It’s all about grace

#itsallaboutgrace
God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (‭Romans‬ ‭5‬:‭20 – 21 NLT)
As a sinner, separated from God, you see his law from below, as a ladder to be climbed to get to God. Perhaps you have repeatedly tried to climb it, only to fall to the ground every time you have advanced one or two rungs. Or perhaps the sheer height of the ladder seems so overwhelming that you have never even started up. In either case, what relief you should feel to see Jesus offering with open arms to lift you above the ladder of the law, to take you directly to God! Once Jesus lifts you into God’s presence, you are free to obey—out of love, not necessity, and through God’s power, not your own. You know that if you stumble, you will not fall back to the ground. Instead, you will be caught and held in Christ’s loving arms. ( Tyndal Study Bible)
We are separated from God and his love by sin daily. Our guilt removes us from God. It’s the guilt in us that causes us to give up on God. It that same guilt that keeps people from going to Church. I just want to sort this out then I will go.
Firstly, some people don’t even get to having a relationship with God. They can’t believe after the things they have done that God loves them. God forgives all sin! He does not exclude some sin. It’s by God’s Grace and love that we walk in this world. It’s by his grace that Jesus died for our sin. It’s by His grace that we have the Holy Spirit to guide us in this life. All we have to do is believe.
Secondly, we should always be on fire for God. Have you heard the phrase, “the flame in him has died”? Again, sin and sinful behaviour prevent us speaking boldly about the Lord. Sometimes you may say something towards someone and then feel like you can’t claim and talk about God because of the wrong in you. This happens to me even though I try my hardest to be like Jesus. We, as humans, are weak. The way to be strong is to pray and stay in the Word.
It’s just like me writing these thoughts. I don’t do it on weekends. Why? Because Friday is social time. Is that correct? I am not sure. But if it’s worrying me then I should be disciplined enough to do it, even on weekends.
Read the scripture and the section that follows again. Don’t think that it’s a ladder. Trust God and Jesus to pick you up when you fail. In my experience, it even works in the workplace.
“Lord, make me trust you completely. I thank you for Grace and your Son Jesus. In Jesus name I pray this. Amen.”

Spirit is life

#Spiritislife
Isaiah 41:10 – As much as it pains us to face, we were called to suffer.  As long as we live in the world, there will be sickness and disease. The good news is that Isaiah 41:10 tells us that we don’t need to be afraid. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” When we need healing, we may become fearful that God will forsake us. This is why we need healing Scriptures to come to our rescue and to strengthen us.
Isaiah 53:5 – Jesus took our sins and our pains to the cross. “He took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered Him punished by God, stricken by Him and afflicted. But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds, we are healed.” Remind yourself of this healing Scripture in Isaiah when you are grappling with uncertainty. You can record it on an index card to be reminded of this when fear starts knocking.
Psalm 103:1-5 – Another potent healing Scripture of the Bible can be found in Psalm 103. It’s a Scripture on restoration, praise, forgiveness as well as healing. “Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all His benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagles.” What a great reminder of who God is and how He can liberate us! (www.beliefnet.com)
“Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.” – Proverbs 4:23 ESV
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. ” – John 10:10 ESV
An exceptional friend, friend’s cancer has returned. I cannot imagine the devastation that news must have on your emotion and spirit. Can you imagine the despair they must feel? The feeling of loss and helplessness. I encourage you to have faith it’s never too late.
I discovered a couple of things in Bible Study the last couple of years. Man is a Trinity – Trinity means, three in one or a union of three, just like God is. Each part of man is equally important and dependant on the other.  − Man is a spirit  − Man possesses a soul  − Man dwells in a body. The spirit has no expression without the soul and the body, i.e. in the earth. The body is lifeless and dead without the spirit and the soul. The soul exists because of the union of the spirit and the body.
We will see in the Scriptures that God places equal value on each of these three parts of man without overemphasizing any one of them. Some people place no value on the physical part and overemphasize the spiritual or psychological. Many write off the soul as evil along with the physical. Many do not realize that God saw the physical so important that He, firstly, created it and secondly, He became a physical man and suffered physical pain to redeem man physically. Thirdly, the physical is so valuable to God that He planned the resurrection of the physical body to make it an immortal incorruptible physical body – and not a spiritual body as some suppose.
 
