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Our struggles is not against humans

Today’s message is an encouragement for any Christian who lives in today’s world. If you would rather like to listen to this article, click on the link:

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Over the years that I have come to love Jesus, learning about who He is in the Bible and preaching Him to everyone, it has not been easy. There are many who took what I said and persecuted me, who opposed me for what I preached. Working with people who do not believe in Jesus and who choose not to believe. Because of my love for Jesus, I struggle to keep quiet about Him. I tell those who I work with, those I know and those who are in my life about God and His Word. Do you know why? Because there was no one in my teenage years who took the time to explain the things of God, to me. There was no one who told me about how God can help me and how God helps you. My motivation is this, to tell everyone about who God is, how God can help you and about the things of God. There’s only one truth and that is God’s Word. Many disagree with me and that’s okay because here’s why:

Eph 6:11-12  Put on all the armor that God supplies. In this way you can take a stand against the devil’s strategies. This is not a wrestling match against a human opponent. We are wrestling with rulers, authorities, the powers who govern this world of darkness, and spiritual forces that control evil in the heavenly world. 

When I meet someone who are against what I preach, I always remember that it’s not the person who is against me but what is behind that person. It’s the thing or things I don’t see. It’s the spiritual forces of evil. They are opposing me, they are influencing that person who God tries to bring to faith in His Son, who is opposing what we as children of God, preach. There are many people who make the decision to not believe in the dark forces like demons and Satan and then there are others who are blind against them.

We as children of God, Christians, need the help of God when we talk to someone who don’t believe. We need to ask God to help us against the spiritual forces we can’t see and to pull that person towards His Son Jesus Christ. Without God’s help, we are nothing against it.

Remember, that when someone opposes the truth that you preach, it’s not the person but what’s behind that person. But what if that person tries to kill us? That person who either wants to physically kill our body or by killing us in a way where we lose our job, our income, our name? Then remember this:

Mat 10:28  Don’t be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Instead, fear the one who can destroy both body and soul in hell. 

People can kill what we have or our bodies but they can’t kill our soul. That part of us, only God can destroy in hell. But if you are a child of God, then you know that your stop after life in this world, will be with God in heaven. What a comfort and joy to know this.

Listen, it’s not easy to be disagreed with, to be disrespect or cursed for telling those who don’t believe in Jesus, about your Lord and Savior. About the only God there is, the One that made them. But remember this: I try to think about it this way. That God have sent you, His child to this person. To tell them about God. Think about how much He must love this person, that He have sent you to tell them about Him, so that they have the chance to repent and give their lives to Jesus. Take a moment and think about it. Do you remember when you didn’t believe? How there was someone who took you and told you about Jesus? Who invited you to church? Do you remember how God have sent someone along your way to do that for you?

It’s not easy, ever but remember how much He loves you. Hold fast to Jesus, hold fast to God’s promises even though you get opposition for what you preach, the truth which is Jesus Christ.

May God bless you dear child of God.

Amen

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A flower here and a spice there

A flower here and some spice there. If you would like to listen to this article:

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Lila is sitting in front of her computer. Her eye caught a glance in the mirror in front of her, of her arm on her lap. She can see the skin on her arm has loosened and there are some wrinkles as well. She’s not that old but old enough to start seeing changes like this, on her body. Although she still feels like in her twenties, she isn’t anymore. Her mind plays games with her every day. “You are twenty-something,” but Lila knows that isn’t true, not anymore if she catches a glimpse like this or herself in the mirror.

Psa 103:15-16  Human life is as short-lived as grass. It blossoms like a flower in the field. When the wind blows over the flower, it disappears, and there is no longer any sign of it. 

This is what God’s Word says about our life. Upon reading the Matthew Henry commentary, he says:

As for man, his days are as grass, which grows out of the earth, rises but a little way above it, and soon withers and returns to it again. See Isa_40:6, Isa_40:7. Man, in his best estate, seems somewhat more than grass; he flourishes and looks gay; yet then he is but like a flower of the field, which, though distinguished a little from the grass, will wither with it.

Our life here on earth is shorter than we might think. It might feel long in certain seasons of our life. God’s Word says that the days of our years might be seventy or if by strength eighty years (Ps 90:10).

This amount of years might sound like a lot but think back to your parents. When you realized, they were 70 years old. You couldn’t believe how fast time has flown by. It still this way for each of our lives. We are like grass. We grow to the desired length and then we die. So what’s my point of today’s podcast?

Life is short. Let us live it to its full potential where we make a difference while we have the blessing of God to wake up on earth. Pick that flower from your garden and take it to someone. Create your unique meat or hot drink spice and take it to someone as a gift. Give that money note or change in your wallet, to the guy begging at the robot without judgment. You never know how that gift of yours, can make the biggest impact on that person’s life that day. It can save a life from suicide, a life from dying from hunger, and a life from feeling all alone in this world.

Doing good is such a blessing. It’s such a pleasure in life to be able to give to others, to share what you have, and to show love through giving. Be that someone who loves and cares and be that someone who takes their 70 or 80 years and double it by living it to the fullest every single day.

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A few questions answered

Hi dear reader. The following is the transcript of the podcast called: A few questions answered. If you would like to rather listen to the podcast episode, you can click on the following link:

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If you have a question with regards to God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, Christianity, faith, please contact us through our website www.marleenswart.org, and we will try to answer them here on the podcast.

Our first question for today is:

Can you become a Christian, by attending a church sermon or service?

Pastor/Evangelist preach and Holy Spirit do the conviction.

Holy Spirit convicts:

Joh 16:8-9  And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and concerning righteousness and concerning judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me, 

When Holy Spirit convicts person who attends sermon or service of his/her sin, then that person will repent and give their live to Jesus

Act 3:19  Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, Act 3:20  that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, 

And when you do that, you are a child of God.

Gal 3:26  For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, 

Next question:

But how do we know who is genuine Christians?

Mat 7:15-20  “Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inside are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits: they do not gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles, do they? In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, but a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree is not able to produce bad fruit, nor a bad tree to produce good fruit. Every tree that does not produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. As a result, you will recognize them by their fruits. 

And what is these fruits the Bible talks about, on how we can recognize a true Christian by?

Gal 5:22-23  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control. Against such things there is no law. 

Do we know when Jesus Christ will return? Will it be 2030?

No

Mat 24:36  “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.

Mat 24:44  Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. 

We do not know when Jesus will return. The Bible says that only God, the Father knows. And that we need to be prepared because Jesus will come unexpectedly

Mat 24:37  For just as the days of Noah were, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. 

Mat 24:38  For as in the days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered into the ark. 

Mat 24:39  And they did not know anything until the deluge came and swept them all away. So also the coming of the Son of Man will be. 

Last question for today:

Christians always say that they will pray for you. Why don’t they help you? I don’t need prayer, I need help.

For me, when I say that I will pray for someone else, is because I can’t offer them help in that present moment. I might not have the means to help them in that moment. What I as Christian can offer, is a prayer and my support. The Word of God teaches us as children of God, as Christians, to pray for one another:

James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

1 Timothy 2:1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,

Job 42:10 And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.

I too sometimes want people to help me when I confide in them but I need to understand, that my help comes from God.

Psalm 121:1 I lift up my eyes to the hills– where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

If that person (Christian) who I have confide in, offers me help, then I know that the help that person offer me, is something that the Lord have put onto that person’s heart. But I have to testify. That my help most of the time come from others who do not know about my problem or situation. Help comes when I least expects it from others. By means of someone who sends us food or other times is provision by God by blessing me with a new client. Don’t trust man, trust God.