Disciples of Jesus Christ. Are we?


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Matthew 16:24
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Hi there people. Today I’d like to talk about the core meaning of being a disciple of Jesus. Many people nowadays are so confident and call themselves the disciples of Christ without really knowing the core of being His disciple. And so now, I really wish that the food that I am about to give can refresh your mind with the truth from the Bible.

Most of the times, we often thought that the best school and also the most expensive school is better for our children or loved ones. They would guarantee their success. But the truth was not like that. Those expensive education and the amount of money that we have doesn’t guarantee the success of our lives. I’m not talking about rich-success here. I’m talking about Godly-success. We may be successful in our career, studies, or even in our ministries. But does that mean we are successful before the Lord Almighty? The Bible said:

Matthew 7:21-23
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Furthermore, the moral of this world is also declining. This disease is affecting the world even worse now, and it quickly affect the Christianity as well. And so, as the disciples of Christ, we should have looked into the bible and set our standard there so that we won’t be carried by the waves.

Jesus said that if any man would come after Him, he or she must deny him/herself and take up the cross. This means that we must give our whole life to live for Christ and not follow what we want or we will; but it should be what the Lord wants and what He wills. And so in our career, studies, or ministries, do we do the will of the Lord? Or do we do our own will? What’s the will of the Lord?

John 15:10-17
If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
These things I command you, that ye love one another.

In everything that we do, we should do it with love for our brothers and sisters at work or at ministries. And in everything that we do, we should do it with our best effort as if we do it for the Lord Himself because He has chosen us so that we may bring forth fruit, and with that fruit, we will glorify the Lord and proclaim his goodness to the entire world. Since the beginning of time, our purpose in this world are to minister, to be His disciples, and to proclaim the glory and goodness of Him to the world. It doesn’t matter whether you are a businessmen, or a student, or a preacher. Do whatever your works are so that you may glorify Him. But also remember to have love in whatever you do because nothing is for good when we do anything without love.

One example of a disciple that didn’t submit to His Lord’s will was Peter.

Matthew 16:21-23
From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.
But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

Peter was probably just trying to help, and this would mean he was lack of understanding. But I say that Peter was trying to show himself off that he is capable of saving Jesus from the elders of Jerusalem; and thus, rebuking the will of his Lord. I can say this because in verse 23, Jesus called Peter a Satan, and He told Peter to get behind Him. This shows us that to be a disciple of the Lord, we need to stay behind our Master and not in front of Him. Let Jesus be the captain of our ship. Let Jesus be the problem-solver in our lives. Let Jesus be the main head in the house. Let Jesus be the boss in our works or businesses. Let Jesus be our main teacher in our studies, Let Jesus decides for our decisions in our lives. Let Jesus have all our lives. Let Jesus rule every aspects of our lives. We should apply this because our lives are not ours anymore, but our lives are His. He has redeemed us at the cross, replacing us in a beautiful exchange at the cross.

And learning from Peter’s mistake, we know that to be the disciple of the Lord, we also need to convert our mind concept and the way we think, and sync them with the mind and the way Christ think (Metanoia). Just as Jesus was behind the Father, we also should stay behind Jesus Christ. This also means that as the disciples of Christ, we should listen to Him, which is harder than it sounds (take Abraham’s case as an example of how difficult it can be sometimes) be obedient and loyal to Him in every circumstances no matter how harsh it will be, be responsible for our work He gave us in this world and also to be the salt and light of the world that can affect our surroundings so that people can see Christ in ourselves, and last but not least, we must be ready and stay close behind the Lord in every tests the world throws toward us.

I hope this can enlighten your mind and refresh your soul people 🙂

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Am I Choosen by Him? Hmm…


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Galatians 4:9

But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage?

Now I want to talk about what it means to be chosen by God. We can receive the blessings, the knowledge, and the salvation from our Lord Jesus Christ only because He chooses us, not because of what we’ve done.

