Bible Study on Learning To Live A Blessed Life By Thinking Of Death And Be Prepared And Be Bold At The Return Of Lord’s Christ according to Jeremiah 7:8-17, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Luke 21:13, Acts 1:11, Matthew 24:7, Mark 13:8, 2 Peter 3:10, 1 Thessalonians 4:14, 1 Corinthians 15:51-53, Ecclesiastes 12:7, Hebrew 8:8, Philippians 1:21 & 3:21, Romans 3:23, Acts 7:59, Luke 23:42-43, Romans 8:29-30, 1 John 2:28, 2 Corinthians 5:8

In conjunction with this year’s Easter Sunday to commemorate the 3rd day our Lord Christ Jesus was crucified on Calvary and on the 5th day He ascended from the Temple Mount, Jerusalem to be with Father God after leaving instructions with His diciples. Although we never personally met our Lord, but His abundance of love, grace and teaching is brought us through this far despite going through many long years of trials, testing, turbulence, travails and all forms of torments. We soul out believed and trust through consecration in Your tower refuge, Your mighty shield, Your help and guidance; has brought us this far in life and with the peace of mind and eager anticipation for a blessed hope of a brighter future and the assurance of eternity with our Lord God. Though we constantly struggle with the business of life and corrupted by the noises of the market place and the world, we thank You and praise You for our blessed hope and that You are always before and behind us here now, forever and always.

Hence, do you longed for the blessed hope and hope to see the glorious appearance of our savior Christ Jesus? During the early days of church revival many Christian activities were targeted towards the return of our savior. Parousia in ancient Hebrew is appearance or coming of Lord Jesus. Historically, the northern kingdom of Israel was conquered by the Assyrians (today’s modern Syria) in 730BC and subsequently the southern kingdom of Judah was also conquered by the Neo-Babylonians under Chaldean king Nabuchadnazzer II (605-562BC in today’s modern Iraq) in 587BC on the 9th of April / Avril (15th Nissan in Jewish Rabbinic lunar calendar) and the whole Jewish population was exiled to far away lands i.e. Persia to the east and worked and lived as slaves under their new master. And the causes for the scourge of God and the enslavement and being exiled from the lands of their fore father’s is clearly warned by prophet Elijah (886BC) to king Ahaz and  Phoenician queen Jezebel (many Jews upto today do not acknowledge her as a queen due to her evil deeds, treachery and wickedness) against idol worship as well as by prophet Jeremiah: 7. 8. Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit. 9. Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods that ye have not known, 10. and come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered; that ye may do all these abominations? 11. Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, I, even I, have seen it, saith Jehovah. 12. But go ye now unto my place which was in Shiloh, where I caused my name to dwell at the first, and see what I did to it for the wickedness of my people Israel. 13. And now, because ye have done all these works, saith Jehovah, and I spake unto you, rising up early and speaking, but ye heard not; and I called you, but ye answered not: 14. therefore will I do unto the house which is called by my name, wherein ye trust, and unto the place which I gave to you and to your fathers, as I did to Shiloh. 15. And I will cast you out of my sight, as I have cast out all your brethren, even the whole seed of Ephraim. 16. Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me; for I will not hear thee. 17. Seest thou not what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? In today’s terms the sins that the Israelites angered God is self pride causing lying and swear falsely, greed and gluttony causing stealing, destruction and death, anger causing hate, cruelty, murder, lust causing adultery, envy causing discontent, rebellion and disobedience to God leading to idol worship.

