L3 God

L3 which stands for Level 3 support is the highest level of support in a technical support model. The ones who provide L3 support are subject matter experts that are engaged to address and solve problems that are unsolvable by others in the support line.

Jesus Christ is an L3 God. When the world could not solve the problem of sin that plagued man, He did. He is the subject matter expert of man, because He made man and knows all men and knows what is in man (John 2:24-25).

The Psalmist avers that the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous (God is looking; Psalm 34:15), and his ears are open unto their cry (God is listening; Psalm 34:15). The righteous cry and the Lord hears them and delivers them out of all their troubles (God is liberating; Psalm 34:17).

Jesus is Looking, Listening and Liberating (L3). Jesus Christ is a L3 God.

Psalm 34:15, 17 (KJV)
The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.
17 The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

Prayer protocol

Interestingly, when Jesus was asked by one of his disciples to teach them how to pray, He starts by teaching them first how NOT to pray; using vain repetitions as did the heathen, expecting to be heard because of much speaking (Luke 11:1-4, Matthew 6:7). When we come to be in the presence of God, we should be laconic in our utterances, lest we make a foolish vow; we should not be rash with our mouth or hasty in our hearts (Ecclesiastes 5:2). It is not the quantity of prayer that matters but the quality of prayer that God is interested in. It is not how much we pray but how we pray that is important. Our words should be chosen carefully with forethought and uttered only upon the inspiration of the Holy Spirit of God, as supplication in the Spirit (Ephesians 6:18).

Lord, teach me to pray!

Matthew 6:7 (KJV)
7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

Ecclesiastes 5:2 (KJV)
2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.

Ephesians 6:18 (KJV)
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

God’s visitation – first and second

God visited man in the person of Jesus Christ (first coming) and the people did not recognize Him; some people rejoiced proclaiming “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord (John 12:13) ” while others rejected Him saying “We have no King, but Caesar (John 19:15) ,” and God wept (Luke 19:44).

God will visit man again in the glorified person of Jesus Christ (second coming) and this time the people will recognize Him and some will rejoice entering into the Joy of the Lord (Matthew 25:23) while others who have now rejected Him will weep; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 24:51).

In the first coming, God wept.
In the second coming, man will weep.

Choose ye this day, if you want to rejoice or weep, when Christ Jesus returns.

Luke 19: 41 -44 (KJV)
And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,
Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.|
For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,
And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.

The valentine of God

Commonly, the word ‘valentine’ is used to refer to someone’s sweetheart but interestingly, the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary also defines the word ‘valentine’ as “a gift or greeting sent or given to someone special.” Valentine means a gift and a gift represents both the heart of the giver and the receiver. The one giving gives because he or she loves the one to whom it is given. The one receiving is given because they are deemed special by the giver.

God sent us His Son (Jesus Christ), and through Him, we receive the gift of eternal life. Why did God do this? Because He loved you and I, whom He deems to be very special. We are the apple of His eye.

The ever popular verse from Romans 6:23 can be read as “the valentine (gift) of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”. You are special in God’s eye. I am special in God’s eye. He loves you and me very much and He has sent us the valentine (gift) of eternal life. All we need to do, is receive His gift by believing that Jesus Christ is God’s valentine to mankind.

Romans 6:23 (KJV)
23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift [valentine] of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Pre-requisite for entry into heaven

A Sunday school teacher was tasked to explain to six-year-olds in his class, what someone had to do in order to go to heaven and in this endeavor, he questioned his class on this subject.
“If I sold the things I love, like my house and my car, and gave all my money to the Church, would that get me into heaven?”
“NO!” the children all answered.
“If I prayed to God everyday and if I attended the church every Sunday, and kept everything neat and tidy, would that get me into heaven?”
Again the answer was “NO!”
“Well then,” he said, “If I loved my wife dearly, and be kind to animals and gave to the poor, would that get me into heaven?”
Again they all shouted “NO!”
“Well then, how can I get into heaven?”
A boy in the back row stood up and shouted, “YOU GOTTA BE DEAD”.

Not all who call Lord, Lord will enter into the kingdom of heaven, but only he/she who  does the will of God, the Father, who is in heaven (Mathew 7:21) will enter into heaven. His will is what may seem at first to be an oxymoron, which is for us to be a living sacrifice (living for Him; dying to all others). God wants us to totally surrender to this will of His, and in order for us to surrender all to Jesus, we must be dead to sin, and be dead to self and be willing to die for Him (our Lord and Savior).

We GOTTA BE DEAD so that it is no longer we who live but Christ Jesus that lives in us (Galatians 2:2o).

Galatians 2:20 (KJV)

20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Sow Christ Jesus

Once while traveling for work, in one of the airports, I came across an advertisement which caught my attention. It was the advertisement for the organization CARE (www.care.org) which aims at defending dignity and fighting poverty. The advertisement had in it a picture of an African woman with the following words, printed next to her – “She can plant the seeds of change. If she can get the seed.”

