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THE POWER OF POSITIVE WORDS

THE POWER OF POSITIVE WORDS
Mt 12:33-37

33. EITHER MAKE THE TREE GOOD AND ITS FRUIT GOOD, OR MAKE THE TREE BAD AND ITS FRUIT BAD, FOR THE TREE IS KNOWN BY ITS FRUIT.

34. YOU BROOD OF VIPERS, HOW CAN YOU, BEING EVIL, SPEAK WHAT IS GOOD? FOR THE MOUTH SPEAKS OUT OF WHICH FILLS THE HEART.

34. THE GOOD MAN BRINGS OUT OF HIS GOOD TREASURES WHAT IS GOOD AND THE EVIL MAN BRINGS OUT HIS EVIL TREASURES WHAT IS EVIL.

36. BUT I TELL YOU THAT EVERY CARELESS WORD THAT PEOPLE SPEAK THEY SHALL GIVE AN ACCOUNTING FOR IT IN THE DAY OF JUDGEMENT.

37. “FOR BY YOUR WORDS YOU WILL BE JUSTIFIED, AND BY YOUR WORDS YOU WILL BE CONDEMNED.”

OVERVIEW

Last talk I shared about the POWER OF A POSITIVE MINDS which tells us that we were given a unique gift given by God to us; to help us become fruitful, productive, creative, innovative and successful in our life.

It’s a gift that if we will utilize it, unleashes the power to be what God destined and desires us to be.

Having positive thoughts helps us to have a positive attitude towards life.

But there is one more ingredient if we want to release more of its power if we have these POSITIVE WORDS.

Take time to read this another life-changing message that could transform our lives if we understand THE POWER OF POSITIVE WORDS.

TRANSFORM OUR WORLDS

Our world could be transformed by our words.

Our life could be shaped by every word that we speak as it says in Proverbs 18:21 that life and death are at the tip of your tongue.

Many of us desire to change our lives.

We may be aspiring to possess extraordinary power.

Who among us wanted to be healed?

Do we want to have an answered prayer?

Do we want to have a happy relationship, a happy marriage?

Do we want life at its fullness?

But sad to say that many received the opposites.

Why? Because of every word we say.

WORDS REVEAL OUR CHARACTER

The Bible says that our words manifest what is in our hearts.

It reveals our character, it speaks our thoughts.

The Word of God speaks the heart of God.

There’s a saying that a fish is being caught by its mouth.

THE POWER OF SPOKEN WORDS

Spoken words have REAL POWER and these are not just air passing through the throat and our larynx.

In all God’s creations, only man can communicate with spoken words.

The power to use words is again a unique gift endowed to us by our Creator.

Going back in time, we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word God so that what is seen was not made out of visible things. (Hebrew 11:3)

Life and death are at the tip of our tongue (Proverbs 18:21) and even Moses said to the Israelites, choose life.

The power of our words can actually destroy one’s spirit, and stir hatred and violence. It could trigger war. It could start chaos.

But the words as well on the contrary could spring hope, it could give life and could bring lasting peace.

The fact that we suffer and restrained our success is by every negative word that impacts our lives every day.

What are those words that we speak to ourselves and the words that we speak to others?

WORDS EVOLVE IN TIME

The quality of our words shapes our world.

Sometimes there are more useless words that we say than the words that bless us.

Today, there are a lot of new words that come out and evolve.

In my time a mouse is a real mouse and I can hear them running on the ceiling, but today it’s something I use every day and I can’t live without it.

Before an apple is a red fruit but today, it’s a piece gadget whose name is more popular than a real apple fruit.

There are many new words that we don’t understand. Sometimes I look stupid to others when I don’t understand what they are talking about like “petmalu”, “werpa”, “jologs”,”kikay”, “lol”, and “Lodi”.

What Power The Spoken Word Has:

THE POWER TO REBUKE

Mk 1:22 When a man with an evil spirit came, Jesus said, “Be quiet and come out of the man” and the evil spirit shook the man hard, gave a loud scream, and came out of the man.

Do we want that kind of authority?

Like Jesus, He rebukes temptation by the power of His words.

We have the same authority given to us but instead of using it, we use it against ourselves.

Instead of rebuking, we use words to pamper our sufferings, our sickness our problems by saying “there’s no more solution to my problem”,” I have a terrible mess”, “I am a hopeless guy”

Remember David when he was about to fight Goliath, regardless of what others said about him, he was not discouraged. He said to himself and to his bashers “the God who helped me from a lion is the same God that will deliver me from this uncircumcised giant”

David said to Goliath, you come with me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the Name of the Lord of Host. The Lord will give you into my hands…

Speak to your Goliath. Never allow Goliath in your life to intimidate you.

Sometimes, instead of rebuking, we find someone to blame.

Instead of finding words to rebuke our problems, we look for words to comfort our problems.

Don’t let the problem talk to you. Talk to your problem and say “Begone”. Say “It is written, that nothing is impossible with God”. “My God is bigger than my problem”.

Do not accept your miserable conditions, rebuke them.

THE POWER TO BUILD

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what helps build others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (Ephesians 4:29).

In this passage, Paul is emphasizing the positive over the negative.

The Greek word translated “unwholesome” means “rotten” or “foul.” And it was originally referred to as rotten fruit and vegetables.

Being like Christ means we don’t use foul, dirty language.

For some reason, many people today think it is macho or liberating to use vulgar humor, dirty jokes, and foul language, but this kind of talk has no place in the life of a Christian.

Paul continues: “. . . but only what helps build others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” This is reminiscent of his words to the Colossians: “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone” (Colossians 4:6; see also Colossians 3:16).

We should speak words that build. Words that boast other morals.

Words that will inspire.

Our word is powerful that it can destroy rather than build.

We have to choose our words…that inspire others.

Remember Jesus with the Adulterous woman, with the Tax collector Zacchaeus and with Peter?

Jesus’ words bring transformation and not condemnation.

THE POWER TO HEAL

Our words not only heal physically but can be instrumental to heal emotionally and spiritually.

Proverbs 12:18 the tongue of the wise, on the other hand, can bring healing.

God’s Word cuts like a knife but this is to heal, but rash and harmful words never do this…they bring irreparable harm to the one that they are spoken to.

Proverbs 13:3 is so true “Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.”

We must realize that “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger”

Our words have the power to heal.

POWER TO BRING LIFE

Proverbs 18 21: Death and life are in the power of your tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Whatever positive words we speak to ourselves bring life.

Proverbs 13:2 from the fruit of a man’s mouth he enjoys good, but the desire of the treacherous is violence.

Remember when God commanded Prophet Ezekiel to speak words of prophecy to the dry bones, they were restored to life.

Our life no matter how dry it is could bring and restore life because there is power in spoken words.

You can speak healing to your sickness.

You can speak deliverance to your situations.

You can speak freedom to your bondage.

You can speak of prosperity in your scarcity and poverty.

Let the weak say I am STRONG. Let the poor say I am RICH.

When Bro Mike asked how are we? We answer with joy that we are blessed, happy and prosperous. I am healed, am rich, wise, with honor, with a peaceful heart, with abundance, I am free, with a good heart, and victorious.

