“A change for changing years may come to behold her. She seems to be one of God’s favorite who will talk of His glory.A light to her family and to everyone around her. A daughter of God whose destiny is to be with Him forever.”That was the last stanza of the poem I composed for Yanyan, 2 years ago during her 16th birthday. She is the daughter of one of my BFF.
I kept on praying about the family of all my friends, specially those who have not known Jesus Christ yet. I felt happy about their success in life, career, family, but I will be more happier if they come to know God. God had answered me, because lately, there was happening in their family and the family was saved. I was so happy to hear about it. Sabi ko nga nun, kahit magkaroon sila ng problem, kung yun ang magiging daan para makilala KA (Jesus Christ-our God) nila.
It happened. Thank you God Almighty Jesus answering my prayer and saving people closed to me.
Therefore, it’s not through graven images or work of man that we should worship or idolize God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10), “No idolater can inherit the kingdom of God.” Idolatry is a grievous sin against God. .Today thousands of Filipinos joined the feast of the Black Nazarene. It’s so appalling to see these people worshipping this graven images who they taught is God.
Had God not said in Exodus 20: 3Thou shalt have no other gods before me.4.Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven images, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
Jeremiah 10: For the customs of the peoples are delusion; Because it is wood cut from the forest, the work of the hands of a craftsman with a cutting tool. They decorate it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers so that it will not totter. Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field are they, and they cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them, for they can do no harm, nor can they do any good. Every man is stupid, devoid of knowledge; every goldsmith is put to shame by his idols’ for this molten images are deceitful, and there is no breath in them. They are worthless, a work of mockery; in the time of their punishment they will perish.
It’s the beginning of the year, and once again, lots of people are drawn to fortune telling. Normally, these are people who suffered frustrations in search of happiness and success. The questions of will they be successful, or will they travel abroad or get married , or will found the love one or found a good career, have a baby, etc.. are the most top questions.
In their anxiousness to know their future, they are not aware that they are engaging or opening themselves to the demonic spirits. There have been lots of verses in the Bible that denounces fortune telling, divination, consulting a dead person, sorcery, and the like. There might have been power behind these things, however, where do you think these powers came from. Is it from God or from Evil -Satan. If God denounces, it must be from the evil.
One example of the verse :Jeremiah 27:9″But as for you, do not listen to your prophets, your diviners, your dreamers, your soothsayers or your sorcerers who speak to you, saying, ‘You will not serve the king of Babylon.’
It says, that Jesus saves us. When I was young, I kept asking myself, what was Jesus saving us from? Now, that I come to read His words and come to know Him, I know what Jesus is saving us for.
We were slave into sins that makes us chain to it and eventually leads us to a difficult situations. People becomes depress and sometimes commit suicide for these difficult situations. Did you know that sins, separates us from God which leads you to DEATH. The word “Death” here, means separation from God and which means , Hell. Hell, as some people believes, is the difficulties they are experiencing on earth. However, that is not what it says in the scripture. Hell is a real place and which was mentioned by Jesus many times during His ministry on earth.
So, Jesus, who is the Word of God, became a being in flesh as man, and live with us. He came to show man, that there is such thing as Heaven: to have life with Him to those who are saved and, Hell: to be totally separated from God and be in horrible place with sea of fire. However, the good news, is that there is hope in all any difficult situation that will keep us away from sins and eventually from hell.
Through Jesus, we can all have freedom that saves us from bondage of poverty, addiction, illness, generational curse, cruelty, deception, treachery, etc., and eventually saves us from Hell.
How can we be saved through Jesus? We must ask forgiveness for our sins to our Lord Jesus and make Him your Lord and Savior of Life. It doesn’t end through in those simple things, but once you have Jesus in life, you will eventually will be walking with Him in His righteousness. If you do, then you are sure save through Jesus Christ.
One of the dominant religion in the country believed that if we pray the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be many times or more and be baptized and confirmed in the church, and follow all the church traditions, you will be saved. But that is not what the Bible says to be saved. Good deeds will not saved you either. It’s only through Jesus Christ who gave His Blood and Life to the cross to save people, that we are saved. So those people who come to Him and make Him savior and Lord of life will be saved.
These are what the bible says about salvation through Jesus Christ:
John 3:16-17 16For 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. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him
John 14:6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through Me.
1 Timothy 2:5-6 For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time.
1 John 2:23 Anyone who denies the Son doesn’t have the Father, either. But anyone who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.
1 John 5:10-12 All who believe in the Son of God know in their hearts that this testimony is true. Those who don’t believe this are actually calling God a liar because they don’t believe what God has testified about his Son. And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life.
1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us understanding so that we can know the true God. And now we live in fellowship with the true God because we live in fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the only true God, and he is eternal life.
John 5:23 So that everyone will honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son is certainly not honoring the Father who sent him.
Ephesians 4:4 For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.
Matthew 11:27 “My Father has entrusted everything to me. No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
Acts 4:12 There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved (JESUS).”
Romans 3:24 Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever.
1 Thessalonians 5:9-10 For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us. Christ died for us so that, whether we are dead or alive when he returns, we can live with him forever.
Luke 21:36 Keep alert at all times. And pray that you might be strong enough to escape these coming horrors and stand before the Son of Man.”
