Will YOU take up this challenge?


There are so many things that happen on a day-to-day basis in our lives that have impacts on us. Some bring about positive changes while others have a rather negative impact. Some events give us hope and comfort while other events in our lives make us weep and leave us wondering why this happened to us.

Ever since I can remember, me and my family – we have always been on this constant climb trying to overcome hardships and obstacles in life. Things happen, sometimes one right after  the other, that have the power to make any person feel hopeless. But even in the midst of the worst darkness, I have been taught to be happy.

As you may know, young children are quite naive and their thoughts are pure and straightforward. It was when I was in such a very young, naive age that I came across the story of Job, of how he kept looking to God even though he lost basically EVERYTHING a man can lose – his friends, family, health, wealth, everything! And that story changed my outlook about life.

Now, when bad things happen that scare me to death, my heart is set to go to its default option: “faith”. Sure, when something terrifying happens I get scared and panic at first. But it’s only momentary. There is a sense of peace that overcomes all fear that nothing in the world can offer. It is there with you no matter where you are, no matter what happens to you. 

The biggest challenge is letting go in the face of fear. This means letting go of your thoughts and anxieties about what might happen, but it also means that you have to let go of your own expectations of the future. In our mind, we may have an idea of what the perfect future is like, but that may not always be God’s plan.

True happiness comes about when we learn to accept each and every thing happening in our life as it comes. It’s about letting good things AND bad things happen, with the ultimate faith that in the end, God’s will is what is happening. He knows best. The secret to true happiness is accepting God’s will in your life with all the courage you can muster, and this is also the ultimate test of your faith.

I was inspired to write this post because of a recent incident that quite shook me and my family: a really bad car accident. It completely destroyed our car, but my dad who was involved in it, escaped with minor pains and bruises, thanks to the miraculous power of God. While the doors of the car got jammed, somehow my dad’s door got unlocked even though the hit was right to the side of it. There had been a fire starting inside the car, but it went away on its own. Or, may I say, God intervened.

However minor it may seem to the world, I cannot help but accept that God is working miracles even in the smallest ways in our lives every day. The fact that we live to take a breath every morning is in itself a miracle, in my eyes at least. With this I would like to thank the Lord for His everlasting mercy and also I would like to ask YOU to take up this challenge.

Next time you have to face a situation of fear, of worry, of pain, where you lose or are on the verge of losing everything you have, will YOU step up to the challenge and be happy? Will you let go of your fears?

Will you rejoice in the Lord?

It may be hard, but trust me, it’s worth it.

God bless you all.

With deep love,

Stenila Simon

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.

 

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!

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.

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

Also, visit my new branch of this blog, to post questions and regards concerning your Christian life: purefaithanswers.wordpress.com

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

The Second Commandment- Graven Images


Warm and heartfelt greetings to you today my dear readers! I must say that I just can’t stop thinking of how much I love our Lord and I feel (and hope!) that I am not alone, for otherwise you would not take the time to read my posts!
Today, let us go back to a subject that we started some time ago, which is the analysis of the Ten Commandments.

Today, let us look at the Second Commandment.

The Book of Exodus, Chapter 20, verse 4:

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

This commandment is very literal. God commands you to not make any graven image, which means “A carved idol or representation of a god used as an object of worship.”

This is what the Israelites did to God after He saved them through Moses. It is said that after Moses came down from the mountain of Sinai after his time with God, with the Commandments, he found them worshiping a calf made of Gold, and making offerings to it. He was enraged and thus shattered the very stones upon which God had written the Ten Commandments.

My question is, how is it that people are so fast able to forget the God that saved them? Why are people so willing to betray God and so slow to accept Him even though He has done such miraculous things in people’s lives?

Even now, I am so sad to say this, but more than 98% of the people I see around me do not care about God. Most of them are just ignorant of the fact that there is a living God watching over the actions of every being on earth, willing to forgive and bless if you are willing to repent.

When we have THE living, true and loving God for ourselves, why must we create sculptures and idols of dead or imaginary beings and worship them? Is it not like saying you are quenched of thirst by making a statue of a waterfall and looking at it, instead of actually drinking from the clean stream that is the only thing able to really quench your needs?

I must say that God hates it when people, especially the people that He has visited and touched in life, decide to disobey Him and make Him angry when they in fact know that He exists and that He despises their actions. Why? What need do we have to do such things?

So for the knowledge of my readers, I have to say this, but many of you may not like this. DO NOT bow down to any idol, to any statue or to any carved or drawn image.

DO NOT WORSHIP these false things when in fact you have the living God watching over you in heaven.

Statue Of Jesus Christ On Wood Cross

DO NOT WORSHIP ANY IDOL, EVEN THAT OF JESUS CHRIST, FOR IT DOES NOT CONTAIN THE LIVING GOD.

