Sunday, July 31, 2016

Do You Understand GOD?
A lot of church people believe God even if they don't understand most of what he's saying in the bible. For instance, churches still hold on to their denominations even if Jesus already revealed in his prayer how God wants all believers to be completely united [John 17.23].

I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity.
It is commendable to believe even if you don't see (John 20.29), but God wants us all to believe and understand. It's difficult to genuinely believe and be sold out to something you do not understand.

Some say we cannot entirely understand everything about God. True, but still we need to understand what he reveals to us. The revealed things belong to us and to our children forever [Deuteronomy 29.29]. And anyway, we need to deeply understand how God wants us to "have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that (we) may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ," [Colossians 2.2].

"Complete understanding." See that?

Moreover, God told Jeremiah how God wants a believer to boast about how "he understands and knows me,"  [9.24].

"but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.”
Do you understand God? Do you know what he's doing today and why he's doing it?

Our prayers are often about God knowing our plans and supporting them. Our prayers are often about ourselves and our ministries. But, have we exerted good efforts at understanding him and supporting what he's doing?

It's often:"Here's what I'm doing God, or what I want to do. Anyway, it's all for you, so please bless it."

We ask for wisdom, strength and riches and then boast about them when we get them. But what God really wants is for us to exert quality effort and devout quality time to knowing and understanding him, especially how his main concern is not really what we accomplish for him but steadfast love (our relationship with God), justice (our treatment of our fellows) and righteousness (quality of everyday life).

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Why are the Poor in Spirit Blessed?

Why are the poor in spirit blessed?

It baffles me each time I ponder on this passage, especially today when you see almost no one in church desiring to be poor in spirit. Is there? They all want to be somebody---they want titles, degrees, positions, recognition, the most number of members, the highest church income, the mega-est church of all.

You can be poor in spirit even with all the above---prestige and even riches---but the problem is, I have yet to see someone who is. Well, there's Mother Teresa. Who else?

Most of us just want to talk about ourselves and what we do and have [1 John 2.16]:

For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.
I also wonder why Jesus made poor in spirit number one among his Beatitude teachings, considered by many as his centerpiece teaching.

Wouldn't God reward the greatest achievers of all? Why didn't Jesus say, "Blessed are those who achieve great things in ministry for theirs is the kingdom of heaven"?

What is it in being poor in spirit that appeals to the heart of God?

What a waste of time and effort to be doing something that will not make you blessed in the eyes of God. Sure, many people claim they're blessed---but being poor in spirit is the last thing you'd see in them. God has determined that only the poor in spirit are truly blessed or happy. You cannot add to that.

Does this mean no one is really blessed, and all their rantings about being "blessed" are mere empty words?

No wonder many in church ministries are stressed out and sickly. They're not really blessed. Okay, some ailments may be blessings in disguise, but you'd see it by their fruit. Is your sickness a blessing when you're always irritated and a difficult person to deal with? Is your ailment a blessing if you love only those who care for you?

Imagine serving God and being sick with stress-related ailments. It just doesn't make sense. And stress is often the result of frustration---failing to get or achieve what you desire (and doing away with what God desires, which is to be poor in spirit).

The Beatitudes talk a lot about being blessed and a key to this is being poor in spirit.

We start with being poor in spirit. Without that, there's no way we can mourn, be meek, hunger for righteousness, and so on. In fact, we cannot do any church ministry that counts in God's eyes without first being poor in spirit.

So what's being poor in spirit really all about?

Listen to what Ellicott's commentary has to say on this:

"Here the blessedness is that of those who, whatever their outward state may be, are in their inward life as those who feel that they have nothing of their own, must be receivers before they give, must be dependent on another’s bounty, and be, as it were, the 'bedesmen' of the great King. To that temper of mind belongs the 'kingdom of heaven,' the eternal realities, in this life and the life to come, of that society of which Christ is the Head."

Benson, on the other hand, mentions how, "These are happy (people), because their humility renders them teachable, submissive, resigned, patient, contented, and cheerful in all estates; and it enables them to receive prosperity or adversity, health or sickness, ease or pain, life or death, with an equal mind...because theirs is the kingdom."

Here's how I describe poor in spirit---when you desire nothing except what God wants and are too helpless to do it except that God does it through you--lest you boast.

And earth has nothing I desire besides you. [Psalm 73.25]

Even Christ emptied himself and took the form of a servant or slave. You have to empty yourself to desire nothing.

And "desiring nothing" is what most church people today do not have. They claim to desire to do "God's will" but all they do is equate (or masquerade) their own desires with God's desires.

Jesus desired nothing in this world that's why he was born poor and died poor---and yet he was really rich in the Father's eyes. Though money was never a problem to him, he didn't need properties for his church and never bothered about how many members he had or how much was his church income. He even just let Judas steal money from the ministry bag.

