Friday, March 9, 2018

Should We Learn The Scripture To Expound It?

Do You Learn Bible Verses?

Question: Do you learn Bible verses?

Answer: Greetings to you in Jesus wonderful name!

I was born in CSI
[(i.e.) Church Of South India, Erode, Tamil Nadu, India] Christian Hospital, and then brought up in a Evangelical Church named as 'Layman's Evangelical Fellowship' as I grew up as a Pastor's kid. Here is my Testimony of what God did, that brought me in to the ministry of teaching the Word of God: 'I Have Found My Purpose, Have you?'

But to reply to this above question, I can say, my mother and many other aunties who helped us and took care of us while growing up, taught us in the Sunday school, church service, children's camp, retreats, etc...I learned Scriptures according to the tradition of the denomination I grew up with. I mean these people emphasized, asking God for forgiveness of sins and emphasizing mainly in confession of sins to people, then get a promise from the Bible by praying first to God sincerely, and then open the Bible expecting God to speak to us through the Word of God which they believed can only assure us of our salvation. Always this denomination which was raised by God to disciple people through the founder N. Daniel and his son Joshua Daniel, always concentrated on the basics of salvation and a changed life for all to see. So even though I was raised learning all the Scripture, I was wearing this glass of Bible basics through which I interpreted the whole Bible unknowingly and tried to keep the law of the Lord, but sadly I failed to see the grace that God gives abundantly. So even though I was saved at 7 years of age
(i.e. around 1985), I got the assurance of salvation much later only when God started to open my eyes and show from the Bible the promises of God and His unchanging love through a big trial of Hyperthyroidism that came devastatingly in to my life right at the end of my engineering days (i.e. around 2001 to 2006). Knowing the Scripture which God revealed to me page by page from the whole Bible was like a pure stream of water to a dying soul which gave life and hope to live for me during the worst ordeal of my life until then (Isa 44:3; 58:11; Jer 15:16; Ezek 2:10-11).

When the fire of God burned within me and it still burns, I have nearly read the Bible systematically at least 4 or 5 times from the first to the last page, after this I started reading a lot and lot of books which my father had in his small library, and I became a ardent reader to know the doctrines of the Bible. I nearly consumed all the books he had and began to ask questions about all the things which I was finding newly from the Bible, it nearly caused a great unrest in my father who had been a godly example to follow, but generally believed concretely only the evangelical part of whatever he has been taught from the Word in the Bible training center in which they only encouraged to see through the spectacle of the denomination he was part of, and that which He has experienced up to what he has believed.

So I began to venture in to uncharted territory of knowing the deep doctrines of the Bible, like eternal security of the believer, Baptism in the Holy Spirit, great faith, the end time, the glorious future of a believer, etc...every time I had doubt, I placed my hand on the verses I read and said Lord I believe, teach me more. Faithfully the Lord not only revealed the Word and taught the mysteries from the Bible, but made me experience what ever I have learned through the Bible. I sincerely thank God for his revelation to me from the Word of God, today I can say that it is not my ability through which I teach the Scripture, though I have put in my hard labor and effort whole heartedly in to it, it is a pure gift of God which I began to nuture it to maturity
(1 Cor 15:10). Yes I would love to meditate on the Word of God anytime, and many times hear what other men of God speak through the cell phone for the past decade daily, though I must tell you honestly I have read less from the Bible. But would love to read from the Bible, like I did when the whole phenomenon started way back around 2001. After that I joined in a Bible college which God directed me to join, named as All Peoples Church Bible College and Ministry Training Center, Bangalore from August 2005 - May 2007, where I finished my Diploma in Ministry and Theology. As I obeyed the Lord to join this unknown Bible college of which I was the first set to be educated out of it, a lot of maturity and revelation came to me those days. God miraculously provided all the fees I needed to finish it. I found true joy and peace as I obeyed the voice of God. Praise the Lord!

Ever since I have ministering to saints in the Household of Faith Church in Bangalore and locally in few Churches around India, and also to saints of the whole world I am reaching out through the online ministry that God has given me to do through the website of What began as a passion to minister the Word of God, has become a blessing to many many people locally and around the world.

Putting the Word of God in to our heart is our responsibility, using the Word of God to quicken us to guide us and others through us is the Holy Spirit's responsibility, and He never fails to use those people who are full of the Word of God. The Word of God creates faith in us and makes us hear the direction of God for our good success in our lives (Rom 10:17; Acts 11:24). God expects us to let the word of Christ richly dwell in us so that we can be truly disciples of Jesus to receive the word in our heart and make it grow to bear fruit through prayer (Col 3:16; John 8:31; Jam 1:21). None but only the word of His grace [i.e. Word of God which is quickened by the Holy Spirit and spoken to us personally for each specific needs in our lives], which is able to build us up and give us the inheritance among all those who are sanctified (Acts 20:32). If you want to be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed because of lack of reward when you meet Him face to face, handle accurately the word of truth through educating yourself day in and day out through constant meditation of the Word of God which is in the Bible (Psa 1:2-3; 39:3; 119:14, 16, 35; Job 32:18-20).

As we begin to meditate on the Word of God, it may not have to be alone sitting in seclusion like a monk, whatever we have read in the morning, may be a word on the calendar, personal Bible reading or on the Facebook, we should begin to think about that word of God deeply, and repeat it over and over in our mind, then speak it with a low voice through our mouth and begin to think and ponder over its meaning time and time again over the whole day until we go to bed. This will keep our mind engaged in God. We do not necessarily need to learn by heart, but rather the Holy Spirit will engage our thought process as we take effort to keep ourselves in the power of the Word of God, this is the school of the Spirit that every disciple of Jesus need to get enrolled to become a true and mature disciple of blessing to many others
(John 14:17-18; 15:26-27; 16:7-11, 13-14).

Memorizing a Scripture from one's early childhood time is a good way to train a child in the way of the Lord
(Prov 22:6), and the promise from God is, when that child grows to be old enough, He or she will never depart from the way of the Lord. O what a inheritance God has promised if we take the pains to train a child that God has given us in the way of the Lord.

