I saw this picture from the web and with due respect from the source, i am sharing this to remind each one of us that “Nothing is Impossible with Him”
I saw this picture from the web and with due respect from the source, i am sharing this to remind each one of us that “Nothing is Impossible with Him”
i always wanted to share this BIG SMILE…
He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God?
God gave us everything, the air, sea, land, natures, night and day, fruits, animals etc, even our breath came from Him. In this lesson, God wanted us to be humble in every ways, from our daily life… dealings with our family, friends, careers etc, walk and live like Him, to show mercy, to show love and to be fair.
we can make a difference by allowing Christ to become a center of our life…
Repentance and faith are heart postures you take toward the finished work of Christ. You might express the beginning of that posture in a prayer. But don’t make the mistake of equating that prayer with the posture.
The sinner’s prayer is not a magic incantation or a recipe you follow to get a salvation cake.
The real stuff – the stuff that matters – is the posture of repentance and faith behind the words you speak. The prayer is good only insofar as it verbalizes the posture.
J.D. Greear, Stop asking Jesus into your heart, 7.
Most of write ups describe what i feel and what i understand yes maybe.. but through this i would love to share the story of Gideon who once was weak, small family but defeat the Midianites through his Faith with the Lord.
6 The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, and for seven years he gave them into the hands of the Midianites. 2 Because the power of Midian was so oppressive, the Israelites prepared shelters for themselves in mountain clefts, caves and strongholds. 3 Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, the Midianites, Amalekites and other eastern peoples invaded the country. 4 They camped on the land and ruined the crops all the way to Gaza and did not spare a living thing for Israel, neither sheep nor cattle nor donkeys. 5 They came up with their livestock and their tents like swarms of locusts. It was impossible to count them or their camels; they invaded the land to ravage it. 6 Midian so impoverished the Israelites that they cried out to the Lord for help.
7 When the Israelites cried out to the Lord because of Midian, 8 he sent them a prophet, who said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I brought you up out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 9 I rescued you from the hand of the Egyptians. And I delivered you from the hand of all your oppressors; I drove them out before you and gave you their land. 10 I said to you, ‘I am the Lord your God; do not worship the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you live.’ But you have not listened to me.”
11 The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. 12 When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”
13 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”
14 The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”
15 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”
16 The Lord answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.”
17 Gideon replied, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, give me a sign that it is really you talking to me. 18 Please do not go away until I come back and bring my offering and set it before you.”
And the Lord said, “I will wait until you return.”
19 Gideon went inside, prepared a young goat, and from an ephah[a] of flour he made bread without yeast. Putting the meat in a basket and its broth in a pot, he brought them out and offered them to him under the oak.
20 The angel of God said to him, “Take the meat and the unleavened bread, place them on this rock, and pour out the broth.” And Gideon did so. 21 Then the angel of the Lord touched the meat and the unleavened bread with the tip of the staff that was in his hand. Fire flared from the rock, consuming the meat and the bread. And the angel of the Lord disappeared. 22 When Gideon realized that it was the angel of the Lord, he exclaimed, “Alas, Sovereign Lord! I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face!”
23 But the Lord said to him, “Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die.”
24 So Gideon built an altar to the Lord there and called it The Lord Is Peace. To this day it stands in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.
25 That same night the Lord said to him, “Take the second bull from your father’s herd, the one seven years old.[b] Tear down your father’s altar to Baal and cut down the Asherah pole[c] beside it. 26 Then build a proper kind of[d] altar to the Lord your God on the top of this height. Using the wood of the Asherah pole that you cut down, offer the second[e] bull as a burnt offering.”
27 So Gideon took ten of his servants and did as the Lord told him. But because he was afraid of his family and the townspeople, he did it at night rather than in the daytime.
28 In the morning when the people of the town got up, there was Baal’s altar, demolished, with the Asherah pole beside it cut down and the second bull sacrificed on the newly built altar!
29 They asked each other, “Who did this?”
When they carefully investigated, they were told, “Gideon son of Joash did it.”
30 The people of the town demanded of Joash, “Bring out your son. He must die, because he has broken down Baal’s altar and cut down the Asherah pole beside it.”
