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Which race are you running? One set by the world or Yeshu?
In the worldly race, there is only one winner. Focus is on you, competing against others, temporary earthly prize. It is a rats race for financial success, job success, self-fulfillment, more materials, bigger and better homes, bigger income, more power and influence. It is a race for the “nice, beautiful and settled life”. It is this race billions of people are running every day, filling shopping malls, filling houses with things, things, and more unnecessary things. When you are running Yeshu race, God is with you, everyone is a winner. Here, you are competing against yourself, not with others, focus is on permanent heavenly prize.
I have everything (name, money, etc.) but still feel empty and searching for peace. How do I get a victory and joyful life?
It is a human tendency to choose an easy path. That may or may not be the best path. Our limited understanding can easily lead us astray. When we trust God and His ways in our hearts, we know that He never fails us. Instead of reinventing the wheel, making same mistakes like our ancestors over the over again, look into God’s Word is filled with examples and principles of those who did right and those who did wrong. Those examples are there for us to learn what God is like and what He desires from us. Regardless of how benevolent a person may appear to others, his good works amount to little if they are done for selfish reasons. If we make it our goal to seek God and honor Him in everything we do (1 Corinthians 10:31), we will understand right and wrong and know that our life choices are pleasing to Him. Regardless the path you took, God will make it straight when you trust and submit to Him. Which means it doesn't matter what your past looks like or how terrible of things you have done. Even things you think are unforgivable, God says He will make right if you submit and follow Him. No matter where you are at in your journey, you can choose to turn around and follow Him, allowing Him to lead you on the right path.
Who is my real enemy? Isn't he always outside of my home?
Apostle Paul recognized the fact there is an internal battle within each one of us; an “enemy within” that we must fight first. This lifelong battle between the flesh and the Spirit will rage until our death. Jesus also spoke of the enemy within, in different terms. We simply can't ignore it—we are bound to a fleshly, selfish nature as long as we are in this earthly existence. It is the enemy within that would keep us from doing what we should. It is not all about having a good job or plenty of money for you and family. Blessings come in many forms like spiritual, finding right purpose in the life, loving and serving others, etc. Yeshu upside down teachings identify “Poor in spirit” not identified with the materially poor or rich, refers to spiritual poverty. Yeshu "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid" Peace offered by the world is temporary, permanent peace comes only from God.
Who was Mother Teresa? Why did she came to India?
Mother Teresa was born in Yugoslavia, came to India when she was 36 years old. She felt the call from God to help the poor of India. She received some basic medical training and then set out to help the sick and needy. This wasn't an easy task in 1948 India. She had very little support and, while trying to feed and help the poorest of the poor, she herself was constantly hungry and even had to beg for food. Soon other women joined her and she formed the Missionaries of Charity. Mother Teresa described the purpose of the Missionaries of Charity as an organization to take care of "the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the lepers, all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone". Wow! She had some lofty goals and considering where she was at the start (see above paragraph where she was starving), she accomplished some amazing things. The Missionaries of Charity originally had 13 members. Today they have over 4,000 nuns who care for people just like Mother Teresa described all over the world.
For example, look at Mother Teresa's crooked feet when she was alive. She would try out every donated shoe first herself, give out to poor only if it is good. Could you do the same? If you look at great leaders (Gandhi, MLK, etc.), change always begins from us. Right from our home (Our-self first..), extends out in the family, community and country... We all are wicked in our own ways, sin differently, and no good. Unless, God changes our hearts, we can't impact anyone, not even our own family members. “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”― Mother Teresa.
Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person. Mother Theresa quote: I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, ‘How many good things have you done in your life?’ rather he will ask, ‘How much love did you put into what you did?
I constantly have anxiety issues. How can Yeshu help?
Human beings are created to live as children of God. That is the greatest blessing of all 🙂 Put your worries and burden on the Lord (Psalm 55:22,Isaiah 41:13,Matthew 6:25,Matthew 11:28-29,Philippians 4:6-7,1 Peter 5:7).
