Category: Bible Reflection & Challenge

Time Is Of The Essence, Share The Gospel

Time Is Of The Essence, Share The Gospel

Bible Verse: Ephesians 5:15-16 (ESV)

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time because the days are evil.

Reflection and Challenge

Every second that passes is a second that is gone forever. The Scripture teaches us to use our time wisely by making the best out of it. It can be read in the book of Genesis that when the earth became corrupt and violent, God decided to put an end to all people by destroying it and everything in it. It will be destroyed by the great flood.

Noah was given clear instructions by God to build an ark with specific dimensions (Genesis 6:13-16). He was commanded to bring into the ark pairs of living creatures including his family so they will live with him when the floods will come. God cautioned Noah that in seven days, He will send the rain for forty days and forty nights and that all living creatures on earth will be wiped out (Genesis 7:4).

Today, every one of us is a living proof that Noah had not wasted time in building the ark. It is not explicitly written in the Bible but some scholars say it took him near or about a few years lesser than a hundred to build it and he finished it on time. More importantly, he followed God’s commandment to have the pairs of living creatures including his family settle inside the ark.

The Great Flood

Noah respected God’s time and made sure that everything was in order. Otherwise, our ancestors (i.e. Noah and his family) did not make it and not even one of us is here today. Thanks to Noah’s diligence and respect in God’s time! He made it into the ark in seven and not in eight days or so!

Jesus is coming soon! We are running out of time. It is not good enough that we are assured of our personal salvation only. Let us use whatever time is left to bring others to Jesus too. Jesus did not give us the Great Commission for nothing. Use your time wisely and share the good news of salvation! And while we are still living here on earth, we should keep in mind that tardiness is being disrespectful of other people’s time. It is a sign of selfishness. It is not what the scriptures teach us.

We are being taught to spend our time wisely. That way, we will get things done and we will get there on time! The next time you commit to getting things done within a deadline or the next time you promised to be in a place on a specific time, refuse to be late. Think about the “Great Flood” that you may be caught into if you’re late!

Never Ever Doubt God’s Power

Never Ever Doubt God’s Power

Bible Verse: Revelation 17:17 (KJV)

“For God hath put in their hearts to fulfill His will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast until the words of God shall be fulfilled.”

Reflection and Challenge

God’s will is always done. Many Christians believe that people can thwart God’s will. That’s like saying we can lose our salvation because we sinned one time. We cannot thwart God’s power. He is in control.

It is true that Christians should be the preserving agent in the world today, but due to the fact that all people are sinners, our sinful nature will result in the destruction of humanity on earth. God must punish the world for rejecting Him.

Then the question is: “How will this come about?” Hebrews 13:8 says that Jesus never changes. God’s methods are always the same. God’s will always happen even if the world thinks their actions benefit them. It is not possible that 10 godly kings would give their power to the Anti-Christ.

Revelation 17:17 definitely says, “For God hath put in their hearts to fulfill HIS will, and to agree.” They won’t even do it hesitantly. They will agree that it’s in their best interest. They think giving their power to the Anti-Christ will only hasten the end of the Great Tribulation and their destruction.

There is no beneficial reason to resist God’s will. It only ever leads to pain and suffering for you. God only promises a good ending for those that love Him and keep His commandments. If He does not have your heart, you can’t keep His word.

We all have a choice because we are responsible to suffer the consequences, but that does not mean God’s hands are tied. God always reserves the right to respond. Shouldn’t we all just follow His revealed will found in the Bible rather than hurting ourselves with sin? The choice is yours. How do you respond to His word?

Why Did Jesus Weep When Lazarus Died?

Why Did Jesus Weep When Lazarus Died?

Bible Verse: John 11:35 (NLT)

“Then Jesus wept.”

Reflection and Challenge

This is known to be the shortest verse in the Bible. It can be found in the story about “The Raising of Lazarus” (John 11:1-44). From the story, one of the many amazing works that we witness is how God allows things to happen for a good reason and for the glory of His name (John 11:4).

Before leaving for Bethany, Jesus knew that Lazarus’ sickness will not end in death but He plainly told His disciples that their dear friend Lazarus is dead. This, of course, is not to contradict His own words but to later have the people know that this had happened for God to receive glory.

The siblings, Lazarus of Bethany, Mary and Martha were loved very dearly by Jesus. However, it took Jesus two days after He was informed that Lazarus was sick before setting out to see him. When Jesus arrived at Bethany, Martha and Mary told Jesus that their brother Lazarus would still be alive had He been there (John 11:21, 32).


At that time, Lazarus had been dead for 4 days already. The siblings were very close to Jesus’ heart and He had told Martha that Lazarus will rise up from the dead and that He is the resurrection and the life (John 11:23, 25).

