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     | 2,028 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     | 2,197 Views    |    4 Comments
 

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     | 2,011 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     | 2,116 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     | 2,269 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     | 2,704 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     | 2,035 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     | 1,958 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     | 2,401 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     | 3,275 Views    |   
 


I didn't know till today how words come from someone have the power to conceive evil in to our body. Someone who is filled with evil thoughts and ideas; someone who transmits a negative statement contrary to the word of God has no shame in his/her face and he/she deliberately delivers the evil words with high level of perfection.  

A bad friendship with the wrong person will destroy the good character from us. If we see that we are inappropriately tied to the wrong person in any form of relationship, we don't have to be foolish and be destroyed with it. We must flee from it before the time comes we too will have corrupted character. 

Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character. [Don't fool yourselves. Bad friends will destroy you]. -Corinthians 15:3  

We know what happened at the time of Sodom and Gomorrah. People never listened to the message that was brought to them to lead them in to God's way. They were very stubborn and unwilling to turn form their evil ways. They had no shame in the sins they were doing. 

So the Lord came down in his anger and destroyed the city with a fire came down from above. But some had followed the way of the Lord at the time and refused to do evil. That is why the Lord spared the other city before he began to destroy it.  

No matter how good the sinner sounds, we shouldn't go with it no matter what. We shouldn t flow with the crowd. The crown always seems to be safe for us but it is always in danger of unrighteousness. Unless we stand out by faith and resist temptations, then we will be destroyed with the crowd. We know what has happened to the city of Gomorra after wards. 

"Run for your lives! Don't even look back. And don't stop in the valley. Run to the hills, where you will be safe." -Genesis 19:17

Sometimes what we should really do is to run for our lives. But we tend to have pity to those the Lord has prepared to destroy. It could be a city or sin or a friend or a family member. We pity them and before we know it we are caught up with their sins

Who plays with fire or stays that long and not be burned. The problem is we think we can offer help for them. One way or another we tend to have the compassion and love the Lord has showed up on us. I am telling the truth nothing is impossible if we try hard enough and long enough.

Salvation doesn't come from men for men. It can come through men to men but that is completely undetermined and we don't know when. The Bible says if you see somebody who is about to perish and don't tell him that he is doing the wrong thing and he dies, then God will seek his blood from your hand.

This means a little bit contradictory to what it says flee from sin and sinners.
But to tell that what they are doing is wrong but then not to partake any of their evil actions is what makess these two points the same. Sometimes we may have a very wicked heart, a very stinky one when the evil turns out to have control over our thoughts, feelings and desires even if it is for just few seconds.

Nobody can deceive us unless we want to. Flesh is the main battle field since it is where many unwanted things are going on. Never agree in to the sin of homosexuality and sexual imorality, that is insane. That is for any kind of sexual immorality. This includes inappropriate sex.

God is so good that he tends to be not very much controlling in to our lives and day to day activities. But He also expects us to take decent and disciplined, unselfish and more responsible actions. That is what he said, dominate and subdue the earth and it belongings.

But we don't know what we want. Do we? We just do all manner of things and have no clue what we are doing. The wisest men end up doing some stupid staff and the smartest one sometimes looks foolish in front of everyone.
All conversations are not constructive. In fact some are venomus to your soul. How is our learning ability affected by so called uplifting entertainment? We can learn how a certain component work or how do we deal with something which we thought is hard to understand but in fact it will be easy if we follow some guidelines. We may entertain and have fun but learn as well.

Don't make friends with anyone who has a bad temper. -Proverbs 22:24

Am I ready for the right kind of relationship? What is the will of God regarding my relationship? You need to ask these questions before you join someone in a marital relationship. That is so important. It is believed to have your trainings completed before you tried to do it your self. Marriage by itself is a self duplicated copy of what you doing with your life. How would you teach your son that you don't know?

How would you lead your family that you have no idea of doing it by yourself? Life is not going to be simpler when family becomes two or more individuals living together under the same roof especially for men. Men above all things need to take charge of their household. Unless you learn how to do that, what is the meaning of a relationship? It is not my idea or the devil s but it is God s word who teaches that. To be reluctant on this regard is considered disobedience.

Do not take anything evil from no one? When someone speaks evil against everyone then you need to speak up. When someone speaks a negative statement, then you have to resist and reject. That somehow comes from the devil. Don't allow your life to be damaged due to someone's negativity.

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!


Jude 1:3 - My dear friends, I really wanted to write you about God's saving power at work in our lives. But instead, I must write and ask you to defend the faith that God has once for all given to his people. Some godless people have sneaked in among us and are saying, "God treats us much better than we deserve, and so it is all right to be immoral." They even deny that we must obey Jesus Christ as our only Master and Lord. But long ago the Scriptures warned that these godless people were doomed.

Don't forget what happened to those people that the Lord rescued from Egypt. Some of them did not have faith, and he later destroyed them. You also know about the angels who didn't do their work and left their proper places. God chained them with everlasting chains and is now keeping them in dark pits until the great Day of Judgment.

We should also be warned by what happened to the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and the nearby towns. Their people became immoral and did all sorts of sexual sins. Then God made an example of them and punished them with eternal fire.

The people I am talking about are behaving just like those dreamers who destroyed their own bodies. They reject all authority and insult angels. Even Michael, the chief angel, didn't dare to insult the devil, when the two of them were arguing about the body of Moses. All Michael said was, "The Lord will punish you!"  But these people insult powers they don't know anything about. They are like senseless animals that end up getting destroyed, because they live only by their feelings.

Now they are in for real trouble. They have followed Cain's example and have made the same mistake that Balaam did by caring only for money. They have also rebelled against God, just as Korah did. Because of all this, they will be destroyed.
These people are filthy minded, and by their shameful and selfish actions they spoil the meals you eat together. They are like clouds blown along by the wind, but never bringing any rain They are like leafless trees, uprooted and dead, and unable to produce fruit.

Their shameful deeds show up like foam on wild ocean waves. They are like wandering stars forever doomed to the darkest pits of hell. Enoch was the seventh person after Adam, and he was talking about these people when he said:
Look! The Lord is coming with thousands and thousands of holy angels to judge everyone. He will punish all those ungodly people for all the evil things they have done.

The Lord will surely punish those ungodly sinners for every evil thing they have ever said about him.
These people grumble and complain and live by their own selfish desires. They brag about themselves and flatter others to get what they want. My dear friends, remember the warning you were given by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ.
They told you that near the end of time, selfish and godless people would start making fun of God.

And now these people are already making you turn against each other. They think only about this life, and they don't have God's Spirit. Dear friends, keep building on the foundation of your most holy faith, as the Holy Spirit helps you to pray.

And keep in step with God's love, as you wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to show how kind he is by giving you eternal life.
Be helpful to all who may have doubts. Rescue any who need to be saved, as you would rescue someone from a fire. Then with fear in your own hearts, have mercy on everyone who needs it. But hate even the clothes of those who have been made dirty by their filthy deeds.

Offer praise to God our Savior because of our Lord Jesus Christ! Only God can keep you from falling and make you pure and joyful in his glorious presence. Before time began and now and forevermore, God is worthy of glory, honor, power, and authority. Amen


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        tewodros    |    Mar. 6, 2014     | 15,855 Views    |   
 

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     | 2,759 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     | 2,233 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     | 2,042 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     | 4,958 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     | 4,222 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     | 2,478 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     | 2,309 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     | 2,860 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     | 2,665 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     | 2,470 Views    |    1 Comments
 

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.

May God bless you in Christ Jesus!



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        Tewodros    |    Jul. 12, 2017     | 628 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     | 598 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     | 519 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     | 521 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     | 816 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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        Tewodros    |    Mar. 20, 2017     | 962 Views    |   
 


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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        Tewodros    |    Mar. 14, 2017     | 990 Views    |   
 


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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        Tewodros    |    Mar. 11, 2017     | 1,013 Views    |   
 

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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        Tewodros    |    Feb. 14, 2017     | 1,125 Views    |   
 

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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        Tewodros    |    Jan. 3, 2017     | 1,222 Views    |   
 

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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        Tewodros    |    Jan. 2, 2017     | 1,140 Views    |   
 

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     | 1,274 Views    |   
 


Is it because we really want to make God unhappy? Is it because the rebellious nature of our heart? Is it because of bad things happened to us? Do we like to anger God like we want to anger our parents? I believe there are many reasons why we keep rebelling against God.


Sin caused by anger is more permanent than sin caused by our disappointments. Whenever we come face to face with our disappointments, we need to remind our selves that everything that has happened to us has already happened to someone else too.

We need to think also of bigger problems people face in their day to day activities. And we need to take this life as something extra. We have to despise the honor we can possibly get from this world to be a qualified citizen in heaven. Now, there are somethings that can make us angry even on the physiological level.

But they will have that power only if we allowed them to control our feelings in the first place.

Know the truth and the truth shall set you free   -  John 8:32

Some People come to disappoint us very badly if we don’t know how to behave. Things happen that can make us angry if we let them. All of these all together in abundant time and with redundant occurrences can make us fail. We should not let our physiology adapt to anything more than our heart approves which is through the council of the Holy Ghost. This is neither a game nor fun. We should never allow even success or failure take control of our destiny.

Our destiny is very much independent of whatever happens to us in this world whether it is family or education or failure or success. They are created for us to be there at the end. If we flip that to the other side, it also means we are created for them too.

The devil tried to destroy us once, twice and as long as it takes for us to fell. There is no better place he wants us to fell than from God’s grace. It is time we let ourselves come down and confront the truth little by little. He doesn’t care if we succeed in life, so we shouldn’t put much attention there to do them.

That is why Jesus tells us that success is something that can be added to what we already have. What is this primary thing we need to care more about Him? God is our first priority in life and what he wants us to do. He is our true joy and happiness. Love and success are within his presence. People look for them in the wrong places.

You may found artificial love and superficial success if you diligently seek them. I am tired of artificial love, don’t you? People gave their lives for having a nice car or a beautiful house. There is nothing wrong with these things. What is a problem is how one can live in a huge mansion without an air in it. Jesus is the oxygen of our lives. He is the beauty of our family. Without him nothing is worthy of our pursuit.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit fill us with wisdom in discerning the righteous way of life, in Jesus Name, AMEN!













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        Tewodros    |    Jul. 24, 2014     | 2,265 Views    |   
 

Art focuses on the presentation. Art is on the display. Art is love. Art is relationship based on feelings. Art is doing something crazy and madness for the sake of love and respect. Fishing people souls for Jesus takes an art. Please never underestimate the power of Art.   

Never underestimate the power of presentation. Never underestimate the power of unselfishness and love.  It doesn’t matter what you feel or have in side of you if you don’t find a way to show your love for others, it will not benefit any one.

What good does it make if someone says he has a great love for others but couldn’t find a way to reveal it in its due time. So what is an art of living a wonderful and amazing life with others while we live in this world. Well first we need to know what we have for one another. 

If we already know what we have is the love of God, we need to find a way to show this love to others and that will take a skill set to do that. Jesus told as that no one would put a lump where no one can barely see 

Matthew 5:15 - Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  

Even the children of this world know that nobody pay close attention to someone with little knowledge of presentation and that takes the knowledge of an art to do that. 

The children of this world exactly know what to do and what to say when it comes to following or achieving their selfish desire. They have blinded the weak and deceived other people by misinterpreting the truth with their deceitfulness. People are taken away to the pit of destruction by the so called art which is completely useless if there is no truth in it.  

The funny thing is as christian, we don’t know how to even explain what we believe most and have given our lives for others in a way that could attract the lost and drive them in to confession and repentance.  

This is not the only problem we are facing due to the lack of knowledge of an art. We tend to fight more with our beloved ones rather than kindly treat them with love and a lot of respect. We tend to criticize and nag more which is a good recipe for destroying our relationships.  

We know our problem and our problem is we just can’t see how much they love us or we love them unless we simply reveal it in a very beautiful manner.

Some people are so bitter in their mouth that they will break your heart with few words. I would say not all people who are bitter in their mouth are bitter in their heart and are generally bad people. That is because some people just don’t know how to say the right word at the right time. They may ruin the moment by saying the bad thing or choosing the wrong time.

True Art is wisdom and wisdom is an art. Art is love. The content of our faith plays an important role in who we are and how we should perceive the future. Science is all about the content and how it is made. Science is in the details. But art is in how to present the content in a more beautiful manner. So art is the gerneral picture.

Fishing soul for the Lord takes both a strong foundation of faith and also a little piece of art of wisdom to present what we know about Jesus in a loving and kind way.

The key to how to do what we supposed to do is all about doing it with love and respect. The word of God teaches us to teach the truth with love.

Ephesians 4:15: 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.

May the Spirit of the Lord teach us how to reach to the level we speak nothing but the truth and with lots and lots of love and not with judgment and self-righteousness in the name of Jesus!


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        Tewodros    |    Jul. 23, 2014     | 2,366 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     | 2,312 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     | 4,027 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     | 2,619 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     | 3,185 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     | 2,331 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     | 5,981 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     | 2,320 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     | 2,529 Views    |    1 Comments
 


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     | 2,514 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     | 2,223 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     | 2,364 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     | 2,270 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     | 2,329 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     | 18,019 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     | 2,437 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     | 2,588 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     | 2,396 Views    |    1 Comments
 

God breaks us to Fix

Have you ever wonder why your life sometimes goes through tough times.

If you have, the reason could be God is like a gardener who always makes his garden looks beautiful by taking extra time and effort to make it nice and clean.

