Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Revelation 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Friday, December 24, 2004

a new start?

I have been away for a while. I have been away learning to acknowledge my Lord Jesus in all that I do, namely, in the area of studying. By His strength I have been able to increasingly defeat the indolence in my flesh and serve him "academically". Hopefully this means that I will redirect mine attention to this site and have it and its departments serving better than ever. May the God of peace have mercy upon us all.

Born to Die

I was struck this morning by a thought as I listened eagerly on to a radio broadcast, and I jotted down few notes which I want to share. Philippians chapter 2, verses 6 and 7 take us back in time long before Christ was born in Bethlehem, to a slot of time in eternity past when our Lord was still with God (Remember John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God). Our passage in Philippians takes us to the times when God was devising our salvation. It goes like this: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God, But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made to the likeness of men. And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

The thought that struck me as Chuck Swindel spoke this morning was the following. Our Lord willingly emptied himself of his independent use of his nature as God and took upon himself the form of the human nature. He became man. That is why during his ministry on earth he was always a servant of the Father, always dependent on him, always praying to him, and doing nothing of his own will, but always communicating with the Father and asking him for his will. Isn't this amazing.

Just a few verses before that we are asked to emulate our Lord in humility in Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ. Then the passage talks about the Lord emptying himself for our sake. See. We were all born to live, but Jesus was born to die. And to him alone belongs the title of LORD.

The thought culminates with these two beautiful verses 10 and 11: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth. And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

The Peace of the Lord be with you all.

Sunday, December 05, 2004

Pulling down strongholds by obedience to Christ

It has been quiet around here for some time, so I decided to break the ice with this thought that I recently heard, and if Rev. 2:17 so chooses, it can be moved later on to the Bible Studies Section.

Let me begin by saying that we are in a spiritual warfare. II Corin. 10:3 says that though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh. This brings me to the subject of the strongholds of the enemy. What is a stronghold of the enemy anyway? I'll explain. A stronghold is a mind set filled with hopelessness that causes you to accept as unchangeable something that you know is contrary to the will of God. I'll elaborate. Through the power of deception,the enemy holds strongholds in our hearts causing us to believe that oh well nothing will change anyway. I am weak. I cannot do it. Nothing can change me, etc. Again a stronghold of the enemy is a mind set filled with hopeless that causes me to accept as unchangeable something that I know is contrary to the will of God. That is a lie from the pit of hell, and our life is full of such strongholds.

The enemy knows that if he can control your thoughts, then he can control your emotions and consequently control your actions. So, whoever fills your mind will control your thoughts, and your emotions and consequently your actions. Fill your mind the word of the God. Grab the truth about the Word of God. Take hold of his promises that he defeated the world. Never let go of the truth, and lear to REST in him. When God created man in the sixth day, immediately after that followed the seventh day, a day of rest. So before you begin anything, learn to rest in the Lord.

I am a paraplegic but Christ in me will help me to the top. Read Joshua 1:1-9 Be strong and of good courage... Only be thou strong and of good courage for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance.... This book of the law shall not depart out of they mouth, but thou shall meditate therein day and night.... observe to do according to all that is written, then shall thou have good success. Have not I commanded thee? Be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed; for the Lord they God is with thee withersoever thou goest.

How do you defeat your enemy? See Joshua 5:13,14 and 15. You will never defeat your Jericho until you have taken off your shoes. Joshua 1:3 says every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses (this verse by way reminds me a lot of the late Pastor Sadaka Senior).

Eph. 6:10-18 Finally my brethren be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, ... for we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the ruler of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

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