KNOWING THE GOD OF ALL AGES

He said to them, ‘It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.‘” (Acts 1:7 ESV)

You might know when rain is coming just by looking at the sky, but there’s a huge challenge in understanding the seasons and times. It’s because only God knows everything.

There is no way for us to know for sure what would happen tomorrow. But we can be sure that God knows the future.

As such, your goal is to know more the God of time and eternity, rather than be obsessed with the “day and age” that God has set to keep going on. In knowing God you can’t be wrong.

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GOD HEARS YOU

“So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, ‘Father, I thank you that you have heard me.’” (John 11:41 ESV)

Have you ever thank God that He’s listening to your prayers? It might not appear like God is listening all the time, but He does.

Sure, we do experience discouragements in life, and sometimes we doubt God. But these circumstances don’t stop God in listening to our heart’s cry. He hears our cry for help.

God listens to our pains and joys, our hopes and dreams, and what have you. He listens because it is His nature to hear your prayers.

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HOW CAN IT BE?

“And Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.’” (Luke 23:34 ESV)

Imagine this. You’ve done something terrible. You don’t know why you do the things that you did. You feel bad or hide the guilt inside.

Meanwhile, Christ is praying for you. The Son pleads with the Father. He asked God to forgive you for your sins and shortcomings.

How can it be? How could the Son still pray for you despite your offenses to Him. Indeed, His love is a mystery.

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THE ART OF WAITING

“And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father which, he said, ‘you heard from me.'” (Acts 1:4 ESV)

Most people don’t want to wait, especially nowadays. In fact, we want everything to be quick. But everything can’t be done fast.

The truth is, God has his own perfect time. And it’s not ours. We can only wait for Him.

However, when God makes a promise, it’s not going to fail. It will come. Just wait. You won’t regret.

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CULTURAL CHRISTIANITY

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.'” (Matthew 7:21 ESV)

True Christianity is not mere religion. It is both a personal and communal relationship with God. While certainly there is a collective aspect of faith in Christianity, your personal relationship with God is of utmost importance.

That is why Christ warned that not everyone who talks about Him or does anything for Him would go to heaven. Being a member of a local church would not save you either.

If you confess Christ as Savior and Lord, you are a Christian. But if your life isn’t changed by that confession, it’s just a cultural thing because true faith in Christ changes everything about you.

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BE FORGIVEN

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 ESV)

God’s faithfulness is greater than your unrighteousness. His forgiveness is far bigger than all your sins.

All God asks is that you come with a humble heart. Agree with Him that you are a sinner and have shortcomings.

If you come to Him and confess your sins, then—and only then—you’ll be cleansed from your sins and guilt. You’ll be free, indeed!

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POWERLESS CHRISTIANITY?

“But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money…having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power” (2 Timothy 3:1,5 ESV)
Here is an End Times update: Paul is very much aware that in the future, a powerless form of Christianity would come. This kind of religious formality is very professional but powerless, too normal but anti-supernatural.

Such powerless Christianity appears to be strong but weak, very efficient but ineffective, and tidy but non-transformative. It is the kind of faith that demons are not afraid of—in fact, they could use at their own advantage.

Take a close look at your prayers, words, works, and life, in what way God’s power is manifested and real? Are there miraculous and something powerful, or it’s just as ordinary as it gets?

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CAN YOUR FEELINGS STAND THE TRUTH?

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” (2 Corinthians 5:10 ESV)
How would you feel if you will stand before God to give an account of His investments on you? The truth is, we are all accountable to God for whatever He has given us. Each of us has an equal opportunity of time and will give an account whether we gained results or not.

Regardless of how you feel, the truth is the truth, the fact is the fact, and reality is the reality. Just because one believes on anything, it becomes the truth—but we all know that’s not true.

The evaluation of our productivity is the final test at the throne of the Judgment Seat of Christ for all believers: to reward or take away those honors.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT LYING LIARS

“You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44 ESV)

A chronic liar is a reflection of character. It is an evil nature that is not characteristic of a true Christ follower. There’s no such thing as a Christian who is a chronic liar.

When a habitual liar professes to be Christian, don’t believe a thing. That person lies to take advantage of anyone’s trust. A deceiver lies without a second thought because it a primary nature.

So take a close look at your words. Are they full of truth or loaded with lies? Indeed, lying is a manifestation of what’s within.

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MIND SETTING

“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” (Colossians 3:2 ESV)

Mind-setting is very popular in any self-help courses. But biblical mind-setting is set for a different kind of thinking.

The Christian mindset focuses on the spiritual, which is beyond the natural realm. It’s goal is significance, not merely a success, especially success as defined in worldly terms.

When the Christian mind thinks of the physical, it’s not preoccupied with the material but the eternal value of everything–even using the physical for spiritual purposes. That’s why the biblical mind-setting is far superior than the secular one.

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