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We are but flesh,  a passing breeze that does not return..

“In spite of all this, they kept on sinning;  in spite of his  wonders, they did not believe.

Yet he was merciful;  he forgave their iniquities  and did not destroy them.  Time after time he restrained his anger and did not stir up his full wrath.

He remembered that they were but flesh,  a passing breeze that does not return.” 🙏

Psalm 78: 32, 38-39

Peace and good to all.

If I may share my personal reflection on the above passage from the Book of Psalm. 

God has provided us of what we needed. We asked for more, and, He gave more. We were not contented, we asked again for more and, God gave us more. We became proud. We have forgotten God. We sinned and faltered. Then we came back to Him, begging for his mercy and He forgave us. But instead of remembering our past in order to strengthen our relationship with Him, we faltered and came back to where we were before – a sinner. 

We use our humanity to justify our weakness. That we are human and, therefore, we will naturally err and are prone to fall into temptation. In times of our successes and prosperity,  sometimes we  forget God and try to separate our relationship with God with that of our material prosperity. We have forgotten that God Himself was the one who gave us the power to get our wealth. 

But in all these, God has not forgotten His love for us. Despite our rebellions, our sins, our failings, God has not forgotten us, that was why He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to save us and His creations.  It was because of love of God the Father, that He gave his only Son for our ransom, so we may live, so we may be restored to life.  

Jesus is God the Father’s best manifestation or gift  of His love for us for only thru Jesus that we are reconnected to God every time we falter and fail. Jesus came not to condemn the world even if people have disobeyed and displeased God. Jesus came in order to redeem us from death caused by sins,  thru His own death and resurrection. 

Yes, we were but flesh, a passing breeze that does not return, but God’s love has saved us thru Jesus Christ,  that whoever believes in Him will not be condemned but will have eternal life but those who do not believe in Him are already condemned. 

We are only a passing breeze in this world, a mist , a vapour that appears for a little time and vanishes away and not to return, but we can have an eternal life, yes, an eternal life, and that is through Jesus. 

God be with us all. 

Master-Disciple Relationship..

“He also told them this parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit?  A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher..”

Luke 6: 39-40

Peace and good to all.

If I may share my insights on the above gospel of our Lord.

Who are we learning from? Who is our teacher and whose disciples are we? And, from whom do we ask for guidance? 

Disciples or followers of Christ have only one teacher and that is Jesus.  And, no matter how learned are  we in the Word of God, we cannot be above Him from whom we have learned and will continue to learn. We cannot be above the source. 

We can be like Jesus when fully trained,  but not better than the Master, our Teacher, our Rabbi – Jesus Christ.  Thus, Jesus says in Matthew 23:8 “But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers”. The purpose of Christ teachings to us is in order for us to be like him. To imitate Him. Jesus became like us that we might be like Him. 

But what is it that we ought to learn from Jesus that we cannot learn from our earthly teachers? I think it is how to live a life that is pleasing to God the Father, for Jesus does and did things that are pleasing to the Father. And, this is where He wants us to learn from Him.  For instance, while the world teaches us to judge and condemn, Jesus teaches us not to judge but to forgive; while the world teaches us to take and take, Jesus teaches us to give; while the world teaches us to be proud, Jesus teaches as to be humble; while the world teaches us that we are hopeless sinners, Jesus teaches us that there is a way to salvation and that is through Him. The world is tainted with sin and Jesus is our redemption.

If we consider ourselves students, apprentices, followers or disciples of Jesus, then we should learn from Him in order to be like Him. And we do this through a relationship with the teacher which is developed through prayer and the Word of God, a daily walk of life with Jesus. 

In your morning, are you excited with your appointment with  Jesus, your Teacher,  to learn  from Him? Or you are too busy that you cannot give up even few minutes of your schedule, to learn or just be with Him?  If this is so, then there is something wrong – there is, therefore,  no Master-Discipleship relation yet between you and Jesus.  Remember my friends, if you cannot make Jesus the first and foremost in your life, then you are not yet His disciple, you are not yet His apprentice. Reflect about it. May God be with you. 

Let the Word of God dwell in our Hearts..

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with gratitude in your hearts to God.

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3:16-17

Peace and good to all.

If I may share my personal reflection on the above passage from the Book of Colossians.

How can the word of Christ dwell in us?  

How do we read our Bible? Do we read it like we are reading a novel or a newspaper or do we read it with speed and read it  if only to appease ourselves that we have complied with our devotional duty. It is a pity to consider reading the Bible, the Word of God, as a devotional duty rather than a moment to be spent with the Living God.  

