About Nthamari

A young christian girl and follower of Jesus Christ with a passion to spread the gospel in every way I can. Jesus Christ is the King of my heart and the ruler of my soul.

sin

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The man named his wife Eve (life spring, life-giver), because she was the mother of all the living.  Up until Genesis 3:20 the woman had not been called Eve. We are so used to calling them Adam and Eve, we don’t even realise she had not been called this from the very beginning. Of course she had been called something, in Genesis 1:27 she was called female, Genesis 2:18 she known as the helper and companion, Genesis 2:23 she is known as woman and in Genesis 2:24-25 she is known as wife. This does not mean that The Lord did not have a name for her; we are told in Genesis 5:2 they were both called mankind. The idea of a woman taking her name from man is biblical. It is seen in how the word man encompasses both genders, mankind, human. The same way the church (the body of Christ, the people all over the world who believe in Jesus Christ) gains its identity from Jesus Christ. A marriage emulates the relationship between Christ and His church (Ephesians 5:22-33). 

He named the woman Eve as an acknowledgement of The Lord’s Promise. Even though she had not yet given birth, Adam named her in faith trusting God to bring forth a deliverer, because God said He would defeat satan through the seed of woman (Genesis 3:15

The Lord God made tunics of [animal] skins for Adam and his wife and clothed them. This was their first experience of death. It had been mentioned a lot of times, but for them, it was just an abstract thought. It had not yet become a concrete experience till this moment. An innocent creature had to die in order to provide them with garments to cover their shame. Without shedding of blood there is no remission (Hebrews 9:22). Covering ourselves with our good works is like Adam and Eve trying to cover themselves with fig leaves; it is no good. Jesus died so that we may be robed in His perfect righteousness. The Lamb of God made for us a garment which covers our nakedness so that we are not afraid to stand even before the bar of God.  And clothed them; oh, the endless love and His unimaginable magnitude for forgiveness. The Lord forgave them. Oh, Lord Your love shames me and Your forgiveness brings me to my knees. The gratitude I feel in my heart is indescribable. Filthy worm that I am, you have lifted me up from the mires of sin, washed me clean and clothed me!!!! Praised be Your name LORD of lords!!!! YAHWEH!!!

And the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), knowing [how to distinguish between] good and evil; the note behind this phrase is hard to understand, perhaps The Lord meant it sarcastically towards satan’s empty promise to become like God. Or maybe it was the fact that man had gained experiential knowledge of evil.  and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take from the tree of life as well, and eat [its fruit], and live [in this fallen, sinful condition] forever”— That unfinished sentence, carries a lot of weight, The Lord in His mercy protected Adam and Eve from the horrible fate of having to live forever in their fallen and sinful state.  therefore the Lord God sent Adam away from the Garden of Eden, to till and cultivate the ground from which he was taken. So God drove the man out; from that statement we can tell Adam and Eve did not want to leave, maybe he thought he would never see The Lord again, maybe they thought they would lose His presence. They lost all they had known because of sin and were going to a land they did not know. It is such a sad picture. Eve with her head bowed down in shame, tears streaming down her face, Adam his head thrown back crying out in anguish . I wonder if he tried to hold on.. and at the east of the Garden of Eden He [permanently] stationed the cherubim and the sword with the flashing blade which turned round and round [in every direction] to protect  and guard the way (entrance, access) to the tree of life.  

Though they were driven out of the garden, The Lord had given them hope. And from that moment the promise of The Lord was slowly coming to fruition. Jesus is speaking to us today, let us turn to Him and accept His salvation today.

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The curse 2

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“Christians can never sin cheaply; they pay a heavy price for iniquity. Transgression destroys peace of mind, obscures fellowship with Jesus, hinders prayer, brings darkness over the soul; therefore be not the serf and bondman of sin.”
Charles Spurgeon

The Lord had just passed His judgment on the snake, and Adam and his wife were in terror. What will befall us now? What have we done? Was it even worth it? These questions must have been running through their minds as they watched the serpent’s judgment. And because sin was already in them, their guilt must have been warring with their pride (the rebellious nature of man).

Now, it was the woman’s turn;she being second in the transgression, was second to receive her judgement. So, The Lord passed His judgment. To the woman He said,I will greatly multiply your grief and your suffering in pregnancy  and the pangs of childbearing; with spasms of distress you will bring forth children.  The woman, of all creation is known to have the most pain when giving birth and the highest risk of death;but this is not the only pain a woman has faced. Before Christ came and redeemed us all, woman has gone through the most pain. In some cultures, the woman is viewed as no more than livestock. But thanks to the redemption, a woman in Christ has become the reflection of the redeemed church, that is the bride of Christ. Yet your desire and craving will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.  The word desire as used in this verse, is the same one used in Genesis 4:7 when The Lord warns Cain before he killed his brother Abel: If you do well [believing Me and doing what is acceptable and pleasing to Me], will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well [but ignore My instruction], sin crouches at your door; its DESIRE is for you [to overpower you], but you must master it.”  This kind of desire is the kind that wants to overpower, defeat and subdue. This is the kind of desire that wants to take over and destroy. So going back to Genesis 3:16, we can see the same meaning in the sinful desire of woman. when sin takes hold of her and gets the upper hand, she will desire man; to control and subdue him. Then, when sin takes hold of man, he will react in the same manner using strength to subdue and rule over woman. In the beginning God created man and woman in his own image(Genesis 1:27), meaning they were equal, but due to sin, this harmony was destroyed; but through Christ’s redemption all this was changed, (Galatians 3) 27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

We can imagine while all of this is going on Adam is shaking. I wonder if at that moment the gravity of what he had done kicked in, or was it before; just after he ate the fruit. He had seen and heard the serpent’s punishment, then he heard the womans. He watched her sink to the ground as the weight of her sin weighed her down. The sadness in The Lords voice as He passed His judgment. The earth fading in colour and the other creatures having sensed the shift in the air running around in panic or hiding. Other animals watching from the shadows of the trees. Did he realise at that moment that their sin would affect the whole of creation?

Its Adam’s turn. Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, Adam chose the voice of his wife over the voice of The Lord. Even though he had personally been warned by The Lord Himself not to eat the fruit, he chose to be with the woman instead. A form of Idolatry, where he heeded the voice of his wife rather than the voice of The Lord. and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the fieldBefore the fall the earth was good, it produced good fruit, and was for man and woman to enjoy; but now, the ground is cursed, though it will remove good fruit, thorns and weeds will grow as well stronger and faster. Corrupting the goodness of creation and making it harder for man. Jesus used weeds and thorns to portray sin and its effect on mans faith and salvation. The plants that grow are a reflection of the sinful state of man and the constant war that is in man’s mind and soul. Sin is easy, and its momentary pleasures loud;like a weed it can quickly squeeze mans faith and what he hears from The Lord ;drying it out and taking all the nutrients. It is war; constant pruning, weeding, and watering to keep our faith healthy; the same way we care for our gardens.(Matthew 13).

In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, Adam worked before the curse, but it was a joyful job, but now, due to the cure it has pain and weariness imbedded in it; (Job 7:1-2)Is not man forced to labor on earth? And are not his days like the days of a hired man?“As a slave earnestly longs for the shade,And as a hired man eagerly awaits his wages. A constant struggle is part of work . 

The final part of the curse is here. The wages of sin. The price you pay.for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return.” The final part of the curse shows that there is an end to toil, but one of death. No redemption is mentioned. Oh how deep was Adam’s anguish when he realised what he had done? How low and small he felt when he heard those final words for dust you are, and to dust you shall return. It echoes in his heart, as he falls to the ground. But there is still hope. We serve a merciful God.

