My Lord comforts me…

“Who will rise up for me against the wicked?  Who will take a stand for me against evildoers?

Unless the Lord had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.

When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, Lord, supported me.

When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.” 🙏

Psalm 94: 16-19

Peace and good to all.

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

When faced with a problem our first instinct is almost always to worry. We get uneasy, nervous or get scared especially when confronted with an event or something with an uncertain outcome. We have suddenly forgotten that when we are with God, we should worry no more. Faith. Have faith in Him who is the rock of your life. 

The above verse is an assurance that God is faithful, that we should not give in to that uneasiness, to that worry or that unknown fear. When worry is too strong for us to take,  have faith that God will extend his helping hand and, even when death is imminent, let’s remind ourselves that we are not alone. We have God, we have Jesus with us. God through the Holy Spirit will comfort us, He will tame our worried hearts. And, when we feel like we are slipping away, call on Him, for His love will save and support us. Praise to you my Lord and my God. 

Establishing a relationship with God, thru His Son Jesus, is the key in everything. God will never force us to have a relationship with Him, but if we invite Him in our lives, if we make Him the stronghold of our lives, we will enjoy that kind of peace that no one and nothing in this world can give. 

I was in the darkness once, but I did not allow my soul to dwell in silence. I accepted Jesus when the first opportunity came knocking in my heart. I accepted His help and, then believe me,  I no longer feel that emptiness that I had before.  He gave me peace of mind. He calmed my soul and I praise Him for that. 

God be with us all. 

Stronger than He..

 “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up his plunder.

“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

Luke 11:21-23

Peace and good to all.

If I may share my reflection on the above quoted Bible verse. 

The strong man referred to in the above verse is the enemy, Satan.  And yes, he was fully armed and his weapons consists of  temptation, ignorance, carnal pleasure and many more. 

He guards his own place which is the heart and soul of unbeliever, of a sinful and unrepented and of corrupt man. That was where he dwells as a King, in their hearts and minds,  feeding his conquest of earthly pleasures, temporary successes, lust, drugs, bodily pleasures, popularity and all  their carnal needs, in order for his conquest to forget God, in order for his conquest not to seek God. 

And, when some will remember to cry for the knowledge of God, the devil will feed them again with earthly possession for them to forget God,  until its too late already as every piece of earthly possession coming from the devil is a step to move forward to hell. 

Satan is crafty, he knows how to subdue the human flesh, he knows their weaknesses, and he knows how entice those that have tried to assault him or despise him. But not until someone stronger than he turns up and take the challenge and overpower him. 

Not until Jesus stronger than the devil, turns up and casts him and his minions to hell.  Satan may be strong, but Jesus is stronger. The god of this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers, but Jesus have opened their eyes encouraging us that “He who is in you, is greater than who is in the world.” The devil may be mighty but Jesus is almighty. And, all that Jesus is asking for is to believe in Him, the source and only way of our salvation. He is the God the Father’s manifestation of His great love for us, his creations, to save us through Jesus. How many of us know the primary memory verse of salvation – John 3:16, by the way? 

Even in our lives as believers of Christ, the devil will try his way to attack us, to entice us, to outwit us, to even use our past sins for us to feel ashamed and be back to him, the devil.  Remember this my friends, when God forgives our sins, it’s a total forgiveness. He does not keep a record of our sins, so, do not allow yourself to be outwitted by the devil. 

I read this somewhere, “Satan may seem strong, sin may seem powerful, shame may seem enslaving, but Jesus is stronger.” And, I agree.  Praise the Lord that we have Jesus. 

God be with us all. 

When you cry out to God…

“In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From the depths of the grave I called for help,  and you listened to my cry.

To the roots of the mountains I sank down;  the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you, Lord my God,  brought my life up from the pit.

 I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”🙏

Jonah 2: 2a, 6, 9s

Peace and good to all.

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

The above quoted verse is an excerpt from Jonah’s prayer, while he was inside the belly of a fish. We know about the story of Jonah, right? Jonah, a prophet who ran away from the Lord because he did not want to follow what the Lord our God instructed him to do. He flee as though he can hide from God. He boarded a ship to get away from the Lord so God hurled a storm against the ship where he was hiding. And, when he realized that he cannot flee from an all-present Sovereign God, and in order to spare the other passengers of the ship, he asked them that he be thrown  out into the sea.  And, yes, Jonah was thrown into the waters. Then the raging sea suddenly became quiet. And, while Jonah sunk into the waters,  the storm ceased.

It is said that it was while he was sinking into the sea that he cried out to God:  a cry of distress to the Lord.  Jonah remembered that he has a forgiving God; a God full of mercy that even though he deserved to be punished with his death being imminent, he recalled of the steadfast love that God has for His people; a God who is slow to anger; a compassionate God. And, thus he prayed for mercy and God heard him and, saved him. It was then that He was swallowed by a large fish (a whale probably)  and remained in its belly for three days and three nights. The Lord had mercy on Jonah and saved him miraculously in a fish’s belly.

It was while he was inside the fish belly that Jonah prayed and thanked God for listening to his plea of deliverance. It was while he was inside the fish belly that the he prayed and glorified God. 

This is because he asked for mercy in the imminence of his death as he sunk into the depths of the water and God answered him by sending the fish that swallowed him. The fish was Jonah’s  place of refuge sent by God for three days and and three nights.  It was his vessel in reaching the dry land. 

