Thursday, January 29, 2009
The reason why our resolve to withstand temptations and the allures of the flesh always fails is because we identify with the wrong self. We always identify with our physical, emotional or mental bodies that is why we succumb to the overpowering onslaught of temptations. We say we are angry or we are sad when in fact it is our emotional body who is angry or sad. Or we say we feel weak or sick when in fact it is our physical body who feels this way. Or we are easily offended when others criticize us when it is our mental body and our pride that are offended. We are prisoners of our own cravings, desires and covetousness for things that seem good to the senses and the mind. We always desire things and we consummate these desires in our imaginations. Sometimes these imaginations become virtual obsessions which may lead to uncontrollable immoral or even criminal acts.
What the Bible means when it says that man was created in the image and likeness of God was that man as spirit is similar to God. Remember God is Spirit and if man was likened to God, the likeness is with man as spirit and not man as physical, emotional or mental bodies. The physical bodies that we so pamper now will someday rot and decay after we die. Not so with our spirit. It will soar to greater heights, to the dimension it is intended to dwell on after our physical death.
When the Lord returns and all creatures living and dead are called forth to account for what they did while still alive, the bodies that will resurrect will be glorified bodies who will no longer be limited by time and space. Those who have accepted Christ as Lord and savior and have walked faithfully in the will of God will be rewarded with eternal life in the presence of the Lord. Those who rejected Christ (or who have not accepted Him) and who lived sinful and unrepentant lives will be condemned to eternal death together with Satan and his cohorts. It is for us to choose whom we will serve- Jesus Christ or the lord of the world-Satan.
Tags: God, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, True Self, Spirit, Physical Body, Emotional Body, Mental Body, Temptations, Allures of the Flesh, Resurrection, Glorified Body, Lord and Savior, Sinful Unrepentant Lives, Lord of the World
Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla
Sunday, January 25, 2009
God promised to those who will obey Him and walk in His ways, divine providence for all their needs despite prevailing conditions in the world. In times of drought and famine, the children of God shall be satisfied. Nothing is impossible with God for those who believe in Him. Even in the desert, God provided manna to the Jews. When God, through the prophet Elijah, closed the heavens and it did not rain for two years, God sustained Elijah through a raven that brought him food every day.
Amidst all the belt tightening and the panic being exhibited by most people of the world, the children of God should relax and do their daily chores in all equanimity and peace, knowing that God will sustain them in all their needs. This is the time to increase living faith as opposed to the fears and anxieties of the men of the world. Many big companies and the economies of the most powerful nations of the world have come crashing down. God has promised that it is He who decrees who should rise and and who should fall. The wise men of the world, the economic wizards, the all powerful tycoons have all come crashing down to earth. Where is the boast of man that "he is the captain of his ship and the master of his soul?" Man is helpless when God ordains. But thanks God, the children of God are shielded from the tribulations of the world. "Seek you first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you." (Matthew 6:33)
Tags: God, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, Depression, Economic Collapse, Wall St., Children of God, Wise Men of the World, Economic Wizards, Powerful Business Tycoons, Kingdom of God, Divine Providence, God's Righteousness, Tribulation
Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla