The Story of Jesus

Throughout the old testament, we find that the story of Jesus is portrayed multiple times for our perusal. We find many people who were a type of Christ to give ignorant people a clue of what was to come…

God provided a sacrifice when he tested Abraham.

Genesis 22:13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.

Joseph was a type of Christ. He had a great inheritance waiting for him. He was royalty. However, he was thrown in a pit, sold as a slave, fled temptation only to be falsely accused, jailed and forgotten. All this, just so that he could save Egypt and the surrounding countries from the impending despair of a seven year famine.

Genesis 50:20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

Esther was placed strategically to save a nation.

Esther 4:14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

 

Then Jesus arrived on the scene. He saved His people, fought for their freedom, loved them, helped the poor and His life transformed them. He resisted temptation when it paid a visit. He became a sacrifice for the people who rejected Him, He lived and died for them.

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

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But the question is: Does the story of Jesus end there?

Or do we continue to live it? Does it still ring out in our lives? Just like every story in the Bible that proclaimed Jesus, our story must do the same.

Are we resisting temptation? Are we loving others? Are we laying down our lives for the sake of Christ? Do we sacrifice our lives for the sake of Christ? Do we help the poor? Are we there for the abandoned and the forgotten? Do we tell others the Truth? Do we reach out to the lost? Are we rescuing others from the fire that is being heated more every day as the end draws near? Are we the continuation of the story of Jesus?

You have a choice whether His story rings out in every move you make. Others are reading yor story, make sure He’s the main character…

Should Women Wear Pants?

I have recently been added to a group chat on Facebook and they have been posting warnings about women who wear trousers, claiming that any women who wore trousers will go to hell. Intrigued by the comments, I asked them where does it say this in the Bible?

Someone commented with a scripture, Deuteronomy 22:5 which says the following:

There shall not be an article (keli) of a man upon a woman, and a man shall not put on a wrapper of (simlat) a woman, because everyone doing (who does) these (things) is an abomination of (unto) the Lord your God.

Apart from the fact that ‘trousers’ is not mentioned here, trousers never even exist back then. So where do these people come from with their crazy teachings? Is this legalism or truth? I knew a girl who was in the engineering trade who disbelieved in women wearing pants. However, when it was time for practicals in a workshop, she wore overalls pants with a t-shirt. Her excuse was that it was for work which makes it okay. It’s like a Seventh Day Adventist working on the Sabbath because he had to respect authority. Can you really have double standards?

As in all my blog post, if you want to find out if something is either good or bad, find out the origin.

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So where did pants come from? Who invented it? Well, it was invented by the Amazon people, where men and women wore it for battle. this was around the 10th century BC. Also, the whole reason why they even invented trousers was for horseback riding. 

After many years of robes, dresses and skirts, trousers made a comeback in the 1400’s for horseback riding. Only high class individuals used them and it became a fashion afterwards. It is said that women only began to start wearing pants recently because it was against the constitutional law to do so. Eventually, they became a norm. One must understand that pants is not exactly unisex but are made differently for each gender. For example, they made Feminalia pants for women which were skinny and tight around the calves while the ones made for men were much broader.

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So in conclusion, trousers is not mens clothing. if that’s the case, then so will be every t-shirt, every belt that goes around a skirt, every hat, every shirt or blouse. The difference between these clothing items is that they are made feminine or masculine. it’s all in the shape of the clothing. If you look at the picture below, you will find that there is not much difference between the two besides the shape and design.

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A women should avoid wearing skinny jeans, not only does it restrict blood flow in your legs but it also does not show chastity. A godly women does not wear tight clothing to show her body shape to men. She dresses in a modest way that pleases God. Men should avoid wearing skinny jeans! Before you judge women about wearing pants, make sure you are living right. Women shouldn’t wear mens clothing such as formal trousers apart from the ones designed for women. I would rather have a woman walk into my church with jeans on than for her to swing by with a short skirt and a crop top that displays the worlds standards for women. A women should dress according to scripture and not according to worldly fashions.

The Search For Love

Open the search engine and type it in

Surf through every link

Skim through every textbook

Research every archive

Browse in every library

Open every treasure chest

Inspect every attic

Break beyond the atmosphere

Gaze at every star

Exam the Milky way

Scrutinize every galaxy

The Sun mourns its absence

The moon wails its truancy

Where is love?

