Archive for December, 2010

God in flesh: Jesus

Hi people, I write again, today too I have something interesting to share. I will be talking from the book of Daniel of the Old Testament.

The story goes like this, the ruling king Nebuchadnezzar of the most powerful empire then Babylon, has a dream and he wanted to share it with only those who would be able to interpret it for him. To safe guard his dream the king decides that the interpreter should also know what the dream is without being told what it is, in order to determine the interpreter as genuine. his fortune tellers and magicians are of no help but only get the king more angry & so the king order the execution of all the members of the royal court as he had deemed them all useless. The king had 4 people from the tribe of Judah, in His court, these were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; men of God. Let’s read the scripture. Let us now read Daniel 2:31-45 to see how God makes Daniel reveal to the king, his dream with the interpretation.

Daniel 2:31-45 (Daniel speaking to king Nebuchadnezzar)

31 “Your Majesty, in your vision you saw standing before you a giant statue, bright and shining, and terrifying to look at. 32 Its head was made of the finest gold; its chest and arms were made of silver; its waist and hips of bronze; 33 its legs of iron, and its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. 34 While you were looking at it, a great stone broke loose from a cliff without anyone touching it, struck the iron and clay feet of the statue, and shattered them. 35 At once the iron, clay, bronze, silver, and gold crumbled and became like the dust on a threshing place in summer. The wind carried it all away, leaving not a trace. But the stone grew to be a mountain that covered the whole earth.

36 “This was the dream. Now I will tell Your Majesty what it means. 37 Your Majesty, you are the greatest of all kings. The God of heaven has made you emperor and given you power, might, and honour. 38 He has made you ruler of all the inhabited earth and ruler over all the animals and birds. You are the head of gold. 39 After you there will be another empire, not as great as yours, and after that a third, an empire of bronze, which will rule the whole earth. 40 And then there will be a fourth empire, as strong as iron, which shatters and breaks everything. And just as iron shatters everything, it will shatter and crush all the earlier empires. 41 You also saw that the feet and the toes were partly clay and partly iron. This means that it will be a divided empire. It will have something of the strength of iron, because there was iron mixed with the clay. 42 The toes — partly iron and partly clay — mean that part of the empire will be strong and part of it weak. 43 You also saw that the iron was mixed with the clay. This means that the rulers of that empire will try to unite their families by intermarriage, but they will not be able to, any more than iron can mix with clay. 44 At the time of those rulers the God of heaven will establish a kingdom that will never end. It will never be conquered, but will completely destroy all those empires, and then last for ever. 45 You saw how a stone broke loose from a cliff without anyone touching it and how it struck the statue made of iron, bronze, clay, silver, and gold. The great God is telling Your Majesty what will happen in the future. I have told you exactly what you dreamt, and have given you its true meaning.”

From verse 31-33, we see empires represented by gold, silver, bronze and iron. This goes without saying that these empire would have surely forced their rule on the nations subject to them. The statue in the dream is more like that of an amour, a symbolism of forced rule upon the nation. Today we may not have empires but we have economies and nations under enforced rigid rule. This today stands as that as that big intimidating statue in Daniel 2:31. In this article I would like to stress on the great stone that broke loose from the cliff without anyone touching it, this stone is said to crush elements of forceful rule on mankind & leave no trace at all of what it has crushed. This stone would represent a kingdom that will grow to cover the whole earth, a kingdom that will never be conquered & last forever.

Do you know that it is in the New Testament that Jesus is referred to as the corner stone, which is the most important foundation in the Kingdom of God, let us read for ourselves some scriptures on the same.

Luke 20:17-18 (Scripture from Psalms 118.22-23)

17 Jesus looked at them and asked, “What, then, does this scripture mean?

‘The stone which the builders rejected as worthless

turned out to be the most important of all.’

18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be cut to pieces; and if that stone falls on someone, it will crush him to dust.”

Act 4:11-12

11 Jesus is the one of whom the scripture says:

‘The stone that you the builders despised

turned out to be the most important of all.’

12 Salvation is to be found through him alone; in all the world there is no one else whom God has given who can save us.”

Romans 9:32-33

32 And why not? Because they did not depend on faith but on what they did. And so they stumbled over the “stumbling stone” 33 that the scripture speaks of:

“Look, I place in Zion a stone

that will make people stumble,

a rock that will make them fall.

