Are you better than everyone else?


In my short lifetime so far, I’ve had the blessed opportunity to come across all kinds of people, deal with all sorts of characters, and have experiences both good and bad with friendships/acquaintances.

But there is one particular thing that bothers me more than anything when I find it in another person’s character. It’s not sin. It’s not greed. It’s not laziness. It’s not even selfishness. It’s PRIDE. Arrogance.

The notion that you are above other people, that you have the right to look down upon your fellow human beings and act like you’re everything and more than perfect. This ONE character trait is something I find very hard to deal with, because I cannot comprehend how people can be unkind or arrogant towards others less fortunate just because of their worldly status or gains.

Why are people arrogant? I’ve seen and known people who think that just because they were born into a rich family, or just because they live in a developed country, or just because they have a “better” job than others, that they deserve better treatment and more respect from others. These kinds of people think that others less fortunate than them are good for nothing, and deserve no human consideration or love.

They think that your social status determines who you talk to or show kindness to. If you’re not up to their standards, you don’t get the “privilege” to talk to them or be friends with them. If this surprises any of you, then you have a lot to see yet in life, my friend.

The world is a dark, dark place, and the more I live in it the more I realize just how dark the human heart can get.

“For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.” (Galatians 6:3)

If people think that the material riches of this world, the fame of this world, are to be proud of, then you need to open your eyes. Nothing of this world will last. What happens to the money or fame at the end of your life? You cannot take any of that with you. Everything in this world is temporary, but the soul is eternal.

“Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD….” (Proverbs 16:5)

“…..God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” (James 4:6)

The Lord does not like arrogance, and it is even an abomination to Him. Why? Because God is the Creator of all, and He created every human being. Each of us is His creation, and thus equal to each other, none above the next. God loves justice, and justice counts every man the same.

It is quite surprising to me to see CHRISTIANS being arrogant against others!!! “Christian” literally means a follower of Christ. How can people who claim to follow the loving Jesus Christ live with arrogance?

“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” (Philippians 2:3-4)

This Bible verse literally tells us to humble ourselves and “let each esteem other better than themselves” – which means to consider everyone else above yourself. Be kind enough to think of other people’s feelings and needs as more important than your own.

We are called to be representatives of the loving Jesus Christ, and He set the example when He lived to serve others, and ultimately sacrificed Himself for the sake of all of humanity.

That is the kind of sacrificial love that Jesus showed us by considering our salvation more important than His own life. The least we can do is love others around us more than ourselves. ♥

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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!

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.

 

Love is Patient


Warm greetings to my dearest readers this morning. I apologize for not posting last week.. Today I would like to talk more about love.

One of the main commandments of Jesus Christ, our master, is to love one another. Love your friend like yourself. Love everyone, even your enemies. That is how we can identify the true Children of God in this chaotic world. By our love, we can find one another.

Have you ever thought of how loving our God is? We all talk on and on about how “God is love” and that He loved us so much He died for us, but do you ever seriously stop and think for a second, just how much He loves us?

People around the world still hate Jesus Christ and His followers, and it is really sad to see that Christians are being mocked for our belief and for telling the truth and trying to save people. Let’s face the truth – things are not as pretty as we think. The world still hates us more and more.

And why do they hate us? Because they do not have Christ, the ultimate form of love, in their hearts. God is almighty and powerful. He is the most powerful Being to ever be, and yet why did He let His only begotten Son die on the cross, being ridiculed by His enemies?

Why did He not use His power to save Himself from the cross? Why did He not use His power to stop the hammers of His enemies from nailing Him to the cross? Why?

Because He loved us, and He was dying for us. He endured all that torture silently, when He could have saved Himself at any time.

Being the children of God, we must learn to practice this patient love in our lives. Be patient to everyone. Forgive to your limits and beyond. Love people when they hate you.

Declare victory over hatred by the ever-growing love given to us by our Lord. Our love is what makes us different from the world. Our love is, my friends, what makes us isolated in this world, but our love is the light of this world. Every time we show kindness and love to those around us, we are spreading the comforting light of Christ, and we are defeating the devil’s plans.

So let us forget our hate and sorrows, and forget the wrongs of others, and try to make a change in this world.

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!

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 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!