How to love God?

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God

 with all thy heart, 

and with all thy soul, 

and with all thy mind, 

and with all thy strength

Mark 12:30

What does it mean to love God? It is a deep inner passion to know the Higher Being, a hunger to get closer to the unknown mystery of the Divine. We can’t fully understand why we love Him even before we really know Him. We accepted Him as a true and living Spiritual Being who is far and yet close to your heart. No one knows God except the Son, Jesus Christ because God is His Father.  The only way to know God and be closed to Him is through Jesus Christ. If we have seen the Son, we have seen the Father in some way or another.

We are not worshipping the unknown god. We know our God who is our Father also. We worship our Father not because we know Him well, it takes eternity to know everything about Him. He is incomprehensible in nature, our minds won’t contain all in His Godliness. We worship Him for He is awesome beyond our comprehension. We are always in His mind. We love and worship our Father like babes in Christ, simple loving people.  Loving God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength without literally seeing Him as He is, a great invisible Spirit.

If a man love me, 

he will keep my words:

and my Father will love him, 

and we will come unto him, 

and make our abode with him.

 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings:

and the word which ye hear is not mine, 

but the Father’s which sent me

John 14:23-24

The skeptics and agnostics would never understand why we believe in God. They will try to argue the existence of God. To them, God is dead or never existed at all. They are demanding a proof or evidence that there is God. We are not convincing anyone to believe in the existence of God. To have a God of your own is a personal matter. No one should question your personal encounter with God how weird it may be. It is your personal experience and not their hallow experiences. How could somebody disapprove another person’s experience when he does not have the same experience as the other person does?

We stand by the words of Jesus Christ about the nature of God. The closest person in God’s heart is His Son Jesus Christ. God said when Jesus was baptized in the river Jordan, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased”  and also during His transfiguration, God said publicly the same thing with an announcement to hear or take heed to what Jesus would say.

The voice of God from heaven gave a lovingly endorsement to our Lord Jesus Christ, indirectly saying, “ I love you, Son. I am well pleased the way you are”. We love God our Father because He gave His only beloved Son to us.

 

Therefore doth my Father love me,

 because I lay down my life, 

that I might take it again.

 No man taketh it from me, 

but I lay it down of myself.

 I have power to lay it down,

 and I have power to take it again. 

John 10:17-18

Finally, we can show our love to God by loving our neighbors, fellowmen, all human beings regardless of race and nationality. How can we say we love God and not love our neighbors who are visible and reachable from where we are? We ought to love one another. Jesus is a good example of this when He gave His life for us.

 

NOAH

For as were the days of Noah, 

so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 

For as in those days before the flood 

they were eating and drinking, 

marrying and giving in marriage, 

until the day when Noah entered the ark, 

and they were unaware until the flood came 

and swept them all away, 

so will be the coming of the Son of Man.

 Matt 24:35-39

The story of Noah is true. It did happen many years ago. Why we believe Noah had existed? Jesus mentioned about him and most possibly He saw the universal flood that came upon the earth. Jesus claimed that before Abraham He was.

                                    Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day:

and he saw it, and was glad.Then said the Jews unto him, 

Thou art not yet fifty years old, 

and hast thou seen Abraham? 

Jesus said unto them, 

Verily, verily, I say unto you, 

Before Abraham was, I am.

John 8:56-58

There are many proofs and archaeological findings that support the story of the Noah’s Ark. However, the strongest point that gives credence to the existence of Noah was when Jesus made a remark about him. In fact, Jesus tied the coming of the Son of Man to that event of when Noah entered the Ark. We believe the words of Jesus about Noah more than the biblical historians who wrote about it. In short, Jesus validated the story of Noah’s episode.

Jesus is coming soon. The signs of His coming are clear and simple. When people are mindful of their own welfare, eating and drinking and marrying, nothing abnormal, then the coming of the Lord is at hand. That’s the tragedy of His coming. He comes when we are unaware of it. The Lord is coming back to take His own people. It is His promise to fulfill and not our concern who will be taken or who will be left behind. We should not be afraid, preparing, making extra effort for His coming for He may not come when you are aware, ready and “prepared” for His coming. The key word to remember is “UNAWARE”.

Live normally by His words every hour of the day. He may come today or tomorrow. It is His call to make and not ours. The timing of His coming belongs to our Father. The story of Noah points to the coming of Christ.

The Joy of Jesus Christ

If ye keep my commandments,

ye shall abide in my love;

even as I have kept my Father’s commandments,

and abide in his love.

 These things have I spoken unto you,

 that my joy might remain in you, 

and that your joy might be full. 

This is my commandment,

That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

John 15:10-12

Jesus spoke His words with joyful heart. His joy is in His words. The gospel of our Lord  Jesus Christ is a “glad tiding” because the message of good news came out of His cheerful spirit. He has spoken to us that His joy may remain in us. You see, Jesus is a happy person and His sermon in the Mount, the Beatitude is a road map for happy living. Jesus looked for the joy, the joy of giving His life for us. His life, death and resurrection is a masterful symphony of joy.

