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 worship 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 value us equally and we should have the same perspective. We think we have power and that power is 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 are no other effective way of destroying our unity in Christ than pride, unforgivness, 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 ground 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 goes all the way to Adam. Some Curses are generational. These curses plays 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, peson 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 freegift. 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: for 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 experience 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 has 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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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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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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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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YJ4vddbJJo



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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     | 210 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     | 317 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     | 481 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     | 528 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     | 569 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     | 641 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     | 733 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     | 695 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.

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        Tewodros    |    Dec. 27, 2016     | 805 Views    |   
 

It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.” Hebrew 6:4

The above scripture shows one can possibly lose his/her salvation. Salvation comes through believing Jesus but it is not a one-time act. It governs and defines how we should behave and act the rest of our lives. One can argue it is possible that a person might not be saved in the first place instead of saying he lost his salvation. In other words, it is easier to conclude that one salvation cannot be lost. It is easy to put the issue at the beginning of the foundation of one's Christianity that is one’s salvation rather than the type of life style one leads.

I do believe that the day of our salvation has nothing to do with what kind of life we may lead after that.

I think the lifestyle we follow every day is based on our choice to love or to hate. To listen to the word of God or not. Just like the day of our salvation we choose to obey God and give our lives to him.

There is always a time we will be tempted to revolt against God and to disobey his commandments.

Even if Holy Spirit is always with us to comfort us in times of failures and moment of disbelief, the choice is still ours to follow the path of righteousness or not.

As Paul mentioned in this place, it is always difficult to correct someone who knows all these facts but chooses to deny Christ. I don't know why someone would want to do that but the end is worse than the person didn’t know the truth in the first place. 

In addition to this passage, we have several similar warnings and advices about such issues in the Bible.

See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. As has just been said:

“Today, if you hear his voice,  do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.” - Hebrew 7-12

Here it shows that, we should fight sin and the deceitfulness of sin every day to be confident and blameless.

Jesus Christ has finished all the work that needs to be done for you and me to be saved. There is nothing left that we must do to finish the work. This means if we believe in him and die right away, we would inherit the kingdom of God.

But as long as we live in this flesh, we need to keep the good work that our Lord has started in us and be faithful to him all the time. In times of trouble and sin, we should always come to him by faith with true repentance.

Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?

Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'” - Matthew 7:19-23

Here Jesus warns anyone who thinks he can get in to the kingdom of God without first experiencing the kind of relationship God wants through his Son, Jesus Christ.

It is possible that one can prophesize, or cast out demons but not know Jesus Christ personally or do it with the wrong motive./p>

Now a days, this is not far from the truth. We see many do all manner of bad things in the name of Jesus but it is far from what Jesus would want or do if He were in their place. It is seriously advised here that anyone who thinks is standing should watch his steps since falling can happen any time.

These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. - 1 Corinthians 10:11

“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.”  - Matthew 24:9-13 

“If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ and again, ‘The Lord will judge his people.’ It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” - Hebrews 10:26-31

Here it touches the main point of abusing the grace of God by living sinful life over and over again and not willing to surrender the sinfulness of the heart to the Lord.

It is understandable that one can go through an addictive way of life that is sinful and brings disgrace to the Lord. This behavior is like a bird in cage or a fish inside a fishing net which always enslaves one to the same sinful behavior again and again.

One may also ask that there is no way a believer can be addicted to sin. I would say that this is not true. As long as we are living in this flesh, we are tempted and often time defeated by the will of the flesh. 

We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.

And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.

For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.

Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is in living in me that does it.

So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

So then, I myself in my mind am a lave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature[d] a slave to the law of sin. -Romans 7:14

Paul mentioned in this place that the spirit and the flesh are always at war. The flesh wants to do what it pleases without thinking about the consequences since it is pleasing to it.

The Spirit wants to please God and to do what is good and honorable and stay away from all forms of immorality.

There is always this battle between the spirit and the flesh and once in a while one defeats the other and this is all because we are human beings.

Moreover, there is nothing we can do to overcome this issue except throw our selves under the mercy of God with humility and broken heart.

One may ask if we are always under the umbrella of sin and grace, how can one lose his salvation?

I will leave the answer to this question to God as He knows the hearts of men. I don't even know about me. Only he knows the beginning and the end. I just want to present the truth about the characteristics of our salvation according to the Bible. It is not my intention to judge anyone here. We all are going under different circumstances and it is very clear to me that flesh always wants contrary to what the Lord wants for our lives

Moreover, I want to emphasize that our salvation doesn't come freely so we shouldn't take it for granted. Jesus Christ paid his life for us so we should never abuse the blood that redeemed us the wrath of God.

In conclusion, the concept of losing one’s salvation is directly related to the nature of relationship with our father in heaven through the fellowship of Holy Spirit. This relationship has to be worked out the way we establish and maintain a good relationship with our family and friends. It has to be taken very seriously. It has to be nourished. 

It is also important to rely on the grace of God without abusing it. Those who intentionally abuse the blood of Jesus and displease the Spirit of God in whom we are destined for eternity, there is no forgiveness of sin! It is all lost! Salvation is Lost!

For such a person, it is much better that s/he were never born if s/he intentionally abused the grace of God over and over again since the grace of God doesn't give any license to sin.

May God bless you and may your light of righteousness keeps burning until He comes back in the name of Jesus. Amen!

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        Fasika Gulilat    |    Jul. 14, 2016     | 1,056 Views    |   
 

Then Job answered the LORD and said, "I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted. 'Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?' "Therefore I have declared that which I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know." - Job 42:2 

Seeing God face to face, Job came to realize who God really is and what He can do in our lives. God is magnificent and omnipotent God. No one on earth can destroy the will of God in our lives. He alone created all. He cannot be restricted by anything.

No devil can defeat God's will. No one can compete with God and win. God gives his grace to the weak. God raises the helpless and honors the low spirit.

We are all His creations and he does value all as equal. All the inequality and lawlessness happens in our eyes and it is not because it is how it is with God but we refuse to listen to him and do according to His will.

Have you ever wonder that you run out of luck and out of the mercy of God because of the nature of your heart or some form of wickedness tries to destroy what God has put in you?

Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. -Psalm 90:2

For the LORD Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back? -Isaiah 14:27

It is almost impossible to run away from the will of God. If it happens, it is a complete disaster. But I do believe that God knows everything from the beginning to an end and there is nothing that surprises him.

There is nothing that just happens all of the sudden to him. But it is important to know that the will of God is not something that always happens in this world. This is the place where the rulers of the darkness govern. This is not a place where everyone does the will of God. Since we are living in a fallen world, we can expect that. But the time will come where everyone does just that.

No one will do according to what he thinks is right. The time will come when Jesus reigns over his body and everything will follow his command. That is all it takes to have a place where evil no longer takes effect. God has prepared a new heaven and earth, Zion, and his glory will shine upon the faces of his people like a mighty sun.

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.2And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. -Revelation 21:1

Those the LORD has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away. -Isaiah 51:11

But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. -2 Peter 3:13

All the above scriptures tell us that what we know now will soon disappear and instead we will be part of a place where there are only good things and we all be part of it.

All who are trusted God for his promises when in fact there is nothing to see in the physical but with hope and by faith that God’s love is indeed everlasting and his promises are real, will inherit the will of God.

It is very important for us to know that everything works for the best to those who are called to do according to the will of God. N evil prevails over His blessings and compassion for our lives.

That is what the book of Job teaches us that Job after he passed through all of that (and believe me none of us has eve gone through what he had to go through), but by consistently keeping his stand and believe in God even in his suffering, God revealed himself to him at the end even more that Job was astonished by God’s nature.


God is all powerful, great, and mighty in battle and no one can defeat him when they gather upon him and what is his. His will for his children is wonderful. 

We pray in the name of Jesus that may the will of God be done in our lives as it is in heaven. That nothing can come closer between him and us. That we may live in the house of God all the days of our lives. That we understand nothing is more powerful than the Love of God in Jesus Christ. Amen!!

For I am persuaded , that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present , nor things to come , Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord - Romans 8:35

May God bless you!!

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        Tewodros    |    Apr. 25, 2016     | 1,275 Views    |   
 

If you know that you have to pay a price for the safety of your spouse and comfort; If you know there is a sacrifice that you have to make for your spouse happiness and enjoyment; If you understand that your spouse has demanded love and respect from you;

How are you willing to address these issues to keep the fire of love keeps burning in your home?

Most of the issues with a marital relationship are based on the value of the relationship one has with his/her spouse. 

The value you give to your marriage determines the sacrifice you will pay to save the marriage when it is in jeopardy. It also determines how much sacrifice you pay to keep it safe and secure from the troubles of the world.

You need to evaluate and understand the love of your life (wife or husband) as soon as possible if you have not done it already because it will guide you to make an effort to cherish, care and nourish what you have with the rest of your life.

Without a deep revelation of one’s love, it will be impossible to protect, serve and love appropriately.

Your spouse worth more than anything you have ever accumulated in life. He/She is invaluable to you.

You cannot win her soul with a lot of materials. Neither can you brought back what is lost with years of agony and weeping.

Your love is a true blessing from the Lord. She is even beyond the love for your children since she has brought them to this world risking her life just to make the love of her life a little happier.

In return, she deserves the respect and love from her husband and she loves to know how much worth she has in the eyes of her man.

Same is true for wives. Husband wants to know how much value his wife gives for his dedication and love for his family. He wants to be 100% sure that his wife gives him all the support he needs to fulfill his duties as a husband. That will be possible if the wife already figures out how much a husband would cost her if she accidentally lose him. 

All the nasty criticism or nagging or discouragement doesn’t prove any point to your spouse. Instead, they have the power to negatively interpret and convey that you don’t consider her/him worth of your love.

So what should we do to make sure our spouse knows how we value their sacrifices


  1. Be helpful: We need to take the heavily lifting too. Don’t sit and look when our spouse take enormous stress in the house while taking care of the kids or outside the house? Don’t be negligent or irresponsible

  2. Don’t take risk. Understand the risk of losing them. This is to say that you have to protective when it comes to your family. Don’t allow anyone to interfere in your marriage; not even close family members

  3. Be appreciative. It is the little thing we need to do express our gratitude but it looks like we cannot do that due to pride or self-centeredness.

  4. Express the value of your spouse. Show her/him some love. Don’t hide Love. Let it shine. Express your feeling of love with boldness. This will tell something to your spouse

  5. Protect, nourish and cherish

  6. Take time to relax with your spouse by coming out of the regular routine just to enjoy the presence of one with another. This is one of the reasons why we need to spend quality time with our spouse

  7. Pray. This is the most important thing about relationships. The fact that you guys pray together tells it all. It cleans up the stress and disbelief that is accumulated through time and give you comfort with each other. Holy Spirit is the only glue that holds your marriage together and with out calling his name to bless your marriage, it won’t last long.


May God bless you!!




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        Tewodros    |    Apr. 23, 2016     | 1,156 Views    |    1 Comments
 

And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men. And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker. Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people. 

Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein: Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways. Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our heart with food and gladness. And with these sayings scarce restrained they the people, that they had not done sacrifice unto them. - Acts 14:11

All Saints and angels would have done the same thing if people had tried to worship them the same way they tried to worship Paul and the same way many people are doing right now. Worship belongs to God and only God. He alone has created the heavens and earth. We all are the works of his hands. 

It is true we have to love and respect the servants of God who have paid a lot of sacrifices for the kingdom of God. Those who had been persecuted for preaching the good news and brutally killed.

But worshiping a human being is one of the greatest sins in the Bible. Worship belongs to God and not to human beings. When we spend more time preaching about human beings rather than God.

When we dedicate day and month just for saints to just have communication with them in the spirit, it is one way of worshiping them.

I would say if we try to pray to a person (saint person that has already died) rather than to God himself (even to ask forgiveness from God through prayer), is some kind of worship which is not biblical.

And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow-servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. - Revelation. 19 10

Only Jesus can intercede for us to the father. He is our High Priest that had completely paid the price of the death of sin. He continually intercedes for us with him. 

When we offend God, we offend Jesus also. So he has to present your case to him and to the father when you come to him with a broken heart and ask for forgiveness.

He is doing it for you all the time, no time restriction applied. That is how we maintain the good relationship with him.

God (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) is jealous God and he cannot share his glory with any other person.


Thou shalt have no other gods before me.  Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I
the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;  - Exodus 20:3

When the Bible says in this place “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”

It means we should not put anything above the love and respect we have for God.

Whether it is work or family. Whether it is the person or an angel. Whether it is money or fame. Whether it is drugs or immorality.

Anything should not have any power over our lives moe than what the Lord has commanded us to do. That is to love him with all our strength, heart, and will. If we pray sometimes directly to Jesus and sometimes to an angel of God, that is sharing God’s glory with a creation.

If we dedicate an entire day just to think about saints and angels and have the rituals for them, that is one form of worship and it is considered as a sin in the Bible.

According to Revelation 5, only the Son of God is worthy to open the book of Judgment and loose the seals of condemnation. Therefore, he is the only person worthy of our praise and worship. 

And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to lo0se the seals thereof? 

And no man in heaven, nor in the earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. And I wept much because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.  - Revelation 5

Jesus, only you are worthy of our praise!!  We give you all the glory and honor that you deserve. We worship you all the days of our lives. Amen!!

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This is one of the most important concepts in the Bible and for many this has been a point of controversy. The reason that many find it difficult to believe that salvation is free is because we think salvation is something we earn. 

But, All we need to be saved is the right attitude to depend on the Lord for he has finished all that is required to be saved on that cross. Stephen summarized the Old Testament in just a few paragraphs as follows:

And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran, And said unto him, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall shew thee. Then came he out of the land of the Chaldaeans, and dwelt in Charran: and from thence, when his father was dead, he removed him into this land, wherein ye now dwell. And he gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on: yet he promised that he would give it to him for a possession, and to his seed after him, when as yet he had no child.  – Acts 17


What do we learn from this? God called Abraham to be separated from his family. God knows how to get a person's attention to who he wants to have a covenant with. It is to take out of the comfort zone. How many of us are willing to obey God by getting out of our comfort zone. God wants to have an intimate relationship with us that we have never experienced before.

How many of us take some time out of our busy routines and take a time to talk to God? How many of us really come out our comfortable beds in the middle of the night to say thank you to God for his benefits?

How many of us spend morning fresh time with the Lord? God wants to lead Abraham all alone in the desert where no one can take the credit except God for his blessings.

Abraham completely trusted and believed God when he called him. That is why he is called the father of faith. Abraham's faith in the Lord was seriously tested many times. His wife was not able to conceive a child, but God answered his prayers at their old ages when everything looked impossible.

He was also tested to scarify his son, Isaac. Abraham passed the test successfully even if no one would dare to even think about it. God had finally prepared the Lamb for the sacrifice he asked from Abraham in the place of Isaac. All this to foretell that Jesus will be sacrificed on the cross instead of each and every one of us for the sins we have committed.

The steps for one's salvation:

  1. We need to obey God when calls us. We need to come out of our comfort zone to the place where God called us to meet . If Abraham did not obey God leave his parents and come out the city God wants him to be, things would be completely different.

  2. Love God with all your heart. Abraham loved God with all his heart. He did not complain when he was asked to do commands that are impossible to do. Abraham loved and showed his love with his obedience even to the point he could sacrify his son if he have to. Love requires sacrifices, but God is not evil, that he demands the sacrifice of children. It is all in the attitude of our heart. God would never want you to murder innocent life. That is from the devil.

  3. Believe that salvation is not by works [Isaac on the cross] but by faith [Jesus died for you and me]. If Abraham would have said, “I really want to kill my son for you”, and would have done it, then salvation that God prepared had been lost. But still sometimes we want to get saved by our own way of thinking of salvation, not as how God prepared it for us. That is dangerous and it won’t get us saved.

  4. Wait on the Lord. The promises of God take time, even if salvation is instant. But when they are late, we are always tempted to lose hope even on our salvation. The dvil always lies about our hopes and our salvation that we have in the Lord Jesus. It is foolishness to think we know better than our Lord and follow our wild imaginations. But is it wise to cling to the promises of the Lord since surely they will come to pass. Our salvation is the main target for the enemy. He wants to lie about it all the time. He wants you to procrastinate rather that to fulfill it now itself. But the word of God strictly told us that the day of salvation is today and not some other day.

  5. Know God Personally.  The Spirit if God is something we can feel his presence. He is full of joy and happiness. But this joy is not like any other. This joy is not like the world gives. It is not attached to any of our situations we are in. Neither family nor angels can replace this joy. It is a great honor to exercise daily with the presence of God. The Word of God said we should not be drunk with the things of the world, but always filled with the Spirit of God.



May God open our eyes to clearly see and understand our salvation in Jesus Name!!!












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Matthew 18:3 And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, "Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. "Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Be like Little Children:

This is the key to enter the kingdom of God, but how to be like little Children?

We are grown-ups now but what does the Lord mean by that?

In my opinion, It means:

1. Love like crazy

What a privilege to be loved and accompanied by children since they don’t know how to do that wrongly. On the other hand, we know how to fake it. We know how to smile without loving someone. Children’s love is indeed pure and not diluted with fake body language

2. Forgive like everything a person does harm to you is like a scratch.

Don’t try to conceive and implement evil things on those who have done you wrong. Do not go to war with your enemy. Treat your enemy like your friend. That is what children do. They don’t store in their mind how to attack someone who is not nice to them. If someone treats them badly, they will forgive him after a while. They just don’t have the capacity to do that.

