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!

What if the rapture happens TODAY?


Greetings dear readers. As I said in my earlier post, I believe there is a deeper meaning to why Jesus said that we must turn and become like these little children in order to enter heaven.

In John chapter 3, verse 3:

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”

In order to see the kingdom of God, you must be born again. Being born again, not by flesh, but by SPIRIT. In the same chapter, verse 5-7, Jesus explains it:

5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

Could Jesus have been making a connection to this requirement to enter heaven when He said that we must become like the little children? To tell us that we must become born again, meaning we must leave our earthly lives by being baptized in the water as well as in the Spirit? I believe so.  Being born again means we no longer are our older selves. When we are baptized, our immersion into the water signifies our death with Jesus Christ, and the act of bringing us back out of the water signifies our resurrection with Christ into new life: ETERNAL life:

4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
(Romans chapter 6, verse 4)

We are becoming new lives, my friends, like little children!

So only those who are born again are walking with Christ into new life. Only those people will be allowed entrance into the gates of heaven.

Therefore I would strongly suggest you consider being born again if you haven’t already. Why?

Because you really don’t have a lot of time left, my dear friends. I know for a fact that there are some people out there who want to believe and be born again, but they feel no need to do so immediately. They think they have time to make a decision. Well today, I’m here to tell you, my dear friends, that you DO NOT have time to make a decision.

The earth is changing at a fast pace, preparing itself for the end times written of in the Bible. The signs and wonders that the Bible foretold would happen right before the coming of Christ are happening EVERYWHERE! Open your eyes, people!

See the truth! Do not let yourselves be deceived by false promises of happiness and lasting wealth and bliss. The bliss offered by this world is not everlasting, and will die away when the time comes for the King of Kings to return, and that time is not far away anymore like we used to think!

Read Luke Chapter 21, verse 7 onwards:

7 And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.

One of the signs of the coming end times is that many people will rise calling themselves Christ. Now we tend to think of just people who think they are Jesus Christ when we read this. But is that the only thing this applies to? Let’s see: if you look at the old English meaning of Christ, it was derived from the Greek word “christos” which literally means  “anointed”. Click here to view the link.

So any person who calls themselves the anointed person from god, or in other words, people who call themselves “gods” in order to lead people could be deceiving you. Many such people will rise everywhere around the world, and will do everything in their power to change people’s minds and make them turn away from the living God. Many will actually believe that these people are from God and will blindly follow them.

We must guard ourselves from this, my friends. There’s a difference between when people say they are the servants of God and perform miracles in the name of Christ, and when people say they are the appointed gods on earth. Be careful, there are deceivers everywhere. You can definitely tell if it is a man of God from whether or not he follows the commandments of God and maintains a righteous life, and does miracles in the name of Jesus Christ, and preaches the message of repentance and salvation.

Even some people who do these things in the name of Christ could be deceiving you, because Christ said many will come “in my name”. The devil is good at imitating the miracles of God and making people think it is the real thing. This should bring to your minds how we read of Moses’ time when the magicians of pharaoh cast down their rods just like Aaron did, and they turned to serpents just like Aaron’s rod did.

I am telling you this to warn you of two things: One, the coming of the living Son of God is near. It is imminent. I will take you deeper into this matter in my next post. Two, there will be many, MANY people out there seeking to deceive you with false promises and miracles performed from the power of the devil. Beware of them, and keep yourselves in constant contact with God. Pray to Him constantly, asking Him for guidance when you do not know what to do.

If you are not yet saved, I tell you once again, there is little time left. This might be your chance to repent and finally come to the living God. Jesus died on the cross for you and me and everyone on this planet. Take advantage of the sacrifice that God did for you, and become a child of God so that you too may enter heaven when the time comes, instead of having to go through the roughest times here on earth.

Contact me if you’d like prayer or a one-on-one talk: steny8295@yahoo.in

God bless you, and may the peace of Christ be with you till next time we meet!

Open Your Eyes


My dear readers,

I apologize for not posting for the last few times, as I was preoccupied with my studies. I really am very sorry.

