2 GARDENS

Long time ago in the perfect garden called Eden man was placed there by God. Why? Many people would say God created man so that He could serve Him. That answer though looks good is still short of why God would man and placed him in a garden of abundance. If we don’t understand God’s original purpose we will live in abuse (abnormal use) of our lives.

The record of creation seems to say that God the creator spent six days preparing the home for man. That already shows you a divine being that is going all out to impress someone. The bible opens up with the revelation of the love of God for man. He took his time to create a perfect home for this man. It seems that this God was living to please and serve someone that was still an idea in his heart.

So after creating a home for man then he proceeded to create Adam from his own image and after his likeness. He reproduced his reflection and gave him dominion to rule over the earth. In one word this man was made god on earth.
Psalm 8:3-5 says “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor.”

The word translated “Angels” is actually “Elohim” in the Hebrew which is God. This man was made a little lower than God in authority. God didn’t create a servant because there was so many office work in the headquarters heaven called and he needed someone to serve him do the extras. God was not power-hungry that if man was not created he may fail due to loneliness and a poor self-esteem.   This God on the contrary created man for his pleasure, a being that he could love and share his life like a husband would a wife. He was created man for his delight.

Revelation 4:11 says “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

It was his delight to create this man, empower him with his breath, surround him with glory and honour and place him in a garden called Eden (Eden means pleasures) for him to be comfortable. Then one day one “cunning” serpent appeared and convinced Adam and Eve that this same loving God was withholding from them something that would make them like him. They both fell not because they were hungry to eat the fruit but because the love of God was in doubt. After they ate the fruit they forfeited God’s glory and sin opened the door for death to reign upon all men.

Man’s disobedience sentenced him to mental torture. Condemnation came in and he hid himself from Love himself when he came into the garden. When condemnation regined in the man’s conscience it didn’t matter that he was in the place of pleasures and abundance. Condemnation cut him off from life and death found a platform to express itself. That spirit has reigned through mankind. Many people feel God cannot do anything with them because of their sins. They see an angry no thanks to religion that is always trying to made dead sacrifices to appease God so that he could show mercy. Religion has ended up producing servants but Christ showed us relationship that produces sons.

Many are sick, diseased, oppressed because of the root of condemnation in their life because of sin. Even believers are still struggling in condemnation and some have given up on God. Condemnation has disqualified from God and his blessings. This is the reason Jesus came: To destroy the work of the devil by nailing to the cross the law that declared unfit for God’s mercy and goodness.

“But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! 16 Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17 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!

18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.” – Romans 5:15-19

So as in the same manner as Adam in the garden, what began in the garden must also end in the garden. Jesus was hard-pressed in his prayers. The night before he was crucified he was there to pray but it was a different prayer experience. Jesus moved a little way from three of his disciples to pray, and twice He asked His Father to remove the cup of wrath He was about to drink, but each time He submitted to the Father’s will. He was “exceedingly sorrowful unto death,”

Why was he so sorrowful that his sweats had drops of blood in it. Off course it wasn’t because he was afraid of death. He was telling his disciples of his death so he knew his mission. The key is this: Jesus lived a perfect life and committed no sin. Since no sin was found in him death could not touch him. So the million dollar question is this: How did death find him?

Death found Jesus through condemnation. He was the sacrificial lamb of God to cleanse the sins of man. As it was the order given to Moses and Aaronic priesthood, they would lay their on a spotless lamb before offering up as a sacrifice. This act signified the transference of their sins upon the lamb and their absorption of the lamb’s innocence. This was shadow of reality to come. Jesus was so to receive the imputation of man’s sins. In doing he also had to receive the condemnation of sins. So in that garden he was under a very heavy height as we receive the condemnation of all sins for mankind for all time. The guilt he felt could not be described, the anguish in his soul was lethal. No one else could do this. Oh what love.

In that garden of Gethsamane the condemnation upon all us was reversed. The prophet said in Isaiah 53:3-4 “He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.”