We are all children of God, a redeemed creation, blessed and highly favoured. Let us thank God for his bountiful mercies and grace. Thank Him for this day, for your life and thank Him for the greatest gift of all. Jesus Christ our redeemer.

 

TO BE CONTINUED

Sin; The curse

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Recap: Adam and his wife have fallen into chaos and are hiding from The Lord.

For some reason they thought that it was possible to hide from The Lord. This, it seems is a very common reaction when you have done something bad and feel guilty. Children tend to hide when they do something bad. We adults also run and hide when faced by guilt. Well,we know where we inherited that from. The first people to run and hide after disobedience.

And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”   This statement is so casual. The Lord was walking in the garden and looking for Adam and his wife. It’s like they used to hangout every afternoon, and today The Lord had come for the usual hang out. The bible very clearly says, no man has ever seen the face of God, the King of kings, Lord of lords HE dwells in unapproachable light (1 Timothy 6:16, John 1:18). So, it is safe to assume that this is the person of Jesus Christ the son of God, way before HE came to earth as man (John 1:1-18).  So, The Lord asked, “Where are you?” And Adam said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” The Lord already knew this, but He was giving man a chance to repent. so The Lord said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?” What did Adam do after this? He did what most of us would do, he shifted blame to his wife and inadvertently to God. Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.”  Notice, that this whole time, The Lord has not addressed the woman, that is because as the husband Adam is the head and the problem here. The Lord then turns to the woman and asks, “What is this you have done?” HE gave them both a chance to repent and none of then took the chance, they were both trying to escape the disobedience, instead of kneeling humbly at HIS feet and asking for forgiveness. Child of God, accept you have done wrong and with your whole heart ask for forgiveness; then after the forgiveness that is guaranteed through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, go and sin no more. So, the woman replied, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”  The woman does not shift blame she speaks the truth because the serpent did deceive her and she did eat. But what is wrong here is that being deceived is also a sin. Taking a lie over the truth of The Lord is a sin (Romans 1:25) 

The Curse

The Lord starts with the serpent; So the Lord God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life. So, the snake had limbs. The Lord did not ask the serpent any questions, because the devil who was animating the serpent had nothing to learn. HE begins with cursing the animal, it lost its limbs. Imagine the terror Adam and his wife felt when they saw this happen, they must have obviously thought, we are next. The serpent who was once a beautiful creation of God had now turned into a creepy slithering creature.  you shall eat dust all the days of your life.  This is for the animal as well as satan. To eat dust means to be totally defeated, to always be behind. God’s judgement on satan, is that he will always know defeat. he will try to reach for victory but always fall short. When Jesus Christ was on the cross, satan thought he had won, but by attack Jesus Christ, he made his own downfall and doom certain. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.”  This curse is for satan, when we are born, we are born rebellious, but also wary of satan. Man has to self-consciously harden his hard and willingly follow satan. Naturally we don’t serve God or satan we serve ourselves and satan is ok with that, meaning we indirectly serve satan while we selfishly serve ourselves. He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel. Here in the very beginning of sin, our merciful, kind, loving, gracious and mighty God  made the promise of redemption. The seed of woman(virgin birth) will give a fatal (deathly, mortal) blow to the devil and only HIS heel will be bruised; that is the closest he would ever get to Jesus Christ,the wounded victor. This is known as the protoevangelium, the first gospel. The Lord saw the doom of satan at satan’s first flush of victory meaning, The Lord knew what he was doing all along. Adam and his wife’s sin did not come as surprise to The Lord. The Lord wanted more than innocent man in the garden, HE wanted a redeemed man. To bring forth the redeemed man, whose full faith and confidence lies in The Lord God, our King and Master. Our Saviour, Redeemer and Friend. The redeemed man is greater than the innocent man, and this is possible because he is redeemed from sin.

The man and the woman cowering in fear, awaited their judgement.

To Be Continued….