31 But Joash replied to the hostile crowd around him, “Are you going to plead Baal’s cause? Are you trying to save him? Whoever fights for him shall be put to death by morning! If Baal really is a god, he can defend himself when someone breaks down his altar.” 32 So because Gideon broke down Baal’s altar, they gave him the name Jerub-Baal[f] that day, saying, “Let Baal contend with him.”
33 Now all the Midianites, Amalekites and other eastern peoples joined forces and crossed over the Jordan and camped in the Valley of Jezreel. 34 Then the Spirit of the Lord came on Gideon, and he blew a trumpet, summoning the Abiezrites to follow him. 35 He sent messengers throughout Manasseh, calling them to arms, and also into Asher, Zebulun and Naphtali, so that they too went up to meet them.
36 Gideon said to God, “If you will save Israel by my hand as you have promised— 37 look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said.” 38 And that is what happened. Gideon rose early the next day; he squeezed the fleece and wrung out the dew—a bowlful of water.
39 Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me. Let me make just one more request. Allow me one more test with the fleece, but this time make the fleece dry and let the ground be covered with dew.” 40 That night God did so. Only the fleece was dry; all the ground was covered with dew.
(this Food is a glutinous rice in which in order to cook you need to boil it in the water and you will notice that its cooked when they float on your pot, just like this food, if we allows and follows the God commandments we will win in every battles of our life)
7 Early in the morning, Jerub-Baal (that is, Gideon) and all his men camped at the spring of Harod. The camp of Midian was north of them in the valley near the hill of Moreh. 2 The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me, ‘My own strength has saved me.’ 3 Now announce to the army, ‘Anyone who trembles with fear may turn back and leave Mount Gilead.’” So twenty-two thousand men left, while ten thousand remained.
4 But the Lord said to Gideon, “There are still too many men. Take them down to the water, and I will thin them out for you there. If I say, ‘This one shall go with you,’ he shall go; but if I say, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ he shall not go.”
5 So Gideon took the men down to the water. There the Lord told him, “Separate those who lap the water with their tongues as a dog laps from those who kneel down to drink.” 6 Three hundred of them drank from cupped hands, lapping like dogs. All the rest got down on their knees to drink.
7 The Lord said to Gideon, “With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. Let all the others go home.” 8 So Gideon sent the rest of the Israelites home but kept the three hundred, who took over the provisions and trumpets of the others.
Now the camp of Midian lay below him in the valley. 9 During that night the Lord said to Gideon, “Get up, go down against the camp, because I am going to give it into your hands. 10 If you are afraid to attack, go down to the camp with your servant Purah 11 and listen to what they are saying. Afterward, you will be encouraged to attack the camp.” So he and Purah his servant went down to the outposts of the camp. 12 The Midianites, the Amalekites and all the other eastern peoples had settled in the valley, thick as locusts. Their camels could no more be counted than the sand on the seashore.
13 Gideon arrived just as a man was telling a friend his dream. “I had a dream,” he was saying. “A round loaf of barley bread came tumbling into the Midianite camp. It struck the tent with such force that the tent overturned and collapsed.”
14 His friend responded, “This can be nothing other than the sword of Gideon son of Joash, the Israelite. God has given the Midianites and the whole camp into his hands.”
15 When Gideon heard the dream and its interpretation, he bowed down and worshiped. He returned to the camp of Israel and called out, “Get up! The Lord has given the Midianite camp into your hands.” 16 Dividing the three hundred men into three companies, he placed trumpets and empty jars in the hands of all of them, with torches inside.
17 “Watch me,” he told them. “Follow my lead. When I get to the edge of the camp, do exactly as I do. 18 When I and all who are with me blow our trumpets, then from all around the camp blow yours and shout, ‘For the Lord and for Gideon.’”
19 Gideon and the hundred men with him reached the edge of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, just after they had changed the guard. They blew their trumpets and broke the jars that were in their hands. 20 The three companies blew the trumpets and smashed the jars. Grasping the torches in their left hands and holding in their right hands the trumpets they were to blow, they shouted, “A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!” 21 While each man held his position around the camp, all the Midianites ran, crying out as they fled.
