And without faith it
is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that
he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. – Hebrews 11:6
Yea, anyone that comes to God must believe that he exists
and rewards those who earnestly seek him. The Christion life starts with
believing in Jesus, it’s through faith that we were saved, and all what Jesus
did for us are received by us through faith.
When we are born-again, we are given a measure of faith,
it’s a gift from God, so nobody is lacking faith, but with doubts and unbelief
the faith gets negated.
… when you ask him,
be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided
loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the
wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. – James
It all comes to the point on whether you believe what God
say or what the world says. With all the logic and reasoning what the world say
may sound convincing. To overlook that and to stick on to God’s word is where
you need faith, without it you won’t be able to please him.
Ask, and it will be
given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For
everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks,
the door will be opened. – Matthew 7: 7-8
This is part of the teaching by Jesus on prayer, often we think
that this is for the elite few and for clarification, he states that everyone who
asks receives, that includes you and me.
Later in James 4:2 the bible says … You do not have, because you do not ask. During the ministry of Jesus,
you can see him asking people what they want, so it’s important for us to be
specific on our needs.
Bible also states that … When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives,
that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. – James 4:3 NIV
Another important factor in getting answers for your prayers
is … Therefore I tell you, whatever you
ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. –
After asking you need to believe that you received what you
asked, only then it will be yours. Amen
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. – 1 John 2:15-16
The world or the so-called world system is in enmity with
God, that’s why we should not desire the things of this world. We are the
children of God and citizens of His kingdom, we can’t love both; the world and God.
The devil used the desires of the flesh and the desires of
the eyes and pride of life to tempt mankind from the beginning, even now the
devil uses the same to tempt us, the packing might be different, but the
contents remain the same.
To overcome the desires of this world we need to follow what
Apostle Paul said in Romans 12:2 … Do
not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Then you will be able to discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will
We need to transform our mind according the word of God.
For God saved us and
called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but
because that was his plan from before the beginning of time–to show us his
grace through Christ Jesus. – 2
There are lot of believers and even pastors that discredits
grace, treating is as a licence to sin, they don’t understand what grace is.
We are saved through grace, we live a holy life because of
grace, our ability to overcome sin comes from grace. Just as Apostle Paul states God did this not
because we deserved it, but it was his plan to redeem us through Jesus Christ.
The bible states that, even before the foundations of this
earth was laid, He saw us and called us to be His children.
We need His grace and mercy, on a daily basis, those who
rejects grace are trying to be self-righteous, that’s very dangerous. Jesus is
the only way to righteousness.
Now this is eternal
life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have
sent. – John 17:3
Eternal life is not living in heaven forever, but it’s a now
and here thing. Knowing about God and
knowing God are different.
Knowing God is having an intimate relationship with Him, in
such a way that He knows us too. … “But if anyone loves God, this one is
known by Him.” – 1 Corinthians 8:3
Jesus came to this world to reveal God the Father and His
unconditional love towards us. … We
love because he first loved us. – 1 John 4:19
Our love for Him is merely a response to His initiative.
I have been crucified
with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. –
Once we are born again, we become a new creation, by faith
we need to crucify our old self with all its lusts and desires along with Jesus
on the cross.
If we continue to sin after being in Christ, its lazy and
deplorable. At some point. we need to take victory over all the sins we commit
consciously of our old self, then we will come to know the sins we commit
unconsciously, we need to take victory of that too.
Only then we can live a life without sin and be more like
Christ. By faith we keep sin in death, where it belongs, and alive in Jesus
Christ, so that it’s not us that lives but Christ lives in us.
For God was pleased
to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself
all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace
through his blood, shed on the cross.
– Colossians 1:19-20
Jesus had all the fullness of God, it means if you know
Jesus, you know God. The old testament gives an incomplete picture of God the
Through the shedding of blood by Jesus on the cross; Father
also reconciles all of us to Him; who were separated from Him by sins.
God is at peace with mankind, He is no longer angry with us.
He sees us as righteous through Jesus.
If you need to know what God thinks about something; just
see what Jesus did when he was in this world.
The Son radiates God’s
own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything
by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he
sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.
– Hebrew 1: 3 NLT.
But Jesus called them
to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to
such belongs the kingdom of God. – Luke 18:16
Here Jesus is letting us know that the children inherit the
kingdom of God. First and foremost, characteristic of a child their innocence,
their mind is not crooked. They believe blindly whomsoever they trust, they won’t
try to reason themselves.
Blessed are the pure
in heart, for they shall see God – Matthew 5:8
Let us be like children, being pure in our hearts, letting
God have full control of our life, following his commands without reasoning and
we will inherit the kingdom of God.
While we look not at
the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things
which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not
seen are eternal. – 2 Corinthians 4:18
Just like a baby’s life in the mother’s womb is temporary,
our life in this world is also temporary. We are bond to eternity.
What we see, hear, touch etc may look real but the true
reality is what is in the spiritual realm which we can’t see with our natural
Even when we are in this world, we need to set our eyes on
the things above and store our treasures there, where the thief cannot steal.
For where your
treasure is, there will your heart be also. – Matthew 6:21
Go therefore and make
disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the
Son and of the Holy Spirit, – Matthew 28:19.
This command, popularly known as the great commission, is
very important for the believers, especially for those who are called to the
Jesus tells us to make disciples, not converts.
The word disciple is defined as a person who believes in
the ideas and principles of someone and tries
to live the way that person does or did.
That means, even before we disciple someone, we need to
become a disciple, only then we can pass the discipleship to others.
So; don’t limit yourself just as a believer, be a disciple!