Greatest GIFT – Naomi Jeremiah

Faith, God's Wisdom, journey to healthy living, Life and dreams – Naomi Jeremiah


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People blame God for their own foolishness

Ever wonder about some excuses people give to insurance companies when they try to explain their accidents? I’m sure the employees have a good laugh at our expense. One company received this note on their questionnaire: “The telephone poll was approaching fast. I was attempting to swerve out of its path when it struck my front end. ”

Another read, “As I approached the intersection, a stop sign suddenly appeared in a place where no stop sign had ever appeared before. I was unable to stop in time to avoid the accident. ”

“The pedestrian had no idea which direction to go, so I ran him over.”

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It’s amazing how quick we are to blame others for the mistakes we make. We’re so busy making excuses that we seldom take time to think through what we could have done differently. And we’re even less likely to try and learn from our failures. It’s easier to simply deny them and move on.

“People ruin their lives by their foolishness and then are angry at the Lord,” notes King Solomon, the author of Proverbs (19:3). Somehow it seems easier to blame God when life doesn’t go our way than to try and reevaluate our poor choices. When our portfolio shrinks, we wonder why God allowed it to happen. Never mind that a dozen people told us to stay away from risky high tech stocks. Our children rebel and turn away from God, and we wonder why He wasn’t keeping a closer watch over them. We all make choices in life– some good and some bad. And if we’re going to take credit for our successes, we need to take responsibility for our failures as well.”

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I see this mirroring today’s modern name blaming. The wildfires, the terrorist attacks, voters frauds, you name it, no one wants to own up to their own mistakes. And then, the ultimate blame of why God allowed these things to happen is just showing true ignorance.

So are you in the habit of blaming God for your mistakes instead of taking responsibility for your poor choices? The blame game is so rampant today, especially in social media and the news, I just have to stop and block all these noises because there’s no relief in sight.

“People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the Lord.” Proverbs 19:3

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Where there is no Vision, people cast off Restraint

This is so true in all that we do and see. When people do things outside the guidance of God, people get destroyed. Humans follow what the devil stores in their minds for lack of knowledge on God’s Word written in the Holy Bible. Humans succumb to their anger, fear, hopelessness, bitterness, negativity, and self destruction.

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One morning,  I woke up with a vision and the vision spilled through when I was already had awaken and the Holy Spirit of God was still speaking to my heart. In my dream, there was a group of  friends and relatives who were very angry with me. They were even ready to hurt me for something I did which I thought was to save them. I was doing them a favor, but it did not come out that way in their minds. They were in a judgmental mode and disagreements ensued that all were talking at the same time complaining and unhappy to something I’ve done which I thought were good deeds. But they were ready to cast stones to destroy me. It was a huge effort to explain my side to ease up their anger revolting in their ignorant hearts.

The Holy Spirit of God explained that God has given His instructions (His Word) in the Holy Bible which He inspired. Nothing can be added into them. God wants us to do His will and one of them is to believe in His Son and Jesus’ eternal salvation that He offers. This is His Gift to us. He does not want us to boast on which religion is better.

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The Holy Bible is already His complete Word, but humans like to over emphasize, they like to override His plans and purposes because they feel that there is still lacking in the Holy Bible. There are false prophets after Jesus Christ came, died and resurrected that are contradicting what God and Jesus Christ have already said. The words that come out from their mouths are not what the Holy Bible teaches. They pick and choose the Bible verses that justify their false beliefs and condemn those Bible scriptures that do not align with what they believe in. They come up with all kinds of arguments and doctrines made up by men.

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The Holy Spirit revealed that God already knows the condition of the heart of each one of us. People tend to abuse and twist His Word for their own purposes and leading millions of people to Hades because of the false and added doctrines to what God and Jesus Christ have already established and had been written in the Holy Bible.

In my vision, the Holy Spirit is conveying to me that humans will be in revolt when we tried to correct what they believe in their hearts whether it is based on truth or not. He uses us to share Jesus Christ, His works, His death on the cross, His resurrection and what it means to our eternal salvation. It is a complete work and there’s nothing to be added or to be taken away from it. If they do, it is at their own peril or destruction. Lack of this wisdom and knowledge of what the Holy Bible teaches will get your eternal soul to the path of Hades.LackofKnowledge11

Those who believe in Jesus Christ’s offer of eternal salvation, His work, His death and resurrection and His Power to save us, Jesus offers an immediate presence with God and His Kingdom when they die. You don’t have to add works to it in order to be in heaven in the presence of God. Works are the results and evidence after the saving grace of God which has saved us through faith. No where in the Holy Bible says that you have to do all kinds of works first before you are approved by God. Through what Jesus has done and offer His life for our sins, we are already saved when we accept and receive Him.

