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A Believer’s Character Is Apparent

A believer’s character is apparent, that is through adorning the Gospel of Jesus.  The bible states there are two kinds of fruit a person can bear: one is of the Spirit; the other is of the flesh.

When you are a believer (of Christ Jesus), the fruit of the Spirit blooms the following traits in you:

§  Love, Joy, Peace, Forbearance, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-control

And, the opposite traits of the Spirit- what we call as the fruits produced by the flesh- are as follows:

§  Sexual immorality, Impurity and debauchery, Idolatry and witchcraft, Hatred, Discord, Jealousy, Fits of rage, Selfish ambition, Dissensions, Factions and envy, Drunkenness, Orgies (and similar things)

It is clear to see by the above characteristics which fruits are being nurtured in a person. The desires of the Spirit and the flesh are battling against each other.  They do not mesh well together.  Yet, it is better to follow the Spirit than give in to the flesh, because when you act in the ways of the flesh, it is acting against the Spirit and taking you farther away from God. 

We need to let the fruits of the Spirit grow, paying careful attention to the word of God and cautioning ourselves from dangerous acts, but it is really hard to do so in this fallen world.  The way to combat the devil’s evil snares is to build up our personal relationship with God.  This means truly focusing on the best way we can get to know God. 

Make sure to devote your time specifically to Him.  We need help to do this.  It seems simple enough to decide to read the bible, pray, and go to church.  However, sometimes life gets in the way and stops us from accomplishing those things- because reading the bible, praying to God in the name of Jesus, and attending church is something that the ruler of the earth (Satan- for now) does not want you to be doing.  

But let us never fear the devil.  God has a plan and help for us.  There is also a church that calls you to learn from them and to serve with them.  A little-known fact: Satan doesn’t mind you going to church.  But, Satan’s plan is to twist God’s word against you to make you head towards acts of the flesh.  (Never mind about him but keep going to church and reading up on the bible and praying.)  Perhaps therefore when we pray to our Father God in Heaven and read the Gospel of Christ Jesus, it reinforces the bible-based lessons we learn in church so that we can stand against the devil’s temptations and attempts to destroy our lives.

I am probably preaching to the choir, but we the elect know that the world we live in will continue to accept a people complacent with less courtesy, less etiquette, low morals, no standards, and no quality.  Our society will continue to be complacent with entitlement, lack of empathy, and inequality.  Nowadays, we are too agreeable with lies, with too few fighters for justice- not only in the legal sense but in relationships with the people around us- at home, at our jobs, at schools, in our communities, or whatever our case may be.  When we are a society built up of people who are bearing the fruits of the Spirit, then shouldn’t we all be blessed? 

As it stands, the world has left the believers in a tough spot.  Therefore, believers should not falter, because we ultimately know beyond a doubt that we have a savior in Jesus Christ and we have been forgiven of our sins that we made through our acts in the flesh, because we do them every day, although it is hard to avoid them.  Yet, we continue to work on ourselves in the hopes that the Spirit will bear fruit in us and make us stronger than the day before.  If God could turn Saul into Paul, the Apostle- a man who delighted in the murdering of believers before he fell at the sight of God and turned to praising Him and preaching the Gospel- don’t you think that God will forgive you for the sins you’ve committed and let you start fresh each new day?

What I would like to say is that as a human being, relationships and communication are important to live.  These things contribute to our growth, personality, how we handle certain situations and how we treat people.  Overtime we develop a way of life, sense of standards, and a type of spiritual health- which can be in good or poor standing- due to the choices we make by living in the Spirit or by acting from the flesh.  But how would our walk through life appear if we did not have God as our guiding Father and Jesus Christ faithfully walking by our side, even when we don’t have faith in ourselves?  Jesus never-ever loses faith in himself.  Moreover, when you humble yourself and your ego in action, deed, and thought, you will without a doubt gain more access to God.  This is because God communicates well with those who pray and read the word- which has been passed on through the bible. 

