Bible Study on Do We Have Enough Faith To Cling To The Right Arm Of Our Lord Our God Jesus Christ And Never Let It Go according to Luke 16:17, 1 Peter 5:6-7, James 4:6, John 12:6, Luke 22:3-5, Philippians 4:11-13, Luke 3:14, 1 Kings 11:1-6, 1 Samuel 30:6, Hebrews 12:1-3, Galatians 6:9

It’s all about faith and will you live by faith. Without faith we cannot please God. But pride can kill dreams and lose our souls. So did King Saul and Judas Iscariot lost their dreams and the latter hung himself because of the deep guilt and sinful greed over 20 pieces of silver. The all have a eternal destiny but they lost it. But King David continue to strengthen him in God, with thoughts that are pure and truth. Both ways of faith in God against greed and pride in the Biblical stories above are in the paths of collision. Hence, what would be our choice?

If it falls on us to decide then we decide, let God decide as He is sovereign and mighty as depicted by Luke: 16. 17. But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away, than for one tittle of the law to fall.  Else we be humble and let God help exalt us as advices by Apostle 1 Peter: 5. 6. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time; 7. casting all your anxiety upon him, because he careth for you. Humbleness and humility is a virtue in almost all great religions including Christianity as demonstrated by our savior Jesus Christ. The opposite of humbleness is the sin of pride. Self pride and possessing the power of knowledge draws us away from God our creator. By humbling ourselves to God attracts favor as justified by James: 4. 6. But he giveth more grace. Wherefore [the scripture] saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble.

Judas Iscariot although sounded noble in many of his ways but he got used to take money from others. Even Apostle John labeled him a thief as seen in John: 12. 6. Now this he said, not because he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and having the bag took. But Jesus still trusted him with His ministries’ funds even until the last supper Jesus still choose to dine with the twelve Apostles and washed all their feet as a sign of servanthood and loyalty and yet Iscariot chooses to betray the innocent lamb of God for personal riches as seen in Luke: 22. 3. And Satan entered into Judas who was called Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. 4. And he went away, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might deliver him unto them. 5. And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money. Greed may also kills dreams and hope of a person in end like in Judas Iscariot.

A non-contented person will always chase after worldly dreams to become a quick strike rich billionaire or winning a jackpot lottery ticket or winning streak of gambling or even employing dubious cheating, lying and con tactics to get money, etc as advised in Philippians: 4. 11. Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therein to be content. 12. I know how to be abased, and I know also how to abound: in everything and in all things have I learned the secret both to be filled and to be hungry, both to abound and to be in want. 13. I can do all things in him that strengtheneth me.

If we want others to be contented with their salaries and what wealth they have; It starts with us that we shall be certain, convinced, cheerful and satisfied with all the provisions and things that God already have blessed us with as seen in an advice to Roman soldiers by Apostle Luke: 3. 14. And soldiers also asked him, saying, And we, what must we do? And he said unto them, Extort from no man by violence, neither accuse [any one] wrongfully; and be content with your wages.

The story of the wisest man in history was King Solomon, who had 700 wives and 300 concubines, despite forewarned by Jehovah to the Israelites on not to intermarriage with ungodly people and marry for lust and sexual cravings. Later when he got old he let down his guard and his heart was not loyal to God any more, he got used to a extravagant life of royalty, luxury, indulgence, pleasure, lust and sex. And his old lovers also started to turn away from him, because they saw him changed as recorded in 1 Kings: 11. 1. Now king Solomon loved many foreign women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites; 2. of the nations concerning which Jehovah said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go among them, neither shall they come among you; for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love. 3. And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines; and his wives turned away his heart. 4. For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods; and his heart was not perfect with Jehovah his God, as was the heart of David his father. 5. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. 6. And Solomon did that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah, and went not fully after Jehovah, as did David his father.
Because King David could still lead a group of grieving and anguished people who wanted to stone him. For only the strength of the Lord can strengthen King David and lead his people who didn’t like him as recorded by prophet 1 Samuel: 30. 6. And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David strengthened himself in Jehovah his God.

What gets us tired day in and day out, draining all of our physical energy and even sucking our spiritual life force out of us and in a matter of a fact we can get tired any time and any where. It is a matter of what gets us tired? Do you realize when it happened and what or who caused it frequently? We must learn to lay aside those weight else that weight may kill us in the long run. If the tiredness forces us to give up, there is something wrong with the weight that is overwhelming us. It is that weight that we need God’s help as depicted in Hebrews: 12. 1. Therefore let us also, seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2. looking unto Jesus the author and perfecter of [our] faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising shame, and hath sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3. For consider him that hath endured such gainsaying of sinners against himself, that ye wax not weary, fainting in your souls.

Good tiredness is easy to sleep it off. More importantly we must not loose heart or become weary with good tiredness, as it is God training us and flexing us to build up our capacities, endurance and strength as advised in Galatians: 6. 9. And let us not be weary in well-doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Exchange your burden with the Lord and take on His yoke that is light and easy.

The mother of all sins in people is because of our loss of focus, where we got our eyes off God and focus on our problems, on worldly indulgence, material possessions and vain endowment. Sins is so easily snares us and entrap us because we have fallen short of a higher standard when we do something without faith. Alot of time we do not even know that it is wrong or we have actually sinned because everyone is also doing it that way or pretend ignorant and hoping that God will not notice us sinning quietly and secretly. But that wages of sins which carries the death sentence will eventually catch up with us sooner than we thought or hoped possible.

