I am aware that people see the Bible differently, but ever sincei got curious with it in 1976 up to now, its truth, power, revelation continue to amaze and enlighten me. I heard and seen the different churches and beliefs that came out from believing and following the Holy Bible. But does that mean that the Bible is wrong ? or rather because humans are human that our understanding is not complete or we tend to select what we want to believe.
In this age of computer and internet with superspeed or widespread communication, where do we go for truth ? me i go to the Holy Bible. Yes we have our priests, pastors, preachers, teachers but let us take time to verify what we hear from the Bible, it will keep everyone honest.
Perhaps what i write will not make sense to you if you yourself do not read or believe the Bible. To those who read and believe the Bible, more blessings and truth to you. To those who reject or avoid it, well for me that is a terrible mistake, and i hope you will reconsider reading it.
We humans like to run our own life. Most of the time we like to do what we want. The word surrender seems to tell we have done something wrong and needs to give in to authorities.
In church we are told or admonished to surrender to God. Let us ask ,what do we need to surrender ? The majority of us are focused on ourself,the i, me and myself mentality.
Let us see examples of surrender from the Bible.
Adam and Eve: they disobeyed God by eating of the forbidden fruit, that is not surrender.
Cain and Abel: Cain offered sacrifice to God Cain's way ( not animal ), that is not surrender. While Abel obeyed God and offered a lamb, that is surrender.
The way I see in the Scriptures, surrendered life is like obeying and loving God.Surrendered lives are shown in the life of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob or Israel , Moses, Joshua, David , Jeremiah, Isaiah , Paul, the prophets and others and our perfect example is our Lord Jesus Christ.
Have we surrendered our lives to God ?Or do we think we can handle our lives better than God ? What does it mean to be surrendered to God ?
In the Bible, the phrase was mentioned that the people are doing what is right in their own eyes. What do you think ? It seems to describe a self will life , is it not ? Would you like to know a surrendered life to God ?
I too am trying to find out and practice or live a surrendered life,and so I can not give a final answer. If you are interested to know, then seek it too , ask others and let me know how. Let us surrender to God.
For a long time now i have a bird feeder in our backyard and enjoyed seeing the birds come and eat. For about a year now or more an squirrel showed up from somewhere and started eating most of the bird seeds. I tried different things and to my dismay the squirrel keeps outsmarting me. Yesterday was another feast day for the squirrel and I was getting desperate. I did my best set up and in the late afternoon i appeared to have won over the squirrel. Early today to my horror the squirrel was able to find a way to the bird feeder.I hopelessly look as the squirrel keeps eating. Although because of my set up, the squirrel falls after minutes of eating, four times the squirrel jumps from the top of the fence and lands on the feeder as i look with resignation.
Finally I decided to check the internet for antisquirrel set up.While checking the market, I found some items but I have to order and wait a few days for the product. I decided to try some idea out of whatever material I can find in my backyard. I placed a wide dish on top of the bird feeder. The idea worked but after one or two attempts by the squirrel the dish cover gets dislodged. Seven times the squirrel failed to get into the feeder although I have to readjust the cover.This is the first day I won over the squirrel.
What is the lesson here ? The squirrel does not give up and so we are not to give up too.Same it is with our secular life and also in Christian life. When temptation comes fight it out. The Bible says submit ourselves to God , resist the devil and he will flee from you.
So do not give up, with God on our side who can be against us as our men's choir sung last Sunday. Remember too with the love of Christ no one or nothing can separate us from God.
I mean with respect to our life. Is He still on the throne of our heart ? God reminded me that i could be replacing Him with something else. To fellow Christians i hope you are not offended if i ask or remind you of the same question.
In the book of Revelation, one of the churches was rebuked for leaving the first love ( that is love for Jesus).
I won't say much anymore, but let us remember to make sure Jesus is still on the throne of our hearts.
I hope i am finding my way back. My mind got focused on something that took away my concentration on the Lord Jesus. No it is not being a grandpa but a childhood hobby of mine that I tried to take seriously in my retirement years. I mentioned it before it was my fascination for the game of chess. Chess by itself is challenging and fun but something in it conflicts with my belief. It is probably alright to some but not for me.
Anyway I thought I mentioned it so others who are curious may not suspect something else.
With this said, I hope to write again about Christian life.
We know God is our Provider but this caught me by surprise. I woke up at the middle of the night and as often I could not sleep. I try to read the Bible and pray. Lately the game of chess keeps coming back to my mind,so I checked the internet to see what the web says about it. I came across a ten year old girl beating a GM(grand master), I played her game and I could not guess her moves yet they are beautiful moves. I am retired here in America and sometimes I miss the activities of work because everybody seems to be doing something with a purpose or duty. Weekend is still some days away for me to see my grand daughter and brethren in the church.
I am thinking of visiting my country of birth but I am concern about my health. Then I wished I have a friend that is always by my side. Yes Jesus is our friend, but we can not see Him but we sense His presence by faith.Perhaps it is not a sin to wish for a human friend who is always around.
I went back to the couch to sleep ( I did not want to go to bed because I will wake up my wife who still goes to work).As I lay in the couch, the words from the Bible came to me where God says : It is not good for man to be alone, I will make him a helpmeet. God was referring to the woman for man. Then I realized that my wife is the friend God intended for me.
Often I remember my wife as a wife who seems to have different taste than me but yet she is always there. We may not agree on everything but she probably put up with me on a lot of things.
Yes my wife is who God gave to me as a partner a friend too, A friend that I always wanted but never realized till now.
Yes God provides even though sometimes we are blind but now I see.
So husbands , have we thank God for our wives ? For those who may have lost their loved ones , not to worry, God is still there and here. Jesus is still our Friend and waiting Friend.
Somebody told me before we need P.I.E.S., which stands for Physical, Intellectual, Emotional and Spiritual.I believe spiritual comes first, because God should be first.Also now that I am getting old, i see also the importance of physical that is our mobility and health. Next comes intellectual as we continue to live in this world. We need to know the laws of the land,like pay taxes etc.Emotional needs come with loving and being loved.
Why did i write this blog, because I realized that neglect of one or two aspects or even all four of these makes one unbalanced.
Let's look at them again,
Physical: eat healthy food, exercise, get enough rest and sleep.
Intellectual:keep our mind sharp
Emotional: have joy and love in our life
Spiritual: do not forget to have Jesus in our life.
When people die , the relatives and family and friends give the person funeral and prayers were given or requested for the deceased person. This has been the tradition and should be continued i believe.
Is there anything better to do ? For us who are still living what should we do ? Are we going to wait for prayers for us ?
While we are living are we making the effort to know the God we will meet someday ? Does God know us ? How do we know God knows us ?
Most of us are students before and we know we have to study before the exams. Death is like taking the exams, I believe we need to prepare that when we face it then we will have a better chance.
Jesus Christ made preparation for our death. He died for us that we may have everlasting life.But what do we need to do ?Let us get to know Jesus Christ and His teachings,while we are alive, that way we will know Him and He will know us.