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     | 2,269 Views    |   
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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        Tewodros    |    Jul. 6, 2015     | 1,628 Views    |   
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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        Tewodros    |    Jul. 5, 2015     | 2,150 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     | 2,811 Views    |   
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 1. Wisdom

  • 2. Knowledge

  • 3. Faith

  • 4. Healing

  • 5. Working of miracles

  • 6. Prophecy

  • 7. Discerning of spirits

  • 8. Divers kinds of tongues

  • 9. Interpretation of tongues

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

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

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

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

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        Tewodros    |    Jun. 20, 2015     | 2,125 Views    |   
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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        Tewodros    |    Jun. 20, 2015     | 2,555 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     | 2,071 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     | 2,074 Views    |   
 

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

2 Kings 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read the whole story at 1 Samuel 2:12

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

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

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

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

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

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        Tewodros    |    Apr. 19, 2015     | 2,163 Views    |   
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Praise God in Jesus Name!

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        Tewodros    |    Apr. 19, 2015     | 2,199 Views    |   
 

 

If we see a huge accumulation of treasure, say a room full of treasure, we may think it is awesome. But when God sees that, it is nothing but a bunch of worms and full of crap. But when he turns a little far from it, he finds so little things that nobody saw it before. Nobody can even know it is there. Something for him it is more than gold and silver that he calls it his treasure. 

 

Then he will make it the decorator of his kingdom with his delight. He will make it greater than of all things on earth since he has found faithful in it. But as for that mountain of wickedness, that evil in God's sight that looks like a huge treasure in the eyes of men, as for that he couldn't wait till he washed it away with flood gnashing from the ocean. 

 

As for that rubbish thing in his eye, he couldn't wait as fire comes from the heavens and swallow it alive. As for that he couldn't wait till his anger consumes it with rage. God said, "Where can I find such valuable things? Where can I hide them till I come again and take them with me?" 

 

He said, "I know where to keep them. I will hide them from the madness of this earth. I will lead them out of the valley of darkness." 

 

The idea of LOVE between a man and woman is faithfulness. It is not LOVE if there is no faithfulness between them. It is all to represent the LOVE of Christ to us. But yet how can the evil deceived Eve and then Adam? 

 

I think pleasure as in sex has come to play for Adam listening to Eve and not God. I think the idea of power has come to play for Evil to deceive Eve since she wants to know something more powerful than her, something beyond her God given imagination. 

 

Something only God thinks and decides. Even the punishment goes with it makes her a little less than she was originally. That she will be always under the control and supervision of the man. And the man cursed by God that he will eat his lunch with pain and dinner in agony because of too much labor and hard work. 

 

Faithfulness is not to be smart and do what you think is right. Faithfulness is to wait for the Lord and to listen what God said all the time. Does she want the power that is taken from her back? I believe so. As man want to live in a non-troublesome and non-tiresome world where he wants to get relief from a world in which he toils and toils and doesn't get as much as he should get. 

 

But yet there is still hope even in this world. Jesus has been sent to us to free us from our bondage. He is sent to bring a blessing instead of the curse that is already on us. But we must be all obedient children of God. Not one driven with passion without wisdom. But yet how can the abused live a life of freedom. Abuse is one thing that has got to do with power. It is an act of selfishness and not LOVE. 

 

Revenge is something inevitable for the abused by God, even if it is a lifetime task - To meet power with power, punishment for the wicked. But it is not by the hand of man, but with God. Now the evil presented a false power before the real true power comes. 

 

That is the trick he used all the time to steal us the real blessings that comes from the Lord. The evil present its own things when three things are on the way to come. The evil presented false blessings when true blessings are about to come. The evil brought yo, and there is a time for everything.

So watch out for the time and wait faithfully the true visitation of the Lord. Just know the truth and the truth shall set you free. What a short but powerful statement of the word of God. May is probably the most important.

Why we need to be faithful? How we can be faithful? How we shall seek life and not death? Why, we shall know the truth? Why, we shall forsake our own foolish ways and gain some wisdom? How to break the kingdom of darkness? All these are revealed to us by the Holy Spirit if we ask for the truth and nothing but the truth.

Passion with no wisdom in it, it will bring a great destruction. I saw passion and wisdom and power, but there was not the fear of God in it. So there it was a great destruction of those people who want to build a great building for their name.

I saw evil getting the opportunity to use the passion of someone else and change it into great destruction. That was again because there was no love in it and it was all about selfishness. I saw LOVE in all its fullness and there was no the fear of God in it and it brings a lot of grief to the person. I saw passion to live a meaningful life by serving others for the benefit of others and thereby serving God and bring personal satisfaction by doing purpose. But that was also being considered foolish because there was no the fear of the Lord in it.

But then I saw a someone grown with everything the Lord wants him to do: LOVE, faith, hope, but also grow with him a long bush that is waiting to hide him not to be seen when the right time comes for him to be seen and to bring glory to God.

This bush was there from the beginning, even though the man has not noticed it. It was something that must be eradicated long time ago. But the man has not removed it and it grows with him. It was the bush that the man always used to express anger, disappointment, hopelessness, disbelief, distress, discomfort and anxiety.

Everything the boy goes into trouble, it will go into this bush and do whatever necessary and express his feelings. May be that is all it is: a platform for expression of feelings.

The boy liked it until one day, one day that he became a man. That is until he had to leave a grown up life. He had to get rid of all childish things and move on as a grown-up do to make very difficult decisions and follow them. This is until he missed some of the opportunities that come as a package for a grown man.

As he was lifting his hand, expecting to receive it, it was given out someone else who is old enough to take huge responsibility and since the boy was not in that category at all. Believe me the package that he missed was not just an ordinary package. It was one of those real blessings from the Lord and how intoxicating it is for him. Don't go to such kind of bush again, please!

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

If you enjoyed reading this blog, please continue reading the next blog in the series: Faithfulness to the Lord Part 3


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        tewodros    |    Jan. 3, 2014     | 2,772 Views    |   
 

Yes, we all run away from our Lord once in time and we all need healing. How and what will bring the healing is quite a controversy among different nations. No one has accepted the truth except those who get the revelation from the Lord. And these people have tried to take it to their brothers and sisters, but yet no one has believed them. 

 

They feel that without sharing the good news to everyone around them, their lives is meaningless. This is because the Lord almighty has made his will their purpose. And he wants everyone to get saved and be well once and for all. And this person is sent to bring the message of healing to the unsaved and unforgiving people. 

 

Will they be able to speak nothing but the truth? Well, I guess it depends. What did Lord Jesus say about every prophet and teacher before him? He said they all were thief and wolves. Who only delight by doing what is in their crooked hearts. Isn't it the Lord himself get worried by saying: 

 

"Whom shall I send to find my lost sheep? 

Whom shall I trust to be a loyal shepherd for my people?" 

 

And those who truly have served the Lord with all their heart explain the stone heartedness of the people of the Lord by saying, 

"Who has accepted our messages- the message you gave us to tell your people?" 

 

Was it all that difficult to understand the message of the Lord? No. the message of the Lord is as easy as lovers. So what happened then? Why are these people are not believing the message of the Lord. Why they kept being stubborn in their hearts. Why they watch as the flooding, take them to the valley of the dead. They never scream or shout for help. They despise anyone who comes to rescue them. 

 

Any one the Lord has sent them to get saved, they have killed. Is it because of the message or the messenger? I will say, "No, it is not because of the message or sometimes not because of the messenger." 

 

"Why is not always because of the messenger? " Well, it is not easy by any means to get a messenger who speaks exactly as he hears from the Lord. With all love and honesty that comes from a pure heart. 

 

 

But the bigger problem is not on the message or the messenger, but to the people the message is sent to. They cannot open their hearts and listens what is the will of the Lord in their life. The scriptures say the ruler of this world has closed the ears of their heart not to understand the will of the Lord for their lives. 

 

Should we say it is the will of the Lord for his people to get destroyed and swipe away by the sinful ways they choose to live? No. The will of the Lord is for all of us to live a pleasant life. For God has sent his only son to save the world not to let anyone to die in their sins. Not even a single person. He loved the world like his only begotten son. 

 

In fact, he sacrificed his son to get peace with all of us. Which means he loved us more than he loved his only son that he has from the beginning of time. Poor thing the devil doesn't know that as he cannot understand what love means. I mean the only thing he knows is how to satisfy his selfish desires. 

 

If you want to know how he thinks of himself, listens to your flesh and blood. They will expto the first point of time we are given to him. Why we are given to him? Because we don't want to be with our father. We have not accepted his teachings and correction. And what happens next? We are given to someone wicked who will do the dirty job. Why dirty? Because there is nothing clean nothing glorious about the life we are living now.

We are here because we are not obedient sons and daughter of the king. We are in prison - call it hell if you like to. We are fugitive- not willing to abide by the rules of the country. We run away from Eden, a beautiful garden of the Lord. Our father is a king and we are his disobedient prince and princess.

Why then the Lord has given us to the wicked. It is because our thoughts are like the wicked. Isn't it too much to bear to have someone like the devil take control over us? Yes, it is. But still we have a chance to turn to our heart and do only what is true. To do only what is of our true father's nature. To do what is good, benevolent, purity, integrity, kindness, servitude, passion, compassion.

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    |    Jan. 2, 2014     | 2,682 Views    |   
 

Every battle brings its own glory and a lesson. Without falling, there is no rising and our lives will not have any meaning without these. Two things are more important than anything else in life - faithfulness to God and LOVE and kindness to others. 

 

These two are the two basic components of all laws of the Lord - to be completely faithful to God, to be a man after his heart. We need to respect and fear him even when things look silly and not real. We need to be faithful in almost every area of our lives. We need to be faithful in marriage, faithful in our responsibilities, faithful in our job, faithful in our tight, faithful in our worship, faithful in our fasting and prayer, faithful in our thoughts and faithful in our heart. 

 

All because you want to fear and respect him no matter what. 

Not because you, fear not to get fired, or not to be humiliated by others. Jesus teaches why we need to fear only God and not others by saying, 

 

I will show you who you need to fear, not those who can only hurt your body, but the one who put you on fire after he kills."

 

 

In some other place Jesus also teaches the importance of our faithfulness to God by saying, 

 

"Your faithful servant you have kept yourself faithful with the things that looks little in mans sight, But I will make you rule over big things."

 

 

The only thing God sees from us and rewards is our faithful service to him. After that, he multiples the LOVE we have one another. I believe the precedence of these two major laws of God matters here. First, come to faithfully obey God and his laws, then comes to LOVE one another. 

 

 

This is the whole idea of who we are and how things are meant to be. Nobody can change this fact. This is the very reason we are created. This is why angels fall. This is the reason why family broke. Why most of us struggle through bad financial, mental, health conditions. 

 

It is not just because we don't understand the importance of these. But we don't understand the consequences of unfaithfulness to God. We have no idea how to fight it. Faithfulness is an act of wisdom to establish and maintain a committed relationship with God. What makes it hard is it is an eternal commandment as we are eternal. 

We need to be consistent - not even 100 years is not enough. 

 

 

 

 

Any form of unfaithfulness act in between will cause a lot of grief like Abraham or David. What Abraham did with his servant Hagar is not faithfulness or what David did with Uriah's wife. They both face a bad consequence. 

 

Most of us spent a lot of time trying to put the affairs of others first by showing LOVE. And we think that is all the Lord expected from us. But God has put a challenge that there is still another way to serve him. And that is through faithfulness to him. Faithfulness goes beyond logic and beyond the LOVE we have for others. You cannot completely obey God by being logical or only loving others. Does this mean faithfulness is better than LOVE? Well, even if it is less, it is still important. 

 &lit mean LOVE without faith is love at all? No, LOVE has to be built on top of faith.

LOVE has to be made considering faith. Without believing something, there is no need to LOVE it. Faithfulness comes also after a matured state of LOVE. Who do we believe? It is what we LOVE most. Therefore let us pray to God so that he teaches us LOVE from faith. And he teaches us faithfulness from LOVE.

I believe this is what is called wisdom. May we are given the fear of the Lord [FAITHFULNESSNESS]. May we shall be given the heart of a child [LOVE]. We should pray by asking God to give us the heart of a child so that we may see his face and we may inherit his kingdom. And also to teach us the fear of the Lord, so that we shall inherit the earth.


The definition of LOVE for God is to LOVE God with all your heart, mind, and Saul, and this is nothing but to be faithful to him.



We have to know our major enemies. It is not the devil or something else. It is ignorance on three main categories: fear, disappointment and anger. Do not entertain these three in your life. The fear of what am I going to do, the fear of the pressure from others, and the fear of ignorance, and the fear of man. We need to stand firmly on the promises of God by faith.

When we are disappointed after a great effort to do something, Hope is the cure for that. Therefore: When we feel anger, LOVE comes to the rescue. When we feel fear, have faith. When we feel disappointed, get, hope and wait for the Lord. When we feel anger, get LOVE.

I believe there is faithfulness in doing these and these are the way to express our love and faithfulness to the Lord.

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


If you enjoyed reading this blog, please continue reading the next blog in the series: Faithfulness to the Lord Part 2

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        tewodros    |    Jan. 1, 2014     | 3,250 Views    |   
 

Love always seeks our attention. What if we neglect it? 

That leads us to what we call: the punishment of love. What will it do is, it leaves us with that stupid thing we have in mind. That thing we can't take our eyes. That thing which blinds us not to see the truth. Love always needs us. Most of all it needs our time. 

 

One of the most reasons why family scattered like a dust, it is just because the lack of attention to love. The only reason God abandoned us is the punishment of Love, even more than the fact that we are all sinners. In fact the sin of not giving enough attention to love is the most sin of all. So here is one thing we all must take into consideration 

 

Negligence is the most terrible sin of all sins. Neglecting the calling from our Lord Jesus Christ The song of Solomon describes this as two lovers. Her lover is knocking and begging her to open the door for him 

She, on the other hand, gives so many reasons not to. 

 

What happened after that is almost a tragedy. Her lover left her and after he is gone, she started to find him. She never finds him rather some robbers found her and beat her. Since it was in the middle of the night 

 

Now, Jesus always knocks, the door of our heart. He is always creating the opportunity to have a loving relationship with us. Exactly as the lovers story. And what if we neglect his calling? 

What if we give reason after reason not to be with him? Not to kneel just five minus after a long day. Not to give our ways to him. Only then he is going to leave us to that thing we spent all of our time. 

And by the time we like to talk to him, he is already gone. 

 

We call him, we cry towards the city gates, but no answer. This is all because that little sun we call it negligence. Call it laziness if we want to. Because the reason the lady gave is nothing but laziness. There is nothing in this world more beautiful than him. He is our greatest gift from God. He is lovely, kind and gentle. Most of all, he already expressed how much he loves us by dying a sinful death. 

 

Now we have some foolish response not to spend at least a few minutes with him. May be it is our busy job we have. May be that unbeliever boy friend or girl friend we have. May be we drink too much alcohol 

May be we don't know what to do with our time. 

 

All of these are not good enough to take away his love for us. His love is greater than any of these. Call him while there is still time. We don't live like this forever. There are boundaries in our lives. Our days are counted and known by God. When one sleeps and wakes up the next day, what a miracle it is! Just because we did it many times before doesn't mean it is the same for tomorrow. 

 

We are here by his mercy. The sinner and righteous see the same sun rise and sun set every day. Sinners have only a few times before judgment 

So let us use every opportunity to come closer to him. To identify with his voice and respond to it in time. To give an equivalent response to his love. May the grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ lead us to his love. In Jesus name! Amen. 

 

 

 

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        tewodros    |    Dec. 30, 2013     | 3,397 Views    |   
 

Here as we live, we have been forced into our ways, one way or another to live the life we don’t want. We do this or we do that in order to elevate our problems. Our deepest fears are controlling us. 

 

Because of this our lives doesn’t give any meaning to us any more. 

We are living in a shadow of uncertainties. We never think about what is really important. We may even don't know what is really important. 

 

We just do according to our senses and circumstances. We lived according to our previous experience. This however makes us one of the world most miserable people. And this is definitely so important for the enemy. 

 

The enemy will make the boundaries in our own life 

He is daring enough to guide us through it. He is ok as long as we are not doing what is important. But when we do, the whole force of hell is coming right after us. Scared? Don’t be! Because we have also the whole force of heaven, for those who do what is really important. And victory is inevitable when God is on our side. 