When we become a mature disciple of Jesus Christ, being full of the Word of God, whatever we may ask, the Father in heaven will give answers to us because we will be living in the center of the will of God which is what is needed in all prayers that are answered by God, thus it will us live a joyful supernatural life of victory in Jesus for the Glory of God
(John 16:24; 15:7-8; Rom 8:26-27). The Word of God makes us live supernaturally under the direct oversight of heaven even for meeting the daily day to day needs of our lives (Deut 8:3; Matt 4:4). Do we eat the Word of God like Jeremiah did when it came to Him supernaturally (Jer 15:16)? The Lord is looking from heaven searching all over the earth, to those who are seeking to understand His Word and walk in His ways (Psa 14:2; 53:2; 33:13-15; Isa 66:2), will you be one of them that the Lord finds with His Word in your heart and have pleasure in finding you?

There are times when people search for the Word of God, and they find none like what prophet Amos says,
"People will stagger from sea to sea and from the north even to the east; they will go to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, but they will not find it." (Amos 8:12; 1 Sam 3:1). But thank God our Father in heaven who has given us the whole word of God, Jesus Christ as a gift for eternity to the Church (John 1:1; Rev 19:13). The Bible is the revealed word of God which speaks all about the person of Jesus Christ who is the personification of the Word of God (John 17:17; 14:6; Luke 24:25-27, 44-45). May God help us hunger and thirst for the Word of God, and satisfy our spiritual need for now and for eternity!

Eat the Word of God, Sleep the Word of God, Wake up in the Word of God, Play with the Word of God, Drink the Word of God, Breathe the Word of God, Fly in the Word of God, Meditate in the Word of God, Dream the Word of God, Love the Word of God, Live the Word of God, and finally let the Light of the Word of God shine through you to others by obeying it when you hear it through the Holy Spirit, and as a result of it, you will never ever be in want of knowing the will of God for your life and others around you in Jesus mighty name. Amen!

Much Blessings....


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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Does God Give The Good As Well As The Bad Things Of Life?

If God Is A Good God And Only Gives Good Things, Why Does Job Say, Shall We Receive Only Good From God And Not Evil?

Question: The following excerpt I have read in a devotional reading which made me think, here it is, with a title'The Good and the bad! Take it from the hand of God!!'. Further the devotional reading continues saying the following, "But he said unto her, what? Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this Job did not sin with his lips (Job 2:10).

As my son Mark became extremely sick in the past week and did not recover instantly despite all of my unceasing prayers, I thought is God hearing me or my faith is less??

But at that time the Spirit of God reminded me of Job whose suffering was far more greater than mine. Job's sons and daughters were killed, what a grief!

God did not instantly heal Job or change things overnight, but it took time. Lots of time. But Job kept on BELIEVING in God's integrity and one day God turned everything for him!

In this time I learnt how to wait on God when the miracle doesn't come soon, how to worship God when the situation instead of getting better becomes worse.

Today my son is on his road to recovery by God's great healing power but the way to His healing is a journey a little longer than expected. My friend if you are going through a tough situation, DO NOT grumble and do not give up on God.

RECEIVE the good and the bad from God knowing He's always in control. His rewards are greater than His ordeals and tests!

PRAYER: God help me to go through this situation, I know you will make a way for me. In Jesus name Amen."

How relevant it is to say that God gives good as well as the bad?

God is a good God! He gives only good things. Not bad things added with good things, then why this article says like this?

Answer: Greetings to you in Jesus wonderful name!

Job as a man of God was very prayerful and a holy man who had been testified proudly by the Lord of heaven and earth to Satan saying,
"Have you noticed My servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil." (Job 1:8, NLT). Can you ever imagine God pointing to one man on earth and speaking greatly about him? Job the man of God was blameless and upright in the sight of God, the man who fear God and shuns evil, but that does not mean that Job was sinless and without any fault. Only one man was sinless as a human born of a woman and that one person is none other than our Lord Jesus Christ. He was born without sin, nature, He lived without sin and did not sin when He was tempted, and thus died without sin for the sin of the whole world of people to save them from sin and death (1 Peter 2:22; 1 John 3:5; 2 Cor 5:21; Rom 8:3). In other words, Jesus was "in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin", after the Jesus took our sins upon Himself to carry it to the Cross for us all which includes Job in it (Hebrews 4:15). In fact, Job was very self righteous along with all the good character he had, even though Job used his great power and wealth to help the disadvantaged—the poor, the fatherless and the widows and even used his great influence to destroy pagan forms of worship, Job's perfection was based on his faith which made him righteous before God, and that is how God saw his life through the foretold blood of Jesus which was shed for him from the foundation of the world (Rom 4:5; Rev 13:8; 1 Peter 1:18-20; Eph 1:4).

The problem was, Job knew he was righteous—and this made him horribly self-righteous
(Job 32:1). This sin is the most difficult sin there is to see. Though Job was “perfect and upright” in how he observed the strict letter of God’s law, he was neglecting the spirit of the law. He was with vanity and pride on the inside of his heart. A person can be perfect according to the Law, yet the internal victory in their heart which is the production center of all sins get cleaned up only when a person receives a broken spirit of humility after falling in to trials and temptations that break their hard heart internally and makes way for the Lord to restore a heart of flesh through it all (Psa 51:6, 10, 12). Job was sacrificing all kinds of sacrifice in his life for the Lord which He did not actually desire, but the Lord was expecting the sacrifices of a broken and a humble heart from Job (Psa 51:16-17).

Because of this, God allowed him to endure a horrendous period of trial and test so he could clearly see himself in relation to God! God told Satan he could destroy all of Job’s wealth—even his children—but couldn’t touch Job himself
(verses 6-12). God actually used Satan to chasten Job for his self-righteousness. On the surface, Job maintained a right attitude and knew exactly what to say (verses 20-22), but this only added to his deep-seated problem.

God then allowed Satan to lash out at Job personally, striking him with sore boils from head to toe
(Job 2). While Job’s sin still didn’t show itself outwardly, on the inside Job just couldn’t understand why he, of all people, would be tried and tested with such severity.