The whole physical world that we live in was created and put into place by God who is Spirit and who lives in the realm of the spirit world.
 
The Spirit Sustains the Physical – Everything in the physical world begins in the spirit – health, prosperity, life, etc., all begin in the spirit of man. On the other hand – sickness, poverty and death also begin in the spirit of man. But a wounded spirit who can bear? ( Christian life training )
The point I am trying make is, please understand the power of that Spirit that lives in you. When Jesus died on the cross, days later he was resurrected from the dead, through the power of the Holy Spirit. It is that Spirit that lives in you. Its the same Spirit that Jesus used to perform miracles. That power is yours. All you have to do is believe and have faith.
If you read above the Bible refers to a thief, in your case that thief is cancer. It’s robbing you of your spirit and fight. I encourage you to listen to God’s word. Rely on the power of that Spirit. Please please, remember even if you have not had an intimate relationship with God, it’s never too late. God loves you. Many people think they are not worthy of God’s grace; I can assure you there is nothing further from the truth.
Lord, I pray that the Spirit stays with you and everybody else. May the Lord heal you in Spirit Soul and Body. In Jesus name, I pray, Amen.”

Speak to God

#speaktoGod
 
“do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. ” – Philippians 4:6
Imagine never worrying about anything! It seems like an impossibility; we all have worries on the job, in our homes, at school. But Paul’s advice is to turn our worries into prayers. Do you want to worry less? Then pray more! Whenever you start to worry, stop and pray. (Life Application Study Bible)
What an eventful week. A friend has was admitted to hospital spent a whole week there. Another friend has a run-in with the law. My daughter arrives home from China and is admitted to the hospital two days later with Phenomena. She was fine when she arrived. Another friend is facing financial ruin. Yesterday I said that God was always there right from the beginning of time.  No matter what you did your sins would be forgiven.
My thoughts, however, has been what do you do when calamities are upon you and you seeking guidance. I was saying the last couple of days that you should spend time in the Word, the Bible. God’s word. Its almost as you need more.
I went to look for advice in the Bible. And the scripture above pops up. The message is very clear, Pray. I think of my situation, in sales from time to time things can be slow. Have I been clear to God about my expectation? No, we think that’s not necessary because God knows your heart. Utterly wrong everything you need to lay before the Lord. Be grateful for the blessings you have and be bold about your needs emotional or financial needs. Talk to God all the time. Never think that you can just pray and then do nothing. You still have to do your work diligently, do it in a way to glorify God. Be that person that shines.
Anxiety, just as sin will distance you from God. It will also remove your peace, break your spirit and drive you to give up. Praying will prevent all these things. I know many people that will testify to this. Here is a tool just use it. The key is doing, take action and pray.
Lord, I pray that I obey your instruction and that these wise words will reach the needy. In Jesus name, Amen.
Ps. Reach out to somebody today, you can make a difference.

It’s all there

#itsallthere
 
1 In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.  2 He existed in the beginning with God.  4 God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. 4 The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.  5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.  14 – So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.’ – John 1:1-5,14
“The Word became human.” By doing so, Christ became (1) the perfect teacher—in Jesus’ life we see how God thinks and therefore how we should think; (2) the perfect example—as a model of what we are to become, he shows us how to live and gives us the power to live that way; (3) the perfect sacrifice—Jesus came as a sacrifice for all sins, and his death satisfied God’s requirements for the removal of sin.
 
