Whoever serves me must follow me…

“Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.” 

John 12:26

Peace and good to all.

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

The above gospel is what is expected from Jesus followers, to those who believe in Him. 

The path to Jesus life is hard and with sufferings. There are lots of sacrifices, so many things to give up, like your mundane wants, the appeal of the flesh, the temptations of sins, the lure of the vices and even the appeal of power. You cannot claim to be true Jesus followers  when you are still focus on the things of this world. For faithful followers of Jesus divest themselves of the superior authority of their own plans and make Jesus the priority of their lives.  But  as followers of Jesus they are expected to take the road of suffering, just like how Jesus suffered and as followers we are not expected to be treated better than Jesus – our Master.  We have to travel the road He travelled first. 

However, as we travel the road to Jesus life which is hard and narrow, we can rely on His promises that He will always be with us and will never leave us alone.  That He will be our protector, our light and our shepherd. This is more than enough for us to carry on, I believe. 

And, while the path to Jesus life is hard, it is also glorious. This is because as Jesus said in the gospel, His father will honor His servants who follow Him, just as He honours His own Son. And, remember also that Jesus made a promise to those who followed Him:  “I go to prepare a place for you that where I am there you may be also.” And, we ought to look forward for that time to come. God be with us always. 

Jesus invitation…

 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give  you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” 

Matthew 11:28-30

Peace and good to all.

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

The gospel is about the continuing invitation of Jesus for us to come to Him, to be with Him, to rest in Him, especially in moments when we are heavily laden of troubles, problems, illness or of the resulting effect of restlessness from the bondage of sin. 

It is a continuing invitation of Jesus to the broken hearted, to the oppressed, to the burdened sinner, to those who are lost, to those experiencing fatigue in their lives whether physically or spiritually. The invitation my friends is for all and  has no limitations. Accept His invitation and His promise is to give us rest, to give us peace, not just temporary but eternal. Remember that when God makes a covenant or a promise, He makes true with it. He remembers His promise forever. 

But why still the rejection or the non-response of many? Perhaps they were looking for a temporary reprieves only from all their burdens. Perhaps they are guilt-ridden because of their sins. Perhaps they do not understand that it is only with Jesus that they can find peace; perhaps they believe that they are not worthy of Jesus invitation, they are ashamed. Remember my friends, even though Jesus wants  us to be spiritually well, even if He wants us to unburden us of all the troubles that we have in this life, we must decide if we want to accept His invitation to touch us, to touch our lives. Accept Him and repent. Choose Jesus who saves. 

Accept His invitation and you will find rest for your soul. Accept His invitation and Jesus will change your life. You will enjoy the peace that this world cannot comprehend, that is why it cannot be explained by those who enjoy it, it is a kind of peace that surpasses earthly understanding and you can only have that in a life with Jesus. Accept Jesus invitation.

The Plans of Man and the Plans of God..

“The LORD foils the plans of the nations;

he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.

But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever,

the purposes of his heart through all generations.” 

Psalm 33:10-11

Peace and good to all.

If my share my thoughts on the above passage from the Book of Psalm. 

Who would have thought among the people who know me that I would be sending them Bible verse and sometimes reflections on the verse, daily? I never planned it. I never thought of it actually. But, probably I was called. Perhaps,  I was called to share the word of God in my own way, so others would read them and somehow, in God’s grace, the message would reach their hearts and touch the core of their persons. I don’t know, but am doing this because I want to share the word. I praise the Lord for this. 

We all have plans in our lives, mostly mundane plans: to get richer, to travel more, to acquire more wealth, and even to conquer the world. But these plans if not in accordance with God’s plan for us, they would just remain in the drawing table and would not be a reality. God decides what plans and resources succeed. Yes, we may plan, but God’s plan prevails.

Remember the story of Paul, it was not his plan to spread the word of God,  he was actually a christian persecutor, but he was called, and he became one of the greatest apostles of Christ. This means that  God has an important purpose and plan for each of us, God has prepared something for us even before we were woven in our mother’s womb. We just have to open our hearts to hear God’s calling. 

In the busyness of the world we live in, we often forget to ask what is God’s plan for our life. In our fear to change the status quo of our lives, we dare not to ask what is our role in God’s masterplan, or what God want’s us to do. The effect of this is the more we feel this sense of emptiness rather than the fulfillment that God wants us to experience. 

My friends, our Lord God has a grand design, a master plan, where each of us will be called to play a part of, in order that our lives will have a sense of direction, purpose and meaning. We are born for a purpose. We may plan to do this or to do that, but it is always God’s purpose that will prevail. 