We as God’s creation have a finite life and a destiny to fulfilled. Birth, growing, maturing, aging, pains, suffering, death, etc are all part of the curvature of God’s chosen destiny pathway for us. Basically we live and we die in the end, sounds sad and dreaded isn’t it. But our loving God has plans of salvation and redemption for us as seen in 1 Thessalonians: 4. 13. But we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning them that fall asleep; that ye sorrow not, even as the rest, who have no hope. 14. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also that are fallen asleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we that are alive, that are left unto the coming of the Lord, shall in no wise precede them that are fallen asleep. 16. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven, with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first; 17. then we that are alive, that are left, shall together with them be caught up in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

The return of Christ is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, He will as promised in the New Testament. The return of our savior is certain:as the signs of His return is found in Luke: 21. 13. It shall turn out unto you for a testimony. He will decend from heaven with a dramatic shout, voice of Arc Angels and trumpet of God. It is going to be powerful and majestic spectacle of His coming to receive His church as described in Acts: 1. 11. who also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye looking into heaven? this Jesus, who was received up from you into heaven shall so come in like manner as ye beheld him going into heaven. The day of the Lord will come is during the end of days called Armageddon characterized by times of travail and torment as depicted in Matthew: 24. 7. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be famines and earthquakes in divers places. As well as in Mark: 13. 8. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there shall be earthquakes in divers places; there shall be famines: these things are the beginning of travail. And all these will happen in sudden and unexpected like a thief in the night as depicted in 2 Peter: 3. 10. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall be dissolved with fervent heat, and the earth and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

So what happens to all of us in the present and past during judgement day? Resurrection of the dead is the rise of the dead in a new transformed and glorified body as in 1 Thessalonians: 4. 14. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also that are fallen asleep in Jesus will God bring with him and again in And all these will happen and we shall change in a twinkle of an eye as illustrated in 1 Corinthians: 15. 51. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We all shall not sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52. in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. Death to a Christians is like falling asleep and our Spirit returns to God as in Ecclesiastes: 12. 7. and the dust returneth to the earth as it was, and the spirit returneth unto God who gave it. On the other hand, the rapture is being caught up and rejoin the resurrected in heaven as in 1 Thessalonians: 4. 17. then we that are alive, that are left, shall together with them be caught up in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. And there will be a grand reunion of all the saints with the Lord in heaven in one company, all together happy. We do not grieve like the rest of mankind like no hope as depicted in Hebrews: 8. 8. For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, That I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.

Life and death is not an easy thing to all to talk about although death is imminent, but people avoid it for fear of inviting bad omen or bad luck. Nonetheless, to remind us on how to live a better life is to be able to think about death every day while we are alive. Because when we know that we are facing with death, there is where our unbridled human emotions comes out. It is thinking about death, that we learn how to live life. Moreover, people at the death bed can only think about things that are important in life and no longer about wealth creation and material things (because they can’t be bring along). Always it takes us to lose something precious before we learn to treasure something less precious; thus ‘death’ starts life and to ‘die’ is to gain as declared by devotees in the church of Philippians: 1. 21. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

By accepting God’s salvation is to die our old bodies in sin and rise a new glory body like Christ Jesus, for He is unblemished and He is able as described in Philippians: 3. 21. who shall fashion anew the body of our humiliation, [that it may be] conformed to the body of his glory, according to the working whereby he is able even to subject all things unto himself. Because Jesus loved us and not judged us, but cared for us and died for us on the cross. So that we can live a full life. Because we have all sinned as told in Romans: 3. 23. for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God; For those who have passed on shall rest in the bosoms of our beloved Savior, who have gone before us as witnessed in Acts: 7. 59. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon [the Lord], and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And again on the cross of Calvary Jesus saved 2 other criminals bring crucified as recollected in Luke: 23. 42. And he said, Jesus, remember me when thou comest in thy kingdom. 43. And he said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To-day shalt thou be with me in Paradise.

The salvation plans of God is to reconcile us back to the image of His Son Christ Jesus as mentioned in Romans: 8. 29. For whom he foreknew, he also foreordained [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren: 30. and whom he foreordained, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

Hence forth we need to be ready prepared and do not be ashamed when He comes because we have a blessed hope as reminded in 1 John: 2. 28. And now, [my] little children, abide in him; that, if he shall be manifested, we may have boldness, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. In closing, life and death are normals of every living human and we should not be too fearful of death but rather be of good cheer and be brave to face it when it comes knocking, with the assurance of the Lord’s Christ in 2 Corinthians: 5. 8. we are of good courage, I say, and are willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be at home with the Lord.