Don’t worry about what other people say to you or what they say about you.

The power lies in what you talk to yourself.

When people curse you, but you talk goodness in yourself, their curse has nothing to do with you.

But even if everybody says well about you, but you speak badly about yourselves, their praise has also no effect on you.

What is important is what you talk to yourself…

Speak life if you want life to become alive in you.

I remember a story of friends who hike on a mountain and they were curious about the echo. So they started to shout in the mountain.

One man says I am good and the echo says” good…good…good..good

Then another man says you are ugly, the sound echoed and says “only you, only you, only you, you..you..ooo.

HOW TO HAVE THIS POWER

Change our vocabulary.

Speak quality words and not rotten words.

We have to change our old dictionary with a good vocabulary.

Instead of saying:

“I don’t have money” just say “I am financially challenged”

“I lost my job or I am terminated,” say “I am reassigned to a more challenging job”

“I have so many problems”, say “I have so many blessings in disguise”

“I am a failure”, say “I had lessons learned”

“I am broke” say “I am temporarily broke”

“I am loveless” say” I am in love”

If we want to change our life, change our talk.

Mikesendon

THANK GOD IN OUR JOURNEY

THANK GOD IN OUR JOURNEY

Exodus 16: 8-12

Journey
Moses said, “This will happen when the Lord gives you meat to eat in the evening, for the Lord hears your grumblings which you grumble against Him. And what are we? Your grumbling is not against us but against the Lord.”

Verse 10: It came about as Aaron, “Say to all congregation of the sons of Israel,’ that they looked toward the wilderness, and behold, the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud.

Verse 11: The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ” I have heard the grumbling of the Sons of Israel; speak to them, saying, “At twilight, you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread and you shall know I am the Lord your God”

It is easy to praise and thank God when we reach our destination but we should learn
how to praise Him in our journey.

INTRODUCTION

All of us are blessed by God.

What are those things that we are thankful for?

Is it that most of the time we praise Him for what was given to us.

Most people today are thankful and praise God when they arrive at their desired destination.

But the challenge is, can you praise and thank Him in your journey?

THE GRUMBLING ISRAELITES

Looking back on the life of the people of God, He had promised them that they will be brought to a place of flowing milk and honey.

To a land given they will call their own.

The Israelites were being led by Moses to a place promised by God to them, but life in the wilderness is not easy.

In the beginning, they can see their destination but they were disillusioned by their situation.

When you are conquered by your current situation, you tend to forget the destination.

When you are overwhelmed by your distress, you forgot to hold on to the promise.

This is what happened to the Israelites.

They were excited to leave their suffering behind because they believed in God for a promised deliverance and relief, but the wilderness is their test.

Instead of praising God on the journey, they blamed God and Moses for their fate.

So they started to complain, to murmur and grumble.

DISHEARTENED SITUATION

Transition is not easy.

Transition is a challenge.

That is why only a few love change.

We can relate with the Israelites because most of us when we are in transition and when things are not working well, we look for someone to blame.

We put blame even on people who wanted to help us.

We blame our situation on our parents, our boss, our employer, our colleagues…

The people questioned Moses and asked if they were brought to the wilderness to be put to death as there were no food, no water, and no comfort.

Sometimes we focus more on our current experience that we forgot why we are really in transition.

Instead of appreciation, when the blessings become normal, we tend to consider the blessing as an obligation.

LOSS SIGHT OF THE PROMISE

When people focus more on their situations, we lose sight of the vision and a promised provision.

HOW TO PRAISE GOD IN OUR JOURNEY

1. LOOK AHEAD FOR THE PROMISE

Never thank God only because you reach the destination or you achieved your goal, or you have been successful in your life.

God’s promise is like a boarding pass in your hand, believe that you will reach your destination.

When you have your boarding pass and you know you are on the right plane, don’t worry.

The plane will take you to the desired airport even when there is a re-route.

Our hope will be more if we always look ahead to the promises He has for us.

We have to praise Him for there is something more and better that awaits us.

Even in times that we don’t see it clear enough, always believe in His Words for God’s promises are true.

In my Father’s house are many mansions, I will prepare a room for you.

Praise Him because He is taking us to where He wants us to be.

When God says so, consider it done.

As Paul says in Phil 3:14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

2. LOOK BEHIND WHERE YOU COME FROM

Phil3:13 “but one thing I do forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead.”

God is always taking us to a better place where we are right now.

We can truly praise God when we know where we are going and thank him more when we look back knowing where we came from.

Looking back gives us the ability to know that we are progressing, that we are moving.

A journey is about movement.

Life is a journey and no matter how slow and fast it is, our life should always be moving forward.

Past is a history to learn. It had a good memory to cherish and to treasures and bad memory to learn and fuel us to move forward.

We cannot make friends with the past if there is someone and something greater waiting for us in the future.

We cannot stay where we came from otherwise we will impede growth.

You will appreciate it now when you look back and see yourself back then.

Isn’t it that a lot has changed?

Isn’t it that today is better than what it was?

3.  LOOK INSIDE FOR THE PURPOSE

We can praise God, even more, when we look within ourselves, for the ultimate purpose of why we are in transition.

Before we grumble and complain, try to see first what is behind the suffering we are into right now.

When we know the purpose and our goal, consider that God is preparing us for something big.

Learn to wait on the Lord and He will renew our strength like the wings of an eagle.

Why? So that in waiting we prepare ourselves to carry the weight of the blessings that He has about to give.

Maybe your situation is hard and difficult because you’re preparing for your retirement. It’s hard because you need to save and be tight on your finances.

Your situation is difficult because you’re supporting your family back home.

But be thankful because, despite your situation, you are strong, healthy, and continually blessed by God to support them.

If you know the purpose inside of you, everything that you face is a challenge to overcome.

The more challenge you overcome, the more you grow in your character.

The more we become excited and the more we will appreciate when the blessings come.

We therefore praise and thank Him for the blessings that are about to be given but also the training and lesson it gives while waiting for it to come.

We thank God not because He is killing us or inflicting us with more pain or difficulty but He is training us and equipping us to adapt to the new territory He prepared for us and me.

Sometimes we thought that God is against us.

So we thought of something that we could do by ourselves and thought we think well than God.

GOD KNOWS BEST

One afternoon there was a man who is under the Duhat tree to take a siesta and He saw a duhat fruit. He said to himself “I think there is something wrong, why did God let this small fruit of duhat grow on a tree while pumpkin buds out on a soft and small vine where it’s larger than the duhat.”

While pondering, a duhat fruit fell on his face. Then he exclaimed “Ah God knows best! If that duhat fruit that fell on my face is a pumpkin, then I’m done. Dr. Belo will be having a hard time fixing a battered face”

God knows best and His purpose is always best for you.

My plan for you is not to harm you but a future.

4.  LOOK OUTSIDE AND BE ENCOURAGE

Most of the time when we look outside and see what is happening on the television, hearing the news, we will be discouraged.

The economy is in recession, the market is down, my stocks are red, and there are news and rumors of termination and much more. All of this will discourage us.

But looking outside will also help us to be encouraged because, despite any global concern happening around us, we are still blessed.

We are still alive and being protected by God.

