Friday, October 2, 2015

Not Only Believe but Also to Suffer

For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake” Philippians 1:29. 

Believing is one aspect of us being followers of Christ. However, that is not the only one. It comes with extra benefits, obligations and also hardships. Suffering is one of the “unpleasant” parts. The world is bound by sin and it opposes the truth. When you as a follower of Christ start preaching the truth, some people will surely not like that. They will persecute you, at least verbally. We do know that Christians are persecuted for their faith around the world. Even, if you live in the worst you will experience something what the Bible calls suffering. It may not be as dramatic as our brothers experience in some Muslim countries, but it will still be challenging and cause suffering. Let’s consider it a privilege!

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Bible verses about faith

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Live is Christ and Die is Gain

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” Philippians 1:21.

Only a person with deep and unshakable faith can say that. We may affirm to the statement in our minds, but we have to be of strong faith to say that. Paul saw tremendous things that Christ did around him, in him and through him and therefore could say such a radical statement. He saw that his religious zeal prior to coming to Christ led to nowhere, except pain for others. He saw how sinful he was and his desire to be with Christ was natural. Jesus has to become more real than people around us in order for us to say that. But that is possible!

See also:
The same mindset as Jesus Christ

Sunday, September 27, 2015

May Our Love Grow

And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment” Philippians 1:9. 

Low is an alive thing. It may grow or it may decrease. You probably know that love can also die. We may kill it in others with our harsh and critical words. It does not happen suddenly, but over a prolonged period of time. Well, that is a negative aspect of what you can do with feelings. The positive aspect is that you can grow any positive feeling. Sow love in others and it will grow in your own life. 

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

God Will Finish What He Started

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” Philippians 1:6. 

Whatever God starts He also finishes. Look at the first chapter of Genesis. Whatever He said happened. Whatever He intended to created, He did create. We live in the planet that He created and enjoy all the things that He created. God has also drawn you towards Himself. His Word saved your spirit and He will also save your soul and body when your journey on this planet is over. He won’t drop you half along your way. He will bring you till the very end. 

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