Beep…beep…I’m alive

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If we are to break down Jesus’ ministry into phases, we will probably all agree on these three: Death (Crucifixion), Resurrection and Ascension. Also, as many of us may be know, as believers we also have these three phases:

  • Death: Romans 6:3 “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?”
  • Resurrection: Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
  • Ascension: Ephesians 2:6 “And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus”

So if we have “passed from death to life”, why do we still experience some things? Why do we still struggle with some old habits? Continue reading

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The traffic warden analogy

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I recently heard a good analogy that helps clear things up on the difference between Power and Authority, so let me share:

When you are driving home during rush hour and let’s assume the traffic light is broken or there isn’t one at that junction; so there’s a police officer controlling traffic.

Now, when that officer raises his hand for you to stop, why do you stop? If you refuse to stop, does he have the power to hold unto your car and stop it from moving? Continue reading

Google as a Bible Resource

I thought I’d share this tip with you guys. There are times when you need a Bible verse and you only remember some parts of it – you may have it all lumped up in your head. Sometimes, you may not even remember how it’s phrased but you know what you are looking for šŸ™‚

I have found that the Bible application I use on my phone usually doesn’t help me. I guess it’s the way its search feature works. I get tonnes of verses and have to filter and navigate one by one. Maybe you have a different (better) experience.

Well, as always, Google to the rescue…

 

Google

When you find it on Google, you can then go to the verse on your Bible app. This is really valuable especially when praying.

Food for thought:

You need to already know the Scripture (or parts of it) for this to be useful. This comes from study and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Life nugget:

2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

How secure are you?

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There are basically three different ways authentication works in security:

  1. Authentication by knowledge (what you know): This includes passwords and PINs.
  2. Authentication by ownership (what you have): This will be something in your possession like access cards, tokens, etc.
  3. Authentication by characteristic (what you are): This is whereĀ biometricsĀ comes in- fingerprints, retina scan, etc.

Now let’s think about these things from a spiritual angle:

  1. What you know- This will include your knowledge of Scripture and knowing what you have in Christ. (Phil 4:13, 2Cor 5:17)
  2. What you have- This will relate to the work of the Holy Spirit in your life. (2Cor 12:8, Rom 8:26)
  3. What you are- As a saved being, you are not a nobody- you are a child of God, an overcomer, etc. (Rom 10:9-10, Rom 8:37)

The same way the strongest forms of authentication are the ones that use two or more of these types, so it is in the spiritual. Being in Christ already guarantees our salvation but we can exercise our dominion better when we know what we have (The Word of God) and use what we have (The Holy Spirit).

Food for thought:

None of these factors are contradictory. The Holy Spirit will not contradict the Word of God and vice. John 16:13

Life nugget:

John 8:32 “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Incomplete or Out-of-context

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In times past, either due to false or inaccurate information that we’ve heard, or due to our own mistakes, we’ve believed some things that are incomplete or we take them out of context. Let’s look at a few Scriptural examples:

1. Romans 3:22-23This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” We usually stop here and just keep going on about ourselves as sinners. But the next verse 24 says “and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” So, even though we were sinners, we have been justified by Jesus as long as we remain in Him.

2. Romans 7:20Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.” We sometimes use this as an explanation (and excuse) for sinning. A few verses further however, in Romans 8:1-2, the Bible says “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” So, I’m no more a slave to sin because of Jesus Christ.

3. Phil 4:7And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” We usually pray this verse when seeking calm in the storm. But let’s not forget the premise on which it is based in verse 6 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

These are just a few examples. As we study the Word of God more, I pray that the Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth.

Food for thought:

Some of these things are ingrained into our minds that even when we see the truth in the Bible, we refuse to believe it.

Life nugget:

“The illiterates of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn”- Alvin Toffler

In Him, In Whom, In Jesus (V)

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Up until now, I’ve been strict with the phrases: “In Him”, “In Whom” and “In Jesus”, but I should expand to “By Whom”, “Through Whom” and really everything that seems like what Jesus has done for us. But I’m well in on the New Testament Books so I’d just finish.

Ephesians 1:7 “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace”

Ephesians 1:11 “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will”

Ephesians 1:13 “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise

Ephesians 2:6 “And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus

Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them”

Ephesians 2:13 “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ

Ephesians 2:21-22 “21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22Ā In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit

Food for thought:

…and I’m not even done with the confessions in the Book of Ephesians. I think this is the Book that tells us most of what we have in Christ and who we are in Him. Fingers crossed.

Life nugget:

Confessions:

  • I have redemption through the Blood of Jesus, the forgiveness of sins
  • I have obtained an inheritance in Jesus Christ
  • I have been sealed with the Holy Spirit of Promise because I believe in Jesus Christ
  • I am seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus
  • I am God’s handiwork created in Jesus Christ
  • I am no more an alien to God because of the Blood of Jesus
  • Because I am in Christ, God dwells inside me through the Holy Spirit

“God, please just take control of me”

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I remember that day clearly as I knelt down at the back of my University Chapel, bent over on a chair, and cried my eyes out in prayer. Ā I had sinned again and I was tired of trying because it wasn’t working and I was not getting anywhere. So I said: Continue reading