Looking outside helps us to see how God blesses the ants, the lilies, and the birds.

If they are blessed, how much more that God could not bless me.

Looking outside gives us more reason to thank God

Looking outside shall encourage us to appreciate what God is doing to others and help us to look into ourselves to be thankful for what we have.

5. LOOK ABOVE FOR THE INSPIRATION

When everything goes wrong, always look up for inspiration.

Like Job who lost everything in his life still blesses God and thanks to Him for all that he had.

Look up and thank God for what you have.

Thank Him not only when you received favors but in all circumstances give thanks to God.

Journey in the desert is not easy but Moses reminds them that in their forty years in the wilderness, their feet had not swollen.

For forty long years, God never missed a single day without Manna falling from the sky.

When they were bitten by snakes, God asked them to look upon a serpent rod and they were healed.

God’s presence was with them always for He was fire by night and a tower of clouds by day.

Never question God in our situation till you look up for inspiration. You will be amazed to know that what you have in your transition is nothing compare to what God prepared for you at your destination.

There are many things in this world we don’t have control over, but look up and thank Him who is always in control.

START COUNTING YOUR BLESSINGS

Is it that most of the time we count the things that we don’t have?

I don’t have this latest I-phone, I don’t have a job, I don’t have this, I don’t have that.

It’s easier to count what we don’t have yet we don’t count the value of what we do have already.

If we start to count our blessings, soon we will stop counting anymore.

What we don’t have will outweigh the values of what we have

Count your blessings until you can’t count them anymore.

May you thank God always in your journey.

Mikesendon

KNOWING WHO WE ARE IN GOD

Knowing who we areKNOWING WHO WE ARE IN GOD

John 1:19-28

Many of us feel troubled, anxious, hopeless, and live far from God because we don’t know who really we are.

If we really want to experience the magnificent and amazing grace of God, then we need to know ourselves and understand how God sees us.

We are made for God and for God alone.

We are His masterpiece and His wonderful creations.

The basic understanding of ourselves is based on understanding deeply on God.

John’s understanding of himself 

When John the Baptist was asked “Are you the Christ?” he said no.

He said that he was the voice of the one crying in the wilderness; make straight the way of the Lord.

Even though John has a lot of followers and believed in him, he understood the truth of who really he was and what his role was.

Knowing God as He is

What we know about God develops us into a person of God.

It makes us humble.  V27 says “The thongs of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie”

Our encounter with God should always remind us of who we are.

When Moses encounters God at the burning bush, he removed his sandals as he was stepping on the holy ground.

Wherever the presence of God, it becomes holy because of God’s holiness.

Knowing God makes us Humble

One time a man climb up a coconut tree and wanted to end his life.

His concerned neighbors immediately called their community leader to talk to this desperate man that maybe he will change his mind. The community leader with diplomacy encourages the man to come down and offer his help but to no avail.

The community leader called in for their town mayor to take over hoping that his influence would change the mind of this hopeless man ready to end his life but still without success.

They became desperate that their last recourse was to call for their Parish priest to give him final blessings before this man jumped off the tree.

The priest came near the tree and without any words, he gave his blessings by the sign of the cross.

With fear and trembling, the man immediately climbed down the coconut tree.

All the people clapped their hands in surprise.

The curious town mayor approached him and asked “ Why you don’t climb down the tree when we asked you to do so while when the priest came without any words you came down immediately?” the man just said “ When the priest came, I was afraid when he gave a sign that says if you don’t come down, we will cut the tree”

Zacheus’s encounter with Jesus was a humbling experience for him despite his sins, Jesus approached him and asks him to come down from the sycamore tree to dine in his house.

Our knowledge of God should always remind us that we have to be humble in front of Him.

We should climb down from our sycamore trees.

We should leave the pedestals that make us proud, that give us the feeling that we are above the others.

We have to come down if we wanted God to dwell in us.

For God’s throne is in heaven but He also dwells in the heart of those who have lowly and pure hearts.

Knowing God Makes us a better person 

Our encounter with God will make us better people.

Jesus did not condemn Zacheus but He showed his passionate love and mercy for this man.

Jesus’ love for sinners was so visible in the encounter of Mary Magdalene when all the people wanted to stone her to death.

God doesn’t condemn us as He sees the better side of us.

His mercy prevails over our weary and stray hearts.

He always gives us a lot of chances to prove to ourselves that we are worthy of His love and compassion.

No matter what other people think about you, remind yourselves that God thinks better for you.

His love changes us to restore our dignity that was tarnished by our sins.

He doesn’t give up molding us to be the person he wants us to be as long as we allow Him to do His works in us.

Knowing God drives out our fear 

Knowing that God is with us, who can be against us?

It boosts our confidence that we have someone to rely upon. No matter if the world turned us down, God’s help is always at hand.

When fear is far greater than our belief, we begin to lose sight of what is really big.

Remember the story of David?

All the soldiers were afraid of fighting the giant Goliath.

What they can see was the bigness of this giant warrior. The courageous and brave soldiers were daily intimidated by his invitation for a fight every morning.

But David, small as he was compared to Goliath did not lose his courage.

The secret.

He remembers the times that God was with him when he fought the wild animals while tending his sheep.

He sees the bigness of his God rather than the bigness of Goliath.

In our daily lives, we may be intimidated daily by the so many difficulties that come our way and test our faith.

Focusing our eyes on small problems daily magnifies them into bigger sizes until we don’t see clearly the blessings behind them.

It becomes a Goliath that threatens us.

Knowing that God is always with us will give us the wisdom to use small things in our favor.

Fear blinded us to see that we are equipped to fight our daily struggles.

Knowing God makes us more generous 

God’s generosity should make us more generous as well.

We have to understand that what we received is more than enough to bless others as well.

When Zacheus experience the generosity of Jesus, Zacheus suggested that he will return back whatever he had taken from those he believed he cheated with.

     “Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your  righteousness”-2 Cor:10

We received more so that we could bless more and share these blessings with those who need them.

We should become the channel of that blessings rather than the bucket because a channel will never run out of supply.

God has given us more gifts not because we are serving Him but rather to equip us in our service.

We cannot beat God in His generosity.

We received it so that we don’t have an alibi or any excuses that we cannot give.

God’s generosity should be manifested by our generosity and let others experience this through our unselfish giving and sharing of what we received.

Remember that he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly and he who sows joyfully will also reap bountifully.

To know and understand deeply who we are is to go back to our creator.

We are special. We are gifted. We are blessed because that is His will for us.

May your happiness be full,

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Mikesendon

THE POWER OF A POSITIVE MIND

THE POWER OF A POSITIVE MIND

Matthew 6:25-37

Mind

Is it not that our life could be more peaceful, successful, and purposeful if our mind is not full of clutter, rubbish, and negative thoughts?

Because the one thing that should be important in our life, the unique gift we received that should be helping us to be different, to be unique, be fruitful, to be good, to be great, and be successful is sometimes the same thing that is KILLING US.

This is a powerful life-changing message that will enlighten us on how powerful and gifted we are among other God’s creatures.

Today I want to share with you that all of us possess and are endowed with such a powerful gift that no other creature has, IT’S THE POWER TO THINK.

