ARE we capable of sin? – A Discussion


Now this is an issue that many a time I have had to discuss with several of my Christian friends. The question is this: is a born again person capable of sin? Or rather, is it even possible for any man born as a human to NOT sin, regardless of whether or not they are saved? Let us take a deeper look into this and use the Word of God as our reference point.

A verse from the Romans chapter 3 states:

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:” (Romans 3:23-24) 

This verse very clearly states that ALL man has sinned. Of course we are all born of the flesh as humans, and the human being is a creation that has fallen short of the glory of 5131172-3x2-340x227God. Starting with Adam and Eve, sin entered our lives and our mankind, so it is impossible to say that any of us can be sinless.

However, Jesus Christ is the only one in the world Who was sinless, and thus He became the ultimate sacrifice for our redemption. When the most pure and innocent blood was shed as propitiation for sin, it covered the sin of the entire mankind from the beginning to the end, and thus our debts were all settled with God. The only thing He asked in return was our faith in this work He had done on the cross for us. 

So this being the story of true redemption, what will become of that man who has accepted Jesus into his heart as His savior and has been born again? Is it viable for God to expect that man to never sin again in his life? Some people think no. Some people have told me that based on the previously stated verse, no matter what, the life of every human involves sin because of the fact that no one can be perfect like God, and hence no one can be perfectly sinless like God.

But what if I told you otherwise? Would you hate me or call me a liar? Again let us turn to the scripture.

“Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.” (1 John 3:6) 

He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” (1 John 3:8,9) 

So as stated in these verses, sin is the seed of the devil, and committing sin is a sign that you are not of God. “But every man has sinned according to that verse in Romans. Does that mean that every human is a child of the devil? Is that a fair way of judgement?”

Well let me tell you. These are two different things, being born into a sinful world as a sinner, and actually committing sin. These verses in 1 John are talking about how a person who has truly been saved and born again is not capable of WILLINGLY committing sin. Committing sin is an action taken by a person. You can choose to do it or you can choose not to do it. And if you have truly accepted Jesus as your Savior, and if you have truly been born again, then you must be fresh and new as a newborn baby, and you will never be capable of choosing sin after having experienced the true love of the Jesus who died on the cross for your sake. However, if you claim to have been born again, and still continue in your sins, then it is high time for you to reconsider your life, and to really sit down and pray to God to help you let go of the dirty past life and become truly born again.

But by saying all this, I am in no way implying that we can be completely sinless in life. How? Well sometimes even a truly born again person may fall short because of their feelings towards something or they may be caught in a situation where they unknowingly make the wrong choice or think the wrong thing, but a true born again believer will always realize their weakness and ask God to forgive them again.

Constant cleansing of the heart and soul through prayer is the only way we can all remain pure and holy as God wants us to. None of us are perfect. We are all born into a world full of darkness and sin, a world that tortured and crucified our Lord the purest lamb that was given as sacrifice. And yet , God gives us the chance to become holy once again, and to be counted worthy of entering heaven, by allowing us the choice to believe in the sacrifice of Jesus. It is then OUR turn to choose whether or not to sin.

Choosing Jesus over sin is your ultimate key to a life of true peace and happiness, enveloped in the love of the Lord regardless of the pain and hurt of this world.

Greetings once again!


For various reasons I was not able to post anything for the past two months, and as much as I am sorry for that, I would also like to let you know that for Christmas we will be looking closer at several key verses and try to learn and grow together in Christ as much as we can!

Thank you all for all the support you give me, and stay strong and faithful in Jesus Christ!

The Crucifixion Continues


Dear readers, my soul is at a constant state of unrest these days as I scroll through my news feed  filled with stories of Christian brethren being attacked, overpowered, denied their basic rights to worship the living God, ridiculed for their faith, tortured, and even killed.

I see a range of ways our faith is being challenged around the world. The sad part is that while the world tries to bring everyone together by trying to “respect and treat equally” all religions of the world, Christianity is being pushed off the cliff to make room for everyone else.

We Christians seem to be under attack constantly just for merely practicing our religion or believing in it. People are quick to take offense against such a peaceful group of people, and yet we still do not cause trouble or commotion by fighting back.

Our Master has told us to show the other cheek to anyone trying to hurt us, and that is what I feel the Christian community has been adhering to mostly with the recent rise in Christian persecution.

“But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.” (Matthew 5:39) 

Children and women in many middle-eastern countries are being tortured and even killed because of the irrational hatred people have towards the true God that they serve. And while these stories of persecution bring tears to my eyes, I turn back to domestic news and sadly I get even more disappointed to see the amount of stories featuring anti-christian mentalities oppressing people who place faith in God.

