If you don’t expose yourself in to the teaching of Godly instructions that are based on the Bible, you will not have the ability to conceive faith on the Lord.

The last and most important thing is don’t step away from the will of God for your life because something bad has happened to you or someone you love. 

The Bible doesn’t promise you that you will not be persecuted and pass though extreme hardship in this life. But it specifically instructs you and me to be faithful even up to death.

Yes bad things can happen to good people but the Lord will change everything for the better. Cannot blame everything on God. We need to take responsibility and it is not to the best of his interest that we suffered.

It is for our benefit and for the glory of God for He will revenge His enemies all at once and rescue our faith eventually. God will not allow the destruction of his children unless we are the one who are walking away from him. 

Even on the worst case, He evidently follows us where ever we go and always hope to see us coming to Him with repentance. A father’s loving embrace is always there to consider as a wise person.

Jesus stretched His hand on the cross and died the death of the sinner. If He can die for you, He can forgive all of your sins. That is the definition of Love. You can’t beat that!

And they overcame him (the devil) because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives even when faced with death.

But don’t be afraid, he who is with us is greater than he who is against us. Jesus is greater than all the power of the evil combined. So relax! Don’t Panic! He didn’t forget about you. But once He finished dealing with them, he will come to take you to heaven to live with him forever where there is no more sorrow or pain. All of the tears of your eyes, will be wiped away. Your fears will be terminated. Your sickness completely be healed. Your joy will be fulfilled!

"I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.” -  Deuteronomy 30:19 

 Only a fool would say, “There is no God!” People like that are worthless; they are heartless and cruel    and never do right. - Psalm 14: 1




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        Tewodros    |    Sep. 8, 2014     | 1,892 Views    |   
 

My dear his love is still alive in me. He is something that cannot be replaced with anything. His love never changes forerver. The Bible defines my spiritual identity and who I am in Christ. It is the main channel of communication with my God and my Lord.

When I was too little to face the big world, the Bible was the only Book that gives me confidence and courage. When I was trembling out of fear whether out of sin or out of less of experience, it gives me power to rise up again and to try.

Yes now a days you may find such kind of confidence through social media channels and inspirational videos. But they will not save souls out of the mouth of the evil. When death was very near to take me down the path of darkness; When my soul was about to be destroyed by the arrogance of the wicked; When sickness took me by surprise and eat my flesh piece by piece; My dear moved from the heavens ,he restored my soul, and  renewed my strength to my bones.

When my soul was soaked in the ocean of darkness and hate and betrayal, my dear gave me light and blessed my soul with the joy of the Holy Spirit. So please don’t tell me the Bible is fiction since it is not, not even close. It is the living word of God whom I believe the most.

It was there before all things were created and will be there after each one is gone. I don’t know why the godless find such a hint of lie from the devil such compelling. The devil will whisper the sound of hesitation and disbelief to us so that we should abandon our faith for good.

Why do we find the courage to believe his lies instead of the Lord’s truth? It is always his word against the Lord’s. You may be entitled to believe whatever you want in this world. But choose life, my dear. Please don’t be deceived and lead your steps to destruction. And I have a message for you if you don’t believe in the Bible.

Why do you forsake the love of God that is always ready to help you when you are in trouble? It is absolutely easy to deny him when everything is going smoothly. You may think this will continue as it is for long and you don’t have to worry about anything.

If you believe trusting God is only useful for the sake of living a good life, you are absolutely wrong. Believing in God is not only useful in this world but also for the coming world. When all the sensations and the passions to this world is gone. When all you have followed in this life is passed away. There is still hope in the Lord if you believe in Jesus.

Why do you let the Lord step away while he doesn't put himself as an option? The matter of choosing him is the choice between life and death. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of his presence in our lives. Even if many false pastors and deacons had already let me him go while they are caught up with their religious activity; Even many the so called ‘prophets’ betrayed the Lord and endangered the faith of others, this is the time we should diligently keep our faith for the time of the coming of the Lord is very near.

God has put a choice on our hand. If we believe him and follow him, we will do our selves a great fever and we will escape from the second death. If we don’t follow him, the devil will consume us like a fire and we wouldn’t able to fight back our freedom once the time is up and the gates to life are closed.

You have time today and no assurance for tomorrow . Yes, many were able to predict the future with so and so probability. But no one knows about tomorrow. Tomorrow is not ours. 

Wake up from your slumbering and the Lord will shine his face on you when you come to him.  Don't waste your life in vain and finish it without finding for yourself what this pure love and joy means in this life.

I beg you and plead to you, you stop being foolish and believe the creater of the heavens and earth and his son whom he has given for the sake o you and me. Marriage will not save. No matter how good person you are, you will not enter the kingdom of God.

Entering the kingdom of God is only given to those whose filthiness of sin is washed away by the blood of the Lamb according to Reveltions 22: 14

Reveltions 22: 14: Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city. 

Blessed are those who believe without seeing for faith doesn’t come by seeing but by continual listening and reading from the word of God.

Psalm 91:1

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High

will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,

my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you

from the fowler’s snare

and from the deadly pestilence.

He will cover you with his feathers,

and under his wings you will find refuge;

his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

You will not fear the terror of night,

nor the arrow that flies by day,

nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,

nor the plague that destroys at midday.

A thousand may fall at your side, 

ten thousand at your right hand,

but it will not come near you.

You will only observe with your eyes

and see the punishment of the wicked.

He will call on me, and I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble,

I will deliver him and honor him.

With long life I will satisfy him

and show him my salvation.”

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”

and you make the Most High your dwelling,

no harm will overtake you,

no disaster will come near your tent.

For he will command his angels concerning you

to guard you in all your ways;

they will lift you up in their hands,

so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

You will tread on the lion and the cobra;

you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

“Because heb loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;

I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.



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        Tewodros    |    Sep. 5, 2014     | 1,997 Views    |   
 


Many men and women of God in the Bible felt the feeling of anger. Mosses and Elisha are examples for this. Mosses didn’t have to break the stone tablets in which the ten commandments of God were written. He was compeled to do it when he saw the Israelites sinning and worshiping idols instead of the most fearsome God while he was away for a while to receive the 10 commandments from God. Elisha cursed those children who had called him baldy and they all died by an attack from wild animal.

And as we see on the Bible 2 Kings 5, Elisha was so much angry that he cursed Gehazi to get Naaman skin disease since Ghazi got what he wanted using Elisha’s name as a means of begging. 

The causes of all these angers have a good root in the Word of God and are meant to be holy anger.

That is why the Bible tells us to be angry in fact fiercely angry burning for the righteousness of God and his holy temple. Jesus was angry when he saw those people doing business in God’s temple. He became so angry that he forcefully made everyone  to leave who was doing business and threw away anything out that shouldn’t belong inside God’s house.


All of these instances show holy anger and there is nothing wrong to be angry. What makes it wrong is the wrong decision we take after we become angry. Those unwholesome things we say and we do. Those terrible things we do onto others without the consent of God. Those extremely unnecessary things we lean our heart in to out of frustration and desperation.

It is true that we will force to do these things unless we take self-control and come to our real selves. This doesn’t mean that we should get angry for every little things we experience every day.

This doesn’t mean that we need to be hot and defensive and unkind to others when they offend us a little bit. The things we do and we think should be meant for the benefit of others and not for us.

What we do should be to please God and not our selves. Our God is able to analyze and finally judge our motives for anger and our actions we take against that.

When Paul summarize everything in one verse, he said

Ephesians 4:26 - Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath

This means that we shouldn’t let the devil take advantage of the situation that we are angry on loved once. He knows how to snatch them and that is when you are very angry and do something really unnecessary to do or say something that will really break their heart.

Hence they may think what you say is true and that they have no favor in your eyes. They may feel unloved and they may think you as inconsiderate and selfish person who cannot understand other people who make contributions to a common good.

So it is ok to get angry once in a while depending on the importance of the matter and become hot and passionate about things that is of the kingdom of God.

But it is not on our favor when we stay angry for a long time that others may think they are not loved and cared for when they needed it most.

We are living in a very dynamic world where things don’t stay the same the way we expect them to be.

Children grow very fast and as parents we have to adopt ourselves to that.

Wife or husbands may have gone through serious physiological, psychological and spiritual changes and we need to be always there for them no matter what changes they are going through.

These are verses in the Bible that we should learn from and change from our way of getting angry:

Ephesians 4:31 - Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

Colossians 3:8 - But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communiction out of your mouth.

Colossians 3:21 - Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.



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        Tewodros    |    Sep. 2, 2014     | 2,174 Views    |   
 

In ths life, we may not have seen any other form of feelings and state of mind that weakens the immunity to sin other than this wild, ablazing, agitating kind of feeling known as anger. It causes too much problem for a christian who is separated to live a life of righteousness in Christ. Most of the sins that christians commit are related one way or another to anger. I cannot recall any of the transgressions I have made without feeling anger in me. 

The big question is why do we still feel angry after receiving all of the blessings of Love of God gave it to us through Christ? God gave us a beautiful gift that is more precious than anything in life. He gave us his son’s life.

So much anger needs so much work. Anger needs conversion as in energy transformation in to some other form of energy that is useful for us. Anger seems to have more controlling power than anything in people lives even adultery or any other sin. God gave the most precious gift who is Jesus who is full of love and compassion. After all of that, still we can feel inside a burning flame of anger.

This doesn’t mean we are hateful to any body. No... at least for a while..Of course we do love our brothers and sisters as our own flesh and blood. We know we have no problem with that. But this anger we have can go after and destroy everything we did and possibly what we will do in the future. Is it possible to get over with it once and for all?

Before answering that let’s ask our selves why are we even angry in the first place? I believe we are angry for everything and every wrong thing that has happened in our lives. I don’t know if it is because of our bad friends, family members or us or God. But we will feel this strong desire to destroy everything we build and if we do not deal with our anger quickly, things would and could happen in our lives that we will regreat latter.

Anger is a very distracive attitude we have and it is very dangerous if it is not dealt with in its earliest stages. Major failures we have in our lives are one of the reasons we feel angry inside. Well I guess there is no one who lives to this day without experiencing a great failure. We all have failed one way or another at some point of our lives and we will continue to fail. It is all natural. 

It is also possisble that someone has caused us a lot of grief that we have to pay someones wrong actions by living a sorrowful life the rest of our lives. This is also one way of living unhappy life that could have a huge impact in our lives.

Do you know that if anger is converted to hate then it will be equivaliet to murder? Now we may feel we are not murderers at all and we will never be one. How can anybody expect us to be a murderer? Right? Well it could be wrong.. kind of.. why? Because the word of God specifically teaches us that if any body for what so ever reason hates his brother, he is a murderer already.

It always amazes me the deapth of the wisdom of God that is preseneted in the word of God.

1 John 3:15 - Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal lives residing in him.

The word of God is telling us that murder or any other sin is conceived and executed in the heart first. Then the acutal implementation will take place lattter. So when a person is filled with bitterness and anger, there is a good chance that it will take a higher form of sin called hate which is equvalent to death. So why do we even bother to go that path - the path to destruction?

You may say, “… but where shall I put this anger that has come to me for the reason of so many disappointments and failures. What can I do with it?”

We also know that it is going to hurt somebody if it gets a little time. So we have to remove it as soon as possible where ever possible in to deserted and isolated area where no body gets hurt.

p>Well according to the enemy’s persecution statements, we have been accused of adulatary, disrespecting God’s name among the non-belivers. He already accused us of abusing the gifts we get from the Lord- abusing of energy, abusing of time, abusing of many wonderful opportunities, abusing of money.

Most of all he has accused us of not respecting the Almighty and not to fear him accoridningly. He accused us of unfaithfullness -  in all of these things I mentioned above. 

And it comes to God’s attention that we did all of this sinful things – sexual immoralities – and may be God literally starts to take some actions on us. It could be manifested with so much barreness lateley all because he abandoned us. So much disgrace so much failures and so much sorrow because of these. For this reason we might feel more angry once more again.

Most of all, this process continues and it doesn’t look like it has an end as more anger causing factors are introduced in to our lives together with the previous ones. 

Even we will be the most successful person in the world, but we still be angry. Even every gate of evil doors are broken, but we still be angry. Something our anger has no end like the ocean.

It is like a thirst that never gets satisfed. Like a great fire that ablazes more when you add little water on it. May be it will never end till he comes. Only Jesus can take all of that hurt and take away all the bitterness. Only he can wash away the wounds with his wounds and the pain with his pain.

That is why his flesh was broken and his blood was drained from him drop by drop in the cross so that we may be forgiven  out of our infirmites bit by bit and little by little. The blood of Jesus is still fresh not only to cleanses us from the guilt of sin but also takes away the pain and misery we have been dealing with all the days of our lives.

All it takes is a little bit of trust and the leap of faith. 

We have also mentioned the issue of energy conversion to change the anger in to some form of good work. It could be helping the needy or do other good samaritan work. With a great level of obedience, I am confident that the Lord will make every bad thing that is already happened in our lives change to a good thing. For many, now is the time to celebrate and enjoy the moment while we feel sorrow. But things will change and we will feel happy and joyful like them because we already fix our eyes on the Lord.

It is a good thing to see both the evil and the good as one is defined in relation to the other. Devil is a very smart one. He has caused all the problems and still he is the one accusing us of doing the bad thing. We are tested like gold is tested with fire but if we do our job faithfully with all our heart, temptaion will set apart from us. We will build our nestes on the cliefs of  the highest mountains where no evil can touch us or our familes, in Jesus Name, Amen.

Related scriptures in the Bible..

Romans 2:8- He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. 

1 Corinthians 13:5- But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger

2 Corinthians 12:20  - Love... It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs

Ephesians 4:26 - For I am afraid that when I come I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be. I fear that there may be quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, factions, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder

Ephesians 4:31- "In your anger do ot sin" [ Psalm 4:4] : Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. 

Colossians 3:8 - Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice

1 Timothy 2:8 - But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips

Hebrews 3:11 - I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing

Psalm 95:7-11 - So I declared on oath in my anger, 'They shall never enter my rest.'

Hebrews 4:3 - Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, "So I declared on oath in my anger, 'They shall never enter my rest.' "  

Hebrews 11:27 - By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king's anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible 

James 1:20 - For man's anger does not bring about the righteous lives that God desires.


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        Tewodros    |    Sep. 1, 2014     | 2,600 Views    |   
 

Passion is the motivation and energy that drives you to something you want to do in life. It is also the enthusiasm that makes your life easy to live together with other people. Your spouse is the next good thing that is given to you after you have born again. Jesus Christ is the greatest gift that is given and will be given to mankind. How passionate are you for your spouse? 

Your spouse is not only your delight and joy in Christ but also s/he is the passion of your life to do anything. S/he is there for you to motivate you to do what you are called to do in life. When your wife or husband dreams big things, don’t get surprised because that is what they are created for. 

That is how they are designed to meet and fulfill you. That is how they inspire and make you do more things that you never thought you will do. The other part of this is not a good story. When woman/man instigate his/her spouse to do something bad, s/he will do something that s/he never thought she would do it.

The story in the Bible illustrates this idea in a clear manner. We see in the Bible that a woman called Jezebel plotted the murder of an innocent person, Naboth, by deceiving her husband, Ahab, into the manners of her evils. The Bible teaches us a great lesson here that there was never anyone like Ahab, who sold himself to do evil in the eyes of the Lord, urged on by Jezebel his wife.  Please read the full story in the Bible at 1 Kings 21

So it is more dangerous if we look at the negative side of it. But as Christians we have to resist all the temptation of the devil and focus on the positive part all the time. So be wise when you allow your spouse to guide you. Do not allow his/her emotions take control of your destiny. 

Feelings are for a while but the truth will remain for eternity. That is how s/he is motivating you to do your job that will make it a lot easier. But how are you motivated yourself to see her/him every day by your side. Your passion towards her/him shows your love in everything you do to her/him . Yes, s/he is the sparkles of your eyes and the love of your life. So every time you see her/him, look in to her/his eyes tell her/him you really love her/him no matter what. 

Passion is not something you will get simply by default. You have to work around and take some steps to be passionate. The passion you have for your spouse is that you may please your spouse in everything s/he needs support from you.

Sometimes this is not easy to do. But if you have to keep your family with you, you have to pay some sacrifices. Always even the worst thing that could happen to your family, it would be easily avoided by being the one who gives the most to the marriage for its happiness. Without sacrifices here and there, there won’t be extended happiness and joy in the house. Be the one who will always take offences and disappointments in case there appears to be one, not the one who creates them.

May God bless you for keeping your part of the covenant of your marriage! May god bless your marriage and family in Jesus name! Amen!

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        Tewodros    |    Aug. 29, 2014     | 1,926 Views    |   
 

Sometimes we may ask ourselves questions like “are conflicts in marriage normal? Are conflicts an indication that we don’t love our spouses? Is it better to say few words than to speak many? Why when we speak a lot of words do we find ourselves in conflict with others?”

Conflicts with our spouses with no question can mess up our day. Conflicts can happen if we fail to make our spirit in alignment with others. If you are not one in the spirit by praying, there will be a lot of conflicts during the day. 

But then that is not the end the world. We can always solve our conflicts if we are willing to deal with them with the right attitude. It is never late to be humble and ask for an apologies that could possibly fix what went wrong. 

You need to see for yourself if that works. Ask different questions and explain what you are really trying to speak. Always don’t try to make a point on your own. We should make ultimate decision praying together to God. You don’t have to explain every little detail of the process of your decision. That will make you free from a lot of problems. 

In these last days, we have to walk with wisdom. Wisdom is not wickedness. Wisdom is the truth and the way of life. Therefore let us not hurt our relationship by taking the wrong decision. Always consult with the Spirit of Jesus, the wisdom of God, Holy Spirit and he will guide you the path to peace and rest.

For instance, your wife/husband may see something unfinished that you have started and s/he may not like it at all. And s/he might pressure you to stop it. But it is your beautiful gift to him/her and you don’t want to stop. So in that case you kind of hide what is for him/her just for the time being. 

A good example is when Abraham was asked to submit his son as a sacrifice to God he didn’t consult with flesh and blood. He decided to do it and that was considered as righteousness.  

When God asks you to do something important, do not consult with flesh and blood. You have to do it immediately and you and your family will be blessed for generations. On the other hand, when you speak every little bit of actions you take, there might be a disagreement between you and your spouse and latter you will not able to complete the task. 

It is much better to take individual responsibilities and come to a common decision when it is time and very important to do so. This is not to throw away the importance of communication. Remember talking always has its pros and cons. 

The advantage is it actually put your spouse in the place where he/she can involve in every decision making of your marriage. Hence, it is much better to fight in the right way about an issue before it is too late to act. But then the disadvantage is you cannot possible agree on every aspect of the matter and disagreement leads to fight and fight will lead to misunderstanding of words which turn to quarrel and then you will make a lot of mess as they say, "speak when you angry and you will speak the best speech you will ever regret."

Respect the covenant that you are in. Help and be there for those who desperately seek your help. Consider yourself in their shoes and walk with humbleness of the heart. Do not assume yourself more than who you are. You have been privileged and given every opportunity to help. Don’t forget that. Even if some times people might want to take advantage of the things you have. They are not feeling well that you are what you are. 

They don’t even want to believe that God gives grace for the humble. But your main calling and the motive should be to help and to reach out to others. When you are lifted by grace, there is a good possibility of somebody getting jealous. Jealousy is a big problem when someone wants what is in you not in a positive way. 

You may envy someone in a positive way and want to change. But you may want to put him down and you want to rise. That is not a good thing. God has mentioned that we shouldn’t neglect others when they desperately need our help. 

Love and help your enemy when they are in great distress. God will answer you when you are in distress.

The life of David and other men and women of God are the best example to teach us about loving our enemy. EventThe Lord specifically instructs us to do so. That is all for our benefits. For one thing, we don’t know nothing about judgment compered to God. Secondly, you will never go wrong with love. Love eats up every work of evilness in our lives.

We need to also love, give priority and help our family first. Your first priority is your own family and then you parents. Your own families you can’t get rid of them from your life since they are your own flesh and blood. When others mock you and put you down, when only what they want is your failure, your family will always be there for you to get your back. When all you have worked for all your life be gone, they will be there with you if you treat them with love and respect as you suppose to.

Bad people attack you envying what God has done in your life. They want to reach there and don’t know what is going on behind. Only the mercy of God and the love of God can lift one up. Your friends can turn in to your worst night mare. All this because what God has done in your life. 

In conclusion, conflicts should not be taken as the worst thing that could happen in our lives. They are an indication that there is some important and urgent matter in our relationships we need to deal with love and go on with our lives. After all they could be an indication of passion, love and affection for one another but expressed in a wrong way. If words have so much power to put the light in our marriage off , then they do have the same power to put the light back on with words spoken with love, humility and patience.

There won’t be enough space on this page to exhaustively mention the importance of humility instead of pride to solve conflicts but here are some related scriptures from the Bible:

Romans 12:3 - For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 

Matthew 23:12 - Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. 

Proverbs 15:33 -The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor. 

Proverbs 11:2 - When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom. 

Psalm 25:9 - He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. 

1 Peter 5:6 - Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 

Galatians 1:16 -But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother's womb and called me through His grace, was pleased 16to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with flesh and blood, 17nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went away to Arabia, and returned once more to Damascus.

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        Tewodros    |    Aug. 28, 2014     | 1,847 Views    |   
 



3 things in life that never come back when gone: 
-Time 
-Words 
-Opportunity 
 
3 things in life that should never be lost: 
-Peace 
-Hope 
-Honesty 
 
3 things in life that are most valuable: 
-Love 
-Faith 
-Prayer 
 
3 things that make a person: 
-Hardwork 
-Sincerity 
-Commitment 
 
3 things that can destroy a person: 
-Lust 
-Pride 
-Anger 
 
3 things in life that are constant: 
-Change 
-Death 
-God 
 
3 people who love you and who will never leave you alone: 
- The Father 
- The Son 
- The Holy Spirit 
 
I asked God for these three things: 
- To bless you 
- To guide you 
- To ALWAYS protect you 
 
 
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        Fasika    |    Aug. 27, 2014     | 2,250 Views    |   
 


Family is the most important gift given to human beings next to God giving his son for the sin of the world. Staying together and making friends and families is what is in everyone’s heart. We are created to relate and to socialize. 

Even God wanted out of his good will to relate with us through Christ. He created us so that he can communicate and have a relationship with. That is why he created Adam in his likeness. The term likeness would mean someone who you can relate and communicate with. We are designed and created to worship and have intimate relationship with the almighty God. 

Eve was created to make Adam completed. Eve was the one Adam was looking for to communicate and live with. Before she comes he was lonely but not alone. He was with all the creature of the heavens but he didn’t find comfort from inside. God wanted a fellowship and he created Adam. Adam needs companion (helper) and God created for him Eve. Eve was his mate in everything. God didn’t want a helper. But Adam did. That is what the Bible teach us,

Genesis 1:26 - And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

All of these things lead us in to understanding the importance of relationship especially marital relationship. But the thing is due to the nature of our heart and lack of knowledge, we tend to misuse this blessed and beautiful gift that is given to us from God. We have modified it so that it will conform our selfish desires. We get in to unnecessary form of relationship just to satisfy our selves but not thinking for others. What are you going to do with your marriage?

How are we going to treat the gift that God has given us? How are we going to treat the gift of God that is our marriage? We are love donors and receptors in terms of the nature of relationship we have with our wife/husband.

Woman/Men has to give themselves for their husband/wife completely. Woman are care/love givers to their husband and child. They need a lot of attention and protection from their man. You shouldn’t be amazed if your wife expects something from you.

The woman expects something from her husband and that is care and affection. Husbands need love and respect from their wife. They need to be recognized as leaders to serve and lead their family in the right direction.

Women expect something from their man. They need husbands to take care of them that is the expression of their love for them. If we understand how these things work and apply it to our marriage then we will be successful in our marriage.

Finding the woman/man that God has prepared for us before we were born is a real deal. Is there something like, the real woman/husband? Yes. Do you believe in fate and destiny? 

Do you believe in purpose rather than having just anything or anyone? God has all of this for you. He is a God who created the waters before he created the creature that lives in the waters. So he has something for you that will allow you for a proper functioning of you. 

That is for you to find him and his will. But then the next important task is to find your help met. I am telling you, you will be as half successful as you will be if you don’t have the right helper that God created for you. It is not easy as it looks like. 

And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper for him. Genesis 2:18

What is God’s will in finding our lives time companion and the love of our lives? What is drawing us together in forming a relationship with one another? What makess one feel bad can make one happy. But anger will cause more problems. We all do mistakes. We all offend somebody at some point. It is much beter if we are taking care of each other’s feelings with respect. It is not always possible to extend with love especially when we are not ok ourselves. 

If we are not praying without seizing there will be the time we make others feel bad. Prayer will make us one with God. Prayer with your husband or wife will make you one together with God. A little bit of bitterness can sour the whole relationship. We all have that little thing to be closed to outside and being very much unreachable and untouchable. 

This is when we get very much offended or a little bit touched. When you are in love, you expect a lot from the one you are in love with. You don’t mind others just ignore you or become careless. But you don’t expect these things from someone who is your special. 

When thigs like this happen, why don’t we try to communicate and solve the issue before they really hurt us? They say men don’t just talk about it. That is the nature of men. That is how they have been designed. If men can really talk their issue when there is a problem, then things can be much easier. That is why we have to be always open to solve what is baffling us before it is too late.

In conclusion, if the purpose of our marriage is to serve the Lord with all the strength we got, then we are on the right path. Don’t waste all your energy on something that is not worth of all your efforts. This doesn’t mean scientists and physicians are out of the plan of God. We all are created to be talented with something. 

Most importantly passion is all we need to become the person God created us to be. The purpose of marriage has to be seen in light of are we going to exalt God and make him known to generations? Or are we going to simply live life for ourselves and not even care for the house of God. When God gives you a family of your own, he needs you also to build other broken families.

When God bless you with children of your own, he needs you to educate and raise other children to maturity with the wisdom that comes with your family. God wanted us to continue educating our family as well as others.

The wisdom that comes with the Spirit of the Lord in actually living the life he wanted us to live, will make us understand his will in life. Then through this medium of communication, we will be able to tell his wonders from generation to generation and his mercy and kindness from everlasting to everlasting.

Praise God for giving us such wonderful gift with huge responsibilty. Please give us wisdom to understand and utilize the purpose of our marriage and as how to handle our relationship for the sake of your glory in Jesus Name!



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        Fasika    |    Aug. 26, 2014     | 3,115 Views    |   
 

Trust is one of the most important issue in any kind of relationship. There is of course a good relationship between love and trust. You don’t trust no one unless you fall in love. Trust is the key when it comes to establishing a strong relationship with your spouse. 

If you do not trust her or him, the love you have will be questioned. In fact the greatest treasure one can have next to love is trustworthiness. Are you trusted in the heart of your spouse? Is your spouse trusted in your heart? These are the questions you need to answer before you even think about forming long time relationships.

You may like your friend but if you don’t trust him/her, it is not complete love. When you completely fall in love, you will surrender your self as a gift for one another. Now the very basic thing that temptation will bring upon you is the same thing you have trusted.

Temptation is a questioning thought on the trust you have for one another with question like, “Would she do that if she really loves you?” or “Why would he do that if he cares for you?” If you agree to such kind of temptation that put your trust in bad state, then you will have difficulty to continue in the relationship. There will always be a time where you would feel neglected and rejected and unloved and untrusted in any kind of relationship with others. 

What is the difference between love and trust? So when you take a good care of your spouse by being nice to her/him doing what he/she likes the most is love. Trust is the part that continues when love seems to stop. If you answer to your bad thoughts about the doubts and negative feelings, that is love and it takes your true love to trust him/her. So what is the medicine for all the discomfort? You see life is too short to spend all of your time trying to figure out what makes him or her not trustworthy. 

There is nothing so devastating that put unbelief and a sense of untrustworthiness in the heart of your wife or husband than disbelief. If you spell out for your spouse that she/he is not trustworthy, then that by itself has the potential to force her/him to be one. Sometimes what makes her/him faithful to you is the level of trust you are building in your spouse’s life. Therefore do not underestimate the power of trust. 

Even when things look like a little fishy and they don’t even make sense; when you feel discomfort and something overpowers you just to put away all the trust; please don’t go to that road and bother your marriage potentially with the ideas of the wicked.

But all of these don’t contradict the fact that you need to be aware of everything that is going on around your family and always pray for your spouse for things bothering him/her. The same way devil comes to you to deceive and to steal and to take away, it will come to other members of the family also.

Therefore as a person who has full authority given by God on the issues of the house, every responsibility to protect and guard the family with prayer is on you. So when the time comes that you feel something going on, it is time to kneel down and pray.

Trust has to be there in your relationship especially in marriage. If you already make a promise that you will always love and trust your spouse, please fulfill this promise by doing so.

Most of all we want to be pure and clean in the eyes of God and not men. We want to glorify his name. Marriage doesn’t start at the time of wedding. Marriage starts when two people man and woman, fall in love and make a covenant with God to be one.

God makes the two one by blessing their relationship and their house. If God is not with them that is the beginning and the end of it. Not the sound of thousands of people shouting at the wedding makes one wedding a marriage.

Not even the pastor or the quire makes it true if the Spirit of the Lord is not in that place. But when the Lord blessed your marriage, no evil force as the power to stand your marriage.

In conclusion, let us be faithful to our God by trusting our spouse and by becoming trustworthy for them. 

Marriage is a wonderful gift from God. Therefore let us be thankful and preserve it with all the expense and sacrifices so that we shall be rewarded at the end. God is the creator and the judge of our marriage that He will not only support us in times of trouble but also ask us what we did with our marriage at the end. May God bless you for reading this blog! 

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. -1 Corinthians 13:4-7

He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord. - Proverbs 18:22 

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, - Ephesians 5:25-33 


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        Fasika    |    Aug. 25, 2014     | 2,593 Views    |   
 

God says on Hose, ‘my people are destroyed because of lack of knowledge’. He didn’t say lack of grace. He didn’t say lack of money or love.

Can you imagine how important it is to be in the truth? When the light of his word shines upon your face, no evil force can stand in front of you. You problems will be gone like a wind. Now the only way he can teach you adequately is not through mere reading but through revelation of his word through his spirit.

Every now and then we found ourselves short of the revelation of the word of God.  Sometimes we make ourselves busier than we ought to be. We tend to be completely unavailable and unreachable to the Spirit of the Lord and yet we expect to see results in all areas of our lives.

The fact is if we deprive ourselves the knowledge that comes from the word of God, we couldn’t accumulate enough wisdom to resist temptation and lead our lives in the right way that the Lord wanted us to lead.

The most important thing is we can’t blame God or someone else when the problems arrive. The excuse to say that we are unaware of the circumstance and unaware of the will of God is not acceptable once we fall short of the protection of God

God is an awesome God. He has prepared the road map of our salvation, richness, happiness and joy in his word. He has also given his Spirit so that the ordinary man can understand the word that comes the mouth of an extraordinary and magnificent God.

We don’t have any reason not to be affected by his love and mercy extended to us through the Lord Jesus Christ. We don’t have any reason not to read his word and not to be comforted by his Spirit.

So brothers and sister in Christ, please let us spend each and every precious moment with the Lord through his word and Spirit. He will help us accumulate enough knowledge and wisdom to faithfully serve him with all we have got and pass it to our children, the next generation to come.

May God overflow the love of reading the Bible every day and establish a committed relationship with him through Christ in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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        Fasika    |    Jul. 10, 2014     | 2,276 Views    |   
 

Our emotions are our guiding checking points of our lives. Whenever we feel angry we will soon understand that there is something going on that needs the interference of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We see that with out dealing with our emotions according to the word of God and the conviction of the Holy Ghost, we will not head in to the right direction.


If we are not reading the Bible daily, we will not have enough knowledge that will lead us to the right direction. When we were under the slavery of sin, we will do everything that the devil has demanded from us. We will not have enough power but to take everything that our temporarily feelings has caused us to feel.

We are easily angered and we don’t have enough power to resist the devil temptations or that of the flesh’s desire. Once we are saved by the grace of God and baptized with Holy Ghost, it is completely opposite of what we used to feel. We no longer feel the urge of committing the sin we used to do. We are completely healed from it.

We are emotional beings and that doesn’t necessary mean it is bad. There is a time where our emotions like a sixth sense tell us to completely get away from a disaster about to come . Yes, when the Spirit of the Lord touches our spirit and indicate there is harm in our way; we tend to feel what is to come in our emotions. We fear a little bit we trouble and get angry in other words they are giving a sign of something is about to begin that is unusual to us.

The other side of this is when we tend to be carried away to listen and stick to our emotions when it could be a false alert. There is a little evidence that our emotions don’t lie to us. The truth is we are not sure what others are thinking and we are also clue less whether or not they could harm us.

So our emotions are our guidelines but not our final remarks to make decisions. Sometimes we become too much embittered and we don’t know what to do after we got some sense of negative feelings. Well I know for sure that if we follow that then that will be the end of everything.

When the moment is filled with bitter emotions and we are victims of our feelings. When things do not look right or we don’t feel it in more pleasant way. There is still plenty of time and energy in us that will make us flee from our emotions and get on track.

Instead of our deepest fears and emotional imbalances, if we focus on the grace and love that the Lord is pouring in to our spirit, we will have a humble experience and can lead to the right direction.


What has our reasoning to do with our feelings?
Our thoughts is our way of reasoning and is the ability to make a sound decision. It is the ability to communicate well and in a positive manner. It is to be a well-educated person who can understand nature very well. It is something you can work on daily basis.

Something you can learn and exercise like you exercise your muscles. This is all about your mind. All about logic, moral issues, science. It has nothing to do with your feelings. Is it good to reason, which is to think logically and reasonably, without incorporating your feelings? Is it good to be a sensible person in the first place? Are there these kinds of people or both?

A person who uses his feelings to reach to a decision is called an artist. An artist gives great value to his feelings rather than his reasoning ability. What is the value of art and what is the value of science. How can one relate to the other? How much one can effect on the other. Can they exist together for example on a single phenomenon?

Can one like one and have no clue on another? Science is in the details. Art is on the presentation. Science makes the inside and art make the outside. The science of an ocean is how the molecules are made. What combination of elements makes what we know as water. In what percentage do molecules occur in a singlop? What is its reaction to the outside world? The art of an ocean is in its presentation. How we can persevere its blue nature. How it goes with the blue sky and the living creatures in it. The beuty of the beach and the waves and many more. We can feel the beauty of the ocean but can’t describe it as a science.

It is there in our heart to explain its true nature but cannot find any word except to say it is beautiful. We all have the potential to be an artist or a scientist. God is our creator and he made as like him in his image that is the image of personality, creativity, reasoning, learning, admiration, judgment. 



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        Tewodros    |    Jul. 9, 2014     | 2,309 Views    |   
 

 

The secret behind the son of God is revealed on Isiah 52:13 as the man who is so miserable that no one would love his face. He became stranded lost in the wilderness finding the lost considering himself no more than a sheep let alone God.

 

He put one thing in his mind that is to suffer the suffering of the oppressed and to offer comfort for those who are in need. All of this is not figuratively speaking. This is the true life of Jesus when he came to find us.  

 

He became lonely, destitute, helpless and homeless lest we should be fatherless. He drank the penalty of our sin without hesitation which is death. When he came to seek us, all of us were going our own ways living our own life. But knowing the path we choose to destruction, we didn't seek him but yet he pursue us until he found us.

But even when he gasped the pain of death, we didn't consider him worthy of our pursuit.   We thought for ourselves he is reaping what he saw and considered him not more than someone who do wrong. Yet there was no evil found in him. He was innocent in all accounts and there was no guilt found in him on earth as well as on heaven.  

 

The story didn't end there. His father in him he trust most had raised him from the dead and gave him an everlasting kingdom and glory with whomever Jesus has interceded and accept him as the savior of their soul.  

The reason is because he didn’t consider himself as equal as God when he took the face of a servant and doesn’t compare himself with God but he humbles himself before God taking a flesh that is in likeness of his children that he saved. 

 

God having seen Jesus who took the face of a servant glorified him above everything on earth and above earth. The name of Jesus is the rock of our salvation for those who come to him and hide themselves from wicked things of the world not to dishonor God.   

 

Isaiah 52:13
The Lord says:
    My servant will succeed!
He will be given great praise
    and the highest honors.
Many were horrified
    at what happened to him.
But everyone who saw him
    was even more horrified
because he suffered until
    he no longer looked human.
My servant will make
nations worthy to worship me;
    kings will be silent
    as they bow in wonder.
They will see and think about
things
they have never seen
    or thought about before.

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        Tewodros    |    Jul. 8, 2014     | 5,617 Views    |   
 

When we are no longer wanted to go by the ways of the Lord, we will be given onto our evil desires. And ours own thoughts will be our enemies. We search for the scrambled pieces of our lives all over the places; we found it deeply rooted in to the things that are very important to our lives. 

Love in Christ is stronger than anything I ever experienced. Sometime we are trying to punish ourselves due to the buried venom deep in to our body and soul which is the greatest sorrow of all time.

There is nothing painful like it, nothing deadly. We may have experienced many other painful experiences in our lives but no one was like that one. How we become a monster craving for more sin to our body, is sometimes despicable and difficult to trace it. 

You can’t hurt anyone if you really love them. Family is the most important element of our lives. We all love our family. We need their support especially spiritually. They say, ‘a family that can’t pray together never last forever’. We want to be who we are born to be and they play a major role in this regard. We needed them most and we want them to be with us all the time. 

When a family is disintegrated we will lose everything. In the process we also lose every bit of our existence and identity.  

That is why God always rescue those whose families are devastated and whose identities are lost by sending his Angels. But when our disappointment and our anger was not over, God presented the chance to actually forgive each other for not being there in the time we want each other the most. 

The idea is to be available for our family both physically and emotionally when they need us most.

We also need to become one with Jesus. 

But what really makes us live in the right way without sinning against the Lord?

 It was the new heart that God has given us from heaven. He will create a new heart that will carry his teachings and not forget his decrees and laws. His laws are the law of love and brings life to our soul.

The new heart the created for us has something in it that is called forgiveness. It is filled with tremendous amount of joy and happiness.

Everything in it smells the perfume of mercy. Does anything change for us to change? Not yet! So what cause the change? Our faith in Jesus Christ and his word. That if we really believe him and follow him and do what he told us to do. 

Then our family will change. 

God only knows how much we have searched for the medicine to the cause of all our miseries and pains in life. All over the places we seek if there is anything like it. But the answer was hidden far from us. Our eyes were blinded and everything in us had a lack of wisdom. 

Well there is time for everything. We have seen how painful it is to rebel against the Lord. When we are in a bondage of sin for a long time, even after we have been set free, we don’t know where to go. Like someone just released from the prison and he has no place to go. 

I mean he can’t go everywhere at once. All his home and his life was the prison and now it is a little bit confusing to him. I don’t know what life would look like without a freedom form the Lord. We tend to Vigilant, strong, with a sparkle in our eyes, eager to know everything in life. 

And I tell you what that is all about. It is all about life and freedom. This freedom doesn’t come in vain. Someone has definitely pay it penny by penny. Jesus has paid it for me to get my freedom. He paid by taking the same punishment I should get for my sins. 

Satan had total control of your life in the past but no more. You are bought by price by the prince and he wants you to be his beloved.

You called us and ordained us before our body was formed in our mother’s womb. We need to finish the job you gave us before even we were born. We want to be a man who is after your heart and we need to do this. If you ever want us to get your message across for the generations to come, we pray that you bless us supernaturally so that we will be a blessing to others.  

Our Lord we bless your name in each and every individual moment you have created for us after you have freed us from bondage and make us live a life full of peace and love.

Let your name be glorified in Jesus Name!

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        Tewodros    |    Jul. 7, 2014     | 2,697 Views    |   
 


When the time comes that all that matters no more matters. In other words, will it matters any more what matters most in the last hour of our lives.  

Will there be any regrets and remorse? Or we may be filled with fulfillment and joy? This all might depend on how we spend every moment of our lives. 

We ask ourselves: Did we avail ourselves to the Lord so that he can utter salvation, hope and encouragement to others? Did we separate ourselves from the useless things of this world?

If we can be used as instrument of love and not hate? If all we have done is not a waste of time and resources? If we can handle wisely our time?

If we can allow God to work with us and by us for his glory and for the benefit of us and others? Then we may feel no regret when all the time we have on earth is completed.

Joy will surrender our heart and it doesn’t matter anymore what we have not accomplished or not.  God brings forth the honor that he prepared for his children from the start of time  

What a blessing will it be to spend each and every moment of our lives with God. What a waste will it be if we don’t allow him to work in our lives? May be someone doesn’t know how to invite this God in to his life. But it is as simple as opening our heart and invite God to start using us for the benefit of others. 

Nothing can compensate the time wasted in vain for the past years of our lives other than to be more focused and do the will of God the remainder of our lives. When it comes to the nuts and bolts everybody knows what really matters when they know they are at the brink of their lives.  