He even prunes some of its plants so that they can bear more fruits. Pruning is essential gardening skill that allows a healthy growth of plants.

The gardener has this special skill to protect and take a good care of his garden. Our father is also a good gardener and shepherd for his sheep.

Sometimes we fail to understand these things and we fall from his grace. 

So many times, he break us and smash us in to pieces and He then put some amount of the blood of Jesus and put His Spirit which is the Spirit of wisdom.

He wouldn’t ignore us and throw us in to our own selfish desires before he tries to fix us.

God does break sometimes to heal and take us to the point in life we are mature enough to be used for his glory.

When God breaks he doesn’t do it to make us useless but he does it to make us better for the job.

It is still better to have the rest of the body, even if one part of our body is rotten. This process will always continue until everything in us comes to full understanding of his will. 

When we put our eyes on you Lord and when we are faced with great issues don’t turn your face from us our Lord. 

Brothers and Sisters, please don’t let your fear come overtake you. But allow your faith to strength you and give you courage.

 

My savior please hurry to save me as my enemies are very near to me.

They have put a date and time to attack me and my family by surprise.

But only you can deliver me from their attack.

They may do what they want to do but I will continue to worship you O my Lord.

Exceedingly much far better than before, I will lift up your glorious name and praise you.

Since you are my portion and my God, the rock of my salvation.

You are my beginning and my end; my everything in deed.

If I become worried and anxious, my family will also get worried.

I don’t want also my enemies to take pleasure in my disbelief.

That is why I always worship you no matter what the circumstances are.

I decided to be happy and joyful all the time.

Not because of what I did or what they have done to me

But because of how wonderful and amazing you are for me all the days of my life

We celebrate the day of our salvation in which we come to know Jesus

We pray that day be written in the book of life with the precious blood of Jesus

Let no evil come near to our house to take our joy in Christ forever

No one shall separate us from the love in Christ and we shall not make the Spirit of God disappointed as he is the reason and evidence we will be in the same place with God where so ever is the place and time, if there is God in that place then there everything we want

Keep us strong and faithful O Lord and let the plan you have thought succeeds for us and nothing else does.

God knows that we are weak without him: 

Like a bird with no nest like a fish without water, like an eagle who has no one besides him, with so many enemies who are waiting for us to stumble and fall, needs to be strong from inside out, needs to know how to be a warrior, needs to hear from you, Lord, needs to forget his past, and stretch foreword to hold on what the future installs for us. 

All the rest we need to do is useless. Meaningless, that will be gone by the wind. All we have got in life and achieved is not something we deserve to have. We got it because it was simply a gift from God. So how much more gift do we want?  

They all were a token of appreciation. Like God wants to say to us good job, you faithful servant. In some circumstances we were rebellious. But we never escaped without getting the proper disciplinary punishment.

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        Tewodros    |    Apr. 5, 2015     | 1,803 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     | 3,243 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     | 4,205 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     | 2,127 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     | 2,085 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.

James 1:2&
bsp;
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.

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        Tewodros    |    Sep. 18, 2014     | 3,448 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     | 3,178 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     | 2,378 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     | 2,025 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.

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        Tewodros    |    Sep. 11, 2014     | 1,987 Views    |   
 


Jesus has repeatedly mentioned several verses in the Bible where one can endanger his soul of hell. He even used very simple stories to illustrate his teachings to make them easy to understand and very hard to forget.

Some of the teachings were about:

1. Ignoring the invitation of the King to the wedding. Read Math. 22:1

This is rejecting the invitation to peace and reconciliation to our God through our Lord Jesus Christ. If anyone didn’t accept Jesus as his savior and Lord, he is opting himself out of the kingdom of God.

Key = Obedience to God’s Calling.

2. Procrastinating the Lord’s calling for salvation

Procrastinating the Lord’s calling is the same us rejecting as tomorrow is not ours. Today is the day of salvation. The devil is best known for stealing life. As long as we live in this world, there is no guarantee that tomorrow will come. The truth of the matter is we are so lucky we see the light of the day today. God is giving us one last chance every day until it is all over. The day of salvation is today. Now is the right time to invite Jesus in to our lives.

Key = Surrender to Jesus Today. Believe.

3. Calling someone bad names like ignorant or stupid.     Read Math. 5:21

It is amazing to realize what we do every day might cost us our eternal life with God. God specifically instructs us not to undermine our brothers and sisters and not to abuse them with our careless words that come out of our mouth when we are angry. It is also required of us to seek reconciliation with any one whom we have offended and do it as soon as possible while there is still time to do so. (Math. 5:24)

Key = Patience, Love and Humility

4. Wasting God given talents (especially spiritual ones) Math 25:16

We may think we can make it to heaven without utilizing our talents and gifts for the glory of God. Laziness is a great deal of sin. God created us for a purpose. It is unfortunate that many of us fail to find and pursue the will of God for our lives due to lack of constant communication with the Spirit of God. For this reason, we end up leading sinful life which leads to eternal destruction. 

Key = Diligence and focus for the kingdom of God

5. Fornication. Read Math 25:27.

Jesus clearly indicated that one can fornicate with a woman with out even having sexual encounter with her. Fornication can be a matter of watching a woman with adulterous heart and pursue that till it conceives sin. Having images of sexual act in one’s mind is considered fornication. Sexual sin has a power to kill our spiritual life and lead us in to eternal fire. So let us work on that by having a convent with our eyes not to even look in to a woman with sexual desires. Job 31:1 says, “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look with lust at a young woman.”

Moreover, divorcing without finding out extramarital affairs of spouse and start another marriage is also considered fornication. God expects us to mean what we say on that altar when we promised our spouse that we will be there:  for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health

Key: Holiness

6. Abusing the stewardship that we received from the Lord. 

Any position we have, we should faithfully serve the Lord with it. If we start to hit and inflict pain and agony to any one under our care, it will be more painful for us in judgment day. Read Math. 24:50

Not only abusing our power but also failure to lead in the right direction is also sin.

Key = Leadership Wisdom.

7. Being careless and unprepared for the things of the kingdom of God. Math 25:1

We have to be always vigilant to the things of the kingdom of God with lots of prayer and asting. We need to use the gifts we received from God in a consistent manner as to benefit us and others while bringing glory to God.

Key = Vigilance and Diligence

8. Being selfish and greedy. Math 25:33

One of the things that should concern any one who has a good life financially is to find a way to share some of the financial resources to those who are really in need specially to those in a very poor conditions. Jesus said that if we neglect others while they desperately need our help while we can help, he will deny us in front of his angels.

Key = Generosity and Compassion

9. Denying Jesus in front of others may lead Jesus denying us in front of His Angels and God

Key = Make Christ First

10. Serving Money instead of the Lord Math 6:24

We cannot serve money and God at the same time. We will honor one and leave the other. They both need our time, energy and resources. If we love God, we will follow him even if it will cost of everything including money. If we don’t love God we will not give time for his word, worship and prayer. That will lead us to destruction.

Key = Lord over Money

11. Unforgiveness Math 6:14

We must forgive the sins of others to be forgiven by God

Key = Forgiveness

12. Insulting Holy Spirit

Some people dare to despise Holy Spirit by denying Him that He even exists. Just because we can’t see Him doesn’t mean He isn’t God. It is a great tragedy to find out He is the one who will cast you down to the lake of fire sooner or later and not having any good relationships with Him.

Some people also constantly grieve Him by constantly put themselves in a situation that makes Him grieved. Even if grieving Holy Spirit and insulting his are two different things. It is worth mentioning in this place that both have great bad consequences on our spirituality. 

Key = Honor Holy Spirit

13. Not bearing spiritual fruits (like kindness, self-control, godliness, love) even if we are given a lot of opportunities to have these. The Word of God said, God will cast away any tree that cannot bring forth and good fruit to fire as it has no use when it is expected out of it. 

Key = Bear spiritual fruits

14. Being a snare for others to go astray from their faith in Christ. Read Math. 18:10

We are supposed to bring people to Christ not make them disappear from the church.

Key = Honor God, Fear God

15. Depending on one’s own work rather than the work of Christ on the cross for our sins. Math 22:13

If any faith relies on one’s own effort in stead of the work of the Spirit of God in our lives, that faith is from the devil. Nothing good can be achieved by our own except through the one who has the power to do good in people lives.

Key = Faith alone

16. Being deceived and taken away from faith by false prophets Math 24:11. Math 7:15

Jesus told us not to believe all who said they are prophets. In fact, Paul wrote to us to examine each spirit and find out if they are sent from God or not. Even though we are also instructed not to despise the gift of prophesy. 

Miracles should not be the main focus we follow and worship God even though we are worshiping a miracle worker God. We worship God for what He is. He is God. We are all God’s children and we should walk in close relationship with Him. We sh
uld not expect some prophet from somewhere to solve all our spiritual problems. That is just impossible. Only God through the power of Holy Ghost that is working actively within you can change you and your situation. No one can substitute the manifestation of this amazing power that is actively engaging in your life – Holy Ghost.

If we are a real Cristian, God has given us a Spirit that will test and know if a person is a baloney prophet or real. We can also tell from their fruit. If they consistently preach the kingdom of God with out shaking and give to the poor and not exploit the people of God, they might be from God. Again it needs the voice of the Holy Spirit to confirm or deny any one with a prophetic spirit. However, I would like to emphasize that working miracles is not indication if a person is from God or not.

17. Being Hypocrite. Math 6:1

Hypocrisy is a great sin in the eyes of God. In short words, hypocrisy is when one’s internal feelings (the reality) are completely different from his external behavior(fake) for the sake of gaining power, respect and fame from others. In other words, we pretend to be someone in sheep’s clothing while we are completely a different person in side.

We pretend to be nice, generous, meek, righteous, powerful while we are really far from these. It is not bad to want these. However, it is a sin to pretend we have these while we have not. Why we pretend we have these while we haven’t is because we want other people respect as society gives more dignity to those who have these things. But God despise hypocrisy. Because He is the truth and he doesn’t align himself with a lie. 

Key: Be yourself

18. Worrying. Read Math 6:31

Being worried too much weakens our faith in Jesus and opens a wide range of opportunities for the devil to attack our faith in Christ. As the head of a family myself, it makes me sad when I see my children to shake and tremble during little encounters like a scary situation or when we deny them things that are direct threat to their health. On the other hand, I was very delighted when they completely rely themselves on me and let go of their situation, like when they are in deep sleep and we carry them to bed. 

Key: Have Faith

19. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.

Very powerful expression. The word of God is simply amazing. We may read several inspirational and spiritual books and squeeze them together and not even close in wisdom with one sentence like this one from the Word of God. I have watched several inspirational movies and read many articles about life. Most of them preached about having a good life in this life, to love life and have it in abundance. But the Bible just told us in fact if we try to save our lives we will lose it and if we lose it (for the sake of God) we will find it.

This simply means we are not created for us. Any one who understands this principle has already lived life abundantly. We are the salt of the world. Salt is not salt for itself. It is only when you put salt in your food that will find its meaning and purpose. What does it benefit for a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul? Nothing! Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? Nothing!

Our soul is way greater than anything we can possibly accumulate in the world.

God created us for a purpose and that purpose is to enlighten others to have everlasting eternal relationship with God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Everything else is just for a while and will not be there forever!

20. Worshiping any idol we may have.  Math 19:21

Many people have many idols that they sec
etly adore and worship instead of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The best way to identify idols is to ask our selves the question, “Am I able to give up this thing for Jesus?”

It could be wealth, or addiction, or friends, or family, or profession, or education – anything we are so proud and very independent of the need to cling to Jesus. If we love any thing more than we love Jesus, then we don’t deserve to be a follower of Jesus Christ. But our Lord is a compassionate God.

He is full of merc. He didn’t desert us when we cling to our idols and not him. He always finds a way to separate us from our pride and makes us walk with Him a little bit closer than before. He does that for a reason. Sooner or later we are going to depart this life and leave everything here since we didn’t bring anything in to the world. Therefore, it is only fair to treasure the Lord’s friendship and cling to Jesus only and nothing else..

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1. David when he was given the throne, he took the chance to build the temple of God. Even if God chose King Solomon as the builder of the temple of God instead of King David, King David was burning with passion and zeal to build it. He spent all his life to prepare for this project and he passed the mantle to King Solomon to do the Job. I love the way he listened to God. He didn’t argue with God that he will do it since he has the skill or the power to do it. He learned from Saul’s sin against God that obedience is better than sacrifice.

2. David when he was convicted of sin of counting the number of people of Israel to see how many men can serve in his army, God had eventually punished him by sending a disease to kill the people. But David having known that he has sinned, he begged God to take away his punishment from his people. Furthermore, he offered himself to be punished instead of his people. What a great humility and love for his people we learn from this.

Moses also offered himself for punishment instead of the people of God he led out of Egypt. Read Exodus 32:32.

Yet now, if You would only forgive their sin... But if not, please blot me out of the book that You have written.

Jesus who is the pinnacle of our faith has offered himself as a sacrifice for the sin of the world. We see in him the greatest sacrificial love who considers himself not worthy of anything unless it dies and give glory to God.

3. Nehemiah prayed an intercessory prayer to God that is for the sake of others:

“Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace”

He was suffering in the heart due to the great troubles his people had endured during their trials. He was no more concerned about his own safety and comfort but like Mosses, he saw a nation that had a great promise from God but yet suffer a great deal of scorn as a consequence for their sins. Even if he was determined to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, He was more focused on rebuilding the lives of his people. For him this was tragedy to see a nation of God whom He redeemed by his great strength and mighty hand in such miserable conditions. 

