The unopened gift

“…But the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

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My 9 year old son loves cinnamon roll. Earlier this week, I bought some Cinnabon Bites, got up on time to warm it the oven, packed it in his lunchbox to surprise him. I was excited at the idea of him opening his lunchbox at school and discovering his favorite snack. I pictured him enjoying his treat with a smile on his face. Imagine my disappointment when I found out after he returned home from school, that  he had thrown away the package —unopened.

There is a significant spiritual parallel to this story.  God our Father loves us. That love is anchored in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”  Max Lucado wrote: “The Maker of the stars would rather die for you than live without you..”. Jesus birth, life, death, burial and resurrection was God’s ultimate gift to fallen humanity. I imagine the depth of the love of God, poured even in the preparation process of his plan of redemption. Perhaps having a conversation with the angels, saying “Look and see how they will be overwhelmed with joy and forever changed by my gift!”. Yet many have kept the gift sitting outside the door of their hearts, unopened.

Jesus came that we may have life, and have it more abundantly, yet many will be found guilty of having denied his gift of salvation. Others have opened and received his gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ, but still go through life, leaving his gifts of joy, peace, comfort, deliverance, love etc unopened. God delights in blessing His children, as it says in Luke 12:32: “…it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom”. In order to enjoy the benefits of a gift, it must first be opened. Our failure to open the gifts God presents to us, keeps us from experiencing the fullness of what He has in store for us.

After talking to my son, I showed him other things I had purchased for his enjoyment, that he would have to wait to have access to, because of his actions. Heaven’s storehouse will be full of unopened gifts, unless we choose to receive with gratitude and joy, everything that God out of his bounty, so lovingly, and so freely gives us.


In Him,


From Start to Finish

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Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.” Hebrews 12:2

All things find their origin in God:   “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1); “through Him all things were made.” (John 1:3); “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible…” (Colossians 1:16). God is an initiator, and we are the participants and respondents of His plan.

  • Relationship

Man (kind) is God’s idea. He created him in his image, both male and female, and started a relationship where he talked and walked with them (Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 3:8).  God wanted us; therefore He predetermined to adopt us as his children through Christ, out of His good pleasure (Ephesians 1:5). If we love God, it’s because He first loved us (1 John 4:19).

  • Redemption

After man yields to the serpent, God goes out seeking after him: “But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9). In the same way, Christ came to “seek and to save that which was lost.” To repair the broken relationship between Him and man, God initiates the plan of redemption, by announcing the coming of the Messiah, who will defeat the enemy (Genesis 3:15).

  • Restoration

God never intended for us to be whole apart from Him. God does not only seek to redeem us, but also to restore us into relationship with Him on the basis of the new covenant Christ established through His death on the cross. God initiated the restoration of Mankind, when He clothed Adam and Eve with the skins of animals (Genesis 3:21), symbolizing that we can be saved and restored into right relation with him by putting on the righteousness of Christ.

  • Reunion and rewards

The Bible tells us that “The Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then he shall reward every man according to his works.” (Matthew 16: 27). We have this hope, the evidence of which is our faith, that after we have ran with endurance our race, we will receive the prize. Jesus is coming back, and His reward is with Him (Revelation 22:12).

Nothing in us would desire God if God had not first sought after us. He is not only the author, but also the Finisher of our faith. Whatever God has initiated in your life, He is faithful to complete it.  He is Alpha and Omega; all things find their beginning and their end in Him.


In Him,



Stay the course

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And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

According to an article by the Business Insider, approximately 80% of resolutions fail by the second week of February. The most popular resolutions in 2017 and 2018 were to: eat healthier, lose weight, exercise more and improve finances. However, research shows that in 2017, only 9.2% of those who set resolutions reported being successful at reaching their goal.

Failure to achieve our resolutions can be attributed to a variety of factors, depending on our individual circumstances, but mostly, the reason we end up recycling the same goals every year, is because we do not see them through. Our motivation and resolve is at a peak at the beginning of the year but as we get back in the routine of life, our zeal steadily dwindles with each passing week. We find ourselves sandwiched between what we envisioned and reality. And when we find ourselves struggling to reconcile the two, discouragement sets in and we give up.

How and why we set our goals will determine our success. As His children, God is committed to our highest good but first we must:

  • Align our goals and desires with God’s will. Jeremiah waited to see what the Lord would speak to him, before writing the vision (Lamentations 2:1-2).
  • Commit our plans in his hands, and rely on His power to bring them to pass (Psalm 37:5). It’s often said; if it’s God’s will, it’s God’s bill.
  • Anticipate the opposition, the trials and tribulations that await us on the journey, but not get deterred from the mission. God is our shield; He delivers us from all troubles (Psalm 34:19).
  • Focus on the finish line. There’s a requirement to endure till the end, if we are to receive a reward. Paul writes “Run in such a way as to get the prize… a crown that will last forever.” 1 Corinthians 9:24-25

Life will throw things at you to get you off course; you might get weary, and even burdened beyond what you can bear. Lean on the mighty arm of God, and remember the words of Paul: “… this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.” -2 Corinthians 1:9

It’s not about how you start; the real test is to finish, so finish strong!