Bible Study on Living A Purpose Driven Life In Our Temporary And Transient Life according to James 4:13-15, Psalm 39:5, Psalm 90:4, 9-10, Habakkuk 3:17-18, Proverbs 16:9

Do you wish to live a purposeful life? Do you sometimes feel lost in the wilderness without the directions and presence of God? Life is just like a dream or like a ‘box of chocolate, not know what surprises and endulgement awaits’. It is imperative that we see life like a mist.

Life is sometimes like a gusty wind that quietly goes away or leave behind a trail of destruction like a tornado or typhoon.
Sometimes like a rain, life have thunder and storm and also calm with clear sky. Or is life like a mist that fades with the rising sun. Or is it like fluffy clouds that drifts off without a trace. Life is momentary like a play or a show that has to end even when we are at the height of our acting or carrier. Life is clueless, uncontrollable and unforgiving like a mist as seen in James: 4. 13. Come now, ye that say, To-day or to-morrow we will go into this city, and spend a year there, and trade, and get gain: 14. whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. What is your life? For ye are a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. 15. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall both live, and do this or that.

Life is like your palm that is short and has no comparison at all with the greatness of God as in Psalm: 39. 5. Behold, thou hast made my days [as] handbreadths; And my life-time is as nothing before thee: Surely every man at his best estate is altogether vanity. Selah. Make no mistake it is God’s will that allow us to live for His pleasure. What is important in life is to have early realization of what life is, because life is short, fragile and uncontrollable. Actually our life is just like our palm waving in the mist, where sometimes we see it and sometimes we don’t. Being deceived ourselves, yet we can feel it is there.

Life is seasonal, temporary and transient like the day and night that changes and fades swiftly as depicted in Psalm: 90. 4. For a thousand years in thy sight Are but as yesterday when it is past, And as a watch in the night. 9. For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: We bring our years to an end as a sigh. 10. The days of our years are threescore years and ten, Or even by reason of strength fourscore years; Yet is their pride but labor and sorrow; For it is soon gone, and we fly away. As mentioned in the Holy Bible that the life expectancy of humans are around 70. If blessed with immaculate health perhaps around 80. If we are lucky and ‘smart enough’ perhaps above 80 or 90. But sometimes longevity is also filled with hardship and sorrow.

Hence, we need to be grateful and thankful to God. We need to treasure the people around you and learn to take care of others. We need to learn to treasure our limited time left and must live life to the max. In order to live a fruitful live, we need to take care of our health physically and emotionally. Of course, we also need to be healthy socially and spend quality time with family, relatives, acquaintances, friends and even online buddies.

We must choose to work hard and make preparations for the Lord today despite our circumstances. We must rejoice in Christ Jesus our Lord God despite there is no harvest and herd in the land and barns. Habakkuk: 3. 17. For though the fig-tree shall not flourish, Neither shall fruit be in the vines; The labor of the olive shall fail, And the fields shall yield no food; The flock shall be cut off from the fold, And there shall be no herd in the stalls: 18. Yet I will rejoice in Jehovah, I will joy in the God of my salvation. Because we are forever grateful of God greatest gift of salvation and redemption for our lives. Let God direct our paths and His paths are always our best ways as advised in Proverbs: 16. 9. A man’s heart deviseth his way; But Jehovah directeth his steps.

Bible Study on Living A Purpose Driven Life In Our Temporary And Transient Life according to James 4:13-15, Psalm 39:5, Psalm 90:4, 9-10, Habakkuk 3:17-18, Proverbs 16:9

Do you wish to live a purposeful life? Do you sometimes feel lost in the wilderness without the directions and presence of God? Life is just like a dream or like a ‘box of chocolate, not know what surprises and endulgement awaits’. It is imperative that we see life like a mist.