I am broken hearted and crushed? How can Yeshu help?
In this world, broken things are despised and thrown out. Damaged goods are rejected, and that includes people. The world is full of people with broken hearts, broken spirits and broken relationships. To us, broken things are despised as worthless, but God can take what has been broken and remake it into something better, something that He can use for His glory. The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18). Once you surrender and trust Him, God restores and transforms and gives a meaning to your life, purpose and joy. All things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).
Aborting babies still exist in some parts of India, if it is a female. What is Biblical view?
Bible teaches, we all (both male and female) are fearfully and wonderfully made by our creator (Psalm 139:14). Yes, men and women are equal in God’s eyes in that both men and women are created in the image and likeness of God. However, God has chosen distinct roles (not competing or one sex dominate/control the other or take freedom's to different extremes) for both men and women that they may complement each other in a way it brings a full picture, should be celebrated and assumed with thanksgiving. Men and women should work together, each fulfilling their respective, distinct roles, for the common goal of glorifying God. The head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. Men will answer to God for how they lead their families. It is our sinfulness that causes us to be proud, selfish, fear, exclude, or mistreat those who are different from us. It is sinfulness that results in our unfair treatment of one another. In short, the root cause of gender inequality, in a meaningful sense of the term, is sin. This is the exact reason, Yeshu came into the world to offer Moksha to outcasts (women, the poor, the unclean, oppressors, racial enemies, etc.), tearing down the walls of division, reset the boundaries, restoring dignity and value to those on the margins. Yeshu (Jesus) was close to the broken hearted and often rescued those crushed in the spirit offering a new life. Yeshu (Jesus) was motivated by full of compassion & love and calls us to follow the same.
I am constantly fearful and worried about tomorrow. How can you help?
Only today is yours, no one knows if they will see tomorrow. So, turn away from wicked ways and confess today itself. Delaying repentance, we are delaying certain blessings from God. Trust Yeshu, and let Him carry your burdens. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Pls join Dallas Indian Community Purpose group.
Did we pre-exists as spirit before life began?
Life begins at conception. According to Bible, our creator has a foreknowledge says "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart....(Jeremiah 1:5).King David said this about God’s role in our conception: "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb and your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be" (Psalm 139:13, 16). Our value as human beings created in His image is conceived even before we are.
I am tired of being too kind to people. Should I change?
Love and kindness are closely connected. Kindness is characterized by benevolence and tenderness. A kind person is disposed to help others and to do so with sympathy and consideration. Godly love will make a person kinder. No one can be loving and unkind at the same time.
It is better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life?
Bible references followers as sheep as they are notorious for following the leader. They are used symbolically to represent God’s people (Matthew 25:32) There are ton's of good reasons explained in-depth here - http://inhonoroftheking.blogspot.com/2011/04/why-does-god-call-us-sheep.html
How to overcome fear of death?
The best way to overcome fear of death is having a proper perspective on life. You love your family and care for them, but God loves them more. You may worry about your earthly legacy, but God’s more concerned with a kingdom perspective.
How can a person committed big crimes is set free. Would you forgive?
He may still go to jail for breaking laws on the earth, but if he changes his ways, repents, God will forgive him. Great example from Bible is Yeshu forgiving one thief on the cross right next to him Yeshu answered him, "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise." (Luke 23:43)
How should I view self-respect/value? What does it mean to respect self?
Respect goes in many directions. Respect for God (the highest level of respect); new self as stewards of the life with which God has gifted us; others (men, women, and children); my spouse in particular; respect for God-given authority (bosses, teachers, government officials, etc.), Some of the ways I can respect myself is. I acknowledge I am made in God's image, thankful for my gifts, talents, love myself in a Godly way (not a selfish way), focus on my spiritual life, seek God's wisdom and promises daily, taking responsibility, love others, establish healthy boundaries with others, watch influences, etc. When we are missing respect in one of these directions, things get dysfunctional. Let’s get respect going in every way!
