Who then can be saved?

Mark 10v26-27

“The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

We know how salvation comes: it comes through Jesus Christ. Yet, we wonder who will be saved, when and how! Even during those early days, the disciples were wondering who could sit next to the Lord, who would be first and who would be worthy to be saved.

At least, today, we know better. We might not be the disciples who saw the Lord face to face, listened His teaching from His own mouth but we know what happened after Mark 10! We know how salvation comes and how we keep it up to eternity!

What is vital is that all things are possible with God. It is a fact: we do not deserve much, especially as our thoughts and acts easily go out of God’s way.

Still, it is written:

Revelation 7v9-10

“After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”

So, no matter the impossibility, still multitude will be saved! So, let’s keep doing His will and contribute into His work, follow His calling and don’t lose heart: multitude that no one could count…wearing white robes…

Amen!

 

Love,

Dimitra

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Victory!

Dear Friends, thinking of you this moment and my prayer is that you won’t give up your dreams or the promises of the Lord in your life. It is hard at times and I pray that the good Lord helps you to persevere, to stand, to stay still and to wait upon the Lord till He delivers. He will complete what He started! In Jesus Christ precious name, I pray, amen!

We live in different places on earth, different traditions, different customs and different schedules! But wherever we live, there is One Spirit who unites us!

Looking at the Book of Nehemiah.  It is very enlightening how Nehemiah kept getting victory. It is really exciting to read this book – I have recently rediscovered it – especially notice chapter 6. It is difficult to choose verses, you need to read the whole thing and keep comparing it with the existing word (law) of the time, especially as the enemy invited him to meet in the Holy of Holies – where only priests were allowed. If he had no clue of the word of God, he would have been killed…but he knew…

Nehemiah got victory in the midst of his enemy because:

He was obedient: his mission was to build the wall and remained his priority till it was completed.

He had clear conscience: even if he was accused, he waved not. He knew that he was clear and kept his focus on his work and not the rumours.

He knew the word of God: he did not go left and right. He knew the word, so he knew where danger was, he knew how the enemy would act and he knew how to protect himself and his people.

The result?

Nehemiah 6v15-16

“So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days. When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid  and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God.”

At the end, victory was achieved and it was achieved by God. He was glorified, He was acknowledged even from the enemies! Is that great?

All humans seek victory in life and victory is only through Christ. Amen!

Love,

Dimitra

 

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Travelling…

It is amazing when we think that the first believers were also great travellers. Not all of them but for sure some of them.

It is  even more amazing to realize how they used to travel from town to town, from village to village, from country to country…ok, they were still all under the Roman Empire so probably they did not need any passports! (smiles)

They had no airplanes or fast vehicles driven along highways. They had not phones or internet to book a hotel or inn. They were carrying no much with them either.

Thinking of them, I am impressed of the true physical and emotional effort, they put into their mission. They fully trusted the Lord for each step taken.

Of course, we live in a different era and due to our technology and transport means, we can take the gospel to the whole earth! I do believe that it still takes a great effort and a great willingness to continue doing so, even if one travels by a jet.

No matter the strengths and limitations of the era where we live, the important thing is to put God’s will and God’s calling as priority.

Paul had those desires to keep going to all churches and share with them. He was a great traveller, no doubts. We read again and again in his letters how he wished to be with them and how many times he planned to visit them.

Romans 1v10

“…making request if, by some means, now at last I may find a way in the will of God to come to you.”

Romans 1v13

“Now I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that I often planned to come to you (but was hindered until now), that I might have some fruit among you also, just as among the other Gentiles.”

It seems strange! Paul wanted to go to them. It was a good act, nothing wrong with it. It was well motivated as it was out of love and out of a desire to support them with his presence.

However, God did not allow him to go…at least, when he was planning to. God had a better planning for Paul’s mission.

That’s why, during each step of our calling/mission, we need to know that it is what the Lord wants us to do. He knows the big picture, a picture that we are ignorant about.

To say it in a more simplified way: God is your employer and you the employee. There is some travelling to take place within the next few months. What would you do? You will have a meeting with the boss, discuss the whole travelling planning and finally the trips affordable and beneficial to be accommodated, will be accommodated but the rest will be cancelled.

As simple as that!

Love,

Dimitra

 

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God is not a man…

Numbers 23v19

“God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfil?”