“The Father’s one and only Son” means Jesus is God’s only and unique Son. The emphasis is on unique. All believers are called “children of God,” but Jesus is one of a kind and enjoys a perfect relationship with God the Father. When Jesus was conceived, God became a man. He was not part man and part God; he was completely human and completely divine (Colossians 2:9). Before Christ came, people could know God partially. After Christ came, people could know God fully because he became visible and tangible in Christ. Christ is the perfect expression of God in human form. The two most common errors people make about Jesus are to minimize his humanity or to minimize his divinity. Jesus is both God and man. (Life Application Study Bible)
As I meditate on this word and listen to what our pastor was saying on Sunday morning, this single thought comes to mind all the time.
Man has wanted to understand creation for years know, Steve Hawkins, a respected scientist in this field in his books on the subject says that there had to be a Divine intervention in creation. I am not going to explain at this point. So just as we can’t comprehend the universe the same is most probably true about creation. I read John and as a Christian can relate to what he is saying. The last while we have been speaking about the promises of God. The Bible says we need to do things, believe and follow Gods commands and those promises and blessings are ours.
 
‘For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.’ – Romans 6:23
Consider this many of us have been through huge calamities. A couple pop up in my mind, Adultery, events leading to imprisonment and events that lead to financial ruin. The interesting thing is throughout time this has happened to many people. Yet, the world has not stopped, creation carriers on and the promises of God is still there. Right from the beginning of time. Remember what John says, “in the beginning, the Word already existed.”
Romans is referring to that promise if you believe, eternal life is yours. John tells how Jesus came to this world to redeem us to God. Read the commentary. No matter what we have been through Jesus paid the price, and our sins are forgotten. Then all these promises are yours through Jesus.
None of this will be revealed to you if you don’t spend time in God’s Word.
“Lord, I  pray people pick up the Bible and find revelation. In Jesus name, Amen.”

Be the light

#bethelight
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. (‭John‬ ‭1‬:‭5‬ NLT)‬‬‬
Do you ever feel that your life is too complex for God to understand? Remember, God created the entire universe, and nothing is too difficult for him. God created you; he is alive today, and his love is bigger than any problem you may face.
“The darkness can never extinguish it” means the darkness of evil never has and never will overcome God’s light. Jesus Christ is the Creator of life, and his life brings light to humankind. In his light, we see ourselves as we really are (sinners in need of a Savior). When we follow Jesus, the true Light, we can avoid walking blindly and falling into sin. He lights the path ahead of us so we can see how to live. He removes the darkness of sin from our lives. In what ways have you allowed the light of Christ to shine into your life? Let Christ guide your life, and you’ll never need to stumble in darkness. (Tyndal Study Bible)
Just like darkness can never overcome light. So evil can never overcome right. Good will always overcome evil. Why do I think? Apart from being a promise from God.
This is the way I see it. Who wakes up in the morning and aspires to be bad? Yeah, there are some, but they are in the minority. We all strive to be good or good at it. Think of your circle of friends, colleagues and distant friends; none aspire to be bad. They all want good for themselves and family.
The Bible teaches us that the more good you do, the more you receive. Do you want people to say as they stand at your funeral know that was a bad man? Nope, that’s not what you want.
You see salvation promises us a renewal of our being and mind. It kills the darkness of sin. It creates an eternal light that lives’s in us. Nobody can take that light from us, nor extinguish it. What a revelation. This light, energy or renewal, we should not just leave for our spiritual life but all facets of our life’s. My first thought goes to those broken homes and broken relationships. Take on this renewal and light. God can fix everything. You see this light and good will overcome all that bad.
With God all things are possible. You are the light, and it shines in the dark.
“Lord I thank you for Your light. May I be the light to touch people. Make me humble Lord. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.”

