March 29th, 2016
The precise phrase river of life does not appear in the Bible.
However, Revelation 22:1–2 does refer to “the river of the water of life,
as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb.”
The apostle John, in his vision of the New Jerusalem, describes the river as flowing “down the middle of the great street of the city.”
The “water of life” referred to here does not have to be considered physical water as we know it. Rather, the water flowing from the throne is probably symbolic of the water of eternal life, crystal clear to reflect the glory of God in a dazzling, never-ending stream. The fact that the stream emanates from the throne tells us that eternal life flows from God to His people.
Water is a common symbolic representation of eternal life in Scripture. Isaiah refers to drawing water from the “wells of salvation” with joy (Isaiah 12:3). The Old Testament prophet Jeremiah rebuked the Israelites for abandoning God’s “spring of living water” and digging for themselves their own cisterns which could not hold water (Jeremiah 2:13). The Israelites had forsaken the living God, who alone provides eternal life, to chase after false idols, worldliness, and works-based religions. Men do the same today, refusing the water of life only Christ provides for a parched and dusty life of materialism and self-indulgence.
Jesus encouraged the Samaritan woman at the well to take from Him the water of (eternal) life so that she would never thirst again spiritually
(John 4:13–14). Those who believe in Him, Jesus goes on to say in John 7:38, will have streams of living water flowing from them. Water is an appropriate and easily understood symbol for life. Just as physical water is necessary to sustain physical life on earth, living water from the Savior is necessary to sustain eternal life with Him. Jesus is both the Bread of Life (John 6:35) and the source of living water, sustaining His people forever.
Jesus Loves You so much!
He forgives you for everything.
He is full of compassion mercy and love.
Come and drink from His living water!
He will give you the peace that passes all understanding.
God wants you to be in Heaven with Him so that everlasting life.
He also wants you there so that you can enjoy His wonderful Love and beauty forever!
I dare you to give Him a try!
March 28th, 2016
Who is Queen Esther?
Read The book of Esther in the Bible Chapters 1 - 10
Esther was a Jew from the tribe of Benjamin who grew up as an exile in Persia.
Esther was her Persian name. Her Jewish name was Hadassah. The name Esther means 'star' and is a derivation of the root name of the goddess Ishtar. Hadassah, which means 'Myrtle', is a branch that signifies peace and thanksgiving. Two things Esther did bring to her people.
Esther was an orphan who was brought up by her older cousin, Mordecai (Esther 2:5-7).
The book of Esther is unique in the Bible as the name of God is never directly mentioned there.
The book of Esther touches on the life of more than Esther. The other main characters in this story are:
King Xerxes (also spelt Ahasuerus). He was the powerful King who ruled over 127 provinces.
Queen Vashti, she was the beautiful wife of Xerxes. She refused to show off her beauty to King Xerxes and unwittingly set in motion the rise of Esther.
Then we have Mordecai, Esther's cousin and guardian. He is another key figure in this story. And finally there is Haman the Agagite (Esther 3:1). Agag is a reference to the royal title of the Amalekites, long standing enemies of Israel (Exodus 17; 1 Samuel 15).
In this short study we will concentrate on the life of Esther.
In Chapter one of the book of Esther we are introduced to king Xerxes who decided to display his abundant wealth for 180 days. As if not enough, it is followed by a seven day feast.
A lavish display of his power indeed.
On the seventh day of the seven day feast, King Xerxes summons Queen Vashti in order to display her beauty to all the people. She refuses to come and is eventually banished from the kings presence as a punishment. A new Queen is sought.
In chapter two Esther is chosen to be Queen. She goes through the normal twelve months of beauty treatment before meeting the King.
Chapter two also records the good deed of Mordecai in saving the Kings life by alerting him of an assassination attempt on his life. This deed is recorded in the record books and later serves as a blessing for Mordecai in the future.
God never forgets our labour of love (Hebrews 6:10).
