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Ease

(KJV)Heb 4:8-11; 8 For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterwards have spoken of another day. 9 There remaineth therefore a rest for the people of God. 10 For he that has entered into His rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His. 11 Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall according to the same example of unbelief.

Hi there, folks. I came across the above Bible verse from the Book of Hebrews. It got me pondering, for verse 10, says and I Quote “he that has entered into His rest, he also hath ceased from his own works” subsequently the verse afterwards then admonishes us (believers) to labor in other to enter into Gods Rest.

Before I elaborate on my thoughts, lets first understand what the term “Rest” is referring to. The Oxford dictionary defines Rest a period of relaxing, sleeping or doing nothing after a period of activity. Being at Rest is synonymous to being at ease, tensionless, with out anxiety. I would even go as far as defining the state of Rest as a state of Fearlessness. For with fear comes anxiety and anxiety births tension and unease, in every vessel it dwells in, no matter how holy or righteous that vessel may be. Therefor the above verses reveal to us (believers), that there is realm of ease, which God has specially reserved for us to enter. The Question then remains, how do we enter that realm of Rest?

At first glance verses 10 and 11 may seem contradictory for verse 10 tells us to cease from our own works in order to enter into God’s Rest while verse 11 admonishes us to Labor (work) in order to enter into God’s Rest. Truth be told, verse 10 caught me of guard. For I am sure that the Bible does not encourage any of us to drop everything we are doing and relax. However, upon closer examination, I discovered the word “own works” within verse 10. This means that God is not telling us to cease from working altogether. Rather is admonishing us to cease from our own works in order to enter His Realm of Ease. This begs the question, what is being referred to by the term “own works”. I believe that God is cautioning us to cease from self-centric, self-serving or better said self-centered works. Where me, myself and I, are the sole beneficiaries of our labor.

(KJV)John 9:4; I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

(KJV)Acts 10:38; How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

The Word of God in John chapter 9 verse 4 shows us that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, our Lord and Savior, went about not doing his own “works” but the “Works” of God the Father that sent Him. The Book of Acts 10 verse 38 further gives us insight into what these works were. It states that Jesus went about doing good and Healing all that were oppressed of the devil.

Therefore, in other to cease from our own works and do God’s Work we have to put “doing good” first in every of our endeavors. One may ask, does this mean we should not do our day jobs in order to pay the bills? No, it simply means that we should do our day jobs not just to pay the Bills but also to be of help to our families, extended families, community and the world around us. It means that in everything we do we should ask ourselves, what positive Impact am I making? How can this project of mine be of help to others? How am I promoting the Kingdom of God with my actions? How can I be a Blessing to others? etc.

I am convinced, that children of God can operate in the realm of God’s Rest by earnestly putting God’s Work first in all our endeavors. However, because this is no small task. The Word of God in Hebrews 4:11 encourages us to Labor earnestly with the right works, in order to enter God’s Rest.

Nonetheless if you have been observant you would surely have recognized that God’s Rest is not reserved for all, but only for His people, for His children. Therefor if you are not sure whether you belong to God’s Household, I invite you to say the below prayer with me. For there is only own path to becoming a child, daughter or son of God and it leads through the Son of God Jesus Christ of Nazareth that was crucified on the cross of calvary for the forgiveness of our sins.

(KJV) John 14:6; Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Let’s Pray

Lord Jesus, I surrender my life to You today. Forgive me all my sins. Wash me with your precious Blood. I believe You died for me. On the third day you rose again. That I may be justified. right now, I believe my sins are now forgiven. I am justified by Your Blood. I am saved. I am restored back to the Faith. I am now a child of God. Thank you, Jesus, for saving my soul. Amen.

Congratulations if you just said that Prayer, you have been elevated into the realm of light and subsequently with more effort and labor, into a realm of Ease in God. I Pray that the grace that brought you into the Kingdom of God will preserve you there for the rest of your life in Jesus Name, Amen.

Stay Blessed

Nonso B-Anyeji

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Hope and faith

Heb 11:1; Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Our Father in Heaven tells us that faith is the Substance of things hoped for. Now let’s take a second to let that Statement sink into our Subconscious. In Chemistry a substance is defined as a matter which has a specific composition and specific properties. In order Words a Substance has a physical mass. Yet faith which is generally perceived as an abstract term is being referred to as a Substance of Things hoped for.

