Hebrews 12:14 “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.”
We are commanded by God to live peaceably with everyone. We therefore as Christians owe it a duty to be at peace with those around us.
We don’t necessarily need to repay any hurtful deed directed toward us. To quench a raging fire, you don’t have to jump into the flames but simply put it out.
Whenever we are mistreated or slandered, it’s time to act wisely and in a gentle way.
We should not retaliate with the weapon of silence nor seek revenge. An uncontrolled TONGUE is responsible for setting the course of our lives on fire:
James 3:5 “Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold,how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
6. And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.”
Knowing this, let’s control our tongues by evaluating each thought and guarding each word we say. If control our tongues and use words with restraint, we will enjoy peace.
1 Peter 3:10 “For he that will love life, and see good days,l et him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensure it.”
Staying calm at all times is the best way to avoid the annoyance of godless enemies. Being humble is a sure way to drown out all taunting noise of the enemies. It gives us poise in the midst of the world’s alarms. This way we offset the noise of the world around us.
When we are annoyed by the sneering remarks and slanderous words of those around us, we ought to respond positively. Instead of cracking down on them and silencing them, we should be gracious in our attitude toward them. We should be kind, considerate and loving in our words and actions toward them.
Returning evil with evil will always result into conflict, which eventually leads to lack of peace, and it may create resentment. He who harbours resentment will have a never-ending and profitless job.
In fact, he is the one who will suffer most.
Proverbs 15:1 “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.”
Try to be at peace with all men everywhere, at all times. Being humble does not mean a sign of weakness. Our Lord Jesus was humble and gentle (Matthew 11:28). One who is humble is always calm and of few words. He does not gossip about other people’s matters.
Phillipians 4:5 “Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.”
As Christians, we should guide well our tongues to avoid getting in trouble with it. We can accomplish much good with kind, thoughtful and wise words. Sometimes we accomplish more by not saying anything. When we are wronged, we shouldn’t take revenge, instead, we should reward evil with good, and go right on living for the Lord. As aggressively pursue peace with other people, God will bless our efforts. He has promised to make our enemies be at peace with us. And so shall we experience peace and a life of calm.
Proverbs 16:7 “When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.”
In as much as we make every effort to be at peace with all people, let’s also pursue holiness, without which no one shall see God.
There is a Spirit accompanying Names, in Scripture we find many people were who changed their names, some at the beginning of the ministry or before the ministry began. Abraham was first called Abram (Genesis 17: 5), Sarai was changed to Sarah, Jacob was changed to Israel. It is therefore important to know the meaning of the names before you give the baby a name or before you give yourself a name.
Note: If you give a name to a child no matter how good a name is or how good its translation is, if the child is not raised in godliness, he/she will still be bad, and when he/she dies they will go to a burning hell.
Likewise, a child may have a bad name, but if they are brought up in the right way, that does not stop God from not using him/her, and his/her name still can exist in the book of Life.
Because the names in the book of life are not written according to their interpretation, but according to the deeds!! There will be many good names in the Lake of Fire, and there will also many who have no good names in Heaven.
And nurturing is not only takes her/him to church every Sunday, but also to teach them the ways of the Lord daily even at home! while you as a parent showing a godly example.
But all in all it is good to give a baby a good name which has a translation!
This is the most “powerful” name, above all, for all generations to the end of the world, there will be no greater than this for all time, and its meaning is JEHOVAH THE SAVIOUR, so Jesus is the Savior of the World.
It means “Jehovah is Gracious”. Origin of this name is Jewish, John the Baptist was named this as well as John the Disciple of Jesus, Andrew’s brother.
It means “Lukania” Lukania is the southernmost point of Italy, where its interpretation remains unknown to this day.
Its translation is “The Gift of the LORD” Its origin is in the Hebrew language
It means “Humble”
It means “the LORD shall exalt or exalt”. The origin of this name is Hebrew.
Meaning. It is “Abhorred or Abused” its origin is in the Hebrew language.
Its meaning “God has heard” of its origin is the Hebrew language.
Its translation is a small stone (throwing like stone), the origin of this name is Greek.
Meaning of Grace is a special privilege that a person or thing can receive, that privilege has no specific cause. Only God gives Grace.
His translation is “Steadfast, Steady” The origin of this name is Hebrew, in the Bible he appeared to Ethan the wise man in Psalm 89
Ivan and John are the same names, except for Ivan is in the current Russian language, but the same as John, whose translation is “Jehovah is Gracious”
The name Charles comes from the German word “karl” which translates to “man”.
ANSWER: The Bible does not say which kind of ballot was cast there, whether it was a casting dice or that everyone wrote their own opinion and when they did it all seemed to be focus on Jonah.
The biggest lesson we can learn is that …God can use any means to accomplish His purpose. He can use a formal or informal way.
For example, if you are a good student of the Bible you will find out that God gave David the whole kingdom of Israel through conspiracy.