22 When the three hundred trumpets sounded, the Lord caused the men throughout the camp to turn on each other with their swords. The army fled to Beth Shittah toward Zererah as far as the border of Abel Meholah near Tabbath. 23 Israelites from Naphtali, Asher and all Manasseh were called out, and they pursued the Midianites. 24 Gideon sent messengers throughout the hill country of Ephraim, saying, “Come down against the Midianites and seize the waters of the Jordan ahead of them as far as Beth Barah.”
So all the men of Ephraim were called out and they seized the waters of the Jordan as far as Beth Barah. 25 They also captured two of the Midianite leaders, Oreb and Zeeb. They killed Oreb at the rock of Oreb, and Zeeb at the winepress of Zeeb. They pursued the Midianites and brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon, who was by the Jordan.
8 Now the Ephraimites asked Gideon, “Why have you treated us like this? Why didn’t you call us when you went to fight Midian?” And they challenged him vigorously.
2 But he answered them, “What have I accomplished compared to you? Aren’t the gleanings of Ephraim’s grapes better than the full grape harvest of Abiezer? 3 God gave Oreb and Zeeb, the Midianite leaders, into your hands. What was I able to do compared to you?” At this, their resentment against him subsided.
4 Gideon and his three hundred men, exhausted yet keeping up the pursuit, came to the Jordan and crossed it. 5 He said to the men of Sukkoth, “Give my troops some bread; they are worn out, and I am still pursuing Zebah and Zalmunna, the kings of Midian.”
6 But the officials of Sukkoth said, “Do you already have the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna in your possession? Why should we give bread to your troops?”
7 Then Gideon replied, “Just for that, when the Lord has given Zebah and Zalmunna into my hand, I will tear your flesh with desert thorns and briers.”
8 From there he went up to Peniel[a] and made the same request of them, but they answered as the men of Sukkoth had. 9 So he said to the men of Peniel, “When I return in triumph, I will tear down this tower.”
10 Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor with a force of about fifteen thousand men, all that were left of the armies of the eastern peoples; a hundred and twenty thousand swordsmen had fallen. 11 Gideon went up by the route of the nomads east of Nobah and Jogbehah and attacked the unsuspecting army. 12 Zebah and Zalmunna, the two kings of Midian, fled, but he pursued them and captured them, routing their entire army.
13 Gideon son of Joash then returned from the battle by the Pass of Heres. 14 He caught a young man of Sukkoth and questioned him, and the young man wrote down for him the names of the seventy-seven officials of Sukkoth, the elders of the town. 15 Then Gideon came and said to the men of Sukkoth, “Here are Zebah and Zalmunna, about whom you taunted me by saying, ‘Do you already have the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna in your possession? Why should we give bread to your exhausted men?’” 16 He took the elders of the town and taught the men of Sukkoth a lesson by punishing them with desert thorns and briers. 17 He also pulled down the tower of Peniel and killed the men of the town.
18 Then he asked Zebah and Zalmunna, “What kind of men did you kill at Tabor?”
“Men like you,” they answered, “each one with the bearing of a prince.”
19 Gideon replied, “Those were my brothers, the sons of my own mother. As surely as the Lord lives, if you had spared their lives, I would not kill you.” 20 Turning to Jether, his oldest son, he said, “Kill them!” But Jether did not draw his sword, because he was only a boy and was afraid.
21 Zebah and Zalmunna said, “Come, do it yourself. ‘As is the man, so is his strength.’” So Gideon stepped forward and killed them, and took the ornaments off their camels’ necks.
22 The Israelites said to Gideon, “Rule over us—you, your son and your grandson—because you have saved us from the hand of Midian.”
23 But Gideon told them, “I will not rule over you, nor will my son rule over you. The Lord will rule over you.” 24 And he said, “I do have one request, that each of you give me an earring from your share of the plunder.” (It was the custom of the Ishmaelites to wear gold earrings.)
