Category Archives: Wisdom & Knowledge

Marks of True Christians

Marks of True Christians from Romans 12:12:9-21
– Genuine Love
– Abhorring evil
– Loving one another with brotherly affection
– Showing honor
– Don’t be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit
– Rejoicing in hope
– Patience in tribulation
– Constant in Prayer
– Contributing to needs of the saints
– Showing hospitality
– Blessing those who persecute you
– Rejoicing with those who rejoice
– Weeping with those who weep
– Living in harmony with one another
– Don’t be haughty
– Don’t be wise in your own sight
– Repaying no one evil for evil
– Living peaceably with all
– Never avenge yourself, but leave it to the wrath of God
– Giving your enemy something to eat or drink if the enemy is hungry or thirsty
– Don’t be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good

Uptick in Spiritual Attacks

In the past week, I’ve noticed a huge uptick in spiritual attacks to which I’ve done a lot of rebuking and scripture quoting to remind myself of the promises God gave me. At first I didn’t realize it was a spiritual attack, but then I realized it was when I saw how concentrated and repeated these intrusive thoughts were, which made me think it came from the evil ones. Perhaps it’s a time of testing to see how I would stand?

There came a barrage of thoughts trying to invoke unforgiveness inside me related to past. People who’ve sinned against me popped up repeatedly in my thoughts, one after one with very specific actions. I kept on rebuking these thoughts and said that I forgave anyone who sinned against me. God forgave me so therefore I will forgive anyone else. Anytime these thoughts came up, I wielded forgiveness as my arrows shooting against these negative thoughts. And even when I didn’t have strength, I can always call my GOD to give me the strength to do so. I chose not to be defiled with unforgiveness and will clothe myself with forgiveness instead!

Then there were thoughts trying to show my unworthiness, showing how people have rejected or overlooked me. Of course, pain came though me, but I rebuked these thoughts saying God loves me very much and that He will never leave or forsake me. I refused to let these thoughts bring me down. I can let them go and then focus on moving on and enjoying my life. I reminded myself that Jesus was rejected and overlooked so he probably felt hurt as well. In response, I wrote a poem to God showing my love hoping that even my small attempt at loving Him will please Him (see earlier post on Songs of Love).

Also, there were thoughts that tried to invoke self-condemnation within me, showing my sins from the past. I rebuked these thoughts as well, saying that the Blood of Christ washed away my sins and I am forgiven. I am new creation in Christ! I told myself that I am not tied to the past and what matters is I can learn from the past to do things differently for better. In addition to that, I cling to the faith that He will raise my corruptible body into incorruptible body with Christ reigning my heart!

Finally, there were doubting thoughts saying that God isn’t there, and I rebuked that quite strongly saying that I will wait upon the LORD and for His perfect timing. It is HIS timing not my own timing! He is always with me, whether if I’m asleep or awake. Even when I may not feel his presence, He is always there. So I will make sure I cling on His garment tightly and never let go.

So in short –
Arrows of forgiveness to shatter unforgiveness,
Balm of love wiping away unworthiness and rejection,
Blood of Christ washing away self-condemnation,
And finally, helmet of salvation to protect myself from doubts and confusions.

Works of the Flesh vs. Fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5:16-26
16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

Works of the Flesh – sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies.

Fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

Don’t put God in our own man-made box

We must strive for the truth and accurate understanding of what God intended to tell us. We cannot put God in our own man-made box of thinking. There has been many people who put up complicated theology, intriguing imaginations, and man-made rules that people must follow! They are like the Pharisees of the old – the one whom have myriad of rules. They think by possessing the right rules, having royal bloodline (the Jews), and having Abraham as their father that they are saved. Instead they burden people with cumbersome rules that no one can live up to. It is only by God’s grace and mercy that we are saved.

They will tell you that they are right and everyone else are wrong. But once people profess they have all the answer and the knowledge, they stop learning. Their mind is closed to further inquiry and additional learning. How can they learn more if they are assured they have the answers? I can point out some examples, some people who believe their church only possesses the correct ‘truth’, correct ‘theology’ and that everyone else is wrong. Some believe their bible translation is the only correct one, and others are not as ‘pure.’ (Whenever translating from one language to another, something get lost in the process. It could be the meaning, the context, or combination of both. This is why when we study the bible, we should not rely on only one translation but several translations and also to dig deep in the Word. Not only that, I do believe that Holy Spirit will speak to our heart regardless of any limitation translation may have.)

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting we should adopt moral relativism (which is a philosophy that suggests there is no truth, instead it is only relative depending on a person’s perspective). There are only one Truth, and only one way to God – that is through the blood of Christ. If we are to learn the truth, we must remain humble and be open to God’s voice. Sometimes pride could get in the way of hearing God’s gentle whisper because we have a man-made idea of what ought to be rather than the actual reality and the way God see it.

We should be of one body and one mind. He was not divided just as the churches are! These days, there are too many divisions in the churches. They are divided because we haven’t given up ourselves over to God. There are pride, quarreling, judgmental attitudes, those who water down God’s sacred word, and more! This is not what God intended. We must be of one mind, one in Christ. We can only do this if we decrease in Self and let Christ increase in ourselves so we can remain in Truth.

Snares

Lots of snares! I saw one, two, and multiples of them! There’s the snare of Pride, thinking that we are better than others, more important, more worthy.. These are stubborn and pops up too easily. The flesh doesn’t like when we humble ourselves and consider others higher than us. We have to keep remember that Jesus was worthy to receive Glory, Power, and more! But yet he humbled Himself to the point of sacrificing His blood for us, even when He was worthy of infinitely much more! He washed disciples’ feet and we can at least follow His example!

Another thing to help with pride issue is that all of us have sinned and probably have hurt someone at some point in our lives. Do we deserve to be treated well after what we done? Even one ‘tiniest’ sin is still considered abhorring in God’s sight. But in His infinite love, His blood sacrifice has covered multitudes of our sins and the least we can do is give Him our love and treat others well. Remember before you judge someone else or try to think yourselves better than other, look at your heart and what have you done before? Jesus said that let those without sin be the first to cast stone against the prostitute. Love God and love one another, if someone is sinning then rebuke that person gently but do not consider yourself better because of that person’s sin lest you think you are self-righteous like Pharisees of the old.

There are many snares out there, and I only mentioned one of them. Be alert and vigilant! Put on the full armor of God!

Ephesians 6:10-18 (NIV)
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.