4. Nehemiah took the matter to God and fast and pray and fast several days before launch in to action. He knew this is not ordinary suffering. He knew only sin can bring such kind of trouble as God said, “If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations”.

He confessed his sins and interceded for the people of Israel. He knew that only true confession can lead to restoration. No one else can liberate them without God himself forgives their sins and have mercy on them. When God breaks someone, only He can fix him back.

5. Nehemiah consistently prayed according to the promises of God in His word. 

He said, “Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying..”

By doing so He is begging God according to His own promises and Word. He is kind of saying,

“We didn’t forget what you told us and nor did you. You were very straight forward with your instructions and advice. We didn’t follow your Word. We stranded away from your grace and we are begging for your mercy and restoration.”

How many of us stick to the Word of God while we pray? God works and answers prayer according to the principles that are written in His Word. He doesn’t conflict himself. God is His Word. The book of John started in saying, 

”In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

God’s Word is God. You can compltely understand the Will of God by reading the Word of God, and this is exactly what Nehemiah did.

6. Nehemiah was so wise and humble in his approach to the king to ask for favor. Even if Nehemiah knew the king was responsible for the suffering of his people, he didn’t approach him as an enemy. In fact, he took him as a good friend and shared with him the sorrow in his heart. If we think about it, this is a great wisdom. Being always humble even in front of your enemies makes things easier for you to accomplish your dreams.

But the source of this wisdom is from God. Nehemiah took the matter to God and not to the king. The king was an accomplice to Nehemiah when God answered his prayer. Most of the time, we are so angry with the person whom we think is the source of our problem. The thing is, they don’t have any power over us unless God gives them the power to do so. Nehemiah said, “May the king live forever!” instead of cursing and insulting the king, which can cost him his life. 

Daniel also did the same thing after the King threw him in the lion’s den. “May the king live forever!” Nehemiah also addressed all his requests very politely. 

“If it pleases the king, may I have letters to the governors of Trans-Euphrates, so that they will provide me safe-conduct until I arrive in Judah? 

7. Nehemiah knew he was called to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. It is very important to know you are called for a given purpose. This man knew he has to rebuild the broken pieces of Jerusalem. For him, this was his purpose in life that he considered himself worthy of living. There are a lot of people on earth who walk with no definite purpose in life, though, God made them with one.

There is no greater tragedy in life than to live life without purpose. God gave us all the reason to be born and the reason to live. As the church of Jesus, we are here to witness the greatest gift man has ever received, Jesus Christ. That is sort of the bigger agenda of our purpose in life. But if we drill down to it, we are called individually to build and restore the broken pieces of the church of Jesus Christ. We are called to consolidate things around us. We are called to help the sick and the poor. We are called to be guardians to the orphans and care givers to the elders who need help.

Our purpose, in a very simple definition, is anything we can offer back to the community to help build and restore broken lives.  And how do we know which specific task we need to do is all up to you and the Spirit of God who is able to do great things in you for His glory.

8. Nehemiah planed and well prepared for his Journey very well. There is a saying, “Failing to plan is planning to fail” 

Having a good strategy that we put down in our plan is a good start to succeed in our mission. The enemy will rock the boat left and right and if we don’t know where we are going with no road map to our route, we will definitely fail. And the worst part is we won’t even know we have failed because we have not set a plan to succeed. 

Planning is a method to lay out a strategy to implement your vision. It will consist the details of your vision and what you are trying to accomplish with very specific details.  God will be with you and ready to help you if you have a plan and a goal you set to achieve in life. No plan means no divine provision.

9. Nehemiah knew there was an enemy waiting to fight and he was well prepared for it.

10. Nehemiah launched in to action after fasting and prayer.

The reason Nehemiah fasted and prayed was to plead to God to release him to restore what the enemy has destroyed. Not only he identified God’s will but also, he executed it by dedicatng his life for the task. It is very interesting to realize that God used the same Babylonians that are responsible for destroying the walls of Jerusalem and its gates to help to restore it back to its previous state. 

The moral of the story is it doesn’t matter how bad or worse things get around us. How many countless bad things have occurred around us? God will use the same enemy to honor you who has been degrading you for years. Mordecai was honored by his enemy Haman by the decree of the king according to Aster 6:11

So Haman took the robes and put them on Mordecai, placed him on the king’s own horse, and led him through the city square, shouting, “This is what the king does for someone he wishes to honor!”



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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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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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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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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
he circumstances are./p>

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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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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Homosexual behavior or act is considered as a sin in the Bible.  

The Bible teaches us for a man to take one woman as a wife and woman to take one man as a husband. I believe the nature of a man is to be with a woman and not with another man and a woman with a man. Only a woman can complete and fulfill the desires of a man and vice versa. It is all about all kinds of human, emotional, sexual, psychological, physical, and spiritual compatibility and much more.  

One of the wonders of God is, how God makes a woman out of a man so that the two shall be inseparable. The two cannot function without each other in a marital relationship. You cannot change that principle. It will be absolutely impossible for a man to fulfill the marital requirement of another man instead of a woman.  

The most important thing about marriage is not to reproduce. Even if that is the original blessing we got from God, I believe in these last days, we need to show to the world that our marriage depicts what is about to be revealed in the Spiritual world; in which we fail to do so many times.  

Our marriage should be a shadow of what is to be revealed when Christ returns to us for the second time, When Jesus returns, everything will be like a huge wedding in which Christ, the groom, comes to take his bride, the church, with him. After that, we will live with him forever and ever in his kingdom where there is no more sorrow and no more cry.  

Even though I strongly disagree with homosexual behavior, I have no right or power or judgment towards to homosexual individuals. I don’t consider myself better than any homosexual. I know my sins are so many that I have no clue how many times I have already transgressed the laws of God and I would in the future.  

But the most important question is not about how we or some other person or entity would feel about the nature of once sexual desire. The government can’t define or sanctify our sexual behavior. The government, however, has the power to give or deny a set of human rights.  

The government is nothing but the people they serve. The laws of the government should be established considering the fact that we are eternally spiritual beings who have one God we all should obey, fear and tremble.  

If the government had been designed to do that, it would have enforced the laws of the living God instead of allowing transgressors to break it. That is why there are so many people who insult God and his creation with their foolish remarks. And I will assure you all humans will give accounts to all of our acts for every action we took in this world when we come face to face with the living God, all powerful.  

The government, according to my understanding in general nowadays is secular by design and has no attachment to one’s religious beliefs or practice as long as these religious beliefs don't violet someone right or freedom to live. The government also claims that it protects the democracy of its people.  

Even if I strongly support once own rights and privileges should be respected, I also believe that freedom without righteousness is not really freedom.  

The laws of the government can be amended or removed but the laws of God stay forever. If the government or anybody else doesn’t have the real authority to define who we really are and how our sexuality should look like, then who does? I believe the living word of God has the final saying about us in general, our identity and our sexuality.

The Bible teaches that there is no definition of sex in the kingdom of God, even though we all are created with a sexual difference.

When we die, we will be like angels who can’t be categorized according to gender, but according to their service and glory of God on them.

This doesn’t mean we can be genderless in this word.

Matthew 19:11

But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given. For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.

According to this teaching, there are four kinds of people with regards to human sexuality

1. There are people who can and are engaged in a human relationship with their opposite sex.

2. There are some people who cannot perform their sexual behavior due to birth defects, including genital malfunction or complete disposition

3. There are some who also can’t perform due to human error after birth

4. There are some who intentionally make themselves single (eg Apostle Poul) for the sake of the kingdom of God.

The fact that people under 2, 3, and 4 unlike 1 cannot have a sexual relationship with opposite sex doesn’t mean they have the tendency to engage in homosexual behavior.

In conclusion, the homosexual act should be considered an act of sin. It should not be considered as an honorable thing to be into. God doesn’t intend marriage to be abused into such act of infidelity in the beginning.

According to Romans, sexual inclination towards the same sex is a curse from God. And like any other curse, this curse can be broken by the blood of Jesus if we diligently seek his face.

The fact that we wanted to be in that set of binding shouldn’t mean it is ok to do it.

The fact that it is nearly impossible to be straight once one turns into the homosexual person doesn’t mean God gave up on him/her. One should try as long as there is a breath in his/her mouth to escape from such kind of sexual immorality.

But we all are one big family as long as God is our father and Jesus will eventually take every one of us out of the mess we are into in this world and keep us on his side for as long as we live for the rest of eternity.

We should continue to love each other no matter what like brothers and sisters. Christ would do the same if he were in person with us today. He gave us one and only one commandment when he leaves us here: Love one another.

He also gave us one promise that he will never leave us nor forsake us no matter how hard life could be till he comes back and gives us a resting place.

While we live, there could be many tribulations and question and puzzles that we have no answers for. But when he comes, everything will be all clear.

But before all of that happens, if you engage in homosexual behavior, you need to confess your sins to the Lord so that he will give you your freedom back.

Homosexuality is slavery to sexual sin like any other sexual sin (adulatory, polygamy, masturbation, pornography) whether it is committed i
the heart or executed in action.


I can assure you that none of us are free from all of these sins. But like the Bible says, if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and able to save us from the guilt and consequences our sins. After all, he is able to do anything that is beneficiary for us as long as we have faith in him.

What makes sexual sin so natural is its addictive power and tendency to stick to our souls for a long period of time. It has also a natural tendency to make us think it is all normal and anyone can be naturally drawn to it.

That is why it is sweeping away many souls in the darkness out of the will of God for their lives. The devil is ok as long as no one is making a big deal about it. As long as everybody is quite about it. As long as there are moralists and politicians who think they fight for the rights of others, but the fact is they paving the way to destruction.


There is new life through Christ that you may have not yet experinced. I would like to remind you about this wonderful new beginning for you will be completely renewed by the blood of Jesus and starts to be fruitful in his kingdom.

It is my desire that God will change and use you as he pleases for his glory. If he can use a wretch like me, he can use anybody. If his grace was sufficient to break my stubborn heart, he can do the same to you. If his new covenant is able to remove every curse that was working in my life, he can do the same to you.

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        Tewodros    |    Jul. 15, 2015     | 2,158 Views    |   
 

In this personal testimony, I would like to share a few of my personal experiences with Jesus and how Jesus never leaves me nor forsakes me when I was in trouble. It is a living testament, which is written on my heart by the power of the Holy Spirit and the grace of my God and my Lord Jesus Christ. This can be taken as evidence that he can be trusted at all times. He came at last when everything I had and everything I could possibly think of was gone.  But He was never late. He is on time all the time. Here I will mention a few instances of how He came late and resurrected my dead life with his miracles.

1. When I was close to death because of my illness at 8th grade, he healed my full body and gives me a second chance.  

2. When I was drowning and almost dead in the deep waters, he resurrects me. When I thought my life had surely ended, he rescued me.

3. My ninth grade second semester result was totally amazing. I was weak at first, but later I stood second.

4. When I was weak and can’t even study well at the end of my high school education, God helped me pass the national exam to join the top rated University, when people think I couldn’t make it, my life has changed since then.

5. When I initially score low grades in first year college classes, I almost forget about my education, but he had changed me and gave me victory about that.

6. When I was two years late, everybody thinks it was a total waste of time until they saw I graduated with distinction in a nice department.

7. When I joined CS, my point was not good enough, but he made me join anyways.

8. When I joined the master program in Ethiopia, I was able to register one month passed the registration date.

9. When I got a job. When I got visa when I got this and that's when everybody forgets about me and I was about to lose everything.

10 .Jesus has completely healed from a migraine that has lasted for so many years.

11. Jesus has heard my prayer to heal my mom from her asthma conditions

12. Jesus has healed me from a birth condition that no doctor has no solution for the problem

13. Most of all, Jesus Christ has completely healed me from the sin of immorality  that had tormented me for so many years that I couldn’t even count. The point is he is still faithful to put you where you need to be in the eternal plan of God, so no worries. So the smallest thing, but the most important thing expected from us is to stay in our place and wait for him to come and change our story. No problem is too big for God to solve. Our issues in life are not different than He has already solved in peoples' lives. The Bible tells us that we are not going to be tempted beyond our capacity. 





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        Tewodros    |    Jul. 6, 2015     | 1,537 Views    |   
 

I believe these pieces of writings will be a lesson to me and for those who will get the chance to read my story. I will incorporate God’s word in it. I hope it will be a book of wisdom not critics.   

I was born in a small town in Ethiopia, Africa. I was raised by two hard working parents who want nothing but the best for their children. I was the first born and I have two sisters and one brother in my family.   

My parents got divorced when I was 5 years old. At first I got the chance to live with my father, but then later I moved to my mom and my little sister when my father married his second wife after 5 years my parents got divorced.  

When I was a boy, I remember my dedication to the things of God and I was completely obsessed with God’s existence and my purpose in general. I also remember that I prepared myself to the idea of good things, and good things used to come to me. Then they say I had been severely attacked by the devil. But God was able to make me free not so long I had been attacked.

I have received my Lord Jesus Christ as my personal savioiur at the age of fourteen. The problem came when I grew up. My attachment and close relationship with Christ and me loving Christ was offensive with my unbeliver parent. I would say to you never interfere with the religion decision of your child. Even though critical life issues and decisions have to be seriously advised, the decisions of your child must be respected.   

Respect is very crucial, even with friends. But the family has to respect and encourage his son/daughter for his/her decisions. Here is my thing…. I didn’t want no body, especially my family to be disappointed because of me. Silly me! I never wanted to interfere with another’s person’s decisions, but I compromised with my own. I thought this is not a healthy relationship, but I didn’t know what else to do at that time.  

