Category Archives: Jesus

Earnest Expectation

According to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. Philippians 1:20

What are your expectations from God? Its easy to be faithful to God when things are going well, but how about when we struggle? When you wake up one day feeling depressed or going through a hard time, do you still pray and give thanks to your Father (God)?

Sometimes it may feel difficult but when we grow our faith we can have “earnest expectations” that God is still with us. The word “earnest” means to have intense conviction or being sincere and honest. So when we say we have “earnest expectation” we mean we truly believe with all our heart and soul, God is still going to deliver us.

Notice the next part of the scripture says “ I will not be put to shame in anything”. Our situation may currently feel hopeless but God is still in control.  Paul was imprisoned, beaten, and even stoned to death. But he knew that God would not forsake him and he pressed on towards the prize of his higher calling.

The final part of this scripture “With all boldness, Christ will be exalted in our bodies” We need to remember as a Christian, Jesus lives in you! The same power that rose Christ from the dead is living in you! We can’t be defeated! Have earnest expectations and hope that God will deliver you in Jesus Name Amen

Fear of God

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Proverbs 9:10

Do you fear God? Many people call themselves “God-fearing” people ,but do they really understand the Hebrew meaning of the translated word fear?

The original Hebrew word is “Yirah” means Awesomeness and Reverence

So when we understand the “awesomeness” of God , who created the Heaven and Earth, then we truly understand his wisdom and knowledge is beyond our human comprehension.

How can we comprehend the one who is beyond time and space, who spoke us and everything into existence?

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. (1 John 4:18)

Perfect Love (God) casts out all fear. God is perfect and through his Son he gave us perfect love. He gave us salvation. Because of the “Perfect Love” of God we can overcome death through Jesus Christ. There is no need to fear with God.

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind 2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)

Do you live in a constant state of fear? This is not the true Spirit of God. God has given us the Holy Spirit which brings peace, love, and joy. You don’t have to fear your Heavenly Father, before you were formed he knew you and set you apart.

Stand in the awesomeness of “The Great I AM”, once you understand what our Father and Creator has done for us, then you can truly understand Perfect Love and not Fear!

Is Hell Biblical?

I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. KJV

I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades . NIV

I am the living one. I died, but look–I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.  NLT

I am he who lived and died, and behold, I am alive to the eternity of eternities, amen, and I have the key of Death and of Sheol. Aramaic English Bible

While comparing these 4 English translations we notice the words hell, Hades, Sheol, and death are all used interchangeably. However, the word “hell” has an entirely different meaning.

Sheol- (Hebrew) mean grave, realm of the dead

Hades– (Greek) same as Sheol, means grave, realm of the dead . Hades is actually a Greek God of the underworld, which is where the word derived from Greek Mythology

Hell- derived from Old English helle from pagan period. Usually depicted as a place of eternal torment with fire

And you shall not be afraid of those who kill the body that are not able to kill the soul; rather be afraid of him who can destroy soul and body in Gehenna.” Aramaic English Bible Matthew 10:28

In some English Bibles the world “Hell” is often translated for the word “Gehenna” So what is Gehenna?

In short Gehenna was a place where pagens sacrificed their children to pagen gods. When this practices stopped obviously this place was cursed so it became a large garbage dump that was continually on fire . Also when dead bodies were found that weren’t claimed by a family, they were thrown into Gehenna to be destroyed.

So in English Bibles when you see Jesus referencing “Hell” such as Matthew 10:28, the correct usage is he is referencing “Gehenna” because all Jews were familiar with this place.  It’s a place that represented eternal death and destruction not eternal torment.

So where did the concept of “Hell”, the eternal torture concept come from? In short in came from the influence of Greek mythology. Remember Rome was a pagan empire. When it took Christianity it infused many of its pagen ideas and practices into it. For example, Christmas and Easter, were originally pagan Holidays that were converted to a Christian holidays.

Some things to consider:

  • The concept of Hell is nowhere found in the Old Testament
  • The New Testament doesn’t teach about an eternal torture
  • Since Jesus died for our sins, wouldn’t he be thrown in Hell?
  • If God is love, would he really torture people for eternity?
  • Since Adam and Eve caused mankind to sin, why didn’t they get thrown in hell?

 

Remember perfect love casts out all fear (1 John 4:18) when you truly understand the salvation of Christ, you truly understand the love and mercy of our Father in Jesus Name Amen

By What Authority?

When He entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to Him while He was teaching, and said, “By what authority are You doing these things, and who gave You this authority?” Matthew 21:23

While Jesus was healing people and performing miracles, the chief priests wanted to know “By what authority is Jesus performing these?”  This can be asked of our own lives, everything we do on a daily basis, ask yourself “by what authority am I doing this?”. Meaning are you doing the will of God or are you performing your own will

Jesus clearly stated to them and all of us, that he only did the will of his Father (God) (John 6:38) In fact Jesus was so loyal and obedient to his Fathers will, that he laid down his life to save ours. Many people tried to charge Jesus with blasphemy, but he told them if he did something wrong them charge him for it.

When we do the will of our Father (God) you will always remain righteous, but when we follow our own will, that’s usually when we get led astray. You might say “Well Jesus got crucified”  the fact is Jesus always knew he was going to lay down his life for us. This he prophesied about multiple times before it happened.

So reflect on your life and ask “By what authority am I doing this?” Are you following the will of our Father or are you living for the world? Just as Jesus was resurrected to live eternally, so shall we who stay faithful to God in Jesus Name Amen

Let There Be Light

Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. Genesis 1:3

It doesn’t take long in the Bible to find the prophecy of Jesus Christ. In fact in the third scripture God said “Let there be light”. Jesus told us he is the light of the world and whoever follows him will never walk in darkness (John 8:12) Before God sent the light, the world was void, in total darkness. Just the same with humanity, without Jesus there was no hope for salvation. But God sent the light to eliminate our darkness.

For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6

Once again God said the Light shall shine out of darkness. The light (Jesus Christ) shines in the darkness and darkness did not overcome or comprehend it (John 1:5). Jesus has overcome the world, he has overcome evil and sin. There is no darkness to great for “The Great I AM”. Once we receive Christ and the Holy Spirit dwells in us, we become the light of the world also. (Matthew 5:14) The power of God shines through us all like a radiant light that can never be put out.

Are you facing darkness today? Is your world void of light? Remember God said “Let there be Light” and there was light! You need to speak of The Light also, Jesus Christ. Because there is no power or darkness that can overcome the light inside us in Jesus Name Amen