The Eye is the Lamp of the Body

The Eye is the Lamp of the Body

 

As each day starts, we are constantly bombarded by information in all directions. The moment we turn on the television, we immediately feed our minds with whatever news or program that’s  being broadcast. Or if we open our computers and browse the web, we quickly access information in a single glance-from sports sites, hollywood movies, rumours, gossips, fashion tips and so on.

Our minds generally feed on information. And whatever info we  see, our mind can remember – whether it’s good or bad.

Jesus said in Matthew 6:22 -23:
Matthew 6:22-23 (New International Version)
22 The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your  whole body will be full of light.

23 But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

Just imagine the amount of information that your mind stores every time it glances on something. If we look at the newspaper and see crimes and wars, we are filled with sadness and hatred. If we watch movies that are violent, then we somehow get those  images in our minds.

This will slowly build-up and eventally be assimilated in our moods and behaviors. And slowly this  information overload will bear fruit.

Now, if you focus on the God’s Word – The Bible. Then the fruit of it is that you will become a better Christian- with a deeper understanding of who God is. But if you spend more time reading the World’s Word – Newspaper, Magazines, Televisions, then you will be of the World. ( Garbage In, Garbage Out)

As Jesus said, Matthew 7:18-20 (New International Version)

18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear  good fruit.

19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

As Christians, we all believe that the Bible is Truth and Word of  God. People can spend so much time reading the newspaper or magazines daily, but they can’t read their Bible everyday.

Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness [in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action]. – 2 Timothy 3:16

Now, What Have You Been Looking at Lately?

Read the Bible instead!

God Bless!

How to Live and Walk in the Spirit

“HOW TO LIVE AND WALK IN THE SPIRIT”


GALATIANS 5:16-26

16 – I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the Flesh.
17 – For the lust of the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and those are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things you wish.
18 – But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.
19 – Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanliness, lewdness,
20 – idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,
21 – envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
22 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 – gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
24 – And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
25 – If we live in the Spirit, let us walk in the Spirit.
26 – Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

Now, by simply reading what was mentioned in the Bible, we may not really understand what the apostle Paul meant by the “works of the flesh”. What I did is that I took all the negative qualities mentioned and listed down their definition. Here’s what I got:

WHAT ARE THE WORKS OF THE FLESH?

1. adultery – Voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a partner other than the lawful spouse.
2. fornication – voluntary sexual intercourse outside marriage
3. uncleanliness – not taking care of the “temple of the holy spirit”
4. lewdness – Preoccupied with sex and sexual desire; lustful.
5. idolatry – Blind or excessive devotion to something other than God.
6. sorcery – witchcraft or use of spells
7. hatred – a feeling of intense dislike; enmity towards another human being
8. contentions – An assertion put forward in argument. A striving to win in competition; rivalry / The act or an instance of striving in controversy or debate.
9. jealousies – the state or quality of being jealous
10. outbursts of wrath -A sudden, violent display, as of activity or emotion:
11. selfish ambitions – living for yourself; feeding your ego
12. dissensions – Difference of opinion; disagreement.
13. heresies – An opinion or a doctrine at variance with established religious beliefs
14. envy – A feeling of discontent and resentment aroused by and in conjunction with desire for the possessions or qualities of another.
15. murder – To kill another human
16. drunkeness – Drunkenness is the state of being intoxicated by consumption of alcoholic beverages to a degree that mental and physical faculties are noticeably impaired
17. revelries – Boisterous merrymaking. ( Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline. )

Those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

I pray that everyone who gets to read this note will repent and turn from their old ways and will instead accept Jesus Christ as their own personal Lord and Saviour. God Bless!

Testimonies of Muslims who turned to Jesus Christ!

In the World today, a huge movement is rapidly growing.  Many Muslims are all experiencing supernatural manifestations of the power of Jesus Christ.
That is why for every hour, 667 Muslims convert to Christianity. In each day, 16,000 Muslims convert to Christianity. And for every year, 6 Million Muslims turn to Jesus Christ.
Here are several  testimonies of Muslims who turned to Jesus Christ and received Him as their Lord and Saviour.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)


Let us all pray for our Muslim brothers and sisters all over the world, that pastors and ministers will be sent to them so that they too will hear the good news of our Lord.

PRAYING – TALKING TO GOD

To pray means to talk to God. The definition of prayer is this  – to utter or address a prayer or prayers to God, a god, or another object of worship. So when a person prays, it should be directed to God.

Jesus was asked on how to pray, and He said this in Matthew 6:5-13

5 “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.

6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

7 And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.

8 “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.

9 In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be Your name.

10 Your kingdom come.

Your will be done

On earth as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts,

As we forgive our debtors.

13 And do not lead us into temptation,

But deliver us from the evil one.

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen

And Jesus also said,

You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.(John 14:14)

Jesus said, when you pray, not “if”. Jesus considered prayer time to be a normal daily activity. It is like eating and sleeping. A necessity if you will. That is why in verse 6, He said, “When you pray” and not if you pray. And in verse 6, He explains how to pray, namely:

1. Go into a room

2. Shut the door

3. Pray to the Father (and in Jesus’ name ONLY), for the Father sees you.

4. Talk to Him for He knows what your needs are. (God knows what you need before you ask of Him)

Jesus in all his teachings, except for parables, was very direct and made his point quickly. It’s that simple.

If Jesus said to pray directly to the Father, and He is the Son of God, then why do most people pray in a manner that is contrary to what He said, if the Father clearly knows what we ask.Unfortunately, Man and the love of tradition was able to complicate prayer into lengthy rituals.

For example, if a husband and wife have a close intimate relationship, the the husband can easily approach the wife any time he wants to. And he does not need to tell other members of his household or relatives to relay any information. It is direct and straight to the point. But if the husband goes to the his wife’s brother or siblings just to relay something he wants, doesn’t that make things harder.

And it is the same with God. If God is the focus of the relationship, then it should only be Him

JESUS IS COMING BACK!

When Jesus Christ was with his disciples, He told them that He was coming back. Though He did not mention the time nor the date, all He said was “Be Ready”.

In the 4 Gospels of the Bible, Jesus emphasized that his followers should be ready and expect his return.

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

Mark 13:32-37
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.  It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch. Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning— lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!”

Luke 21:36
“Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

John 14:3
“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.”

Even Paul’s 1st letter to the Thessalonians talked about Jesus’ return.

1 Thessalonians 4:16; 5:6

“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.” “Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.”

Jesus said in Luke 12:35-40 that faithful servants (Christians) should await the return of their Master (Jesus Christ).

35 “Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning;
36 “and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately.

37 “Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say unto you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them.

38 “And if he should come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.

Church leaders should incorporate more teachings about Jesus’ second coming for His church than about prosperity and wealth. Though there is nothing wrong with that, but if pastors and ministers emphasize too much about gaining material happiness and achieving success in this world, then they are not fulfilling their true calling as pastors. They are no different from motivational speakers and authors that places to much importance and focus in this world.

As Christians, we should look to the Bible as a reference for the teachings of Jesus. The way we live our lives should be according to the teachings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and not by the opinions or standards set by man.

Luke 12:37-38

“Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them. And if he should come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.”


WATCH THEREFORE AND BE READY FOR HIS RETURN! MARANATHA!