The subject is so powerful that can change our life if we will only understand the power of having A POSITIVE MIND.

UNIQUE POWER

God has given all its creatures distinctive characteristics, features that make them distinct from the other creatures.

The Creator has given them certain qualities they need to multiply, live, and survive.

Have we not been amazed at how fast the Cheetah runs? The fastest animal that can run at a speed of 110-120 kph has this nature to help them hunt their prey and escape their predators as well.

When you see massive elephants, they are so huge that you cannot put them in your refrigerator. Gifted with intelligence and strength makes them different as well.

When you look at a lion, they are more mighty than most animals and these animals have no match for the lion. Maybe that’s why they are tagged to be king of the jungle.

When you look at the sky, do you think you see Superman or an airplane flying high?

Nup! It’s an eagle who has a strong wing with an average wingspan of 1.8 to 2.3m and they love to fly above the storm.

This unique power and qualities are innate for them to survive so that when the LION roars, the cheetah could run in the wild.

Lion has no match for cheetah’s speed because it has powerful legs.

So the Lion looks for another prospect and he sees ELEPHANT. But the older elephant is so huge and heavier than your car, the lion just stares at him and asks himself, how I could eat it all?

While looking at the sky, the lion sees the magnificent bird in the sky with its majestic wings spread throughout, but the lion has no match for it because the eagle can fly high taking advantage of the storm.

Now we ask ourselves if God has given the eagles with majestic wings, who can threaten them? And a lion is so strong that when it roars the animals flee out of his sight.

If God has given the elephant with weight, an eagle with wings that can soar, a lion with sharp teeth and a mighty roar; and a cheetah that has a speed with no other; then what do I have to compare with them?

What distinct quality do I have to overpower them?

Ahh! God has given me a MIND.

I have the POWER WITH MY MIND.

WE HAVE MORE POWER THAN WE THOUGHT

How we could match their powers?

With this mind power, we can’t run as fast as a cheetah, but we have the edge to outrun the cheetah by inventing the car that moves faster than a cheetah.

You can say to Cheetah, “I am not scared of you because I can ride a jeep and escape.”

We don’t have a match with the lion’s teeth but we can attack them by using a weapon. We have that genius as well to tame them.

We don’t have a match elephant strength but man invented cranes to lift heavy loads.

We don’t have a match the eagle’s wings to soar above the clouds but man develop an airplane and spaceship that could fly beyond the stars.

WHAT MAKES US POWERLESS

But what are an eagle’s majestic wings if we clamped his wings? What good it will do?

The eagle will fall to the ground.

What is the use of a lion’s teeth if you clamped his mouth? We have taken out his power and it can roar no more.

What is the strength of an elephant in a sturdy cage, they are useless.

If God has given them the power to survive with their unique abilities and nature, then for me to survive, what God has given me is my MIND.

What is the use of our mind if it is powerless?

That is why the mind is an expensive and awful thing to waste and many people are wasting these unique gifts and power that we have.

The battlefield is in our minds, because if the enemy has our minds, then we’re like a lion with no teeth, like an eagle with no wings, and a cheetah without legs.

It makes us useless.

MAKE NO THOUGHTS

 In the King James Version, it says that “Make No Thought of your life”.

But how does Jesus say make no thought of our life?

It’s quite intriguing because we use our minds to strategize, plan for the future, and make a goal.

Thinking is our life.

The highest-paid person is the one who thinks.

It’s the Thinker, the movers who are paid well. But how does Jesus say make no thoughts of your life?

Jesus is not asking us not to be mindless about the future but how we think about our future.

He is telling us not to worry about our future.

Because worry results in anxiety.

When anxiety becomes more frequent, it results in a bigger problem.

The problem with anxiety is that we are afraid of something not happening yet.

And I am not exempted from that because I also worry.

A person who is full of anxiety repeatedly sees the picture of something that makes him worry.

But Jesus said to be anxious about nothing.. Make no thoughts.

Maybe what Jesus was trying to expound in the idea of “make no thoughts” is not because we don’t use our minds to think, but the idea of not using our minds against us.

That the power that I have will be the same power to kill me. That the same power I can use against the enemy can be used to my disadvantage.

THE MIND AGAINST ME

It says that the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy.

The enemy, therefore, his ultimate purpose is to destroy us using all of his devise and skills to manipulate everything and create situations to make us worry.

The enemy understands how we can be powerful if I use my mind’s power.

It is by our mind that we serve and worship the Lord as we need to love God with all of our minds.

How we could truly serve and love Him if we are not in the right stage of our minds?

He knows how creative I could be if I am on the right stage of my creative mind.

Would it be the enemy is stealing our today by worrying about tomorrow?

Is it that he threatens me with death tomorrow that I cannot enjoy my today?

All the terrorist activities happening all around the globe is enemies’ ideology not only to kill you physically but there are more to that.

More people are destroyed and stolen their lives because of the worries, the dreadful thoughts it creates in the mind of people.

More people’s lives are destroyed and disrupted by worrying rather than the number of people killed by any bullet, an explosion, or terrorist attack.

It terrorizes our minds.

We live afraid, we fear death that we don’t enjoy life. We are afraid to go to shopping malls or even ride an airplane.

We are more fearful of losing our job, how will I retire? How will I survive?

We lost sight of today because we are so anxious about the future.

 

 SINGLE FOCUS MIND.

If we go back to the text before the text that we read Mt 6:22

The eyes are the lamp of the whole body, do then your eyes are clear your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.

It is in the context that we have two eyes but we can only see one image. Why? Because of a single focus vision.

But if the focus is not clear, the image we can picture is blurred and not clear

What makes the eyes to be single is FOCUS.

If the eyes are single then the whole body is full of light. If not everything is there but it’s not clear.

Ah, if our mind is out of focus, everything is there but we can’t see it clearly.

We gave bad decisions and we cannot see the clear details or picture of what good it should be.

In a single vision, there should be a focus.

Even your camera, the lens should be focused on a center or a subject.

For us to be focused, God is asking us to what is the center.

Jesus said not to focus on what are not important in our life.

Is life more important than food or our clothes important than our body?

It’s a trick of the enemy to bring our focus on the provision rather than on the vision.

To the gift rather than to the giver.

DO NOT WORRY

 Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.

That is why in our prayer, ask God to bring back focus in our life.

Your mind is the cheetahs’ speed, it’s the eagle’s wings and it’s the lion’s teeth.

If we are not focused, the enemy is more motivated to paralyze us by crippling our power.

God is teaching us not to worry because the thing that we can’t do He can do…

Why worry about things we cannot fix. Why worry about a sickness you cannot cure?

Why worry about your spouse overseas if you don’t have power over their mind?

Why worry about the food you can’t grow? Nor worry of circumstances beyond your power to control.

BE ANXIOUS ABOUT NOTHING

To be worried is not to be anxious about what will go wrong.

Faith comes from hearing the Word of God.

What people are talking about you does not matter.

What is important is what you talk about and what you say to yourself.

No matter if people say that you are beautiful while you talk to yourselves that you are ugly, what good does it bring?

Likewise, even if everyone says that you’re a loser yet you speak to yourself that you’re a winner, their words have no effect on you because it is what you believe.