3. Humble yourself like you are the dumbest and lowest of all.[But you are not that at all]

Children don’t treat other children with disrespect. They don’t consider themselves as one of the brilliant people in the world and think others like crazy. They love dearly. They are polite and sincere.

4. Sharing out of Love

Children give out of love not out of a reason to be respected or to be famous. They don’t give to enslave someone out of a huge amount of debt this person carries and cannot repay.

The children don’t share their things because they want to enter the kingdom of God. They share because they love.

5. Purity from immorality: I don’t know how but we grownups are always under an attack from the devil to exercise immorality. This is like our main weakness. Whether it is too lose our integrity through backbiting or whether it is that uncontrollable addictive way of life we are doing, we are always short of the glory of God.

6. Don’t grumble

I have never seen a child cursing the Lord for bad things happened in their lives

I know when they are disciplined, they may feel bad, but they always fall back to love their parents no matter what happened.

7. Always thankful

8. Always forgiving

9. Always cherish

10. Never count or recall one’s wrong doings

11. Hopeful for the future

12. Don’t worry about the future.

They don’t worry about what they eat and drink. They don’t worry about which schools they will attend. But we parents do that for them. We worry for them. They don’t worry for them. It is not in their mindset at all.

13. Love gently. Life is short.

Huge gently. Talk gently. Show your love and don’t hide it.

14. Honor others more than themselves

15. Never hesitate to ask forgiveness when they do wrong. As they honestly embrace others when others confess, they also truthfully confess their wrong actions and don’t say, “Let me pray first”

16. Be honest

Have you ever seen a child who fakes his anger or happiness? Have you ever watched a child hiding all his feelings and protruding fake ones? Children are indeed honest and we know it and like it when someone is honest with you. If we like them to be honest, we have to be honest too with others with God.


17. Become the source of laughter and joy for yourselves and for others

18. Be helpful

19. Be inspirational.

I am so inspired by the life of children. I want to be loved and cherished all over again like I used to be loved when I was a child. I want to love and cherish others as I used to do it
fore  when as a child. Please God help me to be a child again so that I don’t fall from your grace and cutoff from the midst other children who already made it to your midst.

20. Don’t insult and accuse others 

I cannot exhaustively mention all the characteristics of little ones. They should be our learning point, hence we may start to realize how mean we are and confess the evil doings we did to others.

It is all about our mindset.  We need to work on that a little bit every day.


We pray in the name of Jesus to capture what we have lost when we became grownups and be like little children since the kingdom of God is only for those people who are like little children.


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Matthew 18:21-35: Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?”

“No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!

“Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who decided to bring his accounts up to date with servants who had borrowed money from him. 24 In the process, one of his debtors was brought in who owed him millions of dollars. He couldn’t pay, so his master ordered that he be sold—along with his wife, his children, and everything he owned—to pay the debt. “But the man fell down before his master and begged him, ‘Please, be patient with me, and I will pay it all.’ 27 Then his master was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt.


“But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand dollars.[d] He grabbed him by the throat and demanded instant payment.


“His fellow servant fell down before him and begged for a little more time. ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it,’ he pleaded. But his creditor wouldn’t wait. He had the man arrested and put in prison until the debt could be paid in full.


“When some of the other servants saw this, they were very upset. They went to the king and told him everything that had happened. 32 Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me. 33 Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’ 34 Then the angry king sent the man to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt.


“That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.”



What do we need to do to be saved and enter the kingdom of God?

Salvation is when someone is rescued from a planned destruction by someone who loves this person so much and decided to take his place on the ‘persecution place’. Salvation is when someone who has done nothing takes your sin and get punished for it. This person is Jesus Christ. Salvation is when you did something wrong, but because of Jesus’s work on the cross you escaped from eternal death.


It is when our destination is measured based on not how much “self-righteousness” we have accomplished in our lives, but how much we have trusted God that our sins are forgiven. In other words, you cannot guarantee your salvation by counting your good deeds and forgetting bad ones, but confessing bad ones to the Lord and lean on his mercy and grace in your life.


God forgives the humble and destroys the proud. So come to the throne of God with humble heart who always confesses his sins and stay away from them. Humbleness begins when we start to give value to the works of our savior Jesus Christ and give him honor for that instead of insisting on showing-off our ‘good’ works for others
If we honor God for sending his son as a ransom for our sins, we can make sure we have the right to come to his presence in the spirit.


If we give more value to the things we do instead of what he did for us, we are preparing ourselves for destruction because the devil can easily use the hypocrisy of such kind of person  and lead to destruction.

/>gt;Only true salvation can lead us to be fruitful in the kingdom of God. We cannot achieve salvation by good works, but can do many great things if our faith is based the love of God in Christ Jesus. True salvation leads to the path of righteousness. Not the other way round.

What is the problem of salvation by work instead of by the grace of God?

No one is able to make it to heaven by the goodness of his/her own work. The Bible said
Adam and Eve were given by God a chance to live the life of righteousness in the perfect paradise, but could not live up to that level of standard.


We are living in a fallen world where everything is not perfect. In fact, nothing is perfect. So we couldn’t live the life of righteousness without falling back on the mercy and grace of God.

I am so thankful to God for he always washes me with his blood and give me a future whenever he finds me filthy of sin.

That is why I don’t rely on my strength on anything, let alone, such a big subject as salvation.


But despite all of these, many people still believe that one’s own work can guarantee entrance to heaven. This is absolutely from the devil who wants to undermine the power of God’s Love that is shown on the cross. His love is sufficient to save even the worst of all.


Paul mentioned this when he said God saved him even if he did many bad things in his life. I am also a witness to the power of God’s grace that is able to cleanse one’s soul from any kind of sin. That is why I want to witness this salvation to others so that they too shall have confidence when they ask God for forgiveness.


Can salvation be lost?

Parable of the debtor and his Master

It is so amazing when someone achieves his salvation freely since salvation is free.

Can salvation be lost? Many scholars disagree with this point. They said once a person is saved there is no way he will lose this status.

I would present this according to  Matthew 18:21-35.

This guy received debt forgiveness that was way so much that he couldn’t repay. Out of kindness, this guy’s debt is forgiven.

But since he cannot show the same kind of favor to his borrower and treat him badly, his master demanded back the money and everything went bad for this guy afterwards.

The Bible warns us of a possible rejection into the kingdom of God, if we Christians treat others badly.

It specially warns us about the issue of forgiveness. The Bible teaches us if we are not like little children, we cannot enter the kingdom of God.

This means we have to be forgiving to those who offended us badly since our sins are also forgiven,

Also in the Lord’s Prayer, we can see that our sins are only forgiven if we forgive others.

So the point is if we did not forgive others who had done wrong in our lives and do bad to them intentionally, that is a serious thing in the eyes of God.

But I would still rely on the word of God that says, there is no sin that the blood of Jesus cannot cleanse if we confess them and absolutely abounded them.

So yes, I believe if we do any sin that is against the word of God and don’t confess them promptly, we will be endanger of eternal destruction.

In other words, if the Holy Spirt convict us of our sins and we don’t confess them, we are guilty of sins and endanger of eternal fire.
/>;Holy Spirit speaks through our consciousness and our spirit from and in accordance the word of God. He also speaks through another person or a dream or through closed doors and empty blessings. When he doesn’t want you to do something, all doors will be closed and when he wants, all doors will be open.

It is not a good idea to fight with the Spirit of Conviction, common sense and truth. It is a very good idea to listen and do exactly how and when he wants us to do it, including forgiving those who have done wrong on to us.

Holy Spirit we pray for you so that we do not like this Debter did to his servant, but like you always forgives our sins and allows us to live without the feeling of hatred of sin, in Jesus Name, Amen!








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Nehemiah 1:4  They said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.” When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. Then I said:


“Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. 


I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you. We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.


“Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.’


“They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand. Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.”


We know that Nehemiah was one of the great leaders that God called to rebuild his house after the destruction of Jerusalem.

In this series, I would like to focus 

1. What he felt when he heard the destruction of Jerusalem.

2. What action he took after he heard the destruction.

3. What we learn from Nehemiah in this regard.

Nehemiah felt really bad when he heard the bad news about the destruction of Jerusalem. He wept bitterly as Jesus wept when he saw Jerusalem. 


Luke 19:41: When He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, "If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace! But now they have been hidden from your eyes.…


2 Corinthians 4:4 : In whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

Jesus wept for Jerusalem for the people of Israel did not recognize their savior as one who came to deliver them from their sins.

The truth was simply hidden from their eyes. They couldn't accept Jesus as their personal savior and Lord and listen to his words. Instead, they consider him like a thief, mad person and a man possessed with the evil. And they couldn’t sleep until they persecute him with false accusations and kill him.

Jesus wept for those and not for him until his tears turned into blood with a lot of intercession to the father, that their sins shall not lead them into eternal destruction since the devil had blinded their eyes and deafened their ears.

Since New Testament is reflection from the Old Testament, we see such kind of similarities in the Bible like what we see with Jesus and Nehemiah.

Nehemiah cried because he heard that the
people of God were treated badly. Brother was against brother. There were a lot of segregation and hate going on.

The wall of Jerusalem was destroyed, and its gates was burned with fire by the enemy and its walls were breached and burned.  Because of these facts and many more, Nehemiah cried and fasted for so many days, interceding with God for his people.

A great leader always knows that distractions aresigns of sin and rebellion against the will of God on our lives. He knows only God can turn this around. When all hope seems to be gone and the enemy has won on all of the circumstances, we should raise our voice and pray day and night for the mercy of God.

Nehemiah knew he cannot win the heart of his people unless he got divine knowledge and help from God and unless the Holy Spirit touched their heart to repent and start to build what the enemy had taken from them.

They were in great mess and most of them did not realize what was going on.

That is why we need a great leader like Nehemiah even in this age, to revive and help restore our sleepiness when everything we built has been destroyed by the enemy.

Nehemiah, while interceding, prayed according to the word of God. Let's see the key points in his prayer.

1. God is merciful and faithful for those who love him and obey his commandments

2. Nehemiah confessed that they did not obey the commandments of God, he gave them through Mosses.

3. God strictly told them if they are not obedient, God will scatter them among nations.  [A clear indication of what is going with our own people]

4. God fearing nations will prosper and its people will come from around the world to live peacefully

5. God would love to rescue us from our troubles since he has already bought us with a great price, with the blood of Jesus.

In conclusion, in this series, we learn that a nation that despises the Laws of God is week and an easy target for the enemy. Great leaders always intercede for their and our sins and show us the truth and the way to God through our lord Jesus Christ. When great trouble and tribulations come and when grief and sorrow kick in, it's the right time to come closer to God and ask for forgiveness for our sins since Holy Spirit always convict us to repent and come out of our own way. God bless you!




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Hannah’s Prayer

1 Samuel 2:1                                                                                                                Then Hannah prayed and said: My heart rejoices in the Lord;in the Lord my horn[a] is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance. There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.

Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the Lord is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed. The bows of the warriors are broken, but those who stumbled are armed with strength. Those who were full hire themselves out for food, but those who were hungry are hungry no more.

She who was barren has borne seven children, but she who has had many sons pines away. “The Lord brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and raises up. The Lord sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap;

he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. “For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s; on them he has set the world. He will guard the feet of his faithful servants, but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness. “It is not by strength that one prevails; those who oppose the Lord will be broken.

The Most High will thunder from heaven; the Lord will judge the ends of the earth. “He will give strength to his king and exalt the horn of his anointed.”


Hanna went through very tough times since she had no children.

Her story is one the great stories mentioned in the Bible since it is very inspirational to trust and believe God in the middle of our frustration.

Like Sarah, who was visited by God in her old days, Hanna was also visited when all hope looked to be gone.

But she did not give up hope on her Savior and Lord, even if everyone was telling her to give up.

Her husband tried to comfort her by saying it is ok even if there is no child God gave them, he is much better than 10 children for her.

Even if his words were a little bit comforting to her, she did not stop from present her pain and innermost desire to have her own baby to kiss and hug even for a while.

Her husband had another wife and other children, but none from Hanna.


Out of this long time prayer and the desire to have a baby, she promised God that if He gives her one, she will give it back to him.


Let’s ask ourselves, how many times we pray to God when we are in big trouble and when God solved our issues and we don’t even go to church any more?


As we learn from the story of Hanna , we need to honor the word we give to God after we got what we want.

Hanna honored her word and give him to God after the baby stopped breastfeeding.

God took him and raised him to be one of the great leaders that he led nations to walk with God and honor him with their lives.


Hanna also put her experience with God in a prayerful song. I believe it is so powerful that it would be a lesson for all of us.

She said:


1. I am pleased with God's Salvation

How many of us are happy with the Salvation we have through our Lord Jesus Christ.

He is indeed the Horn of our salvation. Jesus took away the wrath of God that was placed on us and waited for our destruction. Jesus intervened just befoe we are about to be doomed. Because of him we are now sons and children of God and not enemies. I encourage you to worship and magnify his name for God's way of Salvation


2. God is righteous.

You would not hear this kind of prayer from most of the people who had gone through bad times.

Many have abandoned the way, the truth, since they thought God is not listening to them.

Many also give up just before the visitation of God.

But Hanna knew that she would be visited by God if she kept going.


Even if some who mistakenly disrespect her and calling her names. Eli has called her drunk.


3. We should not be boastful and proud of the things we have and say bad words to others


The reason being there is nothing that stays the same in this world. Everything changes.

The strong will be weak. The weak will be strong. The poor will be satisfied. The barren has now many children and she that gives birth can do no more.

All because of the visitation of the Lord.


4. Men shall not win by the might of his strength, but only by the Spirit of God

The battle is not always for the fast and swift. Only God has the final saying on our destiny.

5. Be in Sync with God. Honor him with whatever you do. Don't be against his will.
That is the best place you want to be - his will in your life where there is abundance of grace and resources that will last a life long.


God bless you for reading this blog. I hope God teaches us a great lesson from the life of his servant, Hanna.


May God bless you.













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John 6:35And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. But I said unto you, that ye also have seen me, and believe not. All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.



Jesus is the Living Bread of LIfe that we eat and shall not starve no more. He satisfies our innermost cravings and desires. There is nothing we want in his presence. His Spirit gives all we need and all we want.


People who don’t have this revelation do all manner of things to satisfy themselves with all the garbage and the non-sense the world can offer.


Jesus is the only way to quench the thirst of our soul. The desire of our soul has been always for the one who he created her, our God.


But since we don’t know what we want, we find peace and joy and happiness in the wrong places. We think we can find this joy through fame, drugs, sex, alcohol, etc.


But after we west everything like that disobedient son mentioned in Mathew, we only realize that all our youth and money are wasted looking for the right thing in the wrong places.


Only God can give true joy since he is the source of life.


The best part is once we know him and start to follow him, he will never cast us down or abandon us like children without fathers.


If you are wondering what could be the will of God in your life, the answer is it is that you may find Jesus and believe in him and have everlasting LIFE through him.


Jesus is indeed the bread of life that we need daily to eat and drink and satisfy our soul from the everlasting Love of God through his son Jesus Christ.




















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Why Prayer?

So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him. -Acts 12:5

From this chapter, we learn that prayer is the most fearsome weapon for the Believer against the works of the enemy. 

The same ruler that had ordered the killing of disciple James and succeeded, also ordered to do the same thing with Peter. But by the strong prayer of the church, we all know he has been miraculously saved by the Angel of God.

Prayer is a powerful tool for us to withstand every evil in our lives. Prayer in faith and faith alone can move mountains and quench the blazing heat of fire and destroy the power of a storm. 

Prayer is taking one step towards acting in our faith. Prayer is an action of faith. Whether we speak the words of faith or whisper it through prayer, God always listens and acts on our behalf to perform the miracle our heart waits for. Besides, the Lord will answer our prayers when we pray interceding for others, according to God’s will.

Prayer is a two way communication between us and the Lord. Sometimes we think we have to be the only one who are actually talking when we pray. That would be the case if we are not listening while we are praying. Praying in the spirit requires a humble and contrite spirit that will always expect the voice of the Lord in our spirit.

Sometime we found ourselves stuck in a fruitless one way communication with the Lord, where we are the only ones talking and not allowing the Lord to speak on our behalf. Prayer also requires a heart that always adores God and trembles when God speaks.

Without a humble and innocent heart, it will be useless to communicate with our God. All the gifts that we bring to God are nothing compared to the nature of heart in which the motive derives from.

When we pray we must be obedient to God’s corrections and teachings. We should not harden our heart when the Holy Spirit convicts us of our sins. We should be willing to change into what God wants to do in our lives.

When we pray, we must first accept that we are sinners. The following verses are good learning point of our nature to sin and what we should do about it.

Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. -Romans 1:26

The beginning of the desire to sin is the deficiency of the fear of God. If we don’t give God the proper respect, that means we are given to ourselves that is to our selfish desires.

God spoke in the Book of Malachi that if he is God, then he expects the respect that he deserve from the works of his hand, Us.

