Making the Choice

God created us with free will. The question is what does it mean to be free. The meaning of freedom as far as dictionary is concerned it is :

“the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants.”

Another meaning is :

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So when God created us, he gave us free will. What did Confucius mean by that by saying the statement above.

For example when we don’t take ourselves seriously. We can allow us to get manipulated. If your words are not taken seriously, he or she does not wish to be driven in the direction of our opinion. Most often conflict of opinion happens over who is in power of taking the decision and not the content. It is the context that matters.

God too has given us freedom.

Proverbs 18:21 

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Words are powerful, haven’t you heard the tongue is mightier than the sword.

God has given us the power to choose over life and death.

As it is said in the Deuteronomy.

Deuteronomy 30:14 
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

This verse came up when God was persuading his people to turn away from other Gods and come back to worship him as his fathers did.
God was pretty serious when he said this statements. Both the blessings and curses were pretty intense.

God does not force us into his will to display is power like People,organisations in power have done like Hitler,Stalin,Communist governments etc. But he displays his awesome power through awesome intensity the blessing and curses.

I mean it is really intense . Everyone who have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior will live in this awesome mind boggling city.

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Revelation 21

the holy[h] Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal. 12 Also she had a great and high wall with twelve gates, and twelve angels at the gates, and names written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: 13 three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west.

14 Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names[i] of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. 15 And he who talked with me had a gold reed to measure the city, its gates, and its wall. 16 The city is laid out as a square; its length is as great as its breadth. And he measured the city with the reed: twelve thousand furlongs. Its length, breadth, and height are equal. 17 Then he measured its wall: one hundred and forty-four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of an angel.18 The construction of its wall was of jasper; and the city waspure gold, like clear glass. 19 The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones: the first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. 21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city waspure gold, like transparent glass.

That is the height of Gods ability when we in faith receive  the Christ and savior.
God is a awesome sovereign, all powerful God.

And He said to me, “It is done![c] I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things,[d] and I will be his God and he shall be My son.

But for rest he has displayed his power through wrath

But the cowardly, unbelieving,[e] abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

But his cursing as he has mentioned in the last is horrible place much worse than the present hell.

God giving us free will does not make him any weaker. Because human realm of powerful means having control. God shows his greatness and power in response to faith, his love and mercy to those faithless, non believers,murdered,sexually immoral,sorcerers and idolaters.

Its funny how cowardly followed by unbelievers are mentioned before
Murders, sexually immoral sorcerers and idolaters. It is very interesting but it belongs in another discussion of its own.

But either ways God is not mocked.

Galatians 6:7
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows

The above verse  is for people in grace who take advantage of Gods grace. This is written by Paul the apostle the advocate of Grace of God through faith in Christ.

For if a man sins even after being Christian, he does not mock God but deceives himself. He ends hurting himself. As it is written and man reaps what he sows. The harvest usually take time. People expect when people do bad things, bad things don’t happen because they don’t see anything bad happen immediately. Harvest takes time likewise bad things to happen to those who does them in time.

A very morbid way to put it although it is a necessary explanation for those confused people against Grace. This is the expected rate of return for both Faithful and Lawless.

Although a question arises can one fake it. By saying the right words. In this Jesus rebukes the Pharisees

Matthew 12:34
O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

We usually have to strain ourselves when we have to speak that is just politically correct. But what is in our only has real meaning and power .By words men have changed the world. But not for just idle words but for words spoken by men like love,freedom,justice,liberty men have given up their lives.

So the choice of life and death is in our hands. Its like steering wheel of a titanic. Sure the wheel is very very small compared to the hull of titanic or any other part. But it can turn the entire ship in a direction both safe and dangerous paths.

Like wise free will is like that small steering wheel. Tiny it maybe,even feels insignificant but has extraordinary consequences.

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Emotional Diet of Jesus

Emotions is a weird but everyday aspect of our daily life. People feel good on some days,some says bad. Most of us think emotions are something that is out our hands. It is something we can’t control.

Another point of view is you can be cold and emotionless . caring and Sensitive. What we see in bible is completely different perspective.

Let’s read through John 11

We read the resurrection of Lazarus

As Jesus went back to the city where the Jews tried to stone him to death

The disciples said to Him, “Rabbi, lately the Jews sought to stone You, and are You going there again?”