What you say about yourself matters.

Life and death are at the tip of our tongue.

We need to choose and that wise decision comes from a clear mind.

The blessings could not be released because of what you say about yourselves.

But when you believe what you say about yourselves, then you’re calling it to your advantage.

Our minds absorb and process what we say about ourselves.

If you worry, the enemy does not need to send a terrorist to attack you because he had already established a cell inside of you.

That cell activates the negativity that could kill you softly.

FOCUS NOT ON THE PERSON BUT ON YOUR PURPOSE

We have to focus on your purpose rather than your person. With positive faith.

Stop thinking that you are still single, that your nose is flat, that you are inflicted with HIV (hair is vanishing, that you suffer from AIDS (Acquired Income Deficiency Syndrome), that your color is black or brown…So what?

What is lacking in you will not kill you.

Is worrying will add a single hour to your life?

What’s wrong with you is not wrong with you.

If you think right there is nothing against your way.

BECAUSE YOUR MIND IS YOUR POWER.

Jesus when He said “make no thoughts of your life” is not teaching us to be thoughtless but NOT TO WORRY.

It is by worrying that you become thoughtless.

Worry delays the processing of our decision.

Worrying is thinking over and over again making us restless.

Thinking over and over again without resolving the issues is useless.

Our life could be more productive, meaningful, and beautiful if we will focus on our purpose.

Saint Paul says, think of something great, noble, beautiful, praiseworthy, and promote excellence and DWELL on these things.

 DOWNLOAD WHAT IS GOOD

Like a computer, it’s usually corrupted by the virus unintentionally we downloaded into the system.

Sometimes we thought that the software we downloaded is essential to our devices because we were enticed by its function and features.

Later we notice that it starts to buffer, and the system becomes slower until it becomes totally crapped.

Our mind is created by God to function as what He intended it to be. However, during our lifetime, our minds are being polluted by the so many things that we put into them.

There is a saying that says, we become what we eat. In the same manner, we become who we are by what we feed our minds.

A doctor became a doctor because of what he reads and what he feeds in his mind, the same thing with an engineer, a pilot, a nurse, or an astronaut.

Entertain negativity and your thought will be negative.

When I was indulge in reading and watching articles and videos that arouse my sexual lust, my mind became lustful.

That is why we need to guard our minds and we need to be always transformed by the renewing of our minds.

LEARN TO UNLEARN

 No one was born worrying.

We have not seen in our lifetime a baby that is anxious about their clothes or the food they will eat.

Worrying is a learned behavior and we learned it from our parents and from the people around us.

If worrying is learned, then we can unlearn it as well.

Be transformed and unlearned the things that are not important in our lives and replace them with something worthwhile, that bring excellence.

Now start to speak to yourself, “Do not Worry…do not worry, don’t worry, and don’t worry”.

Say it again and again so until you hear it by yourself.

Speak to your mind.

You are special, and may you unleash the power of your mind,

Mikesendon

CAST YOUR NET TO THE OTHER SIDE

CAST THE NET TO THE OTHER SIDE

John 21:6

Cast Your Net

He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some”. When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.- John 21:6

Have we ever experienced moments where we thought life have given up on us?

That doors were slammed on our faces wondering why?

And I find it surprising that after all of our efforts and energy trying to get results, we end up in vain and yet just on the opposite spot; this is where we can find the same results we are expecting.

Is it just a coincidence or a divine intervention is at work?

Whether we like it or not, without any option left; we need to learn how to cast our net to the other side.

Let us dig deep and understand how it works because the disciple’s experience may relate somehow to our own story.

What Shall We Do Now

 Here was a situation where after the disciple’s tragic experience of being with the Lord, they were still not totally recovered and were still puzzled about the past events that happened to the Lord.

For now, the disciples were on their own after years of being with Jesus. Their ministry was under lookout, no more preaching, no more teachings, miracles ceased, those who followed Jesus were hiding and some returned back to their normal life wondering what happened.

They may think that their faith in Jesus made a mess in their lives because they were identified with Jesus and now they were on the watch list.

Their movement became limited.

Their hope was slowing down. The Messiah they expected had died and missing but appeared to them while they were hiding in a closed room. Pilate was still in his seat, the Pharisees were still enjoying their lives after their presumed victory.

They may be asking themselves “What shall we do now?”

Even in our lives, under painful events and tragic experiences; we have the same question “What shall we do now?

“My spouse left me, what shall I do now?”

“My finances are on the downhill, what shall I do now?”

“My blood pressure is not getting normal, what shall I do now?”

“My relationship is not getting better.”

“My company may close any time.”

“My children’s behavior is not what I expected.”

“I cannot afford to keep my family here in Dubai anymore, what shall I do now?”

“WHAT SHALL WE DO NOW?”

With this in our mind, we console ourselves and return back to our comfort zone.

To where we fit and are accepted. To where we are best. To a life of mediocrity.

This may be the same question Peter and the other disciples were asking.

Peter demonstrated this scenario like all of us, so he returned where he came from.

Fishing.

THE WAY WE WERE

For some people, fishing is a hobby and to be one with nature. It’s good for deep thinkers.

But for Peter, he returned to what he loved and was familiar with, fishing!

Catching fish was his expertise. He knows the sea, and the timing and this made him successful.

“You don’t know what to do now? I’m going fishing.”

There was no doubt that even his fellow disciples when he asked them to go fishing, all followed him.

When our expectation fails us, aren’t many of us settling for less?

Because we don’t want to be hurt and to fail anymore.

We grab our old boats, we use the old nets, we hang with old friends, and we do the old things.

We return back where we fit, where we used to be.

When we return back to where we fit, we cannot fit there anymore.

Caterpillar cannot go back to where it came.

Chicken cannot go back to its shells again.

Because when we left everything to serve God, there should be no turning back.

This is what we need to know, sometimes God closes more doors than He opens.

He shuts more access so that we could get to the right door that leads us where to go. To our destiny where He wanted us to be.

WHAT IF YOUR BEST IS NOT THE BEST ANYMORE

Peter might say to them, “You don’t know what to do?  Ok, come with me because I am good at this. I know this is going to work”

But what you will do if the things you know really work don’t work?

God shuts doors in our face we can’t go back to where we came from.

Being a Christian, there is no turning back because the mold that we usually fit in will not fit us anymore.

“I know this man, this is where I was good at.”

So they cast the net but it took time, some more time, and more time.

But seems the fishes were sleeping or on a holiday somewhere on that night because none of them is touching the net.

Peter at this time might be feeling red already and in excuse might say “By this time there should be fish already”.

BY THIS TIME AND SURELY BY NOW

 So they waited for some more time but there were no fish.

Peter at this time might be feeling red already and in excuse might say “By this time there should be fish already”.

How many of us expecting something and until now waiting for it to come?

“By this time, I should be with my family already in the Philippines but I’m not yet ready to retire”.

Then you pull the net up, “Surely by now I should have already a husband…”

Pulling it up once again, “Surely bow now I should have already children”

Surely by now, I should have already gone home for good.

But the Bible says they had CAUGHT NOTHING.

Peter doesn’t know that on that night, God shut the door for him.

