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  • The death sentence

    2 Corinthians 1:9 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:

    A true christian is one who has delivered his self-life to death and followed the pattern of Jesus Crhist. Trust is an earned attribute, and thus how much more has Christ earned our trust. Trust not in uncertain things, what this world has to offer, but give yourself over to Him.

  • Q2 2006 update

    Here it is… already half way through another year! What have I learned over the past 6 months?

    1. Spiritual related:
    – It takes time to progress in your faith
    – It takes time to understand others and their views
    – Love is a fore-most proof of Holiness
    – If you're not progressing (which takes time) your regressing.
    – Prayer is the key to having changes take place in this world.
    – Prayer is ineffective without obedience.
    – Obedience begins with a choice yes or no, then progresses from there.
    – Most people are not overly interested in your faith, they are more interested in their own things.
    – Time is precious, everyone wants your time. Give Him your time.

    2. Technology related:
    – Plugin architectures are great, flexible and save uncounted heartache for years to come when properly applied.
    – Genericly designed systems and code reap uncounted benefits for years to come and help you to be "agile"
    – Test driven development and related tools like FIT and Unit Testing are essential for the current world atmosphere, they allow change in any project within a very short time frame.
    – Time is precious, everyone wants your time. Use it wisely.

  • The Cost of Compromise

    2 Chronicles 15:2

    And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.

    Often times we face emotional expereinces that pull us into a particular direction of thought. The above text precedes an expereince of purging out the bad and enforcing a covenant of obediance with God. The land was subdued to the point where King Asa even dealt ruthlessly with his own idolatrous mother, stripping her from being Queen and destroying her idol. By God's pre-warning usually follows a test as it did in the next chapter. Unfortunately a series of events took place, Asa made emotional decisions and hardened his heart when he was corrected and his final state written in the bible for all eternity is:

    2 Chronicles 16:12 And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians.

    When we know what to do (which the Bible always gives direction) but we make an emotional decision, we can only expect a fleshly outcome. A fleshly choice = a fleshly result whereas a spirit lead choice = a Spirit lead result. Compromise is like a tasty treat on the table of life, and the unwaery wanderer assumes it to come for a free price because there is no price tag attached. Indeed the price is great and the consequences follow. May the Lord Jesus grant us the Grace to follow the same direction as Moses:

    Hebrews 11:25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

    May we resist sin unto blood striving against it and follow the Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Every Tree is known by his own fruit

    These words spoken by Jesus:

    Luke 6:44 For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.

    Have been sinking deeply into my heart. I spend a lot of time observing life around me as I work. One can see many types of fruit, some profitable, some selfish, some harmful and yet all of these reveal the tree from which they have their origin. Recently I shared on a sunday afternoon a message regarding the standard of Christianity. Today admitedly many hate the Christian faith because many associate to it the hurt, killing and sin of those who call themselves Christians yet produce fruits of another kind. The forerunner of Jesus Christ was John the baptist who said:

    Matthew 3:10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

    The problem with non-christians is they don't properly attribute that the same people who display hypocrasy and fruits other than that of Christ are not Christs. Every tree is known by his fruit. The problem with Christians is they do not evaluate their own personal fruit to see whether it is the fruit of Christ or if they are even a Christian at all!

    2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

    Now this comes to the point, if Jesus Christ is in you, you cannot help but live a life producing the fruits of Christ himself.

    Galatians 5:22-25 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ

  • A Blameless Life

    Philippians 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

    Often I consider what it means to be a Christian. There are so many ideas and interpretations in the world, that one can easily get spoiled into the wrong one. Jesus calls His followers to a blameless life, without rebuke, even though we live in the midst of corruption. This is an important aspect of the Faith.

    Most people having a backgound in North America have heard of the story of Daniel and the lions den. Consider:

    Daniel 6:22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.

    God will use a person that is innocent and blameless as his tool for good. He daily seeks for such a person so that He can bring heaven down to earth in the lives of those around that person.

    2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him…

    Therefore may those who associate their lives with Christ Jesus, avail themselves of the power of God instead of only having the form of such power but denying its essence. Let us be delivered from many lions to come.