Listen

#listen
 
“Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭5:3‬ ‭NLT‬‬
The secret of a close relationship with God is to pray to him earnestly each morning. In the morning, our minds are freer from problems, and then we can commit the whole day to God.
Do you have a best friend or some you are trying to befriend? Or are in a new relationship? In all these instances you have to communicate.
Communication helps to build friendship and relationships. Many say communication is the cornerstone of marriage. It is how you get to know your friend. Undoubtedly necessary for a healthy relationship with God. We need to communicate with him daily.
Do you have a regular time to pray and read God’s Word? As with people close to us, we need to make time for them otherwise they will become distant. In this fast-paced modern world, I have heard the words “Date night.”  A new way of making time for each other. Significant here is no distractions, to focus on your spouse or friend solely. Why so you can build and nurture that relationship. It applies to old and new relationships.
So for some our Christian walk is new and some old, yet the same thing applies. Quality time with God. Psalm date 900 BC, David the writer knew then already that it was essential to spend time in the presence of God.
As I pondered this scripture, my thoughts went to this, knowing and doing?
99% of us know the right thing to do. Do we, however? Succes in this world comes from doing and by that I mean the right thing.
Lord, I pray these words create right choices in me. I pray this in Jesus name, Amen.
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A miracle

#amiracle
“That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭2‬:‭9‬ NLT)
We cannot imagine all that God has in store for us, both in this life and for eternity. He will create a new Heaven and a new Earth (Isaiah 65:17; Revelation 21:1), and we will live with Him forever. Until then, the Holy Spirit comforts and guides us. Knowing the wonderful and eternal future that awaits us, we have hope and courage to press on in this life, to endure hardship and to avoid giving in to temptation. This world is not the be-all and end-all..
 
The best is yet to come!(Tyndale Study Bible)
“Look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth, and no one will even think about the old ones anymore.” (‭Isaiah‬ ‭65‬:‭17‬ NLT)
“Then I saw a new Heaven and a new Earth, for the old Heaven and the old Earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.” (‭Revelation‬ ‭21‬:‭1-2‬ NLT)
I was in Church this morning, and the message was about the Glory of God. Aidan (our senior pastor) mentioned what a miracle child birth is. And all I can say is wow, it is a miracle! Just imagine the process from the time the seed is planted. Not only do bones and organs develop within the womb, but a soul is also created. Who designed that process? I feel that when a baby is born, we are all amazed, and we realise that there must be a God. No scientist in this world can replicate that, so I believe that it’s God’s creation.
Just like the world and  everything in it is God’s creation. So if you believe and love God, Heaven is available to you. The most amazing thing to me is that with it comes eternal life.
Just like the Bible says in these couple of Scriptures, it is going be on a far superior level.
As humans, we are skeptical and have a little faith. We are always looking for answers in the wrong places. We should just turn to the Gospel for all our answers.
Has your conscience ever bothered you? That is the Holy Spirit doing work within you. That same Holy Spirit was responsible for Jesus’ resurrection. God promises that it’s available to us if we believe. We too can have that power.
Many things in life push us in the direction of belief. Things are so great when you have God in your life. I believe it with my whole heart. I look forward to that day, when we go to Heaven. Can you imagine how amazing it will be?
What a miracle…
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Confess