Life is sometimes like a gusty wind that quietly goes away or leave behind a trail of destruction like a tornado or typhoon.
Sometimes like a rain, life have thunder and storm and also calm with clear sky. Or is life like a mist that fades with the rising sun. Or is it like fluffy clouds that drifts off without a trace. Life is momentary like a play or a show that has to end even when we are at the height of our acting or carrier. Life is clueless, uncontrollable and unforgiving like a mist as seen in James: 4. 13. Come now, ye that say, To-day or to-morrow we will go into this city, and spend a year there, and trade, and get gain: 14. whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. What is your life? For ye are a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. 15. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall both live, and do this or that.

Life is like your palm that is short and has no comparison at all with the greatness of God as in Psalm: 39. 5. Behold, thou hast made my days [as] handbreadths; And my life-time is as nothing before thee: Surely every man at his best estate is altogether vanity. Selah. Make no mistake it is God’s will that allow us to live for His pleasure. What is important in life is to have early realization of what life is, because life is short, fragile and uncontrollable. Actually our life is just like our palm waving in the mist, where sometimes we see it and sometimes we don’t. Being deceived ourselves, yet we can feel it is there.

Life is seasonal, temporary and transient like the day and night that changes and fades swiftly as depicted in Psalm: 90. 4. For a thousand years in thy sight Are but as yesterday when it is past, And as a watch in the night. 9. For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: We bring our years to an end as a sigh. 10. The days of our years are threescore years and ten, Or even by reason of strength fourscore years; Yet is their pride but labor and sorrow; For it is soon gone, and we fly away. As mentioned in the Holy Bible that the life expectancy of humans are around 70. If blessed with immaculate health perhaps around 80. If we are lucky and ‘smart enough’ perhaps above 80 or 90. But sometimes longevity is also filled with hardship and sorrow.

Hence, we need to be grateful and thankful to God. We need to treasure the people around you and learn to take care of others. We need to learn to treasure our limited time left and must live life to the max. In order to live a fruitful live, we need to take care of our health physically and emotionally. Of course, we also need to be healthy socially and spend quality time with family, relatives, acquaintances, friends and even online buddies.

We must choose to work hard and make preparations for the Lord today despite our circumstances. We must rejoice in Christ Jesus our Lord God despite there is no harvest and herd in the land and barns. Habakkuk: 3. 17. For though the fig-tree shall not flourish, Neither shall fruit be in the vines; The labor of the olive shall fail, And the fields shall yield no food; The flock shall be cut off from the fold, And there shall be no herd in the stalls: 18. Yet I will rejoice in Jehovah, I will joy in the God of my salvation. Because we are forever grateful of God greatest gift of salvation and redemption for our lives. Let God direct our paths and His paths are always our best ways as advised in Proverbs: 16. 9. A man’s heart deviseth his way; But Jehovah directeth his steps.

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.

Bible Study on Listening To The Voice Of Our Shepard That Guide Us Into Pastures Of Blessed Hope according to John 10:3, 5, 14, 16, 27, John 8:47

We have the ability to listen to the voice of God. God calls to His sheeps because My sheep listen to My voice as seen in John: 10. 3. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And seen in John: 10. 27. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. We all longed to hear the voice of the shepard.

We can learn the ability to listen to our shepherd like a children. God teaches us to listen to Him through our prayers. Like Luke we ask Lord to teach us how to pray. In order to hear His voice we need to make appointment with God, to slow down our pace and to hear His beautiful voice. Because our Creator knows us and so do we know our great mighty God as illustrated in John: 10. 14. I am the good shepherd; and I know mine own, and mine own know me.

