Love With Actions And In Truth

16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.
17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?
18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
1 John 3:16-18 (NIV)

I am still in the subject of love. What is love? Many people talks about it but very few know its true meaning. If you happen to be in a religious church, they will tell you they love you but what they really love is your money. So, if you happen to hear a religious preacher or a theologian telling you that he loves you, you should hold tightly to your wallet and run!

Verse 16 above tells us what love truly is, according to God’s personal opinion. In his view, love is real action. Jesus showed his love by laying down his life for us. Please note that Jesus had physically laid down his physically life at the physical cross. He did it openly for everyone to see. He did not do it spiritually. The God of the Bible is capable of doing things physically and promise blessings that can be proven including health and wealth.

This is the difference between the true believers of Jesus Christ and mere worshippers of theology. A true believer dares to believe what God says is true, including those things that can be proven physically like health and wealth. In contrast, theology worshippers can only believe in a God who promises things that cannot be proven. This is the reason why they despise health and wealth. Health and wealth become a stumbling block to them because these things can be proven objectively.

When they see believers who dare to believe in those things, they will persecute them with terms like, “prosperity gospel” as though God is allergic to prosperity.

The second part of Verse 16 tells us that since Jesus can lay down his life for us, we also ought to do the same for others. Does this mean we must also die? If that is true, I am out of here. I am not interested in joining a religion of death. Thank God, he explained it in the following verse, Verse 17.

Verse 17 tells us the meaning of laying down our lives for our brothers and sisters. When we have the love of God in us, we will have a natural pity to our brothers and sisters who are poor. We will to help them provided we have the material possessions to do so.

Do you see the implication here? All believers regardless of the rich or poor, who have the love of God in their hearts will have pity on others who are poor. They will want to help them materially. However, only the rich (with material possessions) can really do it.

This is another way of saying that God wants every believer to be rich in lots of material possessions.

In other words, Verse 17 is not a promotion for communism. God is not a communist.

Finally in Verse 18, we are exhorted in not just keeping our love in words only. Love is real action. If you have the love of God in your heart, you should act now. If are poor, God wants you to get rich so that you can used your riches to help the poor. If you are already rich, God wants you to be richer so that you can help even more poor people.
Don’t be selfish. This is the true meaning of love.

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Positive Thinking

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

If anyone is to doubt whether the Bible is truly a positive thinking book, the above verse should have made it clear. Being a Christian is not about going through rituals as practiced by religious churches. It is about changing the way we think, speak and response to the situations that are around us. In short, a Christian life is a life of positive thinking, positive speaking and positive responding at all times even if we are in a really bad situation.

If you bother to read through the Bible, you will be able to read stories on how godly people got into deep trouble that seemed to be impossible to get out. Yet, they chose to be positive and trust in the Lord as their deliverer. In the end, they managed to get out of the troubles with greater prosperity in their lives.

This is the second purpose of the Bible.

There are 2 functions of the Bible:
1. Show us how to secure our place in heaven.
2. Show us how to prosper in every area of our lives.

The first one is simple. All you have to do is to accept Jesus as your savior as specified in the First Layer Gospel and your future in heaven is secure.

Even religious churches like to use this as a marketing ploy to lure unsuspecting public to join their church.

(The difference between religious churches and true churches is the religious churches change their “gospel” the moment the non-believer becomes a believer. For example, they will tell the non-believers that the moment they believe in Jesus they will be able to go to heaven. After they believed, they will be taught to do many things to preserve their heaven membership. Should they fail in any of them, they will go to hell. )

Overall, the first function is very simple to deal with, simply because it cannot be proven. Who can provide any proof that the First Layer Gospel is false? So, you can preach about it without having to worry over anyone coming out with some counter proofs.

However, the second function is more difficult because it can be proven. This may be one of the reasons why most preachers are afraid to preach about it. They must be afraid of being proven wrong by hard evidence. Unfortunately, such cowardice has denied many Christians from the prosperity that God wants them to enjoy while they are still on earth.

This is the reason why I will not waste time in attending those counterfeit churches. As far as I am concern, I am already saved based on the authority of the First Layer Gospel. So, I do not need resaving. My interest is in the second function of the Bible. I want to have abundance of prosperity in every area of my life. This is why I only listen to real Bible based preachers.

Let us get back to the above verse. As you can see, the writer wanted his audience to think thoughts that are good. What can we learn from here? I can see 2 points:
1. Positive thinking is a regular practice.
2. Positive thinking is independent from any external circumstances.

The above verse seems to imply that the act of thinking positive requires effort. Not thinking negative does not count. If you really want to receive good things your life, you cannot afford to slack in this area. You need to be disciplined and set up specific time to think positive.