Much of the suffering in the world occurs when people violate what is most important to them by acting on what is less important. Self-value is more behavioral than emotional, more about how you act toward what you value. The more we value other people, animals, and things, the stronger our self-value becomes; the more we devalue, the lower our self-value sinks. Self-esteem is hierarchical, self-value is about equality .Interesting article, https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/anger-in-the-age-entitlement/201406/how-much-do-you-value-yourself
I have big dreams. How can God teach me the art of small step?
By default God always teaches or shows only small steps. God will not show you big picture until He knows that you complete baby steps. Its people who want to do more or go ahead of God, create problems for themselves. Keep everything in perspective, today has its own problems ONLY today belongs to you NOT tomorrow.
I am confused and lost in the situation, how do I overcome?
That is everyday life Shefali. God has a plan for your life and enemy (Satan) has a plan for your life as well. Be ready for both. Be wise to know which one to battle and which one to embrace. Remember, God is not the author of confusion but of peace. If you are interested in finding True purpose of life thru Yeshu teachings, pls join our next Google meetup - https://www.meetup.com/Dallas-Indian-Desi-Community-Purpose-Group/
How come having smart brains is not enough. What does Bible say?
The one who uses all God gave him for God’s glory is the smartest. IQ has little to do with comprehending spiritual truths, and, in the grand scheme of things, knowing God and walking in His way are all that matters. Godly wisdom may look very different from worldly wisdom. Godly wisdom goes against the “conventional wisdom” (upside down blessed practices, https://yeshusatsangdallas.com/faqs) of the day; it is not focused on self-preservation but living in the Spirit. “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5). God wants us to have His wisdom. He is delighted to give it to us when our hearts are set to receive it.
I see racism everywhere. How should I handle?
All human beings have the same physical characteristics (with minor variations, of course). More importantly, all human beings are equally created in the image and likeness of God. God does not show partiality or favoritism, and neither should we. Racism, in varying forms and to various degrees, has been a plague on humanity for thousands of years. Racism is a sin, and its a heart condition, no amount of laws can remove racism completely. So, it always boils down to individual choices a person makes everyday, keeping our conscientious clear about racism. Bible declares, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in God forgave you.” Racists may not deserve your forgiveness, but we deserved God’s forgiveness far less. Ultimately, we should point people to Christ as the only answer for racism. Racism is the result of sin. Until the sin problem is dealt with—until people who are created in the image of God become new creations in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17)—the problem of racism hidden in hearts will never be eradicated. Only in Christ can racial reconciliation be found.
I have lot of hopes but I am in a big dilemma. Who do I vote for in the coming elections?
Those choices seldom make any huge difference in what we do or in our families every day. Least your expect from any politician is better for you. They are known for siding anything that gets them into or keep position intact. Frequently, we expect a major transformation begins from top politicians to our families down. But in reality, that is not the case, it is down to top. change must begin from individual, family, community, and then society and country get transformed. As we extend further out from family, we have that much less control and any major influences on us.
I see many opinions on social media sites. How do I know what is True and how do I respond?
We must seek wisdom in order to know what issues are worth being decisive. Social media blazes with scorching opinions quickly on every subject, but many of those fueling the fires would benefit from being more indecisive. Our culture has substituted opinion for truth and passion for conviction. We need not have a hard and fast opinion on every subject, nor feel pressured to “take a side” when we lack all the information or education on an issue. Taking time to hear all sides of a matter is a mark of wisdom. Indecisiveness is common when we have to make a decision that will result in unpleasant consequences. There are times when remaining indecisive is wise.
What does it mean, the world is changed by example, not by our opinions?