What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? [Mark 8.36]

In effect, Jesus was saying how gaining the world has only one sure result---forfeiting your soul. And there's only one way to fight off gaining the world---being authentically poor in spirit. Too bad that all human effort can only end in gaining the world.

Poor in spirit is everything that the world despises and hates. No wonder it's first in the center of God's heart---the very first thing in Jesus' Sermon on the Mount (and what makes it so powerful). Thus, if the world likes you, you're not poor in spirit, no matter how "humble" you look (a lot of people can fake humility so masterfully).

It is impossible to give up everything you have and follow Christ if you are not poor in spirit. Because then, you won't be able to "desire nothing." You will hold on desperately to what you have.

The poor in spirit are blessed (or happy or fortunate) because they have nothing of the world. Zero, Nil. Void. Pffft! They desire nothing. They just desire God and his Word. And if some people get attracted to that, then they have a ministry. 

Pastors normally "desire" to have a ministry, and especially a big one. A mega one. So they grab and pull people into their church buildings and think up gimmicks to make them stay there. Church people may applaud this but this, too, is of the flesh. A desire.

Have you tried to forget about ministry and just desire nothing but God and his Word? Then you have become poor in spirit. Then you begin to look strange to people and they start asking questions. Then you desire nothing but to share Jesus to them.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

The Main Ingredient Before GOD Uses You Powerfully
The least
is the greatest in the Kingdom of God. Before God uses anyone, he or she must first be the greatest in the Kingdom. So that person must be the least.

Being the least, especially being least in the eyes of men---this is the main ingredient before God uses you powerfully. So He takes you to the desert. Jesus was taken to the desert as soon as he came out in the power of the Holy Spirit from being baptized.

After a bathing of tremendous power like that, you need the wilderness experience to keep you humble. Only power made perfect in weakness can defeat Satan in the wilderness, not positions, money, achievements, degrees, titles, or anything valued by the world. Thus, the Holy Spirit immediately led Jesus to the desert so he can remain the least.

John the baptizer was son of Zechariah the priest. Being priest, Zechariah led a materially abundant life. Priests and Levites were well fed and provided for as indicated in Deuteronomy 18. They had no inheritance among the tribes because the Lord was their inheritance and that made them better off than the rest of the Israelites.

In fact, each tribe provided a portion from their lands for the priests wherein the produce of these lands belonged exclusively to them. They didn't need to work on these fields. The other tribes did the work for them.

So, all the priests and Levites had to do was worship God, and whatever they needed was merely added unto them.

What a life!

John the baptizer could have had this life being son of a priest. But he gave up all these perks. Instead, he chose to live the life of a prophet living in the desert, eating grasshoppers and honey near the Jordan. Can you imagine how hard it was to shoo off bees to get near their hives to get the honey? And that, on a daily basis?

Was this necessary? Why all these hardship? Why not simply enjoy the provisions allotted for priests? Probably, people were telling John, "Those priestly provisions are God's provisions and blessings for you, and you are rejecting them? And now you choose to catch locusts and fight off bees in the desert just to survive day-to-day?"

People then didn't understand. The Pharisees, priests and law teachers loved riches and power that the world respected. They wanted to be great. Even today, most church people and pastors still do not understand that the desert experience is a must if you are to be used powerfully by God. And you have to come out of the desert experience defeating Satan. How? By power made perfect in weakness. 

By learning and living out principles that make you the least.

Unfortunately, almost no one in church today wants to be the least. Like the Pharisees and law teachers in Jesus' time, they too want to look great and respected in the eyes of the world.

God put in the heart of John to give up the easy and prestigious life of the priesthood so he could spend his life in the desert wearing nothing but camel's hair and a leather belt.

Moses grew up in the luxury of palace life. How could he be used by God and lead Israel out of Egypt---when he was used to enjoying the pleasurable Egypt life?

God had to take him out from all that. So one day, Moses fled from Pharaoh and escaped to the Sinai desert. There he did nothing for 40 years but watch over sheep and goats. Being shepherd was the lowest kind of job in those days. You have to be the least to do God's will in God's power.

Even David was first a lowly shepherd before he could be king of Israel.

Saul grew up being well to do, used to the ways of the rich. Later he became king. Without the desert experience, he made a lot of silly mistakes being king. In fact, without experiencing being the least, he later became so obsessed about himself, about his greatness and achievements, even making himself a monument.

Early in the morning Samuel got up and went to meet Saul, but he was told, "Saul has gone to Carmel. There he has set up a monument in his own honor and has turned and gone on down to Gilgal."[1 Samuel 15.12]
Without the desert experience and learning the right things there, you will end up like King Saul. Your ministry will be all about yourself.

