Usually people try to reform themselves on their own, by resolution, by promises, by discipline, by will power etc. Even some Christians try to do that.But we humans will fail because of the sin nature inherited from Adam and Eve and that sin nature was not fully controlled through the family of Noah who survived the flood.
This week I was reminded of people who experienced transformation through Jesus Christ. This transformation is made possible through the Holy Spirit and living in the Word of God , contained in the Holy Bible.
In my country of birth, the Philippines, the president is waging a war on drugs through physical means. By physical means, blood sometimes flow but through Jesus Christ only Jesus ' blood was sacrificed. If more people will respond to Christian message then no more blood will be shed except for some martyrs in different places in the world.By the way this reminds me to encourage every Christians to pray for the world.
Most churches I know would love to be agents of transformation but for some reason or another we froze in inviting others to church. Perhaps we have been turned down so often. For Christians let us keep on inviting others and for non Christians if no one invites you, enter a church anyway.If no one noticed you , go to another.
Transformation is really engineered by God. But God does it in a way that the person experiencing the change thinks he is doing it like the illustration of the footprints in the sand that someone wrote. There was a story that a person was walking with God but only their footprints(two pairs) were showing. The person later noticed that in the hard times of his life only one pair of footprints was showing. The person asked God why did you abandon me but God answered those were the times I am carrying you.
Have faith in God for without faith it is impossible to please God.
Ako po ay tubong o ipinanganak sa Pilipinas noong 1952, doon nag-aral at nagtapos ng inhenyeria at nabigyan ng pagkakataong makapag ibang bansa noong 1980. Lubusan ko pong tinanggap si Jesus Christ bilang Panginoon at Tagapagligtas noong 1982.Nakapagtrabaho po ako sa California bilang power plant operator hanggang sa mag retiro. Hanggang sa ngayon taong 2016 ako po tuluyang lumalago bilang Kristiano.
Mahal ko po ang mga kapatid kong Kristiyano maging sila ay Katoliko, Sabadista, Iglesia, Baptist, Pentecostal, Aglipay, Saksi ni Jehovah,Mormon,Foursquare, Assembly of God , Evangelical, Born Again,Calvary Chapel, Nazarene, Lutheran, Protestante, Orthodox, Coptic non denominational at iba pa. Hindi po lingid sa aking kaalaman na mayroon pong pagkakaiba ang mga samahan o simbahan o sambayanang ito. Naranasan ko na pong magkaroon ng pag-uusap (agreement and debate) sa halos bawat isa.
Naniniwala po ako sa Diyos sa Tatlong Persona o Trinity. Kaligtasan bilang grasiya o kaloob sa pamamagitan ng pananampalataya kay Jesus Christ, hindi sa pamamagitan ng gawa at walang maipagmamalaki. (Epeso 2:8,9 or Ephesians 2:8,9).
Matagal tagal na rin po akong nagba blog sa wikang Ingles, Gusto po ba ninyo ang blog sa wikang Tagalog ?
Have you ever thought of today's Christian life ? Does it look boring to you ? Is the Christian life all about Jesus , the Bible, do's and don'ts ?no fun or pleasure ? don't feel guilty because it really look that way,but let's look at the facts.
For us humans the earth is the only place were been and lived. So we think this is the normal life. We see but wait a minute I will let you see with your eyes. Is it all happy days ? The truth is revealed by our fear and mistrust, we lock our house, protect our belongings etc. The reason is we live in a world affected by sin. Everybody is affected even Christians. Let me get to the point. The present earth is not our eternal home we are just passing through.
Let's check the Bible. In Revelation 21:3 (in the future)"Look! God's dwelling place is now among the people and He will dwell with them.They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.
Can you imagine a life like that ? that will be forever if you have committed your life to Jesus Christ but if not do not expect that.
Let's look again on our Christian life. These are not all folks even our Lord Jesus did not seem to enjoy most of His earthly life but He accomplished what needs to be done. He took care of the problem of sin, our sins are all paid off through His sacrifice.
Today, Christians are to continue what God is doing, to save sinners while on earth.
Let's end with this, maybe you are not sure you will be with God in the future. Now is the time to settle that. Realize or admit that you took things for granted and pursued only earthly ways and pleasure. A simple prayer is like the prayer of one of the thieves on the cross. Lord remember when You come into Your kingdom.
If you prayed a prayer like that you are now born in the family of God You are now reborn or got born again or a baby Christian. And like a baby you will need to be fed and to grow. Ask God to show you your next step or ask a growing Christian.
If you are a Christian like me who finds it hard to believe or sense that the Holy Spirit resides in us after we become a Christian then I invite you to learn from Mary the mother of Jesus our Lord.
Let us look at Mary, she had the unique opportunity to have Jesus in her womb. She is the only person in the whole humanity to experience this. She had no one to learn it from, not from Eve or any other woman in the Bible. That is why she is referred to as blessed among women (Luke 1:28)
Can you believe that God is in us through the Holy Spirit ? again if you find that hard to believe then let us learn from Mary.
If you are a male person , we do not have a womb but we (male and female) each have a body that is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19) . Can you see the similarity ? God is in Mary as the Holy Spirit is in us.
Can we say just as Mary has faith in God so can we ?
I was refilling my weekly medicine container as I have been doing for many years now when I realized again how dependent we are to man's system. Modern man has become dependent on fellowmen for food , work, medicine, services, communication, travel,entertainment, financial, utilities, education, government, security etc.
Since industrial revolution man has increased dependence on man or science and technology. And most of the time we forgot about God. We think we survive because of our work. The world enjoys man's harness of energy,and conversion of energy like electricity, cars,airplanes,air conditioning, computers etc. This industrial revolution is just about 200 years.
It seems man is in control of the world except for some natural disasters.Now it seems nothing much can go wrong.
But let me ask you, do you see good things or bad things ?
But let me share that it is best to trust God and thank Him. As for me and my house we rely and will continue to look unto God for refuge in good times and bad. We hope you do too.