My challenge to you is why not start now? What do you lose if you dedicate yourself to following God and God’s principles starting from today? The sooner is the better. The more we allow ourselves to waste our time for less important things can bring the day of sorrow and not happiness.  

No one can avoid the moment of absolute solitude and the day of darkness where we brought forth to face the real challenge in our entire being. That moment is when we come face to face with the Lord. That moment is no more the moment one can simply bypass without attention.  

Let death not be the one who will bring God’s presence to our attention. 

God has his own ways of avoiding the setbacks that comes between him and us and death is not the only option for him. We all die and once we die we have no hope of remembrance to the world. 

What amazes me the most is how we all come to encounter the presence of God in our lives.

Most of us encounter with him because we were in great pain and trouble.

We completely surrender our lives to him:
•    When there could not be possibly answer for our tragedies 
•    When the world is so bad on us and we have no choice but to cave in
•    When we don’t find ourselves any more in the joy of living and we join the path of sorrow and darkness
•    When our little lamp is getting smaller and smaller and the mirror we look onto our selves gets more dark
•    When we eat sorrow for breakfast and sadness for dinner

We turn our head to God and sooner we find ourselves crying in his embrace
He embraced us comprehend all of it that even ourselves do not understand
He comfort us in his presence and that he promised nothing more can closely come between us
That is how most of us come to know God in Christ Jesus

Some of us were in great shame and humiliation and we are begging the Lord to cover our sins
We were doomed if the Lord did not interfere and cover our fault from being over told by the enemy

Some of us were in great confinement and solitude when we set our heart straight with God. When there is no one to turn to and no even one beside us to listen our deepest sorrow.


When all the people we trust most has betrayed us and no one can come closer any more. Some people find life very difficult to live and to continue living in all of those three circumstances but for me it meant it is time to see God’s hand and mercy for all the insanity and bad things that happened in to my life.

I thought it is better I share my thoughts since life can get too hard on us and it even gets so bad that we cannot take it anymore. If we establish a strong relationship with our heavenly father, no one can separate us from him whether it is sorrow or happiness, darkness or light, and this life or the coming.

God is always there to snatch us from the mouth of the lion, killing giants for us, took away the strength of the fire and the power of death, and gives something to praise his name for.

You know the people we think is our own give condolences when we are in trouble. They cannot do any better since they are also like us. But God gives hope and he put an end to many bad things that happened in to our lives.


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        Tewodros    |    Jul. 4, 2014     | 2,150 Views    |   
 

How to become a good communicator? How to avoid common issues we face daily during a relationship with others? How to glorify God’s name in our lives? How to be a good partner of life who will be always there for our spouse besides being a faithful child and servant to the Lord?

These are one of the most important question we want to answer in life. I believe establishing a good relationship with God and also with our spouse is the key to enjoy happy life. We always plead God for his mercy ask him to forgive our soul:

“Lord, forgive me my sin that I have been so stubborn and unwilling to accept your teachings. Promise me that you will never punish me with the sin of my youth. I cling up on your mercy and grace to do this.”

We also need a revelation on how to deal with our spouse and friends. Sometimes we are tempted to use the same amount of love we have for a human being for the Lord. We need to understand there is different kinds and level of love. Love your God with all your heart and mind and soul and might and power. And love your wife/husband next and love your family and your friends as yourself. 

Now there are many things you need to tell God and hide it from the rest even to yourself. When we pray in spirit accompanied with tongues, we are speaking in secret to our God.

Don’t be so self-righteous and do something by your own. Always consult God with everything you do. More than everything please be slow to speak and quick to listen. Avoid talking something from your own perspective. Use God word and your faith to proclaim your victory in times of troubles.

Don’t talk about something you are not comfortable with. Do not make the Holy Spirit feel sorry about anything. Be sensitive and listen and accept advice and learn. Don’t be foolish and do everything by your own understanding only. Listen to voice of the Lord and do what he tells you to do. 

We also need to be very careful in providing vital information to other individuals. Wisdom tells you to know what you are dealing with. Your emotion and your level of desire to talk and react all depends on who you dealing with and your level of respect for the person. 

Your don’t need to tell the same amount of information to your friend that you did to your spouse. You need to know everything about your spouse. You need to know what makes him happy and unhappy. The same way you need to know what makes your spouse happy. 

I mean you are moving against the direction of the current of waves of the society. This world is a fallen world and every advice you get from it is not worthy to make your marriage work. You need to be modest in everything, controlling your life. Knowing the time to do everything

Make important decisions according to the will of God. Seek his guidance every bit of your life. The challenges you get from the world are not easy to underestimate. I say if you allow God to interfere with your life in everything you will be successful

The question is always clear. Is anger something that can controlled? Is managing anger a gift or something we have to work on? When is power released from heaven? When is help released from heaven? 

About crazy act of disrespect. Does love and power go together? Can someone respect you while he loves you? Or is one traded for another? Or which must be sought first. Should I seek my own power from other?

I know I have to work with others to maintain self-respect but what about power? Is power can be given to humans? If so for whom it shall be given? Why openness bring disrespect? How to bring justice when someone just insult you. Until God gives the real heart they will think of you as something unworthy. 

In the laws of Mosses it says, "you must not be punished more than 40 lashes because other Israelites may think you are worthless." Sometimes people intentionally insult you just to find out ow much you value self-respect. 

How do you respond to that to bring an end to the disrespect? With vengeance to bring justice or will you just neglect the insult and go on with your life? There are many times we are a victim of someone wrong behavior and not getting the proper value. I believe all manner of disrespect comes one way or another by not doing the same thing.

When we were kids we learn the hard way how to respect elders. I think now the younger individuals do not get the same point as important as it is. And most importantly even if there is no perfect solution for the first problem which is when someone just bring you down out of the blue because it may be madness like I have experienced before.

The best way to prevent it is to be as polite as possible to the other person. Think as much worth and value as you think you have for yourself but not as much as to lose your dignity and self-confidence and not as much value you think one has for you. 

Remember what the law says: think of your friend as worthy as you are. Respect your neighbor as you want him to respect you. But if your silence makes you looked down by someone else, then you need to take yourself one or two level out of the boundaries you used to be with her/him.

Remember no revenge is necessary and only forgiveness will allow God to work justice on behalf of you. Revenge is God’s thing. True power belongs to God everything else is either falsification of the real power. Or it is a temporarily delegate power from God. 

Always there is a fake form of the reality. There is true power and false power. There is true and false worship. There is true and false song. There is true and false pleasure. There is true and false purpose. There is true and false wisdom. Why it is like this? Because of there is God and there is devil. There is good and there is evil. One cannot exist without the other. 

One cannot be perceived or defined or understood without the existence of the other. One is defined in relation to the other. What is light if there is no darkness. Who will know truth without knowing false. But as for me the issue of seeking once glory and power be a curse. 

My desire is seeing your name be glorified among your people. My utmost is your pleasure. My life is yours sacrifice. My power is your glory. Jesus was presented with an opportunity where he could be king of Judah. 

The people wanted to do that for him because they didn't see such awesome miracles that he had performed in front of them. But he looked at it and he turned his face from it because he wanted to offer that as a gift to his father. He wanted to use this and every other similar occasion as an opportunity to express his love for his father. He believed he should not seek any power on his own desire but all he was born to do is to bring glory to the father. 

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        Tewodros    |    Jul. 3, 2014     | 13,122 Views    |   
 

Until the enemy takes everything from us, we waited. He took life from us like a wolf that snatches and takes away. Why all this happened? Is it not because we are not acknowledging the shepherd that God given us properly?  

The war has to be fought boldly and with a lot of courage. No more cry, no more fear and no more disappointments. For God is with us and if he has been with us all this time, he will continue to help us.  

There is no way we will escape some temptations with out fighting. The question is do we prepare our selves for the spiritual fighting? Soldiers in the physical realm have to go through a lot of training to qualify for combat.  

Whether it is a war where soldiers fight in battle fields or whether it is on individual basis, God is looking for real soldiers here, those who will not turn their backs and run. He needs some who can fight with desire. Not out of external obligation but out of real cause and out of real problems they have. And God will help them go through the battle and defeat their enemies.  

I cannot mention all of the territories the enemy has gained from us. He has broken boundaries and he has trespassed territories that belong to us. The enemy has taken away our families as captivates. Our children are now slaves to the enemy rather than bringing joyful songs to the Lord. Would you, God, care one more time to help us and help us in regaining our strength?  

Help us Lord, to build the homes and villages that the enemy destroyed. Help us in getting back our families from the hands of the enemy before time. Believe it or not war is going on now in the spiritual realm. The intention of this war is to deprive God 's people from what God has already promised.  

God has put many blessing in the scriptures for us. But these blessings will not come to us until we get up on our feet and start to do what it says. Obedience is what it all takes to get there. Some of us do not want to obey because our own ego comes to play. 

Selfishness is all we are thinking about all day. Some are testing the Lord if his promises are not going to come to pass. But God as he is our father has already made available everything we possibly imagine as good healthy earthly father will think in the positive manner to promote the growth of his children.

God has already promised the same thing for us even much better than our earthly fathers. Why are we not listening then? Why all these miseries and pain? Isn't it because of our stone heartedness. God cannot penetrate through that unless we open it for him. We must pray that may God give us an obedient and kind heart, that we may listen to him and pray to him all the time and do only what he tells us to do. 

The Scripture has put a remark as how God's people are going to suffer not because of the strength of their enemies but because of their disobedience to God s law. Here are some of the curses the Lord himself will bring on disobedient children found on Deuteronomy 28:

The Curses:

No matter what you try to accomplish, the Lord will confuse you, and you will feel his anger. You won t last long, and you may even meet disaster all because you rejected Lord.

The Lord will send terrible diseases and you will never be well again. You will suffer with burning fever and swellings and pain until you die some where in the land you captured.

The Lord will make the sky above like a bronze roof that keeps out the rain and the ground will be as hard as iron. Your crops will be scotched by the hot east dust and sandstorms instead of rain.

The Lord will let you be defeated by your enemies. You will be a horrible sight for other nations to see. The Lord will make you suffer diseasesthat have no cure for you.

You will become insane and go blind. The Lord will make you so confused that you cannot tell the night from the day. For the rest of your life, people will beat and rob you, and no one will be able to stop them.

The woman that you are engaged to will be raped by enemy soldiers before you even got married. You will never get the chance to live in the house that you have built. You will never get the chance to enjoy the fruits of your first harvest. Your cattle s will be killed while you watch and no body will even say why?

Your children will be slaves in foreign countries while you stand there being helpless. You will work hard but everything you have worked for will be for the enemy.

What you see will be so horrible that you will go insane. People will laugh when they see your terrible troubles, and they will make fun of you. You will plant a lot of seed but gather a small harvest, because locusts will eat your crop.

Foreigners will be so wealthy and powerful, while you become poor and powerless. You will be so short of many that you will have to borrow from those foreigners. They will be the leader and you will be the follower in your own community.

The Blessings:

The Lord will make your businesses and your farms successful. You will harvest large crops, and your herds of cattle and flocks of sheep and goats will produce many young.

You will have many children. You will have plenty of bread to eat. The Lord will make you successful in your daily work. The Lord will make you defeat your enemies and make them scatter in all direction.

The Lord your God is giving you the land. Your harvest will be so large and your store house will be full. You will be God s special people and every one earth will know it and they will be afraid of you.

The Lord will open the store houses of the skies where he keeps the rain, and he will send the rain just at the right time. You will have plenty of money to lend to other nations but you won t need to borrow yourself. You will be wealthy and powerful, not poor and week

The above curses listed are not easy to swallow. They may look superficial and out dated but they are real and they still work on our lives. They are the ones who are making a loser. The solution to all of these diseases is simple and clear. It is to fear the Lord and humbly obey his instructions.

The law is not difficult to understand. We must LOVE God and stay faithful to him on any circumstances. We must always seek the council of the Lord and lean not on our understanding. And last but not least we must do to our neighbor the same thing that we expect from him. The first law tells us about loving the lord with all our heart, our thoughts, our mind, our body.

We must respect and LOVE him with all our sprit, our strength, our passion, our desire, our purpose and it must be our pleasure to serve him. The second law is about loving our brothers and sister in every way possible and taking a good care of them in a time of trouble.

The war doesn't begin when the enemy comes and takes all of our belongings and run. The war sometimes is fought and defeated even before they come to do what has God put in his word as a curse on disobedient children. At that time, we may cry bitterly or even try to fight back but still we will be defeated.

I don't know why sometimes we don't like to fight. This world is all about one thing and that is fighting. The enemy has taken many things from us in the past. He has taken our family, our profession, our passion, our protection, our joy and happiness. May be our beloved ones and may be more.
And how do w respond to that? With anger to God and ourselves

Our anger on God and ourselves leads to the same kind of sin over and over again. Since while we were little children, we lost many things. Since we come to this earth, the enemy has caused us a lot of trouble. He has made so many abuses in our lives and the lives of our family. If it continues like that, only God knows what the enemy will do next. After all as we all know his motive is always clear.

And that is to break the strong LOVE bondage between us and God through Christ Jesus. Shall we live up to that? Shall we sit back and look while he brings everything to separate us from the LOVE of Jesus.

He has showing progress every time he attacked us. Like a left alone sheep wandering in the wilderness, he finds us fun to play with. Most of our inward anger and not towards sin and the spirit of sin makes his job easy.

It is good to have anger since that is the reason why we want to steer up fight. Anger when accompanied with wisdom and LOVE is like a fuel to burn every evil thought and disobedience. Will you fight? Or will you die many years from now in slavery and in bondage. What makes you not to get up from your place and go out to the battle field?

Most probably fear is the cause of all of these. Fear of the enemy and what he has already done in our lives. May be we are waiting for the right time?  The time has come when you have to stand up and fight:

Fight for your freedom!
Fight to resist every temptation and evil!
Fight to raise the flag of righteousness up!
Fight not to bow down to sin!
Fight to make God known among nations and generations to come!
Fight now, fight for your freedom!
Don t have mercy for the enemy!
Don t have any hesitations in your heart!
Be strong and courageous!
Be bold and brave hearted!
Fight and that is an order from the lord!

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit gives us the courage to fight sin, in Jesus Name, AMEN!


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        Tewodros    |    Jul. 2, 2014     | 2,484 Views    |   
 

How are we going to survive the wickedness of this world? How long should we fight it back? Sinners come and do their shameful things in front of everyone out of arrogance. They despise every one around them. 

 

In the place we have our greatest weaknesses; the devil hit specifically targeting that point. And it hurt so badly, Lord. We don't know how long we are going to resist it. We don't want to fall on something that will eventually bring dishonor to your name. 

 

When we are tempted with different things that we don't even know what to do or which side we should take or what choices we should made, we will all become worried and anxious. 

 

But we believe you are always there for us. You have controlled everything regarding our relationship with others that we really don't understand. 

 

We know for sure it is not wise to figure it out all by ourselves. May be it is all a matter of time before everything becomes apparent. 

For us, it is good to fall on the mercy of the Lord rather than any one else.  

 

We can push some things in life forward in life but we cannot totally avoid it. If we take for examples the fact that we all need to grow to be a faithful servant to the Lord. God has created in all of us what it takes to be a faithful servant of the Lord. 

 

This may take some time according to the nature of our heart which takes some time to learn from the Lord, but we will eventually become fully matured to be a loyal citizen of heaven and a protector of Gods kingdom. 

In my life I have come to understand that it is very important to marry the right woman/husband - a loving obedient wise woman who is exactly from God and a humble servant of the Lord who fears God and loves his wife. 

 

If a little bit of faithfulness is found in us, the things that we need most will be given to us freely as a blessing from the Lord. Faithfulness is all we need to be like Abraham.  

 

Do we remember how many years has Abraham waited for his son, Isaac? He exactly understood the will of God that even when he was asked to give his son back; he already knew what he should do. 

 

He faithfully brings his son to be sacrificed. A son he waited for many decades. This is more than just loyalty, or fear of God, or love. This is faithful love. 

This is like a woman should behave towards her husband. Therefore this is the principle for waiting to get an obedient wife that to be in faithful love with the Lord.

It is also another thing to have obedient children. What is the principle behind having obedient children? I believe it is to be obedient children to our parents.

In all of this we know that the love of God is true love and it surpasses any thing we could possible experience and feel. Brothers, I leave you with the word of God in Romans 8:37

"In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us."


May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit fill us with these, in Jesus Name, AMEN!

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        Tewodros    |    Jul. 1, 2014     | 2,100 Views    |   
 

What God has prepared for us looks like we will only fulfill it in due time but not exactly realize it now. Any of our enemies can't succeed to withdraw us from it no matter how long and how hard they try. We have already believed that they can't separate us from the love of the Lord in Christ Jesus.  

We are looking forward to see it, seeking and waiting for it to come to pass. Now we know to what point of life we should work more. Now we know our weakness from our strength in spirit. Now we know our allies from our enemies.  

What is it Lord that you want us to reveal yourself through us? It must be far from our imagination that we couldn't find out till now. It must be something very important. It must be something big even we could sabotage our own purpose if you reveal it before the time.  

We will wait you our Lord and you will come walking on the mountains. You will come tramping the mountains of disappointment of the past, anger of the present and fear of the future.  

You make us happy right now so that we wouldn't be worried about tomorrow. Everything else is additional, extra to the life you have prepared for us. Your spirit is the greatest present of all greatest gifts from you.  

So what is our purpose in life? Why are we created for? It is to listen to the Lord and do exactly how he tells us to do. His will for his people is peace, prosperity and eternal life.  

The enemy has done everything to take that from us. The Lord wants somebody to tell the truth about him. The enemy is a liar. He will do anything to take us from our father.  

He striped us the clothing of righteousness that the Lord had put upon us. He stole the beautiful gifts of treasures our father gave us. I believe there is one major reason why he created us. We are created to tell the truth about what was life like with our father before the devil took from us and what life is meant to be and it's meaning to us.  

We are created to declare his love for his people in Christ Jesus. We are created to tell the peace his Spirit gives to generations. Most of all we are created to tell the mercy and love God had displayed through Christ Jesus.  

I have waited all this time to come to this point where I realize what the rest of my life would mean to me. As far as I am concerned, I was selfish and all my desires were evil. I am not better than any one or trying to be one. 

Before God met me and changed my heart, I was a brutal beast before him. I was senseless and driven only by my blind passion. I was filthy and sinful before he shades his blood for me and cleans me.

I have a feeling that I used his mercy more than anybody else I know. If it is measured in terms of the blood of Jesus I used to clean my self, I will be the one who used it many times.

Because I still remember how many times I have asked the Lord to heal me. But after he has healed me, I go back and get filthy again. I am not trying to be more righteous in my mouth.

I am telling the truth here that I should tell of his love and testify his mercy. I don't need someone to tell me to be a servant for the Lord because his love calls me daily. I don't kneel down for sin because Jesus is my only master from this point on wards. I have abused his love in many ways and hurt his feelings.

Father, I don't want to be a slave of my sins. I have come to understand it is much better to be a slave for you. Be a master of my soul and my flesh and my body. 

I don't want anything to take control of my life any more. I pray with all my heart for God to use me as he wishes and let my days end in his house idolizing your true nature. I pray that may God help us to tell his love for our brothers and sisters.

Your children sing a song of love to you and we are willing to sing it forever. Now, ore than ever, we need to tell God's love for us through Christ Jesus.

I will use every moment of my life I have lived to tell it how gracious and merciful our father is. I am like that little sluggish worthless thing you find deep inside the ocean. You can call me oyster. Even if they look like worthless, they have one God given purpose.

They make some beautiful and precious thing, pearls. I should do the same thing or else I will be doomed before my time. Any thing I do or I watch I should make a good thing out of it.

My eyes cant see the evil out of some thing. But I will find the good in something and bring as an offering to the Lord and to write and share with my brothers and sisters. I have no good on my own. I do exactly as God speaks to me in his spirit and not put my own perspective according to my own understanding.

Thank you God for revealing this mystery to us as it has revealed the purpose you have ordained for us even before creation. We honor your name and subdue our selves under your spirit in the name of Christ Jesus. AMEN!

It is always good to glorify Gods name. How beautiful it is when we do all things for Gods glory only no matter what we do. This way the fear of God will always be in us and it is the next intimate relationship with God.

We no more have feelings for the self. Instead we always try to realize what makes him happy and what makes him sad. We don't seek our own expectations of what makes him happy. Instead, we do only what he tells us to do. We don't seek your own desires. Instead we go after his.

We don't run after our own wild dreams. Instead we direct our path according to his will. We don't try to make someone happy just to get attention. Instead, we make him happy first and all the rest latter. We don't fear anyone but the only one who should be respected all the time.

This is how we will glorify his name on our lives - the name that has the full power on the earth and the heaven. His name is Jesus, the son of God and it is sweetest than any thing else.

This is how we should present our lives as a sacrifice to his pleasure. Not drawn too much to our own desires - running away from slavery of the mind, the body and the soul which is only possible through the Lord Jesus Christ and his Holy Spirit that dwells in us.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit fill us with these, in Jesus Name, AMEN!




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        Tewodros    |    Jun. 30, 2014     | 2,058 Views    |    2 Comments
 

How it is beautiful to spend ample time before dawn to have a reasonable amount of time with God? We need to start the day with a fresh start with God and pray on possible cases that will happen through out the day. The pain of tiredness, the cold, the shortness of sleeping time, and other reason should not be the reason not to do it. I think it is another way to measure passion and purpose and ways to please God in doing so.  

A person who is determined to do something cannot spend the morning times in bed - Like a business man who has planted business or building a building. Like Nehemiah who was very diligent in finishing building the Lord's temple walls. More over this is the very critical moment of our lives and we must be passionate but not worried, diligent, hard working, and committed, focused, consistent, self-controlled and purposeful believers.  

All of these can be achieved if you are able to trade it with your comfortable zone, your pleasing morning time sleep and care-free drowsiness. I can assure you, all of that will bring you a great fortune.  

If you are not passionate about how the day is going to be, you will definitely have no idea what is going on and success is unthinkable.  Do you remember the first time the Lord touches you and filled you with the Holy Ghost? You probably became Ghost your self: so to speak you became sleepless and restless, very diligent and exited and hard working individual.  

If you were able to continue with that, you might have done many accomplishments for the kingdom of God. But after that may be someone made bad remarks on what the Lord wanted to accomplish through you, you probably got drifted out of home and family and got tagged with serious problems and in the process you lost your passion again.  

Now the purpose of this journey is to gain everything back in to place. With out it, success and building a new family for Christ is almost impossible. We tried to be faithful. We do everything we can to install faithfulness in us to please the Lord but we couldn't still find completeness and fullness, not in every area of our lives. 

There is no fullness with out Jesus. In fact those areas of our lives which look like perfect and beautiful are not according to our own effort and those which look bad could have been magnificently awful if God hadn't been with us. He keeps us, protects us and blesses us extraordinarily in anything we want to do and to accomplish.

Sometimes we think faithfulness is something that comes as a gift from the Lord which I believe is something we should work on and acquire. Faithfulness is to make a profit for the Lord with what he has given as talents. 
May be love is our talent or persuasiveness or it could a good teaching ability. For some it could be their great communication and leadership skills.

Obviously faithfulness in some areas of our lives is hardly obtainable. People die like trees wither and die while fighting to do and not to do it. People behave like animals should behave. Well avoidance is the real medication in such deadly circumstances. This is like prevention is the real cure in the science of medicine.

There is no need to be brave in this regard. Bravery is to do what God said to do. There is no bravery in breaking God s commandments. There are two things to come. One is good and the other is yet better. The time is short and the job is very clear. Only you and your God know it.

No other humans or demons or other creatures know it. It also tells the way you can visualize, see, plan and accomplish other things. It constructs and builds your imagination.

It also tells your understanding and your precaution to the real world. It magnifies how you should see success of the real world. Always remember your greatest success lies in your greatest resistance where
the currnt is high and the waves are difficult to get by.

There is always a good spirit and a bad spirit coming to us. One is to guide us and the other to make us slaves. If we continue to hear from the Lord and disregard the negative influence and temptation from the wicked, we will be able to survive the bad days and we will avoid disaster that comes with the wicked.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit fill our spirit and mind with peace call us to his presence every morning, in Jesus Name, AMEN!





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        Tewodros    |    Jun. 27, 2014     | 14,404 Views    |    2 Comments
 

      

God has tried to reveal himself to us in the past. He has used everything we know to show us his love. Every one we know is good to us because God have been kind to us. I come to realize even the great things we have in life was not good if it wasn t for God. Even the sweetest moments of our lives were created by him. 

 

We had put our trust to love on somebody but God proved us wrong. God is our loving father forever. We would not find pleasure on our own. We could be blessed with many children. We could be blessed with a beautiful, wise and obedient wife. We could marry a noble man who fears the Lord in every aspect of his life. 

 

But still he is the crown of our lives. He take all the glory and control our full heart. He is jealous God in a certain way we would understand. It is not a selfish jealousy. He is the Lord Almighty, the God of heavens and earth and he does not need anything from nobody. He is the creator and he does not envy anyone. 

 

But whenever one knows love, he will come to understand jealousy of a certain kind. If one really love his wife or husband, would he/she be willing to share her with somebody else. Even sinners do not want to do that. Now God has allowed certain things to take control our lives. 

When it comes to love, our full heart should be given to him. No money, education, friends, family, or any other thing has power over us to rule us. We shouldn t allow loving them as our God. 

 

If we start to do that, we will fail. What will happen next is simple. 

God will take them from us so that he can get our full attention. I mean if he loves us, he will do that for our benefit. All of them are not real. All of them are ways to understand his love for us. If somebody tells you that you got to use all your desires to be successful in life, don't believe it. 

 

In other words, we might be successful but still we won t have God. There is no way we will find God by putting him second. After all, what good is it to us if we gain the whole world but lose our very soul? In other words to express this in light of love: What good is to gain everything but to lose the very thing your soul loves most. 

 

If we don't love God from the beginning, I don't know what to say about that. But we are all forcefully taken out of his presence because of our sinful nature. We are stranded because we are disobedient sons and daughter of the Lord. What better thing is it to us that to get back to him and live with him? 

 

There is no True love than the one who loves us first. God loves us by giving his son for us for him to be crucified and bring salvation to all of us. Do you know when Jesus dies on the cross; he dies trusting that we will be good one day?

When he took all the misery for us it was to show us how much he loves us and to redeem us from the wrath of God and eternal fire. But no one believed him that he was doing so. They considered him a sinful person.

That they even say the Lord is punishing for his own sins. They don't even consider him as worthy as a murder. They compare him with a murderer and like him not. Did he say anything about it? No. Did he complain to the father? No. Did he say why do you send me? No. Did he curse us in his heart? No.

He knew exactly what he was doing and did it accordingly.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with we all. In Jesus Name, AMEN!

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        Tewodros    |    Jun. 26, 2014     | 2,344 Views    |    1 Comments
 

       

If somebody speaks a lie and say I am from God he is a liar in deed. God hates a lying tongue. He hates a deceitful mouth so much. It might be so simple and easy for the person who speaks it but it so disgusting to God almighty. 

 

You know why? It is because a deceiver betrays trust. He put dispute among brothers, he completely work against Gods will and against his plan to our lives. 

 

Many times we give too much attention to a silly sin that looks like to us harder to resist like for example sexual sin. We never win the battle, not because they are really hard, but because God is not with us at all. 

 

Aha! Why God is not helping us? Because we make him too much angry by doing sins so many times, sins that seems almost negligible for us but can make God really angry. 

 

He is angry not because we are weak. If he hates our weakness, Jesus might not die for us But God is angry because we are not even aware of our mistakes. 

 

We are too senseless sometimes and unwise that we don't even know when we make God unhappy. And one of those moments is when we speak a bold lie to others. Lying put shame onto our soul and by lying we lower our selves of our virtue and dignity. 

 

What is it the idea of lying by saying: I do it for a non-selfish reason ? We lie and we say we did it to protect somebody else. We cheat and we will say this is to promote or bring something good to other people lives. 

 

While every act of cheating will be find out, it is not a good idea at all to do it in the first place. There are many reasons why we led in to the temptation of the sin of lying and cheating. 

 

Rebekah the mother of Jacob has taken the responsitbilty of making her son to cheat on his brother. She did this for her son s sake out of her deep love. But when we read the whole story about Jacob, we will realize that the blessings she wanted for her son was delayed, it was with much labor and pain and doesn't come with out its consequences. 

 

We all know sin has its own consequences and the consequence of cheating his own brother, Jacob was himself cheated by Laban of his right to get what he wanted. He cheated him with his first wife. He cheated him with the number of years of work to get a wife. 

 

 

He cheated him with his salary. He cheated him almost in every aspect of his life where we wanted to get a fair decision from his uncle. He also faced the danger of death from his brother because of his actions.

Although the promise God has made to Jacob was real, he did not get it with out paying the price because of his self indulging behavior and the attitude of his mother. This is one of the important lessons on the fact that almost all of our actions have their consequences.

This is also a lesson on sticking to God s plan no matter what and not to lean on our own understanding. Sometimes the lesson boil down to one thing and that is don't try to be smart .

It is amazing how the kingdom of God works. We think we do God a great favor by lying and cheating. But the fact is we add up a great sorrow to our soul and another year of slavery and journey in the wilderness because of what we do with out the consent of our God is nothing but rebellion against the word of God.

When Jacob almost finished learning the lesson, he was able to return to his inheritance in his father home. When he comes out form Laban s house, he did not take anything that is not his. He was faithful in everything he was doing and taking full responsibility to his actions.

The story shows that Jacob learned the lesson even if it is the hard way. Is it not the Lord s him self said in one of the Ten Commandments? 'Do not desire to posses anything that belongs to another person - not a house, wife, a slave, a donkey, or anything else.'

We all face the same kind of situation that Jacob faces almost on daily basis. We want to do the right thing but the question is do we do it in the right way?

After all what matter most in the end is not how big is our stories and how tall is our building. God doesn't really care on our own accomplishment if we don't take into consideration the steps we take to reach there. Neither he is interested in the artistic, unless we take his consolidation in to the equation.

Not only every sin has its consequences but also it has the power to lead to other kinds of sins unless we come to our senses and seek forgiveness from the Lord on time.

We learned that Rebekah has to lie again and again to cover up the first sin she has made. She said she want send Jacob to her brother s house not because his brother want to kill him but because she is afraid Jacob might end up marring one of Hittite women.



Genesis 27:

Jacob said, But my brother Esau is a hairy man while I have smooth skin. What if my father touches me? I would appear to be tricking him and would bring down a curse on myself rather than a blessing.

His mother said to him, My son, let the curse fall on me. Just do what I say; go and get them for me. He went to his father and said, My father. Yes, my son, he answered. Who is it? Jacob said to his father, I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me. Please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing.

Isaac asked his son, How did you find it so quickly, my son? The Lord your God gave me success, he replied.

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Esau held a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing his father had given him. He said to himself, The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob. When Rebekah was told what her older son Esau had said, she sent for her younger son Jacob and said to him, Your brother Esau is planning to avenge himself by killing you. Now then, my son, do what I say: Flee at once to my brother Laban in Harran.

Stay with him for a while until your brother s fury subsides. When your brother is no longer angry with you and forgets what you did to him, I ll send word for you to come back from there. Why should I lose both of you in one day?
Then Rebekah said to Isaac, I m disgusted with living because of these Hittite women. If Jacob takes a wife from among the women of this land, from Hittite women like these, my life will not be worth living.

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        Tewodros    |    Jun. 25, 2014     | 2,035 Views    |    1 Comments
 

A love story about a father and a son who have got a large media coverage at the time. The son was born with birth complications and is not able to walk or talk because of his disability. The doctor advised the parents to institutionalize him so that they may not worry about him the rest of their lives and just go on with their lives.

 

In the eyes of many the son was helpless. But the parents didn’t take it that way. For them he is the same value and importance as any of their children born without difficulty.

The story become more interesting when the son starts to dream to be a great runner the world has ever seen before. You may ask why or how he is going to do that with a paralyzed body. His dream is too big to even think about it let alone to attempt to do it for the son in his condition. But noting seems impossible for a father who wants nothing but the best for his son.

 

Dad thinks for himself that it is one thing for his son to be physically disable but another thing and much worse for his son to dream something that will never come to pass. A father so determined to fulfill the dreams of his son, decided to carry him in his back and run with him every step towards the finish line of the race. The father promised to his disabled son that he will be his feet that he will be running and he will be provide every bit of energy  that the son will ever wanted to finish that race. He promised to strength him and carries him all the way to the end of the journey of faith and life.

 

The son accompanied by his father has to only enjoy while his father took him to every ditch and challenge of life that could make him fall apart and stay away from the journey of life. The father was focused to win the race which brings joy multiple folds than just to attend the race and they did it together.

They win the race of life together.  

What a beautiful story that can change who we as children of God look up on to our father who is willing to pay any price just to get us closer to him. The story of the love of God that he has shown to the world through Jesus Christ is exceedingly much beautiful and beyond our capability just to imagine it fully and understand. 

Our father when he sees us drifted away from him with the wave of life

When he watch us closer and knows that we wasted everything we had before; When he looks at us and he sees the color of our skin is faded away and the sparkling of our eyes is lost. When he find out for himself that we are too tired of life to live anymore and we are troubled with too much sorrow that we may even forget to eat.


Having seen all the above things and many more, he decided to die the death of a sinner and make us escape from the eternal destruction that he setup for his enemies. When the Lord of heavens and earth is our father and he loves us to death, we have to open up our heart and accept him in to the chambers of our heart and keep it there so that the thief shall not take it from us.

When we trust God to lead us through the challenges of life, he is faithful God and father to enable us finish the journey of life by faith.

I pray for this wonderful family who have a great value of faith, humanity and family. I pray that may the Lord keep you and strength and put you in his embrace and protect from the darts of the enemy. Good Job Dad!


God bless you for reading this blog. May his mercy and kindness shine up on us all the days of our lives!
May the Lord keep us with him forever interceding and protecting our faith so that we may live in the house of the Lord forever!

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        fasika    |    Apr. 25, 2014     | 3,736 Views    |    3 Comments
 

When I was working in one particukar institution, I used to have a colleague who was somewhat a Christian. He believed in Jesus Christ but hated affiliated himself with any church. However, he used to tell me about his friend who worked in another company.  That person was a Christian - and his life spoke it: he was kind, deligent a treated people under him with utmost respect and much more. What striked me was that the persons working with him and spoke well of him were not Chrstians. They were impressed by his life. Ewnetegna pente new' yelu nebere. I used to think 'what a testimnoy!'.

In a nutshell, non Chrisitan will be in awe when Chrstians show love, mercy joy, faith and many other fruits of the Spirit rather than say too much about Christianty; I believe it will lead them to Christ eventually.

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        Eskedar    |    Apr. 24, 2014     | 2,098 Views    |    1 Comments
 

I have read the  New Testament three times and have been struck by by many themes. One of them stands out - love.  Of all the things God requires from us,  love is the most important one. He wants us Chrstians to love Him with all our mind,heart and soul; and to love our neighbors as ourselves. From my point of view, if we love Him we wll be passionate to please Him. That is what God wants, a heart after Him. My prayer is " God I want to please You desperately but I find myself short of the power to do so. Please give me Your grace and power to live  Your way of life.  Then  'I look upon Jesus' and become reminded on Gospel of John:Chpater 1 verse 14," tsega ena ewneten temolto begna adere". Jesus came to enable me to live for God by living inside me through Holy Spirit. This rejoices my heart because Jesus is not judgmental yet compassionate. He is ready to give me grace when I need it

The other aspect is loving our neighbor as ourselves. Wow that is a tough one I think. It is easy to love ourselves(ofcourse there are people who hate themselves). Meaning, we want aquire the best of everything for ourselves. We work hard to get the best material things:cars, clothes, houses, financial security etc. We also take care of ourselves to be in good health. In short, it becomes all about "me , me, me '. Or it becomes about loving others who love us back. However, Jesus' commandment resonates in me' love thy neighbor as yourself', and I am challenged by that. "My neighbor" may not be as kind and loving as  I want her/him to be. The individual may be rude , aloof and condesending. So it  is not easy to  love someone like that. The New Testamant confirms that. To paraphrase, it says there is no wonder if you love people who love you. Love your enemies. In other words, love those who do do not love you. Nonetheless, I am happy to live in the age of the New Testament. I can always go to His throne and ask for grace" " Bedekamachin leraralin yemachin leke kahin Yelnim. Engedih mihreten endenkeben wode tsegaw zufan be' emnet nekreb.' Ebrawian 4:15.

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        Eskedar    |    Apr. 24, 2014     | 2,484 Views    |    2 Comments
 

On the day of Easter God did some thing that the world had never seen before. He did some thing that no one has fully understood and has not been told to its fullness. On this very day a son was given for us as a ransom for our transgression and our sins. 

 

Our sins have caused us death and God loved us so much he punished his son for us. It is impossible for God to break his principles and values. It is also impossible for us to sin and not paid the price of our sins 

 

But we have sinned too much that we could not even pay for our sins.  

We make it impossible for God to come closer to us since he is righteous and we are not.

 

But he loved us so much that we could not even imagine and he paid the great price that was put on us. Sin caused us a huge debt but God paid it all that makes us free from our bondage. He broke the chain that sin has placed and makes us the servant of evil and not the Lord. 

 

He did not let us get destroyed ultimately. In the midst of our distraction Gods miracles revealed to us. While the enemy has planed everything to make us history,the mercy of God showed up to snatch us from the jaws of the evil.  

Like a stranded sheep we did not get lost forever. But he come after and rescued us from the death that is waiting for us. 

 

The penalty of sin is death and with our sins we got ourselves in to this penalty.  

God as he is compassionate father to all of us did not let us die in our sins but he gave his only son to save us. 

Because he loved as so much that he couldn’t let that happen. 

 


If you haven’t done any good to deserve what he has done in your life, praise him for the Lord is good. If you agree with me that nothing we did was good enough to match the evil days of our lives, give him glory and honor for his mercy endures forever.

He came to look for us and we didn’t. With the stubbornness of our heart we didn’t seek him rather we make our ways far and far from him.
We know the path we took leads to destruction but we didn’t stop and realize that he is in deed merciful.


When he did find us finally some of us were not as we were before.
The sparkling of our eyes was lost and this world has gotten the best of us.
As we were sons and daughters of the almighty God but now he found us in the hands of the enemy.


What good one should expect from this. The color of our skins has just faded away. But the Lord took a look and he has gotten in deep sorrow that he couldn’t resist any more.


As a father he who separated from his children for just awhile now sees them so much oppressed and enslaved by the evil one. He decided to pay the entire price before our days are finished and our journey has ended.

While there is still time he calls for our names hoping that his children will listen to his voice and come out of their troubled life. We have caused him this much and he took all the sufferings for us.

Yes on this day God did something that it is still unbelievable for many.
It is more than our imagination but it is simply true and the truth is what we have called to believe. It is what God did in this day that we have put our faith and our lives based on. It is because what God has done on this day that our salvation has built on.

God bless you, in the name of Jesus.

Isaiah 53:4 - Surely he took up our pain
    and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
    stricken by him, and afflicted.
 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.
 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
    each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

 He was oppressed and afflicted,
    yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
    and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
 By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
    Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
    for the transgression of my people he was punished.
 He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
    and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
    nor was any deceit in his mouth.

 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
    and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
    and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
 After he has suffered,
    he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
    and he will bear their iniquities.
 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
    and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
because he poured out his life unto death,
    and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
    and made intercession for the transgressors.

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        tewodros    |    Apr. 23, 2014     | 2,371 Views    |    2 Comments
 

Where ever there is the presence of the Holy Spirit, that is our safest place in terms of living a life up to the standard of the word of God. No matter where you are and no matter what you are doing, you can just call him and feel blessed. Holy Spirit will never leave you nor forsake you. He will strength you when you feel week and helpless. When you lay down in pain and agony, he will make you bear your pain. No one on earth will understand what you are going through in life than him. Not even you family not even you closest friend. He is you closest friend. He understands everything. He is on your side. 

 

Most of the time, we will fall in trouble when we depend on what is the so called ‘human counselor’. Whether it is a close friend or not, no one may not give us the comfort and condolences as the Lord himself can give. In fact they can be a trouble when they turn their back on us one day and start gossiping on us.

 

On the contrary Holy Spirit is a wonderful counselor. He will never turn his back on you. He will never let you down under any circumstances. Where shall I find him? Where do I seek him? We will find him when we incline our heart to him. I don’t know how many times we have done that every day. Holy Spirit just speaks to our soul every day in various ways but we couldn’t listen his voice.

Isaiah 11:2  

And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.

 

We spend most of our time on something that is no value compared to the life he can give us. We never have time to stop for a moment and talk to him in manner that we can talk and listen to a person. But when we do, we know he is so kind knowing every deep secret of our heart. But many who have already chosen the road to death wouldn’t want to do that because he will convict of their sins and they don’t want to confess their sins to him and become forgiven. 

