OBEYING GOD IS WISDOM
Matt 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
Wisdom is neither in the complexities of the philosopher, nor in the practicalities of the worldly shrewd, these the Bible says are “enticing words of man’s wisdom”. Wisdom is to be found only in God, and If anyone desires to be wise he must obey God. There is no other way to embark on the path of wisdom. Continue reading WISDOM
With every passing new year, Christians in the millions cling on to a promise or promises from the Bible, and ever so desperately if they happen to be facing adversity. These promises of a great future, prosperity, health and so on are relevant except that these promises, verses, need to be understood and applied in the context of the biblical narrative, and also in tandem with other scriptural truths, else one can be guilty of having a lopsided view of God and life.
Continue reading The New Year Promise & The Christian
ISA 40:29 to 31 – He giveth power to the faint;
and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
and the young men shall utterly fall:
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary;
and they shall walk, and not faint. Continue reading Power to the Faint
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Bewildered, Nicodemus, a pharisee and a ruler of the Jews, asks Jesus whether that meant entering one’s mother’s womb to be born again, quite literally.
God’s Kingdom, three things: the criterion, the cause, and the character. Continue reading Entering the Kingdom
During my lowest phase, as I wandered, destitute and ragged, it was the passionate and the relentless pursuit of the hound of heaven that forever changed my life. He followed me, surely, goodness and mercy followed me!
THE HOUND OF HEAVEN, FRANCIS THOMPSON
I fled Him, down the nights and down the days;
I fled Him, down the arches of the years;
I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways
Of my own mind; and in the midst of tears
I hid from Him, and under running laughter.
Up vistaed hopes I sped;
And shot, precipitated,
Adown Titanic glooms of chasmed fears,
From those strong Feet that followed, followed after. Continue reading THE HOUND OF HEAVEN
When a person reads the Prophet Hosea for the very first time, he is appalled by the fact that God could ask a prophet to marry a prostitute. However, what should really be shocking is not the fact that the prophet was asked to marry a prostitute, but to see ourselves in the place of the prostitute; Hosea viewed by any other lens other than viewing ourselves as “Gomer the prostitute” is making a mockery of the Word of God. Continue reading I WAS GOMER
God’s beauty cannot be described adequately. The Hebrew word for glory, Kabod, is from the same root word for “heavy/weighty”. Rev 4 gives us a glimpse of God’s magnificent splendour.
Continue reading Glorious in Holiness
1Co 14:23 If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad? Continue reading Will they not say that ye are Mad?
“And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there. Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered. And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away. And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!”—Matthew 21:17-20. Continue reading The Shrivelled Fig Tree
Hab 3:17 & 18: Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. Continue reading THE FIG TREE SHALL NOT BLOSSOM
Proverbs 15:15 All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.
The Bible says that being merry (cheerful) is like having the choicest food every day of our life. Yes, the merry heart is a feasting heart. Mish-teh, the Hebrew word for feast, is a symbol of gastronomic banqueting pleasure.
The Bible says that a cheerful heart has medicinal properties, for it protects the mind and the body from ailments that are a result of stress. Therefore being happy is adding to our overall well-being, Pro 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones
Conversely, being sad can crush, crush us of everything that the French say is: joie de vivre (a feeling of great happiness and enjoyment of life). And sadness by the way is the emotional attitude of the ungrateful person, for he always looks at people better, for he never counts his blessings, and in due course of time, he shrinks: shrines mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Also, being happy is a commandment, for Jesus said: take no thought for your life. Taking thought, that is worrying, is in violation to Jesus’ commandment. Worrying is sinning. Worrying is questioning the ability of Him who said: if He can take care of the birds in the air how much better could he take care of us.
Sin has no basis without the law. The law is the breeding ground on which sin finds existence, thrives, nourishes and grows; without the law sin becomes non-existent. 1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
Continue reading Lawlessness is Sinlessness
1) Proverbs 12:18 The tongue of the wise is health. Proverbs: 13:3 He that keepeth his mouth, keepeth his life. Proverbs: 18:4 The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters. Continue reading Pearls from Proverbs
THE SHEMA: Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD, is the great cry of Judaism. It is an affirmation and declaration of faith in one God, Deuteronomy chapter 6, verse 4.
Jesus makes the same declaration that was made in the old testament when questioned by a scribe on what the first commandment is, “And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord,” Mark 12:29.
And as much as there is only one God, there is only one Mediator: God Himself, in the person of Jesus the Christ.
Thomas, Peter and especially Mary, though blessed, are not Mediators. For the Bible says in the Book of First Timothy Chapter 2, and verse 5: For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. And the Book of Hebrews Chapter 12, verse 24: And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
It was the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross which was an appropriate propitiation (appeasement) for the sins of all humanity. And it is only fair that the sacrifice-Jesus- gets the right to advocate and mediate, and not anybody else. Continue reading One God One Mediator
But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy.
And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm. And he said unto them, Where is your faith? Luke 8.
The only person to whom historical distinction for having slept through a storm can be given is Jesus. He literally slept! and with that made one of the profoundest exhibitions of faith. That it is possible to sleep-rest-in the midst of the greatest tragedies of our life, if we know that God exists, and that He is in control. Continue reading Sleeping through the Storm