Here are some of the ways God wins. Joshua conquered Jericho by walking around it and shouting praise. David killed Goliath with a sling shot.Moses used a staff.Jesus used the cross. Paul wrote while in prison.
How about us today ? Any suggestion ? How about prayer, on our knees, with contrite and broken heart and spirit , alone with God in the secret place.
Preach to us truth with love. Truth with love may hurt or offend but if it is what we need to lead us to heaven someday, then it is better than to tell us untruthor flattering wordsto make us entertained, feel good but will lead us to hell and everlasting fire.
Please make us hate , confess, or repent from our sins. Please don't make us fall in love with our sins. Help us fall in love with Jesus.
In our Christian life sooner or later we see two extremes. One is we see those fighting or working hard for false doctrines or doctrine. The other extreme is some are afraid to make mistakes that they see mistakes and errors in what they do or others do, that they tend to not do anything or prevent others from doing anything.
So what is the answer or proper thing to do ? Answer : Let us look unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.
Need i say more ? Yes. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through Him. John 14:6.
What is eternal life ? It is a life with no end, the person who have eternal life will keep living forever. Eternal life is something we believe by faith.We do not know of anybody alive today in this world who is over 150 years old.
As far as we know we human beings are going to die sooner or later.But what about this eternal life ? According to the Bible, eternal life is given or will be given to those who believe or trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
How do we prepare for eternal life ? I believe it is done or the preparation is done while we are alive. How do we do that ? First it starts when we realized that we have sinned and because of that we are to die. But Jesus came to earth to die for us. Why did Jesus has to die for us ? According to the Bible, because of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, from them came death to us when they disobeyed God.We may say that seems unfair, they did it ,why do we have to suffer for it ? The explanation for this may or may not be hard to understand or accept but the good news is there is a way out. That way is through Jesus Christ.
I hope the readers of this blog, understand why Jesus' sacrifice became the payment for our sins. If you know already then there is no problem. If you do not know and you belong to a church, ask your priest or pastor. If you do not belong to a church and you want to know, ask a Christian.
Knowing the answer makes us appreciate or worship Jesus more.
This blog will explore the benefits of spending time with God.This world has many gods but i will be dealing with the God revealed in the Holy Bible.
First if we deal with ourselves and others right away, I believe there are many variables.We know that we ourselves keep changing, our views, our moods etc while God is unchanging.Putting God first helps a lot on later dealings with fellow humans.
Sometimes or most of the time we do not know ourselves but God knows us .When we ask God ,He will tell us what is wrong with us and what is His solution.
We misunderstand ourselves and others, even misunderstand God but God understands us pretty well.
Pleasing God is simpler than pleasing 7billion people, or even pleasing ourself or even our family member. Again put God first then others next.
We can connect to God through prayers, no need to have cell phones , no batteries to charge, no telephone company to pay.
God is faithful, He will never leave us or forsake us.
Relationship with God is forever, He does not like divorce or separation from Him. There is a word of caution though He is a jealous God He does not want us to have other gods before Him.
Are you ready to spend time with God ? I hope so.
One more , you may say but we do not see Him but no problem because He sees us. For doubters who ask how do we know there is God ? We are alive because of God. How about those who are dead ? their time is up, they are to make account to God.How do i know these? my answer is the Bible tell me so.
Our Lord Jesus says His return will be like the days of Noah.Let us ask who is Noah and what are his days ? According to the Bible , Noah is a man who existed long time ago. While other human beings were doing their own thing, Noah found grace in the eyes of God.
Basically the God who created man looked at His creations and see if anyone is calling after Him, but He saw that man were minding their own ways, not paying any attention to Him. God thought about destroying man but Noah found grace in the eyes of the God. So Noah was told to build an ark, or a vessel like the modern ships we have now. At that time the Bible says there were no rains then and at that time there is water in the atmosphere which more like seas in the atmosphere. People were living over 500 years old.
People laughed at Noah when they saw him building the ark. Patiently Noah warned the people while he kept building. As the story went no one believed Noah and so the flood came and destroyed man leaving just Noah, his wife , their three sons and their wives and from them we have the over 7 billion people we have now.
Are we different from the days of Noah ? Look around us, and we see a very busy world, we hardly have time for God. Television and movies and computers and the internet which is our window to the world, to the world of entertaiment, sports, travel, etc. Man live and work to have and enjoy what looks like the pleasure of life.
At this point, we may be asking what is wrong with the pleasures of life ? This can be answered by asking ourselves what is our priority God or the things money can buy ?
I hope we will choose God first and His kingdom and righteousness and God promised He will give us our needs.
You may ask really ? Yes He wants the best for us but not on our terms but on His. But we may say, but we want our own way. The only problem with that is our way is not the best and is even worst. How do we know God wants the best for us ? First He gave His best for us , He gave His Son Jesus Christ. Once we accept His Son, He also give the Holy Spirit.
But you may say that may be true but how come everyone is different ? Some appear more blessed than others. The Bible says to much is given much is required.God knows us by what we do with what we got. He said in His book the Holy Bible, he who is faithful in little is also faithful in much.
Still we may be asking but my neighbor has more than me. Again God is saying be content with what you have. That seems unfair, we may say. Let us see what God gave His Son Jesus. He was born in a manger, even in a place where animals live ( sort of stable). Jesus died on the cross. You may say God does not love His Son if He treated Him like that.
Jesus came to earth for the purpose of giving us abundant life and eternal life. We humans have sinned and violated God's laws and for that we are to die and be separated from God but Jesus took the punishment that is supposed to be ours. You may ask what are we to do then ?
Repent of our sins and accept / believe that Jesus died for us and allow Jesus to be our Lord and Savior of our life. But Jesus died , how can He be our Lord and Savior ? I forgot to mention that He resurrected or came to life again according to the Bible. But you may say , that some Christians are poor or even persecuted, is that the best life ? The Bible says our final reward is in heaven. But you may say I want it now , why not now ? For that the answer is God is developing our character and faith.The Bible says without faith it is impossible to please God.
As a Christian, I believe in God the Father,the Son and the Holy Spirit. According to the Bible , the Holy Spirit will glorify the Father and the Son but not Himself or shall not speak of himself (John 16:13). Whatever He hears that is what He will speak.
The Bible says that the Holy Spirit dwells in the believers.About some years ago I repented of my sins and confessed with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and that God has raised Him from the dead and I will be saved. The Bible says that I can only do that by or through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit calls us to repentance and reveal God to us and when we respond to Him , He dwells with us as a deposit, as a Helper, as Comforter.
Since the Holy Spirit will not speak of Himself, He is not readily noticeable.I often asked or tell fellow believers I need the Holy Spirit.I need to know how He works. These last few weeks the church that I am attending focused on prayer. The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit intercedes for usand help us in our prayers.
When we are happy, it could be from us as human but there is also joy from the Holy Spirit.
The title of this blog is learning about the Holy Spirit or knowing the Holy Spiritand I hope to share more as He tells me more.So till next time, Lord willing. Maybe you can sense in you calling you to repentance and to confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and that GOD has raised Him from the dead. That is a call for salvation, that is a precious moment that is the Holy Spirit calling , respond to Him. Today is the day of salvation.