 

Dive into the deepest sea

Hunt the darkest jungle

Discover the treacherous caves

Climb the highest mountains

Descend the lowest mountains

Mine the stubborn ground

Until it is successfully found

Pursue every hurricane

Rummage the inside of every volcano

Interrogate every earthquake

Question the tsunami

Investigate every avalanche

Study the drought

Where can love be found?

 

Can such a question be posed at humanity?

Will mankind be able to answer?

Do they keep it locked up in casket?

Or carry it around in a basket?

No one questions its absence?

Has hearts been emptied out?

To create space for selfishness?

It cannot be sold, can it?

If it could, would they ban it?

Did they adopt a replacement?

Or has a clone been made?

Are we happy with the prop?

It’s placed here and there

To make life easy to bear

 

I hope you find true love, I really do.

But first, take in this clue

You must disown you

To make something new

 

 

 

 

Book Review #3: Christian Sex Ed

We live in a time where churches do not preach about sex. Young people are not being taught about a biblical way of relationships which causes young Christians to end up broken and with sexual addictions. Dane Fragger, the author of Christian Sex Ed has researched much of the statistics of sexual addictions such as masturbation and pornography. Now when we think about these taboo acts, we mostly think of perverted men. Truth is, women are also in chains with these demonic addictions. 85% of Christians are addicted to pornography according to statistical research done by Dane Fragger. Now the church doesn’t really help because people are ashamed of their actions and are afraid to seek help for fear of being judged and looked upon in a different light.

I read the book within 3 hours due to the way it captivates the reader. (It was actually supposed to be read by a chapter a day) The book is raw and dives straight to the point and it takes no prisoners. I recommend the book as it is designed to set those in bondage free. I was a bit disturbed with the number of times the word ‘sex’ was used in that book but I felt God say: Would you rather let the world teach Christians on a different version of sex? Because that happens every single day. This is the manual of purity. You purchase his book from Amazon.

 

Dane Fragger is the founder of Christian Sex Ed. Ministries. Millions of believers around the world who desire to learn about dating, sex, and sexual purity view his content each month.  Christian Sex Ed: Everything You Need To Know About Sex and Purity.

Over the last couple of years, Dane has been interviewed on national television and by several highly esteemed radio stations and podcasts. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is working towards a master’s degree in Biblical Studies. He is also a graduate of Word of Life Bible Institute. Dane has been in ministry for eight years and currently serves as a pastor on staff in Los Angeles, California, where he lives with his beautiful wife, Asia, and lovely daughters, Eliana and Elizabeth.

 

Walls

In the figurative sense, everyone is building walls in their lives. They are also pulling down some of them. To live as a Christian, we need to make sure that we are building the right walls and that we destroying the walls that are supposed to be destroyed. If you have no idea what you are doing in your life, chances are, you are destroying your own fortresses while giving a helping hand to your enemy’s territory. That’s one of the worst things you can do to yourself.

In Joshua 6, the Israelites had to conquer Jericho. In doing so, they had to march around the city a total of 13 times! 

20 So when the rams’ horns sounded, the people shouted. When they heard the blast of the horn, the people gave a great shout, and the wall collapsed.

In this scripture, we find that you can’t really destroy the walls of sin and bondage by yourself. You have to leave at God’s feet. Good works can’t help you and neither will your own strength. You have to trust God. You can’t save yourself. Religious people tend to make their beliefs all about themselves, but its not. It’s about Jesus! He saved everyone, not you. You haven’t saved yourself by living a righteous life. You are obeying God for the sake of your own salvation and livelihood. Living holy doesn’t do God a favour, it draws you closer to your life source. Living Holy helps you. So trust in God to be holy, your own actions won’t help. Your actions don’t make you Holy. God’s Holiness in you gives you the desire to make the right decisions. Strange enough, after they conquered Jericho, Joshua pronounced a curse over it.

26 At that time Joshua invoked this solemn oath:

“Cursed before the LORD is the man who rises up

and rebuilds this city, Jericho;

at the cost of his firstborn

he will lay its foundations;

at the cost of his youngest

he will set up its gates.”

 

Are you rebuilding the walls that God destroyed for you? Are you involved in the things that Jesus set you free from? Are you involved in the dark when God has brought you into the light? 

Are you not practically calling a curse over yourself?

