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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Love is NOT a "Power" that is bigger than God

No... None of this... Seriously, I'm not gonna write something "cheesy"

Let us see a story... once upon a time...

After this Absalom the son of David had a lovely sister, whose name was Tamar; and Amnon the son of David loved her. Amnon was so distressed over his sister Tamar that he became sick; for she was a virgin. And it was improper for Amnon to do anything to her. But Amnon had a friend whose name wasJonadab the son of Shimeah, David’s brother. Now Jonadab was a very crafty man. And he said to him, “Why are you, the king’s son, becoming thinner day after day? Will you not tell me?”
Amnon said to him, “I love Tamar, my brother Absalom’s sister.”
So Jonadab said to him, “Lie down on your bed and pretend to be ill. And when your father comes to see you, say to him, ‘Please let my sister Tamar come and give me food, and prepare the food in my sight, that I may see itand eat it from her hand.’” Then Amnon lay down and pretended to be ill; and when the king came to see him, Amnon said to the king, “Please let Tamar my sister come and make a couple of cakes for me in my sight, that I may eat from her hand.”
And David sent home to Tamar, saying, “Now go to your brother Amnon’s house, and prepare food for him.” So Tamar went to her brother Amnon’s house; and he was lying down. Then she took flour and kneaded it, made cakes in his sight, and baked the cakes. And she took the pan and placed them out before him, but he refused to eat. Then Amnon said, “Have everyone go out from me.” And they all went out from him. 10 Then Amnon said to Tamar, “Bring the food into the bedroom, that I may eat from your hand.” And Tamar took the cakes which she had made, and brought them to Amnon her brother in the bedroom. 11 Now when she had brought them to him to eat, he took hold of her and said to her, “Come, lie with me, my sister.”
12 But she answered him, “No, my brother, do not force me, for no such thing should be done in Israel. Do not do this disgraceful thing! 13 And I, where could I take my shame? And as for you, you would be like one of the fools in Israel. Now therefore, please speak to the king; for he will not withhold me from you.”14 However, he would not heed her voice; and being stronger than she, he forced her and lay with her.
15 Then Amnon hated her exceedingly, so that the hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love with which he had loved her. And Amnon said to her, “Arise, be gone!”
16 So she said to him, “No, indeed! This evil of sending me away is worse than the other that you did to me.”
But he would not listen to her. 17 Then he called his servant who attended him, and said, “Here! Put this woman out, away from me, and bolt the door behind her.” 18 Now she had on a robe of many colors, for the king’s virgin daughters wore such apparel. And his servant put her out and bolted the door behind her.

"Seriously.... That's just too much... There's record of a crime of rape in the Bible??"

So this is the reality, people make decisions based on "the-love-factor" that somehow over-rides the fact that their sinful actions could bring them some bad consequences in life that they would later regret... If you were to ask a non-Christian or a non-believer... they would probably believe that rape is wrong, inhumane and it's a sin. Some of them would go to the extent to actually want these rapist to be judge under the death penalty or even die a gruesome death as punishment. 

There is a difference between The Love of God whereby God Himself became flesh... became man and walking as a Man, totally dependent of the Holy Spirit, praying in such Faith to The Father in Heaven up to the point every single prayer He has prayed was answered... That Man, is The Lord Jesus Christ. DYING on the cross for your sins, paying the wages of sin in your place... Being a propitiation for you...

"... Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once..."

The Holy Bible, the 1st Epistle of Corinthians, Chapter 15

The lust of one's heart that is often said to be "love" is often abused into something of an "excuse" to sin. according to our text, we see Amnon says “I love Tamar, my brother Absalom’s sister.” Now... It's not the pure love that is to be confused when God talks about His Love. This is (in layman terms) an emotional and a-bag-of-feeling of love whereby Amnon is saying "I have this feeling of lust towards Tamar, therefore... I can't control my emotions... So, I'm gonna do as I please..." Which is blatant sin.

