“The Kindest Eyes” Poem


A crown of thorns upon His head
Adorns His face in crimson blood.
His clothes, a pile of rags be dyed
In painful shades of sinless red.

I peek between the many men
That crowd around this man condemned
Whilst try my best to catch a glimpse
Of Who this man be, standing hemmed

And see beneath the blood and tears
And wounds and scars repulsive, oh!
A pair of eyes that gaze at me
And in that chaos, kindness show.

Those eyes doth gaze, my soul, within
And sift my thoughts in search of love.
And rather than to find their goal,
Do find a sinner’s heart thereof.

And as I doth stand quiescent there,
Caught in a gaze at those two eyes,
Yes, oh! Those eyes be pearls of wine –
I hear a thousand rising cries.

Some cry of death to be His fate
Some other cries do echo hate
And only few request to free
This man Whose eyes still gaze at me.

And then a voice is heard that talks
Of not a kinder word to hear,
A judgment falls of death on a cross
At which the mob does echo cheer.

I wish to not mere blink as if
I might lose sight of my soul, its root
But then I wonder with a sigh,
“Does He not wish the least to refute?”

And then as though an answer sent
He looks once more, mine eyes in sight,
And feels my soul, a song of sweet
That tells me “Do not worry dear”.

And then as though a sack at hand
They push and shove this man away
And at that very moment, sad,
My heart resounds of a sinner’s pray.

-Stenila Simon

 

Are you better than everyone else?


In my short lifetime so far, I’ve had the blessed opportunity to come across all kinds of people, deal with all sorts of characters, and have experiences both good and bad with friendships/acquaintances.

But there is one particular thing that bothers me more than anything when I find it in another person’s character. It’s not sin. It’s not greed. It’s not laziness. It’s not even selfishness. It’s PRIDE. Arrogance.

The notion that you are above other people, that you have the right to look down upon your fellow human beings and act like you’re everything and more than perfect. This ONE character trait is something I find very hard to deal with, because I cannot comprehend how people can be unkind or arrogant towards others less fortunate just because of their worldly status or gains.

Why are people arrogant? I’ve seen and known people who think that just because they were born into a rich family, or just because they live in a developed country, or just because they have a “better” job than others, that they deserve better treatment and more respect from others. These kinds of people think that others less fortunate than them are good for nothing, and deserve no human consideration or love.

They think that your social status determines who you talk to or show kindness to. If you’re not up to their standards, you don’t get the “privilege” to talk to them or be friends with them. If this surprises any of you, then you have a lot to see yet in life, my friend.

The world is a dark, dark place, and the more I live in it the more I realize just how dark the human heart can get.

“For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.” (Galatians 6:3)

If people think that the material riches of this world, the fame of this world, are to be proud of, then you need to open your eyes. Nothing of this world will last. What happens to the money or fame at the end of your life? You cannot take any of that with you. Everything in this world is temporary, but the soul is eternal.

“Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD….” (Proverbs 16:5)

“…..God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” (James 4:6)

The Lord does not like arrogance, and it is even an abomination to Him. Why? Because God is the Creator of all, and He created every human being. Each of us is His creation, and thus equal to each other, none above the next. God loves justice, and justice counts every man the same.

It is quite surprising to me to see CHRISTIANS being arrogant against others!!! “Christian” literally means a follower of Christ. How can people who claim to follow the loving Jesus Christ live with arrogance?

“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” (Philippians 2:3-4)

This Bible verse literally tells us to humble ourselves and “let each esteem other better than themselves” – which means to consider everyone else above yourself. Be kind enough to think of other people’s feelings and needs as more important than your own.

We are called to be representatives of the loving Jesus Christ, and He set the example when He lived to serve others, and ultimately sacrificed Himself for the sake of all of humanity.

That is the kind of sacrificial love that Jesus showed us by considering our salvation more important than His own life. The least we can do is love others around us more than ourselves. ♥

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Trembling graves (Part 2)


In the last post, we talked about how people who die are essentially asleep, and how they have no more part in what happens on the earth after they have passed.

They cannot influence anything anymore, so they are not capable of “haunting” or “visiting”, like many people believe.

So if ghosts are not the spirits of those who have passed away, what are they exactly?

Excellent question, my friend. What are these “ghosts” that cause trouble and fear in the living people sometimes? There has to be some reason why people’s lives are affected by such presences so much.

What does a person who sees or feels a “ghost” actually experience?

They are actually experiencing the attack of demonic spirits. This is the blunt truth.