In Him,


Journey to the Promise Land

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“Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.”- Exodus 23:20

The children of Israel had been in bondage in Egypt for 430 years (Exodus 12:40-41; Galatians 3: 17) and the end of that period, the Lord God comes to deliver his people out of the land of Egypt, to fulfill the covenant he made to Abraham (Genesis 15: 18; 17:7-8). God revealed his plans for the children of Israel saying 1) I will bring you out from under the Egyptians 2) I will rid you out of bondage, 3) I will redeem you, 4) I will take you to me and be your God, 5) I will bring you in the land, 6) I will give it you for an heritage. (Exodus 6:6-8).

Then begins a forty year journey to the promise land. Why the long and arduous journey?  The Bible says in Exodus 13: 18 “But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness…” Why did the omnipotent God not take the Israel from Egypt into their promised land in an instant?  It’s called process. Relationships are formed and established through a process of knowing, and being known, so God’s purpose was to reveal Himself to the people with whom He had established his covenant.

Through their wilderness journey, the Israelites experienced:


  • God’s power: With great signs and wonders, God delivered His people out of the hands of Pharaoh.  Jeremiah wrote: “You brought your people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs and with wonders, and with a strong hand and with an outstretched arm and with great terror.” (Jeremiah 32:21)
  • God’s presence: The Lord guided his people by his presence in the form of a cloud (Exodus 13:21; 14:19; 16:10; 40:38)
  • God’s protection: In the wilderness they found God to be Jehovah Nissi ; He defeated the enemies of His people; first the Egyptians, then the Amalekites. “For the Lord your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.” (Deuteronomy 20:4).
  • God’s provision: With food, water, and clothing, God sustained the Israelites through their journey in the wilderness. “I have led you forty years in the wilderness; your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandal has not worn out on your foot.”- (Deuteronomy 29:5).
  • God’s purification: A Holy God chose for Himself a people called to be separate; “ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people… And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation.”( Exodus 19:5-6). He commanded His people to obey his statutes and ordinances (Deuteronomy 4:1) .
  • God’s promise: God word which He spoke came to pass, and did not fail. ”So the Lord gave Israel all the land which He had sworn to give to their fathers, and they possessed it and lived in it.” (Joshua 21:43).

All the above points apply to each person’s journey with God. God promised to bring you to a place, and the process is designed to prepare you to take possession. So whenever you find yourself getting frustrated and impatient with the journey, and perhaps wondering why God has you going through certain situations, remember who goes with you. God is leading you, and He will not leave you, till He has fulfilled every Word He has spoken.



In Him

Aline Ehade

Sound of Heaven

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“The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”Job 33:4

There’s a story about a violinist who come on stage one evening and after he drew the bow across his violin, produced the most glorious sound the audience had ever heard. The crowd gave him ovation after ovation but then violinist broke the violin into pieces. He calmly looked at the shocked audience and said: “Ladies and gentlemen, don’t be dismayed. This was only a three and a half dollar violin. It is not so much the violin that makes the music as it is the man who draws the bow.”
From the scriptures we know that musical instruments have a special place in God’s design of the world, both visible and invisible.  Since the first line of musicians in Genesis 4:21, God ordained the playing of instruments as one of the main forms of worship expressions for his chosen people. The triumphal return of Jesus Christ will be preceded by the sound of trumpets (1 Corinthians 15:52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16;).

A new year means pressing the reset button, recommitting ourselves to a fresh walk with God, and presenting our bodies as a “living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God” (Romans 12:1). Through the willful act of submission and yielding of ourselves to God, we become powerful instruments in the hands of the Master. Often times we want to write our own melodies and dictate our own tune, but the sound of God is only released through those who align themselves to the frequency of heaven. The sound of God is the heart of God and His will being released into a person’s life or situation. Just as different instruments differ in size, shape and sound, there’s a sound that is unique to you because the melodies were written by God as He fashioned you in the womb (Psalm 139:13).

It’s not about our abilities, gifts and talents; in the hands of the Master, a $3.50 violin can turn into a masterpiece. Every so often, instruments need to be tuned to improve the quality of the sound; this year,  let God release through you the Sound of heaven as you submit yourself to Him.


In Him,

Aline Ehade

God’s Masterpiece

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11


We’ve come to the end of another year, and you may be looking back, confused and perplexed at the events of your life. Perhaps it was the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, the divorce, the devastating news from the doctor, the financial hardship, or the disappointments that left you questioning the purposes of God.  While we can’t always make sense of the things that happen, nothing about us takes God by surprise. Our lives are not a series of random happenings. God recorded in His Word the life of Job, to remind us of His sovereignty, and to instruct us to trust Him, even when we don’t understand.

God’s work in our lives is a progressive unfolding of His will and purpose.  For this reason, the tapestry is often used as the symbolism of the Christian life. The tapestry starts with a single thread, and progressively, more threads are added, some of different colors, to form the picture the Maker is weaving. We see the reverse side of the tapestry which looks like a messy mix of threads, but every once in a while, God gives us a glimpse of the front of the embroidery. How often have you wondered at a situation or experience, just for things to make sense later, sometimes, years down the line?

The Scriptures tell us we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus. One translation says “we are God’s masterpiece...” (Ephesians 2:10 NLT). Before  He formed you, God envisioned what your life would be. David wrote in Psalm 139:16 “…all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”  Your birth, was the first thread in the tapestry of your life. Every joy, every sorrow, every heartache, every victory, every pain, every mountain and every valley experience, form the threads God masterfully weaves, to bring about your expected end.

So start out this New Year, being ok with not having all the answers, and when things  appear to be messy, trust that God is making something beautiful.


Happy New Year!


In Him,

Aline Ehade