Thursday, May 9, 2019

I Don't Understand Why My Husband Didn't Think Masterbating Is A Sin









My Husband Says That Masturbating Is Normal, What Do I Do Now?

Question: I read your post titled, 'What Does The Bible Say About Masturbation?'. My husband waits till I'm gone from home, then he masturbates and then lies about it. When I asked him, he said it's normal. I don't think so. I have never cheated on my husband, never will. It's what comes out of his mouth when he is masterbating, saying ride me ride me is not healthy. How do I know he is thinking about me who is his wife before he brings me in to the picture, I need help here. He was raised apostolic Pentecostal. I'm just confused. I don't understand why my husband didn't think masturbating is a sin, the words that come out of his mouth hurts me. He even lies about it. What do I do now.

Answer: Greetings in Jesus wonderful name!

Even though I agree these kind of talk regarding sex is a taboo subject within the Church, I have always experienced from my own life that the Bible gives the right appropriate answers to build a strong family through proper relationship, and a intimate relationship between husband and wife through God's help.

The urban dictionary explains masterbating as, "when a guy gropes his penis thinking about a girl, and then shoots out the substance inside of the penis." We cannot be sure what a guy is thinking about in his mind, when he does masterbates whether about his wife or some other women. But we can be sure that even when a person says that he does have the image of his wife in his mind, the mind cannot be satisfied with that one image all the time, but rather it keeps on changing the image to get itself in excitement and tries to latch on to this mode through gushing out more lustful thoughts to maintain the stimulation. The Bible clearly says that the heart is deadly deceitful and no man can fully understand about it except God
(Jer 17:7). Jesus himself said, "28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell." (Matt 5:28-30). Can we notice something unique that Jesus reveals in the above verses? First he speaks about the look at a woman to lust, which means in the heart there happens a strong desire of imagination that wants to have her as his own or undresses a woman to commit adultery in the mind. Immediately Jesus speaks about the right eye which causes you to sin, which means the second look that immediately connects to the mind to sin should be discarded and thrown in to hell fire from which such desires come from.

Jesus in another place says,
"20... “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”" So every thought that comes from within and becomes a strong lustful desire defiles a human and it is a sin. So now tell me when the thought of lust itself is sin, how can masterbation remain not sinful? Because without lust driving a person already in his mind which is sinful to defile the heart, the next step of masturbation never starts to take place. That is why, Jesus first tells about the "right eye [which] causes you to sin" and then immediately in context speaks about the, "right hand [which] causes you to sin", which clearly conveys to us that always lust ends in masturbation which is spiritual adultery to fulfill it desire when it does not end in physical adultery. That does also reveals that spiritual adultery through looking at a woman to lust, is the first step that when not restrained by the power of God and overcome by faith to master over this sin, it always some day ends up in physical adultery when opportunity comes to them with a conducive environment. So entertaining sin in the mind is the root of sin, but when it remains uncontrolled to burn a person through masturbation, soon it may bear fruit to end up in adultery (1 Cor 7:9). If we gave been kept long from falling in to physical fornication or adultery, it is nothing but the grace of God. Apostle Paul clearly directs the young believer to marry soon if they cannot control their desires of lust which makes them burn with passion through masturbation, which may end up unexpectedly in fornication or adultery soon, if not for the grace and mercy of God. Also apostle Paul told husband and wife to regularly come together to have sexual intimacy, except when for a short time they give themselves to fasting and prayer, or else Satan can tempt us to fall in to the sin of the mind repeatedly to torture our soul life because of lack of self control on our part (1 Cor 7:5).

So I agree that your husband without masturbating himself to restrain his affection to himself, he should render to you the due affection of giving himself in sexual intimacy. The same should be done on your part as per the Word of God, by giving your body in sexual intimacy to share the due affection towards your husband when ever he is in need of you
(1 Cor 7:3). This is why apostle Paul further in the same context says, "The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife." (1 Cor 7:4), which means Paul is saying masterbation either by the wife or the husband in isolation is absolutely wrong and sinful after marriage because it is claiming rights over their own body to have self pleasure more than give pleasure to the spouse.

You are right, the husband should communicate his sexual need to you and not claim rights over his own body to have self pleasure, instead of enjoying mutual pleasure within the marriage which is ordained by God. You should also communicate your need to your husband and not use sex as a weapon to take vengeance for his bad behavior or your bad mood. Usually before going to bed to sleep, if the husband and wife ask pardon and forgive each other and keep their mind free from any kind of bad behavior of the spouse, the clutter-free mind will become the foundation for a good intimate sex life which is one of the main purpose of God and foundation for a good marital life planned by God within a Christian family
(Eph 4:25, 26, 27). When the heart is clean, the lying lips cannot operate within a person. Only when the soul mind thinks in a frequency different than the spiritual mind of our spirit, then lying lips flourish. This means your husband even though he tells that masturbation is not wrong and doesn't think it as sinful in his soulish mind, he does know within him deep in his spiritual heart that it is wrong and sinful, that is why he is lying to you many times after having masturbated alone.