If this is how you read the word of God then its either you have not heard yet or have heard a little the voice of God in your life. Slow down my friend. Slow down and try to engage with the Word of God, meditate with the verse that you read, engage a conversation with the Living God and allow your heart to connect with Him.  And then, it is only then, that you will hear  the voice of God from the verses that you read.

When you read the text in the Bible more with your heart rather than using the faculty of your own reasoning, you are letting God address your heart and mind. It is in this sense that the word of God starts to dwell in you heart. 

Sometimes, I have my own struggle when I prepare myself reading the Bible in the morning. There are lots of disturbances that would want to prevent me for reading it. There are many distractions or outside forces.  But I call on the Living God and like the tempest in the Sea of Galilee, Jesus would quiet them all and everything would be still.  

At times, I write my own reflection on what I read. I write because I want to share. Because God’s word is meant to be shared and a written reflection is one of the conduits to deliver God’s message.  I share because I am a witness of God’s glory and it’s an honor to share God’s message as revealed in the Bible. I share because I cannot contain to myself the good news of our Lord Jesus.

May God be with us all.

How Will We Be Judged?

God will repay each person according to what they have done.” To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.”

Romans 2:6-8

Peace and good to all.

If I may share my personal reflection on the above passage from the Book of Romans. 

Each one will be judged by God according to his own works; and, according to the desire of his hearts. Yes, we are saved through the grace of God, but our deeds are important too because they are the manifestation or outward expression of what is inside our hearts. When we come to face our creator, therefore, in the next life, we will be judged based on what we have  done in this life. There is no take two, there is no editing of life lived on earth. Our final and eternal destiny is determined by what we do here on earth and not after we die.

The above passage says that those who persevere in doing good will receive eternal life and those who do evil will incur God’s wrath. Correlate this verse with John 5:28-29, where Jesus says “ Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned.”  In simple terms, it could mean, persevere in doing good things in order to have eternal life.   

But  eternal life is not just about doing good things in this lifetime. Eternal life is knowing God the Father and Jesus Christ, His Son whom He has sent to save us.   Thus in John 17: 3, Jesus says in His prayer: “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” Thus, those who acknowledge Jesus before others,  will also be acknowledged by Him (Luke 12:8-9). And, those who reject Him or who does not receive His words, will be judged by Him accordingly (John 12:48)

It is, therefore, our relationship with Jesus that is the basis of God’s judgment. Those who receive Him as Savior will not be condemned but those who reject Him, will be condemned for eternity.  John 3:18-19, says:  “Those who believe in Him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil.”  God be with you. 

Find Christ and find the treasures of knowledge and wisdom..

“My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments.”

Colossians 2: 2-4

Peace and good to all.

If I may share my personal reflection on the above passage from the Book of Colossians.

God is the only source of true wisdom and knowledge. All that we are, all that we have and all that we know, came from Him.

Generally, it is our perception that we gain knowledge and wisdom thru studies, education,  experience and maturity. These days, just the click of your mouse, and you will have an instant access on the information that you need. But with all these information,  and ready to eat “knowledge”, still many of us are longing for peace, for understanding of what life is. 

Some who have prolong sadness, anxiety and depression and who have turned to human wisdom to resolve it, were advised to take medicines, to reprogram their mindfulness, to listen to some kind of music, get involve to a different hobby,  or to find other belief system or philosophies that would fit their needs.  The bottom line in these recommendations is for them to find an answer or light to their lives. A spiritual problem or issues that made by man as a personality or psychological matter. A spiritual issue which cannot be solved by the wisdom of man. 

They fail to understand that man because of his sin,  he would not be able to understand and fully comprehend and experience  the joy all God’s blessings to him in this world. Sin separates him from the glory of God’s creation that no matter how smart or intelligent he may be, unless he repent and accept Christ as his saviour, he will not be able to have that wisdom that only God thru Christ can give. 

Blessed are those who truly believe in the Son of God, because they have the Word of God where they can anchor their confidence and dependence, the same being the only source of wisdom. Blessed are the true believers of Christ for they have the Holy Spirit that in dwells in them who enlightens them about spiritual truth. Blessed are those who believe in Christ, for Jesus is faithful to His promise of peace: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid, “ John 14:27.

My friends,  we should not  trust in our own knowledge, intelligence, cleverness or ability, for all these will lead us to nowhere. God Himself is the source of wisdom and knowledge. We can experience wisdom by being with Christ in the daily things of our life.  This world offers different kinds of wisdom, beliefs, philosophies, teachings, etc.. Do not be fooled, do not follow the wisdom of the world. We have to come to Christ, for only in Him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. God be with you. 

The power of God’s name..