I guarantee you that 99.99% of ghost sightings, experiences of people who have lived in “haunted” houses, poltergeist experiences, etc. are evil in nature. The “ghostly presence” ghostgirlusually wreaks havoc in the house, and causes fear and/or harm to the person. This evil nature in itself proves that this is the work of the devil.

When living people start believing that there is a way to talk to a dead person, the natural human tendency of curiosity kicks in and starts to make them want to pursue them. People want to know what lies beyond death.

No matter if you’re an atheist or believer of God, or if you believe that you “become one with the universe” – whatever your belief system of the afterlife is, there is still this human curiosity that wants to know when we realize there could be a way to talk to someone who has already crossed the threshold of death. This leads to dangerous practices like trying to use the “ouija board” to contact the dead and ask questions.

First off, even wanting to ask a dead spirit about the past or future is something God does not approve of.

“And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?” (Isaiah 8:19)

God wants you to seek HIM, not the dead, because the dead are asleep!!!

But if you go looking after the dead, the devil can and he WILL DECEIVE YOU.

Remember who the devil is described as in the Bible:

And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

There are real cases of people who have used this demonic game in the past and ended up being possessed. If the ouija board really does summon the spirits of dead people, why would they end up being “possessed”? Shouldn’t the dead people have already moved on and not be in need of a human body?

No, possessions happen because demonic spirits are always in search of ways to enter and control the human heart. Where there is a void, there is a way for a demon to enter it.

The devil is everything that God is not. God is holy and pure, so the devil is unholy and impure. God is merciful, the devil is cruel and heartless. God is love, the devil is hatred.

Similarly, God is the purest form of truth, so the devil is a liar!!! The devil does not like being identified for who he is. If people knew who the devil was, then they would try to avoid him. But no, he hides behind several false identities.

He tries to make sin socially acceptable so people do not realize they are following evil ways. If he has the power to influence countless hearts to do and accept evil unknowingly, then indeed he has the power to appear in the form of a “dead soul” and use this as a means to possess a person, destroy their life, instill within them a hatred for God, and try to condemn their soul to eternal damnation.

“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” (2 Corinthians 11:14)

So please, do not pursue the “dead”. The real souls of dead people are  asleep, awaiting God’s judgment day.

Learn to control your curiosity under the will of God. Have faith in Him for to care for your future.

If you ever encounter a demonic entity, or feel like there is an evil presence in your house, PRAY. The devil hates prayer. Continue to pray every single day and rebuke the demon in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.

Fight the spiritual battle and do not allow the devil to deceive you. Once you realize the great truth that the devil is behind all of this, his influence starts to get limited, because now you are no longer blinded by deception.

God bless you all.

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When the living play with the dead


Ghosts, poltergeists, apparitions, paranormal activity – you name it, anything and everything that can be categorized or associated with those words will pique the interest of ANY human being, believer or not!

It’s a curious topic for everyone, this possibility of dealing with something “supernatural”. I have known people who believe in “ghosts” and “spirit entities” who are yet unable to believe in God. Puzzling, isn’t it? Well, there are some things you and I need to discuss, my dear readers:

Do ghosts exist? Is the existence of ghosts or former people’s spirits something supported by scripture?

There are many people out there who will claim they have experienced ghosts, either by catching a glimpse of one or sensing some dark presence in the house, or waking up to the sounds of footsteps or other activity inside their homes. So of course there is wide speculation that ghosts do indeed exist.

And I’m here to tell you that in a way, they do. People have this notion that ghosts are the spirits of deceased humans, for some reason lingering around the earth instead of “moving on”. That part is the lie.

Here’s why: God doesn’t leave any crucial information like this to the imagination. The Bible  tells us what happens to the spirits of people who have passed away.

Dead people are asleep. They do not wander the earth as spirits to haunt people. They simply go to sleep in their graves.

“Consider and hear me, O LORD my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;” (Psalms 13:3)

In this Psalm we see death being described as a state of sleep.

Also notable is the time when Lazarus had died, and Jesus went to raise him from the dead. Jesus said to them:

“….Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.” (John 11:11 )

Lazarus was in the grave, and yet Jesus told them that he was merely sleeping. This then would explain why we read that the dead in Christ shall rise first upon the Day of the Lord:

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:” (1 Thessalonians 4:16)

This verse talks about the end times when Jesus shall return to take His bride, the Church. If the dead are to rise up to meet Jesus, then surely they are still on the earth somewhere, i.e., sleeping in their graves, which is again mentioned in the previous verses leading up to 1 Thessalonians 4:16 several times.