25 They answered, “We’ll be glad to give them.” So they spread out a garment, and each of them threw a ring from his plunder onto it. 26 The weight of the gold rings he asked for came to seventeen hundred shekels,[b] not counting the ornaments, the pendants and the purple garments worn by the kings of Midian or the chains that were on their camels’ necks. 27 Gideon made the gold into an ephod, which he placed in Ophrah, his town. All Israel prostituted themselves by worshiping it there, and it became a snare to Gideon and his family.
28 Thus Midian was subdued before the Israelites and did not raise its head again. During Gideon’s lifetime, the land had peace forty years.
29 Jerub-Baal son of Joash went back home to live. 30 He had seventy sons of his own, for he had many wives. 31 His concubine, who lived in Shechem, also bore him a son, whom he named Abimelek. 32 Gideon son of Joash died at a good old age and was buried in the tomb of his father Joash in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.
33 No sooner had Gideon died than the Israelites again prostituted themselves to the Baals. They set up Baal-Berith as their god 34 and did not remember the Lord their God, who had rescued them from the hands of all their enemies on every side. 35 They also failed to show any loyalty to the family of Jerub-Baal (that is, Gideon) in spite of all the good things he had done for them.
In our daily life we also fight with our daily struggles, there are different tests each day but the good thing is we know that the Lord is on our side and we accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior, for us to continue to leave with Christ we should share up to the next generation the Lord’s power and all the wonderful things He has done for us… in that way we will only worship God by Spirit and In Truth. Like Gideon even if He is small and weak He manage to do it well because He follows what God commanded on Him so they defeat the Midianites and win the battle, it is by the number who fights against it but it’s the Faith that stays in their heart, we could also do the same by Living on what God commanded to us…
Psamls 78:4: We will share to the next generation the Lord’s Power and the wonderful things he has done…
via WORLD BIBLE SCHOOL
3.1 Nicodemus, like us, is attracted to Jesus. This new teacher fascinates him. Nicodemus examines all the facts he can find. They convince him that God has sent Jesus, for no one can do such miracles unless God is with him. Every illness receives a complete cure – instantly! The crippled walk! The blind see! Reports from Galilee even tell of water turning into wine (John 2).
Yet the same reports disturb leaders like Nicodemus. John the Baptizer has introduced Jesus to the nation. John announces that Jesus is far greater. Though John baptizes in water, Jesus will baptize in the Holy Spirit. Though John is the older man, he claims that Jesus existed long before him. More than that, John likens Jesus to a lamb. “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” What can this mean? How can any human be a sacrifice to forgive sins?Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up…
Doubts and questions swirl in the mind of Nicodemus. His meeting with Jesus only seems to add more questions. For Jesus speaks of strange things — another birth, the mystery of wind, earthly things and heavenly things. Jesus then reminds Nicodemus of an ancient event:
“Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life” (John 3:14-15).
Why did Moses use a snake? What can this mean about Jesus?
3.2 – “Snakes” and “Sheep”
3.3 – Jesus Has No Doubt
3.4 – No Way But Death
3.5 – Like a Lamb to the Slaughter
3.6 – Look at the Cross!
3.2 “SNAKES” AND “SHEEP”
Jesus, like the bronze snake, will be lifted up to save others.
Jesus begins, dear friend, to open a door to a great mystery. He reminds us that when Israelites rebelled, God punished them with snakes. Many people died. The rest cried out for relief. So God told Moses to make a bronze statue of a snake, and to place it on a pole. Any person with snakebite had only to look up at the bronze snake. All doing so were healed, and escaped death (Numbers 21). Now Jesus is like that bronze snake, about to be “lifted up” in order to save others.
How different the “snake” is from John’s picture, “the Lamb of God!” Yet this too recalls ancient stories. God told Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac. Abraham went to do it, confident that “God Himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering” (Genesis 22:8). God did, in fact, send a sheep, which was killed in Isaac’s place.
Later, at the first Passover, each Israelite family killed, roasted and ate a perfect young sheep or goat. They also put its blood over their doors. God said, “When I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt” (Exodus 12:13). Israelites remember every year, at a similar meal, how God once rescued them by lamb’s blood. In fact, perfect male lambs are killed daily at the temple (Numbers 28, 29). Scripture often speaks of sacrifice and blood removing sins.
