“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

 

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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.

What are you living for?


Dear and beloved readers, today I wish to discuss with you, the details of what you’ll have in the end.

Bear with me. I write about this today because a majority of the world’s people today live for nothing but material things. They place their sights upon wealth, fame, and fortune, they work hard to preserve their health, prestige, and status in society, and they live only for their own welfare and their own family’s welfare. Let’s face it, you have sometimes done the same, right? I have to admit that I’ve done it too. Sometimes it is hard to keep your focus upon the right things, and you accidentally get caught in the flow of life, and you follow what everyone else does.

Well, my dear people of God, let us today reflect upon what kind of a life we have been leading up until yesterday, and see if there is anything we can do about it.

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (1 John 2:15)

What is the “world” here? Did Jesus not teach us to love our neighbors and give and be kind to everyone? Yes. But those are just people of the world. The ‘world’ refers to the earth, our temporary home. We are not to love this world. Life in this world will give you many attractive things to make you love it, like money, lust, fame, etc.

But none of these are from the father. Always keep in mind that the world is under dominion of the devil. Remember when Jesus was tempted by the devil in the wilderness?

“Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.” (Mathew 4: 8-9) 

temptation-of-christThe devil offered to give JESUS all the kingdoms of the world! What further proof do we need that our world is currently being run by the devil?

Sure, if you do somehow unexpectedly receive some extra money, be thankful to the Lord for allowing it to you, but do not rejoice in it and aim to make even more and more and more. Money is a devilish item of worship. (This I will explain later) Give it to the poor. Do good with it. Use it for the better, not for your own luxury. No wealthy man will EVER enter the kingdom of heaven; carve this truth into your hearts right now.

If you do love all that this world has to offer, then you do not have the love of the Father in you, no matter how hard you try to think otherwise.

No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” (Luke 16:13) 

It’s impossible for someone to serve two masters at once. Think of a farmer that tries to do work on the farms of two of his masters. If he constantly tries to switch between farms, neither of them will be well tended for. But if he tries to give some more focus on one farm, the other suffers. In the end no one has any benefit from such a farmer. It’s the same thing with God. Don’t forget that God will spit the lukewarm out of His mouth.

You can either serve God, or serve mammon. Now, about mammon: Mammon, is money. It is greed. It is wealth. It is a deity (god) of riches. I decided to add a picture just to let you 01-mammonknow that yes, if you live for money and are willing to die for money, and if you put money foremost in your life, even giving yourself into the greed and gluttony that comes with it, making it’s accumulation your soul’s priority, then sorry but you’re worshiping money. And guess what, wealth and greed is an ugly demon.

It is a demon that has the power to destroy relationships, to sink one into a state of unending greed, where they can no longer be satisfied by anything, and can take away your peace of mind permanently. Being rich means you have chosen that demon in place of the Father! I’m sorry, but it’s true!! No wonder Jesus said that a rich man shall not enter heaven. How can someone worshiping a demon enter heaven no matter what he does?

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.” (Mathew 19:24) 

Have just enough money for your daily use. Make use of your excess money to help those in need.gold_and_riches_by_frostbitten_angel-d4moghd

Jesus said unto him, 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.” (Mathew 19:21)

You can never love both God and the devil. Again and again and again, I say to you, the riches of this world belong to the devil. DO NOT worship the devil.

A person who has his eyes upon the riches of this world do not have to care for what’s up in heaven. I mean if you’re living with more than you can ever wish for, then why on earth would a heaven where you cannot take your riches with you ever seem appealing to you?

The devil will take you to the top of some of the highest mountains. It has happened to me before! DO NOT give in to the luring call of this devilish world!! Once in, it’s really hard for you to escape the spiral of greed and selfishness the world puts you in.

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We are royal beings, you and me. We are children of the King of Kings. The temporary pleasures and fame and wealth of this world mean NOTHING to us. Find that royalty in your heart, my friend.

Let us take the money we have and help those that absolutely need it! Let us remove wealth and fame from our lives as priorities.

Our priorities should not be materialistic ones. Our priorities are divine!!!!! Live your lives for the living God that never changes.

 

Great Pains..


Check back tomorrow for the article for this week.. In the meantime enjoy the video, and stay strong in faith!

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.

 

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!

True Love


Hello, my dearest readers! I hope that you have all by God’s grace been well, and so have I.

As you may have noticed, today we are taking a detour from our line of thought which was the armor of God.

Today I feel the urge to emphasize one four letter word – “LOVE”

We all use that word in our lives daily – to express our love for the people we like, the food we enjoy and the beauty that touches us. We use it so much that most of us have started to forget what it truly means to love someone.

There are so many types of love that can develop between humans, including love crossheartlogo1between man and woman, father and son, mother and child, brother and sister, grandparents and grandchildren, love between friends, etc. But I’m very sad today to see that the love that people carry in hearts is reducing day by day.

We as a society have started forgetting what it means to love one another. Sure, people still do love each other, or take care of each other and all that, but what happens afterwards? I mean, what happens in the long run?

Has love today become limited to the affection one feels for just a short period of time and then just disappears? Why does love not last longer today?

Why do the children that once did their best just to show their parents their drawings and stories, grow up to suddenly become “independent” and just forget about their mom and Father-and-sondad? When did this teenage need of “privacy” and “space” come into the lives of those loving parents’ kids, who till yesterday seemed to need them for everything and anything?

Why has the concept of friendship been degraded today? There used to be a time when poets wrote about friendship as the most beautiful relationship ever- describing how a true friend would be understanding and caring and make sacrifices for their friend. But what has become of this true friendship today? Why is it that friends nowadays only care about each other if they are “cool enough”?