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The results of being saved by Jesus here on earth while we are still in this world would bear fruits of good works or good deeds because the Gospel of Jesus Christ will open our eyes, sets us free, make us joyful and hopeful and Jesus Christ wants us to share that Truth, nothing added to it or taken away.

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If our Faith is based on works, that we have to do more even Christ has already done what God has required for us to be saved and be in His presence here on earth and the afterlife, we truly insult God. That is what the message of the vision I had as the Holy Spirit conveyed. If I set aside what the Grace (Jesus Christ) of God has fulfilled and being right with God, His Salvation and being in the presence of God in heaven could be based on Torah or God’s law in the Old Testament, Christ died for nothing. His shedding of the blood was wasted and His resurrection was just that. His soul was resurrected to go to heaven and nothing else. So all the Holy Week and Easter were nothing but just shows for fake holiness. But according to the New Testament, Jesus came back from the dead ALIVE! He was seen alive by 500 people aside from His disciples. Don’t compare this to other miracles because in this TRUTH lies how God planned it all to save us. This is God’s eternal requirement nothing added to it or taken away. This is God’s POWER. God did not say, okay this is done, but you still have to do this and this and this to be in heaven in my presence. Jesus Christ said it is finished! He accomplished what needed to be done, all we need to do is accept this through Faith and Grace and follow Him and live for Him, for we are His branches. Following Him only and believing in His teachings, nothing added or taken out from what the ancient early Christians inspired by God had already written. God is not asking for anything more.

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We don’t really believe in God, His plans and purposes if there’s more to Jesus Christ shedding His powerful blood. When we added or taken away from God’s Word, then what standard do we hold? The standard of man that’s what, their own doctrines, false prophets and their erroneous interpretations of what God and Jesus Christ in the Holy Bible have already proclaimed to be the Truth.

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Paul said that we are saved by believing in the Gospel of Jesus Christ written in the New Testament. If you add more to Jesus Christ’s finished work, you have been deceived. God will add plagues in your life: fear, hopelessness, bitterness, unhappiness, strife in relationships and many more and will remove your name from the book of life, which means our souls are forever damned in hell.

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You are forever feeling guilty and hopeless because you have to follow the law, God’s glorious standard, like the Ten Commandments; working on your good deeds hoping that God will let you in His Presence because of your good deeds. Our mind is already our battlefield, the center of our sinfulness. We cannot control what the devil can work on: our minds! That’s why we need Jesus Christ and His complete Salvation work.

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Without holding on to Jesus’s teachings in the New Testament, we will be the same as the rest of the world. We won’t measure up, we will be trying so hard to be good, but deep inside we are not good, we all fall short of the glory of God. Jesus Christ is more than enough. He is the only way to the presence of God and to heaven, no human doctrines can surpass that. He is the light in darkness when we are confused, downtrodden and beaten up by this world’s sinfulness. Jesus Christ is the TRUTH. He died for our sins, He is God incarnate. He is God who came down to earth to save us and give us eternal life when we die and directly spend the afterlife with God and His presence. Don’t believe anything else, but test the Spirits thru God’s written Word in the Holy BibletesttheSpirits Jesus’s TRUTH is written in the Gospel of Luke, John, Matthew and Mark, presided by Paul and Peter and Christ’s other apostles. As His followers, Jesus has given us the Holy Spirit to teach and guide us. Don’t be deceived by feelings and emotions. Test the spirits by God’s Words in the Holy Bible.

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Blood Pressure and Medications

 

systolicHigh blood pressure worries and frustrations in four years time had led me on a mission and a quest to find out about this notorious and scary hypertensive heart disease.

When I gained 35 extra pounds in a matter of five years of quitting my job and relocating, I’ve noticed I became very sluggish and I would feel tired even just after a shower.  I knew that I needed to do something about the changes I was feeling. For one thing, I did not even know that I gained so much weight. I’ve thrown caution to the wind, stopped weighing myself in the morning, enjoyed life and ate out a lot even if there was no special occasion. I’ve eaten sweet desserts way late in the evening, had some ice cream and junk snacks while enjoying internet browsing and watching movies. I was just having the greatest time of my life after working so long and hard in life. It was a time of junk foods that I did not even know were bad for me; and eating out and buying all kinds of processed foods, were part of finally arriving to a period and time that alarm clocks no longer ruled my life. I could be up almost all night, waking up late in the morning with no set sleep schedule. Hey, this was what life was all about after all!