 

However, his convictions are not like anger full of judgment. His convictions bring life rather than death. When the devil convict you of your sins, he condemns you and you will regret to death. But when the Spirit of God convicts your sin, he does that so that you may come out of your miserable life and follow his voice in the light, the everlasting life of peace and love. 

 

 

That’s how we know who is convicting us of sin. If it is Holy Spirit, he will lead us in to peace. More confession to him, we feel more relief and more peace in side. Less confession means, we are depriving our selves of this wonderful healer’s peace. When the prostitute lady cry out her inner most pain and trouble of her life at Jesus feet, she was forgiven. But how do we know if we are forgiven? It all depends on how much we ask for forgiveness. It all depends how much we forgive ourselves in the first place. It all depends how sincerely cry out to him with truth and hate for sin.

God is so much generous that we can possibly imagine forgiving our sins. So don’t say that your sin is bigger than God’s mercy and forgiveness. There is no sin that the blood of Jesus cannot cleanse if come to him knowing that is complete healer. He is a healer of a nation and the whole world. How come the almighty cannot forgive your sin. We have to come to him by faith and by faith we will receive our healing of sin. We have to take him as our last option not as an option.

I just wonder how the Holy Spirit is represented by a dove when he descended from heaven and testify that Jesus is the son of God. What a good representation of the Spirit of God to us. He is peace. At some point in his ministry, the Bible teaches us that Jesus feels this wonderful joy inside of him that is not related to any source from outside. I wonder if we could experience such a joy in our lives every day, how things could be different. The way we talk and love and see things will be completely different.

That is why we need him so badly. We need his voice daily. We need him more than anything in life. O the spirit of peace, please come to our heart and give us rest from our troubled life. I will make my heart straight with you. I will sanctify my soul and flesh with the blood of Jesus. Come heal my broken heart. Come feel me with simple joy that is not related to anything in life.  Because you are the source of joy that will never stop.


Holy Spirit is the third person in the trinity. He is the Spirit of God. He is the spirit that Jesus sent to us when he sits at the right hand side of his father to intercede for our faith in him. No devil can come between us and the Holy Spirit. He may tempt you to go away from him. He may tempt you to sin against him. But he is just jealous when we establish a covenant relationship with the Spirit of God. He just doesn’t know what we are talking about. He is really confused when we talk to God in secret through his spirit like a son talks to his father.


A Christian living without day to day experience of this peace and joy from the Holy Spirit is like a fish living with out water. We are just empty, dry and very clear target for the enemy. This shall dictate us how it is really important to live in the presence o f the Holy Ghost day by day to avoid temptations, sin and the troubles of the world and be led in to our eternal blessing and joy to our father through our Lord Christ Jesus. Amen!

 

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        tewodros    |    Apr. 21, 2014     | 2,423 Views    |   
 

The cause of many arguments and troubles cannot be mentioned exhaustively. While we live in this fallen city, we are tempted to do sin no matter how good we look like from outside. There is always a limitation for our kindness and love. That is why families broke and children are growing without parents.

 

That is why prisons are full of parents that should have spent their lives serving their family than prison. As human being all we have to know is we are susceptible to violence, pain, misery and temptation. What we need to know is our actions driven by anger instead of love would bring us a lot of pain and misery. We need to understand that when we are angry we do things that we will regret latter.

 

So if we know that our anger will not do God’s judgment then why get so mad. I believe it will all go back to the point that we are so hurt. The reason of our anger is not momentary. It is for something that occurred to us very long time ago. Something that is not just and right and abusive by nature. Things like that will never be forgotten.

 

But how many times have we done the same thing to others. How many times how we caused to suffer as we suffer. How many times we treat others with disrespect in their innocence. We may have many issues with our close friends. They have no right to treat the way they do.

 

But we have no right to treat our beloved ones with disrespect. As human being we incline to abuse someone who is weak and has no cause to defend him. But we fear and respect someone who has gotten himself a set of self-defense mechanisms. Most of us have no way of protecting our selves and family from danger.

 

 If we cannot win someone with love we never win them with violence. Violence leads to violence and more violence. Fight and struggle to win by the way of force are the way of the world not Christianity.

 

The greatest weapon for a Christian is love. There is no place in the Bible that tells you to win by force rather than by love. A Christian is a soldier of the prince of peace, Jesus Christ. If we want to be his disciples, we have to carry his gospel of peace not weapons of this world. 

 

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        tewodros    |    Apr. 18, 2014     | 2,100 Views    |   
 

When one convinces himself in following his own selfish desire and seeks one's own pleasure without the permission of the Holy Spirit, he/she couldn’t remember anything at time of trouble. The thought of sinful desire is an idea overwriting and overwhelming the good ones from the Spirit of God. Such kind of person has no common sense and the sense of self-control. Anger, disappointment, fear and hate can steer this up from the inside. Faith, hope and love are its enemies. 

At the point one left with this flamable, agitated, aggravated, serious, all emotional, physical, uncontrollable, unthinkable feeling, lust and selfish sexual desire that couldn’t  stop until somebody do something about it. The book of proverb describes such kind of person as someone who lacks wisdom.     

Proverb 5:1- My son, if you listen closely to my wisdom and good sense, you will have sound judgment, and you will always know the right thing to say. The words of an immoral woman may be as sweet as honey and as smooth as olive oil. But all that you really get from being with her is bitter poison and pain. If you follow her, she will lead you down to the world of the dead. She has missed the path that leads to life and doesn’t even know it. 

My son, listen to me   and do everything I say. Stay away from a bad woman!   Don’t even go near the door of her house. You will lose your self-respect and end up in debt to some cruel person for the rest of your life. Strangers will get your money and everything else you have worked for. When it’s all over, your body will waste away, as you groan and shout, 

“I hated advice and correction! I paid no attention to my teachers, and now I am disgraced in front of everyone.” You should be faithful to your wife, just as you take water from your own well. And don’t be like a stream from which just any woman may take a drink. Save yourself for your wife and don’t have sex with other women. Be happy with the wife you married when you were young. She is beautiful and graceful, just like a deer; you should be attracted to her and stay deeply in love. 

Show me how anyone could easily murder his brother through jealousy or out of a sudden, sleep with somebody's wife or why family got separated and I will show you where it is. The answer all lies in one word - pleasure. Tell me how Christ defeated the world through pain and agony and faithfulness. Teach me all about it and I will win my battles. Paul and Jesus can teach you about it, hiding from it, the wines, the shoes, clothes, fame, pride, arrogance. 

No matter how good and kind and polite you were in the daytime still there is something that will search your heart and visit you to test you at night. Some days they say are wicked and some days are good like some people can posses good and others wicked.

Can anyone live without some form of amusement without seeking pleasure? The thing is all about self control and knowing how much you should take it inside.  Addiction (loosing self-control) to cigarette, drink , TV, pornography, drugs, shopping and many more have the power to rule over us as long as we live in this flesh.

"I gave them up to their own selfish burning desires since they have rejected me." the Lord says. The punishment of love is the punishment of all. God is leaving us to our own desires. Whose desire? Our own - coming out of our own flesh, heart and mind. Can he interfere with that? No one will come to that place.

It is a great place of battle with all the negative forces of flesh, heart, and mind. God will turn them on to you. They rebel against you. They curse you, wish your own fall. But why somebody especially God wants us to fall in to them?

God has power over each one of thee addictions. But he wants you and me to come to him first, makes him our first in every
hing. I am not talking about the blessings that we can get if we do some things he told us to do. I am talking about diseases, incurable ones that take along all the way till we wither and die.

Every one of us will experience these weaknesses in one form or the other if we don't turn our eyes on to the Lord. Some carry them at their back for 40 years even though they are children of Abraham. Healing is one of the blessings of God for his children. The Bible says Jesus saw them and he feel pity for them and he healed them all.

I don't know why for some reason people are too proud to come to Jesus
They prefer to die in their stubbornness than to come to him and heal them. 
I remember a man who used to be smart and gentle long time ago before he went in to all kinds of trouble. Can you imagine how those all at once fade away in just one instance? All the sparking eye and glittering face has gone.

Once the devil has control on this person at one point in his life. Devil does what he wants to do when he wants to do without his permission. But then things changed a little bit and the devil started to do what he wants to do when he wants to do with his permission.

So really what is pleasure? What does it mean pleasing one’s self? It has some elements of personal, emotional, sexual, mental, physical satisfaction. It is all about me until God appears and said it is a disgrace in his eyes even if the whole nation agrees it is a normal thing to do.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit lead us not in to temptation of the flesh and free our soul from the burning desires of this world, in Jesus Name, AMEN!




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        tewodros    |    Apr. 17, 2014     | 2,446 Views    |   
 

The Word of God is really amazing. The more you hear it, the more your  mind is filled with the Word. This percludes one to do things out of emotion or feelings. From experience, I have found myself doing things out of my feelings and later regeret it. It still amazes me how following your emotions or feelings result is total waste of time, money and dissatisfation. So, as the common saying goes'What would Jesus do?', I want to stop and think this question for every decsion I make. But in all this and above all ,I believe it is only Jesus who can give me the grace and power to follow the Word -and not my feelings or emotions.

In short, the God's grace through Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit are needed  to be led by the Word of God.

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        Eskedar    |    Apr. 16, 2014     | 1,740 Views    |    1 Comments
 

There are some things in life that cannot be replaced. Somethings can be fixed easily but somethings do not. To live the most of life and be happy, we need to know the three most important things we need to protect and serve in respective order. Whether it is our relationship with God, family, parents, ministry, profession, career, education, business, investment and others, all these have a significant value and order in our lives. 

When resources are scarce, we need to retreat back to at least two most important things in life; Faithful relationship to God and love and kindness to others especially who are very close to us, children, wife, husband, mom and dad who have no one but us to support them. This will create peace and security in us and the lives of others. 

That is where you regroup, become strong and fight back. You are not going to win this battle alone. You are too weak to defend yourself alone without Jesus. Even our God who made everything by his own hands also created the institution of faith and family. God is the one who creates the value of family so whom are we to defile or redefine marriage.

Before the foundation of the earth, God was in his father-son relationship with his son. Before he brought forth the heavens in to existence, the Spirit of God was with him. So God was in relationship with his son and the Holy Spirit before anything. So we must share the same responsibility as our father by respecting the relationship with him and with others.  

In this life we need to know that everything will not stay the same. Our feelings change, our strength changes, our resources change, our time changes, people change and we also change. All things will change to indicate that only God’s love for his children will never change. 

The thing is when we are running out of hope, strength and power, when we are too weak just to continue with the pace of life, when we can no longer do things as we used to be, we need to stop and think which one of those things we need to sacrifice just for the sake of the kingdom of God. 

The Bible teaches us that if we don’t love him more than what we love most, we are not worth to be his disciple. But if we sacrifice everything else for him, we will actually get them back hundred fold in this life. 

A disciple is like a soldier. If a solider loves his family more than his country, he is not worthy to be a soldier. Why you asked? It is because he wouldn’t dare to leave them and fight in a battle that many go to die. In the same manner, a disciple of Christ has to be able to love the Lord more than his family and fight the good fight of faith preaching the gospel to the world. 

So remember to protect and defend what you value most. If everything you fight for and spend your time, energy and resource has failed, remember that you still have a family that will love you the same. If everything goes bad in this life, remember you have a father that will open up his arm and embrace you in love.  

I want to emphasize that God is faithful to strength you and give you wisdom to provide you the way out of any troubles you are passing in life. If we just hang in there with him and hold on to his promises that he will never leave us nor forsake us till he comes back, we will find resting place in this world and protection from what is about to come. Running away from our troubles is not the best way to solve them. Facing challenges will eventually solve them.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit give us wisdom to identify what are  most valueable things in life and strengthen us to fight to keep them no matter how hard the enemy fight to destroy and devour us from our eternal blessing, in Jesus Name, AMEN!

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        tewodros    |    Apr. 15, 2014     | 2,145 Views    |   
 

Caring for Loved Ones:

We need to be close to God as much as we can. That will make us learn the tricks of the enemy real quick. What it takes us a month or one year, we can learn it in one day. How does the enemy win and take our loved ones in to this illusion world? The main problem we have is we tend to care less and criticize more. In this world, we shouldn't criticize no one, specially those who are in need of our love and support.

Now we nag, we criticize and we judge our loved ones. Our loved ones need to know we care for them. And we are on their side no matter what happens. We need to put our time, energy and resource on them. That is how we are to God. He never takes his eyes of us. And we can understand that easily. We can get comfort and security in this way. He makes us first because he knows there is always someone to distract us.

That is what we are, humans, we will always find someone who creates our world. A beautiful and silent world with out being nagged, criticized and judged. Sometimes we lose our loved ones while we think we are teaching them.

Little children do not get hard teachings easy to understand. In the process we let them go because were are not intimate with them. We need to be in to good relationship and companionship with our loved ones. 

May be for some of us this is something we are not familiar with. Something we never knew before. But we need to pray to God to teach us how to be intimate with one another being able to express our inner true feelings and how to treat the feelings of others 

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit lead us to eternal blessing and joy, in Jesus Name, AMEN!

Romans 2:4 - You surely don't think much of God's wonderful goodness or of his patience and willingness to put up with you. Don't you know that the reason God is good to you is because he wants you to turn to him?

Timothy 1:16 - But since I was worse than anyone else, God had mercy on me and let me be an example of the endless patience of Christ Jesus. He did this so that others would put their faith in Christ and have eternal life.

Ephesians 6:4 - Parents, don't be hard on your children. Raise them properly. Teach them and instruct them about the Lord.







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        tewodros    |    Apr. 14, 2014     | 2,406 Views    |    2 Comments
 

Under any circumstance or by any selection criteria we (those who have been saved by grace and saw the unbounded love of God through Christ) don't deserve to be the servant of the Lord. We don't deserve to be categorized under the group of righteous people who are servant of the most fearsome God. We were very stubborn in our ways and with wicked heart and didn't listen to God all the time. 

 

If there is a man who has tested the mercy of God by going to his sins over and over again, it is me. If there is any one out there that I know who has done many wrong things in life, it is most probably me. For every wrong thing I do, I don't have too much excuse but my anger in me was eating up my flesh and soul. 

 

If you come to see a man who has lived his life all right and lead himself in the right way, probably you are making a mistake. If you are thinking right now that I might have the perfect way of life, you have found the wrong person. My life was neither perfect nor flawless. I have failed my self, men and God many times. 

 

If you come to see a man who has won all his battles, you are on the wrong address. However if you come to see a man who lived to see this day by the mercy of God, you found it. I didn t deserve to see the light of the day if is not by his mercy. I am not worthy of any of the blessings that God has for his children because of my stubbornness. I was not able to seek the face of God as my hands are filthy and my life is full of sin. If you understand what really grace means, you know why I am here. But if you don t, here is one for you to see. 

 

My life was never complete before I met Jesus. My life was full of turmoil and a lot of murmuring and grumbling. My life was shapeless and meaningless before the Spirit of God gently passes through me with favor and compassion. But when he does, my dear completely changed the way I see things. I don't see now the way I used to see things. 

 

I don't murmur, complain and grumble at least as I used to. No matter how deep the cut of the wound is, I still praise the Lord for his unfailing love and everlasting mercy with all my heart. I seek his face and gaze at his promises that he will come to take me to the resting place. 

 

I know for one thing all the wounds that the devil has caused in to our lives might not completely heal in this life. But it is another thing to believe God that he is preparing a resting place for those who have been hurt so much in this world and an agonizing fire for those who have caused all the sufferings.


The everlasting anointment of God pouring in to the wounds of our soul shall give an everlasting relief from everything our lives have gone through. It heals and protects our soul and gives hope for the future. We now know that if it is not by strong faith that comes from the deep revelation of the word of God and the hope that feels our heart from his promises, we might not want to see another day.

When it comes to the nuts and the bolts, grace is that bit of energy which makes us live our lives with courage and strengthen us to evolve to the next step and with out even a second thought. So what is mercy then and how does love is actually related to grace?

Grace is favored, unmerited, undeserved, not earned, freely given, not of good work but of good will of the father. Grace has something to do with mercy, hope, love, compassion and favor.

We all exercise grace in a smaller amount from our close friends and family. Sometimes we love our children very much and we don't even take serious measures when they make very small mistakes. So grace comes out of love of our children.

Same thing when God covers us with grace, he is doing it out of love and that will cover us from the wrath of God and it gives us favor to see his face even at the time when we have done some terrible mistakes that will make him very angry.

Why does God want to give us favor? Because he is full of compassion and he loved us first while we were sinners. So if we were sinners and God loved us, then it is not because of our work but because of his mercy through Christ Jesus.

Does this mean grace just simple makes us very disobedient in a way that we are simply covered by the blood of Jesus? No, the wrath of God is already placed on those children (not just simply unbeliever or someone else) who has repeatedly abuse the blood of the lamb and take it for granted.

We don't know actually when the love of God turns in to anger and punish us for the wrong things we did. This doesn't mean we have to be punished for every little bit of sin we have made everyday. But for sure we have to know that every one reaps what he saws and God is not a man that can be mocked.


The law of harvest teaches us very well that what we get is what we saw. So be careful what we saw in our lives and people lives with our mouth, actions, thoughts, inclination of our heart, prayer and motive. If we diligently saw love and peace and hope by faith, it shall come to us not only one fold but also ten times and hundred times more in return.

If we saw negligence, hate, bitterness, madness, cruelty, dishonesty, mistrust, disbelief and wickedness in to our lives and the lives of others, God will pay us the wages of our labor for the bad things we did in multiple folds.

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        tewodros    |    Mar. 6, 2014     | 2,552 Views    |   
 

 

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. - Ephesians 6:16:

This is continuation from the blog "Spiritual Battle" 

   

The fact that you can easily defend yourself from the devil attack is not good enough in the kingdom of God. In this kingdom, the children of God are not about to sit down and watch while others are going to hell and do nothing. 

 

They are going to do the best they can by going to the battle using God as their might and strength to snatch their brother and sisters in Christ out of the mouth of the evil one and win them back on to their father whom he loves of them the most. 

 

So how do we attack? 

 

First we have to make sure that we are saved and have a strong relationship with the Lord on a daily basis. Otherwise we might get caught by the devil while we tried to save someone else. and then we hold high the sword of the spirit which is the word of God. 

 

We can see how important the word of God is for a Christian in the book of Hebrew. 

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged 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.  -   Hebrew 4:12

 

 

The word of God is the truth we shall stand up on and built on and it is also the sword of the spirit. 

 

Neither is there any creature that is not manifested in his sight and all things are naked and open unto the eyes of God. 

 

Once the word of God hammer us and mold us to the shape the Lord want us to be, we are able to fight against every force of the wicked to revenge and to snatch others from his captivities. 

 

 

When our obedience is completed, we are able to revenge any disobedience against the will of God both in our lives and in the lives of others.

The reason that the word of God is such powerful tool to do such great things is because it is eternal, unconventional, the beginning and end of everything, and the truth about the will of God concerning our lives.

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Prayer in the spirit to exalt and honor the name of the Lord and praise him for his mercy and kindness.

We pray interceding for the saints that are in great trouble and for those who ought to be in God's house but are not. Praying to God that his kingdom may come soon and his will be done on our lives.

We pray so that God will forgive our transgressions and give us the grace and power to forgive others who have done wrong on to us. We shall not lack anything in his presence since our father is our provider.

We also pray that we shall not be a thief due to that fact that we have no food to eat that will make the name of the Lord insulted among those who don't know the Lord.

Last but not least we pray so that we shall not be tempted in such a way that we lose our faith on him that loves us most all the day of our lives.

May God bless you for reading this blog. God will never leave you nor forsake you in Jesus Name! Amen!

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        tewodros    |    Mar. 5, 2014     | 2,098 Views    |   
 

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; - Ephesians 6:12-15:

 

Every day we come face to face with many issues in life that can change our lives in the right direction or the wrong direction. We all have to make critical decisions in life before they affect us in both positive or negative ways. If you never win a fight in private or public before it is because you have been defeated and lost a fight in the spirit. Anyone who has lost a battle in private in the spirit has also lost a battle in public in the physical world. The reason for falling or rising in all areas of your life has to do with something you have or have not done in the spiritual world.

We are spiritual human beings. Our physical world dictates us how we should manifest in our physical body. Whatever we do and contribute, we do it using our physical mind, body and soul. But there is also another world that we are living on. It is the spiritual world and it requires a spiritual existence to be able to operate in this world.

Most of us take a very good care of ourselves in this world and we don't even care what is going on in the spiritual world. We all have a spirit that makes us very much different from animals. The Spirit of God has given us a spirit so that we can have a continues eternal relationship with him. God is Holy Spirit and no one can truly see him and worship him with out truth and being in the spirit. He gave us our soul, a container of our spirit which itself is contained in this flesh we live in now.

Unfortunately these two extremely different worlds affect us both in their own ways that we don't have no control of. Most people think that whatever happened to them is just because of someone's mistake or they just don't make the right choice.

Well the truth becomes more clear as we study our Bible in the book of Ephesians.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Ephesians 6:12:


What is going on in our lives is either our greatest strength or weakness. But in order to win a battle, we have to come out from our sins first.

We need to be with God, fear him and always do what he tells us to do.
For instance when things look like they are simply a matter of arguments with one another, they can turn in to a huge problem as they can be planned and conceived by these evil spiritual powers that always wanted our failure and misery in all areas of our lives.

Often many times we may not even know who is behind all this and we fail in to the traps of the enemy every now and then. Moreover, we often realize what we just did is one of the great mistakes we made in life just after we made it. But we can escape from many traps of the enemy if we can listen and do what the word of God tells us to do.

Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; - Ephesians 6:13-14:


What is the armor of God? The armor of God is spiritual guard and protection against the enemy.

There are three keywords mentioned here: truth, rigorousness and peace. The word of God is the truth that our feet shall stand on like building on a rock. If we hold on to that, we can stay firm and steady without losing our ground. It is also the foundation where other areas of our lives can be built on.

The righteousness that is revealed hear is washing our sins away with the blood of Jesus and stay always clean for the devil cannot find any reason to accuse us of a wrong doing. Most of us do sin but we don't confess our sin and it opens the door for more sin.

But as long as we are aware of our sins and we confess them and not doing them again, we can stay in the direction of righteousness of the Lord. We must surely know that God cannot be mocked and we all reap what we sow. If we say we are sorry to God and we do the same sin again, then this is a clear indication of we are still leaving in the old nature and not transformed into likeness of the son of God, Jesus Christ.

We want to emphasize also the fact that we cannot do our own salvation by ourselves. We must seek God of his will which is always a good will for us to live a sinless life. Even if things do not go the way we wanted, we shall still be faithful to the Lord.

He will make everything possible in its time. He is faithful God. We know that most of us suffered a lot of pain and we all passed through a life that is fool of turmoil and grief. But then we soon find peace and comfort from Lord as though it nothing bad happened to us before.

The last part of the sentence describes how we should be ready to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ which is peace to all mankind. All of the bad things that is happening in the world right now is coming from the fact that they are not welcoming the gospel of peace. Jesus of Natherath is the prince of peace and anyone who loves the Lord stays away from violence and murder and all forms of things that is happening right now in the world.

Hence we shall be always ready to proclaim the love of God to this generation and bring reconciliation with God through the gospel.

us Name! Amen!

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. -Ephesians 6:16:


Our faith in Christ Jesus is both our righteousness and our shield from the enemy. It is the breastplate that is a shield from the arrows of the ruler of the darkness.

The reason is because when we proclaim the word of God and stand firm upon temptation, we are protecting our selves from the attack of the devil. Jesus stayed on the ground of the word of God three times when he was tempted by the devil and the devil has no chance but to flee away.

The fact that we are holding onto the word of God tells the enemy that our trust and the strongest values and faith is built upon the lord and not on our foolish understanding and our own wisdom.

And when he knows that your God is your strength, the rock of your salvation where the place you can be safe, he will leave you at least for a while. Most Christians know the word of God but have no faith on it.

How sad this could be. How good is to know about something and not take a good use of it and get profit? How silly it will be if we could just know about light, electricity, heat, gravity, electronics and design and we don't use this knowledge to benefit us and affect as in a good manner.

The fact that we know the word of God doesn't mean anything if we did not have faith on God that he can do what he says he can do in his word concerning our lives and the life of others. Even the devil quote from the word of God.

Therefore it doesn't make any difference whether we read or not read the word of God if we don't believe it and live it.

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        tewodros    |    Mar. 4, 2014     | 1,899 Views    |   
 

By all means faith guides us well in times of trouble. But our feelings sometimes will eventually drive us crazy if we don't control them. Do you know how many times we are tempted to do something or to think about something that will eventually cause damage to our relationship with God? 

 

Feelings, thoughts, sensation and beauty are all the expression of our physical body and mind. And we know better than to rely on something like physical because it will change. The world and all its burnning sensations will pass. The Spirit is something everlasting. In this short life I have lived, I have been through a lot of issues but something is always true that everything doesn't stay the same. 

 

Whether it is our relationship with other human body or our job or our society in general they all will eventually change needless to say they all will turn their back on us just to show us that everythig will change and there is nothing faithful to us except God. 

 

Our greatest enemy is so to speak ourselves in terms of our selfish desires and the sensation we have to the world. If our friends bring a problem to us, we will close the door on them. But there is no way we lock ourselves outside and stay in peace with our selves. 

 

We have intimate close uninturepted, unconditional, untimely, continuous relationship with ourselves. That is dangerous in a way that might bring huge distraction if something is gone wrong within us. For example if we are addicted to unusual habit or if we let ourselves go wrong in uncontrollable manner, how dangeroius we that be to us. It will bring a lot of distruction and we will hurt ourselves so bad in the end. 

 

Faith on the other hand is something beyond the current existing problem we face. It is to believe something beyound our ability to believe. It takes courage and a lot of spiritual energy to have faith. 

 

All we need is a little bit of love and hope as much as we get. Faith is to believe that something in the spiritual would come to reality in the physical. Faith is to believe God that he can do better than all we can in our strength using our physical ability. It shouldn t be when bad things happen to us or when something happens beyond our abilities but we could literally use anything to trust God that he will do it better for us.


The sensation that comes above is not the one like that of the world. Sensation of this world is from the flesh and it is mortal and it comes with the promise of getting false pleasure. Spiritual sensibility brings wisdom and increases our faith on the Lord. It is also the gateway to Gods way and teachings. Women tend to have more of this physical and spiritual sensibility.

Women tend to have in many ways more sensual and spiritual feelings than a man. It is good to be a sensible individual because it brings wisdom than to neglect education and be foolish. These senses are like candles waiting to be lighted. Some say these candles are infinite for woman because there have plenty of them.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us to teach us not to follow our temporary feelings for they are deceptive and help us establish a permanent faithful relationship with God, in Jesus Name, AMEN!

 

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        tewodros    |    Feb. 28, 2014     | 4,773 Views    |    4 Comments
 

Ephesians 1:17 -

I ask the glorious Father and God of our Lord Jesus Christ to give you his Spirit. The Spirit will make you wise and let you understand what it means to know God. My prayer is that light will flood your hearts and that you will understand the hope that was given to you when God chose you. Then you will discover the glorious blessings that will be yours together with all of God's people. I want you to know about the great and mighty power that God has for us followers. It is the same wonderful power he used when he raised Christ from death and let him sit at his right side in heaven. There Christ rules over all forces, authorities, powers, and rulers.

He rules over all beings in this world and will rule in the future world as well. God has put all things under the power of Christ, and for the good of the church he has made him the head of everything. The church is Christ's body and is filled with Christ who completely fills everything.

POWER is like the working of God mighty strength in our lives which he reveled in Christ when he raised him from the dead and placed him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule, authority, power, dominion and kingdom.

Every title of honor can be given to Jesus, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.
There is always hope and encouragement in the presence of Holy Spirit. He is called the comforter. He makes us laugh even in the time of difficulties and our worst times.

We need to understand why God called us. He called us for great glory. He wants to glorify us for ever as we are his sons and daughters. He wants us to put us at his right hand. The right hand is denotation of Power of dominion. He wants us to rule his kingdom together with him.

He demonstrated this concept by raising Christ from the dead and glorify him at his right hand. According to the scripture, God wants us always to understand his greatest deepest secrets he kept for us.

No eyes have seen, no ears have heard before but what God has prepared for us since the beginning of time. He kept us a heritage which is beautiful. I think if God showed us the glimpse of our heritage, we wouldn't want to stay one more day here. We will be so much depressed we are still on earth.

Nothing is comparable to his kingdom. When we go out and come in God s presence, there is always protection. Power is always around us. Nothing will be able to harm us. If we drink a poison or face an accident, we won t be hurt.

God is an awesome God, he didn t say I will avoid adversaries from your eyes but he says, I will let problems to come to your way and while others are watching, I will divert them from your face. This way every body will know I am your God. They will bring praise for me.

Protection is not the only thing we have from God. We our selves are filled with mighty strength and the power to crush our enemy to the ground. Our father gave us power to walk on the serpent, to tramp upon big snakes.

What a great power! He gave us power to heal the sick, cast devil out from people lives. All this power, hope and inheritance come from one and only one thing- obedience.

You know obedience has limits and boundaries. You know how much you obey your boss or your aunt or the government or your parents. But when it comes to God, there is only one kind of obedience - obedience till death.

Still this might be too broad to grasp it easily for our difficulties and problems are too many. Our challenges of life might make us forget to obey God. Or we might not know in which circumstance and which things we need to obey God. What God really need from us?

He answer to this question brings what we need to obey. So break down your goal in month or if you can in week or in days so obey
hat you need to do for the day - the smaller the better.

In all of this from the promises of the Lord in theabove scripture in the power part is What makess us ask God in exchange for our obedience. In other words for our monthly or weekly purpose we want God to help us, we can surely ask God for miracle in exchange for our obedience.

Our obedience is our desire to succeed in our mission, our sacrifices for the mission, our complete sanity and righteousness. I wrote this because I know God. He never put us in shame while we trust him. Surely he will come down to end the storms and destroy our enemies. He will answer our prayers by fire. I believe we worship the same God. He is the God of Abraham and Jacob and Elijah. We shall put our trust on our rescuer. He will come to us at the right time. Amen.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit lead us to eternal blessing and joy, in Jesus Name, AMEN!

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        tewodros    |    Feb. 27, 2014     | 4,052 Views    |   
 

In those days when we feel weak and tired, we may feel that we are the only ones thinking and worrying about others. Well, I guess that is not true. I believe there is someone for us. I believe that our family prays for us.

But at this defining moment of our lives that we need some kind of motivation and support, we may feel like we are left alone. The Spirit of the Lord always visits us at down and looks for us at dusk. Without him, we are like dust that is waiting to blow away by the wind and just disappear.

"Still With all I can do, without you, I am a child who lost his way

Still With all I can do, without you, life is a wound that won't heal

Still With all I can do, without you, life is a song with no hymn

Still With all I can do, without you, I wouldn't be here today

Still With all I can do, without you, we are like an actor on stage " - by Kirk Franklin

We can't live without you father. You are all we are and we will live to be. Your breath is our spirit, your hands made us. You know us by name; you care for us day and night. So we have nothing to worry.

You warn any person that will try to harm us. You engrave our name in your palm. So you wouldn't forget us. You will protect us from the great danger as long as we put our trust in you. You alone is our protector, we wouldn't t trust nobody else. You are the only trustworthy Lord.

We wouldn't t say to ourselves that we have great knowledge and education so we will use it to support ourselves the rest of lives. We wouldn't t also say to our selves that we have a lot of treasure and speak to our soul, "enjoy, drink, eat, there is enough money for you for a very long time".

Our education will never be enough to support us or our family. What we have now cannot be enough for so long. Even if we have so much treasure accumulated that will suffice the rest of our lives and put it in a safe place that no one will still it, the thief of your lives is waiting to take it from us this night. And soon enough we cannot eat what we have toiled for a long time.

All great men and women failed at one time of their lives but they got up and they managed to be straight with God once more again. Some made God so angry and died so soon. Some worshiped idols at the very end of their lives.

The truth is God doesn't t care how wise we are or how wonderful we sing a song. But he cares deeply if we make sure all the time that our path is straight with him. A little bit of carelessness or a little bit of anger or something we do to please us while others suffer or something silly we say that breaks the heart of others, something we think that underestimate God's power and protection in our lives, will make us fall indeed!

He will let us fall and he will show us what we did was really unpleasant in the eyes of God. David tried to enjoy himself while his men were falling in battle. He went to battle many times but that day he chose to stay at his palace and make himself happy. I see a little bit of carelessness in that. And carelessness grew to laziness and then in to irresponsibility and then into bigger sin that what we saw from David's Life.

Solomon chose to entertain his soul with accompany of many beautiful girls at his old age. He was so taken away by their beauty. In fact, God told him to take it easy before they consume his wisdom totally. You know pleasure as insex has always a greater wisdom to take the grace and wisdom of great men.

We can only avoid that only through running like Josef or through avoiding the direct exposure to temptation. Otherwise, once we are in the position where there is no return, we won't see any other option other than our grace to be shaved like Samson.

But in all of our adversaries and impossibilities, you are a good God. You carry and advice and suggest us all the time without even seizing. You know without you, we are dead. So you do what you can do not to leave us alone. Even our own mother might lose hope. But you Jesus, your love is forever. You will never and ever leave us alone till the end of time. Your love is non-changing! Everlasting! Your face is all we hope, Lord! Your heart is full of compassion!

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us to teach wisdom to distinguish the evil from the good so that we will finish all our days serving the Lord.

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        tewodros    |    Feb. 26, 2014     | 2,365 Views    |   
 

 

We share our problems and adversaries to the one we love most. We even share our deep secrets to the one we trust. By doing so people tend to get hurt every now and then because the person who knows your secret might use it in the negative impression and break your heart. There is always a risk when someone tells his private life to his friend.

How about husband and wife? How about them? Do they have to fear each other and don't tell each other secrets. I think when it comes to your partner in life, your wedded husband or wife, the story is different.

There is some part of the story that will share the points we discussed above due to the facts that after all we all are humans and humans are spiritual, emotional, physical, psychological, social beings. Therefore there is some part imperfection in us and then and the person you love and trust most will hurt you, even worse break your heart, every now and then.

The story is different because we are not talking about some ordinary friend. It is your husband or wife we are talking about. How do you hide your thoughts, feelings, emotion and even your secretes from him/her?

We are not only talking about whether to tell or not to tell but also we need to have wisdom what to tell and when to tell and how to tell and why to tell. When it comes to what to tell, we don't actually tell everything to everyone. There are some things that are not to be told to everybody. We need to keep private things private.

So what to tell depends on why to tell. Before we say something lets ask ourselves why we would say that. So if we want to tell it because we think it will benefit our friend so that he will learn from our experience. But then ok we have a good thing to tell and we should tell it but is it the right time to tell it?

So we have to know when to tell it. That is why we are about to find the right moment in all of those available times. Words that are often spoken at the right moment are like olive oil on a wounded body. Timing is all about it.

So it is very important before we speak any word from our mouth to stop and think for a moment that we actually know what we are talking about because we know what to talk, why to talk, when to talk and how to talk and for whom to talk.

The last part is for whom is the most important one. It is that little wisdom we need before we talk. The audience, the listener part is very important. It is important because like we start from the beginning, we need to know what to speak for whom and vise versa.

There is a verse from the Bible that specifically tells us not to throw our valuable things in to the wrong place. No body throws his diamonds and gold in the trash instead it will put it in a more safe and valuable place. When we talk to people of this world, we don't just tell them that we are baptized with the Holy Spirit and we are full of the spirit.

That will be like garbage for them and any of their non sense replies will definitely hurt some part of our faith in Christ. So when we come face to face with ungodly man, we talk to him about the love of God and how God gave his son to death because he loves us all the same but not about the power of the holy spirit that is manifested in us. That doesn't mean we should never talk about it but it means there is time for that too.

If we know these things and if we strictly follow the guidance of the Holy Ghost, then we will learn that no one will ever cause harm to us because of the word that comes out of our mouth.

God bless you for reading this blog about truthfulness and honesty.

Jesus left and went to the territory near the cities of Tyre and Sidon. Suddenly a Canaanite woman from there came out shouting, “Lord and Son of David, have pity on me! My daughter is full of demons.” Jesus did not say a word. But the woman kept following along and shouting, so his disciples came up and asked him to send her away. Jesus said, “I was sent only to the people of Israel! They are like a flock of lost sheep.”The woman came closer. Then she knelt down and begged, “Please help me, Lord!”Jesus replied, “It isn’t right to take food away from children and feed it to dogs.” “Lord, that’s true,” the woman said, “but even dogs get the crumbs that fall from their owner’s table.”Jesus answered, “Dear woman, you really do have a lot of faith, and you will be given what you want.” At that moment her daughter was healed.  - Matthew 15:21

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        tewodros    |    Feb. 25, 2014     | 2,176 Views    |   
 

This is the time that we all want to change. A change that will generate more happiness as we are very close to our purpose. A change that will compensate all the loss and failures happened before. A change that will completely turn around our lives. A change if we have to decide and be willing to take it  

 Would you change? What are you waiting my dear?  Your love is already at the gate. Open it for him and dine together. Open up the gates of your heart to Jesus. He is more than happy to stay with you as long as we live and forever more. But our Lord we don't even know our passion in life without you.

We found out that the love you gave us is the strength of our heart. Jesus makes us strong every day and makes us love our lives. Without him we would not able to see the daylight. We would have been found in the midst of darkness. He gave us hope and purpose for our lives every day.

He leads us in the path of righteousness. He wipes out our tears and transforms our sorrow in to joy. He is the one our soul always longs to see. He is the passion of our lives and the desire of our heart. The passion in life is not only the passion for our profession.

The passion in life is not only the passion we have for our family, friends, and our job. It is actually everything that we are about to do in this world. It is how well our spiritual life is going. It is how well our family life is going. 

It is how well our profession is going. It is about physiology, intellect, and understanding. It is also about wisdom, planning, carrying, and parenting. It is also about serving, protecting, preserving, praying, and fasting. It is also about communicating, teaching, coordinating, and learning.  

The basic idea of applying knowledge in to day to day life is wisdom. Wisdom actually means using knowledge whenever, wherever it is crucial to use it. Unless and otherwise knowledge is applied on all areas of life, it is useless. 

If I am expert in fishing and there is no way I could fish one, then that is not wisdom. It is simply stored as knowledge until one day I start to exercise it, then my knowledge becomes very valuable to me and that is wisdom.&bsp;There are many things in this world that are knowledge and are not wisdom. Unless one starts to practice knowledge, it is not to make difference in people lives.

This doesn't mean that it is not necessary to learn and have some knowledge. It is very importance that one gets a valuable education. But it is up to individual to practice the knowledge one gets. Sometimes it takes a lot of effort just to get the chance to do that. Sometimes opportunities are the ones who actually determine our ways. But most of the time it is us who play the major role to shape our lives and the things around us.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit give us wisdom and understanding to able to change through the love of God to live a fulfilled life, in Jesus Name, AMEN!

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        tewodros    |    Feb. 23, 2014     | 2,730 Views    |   
 

May be a little bit of hardship 
A little bit walk the walk and talk the talk with God 
All alone in the Desert 
May be disgrace and discomfort 
With a little discouragement and disappointment 
A little bit hopelessness and humiliation 
In all of these, the Lord will not destroy unless he wants to rebuild  
He is the creator and the potter 
We are the works of his hands, the pots 
Whenever he feels like to rebuild us 
We have to pass through all forms of tribulation 
Remember that in all of this you can learn how to be humble 
This is if we can learn to take our adversaries to the Lord 
And if we don't revenge our enemies by ourselves 
If you can really forgive and forget 
The bible tells us Mosses was one of the humblest servant of the Lord 
In his service to the Lord, he always want to sacrifice him self not others 
Even in their sins he challenge God 
He showed a kind heart towards them 
He doesn't want one man to get lost in the desert 
Even if they do lost in the wilderness because of their sins 
Here is a little excerpt form Exodus 32:32 
 

The next day Moses said to the people, "You have committed a great sin. But now I will go up to the Lord; perhaps I can make atonement for your sin." So Moses went back to the Lord and said, "Oh, what a great sin these people have committed! They have made themselves Gods of gold. But now, please forgive their sin but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written." The Lord replied to Moses, "Whoever has sinned against me I will blot out of my book Now go, lead the people to the place I spoke of, and my angel will go before you However, when the time comes for me to punish, I will punish them for their sin. And the Lord struck the people with a plague because of what they did with the calf Aaron had made.


