Archive for January, 2013

Wilderness Dreams

But he led his own people like a flock of sheep, guiding them safely through the wilderness.
(Psalms 78:52 NLT)

People want to live like it’s heaven on earth but they don’t realize earth is the wilderness. This is not heaven so don’t expect perfection. Life can be full of disappointments. The Lord uses our broken journey through each difficulty in this wilderness to prepare our character for fulfilling our dreams in heaven.


Divine Pleasures

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”
(1 Corinthians 2:9)

Chocolate is one of the few pleasures or delicacies in life which provides temporary satisfaction. The memory of our previous experiences with chocolate drives us to desire another piece but our minds cannot even comprehend or imagine the divine heavenly pleasures that the Lord has prepared in advance for His people to enjoy for all of eternity.


Sweet Talk

God , come close. Come quickly! Open your ears—it’s my voice you’re hearing! Treat my prayer as sweet incense rising; my raised hands are my evening prayers.
(Psalm 141:1, 2 MSG)

All relationships require a dialogue. Without good communication relationships will fail. The Lord wants to develop a personal relationship with His people and He loves to hear our voices. We develop our relationship with God through prayer. Sweet talk invigorates a relationship and our prayers arise to God as a sweet smelling fragrance. We bless the Lord by what we say to Him. Be sweet to God today!


True Worshippers

God is a Spirit (a spiritual Being) and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth (reality).
(John 4:24 AMP)

People may worship the Lord during the good times if their lives are prosperous with good health but our worship of God should not be related to how many blessing we receive from Him. We do not worship God for what He can do for us. We worship God for who He is with all who we are.


The Good Life

My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body.
(Proverbs 4:20, 22 NLT)

Many people readily introduce toxic substances into their bodies in the form of drugs, alcohol or junk food because these make them feel good temporarily but they are reluctant to eat or drink anything healthy that makes them live in good health. Many people readily view media images or read materials that introduce spiritually toxic ideals into their thoughts because these make them feel good temporarily but they will not watch or read anything related to God’s holy Word in order to live in good morality. The good life is a choice both physically and spiritually.


God’s Globalization

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.”
(Matthew 28:18-20 NLT)

Globalization is a common topic of discussion as various groups in society compete for world dominance. Globalization is defined as the process of international integration arising from the interchange of views, products, ideas, and other aspects of culture. Globalization is nothing new and has actually been around for centuries. Our Creator God gave the first human creatures specific instructions to subdue the earth and take dominion over it back in Genesis. (Genesis 1:28) Then the Lord Jesus gave His disciples the famous globalization mandate known as the “Great Commission” sending them into all nations to preach the Good News and create a global following. God’s globalization is inevitable since He’s got the whole globe in His hand.


Abundantly Organized

I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. -Jesus
(John 10:10)

The fast pace of life is a major pressure that surrounds us in the modern world. The Lord has promised us to have abundant life. Sometimes this represents abundant activities and abundant work! The question of how do we most effectively divide our responsibilities between work, church, leisure, family and school needs to decided in the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is willing to be our “life coach” who organizes each day perfectly in the will of God if we listen to His voice and are flexible to obey His direction. The best way to redeem every moment of every day for the kingdom of God is to live in continuous uninterrupted communion with the Holy Spirit. “If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:25) An abundant life is a busy life but busy people get a lot done. Do it for God’s glory and by His Spirit!


A deaf man with a speech impediment was brought to him, and the people begged Jesus to lay his hands on the man to heal him. Looking up to heaven, he sighed and said, “Ephphatha,” which means, “Be opened!” Instantly the man could hear perfectly, and his tongue was freed so he could speak plainly!
(Mark 7:32, 34, 35 NLT)

Eventually everyone will experience a crisis. A crisis is defined as a dramatic emotional or circumstantial upheaval in a person’s life. A crisis usually involves an impossible situation regarding health, finances or relationships. Extreme situations can leave us unable to communicate or even ask for help. In this Bible story before the Lord Jesus healed the deaf man He first acknowledged heaven. The Bible instructs us to “Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. (Psalms 105:4) To successfully deal with problems on earth we look up to heaven first because there is a vertical solution to every horizontal impossibility that surrounds us.


The Better Day

Many people say, “Who will show us better times?” Let your face smile on us, Lord. (Psalms 4:6 NLT)

Many people live each day looking for a good time. Self gratification is the goal in our individualistic society but all the pleasures of life never quite seem to fulfill our desires. We are always looking for a better social experience, a better vacation or a better restaurant to satisfy our needs but these passing activities ultimately do not fill the void deep inside. Only the Lord who created us knows the desires of our hearts and so only He can truly bring a better day.


Coconut For Brains!

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above
(James 1:17 NKJV)

The coconut is very prevalent throughout the world and nearly one third of the world’s population depends on the coconut to some degree for their food and their economy.
The term coconut is derived from the Spanish word “cocos”, meaning “grinning face”, because of the three small holes on the coconut shell that resemble human facial features. Falling coconuts can be dangerous and an estimated 150 people each year sustain serious or fatal injuries from being struck on the head. Recent scientific research has indicated that coconut oil is good for treating brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia by providing an alternate energy source to brain cells in the form of ketones.(1) Coconut oil has been described as the “healthiest oil on earth”.(2) God has promised to provide us with all of our needs. Ironically, the Lord hides the treatment of brain disorders that make our behavior a little “nutty” inside a round skull shaped nut which resembles a human face and it falls down from above hitting us right where we need it. We go “nuts” with all of life’s difficulties but if we look above our problems to the Lord we will see His perfect gifts are already on the way down.

1) Ketone bodies as a therapeutic for Alzheimer’s disease. Future treatments in Alzheimer’s disease. 25th International Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), March 10-13, 2010.


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