Do these sleeping dead know what is going on in the earth after their passing away? Are they conscious and awake? 

No.

“For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward, for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 9:5,6)

Basically, they have no more part in the earth. Whatever happens on the earth after they pass has nothing to do with them, they have no influence over anything, their memories perish, as do all their previous emotions.

So the final answer is that the current idea of “ghosts” that haunt others or return to visit loved ones, as cool as it may sound, is NOT supported by the word of God.

So if ghosts are not the spirits of those who have passed away, what are they exactly? 

That, my friends, is a topic for another week!! Stay tuned, and until then, God bless!

Test Anxiety & Heaven (?)


Any student or family member/friend of a student will know exactly what I mean when I mention test anxiety.

The past two weeks, I had been under the stress of college exams. These final exams carried such weight that they had the power to determine what final grade I would make for those classes. So of course I felt anxious. But this whole experience taught me something fundamental about Christianity, believe it or not!

During finals week I constantly felt overwhelmed and overworked to the limit. I was forced to sacrifice my sleep and utilize every last minute to study my best, just as all my peers. Why? Because college exams can be VERY difficult. No matter how much you prepare, there is always the chance that you might not know how to answer certain questions or that you may even fail because the one chapter you did not get to study was the one chapter they focused the exam on.

So as I was pushing my mind and body to the limits studying for these exams, I felt exhausted and wanted to give up and rest so many times. But I had the willpower to keep pushing on, because of one thing that gave me so much hope:

Right after final exams, I would be free to leave my campus and GO HOME!!!

For all of us that stay on campus in dorms/residence halls, the biggest excitement of finishing finals week comes from knowing that we will finally be able to move out of our rooms and back to our homes where we feel most at rest, where we are treated as kings and queens of our own realms by our loved ones, the place of freedom and rest.

I felt a reassurance and peace knowing that rest awaited me at the end of the exams, no matter how good or bad the exams would be. This peace allowed me to keep my calm and keep smiling throughout the whole process.

And thinking about this during my very last exam, I realized this is exactly what pushes us to keep going as Christians.

See, we children of God are kind of similar to college students. We are living the stressful life in “college”, in a constant “finals” week. We are put through trials and tests that are much too hard sometimes. We work ourselves to the point of exhaustion, but we know we cannot give up.

We know we must keep going. Why? Because at the very end, we get to leave this lonely and troubling place, and GO HOME!!! We know that at the very end, we will pack up and leave to our place of rest, to the hands of our Father. No matter how good or bad the trials were, no matter how tired we are, no matter how stressful this life is, we know we can hope for rest in heaven someday.

It is this faith and hope that keeps us going every single day. It helps us smile throughout the sorrows and despair. It reassures us that it is worth it to suffer in this life as long as we end up getting to go home.

“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9)

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When will you be satisfied?


We are too occupied following our worldly goals, reaching out for what we believe is the best for us.

Whether this be an education, a promotion at work, or even money itself – we are always chasing after what will make us comfortable. And the worst part is, we are never satisfied.

You study to get a job. Once you get that job,  you are rushing for better positions within that company. Once you reach your work goals, now you’re running after your house, a new car, a new spouse, etc. Once you reach that, you are running after securing a better future for your children/family, or perhaps a better retirement. Once you reach that, what else do you have to live for? Will you feel like you have no further purpose and let yourself slowly die away?

When you look back at the end, will you be truly happy for what you have spent your whole life doing? Will you look back and think that all those endless days and nights of hard work were worth it? Was it worth it to work hard just to reach your next job where you kept working harder, for your own self? Was it worth it to spend your whole life struggling in this vicious cycle just so you could “enjoy” a comfortable life, only to realize that you were never really able to truly enjoy it?

Let me tell you, no worldly dream will ever satisfy you the way you think it will. Once you reach each of these goals, you will find out that your human heart keeps desiring more and more, and that nothing you can do will ever truly satisfy you.

However, there is one thing that can satisfy you even when you have reached nowhere in life – that is God. I learned this the hard way!

Not too long ago, I was once caught up planning a big future for myself. I thought of all the endless possibilities, and started motivating myself to work hard with these goals in mind. But soon enough, I felt empty. When I felt tired, I had nothing to tell myself that would keep me going. In such moments, you realize how much you need God in your life, and how important it is to find rest in Him when you can.

If you keep worldly things as your only aim, like money, fame, a better life, etc., you will soon run out of fuel and motivation, and you will drift away from God. You will never feel accomplished. However, once you realize that living for a bigger purpose than yourself is more important, then life starts having new meaning.