As Christians and more so as humans we have to go to God because we are dumb by nature, directionless without education and depend on God for our everything because He is the author and perfecter of our life. And He will begin to direct us through His voice one step at a time as seen in John: 10. 4. When he hath put forth all his own, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. God wants us to bring us into His fold so that He can lead us as one flock into green pastures as described in John: 10. 16. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice: and they shall become one flock, one shepherd.

We need to grow and nurture our communication skills with God. We need to mature in the Word of God in order to discern the voice of God, because what we hear are not all are the voice of God and it can be mixed up with the voice of the devil and our flesh, as justified by Jesus apostle in John: 8. 47. He that is of God heareth the words of God: for this cause ye hear [them] not, because ye are not of God. We need to understand that the voice of God will never contradict the Word of God.

We also need to have the desire to bring the gentiles and non Christians to Christ Jesus, because He wants to bring them to quiet green pastures and gentle sparking streams and let our gentle Shepard to be our guide as described in John: 10. 16. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice: and they shall become one flock, one shepherd.

Bible Study on Claiming Our Promised Land With God For Our Future Generations Through Persistent Faith according to Deuteronomy 1:35-37, Joshua 14:1-10, Numbers 13:6, 30

The year is around 13th century BC (circa 1400s BC) about the Biblical history of prophet Joshua and his general named Caleb who were planning to inherit and take control of the promised land of God. It turns out that despite of what God had done for them in Egypt and all the spectacular miracles and wonders they have seen, yet they were disobedient and rebellious, because the Israelites simply did not have a heart for God. As a result God was greatly disappointed and furious with the children of Israel except with a few righteous men as seen in the opening story of Deuteronomy: 1. 35. Surely there shall not one of these men of this evil generation see the good land, which I sware to give unto your fathers, 36. save Caleb the son of Jephunneh: he shall see it; and to him will I give the land that he hath trodden upon, and to his children, because he hath wholly followed Jehovah. 37. Also Jehovah was angry with me for your sakes, saying, Thou also shalt not go in thither.

The story hangs on the context of land inheritance because in the Holy Bible land inheritance (the only real estate of that time) is about inheriting the promises and blessing of God rather than about the land size or land situated in a particular strategic area. The blessings of God to Abraham and his descendants is crystallized into the form of land at Canaan geographically to the west of River Jordan, which refers to today’s geopolitical self rule region of Palestine. And the promised land of God is devided among the 9 Jewish Levites tribes and half tribe of Israel.

Joshua and the children of Israel have besieged Canaan from the east, crossing the River Jordan, slowly moved westward and managed to conquer the cities one by one in their path and drove out most of the enemies and let live and made peace with those who surrendered and decided follow to God. Finally they have entered into the promise of God. God is a fair God that ensure those who have followed Him faithfully is entitled to a fair share of His promises, in spite how priestly their decent may be. For our God looks at our heart and not at our appearance as historically recorded in Joshua: 14. 1. And these are the inheritances which the children of Israel took in the land of Canaan, which Eleazar the priest, and Joshua the son of Nun, and the heads of the fathers’ [houses] of the tribes of the children of Israel, distributed unto them, 2. by the lot of their inheritance, as Jehovah commanded by Moses, for the nine tribes, and for the half-tribe.

Although Biblically there is some confusing description about the actual decent of Caleb. Whether is he of pure Israel tribe I.e. Tribe of Judah or of the half tribe I.e. Tribe of Kenizzite as seen in Joshua: 14. 6. Then the children of Judah drew nigh unto Joshua in Gilgal: and Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said unto him, Thou knowest the thing that Jehovah spake unto Moses the man of God concerning me and concerning thee in Kadesh-barnea and again in Numbers: 13. 6. Of the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh.

In terms of appearance, general Caleb was a honorable,  respectful, determined, righteous, courageous and fearless warrior and leader with a strong physique and sharp mind as imagined from his words in Numbers: 13. 30. And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.