But how did Moses become so humble like that
So passionate like that
Is it how he was from the beginning?
No. In fact he was some how judgmental and emotional guy
So what teaches him passion and forgiveness is the course of life he lived
The Lord doesn't want to use him when he was strong and youth
He waited until he no longer speak on his own accord
He no longer does things on his own    

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        tewodros    |    Feb. 22, 2014     | 2,523 Views    |    1 Comments
 

Would you change?
If you know that you have only one day left to live
If you realize you are going to see his face soon 
If you knew love can change your heart when you are so depressed  
How many loses and how much regret makes you fall in love again 
How bad and how good does it need to get to make you regret  
What is that you want that makes you forgive and forget 
How is that you be willing to change 
What makes you change 
Would you change  
There is nothing wrong with the past as long as you are willing to change 
Would you be willing to seek the truth behind your sorrows 
There is a reason for everything that has happened on your life 
God had a purpose when you think he breaks your heart 
That is all you need to forget all your miseries 
God will eventually will reveal everything you need to know 
Everything you think you know till now makes your life unbearable 
Would you change? You need to change  
That s all you can do to beautify your future 
Change and see how merciful and gracious he is  
Change is the instrument of God s love 
Unless we seek his face everyday it will be impossible to change 
Change and see the endless mercy that God has for you 
What does it take to change? 
Isn’t it just a little bit of broken heart and repent 
Isn’t it worthy to save our soul by giving up all our foolishness and pride  
Repent all your sins under his feet 
He will show mercy and you will see he is full of compassion  
He will show you another way of life 
He will ake you forget the bad things that has happened in your life 
He will give you a new start and a new beginning 
He has already shade his blood and broke his flesh for all of us  
He will comfort you and give you a new heart 
He will hold you and embrace you in love if you come to him 
He will never leave you nor forsake you 
He will take care of you and treat you with kindness  
Our Lord is abundant in mercy and love 
He will forgive the wickedness of our heart 
Instead he will fill us with kindness and love 
He will give us a new heart and a new spirit that will carry his love 
He will renew our mind so that we will understand his compassion  
He is kind for those who turn from doing evil and seek his face all the time 
His anger is for a while but his mercy is for generations 
He will not abandon us as children whose parents abandoned them 
Even when a mother forget all about her children
God will never leave you nor forsake you in Jesus Name!

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        tewodros    |    Feb. 21, 2014     | 2,355 Views    |    1 Comments
 

We all wanted to minster the Lord one way or the other. Being the servant of the most holy and fearsome God is the greatest privilege of all privileges. No one ever has fully told us about God. But his son has revealed his true nature and good will that he has for his people.  

 

There are different kinds of ministry. The most common forms of ministry are preaching, teaching, worshiping, praying, interceding, fasting, teaching children through Sunday school, and cleaning the house of God. Many have been chosen to be quires, ushers, pastors, bishops, teachers, preachers, disciples, singers, missionaries, etc. 

 

It is also to seek the face of the Lord every day and intercede for the weak. It is also to serve him with talents he gave us. It could be to disciple others, guide and teach little children at school or church, Bible study, group study, diligently prayer and seeking the face of God through fasting on a single topic, worshiping the Lord with beautiful songs, Minster the poor in spirit as well as with human needs, to listen to people who desperately need Jesus and respond to them in a timely and respectful manner. 

 

I believe if God open a door for ministry and we are convicted we will go to the end with it, we don't have to necessarily stand in front of his people to do that. We will take any kind of opportunity to tell the love of God and the mystery of salvation to our brothers and sisters and any difficulty will be a great opportunity for speaking the word of God with power and revelation in courage and determination. 

 

No great prophet has ever been fully accepted by the people with out any confrontation. 

But the more challenging and hard heartedly they become, the more power and wisdom God has released to his servants with supernatural understanding.  

 

I believe the most important thing in ministry is to ask the question who send you?  

If God is the one who said Go and preach the good news then no one will have the power to resist that not even the power of darkness or the might of hell could stop that. But how pity it will be for those who come out to minister and to teach the people of the Lord with out having first making sure that God has sent them. The thing is it is not always wrong to do the right thing but it is when you try to do it at the wrong time and the wrong place. 

 

 

Many have been tempted to do that before and only hurt themselves by going in to a place where God has not sent them. They might already have the right message but the city to deliver that message has to come from the Lord. They might know the city but does a message come from the Lord when to deliver it.

If Jesus had to wait 30 years before he started preaching the kingdom of God, how much more do we humans need the time before ministering the people of the Lord. Many will go out through some thing that looks like an open door to ministry but they will only end up hurting them selves.

They are not only failed but they put their faith in great danger. But the Lord is full of compassion and kindness, he always protect his children from danger. We might fail one or two times and get pretty messy, he never put us aside and laugh at us when we made mistakes.

God has no problem to give us the chance to actually go to his people and minster them.
What he has more of a difficulty is to make us in to a kind of person that he would trust to give us power over his people. One of the greatest forms of temptation is seeking once power for our selves and taking something that is not ours for granted and abusing it.

All of us actually fail this phase and no one will ever thrust us unless we passed the test again.
If we do pass the test, we will have the chance to come to Lord and ask for ruling stick from the Lord. There was a time when Mosses asked for it and denied and there was a time when he take all the time and focus on preparing himself to be a faithful servant for the Lord that he was granted the authorized opportunity to lead the children of God.

If Jesus has not been tempted about three times on three major issues which are the will of God, his flesh desires, and most importantly resisting the temptation of seeking power that is not yet given to him by God and he passed them all, he may not be qualified to do the job that God has given him on earth even if he was ready to lay his soul for his brothers and sisters.

There is a principle that we should all follow if we want to serve the Lord and his people. We cant just take only our zeal and depend only on our passion to come out for ministry. That is not how it works with God and his kingdom. No one will ever trust again a person that was once given the delegated power and abused it some how and cannot able to return it to the one the power really belongs to.

There is this wonderful example I come to notice to illustrate this fact. It is not absolute power when one comes to power to administer the people of the country. That is a delegated power and it has to be returned to the people when it is demanded back so that they can give it to whoever they want. There is also one perfect example in the book of Job.

When Job was put in to a very difficult situation in which no human being could ever possibly even imagine and when he was tormenting in agony and when he was asked to give every thing he has in this world, even his very own body, he didn't not complain rather he remains steady in his faith on the lord.
When Abraham was tested to give his only son to the lord he didn't have a second taught about it. He had brought his son to the place where he would have sacrifice him to the lord based on the request the lord made until he spoke again and specifically told him not to do it.

Nebuchadnezzar was once a mighty king whose kingdom was expanded all over the face of the earth and had control over every country and people that lives in it, but by the time he has taken all that for granted and when he started telling himself that he was what he was by his own strength, he foolishly put himself in to a very delicate situation with God.

By the time he begin to do that , the lord has snatched him from his kingdom and put him in to the likeness of a beast for God to make him realize that we all are a beast if we avoid the same spirit that the lord gave us.

All this specific examples are written for us to teach us something very important. That is who we are and what we have with God and who we are not and we don't with out him.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit give the wisdom to understand the timing for ministry by the grace of God in Christ Jesus, in Jesus Name, AMEN!

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        tewodros    |    Feb. 20, 2014     | 2,153 Views    |   
 

It always amazes me how the smallest things we do to honor and please God have a great impact not only in our lives but to many more generations to come. When God sees a little bit of faithfulness in our lives, He makes sure he rewards that with so many blessings in our lives and the lives of others. God is so faithful. He keeps His promises that He made to us.

He won’t leave us alone when we need Him the most. What we need to know about this everlasting relationship we have in Christ is that God is so faithful. No matter how ugly our sins are He is so faithful and forgiving when we come before him with a humble and humiliated heart with absolute repentance spirit.

That is what David did when he sinned against the Lord. Therefore, that is what we should do. David considered nothing worth of giving his heart away except he gave it away to God, His mighty shield and protector. He fought all his wars and wins using God as his shield from the arrows of the enemy that pierce anything in the flesh.

His rock and his salvation was God. He didn’t lay his trust in the number of soldiers he had to serve him. Well, of course, no wonder God was so angry when David wanted to do that and punished him severely for that. What a great lesson for David and for us who know the story? You cannot impress God with your skills or the size and skills of your army.

In fact, you make him angry by trusting on the flesh. And by flesh I mean anything of the flesh. Your education, profession, power, wealth, health, skills, experience, wisdom or any other measure of performance in the flesh is nothing for God. God is not impressed with these at all. In fact, He gave these to anyone He is pleased with, like he took it from Saul and gave it to David.

Because God’s mercy and forgiveness that he showed to King Solomon for the sake of King David, what God had planned to save the whole world through Christ Jesus was fulfilled by having Jesus to be born from the ancestry of King David. If God had not forgiven Solomon even if Solomon abandoned God to worship his idols, then there would haven’t been Jesus, the Covenant he had promised to give to be slain for the sake of the sins of the world.


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        Tewodros    |    Jul. 4, 2017     | 458 Views    |   
 


God is Faithful: An Epic contradictory story between King David and King Solomon

1 King 11: 1 King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s daughter—Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites. 2 They were from nations about which the LORD had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.” Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love. 

3 He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray. 4 As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been. 

5 He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molek the detestable god of the Ammonites. 6 So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the LORD; he did not follow the LORD completely, as David his father had done. 

7 On a hill east of Jerusalem, Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the detestable god of Moab, and for Molek the detestable god of the Ammonites.  8 He did the same for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and offered sacrifices to their gods. 

9 The LORD became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice. 10 Although he had forbidden Solomon to follow other gods, Solomon did not keep the LORD’s command. 

11 So the LORD said to Solomon, “Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees, which I commanded you, I will most certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates. 12 Nevertheless, for the sake of David your father, I will not do it during your lifetime. I will tear it out of the hand of your son. 

13 Yet I will not tear the whole kingdom from him, but will give him one tribe for the sake of David my servant and for the sake of Jerusalem, which I have chosen.”

33. I will do this because they have forsaken me and worshiped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Molek the god of the Ammonites, and have not walked in obedience to me, nor done what is right in my eyes, nor kept my decrees and laws as David, Solomon’s father, did.

34 “ ‘But I will not take the whole kingdom out of Solomon’s hand; I have made him ruler all the days of his life for the sake of David my servant, whom I chose and who obeyed my commands and decrees.  35 I will take the kingdom from his son’s hands and give you ten tribes. 

36 I will give one tribe to his son so that David my servant may always have a lamp before me in Jerusalem, the city where I chose to put my Name. 

This is God speaking. He said, King Solomon and his people abounded the laws of God, they worshiped idols, goodness and kindness were far from them and they separated themselves from the ways of King David.

But how did King Solomon cast himself away from the very good and righteous deeds that his father taught him to do before he died?

As he was a man of so many curiosities and wondered to know so many things as to why and how things reveal themselves in to existence, he found in a very deadly situation where he couldn't pull back once he was completely overtaken.

But it was not without a warning that he perished. God had so many times told him to take it easy with the so many wives he had. As a king, he took all the opportunities and privileges of being born into and becoming king of a great nation.

He had no background as his father. His father fought every day of his life to become a king seeing God protection and mercy on the wa through t
the throne.

David deceived himself to have sex with the wife of his servant but couldn’t make his heart stubborn when the warning and punishment came for what he had committed- a terrible and terrible sin against his servant and most of all against God whom he gave him a great responsibility to protect and serve.

On the contrary, when God convicted Solomon of his sin in his word by clearing stating that he should not marry with those woman, he did not stop and confess his sins. Rather, he continued and fell in to the same trap God warned him, the sin of worshiping idols.

He fell in love with a deadly women that killed the very important thing he and his entire generation had kept for so many years, the covenant they had with God. He risked everything that was built before him and the covenant of God with future generations after him. But the story did not end there. HALELUJIA.. If it did, it would have been the saddest story of all.

But God said this,

11 So the LORD said to Solomon, “Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees, which I commanded you, I will most certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates. Nevertheless, for the sake of David your father, I will not do it during your lifetime. I will tear it out of the hand of your son.

He didn’t say, “Hay Solomon, you are doomed. The promises I made with your ancestors ends here because one part of the covenant which is you cannot live up to the expectation of me.”

God had the right to stop being faithful to the genealogy of Abraham due to the failures of King David and King Solomon, but he did not stop there. He kept his faithfulness anyhow. There were some consequences of his actions. The kingdom was torn apart in to 12 pieces. In the coming years, his son will not rule over the whole nation, but only over one tribe.

And that is how God kept his promises he made to King David. David was found faithful in the eyes of God because he always humbles himself before God no matter how far he thought he went far away from the grace of God and always pleading God for mercy.

He always clings to the mercy and grace of God as a baby attaches himself to a mother. And God loved him for that since David trembled and humiliated himself under the word of God. He also gave glory to God for his victories over the enemy. It might be unnatural for King Solomon to do that, but David knew how he became what he was. 

Life is by itself a ministry and greatest testimony to us in the first place and to those who get the chance to hear our story. David learned from his life experience and glorified God’s name till the end. Two kings with different backgrounds reached different conclusions. David knew where he came from. That could be his greatest character we all need to learn from.

What about you and me? Do we always remember what God has done in our lives? Do we testify that to our souls every day and document that for the next generation?

Or do we fell in to trap of the deceitful of the world with drugs, money, sex, drunkenness or even just idleness. Idleness is the greatest threat to mankind as it leads to all manners of sexual immorality, gossip, drugs, and drunkenness.

We owe God everything. Our youth, our love, energy, time, money, our senses, our strength, our wisdom and many more shou
d be used to serve him at the right time in the right place. 

Don’t give your youth/last days to sexual sins as king Solomon did. He chose the wrong choice and made God sad. Solomon put his heart where there is no glory of God. His heart stranded away from his master. “Love” is tough. The love of money is tough. The love of sex is tough. The love of self is tough. That is why many have lost in the wilderness of loving the wrong item.

But the Bible says, “Love your God with all your heart, sol and w
ll.”  That is why we should protect ourselves from loving the wrong thing. If we diligently seek God and his ways, we will not fall astray
 If we love him no matter how delicious the apple looks like, we will save our lives.

If we keep our eyes focused on our lord and savior, the beginning and end of our faith, we will not have any problem losing our faith over cheap and cosmetic items.

This world has nothing good for us. Our soul will never be satisfied with false pleasure and unfulfilling cosmetic materials. That is why many die craving for more satisfaction completely taken over by drugs and alcohols. With lust and evil desires, their soul cries day and night to find peace and pure joy which is to meet and dine together with her creator.

May the faithfulness and mercy of God help us every day to have intimate relationship with our father in heaven by the power of the Spirit of God. God has called us in to this beautiful fulfilling, joyful, loving and everlasting relationships we have in Christ Jesus. Let’s keep doing that and we shall make it to the end by his faithfulness!!!

I really like this song and I would like to share it with you:

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        Tewodros    |    Jul. 2, 2017     | 432 Views    |   
 


Ezekiel 11: 17  “Therefore say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will gather you from the nations and bring you back from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you back the land of Israel again.’

“They will return to it and remove all its vile images and detestable idols.  I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.

They will be my people, and I will be their God. But as for those whose hearts are devoted to their vile images and detestable idols, I will bring down on their own heads what they have done, declares the Sovereign Lord.”

The first important thing we need to live a sinless life is a changed, new heart that the Lord himself gives to us. The new heart is characterized by one word, "Humble", like the heart of Jesus, that always humbles himself under the word of God.

The old man's heart is characterized by stubbornness and pride which leads to a bigger sin. The spirit person is born with a new heart from the spirit of God like a baby is born in the flesh from the flesh of his mother’s womb.

The heart is the container of the second important thing to walk in the path of righteousness. The second important thing the Lord does to help us achieve victory over sin is a new Spirit. The spirit of compassion and kindness.

This spirit the Lord gives is the Spirit of God over mankind. Without a humble and pure heart it is impossible to invite, receive and reside the Spirit of God as His characteristic is humble and pure.

The nature of the Spirit of God determines the kind of heart he lives in. If we are always angry and full of bitterness, there is no way we can invite him in to our heart. If our little heart doesn't know how to forgive and forget and always held grudge against the wrong doings of others in our lives, it is very difficult to invite Jesus in to our heart.

That is why it is so difficult for many to invite and receive Jesus in to their lives. Whereas, for the low spirited and humble person, accepting Jesus is a matter of raising hands kneeling down before God and confess all sins and receive this mighty savior and kindly invite the spirit of Jesus to dwell in him forever. Salvation starts with humility and always nourished and protected by humility.

There is no other more powerful thing that destroys it like pride. Therefore as the first thing we get to receive salvation is the new heart, it is very important to know that for a Christian the most important thing to protect his salvation is to protect, nourish and guard the heart.

If we guard it faithfully, from this heart flows everlasting peace, love and joy that is the characteristic of the Spirit of God. If we don't, then anger, bitterness, hate and other wicked things will start to grow and sophisticate and kill the new heart.

Proverbs 4:23

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flow
from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.



Luke 21: 34 - Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” 







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        Tewodros    |    Jun. 26, 2017     | 410 Views    |   
 

How magnificent and awesome God you are? I cannot stop writing the words of gratitude and all the feelings of my heart to you since you are closer to me than a mother to her child.

Your faithfulness stays with me and keeps me in the house of the Lord forever. Therefore, I sing of your love and forgiveness all the days of my life. Words are helpless when it comes to praising you, O Lord!

They are not able to express the deepest feelings we have for you. We simply say Glory be to your name day and night since we don’t have anything else we can pay back for your kindness and generosity.

My soul leaps with joy when I hear your name praised in the midst of your congregation. I come to you every day with the spirit of thankfulness to magnify your holy name. I say to you, “Holy, Holy, O Lord Almighty!”

Worthy is the Lamb of God to be praised and to get all the glory He deserves, since He was slayed for the sin of the world. He was crucified for our transgressions.

Even though we were disobedient children of God and we were pushing back His love, but now we come to you Lord with all we have got since we truly understand that you are the Lord of our lives.

You are full of compassion for your children which you have redeemed through the blood of Jesus. Holy Spirit we worship you for standing with us during trouble and pain.

Thank you for becoming our confidence to see the face of the Almighty. Nothing comes close to him except by the virtue of Love you have cried over for each one of us to intercede and create peace with our father.

You have neither abandoned us nor condemned us for our sins. You rather keep trusting us to come back and convict us of our sins so that we can get rid of our crooked ways and make our ways straight with the Lord.

There is no limit for your compassion as we know it and you proved it repeatedly by pouring your grace and love in to our lives to sustain us from falling and from casting away from your presence.

Your grace and love have been the number one reason that we are not part of the condemned. You chose to love and it is by choice you saved us and not by chance. It is exceedingly far from our understanding how you choose to save us even if it is easy to understand a father love always protects and provides.

But we have no clue why you were even worried to save us since we were so stubborn and unloving in the beginning. We have no clue how much it cost to redeem us since we were not in your place when you died the death of a sinner.

That is why we play with your grace while we enjoy the benefits of our salvation. This shows how immature we are in terms of the growth we ought to reach in our faith. We know for sure that death is the biggest sacrifice one can pay for the benefits and safety of others.

Soldiers die for the freedom of their country trusting the freedom will come one day for many to enjoy. Moms die before they even see their babies during delivery believing that their babies will come safe and grow with one peace. These are greatest sacrifices built on faith on others.

Jesus Christ died believing that one day we all become children of God and live a peaceful life away from the curses that are about to come in the world. He saved us from condemnation of sn.

Therefore, we are free from what sin about to bring to humans that was manifested and seen on others who betrayed Jesus. It is also much better not to fall under the judgment of God after receiving the Lord as your savior and Lord since it is much worse than not knowing him in the first place.

Abusing the grace of God is a much worse sin than not knowing the Lord Jesus Christ. For if you don’t know the Lord now, you still have time to know him in the future. But after knowing everything that you should know about him and abusing it is something one must regret badly after he/she committed the sin against the Lord.


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        Fasika    |    May. 15, 2017     | 672 Views    |   
 

We need to be careful what we allow to come in to our heart to be totally blessed and touched with the love of our God. Otherwise it may be poison to our soul.

We can’t trust everything that looks like love and joy. This world can easily deceive us with glittering copper which we think as gold. Only God’s love is trustworthy. Don't open the door for other things. I know ministry can thoug sometimes and we might suffer a little bit.

But the Lord will heal our soul very quickly. If this world hates us and condemns us, our grief is endurable because as Christians we know our God will come soon. We will cry out to him and soon our soul gets healed. After all he is the creator, our God, right?

He will make us joyful again. He would not leave our body to the grave and abandon our soul to the wicked. He will come to our rescue and he doesn’t want grief and pain to cast up on our heart. But if God put us away, who will help us?

Nobody will bother even to look around and ask what is going on. Holy Spirit wants to teach us a great lesson from Jeremiah 45 It is about the servant of God crying to be heard of his earthly prayers.

God replied to him by saying, Can’t you see that I destroy soon what I have built? If it was good for you, I would have given you long time ago. Please pray to me if you have to pray that I rescued you soul from all of this nightmare so that it follows the most important thing than just life. God is talking about Holy Spirit controlling our life. Our life to be lived only for God. It is the greater prayer of all I know.

This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says to you, Baruch: You said, Woe to me! The LORD has added sorrow to my pain; I am worn out with groaning and find no rest. But the LORD has told me to say to you, This is what the LORD says: I will overthrow what I have built and uproot what I have planted, throughout the earth. Should you then seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them. For I will bring disaster on all people, declares the LORD, but wherever you go I will let you escape with your life. -Jeremiah 45 










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This is the time where everybody put you on test. You should fear nothing while on the mission to win souls for the Lord. The only thing you have to fear is God, as he is the only one with ultimate power. Fear the one who has both the power on your flesh and soul.

What is the key to winning souls? Putting yourself dead as a wheat seed. Only God will lift you up from there. You cannot win this war with your wisdom. The ruler of this world is your greatest enemy. He has the advantage in every way.

 Jesus advised,

“As you are going with your adversary to the magistrate, try hard to be reconciled to him on the way, or he may drag you off to the judge, and the Judge turns you over to the officer, and the officer throws you into prison. I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.”

So avoid any conflicts. You have no options but to accept their slaps on the face. Don’t judge them like the world judges. A fool man will spent all his energy and time talking about disappointments. There is nothing worse than that. That is absolute failure and departure from the will of God. That you can’t afford. 

How would you live with them? Jesus said, “How long must I live up with you?” It is because the wickedness of their heart. My prayer to the Lord is to make my heart as strong as a steel. That it won’t be broken by the enemy. 

May be this is how the children of this world are wise. They will never trust you. Even if you are a brother. They know always what is going on. They know what they want. And they don’t take no for an answer to get it. They have well prepared for it. I mean all what ifs… and in case offs. 

Now let’s see what most Christian are. We trust everyone in the name of love. We have no idea of what is going on. We don’t know what we really want. And for something we need, we will not put everything we have to get it. Think about it. Now how would we fight the good fight of faith? If we are incompetent, we don’t fulfill the criteria for success.

Man’s greatest enemies and strongest tools of the wicked are REVENGE, FEAR, TRUST and PLEASURE. How does the devil implement them in our lives? Through Ignorance. He will tell you how to REVENGE your enemy and you will not forgive. He will magnify your problems that you will FEAR them. He will make God too far and not caring, not interested in you so that you don’t TRUST him. 

While the devil uses these things to devour us, our only hope Holy Spirit always whispers the antidotes of these greatest threats and he will tell you how to be aware of them. It is time to wake up! Your enemies have increased in number. There was time for a sleep. In fact for long time, you were slumbering. Now is the time to REVENGE your enemy. 

Now is the time to fight the good fight of faith. He will maximize your pain and when he does, wake up because he wants you to REVENGE. He will tell you that you are beaten severely and left alone. In fact the thing might be true. But he will amplify it so that you feel bad. Most of us go for our REVENGE. That way we feel like our pain is released from us. 

But whether you REVENGE your enemies or not, you will feel the same. All we have to do is to cry to the father. That he will REVENGE our REVENGE. As for me, I want a big and true REVENGE on my true enemy. Since I want a big one, I don’t want to mess it up trying to do it myself. 

I already gave it the manufacturer and I am patiently waiting for the date of manufacturing of my REVENGE. Manufactured by God Almighty. Since I have this revelation of the wisdom of God. 

Holy Spirit always embolden us to have faith in God. It is the opposite of fear that the devil tries to introduce in our lives. Without faith we cannot see and please God. That is why the enemy’s main target to
estroy your faith is by allowing certain things to shake our faithin Christ.
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Whatever the circumstances look like, don’t abandon you faith. That is the most precious gift you have that you must be vigilant enough to protect all the time. Jesus continuously preached the importance and the value of faith in our day to day life. Unfortunately, as humans, we tend to focus on the current situation instead of the overall picture and the destiny God is going to take us.

When the disciples were confronted with a troubling and life threatening storm, they immediately found themselves under the influence of fear. They cannot even pray or exercise some of the faith words they learn from their master. But Jesus demonstrated how they should handle their fear and become fearless children of God.

Devil also fights us with the issue of trusting God when he seems far away. The truth is God is never far away. He is always with us till he comes back. We have to declare from the word of God that Holy Spirit will never forsake us. By doing so, we will have hope and faith in him.

When the devil tempt us with the spirit of immorality and false pleasure, we can defeat him by sticking to the fear of the Lord. Remember that our faith fathers defeated physical temptation by fearing and honoring the lord above themselves or any other human.

When their obedience were completed, God was able to reward them with more glorious things than the temporally sinful pleasure they would have experienced if they had failed the test.

Do we ever think that there is nothing that is hidden? All we do in secret will be revealed in day light. All we do in private will be revealed in public. Who do that? God. Why? Because we fear man instead of God. 

When we did our sin, we were worried about men seeing us. But we didn’t think about God almighty. For that he disciplined us since he didn't want to lose us in the wilderness. God is the punisher.

Sometimes we do that not out of disrespect but out of loneliness. Being Helpless and discouraged. Out of all of our afflictions and tribulations.  But how can we did this to him?

We should FEAR him since he deserves all our respect and love. Sometimes we disobey God because we don’t know how not to disobey him. But let’s obey him all the time even it means we have to pay a lot of sacrifices to do that.

God bless you!



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    1.  Have at least one hour bible study per week with your spouse

    2. Always pray with your spouse no matter how

    3. Husbands submit to your wives as you submit to Christ

    4. Wives submit to your husband as you submit to Christ

    5. At the time of conflict always find the common ground and build on that

    6. Acknolwedge Holy Ghost as the leader and rule maker of your house

    7. Don’t blame your spouse for criticizing you because that could be your weakness. No one is perfect. Accept criticism.

    8. Humble yourself before your God and spouse

    9. Take time to enjoy life together.

    10. Worship and Serve God together

    11. Take charge of your finances together

    12. Grow together as a family

    13. Appreciate your spouse in front of others (specially your side of family, like your mom and dad).

    14. Trust your spouse even if things don't make sense sometimes. Trust is the key to relationship

    15. Know what makes your spouse very angry and stay away from it

    16. Make your family first before anything except your faith in Christ

    17. Know how to please your spouse. It could be as simple as bringing flower or buy a small gift

    18. Take responsibility to help your soul mate in everything s/he needs help.

    19. Spend as much as time with your spouse

    20. Separate time with your spouse from time with your children

    21. Make love as often as possible. Make it a habit unless you want present yourself before God in prayer together.

    22. Fast together so that the devil cannot attack by divide and conquer

    23. Lead by example not by force

    24. Accept one another even if things look silly

    25. Accept criticism and strong feedback

    26. Be honest. Share what you feel honestly with your spouse. Don’t take grudge.

    27. Don’t forget to say I love you before you leave your spouse

    28. Pray for your spouse even if s/he doesn't know that

    29. Don’t share your marriage secretes to no one

    30. Holy Spirit is your true counselor. Don’t trust human beings with your marriage.

    31. Know that your marriage is the most important thing next to your faith in Christ

    32. Protect your marriage with all you have got when it is in danger

    33. Don’t involve your parents with your conflicts. Your conflicts will go away soon but they won’t.

    34. Be always hopeful about the future.

    35. Create a sense of security; specially husbands

    36. Be positive. Don’t interpret the words of your spouse in the wrong way. Always ask for more clarification.

    37.  

      Love gently. Life is short. Huge gently. Talk gently. Show your love and don’t hide it.

    38. Honor others more than yourself to serve them with humility

    39. Never hesitate to ask forgiveness

    40. Become the source of laughter and joy 

    41. Be helpful

    42. Be inspirational.

    43. Always thankful

    44. Always forgiving

    45. Always cherish

    46. Don’t be too jealous with your spouse. Jealousy opens the door to marital infidelity. True love is not jealous and doesn't envy.

    47. Always ask for help if you need help. Sometimes husbands need to be told what to do specifically for their wives.

    48. Be Thoughtful and Passionate

    49. Be Merciful and Loving

    50. Be Caring and Protecting

    51. Be Peaceful and Joyful

    52. Be Compassionate and Decent

    53. Be Graceful and Praiseful

    54. Be Truthful and Honest

    55. Be Patient and Thankful

    56. Be Servant and Helpful

    57. Be Gentle and Full of empathy

    58. Be Disciplined and Respectful

    59. Be Sincere and Full of integrity

    60. Be Generous and Cheerful

    61. Be Content with your spouse.

    62. Be Knowledgeable and Wise

    63. Always intercede for the sins of your spouse to God

    64. Be Thankful

    65. Be Obedient and self-sacrificing

    66. Never count or recall one’s wrong doings

    67. Be Hopeful for the future

    68. Love like crazy

    69. Forgive like everything a person does harm to you is like a scratch.

    70. Humble yourself like you are the dumbest and lowest of all, but you know that you are not that at all.

    71. Share out of Love; not because you want something in return

    72. Be Holy. Purity from immorality

    73. Don’t grumble and complain on your spouse

    74. Watch what you do with your time. Actions speak more than words.

    75. Watch out the words that come of your mouth. Words can heal or break your relationship.

    76. Don't make empty promises. Be a man/woman of your words

    77. Prophesize good things on your marriage

    78. Never mention the word divorce in any of your arguments

    79. Fulfil your family needs

    80. Come up with a common working plan to discipline and raise your children

    81. Always resolve conflicts before it is too late. The sooner the better.

    82. Take a short walk when you are too angry to speak.

    83. Never argue with your spouse in a difficult situation. Find the right time and place to do it.

    84. Don’t fight in front of your children. But also let them know that healthy arguments are also part of life.

    85. Deal with your personal, spiritual and professional issues without hurting your relationship

    86. Don’t keep secrets that can potentially hurt your relationship.

    87. Allow time to solve some of your critical marital issues.

    88. Remember that we are constantly changing every day. Tomorrow is another day.

    89. Know that you are the protector of your family next to Christ. God has trusted you with a precious gift.

    90. Be Faithful and Loyal

    91. Be Gentle and Kind

    92. Keep your promises and never make empty ones

    93. Keep the secret of your marriage and your spouse. Very important.

    94. Be faithful to God and to your marriage

    95. Fear God. Before doing anything ask your self the question of fearing and obeying him no matter how smart you think you are

    96. Please God. Always find a way and a reason to please him.

    97. Tell your spouse that s/he has an important role in your life every time

    98. Treating your spouse with respect in front of friends and family

    99. Establish and pursue your marital visions and dreams. This can be both physical and spiritual goal you want to achieve as a family

May God bless you and protect your marriage from any form attack from the evil and bless it till he comes back! Amen!



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God himself made a promise when this priest was appointed. But he did not make a promise like this when the other priests were appointed. The promise he made is, “I, the Lord, promise that you will be a priest forever! And I will never change my mind!”

This means that Jesus guarantees us a better agreement with God. There have been a lot of other priests, and all of them have died. But Jesus will never die, and so he will be a priest forever! He is forever able to save the people he leads to God, because he always lives to speak to God for them.

Jesus is the high priest we need. He is holy and innocent and faultless, and not at all like us sinners. Jesus is honored above all beings in heaven, and he is better than any other high priest. Jesus doesn’t need to offer sacrifices each day for his own sins and then for the sins of the people. He offered a sacrifice once for all, when he gave himself. The Law appoints priests who have weaknesses. But God’s promise, which came later than the Law, appoints his Son. And he is the perfect high priest forever. -Hebrews 7: 21

There were so many candidates for the position of eternal intercession between man and God. But none qualifed for the job because none raised from the dead to continue the job they have started on earth in heaven.

Only Jesus qualifies since death cannot hold him in the grave. Therefore, he continues what he was doing on earth in heaven. He used to intercede for our faith when he lived on earth and now he intercedes for the entire world by siting on the right hand of his father. If any one comes to him by faith, believing that Jesus died the death of a sinner, he is able to save them from eternal death through the blood he shed on that cross.

The other qualification for the job of intercession is purity before God. No one is pure since all have sinned against God. Only Jesus is holy and innocent before God. He is the only one on earth and heaven who is able to come between the sinner and the wrath of God, which is like fire predestined to do justice for God is holy.

We praise God for sending his son to die on the cross for the sake of the sinner and design a way to establish eternal friendship with him through Christ Jesus who is our high priest. He always intercedes for us when we got in trouble and prepares a way out.

What I mean is that we have a high priest who sits at the right side of God’s great throne in heaven. He also serves as the priest in the most holy place inside the real tent there in heaven. This tent of worship was set up by the Lord, not by humans. - Hebrew 8: 1

The priesthood of Jesus Christ is eternal. Jesus Christ is the same today, tomorrow and forever. He doesn’t change. The only thing that is needed from us is to believe in him who is faithful to bring peace to our lost soul.

That God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. -          
                                                                 2 Corintians 5:19

God reconciliation is from him, by him and to him. Salvation is designed, prepared and executed by God.

Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. - 1 John 5:12 

There is no other option to be saved and escape from the eternal death. There is no alternative other than Jesus that God has prepared for humans to be saved. No Jesus, No life. Period.

For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. - Matthew 1625

The best thing you can do to save your life from the danger of eternal fire is lay it on the hand of Jesus Christ. Any other option we take to save it is a guarantee for death. Jesus will never let you down. Once you put your trust on him, he is faithful to keep it safe and be able to present it to the father. 

For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” - Romans 10:13

Just calling his name when you are in great trouble will bring safety and salvation for your soul. God listens to us when we truthfully cry out to him by faith.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. - Ephesians 2:8-9

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. - John 3:17

In conclusion, there is no one below or above the earth except Jesus that is given to human beings to carry their sin and burn on the cross. There is no one for us except Jesus to care for us and bring our case before the most fearsome God and be able to win the case.

There is no one except Jesus who can face God for the sins of human beings since the wrath of God on the sinner is great. Jesus Christ is able to intercede for us when we are short of the glory of God due to our rebellious nature.

Others may feel pity for us but nothing more. But he is able to give us grace that will help us triumph over our enemies. He set a practical example
for us to learn how we can defeat the devil by obeying God till death. He has already sent us his Spirit to live in us who always intercedes for us even when we don’t know how to pray.






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Ephesians 5:21 : Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, just as Christ is the head of the church, His body, of which He is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her to sanctify her, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to Himself as a glorious church, without stain or wrinkle or any such blemish, but holy and blameless.

In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. Indeed, no one ever hated his own body, but he nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church. For we are members of His body. 

“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”  This mystery is profound, but I am speaking about Christ and the church. Nevertheless, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. 

One of the causes of conflict in marriage is the issue of misunderstanding. By nature, we are all designed to think, function and manage things in a unique fashion. God’s master piece is unique as we are unique. We are all the creations of His hands. One thing that the devil uses to destroy marriage is by creating an illusion of disbelief – which is the opposite of faith.

When there is a gap in communication, there will be lack of understanding of the ideas and unique perceptions of one’s spouse. In other words, when marriage partners stops communicating effectively to each other, there will be a chance for misunderstanding. Misunderstanding also comes from the lack of faith on one another.

As human beings we are entitled to thinking in a different way than our spouse. This way we can fulfil our spouse by suggesting better ways of doing things. Marriage is not about one person (the spouse) performs whatever he/she wants without consulting the other constituents of the marriage(Holy Spirit and the spouse ).  Marriage is beautiful and peaceful when Holy Spirit takes his place that is being the Head of the House and when the husband and wives follow His command and His voice in every aspect of their lives.

Husbands should lead by example not by force. By example, I mean with love and sincerity. By submitting himself to his family as he submits himself to Christ. Devil will never get the chance to destroy marriages if we learn how to be humble in the eyes of God and people. If we know how to accept the ideas of others and work out our differences.

Our ignorance in the areas of the word of God can lead us in to all manners of troubles. The best thing you can do to get wisdom is to humble yourself before God. That is what David and his son had done before God anointed them with the Spirit of wisdom and understanding. Jesus humbled himself before God and God raised him to the highest place in the Spiritual Realm.

Fixing broken marriages is not easy if we approach it in the wrong direction. The right way to solve our problems is by getting closer to the Word of God to listen what it has to say concerning our marriage. God created marriage and no human being can fix it when it is in jeopardy.

God’s is specialized to conduct any kind of operation to rescue your marriage. The problem is we don’t come to him when we have a mess in our lives. We think that people, who cannot even solve their own problems, can give us relief to our pain.

If we get lucky, the best thing we can get from advices of others is a temporary relief not a permanent solution.

It is like taking a pain killer to numb our pain but we all kno
hat has nothing to do with healing the sickness.

Consulting  the so called “Counselors”, which I completely disagree about this word, is like getting pain killers. They have no solution. They are guessing how to solve your issues. They don’t even have a thorough understanding of your marital issues.

There is no other counselor other than the Spirit of God living in each and every one of us. He knows you more than any human being. He understands you better than your mom understands. He won’t judge or criticize or take an advantage of you. There are no strings attached when Holy Spirit councils you. 

Many don't approach you the same way He does. I doubt it if you can find one in this wicked world. Their counselling is full of judgment, criticism and gossip. They open doors to other issues in our marriage by disseminating the secrets of our marriage to others. God made you and your marriage. Don’t allow humans to destroy your marriage.

Marriage breaks when the husband or wife stops listening to the word of God and stops communicating to the Spirit of God through prayer. There is no other efficient way of destroying marriage others than this that I can think of.

By the way, long before divorce, there is a sign of arrogance, the spirit of idolatry, sexual impurity, lust, and ignorance on the word of God manifested at least on the husband or wife. These things are the fruits of the devil not the Spirit of God. That is why we need to examine ourselves ahead of time when these signs appear. The cost of maintaining our marriage is much higher than we can anticipate. Therefore it is wise to work on prevention of these things before it is too late.

May God bless you and protect your marriage from any form attack from the evil and bless it till he comes back! Amen!








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Psalms   34 : 8  : Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.


I praise you God, in Jesus' name for everything that is going in my life. In the time of distress and confusion your Words of comfort are my consolidation. It gives me relief from all the agents of negativity in my life.

You clean my soul from all the bad things that surrounds it like a fog and every time you do that it installs hope and a future in my life. Your Spirit refreshes my spirit which makes me mighty and strong to triumph over every form of wickedness.

In your promises, I find the reason to believe and strive for another day. It gives me courage to stand firm by faith when the devil comes with his lies to dismantle your eternal propose from my life.

The devil cannot succeed in our lives since I know you have already planned a great destiny for our lives. For this reason, I don’t get confused when life becomes tough sometimes.

Rather, I always keep your Spirit high and full since God has already placed us on his palms watching us every fraction of second. No one has the audacity to take us away from his glorious hand. So, Relax in times of affliction and trouble. They will just pass and long gone very soon, just like the wind! 

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Love is a gift from God. Sometimes it has to be earned. Sometimes it has to be learned. Sometimes it has to be shared.

Love has a tremendous amount of positive energy. You can take this gift and use it as you want. Love is a temporary delegated power from God to you like money or authority.

But love is invisible and doesn't take any form by itself. We need to decide how to use it. It needs a great deal of responsibility.

If you don’t know how to use it, you might end up loosing it at all and cause a lot of damage to your relationship.


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The wisdom of God is to save, protect and rescue from danger. It is given to us to safeguard us from the dangers of the world. It is also the only way of protection from the wicked. God has not given a spirit that will lead us in to sin and the snares of sin. He has given us His Spirit to identify the snares of the devil and indicate a way out of our troubles and pains.

The Wisdom of God is the Spirit of God. The Spirit of God gives wisdom for those who know and fear God. The Spirit helps us avoid traps if we live by his Word. It also gives the clear distinction between right and wrong so that we don’t waste our lives by following worthless deceptions of the devil. If we listen to his voice, He can guide us to safety and peace.

In the Old Testament, we see a man who had a great desire for this priceless gift of the Holy Spirit. The wisdom to differentiate the good from the bad was given to King Solomon, the son of King David’s, upon his prayer onto the Lord so that he could serve the people of God with all fairness and humility.

In his leadership, he had solved many disputes that came to him for the sake of Justice and peace. He had obtained great reputations as he was able to create and maintain peace among different tribes and the nation of Israel. He was able to do all of that because the Lord blessed him by giving him the desire of his heart that was to lead with all fairness and kindness. 