#confess
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. (‭James‬ ‭5‬:‭16‬ NLT)
Christ has made it possible for us to go directly to God for forgiveness. But confessing our sins to each other still has an important place in the life of the church. (1) If we have sinned against an individual, we must ask him or her to forgive us. (2) If our sin has affected the church, we must confess it publicly. (3) If we need loving support as we struggle with a sin, we should confess that sin to those who can provide that support. (4) If we doubt God’s forgiveness, after confessing a sin to him, we may wish to confess that sin to a fellow believer for assurance of God’s pardon. In Christ’s Kingdom, every believer is a priest to other believers (1 Peter 2:9).(Tyndale Study Bible)
Before I was speaking about learning. The big thing about education is acknowledging that you have a need to learn. Then actually doing something about it. Admitting you are wrong or Confessing your sins so that you can learn from it. Only once you do that can you take the next step. You will never learn if you think you are right all the time. One has to open your mind so that you can absorb knowledge. Just like absorbing this wisdom from scripture.
Currently,  I am faced with a challenge at work. “Customer viewpoint” It is customer satisfaction survey. I was continuously looking for excuses why this is wrong and not working. What the problem with the process and measurement is. Instead of spending time and energy in finding a solution to the challenge. Then implementing the solution and working it. Ya so acknowledge there is a problem then fix it. Confess, rectify and learn. Critical though is to work the solution.
That simple.
“Lord I pray for open minds and hearts so that I can learn from my mistakes. Amen”
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Watch out

#watchout
“Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven.”  (Matthew 6:1 NLT)
Many people desire positions of leadership and authority. Not only in business, but in the Church too. It is dangerous when love for a title grows stronger than loyalty to God, this is precisely what happened to the Pharisees and teachers of religious law. Jesus condemned leaders who served themselves rather than others(Tyndale Sudy Bible)
We all chase this thing called “fame”, although it is not fame that we desire, but rather recognition. From a very young age, we seek this. Remember these words, “Dad watch, look at this,” All that we are doing is seeking recognition from others.
The older we get, the harder it is to gain that recognition in the fast-paced world in which we live. There is much competition, and yes, your competition would rather offend you than help.
In the situation I find myself, I learnt a valuable lesson:  nobody is going to help you. Sure,  there are some exceptions, but the statement applies to a general trend in the world. The only person who is going to help you is yourself. So whatever you are doing at this moment, do it to the best of your ability. The encouragement I heard the other day was to “be an over achiever”. So if you are a street sweeper, do it with passion and be the best at it. Being the best at what you do will set you up for the following step or the next job. It will happen… What’s more, you can rely on God for assistance and do everything to Glorify Him.
The Church is an amazing Body. One thing which stands out to me is that a preacher does not simply arrive there and immediately step onto the platform and begin to preach. No matter how talented he/she is. They have to pay their dues and for each person that is different. They have to serve, be obedient and show that are ready and able to stand on the platform. The common trend with all leaders in the Church is they have paid their dues, serving as an usher, packing chairs or some other work with minimal glamour. Keep on doing that and an opportunity will be yours.
Be careful not to seek recognition, rather do your best. You will be rewarded!
Listen to these words: “serve the people who nobody wants and you will attract those who everybody wants.”
“Lord make me do your wish. Amen.”
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Love and shine

#loveandshine
“Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.” (‭1 John‬ ‭4‬:‭18‬ NLT)
If we are ever afraid of the future, eternity, or God’s judgment, we can remind ourselves of God’s love. We know that He loves us perfectly (Romans 8:38, 39). We can resolve our fears by, firstly  focusing on His immeasurable love for us, and thereafter by allowing Him to love others through us. His love will silence your fears and give you confidence.
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 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 ‭8‬:‭38 – 39 NLT)
Powers that are unseen forces of evil in the universe, forces like Satan and his fallen angels (see Ephesians 6:12). In Christ we are super-conquerors, and His love will protect us from all such forces.(Tyndall Study Bible)
There are a few things which come to mind when I ponder this portion of scripture. God is a God of grace and his love is unconditional. He loves everyone… And I mean everyone!
On the way to Church every Sunday, I see the same woman begging. She has gone backwards in the past while. It is evident that she has some form of addiction. However, she was not born like that. She made some wrong choices in her life. We all face various choices in life and the biggest trick is to make the right ones, even though it’s not always easy.
What is amazing to me is that the Bible teaches us that God cares for that lady at the robot more than myself, because she is lost. He left all his sheep to go and rescue the lost one. I get jealous, why her? He loves everyone, even her.
So through the love of God that shines through us, it is our job to help and guide those people as we are God’s shepherds. You see, that’s our task as Christians; to encourage and guide people before they reach that point in their lives. There is a plan for all of us. God tells us to base our choices on His plan and through His guidance.
Just like in the workplace, we have choices whether to do our work diligently or not.
So let’s do it as though we are going to shine for God, because we are. Show people that His love burns and shines through us.
“Lord let your love shine in our lives. All the Glory to your God. Amen.”
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He is the way

