Know the true God. Know the true Jesus. Ask the true God and the true Jesus to forgive us and to accept us and to come into our lives. Live for God through the power of the Holy Spirit. Know the difference of the flesh (coming from self) and the Spirit (coming from God). Read,study, meditate on the Bible, pray to know and understand and obey God. Ask God's help when we fail and never give up. To God be the glory.
I was feeling good about myself because i am days away from reading the whole Bible in less than a year. The last time i read the whole Bible was around 1976about 38 years ago. Reading the Bible meant so much. As I resisted the truths or revelations in the Holy Book,i struggled , confessed and repented, i felt or sense cleansing going on and in on my being.Somehow my flesh tried to get credit for nearing what for me is an accomplishment.
But God put me back down through our pastor's teaching about holiness.Basically it is through God's work in us that we are able to accomplish God's will in our lives. As I ponder my life I could see how God patiently endured my sinful ways and prevented me from more sinful lifestyle.
Truly God shows infinite forgiveness , mercy, patience , love for us. He deserves our praise . He alone deserves the glory.
Is this reality or fantasy ? What we do next will reveal what we believe. But for those who awaits the return of Jesus Christ like me, we should make sure that we are doing the right thing.
In the Bible, it is said to occupy till He comes. When Jesus returns , He should find us doing His work. If you are a Christian you know what to do, don't you ? Keep praying , stay in the Word, love God and our neighbors, help others. Do what God tells us to do.
The best time to prepare for Jesus is before He comes. If you want to wait till He comes and do something,you may choose that but I will not recommend that.
Enjoy life but for me we enjoy life more when we have Jesus in the Spirit and when we wait for His return.
How are we doing with our life ? Is our life just float around and goes where the wind or water flows ? Sometimes we think that we are not in control but let us review how things are.
When I was working as operator, we have controls like manual, automatic, standby , off. On manual the operator has control, on off nobody has in control. On automatic and standby, the control circuits are in control so the operator can attend to something else.
Now let us go back to our life. We have control with what we eat, watch on television, books and magazines that we read, words that we speak, things that we do, etc.
How about our heart, our desire, our likes ? Is it not we control those ? No one can force us to something we do not like or in other words , we hold the key to our life.
But here is another part, we can hold on to that key or share it with someone.
God wants to be the ruler of our lives but the key or the lock is in our hands. Would we share the key with Him ? I sure did , I hope you will too.
I was reading a book on civil engineering by Samuel E. French, Ph.D., P.E.,when he wrote this about strength of materials.And I quote; Probably no other subject impacts every study in civil engineering as much as does strength of materials.Regardless whether the study is in theoretical mechanics, structures, soils, materials, or any of the many other specialties in civil engineering, the dependence on strength of materials is evident in every study.
At this point you may ask what is strength of materials got to do in a Christian blog ? Just as there are strength in material world there is also strength in the spiritual realm. I believe strength in the spiritual depends on the God we worship. Our strength comes not from us but from above. For Christians , strength comes from God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Strength comes from meditating on the word of God, prayer and obedience.
Apostle Paul wrote " Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might, put on the whole armor of God."
God told Joshua " Be strong and courageous ." God also said in Joshua 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous and then you will have good success."
Perhaps the blog title provokes a second look from readers. With the existing churches we have now, this title is far from reality in human eye. But is there really the One true Church ? I believe there is and the True God is the One who knows.
I look at churches like colleges or universities with graduates of many kinds. But we know it is not enough to be graduates but have to be certified or licensed to practice their professions by taking some board or bar examinations.
When we reach the end of our lives we will meet our Creator, who will either accept us or reject us. So what do we do now ? Examine ourselves if we are in the faith. Let us be prepared for that final examination.
Yesterday one of our pastors, encouraged us by saying "overcome evil with good". The backdraft of that is behind the outpouring of help from loving countries and groups and individuals , local governments and national goverments going to the victims of typhoon Haiyan there is ugly side of man showing up like looting, apparent denial of some local officials and national officials,etc.