From the verse above, we can conclude that God chooses us to be saved, and the only one that can save us is through faith to the Lord Jesus. And because of this, we should be grateful for the gift from God. We should be grateful that we are chosen to be believers of Jesus Christ. You might have done something so very ugly or probably a crime that was truly unforgivable. I don’t know what that was. I don’t know how dark your past was. But one thing for certain, when men cannot forgive any mistakes you’ve done in the past, God is truly forgiving and He has forgiven you back then at the cross when He died for you. And there were probably people whose lives are so much better or cleaner in their conducts than you are. But instead of them, you are the one God chooses to save through faith. That is why I said all of us should be grateful for God’s choosing! Does this mean that God is unfair? Of course not! Let’s check this out:

Romans 9:12-16

it was said to her, “The older shall serve the younger.”

As it is written, “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.”

What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not!

For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.”

So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy.

This message is truly powerful guys. One thing you have to know and realize everyday is that God is truly merciful and loving! For One so great, so big, so powerful, He is so very humble, kind, and loving. He is also a truly faithful God. And He becomes our Father, we become His children. We already have the best thing that can ever happened in our lives. Then why should we gone back to the earthly spirits or the gods which have no authorities at all? Why should we gone back to worship the spirit of the dead, which, in fact, is the devils from hell? (look at my previous post about tradition just before this one to understand about the spirit of the dead better). No one and nothing can save you from eternal damnation except for Jesus Christ our Lord! Check this out:

Acts 4:8-12

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel:

If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well,

let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.

This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’

Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

There can be no other person or deity that can save us except the Lord Jesus Christ Himself! He is the best, and why should we sell Him for any cheap believe that doesn’t even have any certainty at all? We can only found certainty in our Lord Jesus Christ. Why should we sell Him just for our job, or promotion, or even only for a partner in life? Believe that in Jesus Christ, we already have everything, including job, food, clothes, and even life partner. Believe in Him and wait for His time to bless us with all of our needs and wants. Don’t wait according to our timing, but wait according to His timing!

And so, I hope this post can bless you in any way. Stay strong and firm in our Lord Jesus Christ. The end is nearing and let’s prepare our hearts to be fetched by Him back to our real home. Be refreshed 🙂

Tradition and Philosophy? Hmm…


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Colossians 2:6 – 10

 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,

rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.

Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.

For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;

and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

 Today I want to talk about the fullness of Christ in our daily lives. Christ should be our one and most important priority in our lives. But sometimes, the reality says otherwise. We do believe in Christ Jesus. We do believe in His miraculous works. But sometimes, we also believe in other little things as well that can become our downfall without we realize it.

Let’s say that you come from a family that has a rich family tradition. This kind of family usually is an Asian family. The Asian people really have a rich family tradition like praying to the ancestors and the dead spirit, etc. And let’s say they repented and receive Christ as their Savior. But they still hold on to the family tradition to come to their parents or grandparents graveyard to pray for them or to give them burnt offerings. I myself had done this long time ago, and I felt kind of stupid after I know the truth in verse 8 about our living God Jesus. Check this out:

Job 7:9

As the cloud disappears and vanishes away, so he who goes down to the grave does not come up.

 This verse means that once people died, their spirit cannot wander on this earth again. Those ghost stories about the spirit of the dead being back from the grave and was angry was not true because the Bible told us so in Job 7:9. Those ghosts are real, but they are not the spirit of the dead. They are the devils from the underworld, coming up to this world to deceive people of God from the truth by misguiding them with earthly tradition.

Also, certain philosophies can also become our downfall if we believe in them. Around the times of Jesus, there were lots of philosophies that were based on many different doctrines such as Gnosticism, Hedonism, Asceticism, etc. Gnosticism is an understanding where all kinds of polytheistic views come together. The people who follow this understanding call themselves a Gnostic. They really praise the realm of the gods and they felt that they have a super secret understanding that can brought them to heaven. This understanding was called Gnosis. And from this understanding, many philosophies are born.

