God is the sole determinant of our destiny

There is no amount of effort, intelligence, energy or other attribute that can change one`s destiny without the help of God. Only God has the ability to determine one`s future. Any such effort done without God and without belief in Jesus is futile.

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Just imagine…

If everyone would say the truth

If everyone forgave easily

If everyone loved unconditionally

If everyone said “thank you”

If everyone smiled at a stranger

If everyone helped those in need

If everyone said “sorry”

If everyone did not cheat on their spouse

If everyone did not discriminate

If everyone read 1 Corinthians 13:13

Avoid being double sided

For the purpose of this post, my meaning for double sided is when one portrays themselves differently in different situations. I would like to imply that such a person has two versions of themselves, and my reference today concerns Christians.

One version , the acceptable version is when one depicts themselves as expected for a believer. The unacceptable version being when one exhibits attributes of a non believer. The first version is the kind ,positive, well behaved and caring persona when one is around their family and friends, as well as church mates. Where as the second version is the hidden one, exhibited when one allows the devil to take over or control their lives. Such may be the case when one is with people who do not know that the person is a  Christian. One example would be one who uses indecent language when his wife is not around. Another example is some one engaging in gossip or slanderous talk when in company of certain friends who are non Christians.  It could be a wife who is addicted to spending so much money  on things that she knows would not please her husband, given the family`s financial situation and she works so hard to conceal this. This version could also be as extreme as the committing of adultery by the same husband who shows his wife that he cares about  her  so much and can never have intimate relations with another person.

Being neither hot nor cold is talked about in Revelations 3: 14 – 22 (Please read).  Such people are destroying themselves because they only care about what people see and not doing the will of God. They need to repent to get redemption.

“Secret” to happy living

Water run into my hair and trickled down my body. This feeling of warm water flowing over me as I listened to a worship song (singing along as well) was an interesting experience less than an hour ago.

I suddenly got reminded of one “secret” to happy living. Its not really a secret. Its always there but we don`t pay attention to it. If we decide that nothing else matters except the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and doing His will, a feeling of fresh joy, fulfillment and happiness will come right away. If we remember that our life on earth is temporary, we shall not put emphasis on what earthly life has to offer. Suddenly the realization will come that our energy should be focused on fulfilling the will of God, rather than trying on our own to find solutions to the many challenges we face on earth. Please read 2nd Corinthians 4:16-18.

When we reach this point in life, that nothing on earth matters besides living for Jesus,  all the problems we face will be lower than us so that we over come and conquer them with ease. Then we shall ask ourselves why we had not yet realized this “secret” that was always before us.