“The law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22).
Now John commands, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). Is Jesus the perfect sacrifice, which brings us full forgiveness?
3.3 JESUS HAS NO DOUBT
Again and again Jesus states His mission – to die! (Matthew 12:40; 16:21; 17:12, 22-23; 20:18-19; 26:32). Just before meeting Nicodemus, Jesus has challenged temple leaders: “Destroy this temple [My body], and I will raise it again in three days” (John 2:19). He soon upsets followers, claiming that His blood and flesh are food, which He “will give for the life of the world” (John 6:32-51). He must die to protect His sheep:
“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. I am the good Shepherd. The good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep” (John 10:10-11).
No one forces this death on Him. He freely chooses to give up life, and to regain it later (John 10:14-18). He foresees that enemies will lift Him up (John 8:28).
“‘…But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.’ He said this to show the kind of death He was going to die” (John 12:32-33).
Jesus’ death paid the ransom to set us free.
All flesh dies, but Jesus’ death is unique. It is the “ransom” paid to set us free (Matthew 20:28; 1 Timothy 2:6). Free from what? Jesus eats His last Passover with His followers. He gives them the bread made without yeast, saying, “This is My body given for you; do this in remembrance of Me” (Luke 22:19). Then all share the grape drink.
“This cup,” He says, “is the New Covenant in My blood” (Luke 22:20).
“It is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins” (Matthew 26:26-28).
Here is the answer: His ransom frees us from sins! God promised this long ago.
“I will make a New Covenant… For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more” (Jeremiah 31:31,34).
But why must God do it this way? Why “must” the Son of Man be lifted up like that bronze statue? Could there be any other way to free me from my sin?
3.4 NO WAY BUT DEATH
After the last Passover, Jesus takes His followers to a garden called Gethsemane.
After the last Passover, Jesus takes His followers to a garden called Gethsemane. He prays three times to be released from the required suffering. Jesus has faced all death threats with calmness and courage. Yet this death holds much more terror than any other possible death.
Then He said to them,
“‘My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with Me.’ Going a little farther, He fell with His face to the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will'” (Matthew 26:38-39).
An angel strengthens Him, but brings no message of relief. So Jesus prays “more earnestly, and His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground” (Luke 22:44). Jesus then arises to meet the police, led by the betrayer, Judas. Peter strikes out to stop the arrest.
“‘Put your sword back in its place,’ Jesus said to him… ‘Do you think I cannot call on My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions [armies] of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?” (Matthew 26:52-54).
3.5 LIKE A LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTER
Jewish leaders already reject fair hearings. (They even refused to hear Nicodemus, John 7:50-52.) So Jesus’ disciples desert, scattering in fear. Peter denies that He ever knew Jesus. Jesus alone must endure the all-night show trials, the false witnesses, and the raging accusers.
“Then they spit in His face and struck Him with their fists. Others slapped Him and said, ‘Prophesy to us, Christ. Who hit You?'” (Matthew 26:67-68).
The Jewish leaders choose to release a known murderer, rather than this Rabbi Jesus.
Governor Pilate wants to free Jesus. “For he knew it was out of envy that they had handed Jesus over to him” (Matthew 27:18). The Jewish leaders choose to release a known murderer, rather than this “Rabbi” Jesus. They accuse Pilate of treason, and threaten to riot. So he finally has Jesus stripped and flogged with cutting whips. Guards beat and spit on Him. They mock Him with ‘royal’ clothes. They press a ‘crown’ of thorns into His head.
Then they load heavy wood onto His wounded body. He tries to carry it through Jerusalem. At the place called “Skull” soldiers nail Jesus’ hands and feet to the wood. Then, on this rough cross, they lift Him up! Roman troops, Jews, even two thieves crucified nearby, join in jeering at His shame. They laugh as His blood flows. At noon the sky changes.
“From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?’ which means, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46).
Jesus cries out twice more:
“It is finished” (John 19:30).
“Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit” (Luke 23:46).
He gives up His life. Joseph of Arimathea, another council member, takes down the dead body. He and Nicodemus wrap the corpse in spices and cloth, then bury it inside a tomb of rock (John 19:38-42).