“A son honors his father, and a slave his master. If I am a father, where is the honor due me? If I am a master, where is the respect due me?” says the Lord Almighty. - Malachi 1:6


As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one;” -Romans 3:10

There is no one except Jesus who can be sinless and able to help those who sin. We all were under the umbrella of universal sin and personal sin of the heart before the Lord sanctify us and make us holy. 

This also indicates that without the blood of Jesus shed on that cross there is no way we can be sanctified and made whole. Jesus was the only way to God because no one was able to make it by work.  Only faith in Christ was considered the way to God even before Jesus came to earth.

Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.-Romans 3:20

Everyone needs Jesus, sinners as well as the so called "righteous"

May God gives us grace and wisdom to pray more efficiently to our Lord Jesus Christ.




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        Tewodros    |    Feb. 8, 2016     | 1,186 Views    |   
 

The leadership challenges we face every day are very crucial in dictating our lives and the lives of our loved ones. I would like to highlight the importance of leadership and the significance of dealing with the challenges we face during leadership.

We become so much frustrated after we tried all we can do and there is nothing we can do any more to change our situation. We get very much disappointed and they beat us very good and we can’t even continue to lead in that area.

As a worker we wanted to see the fruits of our labor and we tend to get nothing. Our problems deeply rooted in our weak emotions and the backgrounds of the other person. Change is not easy and it takes quite some time in some cases. Even the word of God says if we don’t give up so quickly, we will eat the fruit in due time.

Change is inevitable if we don’t give up on our loved ones no matter how many mistakes they have done. If we keep training them showing them how things could be accomplished more easily, we will find ourselves doing a great job in positively influencing their lives. 

These are not the only things we face as a challenge. Now I would like to flip the coin and discuss the other side of the story. Now let us discuss the steps we need to take to overcome the challenges we face as the designated leader of the family of the Lord. 

We are responsible to fulfill the needs of our family. They trust us with this job so we should do it with love.  But that doesn’t mean we should be overburdened with their request.  Like any other individual, we need to get settled inside at least once in a while.  Unless we experience the peace of the Holy Spirit, we cannot create peace in our family.  This is true for both husbands and wives.

When we understand this, we will start to think about the little things we really need to perform our duties successfully both at home and outside.  One of the things we really need is personal time with our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ . It is very important to worship the Lord with the congregation But we need also some time with Jesus in addition to the contribution we have made to the church. 

At least once a day, seven days a week. This might not be possible when more things come up and responsibilities build up. But we need that anyways to be successful in our day to day duties. 

With prayer and intercession, we need to lay our burdens to the Lord, who said he can take from us. He is faithful to give us the rest of us and the family he gave us with a privilege to protect, lead, admonish and nourish with love till he comes back. 

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        Tewodros    |    Aug. 10, 2015     | 1,463 Views    |   
 

Challenges at home are sometimes different than we face from outside.  We usually don’t take an issue in a relationship that is from outside of our house very seriously.  

People may tend to make us feel bad and disturb our feelings, but yet they are not always successful. If we noticed we do not have the option to create the same feeling inside the house as we do outside.  

I also noticed that some people if you see them outside the house and if you see them inside the house, they are two different persons.  

Why is this all happening to us sometimes? Is it because we don’t love the people outside the house as we love very much our own family. We all know we got so emotional when someone touch the one we love most.

We don’t even know how to act when it comes to our loved ones. We say things we shouldn’t say in our heart that will make God unhappy. We found ourselves in an argument all the time with loved ones. 

We are insisting that we want them to have what we know is the best for them. We don’t want their bad days nor do we want to see them falling one day. Their problem is our problem. When they fail, we fail together as we succeed together. 

There is no boundary between you and them. You cannot say, “It is up to them - Let them be whatever they want and we don’t care a bit about what their fate will be”.

God has attached their lives to our lives. I don’t have a special responsibility about the individuals I met outside my house other than the usual. 

It is my desire that they too shall succeed in everything and it is my moral obligation to tell the right from the wrong, but I am not responsible for whatsoever actions they should take after that. 

But there are people in my life that I need to get concerned about. These are my own flesh and blood. If they starve, I shall starve together. 

If they have no food, I too am responsible for providing with their needs. I am responsible for their decisions also. It doesn’t matter that they are grown-up or little one. 

I shall involve in their day to day activity and need to guide them take corrective actions. That is why God has called husbands the head of the house. Husbands are the delegated leader of the house.  

And as a leader we need to sacrifice our will for them and our intentions have to be always for the good of the family.

God bless you!!

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        Tewodros    |    Aug. 10, 2015     | 1,379 Views    |   
 

I believe homosexual behavior can be conceived (with a lie from the devil) and cultivated in the heart of a person where there is no deep revelation about the fear of God. 

The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. If God doesn’t want you to start a relationship with the wrong gender, then don’t. The fact that one has been sexually abused and tortured by some evil person doesn’t mean he/she should go for homosexuality.  But I strongly believe that when someone is sexually violated by a spiritually possessed person, there is a good opportunity for the spirit of the wicked to possess this person. 

In other words, homosexuality can be transmitted through sexual contact with other same sax homosexual person with or without consent.  Our fight and main struggle is not with flesh, but against evil principalities who can ruin our lives in one incident. That is why we need to cover ourselves and our family with the blood of Jesus every day before we do anything. 

"Right is right though all condemn, and wrong is wrong though all approve." - Charles Spurgeon.  Don’t be fooled by so many godless people who neglect the path to righteousness. 

It is very important to humble yourself for the Lord that he will forgives every inequity that is working in your life and takes you from there. 

Finally, I would like to leave you with a comment I post for a man who has been physically abused by his father and sexually abused by some criminal. He is also struggling with the spirit of homosexuality for a very long time. 

It goes like this:  

I want you to know that we love you so much that we cannot let you go through all of these by yourself. We will pray for you, for God to heal you from all consequences of this disaster.  

You should also pray to God to heal your heart from the scares this brutal people left you with. You will know that you are completely healed when you start to love those evil people. You may ask, “how?” But I know I can tell you for sure you can do that through the Spirit of God. 

You should never stop praying to God to help you reconcile with your earthly father who had never got the chance to protect you from the abusers. You also told us that he physically abused you. 

I believe only through love and forgiveness you will be able to recover back to your original identity that God has made you, and ordained you through the blood of his Son Jesus Christ. 

You have to do that to triumph over your real enemy, the wicked one, the devil. You see, our fight is not against flesh and blood.  

If you want a real revenge, then take it to the Lord and he will give everyone according to their acts and the punishment he has prepared with absolute fairness.  

If we cannot love our enemies, we cannot initiates/instantiate God’s power to be active in and around us. But, when we do that, God will move every mountain just for our sake, to destroy our enemies.

That is why I want you to stay in love all the time so that God can use you for his Glory. I assure you that if you do that you will always be in God’s plan.

“God will never leave you nor forsakes you till the end of the world!!!”

Please don’t stop having fellowship with Christian brothers and sisters at the Church. Devil is always successful attacking Christians who are all alone. I pray that one day God will give you a beautiful wife who will love you just as God created you.

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        Tewodros    |    Jul. 15, 2015     | 1,538 Views    |   
 

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.

May God bless you for reading this blog!!


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        Tewodros    |    Jul. 15, 2015     | 1,588 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 resurrect 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 want to be so no worries. So the smallest thing, but the most important thing expected from us is to stay at 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     | 1,187 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     | 1,513 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     | 2,164 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     | 1,499 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     | 1,849 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     | 1,468 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     | 1,462 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     | 1,592 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     | 1,602 Views    |   
 

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     | 1,460 Views    |   
 

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,  my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you  from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly estilence. He will cover you with his feathers,  and under his wings you will find refuge;    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,  nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side,  ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”  and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.

For he will command his angels concerning you  to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands,  so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra;   you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;   I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

He will call on me, and I will answer him;  I will be with him in trouble,   I will deliver him and honor him.With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

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        Fasika    |    Mar. 4, 2015     | 2,490 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     | 3,463 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     | 1,704 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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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.

May God bless you for reading this blog and may the will of God be fulfilled in your live, in the name of Jessus!








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        Tewodros    |    Sep. 18, 2014     | 2,564 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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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     | 1,976 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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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     | 1,615 Views    |   
 


The effects of divorce on children

1. Children Trust is broken:

Children always carry with them a broken heart where ever they go that will affect them emotionally, psychologically, and socially, spiritually and many more. They would not be able to see the world with love as they used but with the eyes of hatred and bitterness since that is what they learn from their parents.

Most of the things we show to our children, they behave and act according to how we behave. They tend to imitate what we do in the real world.

If we are showing them to break a covenant that we make with our spouse, they tend to do the same thing unless the power of the Lord interferes in their life.

There is one basic question that all children whose parents are divorced have in common.

They always ask this question: “Why mom and dad couldn’t save the marriage at least for me?” They also ask, “Why they didn’t fight for me and save the marriage if they love me?” 

These are few of the questions children with broken family relationships ask themselves and their parents? Well, if we decided to go to path of divorce, we must prepare ourselves to face the truth like this.

The issue here is trust. Children love to trust their parents. Even if you have a good reason to divorce your spouse, they couldn’t understand you until they reach to their maturity. And before they reach at the level of maturity, devil will take every chance to break them in to pieces and it is already too late by the time they reach to their maturity.

For that reason, it absolutely necessary to protect the trust our children on us since it is the most valuable asset we could possibly get from our children.

2. Sexual/Physical Abuse:

The chance of children getting sexually or physically harassed and abused by an outsider is huge compared to if the parents are not divorced at all.

This is because the chance of the children tend to respect and love their parents get very law and children would fall on the hands of the perpetrator easily.

Criminals get the opportunity to abuse children when parents are not able to easily manage and control the activities of their children.

If parents can’t manage their relationship with their spouses, it is absolutely difficult to manage their children. Therefore children fall on the hands of criminals who promise them to show love that they are deprived of from their parents.

The other thing is children get abused by their step parent while they are under one parent custody. This is again because parents occasionally rely on the step parent to do the parenting.  That means you are living your son with a complete stranger who happens to be the new parent of your baby. 

Sometimes you may get lucky and things will go very smoothly

But what if your child falls on the hand of very bad people.

The thing is you will never have the power to control that after you sign the paper to divorce your wife/husband.

So take a very good look at your baby before you even think about divorcing your spouse.

3. Play bad Politics:

Children will be filled with two extremely radical points of views that cannot be reconciled together. That is the views and opinions of both parents for each other after they got divorced.

Children would find it extremely difficult to even understand their parents on such matters.

Parents would simply feed children with the wrong information that is actually developed to defend themselves against any blames on their actions.

In other words, parents blame their spouses for many things that children would find it very difficult to love and respect their parents.

I would say such kind of actions taken by parents can damage the relationship between children and parents. 

Therefore, such kind of allegations and comments mad by the parents have a huge impact to make or destroy a relationship between a son a father or a daughter and a mother.

If in case we found ourselves under such circumstances, please let us not blame others for our mistakes and it won’t good any good for anybody especially for our children.

Instead let us be filled with love and forgiveness no matter what our past experience looks like and don’t not allow ourselves going through blaming our ex-spouse for the things s/he did to us decades ago since doing so won’t do any good for our children.

It is just bad politics that has a significant damage on the psychology of our children. 

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In conclusion, let us always find a way to stay away from all the troubles and conflicts that could result in a separation of our family by divorce.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. If we obey him and fear his with all our strength and power, we will always find ourselves doing well for the sake of our family.

Next time when you even think about divorce, think about the vow you have made to your spouse as the Lord was the witness between you and your spouse. 

If you honor your word, the Lord will honor his word and bless you with long life and happy family and you will see your children grow-up in the house of God and honor his with all their heart.

If you break your word that you make to your spouse, you will find yourself short of the glory and blessing of God and your life will not be as pleasant.

So the choice is ours. As for me I would choose to honor him by keeping my word I make to my spouse to love her till death separate us!

May God bless you and may his face shine up on you and gives you abundance of grace to walk on any pitfalls you may find yourself in to in your marriage, in the name Jesus!


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        Tewodros    |    Sep. 10, 2014     | 1,556 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     | 1,700 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     | 1,546 Views    |   
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Psalm 91:1

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High

will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

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

my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you

from the fowler’s snare

and from the deadly pestilence.

He will cover you with his feathers,

and under his wings you will find refuge;

his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

You will not fear the terror of night,

nor the arrow that flies by day,

nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,

nor the plague that destroys at midday.

A thousand may fall at your side, 

ten thousand at your right hand,

but it will not come near you.

You will only observe with your eyes

and see the punishment of the wicked.

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

I will be with him in trouble,

I will deliver him and honor him.

With long life I will satisfy him

and show him my salvation.”

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”

and you make the Most High your dwelling,

no harm will overtake you,

no disaster will come near your tent.

For he will command his angels concerning you

to guard you in all your ways;

they will lift you up in their hands,

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

You will tread on the lion and the cobra;

you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

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

I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.



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        Tewodros    |    Sep. 5, 2014     | 1,666 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     | 1,861 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 christian’s 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 in our lives.

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 resons we feel angry inside.

Well I guess there is no one who comes 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 lives 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 hate 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 isolted area where no body gets hurt.

Well according to the enemy’s persecution statements, we have been accused of adulatary, making God’s name unrespectable among the world (those who doesn’t know God). 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. When more anger causing factor 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 trust 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 be joyful while we feel sorrow. But times 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  - 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, arogance and disorder

Ephesians 4:31- "In your anger do not 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     | 2,240 Views    |   
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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        Tewodros    |    Aug. 29, 2014     | 1,601 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     | 1,510 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     | 1,889 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     | 2,686 Views    |   
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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        Fasika    |    Aug. 25, 2014     | 2,226 Views    |   
 

The battle of sin takes a great place in a believer’s life. A struggle whether to please us or to please him who had lost everything for us to save us. At times when all we want to do is to sin, there is inner voice calling us to withdraw from taking action and give up into sin.

Temptation to sin is never easy to defeat. We will never calm down our desire to sin by ourselves unless someone intervene for us. Whether we cave in to sin or withdraw from it all requires a constant battle with sin with God by our side. If we develop a channel of communication with God through his Spirit, then winning our battle with sin is as easy as going to sleep or praying a simple prayer.

In this life where there is a good chance we could end up doing wicked things instead of doing the right thing. Education on the word of God plays a vital role in avoiding the bad things happening in our lives.

When God sacrificed his son on a cross, he intended we all could have a better life and better future that no spirit of darkness has no more power over us.

What has given us through Christ is something we can enjoy and safeguard ourselves from the temptation of sin. Before we were saved and found, sin has greater influence on us. We are dragged into all manner of wickedness and we found ourselves as an accomplice with devil’s schemes and plans to destroy and to kill. After we are saved, sin is powerless except the sin of personal will. There is a decree from God making sure that we are not tempted more than what we can bear.

 

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. - 1 Corinthians 10:13

When a believer falls in to the traps of the devil, either he is doing sin willingly or he is taking God’s word lightly with him that will protect him against any instrument of the wicked.

Temptation also comes to us because there is something in us that should be cleaned out. It could be self confidence that is deactivating the grace of God in our lives. We are what we are by the grace of God and not by our long time experience or knowledge or strength. And if we are relying in our selves more than we can rely on the mercy of God for our lives, that is more dangerous than being unbeliever. 

The lesson that comes with temptation is able to rebuild us and make us a new person who is humble enough to surrender our lives to Christ and has compassion for others who are passing in similar situation.

At times we may also be led in to temptation for a reason. The Bible tells us that Job was tempted since God has put a bet on him that he will stand till the end. This kind of temptation is designed to shame the enemy and bring glory to God. It will also bring lots of blessings and joy to us since we were tempted but passed all of it with God by our side.

People one way or the other due to the nature of their heart’s desire fall in to different kinds of temptation. But most of them comes from the desire to be rich quickly without following the will of God for their lives. The love of money is the root of all evils and temptations. When we no more follow the will of the father and follow money after money, surely we will follow in to the traps of the devil.

One cannot follow money (the desire to be rich without limit) and the Lord (the desire to love him and serve him at all expenses) at the same time. One has to leave a way for the other. In this world, we have limited resource including time. Even though we have to work to earn a living which is completely biblical, we have to decide whom to follow.

If we have a zeal to serve Jesus with all we have, we will always have time to be with him and worship him. If we have a zeal to get rich with all we have, we won’t have time for the Lord and all we are thinking is how to earn more money. The love of money more than the love of God or the desire to be rich more than the desire to serve God is the root of all destructions.

Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. -1 Timothy 6:9

For all of the reasons we shall be tempted, we have to know that everything has a reason and it is all good for those who are called according to God’s will that everything will change for the benefit of God’s children.

In conclusion let’s always pray that we shall not led in to temptation that is beyond our capacity to pass it.

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        Fasika    |    Aug. 22, 2014     | 1,902 Views    |   
 


There is only one way out of sexual immorality that is to flee away from it. You don’t have to feel bold and courageous and play with it.  The more you stay with the more it will crush you to death. It is almost impossible to be in the same room with adulatory and get away the same as it is impossible to see God and to remain the same. Anyone who plays with anaconda is almost impossible to win the fight if it is huge enough to swallow us alive. Satan is expressed like spiritual anaconda. He can swallow alive. The only reason you are still alive is because he spit you out because of the Lord.

