The Seven Seals

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Bible-believing Christians tend to go about their daily lives with no regard to the things that are prophesied to come, and with zero consideration for the path they walk in and their destiny in the afterlife. Very few have their eyes opened to the truth of the imminent return of Jesus and are preparing for it. Jesus Himself said that He will return in an hour and day that no man would know about. It is therefore best to be constantly prepared and stay watching for Him.

THE SEVEN SEALS (Revelation chapter 6)

“And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.

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And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

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And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.

And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

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And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.

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And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measured of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.

And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

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And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:

And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, Holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

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And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

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And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

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And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

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And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

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And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

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For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

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Who can you trust?


No one at all. Not even yourself. There comes a time when even the most naive and innocent person realizes the extent to which this world can be unforgiving of your openness and trust. Day after day you realize that you must learn to discern people and ask God to help you understand their true motives.

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There may be people out there who think “well you have to have faith in the goodness of people. Try to see the positive. Focus on the bright side.” Well all that is cute and dandy but this mentality leads us to start accepting way too much that is against the nature of God, thereby leading us down the wrong path. Being kind to people, is fine. Praying for and loving your enemies, is fine. But just because you pray for them doesn’t mean you go and accept everything they do and call it “good”. We are advised to be “wise as serpents” in this dark generation that we live in. So many wolves in sheep’s clothing lurk around us waiting to pounce upon the first sign of weakness. We expose our weakness to God and God only, and walk in boldness and strength in the world.

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If you think I’m only talking about trusting other people, well that’s not all. You can’t even trust your own heart. The Bible says:

“He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.” (Proverbs 28:26)

We humans as a species are born into sin, starting from the very first time sin and death entered mankind from the disobedience of Adam and Eve. Thinking otherwise and trying to justify yourself as sinless is a lie of your own heart.

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8)

Therefore it is never wise to trust even your own heart to make the right choice. Sometimes our hearts are swayed by the more pleasurable or easy choice when faced with a difficult decision. Sometimes listening to your heart alone leads you straight into sin and straight away from God.

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)

Therefore we must learn to control the reins of our thoughts and desires and allow God to decide. Make the righteous choice even when  you know in your heart that it may not make you the happiest, but remember, happiness on this earth is only temporary. Eternity is real and never-ending, and the little choices we make in this life can have an unchangeable effect on our eternal destiny.

Therefore ask God to take control of your life, teach yourself to make decisions that please God and NOT man nor your own heart all the time, and pray that God gives you the strength and wisdom to always do that which is righteous. God bless.

The Ultimate Peace


“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)

This is the peace that has brought me through many a storm. There is an inexplicable feeling of calm that surrounds your heart when you decide to give God a chance to take upon Himself your life’s biggest burdens. After all, He has already made the ultimate sacrifice 2000 years ago.

How many times have you forgotten to tell God about your problems? How many times have you found yourself wondering where your life is going? Have you felt that desperation of not knowing how you’re going to make it through the next day?

This is something that my parents have taught me by example: when we have faced situations of heartbreak, life-shattering issues, desperate decisions, betrayals, and back-stabbing – no matter what the reason was that our peace of mind was taken away temporarily, I always found my parents sitting down to pray for a little while before going to bed. And every single time, I could feel the burden being lifted from our hearts. You suddenly realize that God has taken up your issue and you can almost hear Him saying to your heart “worry not, my child, leave it to me”.

Now the rest of the world may think these are all symptoms of insanity, because

“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18)

You can try and shout it from the rooftops and dig out your heart and show it to the world, and the world would still not understand why you follow the Lord with such devotion. But to a person whose eyes are open to the truth, this good news of a God Who is willing to (and has already done more than enough to) love you with the utmost mercy and give you the greatest peace of mind you have ever felt – it is the power of God.

Sp the next time you are at a point in life where your tears will not stop falling, or when you have that silent ache in your heart that no one could possibly understand, take a minute and take it to the Lord. He is waiting right there by your side hoping you will give Him a chance to help, like a father waiting for His child to turn to Him for help.