By continuing to sin by masterbating and lying to you, the corrupt words out of his mouth spoken without edification is not only grieving you but also the Holy Spirit
(Eph 4:29-32). So your husband might have been raised as a apostolic Pentecostal, but pray for him to become a repentant believer, only then he can truly become a disciple of Jesus and a true apostolic Pentecostal.

Another reason for this kind of behavior is, he might have burnt himself too much without self control in lust of the eyes before marriage which might have affected his personality to become addicted to masturbation. You must be generous enough not only to pray for him to change, but also help him to have healthy sex by communicating your needs and frustration in your sexual life. No matter what, only God can deliver him out of this bondage to masturbation which is consuming his life in lust and more lust. So patiently wait for God to act, and also share it with counselors and elders of the Church who are mature men and women of God who can speak to each of your individually and also collectively to pray with you both regarding this. Women to women, and men to men should be the order of the counselors with those whom they counsel. Then both the counselors can sit together
[(i.e.) preferable a husband and wife] with you both and guide you to make you trust each other and communicate things better for a good married life.

Above all only God can only convict your husband that masterbation is a root sin of the mind that starts there and ends as a fruit sin of action with the hand
(John 16:7-11; Matt 5:27-30, 31-32). It is equal to adultery, but the only difference is that it is done in the heart of the person and not in the action of adultery through the physical body, but soon it may end up as one when it is not dealt either before marriage or even after marriage.

So the sex pep talk from your husband to keep you at peace saying, 'ride, ride...etc' to satisfy his lust, when there can be no true peace within you except through having good sexual relationship is something that you must convey to him clearly, if he still continues with his sinful habit do not worry but continue to pray to God because time is now ripe for God to step in and solve and turn your husband to the right way, if you let God do the working on behalf of you. Or else if you react by your flesh, the family will break, and even there is a possibility of the children getting affected due to rash marital decisions taken without patience. A foolish woman who takes thing in to her own hands without holding the hands of God to guide can easily destroy the home with her own hands which she is supposed to build 
(Prov 14:1).

The word that comes out of your husbands mouth hurts you because as long as lust controls his behavior, Satan has foothold within your marital life to make you both not get aligned to the same frequency of the heart that God has intended for both of you to operate within your marriage. That is, God in the center connecting both your hearts and acting as a glue to inter communicate secrets of intimacy that will bind you together for a lifetime.

All the masturbation, lies, harsh words, disharmony, lust during sex rather than love, etc are only the fruits, but the root of sin is the lust of the eyes which might be fed regularly through means like porn, crush in the office, extra marital flirt or even relationship, wall posters, television, etc...This is a spiritual battle for your husband, and I appreciate your fidelity as a trustworthy and faithful wife who is a woman of God, so I ask you to do the following that we have discussed in details.

Never give up on your family, never let the devil break your family, never let your children suffer, fight for them, never become discouraged of your husbands addictions, fight along with him and work towards victory over his sin because he is a child of God and Satan cannot hold him in his clutches for long. Soon the devils will retreat and run out of sight because of what Jesus has already achieved for you and your family on the Cross
(Col 2:14-15). The God who is in you is greater than the devils that are trying to cause chaos against your family, these Canaan giants will be defeated by the power of God (1 John 4:4). Fight, fight, fight, never give up because one of these days, because Jesus has taken all the curses of yours and your families and your husbands upon Himself, soon by your faith God will release the BLESSING OF ABRAHAM upon you and your whole family to make you all become a blessed testimony for HIS GLORY (Gal 3:13, 14)! Hallelujah!

I am praying for you all to be so blessed that you both will become a blessing to multitudes in our generation through your testimony of victory over sin, who by the way are all going through the same fight for salvaging their families from the curses of sin to the blessing of righteousness and peace and joy. You are not alone, your brethren around the world are facing similar kind of trials in their own life to inherit the blessings that comes through eternal life for the Glory of God
(1 Pet 5:9).

Praise the Lord Jesus!


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I Was In My Ex-Husband’s House, This Is My Second Dream











What Does It Mean To Dream Of Driving A Car In A Muddy Road?

Question: Greetings in the wonderful name of our Lord Jesus. I read your article titled, 'Does God Still Guide Supernaturally Through Dreams To Find One's Future Husband?'. What does it mean to dream of driving a car in a muddy road and the mud keeps rising up almost covering the car. As I was trying to drive through this situation the car breaks down, tried starting it several times but it was not working.

Also in the second dream I was in my ex husband’s house, I have never been in his house since he moved out and left me and our kids but in my dream I found myself in his house.

I await your response in anticipation, God bless you!

Answer: Greetings in Jesus wonderful name!

Car is used to travel from one place to another, used almost daily as much as possible. It takes a family usually to go together in a Car. It is a vehicle used for movement in life, with someone usually the husband driving the vehicle for the whole family. The psalmist prays to God,
"Rescue me from the miry mud; don't let me sink. Let me be rescued from those who hate me, and from the deep waters." (Psa 69:14). The mud rising up to sink are the work of the sin nature in the human heart which the devil uses to cause discord within the family.

