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;




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.







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