Are you really okay?

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Are you really okay?

If you think you’re okay despite what other people say, because society’s standards have changed and everybody’s messed up anyway, and that you’re doing your best considering what you have to deal with everyday — if this is how you feel when you say you’re okay — then chances are, you’re not.

The first step to being truly okay — a state of having inner joy, contentment and peace of mind– begins with first admitting that something in your life is missing, broken, not quite alright, or simply wrong. We need to admit that we need to be fixed before somebody can fix us. We have to stop being proud of the mess we are in and face the reality that we are like “lost sheep who have gone astray; each one has turned to our own way (Isaiah 53:6).” Only when we have humbled ourselves to accept this will we be able to turn to the only one who can truly set us free: free from the bondage of past sins, free from addictions, free from desires that cause us shame deep in our hearts (for we have all been given that still small voice inside us we call conscience; we know what is wrong and right–we simply choose not to listen until that small voice is silenced from making us feel guilty for choosing the wrong things), free from the worldly pressures of having to make a name for ourselves, to always be conscious of how we look, dress, and act, free from having to pretend to smile and enjoy the company we share just because we do not want to be left alone and free from having to choose not the best among the rest but the lesser of two evils.

Jesus came into this world to set us free. He tells us in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Jesus came into the world to save us from our sins and give us real peace. But until we see our true condition, we won’t see the need for a savior. We will remain broken, messed up, not quite alright, just making the most out of our mediocre lives, thinking all is well and nothing better exists. And that, my friend, is a lie. For God has so much more in store for us, if we only ask Him to come into our lives.

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” – John 10:10

Satan wants us to continue to believe in the lie that we are okay so he can steal from us the blessings of God. He has blinded us from the truth under the disguise of, “modernism,” “equality,” and “popularity” among others. And so we justify what we do and how we live using these lies. But you know as well as I do that when we continue to in live this way, deep in our hearts we know we have done wrong, and we are not in peace. For the truth is, unless we have accepted the peace that comes from Christ, we will never be okay.

Who will NOT inherit the kingdom of God?

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1 Corinthians 6:9-11
“Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

I haven’t been able to follow the news, but from what I read, I do agree with Ms. Miriam Quiambao when she said that sexual immorality is a sin. This was not her idea; this is what we are taught in the bible. Gay or straight, having immoral sexual relationships is a sin. But let us not judge others, for the verse above includes idolaters (many idolize money or famous people), thieves (How honest are we really with our taxes? There are many forms of stealing and they all fall in this category), slanderers (Almost anyone i know has engaged in “chismis” at one time or another; Whether we purposely speak falsely against another person, or simply spread the word, we are guilty). The bible tells us that in Romans 3:23 that “all fall short of the glory of God” and in Romans 3:10 that, “No one is righteous, not even one.”

We are all guilty of sin. It doesn’t matter how big or small our sins are…we are all sinners and therefore wicked, and this will prevent us from entering the kingdom of God. Only by the blood of Jesus can we be washed and made worthy — not by our works — but only by God’s grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9). And God promises us this, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Our work is this: to believe in Jesus Christ and allow Him to take control of our lives so that by the Spirit of God, we can overcome our sinful desires and do our best to live holy lives.

We do not need to live in fear of what other people will think of us, for when we receive Christ, we are set free from the bondage of sin. And “if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36)

Faith, Hope and Lotsa Love!

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“Faith, Hope and Love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)

As Christians, “we walk by FAITH, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). As we strive by God’s grace and by the help of the Holy Spirit to make our lives worthy of our calling, putting aside our selfish and worldly desires and doing our best to live godly lives, we eagerly await the “blessed HOPE, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:11-13). And we do this as we humbly dedicate our lives to our Lord; LOVING Him with all that we are and with all that we’ve got (Deuteronomy 6:5).