Inspiration

Supreme

#supreme


“And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.”‭‭Colossians‬ ‭1:18‬ ‭NIV‬‬


Christ is “supreme over all who rise from the dead.” Jesus was raised from death, and his resurrection proves his lordship over the material world. All who trust in Christ will also defeat death and rise again to live eternally with him (1 Corinthians 15:20; 1 Thessalonians 4:14). Because of Christ’s death on the cross, he has been exalted and elevated to the status that was rightfully his (see Philippians 2:5-11). Because Christ is spiritually supreme in the universe, surely we should give him first place in all our thoughts and activities. ( Tyndal Study Bible)


The church, describe here is the universal church, it is the place Christ puts us when we come to him or get saved. The church is described as “the body.” The body has action and function. It also produces results. The body is designed to respond to the head. The body of Christ is intended to respond to Jesus Christ, the head. The church can make an impact for Jesus Christ. This is the issue at Colosse — his supremacy over the church.
Jesus is described as the “head” of the body. The brain (“head”) produces motion, co-ordination and function of the body in physical terms. Jesus Christ sets up the policy and power for the body to function. When the body functions healthfully, then God is glorified. ( Verse by Verse Commentary)


Two things stand out for me Jesus’s resurrection and significance of it. Jesus, been the head of the body, the church.


After we have taken that step as a non-believer to become a Christian, our gift is eternal life. Like I said before can one even conceive that notion, eternal life? What a privilege over the unbeliever. Faith, however, is an important aspect of our lives at this point, we have to believe. 


Jesus is a critical part of our Christian life. We have accepted and believe that Jesus died for our transgressions, what we need to do is share that Good News. Secondly, show people that Jesus lives in us. You see that power that resurrected Jesus from the dead three days after his crucifixion, known as the resurrection power, the Holy Spirit. This power is available to all of us. As Christians, we need to share this good news. These are the gifts of salvation. The gift of the Holy Spirit is so incredible; I can’t believe that there are people out there that don’t embrace it. Through it comes many things, understanding and healing are just a couple.


Today Jesus’s death for the sins of the world and then three days later his resurrection, do we conceive the enormity of the event? When Nelson Mandela died, our nation mourned. There is no way we can compare Jesus to anybody else. He is certainly the most significant person that ever walked this earth. Do you understand what I mean?  I feel so proud and privileged to have part of that. 


When we have taken that step, of salvation, we form part of the Church the body of Christ. All believers and all Chruch establishments form part of that body. I would just like to stress the point above. And don’t think as a believer you don’t need to attend Church. The Bible speaks of the gathering of the Saints. We are to learn the Word of God, the Bible. There is no better place to do that, than the Church. We all need homes, places of protection. The Church is the best place for that, our spiritual home.


” Lord Jesus I thank you for dying for my sins. Thank you for the power you have invested in me, the Holy Spirit. Give me the conviction to share this with my world. In Jesus name. Amen.”

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Grateful

#grateful


Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. (‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5‬:‭16-18‬ NLT)


Our joy, prayers, and thankfulness should not fluctuate with our circumstances or feelings. Obeying these three commands—be joyful, never stop praying, and be thankful—often goes against our natural inclinations. When we make a conscious decision to do what God says, however, we will begin to see people in a new perspective. When we do God’s will, we will find it easier to be joyful and thankful.(Tyndal Study Bible)


Have you ever grown tired of praying for something or someone? Paul said that believers should never stop praying. A Christian’s persistence is an expression of faith that God answers prayer. Faith shouldn’t die if the answers come slowly, for the delay may be God’s way of working his will. When you feel tired of praying, know that God is present, always listening, always answering—in ways that he knows are best.(Tyndal study Bible)

It’s the little things we overlook. I wake each morning and tend to forget the things that we should be grateful for. We tend to complain easily. Rather than be joyful over what we have, with a thankful heart, you will stop overlooking things.


Persistence is key. Have you met a Christian? Have you noticed how persistent they are in what they believe? We will never give up on a lost soul. To achieve in life, you have to be persistent, no matter what you do. All the successful people I know are persistent. Yes, and sometimes success comes slowly, just persist. If at first you don’t succeed, try again, never stop working. A loser quits. So persist being Joyful, Prayerful and thankful in all circumstances. The mental and material rewards will be great.


Never stop – praying.


” Lord I thank you for prayer. Thank you for the privilege to talk to you direct. Thank you for all my blessings. Amen.”