At this point of time, just like the Devil tested Adam through Eve who was the closest flesh of his flesh, she suggested Job to curse God and die
(Job 2:9). To this Job replied saying, "You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips."

At first when Job says "Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?", it seems as though Job was having lack of knowledge in declaring such a bold statement to his wife who was accusing Job and his Lord of bringing bad things to him. I have seen some very good preachers and teachers of the Word of God in modern times make a error in propagating that Job was speaking with lack of knowledge. Of course Job did not know fully that Satan was the one who was causing the evil that has happened to him, but we see through the above Scripture that at the end God through the writer of the Book of Job who has been inspired to write on behalf of God saying, "In all this Job did not sin with his lips", God testified that Job's preceding statement made regarding God saying, "Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?", was not at all wrong but in fact right because Job was appealing to the sovereign hand of God as the one that decides whether a test or a trial can come in to the life of God's children and his servants who fear Him and shun evil.

In other words, Job was not looking and scrutinizing of who did the evil, but rather who allowed that evil to happen, and we know that was God was the one who allowed it to happen for the overall eternal good, promotion and blessing in Job's spiritual life in regard to eternity, the same type of trials and temptations God allows for many good believers even today to break them and make them humble for their overall eternal good, and for them to conform themselves to the image and character of our Lord Jesus Christ (Rom 8:28-30).

God in fact claims about his sovereign hand saying, "I make light and create darkness. I make blessings and create disasters. I, the LORD, do all these things." (Isa 45:7, GWT). What does it really mean? It means God is saying, all things that happen in heaven or on earth, not even a bird can fall to the ground without My permission and foreknowledge (Matt 10:29). In other words, Satan is a rebellious servant who does God's bidding without even realizing that his evil work through influencing people with his lies and deceiving them is working out the good purpose of God to be fulfilled on earth as it is in heaven because of God's foreknowledge of the present as well as the future (Matt 6:10; Isa 46:9-10; 48:3-5; Psa 76:10). Satan is like a roaring leashed lion, who can only go as far as the Lord permits him to go and destroy things as the destroyer (Job 1:12; 2:6; 1 Peter 5:8; Isa 54:16).

So knowing these truth of the Word of God will give us healthy faith to know the faithfulness of God and depend on God to rescue us out of all trouble. The Word of God declares that, "The righteous person faces many troubles, but the LORD comes to the rescue each time." (Psa 34:19, NLT). O what a blessed assurance!

The Lord tries the righteous — God may think fit to try the fidelity of him whom he knows to be upright, by many adversities, that he may afterward give him the more illustrious testimonies of his approbation and love, as well as that he may thereby correct the remaining imperfections of his character, may purge away his dross, and more thoroughly refine him for his Master’s use (2 Tim 2:19-22; Psalm 66:10; Zechariah 13:9; Jam 1:12; 1 Peter 4:12), therefore the trial of the righteous results in God's approval over them which brings a special favor of God over their lives and families, and for the wicked God's hatred is revealed through the test that comes to them, unless they repent and turn to God to receive His mercies and grace to get saved from sin and death (Psa 11:5; Acts 3:19). In short, God proves and approves the righteous: He proves and rejects the wicked.

Knowing these truth should make us embrace trials given to us by the Lord, because we know for sure that it is for our eternal good, and that the Lord will surely deliver us out of it all at the end of it, and will reward us with double blessing for all the hardships we have gone through in our lives (Job 42:10, 12). God deals with our self and makes us to take our eyes of our self through the trials we go through in God's will, and then through it all trains us to look to supply others need first by focusing on the goodness of God and His mercies, then receive blessings upon blessings without even asking for it or looking to receive it. Here is what the apostle James says regarding the theme we have been discussing, "10 My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. 11 Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful." (James 5:10-11). From the verses seen above we come to understand that the end intended by the Lord is always eternally good, though it might seem bad, dangerous and earthly disastrous the way He might lead us to make us trust Him to help us inherit the eternally blessed things that God has planned for us to inherit. Trusting God through the dangers of life, and still declaring God as the Good God even when we do not feel it bodily and emotionally and in all other areas of earthly life, is the life of faith that we learn on earth to store our treasures in heaven for eternity (Heb 11:13-16; Matt 6:19-21; Luke 16:19-31).

Is God a good God? What does the Bible has to say?

The inspired Scripture reveals, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning." (James 1:17). In other words it clearly says, that God is a good God and only good things come out of God, and every thing that He gives to anyone in this world is a perfect gift that will only bless them as it comes from the Father of lights in heaven, who never changes or varies or speaks one thing and does another thing based on a timeline of possibility like a human. What is impossible with men is only possible with God, and therefore God is a good God who never changes his character and he is the only constant we can depend on in this entire universe.

But Satan and the demons with him are revealed to hold the Character of a evil tyrant who is sadistic and comes to do nothing but, "steal, kill and destroy" (John 10:10). Satan and his demons hate humans and therefore accuses them of sin constantly before God (Rev 12:4, 9-10). Satan want to make people be misled by his lies and want to paint a picture of a angry and a unjust God who always twists justice the way He wants (John 8:44). People who believe Satan end up losing the privilege of having a relationship with a loving God who is just and righteous in all His ways (Psa 145:17; 18:30; Prov 21:3).

God is a good God! He gives only good things. Not bad things added with good things, as the Bible says, "The LORD's blessing enriches, He adds no trouble to it, neither shall affliction be joined to them." (Prov 10:22, Paraphrased). God does not add trouble to his children, but as a God of justice and righteousness, He always might allow a trial when Satan asks for someone because they have something of his sinful desire as a seed within them, so that he might sift them as wheat and they will be cleansed through the trial, but God then turns all the trouble Satan gives to them to become a blessing to them eternally instead (John 14:30; Luke 22:31; Jam 1:13-15; Gen 50:20). O what a good God our Lord is!

