New Life 101

I will be careful to live a blameless life—
when will you come to help me? Psalm 101:2

It is good to be left in a life situation where we learn that our help comes only from God.

Then comes the time of waiting on God – which is a character producing experience. The things that we found hard to give up would now be worth sacrificing, pride and lust has no more influence over our lives, and we are ready to make our deal with God as David did (Psalm 101:2-8) –

  • Will live a blameless life before God and others
  • Will stay faithful in my marriage & family
  • Will discipline my eyes and flesh
  • My yes be yes, and no be no
  • Will not entertain perverse ideas
  • Will not damage others’ reputation
  • Will associate only with those who help this new me
  • Will not live anymore with/in deception and lie
  • My new objective is to destroy the works of devil!
  • Psalm 101 is our New Life 101, let’s live it!

    Bend the will – striking deal!

    But the other criminal protested, “Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.” Luke 23:40-41

    The human will is so amazing, it can go either on an extreme rebellion or can bend lowly to become submissive.

    God’s unconditional love has given us a free will either to choose to serve Him submissively, or rebel and go astray.

    It is ironic that even the death of Lord Jesus Christ had to be right in middle of the two ends of human will – one mocked and rebelled, and the other cried out, worshipped and surrendered.

    More than devil, it is the strong human will pushes us into the eternal death!

    Let’s not wait till the end to choose. Stop listening to your will and start listening to your spirit – it wants the peace, salvation and the joy that truly comes from its Lord!

    And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:43

    Comeback stronger!

    So they arrested him (Jesus) and led him to the high priest’s home. And Peter followed at a distance. Luke 22:54

    Jesus was arrested at the garden of Gethsemane and all His disciples were scattered. Then we read, Peter followed at a distance.

    This was the only time Peter followed Jesus “at a distance” – a most painful time in the relationship between the Lord and Peter.

    Up to this point, everywhere Lord Jesus went Peter went with Him. Peter’s life was 100% all about Lord Jesus, he pretty much forgot how his old life was, and it became impossible for Peter to think a life without His Lord!

    But then, this unusual threat came (“… Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat.” Luke 22:31) and he got himself separated from the Lord, and followed Him “at a distance”.

    A child of God can never follow the Lord “at a distance”. There may be a political/corporate/society threat, but following “at a distance” will lead to such a grief almost equal to total denial. It may appear that we at least survive but it creates a deep damage in who we truly are. There is nothing worse than denying an unconditional (agape) love relationship to escape suffering.

    Hey, Peter’s comeback was amazing! As soon as he learnt that Jesus was resurrected from the death and saw Him – he fully repented (not was just broke down, but whole heartedly now sold out for Jesus) and followed Christ closer than anyone else.

    Peter never ever denied Christ again and declared boldly “There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved” Acts 4:12 and wasn’t afraid of any threat or suffering even to the point of death – on the cross – crucified upside down!

    We may fail in our relationship with the Lord, if/when we did, we must comeback strong to strengthen every weak knees and tired hands – so they won’t fail!

    Jesus told Peter, “… when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.” Luke 22:31

    The secret of an Overcomer

    There he (Jesus) told them, “Pray that you will not give in to temptation.” Luke 22:40

    Prayer is the only sign that we are dependent on God, and is a major factor that draws the line between being self-confident and God-confident.

    There is no way a man/woman could conquer his/her temptation in self-confidence, when a perfect opportunity is present.

    Any temptation would automatically fade away when there is no opportunity.

    Also, one could be deceived to think that he/she is an overcomer because they could let go of an opportunity, only failing to realize that there was no temptation yet.

    If Jesus who was born of the Spirit had to rely on His prayer life to escape temptation, how much discipline of prayer (God-dependent) life we need to escape those perfect opportunities!

    Let’s be aware of our design, our sinful nature and our propensities and be mindful of praying specifically for strength to handle temptations in God-confidence when the temptations are around; lest we fall.

    We are only weaker the moment we think we are stronger.

    “… don’t let us yield to temptation” (complete Lord’s prayer Matthew 6:9-13).

    The Happy Meal

    …Jesus and the apostles sat down together at the table. Jesus said, “I have been very eager to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins. For I tell you now that I won’t eat this meal again until its meaning is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.” Luke 22:14-16

    Jesus with His Twelve dining the Passover meal before He was crucified for our sins – this popular event was more commonly referred as “the Last Supper”.

    As Jesus mentioned here, He was very eager to eat that specific Passover meal because He was just about to fulfill what it means!

    The very first title used by John the Baptist to introduce Jesus was “The Lamb of God” –

    The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29

    His name ‘Jesus’ self-describes what He will do – “for he will save his people from their sins.”

    And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21

    By His death on the Cross, Jesus has delivered us from the bondages of sin.

    By His resurrection from the death, Jesus has declared us righteous and acceptable in the presence of God.

    Now that we are delivered from the bondages, redeemed from our sins and are declared righteous, and has escaped the coming Judgment – let us celebrate Him with the fear of the Lord and keeping ourselves right before Him.

    “… Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us. So let us celebrate the festival, not with the old bread of wickedness and evil, but with the new bread of sincerity and truth.” 1 Corinthians 5:7-8

    Let’s stay connected to Christ and enjoy the close communion with Him, that’s happy meal!

