Life in Reverse

While drafting the pages of our lives, at times we scribble them, and thus wonder how to reverse them. You and I wish that was possible. Despite the silent reading, our lives are a book in progress; we keep writing these invisible lines until we breathe our last. Will our lives last? That said, how are you taking your life? You were born into the world, yet you wonder why you are here. Blind to the meaning of life, you mess up with your life. Honestly, our birth was not planned so much that all should go well. What a Warfield you haven’t felt! While a kid, you were taken by the hand and led everywhere by the parents. This was a long process; you enjoyed their company and instruction, but grew and felt outgrown the need for direction and protection. There you are! What direction are you taking now? Are you going to google it? Believe me, that’s also misleading. Obviously, you are more likely to go off the track. And when astray, are you going back to google it? Or are you crying out to God? You want to find your way back to life, but blind to that too. Immersed in drugs, you sink and sink; you are going down to pit. Eagerly, the enemy is coming your way. As lost, how are you hiding from him, the owner of the territory? Rather, you’ve become an easy prey. Like a hen protecting its chicks, parents were your very protection, but ran away from their care into the drug snare. Now you’re drug dependent. How to shake free from these chains is what you missing out on; apology to your wife is what you lacking; committing suicide to yourself is inevitably looming. Before it’s too late, why don’t you throw drug and resentment away? Your daggers away? It’s time to stop looking daggers at everyone around you and humble yourself. Notwithstanding those to blame, you and I have to mind our own steps in the world instead, as they determine our fate.

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The Power of Music and Its Evil  

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Though we all love music, we should not listen to every kind of music out there. We should be selective in our playlists. The reason why we are to select music is owing to the fact that not every music is uplifting to the soul. There is a set of music that has no regard for the ethic; it endorses doing evil, instead. Sadly, this set is so popular that almost everybody likes it.  So, we all get caught up in it. As a matter of fact, on one occasion, while traveling, I heard a woman condemning playing obscene music in a minibus. She no longer wanted to hear it. So, she suggested that the music should be stopped. But the driver did not take heed to her request, he deliberately continued playing it in such a way that she got caught up in the track and started singing it. The other passengers and I, then, got shocked at her singing it. Did you notice how weird this was? Though she initially hated the music, she later sang it enthusiastically. So, I started wondering why she had had this abrupt behavior. I then discovered that no matter how much you initially hate music, you gradually come to like it as long as you listened to it. Though this is particularly for good music, frequent listening to bad music may have a bad impact on you, as you may find yourself repeating those words; as it is widely known, the more you repeat something, the more it enters your life. So, I wonder “Which kind of music is your favorite? Does it encourage you to do good? Or to do evil?  Why do you like it?” Each of us should answer these questions.

Similarly, King Saul experienced the power of music in his life. In his struggles, he learned to make good use of music. Basically, when the king was shaken by an evil spirit, he would send for David to play a harp for him. Surprisingly, the spirit would go away at the playing of David (1 Samuel 16:14-16, 23). What a powerful healing of the music! Unlike Saul, we listen to music just to be misled by its evil. If only we would use music for good purposes!

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Watched as You Fall into Sin

It’s so fun how you are watched fall into sin. Reading the first chapter of the book of Job in the Bible, you get stunned at the scenes presented there. Thus, you’re introduced to a new reality check about your long unfathomable life on Earth. Yes, so many things happen that you don’t grasp in here. You and I must have been wondering about our lives enshrouded in mystery. As matter of fact, I had no idea how my life was viewed on the other side; I always thought I was in charge of my life. It wasn’t until I read the book of Job that I knew the things behind our lives. Unless you have read this book, you are entirely unaware of the mystery of this world. And the danger is you’re more likely to again and again mess up your short days in the world. Of course, you will neither know your origin nor your destiny.

Upon opening the book of Job, you get a quick overview of the wonderful life of Job; you are amazed at his righteous life. What a blessed life he had! Moving on, you get to the heavenly scenes. As in a movie, God is depicted as assembling the heavenly beings. Suddenly, an intruder goes in and God wonders where he came from. The earthly intruding enemy challenges the Lord to let him tempt the righteous Job, hoping to defeat him as he once defeated Adam and Eve. God trusted Job so much that He let him be tested. And He trusts you too in such a way that, if necessary, He can let you go through temptation. In doing this, the Lord hopes that you will be victorious over the evil; it pleases Him that we should be overcomers. Thus, He let the enemy tempt Job. Initially, the devil was allowed to do away with Job’s belongings and kill his children. As a result, he had one calamity after another until he lost all he had. He bemoaned all his losses and was in despair. Yet, he maintained his loyalty to God despite all his losses; he did not blame God for any evil. Now put yourself in the position of Job. How would you have acted then? Would you have acted otherwise? Later, this calamity passed, but the devil, amid the unchanging character of Job, was granted to do even more harm. An even worse calamity was coming his way. The enemy had thus challenged the Lord to afflict Job with some ailment, hoping he would forsake God on account of the agony. Though he was tortured, urged by his own wife to forsake God and die, Job remained loyal to God. Again, he did not compromise nor blame God for the affliction. Instead, he just acknowledged the sad reality of life, saying “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!”Job 1:21 NLT. How true is this! No matter how powerful we grow up to be, when death knocks our door, none of our belongings will go with us; the blessing God can also take away His blessings. Yet, I assume too many people do not know this: when they become powerful, they do not want to look back at their origin, perceive their looming fate and then realize how useless life can be unless put in the hands of the Lord. How blessed was Job! Though grown to be powerful, he always knew this truth in his heart.