We do not look at people, we put our focus at our Lord Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith; rest assured we will be fixed, waxed and polished and shall run a good race of faith and finish strong in our legacy. Thus, we must not be discouraged and continue to live a sinless perfection life by faith in Christ Jesus. For our God is an eternal God who wants to bless us forever more.

Bible Study on Raining Heaven’s Blessings From The Promise Of The Holy Spirit Through Faith In Christ Jesus according to Acts 2:14-16, 33, Luke 11:13, Galatians 3:14, Exodus 6:6, 1 Corinthians 10:6-7, Isaiah 12:3-4

During the day of the Pentecost, where all the Apostles gathered with the multitudes, a strange event happened as explained by apostle Peter linking to a previous incident of Prophet Joel speaking in tongues as seen in Acts: 2. 14. But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and spake forth unto them, [saying], Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and give ear unto my words. Acts: 2. 15. For these are not drunken, as ye suppose; seeing it is [but] the third hour of the day. Acts: 2. 16. but this is that which hath been spoken through the prophet Joel:

What the previous knew where reserved for the few spiritual superstar I.e. Prophet Joel, Jesus’s Apostles, etc is now open to all who believed in Christ Jesus. God has poured out the Holy Spirit. Apostle Peter says we will be filled with God’s promise, that promise that flow through of the exalted at God’s right hand and is described in Acts: 2. 33. Being therefore by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he hath poured forth this, which ye see and hear.

People who are negative and cynical towards the Holy Spirit will never ever receive the blessings of the Holy Spirit as seen in Luke: 11. 13. If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall [your] heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? On the other hand, evil people shall only receive ‘gifts’ from their evil parents. But the ‘gifts and favors’ from the devil requires evil covenants and soul transactions and in the end it will cost you and your family line deeply, in terms of bad luck, ill health, turmoil, despair, fear, demonic oppressions, spirit attacks, etc. As children of God, we need to trust in Him that He will shower us with all His blessings and gifts, provided we remain faithful to Him as promised in Galatians: 3. 14. that upon the Gentiles might come the blessing of Abraham in Christ Jesus; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

The land of Ancient Egypt is depicted as ‘lossness’ in the Holy Bible. Whereas the huge migration of the Hebrew slaves towards the Red Sea is depicted as a sign of ‘deliverance’ from bondage. While the passage across the parted Red Sea is the symbol of their ‘redemption’ of God. Exodus: 6. 6. Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am Jehovah, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm, and with great judgments: Exodus: 6. 8. And I will bring you in unto the land which I sware to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for a heritage: I am Jehovah.

And the entering into the promised land of Canaan does not typify heaven more so it typifies the fullness of life that is bind by Christ Jesus’s redemption in His purest blood; for our Lord is the sinless perfection of the Son of man. In between the Red Sea and the promised land is the wilderness that is full of losses, lust, liar, slander, impatience, disobedient, defiance, anger,  complaints, murmuring and idol worship of the Canaan deity Baal in the form of a calf, etc. God did not save us just to brings us into heaven but to be like Jesus on earth. Similarly, God bring the Israelites out of Egypt so that they can enter the wilderness. It is a trial for the children of Israel before they can enter into the land filed with milk and honey.

Jesus is the channel between the first stage and second stage, from being in the wilderness to testimonies of God’s redemption.Jesus says let them thirst come to me. God cannot do anything to those who does not have the hunger and thirst to focus unto Him. God will always meet the person at the level of your desperation and thirst. God never rewards a shallow thirst and casual hunger for just a plate or a cup of the Holy Spirit, whereas our belly in constantly full with extravagant and wasteful “first class food”. If you got the deep hunger for all of the Holy Spirit and big Holy discontent in our soul, God will meet you there and then. There got to be more and we shall never be satisfied. And the Holy Spirit can only satisfy your thirst.

If we don’t feel thirsty yet, we need to pray to God to make us thirsty. God says if you are thirsty come to me, not go to the altar and beg for the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will always response to our call to Christ Jesus as Jesus is the center and ‘commander in chief’ of God’s legions of army of heaven. Your relationship with the Son of man determines your relationship with the Holy Spirit. Jesus says take a drink if you are thirsty, it is simple. We need to  appropriate our situation. Any transaction with God is 2 fold, I.e. God gives and we need to accept.

There must be a believing, a continuous life of a believer day by day. And not just enjoying the ‘thrill of the fill’ of the day and going about life as of a circus show. We need to be servants of overflowing service to God’s Kingdom in the areas of our own calling . 1 Corinthians: 10. 6. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. 7. Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.

There must be a over flowing of living water. We are not just ’empty buckets’ to be filled everyday, we are the fountain of the Holy Spirit springing with living water. Because, we are never meant to be empty of God’s blessings and never to be abandoned, cursed and chocked by our own sins. Jesus says you provide the river bed, I provide the rivers of living water as declare by prophet Isaiah: 12. 3. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. 4. And in that day shall ye say, Give thanks unto Jehovah, call upon his name, declare his doings among the peoples, make mention that his name is exalted. If we are not willing to be overflowing of blessings onto others that are dying, suffering, dire and despair, we will never have overflowing streams but only some showers of blessings. It is God’s test on us in overcoming our greed and lust for worldly and material things and to focus back on our ‘source for everything’. We should strive to progress from light showers to raining cats and dogs to heavy downpour to thunder storm to tornado cyclone typhoon of blessings from heaven. We know that God Almighty can do all these and far more; why not have Your will upon us when we are ‘thirstiest’ there and then; where we are desperately longing and soul out faithful only to you my Lord, my God.