O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter? says the Lord. As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel.
We all know that in order for the potter to work on the clay, there must be moisture otherwise the clay can’t be moulded. The clay must be soft at the potter’s hand so that he can do whatever he likes.
God works in the same way, and that’s exacly what He’s expressing on above text of the Holy Scriptures. We can see that God was venting His “frustration” because he couldn’t do with men, what the potter does with clay.
How many people say: ” God change my life!..Do this..Do that…” However they don’t present something that is essential for God to work in us!…HUMBLENESS
It’s our humbleness before God, that will lead us to obey his voice and put to practice his will in our lives.
“God resists the proud,
but gives grace to the humble.”
Let us be humble before God, so He can work in our lives. If your life isn’t the way you want to be, your marriage, your finances, family, character perhaps you aren’t presenting to God, the “Moisture of Humbleness”.
Being a believer in Jesus Christ, attending church services, having the knowledge of the Holy Scriptures is not enough to reach the Fullness of God!…One must strive and thrive in order to reach “Spiritual Maturity” or “Spiritual Adulthood”.
And what is Spiritual Maturity? Spiritual Adulthood? It happens upon the Baptism with the Holy Spirit!..
Those who don’t have the Holy Spirit have a Childish Faith….
What is a childish faith? It’s a faith that has the characteristics of a child: Immaturity, lack of wisdom, emotional, unpredictable, naive, foolish, week, dependant, volatile, elusive, inconsistent.
Children have to be nursed and to be under supervision at all times in order to avoid a tragedy and any kind of harm to their safety.
In the same way if the Baptism with the Holy Spirit hasn’t occurred with you, then your salvation and your faith is at risk, is compromised, under the jeopardy of your feelings, emotions and cravings of the flesh.
A CHRISTIAN IS NOT SAFE UP UNTIL THE BAPTISM WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT.
It’s the Holy Spirit that make’s one with a mature faith, that make one to reach the fulness of Christ. The Holy Spirit is what makes one mature in his decisions, wise, empowers, strengths, guides and makes the person secure, bold, decisive, with his/her trust in God’s promises unshakable.
Those who don’t have the Holy Spirit are easily tricked by all sort of doctrines, philosophies, religion, dogmas by men and the craftiness of deceitful schemes of the devil to make one stray from the genuine faith.
Give a glance to below Bible verse:
Modern English Version (MEV)
13 until we all come into the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, into a complete man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so we may no longer be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about with every wind of doctrine by the trickery of men, by craftiness with deceitful scheming.
What to do to maintain a healthy spiritual life? I will show you what to do in order to accomplish that!..
I was meditating in God’s word when I came across the following Title: Sound church
Qualities of a Sound Church
Upon seeing the meaning of the word in a dictionary, something called my attention…the word Decay
Sound- Free from damage, injury, decay
I want to establish a parallel between decay and our spiritual life.
The word decay is usually connected to teeth, when there’s lack of hygiene or something is causing a decline in excellence, declining or loss in strenght or health, a gradual fall into inferior condition.
What to do to maintain healthy teeth:
- Brush everyday.
- Floss it.
- Go regularly to the dentist.
- Avoid sugary foods.
If there isn’t the right hygiene and care, the teeth will be attacked by bacteria and cause all sort of problems in the gums, tartar, sensibility, infection, bleeding,etc..
One might need root canal treatment, crowns, feelings or even an extraction when there’s nothing else to do.
Our Spiritual life needs constant care!..We need to “Brush” off all “Spiritual Bacteria” that comes to rot or decay our relationship with God. We must be constantly in Spirit, being watchful in order to remain clean of the contamination of this world.
One should meditate daily in the Scriptures, having his moment with God, trough prayer and remaining in Spirit. We should “Floss” our spiritual life by paying attention to little details that come to divert us from the holiness, sanctity, faithfulness and obedience to God’s word.