But whoever believes in him will not be disappointed.”

1Peter 2:6-8

6 For the scripture says:

“I chose a valuable stone,

which I am placing as the cornerstone in Zion;

and whoever believes in him will never be disappointed.”

7 This stone is of great value for you that believe; but for those who do not believe:

“The stone which the builders rejected as worthless

turned out to be the most important of all.”

8 And another scripture says:

“This is the stone that will make people stumble,

the rock that will make them fall.”

They stumbled because they did not believe in the word; such was God’s will for them.

Note: – Zion was the place where God’s people went to worship El-Elyon (Most High God) i.e. El-Shaddai (All Powerful God) i.e. El-Olam (The Eternal God) i.e. El-Berith (God of the Covenant) i.e. El-Roi (God who sees me) i.e. JESUS: that people may believe and become a people of God (1 Corinthians 1:30)

From the above scriptures you can see Jesus is that foundation stone, whom powers of forcefulness will reject & stumble and be crushed (Luke 20:17-18). Salvation (Eternal life in heaven) can be found in Him alone (Acts 4:11-12). He is the One in whom you can securely place your trust, He will never disappoint those who believe in Him (Romans 9:32-33) [Romans 9:32//Prov 3:5 – Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;]. People & nations will stumble in unbelief of Him (1Peter 2:8).

The catch in Daniel 2 is the reason the king’s magicians and fortune tellers give the king Nebuchadnezzar as to why telling him what the dream was without being told & then interpreting the king’s dream as well was impossible. Let us check the reason out in Daniel 2:10-11

Dan 2:10-11

10 The Chaldeans answered the king and said, “There is not a man on earth who can meet the king’s demand, for no great and powerful king has asked such a thing of any magician or enchanter or Chaldean. 11 The thing that the king asks is difficult, and no one can show it to the king except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.”

Their reason to term the kings order as impossible in Dan 2:11 is that such is only possible of God, if he were to dwell as a human being, as you can see they were proved wrong & it goes deeper to show that God did dwell in human flesh and His name was Jesus.

John 1:1, 14, 17

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

….

17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

The New Testament teaches us of a God, who not only does the impossible but His identity itself is what world finds impossible being fully God and fully man; God dwelling in human flesh. Monotheist may find this absurd as they appear to have unconsciously put limits on their god because what is impossible for them to even think about the same becomes impossible for their god. Belief in one god is not necessarily belief in Thee God, for belief is plainly known as trust & when you trust, it is normally with the intention that what you trust in, will work things out for you &  not the other way around, where you do works grab attention, indicating that even that one god is not alive because to that god the word belief is in what the people do for him and not what he does for them. The Bible teaches of God who worked out Salvation for all God’s people on the cross on purely the bases of belief/trust/faith (Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:6-9), indicating Him to Alive. As you may have seen from Dan 2:10-11; the unbelief of the fortune tellers and magicians is what made them stumble, you can see that they denied the possibility of God in flesh & on that they stumbled even though they were the royal members of the court in the most powerful nation then. The same happen today to people, their unbelief in Jesus makes them stumble & their undoing unfolds in just a matter of time.

Romans 10:9-10

9 If you confess that Jesus is Lord and believe that God raised him from death, you will be saved. 10 For it is by our faith that we are put right with God; it is by our confession that we are saved.

Ephesians 2:6-9

6 In our union with Christ Jesus he raised us up with him to rule with him in the heavenly world. 7 He did this to demonstrate for all time to come the extraordinary greatness of his grace in the love he showed us in Christ Jesus. 8-9 For it is by God’s grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God’s gift, so that no one can boast about it.

“Word of God” is Jesus Himself

Sometime back I found an interesting piece of scripture in the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament. Check it out.

Isaiah 55:10-11

10 “My word is like the snow and the rain

that come down from the sky to water the earth.

They make the crops grow

and provide seed for sowing and food to eat.

11 So also will be the word that I speak —

it will not fail to do what I plan for it;

it will do everything I send it to do.

Verses 10 to 11 of Isaiah 55, reminds me of the Parable of the Sower.