Second, the above verse does not place any conditions for that instruction. It does not tell us to think positive only when the external circumstances are positive. If you want to have good things in your life, your positive thinking routine must be continuous even if you are going through some rough passage in your life right now.

In fact, positive thinking is more crucial when we are physically in a bad situation.

Let me give you an example. Certain routines like drinking lots of water and having enough rest are good for our health. We should do it daily. However, if you are sick, these things are even more important to you. You need to do them more.

Likewise for our thought lives. I can never over-state the importance of maintaining a healthy thought life for it is the key to all the prosperity we ever desire. The choice is yours. Will you obey or disobey?

The Law Of Sowing And Reaping

7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
Galatians 6:7-10 (NIV)

This must be among the most repeated law in the Bible. I call this the natural law because it works at all times and for all people regardless of personal beliefs, race, culture and environment. This law is commonly known as The Law Of Sowing And Reaping.

The following are the characteristics of natural law:
1. It always works on you regardless of your faith in it.
2. It is neutral because it does not know the difference between good or evil.

So, if you use it for good, it will bring good into your life. If you use it for evil, it will bring evil into your life. The difference between those who believe in it and those who don’t is in their applications.

Those who believe in the existence of this law will tend to use it for their good. They will constantly sow the things the desire like health, wealth and success. As a result, they will reap the harvest of health, wealth and success in their lives.

In contrast, those who do not believe in this law will not bother to watch what they sow. Whenever they were influenced by the world around them, they will sow seeds of poverty, sickness and failures into their lives. As a result, they receive the harvest in kind.

This law is no longer a speculation. We can see its effect all around us.

Verse 7 begins by telling us not to be deceived because God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. This means anyone who denies the Law Of Sowing And Reaping is effectively mocking God. This is what the Bible says. Looks like God places a very heavy emphasis on this law. Logically, one will expect many churches to preach it.

Ironically, they don’t. Most churches would rather be deceived by the lies of theology than to believe in the truth of the Bible. The minority of churches who dare preach on this law are persecuted with labels like “prosperity gospel” as though it is not a part of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

In fact, this is my way of screening out true churches. When I evaluate whether a certain church is a true church or a counterfeit, I always ask this question, “Has this church been accused of preaching the prosperity gospel?”

If the answer is “yes”, then there is a probability that this is a true church because it dares to please God despite the persecution. If the answer is “no”, then I can be sure that this is just another counterfeit that seek to please men rather than God. I will not waste time going there.

Verse 8 tells us that this law works both for the flesh and the Spirit. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. It does not tell us whether we should sow to please the flesh or the Spirit because God assumes that we have enough common sense to choose eternal life, not destruction.

You can see similar patterns in the Bible. In many verses, God does not tell us what to do. He only gives us the result of certain actions. For example, he tells us that if we are greedy we will be poor but if we are generous, we will be rich. He does not tell us to be generous and not greedy. Why is that so? It must be in God’s personal opinion that we have the common sense to choose only the good things in life. He knows we will definitely choose to be rich and not poor. Since we want to be rich, we will want to be generous and not be greedy.

Therefore in Verse 8, God is appealing to our common sense to sow to please the Spirit because the benefits are great.

Verse 9 in an exhortation to us on not giving up. Read the verse again:

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

It begins by telling us not become weary in doing good. Why did he say that? The only logical reason is, not all our good works will produce good results immediately. If you have been living in the real world long enough, you must have realize that you can’t always see the desired results of doing good works. There were even times when we receive bad results from doing good works.

This is the problem Verse 9 is addressing. It basically says that we should not give up doing good just because we cannot see the desired results at this moment. Why? The second part of this verse says, “for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

The harvest will come at its proper time if we do not give up. Just because we cannot see our harvests, it does not mean that they don’t exist. God is working behind the scenes right now to prepare our harvests. Our roles as the recipients are to believe in his faithfulness, keep sowing our seeds and don’t give up. As long as we can hold our grounds, God guarantees us our harvests.

Once, we are convinced of this, we should do as Verse 10 says, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”

Look for opportunities to do good because when we do good, we are sowing good seeds. We will reap good harvests. Someone may ask, “What is good and what is not?” The answer is simple. You decide. What are the things that you consider as good that you want?

 Do you think having a lot of money is good? If you do, start by sowing seeds of money by giving money to those in need.

 Do you think having good health is good? If you do, start by sowing seeds of health by helping the sick people to gain health.

What are the other good things that you want to have? Sow in kind by giving to others. God guarantees that you will reap harvests in kind.