Sin

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“A little thorn may cause much suffering. A little cloud may hide the sun. Little foxes spoil the vines; and little sins do mischief to the tender heart. These little sins burrow in the soul, and make it so full of that which is hateful to Christ, that he will hold no comfortable fellowship and communion with us. A great sin cannot destroy a Christian, but a little sin can make him miserable….

“Christian, what hast thou to do with sin? Hath it not cost thee enough already? Burnt child, wilt thou play with the fire? What! when thou hast already been between the jaws of the lion, wilt thou step a second time into his den? Hast thou not had enough of the old serpent?”  

– Charles Spurgeon

2 Corinthians 11:3

I am afraid, however, that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may be led astray from your simple and pure devotion to Christ. 

We are all sinners, from the fall of Adam till today, all who are born are born sinners. And we do it so easily. It’s so much easier to sin than not to sin, it is easier to tell a lie than to speak the truth, we want to follow all that our body wants, lust, gluttony, greed. Even after salvation, we sin. But one thing I am sure we have all realised, after our “small” sins we are miserable. Ashamed to pray, ashamed to even think of the Lord; our bodies grow heavy with the shame and we hide from The Lord covering our shame with fig leaves that do not hide the sin, but make us uncomfortable. But that is  a good thing, this means that the Holy Spirit still has a foothold on and that there is still hope for you, dear lost sheep.

Let us go to the begining, where it all began and man took the first step towards destruction. An idealic setting, there is a gentle breeze, and in the distance the sweet soft gurgling of a cheerful brook. A pretty young lady is humming to herself as she watches everything around her bloom in magnificence, the trees soft and green, flowers vibrant with every color imaginable, the earth soft and fragrant, like the smell of rain, birds chirping and close by, a lion yawns with contentment; After all, it is God’s creation and everything God has created is good.But darkness is threatening, a darkness that is an antonym of God’s light, everything that God is. A serpent calls her closer to ask a seemingly inocent question but in the true sense, this question is the begining of death. “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” she replies,“We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But if we remember correctly; And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. It seems Adam did a terrible job of relaying the maessage (quick question, how many times have you misstated information? Maybe you were sent by your parent and in your hurry, gave the wrong information.) First, she does not even seem to know the name of the tree, second, when did God say anything about touching the tree? I get it, when you are not suposed to do something, its better to avoid it at all costs. But it is known that it is a dangerous thing to teach the doctrines of man as if they are a message or comandments from God. (Matthew 15:9) 

Anyway, after that the serpent says,“You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”  The seeds of doubt firmly planted in her mind, she gazed once again at the tree, and she thought how beautiful it looked, good to eat and she would be like God. The serpent made her forget the consequences of disobedience and rebellion. All she wanted at that moment was to satisfy her momentary desires and she forgot God’s love and His warning. It is desirable and looks good to eat. The flesh craves instant satisfaction. She slowly reached out and picked a fruit biting into it and gave it to her husband Adam and he ate it to. Adam did not even need asking he just dug in. He jumped head first into rebelion againt God. God told him very directly, not to eat the fruit. Oh, but what hapened next, I am sure they did not see coming. Their eyes were open, and everything lost some of its color, in that moment, they realised they were naked. In their shame, they quickly tried making covering using fig leaves. I always wonder, what was going through their minds when they realised the huge mistake they had made. How heavy their hearts were and the huge amount of shame they felt, and if in that moment they realised that was over. So after quickly making their “clothes” , they heared HIM; The Lord God walking in the cool of the day, and they tried to hide from HIS presence.

TO BE CONTINUED

 

He is coming

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My mind was going on a very different route when I started this post. But then i read this verse (Mark 13: 35-37) and I felt compelled to talk about this. I feel like it’s not talked about as much as it should be. We don’t realise how sudden his coming will be. He could come now as you read this post, or as you are preparing for bed, eating, talking with friends or as you are sinning; a “small white” lie. What will happen then? Your chance is gone. Time is up. The master of the house has arrived. The bridegroom is here. There is no time for you to fill your lamp with oil.