The Bible says, "The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made." (Psa 145:9, NIV). Without any doubt the Lord is good and has compassion on all he has made, that is why, He "makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust" (Matthew 5:45). In other words, none of us think how much of a cost we need to pay up to God, if God were to supply the sunshine and the oxygen we breathe at a cost to use it? A oxygen cylinder at the hospital costs so much of a price to pay, just to let the patient continue to breathe and exist, is it not? If God were to charge us for the water we use freely from the bore-well and wells and rivers, how much of a cost we need to pay up to God, have you ever thought of it? Without the above essentials humans would die and cease to exist on this earth, i.e. without clean air, water and sunlight. Only when we consider all these things, we can come to know that God is compassionate on all of us whom he has made, and that is why He gives us sustenance and the right environment to live and exist on earth without any special price paid to Him.

People without thankfulness will not think about the above things we have discussed, and they take for granted whatever God gives, and then when the provision and going gets tough through some famine or disaster they blame God for not being good or they become a atheist, to take the God equation out of their lives and also mislead others around them, and go in to practicing sins of uncleanness which are perverse in the sight of God, which comes to them as wages of sin which is the warped thinking for being unthankful and not giving glory to God (Rom 1:18-24).

Most of the time because the God of heaven and earth, is the God of love and compassion, and at the same time, the God of justice, along with providing sustenance and good environment for humans living on earth, God also executes His judgment on earth to resist sin and establish righteousness, and to declare His justice in all the earth. His mercy and grace are not in spite of His justice, but because of it. We come to know through Scripture that, "the LORD of Armies will be honored when he judges. The holy God will show himself to be holy when he does what is right." (Isa 5:16, GWT).

Sin embodies everything contrary to God’s holy nature and is offensive to Him and therefore is a crime against God and also humanity, and justice demands a penalty of death and separation from Him for it (Romans 1:18-32; 2:5; 3:23). But God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to pay that penalty for us (Romans 5:8-11; 6:23) and made salvation available to all who believe in His name (John 1:12; 3:15-17; 20:31). Is he not a good God? The God who has given his only begotten Son to save humanity, will be not give all the provisions of this temporal life for humanity which is drowning in sin and death? By all means God is able to provide all things needed for humans and will provide without fail till the present heaven and earth exist, because it is He who created it for purpose, and that purpose is to know Him before every human will leave the earth so that they can live in heaven with Him instead of hell for their sin (Rom 8:32; Isa 45:18; Acts 17:26-27).

Does God twist justice? Does the Almighty twist what is right (Job 8:3)?

Truly, God will not do wrong. The Almighty will not twist justice (Job 34:12). If He does one sin by twisting justice, God will cease to be the holy God He is, and so He even cannot lie or fail to keep His promises (Tit 1:2). God is a holy and perfect God (Matt 5:48; 1 Peter 1:16).

The Scripture reveals, that when it goes well with the righteous the city rejoices, when the wicked perish, there is jubilation (Prov 11:10). Remember, righteousness exalts a nation which walks in it, sin is a reproach and a shame to any people (Prov 14:34). Having been made in His image (Genesis 1:26-27), we humans long for moral justice to prevail upon the earth and are outraged when we see injustice happening around us. Why do we seek justice for crimes? It’s in our DNA. That is why we see that God's eye which are in every place keeps a watch on the evil and the good, and sees that justice is done, and each day He takes revenge and condemns the wicked people (Prov 15:3; Psa 7:11). Divine wrath is God’s righteous anger and punishment, provoked by sin.

So God does not do any wrong, he has never done injustice to even a single person in the whole world until now. So I come to the conclusion that bad things can be allowed by God to fulfill the righteousness of God and His Divine justice, but the instrument who does these evil through instigating sin in humans who give him space to operate is Satan, and He is the one who does all the evil things that happen in all the world, but draw to people a wrong picture of God to confuse their mind to be in unbelief toward God. Those evil things, disasters and calamity caused by wicked people through the influence of Satan and his demons should not be confused with the Divine justice that God fulfills through his decree and foreknowledge, so that even Satan and his demons become a part of the discussion with God to fulfill His righteousness and justice on earth as we see in the Book of Job and also in few other areas of the Bible (Job 1:6-12; 2:1-10; 1 Kings 22:20-23). The Lord knows that Satan and his demons are acting unlawfully on earth and keep instigating evil in the heart of humans, but still the Lord has allowed them by respecting the free will of humans to choose the right and reject the evil as a test for the promotion of their lives for now, which will have a eternal repercussion of treasures that will be added to those on the Lord's side which will stay with them as they continue to be the overcomers through faith for eternity ahead.

The fact that Job was facing bad things from the hand of God, is a partly right and partly wrong. The right thing about Job's statement is, in a allowing sense God allows the good and the bad in the life of a believer, and turns it all at the end in to something eternally good for the benefit of the person, this is a fact that happened in the life of Job (Rom 8:28). And God found nothing wrong in the statement made by Job because in reality, Job never knew the talk that went in the heavenlies between God and Satan. Thus the statement made by God through the Scripture, "In all this Job did not sin with his lips", proves the innocence of Job as a man of God who trusted the sovereign hand of God and His goodness in spite of not knowing, what has happened in the heavenlies. The reason for the ordeal of his life is for God to make Job a eternal excellence and a blessing to multitudes including us who get inspired when we hear the valor of this great man of faith and his victory at the end of it all (Isa 60:15).

Thus the devotional write up that brings some important points like, how Job kept on BELIEVING in God's integrity and one day God turned everything for him is a lesson for all believers to learn (Jam 5:11)!

We too as believers can use the time of suffering through trials to learn to wait on God when the miracle doesn't come soon, and also learn how to worship God when the situation instead of getting better becomes worse. The other lesson we can learn is when going through a tough situation WE SHOULD NOT grumble and give up on God, because the rewards are out of this world if we could patiently wait by faith through developing long-suffering and endurance (Heb 10:35-36). Let us as believers RECEIVE the good and the bad from God knowing He's always in sovereign control over our lives, and nothing apart from His permission can happen in our lives. Remember to walk in faith through the trials because at the end of it all, His rewards are greater than His ordeals and tests which will stay with us for now and for eternity ahead!