No matter how good and intelligent we are, how gorgeous and beautiful you are when He shuts the door, we can do nothing.

God puts us in a position to realize that without Him we can’t do anything.

God will humble us.

He will give us success, not from the success offered by this world.

ABNORMAL FAILURES

We must be aware of any abnormal failures.

We should always suspect unusual failures because it means that there is something spiritual going on.

An uncommon letdown means God is talking to you somewhere.

You can call for help from anybody but when He slams the door, no one can help you.

It’s about daybreak and from the shore, someone yells at them and asked ‘Children, have you caught any fish?” and they said “No!

This is not a question of insult but it’s time to inspect ourselves. Ask the question why and what happened.

Evaluate what is in our boat.

WORDS OF DIRECTION

 We need to admit that nothing is working.

Our skills are of no use until we humble ourselves.

And when they admit that they can do nothing, Jesus said to them “cast your net on the right side.”

Take note that it’s the same boat, the same net, it’s on the same lake, only a change of sides.

The blessing comes not because of a new net or a more sturdy boat or a new lake but the difference lies in the obedience to a Word of Direction.

Because when God speaks in our life, He gives us Words of direction.

Therefore the problem is not on our skills or our technique but on our obedience.

I would rather have words of guidance than a bunch of inheritance. Even if I have that much without direction, I can lose it all.

May you have His Words of Direction

Mikesendon

CAST YOUR NET TO THE OTHER SIDE

CAST THE NET TO THE OTHER SIDE

John 21:6

Cast Your Net

He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some”. When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.- John 21:6

Have we ever experienced moments where we thought life have given up on us?

That doors were slammed on our faces wondering why?

And I find it surprising that after all of our efforts and energy trying to get results, we end up in vain, and yet just on the opposite spot; this is where we can find the same results we are expecting.

Is it just a coincidence or a divine intervention is at work?

Whether we like it or not, without any option left; we need to learn how to cast our net to the other side.

Let us dig deep and understand how it works because the disciple’s experience may relate somehow to our own story.

What Shall We Do Now

 Here was a situation where after the disciple’s tragic experience of being with the Lord, they were still not totally recovered and were still puzzled about the past events that happened to the Lord.

For now, the disciples were on their own after years of being with Jesus. Their ministry was under lookout, no more preaching, no more teachings, miracles ceased, those who followed Jesus were hiding and some returned back to their normal life wondering what happened.

They may think that their faith in Jesus made a mess in their lives because they were identified with Jesus and now they were on the watch list.

Their movement became limited.

Their hope was slowing down. The Messiah they expected had died and missing but appeared to them while they were hiding in a closed room. Pilate was still in his seat, the Pharisees were still enjoying their lives after their presumed victory.

They may be asking themselves “What shall we do now?”

Even in our lives, under painful events and tragic experiences; we have the same question “What shall we do now?

“My spouse left me, what shall I do now?”

“My finances are on the downhill, what shall I do now?”

“My blood pressure is not getting normal, what shall I do now?”

“My relationship is not getting better.”

“My company may close any time.”

“My children’s behavior is not what I expected.”

“I cannot afford to keep my family here in Dubai anymore, what shall I do now?”

“WHAT SHALL WE DO NOW?”

With this in our mind, we console ourselves and return back to our comfort zone.

To where we fit and are accepted. To where we are best. To a life of mediocrity.

This may be the same question Peter and the other disciples were asking.

Peter demonstrated this scenario like all of us, so he returned where he came from.

Fishing.

THE WAY WE WERE

For some people, fishing is a hobby and to be one with nature. It’s good for deep thinkers.

But for Peter, he returned to what he loved and was familiar with, fishing!

Catching fish was his expertise. He knows the sea, and the timing and this made him successful.

“You don’t know what to do now? I’m going fishing.”

There was no doubt that even his fellow disciples when he asked them to go fishing, all followed him.

When our expectation fails us, isn’t that many of us settle for less?

Because we don’t want to be hurt and to fail anymore.

We grab our old boats, we use the old nets, we hang with old friends, and we do the old things.

We return back where we fit, where we used to be.

When we return back to where we fit, we cannot fit there anymore.

Caterpillar cannot go back to where it came from.

Chicken cannot go back to its shells again.

Because when we left everything to serve God, there should be no turning back.

This is what we need to know, sometimes God closes more doors than He opens.

He shuts more access so that we could get to the right door that leads us where to go. To our destiny where He wanted us to be.

WHAT IF YOUR BEST IS NOT THE BEST ANYMORE

Peter might say to them, “You don’t know what to do?  Ok, come with me because I am good at this. I know this is going to work”

But what you will do if the things you know really work don’t work?

God shuts doors in our face we can’t go back to where we came from.

Being a Christian, there is no turning back because the mold that we usually fit in will not fit us anymore.

“I know this man, this is where I was good at.”

So they cast the net but it took time, some more time, and more time.

But seems the fishes were sleeping or on a holiday somewhere on that night because none of them is touching the net.

Peter at this time might be feeling red already and in excuse might say “By this time there should be fish already”.

BY THIS TIME AND SURELY BY NOW

 So they waited for some more time but there were no fish.

Peter at this time might be feeling red already and in excuse might say “By this time there should be fish already”.

How many of us expecting something and until now waiting for it to come?

“By this time, I should be with my family already in the Philippines but I’m not yet ready to retire”.

Then you pull the net up, “Surely by now I should have already a husband…”

Pulling it up once again, “Surely bow now I should have already children”

Surely by now, I should have already gone home for good.

But the Bible says they had CAUGHT NOTHING.

Peter doesn’t know that on that night, God shut the door for him.

No matter how good and intelligent we are, how gorgeous and beautiful you are when He shuts the door, we can do anything.

God puts us in a position to realize that without Him we can’t do anything.

God will humble us.

He will give us success, not from the success offered by this world.

ABNORMAL FAILURES

We must be aware of any abnormal failures.

We should always suspect unusual failures because it means that there is something spiritual going on.

An uncommon letdown means God is talking to you somewhere.

You can call for help from anybody but when He slams the door, no one can help you.

It’s about daybreak and from the shore, someone yells at them and asked ‘Children, have you caught any fish?” and they said “No!

This is not a question of insult but it’s time to inspect ourselves. Ask the question why and what happened.

Evaluate what is in our boat.

WORDS OF DIRECTION

 We need to admit that nothing is working.

Our skills are of no use until we humble ourselves.

And when they admit that they can do nothing, Jesus said to them “cast your net on the right side.”

Take note that it’s the same boat, the same net, it’s on the same lake, only a change of sides.

The blessing comes not because of a new net or a more sturdy boat or a new lake but the difference lies in the obedience to a Word of Direction.

Because when God speaks in our life, He gives us Words of direction.

Therefore the problem is not on our skills or our technique but on our obedience.

I would rather have words of guidance than a bunch of inheritance. Even if I have that much without direction, I can lose it all.

May you have His Words of Direction

Mikesendon

THE PROMISE IN THE DESERT

The Promise in the Desert

DEUTERONOMY 8:2-10

 

 Promise in the Desert

 

In all of our sufferings, sacrifices and troubles, is it not our desire that we could go out from all of these experiences and have a life that is to the FULLEST?