So you see from the Bible, Jesus clearly spoke about divorce saying,
"9 Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” 10 In the house His disciples also asked Him again about the same matter. 11 So He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her. 12 And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”" (Mark 10:9-12). In other words, Jesus considers a person to have committed adultery when he or she against the law and conscience separate themselves from the spouse that God has joined in marriage for any invalid reason.

So when you were driving I do not know what your ex-husband was doing when he was the one who was supposed to drive the car of your family. But, in spite you were trying to drive the car which means you were willing to continue to work towards reconciliation and make the family life to work out in spite of the muddy sins, negative emotions, hurts, hate that were trying to sink the car from moving forward. You have come to a situation where your husband might have totally left you in the lurch, when you were trying to start the family life and continue with out the break up with your Ex. But then you were not able to sustain it because the car was sinking in the mud and it covered the whole car.

So God was trying to convey to you that it is not your fault that the break up has happened, and do not want you to feel self-condemned or grieve for what has happened
(Rom 8:1). It was not your fault, you tried your best and still were not able to salvage the marriage.

God wants to tell you that even though you try to reconstruct the old marriage you failed, do not look back to go on to your Ex if you have been divorced already and have moved on with your life.

In
1 Corinthians 7: 10-11, Paul states that should a woman divorce her husband, she must remain unmarried or reconcile with her husband. But if you have already divorced him as he has not been able to respect your belief and faith in the institution of marriage and have unfaithfully wandered in infidelity due to allowing external influence to come in to your marriage, he has already decided to never come back again.

In the New Applied Commentary Thomas Hale writes regarding
1 Cor 7:15-16 saying, "15 If the unbelieving spouse wants to leave, then the believing spouse should let the believer leave. Why? Because God wants a husband and wife to live in peace. If the unbelieving spouse is always quarreling with the believing spouse, then let the marriage end! God is not pleased with a marriage full of strife. 16 The believing spouse must continually hope and pray that the unbelieving spouse will become a Christian and be saved (see 1 Peter 3:1-2). But if reconciliation is not possible, then the believing spouse should not force the unbelieving spouse to stay."

So even if you find yourself in a situation where your Ex-husband wants to have you back, if you have already divorced and have remarried then you must not return back by annulling your present marriage even according to the Old Testament standard
(Deut 24:1-4), how much more in the New Testament where there is no justification given in the Bible for divorce for reasons like incompatibility, lack of love, or differing career goals should be careful enough not to again break another marriage in order to return back to the old.

For a born-again couple, "constructive desertion," which would be when a husband so brutalizes his wife that they say is impossible to live with him any longer; or when a wife has so harassed, or brutalized her husband that they feel it becomes impossible for him to stay with her, it cannot be a valid reason to give divorce because God wants his children to get reconciled based on His love for each one which they should be able to show one another if both of them are really born again, or else they will receive chastisement from the Lord until they repent to turn back and walk in His will and ways again
(1 John 3:13-14; 4:7-10, 20-21; Matt 18:21-30). Such reason cannot be valid for a divorce with a Christian couple, because the Lord has told his children to forgive and forget the debt of all those who are debtors to them, and only then they will be able to expect God Himself to be favorably disposed toward them (Matt 6:12, 14-15; 18:22).

As God's rule for marriage is for life, divorce and remarriage are not permitted, except for adultery or complete desertion, or "Pauline privilege" which can be applied when relating to a unbeliever who deceives and wants to leave the family because of lack of faith as we have seen above, and that is the rule the church should stick to.

I don't know if you have stayed alone all these times without divorce or remarriage and have looked for reconciliation back
(1 Cor 7:10-11), and also if your husband wants to return back to live with you with a changed heart, then you can prayerfully consider if it will be good for you and your kids to feel secure and be peaceful with that option. But this should be prayerfully done with great care and also with the direction of the elders of the family and the Church, because if he is not a changed man, there is the same risk and danger involved again. But God can work through a repentant person if they have willingly humbled themselves before God, so that God could restore the broken walls of the family or restore the car stuck in the mud to be refurbished and used for His Glory.   

So God understands desertion in your case, and He wants you to carefully consider and move on where you are in life now and not return back to where you got stuck in life before, because you cannot trust the old car as it did not restart but instead got completely drowned in the mud, and God by His grace and mercy have supernaturally made you to survive through those hard times. So live the rest of your life in the place where you are planted already, and stay faithful to the Lord who has stood by your life all these days and who will never leave you nor forsake you till the end of your journey on earth
(Heb 13:5-6). Praise the Lord, Glory to God!     

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

10 Reasons Christians Should Vote in the Elections









Does The Bible Teach That Christians Should Vote Responsibly Till Rapture Comes?

Question: Does the Bible teach that Christians should vote responsibly?

Answer: Greetings in Jesus wonderful name.