PRAYER: Dear God help me to go through all tough situations which presently exists in my life according to your will, in spite of me praying and asking You to take it away from me. I know Satan will soon be crushed under my feet soon because of the grace that you are going to give me (Rom 16:20), and you will make a way for me to be victorious through the present ordeal, and through it all will reward me now and for eternity at the end of it all. So I praise you and thank you, in Jesus mighty name Amen."

Much Blessings....


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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Can You Give A Gist Of Main Differences Between The Rapture And The Second Coming Of Jesus?

How Do We Know For Sure That The Rapture And The Second Coming Of Jesus Are Different Scripturally?

Question: I know that a lot of people do not want to differentiate Biblically by rightly dividing the Word of God to see the Rapture of the Church from the sky and the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ to the earth as different and unique events (2 Tim 2:15), and not the same though they look the same with minute differences. And along with that, a lot more controversies have come with the Post, Pre and Mid Tribulation debates that have raged on in Christian circle for at least the last hundred years on and still it is going on. Can you give a gist of main differences, that can convince the doubters that the Rapture of the Church from the sky and the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ to the earth are indeed different events?

Answer: Greetings to you in Jesus wonderful name! Doubters will remain doubters until they open the Word of God the Bible and choose to trust the unadulterated truth by hearing what the Spirit of God says from the Word of God, and accept the messengers of God and their word as that which has come to them as a spoken Rhema word from the mouth of God, who speak the truth not with personal vested interest but for the Glory of God, only then they will move on from being doubters to believers
(1 Thess 2:13; John 6:29; Mark 9:23). Yes you are right, in Christendom controversies exist and a lot more do come when people do not read the Word of God just as it is, but rather read in to it their man made and man taught doctrine that has misled them in to believing tradition than the pure unadulterated Word of God that the Spirit of God ministers to all those who believe with a open heart, to learn and be a disciple of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit who is the like-teacher who has been sent by Jesus to reveal Himself to his disciples and make them be edified, empowered and then evangelize the world (Matt 28:19-20; Mark 7:13). Doubting the Word of God is a disease of the fallen soul, and the medicine for its cure is believing the Word of God.

Why do all Christians as a whole do not understand the intricate differences between the Rapture and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, except some who grasp it? It is only to His disciples that our Lord reveals His innermost thoughts and most intimate secrets. While our Lord spoke plainly to His disciples of His plans and purposes, these were carefully concealed from the masses, as Mark the Gospel writer explains this phenomenon saying,
“And He was not speaking to them without parables; but He was explaining everything privately to His own disciples” (Mark 4:34). Jesus revealed further saying in another place of the same Mark Gospel, "To the disciples it has been given the mystery of the Kingdom of God; but those who are outside as just believers get everything in mysterious concealed parables which they cannot fully understand because the deeper truth of it is hidden purposely by God deeply within.” (Mark 4:11-12, Paraphrased). Never forget, discipleship brings one into a level of intimacy with the Lord that others cannot experience. It is only to His intimate disciple friends that His intimate secrets are revealed (John 15:15). So let us learn to be a true follower of Jesus Christ out Lord and Savior.

I have already written as post which will help you in knowing when the Church will be raptured titled, 'How Can We Convince People That Post-Mid Imminent Tribulation Is The Real One?'.

Yes I will give a gist gist of main differences, that can convince the doubters that the Rapture of the Church from the sky and the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ to the earth are indeed different events.

We should understand that in
1 Thess 4:16 Paul the apostle spoke about the rapture of the Church, but the same apostle in 1 Cor 15:51-52 spoke about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Here is a post I have written titled, '5 Reasons Why First Corinthians Fifteenth Chapter Speaks About Second Coming'. This will give you a clear idea that these two events proclaimed by the same apostle Paul are not the same event, but rather a different event within the span of three and half years or even less than that as the Tribulation time will be reduced by God Almighty or else no human on earth will be able to survive through this end time ordeal as Jesus Himself assured all humanity of the veracity of the truth in it (Matt 24:21-22; Rev 3:10). We can also read about the Second Coming further in the writing of John the beloved apostle of love in his book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ which was the last book by him (Rev 19:11-21), and also in the book of the prophet Zechariah who foretold prophetically of this event even during the Old Testament days before Jesus ever came to the earth as the Son of God and Son of man (Zech 14:1-21). Here we go...

1) THE RAPTURE - Christ comes for His own, THE SECOND COMING - Christ comes with His own.

2) THE RAPTURE - Christ appears in the air to remain in the sky and return back with His saints to the Father's Palaces built for them in the New Heaven and New Earth, THE SECOND COMING - Christ comes back to the earth.

3) THE RAPTURE - Christ comes as a loving Bridegroom for the Church which is His Bride, THE SECOND COMING - Christ comes as a vengeful warrior to judge sin on earth and fulfill God's justice in all the earth - i.e. KING OF KINGS and LORD OF LORDS.

4) THE RAPTURE - Only His own see Him, THE SECOND COMING - Every eye shall see Him.

5) THE RAPTURE - Time of great joy for believers who are saved, THE SECOND COMING - Time of great fear for unbelievers who are lost.

6) THE RAPTURE - A secret disappearence, THE SECOND COMING - A public appearance.

7) THE RAPTURE - Focus is on the Lord and His Church, THE SECOND COMING - Focus in on Israel and His Kingdom.

8) THE RAPTURE - Watchful and praying Church believers are rescued from worldwide Tribulation, THE SECOND COMING - The watchful Tribulation saints who are alive and scattered all over the earth are accepted in to Jesus' earthly Kingdom to be comforted while the unbelievers will be totally annihilated from the earth.

The above being said, are the main points every believer needs to believe in order to live a holy life of watchfulness and prayer, and be raptured when Jesus comes to take the Church to the new heaven and new earth
(Luke 21:34-36; Mark 13:33; 1 John 2:15-17; 3:2-3).