Why is it that even in such a free and changing generation, Christians are being attacked in various ways and being hated for their practice of religion which is a right granted to every human nevertheless? So many times people get offended just for the fact that a pastor preached something that they may not have agreed with. But pastors have been preaching the truth for ages, and yet now people are starting to react to their sermons and trying to get them into trouble for teaching what is in the Bible!?

Sharing the gospel these days is becoming a dangerous pursuit, I believe. You can never know who may get offended and how that may lead to trouble for you. Even trying to read the Bible in public, or praying before some event or game or in school, or EVEN wishing someone a “merry Christmas” is apparently becoming offensive to people out there because it has to do the Christ! Why!? This is really sad. Some Christian children are being forced to learn about about evolution and other such ideologies which are theories that a conservative Christian family would not want their child to grow up learning.

But if someone proposes that Christianity also be taught or emphasized in schools, it becomes an issue and everyone treats it like a terrible idea. Of course, the preaching of the cross is foolishness to society today.

Our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified mercilessly 2000 years ago for speaking nothing but the truth. Today, the persecution continues on the Church and is getting worse.

But while such news makes our hearts sorrow for the plight of our own brethren around the world and the plight of ourselves to come perhaps, this does give us hope in the coming of our Lord Jesus. He did warn us that such terrible persecution would be a sign of the imminent return of the Son of God. He said regarding the end times:

“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.” (Matthew 24:9) 

 

“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” (Matthew 24:13) 

As Children of God, we will in our lifetime have to suffer some form of persecution inevitably, be it against us physically, mentally, or socially.

Let us watch the skies for His return and prepare ourselves spiritually for the coming spiritual battle of the end times as well as for His return, so that we may be counted worthy of entering the kingdom of God.

This is a time for us to hold on to our faith stronger than ever and to keep spreading the gospel of goodness and peace as much as possible!!! Our Master is the Light of the world, and we are sparks of that light! Therefore we must shine to the best of our abilities even despite all the hardships we may have to face!

God bless you all my dear brothers and sisters. If you are in a country facing persecution for your faith, or in danger of facing persecution, know that you are being prayed for constantly, and that Jesus Christ is with you and His power shall accompany you wherever you go!!!

God bless!

“The Shore That’s Feared by Death” – Poem by Stenila Simon


birdseye_celestial-1000x625My home is not of brick and stone,
Nor has it laid foundations on
The filthy soil of earth, no mine
Is somewhere far beyond the sky.

It sits upon the clouds of white
And floats amidst the open skies
Its walls of gems and gates of gold
Do hide a throne, (I will) behold!

Its shores are feared by death and sin
And rarely few do e’er get in
But still amidst those few ones rare,
I long to enter, be the heir

To peace and love, instead of fame,
Or coins of gold to be my aim.
I’d rather have my King alone
Than have a love, sham, of my own.

Oh yes, my home is feared by sin
And feared by death, and all within
Shall reign with Him forevermore,
I hope to meet you at that shore!

~Stenila Simon

Trust issues…


Once there was a man who gave his daughter everything she needed. He would even surprise her with things that he knew she needed, even if it meant that the father would have to skip a meal himself to find the money to provide for his daughter.

One night, the daughter asked her father for a new dress to wear to school the next morning. The father said that he would buy her the dress.

Then as the night went by, the daughter grew anxious. Her old dress had holes in them and was not at all wearable. If she didn’t have a new dress by the next morning, she would have to go to school cold and embarrassed.

She asked her father, “Papa, when are you gonna buy me that dress?”

The father looked at her and smiled. He said “You’ll have a new dress to wear to school tomorrow, I promise.” The girl was not able to believe him. She knew that all the stores would close soon, and that if her father didn’t hurry, she wouldn’t have a dress for school. She kept asking and asking and every single time, the father would just smile and repeat the same thing. ” You will wear a new dress to school tomorrow, trust me.”

The girl got really mad at him for lying to her when in fact he was not even trying to buy a dress. She got frustrated and sad and fell asleep that night mad at her father for treating her that way.

The next morning, however, when she woke up, she found an absolutely beautiful new dress laying on her bed. As she looked at it in amazement, her father walked in, and smiled again, and said “Did I not tell you that you would have a new dress in the morning?”

What actually happened was that the father had actually bought this dress some days ago when he saw that his daughter’s old dress was starting to show signs of ripping holes. He had just been waiting for her to actually need it before he gave it to her.