My mind goes though these words and this amazing promise! I would say that not so much about the promise – which is great anyway – but I am thinking around the human attitude. The man represents the human not the male.

Humans lie; humans change their mind; humans say words – wonderful ones – but they do not act upon them; they promise but they do not execute!

Does it sound familiar? I am confident that YES! In fact, it is not a familiar situation that happened to each of us but a condition that we have apply as well! Let’s be honest: we are humans and have our weaknesses.

The good news is that we have a choice to decide how we will act: lie or truth? Keep our word? Keep our promise? Or change our mind? Who determines how we act?

Even better news is that even if others do not practice what we expect from them, at least, we can understand…as we did similar acts ourselves. The most encouraging is that there is a God who is honest, He keeps His promises and acts upon them, He fulfils what He says and He never changes His mind!

So essential to know what He has promised us, to listen His voice and know that we know! Amen!

 

 

Love,

Dimitra

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Stand your ground…

It is written in Ephesians 6v13

“Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and afteryouhavedone everything, to stand.”

What is “after you have done everything, to stand”? A lot of times, we talk too much. We ask the Lord for this and that, we continue begging, crying, asking…with no stop! Do we need to do so? I do not think so. The Lord is very clear through His instructions: we have a physical, emotional, spiritual need? We can put it in prayer, believe that He heard and wait with thanksgiving to receive it. As simple as that. We ask; we fast (if the Holy Spirit asks for it); we continue giving thanks as if we have received it already and that’s all. As we have done all, then we stand, then we are still.

What is the purpose of being still? At first we can hear what God has to tell us. When we make noise we cannot listen! We hear only our talk, “me, myself and I”! When we are still, there is a quiet environment in our soul and we can hear His voice. His voice might give us directions of how to achieve what we need; He might give us confirmations and so forth.

When we are Still means that we Trust. How can we ask the Lord and then continue praying about it as He is deaf? It shows no trust. When we ask Him, we trust that His word is true. Lord Jesus Himself promised that whatever we ask the Father according to His will and on His name (Jesus Christ Name) we shall have it. He keeps His promises; He is faithful and not a liar. A lot of times we have no patience. When time passes and our request is not implemented, we go back and beg a little more, as we do not trust that He will do it, as we do not trust that He will do it at the RIGHT TIME! We have our time but He has His time. He knows more than us and He chooses the time that we and all around us are ready to receive the miracle.

Amen!

I pray that our Father in Heavens help us to stand in what we believe, not to doubt and to strengthen us to fulfil what His will is in our lives, in Jesus Name I pray, amen!

Love and blessings for a creative week ,

Dimitra

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Drop it! (nv)

Hello world, hello friends! I do not know how are you today but by faith I pray to our Father in Heavens to put His arms around you and lift you up and out of any sorrow, any concern. I pray that all of us go and leave everything on His feet, in front of the Throne of grace and leave them just there, to just drop them and trust Him that He is in control, in Jesus Name amen!

“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

-Isaiah 40v31

I love Isaiah book. I had the privilege to teach it for six months last year in our Friday Bible Study and as our study was going on, I came to realize how much this book has been misunderstood or manipulated. But this is another story!

Today’s message and meditation is about how much strength we can withdraw from the Lord. He can renew us each day and each moment. We can be eagles and not chickens (as Joyce Meyer says). It takes just to believe in this possibility. How you see yourself? Who are you in Christ? A chicken or an Eagle?

One problem is that we carry too much with us. We carry our thoughts, our past, our concerns, our insecurities, our dreams and hopes, our sicknesses, our addictions and so on and so on. We become heavy! How will we fly like an eagle when we carry that entire load? How we can fly anyway?We need to drop it! We have access to the perfect place to drop it: at the feet of our Lord!

Cautious: when you drop it…just let it there, don’t go back and pick it up again! He can handle it for you. Just light yourself and fly! Amen!

Love,

Dimitra

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Questioning?????

Isaiah 45v11

“This is what the LORD says–the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker: Concerning things to come, do you question me about my children, or give me orders about the work of my hands?”

Languages, words can play games with us and we play games with them.

Question, what is question and what it is to be questioned?

I think the answer is obvious.

  • Question:  An expression of inquiry that invites or calls for a reply.
  • Questioned:  An interrogative sentence, phrase, or gesture or To express doubt about; dispute.