Often, people (even young couples) would make decisions in life based on "feelings" and "emotions" in relationships making it look like "THE POWER OF LOVE" made us do this... "We couldn't control ourselves... We both know sexual relationship is sinful... but we 'love' each other..." This 'excuse' does not justify the sinful act. In fact, lustful emotions and feelings are not to be set higher than God Almighty Himself, and this is no laughing mater. The Bible clearly states:

"... Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. ..."

The Holy Bible, the 1st Epistle of Corinthians, Chapter 6

One can not make an excuse of their own sin after having a built-in conscience or even a knowledge of the Truth... If one would know the Truth about God's statues and commandments, that would be even worst... Sin will bring fruit towards consequences that are sometimes irreversible. In fact... After Amnon's crime... He was murdered... And if one would study the Bible in the same context, one would notice the reason of such sin to be birthed in the first place was rooted in a sinful act... Which snowballed to bad situations, worse and worse and worst situations to be in fact.

How should one differentiate between Lust and Love?

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never fails.

The Holy Bible, the 1st Epistle of Corinthians, Chapter 13

  1. Love is patient (suffers long)... Amnon wasn't even close to patient... He didn't want to wait for the 'marriage' he just wanted to fulfill his lustful desires.
  2. Love is kind... Amnon,,, wasn't kind... simple
  3. Love does not behave rudely... What Amnon did was not only just rude... He forced Tamar...
  4. Love does not seek its own, Amnon... seriously did not weigh on what the other person wanted, Tamar has mentioned about marriage that Kind David would not disagree on such matrimony... Amnon on the other hand sought for his own way of doing things... He was burning in lust... not love
  5. Love... thinks no evil... What Amnon did was evil and wicked. It as wrong... it was sin.

There is always hope in Christ, God is able to help someone who is willing to surrender to Him and repent of any lust that would bring harm to others or even themselves.

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have[a] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

The Books of Romans, Chapter 5

One must be born again, one must be saved... one must received The Holy Spirit Whom was given to us... to be able to have that capacity of Love... To the hopeful do not be weary, because...

If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

The Words of our Lord Jesus Christ, The Book of Luke Chapter 11, verse 13.

To those who are willing to repent and turn away from their sins, and put their trust unto Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior... Being submitted unto His Lordship and Authority, hence being under His Protection AND Blessing... of Peace and Joy... Having that assurance that Heaven is your home... grafted into the Children of God, having the Spirit within to be able to call God "Abba"... Unto Him be the Glory... There is hope in The Lord Jesus Christ. 

Let not your heart be harden towards The Word of God being burned in your own sinful lust... The Bible says, flee from youthful lust! I would rather offend you reader and tell you that the lust that drives you to commit fornication or adultery being confused between what is lust and what is love... that sin will be judged if it goes without repentance... God is willing to forgive you of your sins and wash you clean if you were to humble yourself... resist from hardening your own heart towards His calling towards repentance AND accepting Jesus into your heart, into your life into your very being that resonates your heart.

God is not impressed with excuses that one can not let go of lustful emotions or feeling, continuing in transgression and offending The Lord. God is not impressed with you making 'so-called-love' to be more powerful and 'feeling-right' more than the TRUTH written in His Commandments, His Word, The Holy Bible. He has prepared a rescue plan for you, to save you from your sins. It's not your fault that you were born in such a messed up world... But it would be your fault if you resist to accept the fact that you indeed need a Savior... to break away from the chains of sin. You need The Lord Jesus Christ. You need to get your soul saved from the coming Judgement.

To my brethren, let us finish the race together. Amen. 

Sunday, 3 May 2015

My thoughts on the Fight of The Century

Boom!! The Pacman's combination halted by a signature straight right hand

Despite a series of advises for the people's favorite boxer from various sources even The Telegraph or even some who genuinely believed believed and had faith that Manny Pacquiao would floor Mayweather, in the end... One person is to walk out from the ring a happy man (unless it's a draw) victorious and the other... Well, would have nightmares about the lost.