Today I would like to discuss with you what is going on in this world. I do not know if you are aware of this, but the number of earthquakes and other natural disasters is on the constant rise nowadays. I know, such things have been occurring for a long time, but this is not like that. No, these days, over a hundred earthquakes are shaking our planet every day. YES!

Click on this link to see just how many earthquakes have occurred in just this day:

http://quakes.globalincidentmap.com/

Can you believe it? Around 100 EARTHQUAKES in one day! This morning!

The end times are here, my friends. This is your chance to repent and turn to God NOW!

Look at these pictures of how many earthquakes have hit in the past week itself:

earth earthquakesAll the blue marks represent earthquakes of a 4 to 5 point intensity, and the yellow ones represent a 5 to 6 point intensity earthquake. These are very dangerous ones.

The red ones are very intense, serious and damaging earthquakes of a 6 point or higher intensity.

Mark 13:8:

8For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.

These are just the beginning, my friends! There are many things yet to come!

But one thing is for sure: WE ARE IN THE END TIMES.

I know this is probably making most of you think that I am just either crazy or just plain bored. Trust me, I have a million things to take care of in my life, and yet I am taking my time on this to make sure that I get the truth out to my readers. I don’t mind if you decide to hate me after this post, but I have to deliver the truth that God has shown me and my family.

Whether you want to believe it or not, the truth is the truth. I have promised my readers to deliver to them nothing but the pure truth, and I hold up my promise until the very end. Therefore I tell you, this is what is happening. Biblical plagues have started affecting many places.

A river in China turns blood red.

We are hearing of possible war scenarios, natural disasters, famine, locust, plagues, droughts, earthquakes, blood-red rivers and lakes, etc. each and every day. Do you ever stop to think what all these may mean?

My friends, the Lord is coming soon!

If you are a sinner, you have no more time to keep delaying this for tomorrow. The time is upon you to repent and turn to the living God NOW!!

When the day of the Lord comes, I know that every single person who has read this blog will have no excuse to say that they did not know about the Lord. They will have no excuse to say that they didn’t know about salvation. If you are reading this right now, you know exactly what to do.

Repent, pray and be born again. The Lord can come at any moment. I know most of you will ignore my messages, but trust me, God knows this and so do His children, for we all know from the time of Noah, that the bearers of truth will always be ignored by those who are to perish.

But those who are to be saved will accept the truth, and repent.

 

I hope and pray that my readers are of the latter group, and may God bless you.

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or concerns: steny8295@yahoo.in

or my father Evg. Joy Simon if you are in need of prayer: joysimonapb@yahoo.com

You can contact either of us if you wish to learn more and if you wish to know the Lord closer and repent. We are here for your guidance and help.

Till next time, may the peace of Christ be with you.

 

Be Passionate, Stay Passionate


Hello and warm greetings once again to my dear readers!

Today I would like to share some words of encouragement to my friends out there striving to live in the righteous path of God – you will be rewarded greatly in heaven, so know that your efforts are not for nothing! Img_130127170211

Sometimes I feel as though my efforts to spread the gospel are going unseen in this world, and showing no fruit, but now I have realized that we will not know of the fruit until it is time for the harvest. Until then, keep on sowing the seeds of truth and the Word of God, my dear friends!!

Be passionate to do God’s work, and stay that way! We the children of God are in this together, and we must endure till the very end, with no rest or tire.

Strive to keep strong and faithful, and God will lead your way to His will!!

No matter what others around you may say of you or think of  you, stand strong in Christ, for He and you alone know the true value of the great passion that boils in your heart!!!

You’re never alone, my friend. You’re never alone.

-Stenila Simon

The Shield of Faith


Good morning, and a warm welcome back to all my dear readers today! I have by God’s grace been doing alright, and I hope you have as well.

Today, let us return to our discussion of the Armor of God.

4. THE SHIELD OF FAITH

As we read before in Ephesians, Chapter 6, verse 14-17,

16 “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”pt196_fierydarts-cropped

This, my friends, is what I have been waiting for. My favorite part of the Armor, the shield of faith!

Our faith in God alone can save us in any time of distress or need. We all know what a shield does for a soldier at battle. The shield is like a part of the armor that he can manipulate to protect different parts of his body according to the enemy’s attack.