In order to understand This Statement, we first have to differentiate between hope and Faith. Hope and Faith in my opinion are very similar yet worlds apart. For they both refer to the ability or act of believing in Something which isn’t, for example we all hope for a bright future, for health, Wealth, joy, peace, for a good job, for success in Exams etc. Hope is the ability to look beyond the present (which may not be favorable) and see the possibility of that which we want to project into our future. For The Word of God says in

Romans {8:24} For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? {8:25} But if we hope for that we see not, [then] do we with patience wait for [it. ]

From the above passage we can deduce that hope is primarily there to save us from falling into despair in our present Situation no matter how dire the realities surrounding us may seem. It gives us strength to continue moving ahead and not to throw in the towel and give up, on everything. For if we yield to fear and despair, even the little which we have in the present would also be taken away from us. Hope is passive it involves patiently standing firm and believing in a brighter future. However, hope in my opinion does not guarantee the future we hope for. Whereas faith Is the evidence that, that which we hope for will come to pass.

Hoping in a Brighter future is patiently awaiting and believing in the possibility of a brighter future. Whereas, having faith in a brighter future is having evidence that the possibility of a brighter future will come to fruition based on the application of the Word of God in our lives. This is so simple and yet so complicated, for in my opinion I believe that a lot of us Christians, my self not excluded, have confused hope for faith. For we proclaim that we have faith in God for a specific matter, yet all we do is sit down and wait for a miracle to suddenly happen. Whereas we ought to study the Word of God base on the matter at hand, find out what we ought to do to qualify us for that blessing or miracle e.g. fasting and praying, tithing, studying the Word of God, giving up worldly habits, forgiving those who have sinned against us etc. and doing it. For Faith with out works is dead.

Therefor in order to have faith in God on a certain matter. We have to find out Gods Word based on that issue, believe in the potency of the Word, act on the Word and confess the Word of God based on that issue. For then and only then can we as Christians claim to have faith.

Stay blessed and full of faith.

PS: for further Reading I would strongly refer you to the book of Hebrews Chapter 11

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Creation and Endtime

 

Hi everyone, once again am here seated in front of the PC writing about our lord Jesus Christ, The kingdom of God and Christianity in General, trying my best to express my own understanding of the word of God with all it greatness, mysteries, wisdom and so much more. However since there is so much to write about and so much I don’t yet know, starting up is always a challenge but, “not to worry or fear ye not” as one usually says cause challenges are there to be surmounted. So now, to the main essence of this post.

I have always intended to write about the end of days according to the Bible. However I have been a bit hesitant because I find that the End time prophecies according to the Bible is a very delicate topic which needs to be handled with care. It’s the sort of topic that takes courage to write about or even discuss among ourselves. For, in my opinion, when one starts talking about stuff like; the end of the world, rapture, The seven spirits of God, dragons, many headed beasts, the wrath of God, the bottomless pits with all the creatures inside and etc, I feel that people tend to start looking at one like “okay, I think this dude has totally lost it !!”. Cause frankly, the book of Revelations and all the other Bible scriptures related to the end time are mysteries one can’t hope to understand if it’s read logically.

I also find that the end time according to the word of God, just like all the Books In the Bible, is a very vast topic with so much to write about and a whole lot of different views. However the core message is very simple which is that our Lord Jesus Christ is coming to Judge the world in truth and righteousness in other words to separate the sheep from the goats which in my opinion will happen in not a very distant future.

In this post I want to check if there is any relationship between man’s scientific knowledge of the universe and the creation and end time scriptures, according to the Bible. So what do you guys think about existence life beyond the earth (aliens),That’s if there is life beyond the earth. I know this question is coming out of the blues but some people like myself, tend to ask how space, other planets, solar systems, galaxies, milky ways and etc. fit into the word of God and particularly in relation with the end time.

Let us start from the beginning, that is, the creation of the world. To state it clearly, I am one who believes in the Bible and in our Lord and savior Jesus Christ totally. That means that I am not here to verify the word of God based on scientific facts instead I am trying to find out if there is any credibility to what we call scientific facts, based on the word of God.

In summary; According to the standard theory, our universe sprang into existence as “singularity” around 13.7 billion years ago. Our universe is thought to have begun as an infinitesimally small, infinitely hot, infinitely dense, something – a singularity. Where did it come from? We don’t know. Why did it appear? We don’t know.

After its initial appearance, it apparently inflated (the “Big Bang”), expanded and cooled, going from very, very small and very, very hot, to the size and temperature of our current universe. It continues to expand and cool to this day and we are inside of it: incredible creatures living on a unique planet, circling a beautiful star clustered together with several hundred billion other stars in a galaxy soaring through the cosmos, all of which is inside of an expanding universe that began as an infinitesimal singularity which appeared out of nowhere for reasons unknown. This is the Big Bang theory.“ (an except from; http://www.big-bang-theory.com/).

However according to the Bible God created the World in six days and rested on the seventh day. From the above except, it’s clear that, a lot is still unclear with regards to the scientific explanation of the universe. I do not claim to be an expert on evolution and co, but in my own opinion, that is, the layman’s point of view. The theory while providing a logical explanation to the origin of the universe stills remains inadequate due to it’s lack of tangibility, creating more questions than answers. However, if we are to analyse these theories “Logically”, one can’t deny that the world being created over a period of billions of years sounds more “plausible” as to seven days.