The first time I couldn’t go to church because of family disagreement, I accept it with difficulties. I then became like some of my friends in the village where nothing was accomplished all day. But devil used this opportunity to destroy my life. Believe it or not this was the time I hated myself and tried multiple times to destroy it. This happend when I was a teenage boy.  

When the only means of my happiness and my life choice was restricted by family, I didn’t know what else I should do with my life than to destroy it. But God was with me all the time. He nether abundened me in the hand of the devil. Nor he left me to die in the depth of the river. He remembered me and snatched me from the brink of unexpected death. I then came to my heart a little bit and tried to realize that life is more important than everything. Soon, I started to stay in the house and read the Bible.  

But there were some obstacles with that too. I was not allowed to spend more time with the Bible. My only argument was how it was not obvious to my family that a man without God is dead, especially a boy whose soul were like a blinking candle about to get darkened by the storms of life.   

By the time I should return to campus, I was not as vigilant to God’s things as before. My motive was to score more grades to join department of medicine. It turns out to be I am a computer science guy.  

I used to think one day I will be rich and when I become rich, I will give the money to those who need it in the beginning and I will come to my Lord. But this idea makes many to disappear from the house of God for good.

I then realized that the chance to come back after a long term commitment with sin is so little. The money, fame, artificial joy, and everything are so powerful to snatch them and swallow them for good. I, on the other hand was still struggling in the belly of the wicked. I prayed day and night to my God so that one day the wicked might spit me out.I tried to be as uncomfortable to the devil as much as possible.

I wanted the hell to shake up a little bit to throw me out of there. I thought to myself, “I don’t belong here.” I wanted to be with my father. While I was in search of more education and more money, I found myself daily far from God. I got into the wickedness of this world more and more.

I was also dumb and stupid that even I didn’t know how to keep myself from danger. In search of love and happiness, I found myself soon enough in danger. Because of that I was left with a new kind of curse which made me tormented for so many years.

Praise the Lord! I was delivered from it after so many years, but then there was a substitute. By the time I was about to finish my undergrad studies, I was so happy but again I found myself lost in the wilderness. I couldn’t find myself.  My whole identity was lost. It was all about forgiving myself and those who were closest to me. I didn’t know how to do that? I thought my life was already wasted and destroyed. I was thinking I never asked my God for earthly benefits. But God for so long forgets my souls cry on family and love.

I was looking for the real love and family. I was looking why I am here. My question was while devil used every opportunity to destroy my life, God seemed to remain in silence. I had prayed every day this prayer, “Have I ever ask you for anything, father? But you ignored my years of prayer. You know I am zealous about your house. I am delighted when your name is spoken among your congregation.”

Praise God. This is all behind me now. God has miraculously saved me from all of my enemies in the Spirit. I am now completely healed by the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ. I don’t hate no one now since God has filled me with ever flowing Love and compassion for others. That is the Holy Spirit!

I tried to address the healing process in another blog (Grace-vs-Self-righteousness). Please read this blog if you are interested.




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        Tewodros    |    Jul. 5, 2015     | 2,004 Views    |   
 

It is the will of our father to find the right marriage partner in life. It is also his will to be blessed and bless other marriages. It is what he wants to do for his children. For his will is full of peace, joy and kindness. When the Lord blessed us with a companion in life, we need to ask him what are the things he wants to accomplish in our marriage. We need to receive a vision about our marriage. We need to pray:

Lord, you have considered and blessed your servant with a blessed wife/husband and a happy marriage. What is it that you want me to do that will eventually make you happy?

Tell us the work to be done. Enlighten us and give us dreams and visions. You have now two individuals who have separated themselves for you. Your kingdom has to be preached for the lives to come. Your love has to be told for generations. 

You have two children who want to know what you want to do in their lives. You have two loving couples who are united by you to do your will. For you are merciful and loving God. Don’t leave us alone. Be present in our midst and bless our marriage that you have established through the blood of the Lamb. 

Nothing shall come between our marriage and the love you have for us. Protect it and cover it by the blood of Jesus. For all we know you are able to do that. You make people fall and you raise the humble from the ground. Please cleanse and sanctify our marriage with the precious blood of Jesus. We are not able to sanctify and cleanse ourselves. 

Our motives and the inclination of our heart is not far from sin. We need your forgiveness Lord; we need you to be there for us. There is no one to guide us and lead us. You are the father and the mother for this family. You are our level of expertise and confidence. 

In you we only trust and depend. We always want to hear from you and do it because we love you and trust you. Spread your mighty shield upon our sacred marriage. Let no one come closer to us more than you. We need you more than anything to survive and to live a happy blessed family life. 

The rest is extra and that means we don’t really need them as we need you. All we are getting from the world is another problem we are not able to deal with. But engage in our lives so deep and allow us to express our deep heart felt gratitude and love we have for one another.

Please allow this marriage to be a template for the ultimate wedding that Christ will make to the church. Christ you are always the groom and we are your bride. By faith we will celebrate and enjoy thinking the greatest is yet to come.

We are the symbol of your love for the rest of the world. We are not to share blasphemy and sin with the world. Neither have we liked to get categorized under their congregation. Please cleanse our soul and spirit and most importantly our dirty flesh.

Morever, please help your servants to live unto the word, the guidance and rule of protection, you have given us. You are the most fearsome God but yet lovely and kind. Please open the eyes of your servants to able to see what you are about to do in our lives. Glory and honor be onto your name in Christ Jesus.

Prepare us for the days to come. Teach us how to count our days so that we will have wisdom to do the right thing and most important thing. Teach us to be wise and bring hundredf
d glory in to your kingdom. We couldn’t be satisfied w
th the food and the clothing and the job. 

Teach us to eat eternal food, to drink eternal water, to do eternal work and to build eternal wisdom. In everything we want to hear from you, please do not hide your face from us. If you remain silent, we will be like those who are going to the pit. We would be as good as a blind person with no light for guidance. Your Words, your Promises, your Covenant, your Spirit is the way to life. 

We are not only to pray this prayer for us but alo for other marriages and couples who wants to dedicate their marriage for God’s glory. 

Lord, we pray that you build the foundation of their marriage with strong love, patience and faith for one another and for your kingdom. Let their marriage be blessed for generations to come. Let no devil find ground for assaulting them to bring them to destruction. Let their marriage be sealed by the blood of Jesus.

We pray that you protect our vulnerability to sin of the desires of the heart and be our strong security against sin on any kind on to you. Instead, please install within us the spirit of servitude with humbleness and gratitude to you with this marriage!

In Jesus Name! Amen!

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        Fasika    |    Jun. 25, 2015     | 2,698 Views    |   
 

One of the good things about this kind of impartation is that it is peaceful and full of compassion for others. It is as if something is flowing non-stop with in us to give us rest and peace. When that happens, we will also want to share that with the rest of the world with great ambition and zeal for the kingdom of God. We would feel empathy for those who are going through tough times with or without their consent.

On the contrary, when we are out of the presence of God, we will not feel love and kindness for others. All we think all day is to make us happy and not to care for others. The presence of God creates initiation in you to do good with your time and with all you have got. He wants you to share your belongings with the needy.

He wants you to encourage one another. Most of all, He wants you to love your neighbor as it is written in the Bible. He is a wonderful reminder of what God has done through Christ and all of the sacrifices He made on that cross. 

How do we participate in this wonderful blessing of the Lord? Well first of all, we need to invite the Lord in to our hearts, recognize him that He is the salvation of our souls. Jesus is the reason we are not wicked and disobedient children any more.

He is the Lamb of God in whom we all could escape the wrath of God. When we come near to the presence of the Holy Ghost, we will fill this amazing high level of joy and happiness inside. There is no cost for you and me to enjoy this kind of blessing. It is all paid in full by Him, who wants us nothing but the best for his Children. But this gift is not for all. It is only for those who have accepted him as their Lord and Savior. We need to recognize him for what He has done in our lives.

These are 9 gifts given by the Holy Spirit for our edifications according to 1 Corinthians 12:8.

  • 1. Wisdom

  • 2. Knowledge

  • 3. Faith

  • 4. Healing

  • 5. Working of miracles

  • 6. Prophecy

  • 7. Discerning of spirits

  • 8. Divers kinds of tongues

  • 9. Interpretation of tongues

These are all beyond our natural abilities. These are supernatural powers given to human beings who have surrendered their lives to Christ and lived their lives according to the Word of God. All of these gifts are given by God not according to our deeds but because of his grace and his Love. Therefore, one shouldn't be proud for obtaining and exercising them.

Most of all, these gifts are given to us so that we can help one another to build our Spiritual strength and grow in to the likeness of God in Christ. Therefore, the motto should be Love and Love first, before even try to use them. For God has not called us to destroy others but to edify us and our brothers and sister in Christ.

It is our father’s will to clean ourselves every day from the accumulation of filth, bitterness and sin in general. It is impossible to stay clean while we live in this world no matter how hard we try. The good news is it is possible to live a guilt free life since the blood of Jesus is always fresh in our lives to cleanse us from every sin we commit on to God.

But if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we will have fellowship with one another, and the Blood of Jesus, His Son, cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. - 1 John 1:7

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        Tewodros    |    Jun. 20, 2015     | 2,013 Views    |   
 

Our reward is serving God's name. If there is something that fills my heart with joy is my humble service to God. If there is something that I will never regret doing and would like to do the rest of my life is my humble worship to you, my Lord. Just the word that says I am your servant of the Holy God stirs joy and happiness together in my heart. 

That I am not exalting your name in vain. That I am not working for money and fame that everybody will leave it in here. You are my reward in deed that I have profited in serving your Holy name. If I trusted flesh that my reward comes from them, I will be piteous man. If my heart leaps with joy so that I can accumulate a vast amount of earthly treasure, how miserable would I be? But you have called me by name and I became the son of the most high through Christ Jesus serving your name. 

How piteous would I be if I have lived all my life for a wood made by the hand of a man? My reward will not come from man. I don’t even really desire thank you from a flesh. But my delight is if I only make You happy all the days of my life. That I will never do anything that will make You regret that I am yours. That is my trust that is my desire that is my wish and that is my reward. 

You have given me everything that is yours through Christ with Christ. Your love has given us your gift of love. We have done nothing to deserve any of this. Your grace has completely raised us with favor. While we are disgraced and left alone that no one was able to recognize us, you lifted us from the ground so that we could have a life filled with joy. Christ had given up his life so that others who believed in him shall live a long life of happiness and joy. 

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. -1 Corinthians 15:58 

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. - Proverbs 3:3-4

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. - Colossians 3:23-24

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. - Galatians 6:9

His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ - Matthew 25:21 a




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        Tewodros    |    Jun. 20, 2015     | 2,397 Views    |   
 

I learned that the problem we experience in life stays there as long as we want it to be there. Hence take no action to change it. Moreover, we don’t want to change our situation since we put much interest in our way of thinking. We put too much reason not to try again after we fall. We know excuses are not answers to our problem. May be we are afraid not to fall again. We like being who we are now. 

For winners, getting up again is not a problem. Failing is not an option. No matter how and how many times they fail. There is still time for winning. The battle is not over until they win. They have always saved little energy to ignite their next attempt. 

They believe there is always a second chance for those who want to try one more times. They don’t worry too much for tomorrow as tomorrow comes too soon. Winners are those who wait on to the Lord patiently and renew their strength to try again to succeed in the kingdom of God.

The things in life could be dangerous in a way that we could have ended up dead. On the other hand the true glory is if only we could overcome this with the help of Jesus. If we only follow as God tells us and you will be out of our impossibilities. 

We can defeat the enemy and go to the next level by establishing father – son relationship with God through Christ Jesus. Avoiding the problem itself or getting knocked down every time will not take us to the next level. We should be able to face our enemy watching his move every second. Don’t forget God always checks what we can do with our family, money and time.

Money is a delegated power given to us by God and God watches us that if we can handle that without abusing it. Time is a valuable resource and he wants us to use it very wisely. The wrong usage of either money or time is an abuse and we cannot be trustworthy. Trust comes from experience.

You trust someone if you know him well and for a long period of time. It can also be possibly with anything we have at hand. Our possessions and everything we believed it is not truly our own. Even the ones who belong to others and we think it is not our problem to care: Even those who have more value than the ones we own. Therefore he watches from heaven if he can find someone faithful who can do all these without seizing. It looks like the concept of responsibility but it all goes to one name: faithfulness.

God knows those who trust on him day and night. He calls them faithful servants. Even though the enemy put obstacles on these faithful ones, he will not prevail. They will always succeed even at times it seems he is prevailing at them. All of this because God fights and wins for them who have given him their lives as a sacrifice.

They have learned that from their Master and their Lord Jesus Chris. For he has not taken his own way but the will of the father to prevail in his life even at times it is impossible to do so. That is why his father has given him the name of all name that those who are created for him and by him should worship him (God) through our Lord Jesus Christ.

God surely will renew your strength and enables you to succeed if you surrender your life to Christ in all matters. For will comes first before action. Therefore your actions will be according to his will when your will has been surrendered for his glory and for his name sake.

Holy Spirit is always there with you to give you strength and forgiving heart.

First he will renew your mind and your heart. When he does that, you will find a new reason to live and a new passion for life. You will be able to walk on your adversities and laugh at your enemies. Yes, he will renew your strength when you wait for him without seizing in payer in Jesus Name!

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        Tewodros    |    May. 24, 2015     | 1,964 Views    |   
 

There could be a time that we may fall again one more time. But the most important thing is that we need to get up and get out from the pit we fell into no matter how deep it is.