Opinion changes, lawmakers and judges create and adjust laws that reflect people’s opinions about morality and impact how people interact with each other. Cultures changes over the time. Where as God's laws superior over all man made, proven over the centuries..do not change...stays the same. Whether it is BC or AD. Man is still wicked and might sin differently, will try to hide superficially behind the technologies like Face book, Whatsapp, etc..All these tools exposes wicked mans heart and sins even more. Bottom line question we all need to ask, whose opinions really matter: God’s or Man’s? There is no hope for a man without a savior in their life.
How is human life different from animals? The difference is that we can express but they cant?
According to Bible, only Humans are created in God's image (not other creation). Key question to ask, are you truly expressing (speech, behaviors) that reflects God's character i.e. Fruit of the Spirit - love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Ref: https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/spiritual-life/what-are-the-fruit-of-the-spirit.html)
How do I forgive those who don't know how to love?
Ultimate example and act of forgiveness comes from Yeshu, those who put him on the cross. Yeshu said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." And they divided up his clothes by casting lots" (Luke 23:34). Arrogance is used by the weak, while kindness is used by strong. To maintain kindness attitude toward those we love is hard enough. To express kindness toward those who are against us requires the work of God. That is why it is a Fruit of the Spirit
In India, one policeman killed a Hindu priest. What does Bible teach about a murder?
In the OT, "You shall not murder" listed as ten commandments. Yeshu (Jesus) goes even a step further, even anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment...(Matthew 5:21-22).God, who examines the very thoughts and intents of the heart, will issue judgment upon unrighteous anger. The hatred that causes one person to hurl insults is the same hatred that causes another to commit murder. The attitude of the heart is the same, and it’s this attitude that makes a person morally guilty before God. Yeshu (Jesus) not only warns us against expressing unrighteous anger, which can lead to murder, but clearly commands that disparaging denunciations and name-calling be avoided. Such abusive words reveal the true intents of one’s heart and mind for which we will be held in judgment. The heart is the core of our being the thoughts, feelings, desires, will, and choices that make that person who he/she is, internal to every human, and the Bible sets high importance on keeping our hearts pure: “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23).
We live in the world of fake people, fake news, etc.? How do I operate and live?
Need to stay away from superficial, unfair and untrue blanket judgments about anything without knowing the truths. Do not judge others, and you too will judged. Fakeness begins from us. We need to look into that first, prior to pointing fingers at others. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own?
Is it true hesitation is the worst of sin? Because in hesitation you do not live in..
To be indecisive usually means to have a difficult time making up one’s mind. Indecisiveness is common when we have to make a decision that will result in unpleasant consequences. There are times when remaining indecisive is wise. We may lack all the information, for example, or the issue is of little importance and an opinion would only be divisive. However, for the most part, indecision shows a lack of willingness to commit to absolute principles and to speak up for those principles. In that sense, indecision is a weakness (John 12:43). Indecisiveness about what God has declared to be true has no place in the life of a Yeshu follower.
What is born again in the Bible?
The natural man, like Adam hiding in the garden, is isolated from God. When we are born again, the spiritual death is reversed. The new birth that we must experience in order to “see the kingdom of God” is a work of the Holy Spirit. Just as a mother does all the work in physical birth, so the Holy Spirit does all the work in the new birth. New joy filled Life begins right from earth and goes into eternity.
What is the purpose and meaning of life?
In the world people pursue many things, thinking that in them they will find meaning and purpose. Those include business success, wealth, good relationships, entertainment, and doing good to others but still feel void. The real meaning of life, both now and in eternity, is found in the restoration of our relationship with our creator. God wants us to know the meaning of life. Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). A “full” life is logically one that is meaningful and devoid of aimless wandering. For more info, pls join our next Google meetup - https://www.meetup.com/Dallas-Indian-Desi-Community-Purpose-Group/
What would you like, Good at School or Good at Life?
Learning, grow knowledge and wisdom never ends. Life is nothing but a school of learning and application. Some may look older, but are still in kindergarten/school kids coz stop learning. Others look young, are matured, coz of they continue to learn and grow.