 

So what is so important in life? 

 

I know life is so important than death. I know our spiritual body is more important than our physical body. I know serving others is more important than selfishness. But we see life is all about knowing what is really important and doing it. No one knows in advance what is so important in every event. The main job of the Holy Spirit is to guide through it. 

 

His task is to make sure we know exactly what we are supposed to do. He is there at any moment of our lives. As oxygen is important for our physical existence, so is the Holy Spirit in our spiritual body. Without him, we can do nothing. But we see we don’t even know this sometimes. We focus into our physical needs and so on. I mean we are children of God, we are not going to die anyways. All we need is some piece of bread. 

 

 

God is in its thrown to make sure all his beloved stays satisfied and be safe. I am not going to discuss anything about our physical needs because they are not important - as simple as that. Why we worry about food or anything. Our body is more important than the food. No one on this planet should worry what to eat. 

 

They just need to go and eat when it is time. Our father in heaven makes sure the food is there at the right time. I am talking about some cool stuff here. Just pray the prayer, "Our father in heaven". And the rest will be taken care of. 

 

What about urgency? What has that to do with importance? As a human being we don't have to worry about urgency. Every utterance of the Holy Spirit is like "Do this now, son. It is important. "So what we prioritize and plan is what the Holy Spirit tells us to do. Nothing is so important like life. I mean life with God. Nothing compared to it. Sell everything we have, and buy anything for God. Anything necessary to keep us feel good in the spirit. This is how we will renewourlife with Jesus. 

 

We need to tell our Lord that nothing is more important than him for us. Whatsoever it is. Hunger or satisfaction. Sickness or health. Power or principalities. Humans or angels. Destitute or companionship. 

In all of those who can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus: Shall trouble or hardship? Persecution or famine? Na


For I am convinced that Neither death nor life, Neither angels nor demons. Neither the present nor the future, Nor any powers. Neither height nor depth, Nor anything else in all creation, Will be able to separate us from the love of God That is in Christ Jesus our Lord."- Romans 8:37



All of these are true in that there is nothing more important than him and no one can lead us to Jesus except through his spirit - the Holy Spirit
We can never be wiser than to listen to him every second. Don't listen to anything else, even to yourself. We know it when we hear it. It gives that eternal joy and rest to our soul. It is not rude or judgmental. It is all we need to hear. He is all we need to know. He leads us through the scriptures of the Bible in the Spirit. He reminds us what we forget.

We don't have to worry too much into preparation of what to say. He is there at the right time to tell what to say. I can't leave without the Lord and Neither can you. My life is miserable without him. We need to ask him every single moment What is that the Lord wants that that we do? What is that he wants to talk to us always? What do we have to do to keep him with us? I know we are not here to please ourselves. We are with him to take us to our destiny.

How can I be useful for the Lord? How can I hear the voice of the Holy Spirit? Well, at least we need to make ourselves available to him. Don't make ourselves too much busy, Like Marta. It is more important to be available as Miriam did as she sat together with Jesus and listened to what he had to minister to her and other.

Then the Lord  will get the time to talk to us. What does it take to be Miriam. Just a calm spirit who knows what is really important. We don't have to hide ourselves under the trees, but we have to be up in the trees like Nekedemious. Then the Lord will see us. Then we will dine together with him. Then he will have the opportunity to teach us and touch our heart. Then we will have someone around us for the Lord to heal. Then the Lord will forgive someone who sees our humbleness. Someone who sees what the Lord already has done for us.

But seek the kingdom of God first. Because that is all that matters at the end and these things will be given to us as well. Seek the kingdom first. Know where to find it. It is not out there somewhere. It is in us and within God's people.

Do we think some kind of tall buildings matters any more. Do we think God has any value any more? Do we think the way we used to learn, grow and make families matters any more? Do we honestly believe money has any monetary value there? Do we believe we will be happy the way we used to be happy any more? Do we have any idea what it means to be in the kingdom of God? Do we think time has any significance in limiting our wisdom?

The kingdom is within us. We shall seek it with all our strength and then we shall find it, in Jesus name. It is always there and will be. We need to nourish it and know what it means to be in it. So we don't need to do some things that are not important just because we think we have nothing to do or no one else to talk to.

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

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        tewodros    |    Dec. 29, 2013     | 2,837 Views    |   
 

What do we refuse not to be called the son of the king of Egypt like Moses? Instead of enjoying the pleasure of sin, he preferred to suffer with God's people. He knew by faith that the pleasure he could get from the wines and the women in the palace were only for the moment. But he saw a nation who has a promise from the Lord. He saw an eternal joy and victory that is from the Lord.  

Joseph by faith refused to sleep with his master's wife. Even if he was for a while a servant in his master's house, he didn't see himself as one. He was a free man because he knew where he came from and he knew where he was going.  

He compared the little pleasure he could get with this woman to the eternal joy and reward. There are two kinds of people in this world 

The one who will fight for their freedom and their rights and the ones who do not even care. Abraham even if he had no son to carry his name, he chose to believe in the promise of God. By faith he had taken what is his in the promise of God.  

He believed to the last moment his faith was seriously tested and he did pass the test. Jacob fight for his right to be the first born even if the method he used to do that was wrong. As a human being we all make mistakes trying to do the right thing. But some like Esau; they have no feelings for their rights and freedom.  

They would rather remain in bondage and slavery than fight for their freedom. How would they trade their freedom? With pleasure 

There are also two kinds of people. One who has gained their freedom through Jesus Christ and want to deliver the same message to others. And others who stay in bondage and would like to remain there till the end. 

In short, there are two kinds of people. One who say, "I care" and who don't. Those who say I care will stretch their hand and help a neighbor. Those who don't, don't. Envy is the characteristic of those individuals who don't care at all. But they envy those who show affection and love to others. They don't want to give but they envy those who did.  

Is it because they don't have anything to give? No. After all generosity is an expression of the heart and not how much we have. Love is an expression of the heart. Money is an instrument for an expression of the heart. Money is an instrument for an expression of love. Freedom is only achieved through Jesus Christ.  

There is no name given under the earth given to all human beings other than the Lord. We all once threw into bondage according to the anger of God because of our terrible sins. But now if we are able to hold on to it, freedom has come to us through the son of God.   

 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. - Acts 4:12 

He has paid the price that was tagged on us to be delivered. It was not a small price that sin has caused us. The punishment for sin is death and someone has to die for someone to live. Jesus Christ did it for you, for me and for everybody else who has faith in him.  

The strong form of oppression is to hold us on to the devils feet. To be under a hook for so long that we cant even do one thing. Well age matters, but more than that the accumulation of Gods wisdom. With out it, you will not have the energy to resist temptation- Temptations that will lead to sin.

Sin that makes us stay in constant bondage and slavery of sin. No matter how much we like the pleasure we get out of sin, it is not worth it. It is not even more worth than to be a free man. Let alone the blessings that comes to us with obedience. 

We are born as free children of God, therefore free individuals we should be. Should we fight for our freedom? Yes, we have to. What are we going to do without freedom?

What do we trade our
br>rght a
d dignity and the right to be the first born with? It can be money, pleasure or any of the tricks of the world. God almighty despises those who do that.

As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. - Romans 9:13

But he will honor those who honor themselves and him by resisting temptation and flee away from sin. People respect others who have respect for themselves and for others. If you don't have love and respect for yourself, you will not have respect for others. Where do we bring the respect and love for others if we don't have it for ourselves in the first place. It has to be with us first.

How do you teach the righteousness we don't have? But if you have it, it will overflow and the neighboring will get the benefit. Love and freedom go together. No one shows love if he is in some kind of bondage of sin. Blessings are for those who make themselves free of bondage. What is impossible for us is possible with God.

Let's open to God and tell him what is taking our lives away. Whether it is an addiction or external force. Whether it is sickness or poverty. We need to inherit the kingdom of God, even if it is by force. We need to pledge, request, ask, fight and obtain our freedom today

The day of salvation is today. It is not tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. The kingdom of God has come very near to us more than ever. And neither a slave nor a spiritually crippled person will get into it. Neither spiritually immoral, nor slaves. Only servants of the Most Holy God will be there. Freedom is not free. Freedom is obtained by paying the price tag on the slave. And the slave owes the price to the deliverer. Jesus Christ is the deliverer.

Jesus said in Isaiah:

The Spirit of God is with me. To preach the good news to the poor in spirit. To heal the sick. To restore sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf. So that the crippled and the lame will walk. And the unhappy will become happy one more time. To free the oppressed and release them from the bondage of sin.

How much we owe him, we know ourselves. We need to bless his name day and night with the bliss and gratitude he brought in to our lives. Don't take anything less than what you are. Don't compromise with your freedom to no one. The things one considers an abuse is a good thing for others.

That is why we need some general format about the elements of freedom.
In my opinion, these are some of the things we must consider:
If there is anything which makes us separated from the Lord.
If there is anything that will make us a miserable person.
If there is anything that controls our lives.
If there is anything, whether it is love, a false one, or humans or a wicked spirit.
If there is anything that makes us do what we don't want to do.
If there is anything that is not what we want from the beginning.
If there is anything that will make us stay in the wrong neighborhood.
If there is anything that takes our passion and pleasure of life by force.
The list is not exhaustively mentioned, but it will highlight on which major areas of our lives we should focus on.

Now I can't give you back the life you have missed. Neither can I do the same thing for me. I can't do anything of my own. But I will show you the person who can. His name is Jesus Christ. He is the son of God. His name is known on earth, above the earth and under the earth. Every authority, power and strength has given to him. If the son of man makes us free, we are free indeed. Not only will he free us from slavery and bondage, He will restore everything that is taken from us by force. Blessed be the name of the Lord for giving us a second chance to be with him. Glory be to God Almighty in Jesus name. AMEN.







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        tewodros    |    Dec. 28, 2013     | 26,837 Views    |   
 

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

God's LOVE is the solution to all of our problems. When we face difficult situations, simply think of LOVE. LOVE make us do things that we can't do before. LOVE is the instrument of bearing instruction for loved ones. 

Obedience is the only way to express our love. Unexpressed love is a dead love. There is no way the other person knows our love unless we expressed it. The only way to show our love to others is to do what they ask in God's way. Otherwise, it will be selfish love. And we can't win their heart with selfish love.  

To make it bidirectional, do what they say. We say we love God, but where is our obedience. God said, 'If you say I love you, keep my commandments. Without obedience, there is no love.  

 

If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever- the Spirit of truth. - John 14:15 

The fact that we have love doesn't necessarily mean we know how to use it. We have to learn how to use love by obeying God and listening to him. If we have a strong weapon and we don't know how to use it, still the enemy will come and take our belongings as captivity. 

And that is what the enemy is doing. He and we both know that we have a strong weapon. But we probably don't know how to use it. 

He will always make sure we don't figure out how to use it. That way he can control our lives. The strongest weapon we have is LOVE. The amount of love one is different from the other. Depending on the kind of job one performs. Depending on the kind of war one should fight. 

The level how strong the enemy fight us determines, how powerful our weapon is which is the Love of God in us. Where ever there is an expression of love the enemy is there. He is a liar and a killer. So he wants to kill our LOVE for one another. Where ever there is life the enemy is there because he is a killer. 

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full. - John 10:10 

Because of LOVE we can make everything possible. We don't need fortune we don't need fame we need LOVE. Everything good or bad that comes to us can be changed for the good, According to the level of our understanding of LOVE.  

Now, what is LOVE? How can I know him? Who will teach me LOVE? If we ask this question from our heart, there is a teacher for us. His name is the Spirit of God. Holy Spirit will teach us everything we need to know about LOVE. He will teach us how to live life abundantly through LOVE.  

We don't need money to live a rich life. In fact who think and pursue money instead of LOVE lost everything. And I am not making this up just to spook us. I am telling what my eyes have seen and my ears have heard. Holy Spirit will take us all the way through LOVE.  

Do everything in love. - 1 Corinthians 16:14

Now here is the most important part: We underestimate the power of LOVE. We might think love is something we feel only when we look at our lovely and beautiful wife, or when we are feeling the joy of our kids at the park.

That on the other hand is only a little piece of it. In fact, these things are the result of LOVE. LOVE is the thing we need to make everything right. LOVE must be used when we can't find our wife as lovable as she was before and when the kids are rebellious.

Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:8

Getting the opportunity to express our love is a great privilege. God gives us something good not to abuse anyone else, but to use it as a means for expressing our love for others.


Loe is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. - 1 Corinthians 13:4

Every day is a great blessing to us. It is a new day, a new beginning. God is a God of second chance. To be more precise: God is a God of as many chances as the number of days we lived and wait to live in order to try again.

So be refreshed when we wake up in the morning. Let's be ready to accomplish something that aches our lives. Something we dreamed of all our previous life. There is nothing we can't do and we know it if we believe in LOVE. If we wake up and go back to sleep, what is wrong with us?

It is a new beginning! This might be our last chance. Who knows about tomorrow? This is the day he has made for us. Tomorrow has its own uncertainties. I don't know tomorrow. I am a man of my day and I am so blessed in its. Some go to bed at night and couldn't wake up again. Do we really, really want to be like that?

For he says, 'At the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.' I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation. -2 Corinthians 6:2

Do we think we have no power to move on? Do we feel helpless and hopeless? Well, at least let us show the courtesy of getting up, praise the Lord that we can see this day. Thank him and if we don't feel right, only then we may go back to bed. After all, no one will take the freedom of love from us.

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

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        tewodros    |    Dec. 27, 2013     | 17,851 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     | 2,539 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     | 2,496 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.

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        Fasika    |    Aug. 8, 2014     | 3,266 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     | 3,270 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     | 2,350 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     | 2,470 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     | 14,834 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     | 2,262 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     | 2,454 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     | 2,615 Views    |   
 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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        tewodros    |    Feb. 20, 2014     | 2,453 Views    |   
 

Marriage, between one man and one woman, should not be underestimated nor should it be taken for granted. The idea of two people coming to share life together is holy and should be taken as one of the most wonderful gift God has given to human beings. Any two ordinary people may not be able to live up to all the expectations by themselves but when the Spirit of God comes in between, they can.

Two bodies can be joined together. Two or more people can join in a common purpose using their mind to work on a common problem and their physical body and physical mind to solve it. But to join two souls together is what God can only do. That is in body, spirit and mind. I believe that every human being represents all these three basic components. We all have a physical body which latter takes its divine form. We also carry the spirit that we are made of. We have the mind that is able to generate intellectual ideas that will make us thoughtful.

When a man and woman join in a marital relationship, they are bind by true love and spirit. Selfishness is not in their midst. Anger is far from their dwelling. Hope and faith are the words that come out of their mouth all the time. These people are going to change through time. It is not possible to remain the same all the time. There are many factors that can cause a person to change. But we will understand why and adapt ourselves to those circumstances. 

What is the real motive behind marriage? If there is one thing that you really need and you are there only for it, then when you get it, you will definitely leave. So don't make relationships based on needs but based on love. Do not make a relationship based on what you feel today.

Feelings come and go but love stays with you all the time. So what is love that will help us make a true relationship? This doesn't mean that there won't be anything that one needs from his lover. It is said that sex is the main reason that drives men and women into marriage.

If sex is all we want from our marriage, then if we don't get it as we dreamed of it, we will find it very difficult to live together with our marriage partner. For this reason, many wanted to test or to reach that level of ecstasy to actually measure how much love they can receive from their lover.

You can't measure someone's love for you in one instance. Love is something that will only reveal itself in its own exceedingly beautiful time. You can't force love to reveal itself. You might not live to see how much somebody loves you until it is the real time for you to know. So it is absolutely wrong to make all your lifetime decision in one single moment of your experience that you shared with.

This being said, sex or money or beauty or character by themselves should not drive you into marriage. Sex is just only a temporary passion. Beauty will soon disappear. The character will be degraded and could lose its beauty through time. Money can come and go. But if you build your relationship based on true love, then whether the wind tests it, or storm tries to blow it away, but it will remain strong. 

True love is not jealous, doesn't envy, is kind, thoughtful, merciful, forgiving, passionate, loving, caring, protecting, serving with broken heart, always repent, cherish, peaceful, joyful, kind, good, forgiving, compassionate, decent, humble, pure, graceful, praiseful, truthful, patient, servant, thankful, righteous, helpful, caring, gentle, disciplined, merciful, honest, respectful, full of integrity, sincere, full of empathy, self-sacrificing, genrous, cheerful, contend, prosperous, wise, knowledgeable, passionate, gifted, always interceding, faithful, Holy and full of hope, obedient and self-sacrificing.