Matthew 25

1 “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins, who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish [thoughtless, silly, and careless], and five were wise [far-sighted, practical, and sensible]. For when the foolish took their lamps, they did not take any [extra] oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil along with their lamps. Now while the bridegroom was delayed, they all began to nod off, and they fell asleep. But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! The bridegroom [is coming]! Go out to meet him.’ Then all those virgins got up and put their own lamps in order [trimmed the wicks and added oil and lit them]. But the foolish virgins said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, because our lamps are going out.’ But the wise replied, ‘No, otherwise there will not be enough for us and for you, too; go instead to the dealers and buy oil for yourselves.’ 10 But while they were going away to buy oil, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut and locked. 11 Later the others also came, and said, ‘Lord, Lord, open [the door] for us.’ 12 But He replied, ‘I assure you and most solemnly say to you, I do not know you [we have no relationship].’13 Therefore, be on the alert [be prepared and ready], for you do not know the day nor the hour [when the Son of Man will come].

It is a fight, a struggle to stay awake and to be on guard in this world. So many things take your mind off  what is most important. We are struggling to catch up to the world, because most of the time the world will make you feel left behind. Remember building your relationship with The Lord is what comes first before anything else. We are all sons and daughters of God. And when you are a child of God and a follower of Christ, the world will most definitely be against you {Mark 13: 13 You will be hated by everyone on account of My name, but the one who perseveres to the end will be saved.

Be on guard and persevere, the time is near when the son of man will come back and then it will be too late for you and the people around you that you could have helped. Always have the word of God on your mind, so that you will be able to face the enemy with firm footed assurance and readiness  produced by the word of God.

He will come like a thief in the night. With no warning

1 Thessalonians 5

Now about the times and seasons, brothers, we do not need to write to you. For you are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and security,” destruction will come upon them suddenly, like labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers, are not in the darkness so that this day should overtake you like a thief. For you are all sons of the light and sons of the day; we do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not sleep as the others do, but let us remain awake and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night; and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and the helmet of our hope of salvation. For God has not appointed us to suffer wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Do not let the world fool you as you are not of this world. Keep your eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith. Let Him guide every step of your way. Be blind to the temptations of this world as in the long run they will do you no good. Hold on tight to the hems of the Lord. Cry and pray everyday for strength to step out into the world and face each day knowing that the Lord has seen the day and knows the way you should go. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and soul and pray ceaselessly. May the Lord bless you and keep you upright, awake and prepared for the day of the Lord.

The Gilded Cage

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The world is alluring, and that is what the devil wants, something that will pull you into the world, make you yearn for it. Long for it, and some times you get the world, life becomes easy, ‘friends’ all around you . Suddenly your life revolves around maintaining this life style, “Prosperity knits a man to the world. He feels that he is finding his place in it, while really it is finding its place in him.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters  and this life that coincides so well with the world becomes a part of you. The worry of what people will think, do, consumes your whole being “There is nothing like suspense and anxiety for barricading a human’s mind against God. He wants men to be concerned with what they do; our business(the devil) is to keep them thinking about what will happen to them.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters.  The devil is a liar that aims to kill and destroy [1 Peter 5:8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. ]

This sort of life is like a guilded cage. You are trapped in a cage that has all the comforts but the part that is most interesting is the fact that the door is wide open and you can leave this cage if you choose to, most of the time you may decide to stay because the devil has blinded you into believing the inside of this cage is better. Sometimes this cage is not filled with comfort, sometimes it is filled with fear ,self hate and anxiety. You end up being trapped in your own mind constantly thinking about yourself, your troubles, me, me, me. [Hebrews 12:Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Christians are also falling into the trap of self obsession; thinking of their humility, how saintly they are, showing off their niceness, lack of tempers and overall goodness. while in the long run forgetting the whole purpose of worship is God. Your complete absorption with God, which is then reflected to the world so that they can see God working in you. after all it’s not all about you but God. God uses you to show His might, all you have to do is believe in Him, worship Him, strive to make Him the center of your life, your purpose for living. He alone knows the plans he has for you.