A soldier’s shield moves according to how his hand moves, as it is his hand that holds his shield. If we all carry a shield of faith, it is our necessity to carry it and hold it up with all our might, no matter what, in order to protect ourselves so we may  fight further.

shield-of-faithI hope you understand that what I am trying to say is that our faith is our responsibility. Hold it up all the time, meaning don’t lose your faith. The enemy may try to separate you from your shield using his swords and spears, but only if we hold on to it so tight will we be able to protect ourselves. Our faith in God should be strong enough so that no matter who or what comes in our way, we will never let go of that shield.

Having strong faith protects us because God can only protect you if you believe and trust that He can. If you have read my earlier posts, then I trust you remember how I once talked of how our fear makes us vulnerable to the attacks of the enemy. If you would like to read that post once again, please CLICK HERE.

Why should we, the soldiers of the army of the almighty and powerful Heavenly Father, fear at all? Hold on to your faith, my dear fellow soldiers, because it is our duty to fight for our God.

As long as you don’t let go of your shield, the enemy can never touch you. But in order to be completely protected from the enemy, we need ALL the parts of the armor. That is precisely why I am continuing this subject and looking at each part of the armor one by one in detail.

Only if we know exactly what each part of the armor does and what it is comprised of, will we be able to do some soul-searching to see if we lack any of the parts of this armor.

Don’t forget that the enemy is looking for every chance to attack you, and you may not even know it; therefore, always be fully prepared for anything. Therefore, my friends, keepArmorOfGod-1_49213259_std your armor intact every second of every day, not letting the enemy touch you. Check your armor when you get the chance, looking to see if you’ve accidentally taken off the belt of truth or your shoes of peace.

I urge my readers to do some serious soul-searching every day, whenever you can find the time. Check yourself to see where you lack in the eyes of God, and try your best to live up to the expectations your Heavenly Father has of you.

This battle is not an easy one. It is one that requires great courage, spirit and loyalty to our Father. This battle is one that tests every one of our abilities. This battle is a test of our faith, courage and desire and striving to succeed. This battle tests our patience to hold on till the very end. This battle tests who we are and where we stand in accordance with God.

All I can say as a fellow soldier, is that we are in this together, and that God is with us no matter what. Feel free to e-mail me whenever you’d like, if you’d like to talk about your personal experiences in this spiritual warfare so far. I’d be glad to hear from you and discuss with you about such matters, and we can all morally support each other in this war with the devil. Here’s my e-mail: steny8295@yahoo.in

I’ll see you next time, and in the meanwhile may God bless you and may the peace of Christ be with you!

Your Shoes of Peace


Greetings my dear readers!! Welcome back! This is our first post for the year of 2013, so may I start off by saying thank you once again for all your support, and may I take a moment to thank the Almighty God for His kind grace on this blog.. for giving me the right words and the right topics to write about.. for giving me the inspiration to write..

I hope you all had a nice New Years!

Now, onto the subject of thought – the Armor of God. We discussed the importance of the Belt of truth and the Breastplate of righteousness. Now if you remember the verse: (Ephesians, chapter 6 verses 14-17)

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

3. THE SHOES OF PREPARATION FOR THE GOSPEL OF PEACE

You feet must be shod with the “preparation of the gospel of peace” which means that you must stand ready as ever to spread the message of peace among the world.

The shoe is what protects your feet when you charge towards the enemy. Without a good caaog3shoespair of shoes, your feet would suffer from the stones and thorns of this world, and no matter how energetic you are, you wouldn’t be able to fight as well because you cannot move as you feet are injured.

This means that you must be prepared to accept as well as spread the gospel of peace. You see, if you do not  show enthusiasm for Christ’s message of peace, then how would you be able to stand and fight strong in this war?

Another question that may arise in your hearts may be “How does a soldier at war benefit from the gospel of peace if they’re trying to defeat the enemy?”

Well, the peace of Christ is what helps a child of God endure through everything. You must keep in mind that this war is not physical, but spiritual, and therefore, it is an ongoing war.. it happens everyday, whether you notice it or not.

soldier for GodEveryday, when you face hardships, feel sad, become unable to be your best for God, these are all times when the devil is trying his best to attack you and discourage you.. but no, in those hard times, like I always say, pray. Pray to God, and find strength in Him.