God promised him to be king over all Israel and anointed him with the hands of the prophet Samuel sometimes back… but when the day came for that prophecy to be fulfilled, the king of Israel (David) did not get the kingdom by vote but by conspiracy. That is, the king of Saul’s son was conspired, and David came to power.
It was some people who were living in the King’s palace ambushed the king and killed him, and beheaded him.
and brought to David the head of the that king, and told him today that God has avenged your enemies. Although David did not approve their wickedness … but there was no way that the throne should be by someone else and that was none other than David himself (read 2 Samuel 4: 5-12).
For when Israel saw their king killed there was no way not to make David the next king. And the prophecy of him being a king over all Israel came to pass.
Likewise, God can choose a person in any way whether formal or informal. And He can use anyone to accomplish His purpose, He can use even evil or just … whoever he wills.
If he wants to put someone in a position he can put him/her through the ballot or not through the ballot. Matthias was chosen by lot to be one of the 12 apostles of the Lord Jesus to take the place of Judas. But Peter and the other Apostles were not elected by vote/lot …And that did not make Matthias to be not one of the 12 apostles of Jesus.
So Jonah was chosen by lot to be punished by God. God could have shown the people the vision that Jonah was the source of the problem, but he did not choose that way … He could have sent an angel and appeared to them and told them that Jonah is the source of the problem but didn’t choose that way either.
Even in the election of school, village, local, or state leaders … all those who are elected and held the position, it is God himself who put them there … Whether they are set in a legitimate or illegal way such as voting or not, that doesn’t matter. It is God who put them there.
(In the last day they will answer why they stole the ballot or why they were not honest in those positions).
All presidents in office are placed by God in their positions , whether they stole the ballot or did not steal it.
some for the purpose of like that of Pharaoh, some like of Jeroboam, some like of Nebuchadnezzar, some like of the king of Assyria, some like of king Manasseh, some like of king Hezekiah … Each one is placed there by God for a specific purpose …
The Lord bless you.
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Shalom, Blessed be the name of our Lord Jesus Christ … it is good to remind ourselves of things we had previously learned or been taught. The Lord in the Old Testament prevented the children of Israel from eating animals that are not chewed the cud.
Chewing as interpreted by the Bible is not about releasing air from the stomach or vomiting… No!.
Chewing is a behavior Animals have after eating grass they store the food in their bellies and then they have the ability to return the food back and chew it again and then swallow it when it has been chewed better…
Now the animal like a pig does not chew the cud, so it is unclean … Revealing the behavior of some people who have no recollections of what they have learned, and have no tendency to think again and again when they have eaten, have no time to go back to meditating, (to chew again the food). … And that makes them easy to forget all the good things that God has done for them in the past, or to digest unclean spiritual foods.
But if we learn to remind ourselves of what we have learned in the past, and to think again and again and meditate, we place ourselves in a better position to defeat the evil one, and so in the spirit we are seen as creatures that are not defiled before God (clean to God).
So today let’s remind ourselves a bit about judgment. Let us briefly consider the judgment of the Lord Jesus to help us know what our future judgment will be after this Life.
As we know the Lord was accused by the Jews (ie Israel) but was crucified by the Romans (ie Gentiles). So both communities: Jews and we Gentiles are guilty of the Blood of Jesus. That is why redemption and forgiveness are for all of us. Because we have all sinned.
Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”
And as the Lord Jesus was exalted before the judgment seat upon this earth … And he was judged before all men (Jews and Gentiles), and gave an account of all things.
Likewise on the day of judgment all the nations of the earth will also stand before him (Jesus) on the white throne. And each one will give an account of what he has done while he/she was here on earth.
John 19:13 “When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha”
So what you do today remember that one day it will be brought into Judgment.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil”.
And again the Bible says.
Revelation 20: 11 “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire”.
The Lord Jesus and all His righteousness stood before Herod’s Judgment Seat. Who are we to avoid the coming judgment?
And let us not present that day in a group of people who will be condemned to eternal death in the lake of fire but will be judged to be rewarded in conquering the world.
Matthew 25:19 “After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents”.
Keeping in mind that there is no second chance after death, man is destined to die only once, and after death is judgment (Hebrews 9:27). No prayer can lift a person out of the fire of hell into a paradise
If you die in sin, you are already lost forever. The Bible says that where the tree falleth, there it shall be.(Ecclesiastes 11: 3) … that means if you die and go to hell you will be there forever.
Have you stood firm in the faith? .. Are you sure that if Christ comes today you will go with him to heaven?. The Lord help you, and the Lord help us all in the Name of Jesus Christ.
Be very blessed.
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By grace of the Lord, today we will reflect on the lesson which lies behind the 70 years of children of Israel to be in Babylon. One would ask Why did God decide to make it clear that they would stay in captivity for 70 years, and even ask them to build the houses and marry each other in that strange land.