Claim for land for God’s salvation and redemption is through faith in God and obeying His instructions. Furthermore, a claim can only be presented to God provided we have fully surrendered in all aspects and followed God full heartedly and persistently as depicted in Joshua: 14. 9. And Moses sware on that day, saying, Surely the land whereon thy foot hath trodden shall be an inheritance to thee and to thy children for ever, because thou hast wholly followed Jehovah my God. 10. And now, behold, Jehovah hath kept me alive, as he spake, these forty and five years, from the time that Jehovah spake this word unto Moses, while Israel walked in the wilderness: and now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old. Trusting in the Lord of our futures and that He will provide for all our needs and He is the strength in our weakness.

Another thing worth noting is that Moses, Aaron, Joshua and Caleb were not doing all these just only for themselves but for their children. Like leaving a worthy legacy and passing on the batton to our generation before we pass on. In today’s context,  we need to operate our ministries and meet the need of the communities outside the 4 walls of the church with a hearing heart and to minister to the people of the calling of God with a desired heart. For our God is compassion to those who are poor in the Spirit. Like Caleb in trusting the Lord to serve. We need a positive spirit in all things especially in dealing with people and learn to love people. We need God to give us the anointing of patience and persistence in serving in the church.

Bible Study on Finding God’s Favor In His Remembrance By Trusting Fully In Christ Jesus according to Genesis 5:29, 6:8-9

In the Bible Story on God’s calling to Noah and his tribe on the construction of the Ark before the time of the great floods to cleanse the earth and restart humanity and all living things void of evil and darkness as introduced in Genesis: 5. 29. and he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us in our work and in the toil of our hands, [which cometh] because of the ground which Jehovah hath cursed.

God remembered Noah, his tribe and all animals in the Ark in spite of the filth and cruelty on the earth during that time; yet God still had hope of salvation for His children as seen in the Bible Story in Genesis: 6. 8. But Noah found favor in the eyes of Jehovah. 9. These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, [and] perfect in his generations: Noah walked with God. Similarly, God sent His begotten Son Christ Jesus to save the lost and redeemed of our sins simply because God remembers. More so our loving God will always find favor in those that honors Him and God hold up those who walked with Him.

Certainly, God does not have memory lapse of His children in the present day too, because we are more mature and spirited than all the animals. God always remembers your hurt, your faith, your struggles and foremost your heart. Whatever we are going through in our lives do not lose faith and believe in God for a miracle, because our God is a God of breakthrough.

Similarly, our children is a reflection of us because they are the produce of our same kind. But we cannot force things we want into our children or punish them unnecessarily and have no effect. It is far more wiser to trust fully your child in the Lord and pray every night in your children’s room to the Holy Spirit of God that God will transform your child around miraculously in time. Because God loves your children more than you can, provide you trust fully in Him the God of love.

Bible Study on Building A Strong Godly Foundation In Christ Jesus For A Better Generation In Waiting For Better Things To Come according to Hebrews 11:40

The better generations are yet to come, we will never become it the better generation. Of course I am not here to demean our generation or our older generations, as they have already proven themselves in the past and are well respected generation. It is a for better type of analogy, where the older generations will always pale in comparison to them, as they will be more spirited and God obeying than us. We the current generation are just an advertisement, a role model, an inspiration to them. The future generations are our better generations and our true heroes to come as proven by God as seen in Hebrews: 11. 40. God having provided some better thing concerning us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect. Something better in Hebrews means Jesus that we pass on to the next generation. Is not a comparison of what we can do or what other cannot do. We cannot compare one generation with another as it is unfair. Every generations have a unique grace that make all generations harmonious. So the question is what is the role of parents needs to be and the parental control over our future generation as advised in the Holy Bible?

The difference between the rich and the wealthy, is that wealthy people know how to earn their own money but the rich does not have the ability to earn own money but know how to spend their inherited money. Hence, some children of the wealthy have been spoilt in virtue and stature and become useless consumer of our society. If currently we are well to do in our business, career and profession, we should take up the responsibility to educate and teach them the correct God’s way and live in the newness of life that Jesus offers.

