The God of Comfort.

O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
– Psalms 34

1 Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
– Psalms 106

28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
– Matthew 11

Of all relations and acquaintances God is one most trustworthy, reliable, and ever ready to hear our pleas. He will comfort, He will assure, and He will heal. He is the the Father to the fatherless, a friend to the lonely, and the rock to lean on in hard times.

But do not come to Him only for comfort. He came to do more than give us hope, but to save and save utterly.

18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
– Isaiah 1

12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
– John 1

Worthy is His Name.

Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
– Psalms 29:2

21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.
22 It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
– Lamentations 3:21-23

The Significance of Names

In the West some of us give our children names that sounds good to us according to our taste. Others, mostly Christian believers, give biblical names to their children. But in more older cultures and in past histories, names were and are still given according to the what their known for, who they are, and the deeds of their children. One of such culture are the Hebrews.

For example, Esau was so named because of his red hair. Not only that, he was quite hairy all over his body. Thus, the name Esau was given to him (Genesis 25:25). Jacob on the other hand was named because of what he was found doing, and what he will soon be known for.

In Genesis 25:26 Jacob was named because He not only grasped Esau’s ankle, but also he was one who supplanted Esau. If you’ve read the story on Jacob, he was what we call a Conartist (Genesis 27:30-36). Later however, he was called Israel because he wrestled with God and prevailed (32:28).

The Names of God

Unlike the names given to human beings, God’s name is above all, and the reasons are as follows:

1. He is good (Psalms 136:1)
2. He is eternal (Psalms 90:2)
3. He is unchanging (James 1:17)

Like all of us, Jacob is born in sin (Genesis 8:21), he is finite, and he changes his mind. God is not like us, and He comes by many names.

The name of Esau.

The name of Jacob.

The names of God https://www.navigators.org/resource/praying-names-attributes-god

The Personal Cross We Bear.

For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning
– Psalms 30

18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
– Romans 8

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
– Revelation 21

The the cross we bear in the bible is in terms of ministry. Unofficially, it is the burden of the other – life long difficulties.

Those difficulties can be medical in nature from hereditary, by accident, or deliberate which causes suffering(s) which there is no cures. Other difficulties also includes addiction(s), being a victim of a crime, or being born in an abusive or toxic environment, and then dealing with the psychological damage and emotional trauma afterward.

When we think of healings and deliverances in scripture, we think of God permanently healing a Syrian Leper, or delivering the Hebrews from the hands of the Egyptians, but we do not often imagine people in the Bible living with their greatest ailment(s).

Jacob was never healed of his limping after he wrestled with God, while God blessed Job more after his suffering than before which included seven sons and three daughters, He never did restore his sons and daughters to him from the dead, and during the many instances of brutal occupations and exiles by foreign powers, many of the Israelis/Jews died before returning back to Israel. If we are honest with ourselves, we do not like to think of it because of the possibility that we many not at all get what we have prayed for.

The truth is that God not only allows temporary suffering, but also life-long suffering. We are born into suffering irrespective of our level of goodness (Job 5:5). Some of it occurred as a consequences of living in a world tainted with sins (Genesis 3:18-19 & Romans 8:19-21), and others as a consequence(s) of generational sins (Exodus 34:7), while the rest as the result of our own doing or the doing of others.

Be that as it may, how ever meaningless it might be, they are not for nothing.

Suffering in a form of ailments, hardships, and adversities have a way of making us grow and become stronger all around (Romans 5:2-5 & James 1:2-4). As Job has said:

10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
– Job 23

Suffering also makes us hope for the future. Just as the law shows us the futility of our efforts to obtain eternal life through our righteousness (Romans 3:19-24), suffering reminds us our hope is not to be on earth but heaven, the future kingdom, and the return of Christ.

19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
– Romans 8




Blindness by Sight Only (1-2).

*EDITED: 11-24-2020

1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
– Psalm 14:1

Because they regard not the works of the Lord, nor the operation of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up.
– Psalm 28:5

22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
– Romans 1:22-24

14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
– 1 Corinthians 2:14

The Atheist and the Agnostic are one of the most rational people on earth, for they are careful to believe anything without scrutiny, and tended to refuse the sensational without testing.

But in their prideful wisdom have also rejected anything that they cannot see with their eyes.