Our Father in heaven is the same. He knows what we need. And because He already knows about what we need and when we need it, He is always preparing new ways and opening new doors for us in our lives.

But the sad part about all of this is that we are always doubting him, just like the little girl in this story. We KNOW that God is capable of providing for us. We know that He has never let us down in the past. And yet, we choose to get mad at Him, question Him, and think bad of Him when we don’t get what we want right then and there.

God has a time for everything. He knows what you need, and He will give it to you at the right time. Now, I’m not necessarily talking about financial matters. If you are a righteous person who loves God and abides by His commandments, He will find some kind of way to make sure that you do not starve. If you are, however, starving, God has a plan behind it. God sometimes puts each of us through a time of hardship to teach us some things in life and to make us learn to depend on Him more. I and my family have personally gone through such times and it has always had a clear plan behind it.

That being said, God is not going to hear your prayers if you ask for money and a good career and a six-figure-salary. That is not the kind of prayer that the Lord hears.

But the point this story is trying to remind you is that every time you doubt God your Father, you are hurting Him a little in His heart. Do not doubt your Lord!

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)

He is Almighty and Powerful. He can give you strength when you are weak, faith when you are down, courage when you feel frightened.

He can give you the protection of His angels when you call upon Him with faith in a situation of distress or danger. He can work miracles for you when all else seems impossible. He can heal you when all your doctors have given up hope on you.

All it takes, is the faith to ask Him. Have faith enough to ask Him, as well as to wait for Him to work on His own time. Sometimes He may not give you exactly what you want. God the Almighty Father has His own will as well, and He knows exactly what you need.

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.” (John 16:23)

Just trust Him.

Do you want to touch a star? An actual star?


I recently had a dream which I could vividly remember afterwards.

In this dream, I was one among the many others of the world who were, quite strangely, trying to reach to the moon. Everyone was so happy and excited to try and reach the surface of the moon. I saw people racing each other to get there first! And, as I saw the happiness and satisfaction on the faces of the people who were making it to the moon, I wanted to do the same._Moon_ladder_people

So I tried really really hard. I thought to myself that because God is with me, I would reach the moon without a doubt. So I gave it all my effort to reach the moon, and yet, no matter how hard I tried, I could never make it. The sad part was when I looked around and realized that ALL the people around me had made it to the moon. And they were making fun of me from the top of the moon.

I felt terrible and humiliated. I asked God, “God, I believed in you to help me make it! And yet, You allowed me to fail at reaching the moon. Why?” I felt like crying at that point. 

Then God answered, “What if you are not meant to reach the moon? What if you are meant to touch the stars instead?”

This question really puzzled me. I stood there thinking. I looked up at the moon, and then at the mooeditedstars around it. My heart kept saying, “Well, the moon is bigger than those stars that I can see. The stars are just little tiny specks of light. But the moon, it’s way bigger and brighter to look at, and so more people would care if I reached the big and beautiful moon.”

Then it hit me! A realization came to me and I felt like someone was speaking this to my heart:

Yes, the moon is bigger and brighter in appearance to those that are on the earth. So they tend to ignore the “little” stars far beyond in the skies, because to them, these stars are so tiny in appearance and so insignificant.

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Up-Close view of a real star

BUT, if you look at the reality, if someone got closer to an actual star, they would be able to see just how much more brighter and bigger these stars are than the moon. The moon is nothing compared to the majesty and brightness of a star. But yet they appear tiny and insignificant because those on the earth are too far away from it.

The moon represents your worldly desires. Your desire for a good education, a job, a long-lasting career, money, health, marriage, power, fame, etc. These appear closer to us humans, so we tend to give these goals more value, and we make them our priority in life.

Yet, to those rare few who know just HOW bright and brilliant a star is in comparison to the moon (which of course has no light of it’s own – it just reflects the light of the sun) they will know that the star is worth pursuing a million times more than pursuing the moon.

What do these stars represent, you ask?

The stars represent your SPIRITUAL goals and desires. Stars represent goals like breaking yourself away from sin, committing yourself to the work of God, submitting yourself to God’s will, fighting the forces of darkness in your spiritual battle to uphold the commandments of God, striving to spread the true Word of God, and thirsting to bring more souls to the Kingdom of God.

These, my friends, are just like stars – to everyone of the world, they are tiny, far away, and insignificant. But to a person who is trying to reach for these stars, they know that as you get closer, the brightness, vastness, and brilliance of these goals just keep increasing.

It’s definitely worth it to pursue the stars that shine on their own instead of pursuing the moon which is an imposter of light.

I am so glad I had this dream because it reminded me of what I was starting to forget – that the spiritual matters should be your priority regardless of what the rest of the world thinks.

Israel vs. Gaza: What does this tell us?


If you have been following the international news lately, you will see that tensions are rising between Israel and Gaza. They are firing rockets at each other and thanks to the Iron Dome system of Israel, the Israeli people are being protected from the hundreds of rockets fired by Gaza.

But still the news and other media seem to only report one side of the story. To many people out there, Israel seems to be the mean one, attacking Gaza mercilessly. This is not true. Israel has the right to defend itself after Hamas has fired so many rockets into Israel. The reason innocent children and women are becoming victims in Gaza is because Hamas is using them – their own people – as shields from the bombs of Israel. They are putting their own innocent civilians in the path of danger and then blaming Israel. Yet Israel uses their technology and rockets to protect their people.

Israel, like I said earlier, is the apple of God’s eye. As Christians we must respect that and pray for Israel !!!! All these signs are only indicators that the coming of Jesus Christ is imminent. It can happen at any time, any day. There is no going back from all this chaos.

Look around you. Chaos has started to happen globally. Wars and rumors of wars. Kingdom against kingdom.

The degree of peace is going down everywhere. Please, my dear fellow Christians of the world, pray for our brethren suffering in other countries and also pray for Israel.

Pray and prepare yourselves for the coming of Christ!

Israel UNDER ATTACK??? Nation of God, we are with you.


Dearest readers today with much sorrow shall I say that Israel is being attacked by the terrorist groups Hamas which has already fired 72 rockets from the Gaza strip in one day!!!

That’s right - 72!!!

The people of Israel are under fear and as many as 400,000 people have already moved out from their homes and into bomb shelters for protection!

This is a horrifying scenario for anyone living in that region right now!! The extremist group of Hamas has gone wild, and yet the Israeli government is not going to back down. They have already launched several attacks in the Gaza area, some of which has caused destruction of several homes in that area and a few deaths.

But hey it is all part of their mission to protect the people of Israel.

“2 For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.

3 They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.

4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.” (Psalms 83)

 

People, the scripture is coming true!!!! The word of the Lord is coming true day by day and this signifies the rapid approach of the end!!

Israel, oh Israel, you are the dear nation of God!!!

“For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.” (Zacchariah 2:8)

Let the nations tremble for Israel is the apple of God’s eye, and as long as God loves Israel they will never be defeated!

Christian brethren, let us all join hands in prayer for the nation of Israel!

Break the boundaries of denomination, language, race and nationality and join your hearts in united prayer for Israel!!!!!!!

Hallelujah, Israel, our prayers are with you and God’s power is with you.

Keep faith and know that the Lord loves you!

 

Persecution of our Brethren


My heart is heavily burdened this morning thinking of all the persecution faced by our Christian brothers and sisters around the world today. No one is there to see their tears or hear their cries. They suffer the worst of all cruelties for ONE very simple reason: they will not deny Jesus Christ.

As fellow Christians we must be praying for these people in different countries, risking all that they have just to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. I feel worthless compared to them india1when I see how brave they are to endure all this persecution and hurt and torture!!!

John 15:18 says:
“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before [it hated] you.”

Jesus Christ was hated even more when He walked upon this earth. Today I hear the arrogant arguments of people around the globe who do not believe in the existence of God, and I have come in contact with quite a few such “Atheists” and as sad as this is, their ignorance for the truth is amazing.

It surprises me just how much hate this world can have towards Christians – we are a peaceful people, seeking nothing but to spread the truth and to show people the way to salvation in a most peaceful manner. And yet, we are the most persecuted.

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Even the young children such as this boy are willing to die for their love of Jesus Christ

While we think that the very fact that no one will listen to our teachings or our efforts to change someone’s mind and bring them to God is terrible, the worst level of this persecution can be witnessed if you simply do a quick google search for “christian persecution” – the images are horrendous and most revolting. Tears are flowing down my eyes as I write this after having witnessed the amount of pain our own brothers and sisters have to go through every day in other parts of the world.