The conclusion of the matter is this: There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. Why? Because he has been condemned for all your life time of sins. God has judged Jesus on your behalf so that He can enjoy that garden of Eden experience with you. He created you for his delight. He longs to love you everyday more than you can ever be yourself. You are His beloved!

END OF WAR

September 11, 2001 is a date nobody will forget for generations to come. Just like many other people have experienced tribal conflicts and grave natural disasters in Haiti and other Asian countries. Many terrible things have happened in this world, including tsunamis and hurricanes of biblical proportions. And certainly every one of us has our own individual tragedy that we had to deal with or have dealt with. There is a lot of damage and many of us live in pain.

Loads of people are still recovering from the blows they’ve received and are trying to make sense of why all of this happens. Sadly, many Christian leaders haven’t helped matters. In bold declarations, they’ve said these things are the judgment of God upon our sins. That is why people even in corporate world have called natural disasters “Acts of God”. It’s so sad that God has been misrepresented and people in pain have a distorted view of God. They see God as responsible for the pains that they are going through. In truth nothing could be further from the truth. James 3:11 says “Does a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?

How can people cry to God for help and the fortitude to bear their loss for recovery when they are told that the same was simply carrying his judgment on them. You cannot receive help from someone who you believe wants you dead. That has been the gameplan of the Devil from day one. He was able to convince Eve that God was withholding some benefits from them by telling them not to eat the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Uptil now many people are being led to believe is in heaven with whips waiting for them to make a mistake. We see God as an angry God.

This false validation for why bad things happen grieves God. It’s totally missing the point of why Jesus came. Jesus forever changed the way God relates to mankind. Now it’s on record that there are scriptural examples of God’s tragic judgment on sin. Adam’s sin opened the portal for death to reign on the earth even over those who had not sinned in the same way as he. The entrance of death has found many manifestations in the form of murder, sickness, famine, earthquakes and other natural disasters. But God’s greatest act of judgment was when He placed all of His wrath for our sins upon Jesus. This forever satisfied God’s wrath. Since that time, God hasn’t been judging our sins (2 Cor. 5:19). God’s not angry at us. He’s not even in a bad mood because He is satisfied with the payment of sin by His son.
When Jesus was born there was a great celebration in heaven that extended to the earth. The angels’ joy at the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem was not hidden.

Luke 2:13-14 says,
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

This scripture is very familiar to us, yet there is a lot of misunderstanding about what it’s meaning. Basically, this passage has been interpreted to say that peace will come on earth because Jesus was born. That’s not why these angels were praising God. If that interpretation were true, compare what Jesus said in Matthew 10:34-36 as it would to contradict this. 
He said,
“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.”

Jesus Himself said He was not sent to bring peace on the earth among people. The peace that the angels of Luke 2:13-14 were praising God for was peace BETWEEN God and Man. They were broadcasting the end of God’s war on sin. Peace now reigns between God and man. Reconciliation was finally achieved!

Prior to Jesus’ coming, there was wrath from God against mankind for his sins. It wasn’t total wrath. Even in the Old Testament, we see God’s mercy and grace. Yet the Old Testament Law was a ministry of wrath (Rom. 4:15 with 2 Cor. 3:7 and 9), and people’s sins were held against them. Not because God wanted it but because insisted that he would relate to God in his own strength. Hence the law was given for man to meet God’s holy standard. But when Jesus came, God quit holding people’s sins against them. 

This is exactly what 2 Corinthians 5:19 and 21 says:
“To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation…For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

The word “reconciliation” is talking about making peace. God was no longer holding us accountable. Instead, He imputed our sins to Jesus, making Jesus accountable for our sins. Jesus became what we were so we could become what He was—the righteousness of God. On the cross there was a divine exchange. Our sin for his righteousness and our judgment for his justification.

Jesus was like a lightning rod that drew all the judgment of God unto Himself. He not only bore our sins; He actually became sin (2 Cor. 5:21).

Jesus said this in John 12:27-32:
“Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him. Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes. Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”

This scripture like many others have been misinterpreted to mean that if God is properly glorified in our preaching, then He will draw all people unto Himself. But that is not what this passage is saying.