“Save me, O God, by your name;  vindicate me by your might.

Hear my prayer, O God;  listen to the words of my mouth.” 🙏

Psalm 54:1-2

Peace and good to all.

If I may share my personal reflection on the above passage from the Book of Psalm. 

It is a simple verse, a simple prayer but full of substance and with urgency of tone. To simplify more, it means: “Lord, save me.” 

It is a prayer for deliverance, a call to God, invoking the power of His name, that we be set free or removed from a bad situation we are in at the moment. It is an acceptance of our limited strength and the recognition of the power of God’s name and might who can save us. It is a recognition of our dependence to God. 

Human life is always subject to storms. No one is exempted to the storms of life.  Some have been engulfed by the high waves caused by it and perished. Some, however, have called and believed in the power of the name of God and of His strength, for them to be delivered from and be saved, and indeed they were saved,  as God has walked with them and quieted the wildest storm of their lives. Yes, these people are called believers of Christ, believers of the Son of God.  These people believed not in their own strength but in the strength and might of their anchor, who is Jesus. 

Believers are gifted by God of faith in Him such that, when they pray for deliverance, they anticipate that they will be saved and delivered. There is anticipation, in other words. Why? Because they trust that their prayers would be heard by God, that their prayers would reached God, and, this is what you call, faith in action.

While there are times that it would take sometime for our prayers to be answered, we should remind ourselves that God is faithful. God chooses His own timing in answering our prayers, and as to why, it remains a mystery, I cannot fathom  God’s thoughts,  but I know and I believe that God answers the prayers of you and I, and, that is enough. Remember, however,  that in the midst of your life’s storm, stand secure in God’s watch and hang on to His promise that, He keeps on perfect peace those who trust in Him (Isaiah 26:3). God be with you. 

Old garment and old wineskins..

“No one tears a patch from a new garment and sews it on an old one. If he does, he will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, ‘The old is better.’ “

Luke 5:36-39

Peace and good to all.

If I may share my insights on the above gospel of our Lord.

In this parable of the old cloth and old wineskin, the old garment and the old wineskin, represent our old ways, our traditions, beliefs, our old understanding about the commandments of God. 

The new garment and the new wine, however, represent the Gospel of the Lord, the Word of God. The Word of God directs us to Jesus and His teachings on how to be saved and have eternal life. 

Like the new wine, it needs a new vessel, it cannot be poured into the old wineskin because it will burst. Like the new wine, the word of God needs a new vessel, a new container,  a person born anew upon his acceptance of Jesus. These are the people who have turned their back from their the old mundane lifestyle, these are the people who have asked for forgiveness from their sins and who have accepted God with a renewed strength brought about by their acceptance of Jesus. 

We may not understand it at the first instance, but upon our acceptance of Jesus as our saviour coupled with our repentance from our sins, we became a new creation of God. Our old selves have died and our new life is kept with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3),  hence, we become a new wineskin, a new vessel, a new container, which can contain the new wine – the Word of God. 

And, if we are the containers of the Word of God, what do you think is expected from us by God? To share the Word of God to others, so that others may know the good news of the Lord. Preach the good news of the Lord in whatever way you can,  and know that  you are be guided by the Holy Spirit in doing so, because the Holy Spirit dwells in your heart.

Remain in the fellowship of Christ because that is the main intention of God for us in the first place, unbelievers lack the fellowship with God, that is why it’s very hard for them to have a relationship with Jesus. And, whomsoever, who believe that they do not actually need a fellowship with God as long as they are good in their life and they are not hurting anyone, and always have good thoughts in their life, is fooling themselves. Whomsoever also is too busy to accept God as his saviour and whomsoever is too proud to profess faith in Jesus, is definitely not in fellowship with God. How pitiful. 

Many of us have lost the opportunity to be saved and have eternal life because they stick with their old clothes, they stick with their lifestyle, they are not interested in God, or may be not just yet, but when?  God be with you all. 

Face you fear like an olive tree in the house of God.

“But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God;  I trust in God’s unfailing love forever and ever.

 I will praise you forever, for what you have done; in your name I will hope,  for your name is good. I will praise you in the presence of your saints.”

Psalm 52:8-9

Peace and good to all.

If I may share my personal reflection on the above passage from the Book of Psalm.

As followers and believers of Jesus, we can be like what David is saying: “an olive tree flourishing in the house of God, trusting God’s unfailing love forever.”

We face trials, adversities and storms in our lives. This pandemic for instance has brought changes in our way of living. Many have been victims of the sickness, while there are who those who survived, many also have succumbed to this dreadful disease, thus creating fear in our minds.