It is interesting when Jesus is informed Lazarus is sick, Jesus says these words…

 Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.”

When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”

We see that Jesus is quite confident of bringing Lazarus from the dead

23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

24 Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

27 She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

As we Jesus died for us not only to save us from our sins but death to. In short we have everlasting life through Jesus Christ.

33 Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled. 34 And He said, “Where have you laid him?”

They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.”

35 Jesus wept. 36 Then the Jews said, “See how He loved him!”

37 And some of them said, “Could not this Man, who opened the eyes of the blind, also have kept this man from dying?”

Jesus ends up raising Lazarus from the dead, as you have noticed Jesus wept. God never intended man to die, remember there were two trees. The tree of life and knowledge of good and evil.
God wanted Man and Woman to eat the tree of life.

Jesus wept , because he was upset at the notion of mans death and his separation from God.

He was sensitive emotionally and vulnerable.

But more less emotional side of Jesus, we see him before the
crucifixion. He talks about his death in John 14

Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions;[a] if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.[b] And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 

He tells his disciples let not your Heart be troubled. Remember guys he is telling his disciples he is going to be die. Remember Jesus is going to face a horrible death. Instead of panicking himself. He is commanding his disciples not to let their hearts be troubled.

If Jesus suffers and dies. Then their disciples would be the Romans next target. He’s not only not being emotional about his death, he commanding his disciples not to fear.

Just like Jesus we can choose to indulge our emotions about which we care about. Not let our hearts be troubled by bad times . We being Christians indulge in emotions regarding our everlasting life on heaven. And we can be emotionalyl indifferent to hard times using the promises of word of God.

Deuteronomy  31:6

Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Being Realistic as a Christian

People often lack any faith at all when it comes to be rewarded by God. No Perfectionist here, my brother once asked me if I had my choice I would join a ministry or go to a College.

I told him College is better option (since I was not ready to sacrifice.)

To be frank I learned allot of life lessons in college, interacted with drunkards, thieves, psychos; of course all of the are college student. Probably did every stupid ass thing other than drinking and smoking. Usually Christian are these middle class people, Oh we such nice goodie goodie people who frankly live in their own wonderland. Saying this what they think is literally literally opposite to the letters of the Bible.

Its like expecting Engineers to have Analytic mind , but they only do things that think works, never questioning themselves.

So As I was saying sure college was a unpleasant but interesting experience but  there are many ways to get that. It wasn’t certainly what I expected it to be. Sure If too chased after CGPA and GPAs initially itself , things would have been different.

But my point is Serving God has allot of perks. With respect to any Job there is your interest to do the job and and the payment

So many religious people who serve God allot and have a recognition in the society. But they make it look like a unconditional sacrifice to get the pat on the back. Well done , or wow wish I had your dedication. Even well meaning people scare away people with their approach.

Matthew 6-20

But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

Imagine you are working for a company , where they paying you really badly compared to another company with same Job but better salary. Trust me God is not a cheap scape.

Matthew 19:27 ,28

Then Peter said to him, “We’ve given up everything to follow you. What will we get?”

Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

God is not a cheap scape despite what religious people have to say.

If you say we must do for love sake alone , I personally can  look you in the eye and say you are completely full of shit, or the technical term would be hypocrite .

If disciples who served God and Christ so much asked boldly this question and Jesus did not get offended one iota. I don’t see why so many religious people are hesitant talking plainly about such scriptures.

Actually Job prospective of Preachers and Ministers are much better than even rich Godly Christian business man in the world. Because they will receive more reward since they are CORE field. Christians like me don’t belong to core field. Sounds weird the way I am talking then you are not a Engineer 😁😁

So Apostle Paul probably be much richer and more respected than Solomon the King himself in heaven.

Food for thought 😁😁

If you are offended, then please be offended you will by mistake question your self 😜😜😜

Asking God the right answer

This is something that I have decided I have to work on. As far as I am concerned right answers come from smart people, of course that includes God. The problem here is I don’t depend completely on God. So as of present my life is not bad but anything that has happened really bad in my life is because of my stupid behaviour. As far as smart people are concerned, they are wrong . The problem is anyone can be right, the real question of the this fact is at the end is being right that really matters. Sure being smart is good, or even better being intelligent great. I am sure such people would lead frustrating lives when they don’t know why they are wrong, and the real reason why other people are right. I think in order to lead a enjoyable and fulfilling life is literally asking to God all the answers to life questions. Sure we have no idea why God is right, but decoding it at end sounds fun, less of head ache even if you are wrong.

