“And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion.”
The apostle John was privileged to look within the gates of heaven, and in describing what he saw, he begins by saying, “I looked, and, lo, a Lamb!” This teaches us that the chief object of contemplation in the heavenly state is “the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sins of the world.” Nothing else attracted the apostle’s attention so much as the person of that Divine Being, who hath redeemed us by his blood. He is the theme of the songs of all glorified spirits and holy angels. Christian, here is joy for thee; thou hast looked, and thou hast seen the Lamb. Through thy tears thine eyes have seen the Lamb of God taking away thy sins. Rejoice, then. In a little while, when thine eyes shall have been wiped from tears, thou wilt see the same Lamb exalted on his throne. It is the joy of thy heart to hold daily fellowship with Jesus; thou shalt have the same joy to a higher degree in heaven; thou shalt enjoy the constant vision of his presence; thou shalt dwell with him forever. “I looked, and, lo, a Lamb!” Why, that Lamb is heaven itself; for as good Rutherford says, “Heaven and Christ are the same thing;” to be with Christ is to be in heaven, and to be in heaven is to be with Christ. That prisoner of the Lord very sweetly writes in one of his glowing letters—“O my Lord Jesus Christ, if I could be in heaven without thee, it would be a hell; and if I could be in hell, and have thee still, it would be a heaven to me, for thou art all the heaven I want.” It is true, is it not, Christian? Does not thy soul say so?
“Not all the harps above
Can make a heavenly place,
If God his residence remove,
Or but conceal his face.”
All thou needest to make thee blessed, supremely blessed, is “to be with Christ.”
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GOD does not give anyone more or stronger faith than He gives to others. In Romans 12:3 the Bible says “God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith“(KJV), meaning that everyone receives same measure of faith at the point of accepting Christ as their Lord and Savior.
That measure of faith is referred to in Matt 17:20 as “a grain of mustard seed“. Though it’s the smallest of seeds, yet with that level of faith, “you can say to the mountain, ‘move from here to there‘, and it will move. Nothing will be impossible to you.'”
We cannot talk about faith without mentioning Abraham who is our father of faith. The Bible said he was justified by faith. It was the same measure of faith which is by grace that Abraham received that we also receive today.(Rom. 4:11,16). What you do with your measure of faith to make it big and strong is entirely up to you.
For Abraham, he grew strong in his faith not only by belief, but also by countering his unbelief “he did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God.” Rom 4:20
Although your mustard seed faith can still move the mountain, God does not want you to remain at that level of faith. He wants each and every one of us to grow our faith bigger and stronger.
We should note that strong faith does not come from fasting longer time or praying very hard, but to what use we put our measure of faith.
“It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'” Matt 4:4
Just as we feed our physical body with bread for growth, the word of God is the food of the spirit by which we can make our faith to grow bigger. So, faith, and it’s growth comes from hearing the Gospel message of Christ Jesus(Rom. 10:17)
After feeding on the word, we also need to meditate on the word by spending enough time thinking about it of how it applies in practical terms to our situations and things we may encounter in our daily routines. We should know when our decisions and the actions we take are in the will of God or not. We can know this if His word is dwelling richly in our hearts and minds.(Col. 3:16)
- Do you know that faith can be fed to become very big but still be weak? Definitely! Just as the physical body, faith can be fed to grow but without exercise, it will be a weak faith. To exercise your faith simply means to act on the word you have heard, read, and believed. Yes, put the word to work and see how it performs.
Finally, to build a strong faith, you must at all times counter your doubts. The one thing that fights against our faith the most is DOUBT or unbelief. YES! Both faith and doubt are residing together in us and fighting against each other. Jesus said to Peter, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Matt. 14:31.
Peter also had the little grain of faith and at a time it could do great things for him even as to walk on water, but as soon as doubt overcame him, he began to sink.
In summary, do not doubt in your heart, but believe without wavering every word of God you have heard or read, then verbally declare them in specific areas of your life but more importantly, put them into action because a strong faith is a doing(action) faith.
Why did Jesus die?
God made us in His own image to relate and fellowship with Him. That relationship was broken because of Adam‘s disobedience in the garden of Eden. We all as a result were born with that ‘original sin‘. The Bible says “For as by one man‘s disobedience, many were made sinners..”. Rom. 5:12. Man’s relationship with God was affected because He is so holy and cannot bear to look at our sin.
Jesus is ‘the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world‘ to take away our sins. Being righteous and without blemish, He came and took upon Himself the punishment that was due to us. “and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself… having made peace through the blood of His cross” Col. 1:20
*Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.- Rom. 5:9*
And so, Christ is the long awaited Messiah who saves people from their sins and reconcile them to God for a new and everlasting covenant.(Isa. 55:3; Jer. 32:40; Luke 22:20)
The new covenant is for an everlasting life to be spent with God for those who have faith in Christ Jesus and His finished work at Calvary.
JESUS‘ RESURECTION is a triumph of good over evil, and life over death. By His resurrection, He has offered eternal life to everyone who has faith in Him and His finished work at Calvary which in itself is a big victory over eternal separation from God.
*And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.*
*He who has the Son has life; and he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. – 1 John 5:11,12*
As we celebrate Easter, we must keep in mind that Christ is the reason for the season. Jesus came with the message of hope, love, compassion, forgiveness and Salvation. He has already paid the price for our sins. He gave His life for the salvation of our souls. We all need to recognize the fact that we have a sinful nature and therefore need to confess our sins and ask God for forgiveness.
Have a blessed and happy Easter. As Jesus said “I am the resurrection and life” John 11:25. May the Lord guide, protect and keep you all in this season and all through your life’s journey.
THE diligent heart is that which is careful, does things on purpose and very reasonable. A Christian should be purposeful in everything he does because the Bible says for us to keep and guard our hearts with all vigilance “for it determines the course of your life” Prov. 4:23(NLT)
At the time we become a born again Christian, we receive a new heart and a new spirit that is of God. That was in fulfilment of God’s promise to take away our stubborn heart in exchange for the one that desires to be faithful. The new heart is that which is also receptive of God‘s Spirit and it‘s capable of pure thoughts “that make you eager to obey My laws and teachings” Ezek. 36:27
We do know that man is a spirit that has a soul and he lives in a body. With the new heart and a renewed spirit, you should be able to receive and live the life and nature of God.
*”Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come” 2 Cor. 5:17(NIV). this is made possible because God sent His Son Christ Jesus as a peace maker to reconcile us to Himself.*
The state of your heart as a Christian determines the extent that God’s Spirit will operate in you and in turn “influence everything else in your life” Prov. 4:23. That is the reason we need to guard our hearts diligently at all times so that from it we may bring forth good fruits.
The wisdom from above is first and foremost pure, then peace–loving, considerate, gentle, willing to yield to reason, compassionate, etc being the good fruits of a heart that is devoid of envy, selfish rivalry, unrest, and all sorts of evil & vile practices.(James 3:16,17)
On the inside of you is everything you need for a godly life given to you by God‘s divine power. So, whatever your needs in life are, you can nurture and bring them forth because they are already deposited in you “through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3
I pray that our mind is renewed and repositioned on a daily basis by the Word and the power of His Holy Spirit for a glorious life.