Once the peace of Christ overcomes your heart, then no matter how many trials and tribulations the devil brings in your life, you will be able to withstand it all, because the practice of Christ’s peace is what shoes your feet, and as long as you keep those shoes on, no matter how many thorns or stones you have to step on, they won’t affect you and you will be able to fight strong.

Spread this gospel of peace, be prepared to share it with the world every single day. Prepare your feet to carry this gospel of peace enthusiastically, and prepare yourself to fight the enemy that is vainly trying to stop you.

Don’t hesitate to e-mail me if you have questions: steny8295@yahoo.in

God bless you till next time!! 🙂

The Armor of God


My dearest readers, warm Christian greetings to you today!

I am opening a new poll today, and I hope that all of you will participate in it.

Today, I would like to discuss with you the subject of the armor of God.

Why does one need an armor? First of all, who needs an armor to protect them? A soldier in war, right?

We Christians are soldiers in war against evil. In Ephesians Chapter 6, verse 12 says:

12 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.

We are in a constant war against the devil. In our lives, when we live in the middle of this chaotic world, the armies of the devil are constantly trying to attack us and defeat us.

Have you ever wondered why we, the children of God, trying our best to be righteous and loyal to God, have to face the greatest and deepest hardships? I know I have. This is all part of the spiritual war we are facing. Our God has recruited us into His mighty army to fight against all evil and the devil and we must be courageous to fight with joy for our Lord.

Most of the people around us have sadly been influenced the evil powers of the devil, and so they are not having to face as much hardships in life as we are, because they are the children of the enemy. But we are not, and so that devil will constantly try to attack us and irritate us, because he cannot stand to see you and me being loyal to the Almighty God.

Always remember that in the end, victory is our Lord’s. We wrestle “not against flesh and blood”. This means that we are not in war against the evil people on earth. Our enemy is not a human or animal or anything with flesh. Our enemy is of a spiritual form. Lucifer is an evil spirit. We are here to fight against the spirit that dwells in the evil people and makes them act as they do.

We are here to fight against the troops of the devil that linger around to penetrate into human lives and cause illnesses, grief, sorrow, war, and hatred.

To make sure we are successful in this war, what must we as loyal and fiery soldiers do?
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (Ephesians Chapter 6, verse 13)

The armor of God is what we need in order to survive this battle and claim victory in our Lord’s name. Now this armor is made of many components, each of which we MUST HAVE in order to survive and fight:

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

1. THE BELT OF TRUTH: You must have a belt of truth “girt” around your loin in this war. Now what is this belt used for? For the old Roman soldiers, the belt was a crucial part of their armor, because without the belt, they would have nothing to hold their scabbard in place, which is where they kept their sword. So if you do not have a belt, then you have no place to keep your sword, and you are basically charging against your enemy with no weapon.

This means that you and I must train ourselves to live in truth. We the children of God must never practice false talk and lies in life, because if we do, then there will be nothing to hold our weapon of “the word of God” in place. It all goes together. The word of God is the pure truth of the whole world, and it cannot be upheld if we also do not hold truth in life.

As time is limited for me this morning, I must now stop here, but next time we meet, we will definitely talk more about the armor of God.

Till then, may the peace of Christ be with you and may God bless you!

The Story of True Children of God


Warmest greetings, my dearest readers! I am glad that I am able to write in this blog and I

find it an honor to serve my experience of God as a means of assuring your faith!

Today, as I was reading through the Bible, I found some very defining verses th

at all add up together to tell the story of a true Christian.

Romans Chapter 9 verse 8:

8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

Mark Chapter 13 verse 13:

13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Luke Chapter 21 verse 12:

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.

13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony.

14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:

15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.

Philippians Chapter 4 verse 6:

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

7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Romans Chapter 8 verse 38:

38For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The life of a true Christian is not easy. It never will be. The very Son of God Himself was tortured mercilessly and killed by His own creation of humans. He suffered unimaginably at the hands of ungrateful beings, and was punished for no reason.

