The First Commandment

26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Genesis 1:26-28 (NKJV)

What did you think of when you first saw this title? I suspect many Christians would have thought of something they must obey at all cost whenever they came across the term “Commandment”. I call this the curse of theology. Anyone who is under this curse will see himself or herself as a mindless drone slave whose role is only to obey all the commandments from God.

Such people will think that they are only behaving as real Christians and expect all Christians to be like them. So, when they see Christians like myself who does not behave like a mindless drone, they were quick to persecute me with terms like “self-professed Christian” as though I have lost my salvation.

The question here is, are they right? Are the theologically infested Christians right in their insistent that all Christians must obey God without question like mindless drones? The answer is no. The Bible says otherwise.

There are many verses scattered throughout the Bible stressing the truth that Christians are not meant to be mindless drones. The above verse is one of them.

I put the above passage because it contains the first words God spoke to man. This is why I call it the First Commandment. Since it is the first words God spoke to man, it must be his will for everyone who chooses to follow him.

What are God’s first words to man? Let us look into it again.

28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Genesis 1:28 (NKJV)

What was God saying? He wanted the human race to take charge over the earth. We were made to be the masters over this earth and everything in it. We are not called to be mindless drones whose role is to obey God without question. We are the boss here on this earth. We make the decisions on what we want and don’t want.

We were designed to subdue this earth and have dominion over all the living things over it. God expects us to be kings. Here is another passage from the New Testament on this truth.

13 I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate,
14 that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing,
15 which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords,
16 who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.
1 Timothy 6:13-16 (NKJV)

Please note the term “King of kings and Lord of lords” that is used to describe Jesus. Do you understand what this means?

Jesus is the King only to the kings and the Lord only to the lords. Jesus is not the king for beggars, pauper or losers. So, if you happen to be a beggar, pauper or a loser, Jesus is not your king. If you really want Jesus to be your king, you have to be a king yourself. Being a king means to be rich and powerful.

Those who do not know the Bible will translate this as Jesus being elitist. This is the furthest from the truth. Jesus cares for all of us no matter how bad our conditions are. His priority is lift us up to his glory which covers prosperity in every area in our lives. Those who despise prosperity are effectively despising Jesus.

If you are a Christian, you are effectively being restored to the position of Adam in Genesis 1:26-28. You are now a king over your environment. This is why Jesus is only willing to be the King of kings. Jesus is my King because I am a king.

What does this revelation means to you? Let me share with you its impact on me.

First it means I am the boss. I have the right to think what I want to think, desire what to desire, say what I want to say and do what I want to do. I have complete freedom to follow my heart. Let me give you an example:

When I feel like going to the toilet, I go to the toilet. I do not pray to ask for God’s permission. Neither do I search the Bible to find out whether it is doctrinally correct to go to the toilet.

The same happens in other areas in my life. I live a holy life because I want to, not because I have to. This means I can always sin if I want to. It also means that I am not bothered to put up any pretenses. Throughout this blog, anyone can see very clearly that I have been completely truthful and never hide my true intentions.

This is freedom.

Secondly, this revelation tells me that I can change my environment if I want to. At this moment, I am not very rich. This is why, I want to have millions dollars flowing into my bank account everyday. After I have received my first million dollars, my next target is to obtain my first billion. After I got my first billion, I will go for my first trillion. After that, it will be my first quadrillion dollars.

This is my desire and I am not ashamed to declare it. Not only that I want it to materialize using this truth. I don’t care how bad the situation around me is. I don’t care how bad the economy is. All I know is, my God has given me the power and authority to change my environment. It is my will to use this power and authority to fulfill all my desires.

I want my million, billion, trillion and quadrillion dollars. The richer I get, the better the world is. More people will be delivered from starvation, sickness and hopelessness when I get richer. I love to see people being delivered from hopelessness. This is the main reason why I want to have lots of money. Of course, I have never denied my desire to live like a king. After all, I am a king.

Therefore, by the authority of Jesus’ death at the Cross, I command the riches of the world, consisting of million, billion, trillion and quadrillion dollars to come to me.

This is my revelation from the First Commandment. How about yours?

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Where Is The Money?

6 In the house of the righteous there is much treasure, But in the revenue of the wicked is trouble.
Proverbs 15:6 (NKJV)

Yesterday, I wrote on the guarantee of riches to all who had chosen to believe. Proverbs 15:6 is one of the many verses in the Bible that provides this guarantee. I am sure many will ask, “Where is the money?”

