Romans 12:1

Rom 12:1 NET Therefore I exhort you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a sacrifice – alive, holy, and pleasing to God – which is your reasonable service.

Paul begged the people in this conversation to live their lives in a way pleasing to God. That is, in a way that makes God smile.

Your bodies mean your will, choices, decision-making, and how you use your physical body.

All the above must align together to do what is acceptable to God. What is acceptable to God is to do the right thing and serve God and humanity.

It’s not complicated! The God-Man relationship is not a Master-Servant type of relationship. Paul said that if we live for God like this, we will fulfill God’s divine purpose on earth.

This is the life God wants everyone to live, the kind of life that makes the world a better place.

Don’t forget God

Ecc 12:1 NET So remember your Creator in the days of your youth – before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”

The busyness of this life and all the quest to become a success or achieve greatness makes it easy to forget God.

It makes it easier to forget about our creator than it is to forget our names.

Don’t forget God!

You’ll answer to Him eventually whether you believe it or not.

Seek Him and follow Him.

1 Samuel 12:24 NIV
But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.

God is in it all

Ecc 3:14 NET I also know that whatever God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it, and nothing taken away from it. God has made it this way, so that men will fear him.

It is because of bible verse like the one above that I believe God is in control of everything even if the situation says otherwise.

God holds it all together and He is in it all so that nothing happens outside of His limitless, sovereign power.

We may not understand many things, but God understands all things, and He’s in control of everything.

So, what do we do in this type of situation?
I understand that the best thing to do when you don’t know where you’re going is to ask for direction, and when direction is not provided, you simply follow the lead of the person leading you, or the lead of the person who knows the way.

God knows the way, and Jesus said, “I am the way.”

Therefore, follow Him even when things look blurring and confusing.

We shall not miss it in Jesus mighty name,
Amen!

Asking for the lead

One major reason we ask for the lead is to avoid missing the way.

When there’s a lead, errors are avoided or minimized.

A lead gives us certainty of where we are going and which direction will help us achieve the end result– the destination.

Without a lead, we go astray.

We must ask/pray for the lead so that we don’t miss it.

And when you suddenly realize that you have been treading in the wrong direction, retrace your steps and head back in the right direction.

Happy new month of February, 2022.

Re: When God is not God

I’m frustrated! What I expected is not happening. Oh no, but why, Lord? No one understands. I need help now, but none here to help. 

Sounds familiar to everyone. 

First of all, God cannot choose to not be God. This concept only exist on our mind when we feel disappointed that God did not do what we trusted Him to do.

This happens when we hold onto His promise(s) and did not see it happen.

God’s promises are “yes” and “amen”. It will surely come to pass. It’s just a matter of when. Remember, God honors His Word more than His name.

If you don’t know when an event will take place, you simply wait and on the lookout. If it doesn’t happen at the moment you expected, does this make Him incapable or limited,  or a liar? The answer is definitely “No”

So, what happens when we expect Him to do a promise and it does not happen? We surrender to His will. This is because He knows all things and He knows the best.

Learn to accept God both in the good time and also in the bad time. Learn from men of old and those who had gone through and going through a hard time right now and you will see that God has done and He is doing so much good for you than you can ever imagine.

Abraham was and is a good example. He didn’t know when God’s promise of a child will take place, but he waited. Although, he erred and missed it. His mistake still lingers on. At the right time, God visited him and his wife gave birth to Isaac.

God cannot seize to be God regardless of how we feel about Him, or the event of life.

Often, we are in a hurry, thinking that God is not doing His promise. Yes, He is! You just don’t see it with your naked eyes. 

Remember, He uses both the good and the bad to accomplish His purpose in life.

God was God in Pharaoh, and God was also God in David. 

So, whether it’s a good situation or a bad situation, God is still God.

..but there’s a single situation that God is not God. 

When you refuse to believe and doubt this Word, then God can’t be God. God is not God in your life when you doubt Him because He’s incapable of working His good promises in an unbeliever.

Therefore, accept His purpose and His will even when it does not makes sense.
God is still God regardless of our condition–good or bad.

Be Yourself!

Don’t stress yourself out trying to be another person.

You cannot!

Every attempt to live another person’s life causes heartache.

Why put yourself through the mystery of living another life that is not yours?

In the short run, you feel all the inadequacies, and in the long run, there is a lifetime of emptiness.

Free yourself and be yourself.

The life of man on earth 6.0 (the discouragement)

Some people barely live their life, and many are almost giving up on life. 

Trust me, I am right there with you, but Job was much more right there with you.

Job experienced the most bizarre situation in life when he lost everything in a day. Everything!

Job’s wife told him to “curse God and die” That’s his wife telling Job to give up!

Then Job’s wife said to him, “Do you still retain your integrity? Curse God and die!” Job 2:9

I believe Job wouldn’t expect this elevated level of discouragement, but he wasn’t discouraged.