It’s stunning to see the enemy talking about the world as though he’s been watching our lives here. Of course, the enemy has been going to and fro seeking whom to devour (see 1 Peter 5:8). On the other hand, the Lord too watches the world; He does so, I believe, to see who follows him and who does not. Conversely, our lives are closely watched in this battlefield; while God seeks to save us, the devil wants to ensure we turn away from God and die.

As I mentioned earlier, God trusted Job—as much as He trusts you—to successfully go through temptation. More important, God loves us and never wishes any harm upon us. For this reason, God does not tempt us; what He does, because it’s inevitable, is let the enemy tempt us (remember that’s the job of the enemy, he always wants us to fall). While the enemy tempts us, God strengthens us to overcome the evil; all it takes is “prayerful willingness” to defeat the enemy. Thankfully, the wise Job understood it and thus defeated the enemy throughout the tests. Like Job, will you understand this and defeat the enemy?

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The Benefit of Believing in Jesus  

 

How dare you say whether you believe in Jesus is all the same

Don’t you know that sin makes you lame?

How can you reach the blessed life without aim?

That’s why you are clueless to the problem of life

For you reject Jesus, the right saving life

Now tell me, who is it that can lay his life for you?

There is no other than Jesus that can pay the ransom for you.

He takes the eternal death you deserve and dies in your place

He has risen, so that He could go and prepare you a place

When the time comes, with him you will live and thus see his face

No longer will death hold you a slave!

For He will have, then, calmed your storm wave

Please believe in Him

May this poem be your hymn

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The End with New Beginning

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As I’ve already done on my previous post, I wish you a happy new year. Remarkably, today, at least in my time zone, is already 1st January 2017. So, it is a very great beginning of the new year and, supposedly, of new life. I mean, the old year is all gone; it has taken with itself your old life. Did you like your 2016’s life? If you did, then it’s fine. If, however, you did not like it, then something went wrong. Either way, it is time to start your life anew. Take a deep breath and start your life afresh as though it were as brand-new as from the box.

Therefore, as you start to fill in the pages of your new life, be careful enough not to scribble it, as you’re more likely to fill it with the same old trash, which you should have thrown away in the previous year. So, begin to look at life in a new perspective, hoping that this year will be promising to get your dream job, partner, et cetera. Also, ask God for blessings as you seek His kingdom first.

Though life has been filled with some struggles and tribulations, be hopeful that, God willing, everything will work out well for you.

More importantly, let us pray that Jesus will come again soon to put the end to suffering, tribulation—the end to all evil.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

As we near the end of the year, we are all excited about our lives; we are prompted to think we have made to the end of the year. Though we have, indeed, come to the end of the year (the end of the year is less than a week away), let’s pray that we will have a peaceful banquet with the family and pay hospitality to the oppressed—after all, not everybody is at peace. Each and every year, there have been some struggles in the world: at times, we are faced with hunger, war or threats of war in and outside the country, incurable diseases, etc. For this reason, with the little resources bestowed upon us, let us reach out those in need. Only this help can make ‘merry Christmas and happy new year’ come true!

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The World on Fire

Despite our weak senses, the world is on fire. As you have probably heard of a house on fire on the news, you must know how dangerous it is to be in such a house. It probably occurred when some kids were in it. Before a fireman came to extinguish the fire, the kids died. Poor kids!  They were not victorious over the flames.

Notwithstanding its invisibility, I perceive the entire world to be engulfed in flames. When I look at the suffering, struggles and trials of this world, I, then, perceive this fiery battle. Like the kids in the house, we will either win or lose this battle. Is the fireman delaying coming to help us out of these trials? And if he ever comes—He will definitely come—where will we be housed after we lose this house—our world? We’ll be kept somewhere above the flames. In this fiery world, we are being purified like gold. And in this purification, only the genuine ones will be victorious over the fire. So, while he is not coming, let us fight the flames. When he, actually, comes to our rescue, he will find us ready for salvation and house us where is safe. He’ll then eradicate its evil altogether, so that we can later come back to live in our restored home—our perfectly restored world—free from all evil.

Thank you, Lord, for promising to keep us in heaven, while our world is restored from its woe and desolation, so that we can later come back to live in it free from all evil!

 

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Two Choices of Life

As I get into my penmanship, I wonder about two complex choices of life. So, I’ll be asking you some questions about this matter. In your life, how many complex choices have you dealt with? Choices about two jobs you had to pick? Choices about whom you should marry? Were the boys or girls all good that you had a problem choosing the ideal? What kind of choices have you been faced with? Or are you faced with today? Are they Life and Death choices? Well, most certainly, you have either gone through or are currently going through those ones. Of course, we all encounter any of those in this life. While they all considerably complex, there are two primary choices which entail the aforementioned. Yes, these ones are our major focus today—after all, they are the underlying causes of other choices.

