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!

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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.

ARE YOU A SAINT?

In Greek, the word “Saint” is translated as “Hagios”.

In normal Greek of New Testament times, the word hagios was used in the meaning “devoted to the gods“, but in the Greek text of the NT, hagios mostly referred to those people who had been devoted (separated, set apart) to (or for) the true God who is in Heaven and his son Jesus.

Even the verb hagiazô (hagizô) and the noun hagiasmos were used in that connection, the meaning being the same, “setting apart”. The temple in Jerusalem was in Greek called hagion, “the holy (place)”. There were also the nouns hagiôsunê and hagiotês which can be translated as “holiness”.

Originally, the New Testament definition of a saint, or rather the meaning of the Greek word hagios which many “translate” as “saint”, was that God had separated a number of people from this world, for himself and for his son Jesus. Those who were alive and abide in His will.

But as times progressed, the word “saint” came into use in the English language in the 1100s, as an adjective used of those who had been “canonised” or “beatified” by the Catholic Church. And from that time, the influence of the dominant Roman Catholic Church changed the meaning.

The canonization of saints and posthoumosly conferring the title to a person gave an impression that those persons that bear the title went to Heaven and had an open audience with God. Thus, started the movement that intercessory prayer to dead saints is a way to get a person’s prayer heard by God. This tradition goes against what Jesus taught on how a person should pray.

In truth, Paul’s letters were addressed specifically to the men and women who were alive and followers of God’s word and His Son Jesus’ teachingsSaints are believers who are alive right now, on this earth. And that is what Paul knows and what meant.

Paul understood that holiness is being separate from the worldly influences. So holiness entails a separation from the world. If you read the Bible, specifically the Letters of Paul and Revelations, the word “Saint” pertains to Christians who were alive during those days. And there is not even a hint nor a verse that says that a “saint” means a person in heaven.

A saint refers to a living person that follows Christ. A group set apart from the world that “abides” in His words. And if you are a Christian, then you are a Saint.

So if someone you know asks you, if you are a saint? If you follow the teachings of Christ, more than the tradition imposed by men, then by all means, answer a big “YES”.

May the Lord Bless You! Maranatha!

HOW TO BE AN OBEDIENT CHRISTIAN

1. TITHE ( Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. – Malachi 3:10)


2. Pray (“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. – Luke 18:1” ; “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. – Colossions 4:2”; “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)YOU HAVE TO PRAY ALWAYS NOT JUST ONCE A DAY BUT MORE!


3. Go to church more than once a week (“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” –  Matthew 18:20)


4. Give up worldly thing(Do not love the world 2 John 2:15-17)


5. Read the Bible everyday (“In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself. – John 1:1”; 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)


6. Love the LORD MORE THAN ANYTHING in the world. (“And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12:30-31)


7. Live a Christian life everyday (You have to show people that you are a real Christian NOT just when you are inside the church. “Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” – 1 Peter 1:13-16)


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