The result of this experience is that we become empowered once more again to sit at the table and write our past with praise.

One of the reasons we fail is that we think the promise is too far to grasp. We think it is too dark to see. 

We may feel like we have nothing to do to speed up. We got also a little bit discouraged by our current situation.

May be we are broken and helpless. Life could be tough sometimes. And for that reason, we may think we have no options but to give up.

But there is something inside of us with a small voice telling us there is still hope.  Our dear, Jesus Christ, will come, so we shall wait for him.

He will create enough strength in us to try again. He will encourage us and create a future for us. He will not judge us wrongfully or misunderstand our situation.

He will judge rightfully and he will judge against all odds that are not cultivating us to bear fruits for the Lord. His anger will burn against every opposition and burden that buries our lives down.

He will cast away our deepest sorrow and greatest fear. He will fill us with absolute joy and he will affirm his love for our lives.

It is always better to wait for the Lord and hope for his comming having deep rooted faith in him. We must not give up on him no matter how bad the circumstances are. He will give us victory and a new start to begin with.

Remember always that he is the start and end of everything that is created by Him. He can fix every issue in your life. He is able to bring forth the unseen to be seen. He is alpha omega the beginning and the end.

He is the father of the helpless and father of the fatherless. He can fix anything that has become hopeless and ended miserably. Your case is not any different!

God is our mighty fortress,  always ready to help in times of trouble. And so, we won’t be afraid!  -Psalm 46

But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me.  Do not rejoice over me, O my enemy. Though I fall I will rise; Though I dwell in darkness, the LORD is a light for me.  I will bear the indignation of the LORD Because I have sinned against Him, Until He pleads my case and executes justice for me. He will bring me out to the light, And I will see His righteousness - Micah 7:8

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        Tewodros    |    Apr. 23, 2015     | 1,946 Views    |   
 

This is a lesson from the Bible about the story of a man who tried to take what he doesn’t deserve by lies and deception. This is also a lesson that we should not exploit the people of God for our service to them.

2 Kings 5

He returned to the man of God with all his attendants. He came and stood before Elisha, saying, “Now I know for certain that there’s no God anywhere on earth except in Israel. Please accept a gift from your servant.”

But Elisha said, “I swear by the life of the Lord I serve that I won’t accept anything.”

Naaman urged Elisha to accept something, but he still refused. Then Naaman said, “If not, then let me, your servant, have two mule loads of earth. Your servant will never again offer entirely burned offerings or sacrifices to any other gods except the Lord. But may the Lord forgive your servant for this one thing: When my master comes into Rimmon’s temple to bow down there and is leaning on my arm, I must also bow down in Rimmon’s temple. When I bow down in Rimmon’s temple, may the Lord forgive your servant for doing that.” Elisha said to him, “Go in peace.”

But when Naaman had gone some distance from Elisha, Gehazi (who was the servant of Elisha the man of God) thought, My master let this Aramean Naaman off the hook by not accepting the gift he brought! As surely as the Lord lives, I’ll go after him and accept something from him. So Gehazi pursued Naaman.

Naaman saw him running after him, so he got down off his chariot to meet him. He said, “Is everything okay?” Gehazi answered, “Yes, but my master sent me to say, ‘Two young men who are members of a group of prophets have just now come to me from the hills of Ephraim. Give them a kikkar of silver and two changes of clothing.’”

Naaman said, “By all means, take two kikkars!” He encouraged Gehazi to accept them. He tied two kikkars of silver up in two bags, along with two changes of clothes. Naaman gave them to two of his servants, and they carried them in front of Gehazi. When Gehazi arrived at the elevated fortress,[c] he took the items from them and stored them in his house. Then he sent the servants away, and they left. Gehazi then went and stood before his master.

Elisha said to Gehazi, “Where did you come from, Gehazi?”

“Your servant didn’t go anywhere,” Gehazi replied.

Elisha said to him, “Wasn’t my heart going along with you[d]when the man got off his chariot to meet you? Is this the time to accept silver, clothes, olive trees, vineyards, sheep, cattle, or male and female servants? 27 Naaman’s skin disease will now cling to you and to your descendants forever!” And Gehazi left Elisha’s presence, flaky like snow with skin disease.

As we come to see from this teaching, Gehazi took something that he shouldn’t have in the first place. He envied what others have specially when the man of God simply deserted it and made it worthless. He didn’t deserve the things that he asked from Naaman.

The gift was meant for Elisha and not him. What makes the matter worse is that fact that he had to lie and say that his master had changed his mind to take the gift back.

Gehazi became so greedy that he had to do anything to take the gift from Naaman.

As the word of God teaches us here, this is not the time we treat ourselves with lots of gifts and servants. This is not the life style we have a promise from the Lord. We have to analyze the time and make a wise decision guided by the Holy Ghost. 

This is a good example why we should not accumulate money for ourselves that comes through deception and evil by design. It will ultimately be a snare to our soul that we might fall in to it and lose the path of righteousness.

It also teaches us the fact that the healings of God and the gifts of God are to be shared freely to others without charging them for using it. Freely we have received and freely we should give to others. By no means we are not the owner of this healing ointment and the honor and gifts should not come to us but to the kind king of kings who always is compassionate for his people especially when the Holy Spirit wanted that way.

It is also cruelty to use the opportunities that we found while serving God completely for our benefits and for our own comfort. Serving God is a great privilege in terms of helping others in their needs and not to accumulate treasures for ourselves. 

When people stay longer in Ministry, they get this misperception that the people belongs to them and they can exploit it as they want to. They won’t be over until their stomach is full and get the most out of it for their selfish desires.

The people of God belong to God and we who have the privilege to serve it, are nothing but servants of the most high. We need to have the compassion like Jesus showed towards his people and not exploit them with greed.

The desire for money and good life have no end. If we allow ourselves to get more every time our wild imaginations and selfish desires ask us more, we will end up in bad shape both in our relationship with God and also with his people.

We don’t want to break the hearts of those people who have put their hope and faith on our Lord Jesus Christ because of our selfish act and sinful behavior. Yes, money and greed have consumed the ministers of our God and they are not following God’s commandment.

We need to pray with lots of fasting and lots of cries that the glory of God returns to us and visit our people who need him most. We need to repent our sins for taking what we don’t deserve from the people we claim we are serving them.

It is much better to deal with our sin now than latter as we don’t know the coming of the King.

It is also much better to forcefully withdraw ourselves from such shame and terrible sin now for the glory of God is hidden from his people because of our greediness and selfishness.

We all know what had happened with the children of Eli when they had very much disrespected God and his commandments by taking what was the best sacrifices for the Lord for themselves while claiming they are serving God.

Read the whole story at 1 Samuel 2:12

We are moving in that direction and before we know it we will do very much what this guys did at that time.

Let us leave the best gifts to God since even we are his and all we have.

Let us love the God we worship by our actions and not by our sermons.

Let us have compassion for the needy and share them and not take it by our crafted preaching.

May God bless you and give you grace to fight against the spirit of greed and immorality. May he surrounds you with contentment and compassion for others in Jesus Name!!

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        Tewodros    |    Apr. 19, 2015     | 2,059 Views    |   
 

I praise you Lord for the good things you have done in my life. When they have gathered around us to consume our soul. When the enemy takes us by surprise and when our soul gets frustrated. When fear consumes us like a fire and we have nowhere to go. When they have declared death on our soul and we have no one to trust but you.

We came to you by faith that we know you are awesome God. We don’t turn our eyes to the left or to the right. We looked up on to you as our eyes always look onto you. You haven’t let us down or make us feel guilty.

Rather you gave us hope after hope that we gain strength and not lose our faith. The enemy come directly at us to distract us and make us complain. But we do not take any of his accusations to our heart. Instead, in the middle of our tribulation and sorrow, we shout on to you and me make our suffering known to you.

Our life was intended to be miserable by the enemy. While we come with prayer and humility of the heart before you, we learned patience and endurance. That is how we learn intimacy and higher form of convenient in Christ Jesus.

That you will never abandon your servant in the hands of the enemy. That you come to answer by fire for your children who call on to your name day and night. I would have fallen a big fall, if I had concentrated on my skills rather than my faith in you.

Since you have promised your servant the kind of protection you have granted him for looking onto you my Lord. Your name shall be exalted and worshiped throughout the generation to come. We give you all the glory and honor since you are almighty and fearsome God.

We give you praise for the wonderful things you have done in our lives. Since they have been obstacle for your children to stumble, they will see the judgment of the Lord that will come to them. For the Lord has speak and I heard it once, judgment is for the righteous.

The night we dreaded the most has passed and there is no more darkness fallen in to our lives.That is possible because you answered our prayers when our feet was about to stumble and fall.

If you hadn't remembered us and listened to our voices when we shout out to you, our enemies would have swallowed us alive with ease. 

Praise God in Jesus Name!

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        Tewodros    |    Apr. 19, 2015     | 2,062 Views    |   
 

When we found our selves always under the presence of the Spirit of God, we may ask the question: why we love God and exceedingly much far better, why he loves us? 

Is it because he is our only provider? Is it because we saw him divide the oceans and admonish the waves in his mighty voice? Is it because we have no where to go? 

Is it because we are poor in the spirit and he is always our provider. Is it because our faith in us is strong? What is it? Why do we love you? Why we keep insisting to be in love with you and you are always with us? 

When we were only a child, we had a very strong feeling of love for you but wild. But still the love of your name makes us cry at night. Even now we want to make you happy in the ways we know better. Even now we have great desire for your consolidation. 

When we were only a child, we were mad at you few times when things didn't go the way we were expecting and the devil really used those opportunities. 

If you weren't come back and take us in your arms and kissed us with the sweet love that comes from your mouth, we wont be here today. If it weren't for your mercy that is exceedingly deeper than the deepest ocean in the world, we would end up dead in our sins. 

But yet you have always made us feel better because you know what to do with us when we are angry. In all of our sufferings of the world, we have seen your everlasting love.  

You have used every opportunity to reveal your self to us in the past. You have used everything we know to show us your love. The love and respect we have from others is because of you. We come to realize even the great things we have in life were not good if it wasn't for you. 

Even the sweetest moments of our lives were created by you. We had put our trust to love on somebody but you proved us wrong. You are our love forever. We would not find pleasure on our own. 

We could be blessed with many children. We could be blessed by a beautiful, wise and obedient wife and loving husband. But still God is the crown of our lives. God is jealous God in a certain way we would understand. It is not a selfish jealousy. He is Lord Almighty God and he doesn't need anything from nobody.

You are the creator and you don't envy anyone. But whenever one knows love, he will come to understand jealousy of a certain kind. If you really love your wife, would you be willing to share her with somebody?

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 hearts should be given to him. No money, education, friends, family, or any other thing has power over us to rule over us.

We shouldn't love them as we love 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 us like a husband to a wife or a father to his children. Since 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. I mean we will be successful but still we won't have God.

There is no way you will find him by putting him second. After all, what good is it to for us if we gain the whole world but lose our souls? To be better pronouncing this concept in light of love: What good is to gain everything but to lose the very thing our soul wants always?

If you 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 than to get back to him and live with him.

We have no where to go Lord. We have found out that nothing will be good enough fo us. You take all the glory and may your Spirit and love fully control our heart. Beloved we give you honor and praise and lovingly we worship you forever in the name of Jesus.



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        fasika    |    Jun. 11, 2014     | 2,642 Views    |   
 


Every human being constitutes three forms of elements of life. These are the three logical parts common to all human beings. When we feel something, it is within our body. We feel temptations from the flesh. Our body has immense nerve fibers that produce great sensational feelings.  

Whether we feel hunger or thirst, it eventually will be interpreted by the mind to take appropriate actions. Babies say and do exactly as they feel in their body. If they are sick, they will say they are sick. If they are hungry, they will describe the hunger.  

Feelings are natural instincts that can be controlled. Animals have their own natural instinct. When they feel cold or worm, they take appropriate actions. Many of our feeing goes with that of babies or animals.  

But when we grow in life, we tend to have a higher level of intelligence on top of that. We will start to develop skills that will help us control our feelings. Feelings are caused by the adverse condition of the external environment. We may feel sad or depressed or anxiety or pain or despair or any other kind of psychological disorder.  

These kinds of feelings are high level of bad feelings or emotional disorder. They are caused by a complex interaction of our body, our mind and our sprit.  Psychiatry studies the general emotional and neurological disorder of human beings.  

But lower levels of feelings are like hunger, tiredness, thirst, drowsiness. Although feelings are the lower level aspect of humans , they are the basis and fundamental for the proper function of our thought and sprit.  

A thought is a process of conceiving something through the mind that will latter be executed by our body. A thought may arise from lower level which is from our feelings or from higher level which is form spirit.  

A thought is an idea that has a message in it. The message will be interpreted and implemented if we think it is good thing to do that. the level of intelligence we have on this regard help us differentiate the good from the bad.  

Smart people normally know many things or ideas that are useful for their own existence as well as for others. Smart people normally have highly functioning brain that will allow them do their jobs very effectively. 

People tend to be strongly active and smart in one ares of life but week on the other. This comes from exposure to new environments, high learning opportunities, education, teachers, family background, marriage partners, friends, and the environment they live in childhood. Latter on they will gain knowledge through the books they read, the help they get from smart people in the family or outside the family and this all is vital for the success of one's life.

Through all these external exposure and the development of body, feelings and mind, one can gain immense knowledge and acquire great inheritance of richness in his life time.

A higher level of intelligence is called wisdom and it comes from the development of one's spirit. How well a person develops his spirit differentiate him from others. Uniqueness and specially arise mostly from the spirit. The battle is hard on the spirit and mostly it also utilizes the other two logical parts of the human being.