Nowhere near love there is lust or the love of money but surely there is prosperity and generosity. Nowhere near love there is sexual impurity but sharing, caring and serving one another.

Sometimes, it looks like we are troubled in our relationship. We feel uncomfortable when some things are not going in the way we are thinking. Our wife or husband may not want to go the way we wanted. We do have a different perspective on different things.

However, this should work for us to have a very strong relationship and not the reason we should argue all the time. If one can see in a way that other cannot see, then the relationship will work in a better way than before. The Bible says that two is better than one. There is a better return when two or more people are engaged to accomplish a common purpose.

There is one major issue that could sour our relationship instead of building it. Always if there is a thing at all that is causing a great deal of problems into our lives, we wouldn't be as happy as we should until we found the cure for that. And fortunately, there is the balancing force for all of the negative force we experience in our lives.

For example, if we take one negative force that could probably cause a malfunction by causing harm and damage to our relationship which is jealousy. Jealousy is a very pessimistic way of life. Jealousy could cause harm to our relationship if it is not treated very early.

Jealousy could be a sign of love. The fact that somebody is jealous in a relationship doesn't mean he/she is wrong or right. The time it gets wrong is when one does something destructive in it. If jealousy can lead to anger and revenge, then that is very dangerous. Otherwise, if it allows you to realize how much love you have for your wife/husband that is not harmful at all. 

When one gets jealous it might be a sign that one has a very low level of self-confidence that one is not good enough for the relationship. For this reason, we need to build self-confidence by disallowing the force of jealousy not to work in our lives.

The reason we get jealous is most of the time misunderstanding the current situation and go beyond our wild imaginations. If one takes what is going on in the wrong way then there is a high tendency that he/she blame his/her husband doing the wrong thing for the wrong reason.

But building confidence or allowing a high form of communication/understanding may not always be a solution to the problems jealousy brings in to our relationships. The antidote to disfigure jealousy; the equal amount of force that will balance this negative force, that we should introduce into our lives and practice everyday is TRUST.

Let me start this by saying that not all people that you say you love them or they love you can be trusted. We are here on earth falling from God's grace because of our sins. The first sin that was committed in heaven was mistrust. Adam and Eve were not live up to the expectation and trust that God had given them. 

Trust is the key to our relationship with God and with our family. Jealousy is fear that your precious gift that you place in somebody's heart could be stolen or simply given away. So you need to see if somebody is faithful enough before you actually do that. 

The problem is you can't see clearly whether somebod is f
ithful or not. It is like reading their thoughts in their mind and understanding their ways in their heart. And even if you do, what is your certificate of guarantee that it won't change for the next years to come.

The word of God teaches us that nobody can see the heart of man. Sometimes even ourselves can't really understand the motive why we are trying to accomplish some things in life. But the Spirit of God helps us understand and answer all these different questions.

The spirit of man can actually dive into our mind, soul and spirit and tells us the deep secrets we have. The Spirit of God can reveal the nature of ideas, concepts, and thoughts and desire one has.

"The best way to keep a secret is to never have it "

The best way not to get betrayed is to never put your trust on it 

The best way not to get hurt is not to love at all "

These are all the way of the world and they are partially true. Or I may say these are completely true. But what good does it make to live a life and never to love, to make a relationship and never to trust and to love and trust but never to share a secret?

That is the most nonsentimental way of life. What good does it make to be in a relationship and not trust it? I believe we all should ask ourselves that if it is worthy to love and get hurt a little bit than not to love at all and live our lives in complete solitude. 

One other cause of discomfort in our relationship is disregard, communication gap, and disrespect. If a man feels that he is disrespected by his wife, he may not feel comfortable to open up for communication in the first place.

If a wife feels that she is treated with less care that she ought to, she may think that she is considered disregarded and her man is not able to serve her to the level of her expectation. As a result, she feels disrespect to her husband and she may not want also to open up to her husband and gives him the respect and love he needs.

So husbands need to be more carrying and supportive. They need to watch what is going on around their wives and respond in time. That by itself is a big thing for the wife to develop trust on him and before she knows it she will have the respect.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us in Jesus Name, to guide us to develop trust with our spouse and stay away from jealousy so that we can enjoy our marriage. AMEN!

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        tewodros    |    Feb. 18, 2014     | 5,497 Views    |    7 Comments
 


We are not going to spend the rest of our lives with out accomplishing the will of God. Most of us think if God would like to help us, then we want to do his will and stay fruitful to him. But now all we are seeing and smelling is not nice and sweet at all. We know how many times we tried to quit our own ways and start to please God. 

Although we failed and raised many times in the past, we still have hope in God. One day will come for us to understand that we are above our enemies. Our strugle is against the spiritual principalities and the power of the wicked. It shall be broken forever even if it is going to be with bloodshed. Without blood and sacrifices, freedom is unthinkable. Without freedom life is not worthy of living.  

Sometimes trouble times and adversaries are God s ways of getting our attention back in to his plan and his purpose for our lives. His purpose for us gives us a huge amount of energy to move on. All the allies and the Angels are ready to help if we are in the right place at the right time doing the right thing/purpose.

Job 36:15 -   Hard times and trouble are God's way of getting our attention!  

Isaiah 38:17 - It was for my own good that I had such hard times.

How are we going to understand the Bible if we are not in our place/purpose?The Bible is all about men and women of God living to wait upon and fulfill God s purpose for their life. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob all waited upon the Lord to fulfill God's will (promise) in their lives.  

Life without purpose can also bring psychological disease. It is depression as it is without passion that leads to defeat. We all want to live a victorious life. We want to be a winner and not a loser. That is why we need to go get our lives back and get our identity and purpose in Christ.  

Only those who act without the nature of God try and live literally anything under the guidance of the love of money. God's children must hear from God and hear the truth according to the word of God and live and finish their lives accordingly.

It is almost impossible to find a companion in life and a purpose here but to GOD there is no word called impossible or unimaginable. He brought forth the unthinkable to existence. And our situation is not different. His job is to make sure justice is done. 

What are going to do with all these issues of pleasing our selves? Life is sometimes boring without some form of pleasure that is according to the word of God. This kind of pleasure doesn't come before we find our purpose in life. Pleasure without purpose is pain because it is selfish by its nature.

Woman can easily identify their mate who already found their purpose. So do men. We can study the lives of Adam, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and David. They all find their callings from the Lord and they were fulfilled.

Basically if we cannot find our purpose then we won't find our selves. We are living another's persons dream. So we will not find the direction that God wants to lead us and we cannot lead another  person. That is why marriages are broken; children are forced to live a destitute and desperate life.&nbs;

A
l of these happen because we don't find our purpose in life. No money can do the job for us. No one else will lead them for us. Many years of misery and passionless life is a life with out purpose. We cannot even talk in front of no body let alone a group or a seminar because of pain inside of us. Only crying day and night, and sinning against God sometimes seems inevitable. We shall choose what we should persue the rest of our lives. We shall choose whom we should spent the rest of our lives. No one can do it for us.

It is much better to delegate other choices in life than the issue of purpose. This doesn't mean also our friends and soul-mates do not play an important role in finding and accomplishing our purpose. But purpose need to come before pleasure. What are the different forms of pleasure? Finding purpose by it self gives happiness and by finding true relationship with others.

O Lord, please help us chose wisely our friends and our marriage partner. "Give me my mountain", Kaleb asked Joshua. It is something we should pray to you, dear God. Our mind and strength is still good. We can study well. We have a good understanding. 

You have anointed us with huge grace of understanding, wisdom and love. If you don't help us in getting our purpose, we are going to waste it all bit by bit, drip by drip, day by day. Our personality has changed because of your insight. Our attitude has changed because of your word. Our spirit has changed because of your spirit.

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 give up on our dreams for the sake of our temporary feelings and those around us and may God give us hope for finding it, love and passion for pursuing it and faith for fulfilling it in Jesus Name, AMEN!




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        tewodros    |    Feb. 16, 2014     | 3,536 Views    |   
 


It is foolishness to think the enemy will arise from flesh and blood. That is to say our enemy is not flesh and blood but it is from the realm of the spiritual darkness and spiritual principalities. But the enemy can use our own flesh and blood to fight us. When we are in a battle, what we need to do is we need to focus on the king.   

If we can manage to take it to the king, the rest is smile. The Bible says, With out first capturing the highest person in authority, we cannot make him release our captivities. 

Remember what David did when the enemy took his wife and family as captivities. He asked God to go after the enemy. God said, "Yes go I will give them to you". Then he went attack and defeat his enemy to take back what is his. God will help you win the battle and restore your family back.  

But never allow any fear to come to your heart. Not once or never. Sometimes we think that we are a total loser. But this idea is not ours or God's. It is some demon who wanst us to be dead soon. In battles, people are getting killed. We know how people died in accidents. So we need to praise God our father that he kept us till now and he is faithful to do it till the end.  

Till this day, God snatches our lives from death just like that. We may not be very much wondering how it is gone - a trap which so tricky. But as the Bible says, He who destroys a wall (of God on me) will be bitten with snake. He who prepares a pit for others will fall in to it.   

Therefore, the pit is never meant for us. Until this day we never thought that this could happen. That even our unsuccessful days are under the plans of God. We may think we are a little bit stuck. We may be dissatisfied with our situation here. But great is yet to come, in the name of Jesus.  

Do we know all we do in ten years can burn to ashes in few minutes? One day all we have done will be gone in a blink of an eye. But we are so obsessed with it while we live. We never look outside the boundaries. So what really matters is not money or education or fame.   

What really matters is what we learn in all of these. We need to learn that they are empty or nothing with out God. They could be a trap for our lives if we don't know how to handle them. We need to pray to God, "Please teach me only your will which is so beautiful for my life. When will I know you, and when will I understand you. I didn't hide anything from you; please don't hide your face from your servant."

God bless you!

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        tewodros    |    Feb. 15, 2014     | 3,050 Views    |   
 

Have you ever asked yourself one of the most difficult questions? What if they don’t like me any more? What if they gave up on me? What if somebody make them hate me? What should I do to be loved?  

All this questions are of the fleshes. The question we all ask is being wanted and loved by someone who is special to us. We may not find the exact answer for this question. We may not find someone who always loves us no matter what unless the Lord himself loves us through another flesh like us. It is very hard to be in a strong long time relationship.  

But one thing is true. We are not only made of flesh but of the spirit of the Lord. We are spiritual beings and children of God. Our things are not from this world which has a time for everything. We are eternal beings and we are going to partake an everlasting life. There we will no more dread the future and regret the past. There we will be one happy family. No one will accuse his brother of the wrong thing. Hence here we are filled with hope that is real.  

So we only ask ourselves to be easy on others and they become easy on us. Love your brother as your self is a strong word. It is not only a way of life but it is also a commandment to abide by. It will make our lives a lot easier and our time here a lot enjoyable. So don’t have worries if you may not find a loving heart. There is always one who loves you most. His name is Jesus. His loves endures forever. He doesn’t change when other things around you change. But you have to give him a place in your heart.  

That is all what he needs tonight to come to the place in your heart. You will find him gentle, loving and humble. There is nothing you need to hide from him. He already knows about everything that you have been through. He already knows that you are seeking for someone who cares back. He knows that you are in need of true relationship. He will lead you and guide you to the place you will be going. Where do you want to head over to, dear? Where do you want to go?  

I don’t know if someone else will be there but he will be there with you all the way through. Jesus is your best friend, the Lord, your husband and your very own God. He is the best thing happened in my life. He is my life and he didn’t hide himself from me on my ups as well as my downs.  

Only Jesus is going to heal broken heart through time. Sometimes we don’t know what will happen next. We have learned that we cannot trust any body in any ways unless the Lord helps us. It is so important that we let go sometimes. Revenge and judgment belongs to God. He knows everything and he knows how to pay back everyone according to his work.

The war is his. We have to pray for God to use us.  While our eyes are watching God will defeat them all. I am also so focused in not involving in any form of wrong relationship not to disturb any body. God can use us to give hope for us and the people around us.   

God bless you.

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        tewodros    |    Feb. 15, 2014     | 3,000 Views    |   
 


You hypocrite, if you cant honor the covenant you have now, how can you honor God.
If you are treating others with out love in their innocence, what would you do to them when they do mistake? Do you need love or respect? I know now we say we love each other but respect is out of the equation. Do you want to express love in the right way? Then ask yourself the following questions. “Lord, do I ever speak on my own? Do I tend to please others more than you told me to?”

If we tend to do that we beg for your forgiveness. Love your wife and she will have the respect for you. That is to spend some time laughing with her. Love her in Gods way not your way. Every body is tired of selfish love. Where ever we go, there is too much selfish love. It is not pleasing any more.

That is not the only way you can attract her. You want to bring her closer to yourself. Treat her as your wife, part of your flesh. We need to learn from God how to love our wives or husbands and able to express it. The world is able to express their unreal love.
They are good at it to brag about it. But our mouth is shut when we come to expressing our deepest heart felt love. May be we don’t know how to express love each other. We don’t want to act but we don’t want also to hide our feelings for our soul mate.

Which one of us lighten a candle and put the light under the bed? We should show it to the world and it will brighten the darkest lives of those who haven’t found Jesus yet. What is tough now becomes easy latter. What is true now blurred and becomes sin latter. Sometimes resistance also works in the opposite very faster than we think. But let’s focus on the bright side for the time being. I mean we start talking and showing feelings we have for each other. That is something to start with.

We all know there is noting that will separate us. If God is with us nothing is against us. We have to know these things. We have to understand his will for our lives. Then, no evil force can destruct us.

Sometimes we fail to see God’s blessing in front of us. Every chance comes always with responsibility. There is nothing fascinating about it. Look what you have been through right now. This all could be for nothing. We have to be a good channel for God to use us for he will train us and change us as he wishes.

God bless you.




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        tewodros    |    Feb. 7, 2014     | 3,010 Views    |   
 


Just like a dream, I have seen when dry land gets water and the widow gets husband. Just like a dream, I have seen when God has listened to our prayer and that thing that really took all our strength gets resolved.

What are we going to do about the sickness of our soul, Lord?

Isnt it for sake of revealing your glory in our lives that we carry it? So take it back if you wish. We have carried it in our soul and our body long enough that we cannot bear the pain no more.

Please help us Lord. We have agonized in pain for so long. Some of us ten years and some even more if not eighteen years Lord.

Isnt this the time to send your son to us and forgive our sins?
Would you help us? We know you also cannot see us suffer no more.
But you still want us to finish our obedience that comes with it.
Yes, we have understood that even one word has the power to take the breath of a person. We have seen in our lives that wrong judgmental words cause us all the misery we have right now.

We are so lucky it doesnt take our lives but we see when it does. One reckless word spoken against our friend will cause us also eternal sin.

Jesus was not exaggerating when he warn us about saying stupid or ignorant to our friend. The reason we are still living after saying those words is because he wants us to repent. don't judge any body on any level. Not even when you encounter true events like a person lies or condemns somebody else or fornication or any other sin.

We think we can handle the problem we have by our selves but the truth is we cant handle anything. The only strength we have on any circumstance of life is because the Lord spirit intervenes in our lives and show us direction. With out it we don't have anything good in us.

We were like a cursed seed - a rotten one. No one expect a good fruit out of a rotten seed, can he? Now, the Lord come to us and breath up on us once more again and say live and be fruitful. Therefore the good fruit we even have or we will have are because of him.


So Let us not speak good as if you get it by our own. It was gifts in the first place from the Lord. He helps us so that we can help those who don't have enough faith to believe in the Lord.

The spirit of the Lord is all we need in life. We need to beg him first of all to give us his spirit and then to deliver us from our sin. It is not fair for those of us who are begotten as his children to live a sinful life like we are living right now.

If we don't feel it or taste the true nature of God, we wouldnt speak about freedom from sin in the first place. But we have known it more than we think we do. We have afflicted by a deadly diseases of sin. We started to die and weather away long before we ever know it is deadly. This poisonous thing that lives in us, designed to destroy us.

Only the Lord spirit can operate us and take it out. It is still remains in us to make us the person we are now. We must understand now why it happened in the beginning. I don't even have one single breath of condemning people because I know what it feels like to be in slavery of sin.