There are some signs of “Spiritual Decay”:
- Shallow prayers, repetitive and religious.
- No communion with God, by investing time in meditating in God’s word.
- Do not take part in purposes of faith anymore.
- Do not challenge God, for new things in their life.
- Stuck in their comfort zone.
- The person doesn’t fast, pray, evangelise or meditate unless being told to do so.
- Stops denying their fleshly desires or cravings.
- Stop seeking and investing in your spiritual life.
- Doesn’t prioritise Sunday morning service anymore.
- Relax and stops seeking ways how to Improve
- Runs away from a sacrificial life towards God.
- The person bit by bit no longer lives by Faith but instead chooses to feed emotions.
- Losing the fear of God, with “little sins”.
- Looking to others flaws or mistakes.
- Not been humble to accept correction.
It’s extremely important to keep reviewing ourselves, because usually “Spiritual Decay” starts on the inside, so we need to analyse and acting upon this signs, in order to brush it away and so remove the spiritual bacteria.
Before spiritual decay happens it’s always shows signs and if these are ignored then it will worsen and start to deteriorate. To avoid deterioration is when we have to maintains a STRONG relationship/ communion with God; however it also requires CONSISTENT obedience and righteousness before God.
We all know that is in the womb of the women that a new life begins. It begins only with a tiny cell, that develops in to a new born baby. The womb keeps on expanding so that there may be growth for the upcoming baby.
In the same way, there’s a space where God brings up inspirations, ideas and new concepts!..That’s our mind!…We can say that the mind works like a “womb” where ideias and inspirations come, that will indeed bring something new in to our lives.
However many times one doesn’t give space for those ideias to grow, and eventually they suffer some kind of “Miscarriage”!…
How many times you have had great ideas and inspirations, to start a business for example and you didn’t work it out!…That idea, faded away and was simply trow in to the sea of forgetfulness.
Nurse your ideas, give them space top grow, find ways to “Deliver” them.
In the same way the baby has to be born trough a process of delivery, one also needs to “Push” those ideas forward.
2 Samuel 22:3
“The God of my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, (…)”
When I was meditating upon this message, I realized how important it is to safeguard our salvation and keep it strong.
Many were made strong by God and received His spirit, unfortunately, they didn’t shield it!..
We know that the devil is after our crown, the crown of Salvation!…That’s all it matters to the devil. That’s how he makes people to loose their Salvation, by working to destroy the shield and remove the horn of Salvation.
How he does it?
The devil works to make the person to be paying attention to feelings, emotions. That’s how he works.!…He wants to instill malice, pride, grudge, rebellion and doubts.
That’s what he does to remove the shield of salvation.
What about the horn of salvation? What does it represent? We know very well that the horn was used for two things:
- By the prophets (Usually it was filled with oil)
The devil wants to impede our lives “Horn” to be filled with the oil of the Holy Spirit. Many become complacent and don’t seek to fill themselves with the things of God. The devil wants our “Horn” to be empty, so he could have a way in.
- By the watchtower (In order to warn of danger of an eminent attack)
The evil one wants to impede the person to hear the truth. God’s word is the truth, so he works with ways to hinder the person to come to church and make them so busy that one can’t hear God’s “Voice” anymore.
Let’s shield our Salvation, by maintaining our good eyes, humbleness, meekness, to remain always living by faith, not forgetting to fill our “Horn” with oil and be attentive to the voice of the Holy Spirit, warning us from the danger of eminent attacks of the devil!…
In the olden days, whenever an army was about to face the other, surrender conditions were negotiated, prior to go to war. If a king saw that he had no conditions to overcome the enemy, he would surrender to the enemy upon some conditions, usually they would serve them as slaves.
Let us meditate in the below passage of the Holy Scriptures.
1 Samuel 11
“Then Nahash the Ammonite came up and encamped against Jabesh Gilead; and all the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, “Make a covenant with us, and we will serve you.”
