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God is absolutely good!
You cannot be better to yourself than God wants to be to you. The very best dreams and plans you have for yourself are not half as Good as what God has drawn out and planned for you.
God's goodness is not a mystery. He created the world and made the beautiful ocean and saw that it was GOOD. He made the pretty flowers and plants and trees and saw them to be GOOD. He made the birds and animals of all types and colours and the fish of the sea, He saw that it was GOOD.  He made the millions of stars in their brilliance and saw that it was GOOD. Everything He made and did had to turn out good.

The moment God saw something that was not good, He did something about it to make it good. He didn't say "I'll use this to teach man to depend on me" or something like that. He changed the situation and made it good. He said "It is not good that the man should be alone, I WILL make him a helper..."
When He made mankind, the Bible says "God…

Zeal with Knowledge: Don't waste your passion

Have you met someone who was so sincere and so wrong? It's what Paul called having a zeal that is not according to knowledge. Jesus had resurrected and gone up to heaven, His apostles were preaching the gospel, the good news of God's salvation by faith. This was radically different from the law of Moses which had been the only acceptable way to worship God and be God's people, for several generations. Understandably, many zealous Jews rejected this 'new' message. I must add that not all who rejected it were sincere, but many were. Speaking about them in Romans chapter 10 verse 2, Paul says "I bear them a record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge"

This was a zealous group of people. They had a strong desire and passion to please God and fulfil God's law but there was something missing: Knowledge. Knowledge of how to effectively use their zeal. Knowledge of what God had done. Knowledge of what God really wants. The third verse…

Law versus Grace: An eye opener

What is the practical implication of being under grace as opposed to being under the law?
This can really be taken from a host of different angles. This post will be focused on Chapters 7 and 8 of Romans.

In the 7th chapter of the book of Romans, Apostle Paul talks about our freedom from the law. He also talks about the limitations of the law. Beginning from verses 7 and 8, he describes how sin became stronger because of the law. He gives personal example of bondage to sin as he had experienced it under the law. This description and illustration goes on to the end of the chapter, but something happens in verse 14. He starts speaking in the present tense. Please remember, he was still explaining the weakness of the law, yet he was not under the law at the time of writing that letter. He was speaking illustratively about the struggles of the man who is under the law (the use of 'I' and 'me' is illustrative). Those verses were not an expression of Paul's current stat…

How to be transformed: A helpful guide for spiritual growth

How do you change your life? Is it God that does it all? What does it take to really be the person you desire to be and the person God wants you to be?

Most people have an image of who they should be or who they want to be but most do not know howto get there. The good news is that God's word teaches us how.
Romans 12:2 says "Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind so that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."

Most believers know the first part of that verse very well. They know that we are not to be conformed to the world. The problem is that many do not pay enough attention to the next statement which is very important. It says we should be transformed by the renewing of our minds. The Bible doesn't just tell the New Testament believer what not to do, it tells him what to do while avoiding the don'ts. "Do not be conformed to this world butbe transformed..." so while you refu…

Designed for success: Prosperity and God's will

God made man with specific plans in mind. He laid out His blueprint for this creature He was gonna make called man. Engineers always have a design, a blueprint for what they want to create before they go into the process of construction or production. They have in mind how it will look, what it will be made of, and how it will function. Before God created man, He also had in mind what man would look like, what He would be like and how He would function. He said three things about this new product called man. "And God said, 'Let us make man in our image,after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth'" (Genesis1:26).

1. "In our image" (What he would look like)
He made us to look like Him. We were to bear His image, His appearance. Ever wondered what God looks like? He made you in His own image, so you can be s…

The power of God in you: Know who you are

Is God's power available for every believer? Is it reserved only for a specially anointed few? Does it work based on God's choice per time? God's power is often seen as a mysterious act of God's specific will in a situation. It is sometimes seen as an expression of a gift or anointing bestowed on a man or woman of God.

