When the apostles saw Jesus walking on water, Peter asked our Lord if he could walk on water too and he too started walking on water. But then later on Peter looked at the waves got scared and started sinking and cried to Jesus to save him.
What lesson can we learn from this ? I believe once we start a life with Jesus , there is no turning back or we will be going back to our old ways.
Another lesson is when Peter thought he can by his own power protect Jesus. I believe our life with Jesus is dependence on Him. We can not be righteous on our own but through Jesus living in us. The Holy Spirit helps us on this.
The blessings of being unemployed, employed and retired.
When it comes to blessings I am referring to the ones coming from God.Nowadays it is hard to be unemployed but in between applying for jobs those vacant times can be used to seek God and His will . Being employed is also a blessing because one gets to work with people etc. How about being retired ? As retired one is like a CEO , chief executive officer of your life, next to ones wife (just kidding). Being retired now I am amazed on how I survived some work assignments in view of my imperfections, thanks to my family , co workers, friends and the grace of God.
I do believe every person on the face of the earth can find something to thank God for. Everyone I believe has at least one gift from God. But you may say , but you do not know about me, I suffered a lot.
Yes suffering is part of life too but will it be comforting for us to remember that our Savior Jesus Christ suffered the most for us.
God promised that someday He shall wipe away tears from our eyes, no more sorrow , no more pain.
But now we live in a world where we must survive and some are tempted to do wrong ways to live. We have a God of love and source of every good and perfect gift. God created the earth ( a small speck compared to the vast universe that God created too) , yet sometimes we think our problems are too big. When that happens we think our God is small.
Magnify ( glorify ) God, and really believe . Love God, love Jesus , thank the Holy Spirit and see the salvation also blessings from the Lord.
The Bible already revealed the love of Jesus for His Father and for us. The Holy Spirit in us remind us of that love. But how about our love for Jesus ? Left to its own our hearts tend to wander.
How do we sustain our love for Jesus ? how do we keep it alive ? How do we keep it fresh ?
As I write this blog and just the thought of loving Jesus, the answer seem to come easy, God responded and gave me my request.
Have you tried it? have you wandered Jesus I want to love You but I do not know how.? Ask Jesus and receive His response.
A word of caution, as you sense that love coming to you,your flesh or our flesh will say, that is not real. Remember the love of Jesus is real and so is the love of Jesus that He gives us. Accept and believe it by faith.
(an abbreviated personal testimony )There was a time in my life that I had this attitude that Jesus can wait while I try to earn a living for me and my family. Work used to be my priority. My first 28 years was spent in the Philippines and the next 36 years in USA, Been retired for almost six years.
Left the Philippines still single, never owned a vehicle, with plane ticket to US and $ 300 pocket money, with four years working experience and Pres. Marcos leading the country.
Landed in San Francisco on the way to Los Angeles, Ca. I was lucky I had two sisters and parents, and relatives to help me start in the US.Pres. Jimmy Carter was the president at thattime.
The first 10 years in the US I wanted to return to the Philippines but since I already have a family, a wife and two kids I decided to stay in US.
Fast forward to 2016, Clinton, Sanders and Trump competing for US presidency while the Philippines have just elected Davao mayor Rodrigo Duterte as president. Saw the emergence of China as world power and becoming probably the world's number one supplier of goods.
So for 63 years I have been living in this earth and if you are interested I would like to give you my conclusion " It is all about Jesus Christ". Soon the life we have in this earth will be forgotten (good and bad ) and soon Jesus Christ will appear in the sky. There will be new heavens and new earth and new Jerusalem.
I sense shaking going on right now on the world and who should we hang on to? I recommend Jesus Christ.
I hope I have not wasted your time and if you too chose Jesus Christ, then I hope to see you in eternity through the grace of God, the Father , the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Why the title ? According to statistics about 2 billion of the almost 8 billion population of the world are Christians or roughly one out of four is a Christian. So in a crowded supermarket or stadium or even social media, that one in four may be evident.
Yet within Christians there are differences. Why the differences, I like to be direct to the point, so let us ask ourselves do we have the one and true Jesus ?
As a believer in Jesus, here are my suggestions.
Have a reliable source, like a church and the Holy Bible.
Study the life, words, works, ways, love of Jesus as found in the Bible and apply them to our lives.
Study the life of the followers of Jesus as found in the Bible and copy them.
The best help we can have is the Holy Spirit.
Be aware of the influence of our own flesh, the enemy,and other wrong influences.
This is a lifetime pursuit, and don't give up, God will be guiding us along the way and will help us till our final destination.
How often should we pray ? I was looking in the Bible for how often should we pray when I believe the Lord made me remember my previous work as power plant operator. When we used to report for work , we are supposed to know what is going on, check the control board and the alarms that are in. So it is true also in our daily life with the Lord. We acknowledge God, for who He is, His goodness,His grace, His Mercy and then we present our needs and requests.
Also mentioned in the Bible is for us to pray unceasingly or continuously or there is no limit to how often we pray.
We can also pray for one another. Let us hope and believe that we have a regular prayer life.Pray for our church, our family , neighbors, fellow men , our country and the world.
The heavens and the earth are filled with the glory of God
The title is taken from the Bible specifically from Isaiah 6:3 and 11:9. Also from the verse that says Heaven is God's throne and the earth His footstool (Isaiah 66:1).What this also means is there is plenty or abundance from God for everybody, spiritual blessings that is, which in some cases includes material blessings.
How do we get these blessings ? We have to let God in into our lives. In Revelation 3:20 Jesus says Behold I stand at the door and knock. If any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
First God commands us not to worry. So worry does not come from God. Why this topic ? My wife's car tire has a nail near an old repaired hole and we were told that the tire needs to be replaced. Because we have tire insurance we were concerned that we follow right procedure to be reimbursed or covered for the replacement. Unless we see the positive result we humans tend to worry. That is just one case, you the reader may have your own worries too. Let us look at worry.
Worry will not solve anything.I believe when we have prolonged worry, it is a sign that we forgot we have a God who sees our need. Does that mean we leave everything to God and do nothing ? Not always, there will be times that God will give us some thoughts to solve the situation and we should obey.
Worry is a choice or something we decide to do. Concern and worry are two different things. We all have concerns but when we are stuck with concerns those turn to worries. The Bible says give our concerns or cares to God for He cares for you or us. Giving our concerns or cares to God involves trust, if after giving our concern to God and still not at peace then maybe our trust is not fully developed yet.
Worry and trust are opposites, we can not have both.By the way , if you are curious about my wife's car tire, we had the tire replaced already.
Perhaps this blog helps you, if you still have worries, give your concerns to God.
I believe Bible study never ends but our Bible study should change our lives and should help us in coping and dealing with our everyday life. Sometimes there seems to be no graduation day.
I would like to share what I experienced. I was piling up notes after notes seemingly to no end till I focused on Jesus, His works, His words, His love, who He is, etc. As I concentrated on Jesus, the other parts of the Bible became clearer and showed me where I can improve in my life.
Perhaps it is this focused Bible study that led me to adopt "Love Jesus and love like Jesus."
Man promises man to solve their problems that man has created. Should nations turn to God ? In II Chronicles 7:14 it is written: If My people who are called by My name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.