His commandment is a message of love. Love one another as He loved us. Our joy will be full as we obey his commandment. Our joy will never be complete unless we follow our Lord to the fullest. Jesus kept His Father’s will to abide in His Father’s love. Let us obey Jesus to abide in His love or love Him to death to make us obey His commandment.

Are you happy serving for Jesus? Are you filled with joy to know God as our Father? No man can take away the joy we have in Christ. Our joy is His Joy; He said , “that MY JOY might remain in you.” We can ask our Father anything in His name that our joy may be full. The joy of the Lord is our Strength. Listening to His Voice is a joyful thing to hear. Reading His Words is feasting with Him in a blessed fellowship in the Spirit.

And ye therefore now have sorrow:

but I will see you again,

and your heart shall rejoice,

and your joy no one taketh away from you.

And in that day ye shall ask me no question.

Verily, verily, I say unto you,

if ye shall ask anything of the Father,

he will give it you in my name.

Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name:

ask, and ye shall receive,

that your joy may be made full.

John 16:24

Conscious of His presence

“I also tell you this:

If two of you agree here on earth

concerning anything you ask,

my Father in heaven will do it for you.

 For where two or three gather together as my followers,

 I am there among them.”

Matt. 18:19-20

Teach these new disciples to obey

all the commands I have given you.

And be sure of this: I am with you always,

even to the end of the age.”

Matt 28:20

God is omnipresent. There is no space in the universe where God is not present. His being occupies every known or unknown space for He fills everything in heaven and on earth. He knows no boundary and does not travel from place to another place. He does not give any territory to the enemy for His presence makes hell a burning bottomless pit. The reason God is God because He is present everywhere.

Jesus can be anywhere at anytime. This truth is a great consolation to everyone who is undergoing hardships in life. He can be with you during your ordeal, a comfort in times of sorrow and hope when things are not going your way. His presence can be everywhere according to His word.

God, the Father of Jesus Christ who is also our father will do anything we ask from Him. The Followers of the Lord around the world can join and agree together through the facilities of the internet outside the four walls of a church building, mosque or synagogue. WOJC network is asking our Father to bless and keep you who registers or visits our website. We love you, our friends out there.

Regardless of nationality or religion, we should be one in His presence. We are linked together in one Spirit and joined by His love. His Kingdom is not divided. The more we concentrate on the words of Jesus as our guide and referral, the more we become united in Christ.

We don’t exaggerate what and who Jesus is. Who He is – is what He says about Himself. We are not over-rating nor under-rating Him. He believe what He says about Himself and what He can do. Come to think of Him, we can not “magnify” Him, making Him bigger, greater and more powerful than what really He is. Lets be conscious of His holy presence.

“You have one Teacher”

But you are not to be called rabbi,

for you have one teacher, 

and you are all brothers.

And call no man your father on earth,

for you have one Father, who is in heaven.

 Neither be called instructors,

for you have one instructor, the Christ.

Matt. 23:8-10

Basically, Jesus Christ is a Teacher. God sent Him to teach a new and higher kind of lifestyle which we may call it, the Beatitudes.  He was known as the savior of the world because of what he did on the cross but He was far more than that. He is a divine instructor, a master teacher and a rabbi with doctorate degree from heaven. You will miss the essence of the gospel truth if you miss Him as your personal teacher or mentor for life.

Have you accepted Christ as your personal savior? That is not enough to enter into His school of eternal life. You’ve got to follow and obey His teachings. Do what He says and become a student/disciple of the Lord and Master Jesus Christ . Salvation is through Christ as we live by His words. Unless you follow His words, you can not have eternal life, that is when you have enough time learn from Him and freedom to follow Him and then decide not to obey Him.

We have only one teacher from God. Jesus practiced what He taught perfectly. No other teacher had done what He did. Jesus asked His disciples to teach whatever He had commanded them. We should reject false teachers who teach another modified gospel. Many shall come in His name and misled people to believe their “improved” version of the gospel of Christ.

The early believers taught people to follow Christ under the power of the Holy Spirit. The disciples were anointed to teach but not to become teachers in place of the Lord Jesus Christ. The apostles were students like us and not teachers with authority above other people. We are all brothers and sisters in the Lord.

He confounded the teachers of the law of His time. They asked questions about eternal life and how to inherit the Kingdom of God. The religious elders were amazed by His intelligence even when He was a little boy.

The world has many teachers, professors and scholars who acquired their knowledge from somebody else whom they claimed as reliable sources. They only assumed that their research or findings were conclusively reliable facts, theories or philosophical assumptions.

This modern world can’t understand why we respecfully consider Jesus as our only “Teacher” in the kingdom of God. Our world is different from this world. We listen to His voice alone because He is our great Shepherd. Does Jesus know everything in men? If we say yes, therefore we can learn from Him through His words which is complete and perfect.

