Monday, April 6, 2009

God Comes to You When You Want Him To

When you ASK, when you want Him to, God comes (in His own time, of course.) 
This experience is an un-doubting, immediate sense, or feeling of God's PRESENCE. 

It's an absolute CERTAINTY that you're not alone in this world. 

It's as if a person has been touched at every point by a being AKIN to oneself - a being who's sympathetic, wiser beyond measure, steadfast, and pure and noble in aims.

When God comes to you, it's also like standing side by side with, and touching someone whom we love very dearly and TRUST completely. 

It also can bring us into fellowship with a great multitude of other people! I also love this about God; "Closer he is than breathing, and nearer than hands and feet."

The moment of God coming to you may come while you're;

Sitting there alone in the darkness, under the stars.

Walking by yourself.

Being somewhere in a crowd.

Even while you're sitting and musing about other things.

God may come to you on a sinking ship, or in the tumult of a battle. There's no predicting when He may come to you.... but after He arrives, your life is CHANGED. 

FOREVER, changed. And even if you stray from God, and backslide in your faith, He'll Keep drawing you back!

God is with you, and there's no more DOUBT of God.

Thereafter, you walk around like;

One who was initially lonely and has now found a lover.

One who was perplexed and has found a solution. 

When God comes to you, when he arrives, you're finally assured that there's actually a Higher Power that fights with you against the confusion and evil around you. There also comes into your heart an enduring HAPPINESS and courage. 

Much love,
Melina xxx 

Saturday, March 21, 2009

How to Find God

Every era has its own unique spiritual characteristics. Right now, in this modern era, we are in an era of cold disinterest and even a defiant OPPOSITION toward the Christian faith. 
Sadly, the love for our heavenly Creator, and His Son Jesus Christ is getting COLDER, as well as rarer to find. There are also many 'luke warm' Christians.

Are you a luke warm christian? Take the test and find out; Luke Warm Christian Test

Not only has there been a great 'falling away,' but the love of many Christians for the truth has grown cold.

In its wake are seemingly endless new age beliefs, strange occultist methods, FALSE pseudo religions, mind organizations, and a whole other slew of selfish, humanistic activities which occupy time and attention. But which can never satisfy the true longing of the heart. 

The shallowness of our inner experience, the hollowness of our worship, and that imitation of the world all testify, that we, in this day, don't know God, and we don't have an actual RELATIONSHIP with God.

We hardly have one at all.

If we would only reach out to God and SEEK Him amid all the worldly externals. 

We must first be determined to find Him, and then proceed in the way of simplicity. 

God REVEALS Himself to 'babes,' and hides Himself in thick darkness from the 'wise' and the prudent. 

We must simplify our approach to Him. We must strip down to the ESSENTIAL.

We must put away all effort to impress, and come with the guileless candor of childhood. 

If we do this, without doubt God will quickly RESPOND.

Much love,
Melina xxx 

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Reading Christian Books


Reading Christian books can certainly help create in us a real desire for MORE of God's fullness, and for a more spiritual life. 
It's especially helpful in regards to prayer. When our spirit is low and we have no inspiration for prayer. Even the reading of a spiritual poem can stimulate the mind, raise the spirits and REFRESH the soul. It can make it easier to pray, as well.

As to what books to read, the BIBLE, of course, is the best of all

However, we may need other books as well. Although no other book can take the place of reading the Bible, and none of us should ever neglect reading it, there are many Christian books that can be read in connection with it.

Whatever devotional book you're reading, don't read too fast. Think and digest it as you go. 

Furthermore, let there be a frequent lifting of the heart to God in PRAYER. It's not the bee that flies so swiftly from flower to flower that gathers the honey, but the bee that goes down into the flower. 

A few sentences taken into the mind and heart, and dwelt upon until they've become a part of you, are better than many pages read superficially.

 However, nothing beats reading the BIBLE. 

"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." - Hebrews 4:12.

Much love,
Melina xxx
 

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

What to Say During Your Evening Prayer


How to pray the evening prayer;
Scheme for ten minutes at the end of the day.

Review the day.

Run over your day backwards in the recollected presence of God, and you'll almost certainly have a double need.

Confess your sins to God.

Things will come to your mind which will not be pleasant to recall.... 


A failure here;  something not strictly truthful; and missed opportunities for doing good…

Deal with each thing separately. 