Do you think that we can questioned God?

Do you think that we can ask questions God?

The difference is clear. The Lord wants us to ask the questions and get understanding, clarity, to search and find, to seek and knock. When we search for something, we need to ask questions, such as What, How, Why, When…

Ecclesiastes 3v6

“…a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,…”

On the other hand, there is no scripture that supports that we can question God, that we can doubt His existence, His power, His Holiness or to dispute. We can test Him – in one and only case (Malachi 3v10) but question Him? No!

We can ask Him as many questions so we get insight and come closer to Him. In fact, I believe that we need to ask questions upon questions, more we search more we deepen in our faith, stronger we become.

It is written… Beyond all question…

1Timothy 3v16

“Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.”

Love,

Dimitra

 

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Do everything and stand!

It is written in Ephesians 6v13

“Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and afteryouhavedone everything, to stand.”

What is “after you have done everything, to stand”? A lot of times, we talk too much. We ask the Lord for this and that, we continue begging, crying, asking…with no stop! Do we need to do so? I do not think so. The Lord is very clear through His instructions: we have a physical, emotional, spiritual need? We can put it in prayer, believe that He heard and wait with thanksgiving to receive it. As simple as that. We ask; we fast (if the Holy Spirit asks for it); we continue giving thanks as if we have received it already and that’s all. As we have done all, then we stand, then we are still.

What is the purpose of being still? At first we can hear what God has to tell us. When we make noise we cannot hear! We listen only our talk, me, myself and I! When we are still, there is a quiet environment in our soul and we can hear His voice. His voice might give us directions of how to achieve what we need; He might give us confirmations and so on.

When we are Still means that we Trust. How can we ask the Lord and then continue praying about it as He is deaf? It shows no trust. When we ask Him, we trust that His word is true. Lord Jesus Himself promised that whatever we ask the Father in Jesus Christ’s name, we shall have it. He keeps His promises; He is faithful and not a liar. A lot of times we have no patience. When time passes and our request is not implemented, we go back and beg a little more, as we do not trust Him that He will do it, as we do not trust Him that He will do it at the RIGHT TIME and right shape! We have our time but He has His time. He knows more than us and He chooses the time that we and all around us are ready to receive the miracle.

I pray that our Father in Heavens help us to stand in what we believe, not to doubt and to strengthen us to fulfil what His will is in our lives, in Jesus Name I pray, Amen!!

Love and blessings for a creative week ,

Dimitra

 

 

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Still will rain…

Still raining...

Hosea 6v3

Let us know,
Let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD.
His going forth is established as the morning;
He will come to us like the
rain,
Like the latter
and former rain to the earth.”

Hosea chapter 6 is really something to read well and put some thought in it, through the Holy Spirit! I love the word “pursue”. This word has emphasis in it; it has strength and for sure it has action!

There are different opinions in the world such as that some books in the Bible are more important or more “juicy” than others, some of them too mysterious and challenging for common people to read and understand. However, remember that He left the Bible to us to keep learning and growing, so how the above opinions could be true?

Looking at a sunrise, early in the morning, can remind us that His going forth is established as the morning. Mornings follow each other and no morning was missed since we know earth’s history! Things are established – another very strong word! – and the Lord is moving forward, His coming is established…nothing will change!

He will come like the rain! People think that nothing will happen…that the rain will not come…how wrong they are! Rain can be so heavy and forceful that can destroy much. Rain also can be so refreshing!

The point is that He is coming and He is coming like the rain. He will destroy and He will refresh! Our job is to keep pursuing His knowledge, so we are ready when the rain comes! Take heart and keep questing for Him, His knowledge and understanding.

Love,

Dimitra

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True or False?

false or true

I remember those Pastors and especially the one I heard his preaching again and again, who mentioned, kept mentioning and highlighting that none is good, only God is good. I do not remember the foundation verses for this statement but somewhere in my heart I always felt that something was not in place.

Growing in my Christian life, I have learnt a lot and still, I have many questions. In time, they are answered or not as yet. I keep asking the questions, believing that the response will come soon or later. I am not ashamed about it. I believe that we need to ask the questions and look for the answers, we know in part as the Bible clearly says.

I believed as no-Christian and I continue believing as Christian that we are no perfect. There is no perfect human on this earth, never existed and we will never trace one. Today, from the point of view of a believer I know that the only person in human form who was perfect was Jesus Christ, my Lord and my Saviour.