#Heistheway
“O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.” (‭Psalms‬ ‭63‬:‭1‬ NLT)
Hiding from his enemies in the barren wilderness of Judah, David was extremely lonely. He longed for a friend whom he could trust to heal his loneliness. No wonder he cried out, “O God, . . . My soul thirsts for You in this parched and weary land!” If you are lonely or thirsty for something to last in your life, remember David’s prayer. God alone can satisfy our deepest longings.(Tyndale Study Bible)
I have asked this before, have you called out to God at some or other point? I am sure you have. Something that seems common among all of us is that often we feel as though the more disciplined we are spiritually or want to be, the more we appear to fail. That is because of one reason: we are tempted more often because the enemy is aware of this, and the devil thus targets you by laying traps. He would like to steal your salvation, but he can’t.
The next challenge is the condemnation we feel because of our failures… We should never feel this way.
Let me use this as an example: divorce is on the increase. But why? The traditional family unit is the strength, and that’s why the enemy always seeks ways to destroy it. All these modern influences such as pornography, low moral values, lack of church in society, internet, and much more. If couples and family armour themselves with the Word, they will be protected. This is the reason we should thirst for God.
Have you ever felt judged? Just remember God is a God of Grace… He forgives.
What works for me is to stay in the Word. Read and meditate on the Bible to quench your thirst daily.
Writing this cleanses me and keeps me accountable to do the right thing as often as possible as I can’t write these words and not act upon them.
Don’t only seek His solution in life’s major aspects, but also in the daily, small things. He has a solution for all things and only He is the true fulfilment.
Seek Him in everything you do.
” Lord I pray that we will seek you in everything we do. Everything to Glorify you. Amen.
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Love and serve

#loveandserve
 
“We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.” (‭1 John‬ ‭3‬:‭16‬ NLT)
 
True love is an action, not only a feeling. It produces selflessly, and gives sacrificially. The greatest act of love is giving one’s self for others. How can we “give up our lives?” By serving others with no thought of receiving anything in return.
Sometimes it is easier to say we’ll die for others than to truly live for them — this involves putting others’ desires before our own. Jesus taught this principle of love in John 15:13.
“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (‭John‬ ‭15‬:‭13‬ NLT)
These passages tell us that we are to love each other as Jesus loved us, and He loved us enough to give his life for us. We may not necessarily have to die for someone, but there are other ways to practice sacrificial love, such as, listening, helping, encouraging, and giving. Think of someone in particular who needs this kind of love today and give them all the love you can, and then try to give a little more.(Tyndale Study Bible)
 
I feel I need to say this. Why do I write this Blog? Because I am also speaking to myself. I can’t imagine where I would be if I were still living as I did in all those stolen years when I never knew the Way. My biggest regret today is knowing God without having had a relationship with Him. Fortunately, that has changed.
Being a Christian does not make me perfect. I strive for perfection; humbled before God every day… But enough about me! Here to follow, just another lesson, not by me, but by the Bible and God.
Love is not a feeling it’s an action. What worthwhile has no work with it? Every single result I have experienced goes hand-in-hand with an effort.  The incredible thing is the more significant the action, the bigger the result.
Love – marriage is hard work, even though you think it shouldn’t be because that is what you chose. Yeah, rich coming from me! I told you I am talking to myself. Every couple in a successful marriage will say to you it takes hard work. Nothing worthwhile comes easy.
The Bible tells a story of the disciples asking Jesus who the greatest among them was? Jesus replied, “he who serves most.”
Do you want to be the greatest? It’s an action; you have to do something!
Can you imagine it now?
“Lord I pray for courage to serve, I want to be the greatest. Let my love for You be first. In Jesus name. Amen”
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