We all want to be free of our sins but yet we don't know how. Do we hate ourselves because of it? Yes. Do we hate each other because of it? Yes. But I will say we don't hate the sin in our lives strong enough to get rid of it. We still want to play with it. With all sort of reasons we accepted from the liar who won championships in lying.

We say that it is not going to hurt no body. We say that we will do it just a while and we will quit. We even tie it to our dreams and our loved ones. However the only way we will have enough energy to withdraw is when we have enough love. Darkness and light can not coexist together.

What has love has to do with hatred? What has sin has to do with righteousness? So the truth is in order to get rid of the hatred infe, we need to start to love. In order to get help from the Lord we need to help somebody.

As long as we want to stay in our old patterns of life, we will not get enough strength to fight the devil in side every one of us. Some people don't even want to discuss about the devil inside them. I mean think about it, I said "the devil" and I say "in side of them". They will say that they are clean of it.


Well the truth is we are all messed up. There is no one single person who is clean of sin. We all are slaves of our sins one way or another. This means the devil can do what ever he wants with our lives whenever he wants.

We have only one person that will save us from our sins. His name is Lord Jesus, He is Lord and able to carry all the sin we made and to carry it to the father. It is only this way we can stay clean.

His forgiveness is all we have in life. We cant even stop sinning. We are one hell of a mess. But we still need to get our lives back. And the key to all of problems is him only that our father in heaven sent for us to deliver us from our sinful nature and to cleanse our soul on daily basis and have a good heart.

There is only peace and joy in his presence. One has to tell about it only after he drinks from the same bottle of Gods spirit. One has nothing to do by himself in this world. Instead we all are meant to help one another and built the body of Christ on earth.

This is not a race that we win praise by overtaking one another. This is a war that we all must fight together to win a common enemy - SIN. We need to love one another as the Lord told us before he went to the father.

May God have mercy on our soul and let us get up and start our way back to where we are lost from the beginning. That is the full presence of our father in heaven where there is no more pain and agony, no more hatred or fighting.


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        tewodros    |    Jan. 6, 2014     | 2,694 Views    |   
 


In our lives we have come face to face with many problems and none of them were too easy to be underestimated. Life was meant to be enjoyable regardless of money, friendship, family and commitment to any of these.  

The idea of happiness only comes from the source of life. From the same point of reference we all have created. Only there we can find true happiness. Only there we have all we need to exist.  

We have left our homes which is our safe zone and stranded all over the places. We have seen problems hit us and make our lives miserable.  

This is all just because we couldnt see what God has prepared for us from the beginning. We couldnt realize what kind of peace and joy that can be found with him.  

"Our love and our dear, whom we despise his consolidation"  

What would we do with out him any more? We have seen his protection and mercy once more again. His love surrounds us where ever we go and what ever we do.  

Only he knows how much he loves us. We shall discover and know the truth about his love the rest of our lives. Then, we shall sing of his love forever.  

Out of a broken heart and full of sorrow, our praise goes on everyday. Even if sin always asks us to withdraw from our love, we shall keep on going on the path he has prepared for us long before we were born. 

Yes of course we work to live, we lie to live,  but still we cannot find our heart in to it. our heart has left us long time ago. Our soul only trusts day and night only one thing, which is to see the glory of God.

Purely and with great love we worshiped him. Honestly we praise and magnify his name. But yet our heart always causes us many griefs. Our lives are not be able to clean as you wanted to.

All we want is to finish all with obedience - To win every battle with love. We have no enemies of this world. The enemy of flesh and blood is incomparable to the spirit of evil.

The tactics and devilish thought we come to understand is almost inconceivable. Our enemy has grown large everyday - grown fat and big.

The size of the container of the Lords spirit in us is small compared to the number of our enemies even if God wants to fill us with his spirit in fullness. Though the armor of war God has given us is able to destroy every wickedness from the devil, we havent still finished using it efficiently. Our obedience is not finished yet to destroy every spirit of disobedience. Lord, please help us becoming your best worriers of all time. You got to train us and train us hard.

You got to hit us so that we become strong. You got to teach us and talk to us to give us understanding. Only then we will say we bear fruit in your kingdom. Only then we will be fully redeemed by the blood of Jesus and wakefully wait for evil. We guard your kingdom and protect the rest of the flock.

Glory and honor belongs to God and may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit fill us with faithful love, in Jesus Name, AMEN!

How to get forgiveness for life? Some is for life time but not eternal. This is like God will feed you, bless you and LOVE you but until you die. After you die, there is no remembrance to your name. This is cool teaching about why LOVE is more than anything in life.

Think of for your self, would you marry what you don't LOVE?
If you do, you never heard of the kind of LOVE that is in the scriptures that is Gods Love - a true love and faithful one. That is why God doesnt welcome anyone to his kingdom that has no love for him and his son. That is because they never believed what God has done for them through Christ Jesus.

We hate addiction in general. It is like some external force governing our ives. It was the one who created me should control me and no one else. Addiction is like a hook in the mouth. Like a fish is captured in bait or a bird in a cage. What so ever thing we do, we are just circling around that same orbit. We are addicted to sin because we relentlessly depend on the grace of God.

Now we have come in to a position we cannot control that. We cant control our selves any more. What needs to be controlled first and most importantly is not your clothing habit or your eating habit and your talking habit.
You need to control those habit you and God know that you know it is not good. Devil may even try to convince you that it is ok to do it.

I know the poor who cannot afford to eat good, quality food will make it to heaven. But I don't know some immoral people would. So fight immorality in general. Praise God


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        tewodros    |    Jan. 5, 2014     | 4,061 Views    |   
 

When people curse and despise you and humiliate you, it is good to remember that they did the same with the Lord. You are not better that the Son of God. If they can say and do such evil things to Him, how much more they can do to you? Stay away from people like that. 

 

Some people come to test you. Some are to hammer you. Some are to refine you. So don't withhold yourself from all people. But some come to destroy you. When a computer program is written some other program is also written that looks like the first one. But the purpose of the second program is to make sure the first one does what it is supposed to do. We call such programs a test program. 

 

So are some people to the others. Their main job is to make sure others do what they are supposed to do. I am not talking about managers or CEOs. Managers do not care about your God's given purpose. I am talking about other people who came across just by chance. 

 

Saul was a test for David. If Saul was not there in the Bible, there would not be David's poems. At least David would not have written those beautiful songs to the Lord if he hadn't passed through those issues in life. 

 

Also, when people fall out of their God given purpose, they will be a test for God's servant. Even evil exist to proof that Good exists. I believe God made light first. I believe there was only good at the beginning. 

I believe God does not take delight in seeing evil in this world. But how can one know the good without knowing evil? I believe God doesn't create evil, but whenever there is light there will be darker too. 

 

This idea was proposed to Eve by the Devil through the serpent. 

But then she could have asked God boldly without any fear in her heart that she wants to see the evil also. She knew how to ask. She would have asked him face to face. But she knew other ways to do it and she knew it was not the right thing to do. 

 

If she had wanted to do it in the right way, she would have asked God for another kind of revelation - To know not only good but also evil. But she did it with disobedience. I believe this is why we must complete our lives with obedience. She broke the agreement that her family had made with God. She became unfaithful. 

 

This is not to condemn her at all as she was not the original creator of this idea but the devil is. God became angry as he was betrayed. He said, "Get out of my kingdom and, get out of my presence and my face." 

 

But he hasn't said with the intention that he has made an eternal enmity between him and us as he does with his kingdom and the devil's kingdom. For that he promised Adam and Eve that he will send his son, Jesus Christ, in the fullness of time to restore the relationships he had with them in Eden. 

 

That is why you should never trust any source. Never hate anyone for any reason. People say something that is not their original idea. There was a famous quote, "I do trust you, and it is the devil inside you that I don't trust." 

 

Sometimes I believe as the Devil is the real enemy of God, why God want to destroy some wicked people with him also. But still I am the pot and I have no right to ask such questions to the potter. I am the created and he is the creator. My life is like a wind that blows away in a moment. rom the bad.


But you don't take back what hurt you most with an embrace.
That is the real problem of Christianity today. Not be able to understand what the story about the vagabond/disobedient child.

I mean the whole idea of the new Christianity was made in that chapter. That God is merciful and he is abundant in grace. He will forgive whatever sin, we have. We shall always come to him. Now this makes us addicted to sin. But we need to understand the last line of the paragraph. That Jesus told the prostitute women that not to sin again. And also as of the disobedient child just humbles himself so much that he thought to himself:

"I don't deserve anything any more. I have wasted my life. I have spent my grace with sinners and by doing evil. I don't deserve to be called a son anymore. My strength has gone to work to make someone rich. Starvation is going to kill me in this place. The evilness of this place is huge and I cannot take it any more. My whole dignity as a human being is gone. Everyone is considering me like some other creature. But I will turn to my father. He is rich and kind, I know that for sure."




Then the father saw his son coming to him giving up all his own way of thinking turning to him with all his heart, he embraces him and kiss him and welcome him into his presence. With disobedience and selfishness that is what he said before he leaves his father; give me my share.

Also the book of Joel teaches about turning to God with all our heart. Without that there is no forgiveness and we are simply wasting our time. May be we got a little bit grace.

There is a measure of forgiveness as there is for LOVE. Sometime we have received forgiveness just to come out and go back safe to our home. Sometimes it is far more time like a month. And we know it too. When that duration expires, we sin again.

How to get forgiveness for life? Some are for a lifetime, but not eternal. This is like God will feed you, bless you and LOVE you but until you die. After you die, there is no remembrance of your name. This is cool teaching about why LOVE is, more than anything in life.

Think of for yourself, would you marry what you don't LOVE?
If you do, you never heard of the kind of LOVE that is in the scriptures that is Gods Love - a true love and faithful one. That is why God doesn't welcome anyone to his kingdom that has no love for him and his son. That is because they never believed what God has done for them through Christ Jesus.

We hate addiction in general. It is like some external force governing our lives. It is the one who created us should control us and no one else. Addiction is like a tong in the mouth. Like a fish is captured in bait or a bird in a cage. Whatsoever thing we do, we are just circling around that same orbit. We are addicted to sin because we relentlessly depend on the grace of God.

Now we have come into a position we cannot control that. We can't control ourselves any more. What needs to be controlled first and most important is not your clothing habit or your eating habit and your talking habit.
You need to control those habit you and God know that you know it is not good. Devil may even try to convince you that it is ok to do it.

I know the poor who cannot afford to eat good, quality food will make it to heaven. But I don't know some immoral people would. So fight immorality in general. Praise God!



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        tewodros    |    Jan. 4, 2014     | 2,642 Views    |   
 

      

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     | 2,560 Views    |    1 Comments
 

       

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Genesis 27:

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

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

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

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

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

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        Tewodros    |    Jun. 25, 2014     | 2,325 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     | 2,551 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     | 2,308 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.

Originaly written June 2011



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        tewodros    |    Jun. 20, 2014     | 4,975 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     | 2,443 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     | 2,120 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     | 2,413 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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        tewodros    |    Jun. 16, 2014     | 2,442 Views    |   
 

Caring for Loved Ones:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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







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        tewodros    |    Apr. 14, 2014     | 2,629 Views    |    2 Comments
 

Love turn into Hate: 

Love can be changed to complete hate.  A thief never comes from far. The people who hurt us most are the ones that love us most. If relationship is not treated as it should be, it is dangerous. We will always be amazed how everything changes in this world. But most of all, we will be amazed how love changes in to hate.  

The level one can be so much in hate is the same level one can love. We didn't realized such kind of things in life. But they are still there happening to someone somewhere right now. And we need to be aware of it today just to make sure it will not happen to us.

Love is the main working domain of the wicked. The devil doesn't want to spend his time at the house where people are fighting. They are already in to his plan. But wherever there is true love, resistance is always there. And the only way to keep our loved ones together is to use God's wisdom.

Not to be smart on your own terms like we always tend to be. To pray for them constantly and to love them no matter what. To show them the love of God in Christ Jesus. We may think they don't know what we do. But the truth is they will realize it one day and they will start to change.

When the time comes, they will be sensitive and compassionate for others. But this will not happen accidentally. We need to intercede and ask God every day to change their lives. We need to pray that his love and mercy flow in to their heart and become a new person.

 The enemy is always confused on God's plans. God always comes when everything looks dead end. He comes to those who believes in him. Poor enemy always thinks he wins. In fact the situation makes it like we lose and he wins. Now in the eyes of human beings, that is true. But with our spiritual eyes wide open to see the truth, that is not the case.

 The way God sees it, we win, all the time. And the enemy is under our feet. He makes our enemy defeated because what Jesus has done at the Cross. We are prince and princesses who are rulers. Sometimes things look like they have gone too far.

But the war is over when God says it is over. We are servants, sons and soldiers. As servants, we will serve who are of God. As sons, we have great dominion and power over our enemies. As soldiers we fight the enemy, making him lose any captivities he holds.

Of course this is a war and in war people fall. Of course this is a big resistance more than we imagined. But remember, God always makes great warriors out of us. David, Gadion, Samson they all fight with the Spirit of God. The Spirit of God will be up on you. He will make you defeat all your enemies. All of your OPPOSITION, RESISTANCE and WAR from your enemies!

If you enjoyed reading this blog, please continue reading the next blog in the series: Love Management Part 4: Loved Ones


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        tewodros    |    Apr. 11, 2014     | 2,730 Views    |   
 

 

Micah 7:5 -  
Don't trust anyone, not even your best friend, 
And be careful what you say to the one you love. 
Sons refuse to respect their own fathers, 
Daughters rebel against their own mothers, 
And daughters-in-law despise their mothers-in-law. 
Your family is now your enemy. 
But I trust the Lord God to save me, 
And I will wait for him to answer my prayer.

This is how the word of God describes how difficult life could be 
In the last days Jesus teaches that a brother will rise against his brother 
Knowingly or unknowingly we become enemies of each other 
They will do anything that seems to solve their problem.
Sometimes we say in agony and bitterness of our soul,  
How can I become this much ignorant? 
Due to my sufferings I even forget to eat 
What has made me laugh before is not funny anymore 
The enemy is getting bigger everyday 
How can a person like me fight with that on my own strength? 
As for me my lamentations are my dinner 
My tears are my drinks 
I wait for God no matter how long it takes 
In my problems I will wait for him 
My own family has turned their backs on me 
I don't know why 
Now who can be trusted? 
Whom shall I believe?
Then we lift our hands to God and pray,
Therefore I put my trust in the Lord
Where can I rest before coming to you Lord
My own house becomes my distress
Because of what is happening there
The enemy gathered around me and waited for my soul
They chocked me till my breath is finished in me
I know God, you see all that
I am calling your name and I know you will answer me
You will answer by fire and storm
I know you patiently wait until what you planned about them reaches
You don't leave your servant in the grave
I believe you Lord, Therefore I put my trust in you
I will make my enemies testify about my integrity
I will not envy their ways, rather I will follow you, my God
In everything they do to me, I will get revelation from you
The more they fight with me, I will be listening to your word more
This is one thing I will do, and I will do it for you, with you and by you
Weakness is our major enemy
Immaturity is our foe
Fear is what we need to fight every day
In revelation of God’s wisdom, we will walk in peace
Daily, we will seek his guidance
Surely, we will find God’s will
Honestly, we will serve him
With a brave heart, we will follow him
Whatever it is, we will not get out of his ways
However long it takes, we will see what we have lived to see
They say, "You will never learn how to pray till your child start driving"
We were weak and caught only by our own ways
Our own plans and motives become a deadly snare to our feet
Now when trouble comes day by day
And when we have no options but to turn our face to God, we begged him for guidance
Some of us are with so many burden and heavy responsibilities
Where shall we go in times of troubles?
All our instincts tells us we have to come to God
No one help us in times of trouble.
In fact they want us to fall and never to rise again

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        tewodros    |    Apr. 10, 2014     | 2,494 Views    |   
 

In this series we will learn about how it is difficult to live life with opposition from our own friends and family. Sometimes our own flesh and blood can become dangerous and unknowingly fight against us that will have a huge impact on our relationship to God through Christ.  

We will also learn that no matter what they do on to us, they do not mean to hurt us and that only because they loved us inside and they don't know how. The Bible says: Due to lack of knowledge the people have perished.