Hedonism was an understanding where humans must only follow earthly joy and happiness. The Epicureans follow this Hedonism doctrine. The opposite from this doctrine is Asceticism where humans must have a great self-denial and refrain themselves from worldly pleasures. This is good, but this does not save us from eternal damnation! Only Jesus is the way to the Heaven.

John 14:6

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Of course there were still a lot of those doctrines and philosophies that I had not gone into, but the point is, don’t ever be tricked by those empty philosophical views! Many were misguided by those kinds of views around the times of Jesus.

And so, let us be full in Christ even in our daily lives. Be radical in Him and believe only to Him, the Living God Jesus. Check these out:

 Revelation 3:16

 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.

 And,

Matthew 6:24

 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

 From the two verses above, we know that we should not be lukewarm by believing in Christ Jesus but also believe in earthly traditions and philosophies; because we cannot serve God and mammon at the same time! Choose God because He has sacrificed Himself for us at the cross. We are complete in Him, and in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. Be refreshed 🙂

Still Condemned?


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John 5:45

Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you — Moses, in whom you trust.

Today I want to talk about Father’s Love. He really loves us you know. If earthly fathers know how to give the best for their children, isn’t our Father in Heaven more than that? If animals know how to treat their offspring with care, isn’t our Dad in Heaven knows better than that? He’s deeply in love with us that He willingly gave Jesus Christ for us. Check this out:

 

 

John 3:16,18

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

The words ‘only begotten’ here can indicate that God gave His best for us. And the best that God has is Himself through Jesus Christ. He will never accuses us for our mistakes if we believe in Him. He has redeemed us and forgave all of our sins with the power of His blood. He has sacrificed Himself at the painful cross, only thinking of our salvation and welfare. So that we won’t be condemned anymore by the devil, and by the law.

From all of the above verses, I can also say that we should not be lukewarm with this matter. It’s either we do all the Commandments (which is impossible for us) or we totally believe in Jesus Christ as our personal Savior. We can’t believe in Jesus Christ but at the same time we are condemned by the law. Remember, the impossible-to-fulfill law of Moses has been fulfilled by Jesus Christ. So, we are not under condemnation anymore. We live under His grace and mercy. This is the New Covenant in Jesus Christ. Remember this verse:

Revelation 3:16

So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.

So, if you already believe and accepts Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, and yet you still do something that break His heart, don’t be condemned. It’s not sins anymore, but it’s trespasses or mistakes. I’m not saying that we are free to do whatever wrong things we like. I’m saying that whenever you make mistakes, don’t be condemned! Ask Jesus Christ to forgive your trespassing, and ask Him for His help to guide you so that you may not repeat the same mistakes anymore. Just ask Him; because He is your Greatest Dad Ever!

Through the law, we must obey everything without any breathing space. This makes it even harder for people to obey it. But with Christ’s Love and mercy, we can feel His hand support us when we fall. We can feel how He loves us, and that we are ashamed of all the things that break His heart because He is very good and He is a forgiving God. This can keep us from trespassing against Him and to break His heart ever again. You see. It’s a process. A whole big process so that we can be His ambassadors in this world and so that we can be transformed to be more like Christ in conduct and also in our ways of thinking.

Because He loves us, He will teach us and even slap us a bit when we wrong. But that’s for our own good. Just like a father that teaches his child. Our Father in Heaven is more than that. His plan for us is a plan to prosper and to give us future filled with hope. Be refreshed 🙂

So You Think being Brainy is Better? Um..


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Proverbs 4:7

Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.

I want to talk about wisdom right now. Many people think that wisdom is just a common thing and it can be obtained by reading books or studying hard. This is a wrong understanding of what wisdom really is and how to get wisdom for your life. Wisdom first, then come understanding. Now take a look at this verse:

Job 12:13

” With Him are wisdom and strength, He has counsel and understanding.

Proverbs 2:6

For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;

These verses mean that we can only obtain wisdom from God. We cannot obtain it from all those books that we’ve been reading.