Wisdom can be acquired through the word and the Spirit of God. No matter how smart one can be, he will not be fulfilled in life unless he got some wisdom also. Fulfillment comes by doing what God wants us to do in the first place.

It comes from completing the takes he has prepared for us from the beginning of time for his marvels glory and for faithfulness reward to us. Imagine that the sun says, "I don't want to do what I was supposed to do today ."

Imagine the moon tells the sun, "I want to be like you just for tonight." This is not faithfulness and it doesn't bring any glory to Go. The purpose of the wicked is therefore to hide the glory of the creator shinning from the created. By resisting, fighting, distracting, deceiving, obstructing, confusing, depriving, and degrading the wisdom of God in us.

Our spirituality is what we believe God is constantly doing in our lives. We believe something what God has put in to our spirit and try to communicate through it. By faith we become one to the word of God and do what he tells us to do even if it is contrary to what our senses, feelings and our thoughts.

Do we all need to control our feelings and be smart as much as possible and yet fail from the glory of God? No. what good is for a man to gain the whole world but yet lose his very self.

All knowledge is going to fail but the wisdom of God through Christ stays for eternity. We shouldn't look for God on the level of our knowledge and feelings. We should find him with all our heart, our feelings, our knowledge, our spirit, our body, and our strength. Basically there is a fourth and very critical part of our lives

I believe it is the same thing when we say: our heart or our soul or our desire.
This is a very independent part of us that doesn't give too much attention to other parts. It is independent in a way that no body can alter the free will of it by force.

If we think our mind is the source of our thoughts, and our feelings and sensation comes from our body, then our desire has to come from our soul/heart.

There is definitely some kind of correlation and relationship that is going on between these as one dictates the other and one follows the other one. And this all ultimately determine who will take control of us in general.

Whether we are a very sensible person or very emotional or may be we are too much in to thinking patterns, all has to give a way to our relationship to the son of God and our faithfulness to the Lord.

This doesn't mean the others are not important for our existence in this world, but this is to emphasize our spirit is the main tool to serve, worship and see our Lord, Jesus Christ.

In fact this is the thing that makes us children of God, the fact that we are born of the spirit in his likeness. I believe the whole idea of life is not to accumulate riches that will soon be destroyed by fire. Rather it is to gain knowledge and understanding through the word of God, resisting bad feelings and temptations by gaining self-control and bear 80 and 100 fold the fruits for the kingdom of God.

Romans 8:14  for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, "Abba! Father!


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 and satisfy our desires with his love, in Jesus Name, AMEN!


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        Tewodros    |    Jun. 5, 2014     | 2,149 Views    |   
 

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     | 2,601 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     | 2,166 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     | 2,402 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     | 2,295 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     | 2,035 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     | 1,973 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     | 2,420 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     | 2,093 Views    |   
 

What is the form of entertainment our soul wants? Is there any form of boundaries that we make between our faith in Christ and the world out there? Do we put our things before our faith? Do we put our family before our faith in Christ? 

Even if we are the most miserable person in the whole world, we shouldn t allow anything to come between us and the love of God in Christ. We may turn out to be physically sick or pronounced physically dead, but nothing overwrites the love of God from our heart. 

We may be the last person living in this planet, or we may depart the world too early, still Christ is our Lord and savior with out him we profited nothing. What does the Lord intended to tell us when he said, separate from the world and live for me ?

Is it to go to monastery and spend the rest of our lives in it? Is it not what he meant that we shouldn t touch any evil thing from the world that we should live in it. We should not marry someone unbeliever - someone who followed the ways of the world.

What benefits I will get from withholding my self from entertainment? Well do you ask yourself what will you gain by having so much fun but lose your job? Do we really need some type of entertainment? Yes we do. If so like what? Uplifting, constructive, not selfish, educative, connected to all areas of your life: your body, mind and soul and spirit. Not all Movies, music, friendship, family are not uplifting.

Is there anything as such uplifting entertainment? We have to be very selective. We have to know when to say 'that is enough'. We have to control our selves. Taking too much of it or too less could be a disaster.

It is amazing to see how the world now perceives entertainment. It is not the way we Christians ought to live. If we do as they do then what is the meaning of our faithfulness to the Lord and from where does our rewards comes from.

We need to separate ourselves from the world in such a way that we don't take anything that looks like fun and enjoying in to the heart. This will totally break our relationship with the Lord and we will find our soul full of sorrow and grief rather than the joy and happiness we anticipated out of it.

We also are not meant to spend all of our spare time on something worthless and simply wasting of our time. Time is the very first resource that God has given to us to manage and make a good use out of it. So is money, family, children. This means we are accountable for it at the seat of judgment before the fearful and almighty God.

I don't know what benefit it is for the soul to stare at the TV all day long rather than spent some quality time with the Lord or put aside a time separated from our day to day activities to do something the Lord will be happy about it.

If it to gain some knowledge about something related to our goals and aspirations, that may be ok under certain circumstances. But unless we want to get knocked by the devil, what good is it at all to waste time in the form of entertainment.

I wonder when and where Jesus acutely neglects his callings and went just to entertain himself. Everything he did was to bring glory to God and honor his name. Whether it at the wedding place or the market place or at somebodie's house.

Sometimes we think that somehow by being closer to somebody make him/her partake the nature of Holy Spirit in us. And that is the reason we give to go to somewhere that the Lord will not be glorified. But that will cause us more pain because there is no sudden change as we think and we ultimately come empty handed and broken hearted with possibly the other way round we take their evil ideas and selfish desire.

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.

This is not to exaggerate the sin in someone s life and to say we are more righteous than others. We all have evil ideas and selfish desire one way or another but beacuase of our bad company, we will start to learn more of it by spending our time with someone who doesn't know the Lord and by spending time with something the Lord not expecting us to do.

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!

With my soul I have desired You in the night, Yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early; For when Your judgments are in the earth, The inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.Isaiah 26:9

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        tewodros    |    Mar. 28, 2014     | 2,012 Views    |   
 

It is always good to share an experience with somene we could trust as there is at least something we could learn from that with out repeting the same mistake. The things we shared with the person made us remember most of the good and bad times in our lives. Whether it is to discuss it or talked it through, we know that there is at least one person that we can freely share everything with. 

Why we shouldn t trust a person and trust only God? Well the answer is we don't want to trust a person but the spirit of the Lord inside that person. Although there is still a 50% probability that there could be devil inside no matter how strong and kind that person looks like. So the answer to the question that can we trust a person totally depends what kind of trust wewant to put on that person. Still God is the ultimate faithful and you can always put your trust on him. don't trust person no matter how good they look because we are humans after all.

The only solution to our current problems can be solved by putting all your desires in to our purpose. This can never be much easier. The idea is use it or lose it - now or never. 

No one is more than a person with dreams in their heart and always ready to do what is needed. This is the person who knows what to do at every moment of his life despite the controversies and difficulties. He has contingency plan if things go wrong. 

I heard that people had what seems more important and I feel sorry that I don't get what they get. I want it because it is a good means of generating income which is exactly I need to do this days. Well, according to God it doesn't mean I am going to be successful if I do what they do. For the very thing it is sin to lie and as far as I am Christian and read the bible, I never heard something like lying is sometimes sin sometimes good.

I lied many times in life but I never consider it a truth not even a little bit. I lied because I have to and I repent to come to God s council again. This time I found out I cannot lie and I feel like I miss a big thing.

I need to try hard to make it back what I lost. For that I couldn't let my eyes go to sleep or my flesh to rest with out fulfilling my dreams first. Somehow I stuck somewhere just looping around the same, non purposeful, normal life over and over again.

Think always what you want to be in life. It could be your dreams, aspirations, family etc. Meditate the plans of your dreams. don't let any thing, anything to come between you and your dreams.

I know you might say that this is easy said than done but still what else can you do. Tell me, what good is to stumble away from your dreams in frustration. It is always better to find someone who advice you to keep going no matter what. That s what out father are doing all the time. 

Our complain is, it always easy to say that but still we understand that only little lucky people get the opportunity to find somebody who is always there to say, KEEP ON GOING! Thank you Jesus! Let your will be done on to our lives. Be glorified father in everything we do. My wish is your will. 

We are willing to give up everything for you because we love you. Our family, our career, our belongings, and most of we ourselves. You are we and everything we have.

According to your word in Job, we cannot say we have or we are when it comes to you. Hurt is a joke compared to giving up our lives. We cannot get hurt if you let us know deep inside of us that you are still with us.

According to your word, anything that we give up for you will be given to us tens and hindered fold. Which means we are not going to die broke? We are not going to die empty with nothing to give.

While we are ready, please give us strength to bear the false accusation of the devil. He said so many things to us telling us that we are a loser because we listened to you not our friends.

I know father one day we will see that you are in deed our profit because you love us. Please teach us the right way to help others with out lying. I want your name to be glorified as much as we can.

Thanks God, and with you we can be anything we want. Just be there for us and that is it. Just the feeling that you are with us make us strong like an eagle. You put our soul in great stress to make it more strong and powerful to grow wise and considerate.

Let us ask you something father. What if you make things straight for us and our heart starts to turn away from your ways? Many go to destruction because of temporary success. Just a little bit of it make them to be arrogant or makes them feel that they don't need God any more.

... for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. - 2 Timothy 4:10

What a terrible thing that will be for any of us. People went to destruction in front of our eyes over and over again one after the other. They tend to love money more. That it is. That is the beginning of their destruction.

Father all our prayers which says we need to be rich real quick are wrong prayers in deed. We need you all the way up to there and please don't turn your face from us. We want you now and forever. We don't use you to get by the wind. We don't use you to make our stomach full.

Let our soul seek you all day and all night. We know you are the provider but we are not here for that, father. Test us and know it for your self if you wish Lord. Even we humans we don't tend to love one for the things he/she might do to us back.

We love you Lord and what else do we need. You and us are one and full. There is nothing needy between us. We are not fresh lovers. We don't simply produce words for each other. Our love is old enough to proof persistence. We don't live with out you. As long as there is a flesh around our bones, you name will remain sweet. In fact, as long as there is breath in our mouth, we will remain burning in love with you, father.

All this because you loved us first and you pored your grace on us through Christ Jesus. We are disobedient children running away from your presence but you keep us together once more again thorough your endless mercy and everlasting compassion.

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    |    Mar. 27, 2014     | 2,273 Views    |   
 

When God starts to talk to us, he talks loud and clear. There is nothing mysterious about his message

We need to realize that the way out of afflictions and strong bondage is absolutely from our side not Gods.

I believe there are different kinds of evil sprits that come to us to strip us from our grace. They come to us because they know our destiny is great. Thinking that, they have no options but to fight us while we are weak and unwise. That is what God s protection is always around us that they may not attack us forcefully or make us do what we don't want to do.

God is there for everyone to rescue and protect us from evil. But one thing has to be clear, as my life my witness, God power do not put in to work on our lives unless we surrender our lives to Jesus believing him he loved us first and he died for us while we are sinners.

The powerful thing about this statement comes at the end, while we are sinners.

Let me ask you a question, if you are a good person and if you are demanded to risk your life let alone give it away, will you do it for an innocent person or a cruel person? Think about it 

For instance you are walking around outside your house and you saw a 5 years old child to be burned in a fire accident. Will you risk your life? Think about it. What about two years old kid on the way to be run-over by a track will you risk your life? 

What about some other incident but the person in danger is we think a good person which you think is very important or will be important for the community or he is too young to die.

I think the answer to these questions is most probably yes unless we are really wicked. Now who do you think risk his life let alone giving it for the sake of a bad person s life in danger, honestly, the answer is NOBODY!

Romans 5:7 - For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. 8But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Forget about our lives but no one is willing to spend his time or money or energy on a bad person. That s why the story of the love of Jesus to his people is not exhaustively told. It is foolishness for many and unreasonable. No one really understands why. It is one of God s deep secrets which we shall know about it one day at time till the rest of our lives.

No one can make God happy except a praiseful and humble man. Look at Jesus and Moses and David, for example. They make God happy because their spirit was broken when it comes to respecting others and God. Jesus thought us to wash the legs of our friends and even if we want to be a leader, we have to first make sure we understand we are no better than those we serve. 

It is only a matter of time and opportunity that one happens to be better than the others. There is nothing glorious about it, nothing fascinating! Imagine them in your place. What do we feel if somebody tries to brag about his skills and abilities? After all it is other people s effort and help that makes us who we are now. 

We didn t get it by ourselves. We used somebody s help. He is Jesus. So, Let us be kind to other and most of all, be humble in serving them. The other thing is be praiseful to God as you are humble to others. Praise gives God the power you might have received back to the real owner.

It is like money, he gave you in the first place so give it back without being overwhelmed by the amount. Praise gives the proper respect to the right person. Yes. Since God is the reason we have it, praise him back until we finally return our debts which in other words mean, until we die.

Praising God is like thanking human beings. You know how much men delighted when we say thank you in return to their service. How much more, God the creator of all would feel when he gets praise from his own beings.

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        tewodros    |    Mar. 26, 2014     | 2,425 Views    |   
 

Is it better to be alone than to be in relationship? We can really get hurt if we cannot find the distinct boundary in our relationships with others. Some tend to be more controlling and even more. Some are abusive by nature.

Our main curse when we are thrown to this world is so that we no more understand the true meaning of love - We tend to be abusive rather than loving and cherish. This curse is only taken by Lord Jesus Christ. Only when God wants to help us again. This is the time when he wants to be in peace with us after all those years of slavery of sin.