The more you fight with anaconda the more it becomes strong and the muscles become fierce. The best thing you can do to save yourself is to run away from it as far as you can leaving everything behind. Just run! You don’t have to engage a fight with anaconda. The idea is you don’t come out from sexual immorality test pure if you don’t decide to run from it as the devil has so many years of experience to devour your purity in the Lord. He can crush your spiritual being to death and your bones to pieces if you plan to stay a while and just have fun.

It is also the same as playing with fire. Playing with any form of sexual sin leaves you with a scar that you will remember the rest of your life. Only the wise will fear the Lord and escape from the threat that lies ahead. Fools go ahead and hurt themselves ignoring all of the warnings and advices that the Lord is giving them for their own benefits.

One day, Joseph went to Potiphar’s house to do his work, and none of the other servants were there. Potiphar’s wife grabbed hold of his coat and said, “Make love to me!” Joseph ran out of the house, leaving her hanging onto his coat. - Genesis 39:11

When sexual sin grabs you by your hand, please leave everything behind and run. That is what Joseph taught us from his life. You don’t negotiate with sin.

You don’t feel pity for sin. You don’t cuddle and play with sin like you play with a pet or your children. You just run like crazy and by doing that consider you do yourself a great favor. Consider that you just save a lot of trouble and a lot of grief for you and for your family. If you do that, consider yourself you make your father proud and your mother happy. Most of all consider yourself honoring the name of the father no matter what the situation looks like. 

What amazes me most is that God never interfere to stop you from committing your sexual immorality. Many has lost the way expecting that God will do a miracle to prevent them from doing adulatory. God will never do that because he wants to know you love him with all your heart.

He will rebuke you and convict you of your inclination of your heart so that you may withhold from sin in time but he will never send an Angel to rescue you from your sins.

If God can do that, he could have saved David his son according to his own heart. We all know that God loved David but when David was in the most dangerous time when he was tested by adulatory, God had to see for himself and found out that either he will honor him or fall in to sexual sin.

When David asked his servants for her, it was clear that he will commit sin with her. Whether to win sin or to get defeated by sin, the first concession we have and the first word we speak to ourselves in response to the temptation is very important. 

The right thing to do when we are presented about sexual sin is not to compromise because we see many men of God in the Bible get defeated when they play with sexual sin.

But those who have already fallen paid a great price that is almost negligible when it compares to the pleasure they found out of the sin. We see that they all regret it and with lots of lots of cries they only found back the route to life.

p>God bless you for reading about sexual sin and how to get over it. May the Lord lead us to the life full of happiness and joy by showing us how to stay out of the sin of sexual immorality. AMEN.





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        Fasika    |    Aug. 21, 2014     | 2,553 Views    |   
 

People bind themselves in to all manner of sexual impurity now and then due to many reason. For one thing they face serious issues in their lives and they cannot control themselves no more and they found themselves under the darkness of sin now and then.

They also experience sin for a long time so that they become addicted to it and they have no more the resistance to say no to it. Their spirit become so week that they lose many battles when it comes to withholding themselves always from sin. Sin, especially sexual sin, is not something one can easily get in and get out of it without paying some penalty.

Sexual immorality doesn’t usually occur overnight. First the devil weakens our spiritual awareness and the resistance to sin that is the Spirit of God in us.

Bitterness and anger have a good chance of breaking this guard against it. If one is no more walk in love, he/she has no more protection against sin that is basically the hand of God. That is because love is the dwelling place for the Holy Spirit. Hate and bitterness will drive the Spirit of God out of our lives and it opens a door for the devil.

The other thing that causes sexual sin is not living according the word of God and not reading the word of God on a regular basis. Without the Bible dictating our path in life, we are like a ship with no harbor or destination. Without the Lord speaking to us and admonishing us in his word, we are like a city without a leader and without protective gates open for the enemy any time he wishes to attack us.

In addition to that, as Christian we need to have constant fellowship with the Lord through a constant prayer. Prayer doesn’t have to be formal. It is all about connecting to our father at any moment of time.

Prayer is also crucial thing to avoid any sudden attack from the enemy. A Christian without connection to the father in prayer and through the Holy Spirit in us is like a fish thrown out of water waiting to die at any moment.

The other things that drives out the Holy Spirit in us and allows the sin of immorality to kick in is pride and over confidence. Pride always brings destruction. There is nothing we should be proud of except the Lord himself. If we are over confident and deprive ourselves what is the most important thing in life that is, constant prayer and interaction with the father, we might fall in to sexual sin.

Peter was too much over confident on himself that no matter what happens, he will never betray Jesus. In addition to that he was not able to pray in the time he needed it most. That is why he was not able to pass the temptation. But since Jesus had prayed for him so that his faith might not be tested by the devil, he was not eternally destroyed for his sins.




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        Fasika    |    Aug. 20, 2014     | 2,120 Views    |   
 

God made us to in his own likeness and image. This necessarily doesn’t mean he has a face like us. No one has seen God to testify who he is like. Only his begotten son who is in his embrace tells us everything we should know about him. God is like a blazing fire and God is a spirit and those who worship him and want to praise him do so in the spirit. 

That means he created us to be holy like him.

So in order to be fit to worship him we have to be holy like him.

This doesn’t mean that we can do it all by ourselves. There is nothing we can do by our own when it comes to the kingdom of God.

Jesus said, “Without me, you cannot do anything.”

We are called to transform our selves not to the likeness of the world, but to the image of his son Jesus Christ. He is humble and kind and always loving.

When God says something he said it because he knows how much trouble that can cause in to our lives

God has nothing to get whether we obey him or not

We are the beneficiary for the fruits of our obedience to him

Do you know families can easily get shattered and useful zeal and ambition for the Lord can easily be wasted? Do you know you may lose everything including your desire to succeed in life? Your desire to serve God, Your desire to be attached to your family, your desire to bond with others, your performance at work, you’re focus in doing things if you are in disobedience especially regarding sexual sin.

If you save yourself for your wife and don’t have sex with another person then that will bring you long life of pleasure and happiness that you would share with her. If you sin against the Lord, you will short yourself of the great glory and joy that you may find by obeying it.

The most addictive power of sexually sin comes with the fact that it has got to do with pleasure that is only for a moment but the consequences are years of agony and gnashing of tears.

Genesis 1:27 

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

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        Fasika    |    Aug. 19, 2014     | 2,271 Views    |   
 

This is the time in life where we should be pure inside and outside. That we may present ourselves as pleasing sacrifice to the Lord. The world become more aggressively cruel against all forms of righteousness.

There is nothing good coming out of it these days. Wickedness is all over the place. Even if it is difficult for the flesh to depart ourselves from the way of the world and surrender ourselves to the Lord, sooner or later we have to make this important decision before we are taken away by the filthiness of the world.

The instrument they use to deprive us of our purity and righteousness in the Lord cannot be easily taken let alone for the new Christians but the strong ones in the Lord who have enough wisdom accumulated to pass the test of time.

There is nothing that the carnal mind does to help us escape from the filthiness of hte world unless it is renewed through Christ. If that was good enough, we could have easily get over from our inequities and Christ need not to die on the cross.

The carnal mind together with the flesh are against the will of God and they always fight against the will of God for our lives. Our spirit always wanted to do the right thing directed by the Holy Ghost

But our flesh is an opposite force that will be against every resistance to sin

In other words our flesh drive us in to sin against the Lord.

There are already a lot of teachings in the area of sexual purity but still many choose the path to destruction failing the purpose they all are created for.

Sexual sin is the most strong form of sin. It totally controls our behavior and way of thinking. It wastes our energy to be fruitful. It drives out the Spirit of the Lord in us very quickly than any other sin. Because it has direct control over our body which is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Sexual sin is made by our body.

Sexual sin is the most strong form of sin. It totally controls our behavior and way of thinking. It wastes our energy to be fruitful. It drives out the Spirit of the Lord in us very quickly than any other sin. Because it has direct control over our body which is the temple of the Holy Spirt. Sexual sin is made by our body.

Romans 12:1

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God--this is your true and proper worship.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

 

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        Fasika    |    Aug. 18, 2014     | 1,609 Views    |   
 

How much should we believe in the Lord to bear physical fruits that God expects from us? We don’t want to be rich but mighty in richness of his abundance since we shall not want a thing dwelling in his presence. We couldn’t stand the mocking of the world saying we are lazy and fruitless. 

This is a total disgrace to you Lord. Please help us for your name sake. All of our previous success was of course because of you. You have done many miracles in our lives to make who we are today. You are our potential and knowing you is the source of our strength. Please make us mighty in battle to revenge our enemies. In all of this we know that your timing is so important. You make all things beautiful in its time. Who knows our past failures and success are all a stepping stone for our future? 

Therefore no matter how long it takes, we will wait for you. Whatever it takes, we will be right here waiting for you. The children of this world trade righteousness for success of this world. They are smart in achieving their heart desire even though it constantly changes leaving them with desperation and emptiness from inside. Most of all, perseverance with information is their key. They don’t take no for an answer. They will say no in a smart way. Which means they know what they want. Well, we also know what we want but the problem is we don’t want what we want. Therefore we have little desire and determination to get it. Paul said, you didn’t fight till bloodshed to withstand temptation. 

May be we get disappointed trying to achieve our mission and purpose in life because of failure in the past. When the Lord gives us a mission, we better like it to accomplish it. Succeeding in our mission starts from the heart. We need to say to ourselves, “Whatever it is, I will rise up again. I don’t care what happened yesterday but I need a new begging today and it shall begin now”. You don’t give excuse for failing. Every day you are a new creature. You should forget the past and stretch for the better. Soon enough, things become different. Don’t put a smile on your face or a food on your stomach until things look like you are going in the right path. 

Most of us don’t know how long it takes to be on track. The Lord doesn’t care how we fall or how many times, but he needs us to get up now every time we fall. The Lord in all of this would like to guide us and tell us what to do in every moment of our lives. It doesn’t make any sense for the world to have it all. The Lord blessed us with earthly and heavenly blessings. I know the opposition is much stronger for us who are called to live according to God’s will. But they take it so far. So far that we couldn’t bear it no more. 

Here are some of the recipes of success in achieving the inner potential the Lord wants us to achieve:

1. To wake up early with a prayer and a plan in mind from the word of God. Think of something always before you do anything. Use your imagination. Imagine that…. Imagine this….. As Christain we are not allowed to cheat our friends or any body else. But we must do something with our current situation. Your true inspiration should come from the word of God. Meditate it day and night. Feel free to refer to the manual any time of the day or the night. Your true happiness is from the words of hope that is promised to us. 

2. Remind the Lord always the promises he made to you. It shows you are in expectation mode and you don’t forget it. 

3. Fear no one. Be vigilant all the time. Know what is going on around you. We even have the sixth sense, the Holy Ghost, and use it intensively. 

4. Take it easy on watching and listening unnecessary things and be a victim of it. 

5. Diligently sow by faith so that you would harvest in abundance. Every one even your friends are rewarded a prize before you. Why? Because, there is a general principle that work for everybody: Diligently sow anything possibly then, you will reap exactly the type of seed you saw multiple times. 

6. Always be in receptive mode that you may receive wisdom from the Lord. Communicate with God through the Spirit of God within you. Don’t let any hour pass by without listening to his voice.

7. You also need to start with low force in the beginning. Always what matters is the end no matter what you did at the beginning. Life exam is 30(mid)-70(final) mode. In any kind of evaluation mode or critical time try not to impress with all you have at the beginning. This is what everybody does. So if you want to win, save what you have at the end because that is the decisive moment. Save it or lose it! 

8. About what you have, your money, humility, kindness, honesty, truth, kindness, love, use them in every occasion you have. Use it or lose it! Don’t be afraid. 

9. Most importantly, prophesize on your destiny. You have the power of life and death on your mouth. Meekness is of the heart and it is for the Lord. Your action and attitude towards people is also an important instrument for success. Word of faith is what you need to speak always upon your destiny. Speak the word of God which is prosperity and wisdom on your destiny. You shall not be less than the best. We are the winners of all. We have all we need to succeed which is God almighty. We should bear fruits for this is what the Lord wants. 

If we make profits with our talents and inner potential, God will be happy with us. He would reply to us, “Well done, you humble and loyal servant! I shall delegate you over more glorious things.” You should also have great ambition for accomplishment of your future career. Be the best leading professional, pastor, teacher or anybody the Lord created you to be. Read the stories of the success of many God fearing individuals. Don’t envy the wicked. You are what you have no idea you are. Only God knows your true identity. You are the next big thing that the world hope to see for the glory of God. Praise God and glory to God in Jesus Name!

And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. - Genesis 1:28

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        Fasika    |    Aug. 15, 2014     | 1,925 Views    |   
 

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32

When we are called to the kingdom of God through Christ, we have to renew our mind and walk by faith with the principle of the new covenant that God has made with us. One of the things we have to know is that we have to love others no matter who they are.

God called us in to his embrace with only one thing in his mind. He called us to save us for our good and not for his own sake. God is not a human to be selfish. He is compassionate and loving God that he sacrificed his only son to create a path for us to come to him out of destruction and reunite with him in love.

But most of us still walk in darkness; that is without love. We mistreat those who mistreat us. We hold grudge on those who don’t like us. We don’t forgive but walk in hate. But that is not what God has called us in to. This is not his will for our lives. This is not what he sent his son to be crucified on the cross for us.

I pray that may God have mercy on our souls. Especially to those who bring the temptation. I mean how great our sins would be in front of Jesus. I would say that in all of this I have learned that nothing is too good. Nothing is comparable with God’s love. 

And as for flesh and blood, I hate it. Thinking about it is death and destruction. How can you think of eating? You say for lunch we will do this and that. For our honey moon, we are going to go there and do stuff. Keep what you know for yourself. Do you have any idea the level of how open you should be? Talking about our past experience, our past even mentioning the past is a great weakness. Whoever life it is. I mean it is pain after all and it has nothing to do with the future. 

Paul said it precisely:

I forget the past and only stretch towards the future to hold what the Lord has prepared for me. 

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, - Philippians 3:13

If you want to talk about tomorrow, talk about hope in the Lord. If you want to talk about anything, talk about love. You will never go wrong with love. 

Once in a while we forget about your love. So much you teach us and so much you love us. How can we forget that we are forgiven?  How come we fail to express our love to others? Where does our proud come from? How is hate found in us after all God has been so merciful to us? How would God treat us from now on? 

As I have not done what I have promised to you that is to be humble and loving as little children. Please forgive me father. I couldn’t express love as the true love you have shown me. I know it is placed somewhere in me. But yet I am closed to those who need it most. I am not cold or hot. I am a Luke worm and the Lord is going to spit me out of his mouth. 

We have a promise from God to be loved unconditionally, to get support in our needs, to be honored and rewarded, to laugh with us and cry with us, to bless what we love and to curse what we hate and to be cherished for as long as we shall live.

It is not only the superficial forgiveness the Lord expect from us. He wants us to forgive from our heart and to love those who mistreat us knowingly or unknowingly. This doesn’t mean we have be always a victim of their wickedness. We have to know how to live wisely in this wicked world like a serpent and a dove and directed by the Holy Spirit all the time.

 

He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 1 John 4:8

 

But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.Matthew 6:15

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        Fasika    |    Aug. 14, 2014     | 2,271 Views    |   
 

Our words whether it the thoughtfulness and kindness or all form of bitterness and anger, it will build or destroy our relationship one way or the other. The gateway through our lives is our heart through our senses. It is also true that our lives is completely fall upon about what we think and experience on a daily basis.

Words alone will not produce any fruit. But words of faith backed up with constructive actions will produce good results. I would like to discuss the benefits of speaking with care that can positively affect our lives and the lives of others.

I think no one has enough wisdom to differentiate every evil thing from good but the Spirit of God in us knows everything. No one can tell the danger that is about to come except God can guide you through all of your difficulties and challenges in life.

Our words that come from our mouth are direct results of the current state of our heart. They are one of many ways to manifest our feelings to others. If they are used for the better, they can save us from a lot of things. But if we use them to degrade and devour others, there will be a bad consequence that we have to pay at a higher cost.


We may want to keep our feelings for ourselves, but sometimes the tone of our voice, intonation, the words we choose, our gesture and actions, will show that one way or the other. We know from experience that if we keep what we know to ourselves, we will escape a lot of problem.

Open your mouth and you will be in a great deal of problem. Does this mean that we need to be boring and completely external to the family and friends around us? I don’t think that is what it is meant to be said. If we are going to enjoy the good fruits that life has to offer, we must keep our mouth from saying anything wrong and negative to others.

The word of God told us that we shall eat the works of our hand and the words of our mouth. Therefore, it is very crucial to know that what we say is equally important as what we do. You are what you think and confess every day. As a man thinks it in his heart, so is he. 

So watch your heart very carefully. The words that come out of your heart and the words that come in to your heart. Both have the same power either to build or destroy your relationship with others. We need to worry about what we put in to our heart because if we put garbage in there, we will speak all non-sense and unwholesome words.

If we build our inner being with the words that comes from God, we can offer words of comfort and help when it is time to do so. Hence, it is very important to watch closely what we are exposing ourselves in to on a daily basis.

