 2. And be not fashioned according to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, and ye may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
God plans and wants all His children to have a sound and clear mind listening and guided by the Holy Spirit of God. Because we are continuing to learn everyday of our lives and there are many things which we do not know and cannot even comprehend as mortal flesh and blood.
Therefore, we pray to God for a sound and protected mind from the forces of darkness to help us discern the truth out from the lies and deception of this world. My Lord God help us to test and approve what God will is, may none of our minds fall into temptations and bondages, other than good, pleasing and His perfect will. And as the result shall be perfect overflow with joy and peace of the Kingdom of Heaven.
Acts: 1. 8. But ye shall receive power, when the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and ye shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea and Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Saint Paul taught us to become anointed witnesses to the glory of God the Father and God the Son. As through the help of the Holy Spirit of God who is upon us who believe and accept Christ Jesus as our Savior and Lord. We are able to do and achieve great things to the glory of the Kingdom of the Son of love. Being not as big as what we can do and by the fact that we did not achieve it by our own strength and skills. Therefore, we are call upon to be witnessed to the help given and that God is with us and His majesty reins on earth and in heaven. Amen.
Romans: 12. 13. communicating to the necessities of the saints; given to hospitality. 14. Bless them that persecute you; bless, and curse not. 15. Rejoice with them that rejoice; weep with them that weep.
We as Christians are asked to profess the goodness of God in the Word of God and to stand firm in God’s will and promises and to stand against the corruption of the enemy and the world. We ask God to help renew our minds by pondering on the Word of God, by not only reading, gleaning and hearing in the Word of God, but also reflecting and meditating on it.
If we are good with imagination, we can see mental pictures of subjects and objects described in Bible verses. After all these, we should profess to others to their benefit and not keep it to ourselves. Ultimately, with a sole intention to align men with God.
Romans: 12. 19. Avenge not yourselves, beloved, but give place unto the wrath [of God]: for it is written, Vengeance belongeth unto me; I will recompense, saith the Lord. 20. But if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him to drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head. 21. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Be not overcome of it, but overcome it. Do not be afraid nor dismay at their faces nor before all the multitude, resist it, walk pass it the valley and be with the light. You are a small beacon of light. Allow us and other believers to help heal you and strengthen you and pray for everlasting blessings and protection from our Lord God Jesus Christ. We love you my saint, God and Jesus in heaven love you dear child. So be it in the name that is exlated above all names of Jesus we pray, believe and commit. Amen.
Despite what God has said above, history is filled with stories of punishing the enemy and family vendettas to avenge for a loved one. The reason why God said that vengeance is His, is because when we try to take justice into our own hands, what system of justice are we based on. Is it some natural justice out of hate and resentment or a written law created by a manly statesman or worse our own judgment based on what can be get back at the enemy. Ultimately, all of man’s judgement is flawed in the eyes of God, for our Lord God sees from heaven.
Proverbs: 18. 20. A man’s belly shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; With the increase of his lips shall he be satisfied. 21. Death and life are in the power of the tongue; And they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. 22. Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, And obtaineth favor of Jehovah.
Whatever that we preach or profess to others will affect their mind and also their soul, so don’t be too quick and to often to open that gap. We only say when it is necessary and after some inner thoughts on how others would feel and the effects of has. It’s nicer to give a sincere smile, wave or handshake and bless with well wishes. Because the tongue has power to profess life and death. So we pray to our Lord God Jesus Christ for His discernment on how to use this powerful object. Bless and be blessed. Amen.
Isaiah: 50. 10. Who is among you that feareth Jehovah, that obeyeth the voice of his servant? he that walketh in darkness, and hath no light, let him trust in the name of Jehovah, and rely upon his God.
We as mortal must fear God as our creator and supreme and almighty Ruler of the universe. He is who He is and called Himself ‘I Am’, because He cannot be labeled or tagged in any form, for He is God. When we know how to fear our loving God, like how we fear and love our parents and grandparents, we will also trust in Him and obey His commandments and fulfill His calling. For our God knew us even before we were conceived, therefore He knows our disobedience and fears too to restraint us from sinning. Let’s pray that God give us good fear of Him, the Son of God and Angel of the Lord, to keep charge over us and keep us in our right way. Amen.
Proverbs: 15. 1. A soft answer turneth away wrath; But a grievous word stirreth up anger.
Anger and rage against another human or God’s creatures is part of the 7 deadly sins that all Christians need to avoid at all cost. Therefore, we must be disciplined to avoid words that are insulting and hurting to others. Instead let our conversation be filled with grace and compassion. And having not refrain from libel, slander, gossip and murmuring like the Israelites in Exodus. They have just witnessed the wonders and awe of God delivering them yet they behave like looser with a weak mind and loose tongue. Therefore, we pray in the name of Jesus, who is the Son of God our Lord to have the discernment with spoken Words so to make us more than conquerors.