Then came a warning sign. To compensate with bad eating habits, I would do my treadmill workout. At first I was able to still do high speed intensity and uphill workouts. But then one day, I had a bad fall while sort of running on our hallway to catch an important life event on video. It was a bad tumble on a hard concrete flooring, chest first. A few months later, when I felt okay to go back to exercising, I started feeling chest pains while tread milling. I would stop working out for days, and returned back when the pain was gone, but there was still the same nagging chest pains.

One night I woke up with this worse chest pain on my left side that my hubby had to take me to the emergency. Thank goodness, it was not a heart attack. However, the emergency doctor suggested that I see a cardiologist to be safe and sure that my heart is not weakening. The following day after seeing a cardiologist, he wrote me a prescription for Nitrostat to take as needed should I experience chest pains again. The cardio visit led to another visit as he wanted me to undergo some tests. I declined having one of them because of what was written about the possible bad reactions to the test. The doctor mentioned that my blood pressure was in a high range. He suggested that it might be the cause of my chest pains.

Knowing nothing about high blood pressure, I did not know where to start. But it led me to start researching about it. I’ve read that caffeine intake can elevate blood pressure. I stopped drinking tea and coffee, not even decaf, and the chest pains subsided. I read that I should buy a blood pressure monitor to help with knowing my blood pressure numbers at home. My first blood pressure monitor was giving me high systolic numbers but my diastolic numbers ever since was normal.

Getting frustrated and stressed out with worries about the high blood pressure, I finally saw a general practitioner who suggested that I start taking blood pressure medication. The first medication prescribed was Lisinopril. When I went back for 3 months check up, I told my doctor that I was experiencing bad night coughing. He then took me out of that and prescribed Benicar, but I had a bad sore throat and itching from taking it that I had to go back to my GP and he changed the BP prescription to Losartan. I stayed with Losartan for a while. This time I started with a Blood Pressure Log to keep track of my daily BP systolic and diastolic numbers and heart rates. And I bought a better and reliable BP monitor. My numbers were good and stayed in good range.

I make it a habit to take three months worth of BP log sheets each time I see my doctors. I have a white coat hypertension syndrome where my blood pressure systolic reading is higher at the doctor’s office. I used to wonder why, but I know now the reason. Everything is rush-rush in the doctors office. Taking blood pressure measurement should be done after 5 to 10 minutes of rest sitting down doing nothing.  Your upper left arm is at the same height as your heart, placing it on a table. The clinic assistant should not do anything or not talk to you or touch you to take your heart rate etc., while taking the measurement. These are not adhered at the doctors office. They don’t give you a chance to breathe if ever. You’re already stressed out being there and if they call your name right away while filling some paperwork for updates, your heart is already racing. Of course, in turn, your blood pressure reading undoubtedly has skyrocketed. This is what I tell them now after they take my measurement and my reading was high; and I show them my BP log sheets. I am right away vindicated. I don’t give them a chance to tell me to up my BP med dose just because.

Many people find that their blood pressure increases because of subconscious stress from confrontation with medical institutions and the staff working there. This is usually called “white coat hypertension”, that is, elevated blood pressure levels from just seeing the white lab coats doctors wear.
This is a common problem: a full 10-15% of people diagnosed with high blood pressure after measurements taken at a hospital or medical facility, later find that measurements taken in their own home or averaged over 24 hours are normal.

If you’re one of the people with “white coat hypertension”, you have approximately the same risk of heart disease as other people with normal blood pressure. People with “white coat hypertension” don’t need blood pressure-lowering medication – but they often get it unnecessarily! ***DietDoctor.com

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This time around I started on my plant based diet, reducing simple sugar carbs and saturated fats, started with calorie counting and lost a significant amount of weight. My BMI went down to normal. I also started with intermittent fasting. Anyway with BP med intake it seemed like I finally achieved successful control of my blood pressure, or so I thought.

But then after a few months of taking Losartan daily, I started feeling backaches, cold sweats especially at night and the worse chills like I could hardly breathe at night and would wake me up in the middle of the night. Suffice to say, I had so many sleepless nights. I would have chest pains on top of it that my GP referred me to another cardiologist who is more reliable than the previous one I was referred to at the Emergency Hospital. This time I finally agreed to have a cardiogram test and a nuclear test. My nuclear test had a good result. I do not have any blockage and my heart condition is good and so did my cardiogram result.

But I was still being pestered with back pains and all the side effects that came with taking Losartan. I had a little argument at my next visit with my GP. He was getting annoyed that I was complaining about side effects. And asked me point blank why should he prescribe me another BP med when I seemed to complain about side effects all the time. I told him you’re my doctor, you’re supposed to help me. But looking back at it now, I guess he probably would want me to stop taking them period. Both of us frustrated, he prescribed Norvasc or Amlodipine. At this point, I was just about as stressed out with BP meds.

