We will cross over to the next place

Christian faith is not the absence of troubles, trials and tribulations, it is the presence of God in the life of a believer.

When Jesus is in us and we’re in Him, we must triumph over all the ravenous storms and winds of life when they come.

Jesus teaches about putting our faith in Him but not focusing on the storms of life that can cause fear in us so we won’t move ahead.

“Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”

Mark 4:39–41.

Believers in Jesus must know that their faith is not tested in the still waters and good days, it is tested in storms and bad days.

When the storms and winds of life beat the boat the most, it is time to believe and trust Jesus the more.

This is because when we’re together with Emmanuel (God with us) in the same boat, we’re assured of crossing over to the other side; we must reach the finish line triumphantly.

Where is your faith amid the storms of this world?

“O Lord God of hosts, Who is mighty like You, O Lord? Your faithfulness also surrounds You. You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, You still them.”

Psalm 89:8–9.

Keep the faith!

Why salvation is the greatest miracle

I am amazed at how people regardless of their political orientation, religious affiliation, or geographical region… are running from church to church, from this place to that place in pursuit of miracles.

I am still amazed at the cost they’re paying in terms of time, energy and financial resources in the quest for these miracles.

Miracles have an expiry date though. They can’t take one beyond the grave unless they’re saved. In the end, non-believers in Jesus will resurrect to eternal condemnation (which is the second death) regardless of whether they experienced miracles or not when they were alive. I’m not negating the necessity of miracles anyway.

But there is something greater than miracles, which is salvation. Salvation doesn’t have an expiry date because if you’re born again and you die in the Lord you’ll in the end resurrect to everlasting life.

I want to say that if you’re saved (a believer in Jesus Christ) you are a product of the greatest miracle that has ever happened to you. A miracle of being born again into new life and after you die, resurrecting to immortality.

Jesus said,

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”

John 14:12.

If you tell somebody about Jesus and they get saved, you’ve already performed a greater miracle than the miracles people are chasing after. You have no idea what other miracles could follow after the person you have shared the Gospel with surrenders their life to Jesus.

There is so much treasure in salvation. Most of the miracles people are chasing after are packaged in salvation.

Yet, in the same manner, as the people are pursuing miracles, and receiving them, they can receive salvation. This is because salvation like miracles is for all people regardless of their ethnicity, geographical location, social standings, religion etc.

The Bible in Titus 2 says,

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearance of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.”

Titus 2:11–14.

Tell somebody about Jesus today. You never know what miracles will happen to you and that person, but God’s grace is available for you.

“For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.”

1 Corinthians 1:21.

God bless you more!

Brokenness is the way to perfect love

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in loFear diverts us from the most powerful thing in life. Love. It hinders us from giving ourselves to the people we love. It prevents us from receiving the people who have opened themselves to us.

1 John 4:18.

We get betrayed all the time. Annoyed. Hurt. Disappointed. Humiliated. Heartbroken… By close friends. By the people we love and trust the most. By the people we open our hearts to.

How do you react to such treatments? Does your heart recoil onto itself in fear and hide so far so that you cannot even “hear” its beats. Does it close its doors from the outside world in self-protection so it doesn’t want to notice; so it doesn’t want to be noticed?

This isn’t the route to take. This way, you become an alive person outside, but a dead person inside.

Dead because, despite the survival boundaries and defence tactics you have developed for yourself, your heart is still bleeding in pain.

Your heart is still carrying the burden of your wound around with you and it is weighing you down so you can’t move forward. Your heart is still battling deep-seated bitterness and this is affecting the way you live.

Because like a shadow, your heart follows you wherever you go, fearful as it is.

Because you’re still suffering from the fear of not being with someone you would like to be with.

We can not live the abundant life Jesus brought us by running away from the ones we love. There is nowhere to run to; there is no one to run to.

It is only God’s love, embodied in Jesus Christ that can make us truly, purely and perfectly love. When we love Him with all our hearts, souls and minds.

Then we allow His love to flow inside us. When we’re full of this love to the extent that we experience an overflow, then love flows outside, into the lives of others.

When God’s love breaks us, love flows without force. Now we start to see ourselves clearly, the deeper truth in us. Not with our human senses, but with God’s eyes. We realize that we are all humans. Weak. Vulnerable. Fallible. Frail. Empty. Broken…

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, and irredeemable.”

C.S. Lewis.

Remember how Jesus was humiliated. Beaten. Spat on. Stripped. Yet, He stood there. Naked. Broken. Bleeding. Fearless. He said nothing; He did nothing.

He didn’t defend himself. He didn’t curse them. But He prayed for them, “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing”

“He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.”

Isaiah 53:7.

This is the way to go. To allow ourselves to be open. To be vulnerable. To be broken the more. Broken by God’s love so He can mend our broken hearts. This is the way to grow.

The way to heal is to forgive and let go. It is to be reconciled. The way to freedom is to allow Jesus to collect the broken pieces of your heart and fix them together.

You can not heal by trying to fix with your tactics. Jesus knows how to do it because He was also broken, but He overcame it.

“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”

Isaiah 53:4-5.

Thank you reading. God bless you more.

Hope that cannot disappoint

“But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

Isaiah 40:31.

We are all waiting for something in hope. Yet, the hope of non-believers is different from that of believers.

The hope of the world is based on humanistic efforts and wishes. Always waiting and chasing things that attract the eyes.

This hope can fail. It can be lost. It can disappoint. It can lead to despair and depression. It can lead to maladaptive behaviours when the wishes are not met. Because human efforts and wishes are limited.

Hopefully, the believer’s hope cannot be lost. It cannot disappoint. It cannot lead to despair. Because it is based on always waiting and seeking the one who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Jesus is our hope.

Only when we have Jesus we can truly rest. Rest in this hope. A rest that moves us to the next level.

Today we’re experiencing untold food shortages, famines, pandemics, and deaths… Commodity prices are skyrocketing. The cost of living is high. A majority of people are resorting to drugs, alcohol, even suicide and other maladaptive behaviours as a means of escape.

Born-again believers have hope that isn’t dictated by circumstances. Our hope is even bigger when we’re facing the worst of circumstances. Because circumstances change but Jesus, our hope never changes.

Beloved, don’t allow hopelessness to strike you so you won’t move to the next level. Conquer it by putting your hope in Jesus Christ.

I want to encourage somebody who’s waiting. Perhaps you’ve waited for so long that you’re about to drop the ball, perhaps you feel like fainting and you want to quit… Don’t quit. Don’t lose hope. Our faithful God doesn’t sleep nor slumber. He’s watching and hearing your prayers, your cry… He has the answer to all your needs.

“Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope.” 

Psalm 16:9.

God bless you indeed!