Instead of opening up your heart to your friend, and talking about your worries and Forgiven jesus%20forgiveshardships, and listening to your friend’s as well, and supporting each other, why is it that your conversations are limited to the newest movies and latest fashion trends?

Why is it that couples don’t stay together longer? Does marriage have no meaning whatsoever nowadays? Why do people treat their partners like clothing or accessories, which can be changed or thrown away as time goes by? Why do couples have to separate when they have to face the slightest disagreement or the smallest obstacle, instead of trying to work as a team to solve things? Marriage is a Godly relationship, and it should be seen with equal importance. Why don’t people have the patience to accept each others’ faults and to work at it instead of spontaneously leaving each other to cry in solitude?

Why, why, why WHY??????

I don’t like this. Let me be honest with everyone –  I don’t like this lack of love one bit.

But I should say I have an answer to my own question -WHY THE LACK OF LOVE?

Well, who do you think gave us love first and foremost? Ever read this verse:?

1 John 4:8 “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”God-is-Love

Yes, my dear friend, God is love. If God is love, and love is decreasing from our society today, then how would you equate that? If most people among us don’t carry love in heart, that means most people among us don’t have God in heart, because only someone who knows God can love completely.

God is the greatest form of love you can ever know, and that is evident in how He gave up His only Son as sacrifice for us all. Would you give your son up to death for the sake of your friend? For the sake of your partner? For the sake of anyone? No, no one can. But rsz_jesus_on_the_cross_john_3-16_God did, because His heart is greater, and He carries such a love that you and I can never even imagine of. His love is like the vast universe, with no beginning or end –  only bigger!

Even though we can never have as much love as God, if we know Him and love Him, then we will be capable of loving the ones around us, spreading love like a beautiful scent that comforts and makes people feel like they’re never alone. We must obey our Master’s teaching to love even our foes.

Love everyone around you like your own friend, even if they hate you, because our love is what proves that we are the children of our Heavenly Father. Love the ones that hate you, betray you, lie to you, degrade you, torture you, and spread rumors about you. Love them all, my friend, for that is what God did.

We will certainly discuss more about this in later posts, but for now I must stop. I hope you will leave comments and let me know what your opinions are about this topic.

Till next time, my dearest readers, may the love and peace of Christ be with you, and may God bless you!!

You can e-mail me for any questions or concerns, or if you’d just like a friend to talk to. I’d be glad to hear your story, and offer my moral support as your friend in Christ: steny8295@yahoo.in

Take care!

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.

Don’t hesitate to e-mail me for questions: steny8295@yahoo.inor my father Evg. Joy Simon for prayer, advice and questions: joysimonapb@yahoo.com

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

The First Commandment- The Beginning of Obedience


THOU SHALT HAVE NONE OTHER GODS BEFORE ME.

Hello and welcome again dear readers! May I start by saying I am more than glad to be writing in this blog, for it has yielded many results!

So today our topic of thought is the first commandment, stated above. “Thou shalt have no other Gods before Me.”

This, my friends, is the beginning of obedience. God created the Ten Commandments so that us humans would know exactly what to do to please God and to be considered on the right path. If these rules or laws hadn’t been written, then people would just blame God for not specifying what to do and in the shadow of that claim, they would just go on sinning and sinning,  but at the same time appear “innocent” before men.

So, let us analyze this commandment. “Thou shalt have no other Gods before Me.”

Now, some people think that God is implying that there are other Gods in this universe and that He is restricting us from worshiping them. Some clever folk may take advantage of this and make people think that our God is restricting us from knowing other gods. But this is not the truth.

Now, you all know that there are a lot, and I mean like hundreds of different religions out there in the world. Each religion has their own god or goddess. There are some religions with even multiple gods. But, let me tell you, this may hurt some of you, but I have to say this. THERE IS NO OTHER GOD THAN JESUS.

Now, don’t misunderstand me as trying to imply that Jehovah isn’t there. Jehovah and Jesus are the same thing. Jesus is the manifestation of God. He is the manifestation of God’s words, sent to the earth to deliver us those words. So Jesus, Jehovah and the Holy Spirit are one in three.

Us mortal humans find this hard to understand, I know, but there will come a day when everything becomes clear as crystal to us.

Now let me jump back on to the topic of thought. As I said, God is not implying that there are other Gods in the universe. God is the one and only God. There has never been, is not, and will never be another “god”. But then what was God talking about in His commandment?

Of course, God knows that people will create their own Gods out of clay and stone and worship them. Even the people of Israel that God saved through Moses  did it to Him behind His back. That’s the specialty of us humans. We take advantage of all chances we get to denounce the truth. Sometimes I wonder, God saved the people of Israel so miraculously, by even splitting the sea for them. But then even after witnessing the clear miracles of God and His demonstration of His love for them, then why would they go on and create their own god out of gold?

I mean, what use is it to worship something that they know they made themselves? Why would they even think of disobeying such a powerful God, when they themselves saw how God saved them and then drowned the enemy’s armies in the sea?

Now, we ourselves are not any better than the people of that time. In fact, I’m sorry to say this, but we are worse. We are hurtful and disloyal. We cannot be trusted at all. That’s just the truth.

Apart from the fact that God knows we humans will create our own gods, He also meant to warn us from worshiping anything other than Him. I know that just sounded a bit strange, but I’ll explain. In my next post, of course!

I’d like to thank all my readers for being open-minded and for commenting so much and for participating so actively in my blog. I guarantee you, this blog will never serve you a false piece of information. I’ll make sure of that. I would never even think of writing away lies to my readers, for God would punish me heavily if I ever did that. I fear God a lot, for that was the way I was raised, and it will never change. It’s just one of the things that’s etched deep in my heart.

Anyways, comment all you want, let me know your opinions, and may God bless you abundantly!

My e-mail for questions: steny8295@yahoo.in

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May the peace of Christ be with you!