The Bible convey a idea of democratic republic which was planned by God instead of the tyranny of the monarchy that ruled the world with iron grip in the past millenniums of various empires and rules
(Dan 2:31-35, 41-44). In both a republic and a democracy, citizens are empowered to participate in a representational political system. In a pure democracy, laws are made directly by the voting majority leaving the rights of the minority largely unprotected. In a republic, laws are made by representatives chosen by the people and must comply with a constitution which specifically protects the rights of the minority from the will of the majority. The United States, like most modern nations, is neither a pure republic nor a pure democracy. Instead, it is a hybrid democratic republic. The main difference between a democracy and a republic is the extent to which the people control the process of making laws under each form of government. A democratic republic is a form of government operating on principles adopted from a republic and a democracy. Rather than being a cross between two entirely separate systems, democratic republics may function on principles shared by both republics and democracies.

For example. India is a constitutional republic and representative democracy, in which "majority rule is tempered by minority rights protected by law". ... The Constitution of India, which came into effect on 26 January 1950, states in its preamble that India is a sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic republic. So a lot of things can be applied and drafted in a constitution at the same time with out affecting the flavor of the other unique characteristics.

Democracy is a concept that has become very famous only in the last couple of centuries even though the original idea about it has been there for more than two and half millenniums. The term "democracy" first appeared in ancient Greek political and philosophical thought in the city-state of Athens during classical antiquity and the word comes from demos, "common people" and kratos, "strength". Led by Cleisthenes, Athenians established what is generally held as the first democracy in 508–507 BC.

But the sad thing about democracy is that the people's strength and strong leadership through gifted individuals and their progeny who naturally carry their legacy by divine call cannot go together and mix properly, as the individualism of sin nature will not allow the two to go together, and so the Bible itself predicts the failure of the democracies during the end time saying,
"43 As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay. 44 And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever." (Dan 2:43-44).



As An Individual So Will Be Their Leader


For example, when a leader receives bribes or kickbacks or anything in exchange to show favor, it is the sin nature on the part of the leader that makes him fail in his duty to execute righteousness and justice. When in a democratic republic people receive money in exchange for their vote, it is bribery against righteousness and cheating the spirit of democracy for selfishness. The Bible declares, unjust gain makes the wise foolish, and a bribe corrupts the heart, destroys the mind and ruin our character
(Eccl 7:7). God has commanded thus to all humans, "And you shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the clear-sighted and subverts [(i.e.) undermine the power and authority of] the cause of those who are in the right." (Exo 23:8; Deut 16:19).

The wicked accepts a bribe in secret to pervert the ways of justice and therefore as he is greedy for unjust gain, he will bring curse upon himself and his family, but the righteous who who hates bribes will live under the blessing of God
(Prov 17:23; 15:27). Thus he who prospers at every turn by using the magic stone of bribe, will at the end bring a curse instead of blessing through prosperity (Prov 17:8). God is the one who watches over the evil menace of bribe and soon brings his wrath upon those who practice it, whether individual or a leader of the nation, will soon become ashamed of their own evil way and will lead them to their own personal and professional destruction (Amos 5:12; Isa 5:23; 1:23; 1 Sam 18:3). Only those who forget God and his justice will be involved in bribery and perversion of justice (Ezek 22:12; Mic 7:3; Acts 24:26).

"Her heads judge for a bribe, her priests teach for pay, and her prophets divine for money. Yet they lean on the LORD, and say, “Is not the LORD among us? No harm can come upon us.” (Mic 3:11)
. God will first judge the teachers, priests and leaders whom he has set up in a nation to guide the people, and then the people who live in lawlessness (Jam 3:1; Rom 13:1-7; Acts 12:20-24). A country is in trouble when its king is a youth and its leaders feast all night long (Eccl 10:16).

If you see oppression of the poor and denial of justice and righteousness in the province, do not be shocked at the sight; for one official watches over another official, and there are higher officials over them
(Eccl 5:8). In other words, we should not dare to think that no providence is attending the affairs of this world; do not be frightened and astonished, and hurried into such a thought; nor be distressed at the calamities and oppression's of poor and innocent men. The higher officials even to the highest are appointed by God for the welfare of the people, whenever justice and freedom is denied to the poor and down trodden people, it means corruption has taken over the society, it is ready for divine judgement which waits and executes his wrath on evil on a day to day basis for individuals and also in a massive way for nations (Psa 5:5; 11:5; 7:11-16; 145:20; Prov 15:8, 9, 26; 6:18; Luke 13:27-28). When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, people's hearts are filled with schemes to do wrong (Eccl 8:11). Wicked are those who are hell bent to do evil. Is the God in heaven appear to be indifferent to pain on earth when he allows the wicked to continue his schemes to do wrong? No not at all. 

What the wicked forget is, the Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with the evil doers, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance
(2 Pet 3:9). We see the same example of God's patience even during the the worst of the worst wicked civilization that lived on the earth, God gave them time to repent and turn towards him, but when they rejected God's mercy and grace, judgment of God destroyed them all time after time (Gen 15:16). God is love as well as just. Therefore God brings justice to all humans alike eternally, therefore he waits earthly to see eternal change in the hearts of humans so that they could be pulled always from the path where they are on the way to land on the eternal fire of God's judgment for their sins from which there is no way out for every soul.

