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"For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness." Psalm 84:10

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

God´s plan: Your choise 7

Did Jesus know the plan of God? Becoming a man, Jesus accepted all limits of the human nature. He learned from the human limits (John 1:3). Christ accepted to limit His divine privilege to get teachings from personal experience. From His childhood He had to submit to the discipline. (Philliphians 2:6-8, John 5:19-30). By personal experience He learned that a man is subject to any kind of pressure and also that the natural desires can lead a person to react in contradiction with God´s will (Luke 4:1-4) Christ limited voluntarily Himself to experience in fullness the human nature. Christ learned growing up step by step. He grew full of wisdom (Luke 2:40); He grew in stature and grace (Luke 2:52, 2:41-42). Jesus served God also respecting the authority of His earthly parents (Luke 2:41-51). The knowledge of Jesus-man grew according to the laws that God established for the human nature. He „knew“ His mission since His earliest age but He had to mature to complete it. Who knows the will of God have to mature to complete it. Christ learned by prayer. The prayer was for Jesus the tool of communication with Father. Christ submitted Himself under the discipline of prayer. The prayer is not a practice particularly easy and rarely can avail to help our desires of flash (Matthew 26:39, Luke 22:44, Matthew 26:40-41). By prayer Christ learned to depend on Father (Luke 6:12-16, John 17, Luke 3:21:22, Mark 9:19, 28-29, John 11:38-44). Jesus learned that the prayer is an effective and secure tool of communication with God. Jesus learned also from His own experience. His purpose was to participate the human nature without rejecting the holiness. Word of God is sufficient to get victory over the temptation (Luke 4:1-13, Genesis 25:27-34, Exodus 16:1-3, Hebrew 4:15). By His suffering He learned to be obedient (Hebrew 5:8, 12:2)

God´s plan: Your choise 6

How can God communicate with me? The way most secure and common is the Bible, His written word. It is a message of God to people. It is inspired by the Holy Spirit who is God, who is all-knowing (2.Peter 1:19-21, 2.Timothy 3:16-17). The Holy Spirit can help us to understand it (Luke 4:18, Acts 2:14-21, Matthew 5:5, Exodus 12). The Holy Spirit helps believers to use every day principles written in the Bible (1. Samuel 13:8-14, 15:17-25, Psalm 51). Acts 5:40-42 is a typical example of principle used in Matthew 5:11. Another way God speaks to believers is that He speaks through others (government, family, business, religious community). Each of them has its own responsibility and each of them is recognize in the Bible as a tool of communication used by God (Ephesians 6:1, Romans 13:1, Exodus 18:13-26, 2. Samuel 24:3-4,10). Some of advise should be refused because are in contradiction with the Scripture. Another time is neccesary to consider the character of the person that gives us an advise. God talks openly, straight and without misunderstandings. God speaks through past experiences (Psalm 37:23). God speaks directly. When God talks He is never in contradiction with His Word, the Bible (John 10:4, 10:14-15, Isaiah 8:20, Acts 10:9-33). God talks by vision and voice. In Acts Peter recognized the voice of God and the circumstances confirmed it. Why some don´t hear the voice of God? They refuse the way how God communicates (Hebrew 1:1-3, 2. Kings 5). Don´t refuse the message of God only because the way He communicates it looks strange. To hear God´s voice is neccesary to submit to Him. Disobedience is another reason why people don´t hear God´s voice (Judges 7:1-25). Anybody who submit himself to God and to His will don´t have to have doubts about his own capacity to hear God´s voice. The power to communicate with God doesn´t come from us or our will but from God. God talk to those who are ready to listen.

God´s plan: Your choise 5

Is it sufficient to call ourselves „Christians“? Maybe you asked yourself if your really are the believer the Bible talks about. God has a vision about us. The biblical definition of believer is: to be „in Christ“ (Ephesians 1:3,11); we are alive with Christ, we sit with Him in heavenly places Ephesians 2:5-6); we are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for possession (1. Peter 2:9); we are the dwelling place of God in Spirit (Ephesians 2:22). The personal experience seems that our actions are more inspired by our earthly nature than the heavenly one. To know that we are „in Christ“ is not enough to influence the activities, attitudes and desires of the believer. When God is looking at the believers He sees them as they really are. He sees them as „holy“, „sons“, „priests“, He sees their natural character, but He sees also their old and sinful human nature that causes the continuous fight. Imperfect, corrupted, but „saints“! What is important for Gor? God gives absolute importance to work of Christ, His virtue, His perfection, His submission. Jesus is the reason of our salvation, our submission to God is an effect. When God call us „saints“ He sees the final result – perfect and assured. He sees the end already at the beginning. God considers us „saints“ or „perfect“ because He has a global vision of us, from the beginning till the end (Colossians 1:15-27) Believers can be considered righteous and saved only because the Christ did really died for them. Satan uses the accusations, determents, deceptions, but it doesn´t change that we are redeemed. The sin can´t dominate a believer any longer because Christ defeated the sin (Romans 3:23, Acts 1:3, 1. Corinthians 15:3-8, Romans 5:18-19). The sinful works have to be interrupted and also substitute by good works. His power in us can change the bad in good (Ephesians 4:25,29, 1. Peter 3:9, Galatians 5:16-26, 3. John 11, 1 John 3:1-3, 3:9-10).