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I then researched on what veggies and fruits and whole grains and other plant based foods that can naturally lower my blood pressure. I’ve adjusted my daily prepared meal to be as close as the Mediterranean diet focusing on lots of veggies and fruits.

After taking the Amlodipine for three months, side effects followed.

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I had the worst lower and upper back pains. I could barely sit down for a few minutes because I would have chest pains and back pains. I started getting very tired and fatigue at the end of the day that I had to stop taking it because I can hardly get a good sleep. This time I did not call my GP. I felt good through all the summer last year after quitting Amlodipine. The back pains were going away. I was able to get goodnight sleep again. Without the BP med, I found out that with adding plant based foods and losing weight, my blood pressure numbers are not bad at all. My energy was optimal.

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But I decided to give Amlodipine another try early this year to make sure that I was just not imagining the side effects. Just three weeks into taking it everyday, my lower and upper back started to bother me again. I started getting dizzy and feeling faint like I would pass out. My legs were starting to swell and ache like I was having a blood clot on both legs. I started sneezing really bad everyday, I could barely function. I lost my energy. I was able to prepare my smoothies and eat plant based foods, but I was so fatigued toward the end of the day that I felt like I was so depressed and feeling run down. I told myself that this is not the way to live a full life! I was having a restless sleep. I’ve prayed so hard and asked God for discernment and wisdom on how I could deal with these trials I was going through with my health.  I was exhausted and tired and sneezing continuously most days that once and for all, I’ve got to stop taking the BP med.

 

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Lowering blood pressure helps prevent getting angina, heart attacks and strokes. BP medications can surely lower your BP, but with the side effects that come with taking these meds long term, a person will die of side effects, not of the high blood pressure. And would possibly die of heart attacks anyway. These drugs are awful! I’ve learned to be vigilant with all these drugs doctors prescribe to be used long term and daily. Check out the side effects! Most likely, you will experience those side effects. These conventional drugs will take over your life and lose it in the process. My chest pains were actually caused by these BP drugs!

After a week of quitting the BP med,  I felt better. I’ve been taking Gaba Plus for years, so I started taking them again. I stopped taking my supplements because of fear that they might badly interact with my BP med.  I started taking Fish Oil and Co Q-10 and Vitamin D and calcium again. In my research, I found out that taking Gaba Plus and Fish Oil will lower my blood pressure.

Yesterday, my blood pressure systolic was 127 and my diastolic was 64 and heart rate is 62. I’ve been getting good BP readings even without the conventional BP med. The chest pain is gone and yesterday, I returned to doing a moderate treadmill walk. When I’ve first embarked on changing my eating habits and lost a lot of weight and doing intermittent fasting, I was in the middle or period of taking the BP med. So whatever benefits and nutrients I was getting was helping me somehow,  but the side effects of the BP med were so overwhelming that daily dose of this medication was giving me a poor quality of life.

In a recent 6 month’s visit last week at my cardiologist office, I told the nurse practitioner that was assigned to me that I stopped taking the BP med. I showed her my BP log sheets and told her the side effects I experienced. She was concerned about the BP reading that was taken by the clinic assistant because my systolic reading was high. I told her what I’ve learned about the right ways to take BP measurement. I was surprised she didn’t know. She let me rested for about 5 to 15 minutes and took another blood pressure measurement. It was 135/70 with 64 heart rate.

Blood pressure readings varies each time in a day, it can be lower, in the middle, higher or extremely high depending on how our heart and brain react on things around us. I found out that it is normal. The medical concern really is if our systolic or diastolic number remain high, especially the systolic number and does not change even when we are at rest before doing the measurements.

One of the best websites about hypertension or high blood pressure I’ve read was DietDoctor.com ( https://www.dietdoctor.com/blood-pressure )

An ideal, healthy blood pressure is not over 120/80. This is what young, healthy and lean people have…

Values between 140/90 and 160/100 are considered as slightly elevated blood pressure.
Over 160/100 is said to be moderately elevated.
Over 180/110 is a severely elevated blood pressure.

If your blood pressure is severely elevated (over 160 systolic or over 100 in diastolic), medication is wise. If you have other risk factors for heart disease (like smoking, diabetes or obesity), medication may be recommended even for a slight elevation in blood pressure (over 140/90).

Up until recently there was no evidence that medication improves the health of otherwise healthy people with mildly elevated blood pressure (140-159 systolic and/or 90-99 diastolic). This meant it was unclear whether it was worth risking the side effects of the medication if all you have is a slight elevation.

After losing a lot of weight and eating plant based foods, my daily blood pressure readings are in the mid 120s and low and mid 130s at the most. The Fish Oil and Gaba plus have added extra help in lowering my blood pressure steadily without BP medication. Hopefully, I am at the time now that I have reached the level where my blood pressure is finally well controlled. I’ve thanked God and grateful to Him that He has given me understanding and wisdom in overcoming the maladies concerning high blood pressure. God once again opened my eyes!

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The Condition of our hearts

 

God, as I have learned, is BIG in the matter of our hearts. He is more concerned of how our hearts operate in things about how we see the world as He sees it.

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23

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Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

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He is concerned of how our hearts reacts to Him as Someone who matters to us the most, the beginning and the end, the giver of life and the taker of it.

 My son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways… Proverbs 23:26

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The Holy Bible is full of verses dealing with our hearts. He observes how we obey Him, how we worship Him, how we present Him to the world. He close-captioned and zero in on our hearts specifically. Our deeds are secondary to Him. If our hearts are focused on Him, everything in our life is in the proper place including our deeds.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Matthew 5:8Pureinheart

God has our best interest at heart all the time. He operates using His own heart in dealing with His creation. His heart speaks first before His mind. His mind is Holy for He is a holy God.  Everything about Him is holy.

for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:16

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God knows that our ways are not His ways, so when we become children of God as followers and believers of Jesus Christ, He has given us the Holy Spirit of God to guide and teach us the ways of God. The Holy Spirit is straight living in our hearts as believers of Jesus Christ. The more closer we become in our relationship with God through His Son; and studying and focusing on His words to us, our hearts are transformed. Everything with God is about our hearts. Believers of Jesus not only have eternal life after death, they also have a Holy Spirit that is leading us to be joyful in all circumstances. We go through trials and struggles with confidence in our hearts that God is with us all the time, through the Holy Spirit He has given us. HolySpiritFunctions

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for Him, we make good decisions in life, when we are tuned in to His words, life is worth living and able to endure the things that will come our way whether good or bad, we know that God is holding our hearts to the path where He wants us to go. HolyinHim

 

 

 

 

 

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love… Ephesians 1:4

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The consequences after the Fall from Eden

“Certain new theologians dispute original sin, which is the only part of Christian theology which can really be proved.” G. K. Chesterton

Original Sin – the tendency to sin innate in all human beings, held to be inherited from Adam in consequence of the Fall.

If you still believe that all people are basically good or were born good– look inside you and look around you – the people of this modern age – You will see the Total Depravity of man – wicked or morally corrupt act.

synonyms: corruption · corruptness · vice · perversion · pervertedness · deviance · degeneracy · degradation · immorality · shamelessness · debauchery · dissipation · dissoluteness · turpitude · loucheness · profligacy · licentiousness · lewdness · lasciviousness · salaciousness · lechery · lecherousness · prurience · obscenity · indecency · libertinism · sordidness · wickedness · sinfulness · vileness · baseness · iniquity · nefariousness · criminality · viciousness · brutality · brutishness · perviness · vitiation

Hell is real, life is short and eternal life after death is forever

Psalm 14:1-3 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good. The LORD looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.

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Fools fall for the devil’s deception that there’s no God jeopardizing their souls and their short life on earth. The media news show accidents and deaths all the time.

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 The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.

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This is happening in today’s modern generation…

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Whether we believe it or not, there is the reality of hell. God is merciful, loving, just. He is omniscient (all-knowing), omnipotent (all-powerful). He possesses a number of attributes, but one attribute that describe the totality of Father God: HE IS HOLY – God is morally and spiritually excellent.

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. Isaiah 55:8

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“Of all the attributes that create a distance between God and us, it is His zero tolerance for sin of any kind that makes Him – ‘wholly different’ from us. Sometimes we actually imagine ourselves to be morally superior to God because we are more accepting of sin than He is. The fact that we can tolerate sin in others- and especially in ourselves– is not proof of our godliness but actually evidence of our ungodliness.” Dr. Robert Jeffress

OneWayonlyWhen Jesus Christ said on John 14:6 “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me,” He is not trying to be arrogant, boastful or proud. He is stating a fact – a truth to the core.

As HOLY as Father God, whose thoughts and ways are higher than us, there is no religion or other faiths that can get us near God and the heaven that God dwells. There are no good deeds, going to church every Sunday, praying to our chosen gods will get us to heaven when we die. And we are all going to die.  God is unchanging of His Holiness – He is the same God in the Old Testament and the New Testament. We cannot approach Him in our own ways. God knows the TRUE conditions of our hearts. We are totally depraved – sinful to the core. Our sinful thoughts and actions will always find us out. In fact, in this modern days, humans today parade their sinfulness. The social media, the internet, the news, the celebrities, the ordinary people, everyone is committing contempt against the holiness of God. Humans true nature comes with being disobedient and disrespectful against God.ContemptfortheLord

With God’s holiness, thanks be to God, He is also merciful! Godsolovedtheworld John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

God so loved His creation that He doesn’t want us to perish in hell. That’s how much He cares for our eternal souls. God in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ, experienced an excruciating, hideous and humiliating death on the cross because of His love for us. He was like a lamb slaughtered for our sinfulness. But that is the only way, in the holiness of God, that we can reconcile to Him. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ came to earth to save us. He humbled Himself to die for our salvation. His death and resurrection open the doors to heaven and, to the presence of our Holy God, to those that believe and have placed their trust and faith in Jesus Christ.  To those that believe His death and resurrection and have surrender his will to Him and walk with Him and follow God and Jesus and obey His commands for our safety on earth from the evil one.

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Because Jesus Christ lives, I can face tomorrow!

 

James 4:14 “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” Do not risk the destiny of your soul.

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Life is way too short!

 

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God’s Love is being offered to us in the person of His Son Jesus Christ, a Name above all Names who has the keys to Heaven and Hell. God has given Jesus Christ the power to save us, the Lamb that was sacrificed for our morally corrupt nature. Jesus Christ is God incarnate that has the power to reconcile us to a Holy God. GodsLove


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External Circumstances

“My vision of God is dependent upon the condition of my character. My character determines whether or not truth can even be revealed to me. Before I can say, “I saw the Lord,” there must be something in my character that conforms to the likeness of God. Until I am born again and really begin to see the kingdom of God, I only see from the perspective of my own biases. What I need is a surgical procedure – His use of external circumstances to bring about internal purification.”  Source: Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” John 3:3

The recent shootings at Sutherland Springs, a suburb of San Antonio, Texas, was directly a rebellion against God. It was aimed to discredit the Almighty and powerful God to prove to all that God does not exist. If He does exist, as the atheists, the agnostics, the seculars chimed in, then He will stop the massacre of these God-fearing Christians to have happened. The truth is since Bible times, God-fearing humans have been massacred through the ages. Jesus’s disciples have been murdered except with the apostle John who died of old age. And the world will continue to kill Christians for what they believe in: Jesus Christ and the Creator of this world.

The devil was surely in the details that Sunday morning. As He controls and plays with the unstable minds of these mass shooters and terror-causing killers, the Godless cheered these wicked acts of terror.

“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God- having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.”    2 Timothy 3:1-5 ArmorofLight

Sadly, these types of people are what we are seeing now in this generation of humans. These are the same type of people that God banished from earth in the flood of Noah’s days, Sodom and Gomorrah of Abraham’s time period, Babylon described by the prophet Isaiah:  “Babylon, the most glorious of kingdoms, the flower of Chaldean pride, will be devastated like Sodom and Gomorrah when God destroyed them.” Isaiah 13:19

Our demands for change, and depending on what changes we want for this world, depend on which side we are associated in: good or evil. Eventually through the Bible times, God eliminated evil. Goodness stays for some generations, and evilness reappears again. This is the cycle of life on earth. Unless everyone is on the same page with God, our life on earth is always in a state of disturbance and uncertainty.

It’s ironic when this godless generation is making statements of our nation being divided. The truth about it, is the world has always been divided: evil against good. The devil always makes sure evilness propagates. evilagainstgood

Not unless Jesus has transformed our character, we will not see the truth of God’s precepts, His instructions and commands, and His will for our life: of what is good and what is bad in the real sense and true meanings of these words. These are what represent the Kingdom of God. When Jesus transforms our character and we respond to it, it opens our eyes to the realities of God’s good and evil as He describes them in the Holy Scriptures. And we let go of what the world describes what supposedly is the world’s concepts of good and evil.conformity Since our in-born character is confused and unable to distinguish God’s good and evil in His sight, we are shaped Donotbeconformed5 by this world that is overcome by the devil and his minions. Donotbeconformed6

As Christians, we should put on the armor of God everyday. It will always strengthen us and will not overcome us during these dangerous and perilous times. ArmorofGodIn other words, keep on studying and staying true with God’s words of Truth: His Grace of Salvation which leads to heaven, be always in sync with the Holy Spirit that Jesus has given us, be Christ like in Righteousness, stick with God’s TRUTH, stay firm with our FAITH in God and always share Jesus’s Gospel of peace and deliverance. Donotbeconformed3


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Initiative Against Depression

I woke up an hour earlier today than my usual wake up time. I was tempted to do something amusing, but I heard this small voice in my heart saying this is the morning to be inspired and share your thoughts. I have to obey that command before I get distracted and lose the momentum, so to speak.

One of my dear friends has recently suffered a loss of a loved one. She has been posting pictures to accompany the memories she has with her departed father. We all go through that experience in our lifetime and it does break our hearts to pieces. I’ve gone through it with my own father and my mother, and it surely is very difficult to move on, especially when our knowledge of God is limited. Without knowing God’s Word to us, it seems like the sad feelings and depression stay longer and sadness lingers endlessly in our hearts and it would seem not going away. I went through it for years and it seemed like there was no relief on sight. It’s true that the business of life is the acquisition of memories, but the further I hang on to those memories of my dear ones and their passing, I get deeper with my depression and I was just going through the motion in my daily life without joy and peace that surpass understanding.

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On 1 Kings 19 of the Holy Bible, the prophet Elijah was so depressed and ready to give up the mission God had intended for him to do. He was so distraught with his failed mission and felt like God is nowhere near him to save the day. On 1 Kings 19:5 – Due to his excessive anguish of mind and great fatigue of his body from depression, Elijah had to lay down under the bush and fell asleep and he was ready to just die. All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” He needed refreshment, and God sent an angel to bring him what was necessary.

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“When the Spirit of God comes to us, He does not give us glorious visions, but He tells us to do the most ordinary things imaginable. Depression tends to turn us away from the  everyday things of God’s creation. But whenever God steps in, His inspiration is to do the most natural, simple things – things we would never have imagined God was in, but as we do them we find Him there. We must take the first step and do it in the inspiration of God. If, however, we do something simply to overcome our depression, we will only deepen it. But when the Spirit of God leads us instinctively to do something, the moment we do it the depression is gone. As soon as we arise and obey, we enter a higher plane of life.”  from Oswald Chamber’s My Utmost for His Highest

When Jesus came to my life and I surrendered my will to Him and studied God’s Word  through the pages of the Bible each and every day, my depression, that lingered for so long due to the deaths of my parents, had been lifted.

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On John 4:14 Jesus said:  “… whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

When I arose and got determined to study God’s manual and learned from Him, through Jesus Christ, God’s Word and Wisdom become a spring of living water in me and His words are my daily bread I take in to guide me on my daily life’s path. They become eternal refreshment that comes with joy and peace that empower my whole being.

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 The memories I spent with my parents are forever there embossed in my mind. However, when I remember them, there’s no longer sadness that comes with it. Yes, they are no longer here but I have a heavenly Father and His Son alive in my heart and the Holy Spirit, that is given to the followers of Jesus Christ, who is constantly present in my life. With the Holy Spirit in me, the unknown future is not so unknown anymore, because God is there.

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Press toward the Goal

In March 2002, a discovery of who Jesus really is, has changed my life completely and has brought tremendous hope in me. It was an awakening to something higher than my earthly thoughts. My life before this wake up call was mundane. A busy life but tiresome and wearisome. Routinely repetitive and headed to a very sad, empty and hopeless existence. Job was okay, some glimpses of limited happiness. But in all, there’s dissatisfaction in everything, brooding over an unseen future. I felt like everything had come to a dead end. People at work started to annoy me. I started to lose patience. To survive, I buried myself to the task at hand at work, but I dragged each day. I saw things done unfairly, but I would just bite my tongue. A lot of backbiting, it was so stressful that I had to do soundbites or brief catchy comments to my trusted friends just to let out the frustrations.

My sense of anger had built up in me, but there was no way out. I felt like I would always get the short end of the stick. I felt I’m surrounded with naughty “children” in need of a smack.  The nastiness of the environment seemed to affect my private and personal life. I look forward for weekends and vacations hoping beyond hope that the ones concerned would get their act together. I started doubting that the sun in the east will shine. It was all a pipe dream. Haven’t we all wish a castle in the sky? I could not seem to escape and could not do anything rushed. All my life, I’ve had to play the hand I was dealt. I’ve learned to endure and used my own strength. But it was tiring.

One day as I looked out the window by my upstairs bathroom, I cried out to God, is this all there is in life? Is it always a rat race out there?! The September 11 tragedy made it more pronounced that there are people that always would cause havocs in people’s life. May it be at work, your personal life, and just about anywhere you go, most people hate people. I never knew as to why? What is wrong with the world?