Having heard the truth of the Rapture and the Second Coming, let us not sleep, instead let us motivate and encourage one another as we see the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ nearer and nearer than ever before in any other generation
(Matt 25:5-6; 1 Thess 5:4-6; Heb 3:13; 10:25; 1 Thess 5:11). Watch and be alert through continual prayer as a lifestyle!

Much Blessings...


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Monday, February 19, 2018

I Try But Am Spiritually Weak, I Slide Down But Get Back Everytime. Which Church Can Help Me Become Better In Faith?

Can The Born-Again Church Help Me Do Better In Faith Than My Catholic Church?

Question: Ever since we became friends on Facebook, I follow your posts and for real they are encouraging. Above all never have I ever seen you criticize someone's religion or faith, and not even our human weakness. Now my concern is, I am weak spiritually and I try to get back every time, though in one way or the other I slide down hill. Been born a Catholic and raised in it too, but now my question is I feel my faith is weak, have a lot of questions on the rosary prayer, praying through the saints, the things they say we bow down to. Can the Catholic faith help me stay put in faith Sir?? Or is it born again church that can help me do better?

Answer: Greetings to you in Jesus wonderful name!

I thank God for the revolution that has come in our world through the social-media network of Facebook. I have always wanted to share the Word of God through the Internet and that has been a part of me and the ministry God has given, which I have been doing for at least for more than a decade by the grace of God. Now that there are no more borders in this world and the whole world has become a global village, we as the people of God should get together in the Spirit and be diligent to "to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" (Eph 4:3). Let us learn to encourage each other daily as long as we see a "today" existing by the grace of God, so that we will not be hardened in our heart through the deceitfulness of the last of the last days sins which are increasing rampantly in all world like never before seen or heard (Heb 3:13).

By encouraging one another, actually we are building each other up in our spiritual lives (1 Thess 5:11). Social media platform is a wonderful work of God that can be used effectively in our generation if we do not neglect to use it to meet together as some do neglect it, especially gather together in the spirit and encourage each other as we see the day of the Lord Jesus' coming to take the Church home draws near (John 14:1-4), in which He will rapture us to the palaces built for us in the new heaven and new earth (2 Peter 3:13). We will be raptured to colonize the new heaven and new earth as the time for the event to take place draws nearer and nearer (Rev 21:1-8). To what we can see around and realize through the fulfillment of prophecies of Jesus which literally points us to the fact that what time is left may be just years or even just days and hours left for the glorious hope of our salvation from Great Tribulation to be fulfilled before our very eyes (Matt 24:20-22; Luke 21:36; Heb 10:25). I am very much convinced from the Bible that we are the Terminal Generation that Jesus spoke about. 

I do not criticize anyone because of sin, because every time I point my index finger at someone, the other three points to me about my sin nature and its inclination to sin (Gal 6:1, 3; Psa 51:5), known besetting sins of commission (1 Cor 6:10) and unknown sins of omission (1 Sam 12:23; Mal 3:8; 1 Tim 5:8; Jam 4:17; Heb 10:25), and then the thumb points and accuses God for having allowed sin which is not true because our free choice rules over God given choice to choose the good and leave the bad for Him to deal with (Gen 4:7, 13-14; 3:12, 13; Jam 1:15; John 8:7). None of us can say that I am free from sin completely until we die on this earth and go on to be with the Lord, until then we all falter in one thing or the other (1 John 1:8, 10), some people to a lesser degree they sin because of sanctification, others because of lack of sanctification sin to a greater degree. But the call of God to us all who are God's children is clearly revealed in the Scripture, "God's will is for you to be entirely holy and sanctified [in your spirit, soul and body (1 Thess 5:23)], so we ought to stay away from all sexual sin." (1 Thess 4:3), and all unrighteousness is sin but there is sin that does not lead to death (1 John 5:16-17), what is that sin? The sin that is confessed and covered under the blood of Jesus through sincere repentance is that which that does not lead to death (1 John 1:7, 9). But those who choose to stay in sin because of the lure of the sin nature will allow themselves to be led to death of fellowship with God and His people through the evil heart of unbelief (Heb 3:12, 13, 14; 1 John 5:4-5). It is one thing to believe in the Lord Jesus and get saved, but it is totally another thing to walk in the holiness of salvation and serve God in the beauty of holiness (John 6:39, 40; Psa 96:9; 29:2; 1 Chro 16:29; Eph 2:10). We do not work for our salvation, but we work by faith through love after salvation to receive the eternal rewards that are now stored for us as treasures in heaven which Jesus has promised us all right through out the Scripture again and again (Matt 6:19-21; Gal 5:6; Rev 22:10-11, 12).

Even the great apostle Paul bewailed about the besetting sins of thoughts and attitude that led him to sin internally in his mind (Rom 7:13-17, 18-19, 20-21), but thank God that he did not stop there, but went on resisting against sin, may be even for years together, and finally with a victorious shout of praise and thanksgiving to God declares, no matter how much we are tempted or tested in our lives, Jesus will give victory over all sin very soon as He has already overcome the world (Rom 7:22-25; John 16:33; 1 John 15-17). We do not achieve anything by striving in our spiritual life (John 15:5), but victory actually comes when we learn to stand in faith by the victory of Jesus which was won on our behalf (John 17:14-15, 16-17, 18-19). Once we find that place of rest in faith (Heb 4:9-10), once we come to that rest within our soul by faith through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, we actually start to crush Satan by the power of God under our feet (1 John 5:4, 5; Matt 11:28, 29-30; Rom 16:20). All these things in our spiritual life will happen only when we persevere and endure the chastening of the Lord (Heb 12:4, 7, 9-10, 11), and at the same time resist sin and hold on to the promises of God (Heb 10:35-36). A Christian will not want to sin (1 John 3:6, 9), but may sin because of the weakness of the flesh (1 John 2:1). In spite of the union with God that does not change in the spirit of a believer because of sin (1 Cor 6:17, 19), yet sin will cause death to fellowship with God which will make him or her to run to Christ for relief after he has fallen (Isa 59:2; John 16:33; Php 4:6, 7; Heb 4:14-16), because with out the peace of Christ a believer will not be able to live in this earth (John 15:5; 1 Tim 6:10).