This is what I like about the God of the Bible after I have discovered his true nature. God is not a ruthless dictator who blackmails us into behaving like mindless drones who will obey all his instructions without question, as propagated by the theology infested churches. That is theology, a lie from the pit of hell.

The truth is, the God of the Bible values our individual freedom. He gives up the choice to choose what we want. He only provides the tools for us to get what we want. The Law Of Sowing And Reaping is just a tool for us to use. He hopes that we can use it wisely.

Riches Without Sorrow

22 The blessing of the LORD makes one rich. And He adds no sorrow with it.
Proverbs 10:22 (NKJV)

In today’s world, people think of riches in a very limited way. In China, some people shared the view that they prefer to cry in a BMW than to laugh on a trishaw. This is a way of saying that they prefer riches with sorrow than poverty with happiness.

On the other extreme, we have theological infested people think that it is better to be happy than to be rich.

In both cases, we can see a common theme in their thoughts. Both sides see riches and happiness as mutual exclusive. Yet, if you read the above verse, you can see that God does not share their views. In God’s view, riches and happiness come together. When the Lord blesses people, he made them both rich and happy.

This is what a Christian life is supposed to be, rich and happy. Unlike the carnal people, we don’t have to choose either one. We can have both.

Knowing this truth will set us free from the lies of theology. We do not have to be ashamed of our desire to be rich. Since God himself is not ashamed in wanting us to be rich, why should we be?

It is time for us to live boldly for the Lord. It is the will of our God for us to prosper and be in health as our souls prosper. Let us move forward in this direction. Let us prepare ourselves to receive the abundance of wealth and health the Lord has planned for us.

Please note also that the above verse does not come with the conditions relating to the state of the world’s economy. In other words, God wants us to be rich regardless of whether the economy is good or bad.

It is also independent from the believer’s capability and qualifications. As long as the Lord is your God, he will make you rich even if the situation around you looks impossible for him to do so. The Lord has been God for quite a long time. Our role is to trust him and believe that he knows how to do his job.

In conclusion, God is on our side. He wants us to be rich and happy. Our role is to align ourselves to his will. Let us look forward to the abundance of riches and happiness coming our way.

The Power Of Babel

6 The LORD said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.
Genesis 11:6 (NIV)

I have not been writing for quite some time because I have been too busy at work. For this article, I really have to make time to write.

This is the second time I write on the above passage. In the first article, I have a lot of comments from my readers quoting many verses from the rest of the Bible on how great and powerful God is. However, I was not reading other parts of the Bible. I was reading Genesis 11.

Likewise, I shall base my analysis on what was written on this chapter.

I find this chapter very encouraging because it contains the admission from the Almighty God himself on how mighty our species can be when we are truly united. It also reveals that God himself has given us too much power.

Let me start with the background.

After the flood, humanity begun to thrive. They were united and their unity gave them great powers. If you read the first part of Genesis 11, you will find that they were quite democratic. They were not forced by anyone. The decision to build a tower was agreed willingly. They wanted a tower as a centre of their civilization. Based on today’s norm, it is quite normal. So, why is there a fuss?

How do you think God would have responded if you have never read this chapter? I would have thought God to ignore them. After all, what can some puny humans do by building a tower? God should not have waste this time on them.

However, God responded differently.

6 The LORD said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.
7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
Genesis 11:6-7 (NIV)

Was God drunk? Was he high on drugs? Did he have mental problems?

If you can believe that God can never be drunk, on drugs or suffer from any mental disorder, you got to admit that he was terrified, if not worried from the activities of those humans.

What was he afraid of? Based on his own words, it seems that God was afraid those people became too powerful. God was concerned that their common language gave them unity. This, in turn would have propel them to state where nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Wow, I like to be one of them, if God did not mess up their potential.

In fact, God was so afraid that he took immediate action to confuse their language and the rest is history.

Let us stop and think for a while. If these people (who are our ancestor) can be so powerful (based on God’s own testimony) even though they have no regards to God, how much more for believers like us who are on God’s side.

This simply means that God has given us the potential to achieve great things even things that are thought to be “impossible”. In short, we are designed to achieve anything we want no matter how impossible it seems.

Those people in the passage belong to the same species as us. If they can reach the state where nothing is impossible for them, why not you and me? Just remember to be on God’s side so that he will not confuse your language.

In conclusion, I am convinced beyond doubt that as a member of the human species, I have the potential to reach the state that nothing is impossible for me. Since God is with me, who can be against me?

Doing The Word

22Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
23Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror
24and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.
25But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.
James 1:22-25 (NIV)

Today’s topic is on doing God’s Word. As I have stated many times in this blog, God did not give us the Bible to worship or create theology out of it. The Bible itself is a living Word of God and its function is to serve us as our tool for our prosperity. In short, God made his Word for us. He did not make us for his Word.

To emphasize the point, God did not send his Son to die for the sins of the Bible. Jesus died for us, not the Bible. The Bible is our servant for our use. Our role as Christians is to use it. We use the Bible by doing what it says. This is what James 1:22 is all about.

Verse 23 tells us what happens when we read the Bible and not putting what we have read into use. We will be like a man looks at his face in a mirror and after looking at himself, goes away immediately forgetting what he looks like. So, reading the Bible without putting it to use is as good as not reading it. It is a waste of time.

Time is precious. Don’t waste it. If you have no intention to put the Bible to use, don’t read it. If you want to read the Bible, make sure you put it into use.

Verse 24 tells us the benefits of putting the Bible into use. We will have access to God’s perfect law. Through this law, we can have perfect freedom and be blessed in what we do. I find this to be a great incentive to read the Bible.

I want freedom and blessing. Please note that the Bible never said the blessing of God as everything minus health and wealth. The blessing of God will give us everything we desire. What do you want that makes you happy? God’s blessing will give them to you even if these items are politically incorrect like a lot of money. God is not restricted by political correctness.

In conclusion, use the Bible. The Bible is designed to function as a servant or a tool for our use. Our role is to use it. Read the Bible and put what you have read into practical use. Soon, you will find yourself prospering in all things and be in good health as your soul prospers. This is the Bible in action.

Life Giving Commandments

93 I will never forget your commandments, for by them you give me life.
Psalm 119:93 (NLT)

Today, I want to write on God’s commandments. If you have been attending some religious churches, you will find this term to be very politically correct. You will not be accused of “prosperity gospel” or “cheap grace” when you fill your sentences with “God’s commandments”.

Therefore, writing on this topic should be very safe for me. The theologians and doctrine worshippers will not be angry with me because they may think I am singing the same tune as them. However, if you have known me for some time you will realize that I have no intention to please those heretics.

As far as I am concern, I am only interested in finding out the truth and use it for my prosperity. Let me assure you that the contents in this article will not be approved by any religious church.

Let us begin by exploring the term “commandment” in the Bible. What does that mean?

My first church was religious and infested with theology. When I was there, I thought of this term as things I must do as a Christian. If I fail to obey God’s commandments, God will either send me to hell or do some perverted things to me like giving me Aids. Once, I really thought I would not be able to go to heaven unless I join at least one mission trip. Thus, my life in this church was like a living hell.

I thank God because he has set me free from the lies of my first church. Today, I no longer think of the word “commandment” as a blackmail. This word is now a positive word to me. The above verse explains it.

As shown in the above verse, the writer told God that he will never forget God’s commandments because they were the instruments to give him life. He did not view God’s commandments as a blackmail. Instead, he saw them as something good that will improve his life on earth. This happens to be my view as well.

What does this supposed to mean?

First, you must reject the theological lies that you must obey God’s commandments at all cost or God will punish you. God is not a terrorist. He does not blackmail. Unlike the theologians, God has integrity.

Second, you must learn the truth that sets you free. The truth is, God designed his commandments with the intention of giving us good lives. In other words, God’s commandments are our tools for us to achieve prosperity in every area in our lives.

We should not feel threatened each time we come across this word. Instead we should rejoice because we have received another tool for our prosperity.

Third, always keep in mind that you have the choice and the right to reject any of God’s commandments. When you do that, God will still love you. He will never send you to hell or do any perverted things to you. As Christians, we have the right to disobey God and still go to heaven. Thus we are never threatened into obedience.

Forth, we must be aware that though God will never punish us for disobeying his commandments, there are still consequences of our disobedience.

Let me give you an example.

God wants you not to smoke. You can choose to disobey him and smoke as much as you want. If you keep doing it, your health may suffer and you might even get lung cancer. When that happens, you must realize that God is not the one who gave you that lung cancer. The lung cancer was caused by nicotine, not God. God is not nicotine and nicotine is not God.

God’s will for us is always for us to live better lives. God wants us to have more wealth (includes more money), better health, better relationships and greater prosperity in all things. Therefore, all his commandments were designed as tools for us to achieve greater prosperity in our lives. We use these tools by obeying them.

What if we choose to disobey them and even do the opposite? In this case, we will receive the opposite of “prosperity in every area of our lives”. When that happens, it is not the will of God for us to be poor. It is our will and we exercise it by no using the tools God has given us.

In conclusion, the choice is yours. Do you want to obey God’s commandments?