All about faith

All About Christian Faith

The Christian faith has existed since the time that Jesus Christ was on earth. Followers of Jesus have had different understandings about many things, but all true Christians agree that Jesus Christ is a revelation of God in the flesh. We all believe that God came to earth to bring us back into a relationship with Himself.

Faith in God

The sorry state of our world today reveals just how far we have strayed from God’s original harmonious intentions. We have all strayed from God’s commandments designed for our own good, and disobeyed God in an inexcusable manner, just as Adam our first father did. Just because you and I can find fault in OTHERS, even in Christians, will by no means excuse us before GOD for OUR own wrongdoing and disobedience to God.

Not sure if you have disobeyed God? Listen to this. The first recorded revelations of the true God we have are in the Books of Moses. These books reveal God as Creator, Lawgiver and Judge. In the Ten Commandments God said to put Him first, not to lie, steal, murder, lust, speak against God or desire what does not belong to us.

 

Have you ever lied? Ever taken something not belonging to yourself? Ever looked at someone to lust for her (or him)? Ever put the pursuit of wealth above the pursuit of God? Ever hated someone? Well if you have, you are GUILTY unless and until GOD declares you righteous. And that He will NEVER do UNLESS you accept His one and only sacrifice for sin and put your trust in That One.

picture of cosmos

Just as the existence of a painting proves the existence of a painter, so the existence of our amazing universe  with all its complexity proves the existence of a Creator. God the Creator made us with a conscience, which alarms us at first when we do wrong. He also sends the Holy Spirit to show us the Truth about Jesus and about our own spiritual condition. The Holy Spirit gives a VERY DIFFERENT MESSAGE to all the unholy spirits that are freely floating around this lawless world of ours. It is these unholy spirits that are the instigators all the false and contradictory religions that abound on our planet.

You were made for the true God, who loves you but cannot accept you on the basis of your own imperfect record. Doing and being wrong separates us from God and destroys the relationship with God.

Jesus on the cross

 

The relationship is restored when we trust Jesus and what He did for us – in dying to bear our sins pay for our guilt, and in rising from the dead. That is to say, Jesus paid the “fine” for us which we deserve for our wrongdoing and disobedience. Now if we trust Him we can start a new life.

The Christian faith is really about faith in the resurrected Jesus, who did all this and more for us. Jesus of Nazareth, who lived historically on the earth 2000 years ago, made a definite impact on the people of Israel through his teaching and healing ministry. But it is his resurrection and continued intervention in the lives of His followers that has meant that today He has hundreds of millions who believe in Him and trust Him. Today the Holy Spirit is working all over the earth to reveal Jesus to people in different ways, primarily through the Scriptures of the Holy Bible as they are preached and read.

Jesus resurrrected

Please take the time to research the issues presented on this site. There are hundreds of pages for your consideration, on a wide variety of topics of interest. These include reasons to believe, testimonies of changed lives, teaching on the Bible, faith, love, baptism, the Holy Spirit, mission, the harlot church and more.

Do you know the living God, the God of miracles? Do you know that Jesus Christ sets people free from the power as well as the guilt of sin?

We invite you to check out THIS PAGE to see what we mean by this. Many true life stories confirm this.

Real Christians, if filled with the Holy Spirit, CAN show that God is in their life. God commands Christians today, as always, to be continually filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesian 5:18). In these days of war, terror and religious deception, it is all the more needful. When other priorities take a higher place than knowing God as a person, and being filled with Him, trouble and eternal loss results.

Many alternatives to Jesus Christ have seemed plausible to men only because the majority of Christians have not demonstrated the reality of what we are talking about. The believer has limitless possibilities in God, which have been far too neglected until now.

Nevertheless, more than ever, men and women are coming forth in the power of the name of Jesus, confessing and demonstrating Christ as Lord.

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A PRAYER for You!

“Father, touch this reader by the power of the Holy Spirit in a way they can feel! Open their spiritual eyes and reveal Christ to them!

Let the power of the Holy Spirit work miracles for those who need them!

I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen!”

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GOD, the WORD…

Calendar May 20, 2012 | Posted by nuggetsofwisdom

In the beginning (before time began) was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him (the Word) all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

The Word became flesh (a human being, Jesus) and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.  John 1:1-3 & 14

Then Jesus cried out, “Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. (God) The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me. (when you look at Jesus, you are seeing God)  John 12:44-45

My sheep (believers throughout all generations) listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can
snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”  John 10:27-30

And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  1 John 5:11

Thank you Jesus!!!

Doubt

Christian Faith And Overcoming Doubt

 

Every Christian feels their faith being tested from time to time. Doubt is something we all experience. How do we overcome doubt and believe in what we can’t see?