If Jesus knew beforehand that Lazarus had died and that He can raise him back to life, why then did He weep? One reason anyone can offer could be that Jesus felt compassion over His friends’ weeping, and the mourners’ wailing over the death of Lazarus had caused Him to weep.

This seems to be the readily available reason on the shelf because Jesus’ love and compassion can never be doubted upon. However, reflecting deeply on the Scriptures, we can see that the reason why Jesus wept comes from a rather profound cause: “UNBELIEF.”

*Read more about what Jesus is like in this article: What is the Character of Christ?

Martha and Mary expressed their faith in Jesus but their weeping and the mourners’ wailing shows otherwise. Martha heard Jesus’ assurance by His own words that Lazarus will rise again (John 11:23). Mary must have known Jesus well, and yet they seemed to be not living in what they knew Jesus can do.

Why did Jesus weep? He did so, knowing that even His closest friends did not fully believe in what He can do through the Father.

In times when we face our own trials and sorrows, do we also make Jesus weep? Do we truly and fully believe in Jesus and His deity? The next time you face some fearful things in life, just remember that there is someone greater than any of these that is within us – Jesus. Don’t make Jesus weep again! Praise His holy name!

Condemning Immorality In The Church

Condemning Immorality In The Church

Bible Verse: 1 Corinthians 5:6 & 11 (NKJV)

“Your glorifying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner – not even to eat with such person.”

Reflection and Challenge

Ouch! Sin infests everything. Like leaven, sin seeps into everything. The church is supposed to be without sin, but even one sin in one person has the tendency to grow throughout.

The same is true in a church. As one person excuses sin, more and more people will excuse it. It sounds to me like God hates sin in the church and wants us to get rid of that sin.

In those days the individuals whom you ate with was significant. Quite often church members ate together. Thus, if you were removed from fellowship and eating together, it resulted in a major barrier in the relationship.

1 Corinthians 5:11 stated several of the sins that God required a break in fellowship. Some people will not like this list at all but it does not matter what people say. It only matters what God’s word says. I have heard that 65% of people today believe cohabitation is acceptable.

That is scary because that 65% must include many Christians. That is, in spite of verses like this that say sex before marriage and cohabiting is a sin, which should not happen to anyone that claims to be a Christian. God commands they should be removed from fellowship. It is a shame that Christians accept any sin. Do you practice or accept this sin? You shouldn’t according to God.

*Related Article: Church Discipline: Correcting Another Believer

This list also included being covetous. Actually, every person commits this sin sometime in their life. The root word implies lust for or a very strong desire for something anything other than God. If we seriously examine ourselves, we all have those things that we set as a priority over pursuing God. These things take our attention off of God. That is sin in God’s eyes. Have you repented for that sin?

Idolatry is the worship of other things. Those things take the place of God in our lives. And yes, it is true, Christians can worship God at church but worship other things the rest of the time. Is God your highest priority all of the time? Or do you focus on other things as well?

Remember, God said Christians that commit these sins should be removed from the fellowship. Do you have pet gods? This includes revilers, drunkards, and extortioners. God does not want sin at your church. It is true you can hide your sin from other believers, that does not mean you can hide it from God. As we examine ourselves is there anything in your life that has not been confessed?

Here is a clip from Paul Washer’s sermon on why Christians must abstain from sexual immorality. He goes on to say that true love for God and for others will lead to sexual purity.

The Lord’s Mercy Is New Every Morning

The Lord’s Mercy Is New Every Morning

Bible Verse: Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV)

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”

Reflection and challenge

From Wikipedia’s definition of astrology, astrologers study the movements and relative positions of celestial objects as a means of divining information about human affairs and terrestrial affairs.

That is why with their birth signs, many people check on the newspaper’s daily horoscope, hoping to see the best of their “luck” for each particular day. The stock trader is vigilant on the stock market’s daily trend so they know well on which stock to invest or sell. An aggressive journalist will always be on guard for fresh and daily current events on streets and elsewhere to make a scoop for the day.

Thank God, as His children, we need not hurdle through the likeness of what was said above to experience a daily dose of His steadfast love and mercy. More doubtless than the sun rising from the East and its setting down on the West, God’s love and mercy is always new every morning!

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.

In God, there is no recycled brewed coffee. Each day is freshly brewed and delivered with love! God’s blessings come in different forms and mediums because they are craftily formed for our needs. Today’s needs may differ from yesterday’s so don’t expect to receive just the same blessing today. Each day is uniquely created.

He is an omniscient God and He knows best! Because of His inexhaustible mercy, we have been forgiven, owned and taken care of. God’s love and mercy is the reason beyond why I write this and the same reason why you are reading it right now.

So, the next time you open your eyes in the morning and feel like starting to worry about the day, let God be God in your life. His overflowing love and immeasurable mercy are always new each day.

Trust and obey!

Night And Day Fellowship

Night And Day Fellowship

Bible Verse: Acts 20:31 (NKJV)

“Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn every one night and day with tears.”