Luke 8:4-8 & 11-15 (The parable of Sower)

4 People kept coming to Jesus from one town after another; and when a great crowd gathered, Jesus told this parable:

5 “Once there was a man who went out to sow corn. As he scattered the seed in the field, some of it fell along the path, where it was stepped on, and the birds ate it up. 6 Some of it fell on rocky ground, and when the plants sprouted, they dried up because the soil had no moisture. 7 Some of the seed fell among thorn bushes, which grew up with the plants and choked them. 8 And some seeds fell in good soil; the plants grew and produced corn, a hundred grains each.”

11 “This is what the parable means: the seed is the word of God. 12 The seeds that fell along the path stand for those who hear; but the Devil comes and takes the message away from their hearts in order to keep them from believing and being saved. 13 The seeds that fell on rocky ground stand for those who hear the message and receive it gladly. But it does not sink deep into them; they believe only for a while but when the time of testing comes, they fall away. 14 The seeds that fell among thorn bushes stand for those who hear; but the worries and riches and pleasures of this life crowd in and choke them, and their fruit never ripens. 15 The seeds that fell in good soil stand for those who hear the message and retain it in a good and obedient heart, and they persist until they bear fruit.

You can see from verse 11 that the “Seed” in the Parable of the Sower is the “Word of God”. The Apostle Peter later explains that those who have received this Seed ( Word of God) are those who are spiritually born again, only these are the children, whose Father is God Himself.

1Peter 1:23

For through the living and eternal word of God you have been born again as the children of a parent who is immortal, not mortal.

Now incase you are asking, who or what is this Seed (also known as the Word of God) that the prophet Isaiah prophesized who would not fail God & do everything according to plan. Then I would like to tell you that this Seed (Word of God) is Jesus, He is the very Word of God, meaning He Himself is all the authority of God. When God during the creation of the world said let there be light (Gen 1:3), it was through His Word that the command for the existence of light was given. This Word was Jesus Himself, the very authority of God all together. Let us check what the Gospel of John has to say on this.

John 1:1-18

1 In the beginning the Word already existed; the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 From the very beginning the Word was with God. 3 Through him God made all things; not one thing in all creation was made without him. 4 The Word was the source of life, and this life brought light to humanity. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out.

10 The Word was in the world, and though God made the world through him, yet the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to his own country, but his own people did not receive him. 12 Some, however, did receive him and believed in him; so he gave them the right to become God’s children. 13 They did not become God’s children by natural means, that is, by being born as the children of a human father; God himself was their Father.

14 The Word became a human being and, full of grace and truth, lived among us. We saw his glory, the glory which he received as the Father’s only Son.

17 God gave the Law through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God. The only Son, who is the same as God and is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.

Here is some more proof that Jesus is Word of God Himself, in flesh and blood.

Rev 19:13 (Reference to Jesus)

13 The robe he wore was covered with blood. His name is “The Word of God”.

Remember it does not matter who feeds you or nourishes you with the “Seed”/”Word of God” (Jesus). What matters is that you hold on to the Word and it will take root in you to produce fruit that is pleasing to God (Father Son & Spirit).

1 Corinthians 3:5-9 (Apollos and Paul were early Christians who served the Church)

5 After all, who is Apollos? And who is Paul? We are simply God’s servants, by whom you were led to believe. Each one of us does the work which the Lord gave him to do: 6 I sowed the seed, Apollos watered the plant, but it was God who made the plant grow. 7 The one who sows and the one who waters really do not matter. It is God who matters, because he makes the plant grow. 8 There is no difference between the one who sows and the one who waters; God will reward each one according to the work each has done. 9 For we are partners working together for God, and you are God’s field.

1Corinthians 3:5-9 is with the reference to the Parable of the Sower.

Acceptance 4u in God

Hi people today I write again, today I write on “acceptance 4u in God”. To start of with I would like to tell you what was it that separated man from God, if you said “sin” then that is right but to be clear, it was the sin of disobedience, allow me quote from Genesis.

Genesis 2:8-9, 15-17; 3:1-6, 23

8 Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the East, and there he put the man he had formed. 9 He made all kinds of beautiful trees grow there and produce good fruit. In the middle of the garden stood the tree that gives life and the tree that gives knowledge of what is good and what is bad.

….

15 Then the Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to cultivate it and guard it. 16 He said to him, “You may eat the fruit of any tree in the garden, 17 except the tree that gives knowledge of what is good and what is bad

You must not eat the fruit of that tree; if you do, you will die the same day.”