Doubt is something all Christians experience. When bad things happen to us, we wonder why God isn’t there making it all better. When people ask us questions about God that we can’t answer, doubt rears its ugly head. How do we overcome doubt and believe in what we can’t see?

 

It’s first important to understand what causes a Christian to doubt God. Perhaps the primary cause is Satan. (Genesis 3:1-6) Just as God, Jesus and the angels work in a spiritual realm to draw us heavenward, Satan and his demons work to drag us away. One of their weapons is to plant seeds of doubt. When we doubt the existence of God, the power of God, the love of God or the Sacrifice of Christ, we give the enemy a foothold in our minds.

 

Once Satan has a foothold, he has an invitation to work away at our mind. We’ve given him permission to do so by agreeing with him that there is cause for doubt. At this point, we have a choice, to go on agreeing and be pulled away from God or to seek help in pulling out the weeds of doubt. We don’t give up our feelings of doubt right away; we rescind the invitation that we gave to Satan by our agreement with him. Once we decide to seek the truth, we regain control of our minds and can pursue those things that would reassure us in our faith.

 

Related to doubt, but not quite the same is the state of unbelief. Doubt says, “I don’t think that can happen.” Unbelief says, “No way that can happen.” Zacharias was an example of unbelief. The angel Gabriel appeared to him and told him that his wife would conceive, even though she was beyond childbearing years. (Luke 1:18-20) He refused to believe even with an angel standing in front of him! Unbelief is what doubt grows into. Somewhere within Zacharias was a preconceived notion that there are limits to what God can do. When confronted with a miracle, the seeds of doubt bloomed in Zacharias’ mind.

 

This point is important because we never know what God has planned for us. What if He comes to you with a miracle someday and you lose out because your seeds of doubt bloom into unbelief? We must always guard against doubt. All around us is testimony to the power of God. The intricately delicate world that is our habitat and the amazing bodies that we live in testify to a Creator everyday.

 

The world will try to tell you that the notion of a Creator is foolishness. (1 Corinthians 1:18 ) Some people will try to make you feel silly or even stupid for your faith. For all of us who are Christians, there was a reason why we chose to follow Christ. When others belittle us or avoid us because of our faith, it is important to remember why we chose Christ over the things of the world. James gives sound advice:



 

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. (James 1:2-8)

 

Spiritual instability will cause the seeds of doubt to bloom. To combat this, we must be diligent students of Christ. Just like the disciples, we must follow Christ, learning His teachings and learning His ways if we are to ever become stable in our faith. How can anyone make a wise choice if he is uniformed? How can anyone make a decision about something she knows nothing about? Before you can doubt, you must first examine all the evidence. To do so, you must know the Word of God and the claims of Christ. To know these things, you must study and discuss the teachings, seeking clear interpretation from knowledgeable teachers. Only when we have done this can we fairly decide whether there is room for doubt. To do otherwise is to allow someone else to decide for you.

 

The Bible gives us instruction on how to deal with doubt. In Judges 6:36-40, Gideon put God to a test asking Him to show a sign. Gideon threw out a fleece on the ground and asked God to surround it with the morning’s dew but let the fleece remain dry. Gideon’s challenge was met and the fleece remained dry. When Christians ask God for a sign now, it’s called throwing out a fleece. You should be cautioned, though, not to test God frequently. He demands faith and putting Him to the test on everything is not evidence of faith.

 

Acts 17:11-12 encourages us to search the Scripture for answers. There is nothing new under the sun and God’s Word gives us instruction on everything. When you know the Word of God, then you have the knowledge to decide about its validity. The answer to any question is in the Word, you only need to know where to look. If you don’t know, a mature Christian can help you. Seek the help of those that can guide you to answers.

 

Prayer is the best way to get answers. When we reach out to God in prayer and take our doubts and concerns to Him, He gives us answers and guides us to help. Don’t try and hide your doubt from Him, question Him and seek answers. When the disciple, Thomas, heard of the risen Christ, he refused to believe until he touched the wounds of Christ himself. (John 20:25-31) When we ask Christ to let us see His wounds and prove His victory over death, He shows us in amazing ways. Don’t withhold anything when you speak with the Lord, He answers our sincere questions.

 

The brilliant mathematician Blaise Pascal (1632-1662) addressed the issue of doubt in a work of Christian apologetics. He came to the conclusion that while God could not be proved or disproved conclusively, that it was safer to wager on God’s existence. If, after death, the believer is wrong, he has lost nothing. However, if, after death, the non-believer discovers he is wrong, he pays for his error for eternity. This is known as Pascal’s Wager and it addresses the issue of doubt nicely. If all other attempts to overcome doubt fail, you are still safer to believe than to not believe.