In the text of Deuteronomy, we can learn that Israel was on the staging period to claim what were promised to them by God.

The freedom from the hands of the tyrants Egyptians into a promised land with flowing milk and honey.

Deuteronomy means repetition of the law, it is where Moses after that forty long years of journey and being in transition, Moses was preparing his people into a new territory, into a new life, into a new relationship with God.

Here comes a destiny that will be changed because of a promise and a covenant of God to His people.

The topic is interesting and exciting because it’s a prelude to a new challenge in the life of God’s chosen people, the Israelite.

We may not see the complete blueprint of His plan in our life right now but He will allow us to have a glimpse of His promise even when we are in our own desert experience.

 

ENTERING A NEW DOOR

In our life, after all the trials, the hardships and sacrifices; we come to a point when we are about to enter a door that leads us to what God had promised us, because we refused to quit.

We remained to endure and be faithful regardless of all our circumstances.

We thought that those doors lead us to a mess and we thought that God brought us to suffer but unknowingly, that same door leads to another doors of opportunity.

Because in life, God sometimes closes more doors than He opens.

So that He could point us directly to a door that is open. To a door that He wanted us to enter in.

 

THE PHASES TOWARDS GOD PROMISE

 The Desert Experience

 God is taking us out from where we are right now.

He don’t want us to stay where we are; in our sickness, in our fears and anxieties, in our miseries and agony.

Sometimes you are already contented and happy in where you are right now, but God will take you away from your own comfort.

God made a way to bring us out because He knows and understand what we experience.

This is what God did to His people in Egypt, He had chosen Moses to lead them out from being slaves, from a miserable conditions they were in.

But instead of thanking God; they murmured, they complained and rebel against Him.

The whole congregations of the sons of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. –Exodus 16:2

They thought that God brought them out to kill them in the wilderness.

Sometimes, that is what we thought with God when we don’t understand His will and His promises.

God want us to enter into a new territory but sometimes we are not yet ready.

  • Not ready to leave our old friends
  • To leave our comfort zones
  • To leave our sins

We usually looks on the hardships and difficulties rather than the hidden opportunities.

We focus on the suffering rather than on the promised blessings.

That is why we complain and grumble.

We become a whiner and loss the chance to be a winner.

But whether we like it or not, we are in transition like a baby that is about to breakthrough from a mother’s womb to birth.

In preparing to the new dimension of our life, we need to remember who we were and where we are going to.

So Moses reminded them on their desert experience.

You shall remember all the way which the Lord your God has led you in the wilderness these 40 years, that He might HUMBLE YOU, TESTING YOU. TO KNOW WHAT IS IN YOUR HEART whether you KEEP THE COMMANDMENT OR NOT.”- Deuteronomy 8:2

He humbled you and let you be hungry to understand that He is the God that provides the manna.

He made us thirsty to understand that He can make water out of rocks.

He humbled us an employee that we desire to be an employer and understand the feeling and situation of an employee.

He humble us in scarcity that we may desire to save and be a good stewards of any blessings we received from Him.

He humbled us in our sickness to understand that He alone can restore our health and the God who heals.

Our experience, our desert experience should not demotivate and demoralized us rather be a learning stage, that we be molded and formed by God into having character He wanted us to possess.

Our desert experience shall test us how grateful we are in spite of our situations.

Our conditions shall give us hope that God will deliver us, putting our trust and faith more unto Him.

 

  1. Desert with Manna

Even the people complained, God provides them what they need.

Moses said, “It is the bread which the Lord has given us to eat.”-Exodus 16:15

Even in our desert experience, God takes care of all our need.

His promise is not to harm us for but to have a future, to be blessed.

We should understand that our God is not only concerns about our destination but He is in charge of the itinerary as well.

We need to acknowledge that everything comes from God.

In this desert with manna experience, we usually forget to value the manna and the blessings we received because now it becomes normal.

Is it not a miracle that something you don’t know falls every morning from nowhere? A miracle that something nobody knows could be eaten.

But the manna after months consistently comes every morning becomes normal, the Israelite don’t consider it as miracle anymore.

That is the problem with all of us, any blessings we received regularly becomes ordinary.

We consider now that the provision becomes God’s obligation.

And because of this, we forget to be thankful.

We place more value now on the gifts rather than the giver.

We became complacent and we don’t now desire for something more great because it’s readily available.

Our desert with manna becomes our comfort zone.

We become lazy and passive.

We don’t aspire anymore because everything we need just come without much effort.

When everything is given to us, we don’t desire for something great anymore.

We should remember that this is just a staging area and not yet the final destination God prepared for us.

God want us to move from Desert with manna to a promise land experience where we can grow, we can multiply and we can be more productive.

 

  1. The Promise Land experience

After forty years the fall of manna stopped.

When manna ceased, this does not mean that God’s blessing also stopped.

“The manna ceased on the day after they eaten some of the produce of the land, so that the sons of Israel no longer had manna but they ate some of the yield of the land of Canaan during that year.”- Joshua 5:12

God wanted us to be self-sufficient.

He wanted us to participate in the works of blessings because when we do it by ourselves, we have that accountability and care for the fruit that we reap.

In the promise land experience, we start to be a partner with God in taking care of his creation.

We start to work with full faith and hope that He will bless every works of our hands.

“Nasa Diyos ang Awa, nasa tao ang gawa” which means man does the work but the grace and mercy comes from God.

When we do it by ourselves, we put our passion, we use our gifts, we put our love on it and instead of receiving, we learn to offer and sacrifice every fruit of our works for the glory of God.

As God blesses us as we work, we blesses God in every fruit of our produce.

In the promise land experience, you till the land and sow the seed but its Him to let your seed grows.

You plant the seeds, He make sure that the sun shines, the rain to water the land and send the bees to pollinate the plant.

In the promise land experience, we don’t just wait for a miracle but we participate in making miracles to happen.

 

May you receive His promise even in your desert experience,

Mikesendon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LET GO TO LIVE UP

LET GO TO LIVE UP

MARK 8:27-38

 

Let it Go

It seems odd to think that it is only by losing that we could find something.

It seems intriguing to know that we can find life’s true value after we give it up.

It is unusual to tell that life meaning could be found only after giving it up.

The topic makes us curious as we go deep down to find that the essence of life could be better understood if we learn to LET IT GO TO LIVE UP.

The Message in Paradox

In verse 35 of Mark:8, Jesus said that whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses it for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.

Jesus’ statement is a paradox.

It is an illustrative statement of two contradicting, opposite, absurd statements yet it expresses a latent truth.

It might not be logical to the listeners but it points us to a truth that God wants us to understand. God’s wisdom is different from humans.

That is why we notice that in many of His statements He usually mentioned “those who have ears shall listen” and “Verily, verily I say unto you…”

There is a message hidden in Jesus’ statement that could only be grasped if we have those ears willing to listen and a heart wide open to accept His words.

Two Contradictory truths

 The world teaches us that to save means to keep it up and preserve its value.

So people save his life by keeping up something that would benefit him. Human exerts his effort to be able to control his surrounding that would sustain his life in his favor even if turns that he became selfish and self-centered.