The main target of the enemy is to destroy relationship. Relationship between us and the father. Relationship between ourselves and others. So is it better to have someone by our side than to sit in solitude.

But there is a day to day battle involved within our selves and the surroundings. Our fight is not among blood and flesh but among principalities.

We need to pray the prayer of battle before we really going in to it. First we must check our selves if we are well armed. We need to ask if we have the breast shield of righteousness. We need to make sure if we have put on the belt of truth and wearing our helmet of salvation.

Having our shield which is faith in Christ Jesus, that will protect us from the arrows of the wicked, we become strong with the word of God in spirit and pray in spirit. That is our sword to cut of the curses of the evil and mutilate its evil ideas. What ever how clear we see the vision and its rewards are coming, the challenge that comes with it every day make it impossible to bear it. The challenges are so difficult that we sometimes start to forget our selves. Even doing the basic things like bathing or thinking clearly can become odd.

Sometimes we are totally controlled by our circumstances; we cannot do anything about the things that are taking our lives away from us. We lost hope all the way but waiting for miracle. We ask God for forgiveness by asking if we make him sorrowful again 

But we see that we have been trying to be faithful to God for so long. This is the time where no one but God stands besides us. We cannot hear anyone talking wisdom. All lose hope because of us. But this is because we carry a load is too heavy for us. Only God can help us with this because it is not easy for any human to bear this. But the problem is we sometimes feel God has just forget about us because our sins are great.

For this reason we may think we run out of time. We may even ask our selves the important question how can a person who has seen extraordinary things in life specially after seeing God at work can do stupid things. 

Life is not real; all the things we see now are simply mere icons and they won t be there when the time that matters comes. Anything truthful, anything dares loving will last but not these. We tell our father, 'Father I am almost despaired and exhausted and I cannot do this by my self anymore.' 

God is trying to tell us:

I LOVE you and I am always there for you. I will never leave you. don't even think about I punish you for everything you do. I have my own way of teaching you a lesson for your benefit out of your failures.This I do it that you shall be prepared for the coming big life questions. You will face more important challenges. All the miseries here will prepare you for that. don't get lost by the training son because this is not being a brave heart at all. I want you to survive the test. I want to go through the training to defeat your enemies in battle. I want you to be strong and wise. Do what you have to do first and leave the rest to me. I am your father, the more you know me the more you will be like me. Find me every day with all your heart. I will reveal my self to you. Remember it is always how and when you believe what matters because I will command your belief to be under you.Remember the greatest challenges have the greatest rewards. I know everything here seems not worthy living for let alone worthy dying for. don't worry about anything. This in not your fault but work hard to be a professional. When it comes to faith be the first. Always focus on the goal. Most of all, be prepared to die for your purpose - forget misery.

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    |    Mar. 25, 2014     | 2,307 Views    |   
 


While we were called to live our lives like an eagle or like a wine that creates a soothing feeling in wounded body or as Olive Tree Oil that heals the wound, instead we lived our lives like a thorn bush.

What a great disappointment this would be to the Lord and to us. But we didn't know, do we? We eat and walk like a chicken. We strive and strive to jump in the air just a little bit. Why can't we fly? I believe it is because we trusted more of our circumstances than our dreams and aspirations.

We don't have the courage to look up and the faith we need to have to visualize and anticipate our destiny far beyond our present situations. There is another identity that God created in Christ. But we are afraid to become it. Therefore we put more attention on what is near to us rather that what is to be captured by faith.

We might be expert in some disciplines. We might want to end up with good fortune and a name that will always come before us. We might even want to be a doctor while our calling is to be an instrument for healing the souls of many people - Souls who are oppressed by the enemy.

Tell me, who will God use to heal his people? May be you say, "There are others who can do that". But isn't this the same thing as saying, "I don't want to practice my real identity?" Isn't it the same as we look up and say, "That is not me"? How pity to live life like this and even worse die like this. You were like an ointment that shall be poured into the wounds of many. You were the one that God has created to heal them.

Here is a little story from the Bible that goes by this one.

A person was brutally wounded and was left on the street where many people can easily see him. One very religious person saw him and passed him as he was in a hurry. He was probably running to do his preaching in the church. The second one also saw him and left him as he was also hastening himself to serve the Lord. He was probably thinking he has to reach there on time.

The last person was not as religeious as the previous two. But he knew his calling. He always takes his wine and ointment with him. And as soon as he found the wounded, he was happy. He then put the ointment on the wounds and the wine to his mouth.

He took a good care of him making sure he got healed within few days. But we resemble to the first two hypocrites who consider themselves as the servant of God. But they didn't make the Lord as happy as he desired to be.

In fact the Lord was too angry with those two guys who passed by the wounded stranger offering no help whatsoever. What good is their ritual and ceremony to God if they can't make at least one sick person well?

Now you tell me, how good is your money? I am curious to know how much does it worth to you? How about the beautiful expensive car you have that you thought it is good for the Lord? Well, I believe these all means nothing unless you use it in all of your power for God's glory and for his Kindgdom.

The spirit of service requires very settled soul and mind. It needs day to day communion with the Lord. It needs a deep understanding of the scriptures. It needs a content and compassionate heart like Jesus.

We need to tell our selves every day that we are unworthy to the Lord unless we do what we have to do which is what the Lord wants us to do. We should say that we cannot live with out doing our true God given Purpose.

While our eyes are watching, people are gone like the wind. They are technically taken to destruction for what they believed it is absolute happiness and joy. They are determined to get it elsewhere if they cant find it here, in the presence of the Lord.

We should be the reason they make a joyful laugh to the Lord and always stay deeply pleased with him. We are supposed to be a means of pure joy by steering up their faith. You know why people spent too much time in non-sense things?

They couldn't find love else whee especially in the places where they thought they could easily get - the church. True LOVE cannot be found else where but through Jesus Christ.

But they need teachers of the truth and leaders from the Lord who show them the ways of eternal joy and happiness and peace. And for the rest of us, our job is just to do that. I am not asking this time. I am commanding and demanding it, and begging us at the same time.

People are taken to hell every day. don't we have the heart for that? Where does it come the spirit of I don't care? From the day we will throw away our callings, we will find our selves struggling in evil spirits.

Why? It is because these are the rewards of our selfishness. If not treated well, they will lead us to the atone of fire. Let us not foolish ourselves! The word of God said that no adulterous or liars or anything like that will enter the kingdom of God.

So in this case, this is for us not only an issue of everlasting dream but also a matter of survival. This is the thing we should do like a crazy person. As if we look like an angry man or attempting a mad personality or even as if we looked like an evil possessed man. That is what they call our Lord - evil possessed.

In all of this, we will save our souls and many others. When our obedience is complete, we will gain our soul even if we wish to give it up for the sake of others. This is the only way we will do what you were born to do the beginning of our everlasting dream.

Jesus did every thing as he was sent to do. He comes down from heavens sent from his father to deliver the oppressed. His soul was attached to their soul. Being the son of God, he didn t consider himself as good as he is.

He felt the pain of others as his own. He stranded in the wilderness to find the lost. Even if many of us consider him homeless and poor, his creed was to be with them wherever they were. He was like a man who lost everything. He lost his love and that is how miserable he was.

He mentioned and described the concept of the lost sheep many times in his teachings. That is to stress and magnify how important it is for God. The devil took the Lord's Sheep. He snatched them from his hand, how dare he do that! Now even if it might be only one soul who is lost, the whole heavens shake like a mighty storm. The almighty God speaks in the storms and thunders.

How dare the devil, takes something which is not his own. The son of God then comes down, in the wilderness, where the devil took his Sheep, to find the lost. If every thing was just fine, he would have sit in his glory in peace. Now, the devil declares war and there is no rest until he is punished. The good news is this, no body fight with the Lord and shall continue to live. I am telling the truth that no body calls the name of the Lord in vane and insults Him and shall live. He shall die.

The war with God always ends before it begins. I know one thing and one thing only: True power belongs to the almighty God. His enemies will be crushed in to dust in front of his LOVE.

I have my own life testimony. I used to do what I don't like. The devil was doing what he wanted with me. But I am delivered by Jesus. I am not forced to do what I don't want to do unless I don't do what I am born to do. The devil is very rude and cruel.

But he plays gentle and looks like a kind person. Do you think he will come to you with his ugly claws? Do you think he will use the same tricks that he used yesterday? He knows who we are and how God redeemed us form death and he plays accordingly to this regard.

He studied us so many times. He has thousands of years of cheating experience. He can make your own friends and family to rise upon you. In just a second he can make a person so desperate by his lies. All he fears is the Lord in you. He cannot stand the wisdom of the Lord in you.

He cannot understand all about LOVE or self sacrifice. He cannot resist the spirit of srvice we have to the Lord. Well there are many people whose stories are written for us to learn. We don't have to make the same mistake twice.

It is written so that we know the devices of the wicked. It is written for us to follow but not to reinterpret it according to our weakness. We need to take it as we have been taught by the Holy Spirit in us and apply it on our own lives.

Here are some scriptures in light of the above teachings:

Once the trees searched for someone to be king; they asked the olive tree, Will you be our king?" But the olive tree replied, "My oil brings honor to people and Gods. I won't stop making oil, just to have my branches wave above the other trees." Then they asked the fig tree, Will you be our king?" But the fig tree replied, "I won't stop growing my delicious fruit, just to have my branches wave above the other trees." Next they asked the grape vine, Will you be our king?" But the grape vine replied, My wine brings cheer to people and Gods. I won't stop making wine, just to have my branches wave above the other trees." Finally, they went to the thorn bush and asked, Will you be our king?" The thorn bush replied, If you really want me to be your king, then come into my shade and I will protect you. -Judges 9

After the people had seen Jesus work this miracle, they began saying, "This must be the Prophet who is to come into the world!" Jesus realized that they would try to force him to be their king. So he went up on a mountain, where he could be alone. - John 6:14

A priest happened to be going down the same road. But when he saw the man, he walked by on the other side. Later a temple helper came to the same place. But when he saw the man who had been beaten up, he also went by on the other side.A man from Samaria then came traveling along that road. When he saw the man, he felt sorry for him and went over to him. He treated his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them.Then he put him on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next morning he gave the innkeeper two silver coins and said, "Please take care of the man. If you spend more than this on him, I will pay you when I return." Luke 10:31


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        tewodros    |    Mar. 20, 2014     | 21,157 Views    |   
 

Matthew 24:44 

Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

When everything looks good, smooth and safe; 

When everyone asks you to go forward and just try it; 

When every feeling and every nerve urge you to continue; 

It is good to listen to the Lord. 

 

No matter what it is, it good to stop and think 

Where are all this pople pushing me? 

Where am I going? 

Where is my destiny? 

Who am I end up with?

 

In this world, nothing can be taken for granted 

Everything that has a beginning has an end 

Nothing lasts forever, nothing stands forver 

Everything will be gone by the wind except God's love and faithfulness

Proverbs 3:5   

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.

 

If we put our trust on something that will soon be gone 

If we think somone will always be there for us except Jesus 

If we believe we have the strength we all need to survive 

How pitful we will be and how miserable our lives will end up to be 

They say it is very dangerous to lean on something that is not able to stand by itself

 

That is quite true and interesting 

We all are human beings and we all need someone s precence to exist

 

Consder if God almighty took of the breath of life he gave from us 

Consider who we are and what are we made of 

We are simply come out of dust and to dust we shall return 

But in our words we say things that is not true

We say we are trustworthy and dependable for someone
We even say we have some one to put our trusts and hopes and dreams
If it is not Jesus who should be our only source of wisdom and understanding
Who else can provide us the security and protection we all need from someone
It is one thing and I think it is fair to go for it but it is another thing where to find it


True love is worthy of our trust and our time
And all of our efforts to find it shall be rewarded
True love doesn't come from any human flesh
True security doesn't abide in the wealth of someone s prosperity
We may have a good life and get everything we want in life
But remember this, true happiness and joy and a fulfiled life comes from the Lord


There is nothing in this world that will fulfill our lives than to humbly obey the Lord and all of his commndments.
If we lean on the Lord with all our heart we can take his word as a final word


We can depend and see for our selves that the Lord is indeed trustworthy and awesome God
Neither he will fail us nor forsake us in times of trouble
If we turn our face to him in all times, he is able to rescue us when the time of trouble attack us like a lion
But what if we believe in someone or trust something else but not the Lord


What if we take something for granted from someone and in all of the sudden everything fall apart
Isn't it something we will have trouble in getting up again and stand in our feet?


Everything proofed to be insecure and not trust worthy
There is only one who we can turst not only in this life but also in the life to come and forever more


His name is Jesus Christ he is wonderful and beautiful
Everything God made that was beautiful was made through him
The Bible calls him the wisdom of God - The son of the almighty
Before the moon and the sun brought forth


Before the earth give birth to the mountain and the deep valley
Before the stars and the sea and the ocean were created
Before anything on earth, above the earth and under the earth was created -You are God


Before we are made out of a piece of mud and you give us the container of your spirit -You are the son of God
Before you formed us in the mother's womb and we come to existence - You are God

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        tewodros    |    Mar. 19, 2014     | 2,374 Views    |   
 

He wants us to be happy also. He wants us more than what we are with our things. We need to be thankful and our soul will be blessed. Our soul is not of this world. She longs always what has to come - the invisible world. She feels it and already that she knows it is real. What ever thing we bought her wouldn't make her happy. She will always for something new. And every new thing will wear out and she will soon want another new thing. 