For example:

There was a certain doctor who was really good at his job. He knew how to treat the sick, and what were the unhealthy things in this world that could lead to a fatal effect on human’s body. Long story short, he knew that smoking was not good for his health, and it could even cause several severe illnesses like lung disease etc. Even though he knew the consequences, he didn’t care about it and kept on smoking.

The example above shows us that that person has no wisdom at all. It also shows that wisdom cannot be obtained by studying or reading books. The person from the example above is not a stupid person. He’s a very educated man and yet, he has no wisdom at all.

And so, from Job 12:13 we know that wisdom can only be gained from God. The procedure of obtaining wisdom from God is actually very simple. We all need wisdom in this life you know. And we can get it for free! Check this out:

1 Corinthians 1:24,30

but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God — and righteousness and sanctification and redemption —

God has given us Lord Jesus Christ as our Wisdom in this life. He isn’t just the source of it, He is the Wisdom Himself. Wisdom is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ (Wisdom) lives in us and we lives in Him (Wisdom), His Word lives in us and whatever we ask in our prayer shall be granted.

John 15:7

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

And we can abide in Him by receiving His sacrifice at the cross. By receiving His Flesh and His Blood. He said that ask whatever we desire and it shall be done for us. We can take the example of King Solomon. When God said to Him to ask any of the things he desired, Solomon only asked for wisdom so that he could be a better ruler. God really like this and He gave Solomon the great wisdom, and He also add all the things Solomon didn’t ask like power and wealth.

1 Kings 4:29,30

And God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding, and largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore.
Thus Solomon’s wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the men of the East and all the wisdom of Egypt.

Take a note of this. God gives wisdom first, and then all the things shall be added to you. When we have problems in our family, or with our job, studies etc, we are not having problems with all of those you know. The actual problem is that we lack of wisdom. We need wisdom in our daily lives. We need wisdom in our studies. We need wisdom in our marriages. We need wisdom in our relationships with our partners. So it means that we need Jesus Christ in everything we do. Do not ever forget Him, and don’t ever let your brain to be bigger than your faith. Ask Jesus for wisdom in any areas or aspects of this life that you have difficulties with, and be refreshed 🙂

With Oil??


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James 5:14,15

Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

Anointing Oil is very powerful! This Holy Oil is used to honor God and also to honor men. The reference is in Judges 9:8-9, which said, “The trees once went forth to anoint a king over them. And they said to the olive tree, ‘ Reign over us!’ But the olive tree said to them, ‘ Should I cease giving my oil, With which they honor God and men, And go to sway over trees?’

God is honored and men is also honored with this Anointing Olive Oil. Men are honored! This means that all our diseases will be healed by our Jesus Christ, and all our problems will be answered by Him in due time! It’s not God’s plan for you if you’re always sick all the time and hopeless. Jesus had suffered all kinds of sicknesses at the cross. He had died at a young age so that we may not die young. He was hungry and thirsty at the cross so that we may not hunger and thirst anymore. He had suffered sins and punishment so that we will not suffer anymore. So that we can receive Eternal Life freely! And just before He died, He said that it is finished. It means that all our diseases, our problems, our hunger and thirst, and all our sins had been finished once and for all at the cross! And we can receive His power through this Anointment of Holy Spirit too. How amazing is that!

In addition to this, demons are afraid of this Anointment too. Mark 6:13 said, “And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them.” Demons are afraid with this Anointing Oil because this Anointment has power! And so, we can relax a bit because we won’t be defeated by the opposite side.  We won’t fall victim to hypnotism, we won’t fall for the devil’s attempt to destroy us, and we won’t succumb to illnesses that the wicked one has prepared. This is the power that God Jesus Christ has planned for us!

And so, if you happens to have any diseases at all or if you, by any chance, have any hereditary diseases (which can also occurred because of curses from generations ago) you can mention them to God Jesus, anoint yourself with Anointing Oil, believe in the power of Jesus’ sacrifice at the cross, and be refreshed 🙂