In Chapter three Haman is honoured by the King and given a high position in the kingdom. Haman is annoyed with Mordecai because Mordecai refused to kneel down to him. Haman's anger leads him to plot the execution of all the Jews in the kingdom.
In order to prevent the execution of all the Jews Mordecai calls on Esther to intercede to the King. The only problem here is that the King does not know that Esther is a Jew. Esther has no idea of how the King will respond to this news. Although God is never mentioned in the book of Esther we can see His acts in the background. Nothing takes God unaware.
Esther eventually agrees to appeal to the King. Prior to this she asks Mordecai to organise a time of fasting for her. She is well aware that she needs God's favour if she is to succeed.
Fasting, the abstinence from food for a pre-determined period, is a godly exercise which bring us closer to God.
In Chapter five Esther approaches the King and invites him and Haman to a banquet. This is an attempt to get the timing right before she informs the king about Haman's plot to kill the Jews of which she is one. Esther had hid the fact that she was a Jew from the King on Mordecai's advice.
God's timing is always best. We need to wait for God's timing in doing things. It is dangerous to jump out before time.
Meanwhile Haman's hatred for Mordecai is growing and on the advice of his friends and wife he has a special gallows prepared beside his house on which to hang Mordecai. In Chapter six God moves to save the Jews. The King cannot sleep and asks for the record books to be read aloud to him. The deeds of Mordecai in saving the king in the past are read out.
In an extraordinary twist of events the King asks Haman what should be done to a man who the king wants to honour. Haman, in his arrogance, thinks the king is referring to him and advises a lavish display of wealth and honour to be bestowed on the man publicly. The King orders Haman to do this for Mordecai. Can you imagine the shock, horror and humiliation Haman must have suffered! (You must read the book of Esther)
In chapter seven Esther reveals to the king that she is a Jew and that Haman has plotted to kill them all. Events now take a drastic turn for Haman who ends up getting hanged on the gallows he erected for the death of Mordecai. In Chapter eight, nine and ten all the Jews are saved and Haman's children are killed.
Esther saved the Jews. Her life can teach us several vital lessons
1. There is a preparation time.
She allowed herself to be prepared for the task. God's preparation time can sometimes be long and uneventful. Moses spent 40 years in the desert looking after sheep before coming to deliver the Israelites. The refining of our characters is very essential to God's plan for our life. God cannot use a proud woman (or man).
2. We need the favour of God.
Esther found favour with the King and so did Mordecai. Even Jesus grew in favour with God and man (Luke 2:52). When you live a life pleasing to God, by obeying His will you will find favour with Him. God will also give you favour with people.
3. God works in His own time and season.
Esther got her timing right. Maybe God has put it on your heart to do something for Him. Don't just jump into it but wait for his time. Joseph was in jail until it was God's time for him to be released. God will move in His time when we remain faithful and alert to His leading.
4. Your background does not hinder your future with God.
Esther was an orphan. God still exalted her and used her. Some of Jesus' disciples were fishermen, tax collectors and one was a doctor. Your background does not determine what God can do with you. Your faith does.UploadedMarch 28th, 2016
June 14th, 2014
Nothing changes God's love for His children.
What is Agape Love?
How does this kind of love express itself?
The Apostle Paul gives us an excellent description in
1 Corinthians 13:13
Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong.
It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out. If you love someone you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him.
All the special gifts and powers from God will someday come to an end, but love goes on forever...
There are three things that remain -- faith, hope, and love -- and the greatest of these is love.
God Loves us Unconditionally!
God loves with Agape, This love is described in 1 Corinthians 13.
He loves you and I so much that He sent His Son to die on the cross for us, that we might have everlasting life. His love is not based on performance. Christ loves you and I so much that while we were yet a sinner, He died for us.
God's love for you and I is unconditional and undeserved. He loves us in spite of our disobedience, our weaknesses, our sins and our selfishness. He loves you and I, enough to provide a way to an abundant, eternal life. He loved us enough to make the way to Heaven easy. From the Cross Christ cried out, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they are doing." If God loved those who are sinners that much, can you imagine how much He loves us?