In my opinion this difference in time rang between the scientific evolution theory and the creation of the world according to the Bible is the foremost reason why the Bible version is often discredited by people, who tend to lean more to the “scientific”. Nonetheless the Bible isn’t a normal book like every other, I describe it as a book of mysteries where one plus one doesn’t add up to two. Where one can read a particular verse or chapter for a thousand times and yet get a thousand different revelations from each read. What am I trying to point out? For instance, In the Book of Genesis, it is written that God created the world in six days and then rested on the seventh. Yet it is also explained to us in the Bible that the way we perceive time is totally different form the way our father in heaven perceives time. So In my opinion seven days to Our father in heaven can mean anything to us it could also mean billions of years or a few seconds because Gods thoughts and actions are just far too high for us to understand.

2nd Peter chapter 3 verse 8 states:

8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of

this one thing, that one day is with

the Lord as a thousand years, and a

thousand years as one day.

 

The book of Psalms chapter 90 verse 4 also states:

4 For a thousand years in thy sight

are but as yesterday when it is past,

and as a watch in the night.

Narrowing our scope down to the earth. According to the Bible God first created plant life on dry land then life in the seas and sky then animal life on the dry land and then lastly came man.

Genesis chapter 1 verse 19-26:

19 And the evening and the morning

were the fourth day.

20 And God said, Let the waters

bring forth abundantly the moving

creature that hath life, and fowl that

may fly above the earth in the open

firmament of heaven.

21 And God created great whales,

and every living creature that

moveth, which the waters brought

forth abundantly, after their kind,

and every winged fowl after his kind:

and God saw that it was good.

22 And God blessed them, saying,

Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the

waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply

in the earth.

23 And the evening and the morn

ing were the fifth day.

24 ¶ And God said, Let the earth

bring forth the living creature after

his kind, cattle, and creeping thing,

and beast of the earth after his kind:

and it was so.

25 And God made the beast of the

earth after his kind, and cattle after

their kind, and every thing that

creepeth upon the earth after his

kind: and God saw that it was good.

26 ¶ And God said, Let us make

man in our image, after our likeness:

and let them have dominion over the

fish of the sea, and over the fowl of

the air, and over the cattle, and over

all the earth, and over every creeping

thing that creepeth upon the earth.

In summary the general acknowledged evolution theory, states that life on earth started primitively in the seas through single-cellular organisms evolving into more complex multi-cellular organisms. Thereafter migration came about from the sea onto the dry land due to the abundance of food and nutrients that could be found on land at that point. After a long period of time within which the rise and fall of the Dinosaurs occurred and lots more evolution continued and the primitive man known as homo habilis came to be, further evolving into the homo sapiens which science refers to as present man.

In my opinion I find that the word of God which is ye and amen and the evolution theory both have some certain similarities. Like the creation of the first moving creatures in the seas and sky’s according to the Bible and the beginning of life on earth in the seas according to the evolution theory. Also in the Bible man was created last while the evolution theory that man evolved much much later ie, most of species we know today were already present or yet to evolve.

We also know that according to the Bible God created man out of the dust of the earth in His own image and likeness and saw that it was good.

Genesis chapter 2 verse 7:

7 And the LORD God formed man

of the dust of the ground, and

breathed into his nostrils the breath

of life; and man became a living

soul.

Our father in heaven also placed the first man and woman Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden where everything they needed was provided, not lacking anything, with the only condition being that they do not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They however ended up eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thereby bringing Gods wrath upon them and being expelled from the garden of Eden with all it’s benefits.

Genesis chapter 3 verse 7:

7 And the eyes of them both were

opened, and they knew that they

were naked; and they sewed fig leaves

together, and made themselves

aprons.

What am trying to point out is, the worldly wisdom which we see today ,that is, the man (homo sapien) who became aware of his nakedness and had to learn how to survive off his surrounding came to be after the first man Adam and Eve ate from the tree of good and evil and were expelled from the garden of Eden.

Genesis chapter 3 verse 17-19 states:

17 And unto Adam he said, Because

thou hast hearkened unto the voice

of thy wife, and hast eaten of the

tree, of which I commanded thee,

saying, Thou shalt not eat of it:

cursed is the ground for thy sake; in

sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the

days of thy life;

18 Thorns also and thistles shall it

bring forth to thee; and thou shalt

eat the herb of the field;

19 In the sweat of thy face shalt

thou eat bread, till thou return unto

the ground; for out of it wast thou

taken: for dust thou art, and unto

dust shalt thou return.

Well I hope that so far I have been able to make some sense, but I believe that at the end of the day no matter how complicated or different, theories of our existence or origin maybe from the word of God, they all still have their roots from the Bible which is ye and amen.

Have a blessed Easter,

Nonso B-Anyeji