YOU GOT PRAYER?

“Christ Jesus…is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” (Romans 8:34 NIV)

It’s hard to pray for someone you don’t love. But if you love someone, you can’t help but pray for them.

Have you ever thought how much Christ love you? Well, He is constantly thinking of you. He is making an intervention before the Father on behalf of you.

Remember this: Christ is praying for you. When you can’t pray, or filled with shortcomings, or even in doubt, He is praying. That should compel us to love Him more.

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NOT MINE, BUT YOURS

“Going a little farther, he [Jesus] fell with his face to the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.’” (Matthew 26:39 NIV)

You don’t have to be a genius to make life worth livin.’ Find your purpose based on God’s design for your life. Focus on your God-given dreams and vision. Feel the love of your family and friends.

Flow with the leading of God. Free yourself from harmful lifestyle. Face your life challenges. Fly with the eagles and finish the race with excellence.

Life is not about the fittest nor the fastest, but of being faithful and fruitful for God. Have you ever thought about yours? Take time to live.

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STICK OR BURN

“If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.” (John 15:6 NIV)

The genuine proof that someone is in Christ is that the person is spiritually alive and remains in Christ till the end. Apart from Christ, life withers and fades.

For what’s the use of claiming to be someone you are not, except that it only works for a while? Regardless of one’s confession, the truth cannot be hidden.

Life with Christ is a life that flourishes, but a life without Him perishes.

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THE NEED FOR REBIRTH

“Jesus replied, ‘Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.’” (John 3:3 NIV)

All of us did not have the choice to be born where we’re born. You didn’t choose your parents, the time, and the circumstances of your birth.

As we don’t have the choice to be born in this world, we also don’t have the human capability to be “born again” into God’s Kingdom. That’s something only God can do and “no one” else.

When was the last time you thank God that you were spiritually reborn into God’s Kingdom? Does it make sense that we also have to celebrate our spiritually rebirth every year?

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WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT?

“Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, ‘What do you want?’” (John 1:38 NIV)

Wants are not bad in itself. In fact, our wants would tell more about us than what we need. It’s because needs are basically common in order to survive.

However, if you want to thrive, you need to know what you really want. When Jesus called His first disciples, He asked them what they want. Why?

When you want nothing, you get nothing. But if you want to succeed and not fail as a Jesus follower, then you really need to know what you certainly want.

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THE POWER OF ASKING

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24 NIV)

When people pray, they usually think of what they will receive. But Jesus seemed to challenge that notion.

Instead, He commanded that you must have the faith that you already “received” what you prayed for. It’s not something you’re still hoping to receive, but it’s what you already have.

When you ask something from God who knows everything before you ask, He must have placed those things in your heart. That’s why it’s not impossible for Him to give it to you.

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THE WORD INCARNATE

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14 NIV)

It is easier for me to believe in the God who had the power to become human than humans who evolved into gods. The truth of the incarnation is that the divine Word is Jesus, the Son of God who became human to live among sinners like us.

So how can we be sure that we’re talking about the same Jesus? This Word is the one and only Son of God. In him is the fullness of God’s glory veiled in His humanity.

In all of this, grace cannot be separated from the truth. This is all about the gracious God who gave up His Son to be the Savior of mankind, even though we don’t deserve it. Now that’s something to believe in.

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WHAT’S THE WORD?

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1 NIV)

Not “a god” but “the God”—that was a bold theological statement of John, the Gospel writer, about “the Word.” Think of this a the New Testament’s Genesis.

But in reality, not all of Christianity believe in Word’s divinity. There are those who believe in the Word’s full divinity, while for others as “a god” or small deity.

For this reason, when someone talks to you about “the Word,” you’ve got to know if you have the same meaning. That’s for you to be sure you’re talking of the same “Word.” Have both wisdom and faith.

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HOW MUCH DOES GOD LOVE YOU?

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 NIV)

How do you show you love someone? When God expressed His love for humanity, it’s beyond words can say. He did the unthinkable.

God’s created beings, made in perfection, but willfully chose to disobey, fell into sin—an act that defies His holiness and a state of being that deserves only death.

However, God’s love for everyone moved Him to let Jesus, the Son, to trade places with you and me. We deserve death only, but for our sins He died to pay. Since then, anyone can be saved—if the person believes, even today.

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DOES GOD REALLY LOVE YOU?

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NIV)

In a post-postmodern world, people’s cynicism is pervasive. Any acts of kindness are subject to suspicion. But does it negate the truth that God still loves you, no matter what?

That God loves you does not depend on your feelings. In fact, before anyone loved God, He loved first—so radically in loved that God gave up Jesus for you.

Believe it or not, but that’s the only choices you’ve got. Believing in Jesus gives eternal life, not believing means eternal death. Choose for yourself.

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