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.

We ought to obey God rather than men

“But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.”

Acts 5:29.

We often encounter situations in which we’re torn between obeying men and God. Our parents, leaders, mentors, employers… might demand that we do things that are contrary to God’s will. Should we obey them because God says we obey every authority? We can glean great lessons from Acts chapter 5.

After the apostles were warned to stop preaching in the name of Jesus, they preached the more. Even when they were put in prison and an angel of the Lord miraculously rescued them and instructed them to go and preach in the temple, they obeyed.

Like the apostles, servants of God ought to obey God who called them, instead of obeying men. Obedience to God’s instructions brings a way out of horrible situations. Don’t look at the current situation but the end result. Because nothing can stop God’s purpose for us.

What about disobedience? Disobedience to God’s instructions has dire consequences. One person who disobeyed God is Saul, only to face drastic consequences.

Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice. Now therefore, please pardon my sin, and return with me, that I may worship the Lord.” But Samuel said to Saul, “I will not return with you, for you have rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord has rejected you from being king over Israel.”

1 Samuel 15:24-26.

As servants of God, we should choose obeying God instead of doing things to please people. If we compromise God’s word to gain people’s approval, we’re going to miss out on what God intends to do through us. May we desire to always obey God rather than men. Amen.

Keep the faith.

Feed the spirit, starve the flesh

“We are what we eat” is a familiar saying whose truth is undeniable. Nutritionists and medics are always bombarding us with a plethora of dietary mantras. “Touch this…,  don’t eat this”…  And we always obey when it is in our capacity. We’re what we listen to as well.

Although feeding on a balanced diet is profitable to the body, it isn’t a guarantee that we’re always going to be healthy. We could be eating well but being eaten from the inside — by anxiety, stress, depression, heart brokenness, sin … maladies whose causes must be dealt with first. Consequently, the body’s response to a balanced diet becomes poor leading to ill health.

A holistic feeding approach should aim at balancing both the outside and the inside; we need to feed the spirit more than we feed the body. When the spirit is well fed, the body becomes healthy. Sadly, we sometimes starve the spirit as we feed the body, yet, the body grows weaker.

What we put into the spirit will choke and constipate us if it is obnoxious, or make us thrive if it is favourable. We feed the spirit on what we hear, read, and speak. It is the hearing, reading and speaking of the word of God that provides the spirit with spiritual food — the natural food doesn’t equal the spiritual.

Our auditory and optical sensors are always flooded by negative news from all directions. We hear about dreadful atrocities committed in the news every day. Evil is lurking around us in society. However, it is our choice to filter what to absorb into our spirits.

What are you feeding the spirit on? Junk or balanced diet? Is what you’re absorbing daily drawing you near the Father or it is pulling you further away?

Feeding the flesh is absorbing the negative stuff the world offers — the lust of the flesh, pride of life, the lust of the eyes … These will only nourish the flesh at the expense of the spirit. The outcome is poor health in all dimensions of life because the victim is far from God, the sole provider of spiritual food.

When we spend time listening to sermons and praise reports, reading the Bible and Christian content, meditating on God’s Word, praying and fasting… we’re feeding the spirit and starving the flesh. When the spirit is nourished and the flesh is famished, we flourish both physically and spiritually.

The power of spiritual food, as opposed to the natural, is well conveyed in Daniel’s chapter 1. Daniel and his colleagues who set themselves apart and declined to defile themselves with the king’s delicacies were found to be healthier than their counterparts who were daily feeding on those kingly treats. 

“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself… And at the end of ten days their features appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king’s delicacies. Thus the steward took away their portion of delicacies and the wine that they were to drink, and gave them vegetables.”

Daniel 1-16.

There are countless alluring king’s delicacies the ruler of this world (satan) has put on display. Believers in Jesus Christ must set themselves apart and choose not to defile themselves with the delicacies of this world. We will miss out on the benefits of spiritual food if we mix worldly affairs with Godliness because worldliness will hinder the operation of the word in our lives.

Fellow Christians, let’s always stay connected to the vine (Jesus) — the source of spiritual delicacies. It is from the vine where we’re going to absorb all the nutrients for our spiritual growth. Because Jesus came to bring abundant life — to set the captives free, to heal the heartbroken, to make the poor rich… And without Him, we can do nothing.

Enjoy your meal!