Living with the purpose of serving God, remembering that you are put on earth for the purpose of uplifting other people’s lives at any cost, and knowing that you are moving forward with the aim of changing the world one heart at a time – this, my friends, is what Christian life is all about – spreading the love and light of Jesus Christ, and living selflessly. Trying to change lives for the better so they can see the power of Jesus work miracles in their lives.

God tells us to stop worrying about our worldly problems, and start worrying about our spiritual life more:

“Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?”

He then mentions that “your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.”

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)

It is very important to remain faithful to God and take time to actively pursue His presence. If you incorporate your spiritual goals into your daily life, then life will become this harmonious ambition to shine for God, and then you will feel His presence along every step of the way, in everything you do.

No comfort, no human relationship, no riches and no fame can come even close to the satisfaction that can fill your heart when you start living for Him, when you make Him an inseparable part of your life.

Love God, and love your neighbors more than yourself. Be that person in this selfish world filled with greedy people working themselves to death for their own material gains.

Be the different one.

God bless you all!

Spotting the devil’s lies


The devil is one cunning, sly thing. I can’t express how deceitful he is. His influence upon this world is quite significant, and yet he tries to hide his identity and make it seem like this world is meant to be the way it is right now. Opening your eyes to this truth, recognizing that he is the cause for all the evil in this world and why so many people are bedd3bfd39faabfa54fdb183fd1e64b6going astray, will make you a bigger enemy to him. He will do all he can to stop your progress.

He has blinded the eyes of so many people to the truth of the gospel. He works in both realms – among the people of the world as well as the Christian churches – and tries his best to take people’s focus away from what is important.

Many Christian churches today, I must sadly say, are under the influence of false ideologies that the devil has planted in their leaders’ minds. So many of the shepherds are now just wolves deceived by the great wolf himself. You would think that the Bible would be held up high as the ultimate authority in churches, and the final word in all decisions about right and wrong. Well, no.

Today there are too many “feel good” churches where your inner feelings are held higher than the powerful word of God. Anyone can say anything that their “spirit” is urging them about, and it is taken as the truth. Instead, God’s word tells us to test the spirits:

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1)

We are told to test the spirit and see whether they are from God himself. I have heard far too many false doctrines in churches, and I am getting tired of it by the day.

Here is one example that bothers me the most:

Too many churches preach the “prosperity gospel” – they teach people that if you follow Jesus Christ, He will give you all the riches you will ever need, He will give you a better job, a better car, a better house, etc. One time I had to walk out of a church in the middle of the service because the preacher would not stop shouting about this and he kept making people “claim” these blessings and much more.

Exactly where in the Bible does it say that following Christ will lead to you becoming a millionaire? Actually, if you have actually read the Bible, you will know for sure the story of the wealthy man who wanted to follow Christ.

This man came to Jesus, asked Him “Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” (Matthew 19:16) Jesus told him to obey all commandments. When the man said he was “perfect” in keeping all those commandments, Jesus said:

“If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.” (Matthew 19: 21) 

jesus-rich-young-man-1113389-galleryJesus told him to SELL whatever he had and give it away to the poor. Jesus did not congratulate him on all his wealth and say “well, you’re going to get many more riches, just follow me”… NO!!! He has told us over and over again that the riches of the earth are not meant for us, but it can only prevent us from entering heaven.

Go back to that verse – Jesus said that if he sold all his possessions and gave it to the poor, “and thou shalt have treasure in heaven” – he would have riches in heaven. That is what Jesus tells us to focus on – not on the worldly possessions and riches, but our riches in heaven that can only be gained by showing kindness to others.

Look at what He says later on:

“And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19:24) 

Jesus tells us that it is basically impossible for a rich man to enter heaven.

Now, here is another blasphemy I once heard at another church: (I have tried going to several churches, visiting, trying to see if I can agree with any of their ways)

I heard the pastor of this church say, “my dear brothers and sisters, when Jesus said “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle”, He was NOT talking about the actual eye of a needle. He was talking about one of the gates of heaven, and the name of that gate is “eye of the needle””

You can guess what happened after I heard that – we just left that service. I don’t know if I should laugh or cry because of the ridiculousness of this claim – WHY should they twist the scripture like this?????

My dear God, have mercy upon the churches today!!! There needs to be a change, an awakening.

People need to start reading their Bibles for what it really is, STOP twisting the scripture to comfort yourself, and recognize it when the devil is trying to implant a false doctrine in your system or your community.

