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 ✞
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.
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.
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 stars 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.
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.
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!
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!
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 when 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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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 have 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.
Greetings dear readers, I feel privileged to be writing to you this glorious morning!
I know I haven’t been keeping up with my blog as much as I should have but I’ll keep trying my best moving forward!
This morning I feel like many Christians around the world are starting to get tired of waiting. And by that I mean that so many Christians are just not even looking to the skies anymore. Everyone is starting to forget the promise of our Lord that He would return soon to take us up! And I can understand the reason for this as well.
“Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:
11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.
This chapter and verse is where Jesus gives us a short glimpse of what the state of the world will be like when the time will be close for His return. But the sad truth is that we have seen these signs in small amounts here and there so much that we Christians are starting to lose faith in the Word of God. Even if you don’t want to admit to it, somewhere deep inside your heart you may have felt like there’s no point in waiting for His return, am I right? I have too. Sometimes I feel sad.
After all, nations have risen against nations in the past, and “kingdom against kingdom”. We have gone through two brutal world wars. Many holocausts have occurred in the past. Christians around the world have been persecuted and been delivered “up to the synagogues and into prisons”, just like the Lord said they would. We have had bouts of earthquakes before, and we continue to do so. And when some Christians see all these things and see that Jesus has yet not returned, their fire starts to dim down and they start to go about their lives expecting to only die one day and then enter heaven, no longer expecting Jesus to come back.
I understand if you are reading this and you too are a person who wants to have hope for His return but finds no reason to have that hope. I am here to tell you two things this morning:
Well first of all, Jesus Christ did say that:
“So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.” (Luke 21:31)
We must also remember that when we’re trying to compare the time that passes by on earth to that of the divine realm of God, our lives and the time that goes by on this planet is immensely shorter.
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.“ (2 Peter 3:8-9)
What seems like a thousand years to us is merely only a single day in the eyes of God!!! So actually, to God, it has only barely been two days since Jesus left us!
Now to the main point, anyone who has been paying close attention to the news around the world, the weather and drastic climate changes, knows that the past two years have been quite bizarre.
We’ve been having more earthquakes than ever before, hundreds happening in single days, we’ve had the most bizarre weather and most records of highest and lowest temperatures or snowfall or drought have been broken the past couple of years.
I will go more into detail about these events in the coming articles, but for now, keep this in mind: the Lord is coming, and His coming is imminent! And this will not be like the times before. I am very positive that He will come soon, although none of us can know exactly when, but He will be here anytime and we have to prepare ourselves!
Prepare your family, prepare your friends. Pastors, if any of you are reading this, no matter where you are, please oh please make sure your churches are ready to be taken up in the rapture that is soon to come! NO ONE knows when it will happen, and when it does, it will be quick like the blink of an eye, and there will be no room for the begging of mercy at that point.
So prepare yourselves and everyone you know as early as possible!!!!
I will write to you again soon! Till then, take care, keep your faith, and may the Almighty Father in Heaven bless you and keep you!!!!
Hi dear readers, I apologize for not being able to post as regularly as I used to but I am trying my best. To all my new followers, thank you for your time and welcome to this blog dedicated to Jesus Christ and the spread of the true Gospel.
I have always pledged to make you think deeper or at least remind you of certain things necessary to improving our lives in the eyes of God. Today I would like to talk to you about your life and how to let go of it. Yes, it’s about time you let go of your whole life.
First of all, let me ask you something: what is the meaning of the word “Christian”? The first use of it was in Antioch:
“And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.” (Acts 11:26)
A “Christian” is someone who follows Christ. Jesus Christ is the Master of a Christian, and the person is a disciple, following his master everywhere, learning His teachings, doing what He does and trying every day to grow more to be like his Master.
A true disciple, however, does not leave his master and go his own way when he wants to. Jesus’ disciples were always with Him, and they left all that they were doing when Jesus came to call them. Peter left his fishing net, James and John left their father’s boat. This means they left their old lives just to be with their Master.
THIS is what a true Christian should do. Peter wanted to fish, but Jesus said “I will make you fishers of men”. Jesus Christ had other plans for him.
When you are a Christian, (if you truly wish to establish a relationship with your Lord) you HAVE to let go of your fishing nets sometimes.
You cannot hold on to the nets that you cast into the waters to get yourself food and money. Once you have dedicated your life to Jesus Christ you have to let go of the net that was built to benefit you. You sacrifice your worldly comforts. You give zero value to it.
You instead take up the net Jesus wants you to take up. A net to catch men. A net to catch souls and bring them to the Kingdom of God. THAT IS the purpose in life of a true Christian.
“For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” (Romans 8:13-14)
We are not born to live after the flesh. Remember, God created us from dirt. Our flesh is dirt. SO the needs of our flesh are temporary, and whatever achievements we made for the benefit of our flesh will be worthless in the eyes of God in the end. Money, fame, food, health, happiness, comfort – NONE of these are achievements. These are temporary and will die with you in the grave. But your SPIRIT is what goes on to live for another eternity, and an eternity is quite a long time – it NEVER ENDS!
” if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” Give no value to your bodily needs. This earth is your temporary home, my child. The time you spend here is so short and worthless.
What matters most is what works you will have to show God on the final day when your time is over and the Master asks for your harvest. You do not want to be empty-handed when that day comes.
Nowadays, so many people think that the word “Christian” is a common term for anyone who goes to church. They think being born into a Christian family qualifies you.
Well I am here to tell you that you are NOT a real Christian and have NO RIGHT before the eyes of God to use that term for yourself unless you are willing to sacrifice all you have for His name and for His glory, and you give Jesus Christ full control of your life. Let Him decide what your life should be lived for.
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12-13)
Your birth by blood, or flesh or even the will of man does not qualify you. You have to be born of God. You have to let Him control the path of your life in order to fulfill your duties as His child on this earth. If you love Him, it will be completely easy to let go.
People around you will question you and isolate you, but remember this: Jesus suffered a million times more pain for you, so if you love Him, be ready to face everything that comes your way when you decide to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ.