Posts Tagged ‘Father God’

God's Flowers

“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.   Matthew 6:30-34

Closing

Recently, I haven’t had much time to write, ponder or reflect. I probably have been too caught up by the world too. But the Lord is so good that I have is this wonderfully nudging about “Through Christ”, that I just cannot not ignore.

God, the Father is holy beyond reach of us mere sinful humans; the Holy Spirit is invisible and silent. That is, why Jesus Christ came and He is the very visible image or representation of the invisible God (Col :15). There is just no way for lowly human beings to reach out to a high holy God. A simple bible search of “through Christ” yields 70 very powerful passages:

John 1:17

For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.

and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.

[ Paul’s Longing to Visit Rome ] First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.

This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.

This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile,

and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—

[ Peace and Hope ] Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord JesusChrist, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

[ Death Through Adam, Life Through Christ ] Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—

For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!

so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

Line of Reflection

So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.

Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

[ Life Through the Spirit ] Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,

because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

[ Paul’s Anguish Over Israel ] I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying, my conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit—

Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done—

by the power of signs and wonders, through the power of the Spirit of God. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ.

to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.

Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel.

yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.

 Morning Frost

The entire victorious Christian living; in fact, the key to the gospel is found within these 70 Scriptures. Christianity is not designed to be difficult. The Lord did not put His gift of eternal heavenly salvation as a trophy high on the podium, only for ‘champions’ who can manage to attain. This is not only impossible, but a ultimate lie.

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:8-10

But Jesus Christ came, and deliver that trophy personally. Through His bloodied hands…

 

alas negras

“So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. ’ “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began. (‭Luke‬ ‭15‬:‭20-24‬ NLT)

In my most beloved Parable of the Lost Son, much is said about the rebellious and riotous son. He came crawling back home after wasting his father’s inheritance for him on wild living; and we are not talking about making a wildlife documentary. Many fathers would have given up on this son, cutting all ties. But not this father. He waited and waited for his son to come home. And when the father saw the son, he was still filled with love and compassion, missing and loving the wayward child.

I was one of those wayward child.

And I believed many of us too had wavered in faith before. But our Father in heaven did not give up; He did not cut all ties with us and wish us dead; but instead longing for our return one day. I was just sharing with some old friends that even when we left God, the Father never did leave us. The Holy Spirit is always there to lift us up when we fall; Yes, He was grieved at my riotous living, but still He never did leave! The Lord said in Hebrews 13:5, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

God didn’t lie.

Never once did the father reproach the son, and never once did the father mourn for the losses and waste of his inheritance. Not even once.

From the perspective of the son, He was restored with all the privileges, honour and authority as if he had never left. He was willowing in the pig-pen, in much a worse state than even his servants at home but his father restored him to be the master again. It was very unfortunate that the son left, for whatsoever reason – probably stupidity is one of them. But because of the enormous love of the father, the son is fully restored, and even celebrated.

Like the father in the parable, our heavenly Father is waiting for your return. He is so eager to shower His love on you. Never mind, the mistakes you have made. It was unfortunate, unnecessary and even stupid. But rather than to mourn for the losses- the waste, rolling in the pits in misery over the past mistakes; just come back home to the loving embrace of the Father. And with great urgency and pleasure, the Father will restore to you what you have lost, and more. God does not care about the losses or waste; He only cares about you; and that’s all that matters to Him.

And the Father will restore even more than what you rightly deserved.

Just like what He did for me.

Camille [Explored]

Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for the wonderful life I have, and because it was Your life for mine. You took my cursed life and made it good. You are my source of my inheritance and blessings. I am rich and highly favoured. I am fully protected in You and are restful in You. I am deeply loved by You. My heart is glad and joyful as Your Holy Spirit leaps and carries me. You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

Lord, You alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. You guard all that is mine.
The land You have given me is a pleasant land. What a wonderful inheritance!

I will bless the Lord who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me.
I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me.

No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety.
For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your holy one to rot in the grave.
You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.
Psalms 16:5-11

Saved By Grace Alone? -No More Mr Nice Guy

I have recently received an unsolicited comment on this site with the above title, “Saved By Grace Alone?”. It suggested doubts on biblical predestination, salvation not by grace alone (but needs more), and doctrines like baptism for salvation, unsecured salvation, and more. Initially, I really didn’t want to have anything to do with it. However, over time I felt nudged that I should share on my opposing views.

This is not something easy to write as I do not take this debate lightly, and I am not formally trained theologically. My indignation will probably show in my writings; so that’s why the “-No More Mr Nice Guy”. I hope my post will not turn out to be too harsh but if you are likely going to be offended, I would suggest that you stop reading further.

For the rest of the readers, here goes…

  • God is eternal (Isaiah 57:15). He is not bounded by time and space because He existed before time and space. This is something we cannot comprehend now; but what we cannot comprehend, does not mean it doesn’t exist. God the Father foreknew and predestined us as His children through Christ on the cross, because He doesn’t see time chronologically as we mere humans do.   Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. Ephesians 1:5-6  
    • When we made a choice to follow Jesus Christ, God already foreknew beyond the constraint of time, and predestined to mound us to be like His Son.   For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.   Romans 8:29.

  • There is another argument that we are saved not only by grace, but we also need faith for salvation to work; which suggest that grace is offered by God but faith, on the other hand, is offered by oneself. But we have forgotten that everything is by the grace of God, not by one’s works.   For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9   When I was little, I was quite proud to put my dollar into the offering bag during service. But what I didn’t realise then was that I didn’t earn that dollar; my mom gave it to me! In the same way, God show us the grace for salvation through Christ and even gave us the faith to enable us to believe and continue believing (Romans 12:3).
    • Both the grace (for salvation) and faith is a gift, by the grace (undeserved favour) of God!
    • If we think we are good enough to conjure up our own faith, we are missing the point.

