When is the last time you REALLY prayed ?


Prayer – it’s an act that makes us stand out as different from other people. We are taught to pray to God and we are influenced by our church and our family members and the Christian people around us when it comes to HOW to pray.

And yet, have you ever wondered what prayer is actually all about? As always, we should turn to the scripture to learn the truth.

Today we have people who go to church and pray the same exact words every single day! It gets redundant to the point where the things coming out of our mouths carry no more meaning to our hearts. Some people, who choose to pray in silence tend to be seen as either very shy or just ignorant. It’s time to change our perception about prayer.

So, is prayer just the mere repetition of words in the same formula over and over again?

Let’s go to the Bible:

“But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” (Matthew 6:7)

So, essentially, NO, prayer is not the repetition of words over and over again. This is, as stated by the holy Word of God, a heathen tradition!! After saying this, Jesus Christ demonstrated the right kind of prayer by praying the most famous “Lord’s prayer”. He meant to teach us what to include in our prayers to God, and He also meant to indirectly teach us that in order to pray for something like forgiveness, we must first have forgiven others who have wronged against us. Otherwise, we have no right to ask for forgiveness (“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”)

So, regardless of what Jesus said about the vain repetitions, sadly, many Christian sects have decided to ignore the above statement and they keep repeating the exact words of prayer said by Jesus Christ, even though He most CLEARLY said “DO NO USE VAIN REPETITIONS!!” It is quite sad.

But we can also learn a lesson from this – it doesn’t matter how long you pray. As long as your prayer is sincere and contains everything you want to say to God, then it’s acceptable for God. It could be short, or if you have time and wish to make a deeper connection with God, you could always prolong your prayer and try to listen for what God has to say to you.

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16)

The above verse kind of explains what goes hand-in-hand with prayer. Prayer is not just about praising and thanking God or asking Him for something. Prayer is about confessing your faults and sins, and only after this happens, can you be healed. Healing (physical, emotional, mental or spiritual) is dependent upon your willingness to accept your faults and confess them to God and to humble yourself so that God can act in your life.

Some people today like to pray in public for no good reason. They like to make it known to others that they are being “religious” and praying and praising every single moment of life. There is nothing wrong with having a heart that prays and praises 24/7, but let’s go back to the Bible:

” And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward” (Matthew 6:5)

Jesus Christ says Himself that we must try not to turn into hypocrites. There is no use to God or to yourself if you decide to pray in public just to make others notice you. Prayer is an intimate time between you and God ONLY. Even if you are praying as part of a group, each person is having an intimate and personal conversation with the living God, and if you think about it, it is a time to be seen of as most revered, and we must all learn to respect prayer.

Prayer being the only time to bond with the almighty Lord, we must try to make it as special as possible and not allow our human inclination to make others notice us get in the way of a good communication between us and God.

“But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” (Matthew 6:6)

Only the truly meek person who really and truly wants to develop a connection with God will pray in secret without the incentive of being noticed or praised by others for their religiousness. Doing this shows your Father in heaven that you only care about bonding with Him and listening to what He has to say, and that you are not after the appreciation and admiration of men.

“Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;” (Colossians 3:22-23)

We Christians must realize that the above verse applies more than ever to US, because we are servants of our loving Master Jesus Christ. Therefore, we must obey all things He says not as “menpleasers” , meaning we must not be seeking the approval and satisfaction of men, but rather that of our heavenly Father. This applies to prayer as well; pray from your heart rather than trying to sound smart and intellectual by pulling out huge words and using them in loud prayer in the middle of a bus-ride.

I hope this post made you think a little bit more deeper about the meaning of prayer, and if you have any questions or if you have any opinions to add to this, please feel free to leave a comment below.

God bless!!

Words cannot express.. NOW is the time!!!


Words cannot express the level of disappointment I sometimes have in myself as a Christian. Sometimes the burdens of this world take up so much of my time and leave little room for any meaningful interaction with the word of God that I feel like a worthless Christian, who can offer nothing to God.

Living a life full of the rush to make things happen, things like education and a job, things like building my resume or focusing on grades, I sometimes feel swallowed by this relentless force of worldly life. And I absolutely HATE the feeling!

Things need to change. I need to return to that joyful experience I once had when I was closer to God through prayer. Those were times when I had a lesser amount of responsibilities, and those were indeed spiritually uplifting times. But now, the thoughts of tomorrow and plans for the next day keep my mind occupied. Things need to change.

I feel strongly in my spirit that God is calling out to me and others like me to return to being a true, actively witnessing Christian. If and when Jesus Christ comes in the clouds to gather His saints, the last thing I want to do is to be found buried in a pile of work instead of spreading the gospel.