So Jesus’ words come true: in giving His life, He is lifted up! Jesus on His cross is like the bronze snake on its pole. Look more closely at the meaning. God could use many ways to save those rebellious Israelites. Yet He told Moses to make an image like the thing killing them, a deadly snake.
God pointed toward us and His Son. Our sins and crimes against God are our deadly snakes that poison us. The Son of God becomes the Son of Man, “being made in human likeness” (Philippians 2:7). In His trial and execution, He is treated like the worst criminal. He looks like us and our poisonous sins. His forsaken cry has all the pain we should feel in hell.
“[God sent] His own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so He condemned sin in sinful man” (Romans 8:3).
3.6 LOOK AT THE CROSS!
Look at the Lamb of God. Gaze at the Lifted One. What do you see there? God condemning sin – our sin – placed on His Son! The Lamb taking our guilt and our punishment!
“We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all… He was led like a lamb to the slaughter” (Isaiah 53:6-7).
Look again. Do you see how ugly and damaging our sins are? We have all played our part: we envy and hate, boast and betray, lie and deny, fear and fail. We who accuse deserve to be accused. We who judge deserve God’s judgment. Human hypocrisy and revolt is most clear at the cross. For God came to bring us back to His side, and we hated Him for it.
“Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness” (John 3:19).
“Now, however, they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates Me hates My Father as well” (John 15:22-23).
Even today some are, in a spiritual sense, “crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting Him to public disgrace” (Hebrews 6:6). Those who have “treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant,” and who have “insulted the Spirit of grace,” continue today to “trample the Son of God underfoot” (Hebrews 10:29).
Sin turns us against the very One who gives us life.
How sin twists the human heart. How it turns us against the very One who gives us life, the Creator to whom we owe all love. How our selfishness hurts our own lives, and leaves our families in ruins. How much suffering has spread through the world because we left the peaceful ways of God. How our rebellion breaks God’s heart with sorrow.
Dear friend, look at the cross. See the horror of your own sins. See how dearly He loves you. His arms are stretched out on the cross.
They are stretched out to reach you.
They are stretched out to welcome you home.
See the price He pays for you: suffering so that you can live, dying so that you can be born again.
Jesus’ death makes all things right between God and humans.
Jesus said that He would be “lifted up” in order to save lives. By this He meant that He would die on the cross in order to save us.
People used to kill animals in sacrifice to please God, but Jesus was the far better sacrifice. Though He was innocent, He came for the very purpose of dying. On His cross He carried all the wrong things we have done.
His death finally satisfies the full punishment for all sins, making all things right between God and humans.
1) Exodus 12:13 – “…when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.”
2) John 12:32-33 – “‘…But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.’ He said this to show the kind of death He was going to die.”
3) Isaiah 53:6-7 – “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all… He was led like a lamb to the slaughter.”
Our hearts are cut deeply by the death of Jesus.
God and Father of Jesus, our hearts are cut deeply by the death of Jesus. On the cross, we see the result and penalty of our own sins. You refuse to turn a blind eye to sin.
Yet, how infinite also is your love for us, the sinners! We truly thank and praise You for such awesome love.
We do not deserve what You did for us. But we truly appreciate it and we want to follow You in faith.
Extra Note: Questions of Responsibility
Jesus uproots falsehood in order to plant truth. Many Jews think that God cares only for their own nation. When Jesus corrects this old view, the people of His hometown try to kill Him (Luke 4). When Jesus heals a blind man, Jewish leaders reject the man’s testimony; they take his blindness as proof that he was “steeped in sin at birth” (John 9:34).
Unfortunately, false ideas grow deep roots. Even today many think that God’s love is limited and sin is a matter of blood and birth. We must pause here to address these matters since they directly affect one’s view of the new birth.