2 Thessalonians 1:7-10 And God will provide rest for you who are being persecuted and also for us when the Lord Jesus appears from heaven. He will come with his mighty angels, in flaming fire, bringing judgment on those who don’t know God and on those who refuse to obey the Good News of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with eternal destruction, forever separated from the Lord and from his glorious power. When he comes on that day, he will receive glory from his holy people—praise from all who believe. And this includes you, for you believed what we told you about him.
Hebrews 5:8-9 Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered. In this way, God qualified him as a perfect High Priest, and he became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him.
Deuteronomy 18:15 Moses continued, “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him.
Deuteronomy 18:18-19 I will raise up a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites. I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell the people everything I command him. I will personally deal with anyone who will not listen to the messages the prophet proclaims on my behalf.
John 1:11-12 He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.
John 3:16-18 Jesus says, “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.”
John 5:21-22 For just as the Father gives life to those he raises from the dead, so the Son gives life to anyone he wants. In addition, the Father judges no one. Instead, he has given the Son absolute authority to judge,
John 6:35 Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
John 6:47-48 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes has eternal life. Yes, I am the bread of life!
John 6:50-51 Anyone who eats the bread from heaven, however, will never die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and this bread, which I will offer so the world may live, is my flesh.”
John 6:53-58 So Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you. But anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise that person at the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. I live because of the living Father who sent me; in the same way, anyone who feeds on me will live because of me. I am the true bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will not die as your ancestors did (even though they ate the manna) but will live forever.”
John 8:51 I tell you the truth, anyone who obeys my teaching will never die!”
John 10:9 Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures.
John 10:27-28 Jesus says, My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me,
John 11:25-26 Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?”
John 12:48 Jesus says, But all who reject me and my message will be judged on the day of judgment by the truth I have spoken.
Acts 2:36 “So let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah!”
Acts 16:30-33 Then he brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household.” And they shared the word of the Lord with him and with all who lived in his household. Even at that hour of the night, the jailer cared for them and washed their wounds. Then he and everyone in his household were immediately baptized.
Mark 16:16 Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.
Romans 5:21 So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
Ephesians 4:4-6 For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all.
Romans 8:2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.
Romans 8:11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.
Romans 10:9-11 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.”
Philippians 2:10-11 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Revelation 1:18 I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.
Revelation 14:12 This means that God’s holy people must endure persecution patiently, obeying his commands and maintaining their faith in Jesus.
Revelation 1:5-6 ..and from Jesus Christ. He is the faithful witness to these things, the first to rise from the dead, and the ruler of all the kings of the world. All glory to him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by shedding his blood for us. He has made us a Kingdom of priests for God his Father. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.
2 John 1:9 Anyone who wanders away from this teaching has no relationship with God. But anyone who remains in the teaching of Christ has a relationship with both the Father and the Son.
1 John 1:7 But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.
Hebrews 7:25 Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.
Hebrews 9:11-12 So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come. He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world. With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever.
Hebrews 9:14-15 Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins. That is why he is the one who mediates a new covenant between God and people, so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them. For Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant.
Hebrews 9:24-28 For Christ did not enter into a holy place made with human hands, which was only a copy of the true one in heaven. He entered into heaven itself to appear now before God on our behalf. And he did not enter heaven to offer himself again and again, like the high priest here on earth who enters the Most Holy Place year after year with the blood of an animal. If that had been necessary, Christ would have had to die again and again, ever since the world began. But now, once for all time, he has appeared at the end of the age to remove sin by his own death as a sacrifice. And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, so also Christ died once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.
1 John 2:1-2 My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.
Mark 12:10-11 Didn’t you ever read this in the Scriptures? ‘The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing, and it is wonderful to see.’
If you still does not understand what the verses says, you have to ask for wisdom from God who abundantly gives your request because you try to seek Him.
God said, 3 ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know (Jeremiah 33:3)
To God Be the Glory, in Jesus Name. Amen.
Jesus said in “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such to worship Him” (John 4:23).
Non Christian people does not understand this, because they have no knowledge of it and because they do not seek God by reading His Words. It’s only through reading His Words-The Scripture, that you can fully understand what Jesus said in this scripture.
Unbelievers or not true worshippers, worship God through images. They built altar where they place images of gods who they think is Jesus or God, but is not actually God. They also build altar for creations of God such as man who they think is of god, but creation of God. Can a creation be greater than the Creator? In tagalog,’ Ang nililok ba ay mas higit sa manlililok?
Jeremiah 10:14 Every man is stupid, devoid of knowledge; Every goldsmith is put to shame by his idols; For his molten images are deceitful, And there is no breath in them Romans 1:23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made.
When we say worship in spirit is that God is not confine in one place. God is everywhere, and therefore worship became a matter of the heart and mind. Since God is a spirit and truth that we really know and have knowledge of God that we worship. Kaya hangalan ang lumuhod, sumamba, manalangin sa mga santo, kahit kay Maria, sapagkat si Maria ay isa ring nilikha ng Dios at hindi Dios. Naniniwala tayong iisa lamang ang Dios at yan ang Dios Ama na na kay Jesus-Ating Panginoon at Tagapagligtas.
READ THE BIBLE TO BE INFORMED