The love that God has for you and I is far beyond our human comprehension. Jesus prayed, "My prayer for all of them (the disciples and believers of all ages) is that they will be of one heart and mind, just as you and I are, Father...I in them and you in me, all being perfected into one -- so that the world will know you sent me and will understand that you love them as much as you love me."
Think of it! God loves us as much as He loves His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus. What a staggering, overwhelming truth to comprehend! We need to have no fear of someone who loves us perfectly. You and I need never be reluctant to trust God with our entire life for He truly loves us. And the almost unbelievable part of it is that He loves us even when we are disobedient.
Nothing Can Separate you from the Love of Christ Jesus.
The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 8:35-39
(The Living Bible)
Who then can ever keep Christ's love from us? When we have trouble or calamity, when we are hunted down or destroyed, is it because He doesn't love us anymore? And if we are hungry, or penniless, or in danger, or threatened with death, has God deserted us? No, for the Scriptures tell us that for his sake we must be ready to face death at every moment of the day -- we are like sheep awaiting slaughter; but despite all this overwhelming victory is ours though Christ who loved us enough to die for us.
For I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can't, and life can't. The angels won't, and all the powers of hell itself cannot keep Gods' love away. Our fears for today, or worries about tomorrow or where we are -- high above the sky, or in the deepest ocean -- nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of God demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ when He died for us.
Such love is beyond our ability to grasp with our minds, but it is not beyond our ability to experience with our hearts.
With that being said:
The least we can do is give him a chance.
I guarantee you will never regret that choice.
I dare you to try my Jesus!
Always Remember that: YOU ARE LOVED!
May 21st, 2014
Was Elvis a Christian?
What a lot of People don't know is that Elvis was indeed a Christian.
What People need to understand is that Christians are human. They sin like anyone else.
Elvis was human and He was a Christian.
Christians have faults, sins, habits, addictions, hangups, and all of that, just like anyone else.
The only difference is that they are saved by the grace of God.
They are NOT saved by their works, or how good they are.
They are saved because of what Jesus did on Calvary.
Elvis recorded over 80 Gospel tracks during his career.
If nothing else, the King of Rock and Roll knew many lyrics that were based on Bible truths. But knowing and singing beautiful hymns does not make one a Christian.
Those who knew Elvis said he not only knew and sang hymns he actually loved Gospel songs.
After concerts, late at night, Elvis and his friends would sing classic Christian songs such as 'In the Sweet By and By'. But loving Gospel songs does not make one a Christian.
Elvis is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2001. But being in the Gospel Music Hall of Fame makes no one a Christian.
Elvis started singing hymns as a child, attending church with his mother. At the age of 13 he moved to Memphis with his family and started his career in 1954. He accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior as a child.
He would ventually become known as the King of Rock and Roll or simply
There are many stories about Elvis’ respect for Christ. One such story goes like this:
One night at a concert fans unfurled a massive banner while Elvis was singing. The banner read: “Elvis is King!”
Elvis stopped in the middle of his song and clearly stated in the microphone: “There is only one king and He is Jesus Christ,” or something to that effect. Although, I do not know for a fact,
I personally believe that this truly happened.
It was a sad day when Elvis died. He was pronounced dead at 3:30 P.M, August 16, 1977 at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Age 42.
I know that Elvis is in Heaven. In fact, I would like to think that all who are reading this story will be in Heaven.
So before you judge him and say how could he be a Christian and be a drug addict?
Well, let me say from experience.
I was saved as a child and I went through a 30 year drug addiction.
Jesus Christ, NEVER left me, even when I left him.
Yet, He finally delivered me from my addiction.
Now. Is it easy to stay clean?
The answer to that would be NO and YES!
It is a daily fight.
Some days are better than others.
I have to take it one day at a time!
But here is what I do know without a shadow of a doubt.
Should mess up again.
I know that my Lord will be right there with His loving mercy and He will deliver me again.
He will also help you!
I dare you to try Him!