The devil is cunning, like I said before. He will do anything he can in his power to take our minds the wrong direction, make us follow the wrong path, and move away from God. Thise790957fecf89eac9f9790ec769abfd9 is a constant war between us. Don’t let yourselves fall for his lies!!! The doctrines he shares will sound so comforting, so beautiful, and will make you feel good about your sin.

The actual gospel is like a two-edged sword, and should work within your heart to bring out all the filth and sin and make you cleanse it all out – this is not the “feel-good” gospel but the TRUE word of God.

More on this next week!

Until then, Jesus save us!!!

Staying true to your identity


In today’s world where everyone is trying to “fit in” and find a “place where they belong”, it’s really hard for someone to stand out or set themselves apart, and when they do, they are often seen as the “insane” ones. Well, today I want to talk about why we must not be afraid to be apart from the norm in this world.

 

I’ve seen many Christians and pastors like this trying to desperately get the wrong kind of attention, trying to show the world that they are no different than the rest. I think some Christians even believe that trying to “relate” to the world will give them some kind of golden opportunity to share the gospel, by showing the world that Christians are just like the others. This, my friends, is a blasphemous lie.

(Here is the link to an article I recently read online. This is about a pastor who thought he could “win more souls” by riding a bull inside his church!! That’s right, he thinks he is doing gospel work by bringing in a bull and putting on a show for the world!! How sad. 

http://www.christianpost.com/news/ohio-cowboy-pastor-rides-bull-during-service-inside-sanctuary-says-hes-using-gifts-to-attract-new-believers-139363/ )

A true Christian is NOTHING like the world around them!! A true Christian will never be able to live like the others in the world, because they are called to be apart from it!

“But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:” (1 Peter 2:9)

butterfly-release-291x380We are a chosen generation!! We are not supposed to be like the others, but by being different in the way we act, the way we speak, the way we show kindness, the way we stand up for the truth, and most importantly, the way we love and serve God with all our hearts – by being different like this, we are supposed to show the world how brilliant the light of Jesus Christ is that can transform people!!!

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2)

All you need to do is show the world that there is something fundamentally different about you, and later on they will realize that you are a child of God, and hopefully recognize and praise Him for it.

So how can we know what to do and what not to do? First of all, if you are saved already, you must have a voice inside convicting you of every action you do against the will of God. The Bible sets very clear guidelines about what angers the Lord, or what goes against His will.

Realize your identity in Christ, and live up to it. Think about it – Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins and mine, He gave up everything He had, and until the last breath, He christ-crucified1only had mercy to show to those that were torturing Him. He prayed that they be forgiven, He decided to suffer the worst and die with no ounce of regret or revenge in His heart.

That, to me, is the purest form of love. He was able to endure it all because He loved us that much!!! His love was true, pure, and sacrificial. That is the kind of overwhelming love that we must have in our hearts if we choose to follow Jesus. Actually, once Jesus enters our lives, once we fully become a living temple for His work, we will find ourselves wrapped in that love, wanting to share it with everyone around us. Love the people of the world much more than yourself, putting their needs above your own, and being a servant first.

This humility of Jesus Christ is an essential part of being a Christian, and sadly, nowadays, it is hard to see people who truly follow this principle. Lots of Christians today do not have the time to care for others. Some people live for themselves, going to work, coming home, planning their retirement, etc. without even thinking about where they can include their Godly purpose in this schedule. They are too busy to worry about being a good Christian.

Instead, they just show up to church once in a week, sing some worship songs, sleep through the sermon, and go home. They think that makes up for everything!!

I am telling you right now, my dearest readers, you must stop being lazy about your calling!! Embody the love of Christ, and the truth of His gospel in every step of every single day. Remember Him in everything you do. Praise Him for everything good in life, and ask for His help and guidance in bad situations.

 

 

 

 

The Love of my life cried – Good Friday


As millions of Christians are in remembrance of the great sacrifice of Jesus Christ this Good Friday, I want to take a moment to reflect on what He went through for an unworthy, filthy sinner like me.

Right now I feel the same way I felt that very moment when I was baptized. Immersing your body in the water, to show solidarity that you have died with Christ, have been buriedb3b3d9f9981b75640b99d8e36141c0d3 and rising back up to symbolize yourself being risen with Him into everlasting life. That
moment I felt the fearful anxiety. I knew the moment I rose back to the surface would be a most memorable one, to have partaken in the death as well as resurrection of Jesus Christ. But yet, there was a sense of fear when I was completely covered in water. For a split second I thought of exactly how Jesus could have felt when He was about to die.