The story of Jonah is not fictional. It is not a parable. It was a real story which Jesus even mentioned in his teachings. Jonah’s story is a story of inspiration, a story of encouragement to all of us, particularly to God’s children,  that God answers us and hears our cries. That,  in the moment of our distress, we have a living God whom we can turn to and  who can save us, for God hears our cries to him. That He answers us inspite of our guilt, of our sins, of our shortcomings to Him. All we need to do is to pray and call His name. And, He will be there, yes, He will be there just when we thought we are not worth saving for. 

They say desperate times call for desperate measures. But if you believe in the power of God to save you especially in times of distress,  all you need is to cry to God and to rely on Him, to trust Him that He will save you and carry you in the most trying times of your life. And, believe me, He will. 

God’s promise is clear: Call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me” (Psalm 50:15).

Cry out for Him with humility, faith and sincerity and He will deliver you. God be with us. 

The enemy’s future..

” And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” 

Revelation 20:10

Peace and good to all.

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

If there is one thing that is certain about the enemy, it is his ending. It is not a matter of probability but rather a certainty. The enemy is bound to lose and it is bound to be tormented in the lake of fire, forever. It is just but a matter of time, as it is written, his time is short : “He is  filled with fury because he knows that his time is short, Revelation 12:12. 

Knowing that his time is short, the enemy would do everything to bring and drag many into his pit, enticing humans, tempting them to turn their back on God, so that these people would be able to share with his misery afterwards, that is, of being tormented into the lake of fire. 

You know what makes  us, the believers of Christ in a better position as compared to non-believers? We know already what is the enemy’s ending. We know already that the enemy stands to lose and that his defeat is for sure.  We know already what is the enemy’s future, and that is to be tormented forever in the lake of fire. This truth cannot be changed and there is nothing that can change the enemy’s future. And, this is an encouragement for us, the warriors of God, in so far as our battle against the enemy. For we know already that we stand to win in this battle against the enemy for as long as we are with Christ. 

Thus, whenever the enemy tries to taunt us by reminding us of our past before we become followers of Christ, just remind him of his future. God be with us.
 

I have an unchanging God!

“In the beginning

you laid the foundations of the earth,

and the heavens are the work of your hands.

They will perish,

but you remain;

they will all wear out like a garment.

Like clothing you will change them

and they will be discarded.

But you remain the same,

and your years will never end.” 

Psalm 102: 25-27

Peace and good to all.

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

People change. We all change: physically, psychologically, emotionally and, spiritually. Everything in this world changes. Seasons change, we all age, grass withers, the sun sets and  the sun rises. All God’s creation change,  but not God.

He is the same God we came to know in the Old Testament and the same God who revealed Himself to us in the New Testament. His plans for us since from the time we were woven from our mother’s womb up to this time, is firm and constant. His purpose for us has remain unchanged. 

God does no change. God the Father is the same as in yesterday, today and tomorrow and so does His Son. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever”, Hebrews 13:8. 

If God does not change, what significance then it is for us whom He called His children? 

For one and  the simplest answer to that,  is  since we have a God that does not change, we can, therefore, rely on God’s promises, because His promises to His people will never change and He will fulfill them because God is faithful. 

So,  you can rely on the promises that: God will strengthen you; that He will give you rest; God will take care of your needs; that He will answer your prayers in the way that is best for you; that God will be with you, will walk with you even through the valley of the shadow of death; He will protect you  and, you will be with Him; and, that He is merciful and love us so much. 

We live now in uncertain times,  in an unprecedented times,  in a world full of fear. Yesterday you were just talking to a friend of yours making plans for next year, today you are hearing the news that he passed away. Plans change and fear aggravates it. 

But I find comfort to the fact that I have a God that does not change, an unchanging God, who keeps on His promises and, therefore, I will not be consumed or destroyed. When I fall, He will hold my hand for me to stand up. He will keep me company.  He is my protector, my rock, the stronghold of my life. All things may perish and banish but not my God who will be with me forever. And when fear knocks in my door, I will rely on my God’s promise in the Book of Isaiah:   (Isaiah 41:10

“fear not, for I am with you;

be not dismayed, for I am your God;

I will strengthen you, I will help you,

I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

God be with us all. 

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. 

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. 

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’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.

A promise of hope and future.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Jeremiah 29:11

Peace and good to all.

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

The above verse is one of the many favorites of many believers. Why? Because it is a promise of hope, a promise of a new day from any turbulent situation that a believer may be facing at the moment.

Sickness, death of a loved one, deception, financial problem, family  problems. These are issues which may discourage some of us. Having faith during this difficult times is the hardest part of all especially with the thought that everything seems to be against you,  to the point of including God on the perception of conspiracy against you. Do not allow this discouragement to blind you on what you know about our one true God.  That God is merciful, who is for and not against us,  and,  if God is for us who can be against us. Remember Romans 8:31? 

Oftentimes, it is late to realize that during our difficult times, God was just with us, actually working on our behalf. That He was just around the corner, helping us to get through with our situation no matter how difficult it is. Thus, when we get discouraged at some point, be still and know that God is with us. Let not our difficult situation nor our discouragement blind us on what we have learned and know on the truth about God. 

When you feel down and discouraged, remember, as in always remember,  that God is always working on your behalf, and no matter how bad your situation seems, it is not yet over,  God is working on the other areas of your life that may seem not obvious to you today. Trust Him.  Have faith, you are not helpless, you and I,  have a God that watches us, who neither slumber nor sleep. God be with you.