If you look in the King James Version Bible, notice that the word “men” in verse 32 is italicized. That means it wasn’t in the original language. The translators put this word in italics to let you know this was their addition, but it wasn’t a part of the text. If you take this verse in context, I believe that the Lord was saying He would draw all JUDGMENT to Himself. Jesus, like a lightning rod, attracted all of God’s thunderous judgment for all of mankind’s sins for all time unto Himself.

All the murder, all the perversion, every vile and rotten sin imaginable, all sickness, and all disease ever known to mankind actually entered into His physical human body and spirit. Isaiah 52:14 talks about the crucifixion of Jesus and says that He was disfigured more than any man to the point that He was unrecognizable as a human being.

That could not just happen from physical beatings, especially since the Word says that not a single bone was broken in His body (Ps. 34:20 with John 19:36). I believe His body was completely disfigured from the cancers, tumors, diseases, deformities, and anything else human beings have ever suffered. Mel Gibson’s movie widely criticized “Passion of the Christ” could not depict the entire of the sufferings he went through on our behalf.

Jesus didn’t pray for the cup to be taken from Him just because of the physical pain He would suffer but because He did not want to become sin. He hated becoming what He came to redeem us from. And the worst part of all Jesus’ sufferings was total rejection from His Father, something he had not experienced before.

Matthew 27:46 says,
“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”

God the Father forsook Jesus so you and I would never be forsaken. Everything that you and I would have suffered, through endless years in eternity—the grief, the pain and, worst of all, the complete separation from the presence of God—Jesus experienced. It was the first time that he called the father “God” so that you and I can call him Father. And He experienced all of this for us. When we say God is judging our sins as individuals or even as a nation, we are declaring invalid what Jesus did. That would be “double jeopardy.”

When John the Baptist saw Jesus, he cried “Behold the lamb that takes away the sin of the world. Sin isn’t a problem with God anymore. It’s us the church that has made it a major deal. Neither past, present, nor future sins can separate you from God. The only people who will go to hell are those who have spurned and rejected the greatest sacrifice that has ever been made. In heaven, you won’t answer for your sin; Jesus already has. You will answer for your acceptance or rejection of Jesus. Hebrews 2:3a says ‘how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation?…”

Natural disasters are just that—natural disasters. We live in a corrupted world where bad things happen, but God isn’t the cause of them. If He were, we would not see the cases of miraculous survivors like some who escaped death on September 11. Surely all of us deserve the judgment of God. But, praise God, we don’t get what we deserve. That is why it is called grace.

Many people say, “If God doesn’t judge America, He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.” The truth after the cross is that  “If God judges America, He will have to apologize to Jesus.” Thank God for Jesus! He is the propitiation for our sins and has reconciled us back to God. He is now our father!

WORDS ARE SEEDS

Your words are seeds.  A seed is a propagative or reproductive part of a plant. A seed will always produce after its kind. Apple will produce apple like orange will produce oranges. You cannot sow beans and expect to reap mangoes except you are having a cartoon nightmare.

Your words are seeds. What you say has a future. If you don’t like your present, learn to continually speak your desired future. Every seed is a potential forest.

Just consider your business, career, or ministry as a farm land, you as the farmer and your words as the seeds you intend to sow. So the question is: what kind of life, business, marriage, career or ministry do you dream of? If that business you see is a successful one then begin to release “success-seeds”.

In the parable of the sower as written in Mark chapter 4: The Bible says in verse 14 “The sower soweth the word”. You have a responsibility to sow the word of God into your life and in all that concerns you. Too many complain and gripe about how it is not working for them and they don’t realize that they are still sowing seeds by those statements.

No matter what you go through or what level you find yourself, sow the seed of God’s word.  You are the sower and the reaper that matters. It doesn’t matter what others have said about you, sow the word. The future is in the seed. The future you desire is in the seed of the word.

