Choose to Standout.

We mostly complain about the situation of the country we find ourselves in this world; how “living” can be that hard, how the future often look so bleak…

…And we have been told at a time or more that we should quit complaining and do more of praying (which is good). But will that erase the fact that we’re living in a perverse and extremely wicked world amidst extremely wicked beings?

All these seriously got me pondering…and arriving at this conclusion; It would be the most senseless and unthinkable thing to happen to any human… NOT making it to Heaven after living in this kind of “mini hell” called world.

Would you really want to move from ‘grass’ (this ‘mini hell’) to ‘very thick forest’ (hell fire) OR from grass to grace (Heaven)? #foodforthought#

 

The price has already been paid with HIS blood,all you need do is choose to stand with JESUS and choose to do good instead evil anywhere you find yourself. Consciously and seriously endeavor to be Christ-like; choose not to lie, cheat, fornicate, commit adultery, be a stumbling block, backbite, keep malice, etc. Choose to stand out amidst evil-filled people and GOD will surely help you.

HAPPY EASTER. Shalom!

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Which do you have? “Faith” or “Belief”

Matthew 17:20 “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”

Belief says, “You can do it, because I’ve seen you do it countless times before but in order to do this particular one, I’ll need proof and enough assurance that you are able.”

Faith says, “You are capable of doing ANYTHING, even this particular one, even though I’ve never seen you do such before.”

Abraham had faith, The Centurion had faith (Matt 8:1-10). Jesus was faith personified while on earth. Thomas and most of the disciples then had belief, especially the ones that left Jesus when they couldn’t fathom what He was saying in John 6:53-66.

“Belief” wait for evidences before acting. “Faith” doesn’t need evidences; it acts without one.

Shalom!

The Harvest…

Revelations 22
11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

A man once had a farm where he grew crops. One day he went to check on his crops only to find out that most of it had turned green and only few had their original brown color.
He became very worried and sad. He thought about burning all the crops and restarting but thought about how long it took the crops to grow to that stage and also all the time and effort he spent nurturing them to that stage.

His friend came and met him in deep thought and asked him what was wrong. He narrated it all to his friend who told him that an enemy has surely grown a poisonous plant amongst his crops which caused the change in color of most of the crops. The friend told him not to worry because he can get him a special chemical (made just for the situation of the crops) to sprinkle on the crops and be amazed at its highly transforming effect.

The man was very happy to hear this and did just as his friend said.

On the day of harvesting, the man came and found out that most of the crops have actually changed from their ‘green’ color to the natural brown. But not all, some stil remained adamantly green and even polluted some of the brown crops amongst them. The man gathered the brown crops into the barn and had no choice but to burn the ‘green’ & ‘polluted’ ones.

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This is just same way The LORD in His infinite love wanted us all saved from being burned by pouring the chemical (Blood of Jesus) on the sinners (green crops) and unbelievers;backsliders (polluted crops) and waiting patiently for the change from bad to good. The day of harvesting is at hand, don’t be amongst those gathered to be burned. Remember, the choice is yours and it is not too late to repent now.

Matthew 13:24-30 (NIV)
Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.
But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.
When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.
“The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’
“‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.
“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
“‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”

Shalom!

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Dark Nights of the Soul…

It’s all going down; beginning to look like GOD is nowhere to be found, like He has gone away on a long vacation from my life… and then those silly questions begin to rear up their heads in my mind, “was He ever real?, does He really exist?, …but what of all those personal miracles and breakthroughs….., maybe they were just pure luck….”, and on and on the thoughts kept swirling around in my head.

Hmmmm, don’t the devil just like it when times like this arises in the life of a believer. “Times” which gives him room enough to whisper doubtful words into one’s inner ears thereby causing many believers to fall away…going back to their ‘vomit’.

Although, most of the time, it truly takes the Spirit of God to keep any man still standing firm during and after this ordeal.

Matthew 4:1

“Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.”

Even Jesus had the Spirit’s backup when He was about to face the tests of the devil while on earth. Which only goes to show that we need the Holy Spirit with us always and even while facing trials and temptations, in order to successfully overcome them like Jesus did.

Brethren, when GOD becomes silent while we’re undergoing our life tests and we begin to say all sorts of negative words (blasphemy) to Him, behaving like a “spoilt brat”, it only goes to show the level of our self-centeredness because those times – “dark nights of the soul” are definitely not when we should be far from GOD but when we should actually draw more nearer and closer to Him.

Job 23:8-11(NLT)

8 I go east, but he is not there.

    I go west, but I cannot find him.

9 I do not see him in the north, for he is hidden.

    I look to the south, but he is concealed.

10 “But he knows where I am going.

    And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold.

11 For I have stayed on God’s paths;

    I have followed his ways and not turned aside.

Shalom!

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