    “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned.  John 15:5-6

    The End Will Come

    “Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware, like a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth. 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.” Luke 21:34-36

    Jesus clearly spelled out the signs that would take place before the END WILL COME [read Luke 21:8-33]

    • False prophets would raise: there are lot of predictions of Christ’s coming, and the End of the World (aka., May 21/Dec 21)
    • Hear about wars: on-going threats, missiles being tested and neigbouring countries in high-alert
    • Insurrections: just in last 2 years, so many countries had violent upraising against its government/authorities
    • Wars between nations: on-going, doesn’t seem to cease – infact, don’t know how they could cease
    • Earthquakes: no need to tell, all around us, all the time
    • Famines: on-going, doors are closed so no nation can help
    • Plagues: on-going, unusual and untreatable
    • Terrifying things: became everyday news head lines
    • Persecution: it’s getting dark to work

    List goes on… all these Jesus didn’t mention so we can marvel at His predictions but to wake up and stay alert knowing the end is near!

    Interesting to note that Lord included “worries of this life” as same as drunkenness and carousing!

    Today’s economy, investments, job, career & future are all geared up to make sure you worry and stay worrying – which is a pure trap to be focused on worries and be distracted from the important one!

    Your heart won’t be troubled if you’re right with God and free from the worries of this life. Freedom from worries is a direct result of being right with God.

    Let’s be & stay right with God – His time of coming is pretty close!

    The Promise

    So the Lord gave to Israel all the land he had sworn to give their ancestors… And the Lord gave them rest on every side, just as he had solemnly promised their ancestors. None of their enemies could stand against them… Not a single one of all the good promises the Lord had given to the family of Israel was left unfulfilled; everything he had spoken came true. Joshua 21:43-45

    This people of Israel were from one man Abraham, who received the very first promise from God [Genesis 13:14-17, Genesis 22:17-18].]. Unlike any man’s success, Abraham’s success totally came from God.

    Everything happened in Abraham’s life was the work of God towards the fulfillment of His promise and plan for Abraham’s success.

    The zealous of God towards the promise He made to Abraham made Him to be patient, tolerate, unconditionally love, stay faithful to his descendants. The fulfillment of God’s promise was upto a minute detail of what was revealed to Abraham, to his son Isaac and to his grandson Jacob.

    This beautiful journey of the formation of a nation Israel started all because of one man Abraham dared to believe in God and dared to obey Him with all his strength [Genesis 12:1-4, Genesis 22:1-3]

    Today the message to obtain this promise is already in your mouth and in your heart. Listen to your spirit, believe in your heart and profess with your mouth – so your ears can hear – you, and your descendants be blessed!

    The Good News is near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart. This Good News tells about putting your trust in Christ. If you say with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved from the punishment of sin. Romans 10:9-10

    Bold like Jesus!

    As he rode along, the crowds spread out their garments on the road ahead of him. When he reached the place where the road started down the Mount of Olives, all of his followers began to shout and sing as they walked along, praising God for all the wonderful miracles they had seen. Luke 10:36-37

    Lord Jesus when He entered Jerusalem He full well knew that He will be falsely accused and be crucified.

    He made this triumphant entry intentionally to make know His entry and the town to uproar joyfully.

    When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” Matthew 21:10

    The intention was not to invite trouble but to express His perfect submission to the Father’s will, and to put the devil to shame that He was willfully laying down His life and devil would have no accomplishment in it!

    How are we facing the troubles and trials in our lives that devil thinks he has them to destroy us?

    Let’s face this life and its issues boldly like our Master Jesus Christ knowing Who our loving Father God is, and that He is able to rescue us from all the traps, ambushes and wicked plans!

    Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. Psalm 34:19

    When you learn to enter trials triumphantly, the Lord will bring you out triumphantly!

    He found me!

    When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. “Zacchaeus!” he said. “Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.” Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy. Luke 19:5-6

    Zacchaeus knew he was a sinner at least by what he did for his living – a tax collector job (a Jew that collect taxes from fellow Jews by force for the Roman Empire, and exploit to make income for himself). His conviction made him to stay far from Jesus, but his soul was longing for a glimpse of the Savior.

    This state of mind of Zacchaeus is exactly the yearning desire in us when we realize the need for the restoration of our peace with God.

    As much as religion, culture, status quo, or pride make us to stay far from Christ Jesus, we must accept that there is an urge in our spirit that wants to know Jesus as its personal Savior.

    There is nothing like being reconciled with God thru’ the forgiveness of our sins by the blood of Jesus Christ.

    Jesus responded, “… For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.” Luke 19:10

    Let’s be found in Christ as the time draws to an end.

    The Special Order

    The Lord commanded Joshua to assign some of Judah’s territory to Caleb son of Jephunneh. Joshua 15:13

    Joshua was given the responsibility to allocate the promise land to each tribe according to their size, and the Lord never interfere in what Joshua was asked to do except for one person – Caleb!

    Caleb was remembered and treated special by the Lord when it comes to his land allotment. No one like Caleb! He was the one specially recognized by the Lord, appreciated and rewarded for his faith, works and passion for the vision.

    Numbers 14:24 says, “But my servant Caleb has a different attitude than the others have. He has remained loyal to me, so I will bring him into the land he explored. His descendants will possess their full share of that land.”

    Such passionate spirit/attitude was not natural when everyone around were whining and feel threatened. And not to mention to maintain the faith immovable, unwavering for the next 40 years believing and declaring the day of conquering the land of Canaan.

    For everyone else it was like a dream that finally happen for real, but for Caleb it was simply everyone got convinced of the truth what he knew 40 years ago!

    Vision is a team fulfillment; the individual(s) with vision revealed has to fight, stay cool-calm-collected, keep doing the right thing, never throw the towel, walk worthy before the Lord and be found faithful at the end – like this Caleb!

    Jesus asked, “Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8