Since God has guaranteed riches to me, then why am I not rich? Where can I find the riches that God wants me to possess? The answer is right in the same verse stated above.

“In the house of the righteous there is much treasure,”

Your treasure is in your house. What does this means? The term “house” refers to the place that we have full access in. God did not put our riches in a far away place where we have to strive to get them. Our riches is in our own houses. They are right there in front of us. They are within our reach.

What we need is the discernment from God to identify them and the wisdom from God to turn them into real assets. This is God’s way for us to get rich. We do not strive to chase after money. We focus on serving our God. Money will strive and chase after us.

Knowing this truth will set us free. We will no longer be tempted to commit any wrongdoings for money. We are no longer compelled to sacrifice our health, families and integrity for the sake of money.

Money is not our master. It is our servant. We are not obligated to serve it. It is obligated to serve us.

Jesus has set us free from the rat race. We are free to live godly lives and be rich at the same time.

In conclusion, your treasure is in your house. Make your house your top priority. You will soon be as rich as you want to be.

House Of The Righteous

6 In the house of the righteous there is much treasure, But in the revenue of the wicked is trouble.
Proverbs 15:6 (NKJV)

In the previous article, we can see that God sees every believer as righteous regardless of their past. No matter what bad things or mistakes you have made in the past, God still sees you as righteous if you believe in him. This is the main benefit of becoming believers.

This principle has been used by many churches as a marketing gimmick to lure the unsuspecting public to become their believers. Once their prey were caught and become believers, the Gospel changes. This is the common practice of religious churches.

Since, we are not subjected to the bondage of religion, we can afford to ignore their amendments. As far as we are concern, the message of salvation is still valid even after we became Christians. We are always seen as righteous in the eyes of God regardless of our actions, may they be past, present and future.

Those who think like me will undoubtedly ask a very important question. What is in for me? How can I benefit from becoming righteous?

The answer is in the above verse.

“In the house of the righteous there is much treasure”

This means God guaranteed with riches. Please note that the verse does not say “spiritual treasure”. It says treasure. Having a lot of money is included. I believe what it says. All Christians are destined to be rich from the moment they believed.

Right now, I can easily predict a lot of people pointing out to a lot of poor and not rich enough Christians to prove me wrong. My answer is simple. I did not write the Bible. The Bible is the Word Of God, not the Word Of Yeap Chee Seng. Therefore, God is the one who should be held accountable for these poor and not rich enough Christians.

As for me and my household, we choose to believe in what the Bible says. We believe in the faithfulness of our God. We believe our God will fulfill all the promises he made to us including the promise to make us rich in every area of our lives. I look forward to the great riches coming my way.

Righteousness From God

22This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference,
23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
24and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
Romans 3:22-24 (NIV)

This is another passage that scares the theologians. It speaks of righteousness that comes from God to all who believe in Jesus.

In religious churches, this passage will only be used in evangelistic rally to induce people to become Christians and members of their church. After the victims (converts) became Christians, they were told that God expects them to be righteous. Being righteous means obeying the list of dos and don’ts from the church.

Whatever the variation on the meaning of the word “righteous” among religious churches, the common denominator is, it is something we must do to please God or he might give us some thorns in the flesh to show us his sufficient grace.

Yet, the above passage tells us otherwise. Being righteous is not the result of what we do or what we have done. It is a gift, given to us the moment we believe in Jesus. Verse 22 tells us very clearly that righteousness comes from God and we receive it through faith in Jesus. So, it has nothing to do with whether we have sinned or not sinned.

Verse 23 to 24 elaborate further on the issue of sin. All of us have sinned and fell short of the glory of God. However, Jesus’ works at the Cross, had caused us to be justified freely by his grace. This means the moment we believed, God sees us as righteous regardless of all our actions: past, present and future. Whatever sins you have committed will not make any difference.

Here is the shocking part. If you are a Christian, you can sin all you want. God still sees you as righteous and your place in heaven is still guaranteed. Those who cannot comprehend this truth will use the term “cheap grace” to persecute true Christians like myself. Regardless of their persecution, the truth prevails. The above passage has made it clear.

This also means that when you see true Christians like myself not living in sin, it is because sin is no longer my nature. I am not threatened nor blackmailed into living holy life. I live holy life because holiness is my nature. This is the true Christian living.