ITEMIZE your sins. Don't bundle your beastliness or pettiness together in one of those all inclusive phrases; "Forgive me all my sins."

But DO feel remorseful over them in their separateness, claiming forgiveness in our Lord Jesus Christ, and have a greater wariness in the future. 

Make restitution where you can.

Give thanks.

Every evening will bring its occasion for GRATITUDE to God - for morning prayers answered, and for help through the day. 


Let the day close with a warm, inward awareness that God has, indeed, been WITH you all through the day.

Before sleeping, COMMIT yourself to God again; "Father into Your hands I commend my spirit."


Much love,
Melina xxx

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

How to Find Out God's Will For Your Life


WHAT'S God's Will for your life. Yes, yours!
As Christians, we should be looking to get our hearts into such a state that they have no will of their own.

Three quarters of our difficulties could be overcome if our hearts were only ready to do the LORD'S Will, whatever that happens to be.

When you're truly in this state, it's not about YOUR feelings, or a simple impression for that matter. If it comes from that, you can make myself liable to any delusion. 


We need to SEEK the Will of the Holy Spirit, through, or in connection with the Word of God (the Bible.) 

In this regard, the Spirit and God's word must be combined.

If the Holy Spirit guides us at all, He'll do it according to the SCRIPTURES - and never contrary to them. 


We can also take into account our actual circumstances. These can plainly INDICATE God's Will in connection with His Word and His Spirit.

In addition, we should be asking God in prayer to REVEAL His Will to us. 


Therefore, through earnest PRAYER, and the study of the Word and reflection, we can come to a deliberate judgment according to the best of our ability and knowledge. 

If your mind is at peace, and continues to be after two or three more repeats of this step, you can proceed with your plan accordingly.

In trivial matters, and in more important issues, you'll find this method most effective!


Much love,
Melina xxx

 

Friday, February 27, 2009

Following and Knowing God


The Almighty God of Abraham is a REAL person! 

He thinks, wills, enjoys, feels, loves, desires, grieves and suffers just as any HUMAN person does. 

God wants to make Himself known to you (His personal name is Jehovah - or Yahweh, by the way.) 

He wants to be your loving FATHER, guide, protector and friend! 

He will never leave or forsake you, and wants your sole faith to lie in Him, and in His Son, JESUS CHRIST.

God wants to be, and should be the only captain of your ship. It's not about your own will, but God's Will! 


We were meant to be LIVING to glorify God. 

This is a God who COMMUNICATES with us through the avenues of our mind, our will as well as our emotions. 

If you want God to ANSWER you, to speak to you, to communicate His Will to you, and to mold you into the person He wants you to be, pray to Him and ASK Him to reveal Himself to you. 

Be open (as well as OBEDIENT to His Word the Bible,) and wait.

It's wonderful to know that you and I were created in HIS Image (our sins excepted!) 

This also means we have so much potential to improve and grow! 

Being made in His image, we also have within us the capacity to really KNOW Him. 

In our sins we lack only the power. Yet, the moment the Holy Spirit quickens us to the REAL life (being born again,) our entire being senses its kinship to God. 

And leaps up in joyous recognition. 

In God and FAITH in Jesus Christ - the Savior and Redeemer of mankind - we literally become a whole NEW creation.

That is also the heavenly re-birth, without which we can't possibly see the Kingdom of God. 


It is, however, not an end, but a journey. The journey being on a rather NARROW AND DIFFICULT road. 

Then follows the pursuit, and the heart's happy exploration of the Will of God, uncovering the infinite RICHES of the Spirit, and ultimately, the eternal Kingdom of God.

Much love,
Melina xxx

Friday, February 20, 2009

Living For the Glory of God - As Jesus Did


"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." 1 Cor. 10:31.
One of the greatest hindrances to our sense of PEACE as Christians is the habit of dividing our lives into two areas - the Christian life and the 'worldly' life.

Many Christians really do seem to have one foot in the WORLD - and one in the Spiritual world!

These worlds really do exist APART from each other, and are morally and spiritually INCOMPATIBLE. 

As Christians are compelled by the necessities of daily living to always be crossing back and forth - from one world to the other - our inner lives have a tendency to break up. 

So that we're living a DIVIDED life, instead of a unified life.

The trouble can come from the fact that Christians are actually inhabiting TWO worlds at once - the spiritual and the natural. 