To some, the defeat would be disappointing... to others, well... Boxing seems to be just like gardening and taking care of bears (it's just some-other-people's-entertainment-but-not-me kind of thingie) AND to same as well... Mayweather deserved the win and he was actually THAT GOOD against the Pacman himself (Owh, and there would not ever be a rematch).

Mayweather having 3 titles engraved with his name at the moment and still unbeaten at 48-0

Mayweather might have walked out from the battleground of modern gladiators as the victor... With a belt that is worth 1,000,000 dollars, he might as well hang that belt in his penthouse and build another house for that expensive belt... BUT... even when people say he "cemented his legacy" with that win... I have a different thought, NEITHER in favor for Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao nor Floyd "Money" Mayweather...

For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

The Words of The Lord Jesus Christ
The Book of Matthew, Chapter 5 verse 18

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Jesus Christ our Lord foretells his second coming
The Book of Matthew, Chapter 5 verse 35

It's not even how great the gold Mayweather has won, or in a case where Pacquiao could have won... the gold would rot and it would by no means be lasting forever. The legacy that is thought to have been "cemented" would neither be remembered nor would it be spoken of when it comes to the time of the Great White Throne...

Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them.  And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

John The Apostle, final writings in Patmos Island about the Apocalypse
The Book of Revelation Chapter 20, verses 11 ~ 15

Sometimes, as Christians... we do not conform ourselves the the ways and thinking of the world... Or even the things that interests the world. We are born of God, under the reign of our Heavenly Father Whom through The Lord Jesus Christ has redeemed us to be justified by him Who is just. And He not only gave His only Begotten Son to us, He also is willing to give us The Holy Spirit if we were to ask of Him for indeed The Father would not give us a scorpion if we were to ask Him for Bread. How easy is it for some of us to lose perspective in our lives to continue walking in Christ by being distracted by the "greatness" of this world... a "legacy" that would be ending up in rot and rust compared to the eternity that we all will be heading towards one day... heaven or hell, we will all die one day if indeed The Second Coming won't happen tonight.

Floyd Mayweather
This is just a temporary "glory"... The Glory of The Lord, Who can quench?

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
The Epistle of Paul to the  Church in Colossae
Colossians Chapter 3 verse 3 ~ 4

And also... it is written...

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
The Words of our Lord Jesus
The Book of Matthew, Chapter 6 verse 19 ~ 21

Have your thoughts and our minds renewed and transformed by the power of our God. That indeed the world is just a passing, a temporary place to be... In reality above all things, we are to live daily... Going through this life second by second... Minute by minute... Day by day... Week in, week out... months and years ahead of us if The Lord doesn't come by then. HOWEVER... this should not stop us from having our REAL reality in check.

That... as Believers, we know The Truth and The Truth is that Jesus Christ our Lord has paid fully for our sins, and He gave us instructions... commandments to live by... To Love God... To Love our Neighbors... Even His Disciples and Followers writing the epistles were crying out the the Christians to live holy... to live a life of submission towards God's Way which is not to live in adultery, not to live in fornication, not to have evil desires nor even covetousness or idolatry...  To follow Christ, our living Savior and Redeemer... King and Lord... Jesus.

His yoke is easy and His burden is light... also, the commandments of the Lord is not burdensome... It's always comes back to the question of the heart... It doesn't matter how "MUCH" you know about Jesus... the question is; are you surrendered? are you following Him? are you even willing to let Him change you?

I long for brothers and sisters to have their minds and actions in check before God... Do not be deceived and do not be in hypocrisy... Nothing is hidden before The Lord our God.

If you think the WBC Championship Title won by Mayweather would be remembered in Heaven for all the hard work put into it... I'm going to tell you that all those time of training and also the hype generated... is meaningless AND pointless to be compared to the Coming Glory of God that would be revealed unto us all forever in eternity...

To believers... Live for Jesus...