What about all the rest of us? I meet many people, independently of race, religion, education, culture, people from all ways of life who are good people, not perfect but good. They are kind, lovable, trying their best, with dignity, with good intentions, helpful, full of unconditional love. All characteristics that cover the meaning of good. Don’t just read what I write, go please and check the dictionary’s definition of good or/and good person. My research shows the following meanings:

Meaning of good:

  • To be desired or approved of
  • Pleasing and welcome
  • Healthy, strong or well
  • Useful, advantageous, or beneficial in effect
  • Appropriate to a particular purpose
  • Strictly adhering to or fulfilling all the principles of a particular religion or cause (a good catholic girl!)
  • Possessing or displaying moral virtue
  • Showing kindness
  • Obedient to rules or conventions

 

Meaning of good person:

  • A person who is good to other people
  • Benefactor, helper, giver, does not harm, responsible, with admirable characteristics, strong, stable and dependable, reliable, uncomplaining, hard working.

As far as I understand the English word “good” is about what I spoke above with an addition that in religious term it could mean holy (a holy man) but we agree that only God is holy, so this is out of our way. Plus, the fulfilling all the principles of a particular religion. We agree that Christianity is not a religion but a personal relationship where obviously we try to fulfil what a relationship is.

The statement “There is none righteous, no, not one; or “None is good”, is it true or false?  I need to go back to the Word!

We have similar statements in the Old Testament’s books, as well as, in the New Testament. Old Testament is the period of the Law, New Testament is the period of grace. Let’s keep this in mind.

 

Old Testament – the era of the Law:

Psalms speak much about the subject, I chose two scriptures:

Psalm 53v1

“The fool has said in his heart,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt, and have done abominable iniquity;
There is none who does good.”

Psalm 53v3

“Every one of them has turned aside;
They have together become corrupt;
There is none who does good,
No, not one.”

And:

Ecclesiastes 7v19-20

“Wisdom strengthens the wise
More than ten rulers of the city. For there is not a just man on earth who does good
and does not sin.”

New Testament – the era of Grace

Romans 3v12

They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one.

(There is reference of the scholars concerning the Romans 3v12 to the following scriptures of the Old Testament: Psalms 14:1–3; 53:1–3; Ecclesiastes 7:20 – see above)

What do you understand?

Reading the verses at an absolute way, just the phrase “there is none who does good, no, not one” is clear that none is good, none is a giver, none is a helper, none is kind, none is working hard, none is possessing or displaying moral virtue, none is obedient and so on.

Life itself proves that this is not true. However, as a Christian, I would prefer to stick with the word of God as my base for all understanding and not just my experience. I am not in a position to quote all Bible but who knows the Bible well, she/he knows that this is not true also based on the word of God! We have many examples of people of the Bible who were helpful, peaceful, hardworking, well intended, loving and lovable, peacemakers, obedient, faithful.

So, what’s happening? What is true and what is false? Is it normal to have such huge contradictions in the word of God?

My understanding is that “good” in the specific mentioned scriptures, is connected with sin, weather someone has sins, a fact that it is true: none was or is without sin! That’s why we still ask for forgiveness through Christ and we try with Holy Spirit’s help to repeat not that sin.

I understand that “good” is connected with holiness and we well know that in this earthly form we are and won’t be holy. Only God is holy. When the time comes to face Him, it will be only through grace and not deserved.

I understand that “good” is connected with perfection. We well acknowledge that we are not perfect, He is only perfect. When we change to perfection, it will be only through grace.

It is important to read and study those scriptures – speaking about none is good – into their context. God spoke about people who believed that there is no God, people who were corrupted…

Concluding, if I was preaching about good, I would make sure that there is clear definition of the English Dictionary meaning, the meaning that the world uses in daily life and the meaning of the Bible’s good. The reason is that people misunderstand and feel underestimated, unappreciated even when they try truly their best. We put them off, accuse them for no reason and pull them away from truth, without encouragement to keep trying their best.

I have met truly good people – I would say more no Christians than Christians – still, they – as everybody else – are not without sin, they are not holy or perfect – and for all of us there is only one way to reach holiness: through Christ!

Let’s be better than those false preachers who just desire to oppress people than support them to become better and come closer to God and Christ life.

Amen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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