Don’t be misled when you read books by Bible scholars or higher critics. We have read tons of books and continuously reading more books, nevertheless, We are committed to Jesus Christ as our final and absolute teacher/mentor for a happy life. We always refer back to Him if we have unanswered questions in mind for He is our Way, our Truth and our Life.

 

 

 

 

THE KINGDOM

Unto you it is given to know

 the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, 

but to them it is not given.

Matt 13:11

The kingdom of God is also the kingdom of heaven. Jesus used both terms interchangeably to teach about the kingdom of His Father. There is only one Kingdom that stands, it is not divided nor could be taken away from the sovereign God. So the lesson is —- one King for the Kingdom, the absolute ruler for a domain or the master for one household. There is no secret about the Kingdom if you’re a child of the King and a member of His household. The mysteries are no more mysteries since they had been revealed to the babes/little ones of the Kingdom.

Our Father which art in heaven, 

Hallowed be thy name. 

Thy kingdom come. 

Thy will be done in earth, 

as it is in heaven.

Matt 6:8

The kingdom operates from heaven covering all creations and the universe including the earth which we call our world. Our Father who is in heaven does not mean that He is away from this world. He is omnipresent, for He is present everywhere, at any place. Otherwise, if He can be absent on one place or even from a tiny space, therefore he is not the God.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, 

and his righteousness; 

and all these things shall be added unto you.

Matt 6:33

 

But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; 

and all these things shall be added unto you. 

Fear not, little flock; 

for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 

Sell that ye have, and give alms; 

provide yourselves bags which wax not old, 

a treasure in the heavens that fails not, 

where no thief approaches, 

neither moth corrupts For where your treasure is, 

there will your heart be also.

Luke 12:31-34

 

Jesus wants us to seek first the kingdom of God, His and our Father. Let us study the meaning of the Kingdom. For one thing sure, the Kingdom of God is within us. What is observable about the kingdom is its fruit, the outward manifestation of it, the good deed that lights up. So the Kingdom is not a place with boundaries. However, we can enter into the Kingdom anytime and anywhere through the Lord Jesus Christ.

Then shall the righteous shine forth

 as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. 

He that hath ears, let him hear.

Matt 13:43

In the Kingdom is where eternal life begins. The everlasting life that flows from within is the spirit of the internal/ eternal Kingdom. We need eternal life in the eternal kingdom of His and our Father. That his why we come to Jesus Christ to have eternal life in the kingdom of heaven. We have to obey His words if we consider Him as our Lord.

Not every one that saith unto me, 

Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; 

but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Matt 7:21

The Kingdom of Christ is not of this world. The kingdom of this world is not His as He mentioned that truth from the beginning of His ministry. It would be a grave mistake to make this wicked world a part of His Kingdom. He is not the ruler of this world. On the other hand, He preached the gospel of the Kingdom to the world and He has followers scattered around the world who are born again and living up to gospel of the Kingdom.

And Jesus went about all Galilee, 

teaching in their synagogues, and 

preaching the gospel of the kingdom, 

and healing all manner of sickness and 

all manner of disease among the people. Matt 4:23; 9:35

It is a tragedy to make a church as the kingdom of God. Any denomination or church is not the Kingdom considering the true concept and meaning of Christ about the Kingdom of His and our father. Jesus had condemned hypocrites of His times who wanted to show off their religiosity to the public.

“The Kingdom of God doesn’t come with observation;

  neither will they say, ‘Look, here!’ or, ‘Look, there!’ 

for behold, the Kingdom of God is within you.”

Luke 17:20-21

 

 

A Servant when He comes.

Therefore also be ready, 

for in an hour that you don’t expect,

 the Son of Man will come.

  “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, 

whom his lord has set over his household, 

to give them their food in due season?

  Blessed is that servant whom his lord finds 

doing so when he comes.

Matthew 24:44-46

 

Jesus is coming soon whether we believe it or not for that was His promise. Heaven and earth shall pass away but His words not pass away without fulfilling them. We don’t know when He is coming back on earth. It is His business to get His own (Rapture) and evidently not our concern to know when and where will this event going to happen soon. The taker knows when he would take his own, the object of his love.

The second coming of Christ is more than a church doctrine. It is a divine promise being  fulfilled  every minute. If we believe on His words and He didn’t return again, we lose nothing but if we doubt His soon return and He comes back to fulfill His words, great will be our lost.

Why should we worry about His return? We must not worry about His coming. As long as we obey His commands, we are safe and secured about tomorrow. If after faithfully following His words, we are still left behind when raptures come, we will continue obeying Him. Our trust in Him is unconditionally committed to Him. We give Him the right to take away what He wants for He is our sovereign King.

Lastly, His call is “ Who then is the faithful and wise servant?” We don’t need professional clergy who are so conscious on worldly and honorific titles such as the reverend, the doctor, the bishop or the pastor. Be a faithful servant is enough to make our Lord joyful at His coming.

The world needs faithful and wise servants of His will. Servants who are obedient to His words. Jesus said, “Blessed is that servant whom his lord finds DOING so when he comes.” Are you a servant?