May God bless you for reading this blog and may the Lord help us in investing our time on things that have a good outcome to build and lead our lives for his glory and for our benefit of us. May the Lord gives us the wisdom to speak kind words to each other and not the words of hate, intimidation and frustration, in Jesus Name. Amen!

Jeremiah 17:10 “I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”

Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.

Proverbs 22:11 He who loves purity of heart, and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend.

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        Fasika    |    Aug. 13, 2014     | 2,151 Views    |   
 

This is continuation from what we have stoped about how we should resolve marital conflicts.

5. Humility

There is nothing like humility that has the power to destroy every potential fire in a relationship

Humbleness is indeed a great tool to begin and end a conversation with our spouse in peace.

On the other side, if we allow ourselves to be filled with pride, we could definitely lead our marriage in to battle grounds with an outcome of defeat for us and the family in general.

Humility doesn’t mean low self-esteem. God always stands with the humble and greatly rebuke the proud. And if God is not with the proud, then the proud always loses to the humble. God loves the humble and he hates the arrogant. He gives grace for the humble and prepare a way out from all of his troubles.

6. Do not involve any one in your conflicts

Whenever you have a conflict that can easily manageable between you and your spouse, do it in private so that no one involves in the conflict. Most of the time small conflict can escalate to big problem when three or more people are involved in a marital conflict that could have been easily solved with just the husband and wife.

Marital conflicts are marital secrets that should be kept until it is too much to be handled by just the two. Holy Spirit will make you bear things that are beyond your capacity to carry. 

If it is beyond that, the issue has to be brought to the attention of well spiritually matured leaders and elders in the church.

They will presumably keep your secrets with them and offer their own prayer and support.

A great manifestation and power of the Holy Ghost shall be released when we pray together as a church to eradicate a great problem in our midst.

May the Lord bless you for reading this blog! May your marriage be blessed and be a blessing for many others. May the Lord fill your house with joy and laughter! May it be the place where many children will be raised to know and fear and love the Lord from the bottom of their hearts, in the name of Jesus, Amen!

2 Thessalonians 3:16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.

John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.

Isaiah 26:3 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.

1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Romans 12:18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.

Matthew 5:9  “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

1 Peter 3:9-11 Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. For whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.

1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him,because he cares for you.

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        Fasika    |    Aug. 12, 2014     | 1,870 Views    |   
 

Conflicts are there and will always be there between you and your spouse. Conflict occurs because there are some common interests you both have and you want to do them in your own ways. Why is it we want to do that? Why can’t we reach to a common decision? It is because our knowledge of the matter is different. The way we see things is different. 


And when it comes to men and women, we both have different perspective. That should not be taken as a disadvantage since we are like that by design so that our spouses see what we don’t see and we see what our spouses don't realize.


Sometimes we may also have a problem because of the violations of the basic principles we have in the beginning i.e. live to love one another and build the respect we have for each other. We all have our own selfish desires that always come in between us and our loved ones that always end up with a conflict. I am just wondering in the place where only Jesus is loved and in the home that only Jesus is the King of the home, how do conflicts happen? 

One reason might be we all are focused to self-desires and self-centered ways instead of the common interest. We intend to say 'me', me and not us. What about us? In a home that self is not dead, Jesus will not appear to be seen and able to lead the house.  We should submit to one another in love to be able to serve Jesus without blame. The little disappointments we have created to each other will only make the Lord, he who has given this huge responsibility to care for each other, very disappointed. 

When we disappoint him, things will take another form. A man will only reap what he saw. What are you sawing today? Man always has his own ways of messing things up when everything looks wonderful. I don’t know why but that is the truth. I saw that in my life. What good is for a man to get everything but to lose his own family?

How would you like to be rich and abundant in materials of this world, but then you don’t have peace and love inside.

So it is one thing that conflicts do not occur but it is also another thing to be able to solve them before things look bad.

Let’s say you have an argument with your spouse and things get out of control and you both start to say foolish words to each other. How would you react to that? 

You may say that you will no longer involve in the fight. You may also say that what was just said was completely unnecessary and unfair instead of giving word by word attack to his/her response. It is always wise not to involve in any kind of argument but to your amusement they will always find you even if you you may not want to find them.

The only way you can do well is by walking away of the situation. If you see what Jesus did when they all wanted to stone him to death, he just walked away of the situation. But how is it true that when all you want is all good and well, why someone has to think that as bad. It is one thing to expect something that it will happen and get prepared for it and it is another thing that you face it without preparation.

Here are six main points that I believe we should follow to minimize if not eradicate the conflicts in our marriages.

1. Knowing each other well:

Knowing each other weaknesses and strengths will make you solve your conflicts easily even prevent them before occurring.

Fights in conflicts occur when  one just blow out intentionally or not intentionally foolish but atomic words that can penetrate into the skulls and tiny blood vessels of the body that you can even feel it when it happened. 


Knowing your partner weaknesses, you may approach him with a wiser attitude and change his thought in a better way.


For example if one is not well though
ful when he addresses you in public, you may not want to ask hi/her his public opinion or you may not start controversial agreement with your spouse in public


If your partner has a pretty tight schedule during the weekdays, you may want to arrange a picnic during the weekend if you have time.

If you husband/wife has anger management issues and don’t know what s/he does or speak when s/he is angry, do not stand in his/her way and just make him angry by giving him more things to be angry on. If you are one of those couples who can get really angry and don’t know what to do at that time, and your spouse is the one who is angrier when you are angry, then that will make the matter even worse.

You see in a happy marriage, if you know your spouse is angry in a way that he cannot get better unless you neglect it, you need to be like an ice for his anger that will squash him down.

A man and woman getting married and living together, their home will not be a better place to live unless one simply gives a way to the other and not to get in to endless arguments and exchange bitterness and anger.


Your spouse if you know how to a handle him, is your best friend. However, you may turn him in to your worst enemy if you don’t know what are you saying when you are angry.


Anything what you say may be forgotten. But people will never forget what you make them feel because feelings are closer to us and can be easily remembered.

Well if our feelings have this much permanent memory in our lives, how much stronger are our faith in Jesus Christ.


People will never forget what you make them believe much stronger than what you make them feel. People will be convinced to do something when they are ready to believe something. If you force your spouse believe something negative about your marriage, you may force it to end. 

If you make your spouse feel negative, they may feel uncomfortable near you and negative thoughts come to them easily. So please do and say and act in a positive way that will refresh the soul of your spouse and not put him/her in a remorseful situation. 

2. Build as much trust as you can

The other most important thing in marriage is that the most valuable thing you have in your marriage next to Christ is the trust as in hope and love if not faith you have for one another. Married people may have babies or not, but trust is the one thing that brought them together. 

When she married him, she has put her trust and her life in a safe place to live with him. You may never want to break such kind of trust. Because once you lose that there is nothing that will convince your spouse to stay with you.

Would you take a risk putting your soul in a place where you feel your life will be in great jeopardy? I don’t think so. That is true even if the person you fear for your life is your own spouse. 

The bottom line is that, in any kind of relationship, trust is the key to build and maintain the relationship. In addition to that trust is also important to take the relationship to the next level.


Trust implies safety and security in the relationship.


3. Forgiveness

The other important element for building healthy relationship is forgiveness. There is no other way that nails down a conflict like forgiveness. It removes every pain and grudge we might have. It has this soothing effect when we just apply that to our wound. There are some things that only forgiveness can solve without any hustle. And it doesn’t have to come first from our spouse.

Somebody doesn’t have to apologize for us to forgive somebody. If we are waiting for someone to apologize so that we can actually forgive, we may never forgive somebody before we go to Christ.


Forgiveness comes from the inside. It has nothing to do with the world e live in. Any Christian whose sins are forgiven by the work of Jesus, has to be able to exercise what it means to be a sinner and should start to forgive even if it hurts sometimes. It is all about who we are and what Christ has done in our lives.


The word of God insists that we should forgive others so that our sins shall be forgiven. There is no way we can receive forgiveness for our sins if we don’t forgive others 



4. Prayer

Prayer leads our lives out of destructive argument and fighting. When we ask the Lord for direction and invite him to lead our marriage, he can lead to constructive argument with prayer. He would show us the way to address our concerns without destroying the ideas of others. Through prayer we can lay out plans and procedures as to how we should solve our conflictual arguments. Through prayer we will have better understanding of what really is important and what matters most to our spouse.


Prayer should be our lives style and not something that we do once in a while. Through prayer we can listen the things that are aching the heart of our spouse. The Lord also will give us the wisdom to identify that.

Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Matthew 6:15 But if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Colossians 3:13 Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.

5. Humility

There is nothing like humility that has the power to destroy every potential fire in a relationship.

Humbleness is indeed a great tool to begin and end a conversation with our spouse in peace.

On the other side, if we allow ourselves to be filled with pride, we could definitely lead our marriage in to battle grounds with an outcome of defeat for us and the family in general.

Humility doesn’t mean low self-esteem. God always stands with the humble and greatly rebuke the proud. And if God is not with the proud, then the proud always loses to the humble. God loves the humble and he hates the arrogant. He gives grace for the humble and prepares a way out from all of his troubles.

6. Do not involve any one in your conflicts

Whenever you have a conflict that can easily manageable between you and your spouse, do it in private so that no one involves in the conflict. Most of the time small conflict can escalate to big problem when three or more people are involved in a marital conflict that could have been easily solved with just the husband and wife.


Marital conflicts are marital secrets that should be kept until it is too much to be handled by just the two. Holy Spirit will make you bear things that are beyond your capacity to carry.


If it is beyond that, the issue has to be brought to the attention of well spiritually matured leaders and elders in the church.

They will presumably keep your secrets with them and offer their own prayer and support.

A great manifestation and power of the Holy Ghost shall
be released when we pray together as a church to eradicate a great problem in our midst.

May the Lord bless you for reading this blog! May
our marriage be blessed and be a blessing for many others. May the Lord fill your house with joy and laughter! May it be the place where many children will be raised to know and fear and love he Lord from the bottom of their hearts, in the name of Jesus, Amen!


Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times
n every way. The Lord be with you all. -2 Thessalonians 3:16 

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. - John 16:33

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.- Isaiah 26:3

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. - 1 Peter 5:7 

If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. - Romans 12:18 

 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. - Matthew 5:9

 Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. For whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. - 1 Peter 3:9-11

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him,because he cares for you. - 1 Peter 5:6-7 

 






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        Fasika    |    Aug. 11, 2014     | 1,737 Views    |   
 

Matthew 13:   That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore.  Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed.  As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.  Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.  But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.  Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.  Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.  Whoever has ears, let them hear.” 

 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.  This is why I speak to them in parables:

“Though seeing, they do not see;  though hearing, they do not hear or understand.  In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: “‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;     you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people’s heart has become calloused;     they hardly hear with their ears,  and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears,  understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’

 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.  For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.

 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means:  When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.  But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.  The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful.  But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

His disciples asked him why he teaches in parables. But he said, "for you; you already have the privilege to understand the word that comes from the living God".

It is given to you as a privilege free of charge so that you may share it to your brothers and sister without price. But the eyes of their heart is blinded by the devil. Their ears are completely shut off so that they could not realize that I am their healer and they cannot understand simply what I am going to tell them.

As little children, I will tell them with little story’s and parable so they will never forget my teachings. This is the wisdom of the Lord that many have used it to teach younger generation. The parable of the sower is one of this kind.

As Christian we may hear the word of God not once or twice but many times previously. We have read the word of God delightfully. We will see what are the steps we need to take to be fruitful to the Lord as Jesus mentioned it here.

The VCD techniques to bring forth 100 fold fruitfulness

1. Vigilant/wise

2. Crucify

3. Deep root

The first step is to be vigilant and wise for the things of the Lord especially to his word

Mathew 13:4: As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up...

... When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 

Since there is no wisdom and understanding and the fear of the Lord, the word that spoke to them doesn't make any sense to them. It has no value compared to other staff in the world. When they go about their life, everything will be all forgotten. The devil is expert in taking what God has planted.

He is good to deceive with his notorious lies and to lead to destruction and ultimately to destroy. This applies to those who are not yet believed in the Lord and those who have been saved but reluctantly fall out of his grace by doing all manner of things

Wisdom and understanding comes from the Lord.

James 1:5: If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

The word of God is not something we listen to it for fun and forget about it. It needs mediation and deep understanding. There is one thing that can effectively change christians in to the likeness of God through Jesus and that is to be planted in the word of God with diligence. 

The second step is to have deep root in Christ through the word of God and the Holy Ghost. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.  But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 

This kind of people are basically are those Christians who believe in Jesus and take a great delight in hearing the word of God. They are no the ones who just simply forgets what the Lord said. Like St. Peter was tested and failed first, second and third time, these type of Christians do not build their faith on the foundation of pure love and relationship with Christ.

They might be passionate to follow Christ when there is abundance of food and blessings in their homes. They are passionate to serve him when things look great. But when persecution and hard times knocks at the door, they will simply lose it. They would not sacrifice themselves for the sake of the gospel!

Matthew 7:24-27:  “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and put them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.  But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

They have a conditional God that they will only serve him when things are great and run away when things go wrong

Habakkuk 3:17: 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.…

Daniel 3:18: But even if he does not, we want you to know, your majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up."

But this is simply put than done. When trouble and tribulation kicked in we all start shaking and lose our grip. There is nothing wrong with that unless we give up our faith. We have to understand that good times and bad times are all part of our lives

We cannot appreciate the good times of our lives unless we really understand what it looks like to be alone and with no help at all.

When the Lord takes us through difficult situation of our lives, it means he has an important lesson to teach us. The Psalmist said that the Lord took him through hard times to teach him a good lesson

Peter was relying in self-confidence rather than putting his trust on the Lord. Having deep root in the word of God and diligently seeking the face of God help us skip the bad days that the devil has plan to destroy us.

The last but not lease for us to bring hundred fold fruitfulness to the Lord is to crucify every selfish desire and the deceitfulness of the world with the cross. This is not about persecution, tribulation and hard times

This is where willfully engage in a dangerous way of life style that can potentially consumes our spiritual growth towards our God through Christ Jesus.

Here things become apparently so important for us that we give away our precious time, energy and resources to potentially harmful habits to gain fame and prosperity without the will of God for us.

 

The world knows how to get the best of us taking away the special part of our lives that was supposed to be sacrificed for the Lord.

In fact it has specialized in putting us in to slavery of hard work consuming all of our talents and productive time that we can use to bring glory for the Lord through preaching the gospel and worshiping him in the midst of his congregation

Here I am not trying to degrade the value of hard work to offer our best in the areas where the Lord has placed us. I want to be sure that the Lord wants you to use your talents and be fruitful wherever he has placed you. The Lord put you there for a reason and he wants to make you available for the good work he wants to do in people’s lives.

But I don’t want you to go all the way through and forget all about your spiritual obligation that is to honor him at all times with all sacrifices. That you may never compromise when it comes to worshiping him among your brothers and sisters and preaching the gospel for all nations and generations to come

When we practice these things, we will yield hundred and we would be able to accomplish his will in our lives.

May God bless you abundantly for reading this blog..

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        Fasika    |    Aug. 8, 2014     | 2,455 Views    |   
 

Why it would be better off obeying the Lord instead of disobeying him? Why do we follow his ways rather than ours? Why is it very important that you must obey the Lord no matter what?

I believe the answer to all of these questions lies in the outcome of our action. We need to obey the Lord since our final glory is installed in it. You are going to see what God has prepared for you from the beginning of time. These wonders and miracles are just in their place waiting for you just to get revealed. Without obedience, your will fall short of God’s glory. 

And you will never see them unless you come back. Repentance is the key for coming back. No matter how many times you fall, Jesus is waiting for you. He is there always thinking about you. Will you come back from your own ways and see him and meet him?  

He is your beloved and you are his. How one can think life without him? You know deep in your heart you can’t make it without him. All you have to do is to fall in his hands. He will take it from there. You don’t have to worry about anything. Just give him the chance. 

Why the almighty cares about you? The reason is God fall in Love with you before you were even born. He put his grace on you. In fact he paid a big price to make you his own and himself yours. And now you are so loved that he can’t take his eyes of you. When he sees you, he sees you pure and innocent. There is no condemnation in God’s Love. 

All he thinks is all about you. He calls you with sweet names he gave you. He protected you like the apple of his eyes. He carved your name on his hand so that you can be sure that he will never forget you. He put his Angels around you. He put a mark on you that anyone who sees you knows you are his love. Even if many envy your Love, they can’t do anything. As he is the beginning and the end of all things. And no one can take you from his hands. 

You will be so amazed if you know all he has done for you. But words and time will not reveal it all at the same time. But everything will be revealed to you in its own beautiful time as he himself is not bound with words and time. But in all of these you hesitate his love and tend to believe one simple lie of the devil. As one small stone in front of your eyes hides the big mountain, you couldn’t realize what he has done for you and how he has loved you from the beginning. 

He loved you with incomparable Love. He trusted on himself when he does all of that for you. He realized his amazing power that could be revealed in you. But all of these amazing glory and power will never come without the act of obedience from you.

All of our earthly and heavenly benefits are tied to our level of obedience to the word of God.

What does it take to say no to sin and please only God in all of the circumstances. A sin that you already know it is rubbish. Unless you really want to hurt his feelings. Unless you want to be an ache in his heart. Loosing you for him is like losing everything. 