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

God´s plan: Your choise 4

(Genesis 22:1-19) Do I divert from the plan of God? The circumstances provoke questions. Are we really in God´s will? Sometimes the difficulties can confirm God´s will. God uses the circumstances for testing our faith. He do that because it is our faith that keeps us in the contact with Him (Hebrews 11:6). God works according to the measure of our faith. Trials reveal the faith (Luke 22:31, Matthew 26:34-75). If we don´t accept that God can put our faith in the try, possible weaknesses can be turn to be bad in an insidious attack of Satan. Trials cause a perfection (James 1:2-4). Trials build the faith (1. Samuel 17:34-37). Trials make us understand what are our weaknesses and to harden our confidence in God and His help. Circumstances can discipline. The purpose of such discipline is to reach the objective that God has prepared for us (Mark 4:35-41, 9:14-29, 6:34-44). God uses problems for turning our attention on Him. Circumstances can stimulate. Satan and the world are the enemies of each believer (John 15:18-20). Trials prove that we belong to God (John 16:33). Believers have to find a courage in difficutlies (Luke 6:20-26). Difficulties can be transformed in a triumph. In Christ we have a victory (James 4:4, Revelation 3:21). Difficulties can increase our confidance that God likes us. Another enemy of God is our human nature - „the flash“ (Galatians 5:19-21). The fight in us with our human nature proves that we refuse the world and we look for being liked by God.

Monday, July 21, 2008

God´s plan: Your choise 3

Does God expect too much of me? God expects our transformation (Romans 12:2), obedience and spiritual growth. To be transformed doesn´t mean to be a copy or an imitation. (Matthew 5:40, 44, Luke 6:36) Some commandaments in the Bible are dynamic that means we should show some action, others are passive that means we had to obey with submission. Obeying God we find an opposition in our flash (Romans 7:21-23). God´s desire is to see us grow spiritualy and continually, to see our character changed, to mature and to pass from the level of „a student“ to the level of „a teacher“ (Ephesians 4:13-15). God is ready to help us. He will transform us as we submit ourselves to the Holy Spirit (Galatians 2:19-20, Romans 12:1-2). God will strenghten us. He doesn´t expect that we try to fulfill His plan by our strenght (Ephesians 2:10, 3:20, Romans 8:1-4, Philippians 2:12-13). God doen´t give up when we mistake. We can mistake because we have a human nature, we live in the corrupted world, we still grow, we are still in the process of transformation... But God knows our errors before we make them. Therefore we can be sure that He is always in control. He knows everything about us (Psalm 139:2-4, 11-16). God´s grace is bigger than our errors and His forgiveness is always avaliabile for us (1. John 1:9). God´s plan for our lives is not based on our ability to be perfect but on the wisdom and ability of the Lord. The power of God is always avaliabile for us (2. Corinthians 12:7-10) God conceived His plan knowing always our errors. Unsuccess and sins don´t stop God´s work in us (Jeremiah 18:1-10, Colossians 1:27, Hebrews 11 – think about lives of heroes of faith and their errors).