Admittedly, as descendants of Adam, we're living our lives on earth subject to the limitations of our flesh, and the weaknesses to which IMPERFECT human nature's prone. 

Simply living in this imperfect world causes us to direct our attention to the THINGS of this world!

Unfortunately, this can be in sharp contrast to our life in the Spirit. There we enjoy another (and higher kind of life.) 

We're children of the Living GOD, and we possess a heavenly status. as well as enjoy an intimate fellowship with our Savior Christ - hallelujah! 

Furthermore, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is our PERFECT example to follow. He knew no divided life! In the Presence of His Father He lived on earth without ever deviating from the path - even to His death on the cross.

"I do always the things that please him," was His brief summary of His own life as it related to the God the Father. 

What pressure and immense SUFFERING He endured by being the world's sin bearer! 

His suffering was never the result of sin or spiritual maladjustment - it was because He loved us so dearly!

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16.

How GRATEFUL and appreciative do we need to be as believers? 

When the apostle Paul's exhorted us to "do all to the glory of God," it was far more than just pious idealism. It was supposed to be an INTEGRAL part of true Christian life. And should be accepted as the very Word of Truth. 

Furthermore, this should remind us to aim at making every act of our lives CONTRIBUTE to the glory of God. 

Living according to our own will (and not GOD'S Will,) grieves God. Moreover, by practicing sin, sexual perversion, as well as any other misuse and abuse of our bodies should give us a real cause to be ashamed.

Sexual sin and those sins that are CONTRARY to nature can never honor God. 

Those who willfully practice this sort of sin, and don't fight the temptation will not inherit the Kingdom of God. 

As loving, and as merciful, and as forgiving as God is, we DO need to have fear of the One who can throw both our bodies and our souls into hell! 

Whenever we CHOOSE to keep sinning, and whenever our human will takes over, we no longer exercise our innocent and harmless powers as God made them. 

And we can never bring GLORY to our Creator.

What about a Christian believer who has experienced repentance, and being 'born again in the Spirit.' Christ now dwells in them. Therefore, he or she is now meant to be living ACCORDING to the will of God - as it's stated in the written Word. 

It can be said that every act of his or her life is (or should be,) truly HOLY.

We must aim to practice LIVING our lives - every moment of it - to the glory of God. Determinedly. 

It helps to TALK it over with God in your prayers, and recall these words frequently, as we move about in the world among men. 

It can take a great deal of reverent prayer, as well as genuine REPENTANCE to escape sin completely. 

Remember too, You can't HIDE your sin/s from God, and He's never mocked.

Much love,
Melina xxx


Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Father of Jesus - Our Infinite God


Perhaps the most fundamental difference between non-Christian faiths and Christianity is that, knowingly or unknowingly, non-Christian faiths worship a FINITE god. 

Perhaps, many non-Christian believers would be fairly confronted with the EVIDENCE that Christianity is the TRUTH, and of their vague identifications.

None of them can admit, like we Christians can, that their god is;


All-wise.

All-powerful.

Omnipresent.

The creator of the entire, universe, heaven or earth.

In addition, the non-believer has little to identify their god with that hereditary God of the Jews - 'Jehovah' or 'Yahweh' - who became the FATHER of all in the Christian system.

Our INFINITE God is a God of salvation. 


He's a spirit. 

A person.

A strongly marked and knowable personality.

Majestic.

All-knowing.

All-wise.

Loving.

Inspiring.

And LOVEABLE!

He exists, or strives to exist, in every human soul. 

Yes, He's our infinite, and one and only TRUE God!

Much love,
Melina xxx

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Facts About God

Who Is God?
1. God Is One - Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Corinthians 8:4