I also want you to realize that you should avoid speaking the word of God now and become negative after. If you sow tares among the wheat, the tares can end up choking the word from growing. If you let the tares grow up among the wheat, you can end up a mixed harvest. Some people end up succeeding and receiving bad news at the same time. The bad news overwhelms the good news and they become disappointed and heart-broken. You don’t have to live a rising-and-falling life as some people that say that life is full of ups and downs.

Reject that talk. It’s not from God infact it’s a lie from the pit of hell. The Bible talks about the path of the just that shines brighter and brighter (Proverbs 4:18). It only gets better and better with God. Don’t settle in for what is common. What is common is enemy to that which is perfect.

Your life right now is the harvest of the seeds you sowed yesterday. Your life will still be the harvest of the seeds you are sowing now. Whatever is in a seed must reproduce after it’s own kind. Every seed has a DNA that is unique to it. So the seed released still only reproduces itself. Check your tongue.
Proverbs 21:23 “Whoso keepeth his mouth and tongue keepeth his soul from trouble”. If your life or business is full of trouble then it is time you do a check-up from the neck-up. Stretch your tongue and check your idle words. Talk yourself out of your situation.

The scripture says in Hebrew 12:4a “For the word is quick and powerful… “. In the King James version of the Bible, the word quick actually means to make alive and not fast. The Moffat’s translation of the New Testament puts it this way “For the word of God is a living thing”.
God’s word is alive. When it becomes a living reality to you, it becomes powerful. Every living thing imparts life. Every living thing has the capacity to reproduce life. When you speak forth God’s word into your situation, project, relationship, business or marriage you have just released a living force which will reproduce after its kind.

Scriptures tells us that as long as the earth remains, seedtime and harvest time shall not cease. You are always sowing and you are always reaping the seeds of the spoken words over your life. Your heart is the farmland where you are sowing those seeds. That is why Solomon advised us to guard our heart with all diligence.

The question to you is, what have you created with your words? The Bible tells us when a man guards his mouth and keeps his tongue, he keeps himself from trouble (Proverbs 21:23, Amplified Bible).

Is your life full of trouble or strife? If so, it could be that idle words have played a powerful role, whether consciously or subconsciously. Idle words are words spoken but not believed. Jesus said in Matthew 12:36 that, “… men will have to give account for every idle (inoperative, nonworking) word they speak.”

The fact that you will one day give an account for every idle word should motivate you to choose your words wisely and stop taking things for granted. ! 
Do you speak faith—filled words of life over your physical body? Or do you say things like, “I will probably catch cancer or fever. After all, it runs in my family? You know people have a way of explaining why they need to have a particular sickness. They say things like “You know fever is in the air and everywhere, that I have it”

This sort of talk turns on the death cycle and connects you to the very thing you do not want to happen. If you want to experience health or success in any area of your life, you must make the decision to turn on the life cycle, by searching the scriptures and declaring what the Word says about you. God’s Word produces life (Joshua 1:8)!


So realize that you are the farmer and you have the whole farm to yourself. Your heart is the garden for the word. Plant the seeds of God’s word, water it by declaring over and over again and watch God bring the increase.

NATURAL FACT VS. THE TRUTH


“So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.” 
– Numbers 21:9 

You may have said this before “I know that God is my healer. But why is this sickness and pain still in my body?” If you have been looking at your sickness and pain all this while, stop looking at yourself and start looking at Jesus. Did He or did He not take upon Himself your sickness and pain?

God’s Word declares, “Yet He Himself bore our sicknesses, and He carried our pains…” (Isaiah 53:4, HCSB) Since Jesus has already taken your sickness and pain at the cross, then He cannot “untake” them. Even if you find it hard to believe that Jesus has paid for your healing, especially when the pain is unbearable, the truth is that it is still paid for. It is a finished work!

God is not saying that your sickness does not exist, nor is He asking you to pretend that it is not there. People like saying that “My enemy is sick” in the name of making positive confessions.If the issue is that your enemy is sick then you are you feeling the pains. God is asking you to look away from the sickness, painful as it may be, and look to the truth that it has already been judged at the cross in the body of His Son.

