It’s yours

#itsyours
 
And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us. Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. All who declare that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God. (‭1 John‬ ‭4‬:‭13-15‬ NLT)‬‬‬
When we become Christians, we receive the Holy Spirit. God’s presence in our lives is proof that we belong to Him. He also gives us the power to love (Romans 5:5; 8:9; 2 Corinthians 1:22). Rely on that power as you reach out to others. As you do so, you will gain confidence.
When we make the declaration that Jesus is the Son of God and he died for our sins, the Holy Spirit starts to live in us. The moment when you do that, you will feel moved. To stay in that space and Spirit, you have to embrace all the teachings and principles continuously. Why I say, that is because just as a snowball gets more significant and more potent as it rolls, the momentum builds, so it is with your faith and the power of the Holy Spirit. The more you know, the more in touch you are with the spirit, and you grow in faith.
Do you acknowledge miracles today? Well they happen,  people have been healed miraculously. There are many examples of things happening we can’t explain. The power of the Holy Spirit. That power is available to us.
What is vital to me as believers are that we should impart that power we are given and show others the possibilities. We have to shine the God presence in us. We should teach what is possible with the Holy Spirit on your side.
If you feel like you want to take that step and make that commitment, I invite you to let me guide you. Just contact me.
“Lord, I pray that you touch the unbeliever’s heart. Let them reach out for Your guidance. Let all the believers be there so that we can help you touch the world. Let every one believe in You. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen”
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Action

#action
 
‘Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses. ‘ 1 Timothy 6:12
Paul uses active and forceful verbs to describe the Christian life: run, pursue, fight, hold tightly. Some think Christianity is a passive religion that advocates waiting for God to act. On the contrary, we must have an active faith, training, working hard, sacrificing, and doing what we know is right. Is it time for action on your part? Christian service, like athletics, requires training and sacrifice. Our discipline and obedience largely define whether or not we will be contributors or merely spectators. How would other believers rank your contributing role on Christ’s team? (Life Application Study Bible)
These comments remind me of what I read in the book “Miracle in Motion” by Timm Storey. John Wesley, founder of Methodism and instrumental in the Great Awakening in the mid-eighteenth century, said that God does nothing on earth unless somebody prays. In that statement, the
phrase in faith is understood. The Bible makes clear that prayers without faith expressed in action are ineffectual. That means they are not “working” prayers but only words.
“Faith”- complete trust or confidence in someone or something. This meaning of Faith is from the dictionary. So consider the words that I marked in bold. So Faith without expression in action is ineffectual. Wow, just a reminder again that nothing in life comes without action.
Listing to an interview earlier with Rebeca Davis author of the book Self-Helpless: A Cynic’s Search for Sanity. She tells her story of life experiences. What stands out to me, she gave up alcohol and describes,  how that impacted her life. Interesting to me that none of her journeys would have been possible without action. As like given up drinking.
So, nothing in life just happens. You don’t develop a good spiritual life by doing nothing. As the commentator says above it takes obedience and discipline in the right areas that will grow you completely.  You cant become a master Pastor by doing nothing; it takes dedication and application. All this is also applicable to the little things in life.
Lord, I pray You to help me make a difference in my life and others. In Jesus name, Amen.”
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Love and serve

#loveandserve
 
But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him. Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did. (‭1 John‬ ‭2‬:‭5-6‬ NLT)‬‬‬
What does Christ tell us to do? John answers in 3:23: “Believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another.” True Christian faith results in loving behaviour; that is why John says that the way we act can assure us that we belong to Christ.
 
To live as Jesus lived doesn’t mean choosing 12 disciples, performing great miracles, and being crucified. We cannot merely copy Christ’s life—much of what Jesus did had to do with his identity as God’s Son, the fulfilment of his unique role in dying for sin, and the cultural context of the first-century Roman world. To walk today as Christ did, we must obey his teachings and follow his example of complete obedience to God and loving service to people.
We believe and if you do salvation is available to you. It’s a gift from God; it’s available to all. God will forgive all your sin no matter what they are, even murder.
So don’t run and murder your wife’s now.
It won’t be Jesus like. Scripture says we should behave like Jesus and follow Gods teachings, obedience to Him and loving service to people.
In the time Jesus walked this earth his Disciples questioned Him a couple of times, who is greatest among them.
First in Luke 9:48 where Jesus says “he that is the least is the greatest among them” Secondly in Luke 22:27 Jesus says “he who serves and serves most is the greatest of them all.”
There is teaching right there. If we want to be like Jesus,  love, be the least and serve the world. Amen.
“Lord I pray that You will make me like Jesus. We have the handbook. I thank you for Your instruction. In Jesus Name. Amen.
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What do you say

