Pain is part of life yet it is undesirable by all means. Naturally, pain should be avoided even when it means losing some resources such as money and time. Everything else stops to give way to means of managing or eliminating pain where possible.
Pain must be controlled because if it is not, it can have serious consequences to its victims. The good thing is that the Bible records instances of pain experienced by some of Bible icons such as Job and David. Through their experiences, we learn how God helped them deal with their pain, which helps us understand how we also can deal with our pain.
The Bible has long been declared to be the infallible word of God by those that have gone before us and we have adopted that as a true declaration. I have been sensitized to write this post after having watched a video on YouTube where someone is giving his reasons why he quit Christianity. Many people that responded to his video agree to his views that the Bible is not the word of God. I felt compelled to respond and I do want to share my position on this matter again in this post.
I believe that wearing make-up and any artificial attachments life finger nails, weave and lipstick is not acceptable to God as I have already written two articles on this subject already. The articles are the following:
It is normal for a healthy person to feel sexual pressure and desire to fulfil that need. This is true for both males and females, married and not married, all races and ethnic groups. People are wired the same when it comes to sexuality. This makes sexuality a God given gift that comes naturally, which God expects all of us to handle with caution as we shall individually give an account about how we controlled it while in the earthly body.
Holiness is one Christian quality that is not a once of or momentary requirement but a lifestyle. One may be holy at one moment but not the next, simply because it must be maintained. Sadly, there is no moment a Christian ought not to be holy. Should a Christian die when he or she is unholy at that particular moment, that believer will miss Heaven – none negotiable. It sounds harsh but true and many so called believers have lost their eternity in Heaven to compromising on holiness standards.
If holiness is such a requirement, what then does the Bible say about its benefits? I want to quote Revelation 3:5, a verse that points at holiness as an ultimatum.
Never should pastors take a position of altering that which God says in the Bible, even the slightest of such alterations. The temptation is often to adjust biblical context to our contemporary world. This is very wrong as the Bible says it clearly that God’s Word never changes. I have written an article to address the subject of the none changing Word of God in this blog ‘The Word of God that never changes – Psalms 119:89, Matthew 24:35’
So many things have been altered in today’s churches. This include issues of the dress code, offering, tithes, body decorations, just to name a few. Often pastors, prophets and teachers of the Word never like being corrected on the wrong things they do and preach. Thus this post is only a kind reminder to the believers and the pastors alike that nobody should alter the message from the Word of God.
I was inspired to write this article after having been requested to write a short story on the love of God for children. I realized that life is often assumed to be normal when the good things happen yet all the good come from God alone whilst the bad, even the slightest of it, comes from the devil.
Out of countless reasons to give for the justification of God’s love, I have picked just two: Continue reading →
Binary options is a money making option that I recently came to know about when I searched the internet for ways by which I can invest the money I earn from doing business on fiverr.com. It is a very easy to enter trading space yet so much of a risk that one can lose all they have on it yet it is 100 percent legal in many countries such that no one would put you in jail for it. The world standard is not compromised whenever a person participates or trades binary options but then the question is, ‘does the same apply for Christians?’
The Christians adds another consideration when deciding on money making methods, ‘will it not defile the holiness / righteousness garment’. This means that praying about it, reading scriptures for guidance and listening to the conscious with high sensitivity should be applied. If you are not sure, you are better not participating. Sadly, the tendency is for Christians to reason about things and ignore the fact that Christianity is not about reasoning but goes according to what the Bible says.
Mduduzi Edmund Tshabalala also known as Mandoza lost his life to a short illness according to Eyewitness News. This young man was a Kwaito music icon that had a lot of followers in South Africa and beyond. It is sad indeed that the world has lost such a talented young man.
The truth is that it is finished with Mandoza in this world, that is, he has no affairs with the living anymore yet it is not the case in the after life. His soul has not vanished but has gone to a place where he shall await God’s judgement. There are only two specific areas of waiting; hides (hell) and paradise. I prefer to use the word hell because it is easier to understand yet this place is not yet the ultimate hell God has set for the devil and his followers. Paradise is equally the same, it is a place as good as Heaven yet not the ultimate also.
Corporal punishment may not be heard of in many parts of the world because it is banned and practicing it is often punishable by law. It defined as physical punishment (physical discipline) intended to cause physical pain on a person. It is usually inflicted in settings with a substantial disparity of power between partakers. It is normally practiced in homes, schools, churches and in various social groups.
Given the definitions above, corporal punishment covers a number of other physical punishments that the Bible clearly does not suggest but specifically mentioned ‘the rod’ as a means for use with children. The world has classed the ‘the rod’ under corporal punishment. Verses that talk about ‘the rod’ include the following:
It takes the Bible to define what human life is in an accurate way. The world has lots of definitions that wind up confusing but the Bible definition does not. It may not make sense to some people but the truth remains unchanging, whether people believe it or not. It is the Bible that tells us that humans have eternal souls and their time spent is this world is as short like vapor or smoke (James 4:14).
Job defines life as breath (Job 7:7). Breath has a unique quality of being present. When you breathe in, out or even hold your breath; you do it now. It’s not in the past or in the future but now. It means that once you stop breathing, you are no longer alive. This makes man very temporary in this world. Isaiah 2:22 puts an emphasis on the fact that man should not be regarded since his life is in his breath. Once breathing stops, man’s time in this world is over.
People will have sickness attacks and some of such sicknesses are inherited from parents. Right as you read this articles, there are millions of people hospitalized and many others being nursed from their homes. One then could wonder what is the will of God about our sicknesses. You could have lost hope on Jesus because you have spent years praying for your total recovery from a certain illness. The Bible which remains relevant throughout history has the answer.
It is true that for people to be in perfect health it is through the mercies of God. When James 1:17 says, ‘Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning’, it means just that. When you wake up to a beautiful breeze outside and you declare that it is good, it surely comes from God. None of any good comes elsewhere. Bill Weise who once had a revelation of Heaven and Hell declares this reality of all the good coming from God.
It is true that being active in church is open for everyone and those that do take the courage to do something for God reap some benefits. You will know that benefits are not only in this life but also shall definitely be a package in the afterlife. It is also true that many other people do God’s service in private and it also does not go unnoticed by God.
All around us we are surrounded by instruments of gossip yet Christians are not to be part of it. This includes reports of secretes revealed on other people’s issues, scandalous reports that do not edify or glorify God, whether founded or not. These come to us through the internet, newspapers, television, etc. an environment that seems unavoidable. How does God expect Christian to behave in such an environment?
To answer this question, I will first define what gossip is according to the English dictionary and then dwell much on how the Holy Bible defines. Later I will conclude by giving suggestions on how to avoid being defiled by gossip and how to deal with it in case it is your bread and butter.