The Word gives life

#thewordgiveslife
“1, In the beginning, the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.  2 He existed in the beginning with God.  4 God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. 4 The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.  5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.  14 – So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.’ – John 1:1-5,14
Do you ever feel that your life is too complex for God to understand? Remember, God created the entire universe, and nothing is too difficult for him. God created you; he is alive today, and his love is bigger than any problem you may face.
“The darkness can never extinguish it” means the darkness of evil never has and never will overcome God’s light. Jesus Christ is the Creator of life, and his life brings light to humankind. In his light, we see ourselves as we really are (sinners in need of a Savior). When we follow Jesus, the true Light, we can avoid walking blindly and falling into sin. He lights the path ahead of us so we can see how to live. He removes the darkness of sin from our lives. In what ways have you allowed the light of Christ to shine into your life? Let Christ guide your life, and you’ll never need to stumble in darkness. (Life Application Study Bible)
“for I am with you to protect and rescue you.” A couple of words from Jeremiah yesterday. “If you return to me,” says the Lord. Remember the theme of the last couple of days. Return to the Word of God, the Bible. Take more time out to study it. Don’t become like the young of this era that cant concentrate for longer than 47s, then flick to the next thing on offer. Most of it just pure entertainment nothing meaning full and lasting. Wisdom will come from study, which is definitely more prolonged than 47s, but meaningful.  So as I was explaining yesterday dress yourself with real understanding.
I have Quoted Romans a couple of times; Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.
A couple of years ago I was a professional triathlete. At the time wanting to be the best I could be, I bought a Sports Motivational Program from an American Company SMI. An aspect of this program is to carry around affirmation cards. In other words a constant reminder of your goals long and short term.
These words “return to me,” reminds me of just that. Spend time in the Bible your own book of affirmation and guidance. Pastor Aidan words on Sunday ring in my ears. Outside the Word, your daily challenges will seem insurmountable. Take note what John is saying. The Word is God and remember what we have been saying,  with God all things are possible.
Take your wisdom from the Bible.
“Lord, I pray that Your word will be our affirmation and guide. Amen.”

I will restore you

#iwillrestoreyou
 
This is how the Lord responds:  “If you return to me, I will restore you so you can continue to serve me. If you speak good words rather than worthless ones, you will be my spokesman. You must influence them; do not let them influence you!  20 They will fight against you like an attacking army, but I will make you as secure as a fortified wall of bronze. They will not conquer you, for I am with you to protect and rescue you. I, the Lord, have spoken!  – Jeremiah 15 19-20
Jeremiah accused God of not helping him when he really needed it. Jeremiah had taken his eyes off God’s purposes and was feeling sorry for himself. He was angry, hurt, and afraid. In response, God didn’t get angry at Jeremiah; he answered by rearranging Jeremiah’s priorities. As God’s mouthpiece, he was to influence the people, not let them influence him. There are three important lessons in this passage: (1) In prayer we can reveal our deepest thoughts to God; (2) God expects us to trust him, no matter what; (3) we are here to influence others for God. (Life Applications Study Bible)
Remember what I said yesterday. The church is one of the places where you hear the word of God. Personally, I believe it is vitally important to attend Church. Its the gathering of the saints. Last week I received the revelation of the promise and blessing of Abraham, and that is ours through Christ Jesus. My question is would I have found it if I was not in Church.
On Sunday our Pastor’s message titled “Return to me” was precisely one of those moments again. What he was saying is, return to the word of God the Bible.
As I woke today and started preparing for this day, a shower shave breakfast dressing, I know many of you ladies what to wear to feel and look your best, the same applies to the guys. Then spending time in the car or bus/train pondering on your day ahead, thinking what activity will achieve the best result. Most of these we do are because we have to, we cant go to work naked, and most of has to work to earn a living. What we don’t realise that all of this is a blessing.
My point, however, is, how much time do we spend on our spiritual well being. Look after the peace of God you received when we got saved. Our Church refers to anointing all the time; it is easier to receive that when you move closer to God. I encourage you to buy out the time to work on this. As the Scripture says “return to me.” and I will restore you. In other words, return to Word of God. I have to Quote this scripture again because it is that relevant.
‘So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.’  – Romans 10:17 NKJV
Take note of the commentary again, remember success at anything comes from doing, making a concerted effort, to get that result. It applies to all things in life, don’t neglect God.
“Lord, I pray that we seek you through your Word the Bible. Afford all the time to spend in Your presence. In Jesus name, Amen.”