The one and only Love of my life – He cried that day. He had trembled in fear before. He had gone through the most frightful night of His life, sweating blood, knowing and waiting for the wolves to torture Him like no one in the history of mankind.

As He was taken away, His disciples lost their most loving, guiding Master. I cannot imagine being separated from Him like the disciples had to be that day, knowing that somewhere, He was being mishandled, beaten, ridiculed, and reduced to nothing but a bundle of blood by a group of unworthy human beings that do not understand just Who He is exactly.

The moment He was taken away… just imagining that makes me feel an aching pain in my heart. I want to protect Him yet He knew exactly what was waiting for Him on the other side. He allowed Himself to be killed. He could not ask for mercy from God because it was His purpose to die for us.

“Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.” (John 12:27)

He was whipped, His flesh pierced and torn by thorny whips. He was in agony, not being able to ask them to stop. He was the Son of the Almighty God, He had the power to stop it all, yet He stayed silent. He chose to suffer through it for the sake of each of us. bb4b7d8d8ce286d3fb760e5b91d74929

He, the King above all kings, was crowned with thorns. He was stripped of His clothes. He was mocked and killed by the ones He had created. From the day He skillfully and artistically created Adam from dirt, carefully designing him and breathing life into him, He had loved every single one of us. He had longed for a very close bond and relationship with us, but time and again the human race betrayed Him.

The human race had gone after false gods, bowed their heads to sin, and chased after their own lustful desires, turning their backs away from God.

 

 

The love of my life was in agony when those nails were hammered into His hands and feet.

201601122307075d7Those hands were the very hands that had healed the blind man, and comforted the poor. Those feet had seen the throne of heaven as well as the dirt of earth. Those feet where angels and saints bow their heads down in worship. They were pierced by nails.

Each drop of blood shed that day  accounts for the sins of us. Knowing that my sins were also responsible for that puts me in a painful position. Here I am, crying about what He suffered when in fact, it were my sins that made Him suffer. How worthless am I?

“It is finished” – the light of the world had been extinguished. Great darkness fell upon the earth. He was the light. His death was the redemption of us all.

Today I remember the day the love of my life cried. The day He died for me. He chose to suffer so that you and I may have everlasting life. That sacrifice is worth more than anything in this world. No love can compare, none of the riches or comforts of this world are worthy when I compare it to the gift He gave that day.

Jesus Christ, I love You Lord like none other in this world, for without You, I am nothing but a pile of dust ♥

There are no Dead-Ends


Life wouldn’t be life unless there was grief, sorrow and regret. Frustrations and hopeless times are unavoidable elements of human life. But there are times that may seem too tough to overcome.

Over the past few days, I learned one thing for sure: There are no dead-ends! I learned that God has the power to change even the most desperate situation into something different. Even when you feel convinced that everything in your life is over, that there is no “forward” to live toward, even when you are in a hole so deep that nothing seems capable of getting you out, you have to have hope.

It may sound stupid when someone says “have hope” when you know your life is going into a spiral of horrible things. But that stupid person who said “have hope” said so because of a reason – they’ve been in similar situations where all hope was lost, and they’ve come through it with the power of faith.

I remember a time in my life where we lost our home, all our belongings, and were almost out of savings and none of us were able to get a job. We were 99% sure we were going homeless. I remember a time when my father saw the face of death during a major heart attack that doctors said he would never survive from. There was a time when I was a baby in my mother’s womb that doctors said I wasn’t worthy of living, and therefore had to be aborted. God worked miracles in all of these cases – to the point that there was no other explanation for how we escaped impending doom.

There have been times when my heart has been so burdened and torn apart by things that happen. Yet we survived those times. A simple prayer to God with the right faith – knowing that He has the ultimate power and control over every situation – proves fruitful even today!

My heart is overjoyed to be reassured that God still hears my prayers. He isn’t far away from us after all. When you went to sleep crying and thinking no one knew what you were going through, He was right there watching over you, holding you close.

Therefore, my dear readers, I want to tell you, if you are going through an impossible situation: DO NOT LOSE HOPE.

Hope is sometimes the only thing we have, and to be honest, that is the only thing we need. God answers the prayer of a desperate heart. He hears the cries of an aching person and He answers them.

He answers because He LOVES you, even when you don’t love Him back. He does not want to see you suffer. So please, have hope. It’s not over yet! You have a purpose no matter what this world tells you. Keep moving forward!!!!!