Institute of Love

WHEN YOU ARE NOT BORN AGAIN YOU WILL FALL AWAY

By Edwin Christiaan | May 24, 2020

It is for this very reason that Jesus said,

“So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’” John‬ ‭3:7‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” John‬ ‭3:3‬ ‭NLT‬‬

That is why it is impossible for a truly born again believer to fall away from God!

“For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God.” 1 Peter‬ ‭1:23‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Therefore,

“No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans‬ ‭8:39‬ ‭NLT‬‬

ARE YOU BEING EQUIPPED TO DO GOD’S WORK?

By Edwin Christiaan | May 15, 2020

Through the church using God’s Word?

“Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do His work and build up the church, the body of Christ.” Ephesians‬ ‭4:11-12‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip His people to do every good work.” 2 Timothy‬ ‭3:16-17‬ ‭NLT‬‬

My prayer for you is,

“May God equip you with all you need for doing His will. May He produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to Him” Hebrews‬ ‭13:21‬ ‭NLT‬‬

THE DEVIL IS NO MATCH

By Edwin Christiaan | May 9, 2020

The Bible puts the following questions before us,

“Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?” James‬ ‭2:15-16‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?” 1 John‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Here are the answers,

“When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them.” Romans‬ ‭12:13‬ ‭NLT‬‬

So,

“Don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.” Hebrews‬ ‭13:16‬ ‭NLT‬‬

In the words of Jesus,

“I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to Me” Matthew‬ ‭25:40‬ ‭NLT‬‬

DO YOU HELP THOSE IN NEED?

By Edwin Christiaan | April 21, 2020

The Bible puts the following questions before us,

“Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?” James‬ ‭2:15-16‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?” 1 John‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Here are the answers,

“When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them.” Romans‬ ‭12:13‬ ‭NLT‬‬

So,

“Don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.” Hebrews‬ ‭13:16‬ ‭NLT‬‬

In the words of Jesus,

“I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to Me” Matthew‬ ‭25:40‬ ‭NLT‬‬

QUESTIONS MANY HAVE A HARD TIME ANSWERING CORRECTLY

By Edwin Christiaan | April 15, 2020

I remember many years ago somebody challenged me asking the following questions about tithing, which ultimately led me to write a book about this subject.

Where does it say in the Bible that Jesus commanded us to pay tithes, that is 10% of our MONEY income to the church in order to be blessed and not to be cursed? Where? Prove it with scriptures!

Did the apostle Paul or any other disciple of Jesus teach that we are obligated to pay tithes, which is 10% of our MONEY income to the church every week or month? Where is that written in the Bible? Please prove it with scriptures!

GOD DECIDES AND DOES WHAT HE WANTS

By Edwin Christiaan | March 23, 2020

“You have decided the length of our lives. You know how many months we will live, and we are not given a minute longer.” Job‬ ‭14:5‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“The Lord gives both death and life; He brings some down to the grave but raises others up.

The Lord makes some poor and others rich; He brings some down and lifts others up. He lifts the poor from the dust and the needy from the garbage dump. He sets them among princes, placing them in seats of honor.

For all the earth is the Lord’s, and He has set the world in order. He will protect His faithful ones, but the wicked will disappear in darkness.

No one will succeed by strength alone. Those who fight against the Lord will be shattered. He thunders against them from heaven; the Lord judges throughout the earth.

He gives power to His king; He increases the strength of His anointed one.” 1. Samuel‬ ‭2:6-10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

IN OTHER WORDS,

God is in control of everything! Yes, even the number of days that we will live on [...]

THE WORLD’S GREATEST FEAR OF DYING FROM THE CORONAVIRUS

By Edwin Christiaan

Here is a comparison of the death toll so far between the COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus and the Flu.

As of March 14th, the United States has 2,195 reported COVID-19 cases with 49 confirmed fatalities. Worldwide, more than 130,000 people have been infected, and more than 4,900 have died.

So far, the CDC has estimated (based on weekly influenza surveillance data) that at least 12,000 people have died from Influenza, commonly called the Flu, between Oct. 1, 2019 through Feb. 1, 2020, and the number of deaths may be as high as 30,000.

Even though the death numbers for the Coronavirus is way lower than that of the Flu, the whole world is in a state of fear and panic of getting infected and die by the Coronavirus disease.

This morning the Lord was showing me that He is using the Coronavirus outbreak to get the attention of the world as He is saying to it;

“Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul [...]

THE WAY TO FACE THE CORONAVIRUS

By Edwin Christiaan

Jesus warned us what would happen before His return,

“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.” Matthew‬ ‭24:7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Pestilence in this context means disease outbreaks on a massive scale.

But Jesus also said,

“Don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place,…” ‬‬ Matthew‬ ‭24:6‬ ‭NLT

And I say this to you,

“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” 3. John‬ ‭1:2‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

WHEN PRAYERS ARE NOT BEING ANSWERED

By Edwin Christiaan

When prayers are not being answered it could be because of un-forgiveness.

Jesus said,

“Whenever you stand up to pray, you must forgive what others have done to you. Then your Father in heaven will forgive your sins.” Mark‬ ‭11:25-26‬ ‭CEV

Or,

You don’t have faith, but instead you doubt.

Here is what Jesus told His disciples,

“Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.” ‬ Mark‬ ‭11:22-24‬ ‭NLT

The Scriptures further says,

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For [...]

NOTHING IS TOO HARD OR IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD

By Edwin Christiaan

“Is anything too hard for the Lord?” Genesis‬ ‭18:14‬ ‭NLT‬‬

The prophet Jeremiah once prayed,

“O Sovereign Lord! You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you!” Jeremiah‬ ‭32:17‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Job said this to God,

“I know that you can do anything, and no one can stop you.” ‬‬ Job‬ ‭42:2‬ ‭NLT

In the words of Jesus,

“I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” Matthew‬ ‭17:20‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.” Mark‬ ‭10:27‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark‬ ‭11:24‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Again,

“If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Mark‬ ‭9:23‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

YES!

“The things which are impossible with men are possible with [...]