Atheism and Agnosticism becoming an organized group was borne of the Enlightenment Period*, the rejection of religion and religious superstition without the fear of persecution. At the time, the Roman Catholic church not only taught the existence of God, but allowed silly and detrimental superstitious beliefs to flourish unchallenged. In the mind of the former they cannot prove God, and superstition is the natural fruit of religion.

The cause of their unbelief also lies at the feet of the Catholic church for they persecute pioneering scientists such as Copernicus and Galileo Galilei, who have by their discovery, refuted the Geocentric theory of the universe; an Aristotelian belief the church embraced. The same fault also lies with the Protestants as they’ve also held to Aristotle’s view.

Lastly, Catholics and Protestants persecuted each other and waged a brutal war against one another that have lasted for 30 years. The 30 Years War began in 1618 and ended in 1648. The Protestants persecuted the Catholics but also against each other, causing groups such as the Anabaptists and the Puritans to flee. And both sides mistreated the Jews.

Today, they see in the news a Pastor’s hypocrisy, a Christian’s incongruity, and the church laxity, everywhere. If the truth of God’s existence were to be determined by that, then they have every right not to believe.

Blindness By Sight Only (2-2).

EDITED: 11-24-2020

But with that said their first reason for their unbelief remains unjustified.

They may rightly feel hesitant of believing for the aforementioned evils, but they are ultimately unjustified in their unbelief regardless of. First, the existence of God, whether true or false cannot not automatically be judged false by the mistakes of others. Second, the existence of God is evident enough.

Atheists and Agnostics always want tangible proofs of His existence; but in His wisdom He rightly does not evidenced Himself to them. Not BY their terms. Many of the same often demands that He appears to them. What a monstrously audacious request!

Imagine a person of the lowest social order commanding a King to present himself before him and yield to his inquisition. How much more shameful it is for an the infinite and almighty God to stoop to the commands of finite, mortal sinners? Besides, it would only mean instant incineration for the latter, for no one can see God and live (Exodus 33:20-23, Isaiah 6:1-5, & Hebrews 12:9).

Now He did give evidence of Himself and He did so abundantly, but He made it so that only one who is truly seeking will find Him, being unencumbered by his/her heart and mind (Jeremiah 17:9 & Romans 8:6-8).

God made Himself known primarily through His own creation and that is evidence enough. The purpose being that the truly seeking will find Him by reason…, and not merely by sight. By sight s/he can see the marvels of creation, the beauty and utter complexity of it, and by reason s/he will inevitably conclude that all were miraculously made and ordered by one not human but divine. Even the Godhead would be clearly evident to him/her as things always seemed to come in threes: past, present, and future; land, sea, and air; root, stem, and leaf.

But they cannot see Him, even for a fleeting moment they wanted to; for their mind is bent on rebellion, driven on by their wicked heart (John 3:20-21). In the field of Psychology there is this theory called, “Cognitive Dissonance”; it means that the mind automatically filters anything that is inconsistent in their world. In this case they want the freedom to be the masters of their own life so profoundly they have become mentally blinded to His existence. They see a tree, but only a tree, as they cannot see the truth behind it. But this is not unique to them.

All of us are one way or another blinded by our minds and hearts. We are all born in sin and thus live our lives accordingly (Genesis 8:21 & Romans 5:12-16). Some of us do see the divine hand in creation but were we all driven to fall on our knees in total surrender to the divine by that alone? No. For us who have come to Christ, it took a measure of persuasion and God to have us come to faith and repentance (Romans 10:15 & John 6:44). And at the same time, how long did it took for us to realize our profound depravity, therefore our inability before the living and righteous God, to save ourselves (Romans 3:9-18, & 19-24)?

In that regard therefore, we’re not any better than the Atheists and Agnostics (Ephesians 2:2-3 & 8-9).

The Keys to Christian Obedience.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
– Psalms 23:3

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
– Philippians 1:6

13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
– Philippians 2:13

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Have you ever heard of the following:
“Let go and let God”
“God will help those who help themselves”

There are truths in those sayings as the essence of the first is that we should stop struggling so much, but trust God in all things which includes areas of obedience, while the second is that we should obey. However, both of those quotes are also wrong because of our inability to obey and God’s help is not dependent on our part.

You might ask, were we not changed since we’ve been saved? If we were changed, then can we not now obey God? The answer is yes, but in part.