Well, King David also screwed up later in life. But he found the grace to repent and humble down, unlike King Saul. It was due to David's desert experience. He learned how to have the heart of being the least.

Come to think of it---why would God choose His Son Jesus to live in Bethlehem, the worst and poorest town in Israel? Why choose to be a son of a poor carpenter? Why didn't Jesus come here to be a Pharisee, law teacher or priest in the temple?

You have to be the least. That's being God's flesh on earth.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Jesus' "Disinterest" in People
I've always been intrigued by Jesus' disinterest in people. No doubt, he had compassion on them. He loved them. But he always reserved an element of detachment. Some may call it objectivity, perhaps.

I prefer calling it disinterest.

For instance, he just let the rich young ruler walk away. This rich, young guy was the ideal church member---dedicated to Scriptures, rich, a leader and young and idealistic. What pastor is going to let someone like that get away after coming to him to seek advice? Most pastors would entertain and grab him for membership.

But not Jesus. He simply watched him walk away. He loved him, but he was disinterested about him. Interested people would have gone after him, taken his address and visited him often for follow up. That's what pastors are trained to do.

And who wouldn't want Nicodemus, teacher of Israel and respected member of the powerful Sanhedrin, as his follower or even church member?

Imagine an influential bishop nationally popular coming to you at night to seek your advice or wisdom. Wouldn't you want to have him in your church? Would you discourage him and simply let him go away by telling him something like, "You are Israel's teacher and you don't know these things?"

Pastors today probably would have immediately made him a church board member.

And why would Jesus allow demons to destroy the swine industry in Gadarenes, allowing them to enter the 2,000 pigs and drown them in the lake? Why was he disinterested about the livelihood of the people of Gadarenes?

Interested Disinterest

The Gadarenes people lacked compassion for the demon possessed man, chaining him hand and foot day and night in a cemetery instead of helping him. Jesus showed compassion and interest in the poor and oppressed man but showed disinterest in the people of the village.

But then, he also showed disinterest for the oppressed man later when he "begged" to follow Jesus but Jesus merely told him to go home and start ministry there. Ministries today would have used this man to promote their churches or denominations.

They're crazy about increasing membership. Jesus was simply passionate about souls.

People who soak themselves in Jesus and His WORD will have this same disinterested compassion for souls---having concern about people not because they are just after church membership but because they really care.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Revealing the Life of Christ in our Bodies
You may be wondering---why do we need to receive Jesus Christ into our hearts and why does he have to enter into our bodies?

Why can't God just declare us saved once we have faith in him?

Jesus has to enter our bodies because he needs to be revealed in us.

We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. [2 Corinthians 4.10-11]
How important is Christ being in us? Paul described it simply: "Christ in you the hope of glory." It's God's plan to glorify Jesus Christ in our bodies. Thus, we have to receive him, invite him to enter our bodies---our lives---so we can reveal him in these last days.

The idea is to form Christ in us:

My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you, [Galatians 4.19]

We have to grow in ever-increasing glory in Christ by feeding on God's spoken Word in the bible. This is the only way we can be transformed and manifest the life of Jesus Christ in us. This is among the last moves of God in the last days---all true believers living the LIFE of Jesus Christ and looking like him because he is the firstfruits among the brethren. 

We must die everyday, says Paul in 1 Corinthians 15.31 so Christ may live our lives everyday. We have died with Christ and we no longer live, but he lives in us.

Manifesting Jesus in our bodies is what Christian life and ministry is all about. It's not about what we do in church or whatever great things we achieve there.

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Monday, July 4, 2016

The Last Move of God in These End-Times

Just before Jesus Christ comes back and just before the anti-Christ appears in public, what do you think is God's last move for the church?

Would it be great revival or destruction of the church?

As the years pass, we see more churches growing bigger and more people getting attracted to them, even among showbiz folks. A lot more people are sounding more spiritual on TV and online. Even on social media, more people are posting bible passages on their walls and more people are liking them, even typing "Amen!" to show their approval.

More people are also actively commenting on Christian or theology pages on Facebook.

More excitingly, a lot of new churches are popping up everywhere.

Does this mean more people are turning to Christ and the Gospel is really being preached to the ends of the earth?

Or is God doing something else somewhere---something totally different than the good and encouraging positive things we are seeing today?

Just because we enjoy God's presence in our ministries, eating and drinking with him and actually hearing him teach, does not necessarily mean we are with God in what he is doing today. Jesus warned that all that excitement might only end up with him saying, "Depart from me all you evil doers. I don't know who you are."

It is quite timely then to examine ourselves and see if we're really with God in the ministry He is doing today---or what others call the last move of God---or if we're just caught in the middle of what churchy men are trying to pass off as Christian ministry, but which is really nothing but dead religion.

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