It is good to know everything that God wants us to know. We don't say, I didn t know about that. I wish I did. The wisdom of this world is far from God's eternal plan. We don't see as they see. Even we don't see as God see unless the Holy Spirit revealed it to us. How does it feel to be alone? 

Nothing to be depending on. Not getting what you have wished. Sometimes we start to feel all of that. We have sinned against God and we will be left alone just for a while. But I know God hears our prayers no matter what. 

There is nothing hidden from him. I believed all of our prayers according to God s will, will be answered. Because God loved us first and we know we love him too. In times when we have no one or nothing to put our trust, In times when we wished not to see any one. Not to seek any advice from blood and flesh. We fear not to talk to any one. Due to the wickedness of human heart.

In times when our enemies appointed a date to destroy us. They already planned in every way possible that we should be perished. The worst part of it is they are those whom we care about. Our own family and friends can become our own enemies. Whether it is according to the desire to serve God or some other reason. They put their every thing to destroy us. They also used all their power to crash us. 

We on the other hand don't have any intention to fight back. Except praying with intercede for Mercy of God. We kept our mouth shut and our heart far away from our own sisters and brothers. We didn t know this much up to this moment. That is why what they will do can be more than what they have already done. Without understanding of Gods will for them, they are perishing away!

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        tewodros    |    Apr. 8, 2014     | 2,390 Views    |   
 

I believe accoutability is very  crucial in a Christians life.  When one is surounded - so to speak- with famliy and friends the person's life is out in the open;and he/she becomes cautious in his/her Christian life. This will in turn help that individual to grow. Ofcourse, the person should be acountable to God first: thinking '  what would God think about this situation?'  But I have found out that when you know that you are being watched, you work harder, act better and refrain from sinful deeds. In addition, familiy and friensd, admonish you, and also encourage you -which I think is excellent because it makes you a better person. Although a Chrisitian person's life shouldnt be life like the celebrities in such a way that every little move is watched, a Christian should have fellow Chrstian friends to formulate accountablity.

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        Eskedar    |    Apr. 7, 2014     | 2,385 Views    |    1 Comments
 


1 Corinthians 7 -

Now I will answer the questions that you asked in your letter. You asked, "Is it best for people not to marry?" Well, having your own husband or wife should keep you from doing something immoral. Husbands and wives should be fair with each other about having sex[fulfill his marital duty to his wife]. A wife belongs to her husband instead of to herself, and a husband belongs to his wife instead of to himself. So don't refuse sex to each other, unless you agree not to have sex for a little while, in order to spend time in prayer. 

Then Satan won't be able to tempt you because of your lack of self-control. In my opinion that is what should be done, though I don't know of anything the Lord said about this matter. I wish that all of you were like me, but God has given different gifts to each of us. Here is my advice for people who have never been married and for widows. You should stay single, just as I am. But if you don't have enough self-control, then go ahead and get married. After all, it is better to marry than to burn with desire. I instruct married couples to stay together, and this is exactly what the Lord himself taught. A wife who leaves her husband should either stay single or go back to her husband. And a husband should not leave his wife. 

I don't know of anything else the Lord said about marriage. All I can do is to give you my own advice. If your wife isn't a follower of the Lord, but is willing to stay with you, don't divorce her. If your husband isn't a follower, but is willing to stay with you, don't divorce him. Your husband or wife who isn't a follower is made holy by having you as a mate. This also makes your children holy and keeps them from being unclean in God's sight. 

If your husband or wife isn't a follower of the Lord and decides to divorce you, then you should agree to it. You are no longer bound to that person. After all, God chose you and wants you to live at peace. 16And besides, how do you know if you will be able to save your husband or wife who isn't a follower? 

I don't know of anything that the Lord said about people who have never been married. But I will tell you what I think. And you can trust me, because the Lord has treated me with kindness. 26We are now going through hard times, and I think it is best for you to stay as you are. If you are married, stay married. If you are not married, don't try to get married. It isn't wrong to marry, even if you have never been married before. But those who marry will have a lot of trouble, and I want to protect you from that. 

My friends, what I mean is that the Lord will soon come, and it won't matter if you are married or not. 30It will be all the same if you are crying or laughing, or if you are buying or are completely broke. It won't make any difference how much good you are getting from this world or how much you like it. This world as we know it is now passing away. I want all of you to be free from worry. An unmarried man worries about how to please the Lord. But a married man has more worries. He must worry about the things of this world, because he wants to please his wife. 

So he is pulled in two directions. Unmarried women and women who have never been married worry only about pleasing the Lord, and they keep their bodies and minds pure. But a married woman worries about the things of this world, because she wants to please her husband. What I am saying is for your own good--it isn't to limit your fredom. I want to help you to live right and to love the Lord above all else. But suppose you are engaged to someone old enough to be married, and you want her so much that all you can think about is getting married. Then go ahead and marry. There is nothing wrong with that.

But it is better to have self-control and to make up your mind not to marry. It is perfectly all right to marry, but it is better not to get married at all. A wife should stay married to her husband until he dies. Then she is free to marry again, but only to a man who is a follower of the Lord. However, I think I am obeying God's Spirit when I say she would be happier to stay single.



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        tewodros    |    Apr. 4, 2014     | 3,568 Views    |   
 


Faithfulness doesn’t focus on the enemy we kill rather it is about to use and depend on God's name to kill a giant enemy. It is all about trust and LOVE and hope and faith. When it is in our capability, we find no help. But when it is more than we can bear, help has already come to us.   

No disappointment, no anger is bigger than faithfulness. But in these last days, pleasure is its major enemy.  

Jesus said, 

I seek not my own pleasure but to do what my father tells me to do. 

He also said in some other place, 

If you believe in me, ask me and I will do it. 

Jesus gives his desire for his father and whoever believes in him.  

The desire of a man is to his parents when he was young, to serve his wife (when he has one) and his parents when he was adult and to his God when he was old enough and wise enough to serve the Holy one.  

The quality how good we will serve our family depends totally how well we serve our parents. The quality how good we will serve our God depends totally how well we serve our parents and our family. 

I believe faithfulness is not a gift like grace or LOVE. It is something to work on and to build. It is something to earn. It is something to bring to the king as a gift. It is something we work all day as a worker. We do work to live, don’t we? 

When it is to our earthly matters, we get up at 4 am if we have to. We know we have to survive. We do anything to please our boss or manager or owner. We clean and we do anything. That is faithfulness to earthly things.  

But the questions is do we do the same thing to the Lord? Do we care for his feelings? I know by faith that if our righteousness is not greater than some do, we are not going to enter the kingdom of God. It is the same as unless we do as good as some other workers; we won’t stay long as a worker. We will get fired! 

Does faithfulness is greater than love? Yes. The love we know is selfish and caused us every kind of trouble. There is only one true LOVE that is from the Lord and it is faithful LOVE.  

It is not good to disobey the Lord by pleasing men. Obedience leads to faithfulness. Pleasing men is our way of defining love. Therefore faithfulness is better than our selfish love.   

Is faithfulness better than humility? Yes. The humility we know is false and caused us every kind of trouble.  Time and money are servants of faithfulness. When you are faithful, time is your servant. 

God is Faithful. No one on earth, above or below is like him. Even Angels are not clean in Gods eye. Only his son is pure and worth to be accepted to him. That’s why he made him a burning sacrifice for our sin.  

We find grace and favor in the eyes of men and and God if love and faithfulness is found in us. love goes until the boundary of faith.
Faithfulness takes over from that to complete the journey.

We shouldnt get too much reward for something we can easily do.
Rather for something we believe God will help and he will be there for us even if we think it is beyond our qualifications. Isnt this what the Lord meant when he said in the book of Revelations,

"Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life."

Knowing the truth doesn’t make us free. Rather wat makes us free is to be faithful to the truth. That is to persist and to dedicate our selves to it. Perseverance is a character that will be developed after our faith is tested many times.

It is like a muscle in our spirit and it will come after many up and downs. But we will never see it if we are hesitant and our thoughts are running on every direction.

By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh's daughter. What does we refused by faith?

We should all refuse to be abused by the devil. He used to do all manner of things on us. Now, we should use our faith to cast down his wickedness and break the strong hold.

By faith we need to say, No, I don’t want it! I don’t want anything that can be bought with sin. I don’t want anything that will latter cause me grief. I don’t want to displease my Lord. It was good to know it and do it before it is too late. As long as there is some time left, it is good to say no.

NO! What a powerful word. We should start to refuse and to say No to many things that Gods spirit doesn’t confirm in to our spirit. It is not arrogance to say no. It is faithfulness to the Lord. And sometimes we can even do that without even explaining why.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit all help us to be faithful to the Lord, in Jesus Name, AMEN



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        tewodros    |    Apr. 3, 2014     | 2,674 Views    |   
 

You need to control those habit you and God know that you know it is not good. Devil may even try to convince you that it is ok to do it. 

I know the poor who cannot afford to eat good, quality food will make it to heaven. But I don't know some immoral people would. So fight immorality in general. Immorality is the source of all addiction. 

Immorality is the source of all addiction. 

 

And control your feelings. You cannot do righteousness with your feelings. But we can achieve that through endurance in faith and hope, through LOVE for one another and faithfulness to the Lord. 

 

Dont try to put yourself higher than anybody else. don't allow also any one to put your feelings down. That is called dignity and self respect and fighting for your freedom. But even if you have found 

some one who violates this, please don't take it as his original idea. 

 

All evil thoughts come from one source and fight your problems from the source. Instead of hating that person, try to change him through Holy Spirit. I know this looks like war instead of life. But what is life? 

Life is not just only eating and drinking. No, it is more than that. 

 

Life is all about being faithful to God and humbly obey his instructions. Life is to faithfully wait the kingdom of God for it shall come soon. I have asked my self many times which one is greater: LOVE or FEAR of the Lord? Work or righteousness through Christ? Is there any righteousness we gain with out Christ? No. There is no other means of doing our own salvation. 

 

Salvation comes through believing God that he has sent his son to redeem us from sin. But faith is dead with out work. So we have to believe and do our righteousness. It is not like some kind of religion that we should only do one thing after another and have no faith. But to do what we have to do and to leave the rest to God.


In fact to humbly lower ourselves under his feet after we have completed our job. We have to say to him, "Here I am your servant." We need to learn one more thing with the rest of our lives.
That is to fear God and work out own righteousness through Christ. We need to do this with out leaving the original instruction that is to LOVE the Lord.

It is not as if LOVE is not complete but it is because we did not understand the full meaning of it. Some where in the definition of LOVE, we got lost and we miss some basic concept like to fear the Lord. Now just in case we want to give another name for a full LOVE - It is called faithfulness.

If an angel, or a human teach us anything other what the scriptures tells us about faithfulness, let it be a curse. These are some of the words of Jesus before he goes to the father. I believe you see some faithfulness in it.

"I have brought glory to you here on earth by doing everything you gave me to do" - So he did everything he needs to do to glorify his father.

Believe me or not, every thing we did either will glorify God or Satan. So choose wisely whom you want to glorify before you decide what to do next. Everything we do makes us the son of God or of the Devil.
Jesus wants to do his purpose that the world knows that he LOVES his father - Showing his love by work.

Other wise LOVE is dead without work, as faith is dead with out work and as hope is dead with out work. Otherwise how can the world know that he LOVES his father? How can the enemy know that he LOVES his father?

So he took this very painful moment of grief and destitution as a great opportunity to express his LOVE. You know when we speak words like I LOVE God, we should proof it that we do.

There is no true LOVE other than the LOVE of God expressed in Christ Jesus. So every other LOVE is selfish LOVE and it is a deceiving LOVE. Therefore it cannot be proofed to be a true. The Lord confirms true LOVE in our spirit.


Every desire of human is wicked but we don't understand that until we get hurt or make some one hurt. But one thing is still true. If we humbly obey our God and fear him, that will show we have true LOVE for God and for one another. This is what the bible call faithfulness.
"If you LOVE me", Jesus said, "Keep my commandments."

There is no LOVE with out sacrificing our selves for the Lord as burning offering. He has no desire for burnt offering of lambs and bulls any more. Instead he has prepared a body for us so that we shall continually offer ourselves as a burning sacrifice.

That is to desire God with all our heart and do his will and not ours.
We thank you Holy spirit for bringing up these serious of lessons that will draw us closer to the father and make us able fighting the good fight of faith.

Glory and honor belongs to God and may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit fill us with faithful love, in Jesus Name, AMEN!

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        tewodros    |    Apr. 2, 2014     | 2,779 Views    |   
 

 

Anger is the opposite of LOVE. Anger is committed when someone attacks us like a lion. Take for example that someone just insults us in a very disgraceful manner. When that happens, you will feel so much anger because of the insult. No one on earth will take something like that. A disgraceful insult can come to us like an arrow and we can feel it piercing through our soul especially if we don't do anything to deserve it.


The person that insults us may be a healthy looking person even though no healthy person just put a curse on somebody else. As a result we become angry because we are insulted out of no where for some reason. We didn't do anything wrong but now we feel so much anger inside us. What do we need to do in response to that? The Lord said, "Dont worry about anything that comes to you. It will be processed and latter on, it will be excluded from you body."


Now this looks like Jesus is talking about food. But he is talking about anything that comes to us. It could be evil thoughts, evil dreams, contaminated ideas, and unresolved issues.


It also includes anything that comes from external being. It could be an insult from somebody else. It could be a provocation to lie or to agree to a sinful idea. So he said we should not worry about it.


Instead lets be careful what comes out from us. It could be a perverse speech. It could be a lie or an insult or arrogance. It could be our own idea to do something bad. That will make us unworthy to worship the Lord almighty in his temple.


Therefore, whenever someone insults us, let us make sure that we have already made a choice. Whether we go ahead and spit our own venom in to the other persons body. Or perhaps we want to take it to the Lord so that He can heal our soul and give us the grace we need to worship him with a pure heart.


The funny thing about this is that we don't know when this will happen. And also people even our own friends will encourage us to respond with insult.


Why? Because once people see that we are kind of silly person who accepts insults and takes no action, they won't hesitate to do their own versions too. It is like a beautiful place turns in to a dumpster.


After all what makes it a dumpster is the fact that when the first person comes and put his/her garbage, no one say, "No! No way!"


One of the reasons God has LOVED David was when he was going through a lot of problems after the incident with Uriah's wife. At one point in his life, one person insulted David in front of every body but he didn't pay him back.


King David could have made him killed since he had the power to do that but he did not. Instead he said, "May be God seeing all my misery and pain, He will have mercy on me."


David understood that nothing came to him whether it is good or bad unless the Lord allowed it. He also used it as a wonderful opportunity to please God one more time.


What amazes me most is when David waited all his life and asked Solomon, his son, to do justice regarding this person. He didn't even told Solomon to kill this person, but he said,


"You know what to do with him. You have wisdom and do to him according to your wisdom." So he was telling him to do what God told him to do concerning that person. However David didn't dare to do any harm to this person as he feared the Lord and obeyed his commandments. Paul while advising timothy regarding disrespectful person around him by saying,

"Earn respect by knowing what to speak in the beginning"

Most of the disrespect comes from our silly talk and unthoughtful actions. It is a reward for our foolishness. Avoid foolishness and learn wisdom. Let us Fear God and stay away from anything that may cause us harm.

The issue of Self-respect:
Our interaction with others has to be mainly based on humility and self respect. While we talk and do certain thngs, we might put our selves in a position where others might respect us or not.

Also we may not put enough self respect even to our selves. And many may not provide us with the self respect that we deprive of our selves. The humility part is also necessary to establish health relationship with others and God.


Self respect is the basic thing to deliver our message to others. It helps us to express our feelings and to be heard and to be acknowledged in other persons world. With out self respect we will lose all the dignity for our selves because of the world. With out dignity, we will lose the self respect for our selves because of our own fault.


Self respect can be built from inside and also we should protect it from the outside world. The main issue is to bring humility with out loosing self-respect.

What if somebody just break the boundary and just insults us? Isn't that something that can make us have less self esteem? Well we have seen Jesus in the scriptures where he was teaching effectively because of the image he already had for himself. He even passed through a point in time where he was tested to lose self-respect and his faith.

I have had many experience in the past that makes me lose self confidence. I have gone out for battle where I totally depend on my self to win the battle. But I totally messed up and got embarrassed. I not only failed but also lost confidence because of that.


Does self-respect even necessary at all? The word self is not something we find good at all in the Bible. But still it is all we have got under the earth with God by our side. It is something all the issues of life derive from.