Some religions teach that God condemns people even if they are not personally responsible for sinning. One theory goes like this: Adam’s sin passes to every human conceived. Therefore all humans – even babies – are completely evil; and even as adults they have no ability to make good choices. God must do all the choosing. God selects which individuals will be saved, and which individuals will perish in hell. This means that Jesus died, not for all sinners, but for a limited few. Adam’s sin, they say, keeps even the select few from any ability to believe or obey. Again God must do everything. So, they say, God’s Spirit enters the chosen sinner and forces him to believe and be born again. The problem with these views is that they sound so different from Jesus.
They speak as if man has nothing to do with faith and receiving God’s gifts. Yet Jesus speaks as if Nicodemus has a part in believing and in receiving new birth.
They speak as if man has no real choice. Yet Jesus speaks as if people have both choice and personal responsibility.
They speak as if God’s love and salvation are available to just a few. Yet Jesus states that God’s great love and Gift are for “the world,” that “whoever” believes will be saved.
They speak as if God plays favorites in the way He chooses some individuals and rejects others. Scripture states the opposite. “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation…who fear him and do what is right” (Acts 10:34-35; see Matthew 22:16; Romans 2:11, Galatians 2:6; Ephesians 6:9; Colossians 3:25; 1 Peter 1:17).
They even use the term “limited atonement” for their doctrine. Yet 1 John 2:2 is specific on this point: “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”
They speak as if children are totally evil. Yet, who does Jesus use to illustrate greatness in God’s kingdom? The little children!
>If their fruit is so different from Jesus’ teaching, we should go back and examine where the roots went wrong. One root has to do with the meaning of sin. They treat sin like a disease that is “hereditary” (passed on by flesh from generation to generation). This leads to the idea that we must sin, and have no power to change, not even to seek God’s help. After all, can you change a weakness – like bad eyesight – that you inherited from your parents? How terrible to think that you can not even try to find a doctor to provide glasses! We all sense how unfair it is to blame people for a bodily weakness they cannot prevent.
Yet this theory presents God as eternally condemning every human – including babies – for the original sin of Adam. The Bible treats sin, not as something inherited, but as Something done – the breaking of God’s law. Notice the active definition: “Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness…All wrong doing is sin” (1 John 3:4; 5:17). Since people are active and make choices, they are held responsible. “So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God” (Romans 14:12; like 2 Corinthians 5:10). This is quite different from being charged and sent to hell for Adam’s sin. God speaks plainly on this matter. We are not condemned for a parent’s sin.
The soul who sins is the one who will die. The son will not share the guilt of the father nor will the father share the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous man will be credited to him, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against him (Ezekiel 18:20).
Why then is there so much sin and death in the world? There is no biblical teaching of sin spreading in a fleshly or hereditary way. There is clear teaching of sin and spiritual death spreading because people themselves sin.
“Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned…”(Romans 5:12).
People choose Satan’s way. Likewise, they can choose God’s way (Deuteronomy 30; Joshua 24; Proverbs 1; Isaiah 7; Luke 10; John 7). That is why Jesus presents the new birth as a command. God places before us a choice. If we choose to accept birth of water and Spirit, we will live. If we reject it, we will remain in spiritual death.
The Bible reminds us that some have not yet developed ability for moral choices. Isaiah 7:16 speaks of a time “before the boy knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right.” God describes “the little ones” as “your children who do not yet know good from bad” Deuteronomy 1:39. This sounds just like the innocence of Adam and Eve in Genesis 3. Can babies give an account of their own words, thoughts and actions? Obviously not. Yet such accounting is the basis for judgment (Matthew 12; 25; Hebrew 4; Revelation 20). It should be obvious then that children are not judged in the same way as responsible adults. This is confirmed by the fact that the New Testament offers no way for babies to be saved. Babies do not need to be saved because they are safe, as those not yet held responsible. Paul may be suggesting this by speaking of a matter of one’s choice and responsibility. In the same way, one’s response in receiving salvation is a matter of choice and responsible commitment. Scripture clearly shows that one must believe, humble himself, confess, repent and be baptized. Infants cannot respond in any of these ways.
They cannot even be baptized, for biblical baptism is a matter of personal faith and the firm decision to change. (See Mark 16; Acts 2, 8, 16, 22; Galatians 3; Colossians 3; 1 Peter 2.) Sadly, those who think they were baptized as babies went through a human ritual mistakenly called ‘baptism.’ As adults who believe they still need to receive true baptism. The final lessons in this course discuss biblical baptism as it relates to the new birth.