Let us stand still and bear fruit with God.  Allow ourselves to grow.  Let’s be courteous to all and proudly blossom in full view of everyone.  Our growth will be clear and cannot be denied by anyone, and this will put them to shame.  Your growth in the fruits of the Spirit will have others wanting what you have and asking how to be like you.  There are people, though, who will be afraid of you and intimidated by your gifts so much that they may try to provoke you.  Just know that they are acting in the flesh.  Although they act with evil towards you, do your best to not repay evil with evil, so as not to lose your cool.  Either come up with a way to relate with them as best as you can bear or remove yourself from the toxic people and/or environment- as it clearly states in the bible to avoid such people- so you will not take on their habits.

Fight back?  Don’t fight back?  Turn the other cheek?  Well, this is what we do as believers: we fight by humbling ourselves to God first.  We pray for God to divinely intervene.  Then, abiding in God’s word and He in us, God will fight for us.  God is our Heavenly Father who loves us always, even when the world is tough, and we can’t see past it or love ourselves enough.  So, we must give God a chance to love us by showing him we love him and are thankful for showing us His mercy and for that, we seek to communicate with Him and have a genuine relationship with Him.  He is waiting to prepare a place for you and will pour out His Spirit, and then, you will bear plentiful fruit- the kind that there is no law against and will not lead you to death.  Therefore, the one we should all be concerned about getting to know personally is God through acknowledging Jesus Christ and his death to be our savior.  For he is risen and has forgiven us, and his mercy is upon us now.  We must bloom in the fruits of the Spirit and he will not withhold his blessings from our harvest.

 

Our Loving Jesus. Won’t You Love Him Back?

Hello Readers!

HHLL’s message is to spread love around the world. It’s worth mentioning that we need to spread the right type of love. The example of the love we ought to have, see, and provide to ourselves and others has already been given to us. We have already seen that kind of love. We have given that love to ourselves and we proudly give it away to others. Perhaps we give it away too easily.

The type of love I am talking about happens every day. We witness that type of love in a smile to a passerby. When we greet each other, eat over a meal, and laugh together- we are expressing that type of love. More examples of this love includes:

1.    Dedicating our time to help someone in need
2.    Volunteering for a local charity
3.    Relieving someone of their debt
4.    Giving money to a stranger or friend so they can pay their bills
5.    Buying groceries for a homeless person
6.    Providing companionship to the sick and shut in
7.    Washing clothes for someone who may be ill
8.    Cleaning up for someone who is overwhelmed with the upkeep of their home
9.    Taking care of children
10.    Etc. and etc.

These are all good examples of serving, loving, caring, and sharing your time. Generally, any type of care you give is an expression of the love and understanding that you are capable of giving. Your way of expression of such love radiates from your soul.

Nevertheless, we all need a healing love; not just a love in general. Do you seek to be loved forever? Do you also seek to be healed forever? There is only one person who can heal us with an unending and healing love. Do you know the name of the person? The name of that person is Jesus. The following verse describes all about him.

John 3:16 NIV
“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.”

Jesus was God’s gift to mankind. The John 3:16 verse gives a simple explanation of God’s love for us. It shows how we- each and every one of us- can be saved from our life of troubles here on Earth. We are directed to do only one thing; which is to believe in Jesus Christ. He gives us a choice to believe in him. After all, he is the one who is our help; our server. He cared for us so much that he came to us in human form to love and die for us- on our behalf- to show us how awesome is his love. He came to show us that his love is never ending and that he wants us to be with him. He did not have to do that in order to prove anything but he did it to help us, in our current condition, so that we may clearly know him in order to be able to return to him fully knowing him and his personal sacrifice.

During God’s time here on Earth in the form of a person, who’s name we call Jesus, we were taught important messages of love and faith. We should listen to these words and follow them. Aren’t we humans all looking and searching for love? Pure, honest to goodness true love? We can only be satisfied with the healing and eternal love we receive, have received, and will receive from Jesus Christ when he returns in the kingdom of God. 

Do not take God’s Love for granted. Receive his love and acknowledge it now while you have the chance. 

Now what is love?

1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 NIV
“(4) Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. (5) It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. (6) Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. (7) It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

Do you know what God said about love? 