If you wants the future generation to be a champion, we need to teach them to become better and accomplish greater things. However some generation have left their unfinished homework, filth and problems to their younger generation I.e. divorce, it will be unfair to them because it will change them forever. We have been brought into this world to do things other saints cannot do for our generation. In actual fact God does not need us to help him. He is giving us a chance to pass the blessings of Jesus on. The greatest treasures to pass on to your children are not your worldly treasures and inheritance but the grace, love and blessings of God through Christ Jesus. We should not bride our children with worldly presents but invest in our children with our presence. Instead give them a good childhood, happy marriage, God assured confidence and self righteousness that God is in front and behind so as they may carry on after we are gone.

Young generation’s vision is needed to fulfilled the older generation’s dreams and aspirations. God will gives us some keys of grace to us all. But the keys to the solution of our lives lies in the hands of the future generations. Do not underestimate our future generations, as our success of our lifetime cannot be measured against ourselves, we envision our children and at the same time we must teach and educate them. We do not determine your children’s destiny, we only facilitate and stir them on the right course.

We build a good foundation, we get a strong building. We need to pass Jesus in the purest form so that the future generations do not have to pay the price. Even they need to pay a price, they doing for the next generation, at least there is advancement in the Kingdom of God and not a deficit in God’s grace. Let’s build a strong and firm foundation of God in Christ Jesus for our future generations.

Bible Study on Fear Our Enemies Not In Our Daily Battles For Our God Has Already Won All The Battles For Us according to Joshua 10:8-42, 1 John 5:14-15, Matthew 7:11, 1 Corinthians 15:57

Fear them not! that our God and His Son has already gone before us and delivered the enemy into our hands. What challenges are we wrestling in your lives? Is our problems seem overwhelming and unsurmountable? Why are we still stuck in these rot and not being able to defeat the enemies? Joshua: 10. 8. And Jehovah said unto Joshua, Fear them not: for I have delivered them into thy hands; there shall not a man of them stand before thee. The below biblical stories about prophet Joshua’s battles is the reflection of the battles in our daily lives. The battles we face in our daily lives are many and some are trivial but some may be critical. By applying Joshua’s principles of victories, we just simply need to trust God, obey God, pray to God and fight victoriously with God.

The greatest battle of our lives is in fact not the enemy we face but ourselves. There are 3 main enemies that we must wage war against. The enemy around us is God’s creations that are lost and gone to the dark side, the enemy within us is the shadow, fear and experiences of our past and the enemy above us belongs to God’s enemy in the spiritual world.

Alliance with God is the first and most important step to take before matching against your enemy.  God and His children can even work hand in hand to achieve victory and defeat God’s enemy as reenacted in Joshua: 10. 10. And Jehovah discomfited them before Israel, and he slew them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, and chased them by the way of the ascent of Beth-horon, and smote them to Azekah, and unto Makkedah. 11. And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel, while they were at the descent of Beth-horon, that Jehovah cast down great stones from heaven upon them unto Azekah, and they died: they were more who died with the hailstones than they whom the children of Israel slew with the sword.

Use every heavenly weapon and tactics at your disposal by God. It is mentioned in the Holy Bible about the fulfillment of a prophecy in the Book of Jashar; would you believe when Joshua prayed to God for help, He can also make the stuck in the sky of Gibeon longer, perhaps the illusion of a double sun when the moon also got stuck at Aijalon’s sky and made the daylight hours longer in order for prophet Joshua and the Israelites win the battle on the same day instead of having to fight a night battle or even a protracted seige in the Battle with the Amorites as depicted in Joshua: 10. 12. Then spake Joshua to Jehovah in the day when Jehovah delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel; and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; And thou, Moon, in the valley of Aijalon. 13. And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, Until the nation had avenged themselves of their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jashar? And the sun stayed in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day. 14. And there was no day like that before it or after it, that Jehovah hearkened unto the voice of a man: for Jehovah fought for Israel. In a nut shell is that we must pray to God in good times and trial times. For our prayer bring us up to God so that He can hear.

