Exhortations

Breath of Life

God is a Spirit and the Spirit of God is the Breath of Life.

God is a Spirit and He is the Spirit of life. God’s breath is given to give life to all mankind, believers and non-believers alike, with the condition to obey His plan and purpose. John 3:16 is very crucial for non-believers and for those who cannot or do not obey or believe due to their culture and tradition will be dealt with in due time.  It is between them and God, and it’s not for us to judge or witness.  God’s written words serve as guidelines to find the truth the reason why we are here today and gone tomorrow? Why does hate exists and wicked things happen to good people? Why are challenges in life keep on coming back and we struggle so hard to beat them? Why worries, fear, and anxiety come to interfere with the peaceful living? God hates religion and yet we choose to join one of them? Why money exists when it causes evil to triumph? Why humans are not born equal with a golden spoon? Why the powerful continue to dominate the unfortunate?

With all these confusions,  we are still blessed because we know that we have God and to live with God is to live under His wings that will lead us to His kingdom.

All Scriptures are breathed out by God which can be used for teaching so knowledge about His plan and purpose can be acquired and shared profitably. We can reproof or rebuke something unacceptable and make a correction if there is any misinterpretation. The Bible was written perfectly for imperfect human beings and this word of God can be treated as a love letter to train and discipline us to righteous wellbeing. The word of God will equip every good work and strengthen us to fight a good fight of faith.

Let love be genuine with a  pure heart; let no evil distract our righteous path, and when we hold fast to what is good no bad things can interfere to make us fail and likewise no evil could shake us. We are protected and strengthen with the Armor of God because God provides us with the armor we need to fight these spiritual battles. Ephesians 6:10-18 — Meditate and make use of it: the Belt of Truth, the Breastplate of Righteousness, the shoes of peace, and the Shield of Faith;  The Helmet of Salvation, the Sword of the Spirit. Therefore, since this battle seems to never end, we should always be prepared and always wear these protection nights and days. Sins that cling to the dust of the earth will never have a life to survive unless we embrace it and spare a room to our hearts. We are surrounded with deceit, lies, and temptations waiting for the right time for us to submit and become a victim like them.

Jesus Christ endured the cross, despising the shame and defeated death and now he is seated at the right hand of the throne of God watching us how we treat the Holy Spirit he requested to live with us. Many still do not acknowledge the work of the Holy Spirit within us. Not knowing the goodness of the Holy Spirit within us, leads us to be continually under attack by the evil spirit deprived of their sleep unless they do wicked things.

James the brother of Jesus said that “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing…”

The most common sin is lying and almost every day we lie and God hates all kinds of liars.   Only a liar says he has not sinned or says he knows God while disobeying His commandments. Those who says he loves God but hates his brother is a liar (1 John 4:20).

In John 15:26 Jesus says of the Holy Spirit: “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.”

Now you heard it from the word of God that the Holy Spirit who is with us today to guide and protect us cannot fully function because of our rooted belief that Jesus who is seated at the right hand of the Father is still in charge. The Holy Spirit is being ignored and that causes the slow completion of the kingdom which is still far from being understood and accepted.

God is all in all!

Bishop Joseph

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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