Once, while still in the wilderness, the children of Israel were bitten by deadly desert serpents. The serpents were real. The bites were painful and deadly. So God told Moses to point the people to the bronze serpent put on a pole—a picture of the cross. (John 3:14) Bronze signifies judgment. In other words, the serpent—their problem—was already judged at the cross.

Those who kept their eyes on the bronze serpent lived. Those who focused on their wounds died. So stop looking at your sickness. Instead, look to the cross and see your sickness already judged in the body of Jesus. Surely He has borne your sicknesses and carried your pains! That is the truth of God’s Word. And His Word supersedes natural facts. The devil is just trying to tell you Jesus did not finish his work on earth.

The pain is a fact but your healing is a truth. A truth that has been settled over two thousand years ago on the cross of Calvary. Keep your eyes on Jesus and declare that He is your health. The scriptures say that because as He is, so also are we in this world” – 1 John 4:17


Dearest, you let natural facts rule or establish God’s truths over your problem by what you choose to focus on. So decide today not to focus on the facts concerning your problem. Instead, establish the truth of God’s Word and Christ’s finished work over your problem—and live!

Condemnation Kills

Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”- Romans 8:1, NASB

Self-condemnation, is a universal human problem and it is usually accompanied by self-hatred. The Scripture tells why: “For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.” (Revelation 12:10). God tells us that we have an enemy, the devil, whose name also means “accuser.” Self-condemnation is a sinister method of the devil designed to destroy our relationship with God, with others, and our inner peace.

When Adam ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the devil’s game plan just started. His sin did not drive God from fellowship because as seen in the scriptures God still came to the garden looking for man. But Adam became fearful and hid from God. What made him fearful? Adam only feared when, seeing his nakedness, he realized that he had sinned against God. He felt so ashamed and condemned that he hid himself. God then asked him, “Who told you that you were naked?” (Genesis 3:11) There was no one else in the garden other than Adam and Eve, so we know that it was the devil who told Adam that he was naked.

The interesting thing is that the devil uses the law which is the symbolized by the tree of the knowledge of good and evil to bring condemnation into a man’s life. Long before sickness, disease and death showed up condemnation was at work. The deepest root of all mankind’s problem is condemnation. Satan frequently uses the words and actions of parents and other family members to accomplish his evil purpose: When a child is always criticized and made to feel they can never measure up to the demands of their parents or when a child is compared to a “smarter” or “prettier” or “more athletic” brother or sister.

Those children can grow up convinced they will never be good enough to live up to the standard they have been taught. As a result, they can take either the high road or the low road. The low road is where they give up the idea of being good. They quickly take the route of rebellion, drugs, alcohol, crime or promiscuous behavior. Or, on the other hand, they can take the high road of being “good.” They can be religious, but they are also anxious, compulsive, driven, and filled with self-hatred. The Pharisees took the high road with lots of rules and striving to please God and convince others they were spiritual. There are many in the church who serve God faithfully and whose lives are busy, busy, busy, at home, at work, and at church. They do many good things to gain God’s acceptance.

Accusation is a major component in condemnation. When a child is from a religious home where there is legalism without love and threats that an angry God “is going to get you.” He grows with a distorted view of God as someone who carefully watching his steps and ever liveth to bring justice to his life. He will not be able to show unconditional love and forgiveness.

Joseph Prince once stated “The Bible shows us that the most fundamental cause of problems in our lives is condemnation. With condemnation comes fear. Fear then induces stress which brings about the symptoms of the curse.” Beloved, condemnation is the root cause of the symptoms of any curse manifesting in your life. That is why you need to know that at the cross, God took all your sins, put them on Jesus and unleashed the full fury of His wrath against them until Jesus cried out, “It is finished!” God is no longer angry at you because He has punished his son your behalf as He has proved through the law that no man can measure to his righteous standards.
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Chris Jesus. He does not condemn since Jesus had taken it away so that heaven and earth are reconciled through the blood. Don’t listen to those lies from the devil saying “You are not good enough for God to use” God had never anyone qualified for him to use and that is why he provides grace to strengthen you in your weakness.