And this includes the sculptures in churches. Yes, I know many of you may by now hate me for saying this, but I must write the truth and nothing but the truth. DO NOT bow down to or worship the statues and idols in church, even if they are of the Son of God Himself. None of the Apostles ever made an idol of their Master. It is against the will of God.

He says do not create graven images of anything “that is in the heaven above”, which includes Jesus Christ. I am not saying that you must not worship Jesus Christ. If you for some reason think that is what I am implying, you are gravely mistaken my friend.

Jesus Christ is living. He is risen, and He is in heaven, watching over us and talking to God for our sake. You must worship Him the living Son of God, and not a statue or idol of Him, which does not contain any trace of the real Christ. Idols do not have life. They do not contain any part of God or the Spirit. They are dead, lifeless things which we made from clay and stone, which we shouldn’t have even made in the first place.

I must say that to please God, just worship Him, the one and only real God, in heart and soul. He is with you always. If you have been worshiping the idols and you now see that it was wrong, you can always repent and turn to God, for He is ever-forgiving and kind. If He wasn’t the kindest and just being ever to be, you and I would not be spared, my friend.

And one more thing. When I write these things, do not think that I am trying to force everyone into becoming a true Christian. I am not trying to imply that everything I do is right or anything like that at all. These laws were written by the Almighty God Himself. I am merely a being trying my best to bring the knowledge of God across the length and breadth of this world. You are welcome to either accept and practice or to reject these matters. It is in the end your personal decision.

But those of you who choose to accept the word of God and turn to Him, will definitely be blessed abundantly. True Children of God, will indeed have to face great hardships in life for this world is most likely to despise true Christians and to reject them. But we know in heart who we are and what a privilege it is to be close to God. We know what treasures await us in heaven.

So fear not for God is with you. Jesus loves you so much, and nothing can compare to His eternal love which led Him to even dying for the sake of you and me.

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

P.S. Do not hesitate to e-mail me for questions and concerns: steny8295@yahoo.in
or my father Evg. Joy Simon for prayer: joysimonapb@yahoo.com

 

 

Alternate Life??


Hello and a hearty welcome once again to all of my wonderful and faithful readers out there! My heart is always filled with love and excitement when I write to you of My God and my dear Savior Christ!

Today let’s pick up on where we left off last time about the subject of fear. In the last post we talked about the fear that eats away at people which is the fear of evil or danger- this is in a way the forbidden fear as the fearful will be denied entrance to heaven as we read in the Book of Revelations.

So now let us take a look at the second kind of fear- the fear of God. Now that is the fear that I would give anything to see in every man on earth, but something that alas is gone from the hearts of most humans today. So the one question remains: Why fear our own Father Who helps and saves us?

That is probably a question that non-Christians would ask. That’s just because they don’t understand the depths of the relationship we have with our God.

When we say that we fear our God, we don’t mean to imply that we are scared to death of Him and have nightmares every night. NO. Our fear is one of admiration and love and respect and reverence. To fear God means to realize and accept that our God is powerful to smite us if He wants but He doesn’t do that as long as we walk in His righteous path because He loves us that much and He wants only for our own good.

Only a loving father will punish his child when he goes astray, correct?

Our fear for God is one that is rooted in as I said again, love and reverence. Without this we are nothing.

Deuteronomy 6:1-2

King James Version (KJV)

6 Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the Lord your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it:

That thou mightest fear the Lord thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged.

Now let us change our path of thought to something new. For quite a few posts I have been explaining some of the Ten Commandments. Now let us take a detour for a bit and then come back to the Commandments.

You must have been confused by the title of my post. But this is what I want to introduce to you today. Alternate life.

Now have you heard of the concept of UFO’s? Wait.. I ask you to not judge quickly and leave thinking that I’m fooling around.. which I am NOT. I have never, am not presently and will never in the future publish gibberish or pointless subjects in this blog nor will I ever write out lies to the world for my God would punish me heavily for that.

Now back to the subject. Most of this world is now acquainted with the idea of a possibility of life apart from earthly life. And most of us have heard of claims of many people saying that they have seen UFO’s or seen actual aliens. So one day we started wondering as to what exactly these aliens are.

And we came to a conclusion. Which I shall explain in my next post. But for the time being I want you to ask yourself what your personal opinion is about aliens.

I’m sorry but for now I have to go. I wish for nothing more than to spend all my time writing out to all of you out there in the world thirsting for the true word of God and longing to know the true God. But due to the restraints of life I cannot. But stay tuned for my next post where I’ll introduce my personal views on this subject and concept of aliens. I’ll just be stating my opinions, that’s all.

God bless you abundantly, my dearest readers and children in Christ! 🙂

For questions, here’s my email: steny8295@yahoo.in

My father Joy Simon is an evangelist. If you need prayer, then please do e-mail him:
joysimonapb@yahoo.com

God bless you and until next time, may the peace of Christ be with you all!