This should have been posted before Thanksgiving Day. All the same,
“Better Late than never,” and on thanksgiving week,
I heard one radio announcer say:
“Thanksgiving is not a day, it is an attitude of the heart.”
T – THANK and PRAISE God
- for all things BIG and SMALL!
- And do not forget
- the precious people in your life!
H – HEALTH AND LIFE
- are things we can all be thankful for
- even if we are ill at a hospital
A – APPRECIATE and ADMIRE
- the beauty of God’s creation around you.
N – NAME and NUMBER
- your blessings,
- its a rewarding experience,
- including the precious people in your life.
K – KINDNESS and THANKSGIVING
- in the heart
- are twin siblings in the same home.
S – A SMILE and a CHEER;
- want to see it on the face of the deserving?
- Just say, “Thank You!”
- from the heart
- and with a warm smile!
G – GIVING and RECEIVING:
- The one exists not without the other
I – ICTUS;
- Five Greek letters for ‘fish‘:
- Jesus, Christ, God, Son, Savior:
- at least one reason to “give thanks!”
V – VISION and VALUE:
- Nothing says:
- “I see and I value what you have done” like when you say
I – INSIDE and OUTSIDE:
- A thankful heart, expressed outwardly in sincere words
N – NICE and NEW:
- Thanksgiving is always that
G – GOOD to GREAT:
- ‘Good Gifts’ become ‘GREAT GIFTS,’
- when it is received with a heartfelt:
Questions: Pain, Suffering, Evil, and God?
- What is my ‘SATISFYING ANSWER’?
- If God is ‘ALTOGETHER GOOD AND ALMIGHTY’
- why the pain, the suffering, and all the evil
- that we see in the world?
I now believe that this
- God-designed creation runs on a ‘natural order’ (!)
- based on the laws of science in
- biology, physics and engineering, chemistry, geology, astronomy
- mathematics and statistics, electronics, nuclear physics, etc.;
- based on the laws of society and human interactions in
- sociology and anthropology,
- political science and economics, etc.
- It is the challenge and opportunity of all men
- since the days of Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, David, Solomon, etc.,
- including Christians, and all genuine God worshipers,
- to discover and utilize these laws for their benefit;
- as stated in the book of Genesis when God’s says to man,
- “fill the earth and subdue it” (Genesis 1.28)
- “work it[the garden-creation] and keep it.“ (Genesis 2.15)
- Creation running on the ‘natural order’ is also ‘broken’ and
- all men are subjected to this broken natural order INCLUDING
- Christians, people of earnest faith, genuine God Worshipers;
- evil, vile and wicked men;
- evil schemes, wars, crimes, corruption,
- are to be expected and do happen;
- typhoons, storms, tornadoes, earthquakes, accidents,
- diseases like cancer, deformity, fatal accidents,
- God is making a NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW EARTH,
- a restored creation with a restored ‘natural order’!!
I also believe that God rendered himself ‘Almost Powerless’
- in the affairs of men
- when he gave man total freedom to make choices!
- Most of the evil in this world
- comes from men and societies making evil choices,
- spouses cheat, abuse, and abandon families;
- wayward children choose wrong paths;
- criminals, political leaders, sociopaths,
- make wrong choices that harm others,
- ensure continuing cycle of evil
- as their ‘broken’ victims
- turn around and victimize others.
- God let’s men have their own way so that they can see
- in themselves and in the results of their choices
- a need for God,
- if they would believe
- (Romans 1.24a, 26a, 28b).
- God’s purpose and plan is seen
- in those who willingly let his kingdom
- reign in their hearts and lives
- becoming his “witnesses” to the world,
- “salt of the earth”, and
- “light of the world.”
- As before though
- God will judge.
- God will restore all things.
- God will be proven right, just, loving, faithful and true.
- God will remake a new order
- without the problems of this old order.