Voting is the only way in democracy where we choose a leader. If a individual does not exercise it righteously to choose a righteous leader through this power of influence, then just like the individual so will the leader of the great democracies will become. God will judge at the end for every wasted resource given in the availability of each humans who lived during these times of the end.




What Does The Bible Say About Democratic Republic? 


So even though in the humanistic point of view, democratic republic is the best for all people to enjoy freedom and liberty that God wants them to have, the sin nature within the common man and also the leaders will not allow them to co-exist together which Satan will use to fulfill his own agenda for worldwide control and ruler-ship like never before
(Ezek 28:19; Isa 14:16-17; Luke 4:6-7). In short, democracies are of the people, by the people and for the people as described by the Great late President of the United States of America, Abraham Lincoln, in truth it will perish when the system will fully fail in Antichrist who will try to epitomize a world wide democratic republic to deceive people through smooth words to take the power from the people and lay claim to form a one world government, one world economy and a one world religion. He will become a global idol who will promise worldwide peace and security and even will achieve it through a great deception (1 Thess 5:3; Rev 13:4-8; 17:12-13; 2 Thess 2:8-12). But when his time will be over, he will show his true face to the world within the three and half years pre-appointed by God to rule the world in absolute tyranny for the whole period of time (Prov 26:23-26; Dan 11:31-33).

When humanistic 666 which is man's best fails along with the Satanic trinity that drives the sin nature of humans
(Rev 13:8, 18), then God along with humans will start to rule the world forever and ever in this earth and also in the new earth which will be the time of 777 perfection for all humans (Rev 20:6; Dan 7:27). So democratic republic is a illusion and a mirage that is set before all humans by God in these end times to make them understand the impermanence of humanism and its deception so that they can be able to welcome the eternal kingdom of Christ which will be set up in this earth for a thousand years time after this.

So thus knowing that it is God's will for humans living in our times to support democratic republic, we then stand on the Biblical ground to support all citizens to exercise their voting rights to select the leaders who can rule over us in righteousness so that we can exercise our freedom and human rights to express and spread the Gospel before his coming in all the world after which the end will come as Jesus Himself prophesied
(Matt 24:14).




So Choose Good Leaders Until The Rapture Comes! 


So, does the Bible teach that Christians should vote responsibly? Absolutely Yes!... it is the duty and responsibility of every Christian to vote and to vote for leaders who promote Christian principles
(Acts 4:18-19).

God is in control of the entire universe, but also He does raise people from the dust to make them recline among the kings with people or without people
(1 Sam 2:8; Dan 4:34-37). But thank God, in our times of democracy God has raised leaders by taking the consent of people through their voting rights. But so sad to find that many people are foolish enough to sell their votes for meager mammon, through which many national leaders deceive people and then will use the power to gain power, material and influence over people. Then the same cycle will repeat to deceive the masses and keep them in their control when the election comes again.

Still the voting right a person exercises, will not only decide his immediate future through good leaders selected in the government, but also their progeny who will come after them. So it is the responsibility of all Christians to exercise the voting rights to select righteous and good leaders who will rule the nation in righteousness and peace. By doing so, they become responsible people of blessing to themselves and their families and also to the generation of theirs that comes further down in their line in the future time. Praise the Lord!

One thing is for sure, until the Holy Spirit who is the restrainer of lawlessness is present on earth along with the Church that He empower to be a salt and light to the world around
(Matt 5:13-16), human democratic republic government will remain, God is looking to the Church to make a difference in the world until the rapture brings to an end the restraining of lawlessness (2 Thess 2:7-8; Rom 8:9; Matt 25:6-10). Until the rapture happens on earth, we should keep the restraining influence of the Church upon the world through our prayer and proclamation of the Word of God (Acts 6:4; Luke 12:37-39, 40). This can happen only when there are good leaders over our country and nations around the world chosen by responsible voters, or else the hastening of the Antichrist government will take place, and our human rights and freedom to live in liberty will soon cease and become a thing of the past.   




10 Reasons Christians Should Vote in the Elections


1) Until we make prayers for kings and all those in authority, then choose the right person through our voting rights given to us as a citizen of our nation, we cannot expect to lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence
(1 Tim 2:1-2).

2) If we fail to vote prayerfully and there comes a godless leader because of failing to exercise our choice, and then if we find ourselves not able to submit to these authorities, then the fault is ours and therefore to obey God's command we should exercise our voting rights given to us
(Rom 13:1-7). After we have voted faithfully, if a leader comes on the scene who wants to persecute the Church, then it is God's responsibility to take care of the Church, and He has always protected it in His way and in His time (Rev 2:1-8). Voting publicly recognizes that we submit to the authority of the political system in our nation as established by God. Scripture gives Christians instructions to obey legitimate authority unless it contradicts the Lord’s commands (Acts 5:27-29; Romans 13:1-7).

3) Through exercising our right to vote, we can obey God's command to seek the good of those around us and our nation as a whole
(Jer 29:5-6). Voting recognizes the equality of all people and their right to speak and be heard (Deu 10:17-19).