Way back in the Garden of Eden, the happy and perfect couple—Adam and Eve—had no problem with choosing things. Their perfect life enabled them to make better decisions as to choices. Thankfully, as perfect beings, they had God by their side, to guide them into all choices. Remarkably, God—the perfect choice—had chosen them as His children just as much as He, through Christ, has chosen us. So, there was nothing inherently wrong with their obedience choices till then.

Unfortunately, a warning trumpet was, implicitly, blown that the enemy was approaching. Typically, they had to be clothed with the solution to the rising problem of life’s choices. Time had come for them to experience the cost of life: two choices of life which would later define their life and ours, as their descendants. Had they chosen right, all the secondary complex choices of life would not stress us out. Had they deemed God to have been the best choice in their life, they would have maintained their loyalty to Him, by choosing as instructed in perfection. Yes indeed, our loving Creator had guided them to make a better choice so as to triumph over the enemy’s snares. The test of love was as simple as this: eat only what I have provided for you; don’t reach out to the forbidden fruit, or else you’ll die (see Genesis 2:16). This test is seemingly the simplest of all. How much do we fail at this! Sadly, we are so greedy that we want to eat even what hasn’t been given to us—“the forbidden fruit!” Little do we realize it may have eternal consequences in our lives! How much have your kids disobeyed you for their greed? Like Adam and Eve, they reach out and eat the food, which, presumably, has been forbidden. How much do we act likewise! Like the forbidden fruit, the food may not be poisonous, but the disobedience is punishable.

Though the sinful choice of Adam and Eve is often overlooked, it has brought about two terrible choices of life: They had to make up their minds whether to obey God or Satan (see Matthew 6:24).  Upon choosing to disobey God’s law, they were practically choosing Evil versus Good. And given that the Creator has eternal life for the humanity, they were then rejecting Life by rejecting Him, and choosing death by choosing Satan—the murderer from the beginning (see John 3:16; 8:44-45). Consequently, though we have those minor complex choices, our life’s been merely reduced to either choosing to do good in Jesus Christ—our eternal life—or evil in Satan—leading us to eternal death. What is your choice then? Are you going to obey God, have His pardon and have eternal life? Or are you going to obey Satan, have his sins and perish eternally on the Judgment Day?

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Please Join us in this Bible Study

 

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Our Bible Study Group so far

Yesterday, my friends and I started a Bible study.  We started with a very interesting story of the prodigal son (read Luke 15:11-24). I invite you to read this story. It’s a timely lesson about the love of God for the humanity as depicted in the love of the father for his lost son. You see, as you read this story, your views about God are definitely changed: unfortunately, our loving Creator has been misrepresented by church’s traditional beliefs. He’s been viewed as an unloving, unforgiving and wrathful God towards the sinner. How differently represented is God’s love in this story! Though the son had willingly chosen to turn his back on the father and go lose his precious life, when he, amid suffering, realized that was lost from his own origin and needed to go back to his father, the father welcomed him warmly. Have you lost yourself from God like the prodigal son? On top of the distress, the prodigal son had humbled himself to the point of being a servant. He did no longer care about his former privileges. All he wanted was to be accepted back to his father’s home, even as a mere servant. Surprisingly, God, however, accepted him with a feast and made sure he gained his privileges back. What a wonderful lesson about God! Don’t ever think that God is mad at you when you MISTAKENLY drift away from God. He loves us so much that He never wants us to perish but have the eternal life. Can I sing this hymn with you “Lord, I’m Coming Home”? You’ve hurt yourself enough, please come back home. Like the prodigal son, God is eagerly awaiting your return to save you from sin.

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Jesus Is Our Ultimate Transfiguration

img-20151021-wa064.jpgWould you like to shine like the stars? Did you know that our parents, Adam and Eve, were naturally transfigured from birth? Yes indeed, when they were made, their bodies were glorious. Of course, this was before sinning. Yet when they sinned, God’s glory left them. Consequently, they saw their nakedness, thereby needing artificial garments just like we do now. Are you surprised at this? The problem is that we’re no longer living this reality. So, you’re surprised as you read this. Interestingly enough, when Jesus took the three disciples with Him onto the mountain, as they later saw His face shining like the sun, Peter felt like the mountain was “heaven on earth” (see Luke 9:28-36). They had never seen this reality in their lives before. Now imagine this: since they, kind of, saw the mountain like Heaven, how much more beautiful must the real Heaven be! Hopefully, when sin is more, we’ll certainly recover our original condition. Like Jesus on the mountain of transfiguration, we will definitely shine like the stars (see Daniel 12:3). Believe me; when Jesus comes again, then He’ll ultimately transfigure you in glory. The bottom line is you should eagerly await His blessed Second Coming. Meanwhile, do the work He’s commissioned you to do. Please note that only the saved that lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars (see Daniel 12:2, 3).

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