2 And Nahash the Ammonite answered them, “On this condition I will make a covenant with you, that I may put out all your right eyes, and bring reproach on all Israel.”
What can we see here in above verses?
- They quickly surrendered and asked for a covenant.
- The enemy accepted upon one condition to take away the right eye from every habitant of that city.
Today this enemy is evil that has surrounded us with many problems, adversities and setbacks. The devil wants us to give up, to surrender, to trow the towel and make a “Covenant” with those problems, meaning, to accept them, to administrate the problems and end up getting used to it, saying: “It’s life!…”
The devil wants to take away our vision of God’s greatness, of His word!…By taking away our “Right eye” evil wants to narrow our sight to the problems and leave us with the “scars” of life, so that we are always remembering our failures, past and setbacks. In the same way we remember what caused a scar, evil wants us to be dwelling in the past.
3 Then the elders of Jabesh said to him, “Hold off for seven days, that we may send messengers to all the territory of Israel. And then, if there is no one to save us, we will come out to you.”
4 So the messengers came to Gibeah of Saul and told the news in the hearing of the people. And all the people lifted up their voices and wept.
Many are those that use their emotions and weep, mourn, complain and become desperate as the problems unfold, as if any of those things would sort out the problems!..
Let us see what was the right attitude!…
5 Now there was Saul, coming behind the herd from the field; and Saul said, “What troubles the people, that they weep?” And they told him the words of the men of Jabesh.
6 Then the Spirit of God came upon Saul when he heard this news, and his anger was greatly aroused. 7 So he took a yoke of oxen and cut them in pieces, and sent them throughout all the territory of Israel by the hands of messengers, saying, “Whoever does not go out with Saul and Samuel to battle, so it shall be done to his oxen.”
- When one is possessed by the Spirit of God, the person is: Bold, strong, courageous, fearless, emotionless.
- The Spirit of God makes the person to have a “Fighting” spirit and not accepting defeat. Actually one places all his life on the line, life or death, honour or dishonour.
The Holy Spirit is ALL WE NEED in order to overcome our fears, doubts, insecurities, traumas, complexes, adversities and overall weaknesses. The Holy Spirit enable us to overcome our lusts, cravings and fleshly desires.
At certain times of the year, great clouds of flies, mosquitos and other insects would attack the shepherd’s flocks. In addition, the sheep could be afflicted by lice and ticks. These insects would especially attack the heads of the sheep, burrowing into their ears and noses. The results could range from irritation to disease to even death.To protect the sheep, the shepherd would make a mixture of olive oil and anoint the head of the sheep, rubbing the oil into its wool and especially around its nose, eyes, and ears.
The fact that the shepherd anoints the head of the sheep to ward off mosquitoes and other bugs so they couldn’t get in to the ears and cause infection on the brain has a spiritual connection with us today!…
There are flies and other bugs that feed on the brains of the sheep, and when they enter into the sheep’s brain through its ears, they start to eat up its brain causing severe headache pains leading the sheep to starts running around looking for hard rocks, so that it may hit its head on the rocks to stop the pain.
As the sheep is violently hitting its head upon the rocks, the skull that protects the brain of the sheep breaks.
Nowadays there are many “Mosquitoes” that want to get in to our mind (Brains) with distractions, entertainment,media etc… It will cause us to be diverted, without focus and end up doing the things of the “Flesh”. The devil and it’s demons want us to be “infected” with the things of this world!… That will bring surely separation from God, lack of consecration and consequently sin.
Consequently one will have the headache of reaping the consequences of sin and at the end hitting his “head against the rock”, and break that protection, our communion with God.
Also the Oil would prevent irritation as the nostrils, eyes and mouth are a very sensitive area.
When we are anointed with the Oil of the Holy Spirit we are able to let go of little things that come to irritate us and takes out of the Spirit.
The anointing of the Holy Spirit inspire and guide our thoughts to God, so we can do His will. We will maintain the “Flies” and “Bugs” away and be healthy in our spiritual life, remain in faith and above all in Spirit.