Reflection and Challenge

Over the years I have come to the realization that as Christians, we are part of God’s family. Thus other believers are our brothers and sisters. In one way or another, we have a relationship with every other believer that we come in contact with.

Like any other relationship, it takes work. The Bible is described as spiritual food from God to help us grow into mature Christians. Doesn’t that imply we need a daily personal relationship with God? Do you spend time with God regularly?

But on top of that, since we all have a spiritual relationship with all other believers, how much work do you put into those relationships? God has given us a purpose or a ministry. Pastors are not the only ministers. You are too. Many people think that their ministry should only need to be one, two, or three times a week.

Acts 20:31 says otherwise. Paul was teaching these believers every day for three years. That is a real relationship. Spending time together fellowshipping and encouraging one another.

So many people desire to have a church like it was in the first century but then won’t put the effort required for it. These believers did not go to a church building every day. Paul was going to their homes every day to encourage them. Spending time together.

Matthew 18:20 says, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Actually, that is the biblical definition of church. Matthew 18:17 even uses the word church to describe a body of believers. Church can happen anywhere at any time.

It is true that God has given different ministries to different people, but I always wonder how many even know what their ministries are. Do you know what your ministries are?

Paul shed tears over these believers. He put a lot of effort to warn them against false doctrine and to teach them what is right. He was personally invested in the lives of these believers. It is completely shameful that pastors and the congregation put zero effort in their relationships from Monday to Saturday.

Why? Is it possible that we have a very SELF-centered materialistic life that we forget about the relationships that truly matter – our brothers and sisters in the Lord? Why don’t we love each other enough to care about the spiritual health of other Christians? Not just to browbeat them with a Bible over sin, but genuine concern for their spiritual well being.

Do you have a Night and Day relationship with other believers?

How To Be Content In Christ

How To Be Content In Christ

Bible Verse: Philippians 4:13 (NIV)

“I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.”

Reflection and Challenge

Having Jesus in our life makes us live with a victorious spirit over the difficulties that we face in our daily lives. It is all because, in God, nothing is impossible (Luke 1:37). This is absolutely true because God dearly loves His children. And if our earthy parents will do anything for our good, our heavenly Father does perfectly best.

Many if not all, reflect on this verse (Philippians 4:13) out of its context. They often interpret it to mean accomplishing things victoriously like winning a race, graduating in class with honors or even winning the heart of someone.

They imaginary and magically transform themselves by wearing their famous superhero’s cape and win them all with this verse. Once again there is nothing wrong in positively claiming that things will get done through Jesus!

However, reflecting on the subject verse and going back to the verse that precedes it (Philippians 4:12), the apostle Paul was talking about how he learned the secret of living in every situation, on either almost nothing or with everything. That is, whether he has a full or empty stomach, little or plenty, he can do everything through Christ who gives him strength.

*Related Article: Yes, I Know I Can Do All things Through Christ Who Gives Me Strength

Paul is actually talking about contentment rather than accomplishment. Do you sometimes feel that you want more resources to equip you in serving the Lord? We may sometimes say that if God would only bless me with this and that, I will be able to serve Him.

But the Lord wants you to be contented not complacent, thankful but not boastful. Trust in Him for He who is the source of everything will see you through to where and when He sends you.

How to Live as Citizens of Heaven

How to Live as Citizens of Heaven

Bible Verse: Philippians 1:27 (KJV)

“Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ; that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith if the gospel.”

Reflection & Challenge

This verse is not as straightforward as you might think. In this context, the word conversation has nothing to do with what you say. It actually means what you do or your lifestyle.

Your lifestyle speaks volumes about who you are. Since as a Christian, Jesus saved us and is changing who we actually are. It is called sanctification. Since we are progressively being changed by the Holy Spirit, our lifestyle should be changing as well.

As this verse is saying, does your lifestyle preach the gospel to the unsaved world? Do you act different from unsaved people or are you just like them? Throughout the Bible, God tells us ways how we can act differently from the world. We just need to go find those verses.

For instance, Philippians 2:3 mentions how Christians should esteem others over themselves. Do you do that? Philippians 2:7 reminds us of how Christ, the Creator of all, took the form of a servant. Do you serve others?

Unsaved people murmur or complain all the time. Philippians 2:17 reinforces that we can be different from the world by not complaining. 1 Corinthians 10:31 tells us that everything we do needs to be done for the glory of God.

*Related Article: Bible Study – The Great Commission

If your life is a sacrifice to God, you will work hard at everything you do. Do you? Matthew 28:19-20 tells us we need to go into the world and give the gospel to as many people as possible and disciple new believers. Do you know how to give the gospel, nonetheless have you done it? The point is, our lifestyle should radiate the gospel, not just with our words, but our actions as well. Does yours?