Yes I understand that you are resisting and fighting against sin, you are in a good place of faith I believe. The Bible reveals that when a believer through the Word of God finds wisdom and understanding of God (Prov 3:1, 11-13), then "the Lord will be his confidence, and He will keep his foot from being caught [in the net of sin's bondage]." (Prov 3:26, Paraphrased). Though you may fall by the weakness of sin nature, yet the Lord will uphold you with his righteous right hand (Isa 41:10; Psa 37:24). As a believer, we ought not to sin with our flesh which is in our actions as we all have wisdom of the Lord, and even if we do not have we should ask for it (Prov 2:16; Jam 1:5-8), especially in the area of sexual immorality within marriage to avoid adultery and fornication completely (Heb 12:4-5; Prov 6:24; 5:3; 22:14), or else the Lord will judge us and chastise us if we do not judge ourselves to stay away from it (Heb 13:4; 1 Cor 11:30, 31-32). Usually all mature believers will be wary and very careful in the area of the sins of sexual nature because it is a serious thing in the sight of God (Acts 15:28, 29). If we as Christians keep faltering even with the Ten Commandments of external sins, rather than just the last commandment of internal sin (Rom 2:3-4, 17-24, 28, 29), we are worse than law keeping Old Testament believers who were much much better than that (Rom 13:8-10).

Covetousness is the strong desire to have that which belongs to another. It is considered to be a very grievous offense in Scripture, and the tenth commandment forbids coveting anything that belongs to a neighbor, including his house, his wife, his servants, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to him (Exod 20:17). Jesus listed covetousness or greed along with many of the sins from within, and spiritually equated it to adultery, murder, etc...which make a person unclean (Mark 7:22; Matt 5:21-22, 27-28). Paul reminded the Ephesians that greed or covetousness is equated with immorality and impurity, so that these must be put away (Eph 5:3). A covetous or greedy person is an idolator (Eph 5:5) and covetousness is idolatry (Col 3:5). James warns that people kill and covet because they cannot have what they want (Jam 4:2).

Covetousness, therefore, is basic to the commandments against murder, adultery, stealing, and lying. Those who accept bribes are coveting, leading to murder (Eze 22:12). Coveting a neighbor's wife is a form of adultery (Exod 20:17). Achan admitted to coveting a robe and silver and gold, so he stole them, which was a sin against the Lord (Jos 7:20-22). Gehazi, the servant of Elisha, coveted the property of Naaman so much that he lied to get what he wanted from Naaman the leper (2 Ki 5:19-25) and was struck with leprosy. Proverbs warns that a covetous person brings trouble to his family (Prov 15:27). Thus covetousness is the root of all kinds of sins, so that Jesus gave the warning, "Be on your guard against all kinds of greed." (Luke 12:15).

As a Christian it is a basic with which we keep the Ten Commandments which prevents us from external sins which the religious Jews kept too (Matt 19:20; Luke 18:21; Mar 10:20; Php 3:6; Acts 4-5, 9-11), but the real test of the spirituality of a true born again person will start, when we want to clean up the internal sin of our mind which usually remain untouched by those who keep the law externally (Matt 23:25, 26, 27).

Our thought patterns shape our character, and our character shapes our conduct. Under the law, we did not bear fruit to God. Instead we bore fruit to death, because the law aroused the passions of sins within us (Rom 7:7, 8, 9, 13). So usually all people who keep the law, basically arouse the passion of the body more within their mind, therefore the tenth commandment was never kept by the law keepers because they have become law breakers within their mind because of keeping them externally. So how do we really overcome sin of covetousness in our lives within our mind? We as believers in Christ Jesus should come to realize by faith, we died with Jesus at Calvary, we are dead to the law and delivered from its dominion over us as a principle of justification or of sanctification (Rom 7:1-5). In fact we all grow in this kind of faith in our spiritual lives from baby-hood to adulthood over a period of time, from faith to faith, and it does not happen in a single day (Rom 1:17), but rather is a process that takes a life time of falling and standing up again and again to be strengthened spiritually (Prov 24:16; 2 Pet 3:18; Rom 12:1-2; 1 Thess 5:23, 24), and thus overcome various types of covetousness by building our spiritual muscles more and more in our lives and be victorious progressively in our lives for the Glory of God (Prov 24:16; Psa 145:14; 37:24).

As sanctification is positional when we were saved (Heb 10:14), and also progressive after we are saved, Paul the apostle calls for active trust and obedience when he says, "Since we have these promises [of God that He will help us overcome sin and also preserve us in that sanctification (Rom 6:14; 16:20; 1 Thess 5:23, 24)], dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God." (2 Cor 7:1).

Catholic faith is only a partial law keeping faith, that if someone seeks the Lord sincerely through it, they will find it but not in the fullness and liberty which the Bible shows is possible (Jer 29:13-14). If you have not found victory over sin in any area of your spiritual life, it means in that area of life you are still striving by your works hard to please God (Rom 4:4; Hen 11:6), and that you have not yet been able to tap in to the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ through faith (Rom 6:14). So continue to submit to God by humbling yourself before the Lord and say that you can do nothing without His grace, then resist temptations of the devil and the sin with which he lures you in to spiritual lethargy, surely without fail soon God will lift you up in to a victorious life over sin and will crush Satan under your feet shortly (Jam 4:7-10). A man who works before God to please Him is considered proud and becomes a debtor to God (Rom 4:4), but those who humble themselves as weak and feeble before God to overcome sin is given the grace to overcome it because God is always inclined towards humble people and gifts them with His divine strength to overcome sin, sickness and death (Jam 4:6; Rom 16:20). So humble yourself and receive grace from the Lord. Resist sin until sin is totally brought under your dominion by the grace of God. Kill sin before it kills your fellowship with God. Run to God when you sin, because only in Him you will find refuge from the storms of life caused by the weakness of our sin nature that makes us all sin in one way or the other. True freedom comes to us when we overcome sin by the grace of God!