When the Lord comes to look for you he thinks for himself everything in his kingdom has no value unless you are found and being saved. He loved you that much. That he even can’t be happy in all of his invincibility. Why you ask? Because he has shade his blood and wounded just for you. His blood is just a witness that how much he loves you and it is always fresh in his own eyes to remind him that he loves you to death just to keep you with him always. Just to tell all his enemies that you are one of the most innocent, beautiful and loving creature in the universe. Just to make you be one like that, he lost everything. Now what does it take to say back ‘thank you’. And tell that fox,

I Love him with all of my body, my spirit and my soul. Earth has nothing I desire. Whom I have in heaven but him? My strength and my heart may fail me one day. But GOD is the portion of my soul forever!

Rebelling against the love of God is accumulating curse for us and for the generation to come. On the other hand obeying him will grant us total victory above all of our enemies and that pleases God the most.

Here are some scriptures from the word of God in light of the above teachings..

Luke 15:14

Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?And when he finds it, he joyfully put it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

Philippians 2:8

And being found in appearance as a man,  he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place  and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Isaiah 49:16 

Can a woman forget her nursing child And have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you.  "Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;

Zechariah 2:8 for he who touches you, touches the apple of His eye

Psalm 17:8 Keep me as the apple of the eye; Hide me in the shadow of your wings

Deuteronomy 32:10 "He found him in a desert land, And in the howling waste of a wilderness; He encircled him, He cared for him, He guarded him as the pupil of His eye.

John 15:10 Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. "If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. 11"These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.

Deuteronomy 30:10 The Lord will again delight in you and make you prosperous, just as he delighted in your ancestors, 10if you obey the Lord your God and keep his commands and decrees that are written in this Book of the Law and turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

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        Fasika    |    Aug. 7, 2014     | 2,613 Views    |   
 

Once in a while we found ourselves short of the glory of God for the transgression we made against the Lord. Most of our sinfulness come from the lack of the fear of the Lord. 

Our job is to honestly serve others like Christ did. But our thoughts and actions are not far from sin. That is why we need to come before God every day to make our way right with him. We don’t know whether we should go with one idea or the other. When it comes to honoring the name of the Lord, we don’t know exactly what to do. When it comes to choosing whom to please between two individuals that we love, we don’t know what to do. Apparently it might be easier for us to understand when it comes to loving the Lord more than anybody else.

Does it mean we can offend the person we love most anyhow? No. But you are the father who gives everything to us, even your own son. Father, yet we don’t understand your true nature. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. The fear of God is all the knowledge we need to protect ourselves from any kind of trouble. The love of Christ teaches the fear of God because he lived and taught all about it. 

Jesus once said, “I will show you whom shall you fear. Fear not those who at most can only kill and destroy your life, but the one who can kill and burn your soul forever.”  Even without his will, no one can do harm to you. It is one thing to understand the love of God but another to fear him with reverence and knowing his true nature. 

I believe as little children of God by faith, it is always easy to love but finding it hard to fear who we love most. But we need to learn and know all we need to know about our father and give him all the honor and praise. As we already know the love and the grace of God through Christ, we also need to know how to fear God and honor him with all of our might, strength and will. What does it mean to honor God? I think it includes to love him first and follow his will no matter what the circumstances are and no matter how we think we feel for ourselves. 

If we do not make wise decision today and follow the Lord, we will spend the rest of our lives worrying and making miserable decision one after the other. What if we follow our heart which is the Spirit of the Lord deep inside of us? Surely, we will find peace and success in the future. 

Isn’t it life more important than the rest of the activities? Or most of our worries and miseries are just mere expression to make our lives unhappy. I start to give more time for what really matters in my life. If you dare to ask this question, a question of importance, you will find out that nothing is real than the Lord and his will and purpose for us. 

Day and night searching for it, we need to spend our entire life on how to learn to make him happy and how to learn to respect him. I learn the latter paying a lot of price. The inclination of our heart toward s disgracing the name of the Lord knowingly or unknowingly will make you pay a great price. God gives a lot of value for his name and glory. May be it is time to learn some of those. 

Till now you learn how to love him with all your heart. But I guess you know nothing about his glory and power. If you learn to respect him, you will see him in his glory. And he will love and come to you once more again as a wife would always respect her husband and her husband want to make her happy. 

More than we pay respect to our earthly fathers, we need to do much more to our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. We must think of God in the same way. Give him the proper respect and adoration. If you do not, the rest is accumulating curse and miseries for you and your children. A curse is like a deadly disease in your body. Like a cancer for example. Do you know for every disease in this world, there is a corresponding equivalent curse in the spiritual realm? I mean as God takes his grace and protection. 

As he takes his spirit, there will come a new kind of spirit that is thirsty and eager to have a place preferably a home to rest and live. This evil spirits don’t come empty handed. They come with what they have in the beginning. They come with curse and anger and hate and more. To physically express themselves, they come with all manner of diseases. That’s why when our Lord tells us, he said our physical problems are directly related to our sins. Our sins are our disobedience and how much we are far from him. For every failure we experience, there is an equivalent disobedient and unwilling to follow instruction from our Lord. 

Brothers and sisters in Christ, I would like to lead you in to a prayer that is to sacrifice selfishness and wickedness and invite the fellowship of the Holy Ghost. Please pray this prayer with me if you will:

“My Lord, I failed to bring the respect and adoration that you deserve due to the stubbornness of my heart and ignorance to your will. Even now I am not what I am yesterday. I don’t have the same feelings as yesterday. You told me and showed me, like a dream, the paths I should take. Guide me how to be a better person than I am now. You are my inspiration and my hope. I wouldn’t do anything without your consent and agreement. 

We are sometimes unable to identify when we are breaking your laws. My soul is worried from the wickedness of the heart. My soul dreads the terrors of the night. Why you allowed them to make my sleep miserable, my Lord? Please do not forsake me in their hands. Do not abundant you servant when the time is very near. 

Prayerfully I come to you. With sorrow and sadness I lay out my transgressions. I beg you for your forgiveness. I am not only pray to you to cleanse our soul but also grant us the strength to stand firm in you name. It is very dangerous when temptation comes from our own flesh and our own blood. It is only your word and your Spirit that can help me differentiate the good from the evil. I can no longer distinguish the good from the bad by my own. 

Therefore guide me and show me the path of righteousness in the name of Jesus. Forgive my previous sins and wipe out my transgression from your book. Instead write my name for I only believe and trust in you for every good and bad circumstances I shall face in my life. May the glory be your forever and more in Jesus name, Amen!”

 

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        Fasika    |    Aug. 6, 2014     | 1,765 Views    |   
 

It is so often that we find ourselves in a different perspective/view with our spouse. This is not evil by itself but we need to find a way to tell that in a loving and caring way whether the other person really cares for us or not. Disagreement occurs when what we trust and what we love seems to be violated or not taken as important.

It occurs when we felt unloved and untrusted. Most of the time that seems to be true but the fact is, it is a very dangerous weapon that could destroy our relationship. Argument destroys relationship in such a way that whenever we felt we are unloved or untrusted, we will speak words that would destroy our relationship. You will always be tempted to say wrong words that will create the wrong impression that they are not cared for and loved for and needed for. 

One of the reasons we make mistake while we are speaking is we do not take enough time to choose the right word and to say the right word we choose. Quite a few times we choose to say what Holy Spirit tells us to say than our emotions and situations told us to say. When St. Peter took a vow not to betray Jesus and he did it three times, he was not consulting with the Holy Spirit to speak. He trusted his feelings and they told him the reality but that didnot please God at all.

Your flesh and feelings will always tell you the reality but the fact is if you follow them, soon you will find yourself in a big trouble.

But your faith inspired by the Holy Ghost will guide you how to escape through hard times including when you are angry and your spirit is embittered.

We also don’t need to argue for everything. Argument is usually taken as misunderstanding. When you try to raise an issue, you need to make sure it is well taken care of and well understood before you even bring it to the table.

If your spouse doesn’t get what you are trying to do for him/her and you are insisted to do that, you will find yourself in a conflict. I heard them say, “I have never felt peace with him” or “she doesn’t know what really matters to me”. And that is their husband/wife they are talking about whereas s/he could probably attempted every effort to do his/her responsibility to reach out to his family.

We don’t know sometimes what matters most to our spouse.  But if we know that, we will do the exact thing that pleases him/her and we will enjoy the fruit of that. For example, if a wife insisted on going to work early so that she will be there on time, but the husband is trying to convince her that she has to stay more in the house may be to take care of something in the house, then that will make her feel that he doesn’t give enough thought for her getting to work on time. As a result she might feel that he has no value for what she has done for her family. 

This is only one issue we could see in our marriage. But there are many cases that we can’t even guess what will happen to us. Love sometimes gets offended and say some words that could hurt the feelings of others. That doesn’t mean we have the right to offend others specially those who are too much sensitive for the love we show to them. We may want to express our deepest heart felt disappointments in a more wisdom, charming and loving way to our spouse.

The fact that we disagree doesn’t mean we are rude and arrogant. But the words we choose to disagree and the intonation of our voice and the expression of our body language make it so. You will never find life let alone marriage easy unless you bind enthusiasm and love together with faithfulness. Enthusiasm is that piece of act that you do to create fun and positive environment around you so that they will not feel depressed or accused or misunderstood.

It is a real form of passion just purely positive, honest and kind. It produces the energy that will inspire some to dotheir job well and others to be productive in life. A person with enthusiasm will never caught with anger or hatred because he/she will never get tired of believing that something is there for the good and one should never quits trying to do nothing but the best.

That being said I see that all values, rules, principles are all empty if I cannot make my spouse’s face brighter and happy. There are disappointments created when we don’t use the right word to make our point. Disappointments lead to anger and anger to hatred and hate to death or divorce.

So No disappointments No problem!

Don’t be the one who creates disappointments and sad faces on your spouse’s face. Peace and freedom is all we need not food. But then that will make it a relationship too simple to be true, right?

Ok let’s put it this way; don’t say from your side that you are disappointed. Let them disappoint you and hurt you but don’t say any word.  But this could really change our lives in the wrong direction. If you allow your spouse to abuse you, you might find yourself cheating on your marriage to relief mistreat and abuse your lover has caused you.

That will also lead to sin to death or divorce. The other option, is to keep it in you until it is all passed and then before it is turned in to hate just deal with it. The pattern is disappointment – anger – hate – death.

Deal with it at the junction points. The sooner the better because you will not find it hard to explain the issue because you don’t forget the exact detail.

If it is too early, it will be mixed up with passion and you will say unwholesome words. If it is too late, it will be mixed with blood and flush that you will not able to get out of you and it will be mixed with you and you will be one with your problems like some kind of disease. But then there is a medicine that is produced from what Jesus did on the cross.

It is forgiveness and love and compassion that will save the day for you not to speak unwholesome words to your spouse. Sometimes it is difficult to say how unwholesome can be our words. Our words don’t have to be arrogant to break the heart of our spouses. But they are cruel enough if they break them anyways. They are offended and broken-hearted due to our unwise argument. Therefore it doesn’t matter what words we use.

So it is all dependent on the kind of heart your spouse has. It is like before you apply any substance to a patient, you would like to know the medical condition of the patient. The same is it true here. Not every person can take any word. Some are too much sensitive and some are as hard as an iron. So be careful what to say to your spouse.

May the Lord gives us wisdom to understand our relationship better and to love better and avoid any form of destructive argument. Lord we pray that even in the times of argument and heated debate, you take the lead and guide us through the differences that we face not only as couples but also as children of the most fearsome God


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        Tewodros    |    Aug. 5, 2014     | 1,814 Views    |   
 

The nature of our love and attention to our spouse is so self-centered that sometimes we might fall in to pits of disappointment every now and then. The word self-centered has to do with only me but not us and it always raises the question which has me in it. “Why don’t you tell me that?”, “What do you do for me?” etc.

As your draw your attention more into the boundaries of other people lives, you will do an error that you will just do one thing to mess around with it that it all happen because you are not just handling with care but with a lot of feelings that are not responsible and matured.

People tend to believe this behavior comes because they are so in love with their spouse and they want to put their feelings in to it. The more feelings they put the more mistakes they made to please one another.

Love is not just a bunch of feelings that will just say ‘I do this for you because I have a felling for you’ rather love is a commitment and bondage that will stay itself the same no matter what feelings you have for one another. Love only express himself in a more self-less and caring way.

Love is not the reason for you to be angry but your feelings are. Love is not the reason that makes you speak unwholesome word but your feelings are. Love will not say as it wants when it wants. Love will say what other people needed to hear.

Love is above any feelings that you have for one another since your feelings are just for a while but love is what will be with you till the end. So don’t trust your feelings. Rather use them to build love for your spouse.

I think we all agree that without those feelings there is no hint that you are in love. Those feelings are the passion of your life. The moment you stop feeling things when they just come towards you, that will be the last time you may ever see them. Our feelings are the burning fuels in all areas of our lives.

But we have to be sure that these feelings come from the Lord or the devil. When we have some thoughts that we put more emphasis on, they will soon turn in to a feelings and soon control our lives.

If we don’t control our feelings, they will control us and our lives.

Therefore, true love never cause harm to others but your feelings could do that if you don’t know how to manage them. There is always a problem when you let out of your feelings come out of anger instead of love. Relationships can be rough and intense sometimes when things in life becomes difficult to bear with.

The best way to manage them is to work as a team no matter what.

To get the best result out of our marriage, we need to live as one to work, to create, to endure, to manage and to organize. Despite all of things we can do mentioned above, our specialization at work could be different. Our way of thinking to solve the same problem could also be different. But we need to think in such a way that we all working the best we can to build our family. There should be any partiality or self-centered thinking that could break the family in to pieces.

Mark 10:8  “…and the two will become one flesh.” So they are no longer two, but one flesh.

I believe many of the issues of life can be solved if we could just take our spouse as one with our selves.

No one would do any harm to his own body. Instead he will take a good care of himself and leave not an open door for the enemy to come and destroy himself.

That said, I would like to say also before every long before two individual got divorced, there was a time that they stop thinking as one, husband and wife like the word of God says they are.

Being one in the flesh is the secret to having a good marital relationship.

Ephesians 5:28: So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. 

Better yet, there is a greater challenge for all of those who already obeyed the first commandment of marriage that is to love their wives as their own bodies.

Ephesians 5:25-33: Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of.

How does Christ love the church?

1. Christ loves the church unconditionally

2. Christ disgraced himself to look after the church that was going to destruction

3. Christ never judges his church

4. Christ always covers up the sin of the church with his blood

5. Christ never criticized his church

6. Christ sacrificed everything including his life for the good of the      church

7. Christ never lets the devil get the best of the church

8. Christ always intercedes for the church

9. Christ never gives up on the church

10. Christ died for the church

11. Chris promised the church he will come one day to take his church to the glory of God

There is no greater love than Christ loves the church since he gave his life for her.

All of these would have been nothing if it had been not for the last one.

Here is the best one:

 12. Christ loved the church even if the church claimed she doesn’t want his help to be saved.

To better explain the last sentence, think of the time when Christ was given to be crucified.

He had done it even if the church was making fun of him, telling him he would do a lot better if he could do some form of magic and save himself first from the death penalty.

There is nothing Christ has not done for us I can possibly imagine.

This is greater love because there is no greater love than to lay your life for someone’s life.

If you are willing to pay all the price for the well being of your spouse, that is the greatest form of love.

That is to lay your soul for one another.

Does this mean that we have to disobey the commandments of the lord just to please our spouses no matter what? Absolutely not. If we walk in love in the eyes of God and people, there won’t come a time we please one and disobey the other.

Love covers sin and bears commandments. Love never fails. In conclusion, if we are willing to lay ourselves for one another, we will always be capable to solve our problems in love.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, I would like to leave you with the following scripture from Proverb 3:3.

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.

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        Tewodros    |    Aug. 4, 2014     | 14,192 Views    |   
 

We are changing just a little bit every day. Do you know that whatever event has happened, it will redirect you to a new event and a new environment, due to someone has already changed the environment?

Because a new environment is created, the outcome will also be changed. Whenever a new environment is created, either because a new thing is introduced or the state of our mind has changed, then we have to consider this before we make any decision and take actions based on our decision.

This is all about life. Our brain is changing dynamically due to our experience to the Almighty. A new revelation has occurred and you are no longer the same person as before.  

So what has our mind to do with all of this? Our mind involves mainly with all the skills and training we need to perform our job with ease. Our incompetence is our weakness. It makes us unqualified or untrained. It will make some slaves while others become kings.

Everybody has his own way of learning. The Lord teaches everyone according to his understanding. But at the end, we will all learn our lesson. So our competency level is our strength. Our faith in Christ changes our attitude in life. Our attitudes towards our lives determine our success.

Many have made it through because they made their ways right with God. Do you think age matters so much?  Yes, because old age is an indication of long time dedication to wisdom and exposure to knowledge. No, because it is the Spirit of the Lord that makes one successful and wise and others a failure. We are good at least in one thing in life and that is our earthly purpose.

I believe there are two kinds of purpose in life. One is our earthly purpose and the other one is our heavenly purpose. With purpose comes heavenly gifts that will empower us to do what we are supposed to do with confidence. Our spiritual gifts come to us as talents that will give the energy and enthusiasm to learn more and do more to complete our journey of faith and fulfill our destiny.

