According to the Bible each one of us has a soul. What is soul ? Soul is the real person inside of us. Most believe that soul separates from the body when we die. Our soul will receive in the afterlife what we have done in our lifetime. The Bible also says that our soul is the most important next or aside from God. If we lose our soul we have lost everything even if we own the whole world when we were alive.
If our soul is the most important, how do we save it ? We all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and the wages of sin is death according to the Bible. So our soul is doomed because of sin. But wait there must be a way out. Yes there is and that way out is through Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ died for our sins. And because He lives we can face tomorrow.
This Easter or Holy Week, let us meditate on the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is God who came in human flesh to pay for our sins so that our soul may have eternal life.
Repent (confess our sin) and believe or trust in Jesus and our soul will live forever too because Jesus(Spirit) and the Holy Spirit will reside in us.
Live daily for God through the help of the Holy Spirit, who resides in us once we trust in Jesus.
What does it mean to ask for God's love ? The Bible says God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. God gave us His love. What do I mean for asking for God's love ? I mean asking for more than we need so we can give them to others who need it. Our humanity can only love so much.God's love can cause us to go the extra mile, perhaps a little extra.
God's love can not be measured but we can sense the motivation it creates. Because of Jesus' love, He obeyed His Father and endured the cross that we may have life and have it more abundantly.
God's love will give us boldness to share Jesus with people we use to avoid. God's love gives me peace that I never had before. I believe here is a test to tell that we do not have enough love . When we only think of ourselves and what we can get, then this could be an indication that we are lacking. But when we are looking for opportunities to share and serve others then that could be an indication of love that is overflowing.
For Christians it is written that the Holy Spirit is given to us and He resides in us but if we are not careful we can live as if He is not there. But God does not keep this a secret, the gift of the Holy Spirit is written in the Bible. Search the Bible and you will find them.Pray that the Holy Spirit help us to express this love and cooperate with Him.
Who is Jesus ? The Jesus we know is the one we respond to. For some he is a good man, for others He is God. For others He is also their Lord and Savior. For me He is my Lord and Savior, He is also my God. How about you , who is Jesus to you ? Have you thought about this ? Would you like some private moments to think about this ?
This Lenten season , let us get to know more about Jesus, Why ? because he offers eternal life or life beyond the life we have here on earth.
For others, they may be asking who is this Jesus? what is his story ?
I believe God inspired man to write about Jesus in the Bible. There are four major books in the Bible that tells about Jesus , they are Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
I hope we can discuss and know more about Jesus. Do you want to know more ? If your answer is yes, then let us do it, but first let me suggest that we make our own research first . Let us read what is written in the Bible and may we get to know Jesus and His relationship to us or our relationship with Him.
Perhaps this is new to you, that Jesus died for you and me. There was a time when I thought that Jesus was killed by the Jewish religious leaders about 2000 years ago and aided by the Roman soldiers at that time. They crucified Him because He claimed God is His Father and that He will destroy the temple. The Jewish leaders feared too that because Jesus is growing popular with the people and causing uproar that Rome will come and destroy their nation. So rather than lose the nation, they plotted to kill Jesus.
So Jesus was crucified, died , was buried but Jesus rose again after three days and three nights. He was seen by His disciples and after a few days left after telling the disciples that He will come again ,meanwhile His disciples were also told that they are to wait for the Holy Spirit.
Again let us go back to the statement that Jesus died for you and me. Maybe another statement will put some light into this that Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. By the way the Jews were taught to sacrifice a perfect animal to cover their sins. Year after year their priests practice this sacrifice. The Jews were also told that someday their deliverer will come. Let us go back to the crucifixion account. When Jesus died, the veil in the temple was ripped open from top to bottom.What does this mean ? The veil that used to separate the people or the high priest from the Holy of Hollies was opened, there is no more separation. Again what does this mean ? Something got paid, that is our sins that separated us from God, the death or sacrifice of Jesus paid for them.
By the way, your decision to believe or not to believe this is in your hands.
But here is another thought would you rather pay for your own sins or have somebody do it for you ?To have somebody to do it for us seems a way out but here is the deal. When we accept Jesus sacrifice for us He then became our Savior. Because He is alive too, we become His own and if we belong to Him , He becomes our Lord. If He is our Lord then His words are our command.
If these are still unclear to you , let us pause, soak it in and pray about it. Let your inner man meditate on this and pray that God will guide you to the right decision.
Is God One ? Is God Trinity ? This concept is one if not the hardest to explain or understand. Perhaps you experienced a discussion about the essence of God. Some claims that belief in Trinity is a belief in three Gods.