I also believe that God is incredibly Great, Powerful, and Sovereign
- If (since) there is an ALMIGHTY God
- from our knowledge of astronomy
- he must be incredibly great
- (Please take a look at this astonishing video on YouTube
- This limits the extent to which my puny mind
- can understand him or his purposes
- for the world he has created.
- If (since) he made the universe as we know it,
- he is sovereign over it;
- (free to act as he pleases)
- he owns everything!
So how then shall we live?
- God takes pleasure WHEN we trust him
- so I will trust him, what is the alternative(?)
- Can you change him?
- Can you change his purposes against his will?
- Can you fight God?
- If you reject God and abandon your faith
- what difference will it make?
- what will you replace God with?
- God has revealed himself to man in the only way he can
- by becoming man through his Son – Jesus Christ!
- God has demonstrated that he cares
- when Jesus died on a cruel cross
- as we struggle in this fallen creation
- so I will trust him
- that he will make all things right again!
We can still pray for and expect ‘miracles’
- God breaks through the natural laws of creation
- from time to time,
- to let us know
- that he is there and he is not silent;
- to demonstrate his power and
- to encourage our trust in him;
- (all answered prayers are miracles!)
- God sometimes answers prayers
- which appear to be the result of the ‘natural order’ but
- which are ‘too coincidental’
- since we prayed specifically about it!
- The genius of God is that
- while it appears that things happen
- according to the natural order of things,
- according the fallen-ness of creation and human nature
- according to the arbitrariness and capriciousness of human choices;
- his purposes are clearly still being fulfilled in the world:
- righteousness matter,
- evil is wrong,
- truth is desirable,
- and faith in him is
- enduring and cannot be destroyed;
- meaningful and practically rewarding!!!
Notice, I did not say anything about Satan?
- HE IS NO MATCH FOR GOD! BUT more about this next time!
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But I also believe in scientific laws of creation
- That is, all knowledge and discoveries that are
- objective, demonstrable, repeatable, and
- irrespective of race, geography, time, or status
- namely the laws of Physics, chemistry, electronics, gravity, geography, etc.
- are valid and placed there by God.
Here is why I believe in Miracles:
- I believe in God
- It follows that if (since) there is a God
- and if (since) he is involved in his creation, then
- by definition he is able to overrule the laws of creation
- that is the definition of a miracle!
- I also believe he responds to (answers) prayers and
- that is the definition of a miracle!
- I believe in Jesus Christ
- I believe he did all the miracles
- that the gospels say he did.
- I have experienced events in my life that qualify as miracles
- The events around my repentance and believing in Jesus Christ as savior
- feels like God responded to my desperate cry
- for him to reveal himself to me!
- Coming to the USA for the first time
- I have ‘sensed’ (‘felt’/’known’) things before they happened
- I ‘felt’ (‘knew’) God say to my heart
- that the woman who is now my wife
- of thirty-six years,
- will be my wife before I had met or spoken to her;
- I ‘felt’ (‘knew’) God say my first child will be a girl
- I ‘felt’ (‘knew’) God say my second child will be a boy
- (Note: I did not have any leading about the third and fourth).
- I ‘felt’ (‘knew’) in my ‘spirit’ to mourn for a colleague
- after a kind of vision (vivid image/thoughts)
- before he was outed as a cheat/crook
- even though I had no prior knowledge of it.
- I ‘feel’ (‘know’) God say to me that I will not die before I am 70
- (caveat: I have now grown to respect the natural laws
- that safeguard good health and long life, despite this).
- I survived the civil war in my home country:
- one time shot at
- four bullets in my direction
- two bullets through the window my father and I
- one time on the ground slated for execution
- by trigger happy troops;
- in a civil war,
- with exploding bombs within a couple of miles away
- Once, we had an accident
- that had me and and my motorcycle slide under a huge truck
- between its wheels,
- but me and my passenger survived!