Generally people look up to elders and successful people, but the fact is the way they got there is through a series of events that doesn’t makes sense repeating, but its important series without which the person would not have achieved that kind of success. Its interesting to listen, but you can’t make a manual of “How to be successful”

Proverbs 20 : 24

A man’s steps are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way

Usually people draw their own conclusions using word of God, Best answer for me and everyone his ask what in the !!!  does this verse is supposed to mean , even if you think you know what it means.

Thanks for reading and have a great day:mrgreen::mrgreen:

Prayer of Christian

During the past days for me there was a allot of pressure while joining, but this verse always comes to mind .

25-30 “That is why I say to you, don’t worry about living—wondering what you are going to eat or drink, or what you are going to wear. Surely life is more important than food, and the body more important than the clothes you wear. Look at the birds in the sky. They never sow nor reap nor store away in barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you much more valuable to him than they are? Can any of you, however much he worries, make himself an inch taller? And why do you worry about clothes? Consider how the wild flowers grow. They neither work nor weave, but I tell you that even Solomon in all his glory was never arrayed like one of these! Now if God so clothes the flowers of the field, which are alive today and burnt in the stove tomorrow, is he not much more likely to clothe you, you ‘little-faiths’?

But we represent God, so we need not worry about our needs but represent God, he will provide our needs and show his love through us.

Prayer:

Our father in heaven thank you for your Son through whom we have received grace
Let my mind be as still as water so that I may see and rest on your grace as well as showcase your grace.
Thank you God you are my exceedingly great reward and shield.
Amen

Prayer of Authority

This prayer is for the bold Christians who otherwise timid population of Christians , to be frank I am timid too, I get nervous very easily. But It is very important to go charging at the your problems rather than struggling to hold on to your faith like hanging from a cliff .

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I like to take inspiration from Abraham how he charged into  battle against 4 powerful kings  vs  5 kings , where the number didn’t count the quality counted.

Source :

Genesis 14

Lot’s Captivity and Rescue

against Chedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of nations,[b]Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar—four kings against five. 10 Now the Valley of Siddim was full of asphalt pits; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled; some fell there, and the remainder fled to the mountains. 11 Then they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their provisions, and went their way. 12 They also took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.

14 Now when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his three hundred and eighteen trained servants who were born in his own house, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. 15 He divided his forces against them by night, and he and his servants attacked them and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is north of Damascus. 16 So he brought back all the goods, and also brought back his brother Lot and his goods, as well as the women and the people.

And he basically destroyed all his enemies, and chased all of the away , just with people born in his own house, Truly God was with him.

Isaiah 54: 17

No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their righteousness is from Me,”
Says the Lord.

Prayer

Thank you God for your Son , through whom we are justified or righteous by his blood.
That no weapon formed against me shall prosper .
Every tongue which rises against me in judgement I shall condemn.
For my righteousness is from you God being declared by you through Isaiah the prophet.
Thank you God for you are our exceedingly great reward and sheild.
Omen

Thanks for reading.

Prayer of Walking with God

Prayer often done in a ad hoc manner , or people pray whatever comes to mind, To be frank I hardly pray but God revealed to me prayer is effective. Usually when people pray usually filled with doubt and unbelief ,so yeah it would be good

Thank you God for your Son Jesus Christ through him we can have Grace .
That we may be bold in faith like Abraham whom gave a tithe of all  he gave him a tithe of all Melchizedek.
Who rejected riches of Sodom, yet became even more rich.
By faith in Jesus Christ we are justified and protected.
For He walked by faith in you not by sight.
For you are Oh God almighty our shield and exceedingly great reward.
Amen

More prayers inspired from Genesis coming soon.

Source:

Genesis 15

15 After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”

Genesis 14

22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have raised my hand to the Lord, God Most High, the Possessor of heaven and earth,23 that I will take nothing, from a thread to a sandal strap, and that I will not take anything that is yours, lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich’— 24 except only what the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men who went with me: Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion.”