Life of a Christian

We can’t blame people who tagged Christians as hypocrites. They don’t even know what they are saying. Love them anyway. They do not understand that Christianity is a life-time process. It grows. It blossoms. It functions. It is an organism. Life of a Christian mature.

To be a Christian is not an easy way of living; it’s not a trademark to be famous; Or even a superior status quo. Christian not even a brand to look for and get it. It is being quoted as hypocrite(s). It may have been off for those Christians who will read this article and may even not to accept it,  especially the latter. But this is true which perceived by some non-believers and even the socalled professing christians—But! Read through.

Many at times, people around us, if they knew you are a Christian, they will  assume–you are gentle, kind and easy-to-believe. If these were not seen from your gesture and action. Judgement is served—you are hypocrite; and these were only a few of their criteria.

It’s true that it is difficult to have it said and done. “I am a Christian”; “I am a Christ follower”; “I am a Believer”. We are all attune to have these identity. That when you said it, you have to display it.

Come to think of it. Do they have sense in that saying? Yes. I believe so. It is time for us to wake up in our slumber, Christians. Rise up and Walk. Christians who say it by mouth must have it in his heart. We are tagged how Christ did here on earth. But isn’t true? We proclaim that we are Christ Ambassadors. But, what we say is different from the way we live.

“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit.  

Matthew 12:33‭

Jesus speaks about the tree and its fruit. It is how we, Christians identified. We can’t run away from it. It is difficult to commit to the standard of God because we are only human; and if we tend to rely in our own might and power.

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

John 15:5 NKJVwp-image-1457337255

But if we will abide in Him, and He abode in us, it is now the work of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. It is not by our might nor by power, but it is by the Spirit of Lord,  Zechariah 4:6. This how He worked in our Spiritual life.

If we will allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives, we will realize His amazement. The normal things that we used to do when we are in our own might will not be normal anymore. You are more careful as the conviction is prominent whether it is aligning to God’s will. The reality is clear to you, that you are no longer in a physical realm but  in spiritual realm.

That’s where life as a Christian mature. When we understand that our physical body is in a spiritual encounter. It matures when his faith became child-like. When he give his full dependence on Him. Trusting on Him. Relying on Him. 

We can’t blame people who tagged Christians as hypocrites. They don’t even know what they are saying. Love them anyway. They do not understand that Christianity is a life-time process. It grows. It blossoms. It functions. It is an organism. Life of a Christian, mature.

Let them understand that Christianity is a relationship; a relationship to our Creator. The deeper we establish our relationship to our Creator; the deeper we know Him; the deeper we will walk in Spirit and in Truth —and that is His amazement.

Let us continue to walk in His presence. As the road in this world is rocky. Even turmoil is present along the journey of our faith. But we will conquer it, because in Him, we are more than Conquerors – Romans 8:37.

All glory to God!💞

Agape,

IAMgoodstar🌟

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“I AM Stubborn, Moses!”

So with Moses. He was stubborn to listen and undertand what God had planned Him to do. He is Stubborn to deliver it, BUT God’s Love is more than Stubborn to deliver and make it happen for Israelites and even to us, in our lives. If Moses is Stubborn, God is telling him, “I AM Stubborn, Moses!”. 

​So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”  But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” 

Exodus 3:10‭-‬11 NIV

Moses is so daring to question God about His instructions to him. Maybe from this scene in Exodus 3:10-11, Moses is like a “fresh off the boat“, so curious and scratching his head and thinking of, what  is this guy is actually want from me? 🤔 hmmn. 


THE ARGUMENT 

In Exodus 3, God revealed Himself, His Deity to Moses in Mt Horeb (the mountain of God). There, He revealed to Moses His divine plan of exiting Israelites from Egypt. God seen their misery and concerned about the Israelites (Exodus 3:7).

Moses doubted his ability, capability and capacity to deliver what the Lord had instructed him to do. He rejected God four times, despite God’s assurance of the “The Great I AM” will be with him in this journey no matter what (Exodus 3:14).

In the next line, we will see how Moses doubted and rejected  God. But let’s learn how God answered to him and assured Him  with His plan and resource to make it happen. It is in a total package like a gift, wrapped nicely. The only thing that Moses has to do is to deliver it to the recipient.

Moses’ Doubts

  1. “Who am I that I will go to Pharaoh & bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11)
  2. “What if they (Israelites Elders) do not believe in me or listen to me & say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you?” (Exodus 4:1)
  3. Pardon your servant “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech & tongue.” (Exodus 4:10)
  4. “O Lord, please send someone else to do it. (Exodus 4:13)

God’s Assurance to Moses despite Doubts

  1. I will be with you. And this is the sign to you that it is I who have sent you” (Exodus 3:12)
  2. “I AM WHO I AM”. This is what you will tell the Israelites: “I AM has sent me to you”.  (Exodus 3:14)
  3. God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord , the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ “This is my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to generation” (Exodus 3:15)
  4. The Lord even showed him His resource — a Staff on his hand and Aaron as his speaker to Pharaoh and Israelites,  on how he will deliver Israelites from Egypt. (Exodus 4:2-9;14-17)
  5. You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. (Exodus 4:15)

I love this episode of argument of God and Moses in Exodus chapters 3 & 4. It had shown God’s character in the presence of the Fruits of the Holy Spirit. It magnify His Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, FaithfulnessGoodness, Gentleness and Self Control (Gal 5:22).