These are the last days!! There is no more time left!! We need to start preparing our churches RIGHT NOW!!! Dreams and visions of heaven and of the coming of Christ have started invading people’s minds, including mine. For the past few weeks I have been having dream after dream about the rapture! And words cannot express the mixed emotions of joy as well as urgency and anxiousness to do the remaining work left as fast as possible!

People, if you have a friend to whom you have not witnessed yet, I urge you to do it today!! NOW is the time!! There could be no tomorrow nor could there be a next hour. I have no idea why I just typed that but I strongly feel the urge to say this today! We do not know exactly when Jesus Christ is coming – no one knows the day nor the hour, but we do know what we have to do to get ready to go!! We do know what we need to do as our rightful duties to those non-believer friends we have. We know exactly what to say to that backsliding friend of ours. We know EXACTLY what to say to the world: REPENT!!!!

REPENT and turn to the living God of the heavens, give your life to Jesus Christ, let your robes be washed stainless and let your blood be purified by the blood of the lamb!!

The One and Only Valentine of my Soul


JESUS CHRISTHe’s the only one that knows me more than anyone else. He’s there by my side when I need comfort.

He is the Only friend that sticks by my side no matter what.

He forgives my every mistake, and gives me a chance to change my ways when I go astray.

He shows me what true love is – true, unconditional, and sacrificial love. ♥

NO ONE can ever take His place in my heart, because He is the only reason I live today!

GLORY to the living God!!!! ♥♥♥

The Shepherd’s Whispers…


The Shepherd’s Whispers

Courage, have I not, the least,

Weakest am I, so to speak.

Strength of muscles have I not,

Yet, with shaking limbs, I seek

Battle! War against the worst-

Against the rankest evil there!

Who am I, if I do not

The least oppose this rival, dare?

Frightened be my heart of now,

Frozen are my pulses, yet,

Firm, my feet become somehow,

Shaking knees begin to set.

Like a lamb newborn against

A hound so fierce, equipped with claws

And fangs, I stand there undeterred,

Although I be thus filled with flaws.

Weapons, have I none, nor strength

Nor the training, coarse, of years,

Yet my comfort lies in words

My Shepherd whispered in my ears!

~Stenila Simon

Why do you worry?


Worrying is a painful thing to do, and yet we as humans are experts at worrying, are we not? We worry constantly! We worry about our future, our relationships, our children, our families, our money, our jobs, our health issues, about life itself!!

And yet there is no real reason to worry! All of the above things have one thing in common: the things we worry about are the things that sustain our lives here on earth. Think about each of the things I mentioned before – these are all necessities to live on this earth, and so we worry about them.

But have you ever seen a person worrying about their spiritual lives? About the things that they need to sustain themselves spiritually? Does anyone run around saying things like , “Oh my goodness, I forgot to read the Bible today!” or “I didn’t get time to pray today, what am I going to do!?” or maybe “Oh gosh I saw a sinner and I let him go without talking to him about Christ!” ?

I think not. These are spiritual necessities, and we tend to not worry about such things.

I think it is time to change things around. I want to improve as a Christian myself as well. I want my mind to be worrying about spiritual things all the time instead of worldly things.

Regarding our worldly needs, here is what the Bible says:

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

You know I love this verse, because I have experienced it a few times myself, even if in small ways. One time I was doing some last minute studying for a terrible history test, when my friend messaged me asking about some spiritual things. I was hesitant about it but then I remembered this verse and spent that night talking to my friend about God. My human brain said I would fail that test due to a complete lack of time to study! And yet I came out with an A for that test! I know this is a tiny instance but I consider every small thing a generous gift from God, and I can’t say how many times this verse has proven to be true in my life.

God doesn’t lie. If He says He’ll take care of something for you, He MEANS IT!

All you need to do is trust His word. If you sacrifice something for His sake, He’ll make sure you are rewarded for that. That’s how awesome our God is!

Have you also noticed that THROUGHOUT the Bible is a vast amount of verses that say one thing: “FEAR NOT”! 

“Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield” (Genesis 15:1) 

“fear not, for I am with thee” (Genesis 26:24) 

“fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee” (Deuteronomy 31:6)

“fear not: have not I commanded you?” (2 Samuel 13:28)

“Fear not; I will help thee.” (Isaiah 41:13)

“Fear not: for I have redeemed thee” (Isaiah 43:1)

“Fear not: believe only” (Luke 8:50)

“Fear not; I am the first and the last:” (Revelation 1:17) 

And these are just a FEW of the many more verses in the Bible that tell us to stop being afraid, because our God is all powerful enough to take us through anything and everything!