If this is what Jesus Christ Himself went through, then you would imagine that we His disciples must have to face even more. No. We the Children of God, no matter how bad we think our sufferings to be, do not suffer even one-thousandth of what our beloved Savior had to go through.

A person who loves God more than anything in life will not consider his sufferings worth worrying over. He will just blindly follow his Master wherever He goes. That’s what I want to be. That’s the kind of faith that God loves to see.

My dear friends, our love for God must be unconditional. Do not think of things in terms of loving Him only if He does this and does that for you. Don’t ever even think of telling God that you will “have to stop loving” Him if He doesn’t do something for you in life. No. Did God ever put any condition upon us humans when He gave up the life of His only begotten Son? Did He say that He will give His Son for the sake of our Salvation only if we do something in return? NO.

I admire Peter the Apostle. He never asked any questions, and loved his Master more than his own life. He followed His Master in the middle of the sea. True, for a second, his fear caused him to lose faith and fall into the waters, but because he had gone to Jesus Christ abandoning all his friends and not thinking of consequences, he was saved by Christ.
True, Peter betrayed Jesus Christ, but he repented in tears and broke down and cried. He was forgiven and he went on to be blessed abundantly by God and to heal many in the name of his Master.

We are not without flaws. Everyone has something that they ought to repent for. But that doesn’t mean that God doesn’t understand us. He knows exactly who we are and what we are doing. If you are in a situation where you have been doing something wrong unknowingly, and you don’t realize it’s wrong, so you continue, then God will understand that and make a way for your eyes to be opened and for you to realize your wrongs.

But if you have been provided with more than enough chances to repent and you still haven’t changed your ways, then that is absolutely your fault. Repent the first chance you get. You may not get another.

That ties back into the story of a man I used to know. He had a tumor in his head and he was nearing death. My father prayed for him and he was instantly healed and the tumor disappeared! But after a while, he started sinning horribly and he thought no one knew about it. But God was seeing everything.

He never got another chance to repent. Unfortunately he died a few months later, this man who had been healed so wonderfully and had been so healthy, from cancer.

Why do you have to sin after God has touched your lives? How can you even think of sin when you know for sure in your heart that God’s great kindness is the only reason you are healthy and living?

As I said, no one is perfect. That’s why we must always be striving to identify our own faults and correct ourselves, for that is the only way to heaven.

I hope you will all consider this and keep up in your faith, for the next time we meet, I will have a nice story to tell you.

I would like to also share with my dear readers, my YouTube channel. I write poems for Christ all the time, and I have uploaded a few of those poems in the form of videos.You can also find my father’s preaching videos. Please do come and visit. Here’s the link to my channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/steny17/videos?flow=grid&view=0

And here’s a sample of one of my poem videos:

Till next time we meet, may God bless you and may the peace of Christ be with you!!!

Who is worthy of Jesus Christ?


My warmest greetings, dear readers! I hope that you are all doing well by God’s grace and I am too. Today I would like to talk to you all about being a disciple of Jesus Christ.
The disciples of Christ were the first ones to ever be called “Christians”. Here’s a verse

The loyal disciples of Christ..

The loyal disciples of Christ..

from Acts, Chapter 11, verse 26:

26And 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.

The disciples of Jesus were probably the most loyal disciples ever to be. We read of how they loved their Master more than anything else in the world, and we read of how they started following Him with no question or complaints, but rather they saw it as a privilege to be under this great Master.

But nowadays, a huge majority of people out there call themselves “Christians”. I find it hard to believe that all of these people love Jesus more than their own lives. There are many people out there that call themselves Christians, and of course, they attend church every Sunday, and loyally attend all the functions of the church and things like that, but they do all of this, not for their love of Christ, but for their love of the church.

They love the attention and friendship and new companionship they can gain from church. They like being a part of something. They want an identity in society. Sadly, (now this is not everyone, just some) some just want to show off their new dress and their new car. They want to be part of the biggest, most famous church sometimes, just for the fame of the name of the church.