Notice that Moses had 4 times he doubted God and questioning God of His capability to choose. For Moses, God is choosing him,  who is Not perfect Physically and Spiritually;  who committed sin in killing the Egyptian and now He is calling him to deliver Israelites? Who is he to do that? 

But God is so Patient in explaining to Moses His divine plan. To show His Kindness and Goodness to Israelites, that He is Faithful to deliver His promise to their forefathers. God was seen to show His SelfControl, when in the fourth time, Moses rejected God about the calling (Exodus 4:13).

Out of God’s anger ( Exodus 3:14), instead of God scolding him, He even given solution to his problem by putting Aaron as his speaker to Pharaoh and showing him  an assurance that He is behind him— a  Staff  to show and symbolizes His wonder to Moses first then to Pharaoh; and even to show God’s Gentleness to him instead of scolding him of his stubbornness.

It is His Love and is a Joy to Him to deliver what He had promise to us. Because God created us for a purpose of worshipping Him alone and parallel to that, was and is to bless us, and to bless us alone, always remember that. This is His Love for Us.

God is very much able to deliver His divine plan to us. If He calls us to deliver it, no matter what, whether you are incapable and not perfect of doing as such; if He calls you for something, even how stubborn you are of rejecting it, He will make it happen for you to say “Yes” to Him. He will give everything you need for you to succeed.

So with Moses. He was stubborn to listen and understand what God had planned Him to do. He is Stubborn to deliver it, BUT God’s Love is more than Stubborn to deliver and make it happen for Israelites. If Moses is Stubborn, God is telling him, “I AM Stubborn, Moses! To let My plan and purpose to you,  Succeed.”

Let us find out more on how Stubborn God is, to deliver His promises for us and He will make it come to pass.  Please click here to see. 

All glory to God!

Agape,

IAMgoodstar🌟

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Rebekah: The masterMind©

Did you know that God loves mothers and is closed to His heart? Most of the time, a mother is used by God as vessel of His blessings, and one prominent fact is — US — for His purpose and to His glory. In the family, a Mother is the master (vessel) and God is the Mind (brains) for the household to be intact and be in placed.

Genesis 24: 7 ‘The Lord, the God of heaven, who brought me out of my father’s household and my native land and who spoke to me and promised me on oath, saying, ‘To your offspring I will give this land’—he will send his angel before you so that you can get a wife for my son from there.”

Who is Rebekah?

Who is she, that God destined her to be Isaac’s wife?

Genesis 24:12-16  Then he prayed, “Lord, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. 13 See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. 14 May it be that when I say to a young woman, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too’—let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.” 15 Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milkah, who was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor. 16 The woman was very beautiful, a virgin; no man had ever slept with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jar and came up again.

She was the answered prayer, Abraham is looking for Isaac to be his wife. A woman of his own kind. She was beautiful, very clean and with a kind and generous and has a willing heart.

Her  Character and Attributes.

Genesis 25 and 27, reveals her character and attributes. Most especially on the episode of Jacob steals Esau’s blessing.  If we will read the story of Esau and Jacob, for the first time, we probably could not understand how she does things to be in Jacob’s favour.  For me, at first glance of the story, she was the villain who always stepped on the feet of the noob.

But why she does things in that way? A typical wife and a mother could possibly understand and relate to Rebekah’s character and attributes. She is a wife and a comforter, a teacher, a skillful household-maker, a strong-willed woman and a manipulative, and  a meddlesome mother. Meddlesome mother? Oh-oh! Sounds bad? Maybe for some. I believe, being a meddlesome mother to her children is one of a mother’s attributes, if not, I do not know how a mother will brought up their children. =)

A Wife and a Comforter. 

Rebekah became a comfort to Isaac, when Sarah passed on. Isaac, marry and loved her.

Genesis 24:66 ” Isaac mourn for his mother’s death, Rebekah act as his comforter”

Like Rebekah, we, as wives to our husbands, we should act as their comforter, especially, whenever they are down. We have to cheer them up. we should be as one flesh (Ephesians 5:31) — and unite our understanding, mutually.

A Teacher. 

Rebekah must be a good teacher to Esau and Jacob to recognised their inclination aptly. The boys grew up with their expertise being recognised. I believe as with her help and guidance. Uhm,  of course, not forgetting Isaac’s help and guidance as well.

Genesis 25:27 “The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was content to stay at home among the tents”.

For mothers out there, and also I am one in the group =). We are the first teacher of our children.  They will learn their first ABC… and 123…  at home. The Bible is one of the best platform, we, mothers must be guided on how our children should be brought up. We need to train up a child – starting  from their formative years,  in the way they should go.  Because in the time they were old, they will not depart form it  – Proverbs 22: 6 says that.