4) We are exhorted by God to seek peace and pursue it, one way of pursuing peace in our nation and around the world is through exercising our God given rights to choose leaders who will pursue peace along with us based on Biblical principles that establishes peace in the world. Edmund Burke (12 January 1729 – 9 July 1797) was an Irish political philosopher said, 'All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing'
(Psa 34:14). Not voting is a form of voting, as it will influence the outcome. We need to take responsibility for our actions, as well as our lack of actions (Luke 10:25-37). Seek for the peace of the state which you reside, nation which you belong and the safety and prosperity of the city you live in, through voting and choosing effective godly leaders.

5) Voting is part of our stewardship to use all the resources we have been given in ways that honor God; to waste a vote or to sell it for money is to squander a gift for which we are accountable to God
(Matt 25:21, 23, 26; Luke 16:8, 9, 10). Never sell your vote, but instead use its power wisely.

6) In terms of politics and leadership, there is evidence in Scripture that God has been displeased with our choices of leadership at times
(Hosea 8:4). For example David was God's choice fore-planned by Him (1 Sam 16:1; 13:1, 13-14; Acts 13:21-22). But Saul was people's wrong choice chosen by people without prayer and repentance. When people choose prayerfully in repentance, God has promised restoration and blessings for every generation of humans who will seek for His will to be done on earth as it is heaven (2 Chron 7:14). Vote for God's choice based on their character, righteousness, godly leadership, fear of God and finally the skill to lead the nation.

7) The evidence of sin’s influence on the heart of humans can be seen in this world wherever godless leadership that brings chaos and destruction to human rights, liberty and values of godliness and righteousness is found to operate everywhere in the world in all nations. Much of the suffering on earth is because of godless leadership
(Proverbs 28:12). When young men are at loose, and women take over the reigns of leadership over men, God does not like such lawlessness because God has put men in leadership and women to work along with them and not work independently (Isa 3:12; 2 Kings 16:2;11:1-16; Eccl. 10:16). Vote for mature and reputed men of service to help them serve people according to the will of God. 


8) Voting has biblical precedence for example
Acts 14:23 describes that the early Christians elected elders by voting. The same we can see in the choosing of the seven elders in the early Church, "seven men of good reputation" (Acts 6:3) who were chosen by the people to serve the people of God within the Church.

9) As believers, we ought to strive to choose leaders who will be themselves led by our Creator
(1 Samuel 12:13-25; Isa 45:1-6). Candidates or proposals that violate the Bible’s commands for life, family, marriage, or faith should never be supported (Proverbs 14:34; 1 Tim 4:1-5; Isa 58:7). Christians should vote as led through prayer and study of both God’s Word and the realities of the choices on the ballot.

10) It is a privilege not to be taken for granted. Those of us who reap the benefits of living in a democracy should play a part in upholding democracy. Never forget the exhortation of the Scripture that says, what you sow you will reap and God cannot be mocked by irresponsible citizens who squander their God given rights to vote and then expect a peaceful nation, state or city to thrive in prosperity
(Gal 6:7-8). You must make your own responsible choice. But do go and fulfill your responsibility!


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Monday, April 22, 2019

Did Jesus was In The Tomb For Three Days And Three Nights Or Rose On The Third Day?











Does Jesus And Paul Contradict Each Other Regarding His Death And Resurrection?

Question: Jesus' said that he will die and be kept three days and three nights in the belly of the earth just like Jonah who was in the belly of the whale for the same amount of time, which will be the only sign given to the Jews to repent and receive the Kingdom of God (Matt 12:40). How do we fit it with Paul's third day Jesus rose again, which he said in 1 Cor 15:3-5, which also have been told beforehand by Jesus Himself and his disciples?

Answer: Greetings in Jesus wonderful name!

The confusion usually comes because we use Gregorian calendar which is the calendar used in most of the world, and with this mindset we see in to the Jewish Scripture which is based on Hebrew calendar. The Jewish day is of no fixed length. The Jewish day is modeled on the reference to "...there was evening and there was morning..." in the creation account in the first chapter of Genesis (Gen 1:5). Based on the classic rabbinic interpretation of this text, a day in the rabbinic Hebrew calendar runs from sunset (start of "the evening") to the next sunset.

In Esther 4:16, we find Esther saying to Mordecai to tell the Jews to fast saying, “Neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day” (NKJV). This was clearly in preparation for her highly risky attempt to see the king. Yet just two verses later, in Esther 5:1, we read: “Now it happened on the third day that Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace.”

If three days and nights were counted in the same way as we count them today with Gregorian calendar, then Esther could not have seen the king until the fourth day because we count each 24 hour to be a day, only when it is completed we even call it a day. Anything before that day is counted as half a day or quarter a day or three fourth of a day.

Here are the Scriptures regarding the scenario we have discussed:

"For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth." (Matthew 12:40; NKJV).

"Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb." (Matthew 28:1; NKJV).

"3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures." (1 Cor 15:3-4).


"Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again’” (Luke 24:5–7; NKJV).