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, -Hebrews 12:28 

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. -Colossians 4:2 

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.-Colossians 3:15

 

In all of this we will learn that it is not water that she trusts. It is not beautiful car or something that she wants. It is his face, the Lord s face that she always cries to see. It is his compassionate face and his merciful heart that she creed to watch. It is her creator that neat her in her mothers womb. It is her father that she wants. Her beginning and end. 

 

Even though we seek love of this world all day, it is not love at all. One has to give love for another, and that is called love. If we browse all day long for love song just to make our selves happy, it is worthless. If we can write songs and play the sound of the most beautiful melody if it is for self glorification, it is worthless. 

 


In all of this, there is nothing as OBEDIENCE -to find our purpose of the time and to do it. With lots of insecurity and uncertainty, no one can make a perfect plan with a time like this. This is the time where our faith is tested. Our soul is in great anxiety thinking would we end up doing as we were supposed to do.
During the days of Jesus life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8 Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered 9 and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him 10 and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek. -Hebrews 5:9


Shall we trust God to face our enemies? We need to show at least a little bit of courtesy to fight them. The enemy will always respect our decision that comes from our heart. The enemy cannot go beyond those boundaries we make restrictions. Our faith is what all matters in these days and our courage to believe on the Almighty and the only God.

He is the one who gave us hope and love through his son. How does miracle happen? How the unexpected does come to reality? - the impossible to be possible? It is very important to understand it is because of Gods power and for his gory. Whether something worse happened or something miraculous, it is all to reveal the majesty of his glory. Not in the expense of his creatures but one for the other.

Most of the time our bondage and infirmities are of our own sins or some kind of generational curses. But to see the glory of God in this earth, we have to be faithful servant. Seeking not our own pleasure but be humble servant of God. Always becoming ready for the things we should be ready for.

There is a lot of things going on when God prepare his servants to reach out to his people and teach about the love of Jesus. That is what all matters, the pain and the love we should have for one another. Jesus said, love to one another as I love you. And the main thing is also about the enemy, some very unattractive, uninvited enemies that come to our house. I mean for the sake of the enemy God will do anything.


God will do anything to proof we are wonderfully loved and adored in his eyes. Whatever it is we do, the Lord will not pass us to our and his enemy, unless sometimes he wants us to learn our valuable lessons. When it comes to life in this world or the next one to come, we need to learn the concept of the kingdom of our father. That is how it works, what is it the mattes in the kingdom. Are there any enemies to attack the city of Jerusalem?

That s all it is and this earth is the perfect place for us to learn this valuable lesson. We need to learn all about it in here before we become the protector of our father s kingdom. Sometimes the battle seems so fierce but no battle is won without the fight. Fighting is inevitable. If you think the enemy will show any mercy to you or to any one of your brothers and sisters who are called and destined to live in Zion, you are wrong. We need to learn how to fight and how to defend our destiny.

We are called to live a life of the warier. We are the soldiers of Gods almighty. Whether we believed in it or not, we are in the midst of the battle. Our brothers are taken in to slavery some in to eternal death. We wouldn't like the nature of the war because it is very real by its nature. Though we don't see it more like visible to our natural eyes, it is actually happening in the spiritual realm against evil power and principalities. It is tough to detect what is going on if we are more self-centered. We cannot win this war with this flesh and mind. We are not meant to strive for self glorification and amusement. I mean what good is striving all day for some piece of thing called pleasure. Does soldiers meant for pleasure. Go no further deep in to sexual immorality.


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

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        fasika    |    Mar. 18, 2014     | 2,334 Views    |   
 

We cause the feeling of pleasure and pain to us and other people. Sometimes we get hurt knowingly or unknowingly but we are tied with each other by destiny. For this reason we have to know whom we are identified with and what we got to do with each other in order to utilize our God given talent effectively. 

 

That is our mission in life. We are born with a specific purpose and believe or not we cannot do anything without it. The tragedy of life is we will never know what it is and who it is that we are tied with until of course it will gently come to us with out even say hi and leave us with out even say bye. 

 

That is why we need to pray to God with out seizing and that way we will see what is really going on around us and be able to respond it in time appropriately. We would even see what has to come if we are intimate with God. He will share us his ideas for our lives which is so bright and beautiful. 

 

Most of all we need to be goal oriented purpose driven. So much planned and go with some one who has plans and can understand them. If you don't know where you will be going and what you are doing, you may not need a helpmate. 

 

God created one for another so we will comfort one another and support in our goals. So we need to be more focused in life. But in a land of uncertainty and so many battles, it turns out to be life is not easy. Life is a battle field and we need to fight it with bravery with the Lord by our side. 

 

What is the nature of our relationship to our husband or wife? I believe God created Eve after he gave purpose for Adam. Well I think Man already knows what to do and he was doing it before the woman comes. She is his companion, his help met, his friend that is designed to share his life with. In the same way he is created to met her needs and walk with her to their destiny. 

 

We should know our purpose. We are created to do a specific thing. Our calling is not so much of this material world. We are created to rescue the oppressed, help the helpless. That is what everything in the Bible telling us. We didn t create for us. Rather we are created for others so that they may found peace and joy and happiness in God. 

 

We are born to show them and guide them to the truth. Jesus is the shepherd and our father gave us sheep that we should take care of. Nothing will separate us from what our father already has given us to care for. No evil or no devil, not even a million of them, because our father who gave it to us. That he is mighty in power and glory that he put fear in the midst of our enemies. 

 

The spirit of the Lord is inside of us who have accepted Christ Jesus as our savior and welcome the Holy Ghost into our lives. We shall speak only the truth to his people. I know it is not his will that bad thing prevail to his beloved. We need to do what he tells us to do and exactly how he wanted to be done. 

 

Everything will be done in its time as the Lord wants to be done. Sometimes our heart knows it what God wants us to do with us. But if he wants to do something else we need to go with that too. 

 

How wonderful is it to wake up in the morning and listen what the Lord wants to do with our lives everyday and to peacefully and thankfully come to his presence in the evening.

But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. - Psalm 59:16

proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night.. - Psalm 92:2

The idea of being always there for someone is the most important thing for us who want to be a servant. We need to be of great servant to our Lord, Jesus Christ, and a wonderful companion to our husbands/wife and children each day at a time. Every body likes to live in a prosperous kind of living. But even if we have lost everything we have, would we still be there for them or would we leave them while they are suffering and need us more than ever?

This is a very important question we need to ask our selves. And of course every body says yes to that in marriage vows but usually our heart is far from our mouth. Or we may need to understand the reality with our heart and find a way to live with that. As far as I am concerned, I am convinced that most of us have nothing to do with failure. We know what we want with out hesitation and we want our children, wife and husband to be like us too. We want no excuses but need to hear a voice of responsibility. We want us and them to be more hard working individuals. We need to be of so much love, so much accuracy and so much speed.

We are always thinking if we only do what the Lord wanted and if we only make him happy. Something inside of us fighting us and telling us, what is going on, something makes us wanted to cry. We don't know why or if we should do that. our lives just wouldn't have any meaning with out the Lord. We don't want it with out him. It is foolishness to rely on flesh. It is wise to look up on the Lord all the time. It is unwise to let one be self glorified.
Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. -Psalm 73:25


We all are looking for something that will make us happy but we cannot find it. But when we turn our face away from it, they are just there for us. It is hard to find faith and love in this world. Ninety nine percent of the things that look like love in this world are not. don't get surprised. Many look for personal amusement. Many go for seeking joy for them not for others. Due to their selfish nature, God has hated them. He gave them as servants of their own wills which is actually unpleasant by its nature.


Have you ever do something that you don't want to do and you are just wondering what is wrong with you. Have you ever asked the question, Why am I doing this nonsense thing many times? You even consider it as your weakness and accept it to be there with you. Because you already tried many times and you couldn't beat it. It becomes your own shadow, your own flesh. It is of course your weakness. You have been asking why nobody cares while you need compassion from apparently anyone. You get no respect from your children no matter how hard you try while you were not showing one to your own parents.

Dear, do you ever believe in curses? If you ever fall from the grace of love, you are cursed. If you ever make someone angry who really cares about you, you are in big trouble.

Curses also come from those who loved us most if we make them very sorry. God will care and see that and the consequences are not something pleasant to us. If we were also specifically told to do something and we didn t do it, this in not good for us. Most of our people problem is insomnia and overweight. Now one has to do with sleep and one with food. Sleep is something we need in life and so is food. We are sometimes too concerned with our time. We are too busy all the time. We don't have time for others not even our kids. But we don't usually spend time with God not even five minutes before we go to bed.

How hard is it to kneel down just for five minutes before bed time? There is no wonder we are spending hours every night trying to get sleep. We also have this big problem with body fat. Now we know it is not a good sign for our health. Our cholesterol is increasing. We are overweight because we don't fast or pray. Even if fasting slip of our mind, did we even care for other?

Did we even share? We know someone somewhere is in pain in hunger. We know our size is a size way out of control and is not for a descent human being. Shall we learn to share, please? Shall we even care? We are not thankful for our lives. I know we are not a simply thankful person.
Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. -Romans 1:24


We strive for bitterness. We cry for more. That is in our blood and that is who we are. But we need to learn something, something very important for our own sake and for our own happiness. Let us be thankful, and we wont live a life that we don't want. We may say, "I have everything and I will be ok". But everything is not ok by it self. When God gives us everything, he wants us also to maintain a close relationship with him all the time.

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        fasika    |    Mar. 17, 2014     | 2,417 Views    |   
 

Did you remember when our soul was so desperate? That the devil catches her and there was no one to help her? But the Lord has heard her prayers. He snatched her from the mouth of the evil. The wicked swallowed her but the Lord breaks her bondage. 

 

Yes, our God is able . Yes, he is able. We couldn't still understand it. This is our miracle that the Lord has performed. Praise the Lord for all his mighty works. We will worship you for the rest of our lives. You are the one who does greatest miracles in our lives. 

 

But now is also time for work. The enemy is still rounding us. No mistake at any moment because we couldn't afford to lose again. All we beg you Lord now is to heal our heart completely. That our soul forgets her past and extends to the future that you have prepared for her. That she becomes an understanding person and forgive all who make her agonize in pain. And she may be able to open to you with full heart. We don't want our soul to waste her time on garbage things. You can use anything to teach her affection. 

 

LOVE is what one needs with truth. Help us to speak truth in LOVE and to teach in LOVE. That she wouldn't see outside no more. Again thank you Lord for your mercy and kindness. We wouldn't forget your praises all the day of our lives. We are so grateful you do this that you heard our prayers. We tried many times to quit on things. And you are the only one who reminds us every thing. We would LOVE you forever because you give us hope and a bright future. But not like this worthless LOVE of this world but with all sincerity and truth. 

 

We pray to you Lord that you multiply your grace to our soul to clean her self. She also need time to clean her spirit. The devil comes to disturb the whole family. He sneaks in now he will sneak out. May the Lord almighty put great fear on him. May he abandon us forever because we are Gods Children. And he disgraced us, he underestimates us and he played us. 

 

Now he will pay the consequences. We on the other hand have to stay focused, no further information to the enemy. May the Lord help us clean up this mess, may he have mercy on our soul. We have gone through great suffering in the past and We have reaped what we saw. We have sawn with our flesh sin, and harvest it the whole season. We cannot be happier than we are now. One soul has been lost and she is found 

What a great joy will be in heaven.

Lord, help us find our selves in Christ. Help us be the children of LOVE. You have delivered us from the enemy. Now is the time for praise. Please fill us with songs of your praise. You are awesome God. We LOVE you and we saw your LOVE us always. Your faithfulness is for generations. We come to you as children with a humbleness and broken heart. We LOVE you in the name of Jesus.

Thank you for the precious blood of Christ. Sin has caused destruction, death and sorrow. But you snatched us from the teeth of the wicked. Even tough we passed through the valley of death; we will not fear any evil. This is the miracle you do it and our soul knows it. Our soul now knows we have mighty God. A kind hearted father that put every thing behind to save us.

We have nothing to do with you and only your spirit in us do this. We praise you Holy Spirit who do this, in the name of Jesus. You broke the fangs of the wicked. You snatched the victims from their teeth. You break the teeth of the wicked.
I would do anything as long as you are pleased. But teach me what to do next. You and me both know that tomorrow is another day. Tomorrow brings it own uncertainties but we are not afraid. Please God make us wise. Make us fear you and LOVE you.

Help us identify what is important. Teach us to know what to say. It is about telling the truth about Christ and the love of God. It is not to make only one happy. It is to do your work, play and keep everything in prayer. Is it to think twice before speaking? Is it to guard the heart? But the Lord will teach how to LOVE your wife. The Holy Spirit inside of you will tell what to say. It is always to think of the worst interpretation of your word. And latter on after a few seconds/minute, you speak it.

I mean if it is work you can communicate with work language. If it is listening you will listen only. But speaking specially admonishing speech is hard. As it will be misunderstood and one will think we are trying to hurt his/her feelings. But in all of this it is better not to speak anything.
Think of one cannot listen and you cannot speak. You have the rest of your body except your mouth to use effectively. You can use your hands to hug and embrace with love.

You have your ears to hear the wispier of LOVE, the kisses of the Lord that will wash away all the hurting of this world and his eyes to sparkle LOVE as God himself is watching in your eyes. It is dangerous when someone never listen to what you said because they think we think for ourselves more than them.

Many times we make terrible mistakes with the words of our mouth. we broke their little heart with our words. The door of life is at your mouth. Can you imagine how powerful the words the comes from your mouth. If you think it in your mind but you don't speak it, you still have a chance to