Of the Higher Level of Peace and Happiness in this Life

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By Jun P. Espina | Last updated on June 21st, 2021 at 09:10 am

Christian rejoicings even in times of sorrow are flooding the Internet through websites, social quotes, poetry, or graphic images. The true followers of Christ experienced a higher level of peace and inner satisfaction. It explains Paul’s cadence of the word rejoice in Philippians 4:4: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” Thousands of born-again Christians were persecuted, some beheaded, by ISIS, for example, but the former didn’t recant or join Islam. Instead, their love for the risen Jesus grew. Christ’s presence in the heart has made Christianity different and without equal. “Therefore if anyone is in Christ,” wrote the Apostle Paul, “he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” (2 Cor. 5:17) Let the unbelievers mock or cast insult upon the name of Christ through harassing and victimizing His followers. But even amidst persecution, born-again Christians increased in number even in Middle Eastern countries where the Bible is banned. A higher level of peace and happiness in this life is possible in Christianity. But you need to seek Christ sincerely like one seeking help in the hour of disaster. You need to search in your heart the Spirit of the Founder of the Christian faith, Jesus Christ, our Lord. “However,” wrote the Apostle Paul, “you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.” (Rom. 8:9) Have Christ’s Spirit by believing, then have His joy and peace!

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Moving Forward in Life With Confidence

By Jun P. Espina | Last updated on June 21st, 2021 at 07:42 pm

Have Confidence and Move Forward ▸

THE ONLY PROVEN method to move forward in life with confidence is not the recipe of college education, a good job, or a bounteous inheritance. Life is God-given; we cannot isolate it from God’s mysterious nature and qualities. Our love for our family, for example, is priceless. It can neither be bought, copied, nor duplicated. In Steve Jobs’ last words [some said Jobs did not say it!], he mentioned how worthless was his wealth and fame compared to his loved ones. God is love; He taught us love or intense feeling of affection with the mark of God’s imprimatur in it. Why the young kids make us happy? We see the joy in their baby talk and artless entertainment. It is because “God loves the little children.” Why are we indignant with robbers, rapists, and even the bad-mouthing of our leaders and friends? Well, it is on account of God’s hatred of what is sinful and evil. Cruelty fills us with revulsion. We are God’s image, full of our maker’s fingerprints. We can feel His anger. Hence, we can move forward in life with the confidence only in the mighty hand of God—only if we believe we are safe in His loving arms. Wrote the Apostle Paul: “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?” (Rom. 8:31)

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Overcoming Adversities by the Power of God

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Your life runs from a guiding principle you may not be interested in fixing or discarding altogether. Life is God-given, and He alone can beautify it. Proverbs 14:12 says: “There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.” “There is a way” or the Guiding Principle essential in the joyous fulfillment of our life journey. This 277-page book, “Overcoming Adversities by the Power of God,” seeks to give the reader the wisdom to understand life’s circumstances and ordeals and how to beat our sufferings from the wisdom of the Good Book.

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