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From death to life

#fromdeathtolife


“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.”‭‭John‬ ‭5:24‬ ‭NIV‬‬


Eternal life—living forever with God—begins when you accept Jesus Christ as Savior. At that moment, new life begins in you (2 Corinthians 5:17). It is a completed transaction. You still will face physical death, but when Christ returns again, your body will be resurrected to live forever (1 Corinthians 15). I spent the day surfing with my son yesterday. Sitting in the Ocean made me think how Big our God is. Firstly I am always amazed at the power of the Ocean. We catch those walls of water which propels us to the beach. Amazing, think of this for a moment. How large is the Ocean and all that lives in it. Think of the earth and everything in it. Two things come to mind. Scientists have been trying to understand the beginning of the world for years. They are no closer. The Earth is only a minute part of the universe. The distance to the edge of the observable universe is about 46 billion light years because the universe is expanding all of the time.(Phys.org) Then some want to tell me there is know God. 


You see all these things, Creation, Universe and Eternal life are concepts hard to grasp. I am going to ask you this question? If we are practical people, tell me in what space does the universe hang? There is no explanation. We just have to accept. So my next question is can we grasp the concept of eternal life? Can you put your head around that? 


When I accepted Jesus as my Lord and saviour, all the promises of the Bible apply to me. It can apply to you too. So take note what the scripture says, “Whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life.” This is, Jesus speaking, a public teaching. Wow, I wish I was there. 


Believe and accept.


” Lord I thank you for your word. And all its revelations. Amen.” 

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With God

#withGod


“The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.” Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.”‭‭Job‬ ‭1:12‬ ‭NIV‬‬


This conversation between God and Satan teaches us an important fact about God—he is fully aware of every attempt by Satan to bring suffering and difficulty upon us. While God may allow us to suffer for a reason beyond our understanding, he is never caught by surprise by our troubles and is always compassionate.(Tyndal Study Bible)


As I was meditating on this word my mind started prowling. I discovered the commentary below. I am currently reading Job in my daily devotion. Job dates to around 2000 BC. Take, the time to read it you will need a lot of time to understand the teachings. I have highlighted the last paragraph, pay careful attention. This message is powerful and for each of us. It got my attention. 


This is a deeply unsettling verse. We would much rather think of God as our defender, as our protection against the enemy. How could he abandon someone to the attacks of Satan like this?


That’s the question at the heart of this book. And it’s the question that comes into the mind of every believer when they are under attack. How can God let this happen to me? How can bad things happen to good people? This is not just a personal question, it’s a question that affects the whole reality of the gospel message: If Jesus was really the Messiah, how could God let him suffer on the cross?


This message of suffering is right at the heart of the Christian message. The crucial moment of Christianity, after all, is when Jesus hung bleeding on a cross. And this is not just something Jesus did for us so that we would never have to suffer. Jesus taught, “he who does not take his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me” (Matt. 10:38). This is not about wearing cross jewelry. It’s about accepting the cross, accepting suffering in our lives.


In the Middle East, olives are a great treat and delicious to eat. But only when those olives are crushed in a press do they yield their oil, an oil used to fuel lamps and provide light in the darkness. Jesus provides light because he was pressed at Gethsemane and died at Calvary. Through his suffering, light and life have been provided to us and to the world.


The redemptive qualities of suffering are a central Christian teaching, though this topic is often neglected or even rejected. Today the gospel is often presented as a “get rich quick” scheme. But Jesus, by his life and his words, teaches us to embrace our suffering, which is really the only way to have victory over it. As it says in Heb. 12:2 of Jesus himself, “who for the joy set before him endured the cross.” He knew that there was a reason for his suffering–it was a gift of grace–and that an eternal good would come from it.


Fortunately, suffering is not the entire Christian message. Healing, victory, joy, and provision are also part of the story—and part of the story of Job, too. But God does allow suffering from time to time. Sometimes it’s only for a moment, sometimes it’s very deep and lasts a long time. But we need to understand suffering to keep the Christian message balanced. We need to learn to allow God to use suffering to change us and make us more like himself. Even Jesus, the Bible says, was “perfected” through suffering (Heb. 2:10). This is the way that Jesus taught us to live: to accept life as it comes, including its crushing hurts and pains; to carry our cross, and allow God to turn it into an eternal good. (Bible study with Jeffrey J. Harrison)


” Lord I thank you for the Word. May it touch the hearts of Your people. Amen.” 

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Are you going too

#areyougoingtoo


“All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.”‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭12:11‬ ‭NIV‬‬


No matter what gift(s) a person has, all spiritual gifts are distributed by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit decides which gifts each believer should have. We are responsible to use and sharpen our gifts, but we can take no credit for what God has freely given us.
Note that discussions about spiritual gifts usually create difficulties when two central points are overlooked: (1) Properly used, spiritual gifts are not self-serving but serve the whole body of Christ (12:7); (2) each gift becomes practically useless when used without love (chapter 13). As you seek to identify and utilize the gifts God has given you, make loving God and loving fellow Christians your highest motives.(Tyndal Study Bible) 


What gift do you have? 