Even in calamities , good and evil appear to come together.In my own life,part of my heart wants to help and part of it wants to withhold. But is 'nt life is like that we journey to perfection to be perfect like our Father in heaven is perfect.That journey may not be smooth.
Some might think where is God when calamity strikes ? I believe He is there crying. Crying ? you may ask, why did He not stop the thyphoon? It could be man needs some discipline. Discipline ? Perhaps we are forgetting God, perhaps we are only thinking about ourselves, what we can get from Him ?
Overcome evil with good, that is what Jesus Christ did.He endured the cross , the evil and sin of man , and paid for it by His body, and blood.Willingly He laid down His life so that you and I may have life and have it more abundantly.
Yes Jesus overcame evil, and through Him we too will and have the victory. Let us follow Jesus now and forever more.
Typhoon Haiyan or Yolanda still on my mind but it was about bedtime, so I knelt to pray and asked God for guidance. I laid on my bed and idea of breakwater came to mind. In layman's term it is some sort of structure for slowing down sea or ocean waves. I got up. turned on my laptop and looked up breakwater. I found out Japan made a lot of research and application with them. Things are going well I thought till I ran into an article about the limitation or even failure of breakwater.
Then remembering what I read in the Bible where it says " Except God or the Lord watched the city they labor in vain those who watch it".What is the message here ? Man has a tendency to rely on his capacity or ability rather than calling on God first who is our first line of defense.
We have seen the devastation of typhoon Haiyan and massive worldwide efforts to deal with it, but have anyone considered calling on God first ?
Since the typhoon was not stopped and when people saw the damage , one commented " God must be somewhere else ." When I first read about this I said to myself , of course God is there. But where was God you may ask ? Perhaps or most likely or of course God is there, but perhaps nobody called and believe that God can stop the typhoon.
Here I am retired and trying to occupy my time.I decided to buy used books on construction, eventually hoping to build a vacation house in the Philippines.
Then Typhoon Haiyan or Yolanda struck and we saw the devastation.But then I thought maybe the construction books will help in design of rebuilding houses. Then in Luzon ( the major island of the Philippines) our family have a small parcel of land, where I thought I can build a small house. Then I learned that that land will be in the area of expansion of road or the road will pass over that land. Then I realized the population of the world has been growing, farm land area diminishing etc, etc. and then it further dawn on me, we are exhausting the earth.
At this moment I realize this is a grim picture of things to come. But before you and i will get depressed, I saw hope . What hope you may ask ? Maybe Jesus' coming is soon. The Bible promised there will be new heaven and new earth. Jesus might come in an event called the rapture , where Christians are changed from mortality to immortality. That while Christians are taken to heaven, earth will be rebuilt or renewed.
Fantasy or reality ? Reality I believe, soon and very soon, we are going to see the King.
We saw the devastation from typhoon Haiyan and saw the outpouring of help from almost everyone. One person commentedthat God must be somewhere else.
When we study the Bible, when we read the stories of kings of Israel and Judah, when the kings and the people worship other gods then the God forsakes them and when the kings and the people repents and turn to God then God gives them mercy.
Nations like America, Japan , Korea, United Kingdom, Belgium, Russia and others helped or are helping the nation and people of the Philippines.But the situation seems overwhelming.
These are times we need to revive our faith in God, personally and corporately. Believers in God need to pray more and act more.
II Chronicles 7:14, God says to Solomon in a dream "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 I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
God is more powerful than all typhoons but you may ask why did this typhoon Haiyan happened ? Perhaps we failed to call on Him earnestly, perhaps we did not believe that God could stop this typhoon from happening, perhaps we failed to call upon the LORD in faith. Perhaps we under estimated this typhoon and relied on our own strength.
Let's keep praying , let's keep seeking the Lord.Let us pray for recovery and keep looking at Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.