2. God Is Truth - Psalm 117:2; Jeremiah 10:10

3. God is Light - 1 John 1:5

4. God is Love - 1 John 4:8, 16

5. God Is Infinite - Jeremiah 23:24; Psalm 147:5

6. God is All Knowing - 1 John 3:20

7. God is Everywhere - Psalm 139:7-12

8. God is All Powerful - Jeremiah 32:17,27

9. God is Unequaled - Isaiah 40:13-25

10. God Is Perfect - 1 Kings 8:27; Psalm 139

11. God Is A Most Pure Spirit - John 4:24

12. God Is Invisible - 1 Timothy 1:17

13. God Does Not Have A Human Body - Luke 24:39; Deuteronomy 4:15-16

14. God Does Not Change - Numbers 23:19; Malachi 3:6; James 1:17

15. God Is Without Limit - 1 Kings 8:27; Jeremiah 23:23-24

16. God Is Eternal - Psalm 90:2; 1 Timothy 1:17

17. God Is Incomprehensible - Romans 11:33; Psalm 145:3

18. God Is The Almighty One - Revelation 1:8, 4:8

19. God Is Most Wise - Romans 16:27; Jude 25

20. God Is Most Holy - Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8

21. God Is Most Free - Psalm 115:3

22. God Is Most Absolute - Isaiah 44:6; Acts 17:24-25

23. God Works According To His Will - Ephesians 1:11; Romans 8:28

24. God Receives Glory - Romans 11:36; Revelation 4:11

25. God Is Most Loving - 1 John 4:8-10

26. God Is Gracious - Exodus 33:19; 1 Peter 2:3

27. God Is Merciful - Exodus 34:6; Psalm 67:1; James 5:11

28. God Is Long-suffering - Psalm 86:15; 2 Peter 3:15

29. God Abounds In Goodness - Psalm 31:19; 52:1; Romans 11:22

30. God Is Forgiving - Daniel 9:9; Ephesians 1:7; Psalm 86:5

31. God Rewards Those Who Seek Him - Hebrews 11:6

32. God Is Just In All His Judgments - Nehemiah 9:32-33; 2 Thess. 1:6

33. God Hates Sin - Psalm 5:5-6; Habakkuk 1:13

34. God Is the Creator - Isaiah 40:12, 22, 26

35. God Is a Shepherd - Genesis 49:24

100 Sins You Need to Confess to God

100 Sins You Need to Confess to God


1. Lying


2. Slander


3. Disobeying Your Parents


4. Coarse Joking


5. Disbelief


6. Stealing


7. Harshness


8. Judgment Of Others


9. Empty Words or Promises


10. Praying To Be Seen


11. Gossip


12. Idleness


13. Dishonoring Your Parents


14. Gluttony


15. Prayer-lessness


16. Lewd Thoughts


17. Doing 'Wrong for a Wrong'


18. Having Evil Suspicions


19. Shamelessness


20. Keeping Jesus Outside


21. Profanity


22. Grieving the Spirit


23. Impatience


24. Having a Hollow Philosophy


25. Fornication


26. Hatred


27. Quenching The Spirit


28. Losing Heart


29. Preferring Tradition For Truth


30. Uncleanness


31. Anger


32. Pride In What's Seen


33. Callousness


34. False Humility


35. Forgetting Our Cleansing


36. Wrath


37. Grumbling


38. Being Unforgiving


39. Worship Of Angels


40. Denying Our Lord


41. Railing


42. Fault-finders


43. Perverseness


44. Carnality


45. Seeking Justification By the Law


46. Shameful Speaking


47. False Flattery


48. Meanness


49. Rudeness


50. Arrogance


51. Excess Passion for Worldly Things


52. Scoffing


53. Factions


54. Being Easily Angered


55. Being Faithless


56. Covetousness


57. Pride Of Possessions


58. Envy


59. Keeping a Record Of Wrongs


60. Ignoring a Seared Conscience


61. Sexual Immorality


62. Despising Authority


63. Drunkenness


64. Failing to Discern The Body


65. Loss Of Your First Love


66. Idolatry


67. Lording It Over Others


68. Orgies


69. Luke-warmness


70. Love Of Money


71. Witchcraft


72. Haughty Eyes


73. Hardening Of the Heart


74. Stinginess


75. Unkindness


76. Jealousy


77. Fearfulness


78. Giving Insult for Insult


79. Continual Lust


80. Loving to Have Pre-eminence


81. Divorce


82. Selfish Ambition


83. Immodesty


84. Deceit


85. Shepherds Who Feed Only Themselves


86. Filthiness


87. Fits of Rage


88. Retaliation


89. Bitterness


90. Creating A Stumbling Block For Others


91. Being Unmerciful


92. Dissensions


93. Threatening Others


94. Greed


95. Disrespect


96. Un-yieldingness


97. Malice


98. Homo-sexuality


99. Foolish talk


100. Having To Always Be Right

Much love,
Melina xxx