Our earthly purpose is related to things that we need to do every day to support us and our family. The fact that we are very good at it will make our lives very easy and it will create confidence in what we are doing. But the more miserable we feel while doing our earthly jobs, the less we may find ourselves in peace with ourselves and others around us. The more we do things outside the will of God, the more we feel powerless and far from being fulfilled as children of God.

Whether we divide our purpose in to two or not, it all comes as one package to us. It is all under the will of God we need to accomplish in life before we complete our journey in life. This could be whether we work as laborers or professionals; whether we earn less at work, or we are highly paid individuals. Our job is to complete the work the Lord has created for us before we were born. That is our purpose in life.

How does our heart play a role in this regard?
I have understood that our heart is the most important part of our body. If we just allow bad things to get in to the inner chambers of heart, suffocating us with lifeless talks and blasphemy, we could easily die of sin. If you want to play with them, play according to your mind. I mean what is so pleasing about this world. What makes us happy one day turn out to be a sorrow the other day.

Nothing stays the same. The same way they sneak in to your heart, they will sneak out also. I mean when they pack out and leave you, what would you do? Your poor heart will be empty and broken. The point is it is much better not to allow them to get there first. No friend is for real. The closest friend we may possibly think of might turn on us one day, but Jesus will never let us down while we put our hope in him.

If you really think about it, the closest thing they can do is to live with you as long as you keep your mouth shut. All the trust you have built fo a life time will be destroyed in a splash of second. What a tiresome love it is. But there is greatest love of all that will give rest to our restless soul. The love of Jesus. He never asks us anything in return except to listen to his voice every day so that he can guide and lead us in the path of righteousness.

He died the death of a sinner to pay all our debts and to bring him with us. He took our penalties for you and me, my darling. We were sinner falling far from the mercy of God. There was no grace on his face that made him look good.

In other words, he took the suffering of his children and not the face of a master. Nothing in us was good enough to be loved. That has caused us to be left alone. Our sufferings were great. Our worries made us looked like an old person. But still no one felt empathy for us. Only one person from heavens cares for us. He felt our pain and agony. Only Jesus loves us dearly to share our pain. We all change brothers and sisters. The only thing that will remain the same in this life and forever more is the love of God through Christ Jesus.

Matthew 10:37
Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

Our God we give honor and praise for reveling this great mystery to us. Please show us the right the way to exalt your name above all of our circumstances, in Jesus Name, Amen!

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        Fasika    |    Aug. 1, 2014     | 1,569 Views    |   
 


I am so amazed by the art of living of this world. No one listens a speech without enthusiasm. All day long they think about pleasing themselves. You cannot get someone’s attention without art. They are going to hell and they never look back. They would rather die than listen.

They pay a lot of price to get the junks of this world. Devil tricked them with the sense of an art. They are dragging away to distraction with the idea of false freedom and faked pleasure. I saw many who can’t compromise with their happiness. They all are self-centered and for that purpose they live. They can’t think outside of their ego and they care not for others.

They are willing to reward someone who can affect their lives in a negative way. But God honestly and truly has invited every one, free of charge and with his two hands opened. All the time he is ready to take you back. But I say this with hopelessness that no one wants to returns from his own ways. No one wants to listen to the calm voice of the Lord and no one even cares that there is a savior for the lost. No one astonishingly believes that someone out there gives everything to save us.

There are times when people would rather pay their own money and spent their time with the evil than to turn back to Lord and repent their sins by hearing the calm voice of the Lord. Some start to talk against the word of God that comes to them. Some insult the servants of the Lord. Why because they feel like they are distracted from their own ways by God. When I see all of this I realize that punishment is for real.

In its due time God will punish everyone who is rebelling against his will for our lives. We only have a relatively small amount of time to turn from our evil ways and come back to our father who is always ready to love us in the same way he loved us before. His love for our lives never changes never ends.

His promises are not like human promises that will break. They are everlasting peace, joy and rest for our soul. We are created to form everlasting relationship with our father not to live in solitude.
And as of these selfish desires of ours, they will never get satisfied nor can we feel the joy and happiness from the garbage we desire to fill our selves except through our Lord Jesus Christ.


God’s wrath on the wicked is real. Let us not fake ourselves in to believing the wrong message from the devil. Let us be fruitful and productive by spending our valuable time doing the right thing our soul wanted to do through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Having done all of that, let’s come to him who gives grace to the humble and tell him, “My Lord I have done the work you have prepared for me before I was formed in my mother’s womb. I am so lucky to be an instrument of hope, faith and love. I am so delighted to be used by you for your glory. Let my days end worshiping your true nature with all my strength and might. In the name of Jesus”


The Spirt of the Lord is calling us to his presence every day. The Holy Spirt always telling us,
“Please don’t take any of that garbage from the world that is simply out there in the name of having fun and entertainment. Too much of that garbage can suffocate our soul and spirit and ultimately can permanently distract our fellowship with the Holy Ghost.”

May God bless you and give you grace to spend all your time worshiping his true glory forever, in Jesus name, Amen!

1 John 4:1
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Jude 1:7
Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.
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Yet e sent prophets to them, to bring them again to the Lord; and they testified against them: but they would not give ear



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        Tewodros    |    Jul. 28, 2014     | 1,899 Views    |   
 


What made the devil the devil is his pride - taking true glory which of Gods to himself. That made him fall and changed a worshiping Angel in to a daemon. He compared himself to God and liked it and just allowed pride to sneak in to him. He took the moment to enjoy it for himself. That seriously made God very angry that he cast him down from an outstanding glory in to the darkness.

Isaiah 14: 13
You said in your heart,
    ‘I will ascend to heaven;
above the stars of God
    I will set my throne on high;
I will sit on the mount of assembly
    in the far reaches of the north;
 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
    I will make myself like the Most High.


All other sins are mainly of weakness of the flesh but thinking of a place and praises like the most high God for yourself is an absolute sin. Be careful even when people thank you.


It took me several days to identify making the mistake of putting my self in a position above what I shouldn't be and feeling proud of my self. Holy Spirit, praise the Lord, told me the mistake I had made. The devil compared himself to God. He wanted to be taken as God. Likewise every non spiritual song also has the spirit of idolizing a creation rather than our Creator. The idea of these type of songs are written for a man glorifies woman and woman glorifies men. Our God is a jealous God; not in a negative way but in a way that will make him always truthful and God almighty.

You should not take credit for something you don’t deserve.  You should not possess something that doesn’t belong to you. You should not own something that is not yours. You should not take something that is not given to you. Praise, honor, worship belongs to God almighty. God himself search for a proud heart and he will break that in to pieces. This is not to make us feel less confidence of our selves. This is to make us a better person. This is to make as humble and kind to others.

If God didn’t show any pity for his own son while he was on the cross, how much more should he punish us for something that we are simply proud of? For Jesus had only been punished since he carried our sins, but if we donot confess our sins, we are destined ourselves for eternal punishment. All we have to know is we are only humans full of weaknesses. We are weak in every area of our lives. We are weak in flesh, we are weak in spirit, and we are weak in our psychology. Our immunity to the illness of this world is apparently weak.

Our resistance to temptation is almost negligible. No one has successfully passed all the temptation of life except Christ Jesus. But Christ did it on the cross and he is now able to feel empathy (not sympathy) for us. What makes us stand against all our adversaries is this huge amount of wisdom and love in the form of the Spirit of the Lord. When we start to operate under the governance and the anointment of the Lord, we are no more weak but strong and mighty.


The strength of a person starts with identifying his/her weakness and feeling empathy for others. The fact that we remain in one sin for a long time is because we don’t acknowledge the one who has the power to deliver us from our sin.  We are still trying to get out of it with our own strength and our own understanding. We are too proud to ask God for help.

The other reason we stay in bondage of sin is just because we didn’t complete the lesson that comes with it. We are not able to understand the fact that if we see somebody in the same situation, we have to extend our hand and offer help.  We don’t feel pity for others who are in the same situation. We are judgmental about other people and their weaknesses. There could be many more reasons why we are still in bondage.


May the grac of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit create a humble heart in us who would tremble when God speak to us for the fear of the Lord is in us and listen to him no matter what our circumstances look like, in Jesus Name, AMEN!

Isaiah 66 The Lord said:
Heaven is my throne;
    the earth is my footstool.
What kind of house
could you build for me?
    In what place will I rest?
 I have made everything;
that’s how it all came to be.
    I, the Lord, have spoken.
The people I treasure most
    are the humble—
they depend only on me
    and tremble when I speak.
You sacrifice oxen to me,
    and you commit murder;
you sacrifice lambs to me
    and dogs to other gods;
you offer grain to me
    and pigs' blood to idols;
you burn incense to me
    and praise your idols.
You have made your own choice
to do these disgusting things
    that you enjoy so much.
 You refused to answer
    when I called out;
you paid no attention
    to my instructions.
Instead, you did what I hated,
    knowing it was wrong.
Now I will punish you



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        Tewodros    |    Jul. 25, 2014     | 2,033 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     | 1,833 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     | 1,937 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     | 1,794 Views    |   
 


God set precondition for our blessings in this life but not to our salvation.  Our salvation is pre-destined but not our blessings. Our obedience to the laws of God can determine our blessings but not necessarily our salvation.

Our faith determine our salvation. Does this mean a sinner will inherit the kingdom of God? Definitely not. But we cannot work our salvation by obeying the laws only. The laws cannot justify our salvation. It justifies that we are not able to do our own salvation due to the fact that we are sinners and Christ died for us to break the spiritual bondage.

We are saved by the grace and mercy of God shown through Christ and not by our works and deeds. But then if we can’t do anything to justify ourselves against sin and if only the work of Jesus can only sanctify us why do we even bother to do the right thing the Lord expects from us?

This is one of the most critical questions that every Christian has to have a clear understanding . Yes, we are expected to bear many fruits of the spirit like kindness to others, be merciful as our father is merciful, generous, self-control, godliness and many more.

Again due to the wickedness of our heart we were separated from God and we wouldn't be able to get to him in peace if we didn't accept the Lord as our savior and Lord. But this is not the final step in our journey of faith. In fact believing in Christ is just the beginning of the end to this journey

 Deuteronomy 28: The Lord will make your businesses and your farms successful. You will harvest large crops, and your herds of cattle and flocks of sheep and goats will produce many young. You will have many children. You will have plenty of bread to eat. The Lord will make you successful in your daily work. The Lord will make you defeat your enemies and make them scatter in all direction.  

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

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

What is our salvation composed of?

It includes repentence in the spirit that we promise the Lord we will no longer partake wickedness with the wicked. That we are disgusted with our sin and we will no longer want to peruse the lifestyle of sin. That we will forgive others as we are forgiven. Most importantly that what Jesus has done on the cross is enough to lead us in the path of righteousness.

Basically, salvation is more or less a promise than an act. A promise that you will be a good person that the Lord died to redeem and see a person walking by faith. So we are saved by promise and not by works.

So what if we cannot live up to the expectation of our promise?

That is also a very good question. Sometimes we found ourselves under the darkness of sin even after we are saved? Does this mean we lost our salvation and we no longer belong to the Lord’s family? These are all the question of the flesh we all once felt and got worried about. 

But package of the plan of our salvation is complete . The Lord has prepared everything we need to be saved and remain saved.

The answer to this question relies on if we may come to him with true repentanceand wash our sins away through the blood of Jesus and the word of God. This is a great mystery as Paul mentioned in Ephesians.

The church are presented as the body of Christ which he cleanses her pure and worthy to worship God through his blood. This is not one time process. It is our day to day activity and whenever we are short of the glory of God when to come to the throne of God through Christ.

The last and most important questions that we all ask is what if one intentionally abuses this sacred covenant with the Lord by doing bad things over and over and over again. I would say that will be the worst thing that could possible happen to a Christian. There is far much hope for a person who is not saved yet than a person who intentionally abuse the blood of Jesus. The word of God has clearly stated that such kind of person has no inheritance in the kingdom of God

But for those who has no option but to lead a sinful life while they are craving for the glory of God inside; God knows everything even the deepest thought of our heart. For those who have hunger and thrust to see his face but the wickedness of this world doesn’t allow them to experience what they desire to see.


For those who cries out to him for freedom of sin and whose hope comes from the Lord, the Lord will prepare an escape plan from the scheme of the wicked. For those who put their eyes on the Lord and for those whose strength is built on the Lord, there is still hope in finding God’s purpose as my life my witness.

May the Lord protect us from casting away from the plans of God. May he blessed us with abundance of grace to resist every temptation of sin and extend his mercy every day to live with peace and love with him and others.


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        Fasika    |    Jul. 21, 2014     | 3,484 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     | 2,090 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     | 2,595 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     | 1,807 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     | 5,419 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     | 1,804 Views    |   
 


How beautiful it is when we do all things for God's glory no matter what we do! The fear of him will always be in you. This is the next intimate relationship with God. You no more have feelings for the self. Instead you always try to realize what makes him happy and what makes him sad. You don’t seek your own expectations of what makes him happy. Instead you do only what he tells you to do. You don’t seek your own desires but instead you go after his. You don’t run after your wild dreams but you will follow him wherever he leads you.

You don’t hesitate to follow his laws instead you direct your path according to his will. You don’t try to make someone happy just to get attention. You make him happy first and all the rest latter. You don’t fear no one but the only one who should be respected all the time. 

This is how you will glorify his name on your life. The name that have the full power on the earth and the heaven. His name is Jesus and it is sweetest than anything else. You start to live as a sacrifice to his pleasure not drawn too much to your own desires running away from slavery of the mind, the body and the soul which is only possible through the Lord Jesus Christ. 

How good is it to worship God in the midst of his congregation? How blessed we shall be if we can really make him happy with our songs - a song that comes from truthful mouth.  How blissful to be chosen by God for his own work. How blessed is the person whose tongue that really speaks the right thing at the time of need. How great his love? How wonderful is his mercy? He ought to be worshiped and glorified. Therefore we should go on and on praising him all the days and all nights of my remaining life.

After all life is too precious to play with and we should take all the effort to preserve it. Praying is sometimes the best we can do about it. Sometimes, when God requests something from us to do something or to just believe, it is because he has better plans. Moreover, when we are asked to do something we better do it because it is for our good he plans.

Sometimes God requests us to give what we love most just to express how much we love him. Like a father who gives something to his son and ask him back. We become too much focused and overwhelmed by the item, and we say we won’t let go. Hay! It is already God's gift to us and the thing is we better like it or not we should give it back and we know God is not a taker. He will give it back to us again. Let’s believe him and he is faithful to do what is best for us.

Focus is sometimes the key and determination and careful actions we should take make us wise and successful. I think the best thing to do before we really do the thing is to think the think first. Be reasonable in doing anything. Don’t do something because you just like it or because you find it easy. One thing should be clear here. You should do it because you know with all your heart it is the right thing to do. 

Life can be tricky and tough sometimes. It can get ugly and meaningless. So the best choice is to stick to God’s plan as it is written to our hearts.

Please God feel us not just only with food and drink but with your Spirit so that we can speak advice and comfort to the poor. Our soul is poor and hungry to hear from you. We know you speak wisdom and discipline like no one else. All the days of our lives, we shall speak truth; yes that’s right, nothing but truth. 

I leave you with the word of God. May God bless you and keep you in peace till next time…

1 John 2:4
He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.


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        Fasika    |    Jul. 11, 2014     | 2,048 Views    |   
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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        Fasika    |    Jul. 10, 2014     | 1,886 Views    |   
 

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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



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        Tewodros    |    Jul. 9, 2014     | 1,879 Views    |   
 

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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        Tewodros    |    Jul. 8, 2014     | 5,216 Views    |   
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We also need to become one with Jesus. 

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

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

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

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

Then our family will change. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let your name be glorified in Jesus Name!

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        Tewodros    |    Jul. 7, 2014     | 2,350 Views    |   
 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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        Tewodros    |    Jul. 4, 2014     | 1,767 Views    |   
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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        Tewodros    |    Jul. 3, 2014     | 12,600 Views    |   
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Curses:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Blessings:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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        Tewodros    |    Jul. 2, 2014     | 2,083 Views    |   
 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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


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

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        Tewodros    |    Jul. 1, 2014     | 1,699 Views    |   
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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        Tewodros    |    Jun. 30, 2014     | 1,710 Views    |    2 Comments
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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        Tewodros    |    Jun. 27, 2014     | 14,034 Views    |    2 Comments
 

      

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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        Tewodros    |    Jun. 26, 2014     | 2,015 Views    |    1 Comments
 

       

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Genesis 27:

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

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

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

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

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

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        Tewodros    |    Jun. 25, 2014     | 1,755 Views    |    1 Comments
 

      

The most dangerous thing about human beings is their willing power to do anything. So God can't control any thing around that. God will do any thing in his mighty power to keep us with him. I believed in my entire life that no one will burn in hell forever, except the devil of course.

I was so reluctant in life. Why? Because of his graceful mercy and every thing about the Lord compassion that is he is full of LOVE. Well, devil almost takes me through destruction because of this. Still I have a difficulty understanding this. Still I am striving to be able to grasp this concept and share the truth about it. I know I am doing my best to please God. I guess that is all I need to do. May be more, I don't know.