Mark: 11. 23. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou taken up and cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that what he saith cometh to pass; he shall have it.
What we speak to others do matters, because God made us with the power of confession. We were made to testify of God’s glory and invincible hand on our lives. It does not matter what form of communication is used, be it spoken, written, recorded audio, video, blog, chats, etc of the Internet age. As the way we convey messages transforms over time. Hence, we need to be careful and mindful of what we say or intend to say and not treat it lightly. As we often preceive that no one can sue us for libel or slander, as it is not recorded as proof nor published publicly. This leads to the evil culture of lying and swear falsely on others, whether intentionally or unintentionally to cause distress, harm or to get upper hand over other humans. Thus, we pray for spiritual discernment against evil sins of lying and swear falsely in all situations we are caught in. Amen
James: 4. 3. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may spend [it] in your pleasures.
When we pray we need to check against the Bible to see if it is in accordance to the will of God. We can pray or others help pray to God for something perhaps worldly things. But why our prayers does not seem to be answered. And we doubt that God has turn a deft ear against us or even forsaken us. God will grant us favor and things that He has promised His children in the Word of God and He is sovereign and has the final say and not what we prayed for. Therefore, we need to pray with the right motives and ask with humility and understanding of the covenants in the Holy Bible. And never subject our Father God onto our wills and fancies. Amen.
1 Peter: 1. 18. knowing that ye were redeemed, not with corruptible things, with silver or gold, from your vain manner of life handed down from your fathers;
Travel journey with deeper conscious of God’s invincible hands in our lives and that God and His Angels are working hard day and night to protect us and rescue us. On the other hand, those who says they no need God and do not read the Bible and refuse to go to church, will want to save themselves or numb themselves in money or gold and silver, enjoyment and sins, because human are by in born nature attracted to sex and pleasure. Therefore, we thank You and praise You God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit.
Acts: 16. 16. And it came to pass, as we were going to the place of prayer, that a certain maid having a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much gain by soothsaying. 17. The same following after Paul and us cried out, saying, These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim unto you the way of salvation. 18. And this she did for many days. But Paul, being sore troubled, turned and said to the spirit, I charge thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And it came out that very hour.
From above story it is evident that devil’s servants and evil in the form of possessed person can easily sense out a holy person that is strong in faith and protected by Holy Spirit of God. Similarly, a holy person might be able to sense the presence of evil nearby. Whether, we are spirituality anointed or a regular clergy or a normal person, we need the help of the Holy Spirit of God to help us discern
Isaiah: 43. 1. But now thus saith Jehovah that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed thee; I have called thee by thy name, thou art mine.
We as Christ followers should not be too fearful except fearing God by obeying His commandments and stay away from sins. Because we are His creations and we belong to Him for He even know us by our names no matter which nation we are in. Ultimately, when we wait on the Lord God and call out in His name, He will save us from His holy heavenly with His right hand. Amen.
Isaiah 43.2. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned, neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
What Apostle Isaiah prophesied had came to passed in Christ Jesus for He is God like being the Son of God. For Christ followers it meant that when we walk through the fire of oppression we shall not be burnt up. And when we go through rivers of difficulties we shall not drown. We need to live in holiness and sealed by the Holy Spirit of God. Therefore, we should not fear of any evil works and hexes as the darkness will tremble and flee from us and the enemy will ‘get hot’ for Jesus has triumphant over them at the cross. We pray that God to strengthen us within and in our faith no matter what situations we are stuck in and to be led by the Holy Spirit of God into victory and remain vigilant of the attacks by the enemy. Amen.
Isaiah 43.3. For I am Jehovah thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour; I have given Egypt as thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in thy stead.
Jehovah our God in heaven chooses His nation and people to keep His sacred Oracles, covenants and treasures by how obedient and Godly they are by their own choice. He could have chosen Egypt as it is the oldest civilization in the world. And Ethiopia (came to name by Christian King Ezana during 4th century AD of Aksum Kingdom) also previously known as Abyssinia and called to be the cradle of humankind and country that was never conquered by outsiders except WWII. Half of Ethiopians today are Christian practicing Ethiopian orthodox branch of ancient Egyptian Coptic Church. And Seba was the Solomonid country (decent of King Solomon) named after Queen Sheba in the Bible and has its root from 10th century BC. Today, its once ancient capitol of Marib is situated east of Yemen’s modern capitol of Sana’a.
