What The Bible Say About Celebrating Birthdays?

As my spouse surprised me with a birthday party second week of April 2017, I was blind-folded going inside the house, no doubt it was a special surprise to see.   As I walked through the house towards the patio, the blindfold was removed and the first thing I saw was my dearest cousin who I haven’t seen in years.  Wow, what a surprise to see my cousin, all my friends in Christ, daughter in-law, son and my beautiful grand daughter.  Special thanks to my wife for coordinating such activity and friends who helped her with her hidden agenda.  Thank you God, for blessing me with another year of life and allowing us to celebrate such; I am so grateful and thankful for your mercy and grace.

Now, I started thinking, what does the Holy scripture say about celebrating birthdays.

Several days after celebrating my birthday,  I was led by the Holy Spirit to research what God says concerning celebrating birthdays.  I came to realize that we (majority of Christians, non-Christians) don’t know what God thoughts, beliefs and guidelines on birthday celebration.  So, here I go diving into the Word of God, seeking what messages He wants me to fine and what new findings I will encounter during my research.   I truly belief that God want us to celebrate life abundantly; but now is time to find out what that means.  You can join me by referring and validating what I am expressing in this blog.

John 10:10 New International Version (NIV)

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Reading the Holy Scripture in the book of John, chapter 10 verse 10, I would never had thought that this verse was also giving us another clue about abundant life.  Here is an example where the son of God, Yeshua is saying that His coming brings renewal abundant life and my understanding that He values life.   Let’s dig deeper into the instruction manual of life as follow:

Matthew 4:4

But Jesus told him, “No! For the Scriptures tell us that bread won’t feed men’s souls: obedience to every word of God is what we need.” 

2 Timothy 3:16

16 The whole Bible[a] was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us do what is right.

Now, there are some examples of birthday celebrations that went very bad in biblical times, below are some examples:

Genesis 40:16-23

16 When the chief baker saw that the first dream had such a good meaning, he told his dream to Joseph, too.

“In my dream,” he said, “there were three baskets of pastries on my head. 17 In the top basket were all kinds of bakery goods for Pharaoh, but the birds came and ate them.”

18-19 “The three baskets mean three days,” Joseph told him. “Three days from now Pharaoh will take off your head and impale your body on a pole, and the birds will come and pick off your flesh!”

20 Pharaoh’s birthday came three days later, and he held a party for all of his officials and household staff. He sent for his chief butler and chief baker, and they were brought to him from the prison. 21 Then he restored the chief butler to his former position; 22 but he sentenced the chief baker to be impaled, just as Joseph had predicted. 23 Pharaoh’s wine taster, however, promptly forgot all about Joseph, never giving him a thought.

Pharaoh, the Egyptian king, celebrated his birthday by executing his chief baker.  God provided Joseph a special gift of understanding dreams, Joseph interpreted the baker dream, which came to pass that the baker would lose his life three days after Joseph interpreted the dream.  Joseph understood that Pharaoh would use this occasion (his birthday party) to put his baker to death. As the dream had foretold, the baker was hung at the party.

Another story did not go well celebrating birthdays and in the book of Jobs.  In this book it show me that the birthday party’s were not centered on God, instead it ran for days celebrating a birthday.  This book shows that God is a gracious Father who wants His children to have birthday celebration as long as God is the center of the celebration.  We need to recognize and give our LORD the praise for granting us another day of life and obtain His blessing over the celebration.  As long as the birthday celebration are within His guidelines He will be pleased.  Note, if the birthday derail off track from God’s guidelines, then no doubt that the birthday celebration is driven by man without His blessings and not of His likings.  You can have a birthday party without alcohol or any other related drinks that is not pleasing to God.

After my research I have learned, that I first we should honor God first above all, give Him thanks and seek his blessing.  Every year that God grant us to have an opportunity to celebrate, is price less, and precious to God.  Well, I hope this experience that I encountered help open your eyes as it did to me.

Happy Birthday, may God be the center of your life and may His blessings bring honor to the Great I AM.

Remember, is not about me or you, but the Great I AM.

Gob bless always,

 

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What Am I Doing With What I Have Been Given?