God is my refuge..

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,  my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare  and from the deadly pestilence.

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge;  his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.

A thousand may fall at your side,  ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.” 

Psalm 91:2-7

Peace and good to all.

If my share my thoughts on the above passage from the Book of Psalm. 

This passage is indeed a prayer for protection. It is a loaded gun against both the seen and unseen enemy. It is an invocation of God’s power over our lives, that no enemy can come against us and all spell or curse of the enemy against us will backfire at them in Jesus name. 

When Jesus is with us, who can be against us. The fowler’s snare or traps set by our enemy for us to fall, the deadly pestilence like the pandemic that the world is experiencing now, we can all be saved from all these, when we are with Jesus. In Jesus in whom we trust. 

The passage also speaks of terror of night, arrow by day, pestilence that roam in the darkness and plaque that destroys in the day. These are all brought by the unseen enemy and Jesus is our only hope to be saved from all these. How? By always wearing the armor of God: the helmet of salvation, the sandals of peace, the breastplate of righteousness and most of all the sword of the word of God. Psalm 91 is the word of God when we need protection from both seen and unseen enemy, from  the devil that is lurking around ready to devour our flesh. This prayer found in Psalm 91 when prayed with faith, we will be protected in Jesus name.

Psalm 117

“Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. For great is his love towards us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.

  Praise the Lord.” 

Psalm 117

Peace and good to all.

If my share my thoughts on the above passage from the Book of Psalm. 

Psalm 117 is the shortest psalm and the shortest chapter in the Bible, but it contains a great and clear message of God to us:  (1) For all nations to praise God; and, (2) The cause of why we need to praise Him. 

The message of God is clear right from the start, He is encouraging or inviting all people from all nations, to praise the Lord our God because His  divine plan is for the redemption of all, for the salvation of everyone, so that no one will be left. The message transcended beyond the boarders of nations and it transcended time because God himself is transcendent.  The Book of Psalm was written before Christ, but thru Christ, we His followers, are now reading this great God’s message – for all nations to praise our Lord God. 

And, why should we praise God? The message is clear also: God’s love towards us is great and God’s faithfulness endures forever.  God so love us that He sent His only begotten son to redeem us and all His creations  by His death and resurrection and to give us new life. So that we can be freed from sin caused by the fall of Adam and Eve.  God loves each of us personally, as parents know and love their children. We cannot see Him because He is pure spirit but we can know Him through Jesus teachings in Bible, through the scriptures, through our prayer, through our faith in Him. 

What God has promised, He will provide. God does not lie, because He is the Truth.  He does not break a promise. He does not break a covenant. Whatever He has said, He will make it happen. the Bible contains plenty of God’s promises to His people, a promise of protection, of forgiveness, of provision, of strength, of eternal life. As long as we remain with Him, with absolute certainty, God will make true of these promises to us. Praise the Lord.

Blessed is she who believed.

 “Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

Luke 1:45

Those words came from Elizabeth upon seeing the Blessed Virgin Mary during Mary’s visitation of her. 

What was again the Lord’s promises to Blessed Virgin Mary? That, she was going to be the mother of the most long awaited messiah – Jesus.  

And, yes she believed. Despite her age, her status in life, her being a virgin, the situation where she lived then,  Mary believed.  She believed that she will be the mother of the Son of God. No ifs, no doubts, no apprehensions, no conditions, in full humility, she  embraced it and  she believed with the promise. She kept the faith. 

How about us? Do we know what are God’s promises to us when we accept and follow Jesus? There are plenty, but here are some of those: That, Jesus will be our strength, our rock,  our saviour. That Jesus will be our protector, that He will be our guide for He knows and have plans to prosper us. That, He will be the source of our peace, joy and love and that we will fear no evil for Jesus is with us. 

Those are some of the promises of Jesus if we follow Him. True promises because  He is the source of all truths, and yet, we doubt, many times we doubted because of our excuses of human frailties. But the Blessed Virgin Mary and Elizabeths are humans too, and yet, they believed.This was because of their faith that God’s promises are true and will be fulfilled. And, indeed, God fulfilled His promises. Elizabeth got pregnant despite her old age and the Blessed Virgin Mary became the mother of the Son of God.

If you will be promised of salvation, instead of eternal damnation; If you will be promised of protection; of peace and joy during this lifetime, would you not embraced it, especially if those promises were written in the Bible and was promised by God, by Jesus himself? Think about it.