Thursday, July 17, 2008

God´s plan: Your Choice 2

How can I be instructed by God? The first step for participate a plan of God is to be saved by Jesus Christ. To know the message of salvation is not enough for saving us. We need to obey and submit ourselves to God. The act of obedience is our faith (Acts 16:30-31, John 17:8, Acts 18:8) Accepting Jesus Christ we submitted ourselves to God´s will revealed in the Bible. Holy Spirit convinced us that Jesus is realy alive. Allowing Him to convinced us we submitted to Holy Spirit.
Obedience is the unique way how to collaborate in the God´s plan. (Deuteronomy 27:10, 1.Samuel 12:14, Matthew 19:17) In Psalm 119: 47, 49,167 we read about the love and obedience to God´s word. The obedience shows the love for God (John 14:15)
Why to obey? The obedience is source of blessing (Exodus 15:26, Psalm 1:2, Matthew 5-7, Romans 2:7). The obedience builds God´s kingdom. Disobedience destroys it (Genesis 3:6-19, Romans 5:15-21). Submission of Christ brought forgiveness, deliverence for mankind, restoration of life.
Rebelion of Adam started the reign of death and a curse of everything. God likes obedience. God reacted on the obedience of Christ (John 8:29, Matthew 3:17, Matthew 17:5).
God wants us to know His plan. He promised His guide – Holy Spirit (John 14-16, John 16:7) and the Holy Spirit came (Acts 2). Holy Spirit prays (Romans 8:26-27), gives His gifts (1. Corintians 12:4) and manifests Himself (Matthew 4:1, Acts 8:2, Acts 16:6-10). Also the Word of God is work of the Holy Spirit (2.Peter 1:21) In the light of the Word of God should be judged and confirmed messages awarded to Holy Spirit.

Monday, July 14, 2008

God´s plan: Your Choice 1

Does God have really a plan? Reading the Bible – God´s word given to men – we can understand that every creation was perfectly planned by God. The Earth, animals, plants, day and night, … (Job 38-39) God created man in His own image. (Genesis 1:26) God created man for having a relationship with God. We all have a possibility to enter His plan through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ. God has freedom of choice and the same freedom He has given to men. God has a plan for whole mankind. He knows us perfectly – our actions, our problems, our nature, even the number of our days (Psalm 139, Job 23:10, Psalm 31:7, 103:14, 139:16). Because He knows us He wants us to know Him. God has created men with different characters and personalities. His plan is that we „come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.“ (Ephesians 4:13) It doesn´t mean to be a copy or a twin of Jesus Christ but to know God Father as well as Jesus knows Him, to be as mature and have a knowledge as Jesus has. We are joint-heirs with Christ. (Romans 8:17) Men are created to work together, to collaborate using their different characters and personalities. God wants us to grow individualy in Jesus and to have good relationships among us. (Ephesians 2:11-22, 6:10-18, John 13:34-35) We can look on God´s plan with twelve disciples. He chose them (Mark 3:13-15, Luke 6:12-16) They had different characters (Mark 3:17, John 13:23, John 1:47). And also Revelation 21:14 is still God´s plan for these twelve disciples. The presence of Jesus in our lives is enough for completing the plan of God in us. Our responsability is to walk with Him. God can change anybody who submits to His will (1.Timothy 1:15). God invites us to collaborate with Him. He will take care for us and He is above any circumstance. (John 17:21, Romans 8:28-30, Jeremiah 18:1-6)

Monday, June 30, 2008

After a long time...

Wow, it is a long time when I published for the last time. There are not many news; for the vacation we are going to my country, in the end of August we are going to move again and the weather here is so hot that I could stay whole day under the shower. We have found new friends and also an international church were we feel ourself very welcomed. I speak two foreign languages now and sometimes it is quiet difficult for me. I am able to make one sentence using words from both of them:). But thanks God coz around us there are many people that are foreigners and they have more understanding for me. Sometimes I wonder, many of them have childern and mate but they have left them in their countries. Still I haven´t been brave enough to ask them more about their situation.
Very soon we will celebrate our 1st anniversary. I can´t believe it, the time runs so fast. But I have one bad news for all who told us that the first year in marriage is the worst. For us it was the most beautiful year and we have a trust in God that will follow others and others much more beautiful. Of course, there were a couple of things that we should deal with, but with God´s grace and mercy we were able to pass throught. For everything the glory belongs only and only to God! We are glad that we can see also some fruit in what God has put in our hearts. And we hope we will see much more. It is so wonderful to live with Jesus our Master and Saviour!

Friday, April 11, 2008

This man I don´t know

This picture I have seen in the St. Paul´s basilica. It is a catolic church that belongs to Vatican but it is out of the Vatican´s wall. Anyway, this picture made me think when I saw it. This should be Jesus? With eyes full of angryness, with the cane in His hand? I know that the Bible describes Him also to be angry. But much more is He described full of love and compassion. This picture is found directly before your eyes entering the body of the church. This is not Jesus whom I know! The only thing why my God is angry is Satan and the sin. God is not happy when I commit sin but He is full of love and forgiveness when I come to Him confessing my sin. His word says:
"... and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out." John 6:37