….

1 Now the snake was the most cunning animal that the Lord God had made. The snake asked the woman, “Did God really tell you not to eat fruit from any tree in the garden?”

2 “We may eat the fruit of any tree in the garden,” the woman answered, 3 “except the tree in the middle of it. God told us not to eat the fruit of that tree or even touch it; if we do, we will die.”

4 The snake replied, “That’s not true; you will not die. 5 God said that, because he knows that when you eat it you will be like God and know what is good and what is bad.”

6 The woman saw how beautiful the tree was and how good its fruit would be to eat, and she thought how wonderful it would be to become wise. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, and he also ate it.

23 So the Lord God sent him out of the Garden of Eden and made him cultivate the soil from which he had been formed.

The above is the story of the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, this is their story of how they lost out on life, getting separated from God through an act of disobedience & since then every generation from Adam & Eve have this inherent sin, the sin of disobedience.  This is what makes even innocent children as small as they may be bound to sin. A friend of mine puts it like this: It is not an act of sin that makes you a sinner but that you sin because you already are sinner. I am sure it is no news to you that children disobey without even being taught to disobey, this my friend was the sin inherited  from Adam and Eve that got them separated from God, leading to spiritual death.

A person who is spiritually dead is he who is blind to the Salvation in Jesus; No person will ever admit that he is dead in sin, who ever he may be. It is something like madness, just as a mad man never admits/knows that he is mad, a spiritually dead man never knows/admits he is dead. I am not sure if you know this but the God of the Bible is Jealous God and to Him, His people ought to put nothing or no one before Him. This nature was exhibited in Jesus, allow me quote Matthew 8:21-22.

Matthew 8:21-22

21 Another man, who was a disciple, said, “Sir, first let me go back and bury my father.”

22 “Follow me,” Jesus answered, “and let the dead bury their own dead.”

From the above scripture you can conclude that it is in Jesus that there is Spiritual Life and a man will not realize this unless He has accepted Jesus as His Lord and Savior. The Bible very clearly says that it was through the disobedience of Adam that mankind went into sin but it was through the obedience to the point of death of Jesus, who was as much man as He was God, that mankind found life.

Romans 5:17

17 It is true that through the sin of one man death began to rule because of that one man. But how much greater is the result of what was done by the one man, Jesus Christ! All who receive God’s abundant grace and are freely put right with him will rule in life through Christ.

In case you are asking: “why is it that I need to accept the sacrifice of Jesus for my sin that I may have life?”, the answer is because there is no other solution; you cannot inflict yourself for punishment because you have not sinned against yourself but against God. Consider this, if a person were to commit a crime then would he, by beating himself or fasting or praying or being charitable, absolve himself of his crime? The Law will punish him no matter what he does & it is similar with God, there is nothing you can do for yourself about your sin other than accept your punishment but as indicated earlier the punishment for the inherent sin of disobedience is death (Romans 6:23) and it cannot get any worse. Your punishment is your end. The world has been lead to believe in going to heaven based on the amount of good and bad that you have done but if that were ever a case then that would be reflective of a god who is incapable of wiping out sin & the people who were heaven bound would not sinless meaning they still have scope to sin in heaven & then heaven would not be heaven. No sane person will say he will pay the price of his sin and go to heaven because had man ever been able to pay the price of sin then Adam and Eve would have done just that and remained with God & so also would every coming generation. If ever man by himself had a solution for sin, may be through works or an animal sacrifice then God being a good God would have let Adam and Eve take that action right there and then, being a Good God He would never have sent man into the world just so that He may be glorified through the Apostles, patriarchs & prophets at the cost of billions of lives falling prey to starvation, war, sickness, wild animal and other calamities.

Romans 6:23

For sin pays its wage — death; but God’s free gift is eternal life in union with Christ Jesus our Lord.

The idea of Jesus dying on the cross is that of Him being our substitute for the wages of your sin, which is death. As the you may have derived till now, only God can get rid of sin. The sacrifice of Jesus speaks of a God who is JUST as well as LOVING, His justice meant that sin receive it wages-death & His love made Him pay that price to save man. You may not think of your self as a sinner but know this, no matter how good you are, from birth you carry within you the inherited sin of disobedience from your great great great great … grand parents  Adam and Eve. The Bible says that it is sin that separates man from God (Isaiah 59:2) & it is this separation that Jesus took upon Himself that when He was dying on the cross He cried “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me” (Matthew 27:46). Our rejection is what Jesus took upon Himself on that cross (Isaiah 53:4-5). On that cross He stood rejected that we may be accepted, as He bore the wages of our sin.