I don’t know how many of us, as leaders, pray this prayer to God so that we won’t abuse this righteous power and the privileges given to us as a gift from God. All it takes is to be able to pray a simple prayer that we won’t underestimate and misuse the gifts of God.

Solomon was all he was by the grace and gift of God. Nothing was of his own. The wisdom, understanding, and all the influences we have in life are all gifts from God to nourish, cultivate, educate and motivate others to reach their God given potential and live up to all the expectations that comes with God. We are not in this business to boss around, misjudge, and even misunderstand each other.

One of the great stories of King Solomon, perhaps of the Old Testaments, is about the ruling of the two prostitute by King Solomon.

It is written as follows, 1 Kings 3:16:

Now two prostitutes came to the king and stood before him. One of them said, “Pardon me, my lord. This woman and I live in the same house, and I had a baby while she was there with me. The third day after my child was born, this woman also had a baby. We were alone; there was no one in the house but the two of us. “During the night this woman’s son died because she lay on him. So she got up in the middle of the night and took my son from my side while I your servant was asleep. She put him by her breast and put her dead son by my breast. The next morning, I got up to nurse my son—and he was dead! But when I looked at him closely in the morning light, I saw that it wasn’t the son I had borne.”  The other woman said, “No! The living one is my son; the dead one is yours.”

But the first one insisted, “No! The dead one is yours; the living one is mine.” And so they argued before the king. The king said, “This one says, ‘My son is alive and your son is dead,’ while that one says, ‘No! Your son is dead and mine is alive.’” Then the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So they brought a sword for the king. He then gave an order: “Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other.” The woman whose son was alive was deeply moved out of love for her son and said to the king, “Please, my lord, give her the living baby! Don’t kill him!” But the other said, “Neither I nor you shall have him. Cut him in two!” 


Then the king gave his ruling: “Give the living baby to the first woman. D not kill him; she is his mother.” When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given, they held the king in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice.

The story is very intriguing. It shows how the king applied the wisdom of God to show justice for the oppressed and to save the life of an innocent baby. The story is great because no one had this level of applied knowledge at the time and the methods he used were beyond comprehension that everyone wonders about the gift of the Holy Spirit.

We have a similar story about freedom, justice and mercy in John 8:3

The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”


Jesus rescued this woman from those who demanded her head on a plate by utilizing the same technique that was used when the king delivers his verdict.

I was very much amazed by the fact that two individuals lived on different millennials had reached to the same kind of conclusion, to save the innocent life from the hands of the evil, guided by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The similarities of these stories of the new and old testament are beyond imagination. I will just mention a few for the sake of comparison.

  1. The king was asked to kill the baby but he preferred to save him anyway. [Deliverance from death]. Similarly, Jesus was asked to allow them to kill the prostitute woman but he thought differently. [Deliverance from death]

  2. The king saved the baby by taking the RIGHT move. He offered them the option to split the baby, which looks like the enemy is getting what he wanted that is to kill but finally presented a lose/lose scenario for the enemy. He was trying to see who was the real killer. [Discern the evil from the good, give Justice to the innocent]. Similarly, Jesus also offered them to stone her to death, but with only one condition. Anyone who had not sinned should throw the first stone to kill her. This also looks like the enemy was getting what he wanted that was to kill but again no choice but to lose.  [Discern the evil from the good, give Justice to the innocent]

  3. The killer prostitute didn’t get any chance but to drop her case in front of the king. [Conviction of sin]. Similarly, those people who had got the chance to look in to themselves and see nothing but full of sin were decided to drop their stones to the ground. [Conviction of sin]


In both stories, we have seen how the anointed discern the evil from the innocent.

The anointing of God, which is the Spirit of God, which is the Word of God, which is the wisdom of God, which we see what was revealed in human flesh in both Old and New Testament has the following characteristics:

  1. Gift from God. Not of work of our own

  2. Guidance for our path to righteousness

  3. Deliverance from death. It Saves, protects, rescues the innocent.

  4. Justice is always served

  5. Conviction of sin

  6. Freedom for the afflicted

  7. Leadership and Excellence

  8. Discern the spirit of evil that is working in people lives

  9. Conviction of Sin that could lead to repentance or judgment

  10. Judgment of God, if we don’t repent upon conviction

May God gives you His Spirit, the Spirit of Wisdom and excellence, to fulfil what you have desired in your heart to serve the Lord and make you wise to give justice for the oppressed and afflicted, lead many in to freedom from sin, and be able to discern the spirit of the wicked when you see one. This way many might come to Christ Jesus and honor your father in heaven and live according to his will.

May God bless you all for reading this blog.







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        Tewodros    |    Dec. 27, 2016     | 1,144 Views    |   
 

It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.” Hebrew 6:4

The above scripture shows one can possibly lose his/her salvation. Salvation comes through believing Jesus but it is not a one-time act. It governs and defines how we should behave and act the rest of our lives. One can argue it is possible that a person might not be saved in the first place instead of saying he lost his salvation. In other words, it is easier to conclude that one salvation cannot be lost. It is easy to put the issue at the beginning of the foundation of one's Christianity that is one’s salvation rather than the type of life style one leads.

I do believe that the day of our salvation has nothing to do with what kind of life we may lead after that. I think the lifestyle we follow every day is based on our choice to love or to hate. To listen to the word of God or not. Just like the day of our salvation we choose to obey God and give our lives to him.

There is always a time we will be tempted to revolt against God and to disobey his commandments. Even if Holy Spirit is always with us to comfort us in times of failures and moment of disbelief, the choice is still ours to follow the path of righteousness or not.

As Paul mentioned in this place, it is always difficult to correct someone who knows all these facts but chooses to deny Christ. I don't know why someone would want to do that but the end is worse than the person didn’t know the truth in the first place. 

In addition to this passage, we have several similar warnings and advices about such issues in the Bible.

See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. As has just been said:

“Today, if you hear his voice,  do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.” - Hebrew 7-12

Here it shows that, we should fight sin and the deceitfulness of sin every day to be confident and blameless.

Jesus Christ has finished all the work that needs to be done for you and me to be saved. There is nothing left that we must do to finish the work. This means if we believe in him and die right away, we would inherit the kingdom of God.

But as long as we live in this flesh, we need to keep the good work that our Lord has started in us and be faithful to him all the time. In times of trouble and sin, we should always come to him by faith with true repentance.

Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?

Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'” - Matthew 7:19-23

Here Jesus warns anyone who thinks he can get in to the kingdom of God without first experiencing the kind of relationship God wants through his Son, Jesus Christ.

It is possible that one can prophesize, or cast out demons but not know Jesus Christ personally or do it with the wrong motive.
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Now a days, this is not far from the truth. We see mny do all manner of bad things in the name of Jesus but it is far from what Jesus would want or do if He were in their place. It is seriously advised here that anyone who thinks is standing should watch his steps since falling can happen any time.


These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. - 1 Corinthians 10:11


“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.”  - Matthew 24:9-13 


“If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ and again, ‘The Lord will judge his people.’ It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” - Hebrews 10:26-31

Here it touches the main point of abusing the grace of God by living sinful life over and over again and not willing to surrender the sinfulness of the heart to the Lord.

It is understandable that one can go through an addictive way of life that is sinful and brings disgrace to the Lord. This behavior is like a bird in cage or a fish inside a fishing net which always enslaves one to the same sinful behavior again and again.

One may also ask that there is no way a believer can be addicted to sin. I would say that this is not true. As long as we are living in this flesh, we are tempted and often time defeated by the will of the flesh. 


We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.


And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.


For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.


Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is in living in me that does it.


So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!


So then, I myself in my mind am a
lave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature[d a slave to the law of sin. -Romans 7:14

Paul mentioned in this place that the spirit and the flesh are always at war. The flesh wants to do what it pleases without thinking about the consequences since it is pleasing to it.

The Spirit wants to please God and to do what is good and honorable and stay away from all forms of immorality.

There is always this battle between the spirit and the flesh and once in a while one defeats the other and this is all because we are human beings.

Moreover, there is nothing we can do to overcome this issue except throw our selves under the mercy of God with humility and broken heart.

One may ask if we are always under the umbrella of sin and grace, how can one lose his salvation?

I will leave the answer to this question to God as He knows the hearts of men. I don't even know about me. Only he knows the beginning and the end. I just want to present the truth about the characteristics of our salvation according to the Bible. It is not my intention to judge anyone here. We all are going under different circumstances and it is very clear to me that flesh always wants contrary to what the Lord wants for our lives

Moreover, I want to emphasize that our salvation doesn't come freely so we shouldn't take it for granted. Jesus Christ paid his life for us so we should never abuse the blood that redeemed us the wrath of God.

In conclusion, the concept of losing one’s salvation is directly related to the nature of relationship with our father in heaven through the fellowship of Holy Spirit. This relationship has to be worked out the way we establish and maintain a good relationship with our family and friends. It has to be taken very seriously. It has to be nourished. 

It is also important to rely on the grace of God without abusing it. Those who intentionally abuse the blood of Jesus and displease the Spirit of God in whom we are destined for eternity, there is no forgiveness of sin! It is all lost! Salvation is Lost!

For such a person, it is much better that s/he were never born if s/he intentionally abused the grace of God over and over again since the grace of God doesn't give any license to sin.

May God bless you and may your light of righteousness keeps burning until He comes back in the name of Jesus. Amen!


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        Fasika Gulilat    |    Jul. 14, 2016     | 1,407 Views    |   
 

Then Job answered the LORD and said, "I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted. 'Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?' "Therefore I have declared that which I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know." - Job 42:2 

Seeing God face to face, Job came to realize who God really is and what He can do in our lives. God is magnificent and omnipotent God. No one on earth can destroy the will of God in our lives. He alone created all. He cannot be restricted by anything.

No devil can defeat God's will. No one can compete with God and win. God gives his grace to the weak. God raises the helpless and honors the low spirit.

We are all His creations and he does value all as equal. All the inequality and lawlessness happens in our eyes and it is not because it is how it is with God but we refuse to listen to him and do according to His will.

Have you ever wonder that you run out of luck and out of the mercy of God because of the nature of your heart or some form of wickedness tries to destroy what God has put in you?

Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. -Psalm 90:2

For the LORD Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back? -Isaiah 14:27

It is almost impossible to run away from the will of God. If it happens, it is a complete disaster. But I do believe that God knows everything from the beginning to an end and there is nothing that surprises him.

There is nothing that just happens all of the sudden to him. But it is important to know that the will of God is not something that always happens in this world. This is the place where the rulers of the darkness govern. This is not a place where everyone does the will of God. Since we are living in a fallen world, we can expect that. But the time will come where everyone does just that.

No one will do according to what he thinks is right. The time will come when Jesus reigns over his body and everything will follow his command. That is all it takes to have a place where evil no longer takes effect. God has prepared a new heaven and earth, Zion, and his glory will shine upon the faces of his people like a mighty sun.

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.2And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. -Revelation 21:1

Those the LORD has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away. -Isaiah 51:11

But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. -2 Peter 3:13

All the above scriptures tell us that what we know now will soon disappear and instead we will be part of a place where there are only good things and we all be part of it.

All who are trusted God for his promises when in fact there is nothing to see in the physical but with hope and by faith that God’s love is indeed everlasting and his promises are real, will inherit the will of God.

It is very important for us to know that everything works for the best to those who are called to do according to the will of God. N evil prevails over His blessings and compassion for our lives.

That is what the book of Job teaches us that Job after he passed through all of that (and believe me none of us has eve gone through what he had to go through), but by consistently keeping his stand and believe in God even in his suffering, God revealed himself to him at the end even more that Job was astonished by God’s nature.


God is all powerful, great, and mighty in battle and no one can defeat him when they gather upon him and what is his. His will for his children is wonderful. 

We pray in the name of Jesus that may the will of God be done in our lives as it is in heaven. That nothing can come closer between him and us. That we may live in the house of God all the days of our lives. That we understand nothing is more powerful than the Love of God in Jesus Christ. Amen!!

For I am persuaded , that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present , nor things to come , 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 - Romans 8:35

May God bless you!!

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        Tewodros    |    Apr. 25, 2016     | 1,592 Views    |   
 

Everybody knows what it feels like to be left alone and what it feels like to struggle alone. Everybody who is going through some kind of emotional stress knows what it feels like to face the truth even if it is painful and full of agony.

If someone is without hope, he cannot be able to help himself let alone helping others. You could say I am one step close to death. You could say I can’t live without hope. You are right. No one can face life without hope. What for?  I mean there should be some inspiration installed in us that keeps us to go one step at a time. 

That is the spirit of man. The spirit of man is like a candle waiting to be enlightened. Pity is the man who doesn’t have the light to turn him on. How deep and how long the darkness shall be if someone walks without knowing the prince of peace and hope, our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. I can’t live without hope. Every day the Lord reminds us of the greatest hope that we have as Christians that is our inheritance with him forever. He is going to come and take us with him. That is the greatest hope we have in Christ.

Some put too much hope in this world. Some give their full heart to the fulfillment of their earthly dreams. They have lifted up their own aspirations above the promise of God. Here is some excerpt of hope for you. 

David said: 

I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will live in hope, because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.

But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? Hope is the channel we communicate to our future. We hope to see tomorrow. We hope to see our loved ones. We hope to do this and we hope to do that. Hope and trust go together.

The success of getting what you hope depends on who you trust. Is he trust worthy? Does he give you what you hoped for? There is always a problem when people put their hope on blood and flush. The whole hell will come after that person. You wouldn’t love a person unless you trust him.

I am talking about the real kind of love. We love God and we know he can give us what we really need. But it shouldn’t be material love. I am telling you from experience. You know why? It is because you are a total failure if you want to accomplish only by yourself.

So how would you be trustworthy to someone as you are not trust worthy to yourself? So when people try to use you as you are, tell them. ‘I can’t do this by my own. Only the Lord can solve your problem. And lets pray because I believe him he will do according to his will for those who believed in him’.

May the Lord bless you and use you as his trusted servant to minster others in their problems. May the Lord himself bring everlasting joy and uninterrupted hope through the joy of the Holy Spirit in which only he can give. May his faithfulness shin in your life and the life of others you are acquainted with.

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        Tewodros    |    Jul. 22, 2014     | 2,146 Views    |   
 


God set precondition for our blessings in this life but not to our salvation.  Our salvation is pre-destined but not our blessings. Our obedience to the laws of God can determine our blessings but not necessarily our salvation.

Our faith determine our salvation. Does this mean a sinner will inherit the kingdom of God? Definitely not. But we cannot work our salvation by obeying the laws only. The laws cannot justify our salvation. It justifies that we are not able to do our own salvation due to the fact that we are sinners and Christ died for us to break the spiritual bondage.

We are saved by the grace and mercy of God shown through Christ and not by our works and deeds. But then if we can’t do anything to justify ourselves against sin and if only the work of Jesus can only sanctify us why do we even bother to do the right thing the Lord expects from us?

This is one of the most critical questions that every Christian has to have a clear understanding . Yes, we are expected to bear many fruits of the spirit like kindness to others, be merciful as our father is merciful, generous, self-control, godliness and many more.

Again due to the wickedness of our heart we were separated from God and we wouldn't be able to get to him in peace if we didn't accept the Lord as our savior and Lord. But this is not the final step in our journey of faith. In fact believing in Christ is just the beginning of the end to this journey

 Deuteronomy 28: The Lord will make your businesses and your farms successful. You will harvest large crops, and your herds of cattle and flocks of sheep and goats will produce many young. You will have many children. You will have plenty of bread to eat. The Lord will make you successful in your daily work. The Lord will make you defeat your enemies and make them scatter in all direction.  

 The Lord your God is giving you the land. Your harvest will be so large and your store house will be full. You will be God s special people and every one earth will know it and they will be afraid of you.  

 The Lord will open the store houses of the skies where he keeps the rain, and he will send the rain just at the right time. You will have plenty of money to lend to other nations but you won t need to borrow yourself. You will be wealthy and powerful, not poor and week

What is our salvation composed of?

It includes repentence in the spirit that we promise the Lord we will no longer partake wickedness with the wicked. That we are disgusted with our sin and we will no longer want to peruse the lifestyle of sin. That we will forgive others as we are forgiven. Most importantly that what Jesus has done on the cross is enough to lead us in the path of righteousness.

Basically, salvation is more or less a promise than an act. A promise that you will be a good person that the Lord died to redeem and see a person walking by faith. So we are saved by promise and not by works.

So what if we cannot live up to the expectation of our promise?

That is also a very good question. Sometimes we found ourselves under the darkness of sin even after we are saved? Does this mean we lost our salvation and we no longer belong to the Lord’s family? These are all the question of the flesh we all once felt and got worried about. 

But package of the plan of our salvation is complete . The Lord has prepared everything we need to be saved and remain saved.

The answer to this question relies on if we may come to him with true repentanceand wash our sins away through the blood of Jesus and the word of God. This is a great mystery as Paul mentioned in Ephesians.

The church are presented as the body of Christ which he cleanses her pure and worthy to worship God through his blood. This is not one time process. It is our day to day activity and whenever we are short of the glory of God when to come to the throne of God through Christ.

The last and most important questions that we all ask is what if one intentionally abuses this sacred covenant with the Lord by doing bad things over and over and over again. I would say that will be the worst thing that could possible happen to a Christian. There is far much hope for a person who is not saved yet than a person who intentionally abuse the blood of Jesus. The word of God has clearly stated that such kind of person has no inheritance in the kingdom of God

But for those who has no option but to lead a sinful life while they are craving for the glory of God inside; God knows everything even the deepest thought of our heart. For those who have hunger and thrust to see his face but the wickedness of this world doesn’t allow them to experience what they desire to see.


For those who cries out to him for freedom of sin and whose hope comes from the Lord, the Lord will prepare an escape plan from the scheme of the wicked. For those who put their eyes on the Lord and for those whose strength is built on the Lord, there is still hope in finding God’s purpose as my life my witness.

May the Lord protect us from casting away from the plans of God. May he blessed us with abundance of grace to resist every temptation of sin and extend his mercy every day to live with peace and love with him and others.


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        Fasika    |    Jul. 21, 2014     | 3,870 Views    |   
 

Abraham was justified by faith rather than by works. 

The psalmist speaks about the blessing on the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: "blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven, and whose sins have been covered… Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will not take into account.

Romans 4:7  “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered;

The sanctification of our sin is completely out of the compassion of our God towards us. For sin has entered the world by one man’s fault, it is by one man’s obedience we shall be saved out of the goodness and mercy of God and not by our goodness or righteousness.

I do believe faith maters towards our sanctification that the blood of Jesus can cleanse us from every sin. I also believe that a righteous life accompanied by faith is the root of Christianity and what it means to be a believer and follower of Christ.

If any man considers himself saved by the grace of God and do nothing but evil over and over again, he is deceived and shall not inherit the kingdom of God unless God still have mercy on his soul.

There are many reasons for a person to sin but the fact that they have been hurt and they think there is the blood of Jesus to cover up their sin and walk away without getting the proper punishment for their actions is untrue and not Biblical.

Christianity doesnot give a license to sin against human beings and against God. The blood of Jesus is not something we could easily abuse with out getting punished for our sins.

The Bible teaches us that there is an outcome to every little thing we do in life. Whether we have been completely faithful to God in all circumstances or not, we all reap what we sow.

If we sow without seizing in faith out of the goodness we received from Christ and by the grace of God, we will reap many good things that we cannot even imagine and eternal life in the coming one.

On the other hand, if we use every bit of information and every moment of our lives with wicked things out of hate and bitterness and anger, we will not go too far before even realizing that we are looking for the danger and consequences of our sinful actions.

Summary

  1. In this scripture we also learn that when God forgives us we are considered blessed by default

  2. No work of once own is needed to reach that level 

  3. We are just the byproduct of what Jesus has completed on the cross

  4. As result we are considered now saints where the fact is we were vagabond and sinners who all rebelled against the word of God

  5. We are required to live up to the expectation by God that is away from wickedness and in love

  6. For every wrong doing or an act of faith, there is a consequence of our action that we must reap

  7. God faithfully bless those who faithfully obey him and rebuke who rebeled against his teaching

  8. The righteousness of man is faith accompanied by work and not work accompanied by faith 

  9. The package of our salvation comes first before every other thing before we even think how to please God with our actions




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        Fasika    |    Jul. 18, 2014     | 2,465 Views    |    1 Comments
 

Jesus wants to get your attention. God the father has been working since the beginning of time. You must be working also. The only way you can check if you are working in the spirit is how you wake up in the morning.  

 

Are you prepared for the new day? Are you prepared to see your father working in your life and in the life of others? Do you want to please him in your ways? Do you want to know what to do from dawn to dusk? Do you want to see his face?  

 

Do you want to see his glory? Are you ready to be used? Are you ready to be the servant of the most high? If you are ready, please don’t turn your first Angel down. Please don’t give him any excuse and reason not to get up. As he is Angel and he might not compromise with your procrastinations. He could take your word as it is. So be careful what you say with the Angels. You cannot see the dark night without light unless some kind of sun light shines. 

 

The same way you cannot see what is hidden there in spirit, unless the Lord tells you as you get up and seek his face. He will then bring everything in to the light. You might not have experience before to get up in the morning and seek the Lord’s face. You could also be dead in the spirit all these years that you get up of your bed with despair and hopelessness. No wonder you struggle with your own decision all day. The devil has the chance to tell you many lies when he gets the chance. So the only way you could end his lies is when you bring them to the morning star, Jesus.  

 

As we surrender our lives to Jesus Christ, surely we have seen light that has exceedingly bright and shining every dark chambers of our heart. Jesus is the true morning star who has beautifully bring brightness and beauty and hope to our future. It is impossible to think life without his everlasting promise of hope and encouragement. 

 

 

2 Peter 1:19 (NIV) 

And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 

 

Revelations 22:16 (NIV)  

"I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star."

John 8:12 (NIV)  

Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

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        Fasika    |    Jul. 17, 2014     | 3,005 Views    |   
 


Whether it is at the office or at home, whether with a stranger at the super market or with an old friend at the park, whether with family and friends or with our Lord and savior Jesus Christ, everything falls at the stake of the words that comes of our mouth, the words we use to communicate.

Relationship depends on communication and vise versa.  We tend to talk more or communicate more with someone we are very close with. The issue is all about trust and faith. But then how do we communicate effectively with someone who we don’t feel intimate with?

There is so much power when individuals communicate for a common goal and purpose. We can see that how much the people of Babylon accomplished and fail to do so when they cannot communicate no more.

When two people cannot communicate the right way, it is impossible to do anything. Communication is the key to everything. It is the key for making a strong bond of relationship. The word of God says, “If the two don’t agree to each other, they can’t go together”

Therefore success in communication is really success in many areas of our lives.  It really brings success at home, success in marriage, success with parents and children, success at work and success everywhere with the Lord by our side.

If communication is the key to everything, then what is the key to communication? Many people agree that trust is the key to communication.  If I trust you then I will not have any issue regarding the message you convey to me.

Sometimes things get really bad when two individuals argue. The fact is they can easily come to agreement to a certain extent if they know how to communicate better. The problem with this approach is that you cannot trust every one.

Well you can trust at least few people in your life. When it comes to the reality you don’t have to trust every word that is spoken from their mouth.

10 Tips for Effective Communication

  1. Be positive when you start a conversation.  Don’t interpret words of the other person in a negative way.

  2. Try to make the conversation funny.  The thing it is really hard to convey your message when things are a little bit unfriendly.

  3. Take your time to come up with ideas that can really boost the communication to the next level.

  4. Be respectful. Respect the opinions of others and don’t just impose your own ideas.

  5. Take turns to talk and don’t disrupt while others are talking.

  6. Don’t take the conversation to the wrong direction where the other person is not willing to go by becoming too much personal or rude.

  7. Try to feel the implications and interpretations of your words before you even speak out. If you find it disrespectful, rephrase it in a more sensible way and thoughtful manner.

  8. Don’t be arrogante or rude. Be kind and sincere!

  9. Be personal. Allow them to pour their hearts and speak whatever they feel they have to say if they want to. Don’t hesitate to share your little secretes every now and then. It will create bondage and enhance friendship but be very wise what to say when and for whom.

  10. Thank them for their time when you finish the conversation.


These are few suggestions how we could improve our communications skills. Please don’t take this list as exhaustive and you may add your own ideas to the list.

May God bless you and pour out his blessing to enrich you with wisdom to speak the right word at the right time, to help heal people broken hearts, in the name of Jesus! Amen!






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        Tewodros    |    Jul. 16, 2014     | 2,175 Views    |   
 


In that day you will say: “I will praise you, Lord. Although you were angry with me, your anger has turned away and you have comforted me. Surely God is my salvation;    I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense[a];   he has become my salvation.” With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.In that day you will say: “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world. Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.” - Isaiah 12

My Lord and my God, my savior and my Lord who knows everything before time, how wonderful is the works of your hand. You were right when you do your righteous deeds in your son’s life. You were God almighty when you say no and when you say yes. We were troubled with our own ways that have caused us many problems. The ways of the heart of a man is nothing but trouble but you had known everything from the beginning . Yes, you not only made everything beautiful in its due time but you had blessed the hearts of your children with your mighty deeds. We were not looking the direction you have shown us only trapped by our ways but you have followed us giving us strength.


We now have made it to the point where we no longer live by the past but astonishingly turn and learn from our mistakes and surrender us to you. There is no greater love than the one you have done for us


Even now our faith leads us in to a faithful prayer that you protect us and we hold on to you no matter what till you quickly admonish the things that will rise up against us. My heart is fully surrendered that she knows it is only you, our Lord that has satisfied all her trust and passion in life. No voice can be good enough to shout the joy you have caused in our lives. No words are capable of celebrating the deep happiness and joy you have given us in Christ Jesus.

With him there is nothing that you haven’t prepared for us, our father. You have given us everything since you have not hold back to give the only son you have, Christ Jesus. Even if we are always troubled with the earthly things, we know that your love is enough . Yes, Lord that is the beginning and fulfillment of our lives and there is nothing that we really trust to accumulate from this world. But if we see your graceful face every day and if you are no longer angry with us, we shall live a prosperous life and there is nothing in our midst that will make want something else.

You love is better than life a true story showed to save the world which is by Jesus Christ. We exault your name we give you all the glory and worship bestowed to your name since your deeds are mightier than the ocean and your glory is wider than the sky.

True life emanates from you since you are the source of the living water that is the Spirit of peace and love that comes from your mouth. Your Spirit give wisdom for the simple to acquire enough knowledge to solve bigger issues of life.

Our mouth is filled with the sound of praise and worship. We sing the song of celebration since you are:

•    The Horn of our salvation 

•    The Hymn of our soul 

•    The Rhythm of our lives

•    The Theme of our song

•    The Beauty of our face

•    The Satisfaction of our hunger and thrust

•    Alpha – Omega, the beginning and the end of everything

•    The Desire of our soul

•    The Brightness of our hope

•    The Rock of our faith

•    The Strength of our hope

•    The Depth of our faith

•    The Spiri of Wisdom

•    The Utterance of comfort and consolidation

•    The Rod of favor

•    The Joy of our salvation

•    A mighty fortress at the time of trouble

•    The Wisdom of God

•    The Source of all creation

•    The Reason of our celebration

•    The Victory of our battle

•    The Light of the way of life

•    The Grace of God 

•    The Source of Happiness and pure joy

•    The Source of our Blessings

•    The Son of God that has brought peace with man kind;  The Prince of Peace who brought reconciliation with our heavenly father

•    The Lamb of God sent to be sacrificed for the salvation of many

•    The Lion of Judah who has defeated all his enemies on the cross

•    The Morning Star brighter than any darkness bestowed on our lives

•    Emanuel - The almighty who lives among us

•    The Purpose of Life


For all the different things that you are for us being closer than a mother or father, Lord, we got a purpose to live becuase of you. For these reasons we bless your name all the days of our lives, in the name of Jesus! Amen!








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        Fasika    |    Jul. 15, 2014     | 5,810 Views    |   
 


God is the giver of all of our heavenly gifts. God has blessed us without measure out of the abundance of mercy. It is not because we deserve it but it is because of his magnificent love and kindness for us. We have done nothing to win God’s grace.   

It is not even something we have to compete for. God is more than fair in his judgment. God has judged in favor of us but still his judgment is fair. He has decided to save us long time ago. He has interfered with our affliction and he has given us rest and an everlasting place to live.   

We were not expecting anyone to come to us to save us but you, Lord. Most of all you gave us love to abide by. You gave us your son which is our greatest blessing. Everything else is extra. Every kind of blessing you gave to us is something additional. But they are still important to us.  

It is important to understand that family is the basic of all things. It is where most of our identities come from. It is the basics of most of characters are derived including our good and bad ones. The stories that are going to be told from our lives, they are going to be developed in our families.  

The most important thing is that we make Jesus Christ the basic foundation of our lives that everything else is built on. Only then we can able to turn our lives in the right direction even if they are heading in the wrong direction. We can shape our lives according to the will of God that we are created for.   

If we allow the Spirit of God for intervention, then he will have the ultimate directing power in our lives. Then nothing could make us turn from the direction of truth of God, Jesus Christ. If we are benefited from the love of our parents and they didn’t show us anything about our real father, then the tragedy of life is when we are away from home. When we got drifted away from them by the waves of life, we no longer get the benefit from them.  

Our family can no longer able to help us in all areas of our lives. In fact when they are the disappointment to us and when we face our adversaries alone, only then we come out to be winners if we have the Lord Jesus Christ by our side. He heals every wounded heart.   

He is able to sooth the hardship and anger we have in our heart. We never know what kind of problem we are facing when we grow. But the right initiative is sometimes we all need to succeed in life. But even though all things haven’t had to happen towards the direction we wanted, even though everything in us is craving inside to put us in deep trouble; if we know Jesus as our only savior and redeemer, then there is more hope than we could get from the world.  

Jesus you are the best gift that we get from our heavenly father. You love is just enough to satisfy all we could possibly desire and wish for. If we have you with us there is no battle we will come out of defeated because you will strengthen us and keep us intact through the battles of life.

We glorify your name forever in the name of Jesus.

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        Fasika    |    Jul. 14, 2014     | 2,139 Views    |   
 


How beautiful it is when we do all things for God's glory no matter what we do! The fear of him will always be in you. This is the next intimate relationship with God. You no more have feelings for the self. Instead you always try to realize what makes him happy and what makes him sad. You don’t seek your own expectations of what makes him happy. Instead you do only what he tells you to do. You don’t seek your own desires but instead you go after his. You don’t run after your wild dreams but you will follow him wherever he leads you.

You don’t hesitate to follow his laws instead you direct your path according to his will. You don’t try to make someone happy just to get attention. You make him happy first and all the rest latter. You don’t fear no one but the only one who should be respected all the time. 

This is how you will glorify his name on your life. The name that have the full power on the earth and the heaven. His name is Jesus and it is sweetest than anything else. You start to live as a sacrifice to his pleasure not drawn too much to your own desires running away from slavery of the mind, the body and the soul which is only possible through the Lord Jesus Christ. 

How good is it to worship God in the midst of his congregation? How blessed we shall be if we can really make him happy with our songs - a song that comes from truthful mouth.  How blissful to be chosen by God for his own work. How blessed is the person whose tongue that really speaks the right thing at the time of need. How great his love? How wonderful is his mercy? He ought to be worshiped and glorified. Therefore we should go on and on praising him all the days and all nights of my remaining life.

After all life is too precious to play with and we should take all the effort to preserve it. Praying is sometimes the best we can do about it. Sometimes, when God requests something from us to do something or to just believe, it is because he has better plans. Moreover, when we are asked to do something we better do it because it is for our good he plans.

Sometimes God requests us to give what we love most just to express how much we love him. Like a father who gives something to his son and ask him back. We become too much focused and overwhelmed by the item, and we say we won’t let go. Hay! It is already God's gift to us and the thing is we better like it or not we should give it back and we know God is not a taker. He will give it back to us again. Let’s believe him and he is faithful to do what is best for us.

Focus is sometimes the key and determination and careful actions we should take make us wise and successful. I think the best thing to do before we really do the thing is to think the think first. Be reasonable in doing anything. Don’t do something because you just like it or because you find it easy. One thing should be clear here. You should do it because you know with all your heart it is the right thing to do. 

Life can be tricky and tough sometimes. It can get ugly and meaningless. So the best choice is to stick to God’s plan as it is written to our hearts.

Please God feel us not just only with food and drink but with your Spirit so that we can speak advice and comfort to the poor. Our soul is poor and hungry to hear from you. We know you speak wisdom and discipline like no one else. All the days of our lives, we shall speak truth; yes that’s right, nothing but truth. 

I leave you with the word of God. May God bless you and keep you in peace till next time…

1 John 2:4
He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.


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        Fasika    |    Jul. 11, 2014     | 2,432 Views    |   
 


Life especially marriage can be a very complicated thing if we don’t know how to manage it easily. It is complicated because we human beings are a very complex creatures that we don’t even understand ourselves deeply to its limit and we are the constituents of marriage as the Holy Spirit the head of the marriage.

We must be very clear what we need and communicate effectively with each other. Whether to love or not to love, to care or not to care for each other is all the choice we face every day. But sometimes the responsibility of marriage grows too much that we may not be able control it anymore. As we know, every day there are more responsibilities than before. The good news is we have our best friend God gave us to help us with the burden of life.

The bad news is life can be sometimes a lot of responsibility which builds up a lot of stress and that could affect how we should behave and interact with each other. You see when we become overloaded with lot and lots of things leaving us with no time for our personal relationship with Christ, this will eventually hurt both our relationship with God, Spouse and our family.

The key to manage this from personal experience is to mange stress to the level it can not affect us and change us in a way that is abnormal behavior. Men and women tend to be mean, unkind, and unloving/unlovable and develop abnormal behavior when they are taken to the limit where they no more control themselves.

The Bible teaches us about the weakness of our flesh and without the Spirit of the Lord freshly working in our lives every day; we could turn ourselves in to a disaster.

Romans 8:8
Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

Galatians 5:16
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Galatians 5:19-21
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Romans 8:6
For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

Romans 8:5
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.

Colossians 3:1-25
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.



The Bible teaches us that no one can dominate and excel by his own strength and wisdom. No one can be fulfilled with out intervention of the Holy Spirit. Our problems andissues inc
uding those problems we face in marriage are way beyond our earthly capacity and power to deal with them. 

Anybody can be what he wants to be using his intellectual power and a good training. But sometimes we face problems way beyond our mental capacity and power. If we follow them to the end, they are able to take us to the extremities and bring a huge damage to us.

That is why coming to God without the Lord is not an option. The Lord did not put him as an option with other things. He didn’t say, “I am the way and also there are other ways to the father.” He said, “I am the way the truth and the life. No one can come to the father except through me.”

John 14:6 - Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Yes we have the option to choose what we love most. We have a free chose to make. But we must know that there is no other way other than the Lord that we must be saved. Therefore it is very important to understand the weakness of our flesh and better yet cling to the Lord of our soul, Jesus Christ, whom he gives peace and rest to our soul. He is the solution of all our problems. 

So what do you want from your marriage?
If you want peace, rest and abundance of grace, come to the Lord and he will give you all.

Here are top ten most important steps we need to take to do well in our relationships

  1. Have a personal Bible study time:  Let Holy Spirit guide and teach you the essence of marriage

  2. Have a personal prayer time:   Having personal time with the Holy Spirit to speak with him about every  areas of your lives.


  3. Dedicate personal prayer time for you and your family:   Let him wash away the burden of sin, guilt, and bitterness.      Let him encourage you with the everlasting promises that the Lord has promised us.   Let him guide in to prayer for your selves and for others who are passing in the similar situation

  4. Have a Bible study time at least once in a week

  5. Come out of the usual routines and do something fun together at least once in two weeks

  6. Have a special time with each other where you could listen to each other. This is not like other times where we are distracted by children, work and other issues in life. This is not where you discuss your goals and achievements.This is the time you and your spouse spend time to enjoy the moment together by just listening and understanding each other with no judgment but with lots of love.

  7. Dedicate time to worship the Lord together every Sunday

  8. Spend time together to do common in-house or out of the house activities

  9. Give each other space. Sometimes we human beings need a time of moment of peace, silence and rest with just ourselves and the Lord’s Spirit with us. This doesn’t mean we have to spend a long time having fun with other people outside of the house leaving our family behind. It means we have to take a moment to relax, become strengthened and come back to our family after we feel the joy and relaxation of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes we make a lot of mess facing the wrong person we are angry in side. We need time to cool it off before actually disturbing your family without common sense. The best place to do that is not the bar. It is any where there is the presence of the Holy Spirit and we just let it out, cry out, shout and come back to our spouse.

  10. Take time to solve together what matters most with a sense of urgency

This is the time we discuss every issue about our marriage. If there are conflicts, we need to talk to each other and find a common ground in which we all agree to continue to work together in love.

From the above suggestions, we can see that reationship is all
bout managing time and having a good personal time together with the lord. Happy and enjoyable life is not necessarily out of the abundance of money.

I believe the problem with marriage is most of the time we don’t abide in these fundamentals principles of marriage. The pillar of marriage is Holy Spirit. We live, evolve and grow in to the likeness of Christ with him.

The house cannot stand without the existence of him. Don’t make decision on you two alone. Consult with the Holy Spirit and make him guide and lead you into every situation in life you are facing as a family. Let him interfere as he wishes. Let him do the hard part for you - the decision part.

May the Lord give us the grace to live in the right direction and become fruitful in the areas of our marriage, family and the purpose the Lord has given us to accomplish.


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        fasika    |    May. 12, 2014     | 2,344 Views    |   
 

Once upon a time there was prince of a great city and he had a friend crow. They were very close friends and spent most of their time together. Wherever the prince went, the crow followed him. Their intimacy was like families. 

One day the prince decided to go a long way to another city. In his adventure, he took his favorite white horse, his huge sword, and some food and water that will last for the journey he planed ahead. 

Riding for a while in the dense forest, the prince got lost, while his crow was still hovering around the area from above. Finding all the possible ways, out of the forest, the prince finally got tired and decided to take a nap. 

When he woke up, the horse was gone. The prince then got so frustrated and run and run for so many hours finding his way out. All his water that he had for the journey ran out and he became so thirsty that he couldn't move any more. But in all of these, the crow stayed with the prince all the time. 

After a while, the prince saw a droplet of water coming out of a big stone and was dropping down the cave. The prince quickly got up and put up his golden cup and started to accumulate the droplets of the water. And then the water became half full and by the time the prince was ready to drink it, the crow dove with a tremendous speed and hit the cup out of the hand of the prince. 

The prince became so angry and he said, "I feed this crow from my own hand since it was a little bird but now at the brink of my life, look what he did to me!" And then the prince picked up his cup with his left hand and started to accumulate some water as before, holding his mighty sword on the right hand. 

By the time the water was just full enough to satisfy his trust, he took it to his mouth and right at the moment he was ready to drink, the crow dove to snatch him like before but this time the prince cut the crow in to pieces with the sword. And by the time he did that, the water spilt out of the cup again in the process. 

While he still did that, a big snake came out of the big rock and tried to attack the prince. But the prince fought for his life and killed the snake with the sword. After that, when he saw the water place, he couldn't believe his eyes. Suddenly he found out that what he thought is rock water, was not simply water at all. In fact it was the poisoned water of the most dangerous snake in the world. 

What a sorrow this is for that prince. He killed his life time friend and in fact the redeemer of his life. He lost patience and he didn t take the time to find out that the snake is inside the rock. This is how we lose our family and close friends coming to wrong decisions.

Our condition might be as urgent as this prince but we should always listen to our family no matter what it is. They are the way to advise us on behalf of God and we should listen to them all the time. 

Adopted from Kebede M.




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        tewodros    |    May. 9, 2014     | 2,102 Views    |   
 

I have heard a lot of seroms in my life. One truth strikes me and I believe it totally. There is a 'God shaped hole' in our lives that can only be satisfied by accepting Jesus Christ as our personal saviour.  Other things in life are important such as money and relationships. However, without Jesus in one's life there is no contentment.

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        Eskedar    |    May. 8, 2014     | 2,177 Views    |    1 Comments
 

Let’s say you have some unpleasant argument with your spouse and you feel discomfort in side and you want to go back to your previous state. Words cannot be unspoken. But feelings can be healed. 

Make sure in any kind of arguments, you are not saying what you don’t want to say that makes you regret. If you did not offend your spouse during your conversation, there will be a good chance that you will have emotional healing from the words of others. 

 

Rather than on focusing on the direct words that comes from your spouse, focus on the overall feelings and motive of your spouse. Don’t allow to develop a resentment and tendency to memorize the bad things that is spoken from your spouse. 

 

If things got worse and your spouse try to say something bad to you, instead of saying the same bad things in revenge, try saying a kind and pleasant word. This will potentially help your spouse in becoming less aggressive and you may win them with love. 