  • For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.   Titus 2:11   The grace of God has offered salvation to ALL people. Each person has an opportunity to decide and choose if they want to accept the salvation of grace offered.   “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16   
    • Simply put, salvation is offered to everyone, but only those who made a choice to believe in the Son will have eternal life.

  • We have to accept although salvation is offered to everyone, but not everyone accepts salvation. It all sums down to the personal free choice whether to take up the salvation offer.   Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him. Ephesians 4:18
    • If some people wander away from life God has offered because of their hardness of hearts, it is their own free choice. So be it.

  • Looking at Romans 5:1-2, “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.”     It was argued that Christians have obtained grace by faith; so faith precedes grace; and although grace is available to all men, it is faith through the Lord Jesus Christ make everything works.      => Well, it sounds seemingly correct, but upon closer examination, it is deviously flawed. The argument is putting the cart before the horse.   Faith does not precedes grace and grace is not the cheaper cousin of faith just because it is offered to all men.   For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17   You see,  grace came through Jesus Christ. Moses was given, depicting a servant, but Christ is the very personification of grace itself. If Jesus (grace) didn’t come down to earth and didn’t go to the cross, what faith will there be to even begin with?  Therefore, we are justified through faith, because (in precedence) of what Jesus (grace) had done for us. And so because of faith, we have gained a further grace, the undeserved privilege.  If I were to write a formula, it would be:
    • Grace (Jesus Christ) +produce+ Faith +produce+ Grace (undeserved privilege)
    • in short, its grace upon grace.   For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. John 1:16

  • Can you lose your salvation in Jesus Christ? No, no and no. A Christian can never lose his or her salvation; nothing – absolutely nothing can separate a believer from God’s love.   And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39     Nothing can remove a Christian from God’s hand (John 10:28-29). God is both willing and able to guarantee to maintain the salvation He has given.     With reference to Galatians 5:4, Paul was just warning the Galatians not to fall back into the old form of law of Moses (Judaism) instead of real essence of freedom in Christ. If they did so, they would fall away from God’s grace (undeserved privilege) of freedom in Christ in the new covenant back into the old covenant.  It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatian 5:1 
    • In the context, fallen from grace in Galatian 5, is never about falling away from (or losing) salvation. It is only about falling from a higher level of grace in the new covenant to an older and lower level, but still within the net of salvation.
    • Therefore, we should be living confidently in secured everlasting salvation that is based upon the finished work of Jesus Christ.

  • Is Water Baptism Needed for Salvation? is a post I have written before and I shall not repeat here and like you to read it yourself. In short, its great to be baptised and everyone should do it because you are relating to Jesus Christ Himself, His death and resurrection, and also being borne a new creation. A fantastic and beautiful experience, to be enjoyed by all believers. But also don’t be frightened by naysayers about your eternal salvation resting on a ritual, whether you are baptised or not. In Mark 16:16, Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.
    • Did you read anyone who is not baptized will be condemned? Neither did I.

Saved By Grace Alone? -No More Mr Nice Guy

You see, if God the Father did not first show us grace, providing a way for us by sending Jesus Christ, it will be a dead-end for all of us. Nothing will matter much, faith or no-faith / confess or no confessing. So we are saved by grace alone, Jesus Christ the very personification of God’s grace, and absolutely nothing would be required for salvation other than a simple choice of accepting Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Saviour.

Our repentance and faith is a response to all that God has done for us, not a work or our ability we do or have to “get saved.” We are compelled by the testimony of Scripture to assert that we are saved by grace alone! Any other view of salvation robs God of his rightful glory, belittle the sacrifice of Christ’s work on the cross and gives mere humans room to boast. It is nothing of us but wholly on God, Jesus Christ, our saving grace alone.

Why Pray?

I have asked this question before, and you probably had too. If God, the Father is all-knowing, all-powerful and omnipresent, then why do we need to pray? Why do we need to tell God something He has already known; even before we were given birth (Psalms 139:16). Then, isn’t this a silly ritual to “nag” at God Almighty over something again and again?

So why pray?

You see, prayer gives God-the Father, the rightful place as the Giver and makes us at the appropriate place of the Receiver (or beneficiary). With prayer, it gives the right back to God to intervene into our lives, in this fallen world. If you remember, God gave Adam the right to this world, but then it was inappropriately given to the devil. So for us the redeemed, prayer allows us to give God the right back into our lives for Him to make right what went wrong; even to deliver us from the evil one.

“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!   John 14:12-14

Christ came to give us a victorious life; a life that can be filled with miracles and wonders. It gives the Lord, our God great pleasure just simply by asking Him. Asking Him to do what only a God can do. And that’s called faith.

I Need You Lord-Broken Chains

Thank You Lord Jesus, for Your victory at the cross. It is because of Your victory – that saved me, and that my enemy can never ever have any victory in my life. You, Lord, are my rock, my strength, and my protector, so there is no one who can destroy my life as long as I walk with You. Thank You that You always hear my prayers and will be my help in times of trouble. I ask You to keep me safe from trouble, harm, or evil influences today and every day. You Lord, is all that I need.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
    he is my God, and I trust him.
For he will rescue you from every trap
    and protect you from deadly disease.
He will cover you with his feathers.
    He will shelter you with his wings.
    His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

Psalms 91:2-4