In the same way if we are to count, three days and three nights based on Gregorian calendar and not Hebrew way of calculating a day, Jesus would have to rise on the fourth day and not the third day according to the Scriptures. By comparing these above passages, we can see that in the minds of people in Bible times the phrase, “the third day” is equivalent to “after three days" in our times and generation.

Thus we know that whether the third day has started or is running or it is going to be over, the Bible writers still wrote it as the third day. We can see in the below table how the Jonah miracle of Jesus life was considered as three days and three nights, and also how Jesus could rise up on the third day after his death when in fact according to our 24 hour a day calculation, we can only say that he died on Friday evening and up to Saturday evening it is one day, and then the next day early morning is another 12 hours added to the existing 24 hours which will hardly be one and half days only.





So when Friday evening Jesus died, already in total, day one is included with that day and the previous night as counted as one day of death in the grave, even though Jesus died around 3 O clock in the evening and buried before darkness could totally set in, after which began the next day in the Hebrew calendar. So, although only part of Friday was left, that was the first day and night to be counted as one day which is day one. Saturday was day two with evening and morning, in which Jesus was completely in the grave. Even though Jesus rose in the early morning of the Sunday, we count the third day as evening and morning as we have already seen, that is, even to the afternoon until the evening sun down this day is counted as the 3rd day. This was day three according to the Hebrew calendar of Bible times. So according to Biblical mindset of those people in the first century and the Scriptural count of the Jonah miracle in Jesus death and resurrection, nothing is contradictory, but rather thus we have three days and nights scripturally according to the culture which is true, yet Jesus rose on the third day which is also obviously true according to the same cultural interpretation. We should never be surprised that a different time and different culture used different method of counting a day to determine what it is, than how we do in our culture in our times. As soon as we use the right context of the Scripture and its calendar to determine all the supposed biblical problems with counting, all confusion for the days count disappear. And a clear picture of how the Bible is authentic to all generations emerges to us. Praise the Lord!

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Explain The Last Seven Word Of Jesus Christ?









The 7 Last Words Of Jesus In A Gist?

Question: Can you explain to me the often used 7 last words of Jesus practically applied to our lives in a gist?

Answer: Greetings in Jesus wonderful name!

As you said it is often used during Good Friday services, where each words of Jesus is separately expounded in details to bring the essence of the great messages hidden in it. Here we go:


1) FORGIVING EVERYONE IS THE MASTER KEY TO RECEIVE GOD'S BLESSING AND PROMOTION: "Father, forgive them, they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34).

I see this above verse as the foundation verse for all spirituality. That is, we should forgive those who do evil against us knowingly or unknowingly. Even if they repeatedly offend us and then come to us saying sorry, without putting limit we should freely forgive them all
(Matt 18:22). If we do not forgive the trespass of others who sin against us, likewise the Father in heaven will not forgive us to keep us in the fellowship of His Presence until we repent (Matt 6:14-15). When Jesus chose to forgive those who did evil against him to kill him, and also further he prayed for them to be forgiven by the Father, he became the Lord of of the whole universe after that (Rom 10:9-10, 13; Job 42:10).


2) BELIEVING GOD BRINGS SALVATION: "This day you will be with me in Paradise." (Luke 23:43). 


Salvation cannot be earned by us, but can easily be received as the gift of God if we humbly approach God believing His promises (John 6:28-29, 39-40). A keeper of the prison humbled himself and asked apostle Paul and Silas saying, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" They said simply, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household." (Acts 16:30-31). God saves us simply through believing! The above verse of Jesus answering to a thief, is a direct evidence of how the worst of sinners can become a saint in a moment of time by the divine miracle of salvation through belief to enter eternity to spend their time with God in heaven for the rest of their eternity. It is so simple, that many stumble. Believe and all things are possible with God. Praise the Lord!


3) FELLOWSHIP AND LOVE BUILDS OUR SPIRITUALITY: "Woman, behold your son." (John 19:26-27). 


Jesus was the most responsible son who ever lived to honor his father and mother by submitting to them humbly until he became thirty years to enter his ministry life, after which he was completely sold out to fulfill the Father's will for his life (Luke 2:51-52; 3:23; John 2:3-11). Even though Jesus was busy in ministry, he made sure that his brothers and sisters to take care of his mother when he was busy in the ministry work (Mark 6:3; Matt 12:46). But once he knew that he will die and go on to be with the Father in heaven, Jesus did not trust his fleshly brothers and sisters to take care of his mother, instead he looked to the divine fellowship and love from his disciple whom the Father appointed as the one who can be trusted to take care of his mother even though he was the youngest of all his disciples. Jesus knew that only the divine love and fellowship of taking care of one another can only build true spirituality of his disciple to take him to great spiritual heights later in his life to make him a great servant of God until his death and therefore John became the apostle of Love before he died. There can be no true spiritual growth without fellowship and love with God and towards saints (1 John 1:3-4).


4) By SUFFERING, OUR SACRIFICE GETS PERFECTED: "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?" (Mark 15:34; Matthew 27:46). 