 

The key here is that you should have self-control and avoid any bad words come out of your mouth. The other key is to let things cool off by walking away from the situation. Jesus used to do that when he face angry crowd that wanted to stone him to death. He will just walk away from them and they couldn’t do anything. May the Lord give us the grace to just walk away from an angry spouse when things look bad! 

God gives grace for the humble. He will strength you to do what he wants you to do. 

 

Many problem arises when we also contribute in making the bad situation worse by continually fight against our spouse. If we do that, we not only hurt ourselves but also make them say bad things to us. 

When a person is angry we never know what kind of spirit they are in to. 

 

So to avoid what the devil can do to us, we should always avoid conflicts as much as possible 

If they come to us with no way to retreat, then we should deal with them according to the wisdom that we learn from God that is to patiently and lovingly with all self-control we got and not anger and resentment and retaliation.


This doesn’t mean we have to take insult and just accept what others say about us. We have to make our points clear and understandable with boldness but not in argument full of hate. We can get ourselves heard by taking a more thoughtful way. Especially if we can raise them when our spouse is cool of and he/she is no in a defensive mood.

If can raise our points with love and courage, we will be heard. If we speak when we are angry, we will say something’s completely out of context and out of boundary. When we come to argue with our spouse first we have to know what we want.

We have to make very clear what we expect from the situation. We have to stand firm behind what we wanted out of the relationship. We need to focus on discussing on things that could make our relationship bitter and wither in the long run. We need to discuss them and find a way to solve them as quick as possible.

The other good points that should be raised is that there may not be immediate emotionally healing when we come to argue with our spouse. The reason is that we may not always be heard and we may not reach in to a good conclusion and possibly we may not come to a point in which we are both winners.
But sometimes what will happen is that they will not accept our points and they may even reject them.
This should not put you off and drop everything all of the sudden.

We need to pray before beginning any kind of argument and if things don’t go the way we wanted, we need to leave the rest to the Lord and he will take care of the rest. At least our attitude to resolve the conflict with a good start is half way to solve the problem. The Lord will take care of the rest and as human beings we tend to understand things latter in time.

In conclusion whether we solve our conflicts in a matter of few discussion or we don’t reach to a common ground, we should always continue to love and care as the Lord commands. He will extend his favor and love to us and he will heal every broken heart in Jesus Name.

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        fasika    |    May. 7, 2014     | 2,147 Views    |   
 

One of the greatest things about being born again is the previlege of not living in guilt. I used to feel guilty about every mistake I made before I accepted  Jesus in my life. How bothersome it was and a great hindrance to my life. Oh how amazing it was ,I accepted Jesus and I was free from the burden of guilt.  It was astouding because it proved to me that Jesus was atually real. He washed -and still washes my sins away and gives me a clear conscience.

Christiantity does not give one a liscence to sin. Jesus does not want us to sin, yet  He forgives us when we do. The blood of  Jesus is powerful and it works. There is the conviciton of the Holy Spirit that directs us to the right way. However, there is no burden of sin in Christ Jesus. That is the beauty of Christiantly.

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        Eskedar    |    May. 6, 2014     | 2,189 Views    |    1 Comments
 

Some people are constantly trying to disrespect us and degrade our relationship with God. They can be a good instrument for the evil and to minimize one to one relationship with such kind of people could be one option until we become aware of what is really going on behind them.

Jesus said, "I am not praying for those who belong to the world."

I am praying for them, but not for those who belong to this world. - John 17-9

This shows how important we need to take our lives seriously concerning our relationship with God and not allowing evil to get a chance to separate us from our father.

Choose wisely what you LOVE. LOVE what you chose. Hate is not on the menu. But you have the right to choose your friends. Do not hate no one, not even your enemies. If you continue with that, you will find yourself full of worries and troubles. You got to say, "No, I am sorry I can't", sometimes.

Some people intentionally abuse LOVE. They suck until their stomach is full and they will turn their face and curse you. It is like throwing away the plate that feeds them and cursing the womb that carries them. It is so disgusting and you should not be with such person. Don't eat together with such kind of people. What does darkness has to do with light?

Most of all, if you can't avoid them directly, do it indirectly by wisdom. Here is how:

  1. Do not say yes or no, instead talk a very general statement.

  2. Do not make yourself into an agreement with anything they say.

  3. Do not find yourself in talking situation with them.

  4. Do not eat or drink with such individuals.

  5. Do not laugh with such individuals.

  6. Do only your work and avoid communication as much as possible.

  7. Do not call such individual or accept their call directly.

  8. If you have to talk with them, make it directly to the point.

LOVE is for those who deserve it. Stop being foolish and get some wisdom.

Do not listen to their advice and do not take anything they say very seriously. Sometimes even false prophets will be sent just to obstruct you. That is what happened to the reluctant disobedient prophet.

The old prophet found him sitting under an oak tree and asked, "Are you the prophet from Judah?" "Yes, I am. Come home with me," the old prophet said, "and have something to eat. I can't go back with you," the prophet replied, "and I can't eat or drink anything with you. The Lord warned me not to eat or drink or to go home the same way I came." The old prophet said, "I'm a prophet too. One of the Lord's angels told me to take you to my house and give you something to eat and drink." The prophet from Judah did not know that the old prophet was lying, so he went home with him and ate and drank. During the meal the Lord gave the old prophet a message for the prophet from Judah:

Listen to the Lord's message. You have disobeyed the Lord your God. He told you not to eat or drink anything here, but you came home and ate with me. And so, when you die, your body won't be buried in your family tomb. After the meal the old prophet got a donkey ready, and the prophet from Judah left. Along the way, a lion attacked and killed him, and the donkey and the lion stood there beside his dead body.>

The prophet was literally tricked by someone and he lost himself for not keeping the word of God. And we already knew even the devil has the power to change himself into a likeness of an angel of light. So a very unique, strong and consistent kind of relationship is needed with the Holy Spirit. Choose wisely who can be your friend. - 1 kings 13:14 -

A friend is who is closer to you at the time of trouble. There is no true friend other than the Lord Jesus Christ. A friend of one time is enemy latter. People change and hurt you when you least expect it.

This probably happened to you many times before. This because the evil used their selfish desires to get to you. People who said they will be with us in times of trouble can turn their face on us at any time. This is the whole lesson about life. It is impossible to make a long agreement with no one. The wicked one is using any body to make us feel disappointed. It is to take your faith from you. If he can still your trust, believe me, he will steal your faith in Christ.

But many problems arise deep beneath than just the surface. They occur not at the time of rupture of sin and disrespect. The enemy uses some form of evidence to get to you. There is always something about you that will draw the enemy against you. If you can transform yourself into the likeness of Christ, You will be inconceivable and invincible to the enemy. But if you display yourself in front of the enemy, the enemy will take the honor of destroying you.

Always remember, the enemy is not a respecter of any person. Whether you are educated or illiterate, Whether you are married or not, Whether you are rich or poor, Whether you are strong or week, Whether you are bold or coward, Whether you are a child or an old person. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit give us the wisdom to choose our friends, in Jesus Name, AMEN!

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        fasika    |    May. 5, 2014     | 17,724 Views    |    8 Comments
 

The level of interest we want something determines how quick we will get it. Jesus obeyed his father fully and shortly he joined his father in heaven. We are here on earth for only one ultimate purpose that is to show that we really obey the father. If God is going to destroy today that we made yesterday, it means he is not interested on the art craft. Nor he is interested on the architecture or the sky scrapers we made.

 

That is why Jesus doesnt come here and be the best in everything. He has come to this earth with a very specific purpose that is to be slaughtered for the sake of every sinner. Jesus carried every sin every human being made before he is born or after and he take all of that and burn on the cross. There is a beauty with that that God has made for us. He made Jesus to carry all of our sins without even complaining.

 

Now we also need to carry the sin of others. Sometimes people do bad things to us and unless we resist it, it will stay with us. Now we all know how much this is painful. We believe we have to fight back in order to avoid the burden of sin we carry. However this is not exactly God wants us to do. He expects all of his children to win with good.

 

We are temporary pain carriers but still the Lord can take it away from us and burn it. That way all of our sins and the sin we get from other person will find a solution. That is why the Spirit of our Lord is here with us to get rid of sin as quickly as possible. Like Jesus we all are created with a define purpose in life. The quicker we finish it, the sooner we will go to heaven - The sooner the better.

 

And the only way we complete our mission is through obedience. What so ever it is and what nature our purpose has, we need to obey God. We shouldnt be wise according to our understanding. don't be smart on our own accord. We should seek first the council of the Lord and we will be fine.

 

With out purpose life is like a sailor with out destination harbor. Any wind will take us anywhere. But when we get the real purpose God has created for us, we will know out destination harbor. And you will encounter storms and winds, yet that all are indication that you are on the right track. The devil has no problem as long as we don't know where we are going. He will look at us and say, 

"What can I possibly do wrong about these people?"

I mean there wont be any resistance with out any flow of current. The same way if we don't know our mission in life, we are free of opposition. Many people know about this and they like the idea of freedom rather than engaging them selves in battle - Freedom to do whatever they want in life and still no opposition.


But life with out fighting is not life at all. Think of the rewards we will get from our father in Haven. Think of the glory will bring to the family of Jesus if we fight the good fight of Faith. Whether we like or not, war is already broke between the kingdom of God and of the devil. There is no other glamorous way than to be what you are created to be.


But still we can not identify our real purpose until we learn to listen what the Lord is revealing to us through his spirit - To listen the Spirit of God telling us to do some things and withdraw form others. The Lord pleases to teach us techniques and training for the ultimate battle. He likes to guide us in every direction to make us come out of the battle field as victors. And how do we learn? We learn by obedience.


No slave is better than his master. No student is either. I am telling you the truth it is not even right to look straight in the eyes of your master. Neither should we ask too many questions that destructs the teachings of the Lord. We shouldnt also take assumption of our own. We need to do as exactly we are told to do and that will save your life. What would we get from being obedient?


Well, first off all we will save our self a lot of troubles by being obedient. Second, we will get all the support we need for our mission from the Lord himself. Third, we will successfully complete the mission and bring joy to our father in Heaven. Forth, we will be successfully rewarded in latter days after the Lord come and take us to our eternal home. Now many of us focus mainly on the forth part? Many of the great warriors of faith in Gods kingdom don't receive their reward on earth.


I mean what sort of blessing we would expect from this world. To be partakers of the eternal life that is offered through Jesus Christ is our greatest reward of God. Everything that looks beautiful in this world withers and die. What seems to be likable today is not it tomorrow.

Everything changes in this world and to fall in love with temporary thing is only to hurt our selves. Think of this as if we fall in love with family-reunion that is celebrated in our home. And this re-union is done once in five years or it may not happen again. Once the event has ended, they will be gone all in different directions to their own homes. Who want to fall in love with that? We will be hurting ourselves if we lay our Joyce in a single day family reunion celebration. Who want to put their happiness on their laughter?


If we totally depend on the encouragements you can get from one day reunion, what are we going to do when all sail home the next morning leaving us with nothing but empty home? Obviously our hope will be doomed and we will fall in to some form of sadness for a couple of days.


Dont work for something that will be destroyed with fire. don't put your treasure and your pleasure where moths can easily destroy it and thieves can easily steal it. Instead put it in a place where no thief or moths can reach it.

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        fasika    |    May. 2, 2014     | 2,264 Views    |    2 Comments
 

prayer is simply talking to God just as a person talks to his/her close friend. It does not have to be formal. i love this fact because I can share anything with God: God I am tired of such and such.. help me .God I need guidance, am struggling in this area etc. I got this right to talk to God through Jesus Christ. My faith through Jesus Christ gives me direct acess to God like it says in Ephesians. It is a wonderful previlege.  And when prayer gets answered, it is even more exciting. there is a  well known song" I am a freind of God, He calls me friend." it is pretty awesome when a human like me can be called a friend of The Most High God-God who is omnipresent omnipotent and much more.

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        Eskedar    |    Apr. 30, 2014     | 2,412 Views    |    1 Comments
 

No matter who we are or where we come from, we are one way or the other subject to sin against the Lord. This is no matter how righteous we want to be to please our Lord with all our heart, our soul and our spirit.

But there is always one problem. That is the flesh always battle with the spirit and once in a while the spirit gives a way to the flesh. It is like two spirits living in side of us - one is a good one and the other is a bad one.

As long as they are in there the battle is always there.

But don't forget, who ever fights till the end will  win the battle. It is true that one has to give way to the other. One has to leave while one will continue to grow.

Which one will stay with us forever is our choice. I don't know how long the fight shall continue. The bad one could be anything at all. It could be an addiction or any kind of bad habit that will lower us than who we really are in the beginning. The good one is the Spirit of the Lord in us.

Every individual on this planet has the same problem. Our soul gets confused, stressed, worried, anxious, disappointed and discouraged when the evil takes control. The cause of this problem is one thing and that is we are like a cursed seed as long as we live in this flesh.

Nothing on the earth, above the earth and under the earth will make us free from it except the blood of the lamb. Nothing we do is good enough to God to sanctify us from our sins. As longs we live in the flesh, we will never see the glory of God.

Neither will we get in to the kingdom of God unless we take God's way of salvation.

Ephesians 2:8-9  For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Making ourselves in agreement with God's own way of salvation through Christ Jesus shows at least we are willing to give up our selfish desires and come to God's will. 

Let's not forget, what brings the curse to us in the first place is nothing but disobedience. So there is nothing other than obedience that will take us back to our heavenly father. The kind of obedience that God wants from us is not only to be faithful to him and love him no matter what. It is also to believe in the kind of salvation he has prepared for us. 

We need to believe what God has done for us through his son Jesus Christ. With out purifying our body, mind and soul with the blood of the lamb everyday, we cannot do righteousness as good as the Lord expects from us.

I believe one of the reasons why we cannot be good enough in the eyes of God with out through Jesus Christ is because the kind of relationship we had with God in Eden was so special that we cannot even imagine and imitate it as long as we live in this flesh.

After all God is the creator and we are the works of his hands, so how can we try to do righteousness for God? How can we be righteous in the eyes of God unless God covers us with the garment of grace which as he mentioned in his word that it is the blood of the lamb. Beloved, our father wanted to sanctify his children with the blood of the lamb, who are we to suggest something else?

All my life, I had a great ambition to be as good as I can because in my spirit it tells me so. But every time I want to raise and to be that person whom I call a good and righteous and totally pure in the eyes of God, something hit me on the head put me in my previous position. 

I tried to be like that at least in all my childhood and adult hood. It never works that way. Everytime I want to do it, there wil be some form of force that will cast me down. And I tried as many times as I never tried anything else thinking the enemy is fighting me not to reach the goal.
very time I fight it, I will lose my strength but never achieved the life of a sinless life. 

I believe it is all about selfrighteousness and it will lead to a greater form of sin which is pride and unforgiveness. After so many years, after expermienting on this regard for almost two decades and after all my energy is gone, I come to understand that I will never achieve it in this attitude I have had in the past. 

But this makes me also for some time not to try to strive for the kind of life our Lord wants us to live - A sinless but not on works only. I think the point of our experience in this regard is not to take one side. That is either on the side of to be self-righteous person and the other side is to live life simply on the basis of grace and do what ever we want to do reluctantly.

As far as I remember my life worked in the right way when I bitterly cry and tell my Lord,


My Lord, I get it. I cannot do anything good by my self even if I want to please you. There is always a time I will be sinful and disgrace my self badly unless you stood by my side and hold my hand. I will always choose love than judgment and I will never pass wrong accusations or gossip who ever it is. I will try to be faithful in every aspect of my life not thinking that it will be counted to the final points to beat my brothers and sisters. But just to express my deepest feelings for you that no matter who I am, you did not cast me down and you will never do that as long as I keep my eyes on you. If possible let me experience the kind of love you have showed to us through your son Jesus Christ on the cross so that I will understand just the glimpse of how much you loved us by grace. It is your love who makes us who we are and we don't deserve anything to be like that. It is your love who brought us to you and who draw us to you and it is your grace that we are so loved by you. We as human beings know the characteristics of grace. It is unmerited, underserved, but freely given.

As far as I remember I cried, for so long because I was in a serous situation that time. I was in the brink of life and death. I had no option but my addiction was almost about to finish me. It was one addictions but I couldn't get over it for almost two decades. It always takes another form when I start to think I got over with it. 

Isaiah 40:31
But they who wait for 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.

But then my Lord did extraordinary thing that night. He completely healed my soul and my flesh. He washed my sins with his blood. He gave me hope filled me with joy. But he also tells me to keep writing his mercy and love everyday and I have done that since then.

He instantly healed me from my major addiction and other forms of bad habit that goes with it. I never forget how my heart was filed with joy and happiness. My Lord gave me also a lot of victories over my enemies. He made me blessed with not only his love but regarding my education. He gave me a very nice profession whom I love most - teaching. 

But one day almost one year past, I experienced the same kind of addiction I had before. I was totally shocked that it happened again and I couldn't resist the temptations. I examined my self for weeks and it turn out to be a sign of pride against my students. Unfortunately I resigned my job willingly and work in another place that I had better relationship with. 

But the Lord has healed every addiction of my soul that put me into slavery to sin and make me feel bad and worthless. I give all the glory to my Lord and savior Jesus Christ who not only saved me from eternal death, but also from addictions that consumed my life for so long. I have no pride of my own. My Lord saved me from my sins that were hunting me till I give up in life.

So it worked, brothers and sisters. It works for those who believed that there is a thin line between two adversaries. True Life is ever about the so called righteous or the wicked(in our eyes).

The victory of battle is not for the faster and swifter. Happy and enjoyable life is not for the wise and the rich. Righteousness is not for the one who runs after it. If we believed in something and forget the other, we will fail.

One thing is always true. The soul that always trusts on the Lord will never put to shame forever. The Lord is faithful and he will come one day upon the mountains of all our adversaries smashing them like pieces.

Blessed are those who always want to please God and not themselves. Blessed are those whose sins are no more counted. Blessed are those whose protection is from the Lord.

Yes we can live a life that is up to the expectation of the word of God. But it can only be done by the grace of God. When we come to God, it is impossible to say anything, 'I did it'. It is very dangerous to take credit ourselves for the work of God. Nothing we do is not our own. One way or the other, God has done it for us.

If we can live up to this, yes we can live a sin free life on this planet. But remember we are living in a fallen world and how come one can live a sin free life with out pride. Think about it. Therefore self righteousness is not a good option. Living totally depending on the grace of God with out doing anything is also very dangerous. 

Faith accompanied by work is all it is required from us. We do what we have to do but not because we think we want to get self confidence and self righteous but to show how much we love him. We must believe that if the lord doesn't want to give us the grace to live a sinless life, we cannot do it at all. This way we will understand the pain and burden of others and have pity on them as they carry the same sin as we carry on some other form.


Romans 6:14
For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

Moreover, If the lord almighty doesn't want to get pleased in our own way of life, we cannot pleased him by force. Sometimes I tell my self that even if this is the way I have to live the rest of my life, a sinful and unhappy life, I will live it as long as my lord is happy with it. But I know he doesn't want me to suffer. But also He doesn't want to take something from me which I love even more than him. So the choice to live up to this life or to give it up for the Lord who dwells in every one of us.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit lead us to eternal blessing and joy, in Jesus Name, AMEN!


Romans 11:6
But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.

James 4:6
But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

Ephesians 2:8
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,


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        tewodros    |    Apr. 29, 2014     | 2,298 Views    |    1 Comments
 

I rememeber saying my previous colleague told me about a great Christian fellow whose Chrstian life shone among the  non believers. I also worked with a Christian lady who had impressed me immensely.

Well from where shall I start? Firstly, she was deligent. Not only performed her tasks, but was also very willing to go out of her way to help others.

Secondly, she listened to the problems of others includung mine and strived to solve them- that is ofcouse - in her spare time. She prayed for me and took me to prayer centers.

Thridly, she was persecuted for Jesus from her family members-very hearbreaking. Yet, her faith was intact.

Fourthly, she read her Bible and spiritual books during some of her lunch breaks and when business was slow. Furthermore, she used to tell me ' Eskedar, do you know that we are going to reign with Jesus for a thousand year? '(This was in reference to the second coming of Jesus and the Book of Revelations). As she spoke, I could read the joy and excitment form her face. She used to astonish me because I was not focused in the second coming of Jesus but on my day yo day Christian life in this world.

Fifthy, she was struggling with life's challenges and disappointments but remained a Christian.

Last but not least, she was fun to be around with and we had great laughs.

In summary, she was an examplary Christian to me.

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        Eskedar    |    Apr. 27, 2014     | 2,196 Views    |    1 Comments
 



If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.  And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?

Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.  - Luke 14:25 

Even if the word disciple would be simply defined as follower of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, it has more meaning than just a follower and a believer. What is the difference between a disciple, a follower, a believer and a minister? I believe when we come to God by faith through repentance and believing what God has revealed his salvation through Christ, we become a follower or believer of our Lord Jesus Christ.

But I believe there is a big difference between a believer and a disciple of Jesus Christ. The disciple is the one who gave up his everything for the sake of the kingdom of God. He who forsakes all that he has for Christ is a disciple of Jesus Christ.

A disciple is the best candidate to be a minister to preach the gospel for nations. Only God affirms the carriers of His word and His message around the globe. One’s own zeal and desire can’t make a follower (and even a disciple) a minister of the Gospel. 

Most of us think we are disciples but the truth is we are still in Level 0 (just a believer). And since we don’t want to go to the next level (disciple), devil is even tempting us to give up level 0 and to become unbeliever. Discipleship is not intended to be for only few members of God’s church. God wants the majority/all of Christians to be his disciples and prepare themselves for the ministry that God has prepared for them. 

Discipleship is making baby Christians in to warriors of faith in Christ. 

Matthew 28:19 (NIV) Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Only few are called from discipleship to be ministers like pastors, apostles, teachers and the likes. A Christian cannot directly go to ministry without being a disciple first. It is like for a soldier going to war with out passing through the necessary combat training.

If we see the life of the apostles, they were first under the ministry of Jesus Christ before He told them to go and preach the good news for the world. They were first disciples before being apostles.

This doesn’t mean they were not preaching the gospel when Jesus was around. Jesus was sending them in a way that they can see what it means to be called to ministry while they were still on training by Jesus. It is like practical training.

There were complaints against them to Jesus that they were not able to heal the sick or cast out demons, but Jesus defended them and taught them on the spot how things should be done. Moreover, Jesus ordered them before he resurrected to the Father to wait until they are filled with the Holy Ghost.
Only then they will have the power to preach the gospel with boldness and humility. 

Discipleship educates and trains Christians to be ministes but only the Ho
y Spirit can empower and change people lives using disciples. Holy Spirit can use an ordinary person like you and me to spread the gospel but it will be much more effective if someone is converted in to disciple first before moving to ministry. I believe the issues that we see in the current church is due to sending  unprepared ministers in to the world who take the work of the kingdom of God in their own hands and many for their own benefits.

Ministry comes in different flavors. We can minister the people of God with our possession, giving what he gave us back to him. With our knowledge in different discipline like nursing, doctors…. With our compassion and taking care of the needy. Defending the helpless. Providing to the poor. With our strength and youth in cleaning, caring, committed to help those spread the gospel.

We don’t have to be the preacher or the pastor in the church to be a minister. And we don’t have to be a disciple to do this kind of ministry. Part of ministry that involves healing the sick, fighting spiritual battles with the devil and evil principalities, teaching the word of God to many, prophesizing, speaking in tongues, doing miracles are all the gifts of the Holy Ghost given to those who have completely given up their life(everything) for the sake of the gospel and the kingdom of God. (Disciples). 

One might say we need these gifts to minister the people of God before we give up anything to be disciple. But this is wrong. God is waiting for you to change your heart and become available for him to use you as He wishes and then He will give the gifts and not vice versa.

Gifts are given for disciples and not for ordinary Christians. Notice that the gifts of the Spirit were given to the apostles when they dedicated their life to preach the good news by living a Godly life for Christ.

If we are in the darkness of sin that we experience every day, there is no way we will receive these gifts. If we turn our face after being partakers of these gifts, Hebrew 6 says, there is no more to be done. It is amazing how most of us live our lives. We are so immature in our faith that we are so much in to the things of the world. 

We watch movies that are unholy. We listen to musics that preach hate, arrogance and violence. We do not pray and read the Word of God diligently. We don’t share the gospel to our neighbors. We don’t help those in need. We are always self-centered and don’t care about others. 

We are lukewarm Christians in a way that we are not a strong Christians who should be ready for the coming of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ. We don’t forgive when our brothers and sisters offended us. We don’t love sincerely. We don’t treat others with respect at all times. We don’t faithfully obey God. We treat others badly with and without their faults. We even drag some of them to court.  We are angry and bitter when others do wrong to us. As a result, we end up grieving the Holy Spirit by practicing these and many more.

I don’t know how we are going to please God without bearing any spiritual fruit. God wants us to grow in the Spirit and bear many spiritual fruits. If we don’t have fruits, we may end up in the wrong place that we don’t want to be which is hell. 

Many may deceive christian by saying we don’t earn our salvation and no need to worry about bearing fruits of our faith. But the truth is we need to worry every day to live a life that glorifies God’s name in our generation and many more to come. As Christians, we need to stop drinking only milk and start to eat real food from the Word of God training ourselves in to the likeness of God in Christ.

We need to be compassionate for one another and forgive each other sins. We need to understand everyday the depth and breadth of the grace of God and how He forgives our huge debt that we cannot pay off and ony eternal fire was the only thing we deserve to have.

We need to understand that if we don’t love others as God loves us, we are in danger of eternal fire. We need to know that after being forgiven by God if we treat others bad, God will take away his mercy and put us in great trouble. There is no guarantee that we are saved if we conform ourselves in to the likeness of the devil, who is evil and deceitful.

Even if we think we are not called in to the ministry, we still should prepare our selves to be a good disciple that loves Jesus more than anything we accumulate in life since we will all leave that here and go to our eternal home.

Paul said, nothing comes close to the love of God in Christ.

Romans 8:35: Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 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. 

This life(Romans 8) is given for all who love and believe in Christ. It is a call to love Jesus like his disciples giving up everything we have for sake of Christ. Remember saying the words and living according to the words of Romans 8 are not the same. May God give his grace to have a great revelation of what it means to give up everything we have for God.

When the young rich person whom he claimed he is a good Christian was asked by Jesus to give up his wealth (his idol) and follow Jesus, he was sad and turn his back on Jesus and left. Are we like him today? Which ones of our possessions become our idols? Anything we love more than God is our idol and we suffer the consequence of losing it. Whether it is our spouse or kids, or house, or car or profession or hobby, it is a matter of time before we will be asked to choose between Jesus and our idol.

Choose wisely. Choose Jesus since he gave up everything for us and they crucified him on that cross almost naked. He also promised that whatever and whoever we give up for his name sake, he will give it back to us multiple folds. 


Matthew 19:29: And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for the sake of My name will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life.

Q&A

1.Can a follower of Jesus Christ who is not a disciple of Jesus Christ go directly to the strong form of ministry like Pastor?

2.What is the importance of being a disciple?

3.Can a believer inherit the kingdom of God without going through discipleship?

4.What does it mean when Jesus says, “You cannot be my disciple, if you don’t love me more than yourself and family?”

5. Is discipleship necessary to enter the kingdom of God?

6.What are the varies ways of serving the Lord (ministry)?

7.Can a Christian live without Holy Ghost? 

8.Is it possible to inherit the kingdom of God with out the Holy Spirt living in us?

9.Whom shall the Lord give the gifts of the Holy Ghost? A new christian or disciple? (Wisdom,  Knowledge,  Faith,  Healing,  Working of miracles, Prophecy, Discerning of spirits, Divers kinds of tongues, Interpretation of tongues)



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        Tewodros    |    Mar. 20, 2018     | 113 Views    |   
 


Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise. ~ Jeremiah 17:14

Most of us have passed through a very long period to get completely healed from our sinful behavior washed by the blood of Jesus Christ. During those difficult times, we promised to God to do his will to get healed from our infirmities. we say, "If I only get healed, I will be your faithful servant. If I only get healed, I will do so and so. I will get better, if only I get this."

There is a great resemblance between sickness in the physical body and spiritual body. There is no precondition for our spiritual sickness as there may not be other option for cancer treatment other than to go for chemotherapy. Please remember, when we sin, we are infected with a deadly disease. I am not talking about this rubbish physical body. It is the spiritual body, spirit and soul that you will bring to the Lord. That my friend is rotten, smelling and dead. You cannot get to heaven with that. In fact, you cannot get anywhere except hell.

Therefore, you are going to be treated for healing. It doesn’t have to be as easy as you might think. If there is anything called incurable for spiritual bodies, then your case will be close to that. But in the case of Jesus, nothing is impossible. He wants to see you well. It is not his will, never been and never will be to go to hell. You see people die due to lack of knowledge and understanding. They die in their physical body. They die in their sin. So, God will lead you through the healing process one day at a time until you are completely cleaned from your inequities.

So, take all the time you need with him. It is worth it. The healing process is not only for the body but the cleansing of the soul. It heals the flesh as well as removes sickness of the soul by washing away the dirt from the soul. Sin is accumulated through time. Any kind of complicated problem has a root cause but it has spanned several months if not years. This makes it chronic and difficult to heal. For instance, you take any of the deadliest diseases like heart problem or failure of any of our vital organs or the cause of stroke or diabetics.

They all have the same characteristics: they are chronic and take a long time to develop in to one. When a person sins and does that for a long period of time, it will cause a chronic sin that is deadly by nature if it is not treated with the mercy and blood of Jesus very quickly. One of the easiest and fast way to cure any disease is to get to treatment as soon as possible. The very best way to walk in righteousness with the Lord is to repent our sins as soon as they occur.

Delaying our repentance will open another door for sin and the devil. It is always very important to come to God’s presence with repentance if we know there is something we should confess before it is too late. As human beings our days are numbered and we don’t even know when we shall depart this life to see God in his judgment seat. God cannot be mocked as everyone gets what he deserves on earth as well as in heaven.

Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed." ~ Isaiah 53:4-5

The healing process can only be achieved through our Lord Jesus Christ as he was crushed for our iniquities. If it were not through the sanctification and redemption of our Lord Jesus Christ, we all will end u in hell as we
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If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. ~ 2 Chronicles 7:14-15

God expects each one us to come to him with humble heart and confess all of our sins before him. Humility makes us to confess all of our sins to God since we know we cannot enter the kingdom of God by our own works.

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. Titus 3:5 

Humility also leads us to live a life of righteousness as it opens the door to serve others considering them better than us. We also need to know that once we experience the love of God and our rotting spiritual body is regenerated by the renewing of the Holy Ghost, and revived through the knowledge of God, if we willfully disobey God and turn our face from his love, then there is no other way to redeem us back to Him.

For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins..  Hebrew 3

In conclusion, sin one way or another brings a curse in to our soul and creates a big hole that cannot be cured except through the blood of Jesus Christ. The hole sometimes stays there until we completely recover from it. 

If we confess all our sins, God is willing to redeem us in to everlasting life when we surrender our life to him. He will forget the past and give us a new beginning. 

When everything has passed, we will praise God for he has changed our suffering in to joy and our anguish in to peace and we will know that it was for our benefit that we suffered for a while.

"You restored me to health and let me live. Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back." ~ Isaiah 38:16-17

Consider yourself fortunate if God All-Powerful chooses to correct you. He may cause injury and pain, but he will bandage and heal     your cuts and bruises.  God will protect you from harm, no matter how often  trouble may strike. ~ Job 5:17

Let’s return to the Lord. He has torn us to shreds, but he will bandage our wounds and make us well.

In two or three days he will heal us and restore our strength that we may live with him.

Let’s do our best to know the Lord.His coming is as certain as the morning sun; he will refresh us like rain renewing the earth in the springtime. ~Hosea 6:1



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        Tewodros    |    Mar. 11, 2018     | 116 Views    |   
 

2 Peter 2:1

But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. 

For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;  And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; 

And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:  (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: 

But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord. But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;  

And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; 16 But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man's voice forbad the madness of the prophet. 

These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. 

While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of right
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But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire. 

As there were false prophets and teachers in the old days, there are false prophets and teachers in the present day church. These false prophets and teachers are once saved by the grace of God but now they have abandoned the truth and destroyed by their own selfish desires. The fact that they defile and disregard the salvation they received through Christ means they are heading to great destruction. Not only did they brought eternal condemnation to them, but they also relay that to the body of Christ.

Many will follow their evil desires and sensual sins. Because of these false teachers and prophets, the name of the Lord will be ridiculed among the unbelieving nations. Their main agenda is exploiting the resources of the people of God. Many have spent enormous amount of money, time and energy on the so called “prophets”. Their destiny is already decided by the Lord and their destruction will be very soon. 

If God didn’t have any pity for sinful angels whom he has placed them in hell so that they can be kept until final judgment, If God doesn’t have any mercy for those people who rebelled against him in the time of Noah saving only Noah and his family and destroyed any other creature on earth,

If he turns the city of Sodom in to ashes, If he saved only two people from over half a million people of Israel, and the rest had died in the wilderness before they see the land of hope and prosperity, then God surely will condemn and judge those people who have no respect for the Lord and are only led by their filthy desires. God knows how to save His very own and very best from the destruction that is about to come on the false prophets and the world in general. 

These false teachers have no due respect for higher authorities in the Spirit which are God’s Angels. When you look at them, they look like very confident in what they are doing which is insult and blasphemy against God and the servants of the Lord. Their pride has gone way over the limit.  Even if God’s Angels are higher in authority than these people, they did not dare to despise them. They insult and disregard to the things of God will cost them their eternal life. Their ignorance on this matter is what makes them to speak of things that are unwholesome. 

Their characteristics are like animals who are destined for destruction. With out confession, their destruction is sure to come. Their life is filled with sinful dance and arrogance. They encourage others to do sin which is they always fix their eyes on. They always snare up on those who are week in the Spirit and are double minded. Since these people are not satisfied with the truth of the gospel, they dread to hear what only their evil hearts want to hear. And the false prophets are the right choice for them to satisfy this desire. 

"You must correct people and point out their sins. But also cheer them up, and when you instruct them, always be patient. 3 The time is coming when people won’t listen to good teaching. Instead, they will look for teachers who will please them by telling them only what they are itching to hear. 4 They will turn from the truth and eagerly listen to senseless stories. 5 But you must stay calm and be willing to suffer. You must work hard to tell the good news and to do your job well." -2 Timothy 4:2


The false prophets and their followers have this unsatisfied desire which they crave to seek and find outside the Word of God. If the Son of God doesn’t satisfy them, no other thing in the world will do. Due to their natur
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sed seed that never grow up to bear spiritual fruits.  They once were following the truth with good consciousness and positive mind, but now they have neglected their true callings and got astray in the direction of covetousness and adulatory. 

It takes a donkey to speak and advice the false prophet, Balaam, whose way was evil and corrupt. If he listened and turned from his madness, why don’t the false prophets of this generation come back from their evil schemes and confess all their sins to the Lord. 

Otherwise, the judgment of God is very near and eternal darkness and punishment are awaiting them. Their ways are like wells with out water, clouds with out rain, and their words are useless for anyone who cares to listen. With those superficial and empty words which look like the truth from outside, they led many to the pit that ought to be saved from the devil.

One of the promises they make is they say their words will deliver many from their affliction. With a positive mind, that may see the right thing to communicate to the people but yet with out the truth in it, it is useless. They should have waited for positive affirmation of the Spirit of God before they prophesized the words of so called “Comforting words” to God’s people.

The old testament also indicates that false prophets doing such things have died after speaking their message since they used God’s name to speak a lie to His people. 

Jeremiah 28:10

Hananiah grabbed the wooden yoke from my neck and smashed it. 11 Then he said, “The Lord says this is the way he will smash the power Nebuchadnezzar has over the nations, and it will happen in less than two years.”  I left the temple, and a little while later, the Lord told me to go back and say to Hananiah: I am the Lord All-Powerful, the God of Israel. You smashed a wooden yoke, but I will replace it with one made of iron. I will put iron yokes on all the nations, and they will have to do what King Nebuchadnezzar commands. I will even let him rule the wild animals. 

Hananiah, I have never sent you to speak for me. And yet you have talked my people into believing your lies and rebelling against me. So now I will send you—I’ll send you right off the face of the earth! You will die before this year is over. Two months later, Hananiah died.  If using the name of God in vain and lying could cost one’s life in the old testament, home much more it will be sinful to deceive and grieve the Spirit of God, in which we are sealed for our redemption. 

Ephesians 4:30

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 

They them selves are living the life of a slave in the Spirit since they too are under the condemnation of sin. Then how can they preach freedom if they are under slavery of sin. If anyone is under any consistent sin, he or she is slave to the thing that has power over him/her.

If any one falls under the sin of adulatory, and says he can deliver people from any sin, then that person is fooling himself. These people know the truth which is Christ. But then they are entangled by the evil desires of the world and cannot get out of it since they love the world more than they love the Lord, whom He loves them till death.

Because of this, their former life (the life before they know the truth) is much better than their current life. It is much better for anyone to not know Christ in the first place than to deny Him after knowing that He is the savior of their soul. As the saying goes “Dogs go back to their own vomit”, these people go back to their filthiness over and over again.


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        Tewodros    |    Jan. 15, 2018     | 248 Views    |   
 


Luke 23:32 Two criminals were led out to be put to death with Jesus. When the soldiers came to the place called “The Skull,” they nailed Jesus to a cross. They also nailed the two criminals to crosses, one on each side of Jesus. Jesus said, “Father, forgive these people! They don’t know what they’re doing.”

While the crowd stood there watching Jesus, the soldiers gambled for his clothes. The leaders insulted him by saying, “He saved others. Now he should save himself, if he really is God’s chosen Messiah!” The soldiers made fun of Jesus and brought him some wine. They said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself!” Above him was a sign that said, “This is the King of the Jews.” One of the criminals hanging there also insulted Jesus by saying, “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and save us!”

But the other criminal told the first one off, “Don’t you fear God? Aren’t you getting the same punishment as this man? We got what was coming to us, but he didn’t do anything wrong.” Then he said to Jesus, “Remember me when you come into power!” Jesus replied, “I promise that today you will be with me in paradise.”

The story of two criminals that were nailed on both sides of Jesus is a great lesson for all of us. These two individuals had similar stories. They both came from the same life style with common background. They also had the same information about who Jesus was according to the Roman soldiers and the witnesses of the people near the cross.

Both had seen the soldiers insulting Jesus and demanding him to save himself if he is God’s chosen Messiah. They were also near the end of their life and death was around the corner. Even if they both share similar stories, they had completely different perspective about Jesus.

The first one took the broad way and joined the ideologies of the soldiers and he too had ridiculed Jesus. He didn’t take the leap of faith and think for one second that Jesus was indeed what he said he was. Given the same information, one criminal had a negative impression about Jesus but the other one had completely different opinion.

The second criminal during the brink of his life on earth, didn’t dare to say any bad word to Jesus. In fact, he condemned the act of the other criminal for his insult. What a great transformation he had made that has saved him from eternal distraction! The mercy of God has no expiration date. He can save any one at any given point of time in one’s life. No one knows when since his timing is not like ours. Here we see again Jesus’s saving power even at the brink of his physical life on earth.

The criminal defended Jesus against the most wicked men. How many of us when we are in great trouble honor and love God as we used to when we are in comfort. When Job was in a great pain and misery, his wife recommended him to insult the Lord for the bad things that had happened in his life and die.

But Job answered her that she is wrong and God can take whatever he has given before.


Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him. - Job 13:15

Job not only surrendered his family and belongings to God but even his own life. What a great man of faith. We all know Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son to God according to God’s request to do so. Moreover, we see that Job was willing to die for the will of God.


The quality of any person is determined by the decision he/she
akes whether to honor r insult God when approaching difficult life issues including death.

The criminal man not only defended Jesus but also had faith in Him. He said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”.

What a great revelation this man had? He knew that Jesus is indeed the son of God and He will soon go to His kingdom. His revelation is like that of Peter when he confessed that Jesus is indeed the Son of God. The story didn’t end there, Jesus heard his prayer and promised him that he will enter the kingdom of God with Him.

But no promise was given to the other criminal who had insulted Jesus. Why did Jesus promise him to enter the kingdom? It is because of his faith in Jesus to enter the kingdom of God where Jesus reigns.

The man believed him at the time and for the same reason Jesus was about to be crucified. Even if the authorities, the high priests, so many people and the criminal took the kingdom of God like a joke, this man strengthened his heart to believe in it and boldly fought and begged for him to be in the kingdom.

This is in fact, a great revelation and a wonderful opportunity for this man to get saved. He was not ashamed of asking it in front of the Romans who could possibly make his death worse. He wisely used the last moment of his life to be with Jesus. Jesus knew this man’s heart and he was craving to be saved. Thank God for his awesome love. He never gives up on any one of us who was once lost and was willing to come back to Jesus with pure heart.

What a compassionate creator we all have? He is indeed full of mercy and forgiveness. There is no one like him on earth or above the earth who goes a great extent to correct and save his children.