- I have also had some dramatic answers to prayer:
- A Demon oppressed neighbor girl
- was delivered as we prayed ‘in the Name of Jesus’.
- My son with a medical condition
- that could not be treated in my African country,
- got treatment in the UK by clear answers to prayer (miracle):
- funds were provided, and
- doctors: general practitioners and specialists
- gave free treatment and
- their own money and time to care and
- continued to provide costly and continuing support;
- without which he would now be wheelchair bound,
- By inspiration, I named him
- “One born to see wonders!”
- A married woman who could not bear child after several years
- delivered within the year after prayer and
- A married woman whose pregnancy was going past ten months
- delivered the baby by the next morning after prayer and
- the ‘laying on of hands.’
- A series of ‘answers’ to prayer that brought my family to the US
- after fifteen years of prayer and then,
- at the US Embassy,
- an initial visa application appeared ‘Rejected!’
- but dramatically changed to
- and after provision of funds
- that also went way beyond my ability.
- And lots more
- I believe other people have experienced miracles too!
- I have heard first person narrations and
- I have read about experiences of others.
- But some of my prayers
- HAVE NOT been answered
- the way I wanted it to be;
- because God thought otherwise, and
- because we must live by faith, and
- because the ways of God is still a mystery!!
Next Post – God, Science and the Natural Order of Creation!
The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.
[Moses: Deuteronomy 29.29]
Some Basic Truths For Meaningful, Happy and Successful Life
There is a God Almighty
- He is
- He sees
- He knows
- He loves
- He will judge
- He is sovereign
- (owes no one any explanation, and is
- free to do whatever he wills,
- He is Holy but he is also merciful
You are Special
- One of a kind
- In a good way, despite or because of
- what you did in the past
- what someone did to you in the past
- your DNA profile
- where you were born
- You have something to say, to give, to contribute, to do
- in this world;
- a legacy to leave behind,
- a mission to accomplish, and
- a dream to fulfill.
- Your life has meaning!
- You are of infinite value
- to God who loves you and died for you
- to those who love you
- mom, dad, grandpa, grandma, siblings, bff etc.
- You add meaning, joy and happiness to their lives.
- For those who may not ‘love’ you,
- They are not looking at your true value.
- They are looking at something other than
Things can and Do Change
- Other opportunities will open
- Closed doors may become open
- New doors will open up
- ‘Doors’ can become walls or
- ladders may be provided to scale walls!
- People can change
- Friends can become enemies
- Bosses can become subordinates
- Doubts can become trust
- Opponents can become team-mates
- Miracles (impossible ‘coincidences’) can happen
- New methods, medications, procedures, approaches will be invented
- making it easier to get where you want to go in your life!
Reality, Facts, and Truth Rule in the Long Run
- There are no ‘alternative facts’
- Opinions, feelings, emotions, loyalties change, facts don’t
- Evidence based choices are best
- Respect True Scientific Discoveries
- God is the ultimate scientist
- They are foundation to practically all human achievements
The Other Side of Life Will Be Different
- All tears will be wiped away;
- No more sorrows, sickness, death, or evil,
- No more scammers, swindlers, thieves, liars, sociopaths;
- Those who (we) think they ‘got away with it’
- will not escape the ultimate justice,
- If you have invested in it!
- I recommend Jesus to you, Personally!
- Don’t think there will be need for ‘Faith’
- Faith will become sight
- It will be like the Garden of Eden all over again!
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YOU CAN DO THIS, LET’S DO THIS!
In order to have a meaningful and successful Life after Defeat, Step 1 is to separate Who YOU ARE from WHAT HAPPENED (the event). Now the next steps:
- Take Time to Reflect
- Avoid far reaching decisions while you are ‘feeling blue.’
- Choices under such conditions are likely to be
- emotion driven,
- ill advised, and
- Learn from the experience.
- Who to trust
- What to do
- A better way
- Keep Things in Perspective
- The Time Perspective
- There may be other opportunities.
- Take the long view.
- How will this look one, two, five, or ten years from now?
- How will this look from the other side of eternity?
- You may have gone through this in the past,
- remember how you made it through then?
- The ‘Others’ Perspective
- In the past your ‘win’ meant others lost!
- Your experience may not be the best,
- but it is not the worst either.
- Others have survived such things
- The ‘God’ Perspective
- He lives, he sees, he knows, he understands, and
- He is in control
- He does not make mistakes
- All Things Are Possible with him
- Consider Alternatives
- Do it again!
- Success sometimes (often) comes only after several tries
- ‘Third time is the charm’
- Adjust Your Line of Attack (approach)
- More and better preparation
- Note the ‘signs’ along the way and make adjustments
- Change Direction
- You may not be a fighter pilot but
- you will be able to design the planes they fly in
- You may not qualify or be approved to be a doctor
- but you will be an excellent nurse practitioner or
- a medical technician, or a surgical nurse, etc.
- You may not qualify to become an engineer
- but you will be an excellent and successful mechanic!
- You get the idea!
You can Do this – Let’s Do this!
How do we recover from ‘defeat?’
- The pregnancy test came back negative.
- The lab tests came out positive:
- You failed the comprehensive final exam
- Can’t graduate.
- Can’t advance to the next level.
- You are not going to be the professional you always wanted to be
- nurse, doctor, engineer, lawyer, certified accountant, analyst…
- Not just yet!
- Your application for the position was turned down;
- someone else got it because
- they were better qualified, better suited.
- You lost the competition;
- It was so close, but someone else was faster, stronger, smarter, had a bit more
- Your significant other walked out on you;
- you have tried everything
- but they still decided to walk away.
- Friends and family have given up trying to talk to him/her.
- Counseling has not worked.
- Prayers (many) seem not to have worked.
- Giving selflessly to the relationship has not worked
- Your grown children won’t take correction.
- They refuse to follow the law, guide their family, manage their finances, their health, and
- trouble, like a train from a mile away is heading their way
- you can see it, you can hear it coming!
- Separate the event,
- ‘What happened’
- from WHO YOU ARE!
- your innate, God-given value
- equal to that of every other person on the planet
- possessing the same one unit of life
- having the same number of hours in a day, days in a month, etc.
- defined by qualities you posses
- loyal, loving, sincere, trusting, diligent
- gifted, patient, kind, selfless, etc.
- Someone who is loved
- by God (certainly)
- by loving family (children, parents, siblings, friends,
- by the right kind of person
- when they get to know you
- if they get to know you
- it’s their choice not yours
- it’s their loss if they don’t
- Someone who can still succeed!!
Next Steps Tomorrow
You can do it! Let’s Do This!
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Imagine you had a visit from an Angel and he says to you,
- “I give you One Wish, one request,
When I was growing up, reading fairy tales where this happens
- (sometimes the main character gets one/two/three wishes),
- I would twist myself into knots trying to figure out,
- “If that was me what will I choose, what will I ask?”
- Will I ask for money, Power, looks, fame, friends, mom’s health…?
The question is still valid for adults; your answer will reveal
- Your priorities
- Your greatest limitation
- Your greatest obstacle
- Your greatest desire
- Your character
- Where you want to be
- Your dream life,
- something that relates to your Life Goal!
So take the time and try to answer that question:
- What is your single most important (above all else) wish right now?
- Write down your answer.
- Then start planning your life around that answer.
- Fairy tales are just that: Tales!
- But God working through you can make your dreams come true
Two types of ‘miracles’!
- Explosive, one of kind, and all at once miracle!
- (these are statistically very rare).
- The more likely one is,
- Slow, over time, underlying energy, focus, invincible, invisible,
- unrelenting divine guidance;
- unplanned and unexpected favor, opportunities, contacts,
- as you seemingly move by your own planning, and resourcefulness
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