And although naturally our hearts tend to feel hatred towards the enemy, we must always remember that our enemy is not of flesh or blood. Our enemy is in the spiritual realm.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12)

The devil – the fallen one is our biggest enemy and we must learn to recognize that no matter how cruel others are to us, the reason they act this way is because of the spirit of evil that makes them do so. Jesus Christ, dying on the cross, said the following: 

“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)

 

We must follow our Master’s footsteps and forgive the humans which the devil uses to carry out such evil against us, now matter how big or small.They are blind and are doing this from the utter influence of the evil spirit. We must learn to forgive them and pray for them regardless of how they may treat us. I know it is hard but it is by our LOVE that we show the world who we are.

We are Christians, and we are the children of light, the children of peace, and the children of love. No other group exists which is willing to endure all this hatred and hurt and still love the people who do so.

While the leaders of the world keep ringing on in their speeches to stand up for your cause, to rebel against the oppressors, to make your voice be heard, to respond instead of being quiet, look what our leader said:

“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” (Matthew 5:44) 

 

THIS, dear world, is how my Jesus Christ is different from all other people who were, is, and will be to come. Our Messiah teaches peace and love, and so will we practice peace unto the world, loving each and every one of you until the end.

Peace be with you.

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The Chariot Wheels of the Enemy / Terrorists fear snakes and bees


The enemy is never going to gain the power to follow you as long as you follow God the Lord. God will destroy him in his path and make history of his army.

We have all read the wonderful and inspiring story of Moses and the children of Israel as they were being followed by the Pharaoh and his army, and were trapped between the approaching army and the sea. They were afraid, and yet God spoke with Moses:

“21 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.

22 And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.

23 And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.(Exodus 14: 21-23)

God first divided the waters of the sea so that the children of Israel could cross on dry land to the other side. And what did the enemy do? The Pharaoh and his army chased after them and tried to cross through that dry land as well. BIG mistake they made. When the Almighty God opens ways for His children to escape or be saved, those ways are intended ONLY for His children, and no matter what the enemy tries to do to take advantage of that open door, it will only become a reason for sorrow for the enemy. Read on:

“26 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine handover the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen.

27 And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.

28 And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them.” (Exodus 14:26-28)

The waters surely came back together when Moses stretched his hand out again over the sea, and basically drowned the army of the Pharaoh. “..there remained not so much as one of them”…

Why am I mentioning this story today in my post? Because we children of God have reason to rejoice. I thank the Lord for allowing this humble blog of mine to reach all the various countries of the world that I can see on my map as I check the statistics every day. And now I want to share with the world something that maybe some of you have not heard of.

Look at these pictures and guess what these are:

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The one on the right over here is a recreation of the shape of the wheel inside the coral to give us a rough idea of what it would look like if the wheels were not covered in coral.

These are all the REAL remains of the chariot wheels of the Pharaoh!!!

 

These were found in the Red Sea, underwater, where the children of Israel crossed!! An archaeologist named Ron Wyatt is the man who worked hard on discovering these and many other real remains from the Biblical stories. According to him, the coral was the medium God had used to preserve and protect these remains for our proof.

Ron Wyatt, Biblical archaeologist

Ron Wyatt, Biblical archaeologist

Pictures like these and news like these give us hope and courage for the fact that nothing in the Bible is a lie!! The stories in the Holy Bible are real accounts of what happened, and regardless of whether or not someone is willing to believe in it, we children of God know that it is nothing but the truth.

This morning I want all of you to know one thing for sure: The God that saved the children of Israel is still capable. He’s stronger than ever and He never changes. He will continue to save His true children from the hands of evil.

If you’ve been following the latest news, you will find that a terrorist group which has been capturing christian young women and children and hurting them have been in trouble.

Apparently a group of snakes and bees have started attacking these terrorists and they 10477093_848531808505250_6045845340954553254_nhave started fleeing the forest. Several of their leaders have died. They say they believe that these attacks are caused by the spirits of their victims haunting them.(Click here for the news report)

Well, in reality, it is the almighty God in heaven sending a sign that He does not approve of the torturing of these children of God. His hand is stretched in revenge. The Father in Heaven is starting to show His wrath at the relentless suffering they inflict upon our poor Christian brethren there.

I believe that God will continue until these children are released!! Where no man can interfere, God has stretched His hand from heaven to help our girls suffering there.

This and many other experiences just prove that the Father in Heaven is alive and still acting upon the cries of the innocent! His power is with us!

“Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” (Romans 12:19) 

 

And as long as God’s power is with us, no evil can harm us, no army can follow us to our land in heaven, and no enemy like the Pharaoh of the old times will be brave enough.

We are the children of God!!!!! Let us keep faithful and still keep peace with everyone while in our hearts being comforted of the fact that Jesus Christ is standing by our side.

May the peace of the Lord be with you.