If something is wrong there, everything will be lost. That is why we need to have the proper definition of self. Self but not selfishness means the identity of an individual. Where is the true identity found in our lives? It is in the idea of self and who we are in Christ Jesus. That is the main issue of this lesson.

We are redeemed from our selfishness nature to bring forth glory to God's kingdom. Do you ever ask yourself the question, "who am I?" We need to find who we are in God's kingdom. So every element of life should be taught in terms of the true nature of our selves and our relationship with God. Let us be humble, be patient, be kind, be loving while we also hold on to our own true nature.


When Jesus washed the feet of the disciples, it was not his intention to lose self respect. But first of all he wanted to teach humility and second he wanted them to do the same thing to others including their enemies. He taught how to be in good service to others and how to be a humble servant for God.


Most of all, remember the summery of the laws of God: LOVE your neighbor as you LOVE yourself. This means we should also expect the same kind of respect from others as we showed to them.


We thank you Lord for teaching us the issue of self respect with out being arrogant and irritation to others. Please help us not to be easily offended where others knowingly or unknowingly make a mistake of disrespecting us. We already understand LOVE is strong and can defeat any kind of anger and disappointment

Related Scriptures in ESV Version:

Proverbs 18:21:
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

Ephesians 4:29 
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Matthew 15:18
But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.

Proverbs 12:18
There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Matthew 12:36
I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,

Proverbs 16:4
Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

Colossians 3:8 
But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.

Matthew 12:37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.


Proverbs 18:21:Proverbs 13:3
Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

Proverbs 15:1
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Proverbs 21:23 
Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.

James 1:26
If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless.

Psalm 19:14 
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

James 3:1-12
Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!

Proverbs 15:4 
A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.

Proverbs 29:20
Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Proverbs 17:28 
Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.

Luke 6:45
The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Colossians 4:6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

Proverbs 10:19
When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.

Proverbs 18:13
If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.

Proverbs 18:20
From the fruit of a man's mouth his stomach is satisfied; he is satisfied by the yield of his lips.

Isaiah 54:17
No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall confute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, declares the Lord.”

Matthew 7:12
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.


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        tewodros    |    Apr. 1, 2014     | 4,159 Views    |    3 Comments
 


His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and Godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,  by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with Godliness, and Godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.  For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.  - 2 Peter 1 

Here God is teaching us one of the higher form of relationship with God and how we should grow in to likeness of his son through Holy Spirit. We are called to live a life that is free from the old ways of thinking and desire. The old life has his own mentality and its own way of understanding. The old nature of life cannot understand what it means to be under the guardian of the Holy Ghost and bear spiritual fruits for the glory of God. In the old way of life there is bitterness, gossip, hate, slander, dishonesty, lie, and many more.  

We cannot inherit the things of God by becoming one of this. God is pure and holy. One cannot see him unless we become washed by the blood of Jesus who can remove every spot of sin in our lives and stay away from the old way of life.  

We need to stay away from the desires of the flesh which is sinful and selfish by nature. No matter how good and kind we are by nature, we cannot produce the good fruits the Lord required from us unless we cling in to the great promises of God. If we can listen to these promises of God, we will find enough courage and hope to finish the race with boldness staying away from the corruption of the world and its selfish desires.  

If we follow our desires as they are without the consultation of the Holy Ghost, we may find life difficult and hard to enjoy life and become fulfilled. Moreover, it is impossible to reach to the limit of satisfaction and happiness that one wants as the desires of the world are selfish by nature. In my opinion one can achieve the ecstasy of happiness if he/she can understand the will of God for his/her, and live life without being selfish. 

That said we also learn from the above scripture that the most important thing in life is to live life with lots and lots of love for one another. It is beyond anything else in life. It could be beyond any kind of religious activity we may perform to sanctify ourselves.  

It doesn’t mean that we don’t need to do them, but it means that we need to do everything if it pleases the Lord and benefits our brothers and sisters. Virtue: conformity of one's life and conduct to moral and ethical principles; uprightness;     

Here the Bible is teaching us faith is just the beginning when it comes to reaching the level of life God expects from his children. 

We need to have a faith that is practical and ethical of good moral value. If we say we have faith in God and we don’t practice it to develop a quality of relationship with him that will enable us to walk in righteousness then our faith need to grow.

Faith should enable us to bear spiritual fruit. The bible tells us if our faith is not accompanied by works, then it has no value.

What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says h has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. - James 2:14

Once we used our faith in doing good and living in the path of righteousness, the next step is to reach to the level of understanding and knowledge that the Lord wants us to reach.

The Bible tells us that without enough knowledge and wisdom to guide our steps, we may perish in our ignorance. Knowledge brings delight to the knower. The bible advise us to seek guidance and knowledge in the book of proverb. But if you don’t build your knowledge on the foundation of the word of God, it could be dangerous. All of our knowledge should be built on the love of God and our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ in which we must be saved

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. - Hosea 4:6

All our knowledge also need to focus on how we could contribute ourselves for the good of the world. In other words it should be built on the virtue of kindness and compassion for one another.

What good does it make if I use my knowledge just to feel powerful and to scares others away? There will always be more innovation and more and more challenges to lead in this way. If we can lead others by becoming the servant of all, this kind of leadership will last forever. Knowledge comes with huge responsibility. It can make us arrogant or we can humble ourselves before the most fearful God. If we can use our knowledge for the benefit of others that is such a great wisdom that the bible is teaching us in this chapter.

The third step is self-control. One of the most important virtue that we all need to have is the spirit of self-control. Anger and temper is quite the opposite. If we say we have faith in God but do the very thing that God would not want us to do then our faith is not strong and mature. When it comes to self-control, we all can learn from our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. While he was going through the pain of the cross, he doesn’t say a word to his father or his accusers. Moreover, we can also learn the spirit of self-control from the book of Job.

The Bible says, "In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong"

Focus, patience, determination, courage and self-control are all parts of higher form of faith that has something to do with hope and love. One cannot pass the time of temptation, if one cannot have the self-control needed to pass the test. It has a lot to do with patience. Self-control has to do with resisting the pressure of now for the sake of the future.

Patience has to do with waiting on to the Lord without sizing and giving up hope. Patience has to do with the length or duration of time one has to wait to get what we love most. Self-control has to do with avoiding the temptation of sin to please the Lord. Patience has to do with persistence and endurance. Self-control has to do with enable one to withstand temptation. It has to do with discipline.

For example if one has a bad habit of drinking or smoking or shopping, then one can easily avoid by developing the self-control needed to do that. If one is tested many times with the spirit of sexual immorality of any kind, one can develop self-control to avoid the temptation of sin. The devil doesn’t want you to stop that because once you are a free person, he knows he is the first target from your list of vengeance. Therefore he would rather always affect you while you are weak and without full of knowledge.

One of the things that trouble us in life is the temtation that comes from within. As Christian we are always worried about how we should live our lives in relation to others. We are worried about our existence and how we survive in this world where there are so many wickedness and sin. We are worried because we don’t always want to make our Lord happy. Even though the world is one of the most difficult threat for our spiritual existence, but it is not the worst.

The devil can use anything to fight us and lose the very thing God wants us to experience - our victory in Christ. When the devil inserts little things like stubbornness, arrogance, self-righteousness, it can affect our relationship with the Lord the same way he can affect through external mechanism.

Therefore when we always feel angry or disobedient, think about some the things the Lord teaches as in his life and in his word. Think about how we should love each other in Christ. Think about serving others doesn’t mean we are the least of all but we are the leaders of all.

Then comes the next level of faith, which is Godliness.

This is where you force yourself in to the likeness of God in Christ Jesus. No one sees God and will never see him unless in the Spirit as God is the Spirit himself. But if we need to make a statement about God and who he is and how we should know him, then these questions are answered by knowing Jesus. Jesus said in John, that if we see Jesus, it is the same us we see God. The son of God reveals everything we need to know about God. His divine character, his compassion that he is father to all and he has loved all the same. It is more than anything to us to train us to be like Christ and to please him with that.

The Bible says that we can profit our lives and the life of other by attracting ourselves in to the image of God. Godliness is not like what some say we are little gods that someone has to praise us and that we should be respected. If we can think of ourselves to be something whereas the fact is we are nothing without Christ, we are fooling ourselves.

Godliness is to transform our selves in to the image of the character of God by become more like him day by day. Our father is rich in kindness and mercy. He is abundant in love and compassion. His anger is for a while but his forgiveness is for generations. If we can be like him in his nature, that is what to be Godliness.

The next level of our faith is brotherly kindness and love. Kindness precedes love. Love is a higher form of relationship. It is a strong form of all types of virtues, principles, commandments and laws. If we cannot develop self-control little by little we cannot reach to love. If we don’t acquire the knowledge and wisdom to serve one another, there won’t be love.

If we don’t transfer ourselves every day in the image of God, there is no love. But if we all practice all these basic principles of the levels of faith one can reach little by little, we will be taken to the highest form of our faith where we can say “my will is your will, my father.. You can lead me as you wish..” and that is called love

You see every day we say we love God but the truth is we just finished level 0 that is faith in Christ. Next time before you say the word, just think about which level of faith you are and let's all try to grow to the level where we can say with all boldness that we love God. God is faithful. He called us to have everlasting fellowship with him in Christ Jesus. He called us sons and daughter and not slaves.

He is calling us to grow in our faith to be full of love and kindness like him. He does that because he knows he is able to lead us and guide through it. And if we don’t depend on our strength and wisdom, surely he will lead us in to love from faith through his grace and little bit of obedience and faithfulness to him.

God bless you and give you grace to worship him with all humility and truthfulness in Jesus name. Amen


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Marriage God's Idea  by Focus on the Family.  

 

Where there is anything that's designed, there is a designer. Whether it's a truck, building or train — or even marriage — there is always a mastermind behind the masterpiece. God, the mastermind of marriage, also has a plan for how marriage works best.  

 

It can be overwhelming to try and understand God's design and plan for marital love because contradicting and varying messages are everywhere: in books, magazines, movies and music. As a result, many couples fall into the trap of looking everywhere but to the Designer to find out what God intended for marriage. If you've tried understanding marriage through the world, there's a better way.  

 

With help, you can tap into the design that God has for marriage here in this series of articles. We can show you how marriage is created out of divine order, is based on a covenant relationship, reflects our relationship with God and truly has a greater impact in our lives than many have assumed. 

 

Hopefully, these realizations can help you to experience a greater sense of fulfillment and a lifelong perspective for your marrige relationship

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በቅርብ ያለ ጓደኛ   

 

 በዚህ ዓለም እየጠፉ ካሉት ዋነኛ ሃብቶች ውስጥ ቀዳሚ ተርታ ከሚመደቡት አንዱ እውነተኛ ወዳጅ ነው። እግዚአብሔር ለሰው ልጅ የሚሰጠው ሁለተኛ በረከት ሰው ነው። ቀዳሚውና ዋነኛው በረከት ግን ሰዎች ሁሉ ከዘላለም ጥፋት እንዲድኑ እራሱን በመስቀል ላይ በመስጠት ዋጋ የከፈለልን ኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ ነው። ሰው የእግዚአብሔርን መልካምነት በየቀኑ እናይበት ዘንድ የተሰጠን በረከት ነው። ያውም ደግሞ ለእያንዳንዳችን የሚመቹ የሚሸከሙ የሚመክሩ የሚራሩ የሚያፈቅሩ የማይፈርዱ የማየከስሱ የማያሴሩ የሚያካፍሉ የሚያጋሩ እንደ ልብ የሆኑ ወዳጆች ተሰጥቶናል። ስለ ወዳጅ ምንነት መጽሐፍ ቅዱስ ሲናገር "ወዳጅ በዘመኑ ሁሉ ይወድዳል ወንድምም ለመከራ ይወለዳል።" ም& ... [Click on the blog title or image to read the entire blog.]


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

Some of the teachings were about:

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

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

Key = Obedience to God’s Calling.

2. Procrastinating the Lord’s calling for salvation

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

Key = Surrender to Jesus Today. Believe.

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

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

Key = Patience, Love and Humility

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

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

Key = Diligence and focus for the kingdom of God

5. Fornication. Read Math 25:27.

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

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

Key: Holiness

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

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

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

Key = Leadership Wisdom.

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

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

Key = Vigilance and Diligence

8. Being selfish and greedy. Math 25:33

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

Key = Generosity and Compassion

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

Key = Make Christ First

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

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

Key = Lord over Money

11. Unforgiveness Math 6:14

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

Key = Forgiveness

12. Insulting Holy Spirit

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

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

Key = Honor Holy Spirit

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

Key = Bear spiritual fruits

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

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

Key = Honor God, Fear God

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

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

Key = Faith alone

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

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

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

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

17. Being Hypocrite. Math 6:1

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

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

Key: Be yourself

18. Worrying. Read Math 6:31

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

Key: Have Faith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.  And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?

Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.  - Luke 14:25 

Even if the word disciple would be simply defined as follower of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, it has more meaning than just a follower and a believer. What is the difference between a disciple, a follower, a believer and a minister? I believe when we come to God by faith through repentance and believing what God has revealed his salvation through Christ, we become a follower or believer of our Lord Jesus Christ.

But I believe there is a big difference between a believer and a disciple of Jesus Christ. The disciple is the one who gave up his everything for the sake of the kingdom of God. He who forsakes all that he has for Christ is a disciple of Jesus Christ.

A disciple is the best candidate to be a minister to preach the gospel for nations. Only God affirms the carriers of His word and His message around the globe. One’s own zeal and desire can’t make a follower (and even a disciple) a minister of the Gospel. 

Most of us think we are disciples but the truth is we are still in Level 0 (just a believer). And since we don’t want to go to the next level (disciple), devil is even tempting us to give up level 0 and to become unbeliever. Discipleship is not intended to be for only few members of God’s church. God wants the majority/all of Christians to be his disciples and prepare themselves for the ministry that God has prepared for them. 

Discipleship is making baby Christians in to warriors of faith in Christ. 

Matthew 28:19 (NIV) Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Only few are called from discipleship to be ministers like pastors, apostles, teachers and the likes. A Christian cannot directly go to ministry without being a disciple first. It is like for a soldier going to war with out passing through the necessary combat training.

If we see the life of the apostles, they were first under the ministry of Jesus Christ before He told them to go and preach the good news for the world. They were first disciples before being apostles.

This doesn’t mean they were not preaching the gospel when Jesus was around. Jesus was sending them in a way that they can see what it means to be called to ministry while they were still on training by Jesus. It is like practical training.

There were complaints against them to Jesus that they were not able to heal the sick or cast out demons, but Jesus defended them and taught them on the spot how things should be done. Moreover, Jesus ordered them before he resurrected to the Father to wait until they are filled with the Holy Ghost.
Only then they will have the power to preach the gospel with boldness and humility. 

Discipleship educates and trains Christians to be ministes but only the Ho
y Spirit can empower and change people lives using disciples. Holy Spirit can use an ordinary person like you and me to spread the gospel but it will be much more effective if someone is converted in to disciple first before moving to ministry. I believe the issues that we see in the current church is due to sending  unprepared ministers in to the world who take the work of the kingdom of God in their own hands and many for their own benefits.

Ministry comes in different flavors. We can minister the people of God with our possession, giving what he gave us back to him. With our knowledge in different discipline like nursing, doctors…. With our compassion and taking care of the needy. Defending the helpless. Providing to the poor. With our strength and youth in cleaning, caring, committed to help those spread the gospel.

We don’t have to be the preacher or the pastor in the church to be a minister. And we don’t have to be a disciple to do this kind of ministry. Part of ministry that involves healing the sick, fighting spiritual battles with the devil and evil principalities, teaching the word of God to many, prophesizing, speaking in tongues, doing miracles are all the gifts of the Holy Ghost given to those who have completely given up their life(everything) for the sake of the gospel and the kingdom of God. (Disciples). 

One might say we need these gifts to minister the people of God before we give up anything to be disciple. But this is wrong. God is waiting for you to change your heart and become available for him to use you as He wishes and then He will give the gifts and not vice versa.

Gifts are given for disciples and not for ordinary Christians. Notice that the gifts of the Spirit were given to the apostles when they dedicated their life to preach the good news by living a Godly life for Christ.

If we are in the darkness of sin that we experience every day, there is no way we will receive these gifts. If we turn our face after being partakers of these gifts, Hebrew 6 says, there is no more to be done. It is amazing how most of us live our lives. We are so immature in our faith that we are so much in to the things of the world. 