1 Timothy 2:5 declares, "For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." There is no one else that can mediate with God for us. If Jesus is the ONLY mediator, that indicates Mary and the saints cannot be mediators. Catholics say that they pray the rosary because it’s a powerful prayer to God, through His mother, Mary. The actual Roman Catholic Rosary is made up of a cross or crucifix, a medal, large beads and small beads. Rosary prayers are nothing but works hidden in the form of religious love and meditation towards God, which are done through putting a cross with the hand and then counting the beads to start a prayer for each number of beads which are all man made tradition that has made void the power of the Word of God, and the real faith in the only and only Jesus Christ through whom only we can all be saved (Mark 7:13; Acts 4:12).

The dead saints or Mary cannot mediate our prayer requests to God. God answers prayers based on whether they are asked according to His will which is revealed in the Word of God, not based on who is praying (1 John 5:14-15). God is not partial to hear a particular persons prayer and reject our prayer or another human's prayer (Acts 10:34), from the first human to the last that will be born on earth will be a sinner by birth except Jesus who was sinless because He had no sin and did no sin (Rom 3:23; 2 Cor 5:21; 1 Pet 2:22). In fact, Mary herself says to obey what Jesus says and Jesus tells us all to pray directly to the Father God in heaven using his name (John 16:23-24, 26-27). And also it was prophesied by Mary through her song, that she herself needed salvation from Jesus through His death, and that He is her Lord and God her Savior, who in fact was the One who saved her from sin, and that is why we say and believe that she was not sinless but a blessed and surrendered vessel of God through whom the purpose of God to send the eternal Son to the earth was fulfilled, thus she has been a sinner who was saved and had become a saint in Christ Jesus for the Glory of God (John 2:5; Luke 2:35; 1:46, 47). Jesus is able to save all those who come to God through Him, because if someone believes Him, then He is able to intercede for them from the right hand of God and save them completely (Heb 7:25; Rom 8:34). Also when we are saved and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and obey Him, then God gives us the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:32), who starts to intercede for every born again believer to keep them saved (Rom 8:27), through whom we are also able to intercede for ourselves and our situations according to the will of God in the Holy Spirit through tongues and Spirit empowered prayers (Rom 8:26; Eph 6:18; 1 Cor 14:15; Rom 8:16; 1 Cor 6:17).

God has clearly revealed in His written word saying, ""You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below." (Exo 20:4). So whether Catholic tradition teaches or a angel from heaven itself descends and teaches us to break the above commandment of God, which prohibits us to bow down before any image in the form of anything, which includes so called Mary behind which a demon of idolatry resides, we should be bold enough to resist the devil and overcome the urge of the flesh which would like to rebel against God to break the command of God by bowing down before any image. By keeping the commandments, you will be submitting to the authority of God, then from that moment onward you thus start to resist the devil, then he will definitely flee from you to create any further urge towards idolatry (Jam 4:7).

My belief is strong in the Word of God that whether someone comes from a catholic faith, Methodist, protestant, Evangelical, Pentecostal or Charismatic sections of Christianity, or they come from Muslim, Hindu or whatever faith of the world, only when they are convicted by the Holy Spirit to repent of their sin and look to Jesus Christ for their salvation, they can become a saved saint of Jesus Christ and thus be a child of God for eternity ahead (John 1:12; 3:3; 16:7-11). So can Catholic faith help? Of course to some extent to know the truth mixed with man made traditions of errors (Mark 7:13), but that in itself cannot take a person to heaven unless that person seeks God with his whole heart to find Him to be born again from above (Jer 29:13; Acts 17:27).

So unless we are born again from heaven once again apart from the natural earthly birth with which all of us humans are born once, we cannot enter the Kingdom of God where God resides and rules directly in the realm of spiritual, soulish, physical, financial and social starta of the existence of humans on earth. The world without God is run under the rulership of Satan and his deceit through which people all over the world, no matter what religion they come from, follow him blindly and live to fulfill his will for their lives (John 8:44-47; Eph 2:1-3).

There are no born-again church even when it does have a name board that says 'BORN AGAIN CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST'. If a particular Church does speak the truth of the Gospel of grace through faith (Eph 2:8-10), even then it is not a living organism. But the individual person who opens his heart and invites Jesus in to it are born again from above, and as they gather together on earth to edify one another and grow in the knowledge of God, they make a church to become a living organism of heaven which operates under the direct authority of God (Rev 3:20; Matt 18:20; 1 Cor 12:27; Col 1:18; Eph 5:29-30).

So I would say, go to a Church that believes the whole of Bible to be the Word of God and teaches all that Jesus has commanded in the Bible to all the believers (Matt 28:19-20). Go to the Church that emphasizes a holy inner and higher life rather than a religious earthly life of pure doctrine and outward works (Matt 23:23, 26-27, 28; 1 Thess 4:3). Go to a Church where they watch over your soul to keep it from the deceitfulness of sin and rebuke you from walking under the dictates of the evil heart of unbelief that comes to destroy a person's life (Heb 13:17; 1 Thess 5:12; Heb 3:12-13, 14; Jer 16:12; 7:24; Eccl 9:3). Go to a Church where they operate in all the gift of the Spirit and encourage you to be filled with the Spirit (1 Cor 12:7-11; Eph 5:17-21). Go to a Church where you are freely able to exercise and work towards developing the spiritual gifts through which you will be able to bring more souls in to the kingdom of God (Matt 6:33-34), working inline with the purpose and prosperity of the Church community and the world at large around you where you are (Jer 29:7; 1 Tim 2:1-4). Above all, go to a Church where the members love Jesus more than anything in this world, and also encourage you to walk in the same sacrificial path of life in which they are walking already by faith (Acts 2:41, 42-47; 4:33-37). Religion is man made, true spirituality is God made relationship with Himself where He reigns over every part of your life, and you deny yourself and willingly give in to His will by taking up your cross and following Jesus where ever He leads you (Rom 12:1-2; Luke 9:23).

Much Blessings......


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