#whatdoyousay
 
If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? (1 John 4:20 NLT)
It is easy to say we love God when that love doesn’t cost us anything more than weekly attendance at religious services. But the real test of our love for God is how we treat the people right in front of us—our family members and fellow believers. We cannot truly love God while neglecting to love those who are created in his image. (Tyndale Study Bible)
In my book, it is easy to say that you love someone. Actions speak louder than words.
Loving God is the easiest thing to do. He is not “in your face” on a daily basis demanding things from you. Just like that colleague you don’t like, the one who annoys you whenever he speaks. That is a test for you.
Read the words above that stand in bold. We are all created in God’s image, so why can’t we love everybody? We create our own barriers and images about people. We can influence them if we love them unconditionally, because they might aspire to become like us. As Christians, we should be a shining light and stand out.
Love and caring for people is the foundation of faith, without which we are nowhere.
“Lord, I pray that I will live to honour You in such a way that I will entice people to your Kingdom. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen”
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Does no wrong

#doesnowrong
 
Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law. (‭Romans‬ ‭13‬:‭10‬ NLT)‬‬‬
Christians must obey the law of love, which supersedes both religious and civil laws. How easy it is to excuse our indifference to others merely because we have no legal obligation to help them, and even to justify harming them if our actions are technically legal! But Jesus does not leave loopholes in the law of love. Whenever love demands it, we are to go beyond human legal requirements and imitate the God of love. See James 2:8-9; 4:11 and 1 Peter 2:16-17 for more about this law of love. (Tyndale Study Bible)
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭22‬:‭37-40‬ NLT)‬‬‬
Jesus was talking to the Sadducees religious leaders. They were questioning Him about the resurrection and the old law. They all tried catching Him out, waiting for Him to say the wrong thing, yet He never did. He always managed to say the correct words.
How many times do we say the wrong things? If we came from a place of love, would we say the wrong thing? From the second passage of scripture that loving is the 2nd most important of the commandments. Jesus does mean that the latter is equally as important as the first.
God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. Will you do that for others? I don’t think so. It’s that position we should aspire to be in. If each of us loves that intensely, our problems will disappear. If we love like this we will consider what we say; we will never harm anybody. Coming from that position will make us better people.
Very important is to love everybody the same, not just a chosen few.
“Lord, let Your spirit dwell in me so that I can love unconditionally. May we all love everybody, not just the chosen few. I thank you for Your love, Lord. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.”
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Stay alert

#stayalert
 
Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. (Ephesians 6:18 NLT)9
How can anyone pray at all times? One way is to make quick, brief prayers your habitual response to every situation you meet throughout the day. Another way is to order your life around God’s desires and teachings so that your very life becomes a prayer. You don’t have to isolate yourself from other people and from daily work in order to pray constantly. You can make prayer your life and your life a prayer while living in a world that needs God’s powerful influence. We also should pray for all believers in Christ; so pray for the Christians you know and for the church around the world.
I spent a bit of time leading a Bible study group. The group consisted of drug addicts and street people/children. I enjoyed it immensely.
The greatest challenge was the fact that these people slip back into their old habits very quickly and easily because it’s all they know. It takes a long time to form a good habit, but short to form a bad habit. As a young believer, we think prayer is something that we do within the confines of our private space. It’s quite the opposite…
Just as the scripture says, it can and must be done at all times. If you are faced with temptation or bad choices, pray right there. Call on the Holy Spirit to help you fight that attack. What often happens as humans, we think our sin is not as bad as the drug addicts. Sin is a sin; we can all rely on this way of prayer. I certainly do all the time.
My advice to them was to be very specific in your prayers. Especially the bullet prayers. What is also amazing is when you get into the habit of doing this, you are creating a line of communication with God and the Holy Spirit.
“Lord, help me to focus on talking to You. In Jesus name. Amen”
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Don’t worry

#dontworry
 
“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
Mathew 6:34
Planning for tomorrow is time well spent; worrying about tomorrow is time wasted. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference. Careful planning is thinking ahead about goals, steps, and schedules, and trusting in God’s guidance. When done well, planning can help alleviate worry. Worriers, by contrast, are consumed by fear and find it difficult to trust God. They let their plans interfere with their relationship with God. Don’t let worries about tomorrow affect your relationship with God today. (Tyndale Study Bible)
As a young Christian, this is most probably the most difficult thing to grasp and rely on. All our life, before salvation, we have relied on our own understanding. It was always me, myself and I. I remember attending motivational programs and courses to improve myself. Why? Because we worry about tomorrow.
Just as the commentator says, proper planning is good, yet we have to ask God for His guidance. Then we have to trust and ask for improvements as the days go by. If we asked God for advice, we can rely on Him to execute our day flawlessly and diligently. I must stress here that relying on God’s understanding does not mean that we should do nothing. The essential principle in the Bible applies here.
Seedtime and harvest. You reap what you sow. You will get out what you put in. You apply this diligently you won’t need to worry about tomorrow.
Rely on God’s understanding, not on the worldly influences.
“Lord I pray that I can rely on your understanding completely. Please give me the courage to rely on You. In Jesus name, I pray.Amen.”
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