That is why one needs this anointing above all things. The baptism with the Holy Spirit it is a must for all of us!..
From all those Hebrews who left the Egypt slavery, around 3 Million people, only Joshua and Caleb and their generation were allowed to go in the Promised Land.
They have departed from the Living God!…They started to have an evil heart of unbelief.
In what way you may ask? They started to look to the circumstances, the hardship of the desert…They complained, murmured and rebelled against Moses and God!
They were eye witness of God’s power in Egypt:
- The 10 plagues.
- The opening of the red Sea.
- The Mana sent every day.
- The cloud by day.
- The column of fire by night.
- Water coming out in the wilderness.
- Meat provided in the desert.
What happened with them? In spite of all the evidence that God was with them, they still rebelled!…They died in the desert!..
Now let’s make an analogy with what has been happening with many Christians.
In spite of being witness of a cloud of testimonies, having their lives transformed, many were delivered, healed and got amazing testimonies. However with time, they got weary and started to go astray in their hearts, because of unanswered prayers and who knows set-backs and hardship.
The difficulties gave birth to doubts, complains, weariness, boredom and rebelliousness. Their eyes, heart and mind were diverted from course and one started to look behind.
Beware the same doesn’t happen to you!…Hold fast your confidence in God from the beginning to the end.
12 Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; (…) For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, (…) 16 For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? 17 Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
Life is like eating a good and healthy meal. However when one is eating, accidentaly food may come out of the plate. What do we do if something fall out of the plate? Surely one will throw it in the bin, isn’t it?
So what happens when in life something goes wrong? Will one keep it? Hold on to that? The truth is that many choose exactly to do that!…To pick up the small pea that fell out of the plate.
One picks up on the small things, set-backs, delays, negative words, etc…
C’mon let’s enjoy from the plate!…
Many people want God to make things happen for them as a pass of magic. They demand from God the impossible, and that’s exactly His Job!…To make the impossible. However little do they realise that for the impossible to happen, the possible has to be made first.
That’s the question one has to do? Have I done my part? Is there anything else that I should do?
When you have done everything you could, THEN the GOD of the IMPOSSIBLE will intervene and do His part. It’s a partnership!..
Our God is the God of the IMPOSSIBLE not of the POSSIBLE.
Nowadays, the word “Christian” is a Joke for many people. Some called themselves “Christians” however they don’t do what Christ requires from them:
“Love your neighbour as yourself” has become an old saying and often forgotten.
Give a glance to below Sacred Scriptures:
The Message (MSG)
The Story of the Lost Sheep
15 1-3 By this time a lot of men and women of doubtful reputation were hanging around Jesus, listening intently. The Pharisees and religion scholars were not pleased, not at all pleased. They growled, “He takes in sinners and eats meals with them, treating them like old friends.” Their grumbling triggered this story.
( Here we can see Jesus would go after those who were lost, sick, demon possessed!. He would create bonds to make that as a hook (Eating Meals and treat them like old friends)
4-7 “Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep and lost one. Wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the lost one until you found it?
(Jesus emphasized the lost one!..And find it!…How….Seek for it….Seek and you shall find…)
When found, you can be sure you would put it across your shoulders,
(Lost Sheep aren’t able to move, they are hurt, frightened, and often at the mercy of predators. One needs to carry them on the shoulders, meaning literally bring them over to safety and take good care of them)
rejoicing, and when you got home call in your friends and neighbours saying, ‘Celebrate with me! I’ve found my lost sheep!’
(We need to find our lost sheep!…Beware Today you will come across one!…Will you carry her, in YOUR SHOULDERS?)
When was the last time you carried the lost sheep to the care of the true shepherd and brought them to God’s House?
Have you come across the unpleasant situation of having your car engine smoking in the middle of nowhere? Goodness me, it’s kind of a traumatic experience. It’s like your life stalls and you get really stuck.