Our children need to recognise their inclination as early as possible. As I recollect, a mother’s ‘instinct’ will feel what their children’s future will be like according to their behaviour. Since they start to learned to talk, smile, laugh, sing or dance and the likes. A mother will start to think or even say, what or who they will be like in the future. I believe anyone here, who is also a mother could relate in these kind of scenes in their motherhood.  We need to guide and help them to recognised  their  future. But of course, with the leading and conviction of the Holy Spirit.

A Skillful Household Maker.

Rebekah is very good household maker. She knew  what is “yummy’ food for Isaac. She used her best skills to get her objective successful.

Genesis 27:9 “Go out to the flock and bring me two choice young goats, so I can prepare some tasty food for your father, just the way he likes it. “

A Strong-willed Woman and a Manipulative.

“Do what I tell you!” “Do what I say!” These, could be normal instructions for some mothers to their children, especially when in a hurry and would like to get an instant results of their instructions to their children.

Genesis 27:8 ‘Now, my son, listen carefully and do what I tell you: 

Genesis 27:43 “Now then, my son, do what I say: Flee at once to my brother Laban in Harran.’

Rebekah, made it so obvious to be a strong-willed woman. Her determination, made it through the blessings Jacob had received. Part of being a strong-willed, is the chance of taking the risks, to the fact that she will own the curse that is accompanied her manipulation of stealing of earthly and spiritual blessings from Esau to Jacob — A motherly instinct just to give best for their children.

Genesis 27:3 “His mother said to him, “My son, let the curse fall on me. Just do what I say; go and get them for me.”

A Meddlesome Mother.

“Go and get them for me.” Maybe, at this juncture, Jacob was trembling to get the mother’s instructions be settled. Could probably his feeling was,  “Sigh.”  — with scratching of his head, and at the back of his mind,  was also fears, of getting the consequences, if being caught by Isaac. But to Rebekah was firmed. Because she holds of God’s divine appointment and promise to her twins, that the older will serve the younger.

Genesis 25:23 “The Lord said to her,“Two nations are in your womb,
and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.”

This promise of God to her was without Isaac in the picture. When Lord revealed God’s covenant to her twins, she remembered it and she holds of it —That she must see it happened. But her motherly instinct manipulated her to make it happened in a deceiving way. It could probably because she knew that Isaac was more into Esau’s favour— and Esau made decisions that they hated and gave them disgrace. This was when he married Hittite women – (Genesis 26:34). Though it has with a deceiving story, God allowed it to happened for His plan and purpose. True, that in the Bible, Jacob became ISRAEL, despite deceitfulness. And this is because…

Romans 8:28 “God will cause everything to work for good of those who love the Lord according to His purpose.” 

Rebekah had a great role for ISRAEL. If not for her character and attributes of being a meddlesome, where could probably ISRAEL is, now. I believe if the story was not in this way, it would not  be as interesting as it was and as it is. THE STORY OF ISRAEL —REBEKAH  HAD MADE IT EVEN MORE INTERESTING and SHE WAS THE GREAT DIVINE ACCOMPLICE BY GOD.  She allowed God to used her in the success of the story on how Jacob became Israel. How God’s Faithfulness is revealed in this story — A promised by God  to Abraham, repeatedly to Isaac, and resulted to Jacob (Israel).

Though if you will notice in the Bible, Rebekah did not have a chance to see his beloved– Jacob. As no record of them  had seen each other.

Rebekah, was like our typical mom at home.  At times, we don’t understand how they decide for us– that makes us annoyed.  They are the real household-maker, they serve as the Salt & Light of our family. They are being used by God, on how a family will be tied and bonded. Come to think of it, a house without a mom, will not be considered- a home.

Did you know that God loves mothers and is closed to His heart? Most of the time, a mother is used by God as vessel of His blessings, and one prominent fact is — Us!– for His purpose and to His glory.  In the family, a Mother is the master (vessel) and God is the Mind (brains) for the household to be intact and be in placed. 

Rebekah with a jar— and so with her, REBEKAH: the masterMIND of the household of ISRAEL to be completed!  

 All glory be to God!

 

Friends,

I pray that you are inspired by how God moves in our lives. No one can fathom out His plans for us. The only thing we know is, HE IS FAITHFUL. Especially, if we have a relationship with Him. It is more easy for you to hear His voice and He is more willing and able to show His Faithfulness to you. If you’d like to have relationship with Him, I will lead you in a short prayer. This payer is not a magic, but what makes it powerful is when you Believe in your heart and declare it with your mouth, that Jesus is Lord and He is your Salvation.

Romans 10:9-10 says, “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Dear God,

Thank you for your Son, Jesus, who died on the cross to wash away my sins. He is the sacrificial lamb. I believe that you rose him from the dead. Father, please forgive me. I fully surrender my life to you from now on wards. Lord, save me, I pray. In Jesus’ name, amen!

Hallelujah! If you have just prayed the Salvation prayer, you had made a great decision. Congratulations!

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Agape,

IAMgoodstar🌟

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