We watch movies that are unholy. We listen to musics that preach hate, arrogance and violence. We do not pray and read the Word of God diligently. We don’t share the gospel to our neighbors. We don’t help those in need. We are always self-centered and don’t care about others. 

We are lukewarm Christians in a way that we are not a strong Christians who should be ready for the coming of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ. We don’t forgive when our brothers and sisters offended us. We don’t love sincerely. We don’t treat others with respect at all times. We don’t faithfully obey God. We treat others badly with and without their faults. We even drag some of them to court.  We are angry and bitter when others do wrong to us. As a result, we end up grieving the Holy Spirit by practicing these and many more.

I don’t know how we are going to please God without bearing any spiritual fruit. God wants us to grow in the Spirit and bear many spiritual fruits. If we don’t have fruits, we may end up in the wrong place that we don’t want to be which is hell. 

Many may deceive christian by saying we don’t earn our salvation and no need to worry about bearing fruits of our faith. But the truth is we need to worry every day to live a life that glorifies God’s name in our generation and many more to come. As Christians, we need to stop drinking only milk and start to eat real food from the Word of God training ourselves in to the likeness of God in Christ.

We need to be compassionate for one another and forgive each other sins. We need to understand everyday the depth and breadth of the grace of God and how He forgives our huge debt that we cannot pay off and ony eternal fire was the only thing we deserve to have.

We need to understand that if we don’t love others as God loves us, we are in danger of eternal fire. We need to know that after being forgiven by God if we treat others bad, God will take away his mercy and put us in great trouble. There is no guarantee that we are saved if we conform ourselves in to the likeness of the devil, who is evil and deceitful.

Even if we think we are not called in to the ministry, we still should prepare our selves to be a good disciple that loves Jesus more than anything we accumulate in life since we will all leave that here and go to our eternal home.

Paul said, nothing comes close to the love of God in Christ.

Romans 8:35: Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

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

This life(Romans 8) is given for all who love and believe in Christ. It is a call to love Jesus like his disciples giving up everything we have for sake of Christ. Remember saying the words and living according to the words of Romans 8 are not the same. May God give his grace to have a great revelation of what it means to give up everything we have for God.

When the young rich person whom he claimed he is a good Christian was asked by Jesus to give up his wealth (his idol) and follow Jesus, he was sad and turn his back on Jesus and left. Are we like him today? Which ones of our possessions become our idols? Anything we love more than God is our idol and we suffer the consequence of losing it. Whether it is our spouse or kids, or house, or car or profession or hobby, it is a matter of time before we will be asked to choose between Jesus and our idol.

Choose wisely. Choose Jesus since he gave up everything for us and they crucified him on that cross almost naked. He also promised that whatever and whoever we give up for his name sake, he will give it back to us multiple folds. 


Matthew 19:29: And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for the sake of My name will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life.

Q&A

1.Can a follower of Jesus Christ who is not a disciple of Jesus Christ go directly to the strong form of ministry like Pastor?

2.What is the importance of being a disciple?

3.Can a believer inherit the kingdom of God without going through discipleship?

4.What does it mean when Jesus says, “You cannot be my disciple, if you don’t love me more than yourself and family?”

5. Is discipleship necessary to enter the kingdom of God?

6.What are the varies ways of serving the Lord (ministry)?

7.Can a Christian live without Holy Ghost? 

8.Is it possible to inherit the kingdom of God with out the Holy Spirt living in us?

9.Whom shall the Lord give the gifts of the Holy Ghost? A new christian or disciple? (Wisdom,  Knowledge,  Faith,  Healing,  Working of miracles, Prophecy, Discerning of spirits, Divers kinds of tongues, Interpretation of tongues)



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        Tewodros    |    Mar. 20, 2018     | 429 Views    |   
 


Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise. ~ Jeremiah 17:14

Most of us have passed through a very long period to get completely healed from our sinful behavior washed by the blood of Jesus Christ. During those difficult times, we promised to God to do his will to get healed from our infirmities. we say, "If I only get healed, I will be your faithful servant. If I only get healed, I will do so and so. I will get better, if only I get this."

There is a great resemblance between sickness in the physical body and spiritual body. There is no precondition for our spiritual sickness as there may not be other option for cancer treatment other than to go for chemotherapy. Please remember, when we sin, we are infected with a deadly disease. I am not talking about this rubbish physical body. It is the spiritual body, spirit and soul that you will bring to the Lord. That my friend is rotten, smelling and dead. You cannot get to heaven with that. In fact, you cannot get anywhere except hell.

Therefore, you are going to be treated for healing. It doesn’t have to be as easy as you might think. If there is anything called incurable for spiritual bodies, then your case will be close to that. But in the case of Jesus, nothing is impossible. He wants to see you well. It is not his will, never been and never will be to go to hell. You see people die due to lack of knowledge and understanding. They die in their physical body. They die in their sin. So, God will lead you through the healing process one day at a time until you are completely cleaned from your inequities.

So, take all the time you need with him. It is worth it. The healing process is not only for the body but the cleansing of the soul. It heals the flesh as well as removes sickness of the soul by washing away the dirt from the soul. Sin is accumulated through time. Any kind of complicated problem has a root cause but it has spanned several months if not years. This makes it chronic and difficult to heal. For instance, you take any of the deadliest diseases like heart problem or failure of any of our vital organs or the cause of stroke or diabetics.

They all have the same characteristics: they are chronic and take a long time to develop in to one. When a person sins and does that for a long period of time, it will cause a chronic sin that is deadly by nature if it is not treated with the mercy and blood of Jesus very quickly. One of the easiest and fast way to cure any disease is to get to treatment as soon as possible. The very best way to walk in righteousness with the Lord is to repent our sins as soon as they occur.

Delaying our repentance will open another door for sin and the devil. It is always very important to come to God’s presence with repentance if we know there is something we should confess before it is too late. As human beings our days are numbered and we don’t even know when we shall depart this life to see God in his judgment seat. God cannot be mocked as everyone gets what he deserves on earth as well as in heaven.

Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed." ~ Isaiah 53:4-5

The healing process can only be achieved through our Lord Jesus Christ as he was crushed for our iniquities. If it were not through the sanctification and redemption of our Lord Jesus Christ, we all will end u in hell as we
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If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. ~ 2 Chronicles 7:14-15

God expects each one us to come to him with humble heart and confess all of our sins before him. Humility makes us to confess all of our sins to God since we know we cannot enter the kingdom of God by our own works.

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. Titus 3:5 

Humility also leads us to live a life of righteousness as it opens the door to serve others considering them better than us. We also need to know that once we experience the love of God and our rotting spiritual body is regenerated by the renewing of the Holy Ghost, and revived through the knowledge of God, if we willfully disobey God and turn our face from his love, then there is no other way to redeem us back to Him.

For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins..  Hebrew 3

In conclusion, sin one way or another brings a curse in to our soul and creates a big hole that cannot be cured except through the blood of Jesus Christ. The hole sometimes stays there until we completely recover from it. 

If we confess all our sins, God is willing to redeem us in to everlasting life when we surrender our life to him. He will forget the past and give us a new beginning. 

When everything has passed, we will praise God for he has changed our suffering in to joy and our anguish in to peace and we will know that it was for our benefit that we suffered for a while.

"You restored me to health and let me live. Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back." ~ Isaiah 38:16-17

Consider yourself fortunate if God All-Powerful chooses to correct you. He may cause injury and pain, but he will bandage and heal     your cuts and bruises.  God will protect you from harm, no matter how often  trouble may strike. ~ Job 5:17

Let’s return to the Lord. He has torn us to shreds, but he will bandage our wounds and make us well.

In two or three days he will heal us and restore our strength that we may live with him.

Let’s do our best to know the Lord.His coming is as certain as the morning sun; he will refresh us like rain renewing the earth in the springtime. ~Hosea 6:1



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2 Peter 2:1

But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. 

For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;  And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; 

And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:  (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: 

But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord. But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;  

And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; 16 But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man's voice forbad the madness of the prophet. 

These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. 

While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of right
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But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire. 

As there were false prophets and teachers in the old days, there are false prophets and teachers in the present day church. These false prophets and teachers are once saved by the grace of God but now they have abandoned the truth and destroyed by their own selfish desires. The fact that they defile and disregard the salvation they received through Christ means they are heading to great destruction. Not only did they brought eternal condemnation to them, but they also relay that to the body of Christ.

Many will follow their evil desires and sensual sins. Because of these false teachers and prophets, the name of the Lord will be ridiculed among the unbelieving nations. Their main agenda is exploiting the resources of the people of God. Many have spent enormous amount of money, time and energy on the so called “prophets”. Their destiny is already decided by the Lord and their destruction will be very soon. 

If God didn’t have any pity for sinful angels whom he has placed them in hell so that they can be kept until final judgment, If God doesn’t have any mercy for those people who rebelled against him in the time of Noah saving only Noah and his family and destroyed any other creature on earth,

If he turns the city of Sodom in to ashes, If he saved only two people from over half a million people of Israel, and the rest had died in the wilderness before they see the land of hope and prosperity, then God surely will condemn and judge those people who have no respect for the Lord and are only led by their filthy desires. God knows how to save His very own and very best from the destruction that is about to come on the false prophets and the world in general. 

These false teachers have no due respect for higher authorities in the Spirit which are God’s Angels. When you look at them, they look like very confident in what they are doing which is insult and blasphemy against God and the servants of the Lord. Their pride has gone way over the limit.  Even if God’s Angels are higher in authority than these people, they did not dare to despise them. They insult and disregard to the things of God will cost them their eternal life. Their ignorance on this matter is what makes them to speak of things that are unwholesome. 

Their characteristics are like animals who are destined for destruction. With out confession, their destruction is sure to come. Their life is filled with sinful dance and arrogance. They encourage others to do sin which is they always fix their eyes on. They always snare up on those who are week in the Spirit and are double minded. Since these people are not satisfied with the truth of the gospel, they dread to hear what only their evil hearts want to hear. And the false prophets are the right choice for them to satisfy this desire. 

"You must correct people and point out their sins. But also cheer them up, and when you instruct them, always be patient. 3 The time is coming when people won’t listen to good teaching. Instead, they will look for teachers who will please them by telling them only what they are itching to hear. 4 They will turn from the truth and eagerly listen to senseless stories. 5 But you must stay calm and be willing to suffer. You must work hard to tell the good news and to do your job well." -2 Timothy 4:2


The false prophets and their followers have this unsatisfied desire which they crave to seek and find outside the Word of God. If the Son of God doesn’t satisfy them, no other thing in the world will do. Due to their natur
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sed seed that never grow up to bear spiritual fruits.  They once were following the truth with good consciousness and positive mind, but now they have neglected their true callings and got astray in the direction of covetousness and adulatory. 

It takes a donkey to speak and advice the false prophet, Balaam, whose way was evil and corrupt. If he listened and turned from his madness, why don’t the false prophets of this generation come back from their evil schemes and confess all their sins to the Lord. 

Otherwise, the judgment of God is very near and eternal darkness and punishment are awaiting them. Their ways are like wells with out water, clouds with out rain, and their words are useless for anyone who cares to listen. With those superficial and empty words which look like the truth from outside, they led many to the pit that ought to be saved from the devil.

One of the promises they make is they say their words will deliver many from their affliction. With a positive mind, that may see the right thing to communicate to the people but yet with out the truth in it, it is useless. They should have waited for positive affirmation of the Spirit of God before they prophesized the words of so called “Comforting words” to God’s people.

The old testament also indicates that false prophets doing such things have died after speaking their message since they used God’s name to speak a lie to His people. 

Jeremiah 28:10

Hananiah grabbed the wooden yoke from my neck and smashed it. 11 Then he said, “The Lord says this is the way he will smash the power Nebuchadnezzar has over the nations, and it will happen in less than two years.”  I left the temple, and a little while later, the Lord told me to go back and say to Hananiah: I am the Lord All-Powerful, the God of Israel. You smashed a wooden yoke, but I will replace it with one made of iron. I will put iron yokes on all the nations, and they will have to do what King Nebuchadnezzar commands. I will even let him rule the wild animals. 

Hananiah, I have never sent you to speak for me. And yet you have talked my people into believing your lies and rebelling against me. So now I will send you—I’ll send you right off the face of the earth! You will die before this year is over. Two months later, Hananiah died.  If using the name of God in vain and lying could cost one’s life in the old testament, home much more it will be sinful to deceive and grieve the Spirit of God, in which we are sealed for our redemption. 

Ephesians 4:30

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 

They them selves are living the life of a slave in the Spirit since they too are under the condemnation of sin. Then how can they preach freedom if they are under slavery of sin. If anyone is under any consistent sin, he or she is slave to the thing that has power over him/her.

If any one falls under the sin of adulatory, and says he can deliver people from any sin, then that person is fooling himself. These people know the truth which is Christ. But then they are entangled by the evil desires of the world and cannot get out of it since they love the world more than they love the Lord, whom He loves them till death.

Because of this, their former life (the life before they know the truth) is much better than their current life. It is much better for anyone to not know Christ in the first place than to deny Him after knowing that He is the savior of their soul. As the saying goes “Dogs go back to their own vomit”, these people go back to their filthiness over and over again.


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Luke 23:32 Two criminals were led out to be put to death with Jesus. When the soldiers came to the place called “The Skull,” they nailed Jesus to a cross. They also nailed the two criminals to crosses, one on each side of Jesus. Jesus said, “Father, forgive these people! They don’t know what they’re doing.”

While the crowd stood there watching Jesus, the soldiers gambled for his clothes. The leaders insulted him by saying, “He saved others. Now he should save himself, if he really is God’s chosen Messiah!” The soldiers made fun of Jesus and brought him some wine. They said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself!” Above him was a sign that said, “This is the King of the Jews.” One of the criminals hanging there also insulted Jesus by saying, “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and save us!”

But the other criminal told the first one off, “Don’t you fear God? Aren’t you getting the same punishment as this man? We got what was coming to us, but he didn’t do anything wrong.” Then he said to Jesus, “Remember me when you come into power!” Jesus replied, “I promise that today you will be with me in paradise.”

The story of two criminals that were nailed on both sides of Jesus is a great lesson for all of us. These two individuals had similar stories. They both came from the same life style with common background. They also had the same information about who Jesus was according to the Roman soldiers and the witnesses of the people near the cross.

Both had seen the soldiers insulting Jesus and demanding him to save himself if he is God’s chosen Messiah. They were also near the end of their life and death was around the corner. Even if they both share similar stories, they had completely different perspective about Jesus.

The first one took the broad way and joined the ideologies of the soldiers and he too had ridiculed Jesus. He didn’t take the leap of faith and think for one second that Jesus was indeed what he said he was. Given the same information, one criminal had a negative impression about Jesus but the other one had completely different opinion.

The second criminal during the brink of his life on earth, didn’t dare to say any bad word to Jesus. In fact, he condemned the act of the other criminal for his insult. What a great transformation he had made that has saved him from eternal distraction! The mercy of God has no expiration date. He can save any one at any given point of time in one’s life. No one knows when since his timing is not like ours. Here we see again Jesus’s saving power even at the brink of his physical life on earth.

The criminal defended Jesus against the most wicked men. How many of us when we are in great trouble honor and love God as we used to when we are in comfort. When Job was in a great pain and misery, his wife recommended him to insult the Lord for the bad things that had happened in his life and die.

But Job answered her that she is wrong and God can take whatever he has given before.


Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him. - Job 13:15

Job not only surrendered his family and belongings to God but even his own life. What a great man of faith. We all know Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son to God according to God’s request to do so. Moreover, we see that Job was willing to die for the will of God.


The quality of any person is determined by the decision he/she
akes whether to honor r insult God when approaching difficult life issues including death.

The criminal man not only defended Jesus but also had faith in Him. He said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”.

What a great revelation this man had? He knew that Jesus is indeed the son of God and He will soon go to His kingdom. His revelation is like that of Peter when he confessed that Jesus is indeed the Son of God. The story didn’t end there, Jesus heard his prayer and promised him that he will enter the kingdom of God with Him.

But no promise was given to the other criminal who had insulted Jesus. Why did Jesus promise him to enter the kingdom? It is because of his faith in Jesus to enter the kingdom of God where Jesus reigns.