Now this may not be the case of everybody out there. But still, there is sadly a large majority of Christians out there that don’t care the least about Christ. And this breaks my heart to see these people go about calling themselves “Christians” when the name was coined in the first place for the loyal and loving disciples of Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ Himself has told in the Bible of who exactly is worthy of being His disciples:

Mathew, Chapter 10, Verses 37-39

37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

Now when I first read this verse, I was very young – about 9 years old, and I was at a Gospel Meeting where my father was preaching, and I remember thinking in heart, that if Jesus Christ disapproves of my love for my parents, then I should stop loving them. I laugh 9b_child_1_500x493_772kat heart every time I remember this.

Even as a child, I always made sure I put God first, as my parents had always taught me. So when I read this, I thought I should stop loving my parents. But I had been mistaken. Later on in the meeting my father himself clarified this subject.

Now, when Jesus said that he that loves his parents or children more than Jesus is not worthy of Him, he didn’t mean to say that we should just hate our parents and children for the sake of becoming His disciple. He meant that we must give Christ first priority in life.

This means a lot of things, and you prove this great love for Christ in many ways in life.

If your parents, friends, children or relatives stand in your way to getting closer to God, then those people are not worthy of your love. You should never do something against the will of God just to please the people around you. If you agree to smoke just for the sake of your friendship, then you’re placing that friend before God in life, and you’re proving you

Don't let anyone stand in your way of following Jesus

Don’t let anyone stand in your way of following Jesus

care more about your worldly friends than about your God.
It is very reasonable that we must love God more than anything in life, because He is ever forgiving and kind and provides us with everything we need. He sacrificed His own Son to save us, a group of wretched, sinful, ungrateful humans. And what more than our loyal love would God ask of? It is a love that any child owes his father, rather, it is the love that any child would be happy and more than willing to give his father.

Now, coming back to the subject of being worthy of Jesus Christ, the second part says, “And He that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.” Now what does this mean?
The cross symbolizes the great hardships in life. The cross is the object that brings upon it’s victim shame, humiliation, suffering, torture, and cruelty. The Bible says that Christians will be ill-treated around the world. True Christians will have to face several hardships

The cross symbolizes suffering

The cross symbolizes suffering

throughout life, and they will not be accepted in society. They will be hated by the world. They will have to face great trials and tribulations in life.

At these times, dear friends, do not lose faith, but rather utilize these hard times to grow closer to God and to increase your hope. See it as a test of your own faith. You claim you’ll be loyal and forever grateful to God and love Him more than anything, no matter what. So then next time you face hardships in life, think of it as a test of your faith, as I said earlier. Prove yourself to God during those times.

But anyways, the cross thus symbolizes hardships in life. And those that do not take their cross and follow Jesus are not worthy of Him. To read more closely, those that do not take their cross don’t deserve to be with Jesus Christ. What does “taking” mean here?
It means that you must accept and suffer the hardships in life that are brought upon you because you chose to accept Christ. You must be willing to face even life-threatening situations if it’s for the sake of Christ or for the glory of God.

Those who are not willing to “take” this cross in life do not deserve to be with Jesus. In

Are you willing to follow Jesus Christ with your cross?

Are you willing to follow Jesus Christ with your cross?

other words, those who are not willing to share the hardships Christ faced in life, are not worthy of being called His disciples.

Also you must take this cross and follow Jesus Christ. You can’t just go wherever you want after having carried the cross. You must go where Jesus Christ went.

Christ walked up the mountain upon which He was to be killed, but after this death, He was to rise to new and everlasting life.

The same with us. We must follow Christ in His path. We will not have to die anymore for our sins, because Christ did that for us, but we may have to face many harsh treatments and hardships like Christ did, but in the end, we will be following Him to everlasting life.

We will discuss the last part of the verse in the next post, as unfortunately time limits my writing for now. But I do want to tell you one thing before I leave for the day: evaluate yourself. You and I need to do this more than anything in the world.

We are human beings no matter what, and sometimes we may have forgotten of God and His great love for us. So it is our job to check ourselves and make sure we are still loyal disciples of Christ and make sure we are following Him with our cross, rather than complaining about the hardships we have to face because of the fact that we are Christians.

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Until next time we meet, may the peace of Christ be with you and may God bless you dearest readers!