This is the peace that we have in our God our Father. You can know the mark of a true Christian by how they deal with life’s heartless punches. A true Christian could be facing a life-or-death situation and still be able to smile with the peace of knowing their Father in heaven is looking out for them. A true Christian is able to deal with the ultimate loneliness in life with no one by their side, and still feel like they are loved the most, because they truly are, by the living God in heaven.

May His peace be with you, and know that my prayers are also with each and every one of you reading this. You are NEVER alone in your fight, whoever you are.

Calling All Pretend-Christians


Your fake piety astounds me. Everyone knows someone like this; if you don’t, then you could very well be the pretender yourself (?)

They’ll pray everywhere, post lots about Jesus, and put up a public face of the perfect Christian. But when you deal with them personally, you will find in them no love, no compassion, no patience, no kindness, no selflessness….Basically they don’t back up their words with their actions.

You can preach and holler all you want on Sunday but if your heart does not contain the pure love of God that helps you put others’ needs above yourself, makes you think of making others happy, makes you want to pray and cleanse your heart every day without needing to pray in front of an audience for approval – none of your religious displays matter if the fruit of your work does not match up.

I’ve heard of and personally met a few pastors that were filthy rich and preached about prosperity, yet they never once sacrificed a little of their own money to help a poor person. I’ve seen churches that have dress-codes and other criteria to join that are designed to weed out people of a lesser financial status. I’ve talked to people that needed help and approached a preacher or someone from a church and were ignored or outright insulted. Where, in these instances, do you see Christ? Where, in these hypocrites’ hearts, does God dwell? Do they indeed read the same Bible that you and I read? Do they skim over the verses about kindness and compassion? How dare they feel worthy of talking about faith when they have the nerve to look down upon the less fortunate without lending a hand? Would Christ be able to bear the hypocrisy if He were here today?

“21.Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

22.Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23.And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:21-23)

The above Bible verse makes it clear that if you do not do the will of the Father in heaven, then none of your other merits matter in the end. Part of the Father’s will: to love the least of these.

“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (Matthew 25:40)

You cannot say that you love the Lord and then turn around and refuse to love the people that God has placed in your life. You cannot ignore the poor homeless person on the street and then drive straight to church to sing about your love for Jesus on Sunday.

These are things that make me lose faith –  not in humanity, because it is impossible to expect kindness from a dark world – in modern Christians.

Jesus instructed us to be servants to others first. He lived out His life that way, showing us the ultimate example.

“And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.” (Mark 9:35)

Where are the servants? Come forth and give freely unto all the love that you have been given freely from God.

 

 

 

 

Rays of Hope – Poem (2009)


While in a gloomy dream of loss
With not a single smile or cheer
My heart bearing a heavy cross,
My mind overgrowing with fear

A radiant shine I saw amidst
My darkest, deepest sea of tears
Calling out to me as if
It had a knowledge of my fears.

Oh, how I longed for such a bliss
To save me from my deep distress.
Had I not searched, I just could miss
This beam of light, I do confess.

But long it took to realize
The glory of this glowing hope:
Divine the face of Jesus Christ
Who held towards my hands, a rope.

A rope of faith and bliss it was,
That reached to me for my relief.
But doubt filled my mind because
Of this weak soul’s lack of belief.

I paused and thought, “Is this my way?
Is He the Savior of my day?”
Then filled with guilt, I told myself,
“He saved me when I lay astray.”

Free of hesitation, I
Leaped with faith and caught the rope,
Needless to say that till I die,
I’ll hold on tight to that good hope.

-Stenila Simon, 2009

Welcoming 2017 – Sharing Uplifting thoughts


Let’s reflect and hope together, shall we? We are finally done with 2016, and the world is looking forward to newer and better things to come in 2017. Some people may look back at 2016 and see a train wreck, while others may see a better picture. I know that for me personally, 2016 was a constant struggle sprinkled with small moments of happiness with friends and family, but most importantly, 2016 was a year of refocusing on my REAL goal in life. I had focused so much on my academic goals that I somewhere had started to forget or neglect my spiritual goals, but this year I feel like I am finally able to see the big picture!