Yes, we were changed when we’re saved (2 Corinthians 5:17), as we’re no longer slaves to sin but a slaves to righteousness (Romans 6:16-18). Our minds are no longer carnal, that is a mind bent on sin, but on righteousness (Romans 8:6-7). With that said, our flesh is still carnal. We will still be tempted and feel the pull of temptation to sin.

In Romans 7 Paul spoke of that at length, saying:
19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

What we need to understand is just as we have the complete inability to earn our salvation because of our carnal mind and flesh, we are also unable to obey Him because of our flesh. This is where Paul says in the same chapter, “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak”.

I was struggling to obey throughout most of my Christian life. My obedience goes up and down like a line graph on an economic chart. However, I began to understand how to obey when I first accepted Reformed Theology, as everything that is good is by God’s grace alone.

But I did not truly understand until I’ve watched Tim Challies’ “The Great Sermon Series” on Youtube, and there he featured Matt Chandler:
Tim Challies. Matt Chandler’s Radical Reminder that “God Is For God”. Tim Challies, Youtube.com, May 18, 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAKiAm4aX_U

It was in that video Pastor Chandler shared Psalms 23:3, and explained that our obedience is up to God, and He leads us to obey for His names sake. It is for His glory. By listening to that video I’ve learned two things

1. If God wants us to give Him glory, He will make us obey (Ephesians 2:10)
2. That He wants us to utterly depend on Him and not on our ability (John 15:5)
3. And not on our flesh

This is further solidified after watching a video of Paul Washer “Paul Washer Testifies to How God Always Provides” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8OR61p-gbU) that I became convinced. God wants us to not trust not on the arm of the flesh but buy God alone.

I have also realized that our complete reliance on God gives Him the greatest glory because all credit goes to Him, and not us (John 3:30 & Romans 9:16). So that we are prevented from boasting.

Given those epiphanies, we should both trust and obey God. We should have confidence that God will lead us to ever greater sanctification and obedience, and that we should obey anyways because it is right, but we must understand that it is up to God.
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If we want greater and greater obedience we must first pray and cry out for it, and continue to obey. Second, we must trust on God alone; trust and prayer goes hand in hand.

However, if He does not then we should check our motives (James 4:3), because some of us want fame; a saintly image before our peers; and some of us will become overbearing as a result. And still some of us will continue to give credit to ourselves as a result.

If our obedience is of the flesh, and as a result of it became harsh and/or haughty, He will cause us to fail in order to humble us. He may even allow us to sin for that purpose.

Paul Washer said that it was so necessary for Peter to fail when he denied Jesus three times, so that by his failure he comes to sufficient understanding of his total inability. As a result of his failure he wouldn’t have become the leader of the church had he not failed.

But He will grant us obedience if we want only to please, serve, and glorify Him.

Defense/Active Defense.

11 Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.
– Psalms 27:11

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
– 1 Peter 5:8

Offensive Operation

In military tactics, a good offense and defense involves not just the willingness to take or hold ground.

A typically successful assault generally needs to have a 3:1 advantage in numbers, and that is only for frontal assaults. The more numbers the better in order to completely surround the target to prevent their enemy from escaping.

Not only that, the offensive force must know where they are, scout for best avenue of approach, look for strengths and weaknesses in the line in terms of numbers, assets, leadership. They do this by observation of the defenders themselves, listening to radio communications, and gathering local intelligence, and capturing a defender himself, etc..

Before the main attack they may also conduct probing raids to test the defenses of their enemy. The attack will likely be proceeded by mortar, artillery, and/or airstrikes to soften the defenses, or… fool the defenders so that their focus will gravitate to area(s) targeted. Psychological means will likely be used throughout the offensive operation to weaken the resolve of the defenders.

When the time is right, the enemy will attack with overwhelming numbers. When the line is breached, other enemy units will follow to widen the breach, sustain the offensive, and to destroy anything that supports the defense.

Spiritual Application

In Spiritual Warfare this is what Satan does all the time. He knows you thoroughly, tempts you to laxity, exploits what you lack, waits for the opportunity, and then strike from nowhere. His attack(s) like any good offense will be hard, fast, and deep.