Isaiah 59:2

2 It’s your sins that have cut you off from God.

Matthew 27:46

46 At about three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud shout, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why did you abandon me?”

Isaiah 53:4-5

4 “But he endured the suffering that should have been ours,

the pain that we should have borne.

…..

5 But because of our sins he was wounded,

beaten because of the evil we did.

We are healed by the punishment he suffered,

made whole by the blows he received.

Jesus’ call is not a call for you to change your name but rather just your life. He is the act of the love God showed the world that they may believe in Him and have eternal life.

John 3:16

16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life.

So don’t stop here my friend say a prayer, your own prayer to Jesus and leave it to Him to rescue you. May God gift you this Christmas with New Life and call you become His people, a joy which neither the world nor Satan can snatch (John 10:25,27-30), for your prayer of acceptance of Jesus as your Lord and Savior, will place you in the hands of God.

John 10:25,27-30

25 Jesus answered, “…. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never die. No one can snatch them away from me. 29 What my Father has given me is greater than everything, and no one can snatch them away from the Father’s care. 30 The Father and I are one.”

Lion and The Lamb: Jesus

Hello people, I write again, today I shall focus on the topic of Lamb of God and Lion of Judah, which is the title given to Jesus in John 1:29 & Revelation 5:5.

In case you are asking why was He called the Lamb of God and Lion of Judah, allow me to demonstrate the characteristic of these two animals, which you will find in NO OTHER animal.

The lamb was one of the first animals that the human beings began to raise as domestic animals. In the book of Genesis, the first book of the Bible, we learn that Abel was a shepherd of sheep. Right up to the present day, the lamb is one of the most important animals to mankind providing milk, meat, wool and leather: food and clothing. Sheep are also known for producing offspring (bearing fruit) in abundance. In certain countries there are more sheep than people. In Australia, for example, there are roughly thirteen sheep for every person; in Argentina there are three times as many sheep as people. Even in America, in certain Western States such as Montana, Utah, New Mexico and Idaho, there are also more sheep than people.

This is what is written in the Bible of the tribe of Judah.

Genesis 49:8-12

8 “Judah, your brothers will praise you.

You hold your enemies by the neck.

Your brothers will bow down before you.

9 Judah is like a lion,

Killing his victim and returning to his den,

Stretching out and lying down.

No one dares disturb him.

10 Judah will hold the royal sceptre,

And his descendants will always rule.

Nations will bring him tribute

And bow in obedience before him.

11 He ties his young donkey to a grapevine,

To the very best of the vines.

He washes his clothes in blood-red wine.

12 His eyes are bloodshot from drinking wine,

His teeth white from drinking milk.

The lion is social animal and as mentioned in Genesis 49:8, the lion kills prey much larger than itself by biting and clamping down the nostrils or the wind pipe in the neck. Lions often prey wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, and are sometimes known to take down hippopotamuses, giraffe and rhinos too, there are a few cases of lion preying adolescent elephants. It is the lioness that does most of the hunting on chosen prey, just the Church which is known as the bride and body of Christ, finds joy in people turning to the Salvation that is in Jesus, the people who were chosen by God to believe. The Lion is also known to kill other carnivores like leopards and cheetahs.

Jesus in person is Biblically known to have these dual characteristic. He is known to walk in obedience to His Father even to the point of death without saying a word like that of lamb (Isaiah 53:7) & Like a lion that kills other big cats He is also known to be the One who will destroy the nations deceived by that false prophet who by the power of Satan worked wonders and will gather nations against God’s people.

Isaiah 53:7

“He was treated harshly, but endured it humbly; he never said a word. Like a lamb about to be slaughtered, like a sheep about to be sheared, he never said a word.