In short God didn’t need no petition of anyone to return to Israel at that time , you’ll see he didn’t even advise them to live as strangers in Babylon, or to rebel against the empire, instead told them to continue with their normal activities just like they used to live in Israel, as if there is nothing wrong with the Babylonian empire . Take a close look at the whole chapter of Jeremiah 29 you will see that.
But the fact is, even if it were you today, something like that happened to you, your whole family is killed, all your properties are lost, your city is burnt with fire, and then taken away into exile and somebody is boldly telling you he would come back to take you home after 70 years have finished, But for now you just live temporarily here build your house in this strange land, live a happily life, fear not? Imagine it were you would you truly live a happy life??
Of course, you won’t be happy at all, because, all your thought would have been at home at that moment, not to wait until all 70 years have finished.
Such was the condition of the children of Israel were passing through, when they had transgressed against God, God give up on them, and allowed Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon to take them into exile. While in Babylon false prophets arose and deceiving them that they would spend only 2 years before God bring them back to their land, but God spoke through the mouth of the prophet Jeremiah and said they would stay in exile for 70 years with their enemies, they’ll always be there. and that is what we even caused the prophet Jeremiah to suffer so much to the point of wanting to be killed by the Jews, for the bad news he brought to them, because it is clear that no one wants to die in captivity,
It is very disappointing in one way or another, remembering the slavery in Egypt of how they were persecuted and today the same thing re-occurs again, they are going to be laboured, to be served, to be whipped.
But this is what the Lord told them.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end”.
Many of us read this verse but for sure we don’t know from which source are coming from … Those words God told the children of Israel when they were taken into captivity, Babylon.
They are actually words of comfort.
But what does their story teach us?
Children of Israel are likened to the children of God now, those who believed in Christ and later turned away from him, those who knew the truth and opposed it.
those whom God has often warned to turn away from their evil ways through the sermons preached daily in churches and streets, but did not want to hear, until they reached a point of drowning into serious problems that they do not know how to get out. some have drifted into fornication and now they have got AIDS,
Let me tell you that, everyone will reap what they sow, probably you have asked God to heal you but you do not see any change, your case is similar to that of the children of Israel.
Now If you have come into a true repentance, I want to tell you that don’t be sad to find yourself in that situation for a very long time. As the Israelites found out of their mistake, that is what happened to you. They stayed 70 years but one day they came out…. And don’t forget this word that. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
You have been a thief or a rapist and you are now imprisoned, you have truly repented and become a good child of God, you steal no more and you have no plans to it again … but you wonder why until now you are still in prison God does not yet deliver you there, I want to tell you, forgiveness is one thing, and punishment is also another thing, if you find yourself in such a situation, you just calm down and be a good person in prison, serve your God with all sincerity, do the work of God there, do all the tasks that come before you, as if you neither would you go out today nor tomorrow, For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Now remember when the children of Israel came to Babylon though they repented and there were only many of God’s people like Ezekiel, and Daniel, but he did not let them suffer like the exile of Egypt, he raised up such mighty and wise men as Daniel, Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego, and put them in the royal palace in front of Nebuchadnezzar, and through them the King honoured all the Jews in Babylon with their God, worshiping him in freedom and peace, living in captivity but not as long as slaves there in Egypt, such as Joseph and his brothers Even though they were all in bondage.
And after the 70 years of doom had passed God opened a great door for them to return to their homeland, but they did not return empty handed, God opened the door to receive many gifts from Persian kings, and even those who remained in Babylon and other foreign countries willingly together with those who were spread across the world we see God again raising people like Mordecai and Esther, to Persian seats, who in turn made the Jews worth twice in all the world, feared and revered, even though they were in foreign lands. You see how God’s thoughts were good for them at the end of the day, despite serving the punishment but he also infused his purpose into their punishment.
So you who had sinned against God and now met with evil, until now you are in the dungeon, and fortunately you repented of your sins, and left them altogether, it is clear that God forgave you on that day when you changed your mind and your ways. But yet you still in that sinking hole of sickness, or imprisonment, or trouble, or misery, I want to tell you not to be discouraged, continue to serve God in the situation you are in, no matter how long will take you, weeks, or months or years until it is completely open, but you continue to serve him in the situation you are and He will bless you, He will increase you, He will teach you, He will increase you to where you are, and when His time comes He will open you up directly.
Serving punishment does not mean that God does not love you.
Isaiah 44: 21 Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for thou art my servant: I have formed thee; thou art my servant: O Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of me.
Proverbs 3: 11 My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction:
And also, if you have not repented of your sins for fearing that God will not forgive you … That is the voice of the devil talking inside you, wanting you to fall to fall down like Judas! God wants you to repent and forgive you all your sins for free because He is merciful God … He wants you to repent of those excess evil acts you did, He wants you to repent of your superstition and occultism you are in, your murder and fraud, in your prostitution. Repent today and he will forgive you! And change you because he always says.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end
Finally, I want you to end by reflecting on these words:
11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.
14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;
18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
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