(All Scripture KJV)

EPISODE 2.8

     EPI.2.8 LONG-TERM IMPACT OF BULLYING

June 28, 2012

I was one of the bullied students in my school. It started in my second year High School in Vel Maris School Inc. last year school year 2011-2012. I am currently studying here and I was of the Grade 3 students who entered Vel Maris in year 2006 and now I am a 3rd year student, same school; same classmates. Bullying is a form of personality Alienation, because you destroyed his/ her name, reputation and even his/ her own works, it is more in Psychological and emotionally-speaking. When I was in Elementary, year 2006-2010, because I graduated in Elementary on March 30 2010 it is almost 2 years past from this year 2012.  I can’t deny even when I was a small kid, I was discriminated and they always blamed me. I don’t know why but I can see here, that my character changed since last year, small mistake, they blamed you etc. I hope the government of the Philippines will strictly provide the right of the students and apply it well-strict and I hope before I ended this school year I hope they can resolve this.

Bullying is abuse, long-term and short-term effects. Bullying is not a joke; you can remember a lot that happens in your life.

In the short term:

  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Anxious avoidance of settings in which bullying may occur.
  • Greater incidence of illness
  • Lower grades than non-bullied peers
  • Suicidal thoughts and feelings (In one British retrospective bullying experiences survey I came across (of unknown scientific value), 20% of the sample attempted suicide secondary to having been bullied, whereas only 3% of participants who were not bullied attempted suicide).

In the long term:

  • Reduced occupational opportunities
  • Lingering feelings of anger and bitterness, desire for revenge.
  • Difficulty trusting people
  • Interpersonal difficulties, including fear and avoidance of new social situations
  • Increased tendency to be a loner
  • Perception of self as easy to victimize, overly sensitive, and thin-skinned
  • Self-esteem problems (don’t think well of self)
  • Increased incidence of continued bullying and victimization

Prayer-^.^ MIDDLE OF MISUNDERSTANDING

Praying in the Middle of Misunderstanding

Sometimes words don’t work. Sometimes the harder we try to make ourselves understood and to understand in return, the more clumsy and confused we become in our relationships.

 

I had one of those experiences today. I needed clear communication with someone very close to me, but clear communication was the last thing we were getting. Static and noise and confusion and miscues and mistakes… I couldn’t say what I meant and I didn’t mean what I was saying. We ended heading off down some rabbit trail of confusion that led us to a tar pit of accusations and old dredged up resentments. Anyone out there relate?

 

Sometimes I think that communication is really impossible. That’s why we need to pray. God began everything with words. In fact, Jesus IS the word. In short, God is a communicator and he can help us with ours.

 

When you’re stuck in a quagmire of miscommunication with someone, intercede and ask God to step in as translator and peacemaker. He’s an expert.  

He’s another piece from Mark’s Gospel about these wonderful wonder words of Jesus… and how we can turn them loose in the world.  

“Be opened” (Mark 7:34)

 

“What blocks communication?”

 

“The bladderman waggered plost the alton plicker in a mastish plog of ferderic.” Babel makes aliens of us all. We hear noises, but only vaguely comprehend. We make noises, and only occasionally make sense. Communication is not difficult, it is impossible… until Jesus comes to clear the white noise.

 

A crowd brought Jesus a lonely man who could neither hear nor speak. If he had been stranded on a desert island, he could hardly have been more solitary. Jesus pulled him aside… to be alone with him. He put his fingers in the man’s ears, spit on his own hand and touched the man’s tongue. No words were exchanged. Then Jesus commanded, “Ephphatha!” “Be opened!” Immediately the man’s ears popped. He could hear. The next moment, his tongue was loosed. He could speak.

 

“Be opened” was enough. “For him who has ears to hear, let him hear!” Jesus boomed. And so, the miracle of communication and relationship is granted.

 

The enemy separates us from relationships. Oh, how he hates Jesus’ words of love and reconciliation! He stuffs ears and numbs tongues, fearing the power of words to create, connect, and call things that are not as though they were. He dreads words that become fresh; so he snuffs them at their source, or muddles them in flight, or ambushes them at their destination. Until Jesus speaks in response!

 

Answer misunderstanding: “Be opened!” Answer miscalculation: “Be opened!” Answer mistrust and missed opportunities and missing friendship, “Be opened!” Answer deaf ears and muted tongues and deadened communication, “Be opened.” Say so!

 

Your mission: Listen for words falling to the ground. Watch for the dull expressions of confusion and the empty stares of imprisoned souls. See bewilderment and deception for what they are – lies from hell! Hear the silence of hearts who cannot hear clear truth. Then break that silence with the gift of a healthy relationship. Speak Jesus’ words, “Be opened.” Then step back and listen as the reservoir of dammed up communication breaks loose!

 

Question: “What blocks communication?” Answer: “Be opened!”

Read more: http://blog.beliefnet.com/prayerplainandsimple/2009/08/praying-in-the-middle-of-misunderstanding.html#ixzz1yzwqMFtu