All your sins have been completely punished in the body of Christ who was condemned for you. The root cause of all your problems has been dealt with. This means that the devil cannot enforce the curse in your life apart from your receiving condemnation. So come to the place of no condemnation and no death will show in your life! God loves you more than you can ever imagine and that love is unconditional and not based on your merits. Keep yourself in His love.

FINDING REDEMPTION ON OPRAH


Everyone knows Oprah. Her show enjoys great rating and large followership. She can be considered the undisputed queen of heart-to-heart television, and numerous guests used her forum for their confession. Today the ‘Church of Oprah’ has cornered the market on celebrity confessions. No matter what seedy scandal or fraud has occurred, if you are a celebrity and tell Oprah all about it, you have a good chance for a fresh start.

What makes her show popular is that it reveals the failures, flaws, maybe even scandals that we have as humans. As we watch others confess, find grace, and a new beginning, we live apparently through them. Recently Lance Armstrong was on her show. The one-time world celebrated cyclist who broke records and established a name for himself but shattered his image when it discovered that he had used drugs to enhance his performance. Armstrong confessed that he has used banned performance-enhancing drugs throughout much of his cycling career, most recently in 2005. He admitted that he used erythropoietin and human growth hormone, and that he had blood doped. Doping helped him for each of his seven Tour de France wins, Armstrong told Winfrey. According to USADA, samples from Armstrong taken in 2009 and 2010 as well are “fully consistent with blood ma­nipu­la­tion including EPO use and/or blood transfusions”. This confession gave OWN, Oprah Winfrey Network, a glance in viewership.


Talking about redemption, shouldn’t church be the place to find it?
Jesus was known as the friend of sinners. While the religious leaders shunned him and eventually killed him, the Biblical record is clear that common people gladly heard him. I like how the The Amplified version of the Bible really delivers the message; “Now the tax collectors and notorious and especially wicked sinners were all coming near to Jesus to listen to Him. And the Pharisees and the scribes kept muttering and indignantly complaining, saying; ‘this man accepts and receives and welcomes pre-eminently wicked sinners.’”
With that kind of a crowd –pre-eminently wicked sinners – there would have been much need for new beginnings. It seems the crowd that used to run to Jesus gets on Oprah today. Why?
Jesus frequently denounced the self-righteous attitudes of religious people, while his arms remained wide open to sinners, prostitutes, tax-collectors, even to the thief on the cross.

Last year Oprah Winfrey stated “I have a dream of OJ Simpson confessing to me, and I’m going to make that happen”. If this confession was to occur, it would have to be because Mr. Simpson feels he needs to get something off his chest.
And getting things off our chest, has everything to do with two powerful human emotions – guilt and shame. Those two conditions attached themself to the first human, Adam, as described in the book of Genesis. When he, by his own choice, disconnected from God who loved him unconditionally, guilt and shame ensued. Contrary to what most people think God never turned his back on Adam, in fact God kept reaching. Still Adam, overwhelmed by his own shame, tried to re-invent new ways to deal with his guilt ridden conscience.
That has been the self-induced plight of humans ever since hence the beginning of religion. Adam and Eve dealt with their shame of nakedness by using fig leaves for cover. Religion, good works, or even the approval of Oprah can give the penitent sinner at least a fig leaf of temporary relief.

Church was supposed to be the place where anyone could find hope for tomorrow and God’s grace to take you there. After all the church was established by him who is referred to as having a throne of grace where we can boldly come to obtain mercy and help in time of need. Unfortunately some churches stand as the place when people’s faults and failures are ridiculed. Ridiculed by people struggling with their secret issues. They have now taken the place of Pharisees and Sadducees of Jesus’ time.
Our churches need to be the place where the lost, confused, rebellious, wicked and outcast are found. Afterall those were the crowd in Jesus time.
From Bill Clinton, Tiger Woods, to Lance Amstrong, and every one of the rest of us – we need redemption. You can get it, by going straight to God through Jesus.  If everyone`s arms are closed to you – God`s are wide open.

