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Acts 22:20 KJV
And when the blood of thy martyr Stephen was shed, I also was standing by, and consenting unto his death, and kept the raiment of them that slew him.

When people hurt us, we would wish some form of karma caught up with them, so they would feel the kind of pain they have inflicted on us and even worse. But people can change, just as Paul who stood by as Stephen was stoned later converted to the latter’s faith. Let us not be in a rush to wish evil on those who hurt us, but pray for their conversion.


He is up to something

Hebrews 13:5 KJV
for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

There is no mention of God in the book of Esther, but it made it to the Bible, and it is not inferior to any other book in the Bible. In fact, it is the one book that shows us how the devil through Haman wanted to thwart the salvation plan of God for mankind by killing the Jews. Without the Jews there would have been no Jesus. This shows us that sometimes it seems impossible to believe that God is present in our lives, all things considered, but that is the time we need to strengthen our trust in Him. “When you are down to nothing, God is up to something” (Unknown).

Covert Sins

Philippians 2:14-15 KJV
Do all things without murmurings and disputings: [15] That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke…

It is easy to point out certain actions like lust, stealing, murder as sin. However *not* doing overtly bad things is not what makes you score points with God. Simple things like complaining about our lot in life and arguing can have a greatly negative effect on our spiritual lives. The most difficult sins to overcome are the ones you are not aware you are doing them when you are doing them.

The Will of God

2 Timothy 1:1 KJV
Paul, *an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God*, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,

It is not uncommon to hear Christians calling one another names like ‘Apostle’, ‘Bishop’, ‘Reverend’, ‘Pastor’ etc, just because the person seems well-versed in spiritual matters. It is not a joke what the actual holders of these titles go through to earn their titles. It takes a special grace to be called such, as it is God who calls us into ministry. Don’t allow people to give you a title you do not deserve and don’t be one of those who bestow them on people randomly.

Well Done

Matthew 25:21 KJV
His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

This world is not the ideal place for a Christian who wants to genuinely serve God, because what we have been saved from still surrounds us. We can claim to love God all we want, but our actions speak louder than words ever could. Christianity is a walk with God, not just a lip service. At the end, we will be rewarded for what we did in our lives, not what we planned or wished to have done. “Well done is better than well said” (Benjamin Franklin).

The God You Know

Philippians 1:9 KJV
And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;

In movies we see that in the Western world, people have difficulty saying ‘I love you’ in the beginning stages of their relationships until further along. We criticize them for that but they may be on to something. It is easy to love something or someone when you do not know much about them, when you are not close enough to the real them. God is no different. After decades in Christ, some people lose their faith because God turned out to be different than they liked. God is not just a nice guy in the sky answering our wishes; there are lots to His personality. We must learn to love and know God for who He is as much as possible this side of Heaven, not confer our own ideas about Him and wonder why our love for Him becomes lukewarm at times.

Focus on God

Matthew 14:29-30 KJV
And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. [30] But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

Life is full of distractions. As a Christian one’s primary focus should be on God at all times. When you look at the problems, they loom larger than they really are and your faith will go downhill. When you focus on God, your faith increases because you are judging the problem from a God-point of view, not the other way round. “What you focus on grows, what you think about expands, and what you dwell upon determines your destiny” (Robin Sharma).