One fateful Holy Week in March, 2002 was destined to give me answers I’ve never thought of, and that would open my eyes beyond what I could not comprehend in the natural life I was part of.  It changed my outlook and attitude of sinfulness, selfishness, covetousness and self absorbed, self-centered ways.HeSavedMe2It started on this one particular and significant day during this Holy Week, and a vacation week for me, when my hubby in passing said something about Jesus Christ that got my nerve rattled. I was perturbed and it brought me to search the internet about Jesus Christ that I had never done before, just because I did not have time for it. I was very far away from religion and was just so self-absorbed with all that was happening around me and was only focused on things that affected me.

On line, I was so surprised of what I found out and discovered. I encountered for the very first time verses in the Holy Bible and I could understand it and the Word is like a sword that went through my heart and opened it wide. Jesus was not on the cross, like I always would see in the church, that He is forever on the cross! He was teaching and walking with His followers. He was actually talking and sharing His first hand knowledge about God. He resurrected from death and lives! My heart was touched and I started crying. Right there and then, I felt like He came to the computer room and held me and said: “I have not abandoned you!”JesusChangedmyLife3I felt so overwhelmed and my whole body was trembling. The experience had given me a lot to think about. But I did not know where to start. I just spent the whole vacation week searching for Jesus that led to several links that explained that God, because of His love for us, sent His Son to this world to teach us and reveal to us who God really is. And God sent Jesus to give us salvation and an eternal life spent in heaven by dying on the cross for us. Before Jesus was born, God offered forgiveness of sins through sacrificial system only and through a rabbi and done in the Holy Temple only. No one can come to the Holy God, but only through His appointed prophets. These made people alienated, isolated or estranged from God and did not know Him at all and did not have any relationship with Him. Not because God did not want to, because He does, He always does. It’s our sins that separated us from Him. God so loved us that He planned for the longest time to give us a Savior that will ultimately save us from our sins and from ourselves and give us hope and a surety, that for those that believe and accept His Son Jesus as our Lord and Savior, repent and turn away from sins, will receive His forgiveness and salvation and an eternal life in Heaven with God and Jesus. This is God’s offer of mercy and Grace to mankind. Jesus alone, fulfilled God’s requirements in the olden times of forgiving sins, before Jesus came to the world. Jesus is the Light that led us to know who God really is. He is the Way to an eternal life in heaven and the Truth to God’s Plan of salvation, hope, peace and joy that only God can offer through Jesus Christ.SeparationFromGodNot only did Jesus’s death and resurrection reconcile us with God, but He has given us the right to be called children of God and an intimate relationship with Jesus and God here on earth as well. Jesus’s followers are no longer condemned. JesusChangedmyLife2They are no longer isolated, alienated and estranged from God. That is God’s Good News and amazing Grace He is offering to us all. What a great and faithful God we have!

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The Truth of who God really is…

The Bible is a book about people who have a problem with God. They have a hard time seeing eye to eye with a God who says, “‘My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the LORD. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts'” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

The Bible is also about a God who has a problem with people. The whole Bible is about a God who will not always protect those who refuse to trust Him. When God barred Adam and Eve from their garden home, when He sent a flood to destroy all but Noah and his family, when He allowed the Assyrians to defeat the Northern Tribes and the Babylonians to defeat Judah, God made it clear that there is a limit to His patience.

God’s promises are not given to all, but to everyone who is willing to seek and trust Him. Isaiah reminds us that God is willing to be found by those who are willing to seek Him on His terms. Just before saying, “My thoughts are not your thoughts;” Isaiah quoted God as saying, “Seek the LORD while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:6-7).

The whole Bible makes it clear that God promises to be found only by those who are willing to surrender to Him. This important condition of surrender is what Jesus taught when He said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8). He said this immediately after saying, “Blessed are the poor in spirit… Blessed are those who mourn… Blessed are the meek… Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness… Blessed are the merciful” (verses 3-7).

Each of these conditions reflects the need for a surrendered heart as a condition to receive the blessing of God.

God cannot be found by just anyone. Because He is Spirit, He is seen only by those to whom He chooses to reveal Himself. This is also true of the Bible. While the Scriptures have been given to lead us to God, they remain a closed book to those who are trying to find God on their own terms. God will be found in the pages of His book by those who desire to obey Him or, He will not be found at all.

Jesus said of God and of Himself, “If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority” (John 7:17).

Salvation itself is a gift. Forgiveness and eternal life come to us only by grace and through faith in Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9). But seeing God in the Bible requires a willingness to do the will of God. Only in submission can we see the Father and His Son on every page of Scripture.

from: Seeing God in the Bible/Our Daily Bread

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