1 Kings 16:34

In Ahab’s time, Hiel of Bethel rebuilt Jericho. He laid its foundations at the cost of his firstborn son Abiram, and he set up its gates at the cost of his youngest son Segub, in accordance with the word of the LORD spoken by Joshua son of Nun.

Hiel decided to rebuild Jericho which must have been a ridiculous move to make. He lost two of his sons because of the curse. How many of us are trying to throw a curse over our lives? Jesus broke the chains and broke the curse but we still want to play with it. Don’t go back to your sin. Don’t go back to the past that God set you free from. It doesn’t mean that you will lose your children. It means that whatever you were planning might be destroyed or delayed. In ancient times, sons represented prosperity and wealth. It was the pride of every man. You could not only lose your purpose but lose track of it. So you have to be careful about what you do. We will speak more about the consequences of building the wrong walls further on.

If you fast track through time, you will come across the time of Solomon. He had to build the temple of the Lord. It took him 7 years to build it. That tells us something. It is far easier to destroy a wall than to build one. So be careful what you use your time for. It could cause you to lose more time. Time is precious. When you could be accomplishing something great for Jesus, sin might take that time for recovery from the damage it causes. Watch out!

The temple had a great design. It was made out of the best materials and had the most expensive labour. That is the walls of righteousness. The best of everything. It is truly expensive. It’s worth the time because it is for God. If you build for people, you are probably building a pillar of salt. Look towards Jesus, don’t look back.

However, after Solomon died and other kings came around, they started to worship other gods. Abandoning God caused other nations to lay siege to Jerusalem. When the Glory of God departed from the temple, other nations came and destroyed the temple. They set it on fire and stole all of the articles.

Ezra and Nehemiah were two radical Israelites who decided to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. The walls had holes and were practically in pieces. It was much more difficult to build the walls now than it was back then because of the conditions and circumstances that surrounded them. When you are building the walls of righteousness and you abandon it, to get back to it is much more difficult. Nevertheless, Ezra and Nehemiah managed to complete the walls. 

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But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy.

As much as the walls were completed, the Levite priest who had seen the temple at its original condition mourned. It just wasn’t the same. There were many differences. If you abandon your calling for worldly things, getting back to it just won’t be the same again. It’s like marriage, after an affair there may be reconciliation but the marriage just won’t be the same again. Trust will always be lacking. It is sad to see that even in the church today, many are no longer focused on the walls of marriage anymore. They are too busy being distracted by the bulldozer of lust. 

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With this in mind, sin distracts you from doing what you called to do. It wastes your time as you chasing that which is unnecessary. And if you get back to what you were supposed to be doing, yo find that you have lost valuable time and that things are not the same as it was before. Trust is lost. Most people will be living with shame and guilt. Hating themselves for making those mistakes. The bottom line is that no one is without sin. Everyone makes mistakes. Even David did. He wrote Psalms 51 when he cheated on Uriah’s wife, Bathsheba.

Have mercy on me, O God,

according to Your loving devotion;

according to Your great compassion,

blot out my transgressions.

2Wash me clean of my iniquity

and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I know my transgressions,

and my sin is always before me.

4 Against You, You only, have I sinned

and done what is evil in Your sight

so that You may be proved right when You speak

and blameless when You judge.

5 Surely I was brought forth in iniquity;

I was sinful when my mother conceived me.

6 Surely You desire truth in the inmost being;

You teach me wisdom in the inmost place.

7 Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean;

wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

8 Let me hear joy and gladness;

let the bones You have crushed rejoice.

9 Hide Your face from my sins

and blot out all my iniquities.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,

and renew a right spirit within me.

11 Cast me not away from Your presence;

take not Your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,

and sustain me with a willing spirit.

13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,

and sinners will return to You.

14 Deliver me from bloodguilt, O God,

the God of my salvation,

and my tongue will sing of Your righteousness.

15 O Lord, open my lips,

and my mouth will declare Your praise.

16 For You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;

You take no pleasure in burnt offerings.

17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;

a broken and a contrite heart,

O God, You will not despise.

18 In Your good pleasure, cause Zion to prosper;

build up the walls of Jerusalem.

19 Then You will delight in righteous sacrifices,

in whole burnt offerings;

then bulls will be offered on Your altar.

 

Did you notice that David asked God to build up the walls of Jerusalem?