We all strive to attain greatness and to attain top positions in all we do. From academic prowess, to sporting greatness, political power, entertainment icons, Nobel prize winners, local heroes, national heroes, global recognition, fame and riches, beauty and talent…. the list is endless.
There’s something about reading about the success of others that makes us look inwards at our own lives and think about how we can be better at what we do.
Born Again to Never Die Again!
Jesus said to the Saducees whose belief was that there is no resurrection of the dead.....Luke 20:35-36
"But those who are considered worthy to gain that other world and future age and to attain to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage;
For they cannot die again, but they are angel-like and equal to angels. And being sons of and sharers in tthe resurrection, they are sons of God"
Following on from the last blog, Eli the priest of God came on my mind and I decided to delve a little into his life. In a sense Eli’s life is similar to that of a watchman as he had the responsibility of looking out for the interest of Israel in his days.
At some point Eli stopped seeing both literally and spiritually, first the word of the Lord became rare and scarce in those days and secondly he started to go blind in 1 Samuel 3:1-2.
Anytime a major world disaster occurs around the globe it sets one thinking about judgment day. Is the apocalypse upon us? This is what ran through the minds of the disciples when Jesus made a statement about the temple buildings in Matthew the 24th chapter. Jesus had said…”See ye not all these things? Verily I say unto you, There shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down” What He said made the disciples infer that the end of the world was the only thing that could cause the temple buildings to be destroyed.
In Matthew 17 Jesus, knew Peter's question before he had asked Jesus about it. It was about taxes! Peter had been apprehended by the tax collectors earlier that day. Jesus knew Peter's apprehension by the tax men was not by accident. He knew the stress provoking question to Peter was in fact a precursor to the revelation of Peter's spiritual status.
This is what had happened earlier in Matt 17:24-27
Forgiveness is useful to a group of people forming a body, like for example you and I. The Bible often refers to Believers as a body. Now, when our physical bodies become sick, like for instance headaches..... We don’t cut off our heads to cure the problem, rather we administer medicine to the head. Forgiveness pretty much works the same way. Where there is offence between people, administering forgiveness .....just like Aspirin for a headache, will help keep the relationship going. Withholding forgiveness is like cutting off the head to solve the problem.
It is a wonderful thing to sit and flop in the presence of the Lord all day long, studying and meditating on his words and receiving wisdom, knowledge, insights and instructions. Nothing could compare, not even a holiday to an exotic warm friendly pretty holiday island. Studying the word is always peaceful, it’s always exhilarating and refreshing. However, what happens after…………..
Whilst on my way to work today, I listened to Pastor Michael Youssef of Leading The Way give a heart rending message on salvation. He used the example of Lazarus and the poor rich man. It was tense. In a nutshell the message was directed at today's realities. Whilst the gospel is being pronounced, men are busy with the affairs of life.