The danger of man focusing his attention and energy to preserve his life is missing to understand that we cannot do anything.  After all of this, it will end in vain for what profit does a man if he gains the whole world, yet loses his own soul.

The gospel of John says that without God, we can do nothing.

What Jesus teaching us is contradictory to what the world is teaching us.

We have learned in our lifetime that to be able to save our lives, we need to protect and keep them intact. By any means, we survive our life from any external threat. While there is an intriguing statement, we need to lose our life for God’s sake in able to save it.

He said that if we lose our life for God’s sake and of the gospel, we will find life.

The true meaning of life is when we hand over the control of our life into the hands of God.

We can truly discover the beauty that life brings when we let it go and let God shows us to see life from His perspective. The master designer knows best as He is the one who laid out the blueprint of our life.

DON’T PRESERVE THE TEMPORARY

Our human thinking is so limited that our perception of how to save ourselves might be enough, but we are wrong.

We should never preserve the temporary.

In one of the parables Jesus taught, the rich man said to himself “ I am rich, I have so much harvest that my storehouse is not enough. I will demolish it and build a bigger one”.

Preserving the temporary makes us foolish like the rich man in the parable. We concentrate on preserving what will not last. Keeping up things that can be stolen, rusted, and destroyed by moths, washed out by floods, blown by the storms, and can be burned by fire.

Don’t preserve the temporary because we deserve something that lasts. A life of eternity worthy to be longing for of which only in God we can find.

Focusing on saving the temporary losses our opportunity to experience a life that leads to eternity.

CROSSROAD OF CHOICES TO MAKE

Today we are being offered a lot of choices.

In fact, daily we are at the crossroads of choosing which one would be a better choice.

When you are at a buffet table and all the foods are enticing, it boils up your appetite. It makes your stomach roar.  There are times when you want to taste all of it but you can’t.

Like choosing a dress, my wife has that gift to meticulously cross-examine every piece, and fit it out back in forth inside the dressing room, from one store to the other while I’m waiting patiently as her “consultant” and “fashion show audience”.

Why, because there are a lot of choices and we have to pick the best.

If this law works in the physical round, then it should also apply in the spiritual round. We should never settle for less.

That is why we should not so indulge in the temporary but rather focus on something that lasts. Never so concentrated on the physical but also on the spiritual.

He wanted us to choose him. But God is a respecter of free will.

THE BASIS OF OUR DECISION

Jesus asked His disciples what people say about Him. And they replied that He was Elijah, some said he was John the Baptist and others said one of the prophets.

But Jesus asked them personally, who He was for them and Peter boldly said that He was the Messiah.

God wanted to hear what we know of Him. God wanted us to have that deep knowledge of Him not because this is what we heard from others but because this is our experience of Him

He is establishing an intimate relationship with us.

He wanted that we choose Him not because of fear but because of love.

Loving Him cause us to obey and follow Him but he gave us the condition that if we desire to follow Him, there should be no more turning back like a man flowing his farm in the field.

Our decision to follow and obey God should be founded on truth and the relationship He established in us.

NARROW ROAD

Narrow is the road that leads to a path where God is. Many choose the wider road as these are more comfortable, with fewer hassles. It’s a freeway where everybody is going.

The decision to choose God is a tough decision because we have to lose our life for God’s sake and in obedience to the gospel.

To follow God is to follow Him on the narrow road away from the trance where many love to walk.

To embrace God is to walk with Him on the road less traveled.

In verse 34 Jesus said to His disciples, “if you want to follow me, deny yo

urself; carry your cross and follow me.

To serve God and save our life is costly because we need to exchange all that we considered as valuable. What He demands is not just what is available but He wants all.

Are we willing to lose our life for the sake of the gospel? Then we have to continue reading this article.

DECISION TO FOLLOW

Now that we assess the demand of following God and His gospel, our journey starts.

Like a man who builds his house, he built it on the rock so that flood comes it will not be washed away.

DENY YOURSELVES

In verse 34 Jesus said to His disciples, “if you want to follow me, deny yourself; carry your cross and follow me.

If we are deciding to follow Him, we have to deny ourselves. We must be ready to disown and reject anything that makes us too proud and brags about who we are because of our position, our possessions, our gifts, our talents, and our connections.

It is denying ourselves when we are elected to a public office and for us to reject any outside influence or any opportunity we know that it could make us wealthy yet we choose to live a life of integrity because we know that it is not our money but it’s the money of the people we serve. That it’s not your money but by the owner of the company. That it’s not yours but by the ministry you serve.

Is it not renouncing to oneself when Zacheo the chief tax collector went down the sycamore tree and was convicted to return more than twice of his wealth to anyone whom he defrauded?

Are you willing to hear from your friend that your fool if they tell you “sayang naman, palay na ang lumalapit sa manok”. Anyway, your spouse is not here and nobody could see. Is it not renouncing yourself when you have the opportunity like Joseph rejected the offer of Potiphar’s wife to have slept with her?

Is it not denial when you are lower than your ego and pride because you forgive the person who rejects you. Those people who talked about you.  Is it not denying when David has the opportunity to get even with King Saul when he had that chance to kill him?

A follower is no greater than his master. Jesus denied himself and accepted the will of His Father even on the cross.

How much more of us are willing to follow Him?

CARRY YOUR CROSS

Carrying the cross is the consequence when we deny ourselves.

When we decided to renounce what is due to us it becomes our burden, it becomes our cross.

There is always sacrifice when you choose to forgive. You deny yourselves when you lower your pride just to be reconciled with your loved ones. You carry your cross when you sacrifice to accept him even if the past continues to linger in your mind. The wound is still there but you sacrifice because you choose to love.

You carry your cross when your life is not that plenty because you reject the opportunity to open the box. It hurts to see sometimes your children don’t have that much luxury even if you have that chance by using your position and connection to corrupt other people’s money.

You carry your cross when you send that “balikbayan” box to your family even if it takes you months to fill it and patiently wait for “Sales”. You sacrifice so that others might live.

Is it not carrying your cross when you take care of other children?

miles away from your own just only to make sure that they live, experience a life you have not experienced before, and that they may pursue their dreams.

It’s a sacrifice to follow Jesus when you take his burden as our burden. When we choose to serve God by serving His people without waiting for neither reward nor consolation.

FOLLOW ME

We can only truly follow Jesus when we deny ourselves; we carry

that cross and yet continue to follow even if that cross is still on our shoulders.

We cannot follow when we carry our cross yet we have too many complaints. It does just make the cross heavier.

We follow Him with the awareness that there might be an inconvenience; we may not be having that luxury yet we still continue to walk with God.

Even if that past continues to haunt your relationship, you continue to move forward because you choose to forgive, you choose to love.

The path might not be the road many traveled but this is the road that many missed. It’s the road to eternity because where God is leading us, He will surely bless us.

LET GO TO LIVE UP

In verse 37 what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

Are we willing to give up earthly things to receive the heavenly things?

Are we willing to deny everything that is fleeting and temporary for the sake of eternity?

Unless we learn to let go of ourselves we will not live up to what God has in store for us.

For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his soul.

May you have the courage to let go.

Mikesendon