Probably this is the shortest prayer ever. The prayer of “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” should be the prayer of every one of us. Without Jesus remembering us in his kingdom, we have no place and right to be in it.

This prayer has also resemblance to the story of Rahab on Joshua 2: 9

I know that the Lord has given Israel this land. Everyone shakes with fear because of you. 10 We heard how the Lord dried up the Red Sea[d]so you could leave Egypt. And we heard how you destroyed Sihon and Og, those two Amorite kings east of the Jordan River. We know that the Lord your God rules heaven and earth, and we’ve lost our courage and our will to fight.

Please promise me in the Lord’s name that you will be as kind to my family as I have been to you. Do something to show that you won’t let your people kill my father and mother and my brothers and sisters and their families.

Rahab in the old testament had similar type of faith that the criminal had in the new testament.“By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace” (Hebrews 11:31).

She had faith in God and how he led his people out of Egypt. By faith she hid the spies not fearing her government that could execute her for hiding and aiding the enemy.

Faith is acting in the physical world by believing God and his promises in the Spiritual. I am amazed by the similarities of the stories here between the old and the new testament. By faith, she asked and begged for the same type of request as the criminal in the new testament, “Please remember me when...” 

Even if she was a prostitute and unbeliever, by faith she was included to be part of God’s people and nothing prevented her from entering the kingdom of God. The act of faith always moves God from his throne, and makes him interfere on our behalf. God loves to see his children stand strongly believing in him and his promises. It is not pleasant to see any one wavering on faith. The most important aspect of our Christianity is our faith and we must stand still believing in him no matter worse
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All the gospels of Jesus Christ, our faith fathers and the apostles made a great emphasis on having faith and believing God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, let us fix our eyes on Jesus who can give us eternal life to whoever trust and believe competely on Him and no one else.






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        Tewodros    |    Dec. 3, 2017     | 284 Views    |   
 


Worship and fasting have similar characteristics. They both can be superficial and don't make any difference in the spiritual. One can do both with a lot of dedication and lot of zeal but it may not impress our Lord Jesus Christ. Why you asked? It is because worship and fasting should be done giving importance about their true meaning as the Bible teaches us on Isaiah 58.

Shout the message! Don’t hold back. Say to my people Israel: You’ve sinned! You’ve turned against the LORD. Day after day, you worship him and seem eager to learn his teachings. You act like a nation that wants to do right by obeying his laws. You ask him about justice, and say you enjoy worshiping the LORD.

You wonder why the LORD pays no attention when you go without eating and act humble. But on those same days that you give up eating, you think only of yourselves and abuse your workers. 4 You even get angry and ready to fight. No wonder God won’t listen to your prayers! Do you think the LORD wants you to give up eating and to act as humble as a bent-over bush? Or to dress in sackcloth and sit in ashes? Is this really what he wants on a day of worship?

I’ll tell you what it really means to worship the LORD. Remove the chains of prisoners who are chained unjustly. Free those who are abused! Share your food with everyone who is hungry; share your home with the poor and homeless. Give clothes to those in need; don’t turn away your relatives. Then your light will shine like the dawning sun, and you will quickly be healed.

Your honesty will protect you as you advance, and the glory of the LORD will defend you from behind. When you beg the LORD for help, he will answer, “Here I am!” Don’t mistreat others or falsely accuse them or say something cruel. Give your food to the hungry and care for the homeless. Then your light will shine in the dark; your darkest hour will be like the noonday sun.

The LORD will always guide you and provide good things to eat when you are in the desert. He will make you healthy. You will be like a garden that has plenty of water or like a stream that never runs dry. 1You will rebuild those houses left in ruins for years; you will be known as a builder and repairer of city walls and streets. But first, you must start respecting the Sabbath as a joyful day of worship.

You must stop doing and saying whatever you please on this special day. Then you will truly enjoy knowing the LORD. He will let you rule from the highest mountains and bless you with the land of your ancestor Jacob. The LORD has spoken!

One can fast and pray with resentment, fear and anxiety. It is a complete waste of time to hate our brother but still declare days prayer and fasting in the church. God sees the heart and the fasting that he declares is not starvation of the body alone.

It is fasting with compassion and love for others. It is to care for the lost ones who have no one to help them. It is to take the orphans as our children. To embrace them with love and care and give them the necessary nourishment. It is to forgive our enemy and love them as if they are our allies and not to
kill innocent lives It is to be generous to others sharing what we have as Jesus described it.

He said if any one of us has two pants, it is very necessary that we give one to the needy. It is to take care of our family including our parents and not to abandon them when they are old. All the above are included in one principle of God. That is to love everyone as we love our selves. Therefore, love should be the motive for fasting.

God is love and the Spirit. Any one who wishes to worshp ha
to do it giving most importance on the spiritual aspect of life and not just the physical world..

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God is not impressed by our physical performance since even those who said there is no God can perform well. Only three things move God Love, hope and faith. 

You show me a person who loves his neighbor and God and I will show you a person who has obeyed all the laws. We hope to see the future trusting God and his promises. A person without hope is helpless.

No one dares to face the future unless there is something we love to see and that we hoped for. Finally, faith is the key feature that triggers the hand and protection of God up on his children. God dares to rescue those who dare to believe him even if the world is abandoning him. 

Our God is a loving God who loves everyone that does good and opposes those who do evil in the name of worshiping the Lord. God encourages us to participate in all acts of kindness before we even think about gathering to worship him or giving offering to him. He expects us to forgive those who do harm to us as he forgives all our sins.

Isaiah 1:11:

“Your sacrifices mean nothing to me. I am sick of your offerings  of rams and choice cattle; I don’t like the blood of bulls or lambs or goats. “Who asked you to bring all this when you come to worship me? Stay out of my temple!

Your sacrifices are worthless, and incense is disgusting. I can’t stand the evil you do on your New Moon Festivals or on your Sabbaths and other times of worship. I hate your New Moon Festivals and all others as well. They are a heavy burden  I am tired of carrying.

“No matter how much you pray, I won’t listen. You are too violent. Wash yourselves clean! I am disgusted with your filthy deeds. Stop doing wrong   and learn to live right. See that justice is done. Defend widows and orphans     and help those in need.




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Ephesians 4

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.8 This is why it[a] says: “When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.” (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions?  

He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves,and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.  Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

God called us to be one in everything. He called us to love and accept each other’s differences. He called us to humble ourselves and not consider us better than any of the members of the body of Christ.

Our faith has one distinct identity from any other faith that is practiced in the world. That is we are all one part of the body of Christ and we all have equal significance for the body. And there is only one governor/head and that is Christ himself.

We are not called to be the boss of our sisters or brothers. God values us equally and we should have the same perspective. We think we have power and that power basically makes us above others. Whether we are minsters of the gospel of God or well educated with the things of the world, it is only useful when we use the same knowledge to educate and change people’s lives.

It is not good when we use it to express our superiority over others. We are not super or smarter than others. Whatever we have is given to us as a gift from God to serve him and others. There is no other effective way of destroying our unity in Christ than pride, unforgiveness, hate, gossip, bitterness, anger, malice.

These are all against the love and respect we should have for one another. If we are humble, kind, polite and gentle for one another, we would develop love for one another as these are the characteristics of Love. Peace is the byproduct of living a righteous and godly life that is according to the will and word of God driven by the Holy Ghost.

The peace we have inside and the peace we have in the outside world. As Christians we may manage to keep it peaceful within ourselves but sometimes it is very difficult to be in peace with everybody since there are always conflicts of interest.

It is one thing to resolve our conflicts by
avoiding the things that hurt us and find a common groud to stand together, but it completely another thing to fight for every instance of conflict and make matters worse. It is very important as Christian to negotiate a deal that will benefit us and glorifies God in Christ. We shouldn’t focus on selfish desires. Rather, we should be able to honor one another and give praise to God who is the author of our salvation. 

The bondage of love we all should have in Christ actually holds the body of Christ together. The utterance of love and forgiveness with patience and hope in the spirit of God should be the only thing that should come out our mouth.

We should be able to stand against the force of darkness that comes between us and our brother/sister by covering him/her wrong doings.

It is so unfortunate to have the so called pastors and prophets now a days who are money driven and don’t worry about the flock. Their job was supposed to be workers to train people in to being grown in the body of Christ and bring them to the fullness of the faith in Christ- Not to rob them and take every bit of advantage they can get from the people of God.

The people of God is precious and deserves a lot more respect than these people give now a days. The people of God need to know their value and worthiness in the eyes of God and stop being a victim of this outrageous deceit and blasphemy. Jesus Christ has paid the ultimate sacrifice for his people. That shows how valuable the people of God is.

They deserve to be treated better. They deserve a lot more respect. Cheating and lying is from the devil and should never be used to win the hearts of the people. The drama they are making in front of these people are to be caught and make known to them that they are in fact cheating. There is nothing that will be hidden as God himself will make everything known in its due time for his glory as they are not just fooling his people but dishonor the Spirit of God by using his name wrongly to fill their stomach.


May God bring justice quickly for the sake of his people and raise faithful servants that will rebuild the broken hearted and body of Christ to bring unity and love among his people. Amen!!!






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Genesis 8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savor; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more everything living, as I have done.

God speaks here that all humans are wicked except Christ Jesus who is perfect human and God. If you start to dig in to the nature of any man you will be surprised with what you will find. You don’t have to go far. Just stop for a second and start to think about your own heart. Most of the time no one wants to look deep in to the nature of his own heart since we already know we are wicked by nature.

One of the reasons that we are wicked by nature is because of the curse we inherit from the first man, Adam. Adam was cursed by God and that curse goes down to generations of men and women till today. Most of the curses we may experience came from the past generations that go all the way to Adam. Some curses are generational. These curses play a vital role in understanding why we act the way we act without Christ.

There are also curses that are present in our lives as a consequence of our sins against the laws of God. The laws of God are from the Word of God. The Bible is the word of God. If we don’t do what the Bible tells us to do, we are under a curse. This is not to say we are destined to be wicked by God. In fact I am saying God paved a way to get out of the nature of our heart. We are our own prisoners tied by wickedness, fear, hate, blasphemy, anger… The gospel is the good news towards all men and women to break the bondage of sin and curses that came from one Man, Adam.

Sin entered in to the world thorough one Man. Before that Adam or Eve didn’t know or commit any sin. But once they committed their first sin, they opened the channel of communication to devil. They started having fellowship with the Devil himself. Before that they had only fellowship with God and God used to visit them in the Heaven and they talked to God as we talk to each other, person to person.

Now Christ entered to the World to break that fellowship with the Devil and restore our relationship with God. There is hope in Christ. When a person is born again of the Spirit of God, the old nature that we inherit from Adam is dead. We are no longer bind to our old way of thinking. We have a new heart that is the vessel of the Holy Spirit. As Paul described it in Romans 5:12, through one man fault, sin entered in to the world, and through one Man, Jesus Christ, sin will be eradicated from the world. At least that is the purpose of Christ coming to Christ. Whether we will believe in him or not is up to us and without believing in him there will not be cancelation of debt.


Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:


13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.


14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.


15 But not as the offence, so also is the free
gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.


16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: fr the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.


17 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)


18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.


19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.


20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:


21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

In summary, after we accepted our Lord and savior, Jesus Chris, and be born again from the Spirit of God, we are no longer attached to the old man which had the same characteristics of the first man and was associated with the curses.

As born again Christians, we have freedom from guilt, the ransom of our soul was fully paid, no more fellowship with the devil and a brand new channel of communication with father God was established, praised God, which means instant healing, deliverance and guidance by the Holy Ghost.

Many have believed the sins are forgiven but failed to communicate to the father through the Holy Ghost. Many haven’t experienced the fire of the Holy Ghost that is the power to live and preach the gospel. Many are still living under the darkness of the devils authority since they don’t know their yolks are broken and they are free indeed. Brothers and sisters, if the son of God has made you free, you are free indeed. No evil or principalities have power over you to oppress and rule over your life.

God almighty, we pray that you give us the power of the Holy Ghost with fullness to do the works you gave us more efficiently. Please let us know you better than we do now. We make our selves available to be used and utilized as much as possible. Glorify your name by doing the work you have planned and started in Jesus Name.

Amen!

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        Tewodros    |    Jul. 15, 2017     | 444 Views    |   
 

If the mercy and forgiveness we feel every day by the power of the Holy Ghost are not strong enough in our lives to do the same for other people, our faith is in danger. We have to stop for a minute and think why we are acting the way we act. The Spirit of God is active in our lives if we follow God’s will. But if we don’t follow him, we will not feel his presence when we need him most. We may think he is still with us but the fact is he is gone long time back. What a great tragedy would it be for any born again Christian to let this happen due to silly mistakes? It is very important to know that Holy Spirit like any human being has feelings. He can feel very bad when we are mean and unloving to others.

His presence is guaranteed where there is the love of God that dwells in you to do miracles in other people lives. He will give you the power to preach the good news to the world, to help others in times of trouble, to encourage the oppressed and to give hope to the depressed. If we don’t love people, there is no love of God in us and vice versa. When we love to do good things in people lives, it will instantiate the spirit of God to do more. Anger, malice, hate, bitterness, deceit, conspiring on others, blasphemy, gossip are all the fruits of the devil. If we practice these a lot, then we are partaking from the nature of the devil and we are walking far away from the Spirit of God.

Compassion should be contagious. It is a great deal of sin if we accept forgiveness and practice hate to others. Nothing makes God happy than to see us practice what he does in our lives.

If we saw him being kind and loving, he expects us to do the same to others. It doesn’t sit well with him when we do the opposite of what we get from him. Sometimes, we become so mean to others. We exaggerate their little mistakes and make them a big deal. We fight hard with them and make their lives very complicated. Some of us even drag them to courts by accusing them falsely without being realistic.

I am telling the truth, there is nothing more powerful to expel the Spirit of God from our lives other than hate except other sins like consistent behavior of experiencing adultery, lie, gossip, murder, theft, pride, hate.. How come as christians, who have received mercy by the grace of God and escaped from punishment of eternal fire, become so mad with our friends/family and drag them to courts and persecute them against their will? How come we degrade the compassion and forgiveness of God through Christ by practicing bitterness and hate towards others? Do you know our salvation is conditional? Do you know if we don’t forgive others, our sins will not be forgiven by God and we will face eternal judgment? It is really important to check the status of our salvation every day by presenting ourselves under the mercy of God with humility and fear of God and tell God that we have forgiven every aspects of transgressions made towards us as God forgives our sins.

As human beings, there is little we can do to avoid conflicts. We often feel sad or anger inside and that is not bad by itself. What is bad is when we allow the devil to convert our misunderstanding to hate, bitterness, prolonged anger, and bitterness. We can easily break out of the yolk of these sins by forgiving others as Christ himself forgive all of our sins.

Luke 1:4: “…and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.” 

Matthew 6:15 : "..But if you don’t forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

Forgiveness is the opposite of pride. If you think you are better than your friend, you will not forgive him because you won’t think you are wrong. You always think you are correct and it is very hard to forgive others while you think you are correct. If you have a little bit, just tiny bit of pride, you won’t forgive the wrong doings of others. Humility is the father of forgiveness. Forgiveness comes from humble heart. Love is the father of humility and the grandfather of all good things including forgiveness. Anyone who loves his friend very dearly will not have any problem to forgive the wrong doings of others. Anyone who hates you will never forgive you when you do mistakes and that is why you know if a person loves you or not.

Therefore, check your heart if you still love your enemy, your friends, your spouse, your children and most importantly your God with all your might and strength. If you do so, then you are good to go. If not, please confess all your sins and Holy Spirit will come to you as the first time you get saved and he will dwell with you. My brothers and sisters, I leave you with the word of God and encourage you to be vigilant all the time as our enemy, the devil, always finds the oportunity to steal the precious gift of life, that is our joy and love in Christ Jesus.

1 Corinthians 10: 11: Now these things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come. So the one who thinks he is standing firm should be careful not to fall. No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide an escape, so that you can stand up under it.

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        Tewodros    |    Jul. 12, 2017     | 493 Views    |   
 

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,  my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you  from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly estilence. He will cover you with his feathers,  and under his wings you will find refuge;    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,  nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side,  ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”  and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.

For he will command his angels concerning you  to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands,  so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra;   you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;   I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

He will call on me, and I will answer him;  I will be with him in trouble,   I will deliver him and honor him.With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

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        Fasika    |    Mar. 4, 2015     | 2,985 Views    |   
 

What if I could speak all languages of humans and of angels?

If I did not love others, I would be nothing more than a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

What if I could prophesy and understand all secrets and all knowledge? And what if I had faith that moved mountains?

I would be nothing, unless I loved others.

What if I gave away all that I owned and let myself be burned alive?

I would gain nothing, unless I loved others. 

Love is kind and patient, never jealous, boastful, proud, or rude.

Love isn’t selfish  or quick tempered.

It doesn’t keep a record  of wrongs that others do.

Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil.

Love is always supportive,loyal, hopeful,  and trusting.

Love never fails!

Everyone who prophesies  will stop, and unknown languages will no longer  be spoken.

All that we know   will be forgotten.

We don’t know everything, and our prophecies   are not complete.

But what is perfect will someday appear, and what isn’t perfect will then disappear.

When we were children, we thought and reasoned as children do.

But when we grew up,  we quit our childish ways.

Now all we can see of God is like a cloudy picture in a mirror.

Later we will see him face to face. We don’t know everything, but then we will, just as God completely understands us.

For now there are faith, hope, and love.

But of these three, the greatest is love.

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        Fasika    |    Mar. 4, 2015     | 4,002 Views    |    1 Comments
 

Job 33 - God is greater than any human.  So why do you challenge God to answer you? God speaks in different ways, and we don’t always recognize his voice. Sometimes in the night, he uses terrifying dreams to give us warnings.

God does this to make us turn from sin and pride and to protect us from being swept away to the world of the dead. Sometimes we are punished with a serious illness and aching joints. Merely the thought of our favorite food makes our stomachs sick, and we become so skinny that our bones stick out.

We feel death and the grave taking us in their grip. One of a thousand angels then comes to our rescue by saying we are innocent. The angel shows kindness, commanding death to release us, because the price was paid.

Our health is restored, we feel young again, and we ask God to accept us. Then we joyfully worship God, and we are rewarded because we are innocent. When that happens, we tell everyone, “I sinned and did wrong, but God forgave me and rescued me from death! Now I will see the light.” God gives each of us chance after chance to be saved from death and brought into the light that gives life. 

We praise you our Lord and our God for everything that you have done in our lives. Your work is wonderful. You are faithful in everything you do. We have seen your mercy as you reveal your glory and honor in our lives. We give you all the glory. Our families give you all the glory since you are almighty God.

You are righteous God and you never make mistakes. You were right when you closed the door and you were right when you opened one. You were right when things looked bad and you were right when you rebooked the storm that was taking a significant effect on our lives.

Your faithfulness covers the whole earth like the sky and is for generations to come. Your mercy and love is strong like the mighty wave on the ocean. You alone are the beginning and the end of everything in and around us, including us and we give all the glory to you.

You have fulfilled all our holy desires with the hope you gave us and we have in Christ.

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 - Isaiah 40:31

What an awsome love of God we have known and seen in Jesus. What a wonderful heavenly father we all have in the heavens who cares more than what we care for our children.

There won’t be enough words to exhaustively narrate all his miracles and wonders. Even if that is possible, they aren’t sufficient to hold what God has done in our lives.

His will for our lives is unbelievably awesome. God is great all the time!!




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        Tewodros    |    Sep. 22, 2014     | 2,004 Views    |   
 


How much trust should we put in a relationship

One of the issues we face while dating is trust. No one can form a strong relationship without trust. But the thing is no one is worthy of your trust while dating.

And they say there is no love and relationship without trust. May be that is how life should be or maybe not. We (Adam and Eve) started our journey with unfaithfulness. Human beings have a long history of unfaithfulness to the Lord. As long as we live in the flesh, we are unworthy of trust. The flesh with out the Spirit is the punishment for our evil act against the will of God in our lives.

It doesn’t mean we are all in all evil. But on the surface level, we cannot say anything for sure. On our spirit level and on our soul level if we have Jesus and we know him well, things look much better. That is why Jesus is afraid of letting you go somewhere and come back hurt.

He doesn’t allow a girl or a boy or a friend or anyone to come too close to you. You need to keep what you know to yourself. And expose wisdom in a very artistic manner. Do not expose no information to no one. Be creative and communicative. Be the leader by being the servant. 

Relationships can be dangerous

The wicked can possibly hurt your feelings in just few words. They can transform immediately and become the enemy of the Spirit of God. Sometimes their hate can be seen in their eyes. Their anger flows out of their mouth like a river. 

No need to be in argument with such kind of people. They are determined to destroy you and you don’t want to do that. Disappointments are inevitable as long as we lived in this world. Broken heart is what all we have at the end of all the effort we made to please men. 

It is a snare either to please or to make others feel angry. May the Lord destroy the reputation of the wicked? May He lay his anger on them? 

May their children see their wickedness? Do not punish the children by the sin of their parents. Their wickedness is not a mistry in your eyes. May you protect the prey they snare upon. May God reveal their hidden agenda to destroy the meek?

Lord, please confront them with your judgment. We have no right to do that. We have no right to make someone guilty of sin. We don’t dare to condemn others for the evil thing they do as we too are not far from sin.

May their name blot out from your book. They are the enemy of all the works of your hand and the expression of your love. May you protect your children from their evil plan. It is almost impossible to make an agreement with such evil. What Christ has to do with Lucifer? What has light has to do with darkness?

Relationship are formed and built little by little

If you guys can communicate with understanding. If you respect and understand each other feelings. Then little by little the same way a baby finds trust in his mother’s hand, you will develop love and trust on one another. 

How do you know your friend wants to form relationship with you? Returning calls, accept invitations, share past experiences. Watch and learn. There is some clue for you to identify if your friend is for real. Do not take anything seriously at the beginning. 

Do not hurry things. Take your time. Be sure you don’t do what you don’t want to do. Don’t get there too soon. If something doesn’t make sense to you, you are probably right. Take your time find out things by yourself. 

See for yourself what somebody else told you. Do not come in to conclusion based on someone suggestions. You may start to have more time together. You may start to know each other better. You should pray on your future married life. You need to have a committed friendship to each other that can lay foundation to the next level.

Nothing unusual though. No need to give and take empty promises yet. But investquality time in each other’s lives. You have to saw a seed of love that will grow tomorrow.

In case of fire know your exits. It cannot get simpler than this. Don’t put yourself in to a situation that there is no way out. You may lose some points but it is ok. You may feel disappointed in the end that is life all about. But do not lean on someone and do not allow others to lean on you. Give because you love not because you can give. And be ready to receive in return – from the Lord.

Love is the fuel for any kind of Relationship

Love is a gift from God. Sometimes it has to be earned. Sometimes it has to be learned. Sometimes it has to be shared. Love has a tremendous amount of positive energy. You can take this gift and use it as you want.

Love is a temporary delegated power from God to you like money or authority. But love is invisible and doesn’t take any form by itself. It is us who will decide how to use it. It needs a great deal of responsibility. If you don’t know how to use it, you might end up losing it at all and cause a lot of damage to your relationship.

Some knowingly or unknowingly take and change it to another state of energy sometimes negative to the existence of humans. If you take love and put something like disappointment it becomes completely negative. It will become anger. Anger has the same energy as love but this one has a negative influence on us. So love is wonderful but it is also dangerous if we don’t know what we are doing. The negative aspect of love (energy from anger and hate) is one of the most destructive powerful weapon on earth like nuclear energy.

You can take muclear energy and use it to produce tremendous amount of electricity. You can convert it to produce mechanical energy and so forth. On the contrary you can also use it to destroy. So it all lies in our motive and that is why life is never about what or when or where. It is all about our motive. It is in our wiling power to deal with something. It lies in making our own choices.

Love is great and wonderful if you take it wisely and seriously. If you see it without selfishness and hate. Why people want to use their power to destroy other people? Because it is all about them in the name of protection and sovereignty. If we think for others and see how we can be helpful to others, we will choose to build not to destroy.

We all had the chance to use love, this tremendous amount of energy, to help others. We all need to see if we can convert it in to unselfish desire that is to serve. A love that doesn’t want to serve, to give and to humble itself unconditionally is not love at all.

How can we learn to relate. Despite the fact that words are subject
to interpretation?  How to care and listen to somebody’s feelings?  How to able to communicate?  What is friendship?  Where and how to start to relate to someone?  How to be there together?  

How to see yourself in somebody and them in yourself?  How does one know the nature and level of relationship with somebody?  Some relationships go smoothly while others get somewhere and suffer. Is there something like unselfish love in us? If so how do we have one and give one?  How to avoid madness in a relationship?  How to respect one another?  How to learn humility and self-control in a relationship?  Feelings are deceptive. But how? What could be the challenges in relationships?  

We can talk a lot almost about everything. Family and living together. When is the best time to have children?  When to start living together?  When to get married?  When to get engaged?  When to start living together?  How much we should spend for a wedding?  Is it really necessary to have a wedding at all?  Where to live happily ever after being married?  Whether family will live with us after getting married?  

But here won’t be enough time to exhaustively discuss everything at once. But as most of us will do, you will be able to learn and acquire more wisdom when you make your steps align with the will of God. 

I would like to finalize this article by asking one last important question. Can love be bought? I mean if you think you just did, you bought the wrong item. Love is innocently free for those who seek it with all their hearts. Why is there so much misery in the world today? Love is the reason. 

In conclusion, love is a great weapon in the hands of a person who has it. We need to know how to handle it and taking a good care of it. Love comes in many forms to us but still there is one true love. Only God is our true love. But he wants to teach us about love in many ways. As he is trying to speak to us one way or the other. Love is not superficial. Something that you just show-off. Learn from the originator and creator of love. He doesn’t force us to believe in him.

He doesn’t prepare a public demonstration on any issues regarding love. He is there still thinking how he can display his true nature according to our understanding. 

Praise the name of the Lord. He is worth of our praise. The Lamb of God deserve worship. He has taken our inequities. He has washed away our transgressions. Bless his name o his saints. We love and honor your name forever.

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        Tewodros    |    Sep. 19, 2014     | 1,967 Views    |    1 Comments
 


The Lord is in the process of making the best out of our lives as if you make wine out of grape. He is allowing us to pass through a very hard time now but in the end everything will be nice. He kept our spirit to be fermented and rebuilding us every day for us to smell good and to produce something that smells good that will change people lives. But still some of us or not ready yet. He made our lives to be a grape as he made many with his beautiful hands. 

But one thing I know, he doesn’t want us to be revealed just as grape. He wants to make us in to wine. He put us in to one of his pots and we want to be there until he is finished. In the end I know we will be as sweet as the finest wine in the whole world. This idea goes with also the idea of purifying a gold. 

Whenever we are passing through in life, we are being purified to be precious to the Lord. I believe there is always God’s way of things which is always different than us.

Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.

When God wants to prepare us for greater battles, he will put us in a training mode for quite some time. He knows it takes time and training to put faith and courage in to our soul. For instance, God had to personally train and build the inner potentials of David long before he met Goliath.

Most of the time we are refined when we pass through unbearable situation and circumstances but through God who gives grace for the humble, he helps us make it through to go through such hard times.

Yet we might ask the Lord why are we going through tough times, the answer always lies in the process of making us warriors for the kingdom of God. Remember God makes mighty warriors out of babies who used to drink milk like us.

God has most importantly changed the way we look in to ourselves. He changes the image we have for ourselves so that we should know we are lion cabs and not a chicken. That is very important since the world is going to scare and intimidate us to make us kneel down under sin.

This is the time we need to look deep in to ourselves and tell them that we are indeed the children of God (who is the father of Jesus). Jesus Christ is the Lion of Judah. Nobody can scare us any more since we know who we are and what we are in Christ.

The Lord gives us dreams and aspirations instead of confusion and frustration. Our dream is that one day all the scattered families of the Lord come to worship the Lord. We have a promise and a dream that we will see the Lord punished our enemies in front of our eyes who took what is ours by force. We have a dream that everyone will come to understand the love of God in Christ Jesus.

We have a dream that whoever seeks diligently the face of the Lord will find it. We have a dream that our sickness of the soul gets healed by the blood of Jesus. We have a dream that one day our family will enter to his congregation with praise. It is all a matter of time before these dreams comes to reality for God eternal blessing in Christ Jesus is always with s.

1 Peter 5:9 Resist him (the devil) and be firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering.

James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

2 Timothy 4:8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day--and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

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Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face tials of ma
y kinds,

Hebrews 12:6 For whom the Lord loves he chastens, and whips every son whom he receives.

The other important thing about this process is the Lord will put Passion and Zeal for him in our hearts.

The devil took everything he thinks is passion in you. He has done this because he knows without passion life is doomed. Passion for the life that we are living. Whatever it is we do, we need it. Even evil things in this world has passion to destroy our passion. What is passion?

Passion is that thing that will drive you to do what you need to do for the day. Passion is all you need to accomplish your purpose. Now passion doesn't come easily to you. It needs your full energy and full focus to the things you need to do in life.

Why do we need passion in our lives? Jesus wanted to wake up early in the morning to pray to his father because he needed to accomplish his dreams. Until you finally determine what is it you need to do in your life, you won’t have passion. I mean the real God given purpose. What does he want you to do. All of our lives, we might do one thing after the other but still we may not have found definite purpose.

In our physical (earthly) purpose, we might need to be a doctor or an engineer etc... We are here at this very instance of our lives trying to figure out what is what. And how should we live the rest of our lives. We need to know that we should live in the right ways to please his soul not ours. 

We should know that we have to be sanctified daily by the blood of Jesus. We have to know that we have to fight the good fight of faith. But if we still don’t know our callings, how pity is this for you and me and for the one who created us? How convenient is this to be for the enemy?

Without knowing what exactly we need to do to destroy the fortresses of the enemy. How are we going to do fight the good fight of faith? We need to have a clear vision/target about it and a purposeful prayer and passion for the things we should do in our lives.

In my honest opinion, I believe if we open our heart and see, his purpose for our lives is not hidden from us. The bees know what they are created to do. So do the horses and the elephants or the snails. He takes some time to re-construct us. He re-create us every single day we live in to his image. Since that is all it takes to make a warrier. I believe when Adam and Eve committed the first sin, they lost this image and God is restoring that one day at a time.

In fact, it was easy for him to make my physical body. But to bring me to his eternal purpose, it took him all the days I lived in the past. Is he unable to do it once? He is God and he made all things in six days. But still there is always a problem when it comes to deal with us without forcing our will and it has to be according to our will of fulfilling his will in our lives.

I believe to restore this image back to us, we need to transform our selves/mind in to the likeness of Jesus Christ every day through the revelation of his word and by following Jesus.

Colossians 1:15  The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

That is all we have to do. Look in to Jesus and transform our selves to be like him.

Those who have achieved this had said that we should train ourselves to be like them. Therefore if they can achieve it, it is possible that we can achieve it to with the grace of God.

May God bless you for reading this blog and may the will of God be fulfilled in your live, in the name of Jessus!








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        Tewodros    |    Sep. 18, 2014     | 3,261 Views    |   
 

Even though our enemies are more in number than before,Even though all hopes seem to be gone and we look like helpless,

Even though the devil condemns us with more sin and when our problems increase in number,

Even though all the things that used to make us happy are no more pleasant to us,

Even though all we have worked for and all we have accumulated over the years seem to be gone,

Even though when all the trust and faithfulness we believe we have built over the years are simply shattered,

Even though the world rewards us with more disappointment and more fear instead of encouragement to do and accomplish more,

Even though when the hope we strive to see one day seems to be all gone and our dreams and aspirations are about to come to end,

Even though we stop getting results from all of our hard work and labor,

Even though we couldn’t find love and support from this world in return to our love and appreciation for others.

But there is still hope from heaven and there is still help from God. He never put us aside and in His mind we are His first priority. He never let go of our hands. He never leaves us alone. He is always near and close. He is closer than before as we want him more.

There is always peace with him that we can experience and feel. There is always pure joy that we can only enjoy when we come to his presence. And this joy is not the same joy we get from the world.

We know when we feel such joy that this is not related to any of the things we have done or we have not done in our lives. This kind of peace and joy is absolutely pure and only comes from believing in Christ Jesus.

There is great inherence in the kingdom of God and a place to be called home through Christ. God never leaves nor abandons his children in the same way a mother would never abandons her child.

There is greater return in heaven than we could possibly accumulate in the world if we sow diligently with love without seizing according to God’s word.

There is no greater love than the love of Jesus for us since he laid his life for us not only to seek a better future but also to escape from the traps of death of sin.

The Spirit of the Lord is confirming the promises of the Lord in his word for the Lord already told us that the Spirit will do so. The Spirit of the Lord, Holy Spirit, comforts us when we pass through such difficult times that are beyond our ability to withstand.

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.  - John 16:7  

Though the fig tree should not blossom And there be no fruit on the vines, Though the yield of the olive should fail And the fields produce no food, Though the flock should be cut off from the fold And there be no cattle in the stalls, Yet I will exult in the Lord, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. - Habakkuk 3:17

Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends. - John 15:13

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. - John 14:3

I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. -John 14:18 




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        Tewodros    |    Sep. 17, 2014     | 3,002 Views    |   
 

There was a time we all once went to a brink of losing hope and courage at one point of our lives in the past. May be there are some who are passing through such kind of struggle in their lives right now. It is my purpose and duty to remind you about the love of God and that his love for us is never changing. We are here to kind of encourage one another for the love of God is unfailing like the mother’s love and beyond that. You might say in your heart:

 (Lamentations of our Soul )
"I come to the point where I am losing all the hope. My feet are stumbled and my body reaches to fall. I don’t know what to do next. God, you are my only hope I have got in my life. You know how I come to face unbearable challenges that I have right now. If I only know how, at least we will make sure nobody else will be ever fall in the same traps I already fall in my life.”

Yes our Lord, we don’t exactly know how we came to a point of desperation. We know a little and remember a little about the past. Our memory is short and we can’t exhaustively mention all that has happened in our lives.

Even if we do remember all that, what difference does it make now? But when we think all the sufferings we had, it could be mainly because of bad incidents we had experienced in the past.

Our Lord, it makes our heart to ache and our body to be in constant pain. We have come to know many plans of the wicked. All they want is nothing but to separate you from your holy people.

You are the most important and the only kind to us. Your relationship to us is unique. But we cannot maintain this relationship without being faithfulness to you.

We are now called children of the most high because you are faithful. Your have established an eternal covenant with your children because of what you did for us. We understand faithfulness is all about understanding your love and to live up to it.

But still we cannot reach to that level. We haven’t brought forth the fruit that you are waiting to see. We haven’t yet come out and shine with all the glory you have created for us.

We need to remember that true glory only comes from above. If we like the way people of this world honor each other, we will not see true glory. If we seek power of our own, that is false glory. So is true happiness and pleasure.

Father, we all know by fact that we need your relationship. How pleasing it is to have someone that we can talk with and feel. That is to get someone like you - someone like a human being - someone like Jesus. Yes, we need him in fullness.


We need to smell like him in all parts of our lives. It is amazing when people are jealous, they go to who they call their love. They want to make sure that they have at least one person whom they think their own. Also when they feel happy, they want to share that with the person they love.

Father-you are our only one. There is no one like you caring for us. You are our dear that we always want to see your face. Time will tell us what has happened exactly in a way you showed your face to us.

Life in its demanding form makes it very hard to seek your face constantly. We have some needs but we do believe that you are beyond all our earthly needs. We have problems in life. In fact some are serious ones. But you are beyond all of our serious problems.

Would you come one more time to us? Shall we see your face one more time? Shall we even touch your hand and weep on your feet one more time? Shall we wait for you? Will you come? Shall we see you again?

When shall we see you again? When shall we meet? We need to know the answer to all of these. We know we wouldn’t even mention this huge burden that we carry on our back when we see you.

If we only touch your holy garment, then we will be healed. If we only come to know you in person then no evil, dirty and wicked things come to play with your children.

Since you already showed merc
to oneof
aham’s children and bring her the miracle she waited for years, we believe you will show mercy to us also.

We believe you Jesus. We believe the answer to all of our lives questions is you. Even if God in his holy anger gave us up to our selfish desires, he has also set time to send us the healing.


He sent us his son, Jesus, the medicine that we all looking for. But that doesn’t come in vain. May the Lord teaches us how to give up the one we treasure most in our heart and follow only him!

May the Lord teach us to hold on to the truth and keep it with us all the time! You are our treasure, Lord. You are not in comparison to any of our selfish desires. A mother may give up her child for her selfish desires, but you will keep us with you till we have the last breath.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit heal our soul and fill our heart with God’s unfailing love, in Jesus Name, AMEN!

John 14:3

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.


Exodus 15:13
In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling.
 

Psalm 6:4
Turn, Lord, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love.
 

Psalm 13:5
But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.


Lamentations 3:32
Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.


Jeremiah 31:3
The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.

Romans 8:28
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:35
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?






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        Tewodros    |    Sep. 16, 2014     | 2,253 Views    |    3 Comments
 

2. The power of the will

The devil literally asked Jesus to jump out of the temple quoting from the word of God to convince him about this insane act. As Christians we should align our will with the will of the father. He told him that it is written in the Bible that no man shall tempt the Lord our God.

Deuteronomy 6:16: You shall not put the Lord your God to the test, as you tested Him at Massah. 

This is one of the principles of God that we just ignore. But the fact that we ignore his principles doesn’t mean they don’t work. Take for example the law of gravity. You can’t beat gravity. As there are natural laws, there are God’s laws that we must obey no matter what.

One of these laws is the law of submission. You cannot make God do things for you as you make your subordinates. Who are you to command your creator to do something you want and not according to his will for your life?

We all wanted to do things which are regrettable and want the Lord to be part of that. You cannot do that. God won’t allow you to do things that you will regret it latter. Or at least you will do it without his will. Cannot make him your accomplice. No! That is not possible and sane.

In this scenario, we see Jesus make a decision one more time to honor his father by submitting himself to obey the word of God and hence made the devil look bad in this situation.

As for an atheist, this is a good example also. You don’t test your God. I don’t discourage your little curiosity and disbelief. God knows how to work on that and he will meet your needs if you have true hunger and trust for who He is and not blasphemy and pride that got the devil in to a problem.

According to the Bible, Jesus met Thomas and he said:

Then He said to Thomas, "Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing." Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!"

That is all the Lord is saying to you today: “do not be unbelieving, but believing”. He also revealed his self to Paul and convict him of his dangerous zeal to the kingdom of God and he gave him warning and punishment.

3. Power

This is where most of us find it very difficult to keep our faith. It is always easy to please the Lord when things look empty and we feel powerless. But it takes the fear of him and wisdom to say, “You give ability and power to whomever you are pleased with. And it is not because of me but because of your generosity and grace that I am what I am today!”

Filled with gratitude and thanks giving we should reply to such form of temptation as Jesus showed us how it is done: 

Go away Satan! The Scriptures say: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’” Then the devil left Jesus, and angels came to help him.

Power is the most destructive force now a days for christians especially in these last days. It is so tempting and it makes everything possible without the consent of God. What made David pass through all that punishment was his inability to use his delegated power very cautiously.

He forcefully raped someone’s wife without even being asked why? And this someone turned out to be one of his loyal soldiers who happened to be fighting for him in the battle while David was having fun with his wife. And then he used his power to murder him so brutally so that his sins won’t come to public.

The fact that many people are abandoning their faith, that fact there are so much immorality both inside and outside the church is all because of the the loss of control on power that is given to us as children of God and
he lust to have even more powr.

God blessed us with so many things that we enjoy every day freely not because to cause harm to others and bring damage to the reputation of our Lord’s name among non-believers. It is only because he wanted us to take this amazing freedom and worship him and do good for the benefits of other with love. With more privileges come more responsibilities. Don’t consider yourself special since you are not better than your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.

Lust (Sin 1) is much easier to follow and commit when there is so much power (sin 3) on your hand especially when our own will is not according to his will (sin 2).

Jesus literally told the devil to go off reminding him that absolute power and glory belongs to God and he is not buying in to his non sense. Therefore, let us be very careful with regards to lust, will and the use of delegated power thinking that the days are short and the coming of Christ is near.

Have faith and believe in him who gave his life to you as a ransom to your sins. Someone has to die for someone to live. It is him he sacrificed for you and me.

Blessed are those who believe him without asking a proof that he even exist. Otherwise it is not faith but fact based on circumstantial evidence. Jesus doesn’t make himself a fact since fact changes over time. He said he is the TRUTH we all shall trust and believe in and the only WAY to the father and the LIFE we shall have being redeemed and set free for his glory.

When Jesus was done with his test, the angels were sent to comfort him and made him feel safe as a human being. But they were not there in the middle of the temptation. It looks like God wanted to see for himself whether we honor him with all we have or not.

But as for you and me, we have now a better chance than before not to fall in to temptations since Jesus Christ is interceding for our faith day and night. With him, we can reach to our goal. If God is with us, who can be against us.