Just like India, IT technology Silicon valley is full of caste discrimination problem? How do I discern?
No human being is fully free of prejudice or discrimination. It’s part of our selfish nature to prefer those of our own kind, whatever that represents to us. Discrimination is not the same as discernment. Discernment is proper determination based on truth and fact. A discerning mind demonstrates wisdom and insight that go beyond what is seen and heard. Where as, discrimination wrongly judges a person based only on external factors or personal preference. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. It is an individual choice (not East or West problem) we all have to deal with it and act accordingly in our life's everyday. There should be no discrimination dealing with others because there is no discrimination with God.
How do you define a human? Do we have authority over others?
One of the big distinctions between human beings and the rest of creation is our ability to reason. No other creature has this ability, and there’s no question that this is a unique gift provided by God. The Bible teaches that God created human beings in His image. Our human nature reflects some of God’s attributes, although in a limited way. We love because we are made in the image of the God who is love (1 John 4:16). One important point to note, Creator (See, Creation from Book of Genesis) has not given control of another man to anyone but kept to Himself. Humans try doing the exact opposite and get in trouble.
History is always written by few, only by the winners?
Yeshu is considered a biggest failure if you measure by human standards. But we all know only winners writing history is incorrect (see Jesus The Game Changer). History teaches what principles can you learn for my daily living. That can be done both from failures and successes. Failure, as much as it hurts, is an important part of life. Without failure, we'd be less capable of compassion, empathy, kindness, and great achievement; we would be less likely to reach for the moon and the stars. It's through failure that we learn the greatest lessons that life could teach us. Failure is probably one of the aspects in life most people are afraid of. But the truth is: everyone has failed and everyone will fail again. We sometimes forget that all successful people have failed, but they did not stop after their failures. So do not be afraid of failure, it is a part of your road to success.
Why is Jesus called Yeshu Masih or Isa?
Jesus is born in a Jewish family. The ancient language of the Jewish people is Hebrew. At the time of Jesus’ birth, in the Jewish homeland of Judea (Israel), most people spoke a closely related language called Aramaic (Syriac). Many people also spoke Greek because 300 years earlier, the Greek army of Alexander the Great took control of the region. The story is written in Greek, although the people in the story spoke Aramaic. In Greek, it is recorded that an angel told Mary she should name her son Ἰησοῦς (Iesous) because he would save his people from their sins. That name in the original language might have been Y’shua (this means salvation) or Yehoshua (this means Jehovah saves).
Later, when the story of Y’shua was told to English speakers, they understood and wrote the Greek Ἰησοῦς as Jesus. Hindi has chosen to take the original version of the name (Y’shua/Yishu) instead of the English version. Secondly, Jesus claimed to be the promised, anointed leader of Israel. In Greek, this title was written Χριστός (Khristos). In the original language, the title is written מָשִׁיחַ (Mashiakh). Hindi has chosen to take the original version of the name (Mashiakh/Masiha) instead of the English/Greek version. Yishu Masiha, the Hindi version of Jesus’ name and title, are taken directly from the original, Aramaic forms instead of from the Greek and English forms. Masiha is actually roughly translates to "one who delivers from pain/suffering".Jesus is called also "Yesu" in Telugu, "Yeasu" in Tamil and Malayalam, South Indian Languages. Another name is most commonly derived from the [classical Arabic] عيسى 'Isa, an Arabic translation of Jesus, itself having a Hebrew origin. However, it is not the only translation; it is most commonly associated with Jesus as depicted in Islam, and thus, commonly used by Muslims.
There are so many things that clamor for our attention and devotion: our jobs, our kids, our spouses, our hobbies—the demands and distractions of life. And we have to be careful not to let them become more important or more of a priority than our relationship with God. In the busy world, are we’re truly seeking God’s kingdom first? There are questions we can ask ourselves. “Where do I primarily spend my energies? Is all my time and money spent on goods and activities that will certainly perish, or in the services of God—the results of which live on for eternity?”