When people are becoming sinful and fearless, God will have to choose whom He can save and He will not save all sinners and evil sowers and workers. When God chooses Egypt was made to suffer as a ransom to set us free. Later Ethiopia and then Seba was chosen as expiatory offering to suffer in our place. Implying also of other nations in history been given up for destruction by God. More recently, China reached its lowest point during post WWII Civil War as it continue to ignore the warning of heathen practice and allowed rampant unnecessarily and merciless bloodsheds and massacres on its vast lands and waters. Hence, Kings, Leaders and Politicians around the world to be vigilant and uphold their moral duty to the land and people whom they have been installed to helm and govern. Amen.
1 Corinthians: 11. 25. In like manner also the cup, after supper, saying, This cup is the new covenant in my blood: this do, as often as ye drink [it], in remembrance of me. 26. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink the cup, ye proclaim the Lord’s death till he come. 27. Wherefore whosoever shall eat the bread or drink the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. 28. But let a man prove himself, and so let him eat of the bread, and drink of the cup. 29. For he that eateth and drinketh, eateth and drinketh judgment unto himself, if he discern not the body.
The Holy Communion is the remembrance of the sacrifices of Christ Jesus for our sins on the cross and the forgiveness of our sins and trespasses. Therefore, we should treat the sacrifices in the shed bloods of the Son of God with adoration and awe. And before partaking in the Holy Communion, we should cleanse our body and soul of any sins and to prove it to the Lord God. If there is still sins before communion, they should repent sins and ask for forgiveness from the Lord and who soever trespassed first. For there is cleansing sins in the blood of the Lamb.
We need to be discerning about the blood and body of Jesus Christ as they are not mere symbols of eating and drinking as the Corinthians were doing (judged by Apostle Paul as eating and drinking judgement instead of blessings). It is from the cup of blessings of Jesus that redemption of sins, love, and peace flows out from we yearn and pray in the mighty name of Jesus.
2 Corinthians: 5. 20. We are ambassadors therefore on behalf of Christ, as though God were entreating by us: we beseech [you] on behalf of Christ, be ye reconciled to God.
Jesus Christ asked His Apostles and diciples to spread the Word of reconciliation back to God as enshrined in the old testament, which is the same calling also in the new testament. A Godly city is founded whose architect and builder is our God. In this city new Godly and holy life and value will be up held and practiced by its inhabitants. Because a Godly cities and nations is God’s possession and His people shall be reconcile back to God the Father. Amen.
Luke: 15. 15. And he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
Be good citizens of the country whom exhibits high quality conduct and be subjected to the rule of law and authority of God, for God is sovereign. And He will always be sovereign over the child of God no matter what your situations and circumstances. At the same time there 3 fold responsibility for every citizens I.e. pay tax to the human government in order to keep the civilization going, recognize and accept the human government elected by the people of the land and pray for God’s leadership, wisdom and guidance over the chosen leaders.
The function of God to His children is to protect the weak and poor, judge the wicked and evil and promote and bless the righteous. Sometimes, bad things do happen to us and God expects to see allegiance to Him. For God says He do not recompense evil, wait upon the Lord and He will save you. Amen.
Romans: 6. 3. Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4. We were buried therefore with him through baptism unto death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life. 5. For if we have become united with [him] in the likeness of his death, we shall be also [in the likeness] of his resurrection;
To live is Christ and to die is gain, we gain eternal salvation through the precious blood of Jesus Christ. Why do Christians need to symbolically die in our previous sins and trespasses. Because the obsession with sins I.e. lust and adultery and there is some dark forces controlling our thoughts to continue sinning although our heart and Bible says no.
Renewed mind is God’s provision through the works of the cross.
Forgiveness and personally appropriate deliverance.
God’s provision of confession and renunciation of sins. When we are cleansed by His precious blood and made alive again. We will experience more love, peace and joy in our live likened to His 3rd heaven kingdom on earth. Amen.
Ephesians: 2. 5. even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace have ye been saved), 6. and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly [places], in Christ Jesus:
Thought patterns and the roots of the thought patterns are stubbornly persistent I.e. men or women who like sex and when they see the opposite sex they get attracted and starts to allure and seduce.
Hence, the Word of God commands that we need to deal with these 2 problems. Because getting rid of only either one of the problem will not remove the issue, in the contrary it might get worse. Thus, the need for renewed mind in Christ Jesus because He is replacing all that is bad with His good in our body, mind and soul. Amen.
Romans: 14. 17. for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Christian legalism means strict, literal and excessive use of what God says. It is not wrong legally though, but it may be annoying to regular Christians.