In the book of Ephesians, chapter 1, there was a prayer in verse 18 that the eyes of our understanding should be enlightened so that we may know some things. One of the things listed was: "the exceeding greatness of His power towards us who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought(exercised) in Christ, when he raised him from the dead..."(Eph 1:19). The punch line here is "the exceeding greatness of His power towards us who believe." God wants us to know how great His power towards us is. It is not a tiny bit of His power, His power towards us is according to His power towards Christ when He raised Chri…

He commands you to be blessed

When God made mankind, He blessed them. He said "Be fruitful and multiply, replenish the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air and every thing that moves on the face of the earth." These was not a beautiful set of words put together just to encourage mankind and make them feel good. He said "Be fruitful". This was a command, just as much as "Be holy" is a command. The truth and reality is that you and I as children of God have been redeemed (restored) to the original plan and design of God. This blessing is for us to accept as God's command. You don't pray and ask Him to bless you. You thank Him because He has blessed you. He has commanded you to be blessed.
He says "Be fruitful". Fruitful, not just in having children, but fruitful in every good thing. Being fruitful means you embark on something and have the desired results. Crops are fruitful when they produce what they were planted to p…

He was pleased to do it

"The good pleasure of His will"
Have you seen those awesome words in scripture before? Right there in Ephesians chapter 1 verse 5 the Bible says "(God) having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will."
1. His pleasure is good.
2. God's good pleasure motivated His act of making us His children.

God does not just merely tolerate you. He didn't just save you out of pity. This is not a situation of "let me just prevent them from going to hell". The Bible shows us that His good pleasure was His motivation in predestinating us to become His children. God's pleasure was "someday this person (you may put your name) will be my child." So please don't go to God like "I hope He won't mind if I ask for this or that." He arranged for you to be His child without your asking. Smith Wigglesworth said "God is more willing to answer than we are to ask." G…

Totally blessed!

This is phenomenal! "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ"(Ephesians 1:3). If you are a child of God,  God has blessed you. If that verse said God will bless us,  that would be good. If it says that God blesses us.  That would also be good, but we have the best scenario imaginable. The verse above says God has blessed us. That is an already finished action. If someone says to you "I have sent you some money", from that moment, you know that you have the money already,  even though you have not gone to withdraw it. You will be sure you have it,  except the person speaking cannot be trusted (or maybe there was network problem). God is not a liar and He does not have network problem. His word says He has blessed you. This means you have His blessing. You have it.
So what did God bless us with? The verse says "...blessed us with all spiritual blessings..." God bless…

Too good to be true?

Do you know that Jesus did not only come to rescue us from going to hell?  He did much more. "Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows...He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement (reproof) of our peace was upon Him and with His stripes we are healed" (Isaiah 54:4-5). So what did Jesus do?
1. He bore (carried)  our griefs
2. He carried our sorrows
3. He was wounded for our transgressions
4. He was bruised for our iniquities
5. He was reproved for our peace
6. With His stripes we are healed.

Points 3 and 4 above are not a problem for most believers, but the other points are often not considered.

Jesus took our griefs. He carried our sorrows. Why? To save us from them. God took it away so that we don't have to live our lives in grief or in sorrow. Do you realize now that God's plan for you can't be griefs and sorrows. As much as He wants us free from sins, He wants us free from all grief and sorrow. How …

God freely gives

Most people do not doubt God's ability to do a thing, but a lot of God's children doubt His willingness. God is not only able to bless, He is willing to bless. We need not look too far to get to the bottom of this matter. God gave us His Son. The Bible says that He so loved the world that He gave His only Son.

Take a look at this verse: "He that spared not His own Son,  but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" (Romans 8:32). If God would not hold back Christ from us, why would He hold back any other blessing. Nothing can be nearly as valuable to God as His very own Son Jesus Christ,  but He generously gave Him for our salvation. How much more will He be willing to give us all things.

This scripture clearly shows us the heart of God. His desire has always been to bless mankind and lavish us with His love. What is that thing you know God can do but aren't sure He is willing to do for you. Dear reader,  every good a…