When God created the heavens and the earth, He has a beautiful creation, a great picture if you will or like a beautiful picture that He planned like a jigsaw puzzle. But sin damaged that picture. God then set to rebuild that plan by the sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ and the giving of the Holy Spirit and the future new heavens and new earth.
We were planned to be with God forever but sin separated us from God. Like a part or piece of the jigsaw puzzle we got lost and God's original jigsaw puzzle is missing us. The only way we can be a part again of the new plan or God's jigsaw puzzle is to repent of our sins and accept or receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
Would you like to be part of God's new heavens and new earth ?
I noticed my heart was wandering away from God slowly because the answer to my prayer for healing was slow in coming.I was getting impatient and my prayer life and Bible reading were getting neglected . But I knew I needed to go back to God before I wander far.
A few days ago, I was playing with a geography jigsaw puzzle with big pieces to kind of get my mind occupied.Though still not that easy it took me a few minutes to finish the puzzle.
Prior to this I have not seriously or even started working on a 1000 pieces jigsaw puzzle. Meanwhile for the sake of those who may not be familiar with jigsaw puzzle, its dictionary description is puzzle consisting of many irregularly shaped pieces which fit together and form a picture.
On the surface working on a 1000 pieces puzzle appear to be a waste of time, the pieces look the same, and what can someone get from doing it.First I was getting frustrated but as minutes and hours gone by, I see the beauty unfolding, how pieces fit together and sensed that something in me is getting revived.Yesterday almost my whole day was on the puzzle, I did not finished the puzzle but I completed the top and bottom part and the two edges or sides.
This reminded me something about God, He may appear simple but He is infinite and higher than our thoughts. At times He does seem to make sense but as we get to know Him, His beauty shines.
Many things could remind us about God, and I believe working on a jigsaw puzzle is one of them.
By the way a dear friend gave me a 560 piece Lego set with instruction which I hope to build with my grandkids.
I learned this term while working in steam and electric generating station. This is when we shutdown our unit for necessary inspection and repair. What this got to do with Christian blog ?. I believe in our Christian life, sometime there is a need to spend or allow time with the Lord to find out how we are doing or being.
For Christians , SIR could mean Soul Inspection & Restoration or Rejuvenation. The Lord and the Spirit are the ones who can do this properly on us. Other term for this is retreat.
I sensed i needed one. This may take a few days or a week.
I was surprised that I am still awake past 12 midnight. So I thought my mind is busy but I can not seem to slow it down. So I prayed for peace and seek the mind of Christ. Then it seems my prayer is not being answered, and I am getting desperate.
After awhile I realized what the problem, I drank one of those energy drinks and it was giving me those extra energy. Silly me. I am blogging this so people will benefit from my mistake.
Lesson: Sometime our problem comes from ourselves.It would be better if I checked myself first.
Let me go straight to the point. Rough estimate reveal that 10 to 15 % of the graduates attend class reunion. Why is that ? Perhaps some people feel that they have not achieved their dreams and therefore feel not motivated to come.
Let me suggest that class reunion be based on the mercy and love of God. That God has kept us alive, and some God already called home.
That class reunion be a reminder that God is not done with us yet. That God still has future for us, if not here on earth, our future awaits us in heaven.
Whoa. You may be saying, what's going on ? In a world where power is might being a child, is being too helpless.
Here is a true story, i am 64 years old and retired, and slowly losing my body mobility due to Parkinsons disease(P.D), also have long years of studying the Bible. I am on medication for my disease, and been praying for my healing and have others pray for me.
I am thinking being a child again will renew my body ( maybe life's stresses and unhealthy habits have something to do with my P.D.) My study of the Bible cause me to find God's truth but my flesh tried to get credit through pride.Instead of just believing God's words I was analyzing them. Yes I need to be a child again, not be childish but be a child.
What gives me the courage to write this? Our Lord Jesus said in Matthew 18:1-7 where He said " Except you be converted and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Here is more, our Lord Jesus said whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receive me.
(is being a child be helpless ?) Jesus also said But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
Comment: Becoming a little child again does make sense, is it not ?
By the way what are we teaching our children today ?
Our Lord Jesus said to the early disciples, that He will be with them unto the end of the world.(Matthew 28:20). Is this promise, for Christians today ? I believe it is, but i have a confession to make, I let problems get a hold of me and i have been thinking,acting and living with worry, anxiety, fear,complaints.
So what should I do ? Resolve to act, think and live as Jesus said that He is with us unto tne end of the world.
Since Jesus is to be with us unto the end of the world, do people see Jesus in us ? or the world sees the world in us ? Would it be great, if when people sees us, they see Jesus ?
Is this impossible ? with God all things are possible.
If you and i call ourselves Christians, our beginning starts with Jesus Christ. Jesus said He is the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father, except through Him (John 14:6). Jesus said to His first apostles or disciples "Follow me" or come to me. John the Baptist said He (Jesus) must increase and I (John) must decrease.
It is the blood of Jesus that cleanses us. John 3:16 God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son (Jesus) that whosoever believe in Him (Jesus) shall have everlasting life. Jesus is the lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world.
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.
Some will say everything starts with God, and that is true. But sin separated us from God. Jesus is our mediator between God and us(man).
Without Jesus we can not come to God.
Some will say God is One , how can there be a Father, or the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit ? That truth is revealed in the Scriptures or the Bible. (we could discuss that later)
For now , let us ask , do I have Jesus ? is Jesus in me ? am I in Christ ?Does Jesus know me ? ( these questions are the same)
If you are not sure you can answer that, pray to God through Jesus that you may belong to Him. Or pray " Help".( it is my hope that you are already a Christian, if not we (believers in Jesus) hope God will make you one. )