The devil is defeated on the cross. Jesus did that for you and me. But since he knows that he has little time left, he will make things hard on us so that he might find anything that can ultimately break our relationships with God.

May God bless you for reading this blog! May the Lord gives you grace and power to withstand every attack from the enemy! May the Lord covers you with his love that makes you surrender for his will! May his abundance and blessing feels your home with peace and stability that you may withstand temptations arise from common cause and need. 



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        Tewodros    |    Sep. 12, 2014     | 1,921 Views    |    2 Comments
 


Do you ever ask your selves what are the major causes of temptations? Do you ever wonder what brings the temptations to us? Do you think how temptations come and even why they come to us? Do you ever wanted to triumph over your temptation? 

The Bible teaches us how to manage temptations on Matthew 4:4. According to the Bible Jesus was tempted by the devil three times. And he won his battles basically by sticking to the truth according to the word of God. 

The Bible also teaches us as soon as he finished his battles with the devil in the wilderness, he came back mighty in the spirit full of the Spirit of God that all of his miracles and teaching was derived from.

 Matthew 4: 4: The Holy Spirit led Jesus into the desert, so that the devil could test him.  After Jesus had gone without eating for forty days and nights, he was very hungry.  Then the devil came to him and said, “If you are God’s Son, tell these stones to turn into bread.”

Jesus answered, “The Scriptures say: ‘No one can live only on food. People need every word that God has spoken.’” Next, the devil took Jesus to the holy city and had him stand on the highest part of the temple. The devil said, “If you are God’s Son, jump off. The Scriptures say: ‘God will give his angels orders about you. They will catch you in their arms, and you won’t hurt your feet on the stones.’” 

Jesus answered, “The Scriptures also say, ‘don’t try to test the Lord your God!’” Finally, the devil took Jesus up on a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms on earth and their power. The devil said to him, “I will give all this to you, if you will bow down and worship me.”

Jesus answered, “Go away Satan! The Scriptures say: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’” Then the devil left Jesus, and angels came to help him.

Let us see the three main areas Jesus was tempted.

1. Flesh

Jesus was tempted with the power of the will of the flesh. Jesus knows that the flesh is weak when tempted and it always fights against the will of the Spirit. He knows that the flesh and the Spirit are in constant battle. What most of don’t know is that we need to make our flesh subdue to the Spirit all the time.

Matthew 26:41: Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Moreover, the devil knows this fact and he always uses the flesh to work against the Spirit. There are many ways to make the flesh slave of the Spirit and not vice versa.

In my experience and the experience of those righteous people who live to please the Lord, fasting with prayer and thanksgiving and intercession for others is the most powerful way to achieve this goal. 

Fasting with purposeful prayer has the power to disintegrate the will of the flesh and equip our spirit with more spiritual strength than before.

Most of the time we fast and pray only when things look bad and we want to restore our relationship with God. Well that is not bad but we should always maintain our good relationship with God not only when we fall under the power of sin. 

Preventing sin is much better than struggling to get out of the addiction of sin. That is only achieved through a daily engaged communication and relationship with God through prayer and reading the word of God.

You cannot live your life one day for yourself and one day for Christ. There is no timeouts in this battle we are in to. We don’t even know when the next
attack will come from the enemy.

In this section of Bible, we see that Jesus was very hungry in the flesh and he wanted to eat something. The devil offered him an advice. He said, “If you are the son of God, let’s see you change the stone in to bread”

p>He already guessed that Jesus would fall in to the sin of breaking his fasting way before it should end. Jesus knowing the will of the devil, refuted him by mentioning from the word of God.

He said, “No one can live only on food. People need every word that God has spoken.” He is talking about our spiritual hunger from the word of God through the Spirit of God which led him to fasting in the first place.

So our first defense strategy should be the principles of the Bible. And most importantly it shouldn’t be our own thought and understanding of the circumstance. And by no means do not align yourself with the will of the devil/flesh.

And how do you know the will of the flesh? Well anything contrary to the will of God is the will of the flesh. If the word of God doesn’t allow you to get drunk, don’t be. If the word of God doesn’t allow you to take the road of lust and covetous, don’t be. If the Lord doesn’t advice you to envy sinners and their work, don’t even think about them. If the word of God tells you not to spend too much time with the things of the world and be careful about what you hear and watch, don’t spend more time watching TV rather than reading the Bible or praying.

It is always clear what we should follow and what we should do if we listen to the Lord and do what he tells us to do. It is that simple. But most of the time we found ourselves flirting with sin way too much. And then we soon found ourselves under the captivity of the enemy and spend a lot of time paying the fruits of our carless act.

But the solution to all of that is to be honest with yourself and the Spirit of God. Listen to his word and escape from sin. Don’t make yourself comfortable with sin. Sin is a killer both physically and spiritually.

The devil asked him if he was the son of God. Jesus knew who he is and doesn’t need to proof himself for the devil by falling in to his trap. Don’t bother to proof who you are to the enemy. First, he knows who you are.

Second all he wants is your death so why even bother engaging in a tiresome discussion with him for a long hour. And by the way this is a good example for those who wanted God to proof himself for them so that they can believe him – I think you call them an atheist.

God doesn’t need to proof himself of the truth since he is the truth.

You don’t ask God to do what you want. He has a will like you. And the fact that he is not revealing himself to you doesn’t mean he doesn’t exist.

Please continue reading the blog part two.



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        Tewodros    |    Sep. 11, 2014     | 1,880 Views    |   
 


The effects of divorce on children

1. Children Trust is broken:

Children always carry with them a broken heart where ever they go that will affect them emotionally, psychologically, and socially, spiritually and many more. They would not be able to see the world with love as they used but with the eyes of hatred and bitterness since that is what they learn from their parents.

Most of the things we show to our children, they behave and act according to how we behave. They tend to imitate what we do in the real world.

If we are showing them to break a covenant that we make with our spouse, they tend to do the same thing unless the power of the Lord interferes in their life.

There is one basic question that all children whose parents are divorced have in common.

They always ask this question: “Why mom and dad couldn’t save the marriage at least for me?” They also ask, “Why they didn’t fight for me and save the marriage if they love me?” 

These are few of the questions children with broken family relationships ask themselves and their parents? Well, if we decided to go to path of divorce, we must prepare ourselves to face the truth like this.

The issue here is trust. Children love to trust their parents. Even if you have a good reason to divorce your spouse, they couldn’t understand you until they reach to their maturity. And before they reach at the level of maturity, devil will take every chance to break them in to pieces and it is already too late by the time they reach to their maturity.

For that reason, it absolutely necessary to protect the trust our children on us since it is the most valuable asset we could possibly get from our children.

2. Sexual/Physical Abuse:

The chance of children getting sexually or physically harassed and abused by an outsider is huge compared to if the parents are not divorced at all.

This is because the chance of the children tend to respect and love their parents get very law and children would fall on the hands of the perpetrator easily.

Criminals get the opportunity to abuse children when parents are not able to easily manage and control the activities of their children.

If parents can’t manage their relationship with their spouses, it is absolutely difficult to manage their children. Therefore children fall on the hands of criminals who promise them to show love that they are deprived of from their parents.

The other thing is children get abused by their step parent while they are under one parent custody. This is again because parents occasionally rely on the step parent to do the parenting.  That means you are living your son with a complete stranger who happens to be the new parent of your baby. 

Sometimes you may get lucky and things will go very smoothly

But what if your child falls on the hand of very bad people.

The thing is you will never have the power to control that after you sign the paper to divorce your wife/husband.

So take a very good look at your baby before you even think about divorcing your spouse.

3. Play bad Politics:

Children will be filled with two extremely radical points of views that cannot be reconciled together. That is the views and opinions of both parents for each other after they got divorced.

Children would find it extremely difficult to even understand their parents on such matters.

Parents would simply feed children with the wrong information that is actually developed to defend themselves against any blames on their actions.

In other words, parents blame their spouses for many things that children would find it very difficult to love and respect their parents.

I would say such kind of actions taken by parents can damage the relationship between children and parents. 

Therefore, such kind of allegations and comments mad by the parents have a huge impact to make or destroy a relationship between a son a father or a daughter and a mother.

If in case we found ourselves under such circumstances, please let us not blame others for our mistakes and it won’t good any good for anybody especially for our children.

Instead let us be filled with love and forgiveness no matter what our past experience looks like and don’t not allow ourselves going through blaming our ex-spouse for the things s/he did to us decades ago since doing so won’t do any good for our children.

It is just bad politics that has a significant damage on the psychology of our children. 

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In conclusion, let us always find a way to stay away from all the troubles and conflicts that could result in a separation of our family by divorce.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. If we obey him and fear his with all our strength and power, we will always find ourselves doing well for the sake of our family.

Next time when you even think about divorce, think about the vow you have made to your spouse as the Lord was the witness between you and your spouse. 

If you honor your word, the Lord will honor his word and bless you with long life and happy family and you will see your children grow-up in the house of God and honor his with all their heart.

If you break your word that you make to your spouse, you will find yourself short of the glory and blessing of God and your life will not be as pleasant.

So the choice is ours. As for me I would choose to honor him by keeping my word I make to my spouse to love her till death separate us!

May God bless you and may his face shine up on you and gives you abundance of grace to walk on any pitfalls you may find yourself in to in your marriage, in the name Jesus!


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        Tewodros    |    Sep. 10, 2014     | 1,915 Views    |    3 Comments
 

In my opinion divorce is the most destructive force that can scatter families like dust. I would say many wouldn’t dare to walk in that road if they can realize the worst thing that can happen to their family if they chose to divorce their spouse.

The Bible tells us that God hates divorce for the very reason that divorce causes irreversible damage to our being and the wellness of the ones we love most. Among many other reasons that divorce brings to our family I would like to mention few of the consequences of divorce.

Before that I would like you take this as my personal opinion that the Lord teaches me in this short period of my life. This is not by any means the final point where it should end. I would like to hear also your opinion so that we can grow together in the body of Jesus Christ.

It is not in my best interest to write about such delicate issue. But I found it very important to do so because I would like to share with you these points so that you might reconsider your thoughts before your reach to a decision regarding your marriage.

I would say divorce is the worst phenomenon that could happen to a human being next to abandoning faith in Jesus Christ. It is worse than the physical death itself.

It is a little lower than spiritual death since our faith in God through Christ Jesus is the best thing that could happen to a human being.

By the way, I would like to underline the fact that personally I don’t advocate or preach for families in abusive relationship to stay in that condition. This could be a relationship where one fears for his life or where the father or the mother are harassing and sexually abusing their children which is now a days not far from the truth. But be very careful not to be deceived by the devil that he will literally scares you to death and tells you absolutely wrong things and force you to flee away from your relationship.

Therefore be very confident and very sure before you take any major decision. Praying with your spouse helps a lot in cleaning the relationship that gets absolutely dusty from time to time. Praying also helps to differentiate the voice that comes to you whether it comes from the devil or the Spirit of God.

Sometimes marriage can be though and overwhelming. But it is always worth the fight to stay together as one pack as a whole family instead of everybody going his own way. When we stay together, we are not just two with our spouse, we are three since a third person, Holy Spirit, is also with us.

Here are some Scriptures in light of the above teaching:

Malachi 2:15 

So guard yourselves in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth.

For I hate divorce!" says the Lord, the God of Israel. "To divorce your wife is to overwhelm her with cruelty," says the Lord of Heaven's Armies. "So guard your heart; do not be unfaithful to your wife."

“For the man who does not love his wife but divorces her, says the Lord, the God of Israel, covers his garment with violence, says the Lord of hosts. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and do not be faithless.”

Matthew 18:20

Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. 20"For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst."

Ecclesiastes 4:9

Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. 10For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up

Deuteronomy 32:30

How could one have chaseda thousand, and two have put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, and the Lord had given them up?





In conclusion, let us always find a way to stay away from all the troubles and conflicts that could result in a separation of our family by divorce.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. If we obey him and fear his with all our strength and power, we will always find ourselves doing well for the sake of our family.

Next time when you even think about divorce, think about the vow you have made to your spouse as the Lord was the witness between you and your spouse. 

If you honor your word, the Lord will honor his word and bless you with long life and happy family and you will see your children grow-up in the house of God and honor his with all their heart.

If you break your word that you make to your spouse, you will find yourself short of the glory and blessing of God and your life will not be as pleasant.

So the choice is ours. As for me I would choose to honor him by keeping my word I make to my spouse to love her till death separate us!

May God bless you and may his face shine up on you and gives you abundance of grace to walk on any pitfalls you may find yourself in to in your marriage, in the name Jesus!


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        Tewodros    |    Sep. 9, 2014     | 2,060 Views    |    4 Comments
 

All we need to do is to win souls for the Lord. The bible says he who wins souls is wise, but how much wise? We can start from the same way the devil uses his tricks. You see, we are more judgmental and we are more proud than the people of this world. 

 

I don't know how much we know about this but Jesus was humiliating him self just to save us. Sometimes, it takes all we have to win souls. It needs life to give life. Somebody has to die for some one to live. 

 

The grasshopper has to die for the birds to live. The small fish has to die for the bigger ones to live. In our case, in Christians, unless we fall and die like a single seed of wheat, we cannot be used to save lives. 

 

Unless we are completely obedient, we cannot revenge sin. Sinners spent all their time with the things they like. But we are not even able to do our only task on earth at least once in a while. 

 

What is wrong with us? How convenient is this for the devil? Does the truth makes us more meek or more stubborn and proud like we do now? We were supposed to be kind and compassionate looking onto our father in heaven and how merciful he is to us. 

 

Sinners have more wisdom in getting what they want than us. I don't care if it is earthly or heavenly but they are winning anyways.  

 

How long shall I abide with you? Who cares about your anger in sin? 

Your job is to save what ever it takes not to try. How dare you tell me you are angry because you failed one time? cannot you see sinners, for the satisfaction of their sins they are vigilant and hard working. They have so and so wisdom that defeats your faith .  

 

They trust on them selves but yet they are strong as the rich or the one with authority and can take your belongings from your hand. You of little faith, do you know how selfish you are? You are only focused to save your self. If I was focused to save only you, I might call you at last. You were supposed to be a sacrifice to other. You were called to bear responsibilities.  

 

I don't care how wise they are but what is in you is more powerful than what is in the world. Trust that; believe that.


How good is it to trust on the Lord better than one knows by himself.

How dare they take the Lord s sheep from the Lord s house? The devil is so offensive but we are wick and so much defensive. The Lord doesn't really care what we say or do or think or how much we loose, but as long as we are on this mission, our job is to win souls and save lives for the Lord.

Lets us be careful not to come to the Lord house empty handed. He gave us coins of talents according to our nature and identity which is our soul and we need to bliss the Lord by bringing more souls to the kingdom of heaven.

You are not the judge, let s leave that to God. Let us do only our job on earth before we return back to our father. Sometimes it is easy to refer to scriptures and interpret them according to our level of understanding and not on the real meaning.

I know there are scriptures who told us to leave those who are resistant to the calling of the Lord making the shoe dust witnessing to them on the day of judgment.
I believe to do that is being of little faith.


Our lives and our everything should smell Jesus. We should be a remembrance of Jesus to them everyday. May be what we start now is a good beginning but not enough. We should listen to the spirit of the Lord all the time. We shouldn t listen to our flesh.

Most of all, don't give up! What ever it is? May be our problem is we don't know what we want to do. What we want is what the Lord gives us to do. With out it, we are dead. Besides we shouldn t see other option to get out of this mission. If we must die, we will die fighting! This is not just a hard mission. This is mission impossible!

The issue here is we are struggling constantly with the spirit of irresponsibility - one other common problem we all share. This is the spirit of I don't care that is more close to selfishness. How can we sit silently when people are taken to hell? We may think we are free from it. No. Our salvation doesn't come freely. We have spiritual obligations to tell others what we have received. Salvation is free in a sense that we have done nothing to deserve it but it has also its responsibilities. We don't need to go to monastery after we know Jesus and accepted him as our savior of our soul.

Jesus said: He who has a light does not put it under the bed. Rather he will put is up there so that every body can see it and make use of it

Matthew 5:15 -
Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.



He is talking about the Holy Spirit in side of us. We hide it all the time. we didn t prepare a way for people of this world to see it. Now that is what makes many lose their way to God s kingdom. Our carelessness bring death to others in this kingdom, we are all one flesh one blood. There is nothing a such as self in God's kingdom.

We are blessed or judged in relation to others not in relative to others.
So if there failure is not in our instincts, Let s think again. If they going to hell don't bother us too much, we are in a dead zone and we no longer belong to the mist of the living.

We need to find our own way out of it. Let us not fool ourselves. God said he will seek their blood from our hand. We are telling our selves that we have nothing to do with it. But still God is going to seek their blood from our hand. Now this is a great responsibility and with this mind and this flesh we have now, we cannot deal with. This hard heart of ours won t help any thing. Rather we need to be humble servant of the Lord and ask him to teach us all the lessons to take us there - to make us able to snatch the lost sheep of the Lord from the mouth of the wicked from the burning blaze of the hell.

One other problem we all experience is the spirit of selfishness. Do we ever imagine of ourselves being this and being that and getting this and getting that. It could be something of this world or some thing else. Being rich, drive beautiful cars, live in a fancy house, and dine in luxurious hotels and entertain in world famous places and so on and so on.

This thing never ends. It is as worthy as agarbage at the end but it can fill our heart as much we open our heart for it. This all is not going to make sense at the end for those who has to put their every thing to get more everything they desire to please themselves.

We should never put our hope and trust on the materials of this world. Believe me when the lord destroys this world with all its rubbish ness, the hope will be gone by the wind. We will never see them again. Someone may ask what is wrong with entertainment. Well I guess it is all about self. It has nothing everlasting, nothing glorious about it.

We go and entertain our selves, so what? What good does it make to this world? don't tell me we like it anyways. How would we like it when it is gone soon? People say also, we will be gone too, so we should enjoy life when we still can. Well that is true.

But the question is the place you will be going is determined by:
The quality of time we have in this short life. Who and with what we spent our time for. The kind of treasure we have accumulated and where we prefer to store our treasures.

Now, if our time is spent on rubbish things that will be gone by the wind, then that is not good. If our treasure is hidden in this unsecured world, it will be lost soon. Therefore the spirit of self is the spirit of destruction. When we always think of self, let us think in terms of service to other. We are not created for our selves.

For those of us who are saved by the lord and followed Christ Jesus and keep washing away our sins and transgressions by the blood of the lamb are like the medicine for this world because we carry the Spirit of God in our spirit. We are like an ointment that will be poured on people wounds and they get healed. We are the salt of this world. People have everything but they don't have the Spirit of God.

But those who donot allow the the Spirit of God to take actions in their lives, those who are waiting to be redemed by the lord, have no true joy and happiness. Their fate is hell and distraction. Their way is far from the truth. We all had once gone astray. We all have sinned and separated from God. God cannot be a father of sinners even if he LOVEs them like his own and he mercy and grace has come for all who believe in Christ Jesus.

God cannot be in agreement with sin. But he LOVES you, and me. He needs you; he doesn't want us to live with out him. So let's all run away from the spirit of selfishness and carelessness and come to God with all your heart. let's be humble servants of the lord, let us be understand the true meaning of Obedient Love and faithfulness to the lord as Christ showed us.

Therefore we shold constantly pray that may the lord help us in this regard. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit lead us to eternal blessing and joy, in Jesus Name, AMEN!

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        tewodros    |    Jun. 4, 2014     | 2,444 Views    |    2 Comments
 


My entire life I spend my time trying to make my soul do only what I really want to do, the real thing - The everlasting one. However, tied down by these world things, I couldn't do it as effectively as the Lord wanted me to do.

 

For some of us, life is a tragedy for us and a dream murderer since it attempts to kill all of our hidden eternal talents. What does it take any ways to be who we are, predestined by God even before our conception in the mother s womb - To respond to the calling that pre identified and selected us even before the foundation of the earth?

 

It is all about making a great commitment to the Lord form the bottom of our heart. But the doors should also be opened too. Paul heard the calling from Jesus and cannot let it go from his heart. What about you? You know the calling is still vivid in your heart. 

In what terms and situations could it be explained to us?

 

This is not an ordinary calling. This is an extraordinary commitment. 

People dedicate all their lives for something that blows of like a dust - Education, money, family.

 

How about me and you? We have seen the revelation of Christ. 

How selfish we will be if we neglect this calling? 

We have neglected the tasks that God given us.

 

Who will forgive our sins which are our concerns no more? 

We have undermined the cries of other people. 

Who will care about our tribulation any more?

 

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit filled our heart with compassion and spent the rest of our days caring for the lost sheep of the Lord. In Jesus Name, AMEN!




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        fasika    |    Jun. 2, 2014     | 2,036 Views    |   
 

We cannot escape the tragedy that we brought into other people lives. We are still the victim of it one way or another. And it will finally locate us wherever we are and we will face the consequences of our actions.

 

This is whether we do good or bad. What we get is what we give. 

What we harvest is what we saw. What we do in secret, we will face it in public. The Lord will make sure we are rewarded or punished the little things we do in private.

 

We may think as a very elementary thing but yet the Lord will bring it to display. But wait, what is FORGIVENESS then, if I have to be punished and humiliated with the things I do wrong?

 

The Lord forgives us doesnt mean he will not take the appropriate measure to make sure that we wouldnt do the same thing again. His punishment will bring understanding to us. The real forgiveness lies on the fact that the Lord gives us another chance to be in likeness with his image.

 

He will allow us to perform in the same environment that we made a mistake before with the necessary guidance and help. Otherwise where is justice with out judgment? How can we get wisdom with out getting the right amount of discipline from our father?

 

We need to learn from our mistake. Ultimately we need to present our selves in front of the Almighty God for final judgment.  There, there is no second chance. There, there is only either eternal destruction or eternal life.

 

So let us take a precaution on how we treat each opportunity of second chance. We don't want to see the blazing fires and the great anger of the almighty.

 

Even if the Lord is full of mercy and his kindness is with out measure, still we don't want to be the victims of his wrath. We don't want to found under the punishment of LOVE.

 

Punishment is real as LOVE is real. True LOVE demands true relationship. Therefore without establishing true relationship with God, we will fail out of his grace.

 

We will be the victims of LOVE and not the beneficiaries. In other words, if we obey and humble our selves under his feat, we will be saved. If we neglect his calling and follow our restless emotions, we will not find rest.

 

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit fill us with these, in Jesus Name, AMEN!

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        fasika    |    May. 30, 2014     | 2,264 Views    |   
 

Some people one way or another try to control us by imposing their own idea or try to make us do what we don't want to do. One good example is when Saul did what he didn't want to do by forcing himself to offer sacrifices that was not his duty in the first place.


"I thought, 'Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the Lords favor.' So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering." - 1 Samuel 13:12 

But when David was come face to face with his fellow soldiers and when they tried to kill him out of anger, he found a way out of their furiousness by mentioning the name of God. 

David knew God and he knew when he should call his name especially in times of problem. I mean look at all of the songs, the songs of praise, worship and prayer. Where is Sauls song? Not I know. So any ways when some who seem to have power over us but don't, come to control us, let us think only one thing that is no one has control over us unless the Lord himself give to them.

So even if they have designated power over us, it is not compared to the Lord's power. Their delegated power has nothing compared to the Lord's. Their operations are overridden by the Lord. No one should make us do what we don't want to do unless the Lord revealed his purpose for us. 

Not in the name of love not in the name of power. I believe there are two kinds of powers, the power of LOVE and the power of authority (somebody or something ruling over us with or with out our will). 

Kids like one and hate the other. But we would rather be under the power of LOVE than authority. We all want the power of LOVE. So when someone uses power out of LOVE it is different from power out of authority. 

The power from authorities is not always abusive. Sometimes it is for our benefit and to probably something good for us. Parents use both types of power to direct and discipline there children. The Bible also specifically tells us to subdue ourselves under authority that he has delegated. 

Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. -Romans 13:5

But the main thing is we shouldn't let any power on earth or under the earth or above the earth to make us do what the Lord doesn't want us to do. Is it love? Not any more. Is it Family? Not any more. Is it principalities and authorities? Not any more. Angels? No. So in other words, I am talking about power, authority, control and fear.

So fear none of these but fear only God. Let us understand that the ruler ofthe world is money and how can we bow down to money. In other words the maximum bad thing that can happen to us if we do not do what the world wants is we might not eat their food and drink their water.

Besides, our God is the God of every prosperity and abundance. Don't fear anything under the earth or above the earth except God almighty. Satan or his angels are not to be feared. What has evil to do with good? What has darkness to do with light?

Don't follow any of his plans or evil ways because all his will for you is death. He will come to the person he has successfuly decived and defeated  and whisper , "I got him, didnt I? Now I will be glad when every piece of the body is burnning because it is mine." This is the words of the devil for all those who follow his schemes and evil advice contrary to the word of God.

On the contrary, the words that comes of our Lord Jesus Christ is everlasting hope, peace and love. He has promised to us that he will never leave us nor forsake us and give us victory when he comes back to take us. Glory be to him forever and ever. Amen!





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        fasika    |    May. 29, 2014     | 2,153 Views    |   
 


    

God has installed his purpose in us for his glory. He has made us in his likeness full of integrity and kindness for we shall look up onto him and find his image in him and he shall look down on us and find his image in us. 

God seeks relationship and LOVE besides his true glory and everlasting majesty. That is why he sent us his son to restore the kind of fellowship he had in Eden. 

It is always good to put aside our feelings and trust only on God's commandments. It is not good to feel smart and do some stupid things with out his consent. 

It is not good to do things only based on our thinking and not consulting God. He left his spirit within us for him to help us find out solutions to our problems. If we listen to little voice deep inside of us, there is everything we need there. 

There is hope and comfort, there is on time help from our Lord, Jesus Christ. It is not wise to make selfish decisions that will hurt others and eventually us. 

 





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        fasika    |    May. 28, 2014     | 1,916 Views    |   
 

      

I am a man whose heavenly gifts are striped by this cruel world. Or shall I say I change them with the deceitfulness of this world like Essaw. Any ways they are gone once and even a sorrowful cry cannot win them back. I am very much in sorrow because the devil took the gifts that I should use to bring multiple folds of fruitfulness to the Lord. 

 

I would not strive to try again if somebody is appointed to do the job I have created to do. But if that is the case, I might not live today. God should have taken me long time ago. It means God has still plans for my life. Even if my wings are broken, God has plans with me still. Even if my youth and energy is spent in vanity doing that I wasn't born to do.

Titus 3:3 - 

We used to be stupid, disobedient, and foolish, as well as slaves of all sorts of desires and pleasures. We were evil and jealous. Everyone hated us, and we hated everyone. God our Savior showed us how good and kind he is. He saved us because of his mercy, and not because of any good things that we have done. God washed us by the power of the Holy Spirit. He gave us new birth and a fresh beginning. God sent Jesus Christ our Savior to give us his Spirit. Jesus treated us much better than we deserve. He made us acceptable to God and gave us the hope of eternal life. This message is certainly true.

 

 

He still has got some jobs for me before he takes me. God knows how much my heart was burning for his callings. I heard clearly in some form of channels of communication in my spirit what some of the Lord blessed servants confirm it to me. 

 

You know when God created you he created you for his purpose of preaching gospel and winning souls for the kingdom of God. After we ruin our calling, it is hared to remember a day that we spent a full happy day. We should do better than what we are doing now to be a burning sacrifice to the Lord as this is always in our blood and this is who we are from the beginning as God made us him self this way. 

 

We spent our time thinking if we could bring happiness in the eyes of the sorrowed. But we are still agonizing in pain because there is no difference in there lives. Sometimes I think I might go back to him, the Lord leaving everything at least stay in his presence for one day. That is wheather I eat or not, I drink or not, I got some shoes or not. 

 

God knows I love him so much at least more than my self. We might have fall in love with a person at one time and loved that peson more than our selves but not more than God. So if we do that for a human being, I think we can do it for the almighty. If we can write a letter of love and appreciation totally overwhelmed and subdued by thier love, I think we can do it better for our God and saviour. 

 

But I know what the Lord is doing now in my life. I got to stay for a while to get prepared to see the face of most righteous. I should also accumulate some money to buy the greatest gift I can imagine to the Lord - a very well known perfume that is worthy in the eyes of the Lord that I might take it and break it and wash his leg with it - as I am nothing but a sinner. 

 

Every body who believes and confesses that he is a sinner should be able to prove his love by loving Jesus the most before he forgive us. In fact the measure of our forgiveness is totally dependent on the kind of perfume we should buy and the level of worship we commence on his feet.

Luke 7:44 -
He turned toward the woman and said to Simon, "Have you noticed this woman? When I came into your home, you didn't give me any water so I could wash my feet. But she has washed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. You didn't greet me with a kiss, but from the time I came in, she has not stopped kissing my feet. You didn't even pour olive oil on my head, but she has poured expensive perfume on my feet. So I tell you that all her sins are forgiven, and that is why she has shown great love. But anyone who has been forgiven for only a little will show only a little love." Then Jesus said to the woman, "Your sins are forgiven."



I love Jesus and all I ask him is to give at least a second chance to be his servant on earth. This time, I need not only the gift of miracles and spirit of service but also a wise heart who can tell the wrong from the right. Father, we now know this world is like vagabond. They have no integrity not to take what is not theirs. They first become very obsessed with our things and they snatch them out of our hands with out any shame in their face. And my problem is I don't know this until it is taken form me by force.

Lets pray God is going to continue his work with you as he did with somebody you follow all your life to learn wisdom and God s way. Again it is a great covenant that God made with his servants and people. And I pray that we could live our lives to learn and receive grace from God and anointment just to continue the great plan of God in our lives.

One day I met this pastor that anointed me and many christains just a couple of years ago and even if I pass through a lot of troubles and temptations since then, I am still in the house of God waiting what I should do next. He brings Gods word and encouragement to Gods people. You cannot see negative change in his life. He is still has a broken heart when it comes to serve others with great humility and compassion.

How wonderful is to get such kind of servant of the Lord who just bring the right word at the right time. How comfortable is it to be hugged and kissed by him as it is the same as getting God hag you and kiss you. In other word s a man of God out there hugging and touching Gods people can not be done with out being in the presence of the Holy Spirit and if the Holy Ghost is there, then I got comforted by Jesus not by just a human being.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit lead us to eternal blessing and joy, in Jesus Name, AMEN!





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        tewodros    |    May. 22, 2014     | 1,852 Views    |   
 

Prepare the song of celebration for the Lord as he is the only one who deserves praise for the miracles he has done for us! Glory is to God who has made all things. Praise him all ye, who have called before him. He is full of praises on earth and the heavens.

 

Our God is the God of all our wonders and miracles. He is our only refuge and protector of our lives. He tested our faithfulness and we put our hope in him. We shall cast all our fears and uncertainties to him for a life time.

 

We love him and the more we do the more we know him. His love endures forever. In his presence we shall not want a thing. Earth has nothing we truly desire except him. Whom we have in heaven, but him!

 

Our heart and our strength will fail us one day but our trust in him will preserve us forever. Please sing to the Lord, "O Lord! Your will for us is wonderful! Tell him, "How beautiful is your love for us". 

Who will insult your name and live? You have made your enemies under your feet, and you exalted your name above all names. We shall praise your name all the days of our lives and tell your wonders to generations.

 

We shall live and die for your name sake and glory be yours forever. In your love, you have protected your children from the evil one. We also love you as you loved us first through Christ Jesus.

 

Lord, we all were going astray before you redeemed us. You lost everything to bring all of us together. You have died the death of the sinner. In your pain and agony, we have been healed.

 

You become poor so that we shall live rich. We will follow you all the days of our lives and one day you will come to take us home! Amen!

When my heart was grieved
and my spirit embittered,
 I was senseless and ignorant;
    I was a brute beast before you.

Yet I am always with you;
    you hold me by my right hand.
 You guide me with your counsel,
    and afterward you will take me into glory.
 Whom have I in heaven but you?
    And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
 My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart
    and my portion forever.

 Those who are far from you will perish;
    you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
 But as for me, it is good to be near God.
    I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge;
    I will tell of all your deeds.  - Psalm 73:2

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        fasika    |    May. 16, 2014     | 2,256 Views    |   
 

The Bible teaches us to be generous and kind. It also teaches us to be kind and merciful like our father. Our father is abundant in grace and mercy. He did not break the weak. His compassion has no limit. He is the father of the helpless and the needy. He is very close to us more than our parents. In fact even if a mother forgets about her children, he will not.

 

Concerning gifts that we should contribute to our God and to others in need, the scriptures have already mentioned many ideas and in fact some of them are rules that we must obey our God with all our heart. One of these rules is bringing our gifts and tithes to our God. The portion of the money that goes to be a tithe is also mentioned in the Bible.

Jesus has also taught that we should also not forget to help our parents when we got the chance. He warn the responsible persons in the church not to burden the people specially young ones with money so that they may be able to help their parents and families in addition to bringing the tithe to the church.

In Corinthians 9:6 we learn that we should willingly and gladly do it as we are doing it for someone we love most. It has to be an expression of our love from our heart to our God. Not out of compulsion and because of the warnings that are mentioned in Malachi 3 but with love and respect for the Lord.

Genesis 28:20

Then Jacob made a vow, saying, If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear so that I return safely to my father s household, then the Lord will be my God and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God s house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth. 

 

Deuteronomy 14:22 - 

Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year. Eat the tithe of your grain, new wine and olive oil, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks in the presence of the Lord your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name, so that you may learn to revere the Lord your God always. 

But if that place is too distant and you have been blessed by the Lord your God and cannot carry your tithe (because the place where the Lord will choose to put his Name is so far away), then exchange your tithe for silver, and take the silver with you and go to the place the Lord your God will choose. Use the silver to buy whatever you like: cattle, sheep, wine or other fermented drink, or anything you wish. Then you and your household shall eat there in the presence of the Lord your God and rejoice. And do not neglect the Levites living in your towns, for they have no allotment or inheritance of their own.At the end of every three years, bring all the tithes of that year s produce and store it in your towns, 29 so that the Levites (who have no allotment or inheritance of their own) and the foreigners, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns may come and eat and be satisfied, and so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.

Deuteronomy 26:1 -
When you have entered the land the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance and have taken possession of it and settled in it, take some of the firstfruits of all that you produce from the soil of the land the Lord your God is giving you and put them in a basket. Then go to the place the Lord your God will choose as a dwelling for his Name and say to the priest in office at the time, I declare today to the Lord your God that I have come to the land the Lord swore to our ancestors to give us.
The priest shall take the basket from your hands and set it down in front of the altar of the Lord your God. Then you shall declare before the Lord your God: My father was a wandering Aramean, and he went down into Egypt with a few people and lived there and became a great nation, powerful and numerous. But the Egyptians mistreated us and made us suffer, subjecting us to harsh labor.
Then we cried out to the Lord, the God of our ancestors, and the Lord heard our voice and saw our misery, toil and oppression. So the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great terror and with signs and wonders. He brought us to this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey; and now I bring the firstfruits of the soil that you, Lord, have given me. Place the basket before the Lord your God and bow down before him. Then you and the Levites and the foreigners residing among you shall rejoice in all the good things the Lord your God has given to you and your household.
When you have finished setting aside a tenth of all your produce in the third year, the year of the tithe, you shall give it to the Levite, the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow, so that they may eat in your towns and be satisfied. Then say to the Lord your God: I have removed from my house the sacred portion and have given it to the Levite, the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow, according to all you commanded.I have not turned aside from your commands nor have I forgotten any of them. I have not eaten any of the sacred portion while I was in mourning, nor have I removed any of it while I was unclean, nor have I offered any of it to the dead. I have obeyed the Lord my God; I have done everything you commanded me. Look down from heaven, your holy dwelling place, and bless your people Israel and the land you have given us as you promised on oath to our ancestors, a land flowing with milk and honey.

Matthew 15:3 -
Jesus replied, And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? For God said, Honor your father and mother and Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death. But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is devoted to God, they are not to honor their father or mother with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition. You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:

2 Corinthians 9:6 -
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written:
They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;
their righteousness endures forever.
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

Hosea 6:6 -
For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

Malachi 3:6 -
Descendants of Jacob, I am the LORD All-Powerful, and I never change. That's why you haven't been wiped out, even though you have ignored and disobeyed my laws ever since the time of your ancestors. But if you return to me, I will return to you.
And yet you ask, "How can we return?"

You people are robbing me, your God. And, here you are, asking, "How are we robbing you?"
You are robbing me of the offerings and of the ten percent that belongs to me. That's why your whole nation is under a curse. I am the LORD All-Powerful, and I challenge you to put me to the test. Bring the entire ten percent into the storehouse, so there will be food in my house. Then I will open the windows of heaven and flood you with blessing after blessing.I will also stop locusts from destroying your crops and keeping your vineyards from producing. Everyone of every nation will talk about how I have blessed you and about your wonderful land. I, the LORD All-Powerful, have spoken! You have said horrible things about me, and yet you ask, "What have we said?"
Here is what you have said: "It's foolish to serve the LORD God All-Powerful. What do we get for obeying him and from going around looking sad? See how happy those arrogant people are. Everyone who does wrong is successful, and when they put God to the test, they always get away with it."
All those who truly respected the LORD and honored his name started discussing these things, and when God saw what was happening, he had their names written as a reminder in his book. Then the LORD All-Powerful said:
You people are precious to me, and when I come to bring justice, I will protect you, just as parents protect an obedient child. 18Then everyone will once again see the difference between those who obey me by doing right and those who reject me by doing wrong.

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        fasika    |    May. 15, 2014     | 1,976 Views    |   
 

Once in a while we all find ourselves in to the sin of gossiping others.  Well if you tell a person not to speak judgment about another person, he will not definitely accept it because he might not speak anything at all.  

Yes we are this much gossipers. For God sake, what if we speak good things of that person to others. We tend to say kind words when the person is around but we turn our back and gossip when the person is not with us.  

I believe there are two opportunities that we might find ourselves in gossiping others. We may be badly hurt or someone close to us is hurt by this person we are gossiping. Or we are just doing it to comfort someone who says is badly hurt by the person we are gossiping. 

Whatever the cause is we are saying when we gossip that we are better and what we claim we say or we do has a better ground than the other person. Gossiping is a spiritual illness that affects everyone due to lack of love and humility for one another. 

That is why we need the blood of Jesus to cure us from this illness. Gossiping is a sin. It doesn’t please God to backbite and gossip our brothers and sisters. 

We may find ourselves in a position where we have been hurt, neglected and prosecuted by other including those who we think loved us most. But the right action to take here in response to that is not revenge or gossiping. 

Gossiping completely destroys the good reputation of the person. In this world our history and our name plays a very important role to our existence. There is a good probability that if we gossip we could easily destroy the good name of a person. 

In my understanding of the word of God, God doesn’t want you to destroy the reputation of your brothers and sisters. The right way to solve a conflict is to bring it to the cross and leave it there in prayer until God give his response regarding our situation. 

The word of God also instructs us that if we found our friend guilty of sin against us, we may advise him alone and if this is not working, we may use the church to advise him. But then after that we can leave him to the Lord if he/she is not willing to stop hunting us down. 

I know one possible reason not to advise a friend in person is that people are kind of repulsive in not accepting their mistakes.  Even little children do not say, “I am sorry”. Why?  Because they learn it from us, the grown ones, their parents.

But lets us change the world around us, and the task might not be easy but let us start working from us and to our closest family or friend. Our closest ones will not interpret the message of love for wrong because they know we love them and everything we do has to do with their own good.

Then the culture of responsibility will be developed in our community that has the guts to stand up for their own work and cannot tolerate when others act irresponsibly. When we change our selves through the conviction of the Holy Spirit, we have the power to advice and turn other people from their wicked ways and help them identify the right way to form relationships.

Please God give us the courage even if we profited hate, the courage to speak well and not against a person. May the Lord bless us with the boldness of spirit and humility not to gossip others and the greater courage to advice and to win our friend back with love and full of empathy for one another.

Ephesians 4:29
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Proverbs 16:28
A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.

Proverbs 11:13
Whoever goes about slandering reveals secres, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.

Proverbs 6:16-19
There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.

Titus 3:2
To speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.

Exodus 23:1
“You shall not spread a false report. You shall not join hands with a wicked man to be a malicious witness.

Luke 6:31
And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

Psalm 34:13
Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.

James 4:11
Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.

Proverbs 26:20
For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases.

Psalm 101:5 Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly I will destroy. Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart I will not endure.


James 1:26
If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless.

1 Timothy 5:13
Besides that, they learn to be idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not.

Leviticus 19:16
You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not stand up against the life of your neighbor: I am the Lord.

Proverbs 10:18
The one who conceals hatred has lying lips, and whoever utters slander is a fool.

Ephesians 4:32
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.


Exodus 20:16
“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Romans 1:29
They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips,


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        tewodros    |    May. 13, 2014     | 2,382 Views    |    1 Comments