The bible says that Job did not sin against God despite all his calamities.

Life is not that easy.

You made every effort to succeed, but there are many challenges and discouragement easily set in. You are not alone.

Job’s friends did not help the matter. Instead, they make it worse. I know some friends are not encouraging in times of need. Job had a similar experience too. So, you are not alone.

David was so stressed because everyone that surrounded him was against him, but he encouraged himself. Encourage yourself too!

And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God. 1 Samuel 30:6

Jesus was also stressed out in His last days that he persuaded the disciples to pray. No, they didn’t! And the temptation was too much for them to bear as they all abandoned Him when He needed them most.

So, you are not alone; I am sure of this. Many people are going through what you are passing right now.

Be strong and take courage because there is always light at the end of the tunnel.

Peace!

Trust in man or trust in God

First, talk to God, then to any man about your challenges (and that is if you need to).

Often, we want to help others, but we are incapable because we lack the ability or the means to help. However, God can do all things.

“I am the LORD, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me? Jeremiah 32:27

Jesus said that “with God, nothing shall be impossible. So, trust God to overcome those challenges and those lingering problems. 

God will use different means to help you or send help to you, including man, but trust Him first and wait for Him to do so. 

Wait for the LORD and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off. Psalm 37:34

For nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:37

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. Psalm 20:7

Man often fails to help, but we know that the supreme being is incapable of failure.

While trust in any man that can disappoint. While would you talk to any man about your troubles when you can speak to God?

Sometimes, people want to help but cannot often do so.

Your help is God, who has everlasting strength.

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14

Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength Isaiah 26:4

The life of man on earth 5.0 (the real enemy)

The devil is real. Evil people exist, and terrible things do happen.
Good people often suffer. Many innocent people are in prison and jail for wrongful accusations.

In fact, good people suffer for being good. Imagine that!
Job suffered for being a righteous man in his time. The devil falsely and intentionally accused job.

Satan replied to the LORD, “Skin for skin! A man will give up everything he has to save his life. Job 2:4

Yes, the devil is the real enemy!

Therefore, rejoice, O heavens! And you who live in the heavens, rejoice! But terror will come on the earth and the sea, for the devil has come down to you in great anger, knowing that he has little time.” Revelation 12:12

Satan has been an evil person for a long time. He hates everything God created.

He enjoys inflicting pain on people. He lies and steals. 

For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44

He doesn’t have mercy on his victim. He doesn’t hear the cry for help.

Sin causes a lot of problems for man, but Satan is the magnifier of all evils.

He has some power because when he fell as an angel, he retained few angelic qualities.

“How you are fallen from heaven, O shining star, son of the morning! You have been thrown down to the earth, you who destroyed the nations of the world. Isaiah 14:12

He is a spirit. So, you can’t see him with your naked eyes. He can influence the mind through actions. If he can see a pattern, he capitalizes on it to influence subsequent behaviors.

For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12
 
He cannot control you if you don’t allow it, but he can manipulate you if you allow him. He influences through lies, deceit, and fear.

Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. Romans 6:16

So, the real enemy is not your neighbor or the next person on a bus or the train.

The real enemy is not your immediate family members or people from your village.

What he does is to poison people’s mind and makes them think and do havoc. So, since he is not in a physical form, he uses people to do his work. Evil people are influenced and used by the devil.

Your victory lies in aligning yourself to the supreme God.

Terrible things happen and await those who don’t believe in the saving work of God.

Job survived the devil’s schemes and onslaught, so can you.

The life of man on earth 4.0 (why terrible things happen to good people)

Good people live in the same world that evil/bad people live.

In my last post, I gave three causes of wickedness. They are sin, Satan, and evil people.

When God was about to punish Sodom and Gomorrah, he spared no one. The only reason he spared Lot and his family was Abraham’s intercession.

The LORD said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do Genesis 18:17

Abraham started talking to God about Lot and his family from verse twenty-three.

Abraham approached him and said, “Will you sweep away both the righteous and the wicked? Genesis 18:23

So, without impactful and continual prayers, terrible things and challenges do happen to good people all the time.

David is an example of how good people suffer. He suffered a great deal from enemies.

I am worn out from sobbing. All night I flood my bed with weeping, drenching it with my tears. Psalm 6:6

My vision is blurred by grief; my eyes are worn out because of all my enemies. Psalm 6:7

Another example is Jesus. Jesus prayed to stay alive to complete his work on earth.

And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. Mark 1:35

We are all going to face challenges in life, and terrible things do happen to good people.

Based on the examples I gave, the solution is prayers. David prayed, and Jesus prayed.

Although Job was a good man, he experienced the most bizarre situation in one day when he lost everything.

Deliverance came in the end. Your deliverance and help will come and will come quicker than you expected in Jesus’ name.

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