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.

 

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!

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

 

 

Law and Order


Hello there again dear readers! I’m glad to be writing to you today!!

For quite some time we’d been discussing several things in my blog, and I hope you’ve been able to analyze them all and come to conclusions on several matters… Well, from today onwards I will be spending some time on this specific subject. “Law and Order”

Now, many people today limit their Bible reading to the Psalms, where there is a lot of

Why not extend your reading to the “piercing” parts of the Bible? Such as God’s laws and what you’ll have to face if you disobey them??

chapters of praise to God and where it is described of how God will bless us and help us and keep us safe and guide us.. Of course you should read the Psalms; it is an important part of the Bible. But why stop there? If not the Psalms, some people choose to pick out some “safe” verses of the Bible, if you know what I mean.. verses that say again of God’s blessings to His children. But as I said, why stop there? Why do people often “forget” about or ignore the verses stating facts like the laws of God and the consequences you’ll have to face if you disobey them?

I mean each and every word written in the Bible is to be read.. The Bible is a concise writing consisting of prediction, law, truth and information. The past, the present and the future is reflected throughout it’s chapters. No science has ever been able to disprove the Bible’s writings.

Hebrews 4:12

King James Version (KJV)

12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The Word of God is a Two-Edged sword

The Word of God is “sharper than any two-edged sword”..
Two-edged means it can pierce at both sides. When we use the Word of God, it can not only pierce your enemy, but it can also pierce you, if you haven’t worn the shield of righteousness. What I’m trying to say is that no matter how big of a believer you are, if you have strayed from the path of righteousness even the slightest bit, then the Word can also pierce you.

So why did I say so much about the Word of God and yet name the post “Law and Order”?

You’ll see soon enough. God has set us a strictly righteous path to follow in order to reach heaven. It’s our fault if we allow ourselves to even accidentally stray from it a little bit and

What path have you chosen? Are you still on track with your chosen path, or did you “accidentally” get off of it some while back?

then follow some other path to nothing but the opposite of heaven.

In order to walk the righteous path, God has given us the TEN COMMANDMENTS. Obeying these commandments and at the same time believing in Jesus and repenting from our ways and being baptized- this beautiful mixture of the colors of Christian life will turn you white, but only if all colors are added.

( I just remembered, if you take a little round disc, and divide it equally into six [or seven] parts and color each part one of the six basic colors, and then pass a thread through the middle of it and spin it in high speed, you can see that they merge into the color white! )

So stay tuned for the next post as we will be discussing the Ten Commandments and what to make out of each of them, from a lot of different perspectives.

If you have any questions on the matter, don’t hesitate to e-mail me at: steny8295@yahoo.in

For special prayer requests, e-mail my father Evg. Joy Simon at: joysimonapb@yahoo.com

God bless all of my wonderful readers who take their time to know God, and dtill we meet next time, May the peace of Christ be with you! 🙂

 

The Man who gave up a Life-Saving Opportunity


Hi there again, dear readers! I’m glad that you are able to find time to read my posts as well as I enjoy sharing these experiences and views with you!

Today I want to tell you about a man whom we met in India. He was our neighbor..about 34 years old. He had a job in Northern India (We were at the southernmost tip) and his wife and son were with him there. He came back to south India for treatment, as he had a tumor in his brain! It was growing constantly and gave him a lot of pain everyday! He was on the verge of death..

He came in seeking prayer. Well, my father prayed for him one night. He repented with all his heart and shed tears enough to flood the whole house! He was so speechless from guilt on one side and the power of the peace of Christ penetrating him on the other. After that my father prayed for him and rebuked the devil that had taken hold of his brain and life in the Holy name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

After that, he was a changed man. He was much more active and lively! He told us of how

He was more active than ever!

he used to think every month (he had to have MRI scannings every month, and it cost him a lot of money) when he withdraws money from the bank, “Why am I doing this? What’s the use if I’m dying? It seems silly to use up so much money just to find out how much more it’s grown in me…”

But now the case was different… he no longer had pain, and his head felt light.. Again, he was a changed man!

But as he had already scheduled a scanning and paid for it before coming to us, he went for his final scanning.. and the results surprised he himself as well as the doctors! There was NO TUMOR! It had completely disappeared!

We had scheduled his baptism and were waiting for his wife and son to get vacation so they too could come and be baptized. But to our dismay, a few weeks later, he fell into the depths of sin. The devil had tempted this weakling too much.. he plunged into the darkness of sin  again so much he couldn’t even think of God anymore.

And now, he is on his death bed.. His wife and child who had come excited about being

But now he’s on his deathbed….

baptized, came to a man on the verge of death again as punishment for his sin. The devil gave him cancer in his throat. This event took place just a few months ago, and he still is in his deathbed, awaiting death’s call at any time.

My friends, don’t be like this person.. do not take the miracles of God for granted.. don’t take advantage of the miraculous healing and deliverance God gives you in your life to sin with the new health He gifts you with. If you take advantage of the chance God gives you in life, then  God will take away the shield of protection He had spread over you, and you will become even more vulnerable to the devil’s attacks..

Stay tuned for the next post where we’ll look deeper into this “Shield of Protection”

Until then, God bless you and keep faith!