Bible Study on Shaping Up Into Fruitful And ‘Sexy Slim’ Branches Of The True Vine With Christ Jesus according to John 15:5, Matthew 6:33, John 15:2, John 15:12-13, Luke 10:27

Apart from Jesus, we can do nothing? Does it applies only to God’s redemptive purposes or does it imply to everything we do in our lives. Yes in general, as said in John: 15. 5. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit: for apart from me ye can do nothing.

It also depends on what fruits you are looking for. It is difficult to ask for favors of financial success, riches and money per say because it is not promised by God, not covenanted in Moses’ s stone tablets, not a fruit of the Holy Spirit, not recorded in the Holy Bible nor written in the Holy Text of any great religions of the world. The fruits of the Holy Spirit is patience, love, joy, peace, kindness, gentleness and self control. But what If everyone around us is working hard in their businesses and careers? Do we Christians become the bottom and tail of society then? As answered by Apostle Matthew: 6. 33. But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. As Jesus followers we shall seek first the Kingdom of God then only seek those other non eternal things if you have the interest and determination provide we constantly have God in mind and not overrun by greed, envy, vanity and pride. In doing so we need to stay tuned Jesus’s ‘YouTube Channel’, in order for us to gain life and give life.

What type of ‘grape plant’ do we want to grow to become I.e. a positive, fruitful and juicy grape vine or a barren, negative and sour grape vine? We need to allow God to prune and shape our character to become the former type. I am [Christ Jesus proclaiming] is the vine, God is the gardener and we are the branches. When we plant we expectes it to bear fruits. It is something wrong if we are not fruitful. When we become fruitful, we attract other people into our lives. If we are not having a full life, something might be wrong some where, it is worth spending time looking into which areas of your life you still yet surrendered to God.

John: 15. 2. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit, he taketh it away: and every [branch] that beareth fruit, he cleanseth it, that it may bear more fruit. Some decayed branches of our lives not only becomes a danger to us, also becomes a suffering to people around us and the consequences might become problems in our society and country. In order that we can live a fruitful life; Some areas of our lives that God wants to cut off. 1) Rejection of our life, 2) Previous heavy laden baggage I.e. pride, shame, envy, anger,  unforgiveness, that drag us down when we need to run, 3) Bondage I.e. adultery, lust, liar, slander, cheating, idolatry, cult and demon worship, generational sins, etc.

God continues to prune after cutting, because He wants us to bear better and more fruits and to become a beautiful plant that is more denser and bushier. Why we need to continuously pruning off the branches of our lives? because it allocates more ‘nutrients’ to rest of the growth areas, by cutting off those dead areas. By allowing God to remove our ‘dead woods’, help us to become more focused, to live life of surrender to God. In order that God can create an even bigger dream in us, because those smaller things are not in the way.

There may be many ‘good things’ in our lives, but those things may not be the ‘Godly things’ in our lives. Allowing God for betterment us of our gifts and talents and to allow God to directs us to newer and bigger things. To trim away the rough edges of our lives. God also prunes out our character in order to get us ready and strong when we reach there. Before the time comes, resist from going to higher and tempting places where our talents and gifts enables but our character unable to sustain; we are going to suffer from big fallouts as a result. Then the big question is what’s the purpose of the gifts of skills and talents of God and Holy Spirit for if we cant use or wield them. The answer is simple if you plan to keep and horn those gifts, we need to continuously use them first for the kingdom of God on earth, else it will become dull and useless after some time. Of course any left over blessings after that are yours to keep and flex should your heart desires the challenge.

The biggest root of sins is pride, which is to choose to be independence from God and do not allow God in, because they are the ‘deities’ of their own lives. Simple principals, first by obeying His commandments I.e. follow me you win and disobey me you loose as learnt by Joshua as recorded in John: 15. 10. 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. The biggest problems nowadays is how we apply the Word of God in our lives and practice what we hear in church sermons and obey His commandments in the Holy Bible.

Second is to love each others as I have loved you as shown in John: 15. 12. This is my commandment, that ye love one another, even as I have loved you. 13. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. As commanded by Jesus in Luke: 10. 27. And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself. When we can love ourselves and others, Christ Jesus can shape our lives to make us become more fruitful and yet with ‘sexy slim shape’. In order to remain in God, we will bear much fruit as a result.