Matthew 22: 37-39
“(37) Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ (38) This is the first and greatest commandment. (39) And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

So, you see, you already know love just as you already know God and his love for us which he provided through —> Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior! He is asking you to trust him by loving him in your heart with all of your power and with all the strength of your mind. If you take God’s love for granted, when he returns and you have not accepted and believed in Jesus Christ, who is God’s judge, it will be too late to change your mind. At that point, you cannot change your decision. Everyone, depending on your belief and decision, please be advised that you will be judged. God has made it very clear and simple as to what we are required to do upon his return to Earth.

I hope you choose to love Jesus. I am choosing to love Jesus. Please don’t take him for granted. Let’s appreciate him. He is loving you. Won’t you love him back?

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Really Had A Powerful Dream Not Yet Realized

Hello Readers!

Who is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?
What is his life and legacy really about? Why is his story impactful? How is it that his message still remains relevant today?

This week we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. He was a Capricorn, just as I am, so I like to think we are very important people! I listened to his famous “I Have A Dream” speech again. I paid close attention to the words in his speech. 

Dr. King made reference to an American society that faced a moral battle between freedom and captivity, segregation of the races, and discrimination by Jim Crow and terror tactics. He said we were in a “shameful condition.” All of the people in the United States of America did not have the same unalienable rights that we were so granted under our American constitution. Justice was nowhere in sight. He so vigorously and eloquently stated, “Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.” Dr. King was full of dignity and discipline when presenting this message to the nation. I was not born during that time, but I could feel the passion in his voice from his recording. It made me feel like I was standing there, watching him deliver his dream of a vision that someday surely will come true.

I was particularly interested in his use of the terms dark and desolate, shameful condition, sunlit path, dignity and discipline. I had been thinking about the following: light versus darkness; of patience and waiting; and doing your work to let the good things flow to you. 

Everything in life is kind of related. Art is reflected in nature; nature is reflected in art. The sun has been rising since the beginning of time and its pattern of rising has not changed in all of that time. There will be light in the day and darkness at night. There will be light shining in some areas of the world where it will still be darkness – which is of course dependent upon the location of the area from the international date line and time of day. Nature does not change, but the time is changing- the time for our justice, right?

Sad to announce this, but we are still in a bad state of condition. I wouldn’t say it is worse; just amplified. It is amplified because more people are bold. On the other hand, there has been more awareness of the problem we have in America in terms of racism, power, and destruction, which is making it feel worse all at once, all over the world. The world is shaken up, and people want to take action by acknowledging or denying our history. But, I would like to make some parallels between Dr. King’s speech and some things I read in the bible. The verses are from: Genesis 1 (The Beginning), Colossians 1 (Thanksgiving and Prayer), and Romans 8 (Present Suffering and Future Glory). The chapters are good to read but if you have a moment, look at these verses from those chapters: Genesis chapter 1, verses 1 to 5; Colossians chapter 1, verses 1 to 14; and Romans chapter 8, verses 18 to 28. Below are some verses I seek to parallel with Dr. King’s speech and current condition of the world:

Genesis 1: 4 NIV- “(4) God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.”
*You can see the difference between light and dark in the world. God separated them from each other. We can physically see light and dark. (I also believe we can see the difference between good and evil powers in the world, but please read the verse for your own comprehension.)

Colossians 1: 11-14 NIV- “(11) being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, (12) and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. (13) For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, (14) in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

Romans 8: 28 NIV- “(28) And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

I’d like to conclude with this: Everything has been written in the Bible to help guide us in this fallen world, which is away from God. The Bible is a resource. It’s time to pick up the Bible and read. It is time to take advantage of it. Get the right answers. Seek everlasting truths and justice- not man made truths and fake history/facts. Finally, actively test the answers you find and ultimately get better at recognizing your own dignity, discipline, and calling.

Also, I see people are speaking out more. If you are going to be a part of a movement, would you consider doing it like Dr. King? Build your resistance on a policy of love, as Jesus loves us; as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. emulated. He was the focal point of a movement- the Civil Rights Movement- that approached justice and equality through non-violent protests, peace and love. 

Take a note from him and his inspirational quote:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” -Dr. MLK, Jr.

If you are going to have a conversation, a movement, or a call to action, let’s work on being loving and full of light. Our example is in Jesus Christ. He was sacrificed on a cross for us, but his words remain to this day and they are relevant. Remember, also, the good actions of Dr. King. He was assassinated, but his example and words still ring true today.