God’s Abundant Mercy

Ephesians 2:1-10 GNT

1 In the past you were spiritually dead because of your disobedience and sins.

2 At that time you followed the world’s evil way; you obeyed the ruler of the spiritual powers in space, the spirit who now controls the people who disobey God.

3 Actually all of us were like them and lived according to our natural desires, doing whatever suited the wishes of our own bodies and minds. In our natural condition we, like everyone else, were destined to suffer God’s anger.

4 But God’s mercy is so abundant, and his love for us is so great,

5 that while we were spiritually dead in our disobedience he brought us to life with Christ. It is by God’s grace that you have been saved.

6 In our union with Christ Jesus he raised us up with him to rule with him in the heavenly world.

7 He did this to demonstrate for all time to come the extraordinary greatness of his grace in the love he showed us in Christ Jesus.

8-9 For it is by God’s grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God’s gift, so that no one can boast about it.

10 God has made us what we are, and in our union with Christ Jesus he has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do.

 

Why God Hate Idolatry?

Most people don’t take it seriously, they just continue practice idolatry and do some good works hoping God will make peace at them and be ok with the images they are having.

Actually, it is like YOU giving all to a girl (your wife – mankind) you love. You gave her nice car, nice house, jewelries, signature products, top brands of clothes and gadgets, etc., etc.

You provide everything she wants yet in front of your face and very eyes, she dates and have sex with other man. What would you will feel? Will you not be furious and kill them all?

The Living God in Heaven has been faithful to you but instead you cling to other gods of graven images, bowed down to them, and made offerings to that things – all are made by man (a merchandise to make money).

In that case, don’t ever expect God to make a peace and set aside His commandment to visit you and strike with His rod of discipline. You know, He personally wrote those commands on the tablets of stone by His fingers.

Exodus 20:4-5 NLT
4 “You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea.
5 You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me.

His constant reminder of strikes is the evidence of His great love for you in spite of being un-faithful and adulterous. God still loves you, take down your idols and go back to HIM before it’s too late.

John 4:24 KJV
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Law of Sowing and Reaping

If you sow a seed of mango it will grow a big mango tree, its fruits shall in thousands.

A mango seed will never grow coconut tree because each seed will grow according to its kind.

It is also true in growing up your kids, if you grow them in love, you will reap great love from them.

But if you sow in them shouts on their mistakes, one day you will reap greater shouts and even multiple shouts from them.

It is true also in the work place, if you sow shout on people, you will reap much louder shouts later on from someone else, your boss most probably.

If you sow friendship in the work place, one day in difficult times, you can count on them.

Friendship in the workplace is the catalyst of teamwork with synergy that often deliver breakthroughs.

If you sow abundantly (extra mile and hard work), you shall reap abundantly, that fruits shall be with you forever, that will become your name tag wherever you go.

> Boy Bautista