Even though Jesus physically suffered by the brutality of those who tried to kill him, yet he could bear all those suffering but could not bear the suffering of being left alone from the Presence of the Trinity for a moment of time for the first time in eternity (Isa 54:7-8). You see, the faith of Jesus and his actions of giving himself voluntarily in the will of God to suffer physically and soulishly and spiritually worked together to prove by His actions that made his faith complete (Jam 2:22). So when you do good and suffer, if you take patiently and do not threaten in return, it is commendable before God who will always consider you as the one who have overcome the test for receiving spiritual promotion (1 Pet 2:20).


5) THIRSTING FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS GETS YOU FILLED: "I thirst." (John 19:28). 


Because of loss of fluid and severe dehydration in the body of Jesus, he was greatly suffering of thirst. As this was a suffering in the will of God for the souls of humans, God wanted it to be a thirst for souls and not wanted it to become a satisfaction to the flesh in the midst of his suffering. So hearing Jesus say, "I thirst", those around him tried to offer drugged wine so that he might more easily endure his cross, but Jesus refused the wine to go through his suffering with a clear mind which will not in any percentage alleviate it even a little bit (Matt 27:34; Mark 15:23). Jesus did not want the pain to be dulled, that is why in two other places it is told that he received it (John 19:29-30; Luke 23:36), but the other side of the story is, when he tasted it he rejected it because he knew that he was facing death by the grace of God and not at the mercies of humans, thus accepting relief from the agony of Crucifixion would devalue or undercut the experience of crucifixion in the will of God (Heb 2:9). Jesus himself learned obedience through suffering (Heb 5:8), how much more we need to learn obedience in our lives the same way of suffering. God has promised that those who hunger and thirst for righteousness shall be filled (Matt 5:6). We also need to thirst for the souls of people to get saved just like Jesus did as a motivation to suffer and overcome the flesh, and therefore he said, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest." (Luke 10:2). God uses the Kingdom Characteristics of peace and healing to bring it to people through our suffering so that they can face the reality of a higher Kingdom they are invited to enter through us who carry the power and authority of the Kingdom of God. And that healing touches both physical and spiritual dimensions. Let us continue to thirst for souls and be a Kingdom ambassador for the Glory of the Lord Jesus! 


6) FAITH IN THE FINISHED WORK IS THE KEY TO VICTORY: "It is finished." (John 19:30). 


Our fight against sin, sickness, disease, curses, defeat, hopelessness, is over and all we have to do is to believe that Jesus has overcome all of the above through his death on the Cross, now we are more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus and with peace we should run the race set before us (Rom 8:37; John 16:33; Heb 12:2). When Jesus said, "It is finished", in Greek it is "TETELESTAI!", which means the sin debt was “PAID IN FULL!" to the Father God. Salvation is complete and nothing more is needed to be added to be saved except believing the Lord Jesus Christ to get saved (Acts 16:30-31; John 6:28-29, 39-40). Hallelujah! Never try to add your works to the finished work of Jesus, because when you do that, it again becomes work of debt before God to achieve righteousness, instead of plainly receiving the already available grace through faith that saves you from all curses and sins (Rom 4:4; Gal 3:10, 13-14). You not only get saved by faith and faith alone, but you are supposed to live in victory by faith and faith alone also. God is pleased only with those who learn to live in all the blessings of God by faith alone without returning back to work of any kind of unbelief that displeases him (Heb 10:38-39), but partake in the those works that He does through you which He has fore-planned for you to fulfill for His Glory after your salvation (Eph 2:10). Don't try to reinvent the wheel of faith through your works when you already have it, so that by wisdom you can have the vehicle of your life fitted with faith to travel miles in the will of God and achieve great things for the Glory of God.


7) SURRENDER THE PATHWAY TO RESURRECTION: "Into your hands I commit my spirit." (Luke 23:46). 


When Jesus fulfilled all the prophecies through his life and paid fully the price for the salvation of all humans to get saved for eternity ahead, there was nothing left on this earth to do anymore except surrender his spirit in to the hands of the Father God. The Al-mightiness of God will always be fully seen only through our life of surrender. The resurrection power of God works the best when we are in full surrender to the Father God to do His will. When we have abandoned ourselves at the feet of God, we can die in hope but come alive in reality through resurrection when the Father God in heaven starts to raise the dead things in our lives to fulfill His eternal will through our lives. We are never defeated when we have suffered and suffered, till we in perfect obedience give our lives in to the hands of our Father in heaven. Once it is in the safe hands of our Father God, we can rest assured that none on earth or in hell can stop the will of God from getting fulfilled through our lives to make us a blessing to the whole humanity around us. Are we willing to surrender our lives fully to the Almighty Father in heaven who loves us so much, that he will not give us anything less than the best when we choose to surrender our lives to the Lord's will? Are we afraid of losing or dying? Unless we fall in to the ground to die, we remain alone without the power of God operating through us; but if we die to our self will, our life bears much fruit for the Glory of God (John 12:24). Die to your self by surrendering to the Lord all that you have and all that you are, God will make you become fruitful to bless the whole world by resurrecting you in His time just like He did to Jesus! Praise the Lord!

Much Blessings....





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