Defensive Action

Thus, to have success in defense involves more than the will to stand firm. From a military standpoint it involves the following:

1. Use of natural obstacles to mitigate the enemy’s advantage of numbers such as defending narrow passes, use of rivers, swamps, and height to slow down the enemy’s movement, and see in almost all directions.
2. Then dig trenches, foxholes, and fortify existing structures if any. Clear firing lanes, place assets, preset mortars, and other indirect assets, etc
3. Conduct reconnaissance missions to know where the enemy is located, know his strengths and weaknesses concerning assets, supplies, and supply lines; and if possible, attack and destroy his assets to blunt his offense as much as possible. Also attack place the staging point, etc.

The first is sure defense to make the taking of your ground difficult, the second adds to the defense, and the third is what is commonly called, Active Defense. Active Defense involves the blunting and eliminating the enemy’s offensive capabilities by attacking him.

Spiritual Application

In Spiritual Warfare, a good defense and active defense can be done by first, establishing a good defense by:

#1. Reading and memorizing scripture (Psalms 63:6)
#2. Studying and meditating on scripture (Psalms 1:2)
#3. Prayer (Psalms 63:1-4)
#4. joining a good Fellowship group (Hebrews 10;29)
#5. Removing all sources of temptation (Matthew 5:29-30)
#6. Have an Accountability Partner (Proverbs 27:6)
#7. Trust in the Lord (1 Corinthians 10:13)

By doing just the above you’re not only readying your defenses but already conducting Active Defense (#5). Now when under attack:

1. Remove yourself from the “Kill Zone” [when suddenly faced with a temptation (Genesis 39:12-13)]
2. Pray until the attack stops, and/or
3. Call your accountability partner
4. Recall and repeat scripture verbally, and mentally for tempting thoughts to stop
5. Trust in the Lord (Psalms 23:3)

PS. I am not an expert in the field of warfare, nor have I served, but I have had an interest in learning about about those things. A near perfect video to illustrate Active Defense is the following video from a Youtuber named “Invicta”:

The Siege of Jerusalem (70 AD) – The Great Jewish Revolt [FULL DOCUMENTARY August 11, 2019
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y741QbT1YEo&t=643s

The Burning Heart of Every True Christian

21 The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.
– Proverbs 10:21

The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.
-Proverbs 15:7

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!
– Isaiah 52:7

18 And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.
19 But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.
20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.
– Acts 4:18-20

The burden of every believer whether in his/her own town or outside of it; within his/her country or without; from a newly Born Again Christian to a qualified Elder/Pastor, every saved person has a burning heart and desire to share the life-giving message to all.

None can understand that heart unless s/he himself/herself first knows how completely unworthy they are because of their sinful nature (Genesis 8:21), how hopeless they are before a Just and Holy God (Exodus 34:6-7), the terrible price Jesus paid (2 Corinthians 5:21), and realize how much they are loved and forgiven (1 John 4:19 & Luke 7:47).

What is the Good News of the Gospel & what it is not?


For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
– 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
– 1 Corinthians 2:2

But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
– Galatians 1:8

The Good News of the Gospel is that Jesus Christ came and died for your sins. And that He was buried and on the third day, He rose again from the dead.

To add any more than that Good News is no Gospel at all (Galatians 1:6-9). It is all about Jesus Christ, and it is all about Salvation that only He can give and nothing more.

And if salvation is something that He can only give, then we cannot add to it in any way (1 Corinthians 3:11).

The Gospel is not a promise of health or healing; it is not of wealth or wellbeing; neither is it the promise of power nor of fame or answer to any prayer. If that is part of your Gospel then you have no Gospel at all.

If the Gospel to you includes the acceptance of a political point of view, or a cause to fight for, or to be attached to a party, then it is not the Gospel either.

If the Gospel is attached to a narrative or part of the narrative, it is no Gospel at all. The narrative that only counts is the life, death, and resurrection of Christ.

And if the Gospel is exclusive to any denomination, movement, or party then it is not the Gospel; for it is not founded by man, but by God alone.

The Secret No One of The Flesh Knows.


The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant
– Psalms 25:14

14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
– 1 Corinthians 2:14

11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:
– Mark 4:11

23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
– 1 Corinthians 1:23

The truth is veiled to a world ruled by the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (1 John 2:15). Enslaved in their fleshly senses can they not see the truth, nor could they live it, but are instead are bent against it (Romans 8:7). But the secret veiled did He unveiled to us who believe.

12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
– John 1:12-13