The scary part about all this, is that one day the door of this cage will close, the end is coming. It could be today, tomorrow or a hundred years from now, but it is coming; And time will run out [Isaiah 55:6 Seek the LORD while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way And the unrighteous man his thoughts; And let him return to the LORD, And He will have compassion on him, And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon] Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while he is near. A time will come when it will be too late. Do not let the devil fool you. God has provided a way to fight the enemy [The Armor of God

Ephesians 6: 10 In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His [boundless] might. 11 Put on the full armor of God , so that you may be able to [successfully] stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceits of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood , but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, put on the complete armor of God, so that you will be able to [successfully] resist and stand your ground in the evil day [of danger], and having done everything , to stand firm [in your place, fully prepared, immovable, victorious]. 14 So stand firm and hold your ground, having tightened the wide band of truth (personal integrity, moral courage) around your waist and having put on the breastplate of righteousness (an upright heart), 15 and having strapped on your feet the gospel of peace in preparation [to face the enemy with firm-footed stability and the readiness produced by the good news]. 16 Above all, lift up the [protective] shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.18 With all prayer and petition pray [with specific requests] at all times  in the Spirit, and with this in view, stay alert with all perseverance and petition [interceding in prayer] for all God’s people.]

Do not be deceived.

Home is where the heart is

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Home. Where is home? We often have this insatiable need for contentment. Searching and searching for something we don’t really know, chasing after the wind;  we don’t know what we are looking for, so we end up running after the wrong things. Possessions(life will be so much easier if I buy a new house, if I get the new pair of shoes, if I get a new car.), human companionship, acceptance from people (if people like me, life will be so much better; if I fit in, I wont feel so lonely). We can never be satisfied, because as soon as you get the new car, get the bigger house, have 100 like on Instagram, get a new boy/girlfriend someone will have better, someone will always have better than you. [Ecclesiastes 1:2 vapour of vapours and futility of futilities! All is vanity(emptiness, falsity and vainglory).3 what profit does man have left from all his toil at which he toils under the sun?…14 I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and striving after wind. 15 What is crooked cannot be straightened and what is lacking cannot be counted ]  

But there is hope, we have a home, a place that is being prepared for us [John 14:1 Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe in Me as well. In My Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and welcome you into My presence, so that you also may be where I am]. A place without sorrow, without tears. A place of pure contentment; a place that us believers of Jesus Christ are striving for, and that non believers are welcome to once they turn to God, repent and accept Jesus Christ as their saviour and the son of God and follow in ALL His teachings. [John 14:6 Jesus said to him, I am the way the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father except through me]. And as we run the race here on earth, our relationship with our Lord gives us the contentment,peace and strength to finish the race set before us. [Hebrews 12:Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off every encumbrance and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with endurance the race set out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God] 

Home. We yearn for it daily our souls cry out for it. Once you believe, it is open for you. This journey we are on has many trials and tribulations but all that will fall away once we see eternity with our Lord Jesus.The troubles of this time are not worth comparing to the joys and glory that will be revealed to us when Christ comes. [Romans 8: 18 For I consider (from the standpoint of faith) that the sufferings of the present life are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us and in us! 19 For (even the whole) creation (all nature) waits eagerly for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration and futility, not willingly (because of some intentional fault on its part), but by the will of Him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will also be freed from its bondage to decay (and gain entrance) into the glorious freedom of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been moaning together as in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only this, but we too, who have the first fruits of the Spirit (a joyful indication of the blessings to come), even we groan inwardly, as we wait eagerly for (the sign of) our adoption as sons—the redemption and transformation of our body (at the resurrection)].

Let us hold on to our faith and keep our eyes on Jesus, as we walk on HOME . Press on my dear brothers and sisters.