The Bible teach there is One God but the Bible also teach that God exist as Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. I believe the best book to explain Trinity is the book of John chapters 12 to 17. These chapters I believe describe the unity and distinction of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Some visual aid may be needed because how can three be one ? I suggest you try this. Out of a cardboard or paper make two equal circles using compass. Make one circle as is but divide the other circle into three equal parts using protractor. The two circles are still the same but one circle has three equal parts. The second circle is not three circles but three parts forming one circle.
One more suggestion on the three parts of one circle, place the verse numbers on those referring to the Fatheron one part, verse numbers for the Son on one part, and verse numbers for the Holy Spirit on the third part.If the verse numbers are too many make bigger circles. I used one 8 and one half inch by 11 inches paper or board to make one circle.Then divide the circle into three equal parts.
Jesus loves people. Jesus loves even the people who crucified Him. He asked God the Father to forgive them. Jesus loves Mary Magdelene who people accused of adultery. Jesus loves Matthew who was a tax collector.Jesus loves Peter who denied Him three times. Jesus called Judas friend even though Judas betrayed Him. Jesus loves Nicodems and Paul even though they were Pharisees. Jesus loves children.Jesus loves His mother and disciples too.
But Jesus did not like it when people make His Father's house which should be a house of prayer into a house of thieves.
Jesus told us if we love Him we should follow what He says and not be just hearers only.
People who experienced the love of Jesus,experienced a change of heart and spirit too.
Because Jesus love the world like His Father He did the will of the Father and that is for Him to die on the cross.
How is the world going to respond to this love of Jesus ? How will you respond ? I believe the proper response is to love Jesus too. When we love Jesus we will learn to love like Him too.
From experience as a Christian I wanted to be a singer but I can't sing. I wanted to preach but I do not know how . I do not want to handle finances etc....Sometimes I want to do things which I am not called to do.
How can I solve my dilemna ?
The answer came in a way when I thought about car fluids which have particular purpose in a car. Let's look at car fluids. They are gasoline, engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluids, refrigerant, power steering fluid, coolant , grease etc. We know that we can not interchange these fluids. Each fluid have specific purposes and supposed to be in certain vessels or containers.
Perhaps the same with us in a church we have specific purposes.
Maybe when we find which "fluid" we are , then we can find our place.
How much time will we spend to prepare for eternity ?
First what is eternity ? Eternity is forever, no time limit.Man at the longest live for about 120 years but eternity is 120 years multiplied a million times over. But this is too much to measure so for now let us look at our lives.
How much time do we spend to dress up, to eat, to prepare for career,to cook, to watch a movie, to make money, to find happiness in this earth ? Our answer is a lot, it consumes most of our time, we even try to make eight days a week as one of the Beatles song convey.
If we are spending a lot of time preparing for things that will end , why not spend some time preparing for eternity ?
You may ask , how do we that ? First find the true God , His teachings, His truth, His words. You may say but there are many religions in the world, but how do we know which one is right ?
Here is a quick recommendation. Study the life of Jesus , Buddha, Mohammed, Confucious etc. eventually you will notice that Jesus is the only one who died for our sins on the cross.
Here is another , but you may say but there are many Christians and they are divided, look at the number of denominations. I agree but i believe that will soon change as more Christians learn more about God's love or agape. For Jesus said by this shall all men will know you are my disciples by our love for one another.
For Christians ,let us learn God's love through the Bible and pray for help from above.
After being high on knowing about God's love, I felt low and depressed when I became aware of the limitation of God's love. Yes God's love is unconditional and beyond measure but there is something that will limit it.
That limit or limitation will come from us humans. When we reject or turn our back on God's love, we put a wall between us and God. Yes because of our sins we separate ourselves from God but Jesus broke that wall. Yes we can come to God through Jesus Christ. But Jesus will not pull us in or force us in.
We have to come willingly. We have to open our hearts to Him. When we hear Jesus knocking at the door of our hearts, then we have the choice of opening the door or ignoring the knock on the door.
In summary , because of our sins , the way between God and us became closed .Then Jesus Christ sacrificed for our sins, so the way or the door became open. Even an open door will not mean anything unless we want to enter His door or accept God's love.
God is still waiting for more people to come to Him. God's heart hurts when people reject Himor put Him on hold or bypass Him.
Will you turn down God's love ? I hope you will accept God's love and not wait any longer , tomorrow maybe too late.
If you accepted God's love now, write this date in your heart or write it somewhere where you will be reminded. Treasure it and treasure God's love and let it bloom and grow in you.