But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’ But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Thessalonians 5:5-6; 1 Corinthians 2:9–10, 14) GOD BLESS YOU AND GRACE ABOUND!!
Therefore, I thank my precious Lord for guiding me to ኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ ነው ministry where I could learn His Word. As the ministry gives strictly Christ-centered classes online and live, I learned to bring God first in my daily life. This has not been easy especially when my circumstances were harsh. Gradually, God gave me strength to focus on Him regardless of my circumstances. There was a time when some people shared their experiences with me: I was told to focus on what I have, not on what I don’t. That wasn’t bad, because it was far better than focusing on what I lack and cry on my pillow. That advice wasn’t the best either, because I would stop thanking God when the remaining half glass is gone. As my walk with the Lord got steadier, however, the Lord taught me to focus on Him whether I would walk in a valley or would climb a mountain or be surrounded by stumbling stones… Blessed be His Name forever, finally a breakthrough came and I started seeking God and focusing on Who He is whether I have or lack. In line with this, I learned amazing lesson from the life of Moses. After God proclaimed His Name in front of him (Ex. 34:5-9),…Moses said, “ If now I have found favor in your sight, O Lord, please let the Lord go in the midst of us, for it is stiff-necked people, and pardon our inequity and our sin, and take us for inheritance” ( v.9). At the time, Moses was leading the Israelites in the wilderness-a difficult place to live. He didn’t plead with God to quicken the time he and the people would inherit Canaan. But rather he asked God to forgive and inherit him and the people he was leading. Wow! Longing to be inherited by the Lord rather than to inherit land…seeking the Lord Himself…seeking more of Him than any earthly material! Seeking the Lord of all blessings than His blessings…longing to know the Lord and His ways more closely day by day more than anything else! May Glory be to God for ever and ever!
Knowledge of God is necessary to lead genuine and humble Christian life that is pleasing to Him. Otherwise, we can easily be misguided or even fall prey to false teachings. Allow me to share my experience of early Christian life
I requested and received free books from a TV “evangelist,” but one of them was against Trinity. Another time, I received a letter from a different “evangelist” who told me that a terrible generational curse was in my life and I would need him to get rid of it and become prosperous. Soon, he sent me oil and pieces of cloth with detail instruction. He ordered me to send him a minimum of $80.00. After deeply thinking about the curse and at times staring at the oil and piece of cloth, I felt like I was dealing with witchcraft. I threw everything into a garbage can, sent him a check of $17.oo and ignored him for good. After sending me dozens of letters, he left this message on my home phone: “I am coming to New York City for service, meet me at Time Square. When you hear my voice or see me physically, it is possible that you could shake or tremble; it is so because I am the true man of God.” I didn’t go. I never forget two young people who were distributing flyers telling passersby not to go to church, because it is not necessary. I would watch or listen to anything to know more about God.
I was in such terrible mess when God led me to the bible teaching ministry of brother Samson. My desire to know God was burning in my heart and that was all I had when I joined the ministry as a beneficiary. Today I know the church is the dwelling place of God, which Christ bought by His own blood. I stopped watching several TV sermons, because I figured out that something was not right. If Christ is not the center of what is preached, I am out of it. My life is not cursed; rather, it is blessed by the knowledge of the Lord. I am just beginning to know God, but am far from being fooled again to receive oil, piece of cloth or scarfs and drain my hard earned money. You know, to identify counterfeit currency, all we need to do is to study and know the true currency very well. Nobody taught me about anybody’s mistakes. But I was taught the Word of God which in turn enabled me discern right from wrong. I want to adore, worship and serve God with knowledge and understanding of Him and that is what I call a blessed life! I thank God for the bible teaching ministry of brother Samson. May glory be to the Lord forever and ever.