The man believed him at the time and for the same reason Jesus was about to be crucified. Even if the authorities, the high priests, so many people and the criminal took the kingdom of God like a joke, this man strengthened his heart to believe in it and boldly fought and begged for him to be in the kingdom.

This is in fact, a great revelation and a wonderful opportunity for this man to get saved. He was not ashamed of asking it in front of the Romans who could possibly make his death worse. He wisely used the last moment of his life to be with Jesus. Jesus knew this man’s heart and he was craving to be saved. Thank God for his awesome love. He never gives up on any one of us who was once lost and was willing to come back to Jesus with pure heart.

What a compassionate creator we all have? He is indeed full of mercy and forgiveness. There is no one like him on earth or above the earth who goes a great extent to correct and save his children.

Probably this is the shortest prayer ever. The prayer of “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” should be the prayer of every one of us. Without Jesus remembering us in his kingdom, we have no place and right to be in it.

This prayer has also resemblance to the story of Rahab on Joshua 2: 9

I know that the Lord has given Israel this land. Everyone shakes with fear because of you. 10 We heard how the Lord dried up the Red Sea[d]so you could leave Egypt. And we heard how you destroyed Sihon and Og, those two Amorite kings east of the Jordan River. We know that the Lord your God rules heaven and earth, and we’ve lost our courage and our will to fight.

Please promise me in the Lord’s name that you will be as kind to my family as I have been to you. Do something to show that you won’t let your people kill my father and mother and my brothers and sisters and their families.

Rahab in the old testament had similar type of faith that the criminal had in the new testament.“By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace” (Hebrews 11:31).

She had faith in God and how he led his people out of Egypt. By faith she hid the spies not fearing her government that could execute her for hiding and aiding the enemy.

Faith is acting in the physical world by believing God and his promises in the Spiritual. I am amazed by the similarities of the stories here between the old and the new testament. By faith, she asked and begged for the same type of request as the criminal in the new testament, “Please remember me when...” 

Even if she was a prostitute and unbeliever, by faith she was included to be part of God’s people and nothing prevented her from entering the kingdom of God. The act of faith always moves God from his throne, and makes him interfere on our behalf. God loves to see his children stand strongly believing in him and his promises. It is not pleasant to see any one wavering on faith. The most important aspect of our Christianity is our faith and we must stand still believing in him no matter worse
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All the gospels of Jesus Christ, our faith fathers and the apostles made a great emphasis on having faith and believing God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, let us fix our eyes on Jesus who can give us eternal life to whoever trust and believe competely on Him and no one else.






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Worship and fasting have similar characteristics. They both can be superficial and don't make any difference in the spiritual. One can do both with a lot of dedication and lot of zeal but it may not impress our Lord Jesus Christ. Why you asked? It is because worship and fasting should be done giving importance about their true meaning as the Bible teaches us on Isaiah 58.

Shout the message! Don’t hold back. Say to my people Israel: You’ve sinned! You’ve turned against the LORD. Day after day, you worship him and seem eager to learn his teachings. You act like a nation that wants to do right by obeying his laws. You ask him about justice, and say you enjoy worshiping the LORD.

You wonder why the LORD pays no attention when you go without eating and act humble. But on those same days that you give up eating, you think only of yourselves and abuse your workers. 4 You even get angry and ready to fight. No wonder God won’t listen to your prayers! Do you think the LORD wants you to give up eating and to act as humble as a bent-over bush? Or to dress in sackcloth and sit in ashes? Is this really what he wants on a day of worship?

I’ll tell you what it really means to worship the LORD. Remove the chains of prisoners who are chained unjustly. Free those who are abused! Share your food with everyone who is hungry; share your home with the poor and homeless. Give clothes to those in need; don’t turn away your relatives. Then your light will shine like the dawning sun, and you will quickly be healed.

Your honesty will protect you as you advance, and the glory of the LORD will defend you from behind. When you beg the LORD for help, he will answer, “Here I am!” Don’t mistreat others or falsely accuse them or say something cruel. Give your food to the hungry and care for the homeless. Then your light will shine in the dark; your darkest hour will be like the noonday sun.

The LORD will always guide you and provide good things to eat when you are in the desert. He will make you healthy. You will be like a garden that has plenty of water or like a stream that never runs dry. 1You will rebuild those houses left in ruins for years; you will be known as a builder and repairer of city walls and streets. But first, you must start respecting the Sabbath as a joyful day of worship.

You must stop doing and saying whatever you please on this special day. Then you will truly enjoy knowing the LORD. He will let you rule from the highest mountains and bless you with the land of your ancestor Jacob. The LORD has spoken!

One can fast and pray with resentment, fear and anxiety. It is a complete waste of time to hate our brother but still declare days prayer and fasting in the church. God sees the heart and the fasting that he declares is not starvation of the body alone.

It is fasting with compassion and love for others. It is to care for the lost ones who have no one to help them. It is to take the orphans as our children. To embrace them with love and care and give them the necessary nourishment. It is to forgive our enemy and love them as if they are our allies and not to
kill innocent lives It is to be generous to others sharing what we have as Jesus described it.

He said if any one of us has two pants, it is very necessary that we give one to the needy. It is to take care of our family including our parents and not to abandon them when they are old. All the above are included in one principle of God. That is to love everyone as we love our selves. Therefore, love should be the motive for fasting.

God is love and the Spirit. Any one who wishes to worshp ha
to do it giving most importance on the spiritual aspect of life and not just the physical world..

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God is not impressed by our physical performance since even those who said there is no God can perform well. Only three things move God Love, hope and faith. 

You show me a person who loves his neighbor and God and I will show you a person who has obeyed all the laws. We hope to see the future trusting God and his promises. A person without hope is helpless.

No one dares to face the future unless there is something we love to see and that we hoped for. Finally, faith is the key feature that triggers the hand and protection of God up on his children. God dares to rescue those who dare to believe him even if the world is abandoning him. 

Our God is a loving God who loves everyone that does good and opposes those who do evil in the name of worshiping the Lord. God encourages us to participate in all acts of kindness before we even think about gathering to worship him or giving offering to him. He expects us to forgive those who do harm to us as he forgives all our sins.

Isaiah 1:11:

“Your sacrifices mean nothing to me. I am sick of your offerings  of rams and choice cattle; I don’t like the blood of bulls or lambs or goats. “Who asked you to bring all this when you come to worship me? Stay out of my temple!

Your sacrifices are worthless, and incense is disgusting. I can’t stand the evil you do on your New Moon Festivals or on your Sabbaths and other times of worship. I hate your New Moon Festivals and all others as well. They are a heavy burden  I am tired of carrying.

“No matter how much you pray, I won’t listen. You are too violent. Wash yourselves clean! I am disgusted with your filthy deeds. Stop doing wrong   and learn to live right. See that justice is done. Defend widows and orphans     and help those in need.




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Ephesians 4

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.8 This is why it[a] says: “When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.” (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions?  

He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves,and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.  Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

God called us to be one in everything. He called us to love and accept each other’s differences. He called us to humble ourselves and not consider us better than any of the members of the body of Christ.

Our faith has one distinct identity from any other faith that is practiced in the world. That is we are all one part of the body of Christ and we all have equal significance for the body. And there is only one governor/head and that is Christ himself.

We are not called to be the boss of our sisters or brothers. God values us equally and we should have the same perspective. We think we have power and that power basically makes us above others. Whether we are minsters of the gospel of God or well educated with the things of the world, it is only useful when we use the same knowledge to educate and change people’s lives.

It is not good when we use it to express our superiority over others. We are not super or smarter than others. Whatever we have is given to us as a gift from God to serve him and others. There is no other effective way of destroying our unity in Christ than pride, unforgiveness, hate, gossip, bitterness, anger, malice.

These are all against the love and respect we should have for one another. If we are humble, kind, polite and gentle for one another, we would develop love for one another as these are the characteristics of Love. Peace is the byproduct of living a righteous and godly life that is according to the will and word of God driven by the Holy Ghost.

The peace we have inside and the peace we have in the outside world. As Christians we may manage to keep it peaceful within ourselves but sometimes it is very difficult to be in peace with everybody since there are always conflicts of interest.

It is one thing to resolve our conflicts by
avoiding the things that hurt us and find a common groud to stand together, but it completely another thing to fight for every instance of conflict and make matters worse. It is very important as Christian to negotiate a deal that will benefit us and glorifies God in Christ. We shouldn’t focus on selfish desires. Rather, we should be able to honor one another and give praise to God who is the author of our salvation. 

The bondage of love we all should have in Christ actually holds the body of Christ together. The utterance of love and forgiveness with patience and hope in the spirit of God should be the only thing that should come out our mouth.

We should be able to stand against the force of darkness that comes between us and our brother/sister by covering him/her wrong doings.

It is so unfortunate to have the so called pastors and prophets now a days who are money driven and don’t worry about the flock. Their job was supposed to be workers to train people in to being grown in the body of Christ and bring them to the fullness of the faith in Christ- Not to rob them and take every bit of advantage they can get from the people of God.

The people of God is precious and deserves a lot more respect than these people give now a days. The people of God need to know their value and worthiness in the eyes of God and stop being a victim of this outrageous deceit and blasphemy. Jesus Christ has paid the ultimate sacrifice for his people. That shows how valuable the people of God is.

They deserve to be treated better. They deserve a lot more respect. Cheating and lying is from the devil and should never be used to win the hearts of the people. The drama they are making in front of these people are to be caught and make known to them that they are in fact cheating. There is nothing that will be hidden as God himself will make everything known in its due time for his glory as they are not just fooling his people but dishonor the Spirit of God by using his name wrongly to fill their stomach.


May God bring justice quickly for the sake of his people and raise faithful servants that will rebuild the broken hearted and body of Christ to bring unity and love among his people. Amen!!!






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Genesis 8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savor; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more everything living, as I have done.

God speaks here that all humans are wicked except Christ Jesus who is perfect human and God. If you start to dig in to the nature of any man you will be surprised with what you will find. You don’t have to go far. Just stop for a second and start to think about your own heart. Most of the time no one wants to look deep in to the nature of his own heart since we already know we are wicked by nature.

One of the reasons that we are wicked by nature is because of the curse we inherit from the first man, Adam. Adam was cursed by God and that curse goes down to generations of men and women till today. Most of the curses we may experience came from the past generations that go all the way to Adam. Some curses are generational. These curses play a vital role in understanding why we act the way we act without Christ.

There are also curses that are present in our lives as a consequence of our sins against the laws of God. The laws of God are from the Word of God. The Bible is the word of God. If we don’t do what the Bible tells us to do, we are under a curse. This is not to say we are destined to be wicked by God. In fact I am saying God paved a way to get out of the nature of our heart. We are our own prisoners tied by wickedness, fear, hate, blasphemy, anger… The gospel is the good news towards all men and women to break the bondage of sin and curses that came from one Man, Adam.

Sin entered in to the world thorough one Man. Before that Adam or Eve didn’t know or commit any sin. But once they committed their first sin, they opened the channel of communication to devil. They started having fellowship with the Devil himself. Before that they had only fellowship with God and God used to visit them in the Heaven and they talked to God as we talk to each other, person to person.

Now Christ entered to the World to break that fellowship with the Devil and restore our relationship with God. There is hope in Christ. When a person is born again of the Spirit of God, the old nature that we inherit from Adam is dead. We are no longer bind to our old way of thinking. We have a new heart that is the vessel of the Holy Spirit. As Paul described it in Romans 5:12, through one man fault, sin entered in to the world, and through one Man, Jesus Christ, sin will be eradicated from the world. At least that is the purpose of Christ coming to Christ. Whether we will believe in him or not is up to us and without believing in him there will not be cancelation of debt.


Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:


13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.


14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.


15 But not as the offence, so also is the free
gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.


16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: fr the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.


17 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)


18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.


19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.


20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:


21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

In summary, after we accepted our Lord and savior, Jesus Chris, and be born again from the Spirit of God, we are no longer attached to the old man which had the same characteristics of the first man and was associated with the curses.

As born again Christians, we have freedom from guilt, the ransom of our soul was fully paid, no more fellowship with the devil and a brand new channel of communication with father God was established, praised God, which means instant healing, deliverance and guidance by the Holy Ghost.

Many have believed the sins are forgiven but failed to communicate to the father through the Holy Ghost. Many haven’t experienced the fire of the Holy Ghost that is the power to live and preach the gospel. Many are still living under the darkness of the devils authority since they don’t know their yolks are broken and they are free indeed. Brothers and sisters, if the son of God has made you free, you are free indeed. No evil or principalities have power over you to oppress and rule over your life.

God almighty, we pray that you give us the power of the Holy Ghost with fullness to do the works you gave us more efficiently. Please let us know you better than we do now. We make our selves available to be used and utilized as much as possible. Glorify your name by doing the work you have planned and started in Jesus Name.

Amen!

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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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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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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     | 3,331 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     | 3,002 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     | 3,029 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     | 2,212 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     | 2,559 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     | 2,908 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     | 2,710 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     | 2,725 Views    |   
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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        Fasika    |    Jul. 10, 2014     | 2,548 Views    |   
 

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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



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        Tewodros    |    Jul. 9, 2014     | 2,631 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     | 5,946 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     | 2,970 Views    |   
 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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        Tewodros    |    Jul. 4, 2014     | 2,452 Views    |   
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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        Tewodros    |    Jul. 3, 2014     | 13,537 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     | 2,813 Views    |   
 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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


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

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        Tewodros    |    Jul. 1, 2014     | 2,431 Views    |   
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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        Tewodros    |    Jun. 30, 2014     | 2,288 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     | 14,646 Views    |    2 Comments
 

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

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

I do believe that the day of our salvation has nothing to do with what kind of life we may lead after that. I think the lifestyle we follow every day is based on our choice to love or to hate. To listen to the word of God or not. Just like the day of our salvation we choose to obey God and give our lives to him.

There is always a time we will be tempted to revolt against God and to disobey his commandments. Even if Holy Spirit is always with us to comfort us in times of failures and moment of disbelief, the choice is still ours to follow the path of righteousness or not.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It is possible that one can prophesize, or cast out demons but not know Jesus Christ personally or do it with the wrong motive.
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Now a days, this is not far from the truth. We see mny do all manner of bad things in the name of Jesus but it is far from what Jesus would want or do if He were in their place. It is seriously advised here that anyone who thinks is standing should watch his steps since falling can happen any time.


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


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


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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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        Fasika Gulilat    |    Jul. 14, 2016     | 1,636 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     | 1,845 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     | 1,718 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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        Tewodros    |    Feb. 28, 2016     | 2,193 Views    |    2 Comments
 

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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        Tewodros    |    Feb. 28, 2016     | 1,916 Views    |   
 



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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        Tewodros    |    Feb. 27, 2016     | 2,038 Views    |   
 

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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        Tewodros    |    Feb. 21, 2016     | 1,935 Views    |   
 


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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        Tewodros    |    Feb. 16, 2016     | 1,677 Views    |   
 


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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        Tewodros    |    Feb. 15, 2016     | 2,204 Views    |   
 


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     | 1,770 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     | 2,027 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     | 1,900 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     | 2,130 Views    |   
 

I rememeber saying my previous colleague told me about a great Christian fellow whose Chrstian life shone among the  non believers. I also worked with a Christian lady who had impressed me immensely.

Well from where shall I start? Firstly, she was deligent. Not only performed her tasks, but was also very willing to go out of her way to help others.

Secondly, she listened to the problems of others includung mine and strived to solve them- that is ofcouse - in her spare time. She prayed for me and took me to prayer centers.

Thridly, she was persecuted for Jesus from her family members-very hearbreaking. Yet, her faith was intact.

Fourthly, she read her Bible and spiritual books during some of her lunch breaks and when business was slow. Furthermore, she used to tell me ' Eskedar, do you know that we are going to reign with Jesus for a thousand year? '(This was in reference to the second coming of Jesus and the Book of Revelations). As she spoke, I could read the joy and excitment form her face. She used to astonish me because I was not focused in the second coming of Jesus but on my day yo day Christian life in this world.

Fifthy, she was struggling with life's challenges and disappointments but remained a Christian.

Last but not least, she was fun to be around with and we had great laughs.

In summary, she was an examplary Christian to me.

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        Eskedar    |    Apr. 27, 2014     | 2,417 Views    |    1 Comments
 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

They win the race of life together.  

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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        fasika    |    Apr. 25, 2014     | 4,050 Views    |    3 Comments