But whatever it is, pandemic or other matters where we found ourselves in some difficult circumstance or situation, which may be long or short, be it emotional, physical, mental or spiritual, remember to face them like an olive tree in the house of God. You are a believer of Jesus, right? Then, have faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, focus on Him and not on your present circumstance or difficult situation.

If you indeed believe in Jesus as your saviour, then believe that He is present in your life, actively in-charge of your life. Trust Him and cast everything to Him. Believe in His words, in His promises, in His strength. But trusting Him is more than a feeling, it is faith, it is like believing in Him when your feelings or situation would have you believe or do something different. Remember, “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” Hebrews 11:1 .

Have faith, therefore, my friends, walk behind the Lord and let Him lead you. Sometimes our expectations are different from what is happening but have faith and have hope in Him. Be patient and have a thankful heart. God always keeps his promises. God be with us all.

God looks at the heart..

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“And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?” And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him.”

Mark 7:18–20

eace and good to all.

If I may share my insights on the above gospel of our Lord.

That which “defile” means,  that which corrupts, pollute or debase. In moral sense, it means that which renders a person unacceptable to God, like committing a sin. 

What makes a person unholy or unacceptable then in the eyes of God? The gospel says it’s not the food that we eat because they are expelled from our bodies afterwards. The thoughts and intentions of our hearts that matter because the things that come out from our  mouths, the things that we do or our actions,  are reflections of what is inside our hearts. 

God judges us from what is inside our hearts which is in contrast  in  the law of man. In the law of man, there is no crime when there is no overt act committed. In the eyes of God, it is different.  For instance, Matthew 5:28 says that “if anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her.” In the law of man, however, there is no adultery by  just looking lustfully at a woman. 

Remember the passage relating to anger? That “whosoever is angry without a cause will be in danger of judgment”.  Anger per se  is not punishable in the law of man, because it is a feeling, a negative or hostile thought. The law of man does not punish a mere thought, it is only when this resulted into action like, murder, that a person is subjected to the judgment of man. But in the eyes of God, this hostile or negative thought that we have against someone brings us already in the danger of being judged by God.

What the gospel is saying here is that, our sin comes from within, it comes from our hearts. It does not matter whether we have actually  take into action what is inside our hearts, for God looks and judges us from our hearts because everything that we do are what our hearts dictate.  The heart is the person’s inner moral and spiritual life, everything we do flows out from it, thus, the scripture says (Proverbs 4:23), guard it. “For the mouth speaks  what the heart is full of,”  Luke 6:45.

God can see what is inside our the very core of our hearts. We may deceive our brothers and sisters, we may even deceive our ourselves, but not God. Yes, we are all far from perfect, but we have Jesus whom we can rely for wisdom for us to be always guided. We may fall short at times of God’s expectations from us, but God can see our repenting hearts and our eagerness not to be separated from Him. God knows the sincerity of ours hearts.  God be with us all. 

God’s thoughts for you and me..

Psalm 139: 17-18

“How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!

Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you.”

Psalm 139: 17-18

Peace and good to all.

If I may share my personal reflection on the above passage from the Book of Psalm. 

It was few months ago when I started to regularly spend time with Jesus, starting my day with Him, conversing with Him (like you are conversing with somebody you know so much), reading His Word in the Bible, and listening carefully in my heart on what He was saying. Recently, I found myself  retiring my day with conversation with Him and reading His Words.  Even in dreams, I remembered mumbling His Words, reciting the verses I read in the Bible and even using them to rebuke unpleasant elements and bad people wandering in my dreams. And, in my every waking hours, our Lord has become the first thought in my mind. I am sharing this in order to glorify God and not to boast, my friends.

Am I thinking more about God? Am I thinking more about Jesus? Probably, yes,  but this is nothing as to how God was thinking about you and me. God’s thoughts are not our thoughts, and no matter how we say we think deeply of God, the same is nothing as compared to how God thinks of us.  God’s  thoughts for us, His thoughts for our future, for our safety, for our protection and care, is immeasurable and infinite. Why? Because God’s love for us is infinite. God so love us that He would not want us to be separated from him perpetually. Hence, He even sent His only begotten Son, to save us and redeem us, in order we may be able to be again with Him.  Man’s love is limited but God’s love has no limit. 

I cannot say that I know what are God’s thoughts for me. I cannot say that, because I know they are many,  plenty and infinite. It cannot even equal the grains of sand here on earth.  I would not even dare to ask Him what are those for I have faith in His Promise, as written in Jeremiah 29:11.   My Lord’s plan for me is to prosper me and not harm me, to give me hope and future. 

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.” Jesus gave me that  innermost peace my heart needs. And, I praise Him for it.