First and foremost, I thank God that He always given ways…. Ways for me to appreciate life, friendship and accept the fact that as human I am not perfect but in His eyes I am perfectly made.
Of course, when we commit mistakes, often there is a charges or penalty. Though sometimes here on Earth, there is unjustice person but it’s okay because time will come that every body will be judge. Nor you, nor me, were not exempted… And I am really thankful that God always uses instruments for me to know and appreciate everything, good or bad, big or small…
Be happy in every little things that we have, because God never look on our ability, He looks on how we follow Him, or better to say He looks if we obey Him.
Surrendering everything to the Lord is one of the biggest move we can make to make our imperfections perfect, we humbly give our sufferings and mistakes, everything, and accept what is due for us…
Psalms 25:9 He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.
Psalms 55:19 God will give ear and humble them, he who is enthroned from of old, Selah because they do not change and do not fear God.
Deuteronomy 8:2-3 And you shall remember the whole way that the LORD your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not. And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.
1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Hebrews 4:15 – For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin.
Ephesians 2:8 – For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God:
Titus 3:5 – Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Romans 2:1 – Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.
1 Corinthians 5:11 – But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
Romans 15:7 – Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.
John 6:37 – All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
Galatians 5:1 – Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
~For a friend who is in Low Morale Esteem now, i know your strong, and i believe that you accepted the mistakes and charges on it, i will never judge you, in either way, i always remind you that things are not always IN CONTROL, this is not the end but the beginning of your life, go inside the world, even me, I am not perfect, but let it be… people may judge you, it’s alright, ignore them, they time will come, and they will also face the world not only the world but Him, our Creator… Until now, I am still in the process, and Thank you for some inputs that I fellowship with you, during the days that no one is there to believe on what i believe in, you believe in me, and I really appreciate your thoughtfulness and kindness, as i always said God has plans fr you, just accept and obey Him… again Thank you and May the force of God be with you always, you know what to do because Nothing is Impossible with God… just go on and Move on and Let God dwells in you~
I don’t know what to write today and I don’t want to use this as my way of expressing myself…. but i would rather use this piece to share some words that can help each of us reflect on our daily living. Sometimes we tend to judge other people by what we see or hear…. sometimes proof must be valid to let it genuinely charge…
Let’s examine our selves :
1. are we really 100% PURE no mistake at all times…
2. are we really 100% PURE deal only with what is RIGHT…
3. are we really 100% PURE legit at all times…
4. are you sure you accepted the fact and figures real…
5. are you sure that you are CLEAN?
If your answer to this questions is yes…. then think it twice….
As the bible says ” The Beatitudes
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder,[a] and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister[b][c] will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’[d] is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.
23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.
25 “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny
27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’[e] 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.
31 “It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’[f] 32 But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
33 “Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.’ 34 But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. 36 And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. 37 All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.[g]
Eye for Eye
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’[h] 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[i] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
This is the teaching of Jesus Christ on Judgement
7 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
6 “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
Ask, Seek, Knock
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
The Narrow and Wide Gates
13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
True and False Prophets
15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
True and False Disciples
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
The Wise and Foolish Builders
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.
we may be proud that some of our brothers and sisters is in the midst of a problem but never ever judge them according to your way because time will come that you too will be judge by our Father in Heaven, do not be happy on the problems of others instead go out and help them out, in that way they will know and understand the difference of right and wrong…
i choose this to share and reflect with you my brothers and sisters in Christ because sometimes we need to know this, again and again so our minds, body, our system our soul be refresh… be careful and everything that WE Do, there is judge after our life…
Let us pray…
Lord God, Thank you for your son Jesus Christ, and a guidance from Holy Spirit that you allow us to understand what is need to be… Thank you Lord that through your words our hearts, our mind pacify our current emotions, Thank you Lord for allowing us to determined that all things are possible through you, may you keep inside each heart that we work, we move, we speak according to your will and purpose… We pray this Lord in the name of your Son Jesus Christ… Amen…