What to do next?
Most certainly one will call a roadside assistance service or anyone that can provide assistance for your breakdown vehicle. They will try to fix it there and then, and if it’s something that needs a major assistance the car will need to be towed to a garage, where engineers and mechanics will access the problem, replace parts and fix the car.
Obviously, that one should take the car to the maker, because they have better knowledge and are usually better equipped to deal with any mechanical problem or replace any broken part.
Now, bear with me so I can make a point.
Have you ever come across unpleasant situations, where your life started “Smoking” because you had breakdowns?
Maybe you are stuck with:
- Broken Marriage (Unfaithfulness, Lack of Communication, Routine, Rudeness)
- Broken Family ( Fights, Arguments, Hatred, Division)
- Financially Broken ( Unemployment, Debts, Recession, Low Wage)
- Broken Hearted (Deceit, Cheat, Unloved, Loneliness, Abuse)
- Broken Expectations (Unfulfilled Promises, Turned Down Applications)
- Broken Health ( Cycles of illness, Incurable Diseases, Chronicle Pains, Costly treatments)
- Mental Breakdown (Stress, Depression, Anxiety, Fear, Panic Attacks, Suicidal, Nervousness)
What to do next?
Most certainly one will call for assistance services or anyone that can provide assistance for your breakdown problem. They will try to fix it there and then, and if it’s something that needs a major assistance maybe one will need counselling sessions, a surgical intervention,etc.. We have nowadays a variety of services where the most different kind of professional people will access the problem and try to provide the best solution to it.
But what to do when the conventional treatments and options available aren’t sorting things out?
Well that’s the trick part!…One starts to look everywhere and sometimes things even get worse.
The best way forward is to go to the “MAKER”S GARAGE” where the greatest “Engineer and Mechanic” of all times can fix EVERYTHING and make it BRAND NEW.
The Lord Jesus will be able to deal with your “Breakdown” and restore your life.
What are you waiting for?
Are you in faith? That’s the question that we do many times to others and the words we use to ourselves all day!…”Oh..yes…I’m in faith!…”
But what is to be in the faith or in faith?
Is is to uphold a religion? Is one in faith because attends church? Is one in faith just because says prayers, fasts and meditates upon the Holy Scriptures?
The answer is no!..
Many say they are in faith, however when they go trough “Stormy Seas”, setbacks, difficulties and hardship they become discouraged, fearful, doubtful, anxious, insecure, etc..
What’s being in faith?
Being in faith is to be strong, bold courageous, determined, to persevere, to ignore the feelings or negative circumstances, to be assertive, and to remain fighting and steadfast!…Holding your grounds REGARDLESS of whatever comes against you.
2 Corinthians 13:5
5-9 Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups. You need firsthand evidence, not mere hearsay, that Jesus Christ is in you. Test it out. If you fail the test, do something about it.
“Here is a simple rule of thumb for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them! “
Would you like people to be gentle with you? To give you attention? To be affective? Caring and lovely? Would you like someone to forgive you? To be patient with you? Would you like people to be interested on what you like? Would you like someone to be careful with the words they use towards you? Would you like to be respected and admired?
There’s the recipe!…Do it First!…
Whenever we open the tap, water flows. It brings fresh water and with it we can drink, wash, etc.. Now, do you you know that evil is constantly opening his “Tap” for us?
Devil’s Tap: Bad thoughts, fears, doubts, complexes, negativity, malice, grudges, feelings and emotions contrary to faith.
When those demonic “Flows of Water” come we need to turn the tap anti-clockwise!…meaning to go on the opposite direction and somehow shut that tap.
If you allow evil’s tap to flow the dirty water, you will drink from it trough your thoughts, eyes and feelings. Most certainly you’ll be contaminated and your faith will be neutralised.
When we are in communion with God trough our mind, we are allowing “God’s Water” to flow inside of us.