This social message has some serious undertones in our Christian life.  Christian have The Seed. Jesus Christ is The Seed. This is how He is referred to in the very first book of the Bible, much before His birth on earth. When man and woman sinned by disobeying God, because of the deception of satan, God declares war on satan, informing him of his impending doom, by expressing that God will put an enmity between satan and the woman and between the seed of satan (self-righteous; counterfeit believers) and the Seed of the woman (referring to Jesus Christ) who will crush the head of satan, while satan merely bruises His heel. (Genesis 3:15). At the Cross, satan bruised the heel of Jesus by nailing his feet, but by His sacrificial dying and by His resurrection from the dead, Jesus crushed the head of satan, totally defeating satan and the power of death that he had.

Just as a seed germinates and brings forth life, in the soil that receives it,  so does Jesus germinate and brings forth eternal life in all who receive Him. Jesus Christ is The Seed that changes death to life; He is The Seed that brings life. But how can one plant when they don’t have The Seed, themselves? This is a stark reminder for all those who have The Seed (Jesus), that they ought to sow Jesus Christ in someone else.

Point(s) to ponder:

Do you have Jesus Christ; The Seed? If not, receive Him with a fertile heart, so He can bring you life! and if you do, Sow Jesus Christ in someone who does not have Him.

Genesis 3:15 (KJV)
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

The Gospel in Song (during Super Bowl)

During the 2011 Super Bowl XLV halftime show, the Black Eyed Peas with R&B star Usher and former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, entertained millions by featuring the following setlist:
1. I Gotta Feeling
2. Boom Boom Pow
3. Sweet Child O’ Mine
4. Pump It
5. Let’s Get It Started
6. OMG
7. Where Is The Love? and
8. The Time (of our life)

One of the controversies before the game was that the ‘Look Up John 3:16’ ad was rejected to be aired during the Super Bowl game, but unbeknown to many, closer review of the events on this day, show that each song in this set list that was featured during the same Super Bowl game could be used with the other to unfold the very essence of John 3:16; God’s beautiful story for the Salvation to mankind. Continue reading for to see how.

We have been having  The Time (of our life) as in the time of Noah, ignoring and disobeying God’s commands and indulging in sinful wickedness, only to become a prisoner of a war (POW); a war between God and evil that began in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:15). I Gotta Feeling that there is something horrendously wrong with this sinful lifestyle of mine and I see that validated from the Bible, which states that the wages of sin is death (Boom Boom Pow). Oh My God (OMG), what can I do? is my cry. We have refused or rejected the Faith, and we do not have Hope nor Love. Where is The Love? I ask, and hidden in the Scripture (Bible), I hear God’s still soft voice, say, “I have sent you my Only Begotten Sweet Child O’ Mine, who is called Jesus Christ and all who believe in Him shall not perish (i.e., be  no longer a prisoner to death) but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16). Why did God do this? Because He loved each one of us very much. Jesus Christ was God’s response to man’s groaning and cry – Where is The Love? Jesus is God’s gift to mankind. For the wages of sin is death (Boom Boom Pow), but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23). He sacrificed Himself so that we would not have to pay the penalty of our sin. His love for you made Him endure our Cross and He who knew no sin, was imputed our sin on Himself, separating Him from God, a agonizing experience in which He had to cry out OMG, OMG, why have you forsaken me? (Matthew 27:45-46). God (the Father) forsook God (the Son) so that He would not have to forsake you and me.  To God be the glory! for this provision, He has made possible, through Jesus Christ, for the problem of our sin. All we need to do is accept this gift of God, by believing in Him. So Let’s Get It Started. Delay no further, for now is the accepted time; now is the day of [your] salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2). And when we believe, let our lives change and let us love the Lord our God, with all our soul, strength, mind and heart and let us love our neighbors as ourselves (Luke 10:27). Let every pump of our heart (heartbeat) out-pour this story of God’s love for and to mankind. Let us Pump It (share) with those who have not yet heard it. Only then can we truly say that we are in deed having The Time of our lives.

‘Look up John 3:16’ ad was rejected but in the Song setlist is hidden the Gospel of Truth. There is no stopping God’s message. His Word does not return void (Isaiah 55:11) and shall accomplish that which God pleases.

Point(s) to ponder:

If you have never accepted this free yet costly gift of God to mankind, then you can receive Him today.
A – Acknowledge the need you have for a savior.
B – Believe in Jesus Christ, God’s gift for the salvation of the world.
C – Confess with your mouth your sinfulness, for He is faithful and just to cleanse us of ALL unrighteousness.

Isaiah 55:11 (KJV)
11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

John 3:16-17 (KJV)
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.