There are so many things I am thankful for, so many things that I have in my life that I don’t deserve, and I have no one but God to thank for that. The doors He opens can never be closed, and at the same time the doors He chooses to close cannot be opened by anyone else.

There were some things that I lost in the past year, some aims that didn’t work out, but I don’t care anymore, because I know I tried my best towards every single goal I had, and if God decides something doesn’t belong, He’ll take those pieces of the puzzle away Himself. I trust in His judgement!

I learned this past year that sometimes you need to pull yourself up and encourage yourself. If you don’t find the encouragement you need in other people, always remember that with a few minutes of silent prayer each day, opening up your heart to God, you will find yourself constantly being encouraged and cheered on by that voice inside, and you’ll know that God is always on your side.

Always take the time to remember those less fortunate than you. If life ever seems to become too difficult, just remember that somewhere out there, someone else is crying themselves to sleep for totally different reasons. We all go through hardships in life, and being thankful for our basic comforts that are luxuries to other people will make you a much more grateful person. It will encourage you to show kindness even when your heart is troubled.

Be kind. Remember to try your best to make others smile. If you’re having a bad day, try to make someone else happy. Their smile could fill your heart with the warmth that you needed. Remember that God’s love is sacrificial and unconditional, and try your best to share that love with others.

Above all, stay focused. Stay focused on your ultimate goals. Don’t let the immediate troubles of the world define the way you live your life. Money, fame, comfort, success – none of that really matters in the end, and this knowledge will help you deal with the growing stresses of life much better. Keep your ultimate destination in the back of your head, and work towards it.

As Christians, we are each called to a mission of our own, and nothing but eager prayer and patient labor can make you realize and manifest this destiny God has for you.

Finally, I would like to share a video that I put together for the hope and comfort of Christians. I hope you all enjoy it, and here’s to a beautiful 2017!!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR, and God bless y’all!

-Stenila Simon

 

Keeping Focused


Life is tough. Sometimes life can be a bit too tough! The pressure mounts, the stress leaves you sleepless, your natural panic-mode kicks in and you feel drained of energy at the end of the day.

I had a few weeks of that this month. Sometimes it feels like you just do not want to deal with all the responsibilities of life. But did you know that there is one thing worse than any and all of these feelings combined?

If, in the middle of your rushed and stressful life, you forget about God – THAT, my friend, is the worst that can happen. I almost did. When I started staying up late to get my studying done, I would crash and go straight to sleep, just to wake up early and start all over again. This cycle, I found out very quickly, is so unhealthy, both to your physical, as well as your spiritual self.

You spirit needs God. Your soul craves God. This is true whether or not you believe it! Our bodies are temporary and come from this earth, but our soul , that came straight from God, and no matter how well you think you’re multi-tasking or setting aside breaks for yourself, if you don’t allow yourself some time in the day to reconnect with your Creator, you are doing yourself harm as well as distancing yourself from the One Who loved you before you were even born!

There is a sense of peace that comes over you when you go to Him and tell Him your needs. You know He hears you and He speaks to your heart with words of wisdom and peace.

And that constant guarantee that there is someone up there that loves me unconditionally, to Whom I can pray about anything and everything and rest knowing that my prayers were heard, to know He is handling my life for me while I catch a little bit of sleep for the night, that is the best feeling in the world!!!

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)

The Truth


Foolishness to blinder eyes,
Ridicule to empty minds
Solitary stand the souls
Holding in their arms the stones

Engraved upon them, mysteries
And truths revealed as vast as seas
Truth, rewording history:
The drops of blood in sunlight shone

Upon the temple of a head
Whose strands of blood-soaked hair instead
Were once a resting place for jewels.
This, the tale of one Man, lone,

Who fought a battle not His own
To death, where death was brought beyond
To sweet defeat in three days’ time!
And in this lies the truth unknown

The truth is but of sacrifice,
The truth itself was crucified,
And in the sinless crimson stains
Was man, his destiny, defined.

                  -Stenila Simon ♥

Just some thoughts and words that came to me at 12:00 am while in the middle of doing homework! Sometimes you  just need to stop everything and write. God bless you all.