Anesthesia, or anaesthesia (from Greek ἀν-, an-, “without”; aisthēsis, “sensation” is a temporary state consisting of unconsciousness, loss of memory, lack of pain, and muscle relaxation.
What anaesthesia has to do with faith, you may ask?
The genuine faith is emotionless!…Faith is detached of everything that has to do with feelings. That’s why when one is indeed “In faith” it’s like one has been “Anaesthetised” against the feelings that come against us. Remember anaesthesia is the lack of sensation!…
” Anaesthetic Faith” effects:
- Lack of doubt
- Lack of fear
- Neutralizes self-pity
- Neutralizes bad thoughts
- Neutralizes complexes
- Neutralizes negativity
How can you know that you are living the pure and genuine faith, that will lead you to overcome all your problems and maintain your relationship with God?
If you have been living by feelings, emotions, cravings and by the impulses of your desires, then you are “Out” of faith!…You’ll be stuck and your emotions will deceive you somehow, leading you to take wrong desisions.
“Now the just shall live by faith;
But if anyone draws back,
My soul has no pleasure in him.”
Collaboration of Ana Bacala
There’s one word in the dictionary we need to pursue and strive for it. Integrity!…Nowadays, this word has been vanishing and fading away, even among christians.
“They came up and said, “Teacher, we know you have integrity, (…)”
Uprightness, honesty, principles, purity, rectitude, sincerity, virtue, straightforwardness, goodness, incorruptibility, honor.
Only those who maintain themselves uncorrupted of the wickedness of this world will be able to be saved. Abraham, Job, and most of the pro eminent characters of the Bible strived and thrived to accomplish integrity.
I Corinthians 15
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. (…) 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
We all know that in order for a seed to be planted and bear fruit, the field has to be prepared. The stones removed and weeds have to be removed. The field has to be plowed and only after will be able to receive the seed.
That’s exactly what the Lord Jesus taught us in the parable of the sower.
( Mathew 13:1-9)
One seed fell on the side of the road another on the stony ground and another among the thorns. All these seeds weren’t able to yield fruit, for different reasons. The main one was that the seeds didn’t fell on the good ground!…The clean and prepared field!…
In the Kingdom of God is exaclty the same. If we want to bear good fruits in our lives we need to make sure that our “Ground” or “Field” is clean and treated!...This “Ground” or “Field” is our heart, mind, eyes, ears and our words. If we allow them to be “Dirty” or contaminated with the “Stones” and “Weeds” of this world then our land will be pretty much like the picture you see below.
That’s why many can’t have their lives transformed, receive the Holy Spirit and bear good fruits!…Their “Field” hasn’t been cleaned or treated!…
If one day your “Field” was treated and clean, make sure it remains like that. Once we experienced the good fruits, we will make sure that we will keep on taking care of the “Field” so that the good fruits keep on coming. So keep your heart clean, your eyes pure, your mind in the things of God.
- They are Born, not Made.
- Special Breed of People
- They don’t Fail, They don’t Quit
- They come from all walks of life
- Only a very select few make it trough
- Nobody can determine what it takes to be a SEAL, except the individual itself.
- Train in 90% mental 10% physical
- You can’t teach mental toughness
- You can’t be in an enemy harbour @ 3am and then decide: You know guys, I wanna go home!..
- Instructors: We play mind games with them
- 75% of the Trainees will not make it.
Now, look if isn’t the same for those who want to enter in to the Kingdom of God:
- Only those Born of God will make it.
- Not all who call me Lord, Lord will be saved.
- Only those who persevere up to the end will be saved.
- Many are called, few are chosen.
- Salvation is individual.
- It’s the use of Intelligent faith that will lead to Salvation.
- One needs to resist temptations.
- You can’t look behind.
- It’s the mind against the heart.
- Only those who hear and practice God’s word will be Saved. According the parable of the sower only 25% will be Saved.
“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force”