“For it is like a man about to go on a journey. He called his own servants and handed over his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, each according to his own ability. Then he went on his journey. “Immediately the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them and gained five more. In the same way, the one with two gained two more. But the one who received one went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. “Now after a long time, the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. The one who had received the five talents came up and brought another five talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed me five talents. Look, I’ve gained five more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful with a little, so I’ll put you in charge of much. Enter into your master’s joy!’ “The one who had received the two talents also came up and said, ‘Master, you handed me two talents. Look, I’ve gained two more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful with a little, so I’ll put you in charge of much. Enter into your master’s joy!’ “Then the one who had received the one talent also came up and said, ‘Master, I knew that you are a hard man, reaping where you didn’t sow and gathering where you scattered no seed. So I was afraid, and I went off and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’ “But his master responded, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! You knew that I reap where I didn’t sow and gather where I scattered no seed? Then you should have brought my money to the brokers, and when I came I would have received it back with interest. Therefore take the talent away from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents. For to the one who has, more shall be given, and he shall have an abundance. But from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. Throw the worthless servant out, into the outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”
Matthew 25:14‭-‬30 TLV

http://bible.com/314/mat.25.14-30.TLV

The Holy scriptures on this topic should be an opportunity for us to self evaluate to identify which of the three classifications we fall into.  It is not to late for us to make adjustments if needed.  The LORD wants us to be good financial stewards in managing our finances accordingly.  Don’t let your finances control your situation, instead be the controller of your finances with God’s wisdom to compliment your situation in life.

God bless always,

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Seeking

Jesus once told His disciples, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”

If we seek for a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and haven’t found such, don’t be upset.   I personally don’t know anyone that had discovered such.

Seeking God could be discovered when we know where and or how to seek Him.   God could be your switch board operator waiting for your call.  Don’t let your pride quench your will to seek the true God.  You are not alone, all it takes is one step forward and you are one step closer.  May your journey seeking God be fruitful and spiritually bless.

Blessings always,

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Promise Land With Conditions

“Be very resolute to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the Torah of Moses, so that you may not turn aside from it to the right or to the left, and not intermingle with these nations who are still remaining among you. Do not mention the names of their gods or swear by them or worship them or bow down to them. But cling to Adonai your God, as you have done to this day. For Adonai has driven out from before you great and mighty nations. As for you, no one remained standing before you to this day.
Joshua 23:6‭-‬9 TLV

http://bible.com/314/jos.23.6-9.TLV


Reading this scripture my interpretation is that my God who is all knowing and gracious awarded his chosen people the promise land with conditions.  As long as the conditions are kept, God’s favor will continue to exist.

Blessings always,

Failure vs Success

The inspired Word of God states that we will encounter many roads and failures in our journey in life; but, standing firm on God’s Word, will give you strength and courage to be successful. 

Don’t let those that tells you that failure is your destination or your final acceptation. Seek God and victories through failures will get you on the correct path.  Guess who will be waiting for you at the finish line?   The Great I Am. 

God bless always,

 

There is a time

During my walk throughout my Faith, I learned that God is all about His timing and His will.  He taught me that there is a time to pray; His presence is always within our surrounding, but be aware that devil who was cast down constantly on the lookout watching us from afar, observing and planning his strategy to how exploit our weaknesses with his evil.

I learned that my battles will not see victory without God’s armor and Faith in Christ.  We are human and we will fall and may lose a few battles, but God promise something greater and it is the victory of War against evil.
May God be your light in the darkest hours and the North of your compass.  Stand firm on God and keep His Faith and all greats things will come from Him.
God bless always,

Seeking Perfection

Some seek other materialization, corporation and social world perfection.  However, God want us to focus primarily to seek the perfection of love.

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.  For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” 1 John 4:18

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

God’s love is supernaturally powerful and His blessing upon us is special; seek the agape love for God and let love dictate your journey.

God bless always,

 

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The War on Fear

No one is exempt from “fear”; it is how we learn to manipulate, control or overcome such fear.  The more successful we are, the bigger the fear of failing.  So what….  Let’s get up and try again.

God bless always,

Never Give Up

It is written in the Scriptures 2 Cor. 9:10 “For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.”
Depending on man/woman will fail you, but trusting in God, He will provide you abundantly.
God bless always,