Thanksgiving Opens The Door to Miracles


“Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.” – John 11:41

Jesus lived a life of thanksgiving. He always thanked His Father for what He had and for always hearing Him when He prayed. That was how He released miracles in His life.

In the story of the feeding of the five thousand (John 6:1–13), Jesus’ attitude was one of gratitude. He took a little boy’s lunch of five loaves and two fish, gave thanks and had them distributed. He gave thanks for the little that was there and the little multiplied. Not only did the people eat as much as they wanted, there were 12 baskets Full of Leftovers!

So when you see the small balance in your bank account or in your wallet, thank the Lord for what you have. That’s your “five loaves and two fish”. When you give Him thanks that He is your provider and the source of your supply, in spite of the little you have, your little will become much, with leftovers!

Even when faced with the impossible, the solution was still, “Father, I thank You…” When Jesus stood outside Lazarus’ tomb, and the people took away the stone that was covering the tomb, He did not see the situation as hopeless and impossible. He simply lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.” Then, He proceeded to call forth Lazarus, and the man came forth alive once more!

The raising of Lazarus, who had been dead for more than four days, was one of Jesus’ greatest miracles. And He accomplished this by saying, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.” He thanked His way to an awesome miracle. There is power in Thanksgiving that is beyond our understanding. When you are faced with what looks impossible to achieve or breakthrough give thanks.

When I was in my late teens I woke up in the midnight. I heard very clearly that “this is last night, so put your house in order. It’s your time to die.” The atmosphere in that was filled with darkness and fear like you can cut it with a knife. Thinking it was the will of God I submitted myself to the voice and I started feeling weak. But I decided to thank God for how well He has used me to be a blessing to my world. In the mood of thanksgiving things started changing. Fear left, strength and I have been waking up since that day up till now.

Dearest, the next time you find yourself praying, “God, please do this for me! Please give me…” stop! Instead, say, “Thank You God, for hearing me. And because You have heard me, I thank You that I have what I asked for.” And when you thank God, the little that you have will multiply. Your impossible situations will turn around to reflect God’s provision. And resurrection life will transform you!

When You Rest, You Find God’s Grace


“And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.” Luke 2:40

The verse states that the grace of God was upon Jesus. The Bible also says in Romans 5:20 “that where sin abounds, grace abounds much more.” And when you put the two together, you may find yourself asking, “If the grace of God was upon Jesus, does it mean that He sinned?” Is the grace of God just because of sin.

No sin was found in Jesus. (2 Corinthians 5:21) So there must be another explanation as to why God’s grace was upon Jesus. There must be another explanation as to why someone can abound in God’s grace even when he has not sinned.

If you look at the word “grace” when it was first mentioned in the Bible you will discover something interesting . Genesis 6:8 says that “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord”. Noah’s name means “rest”. So the verse is telling us that rest found grace. In other words, when you rest, you find grace!

So grace was upon Jesus because His life was a life of rest and trust in His Father. He said, “The Son can do nothing of Himself. He can do only what He sees His Father doing.” (John 5:19)

Likewise, grace comes upon you when you rest and trust God. If you have a stubborn child, stop nagging at him and trust God to handle the problem. Say, “Jesus, I commit this child into Your hands. I cannot control him. You can.” If you have a persistent pain in your body, bring it to the Lord. Say, “Jesus, I hand all my worries about this pain to You. You work on the pain.” It may also be addiction to drugs, pornography or something else. He can handle it when you hand it over to him and cease from your struggle.

You may ask “what if nothing happens?”

The truth is that if after you have given the matter to Jesus and nothing happens, what can you do? If Jesus Himself can’t do anything about it, do you think you can help him? But praise God, once the problem is handed over to Jesus, He can and will do a perfect work of taking care of it for you!

So live a life of rest. Have this attitude and tell the Lord, “I can do nothing of myself. I just rest in You Lord and I trust You.” Dearest, what you will see is the grace of God upon you in every situation of your life!

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