Revelation 19:11-21 (The vision of the Apostle John)

11 Then I saw heaven open, and there was a white horse. Its rider is called Faithful and True; it is with justice that he judges and fights his battles. 12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and he wore many crowns on his head. He had a name written on him, but no one except himself knows what it is. 13 The robe he wore was covered with blood. His name is “The Word of God”. 14 The armies of heaven followed him, riding on white horses and dressed in clean white linen. 15 Out of his mouth came a sharp sword, with which he will defeat the nations. He will rule over them with a rod of iron, and he will trample out the wine in the winepress of the furious anger of the Almighty God. 16 On his robe and on his thigh was written the name: “King of kings and Lord of lords”.

17 Then I saw an angel standing on the sun. He shouted in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair: “Come and gather together for God’s great feast! 18 Come and eat the flesh of kings, generals, and soldiers, the flesh of horses and their riders, the flesh of all people, slave and free, great and small!”

19 Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered to fight against the one who was riding the horse and against his army. 20 The beast was taken prisoner, together with the false prophet who had performed miracles in his presence. (It was by those miracles that he had deceived those who had the mark of the beast and those who had worshipped the image of the beast.) The beast and the false prophet were both thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulphur. 21 Their armies were killed by the sword that comes out of the mouth of the one who was riding the horse; and all the birds ate all they could of their flesh.

My friend to believe in Jesus, we are called to be like him (Matthew 10:24-25). As my Pastor puts it: The best way to stand up before the world is to kneel down before God, this like that of being a lamb and a lion. We will never possess the title of Jesus being born as children of disobedience. It is only after we accept Jesus as our personal Lord and Saviour that the Spirit begins to work in us to obey Jesus sacrificially (1Peter 1:2), pleasing God (1Samuel 15:22).

Matthew 10:24-25

24 “No pupil is greater than his teacher; no slave is greater than his master. 25 So a pupil should be satisfied to become like his teacher, and a slave like his master.

1Peter 1:2

You were chosen according to the purpose of God the Father and were made a holy people by his Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be purified by his blood. May grace and peace be yours in full measure.

1Samuel 15:22

Samuel said, “Which does the Lord prefer: obedience or offerings and sacrifices? It is better to obey him than to sacrifice the best sheep to him.

Being like the Lamb of God means that you obey Jesus even if it means death (Rev 2:10). Here are a few obedience challenges for you from the Bible.

Matthew 5: (Jesus’ Word)

39 But now I tell you: do not take revenge on someone who wrongs you. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, let him slap your left cheek too.

40 And if someone takes you to court to sue you for your shirt, let him have your coat as well.

41 And if one of the occupation troops forces you to carry his pack one kilometre, carry it two kilometres.

44 But now I tell you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

Mark 9:35 (about humility)

35 Jesus sat down, called the twelve disciples, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must place himself last of all and be the servant of all.”

Luke 6:34

And if you lend only to those from whom you hope to get it back, why should you receive a blessing? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount!

Mark 11:25

And when you stand and pray, forgive anything you may have against anyone, so that your Father in heaven will forgive the wrongs you have done.”

The above are a just a few among many, world religions do not practice these because for them their god is their own self esteem because whatever god they may believe in, one or many, what they do centers only around themselves. Being like the Lamb of God (Jesus) seems to the world that you become their doormat but this is where God comes in. People may show certain action which they feel would show to the world, how great is their belief for their god, they may fast, pray, physically inflict themselves. However at the slightest trace of injustice, they take matters into their own hands, taking up to violence as a solution. They do this because unconsciously they admit that their god whether one or many does not exist and so he cannot act for them.

Jesus teaches us to forgive; here are a few statements/quotes which you will only believe unless you have tried it.

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“You are never so strong as when you forgive.” – Kimberly Converse.

“When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free.” – Catherine Ponder

We must know that it is in obeying God that we need to be bold and put our trust in God to see us through our situations. Humans by nature are bold & find loop holes in trying to do what is unjust, only when it is in favour of themselves. He/She will not think of adhering to values or culture or rules when they want to do wrong but when the time come act as per what Jesus teaches then all these (values or culture or rules) come into play, merely as obstacles, when the truth is doing what is right is never worth the risk according to them.

As I said earlier, it is in submitting to God that you stand up to world. This friend, is how we become like Jesus the Lamb of God (John 1:36) and a lion that has overcome the world (John 16:33).

John 1:36

when he saw Jesus walking by. “There is the Lamb of God!” he said.

John 16:33

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

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