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 Falling In True Love With Christ Jesus In The Center In Our Seasons Of Love according to John 13:34, John 3:16, 1 John 4:11, Ephisians 5:25, Ephisians 5:2

Love affair is big affair because it affects us for a life time. We should not simply marry for fun, for sex or external pressure, unless we are truly in love with each other and God confirms that both of us are God’s chosen match made in heaven. Because sometimes at the best of courting time and even after marriage, we can be deceived by our erotic emotions or blinded by our bad experience or past wounds and lead us to imagine the worst case is rewinding again.

When we fall in love, we are controlled by our hormonal androphenes, creative side of the brain, high metabolism and sexual drive chemistry (testosterone levels in both men and women rises), where our logic goes down and our emotions goes up. However, be mindful that over indulgence in sex will produce excessive amounts of testosterone that will eventually impede the effects of love hormones, resulting in sex couples driven solely by their sex desires and cravings. When we fall in love, we have nice feeling of being cherished and bubbling with love until we cannot eat at day and sleep at night. The saying goes got love drinketh water can survive. However, sometimes love is seen as unspiritual if approached in the wrong way and making wrong decisions can affect us even more spiritually for life. So let’s make it spiritually right by allowing God to guide us into falling in love with our true love.

The word Love in Greek has 3 meanings. Eros Love is love of physical and biological attractions or simply call it love at first sight or ‘puppy love’, which may also leads to ‘doggy life’, because it is superficial in feelings and emotions and not from the true heart. Eros Love only helps attracts opposite sexes together in the beginning and make us ‘fall in love’.

On the other hand, Philio Love is based on friendship, where we know each other better through contact John: 13. 34. A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; even as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. It is more reliable and stable foundation of love and will last longer time. The 3rd type of love is Agape Love, which is based on commitment and pure love but not of the type of ‘good’ feelings and erotic and sexual relationships. It is like God’s love because God choose to still love us despite we are all sinners as proclaimed by Apostle John: 3. 16. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life. In the past, match making is the norm and many older couples still hold on to their marriage vows to the end, simply because of a strong commitment that since you are my wife or husband I will love you forever as depicted in 1 John: 4. 11. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. But today, we are exposed only to Eros Love and Philio Love. We need both Philio and Agape love to keep the marriages alive. But many of times, guys have ‘bad eyes’ and look for the wrong things at the right girl and therefore can’t find or be contented with a wife of their choice.

There are also many love seasons of life that couples go through. When courting, we are in Eros and Philio level of love. After a big fight when all the feeling and love have disappeared and weaknesses fully exposed and we are no longer ‘sweet’ and ‘honey bee’ anymore. In that situation, if the person still loves you because of a commitment, a vow and discipline to hold onto, it is due to Agape Love as advised in Ephesians: 5. 25. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself up for it. Discipline makes Agape Love possible because it reflects the level of commitment towards each other. Whereas a undisciplined young men or women in general has questionable Agape Love.

And as the couple ‘ages like fine wine’, Eros Love and Philio Love start to decline after marriage. All couples will always fight and all our good feelings towards each other starts to disappear. In spite of these, Agape Love can help to hold each other together while we seek for marital help. How to bring back the Eros or Philio Love? we need to sow and put in commitment and dedication to each other and start loving each other like God choosers to love the sinners.

When seeking for marital or love advice, please seek from some one older instead of younger. Because the younger people are still exploring and guessing in their volatile love stages. Many good relationships are breaking up because there is no good third party to advise us or help reconcile. Sometimes a good relationship suffers a life time of tragedy because of one moment of pride or unforgiveness or a demonstration of anger and violance, which is a sin that is too luxurious to afford and resulting in a terrible price to pay for one life time in silence and perhaps even passing the same tragedy to our next generation. Therfore, we must learn to follow and walk in faith with sacrificial Love of Christ as depicted in Ephesians: 5. 2. and walk in love, even as Christ also loved you, and gave himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for an odor of a sweet smell.

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.