Do not be afraid to pray and ask of His blessing and good things that are according to His will. Of course God will only reward those who not only have unstaggering belief in Him and are bold in their actions in the showing off their faith on Him. For our loving heavenly Father wants us to trust Him in His ways and plans and He knows what good things to bless us in life as taught in 1 John: 5. 14. And this is the boldness which we have toward him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us: 15. and if we know that he heareth us whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions which we have asked of him. In contrary, apostle Matthew contrast against the loving and good God that even the evil and wicked parents also knows how to care, nuture and give good things to their children as read in Matthew: 7. 11. If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

Matching forward into the promises of God as He has already delivered for you.
Joshua southern conquest as depicted in Joshua: 10. 29. And Joshua passed from Makkedah, and all Israel with him, unto Libnah, and fought against Libnah: 30. and Jehovah delivered it also, and the king thereof, into the hand of Israel; and he smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein; he left none remaining in it; and he did unto the king thereof as he had done unto the king of Jericho. 31. And Joshua passed from Libnah, and all Israel with him, unto Lachish, and encamped against it, and fought against it: 32. and Jehovah delivered Lachish into the hand of Israel; and he took it on the second day, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein, according to all that he had done to Libnah. 33. Then Horam king of Gezer came up to help Lachish; and Joshua smote him and his people, until he had left him none remaining. 34. And Joshua passed from Lachish, and all Israel with him, unto Eglon; and they encamped against it, and fought against it; 35. and they took it on that day, and smote it with the edge of the sword; and all the souls that were therein he utterly destroyed that day, according to all that he had done to Lachish. 36. And Joshua went up from Eglon, and all Israel with him, unto Hebron; and they fought against it: 37. and they took it, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and the king thereof, and all the cities thereof, and all the souls that were therein; he left none remaining, according to all that he had done to Eglon; but he utterly destroyed it, and all the souls that were therein. 38. And Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, to Debir, and fought against it: 39. and he took it, and the king thereof, and all the cities thereof; and they smote them with the edge of the sword, and utterly destroyed all the souls that were therein; he left none remaining: as he had done to Hebron, so he did to Debir, and to the king thereof; as he had done also to Libnah, and to the king thereof.

As Christian we face daily battles in our lives whether be it small or mundane or huge and critical. As the problems and situations varies so does the attacks and positions of the enemy. In spite of these our mission and objectives is to still to focus on  Christ Jesus for He is able to bring us out of our  circumstances victoriously.

Remember that our fight with God is to conquer and be victorious as depicted in Joshua: 10. 16. And these five kings fled, and hid themselves in the cave at Makkedah. 22. Then said Joshua, Open the mouth of the cave, and bring forth those five kings unto me out of the cave. We need to deal with the ‘kings’ controlling our lives. By confronting our situations, sins and addictions I.e. a bad medical report, draining treasures, sex, lust, adultery, murder, idol worship, devil transaction, demon torture, etc.
Drag our problem before God and seek Him for solutions.
Proclaim the victories of God upon our lives.

In God alone we trust for our battles against our strongholds as the battles belongs to God.
Joshua: 10. 42. And all these kings and their land did Joshua take at one time, because Jehovah, the God of Israel, fought for Israel.

From the humbleness and meekness of Christ Jesus, like Father like Son, our God is also a humble God. For our good God does not punishes those who forgets to praise Him, but He certainly rewards those who seeks Him humbles themselves before Him and gives Him all the glory and praises as advised by apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians: 15. 57. but thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. In the end it is God’s fight in the end not ours. Why not stop and ask God to intervene.  Ask for a miracle from God. Listen and obey to His voice. Let God fight for us as our shoulders are to small to carry the heavy burden. Let God gives us the peace to win every battles in our lives.