Do you believe that God is the Creator of the universe and all that we see? Do you believe this same God is all powerful? Do you believe that God doesn’t lie? Do you believe that the God that sacrificed His own Son for YOUR sake has enough mercy and love to help you through a hard situation?

If your answers to the previous questions were “yes”, then why do you fear? Why do you worry? Worry is a manifestation of your heart’s fear. Stop worrying about your worldly life.

If a little child cannot trust his father enough to jump into his hands from a high tree, think of how disappointed that father would be? God is our Father. Let us learn to trust Him.

Let us learn to worry more about our spiritual relationship with God. Let us worry about carrying out our duties as citizens of the Kingdom of God by spreading the word.

God bless you all, and may us all find the courage and faith to boldly walk through life’s hardships knowing that God is by our side.

New Year, New Chapter…


This is my final post for the year of 2014.

Every new year’s eve, we sit down to pray as a family a few hours before midnight, and we pray up until the clock strikes 12. Why? No particular reason. I do know that it feels great to spend the last hours of the passing year in the presence of God. So before I sit down tonight to pray, I thought I would write one final post for 2014.

As we look to the past year, let us all remember the great and wonderful things God has done to our lives, and thank Him for it – be it however small. I personally thank Him for bringing such wonderful friendships into my life and for the sweet reunions I have had, for allowing me another year to live and breathe as myself, and for allowing me the gracious opportunity to write on this blog about my soul’s single greatest passion: Jesus Christ.

As we look into the future, we all look forward to the adventures and excitements that are yet to come in the next year. We wait in anticipation for the new opportunities God may give us, the new people He may bring into our lives, the new knowledge He may give us, and the new paths we may have to take. I cannot wait to see the grandeur of the year of 2015, another year added to my life span.

Whatever happens, I hope and pray that I, my family, my friends, and any of you out there reading my blog, can grow closer to the living God each and every day. It takes effort from the individual to grow closer to God, because the closer you go to Him, the closer He comes to you. My heart rejoices to know that there are some good souls reading this post already blessing the Lord in their hearts for what He has done and some longing for His love.

Money, fame, relationships, health, intelligence – all of this can perish. EVEN TIME ITSELF can perish. But there is one thing in this world that cannot perish – GOD. And don’t forget, God is LOVE. His divine love perishes not, but lasts for an eternity. :)

I hope that my posts so far have been able to inspire you in some sort of way or at least make you think about the Bible and some of its ideas. To those of you who read and supported my blog, I thank you, and to my new followers to my blog, I welcome you with a loving heart and a fiery pen (i.e., keyboard, if you may).

So long to everyone for now, and see you all next year!

-Stenila Simon 

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Is Christmas alright for us?


First of all, I would like to wish all of my dear readers a very Merry Christmas!!!

By the way, I know that there are many Christians out there who think that celebrating Christmas is non-biblical, because of many reasons, like because we cannot be sure of when Jesus Christ’s birth was, or because God doesn’t instruct us to celebrate this day, or because some of the symbols of Christmas, like the Christmas tree or ornaments, etc. are similar to certain pagan symbols. For this reason, some Christians think that even wishing someone a Merry Christmas is a terrible sin and that we are partakers in paganism if we celebrate it. 

Well here is my take on the issue: If you in your heart truly believe that you are celebrating Jesus Christ, then I don’t believe that God would judge you as a pagan for the things you do like decorating your house or decorating a tree, if you prefer, out of joy for His birth!

I personally love the Christmas season, because no matter when Jesus Christ was born, Christmas day is the day for remembering His coming into this world. He came as man, lived among us, and died for us, and that is the most precious gift for all of mankind. Regardless, every single day that I live and breathe, is Christmas for me. I thank Him constantly in my heart for His sacrifice and cherish His presence, just as I believe many Christians out there do as well.

Now how we choose to remember Him on this day can differ for each and every person. If you love colors and lights, then I see nothing wrong in decorating your home, if that’s what you prefer. If another prefers to not show off in visual decoration but chooses to sing and/or listen to music then that will be their preference. 54135-Christmas-Begins-With-Christ

However, does God approve of Santa? I think not. Sure, Saint Nicholas was a person who was alive once. (Yes, that’s where the legend of Santa Claus comes from). Again it’s a matter of deciding how much importance you are giving something in your life over God. If you would rather let your kids dream of Santa for a few years, then so be it, as long as you tell them the truth later on and make sure their life emphasizes the love of God, and that they understand that God is most important in the end.

I hope this season will be one of good memories and joy for everyone out there!

And so, let us forget the differences in our views, and come together and cherish this day and every other for ages to come, uniting our hearts in remembrance of the arrival and sacrifice of Jesus Christ our Savior!!

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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!