I just want to say this; I give all the Glory to God. I can’t stop thinking how amazing God is. I am amazed what a difference he has made in my life. Sure I still have some bad habits, but every day I have a new revelation from the Bible. I thank God for that. 


All gifts are from the Holy Spirit, God. (Read that commentary again.) The Holy Spirit decides which gift each person should have. At this point, I remind you of that parable we referred to the day before yesterday. We are to use our talents and at the same time improve on them. 


I think of work. That person that just does his job, nothing more and nothing less. Will they ever get ahead? No, I don’t believe. Now the opposite is that person who goes the extra mile. Always at work early and last to leave and does above the norm. Do you think he will be recognized? Diligence does not necessarily mean effective. To be effective is a whole new challenge. You have to empower yourself with knowledge and skills beyond the requirement. Then your efforts will count, and rewards will follow. The same applies to our Christian lives. We need to go beyond our duty and calling. We need to empower ourselves with knowledge and skills, through the Word of God the Bible. 


Our emphasis should always be on serving and loving others. In that way, we can touch people’s lives.


” Lord, I  thank you for my talent. I pray for guidance to go past the standard. In Jesus name. Amen.”

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Amongst us

#amongstus


“For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty Savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With His love, He will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” (‭Zephaniah‬ ‭3‬:‭17‬ NLT)


The Lord Himself will remove his hand of judgment, disperse Israel’s enemies, and come to live among his people. He will give them gladness. Zephaniah points out that gladness results when we allow God to be with us. We do that by faithfully following him and obeying his commands. Then God rejoices over us with singing. If you want to be happy, draw close to the source of happiness by obeying God.(Tyndale  Study Bible)


God lives among us. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, His presence can be felt daily through the Holy Spirit. God only intends the best for us.


What we often don’t do is take the high road that He has made for us. Yes, there is a price to pay, but be faithful and the rewards will be great.


His love surrounds us daily and gives us the calmness to do what is necessary. We should have no fear as He is with us always. When the music stops, the anointing stops. The music will rejoice over you.


Choose the right road and God will rejoice with us.


“Dear Lord, I pray that You will show me the high road. I pray that I will do just as You do. I pray for joy and Your Grace. I thank you for the crossroad. In Jesus name. Amen”

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No penalty

#nopenalty
“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬


Nothing sinful or evil can exist in God’s presence. He is absolute goodness. He cannot overlook, condone, or excuse sin as though it never happened. He loves us, but his love does not make him morally lax. If we trust in Christ, however, we will not have to bear the penalty for our sins (1 Peter 2:24). We will be acquitted (Romans 5:18) by his atoning sacrifice. (Tyndale Study Bible)


The Bible’s central message is atonement. From the first stories in Genesis to the last visions of Revelation it is everywhere apparent that God seeks to reconcile his people to himself and that he has provided a way to do so. (Theopedia)


The English word ‘atonement’ originally meant “at-one-ment”, i.e. being “at one”, in harmony, with someone. It is used to describe the saving work that God did through Christ to reconcile the world to himself, and also of the state of a person having been reconciled to God. Throughout the centuries, Christians have used different metaphors and given differing explanations of the atonement to express how the atonement might work. Churches and denominations may vary in which metaphor or explanation they consider most accurately fits into their theological perspective; however all Christians emphasize that Jesus is the Saviour of the world and through his death the sins of humanity have been forgiven. (Wikipedia)


I would like to ask you, did you read this much into the verse above? Yes, I know the verse is powerful. Yes, Jesus did die for our sins. We all know that. ( I would like to get back to this point later.) Reading the commentary above is enlighting and revealing. It is so inspirational it drives me to spend more time in the Word. 


You know when you are lead by the Spirit let Him do His work. Well, do we all know that Jesus died for our sins?  The whole world does not know that. It’s our mandate as believers to tell the world. I prayed for a new brother on Sunday. I feel I should share this with you. Read Mathew 25:14-30 an amazing parable. Talents are given to all, what we do with them is critical. Some of us are saying I not good at anything. I can promise you there is something you good at. The Bible says we all form the Body of Christ the Church. We are all good at something; we just need to find it. Together as the Body of Christ, the Church we can reach the unbeliever. That is what we are mandated to do. The point I was referring to earlier. 


So just as we learnt about God’s atonement becoming one with us. We should share that with the whole world. There is much work to do any many talents to multiply and lean on. 


Lord, I thank you for the blessing. Guide me to do Your work. In Jesus name. Amen.”