 

Knowing God s will is finding a great peace from our uncertainties. Knowing God is more of believing in him and establishing a faithful relationship with him. Who knows God with out believing him first? Who says for sure I know my Lord with out surrendering his life? Who can see God with out leaving everything for him?

 

Who will fully trust God while one hand is on the wheel? Trust is the key. I see that I don't even fully trust in God sometimes. I see that I want to be a co-pilot. Does the creator of the earth and heavens need assistance? Does God ever need our help to do his will other than to be completely surrendering our selfish desires and follow him?

 

May be the cause of our unbelief is that we might probably spent all of our lives in a secular manner. May be we miss understood the advice that says, The Lord will help those who help them selves . This would put too much confusion to us. It sounds as if we should do all manner of things according to our understanding of his will without making sure it is. 

 

I believe the message shall be better understood as: 

Do your work according to his will but not according to your own version of it, and leave the rest to God with no worries and anxieties no matter what .

 

Jesus already knew that he is going to die and rise up. Scriptures has already written for him to confirm that. I don't think he cried for deliverance at the cross even when they mock him and make fun of him. He said, if I had asked my father for help, he would have sent me legions of angels right now . This means he didn t ask for help.

 

He didn t ask it because he knows his destiny and every single step he should follow to reach there. We might know about our destiny but the steps that we should take to reach there may be hidden from us. How do we know our steps? HOLY SPIRIT.

 

He is so special, so close, so clear and concise. We know him and we heard him many times before. But we didn t always listen to him as we should do. Because of that we will get in to all manner of troubles. 

He is the one that Jesus preferred to go so that he will come. Jesus is saying, while I am with you, you didn t know me.

So Jesus preferred to go to his father and come back to his beloved. In every one of us, he always wants to whisper something precious than pure gold and silver.

He would always say all night and all day:
I love you. I have proof in my hand that I have pained for you. I have payed all the price that is necessary for us to be together. I will never leave you till the end of time.

I will always be there for you. You don't have to be afraid of anything. I have defeated the world. Please don't do that and you need to start to do this, till I come and take you to the place I have prepared for you in my father's house.


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. 24, 2014     | 2,010 Views    |   
 

After all those years of hard knocks and difficult times, we come too far to quit. This is not the time to quit as God controls everything. If we have the power to quit, we do it long time ago. The Lord has put a mark on his children. No devil can test them, mock them, and do what ever he wants with them. Therefore he cannot control our destiny. Our destiny is pre-designed and predetermined by God.  

No one knows our destiny except through him. The Lord has given us every opportunity. The things we get in life that we don't deserve is not because we are better than our friends. But God help us just to take us to our destiny and to fulfill his plan in our lives. If he wants us to live a normal life, we might not get those chances. God has stated it, he will finish it.  

The battle belongs to God Almighty. No arrogant devil can snatch us from his hand. He is not human to lie with his promises. He is able to keep his children with him. He is God almighty. No one insult him and live in peace.  

God has given his children incompatible great power through Christ. In our hand, just for own sake, there is some glory, hidden for us, prepared for us before time begins. But we haven t seen it yet. When the time comes, we will know. The devil doesn't want us to get there. He will fight us with every bit of strength. But the more he fights us, the stronger we will be. God allow him only for this purpose. The more he baffles us, the quicker we will get to our destiny.  

We are like mighty solders who are fierce in battle. The more our enemies tried to catch us, the stronger we will get because more blood will flow in to our veins. There will be more energy in our spiritual mussels pumped all the way from the heart of heavens. Sooner we will find ourselves so mighty in battle that they will no longer be able to stand before 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! 

Ephesians 1:17 - I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

 





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        tewodros    |    Jun. 23, 2014     | 1,745 Views    |   
 

Psalm 73:25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.b My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Instantiate the spirit of battle in me, O Lord in Jesus name! Give me my previous privilege of being your son my Lord and my God. I will cry on to you. Restore my faith in you. 

To whom I shall cry? Whom I have on earth but you? Whom I have in heaven but you? I will not stop crying on to you until you hear me and help me. I believe I am not crying in vain. I believe you when you do miracles in people lives. I saw you delivering and snatching men from the mouths of the lions.  

I need my miracles too. I want you to snatch me from the belly of the python. I am in hell burning day and night. Save me my Lord, I have no one to help me. I will spend the rest of my life in service to you.  

I will be grateful and I will proclaim your name to generations. I will speak of your salvation to my brothers. It is only you that I believe and love more than anything in life. It is this curse that sucks my blood day and night which hides your face from me. You know I have no one but you, O Lord.  

You know I am considered worthless in front of any one for your name's sake, my Lord. I was delightful in my shame as long as I keep your promises. I never forget your teachings except this terrible disease. The curse that I got it from the darkness of this world is almost finishing me.  

Don't you want me Lord? If I die, I say my family or me deserve what we do with this life. I won't feel pity for any of that. But what about you, dear God. Do you want the death of the sinner?  

What about the vision you gave me? What about all those promises you made to me? I know I have forgotten some of them but you can always remind me of them. Isn't you that said, "I will never leave you nor for sake you".  

You promised, I will be with you till the end. You were confident on yourself when you made your promises. You were not relying on any body but you when you come to me. 

I don't believe and never believed that I heard the wrong message from you. I know my callings and it is been confirmed by your messengers many times. Your love is fading in me since I am not practicing it. And this makes you unhappy I know.

And this brings a curse to me. If not preaching or teaching, I can do something to your kingdom. Even dying in your hand is a great privilege. Your presence is all I need; it provides salvation for my soul. You are all I have got on earth.

I will dedicate a time for you Lord and see your face daily. Just take my sins away from me that cover your face from me. I will get back to you and I will do well as before. I will be trusting on you and strive to keep my promises.

I will always be in a spirit of prayer and thanks giving for everything you do for me. I will fast and pray and listen to your Word so that I shall be strong in your Spirit. I will always sing of your love and praises in the midst of your congregation.

If we return to our God with all our heart, he is willing to forgive all our sins and able to cleanse us from our inequities with the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ. Worthy is the Lamb to receive glory and honor for the kingdom of God shall stand forever.

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        tewodros    |    Jun. 20, 2014     | 4,081 Views    |    2 Comments
 

When Jesus met with that Samaritan woman, she tried to hide her bad personal experience like anybody does. But Jesus told her everything she had gone through. He didn't say that she had lied because she didn't tell the truth. 

 

Here is the thing; you can't call a person a liar just because he didn't tell the truth. She hid her pain and misery that make her walk in sorrow. She didn't want to tell that to every stranger she met. But you can see how truthful she was when she told everybody about the messiah that she had found on her way home. 

 

She met the savior and He told her everything good and bad about her life. You can't judge anybody unless you know everything. Jesus didn't even judge her that she had a bad luck that every man she married had left her. But we know according to our custom that this lady might have been criticized and judged by the society. That is why she had hidden the truth from Jesus when she first met him. 

 

Now, Jesus being the creator and Lord, knew everything about her life, didn't want to judge her. This should be the character we should build the rest of our lives. Don't judge nobody, not even yourself! The only good we can get from it is that we create an opportunity for the devil to ruin our lives. 

 

People are in pain and misery that they experience every day because of our judgmental behavior. Not even with lots of cries and fasting and humility of the heart you can't fix it what is already broken. We should not use our 'righteousness' to judge somebody. 

 

How do we not know everything about another person and judge them anyway?  We don't even know how to act and behave. In the first place, we don't want anybody to judge us. We don't even want anybody trying to change us. We all know that we are created to fill an empty space in God's kingdom. We know the fact that we are created to complete a given purpose. 

 

God bless you for reading this blog about judgment. Before we even think about judging someone, we must think that we are redeemed by the blood of Jesus out of forgiveness of God and any negative attitude towards others will degrade the value of our redemption that Christ has paid for our sins. 

 

God has loved us all and extended his mercy indefinitely so that we all can be children of God and love each other freely without boundaries. Forgiveness is the key to happy life and prosperity, not judgment. It shouldn't be our nature to judge someone instead of showing love and respect towards them the way we want them to love and respect us. 

 

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        tewodros    |    Jun. 19, 2014     | 1,914 Views    |   
 

We do not live as they live. We are not called for drinking, eating and chatting. We are called for a glorious purpose that brings glory to God s name. He ordained us in the beginning for the greatest life of all. We don't see as they see, we don't talk as they talk. We are special people of God. In the end the scripture says, people start to marry each other, there will be a lot of celebration and will forget the return of the Lamb of God, the holy one.

 

But you dearest, watch the time and seasons as the coming of the Lord is unknown. Only God knows when, not even the son of man knows that day. But woe to those that are pregnant with the staff of this world, as that day becomes a lot of trouble for them. I mean tell me how good is to get deep in to the garbage of this world since the end of time is getting closer one level at a time?

 

How good is to have so and so cars or houses or a husband or a wife, which have no values in the kingdom of God? So when we want to tell God about our husband or wife, let us tell him interms of the benefits they have to us to bring glory to God and what benefit are we to them to accomplish their purpose on earth.

 

This could be a car or whatever we have that we are proud of it. It is good to know that every thing we have in life is not a real thing that we should put our heart on it. It is a test by the Lord if we will use as an opportunity to bliss him and glorify him with it or any thing we want it but God told us not to use it. And if we must obey, we must obey it like an earthly father test the LOVE of his child by giving him something and see if we can be faithful and can be trusted.

 

It is faithfulness if we can easily give it back to our father and mother whenever we are asked to give it back. We are trustworthy if we can use it as the father tells us to use it. But most of us, we focused so much in the toy. That is why we don't know how to use it appropriately. And even worse we forget who gave it to us to use in the first place. There is no problem if we like the toy but better we know there is a real thing coming. And the toy is nothing compared to it.

 

So Let us not forget the real gift of God which is joy, kindness, happiness, LOVE, compassion, mercy, praise, worship, honor, dignity, friendship, and truthfulness by focusing too much on the fancy item we have. Most of all don't miss the eternal purpose of life, the main reason we are born to do by becoming too much blind from the deceitfulness of the world.

Yes, it is sometimes inevitable to face disappointments as we are little children of God and it is easy to miss his will easily. We used to be more disobedient when we were little children than we are now to our earthly parents. But now as we grow older, we also grow wise. We no longer make the same mistake that makes our parents unhappy.


Same is true with father God. We have to know him more of him everyday in order to know his real purpose in life. Let us not forget, God is not on the side of sinners. So we should hate evil and do what is right. We miss his plan for us because we don't know him. We forgot what he has done to our lives. The pattern of his covenant and his miracles and wonders are proofs that he is miracle maker and He is a God of principle. If we abide by his word, he is willing to do his miracles for us. He does it according to his principles.


We should always seek and do good to remind him his promises he has made to us in his word. It is a covenant between him and us. It is bondage that will stay forever.


Let us not also forget we are called everyday, most importantly to tell his wonderful LOVE to others who may need it to establish their relationship to God through Jesus Christ. Let s not hesitate to share our lives and tell what God has done for us thorough Christ Jesus.


This way we will not be put to shame and our spirit will not hold responsible for the destructions of the sinful world. Most importantly let us avoid anything in our lives whether it is sin or a bad habit or anything at all that will darken our lives and lose the transparency of our heart which eventually make us unable to shine the glory of God in our lives.


May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit help us finish our journey with hope, faith and LOVE in Jesus Name, AMEN!

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        tewodros    |    Jun. 18, 2014     | 1,460 Views    |   
 

Well first of all it may not be the will of God. This doesn't mean God is selfish who only do what he wants. The thing is it is much better for us to be unhappy and to get in to heaven than to get what we want and be destroyed with it. What we wish is far from what we really need: God knows what we really need.

 

For example, we used to get easily attracted to someone who is not the will of God for us. But we wanted to be with him/her anyways. When God gives, God gives the best. There is no sorrow and grief in God's gift.

Man doesn't get what he wants also because unresolved issues in terms of curses when we really screw up and accumulate curse on our lives. 

This will affect the level of success we experience in our lives. In other words, curse is the transgression of Gods word - A more strong state of sin. They can be broken by the blood of Jesus. But some times you have to pay the prices too.

 

You see a man shall harvest what he saw. This is the biggest curse that was put up on our lives at the time of fall. But God doesn't allow eternal destruction with it. He sent his son for this purpose to deliver us from our selves. But as I mentioned before, we have to live up to the consequences of our actions.

 

When we really commit sin we will be in great trouble, troubles that might last all our earthly life. Paul said, according to their great wickedness, I curse them on earth . He also said so that they may be entered in to heaven when they died. He is saying unless they are admonished of their actions, they cannot enter in to heaven. 

 

1 Timothy 1: 20 

Some people have made a mess of their faith because they didn't listen to their consciences. Two of them are Hymenaeus and Alexander. I have given these men over to the power of Satan, so they will learn not to oppose God

 

It is better for them to enter in to Gods kingdom with one eye or one leg than to be a full body and burn in hell. This kind of curse is the strongest one and only we and God can deal with it. How do we know our curses are so strong? It is because it won t go away from us for so long.

 

Is there any way we can get rid of it? Yes. But this is through complete surrendering of our lives to Jesus Christ. I mean completely and if we live in such a way that we can no longer think for ourselves. You see like the level of medical treatment you need depends on how sick you are. The same is true with consistent curse. Some of us don't want to go to this serous treatment.


So we will die with our sins and go to hell unless we do something about it. Some put everything they have got which is their earthly life to be delivered from it. The decision is ours but we better chose eternal life. It doesn't take much to give our selves for Christ. We were servants of the evil with out our will. He forced us or tricks us to do his evilest things.


Our father is full compassion and LOVE. Remember that our curse do not make God happy. They are the proofs of our separation from God. But they cannot be considered as a punishment which will make the compassionate God cruel to punish us like that. But they are only the consequences of our actions. There are always rules and if we pass the line between right and wrong, danger is inevitable. So please don't blame God for your curses.


That will only make our problems last longer. Always focus on the solution. Ask God what to do. Let s tell him that we want to be a servant if not a son of the living GOD. Here is the rule of thumb. We will need at least the same amount of time we spent doing the curse, to get out of it. But Let us not worry about that as long as we start it now, today.


Resistance is the gap between our lived life and our unlived life. Resistance is what keeps us from sitting down and do our soul calling. Resistance is the most powerful force on the planet. Resistance can make us do all manner of unwanted things with out even knowing it. You don't know what it is and what cause your problem.


It can take any form to deceive us. It emanate from inside not from out side. It gives us any reason not to do what we have to do. It knows us in every way and it can reason out and rationalize to keep us from following our dream. The only way to run from it is to use the guide of the Holy Spirit all the time. don't trust on your self or rely too much on your plan. Validate your way every minute and the Lord will tell what 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!

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        tewodros    |    Jun. 17, 2014     | 1,842 Views    |   
 

There is the reason why we are not to make love with our spouse before marriage. The idea is we need to be able to use the same energy and passion to navigate through each other before coming to that point where we really want to share our body to our marriage partner.

It is to be able to understand the mind and soul and spirit of one another even before to be one in flesh. So we need to be one in words and understanding the mind of one another. 

We need to come to common decisions easily. We need to learn to submit us for another for the sake of the relationship we are about to make. We need to see one wants as ours. We need to reach one for another. We need to start carry loads one for another. While we start to do that we will develop love and trust. 

But if we start building relationship from the flesh perspective, then everything will fall apart because we are trying to start building a house from the roof. We have to have a strong foundation of love and relationship to be able to form a long time relationship. 

That is by coming to understand why God wants us not to be slaves of our emotions through sexual relationship before marriage. Everybody knows that we have to wait some time to do that. But how long? Three weeks? Three month? Or three years?

The answer will be on the fact that how deep the relationship goes. And if it does, how committed are we to establish a marital relationships. If we need space and freedom before establishing that then lets take all the time we need. Marriage is not something we put aside once we are in to it. It requires most of our time and heart and our energy. 

The other reason we should not be in to sexual relationship before marriage is that: Once we done that we are highly susceptible for causing anger on one another. This is because sex is what makes us one with our wife or husband according to the word of God. 

That means it will make us highly vulnerable to disappointments and anger by our own partner if one don't know what makes our partner offended. That will in turn disrupt the relationship and hence there is a possibility of destroying it with out knowledge. 

So what is the rule of thumb, the piece of advice, a little bit of wisdom here? Fear the Lord and honor him by not doing sex before marriage. For those who have made it already and still not married, it is a wise decision to stop doing it and wait until getting married. 

If one insists and urges to have it, then it is good to discuss this with him or her in detail. One may not see the danger of it so one has to explain deeply in a more sensible manner. 

It is not possible to be able to understand completely who our friend really is in time. It is always a challenge. Especially for those who want to get married, it is an important issue. The only way one will understand and learn about another is through the same spirit that is in that person which is in us also.

They say if we are not some how in to it how does one knows if we really love them or not. Ok find your own way of showing your love but don't even think about sex as a way to express love.

God knows and judges what we even think in our heart. Our impure thoughts and filthy dreams are one of the things we want to get rid of before we will catch up in the terrible sin of sexual immorality. It is amazing how God put it simply in his words that no sexual immoral person will get in in his kingdom.

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 our wife/husband and with God, in Jesus Name, AMEN!



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