Just pray

#justpray
 
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭6-7NLT)
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.
You have noticed that some people have a presence about them. I was on training a while ago I am continuously drawn to this one trainer. There is just something about him. In the last session, we started talking, and I told him about my faith. It turns out he is a Christian and been for years.
You see, that control and peace you notice is because we, Christians, trust God in everything. A while ago I spoke about wisdom and solving problems. The solution was to pray and study the word, and all will be revealed to you.
God’s peace will guard your heart, and with faith, he will provide all the solutions and blessings. Just pray and ask.
Let me tell you this, remember I am in sales. My customers often comment that I am calm and don’t push. They say they like that because they don’t want to be forced into something. Don’t get me wrong I ask for the order; then I trust God to deliver. Yeah, I can hear you asking, I do pray about it. God wants us to be bold in our Faith.
Remember guys God is Huge don’t limit him by your limitations, ask, then trust Him. God delivers I speak from experience, just Pray.
“Lord, I pray that You will send the Holy Spirit and touch us, teach and inspire us to pray. I thank You for all my answered prayers. In Jesus name. Amen. “
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Cravings

#cravings
 
Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. (‭1 John‬ ‭2‬:‭15-16‬ NLT)
Some people think that worldliness is limited to external behaviour—the people we associate with, the places we go, the activities we enjoy. Worldliness is also internal because it begins in the heart and is characterized by three attitudes: (1) craving for physical pleasure—preoccupation with gratifying physical desires; (2) craving for everything we see—and accumulating things, bowing to the god of materialism; and (3) pride in our achievements and possessions—obsession with one’s status or importance. When the serpent tempted Eve (Genesis 3:6), he tempted her in these areas. Also, when the devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness, these were his three areas of attack (see Matthew 4:1-11).
By contrast, God values self-control, a spirit of generosity, and a commitment to humble service. It is possible to give the impression of avoiding worldly pleasures while still harbouring human attitudes in one’s heart. It is also possible, like Jesus, to love sinners and spend time with them while maintaining a commitment to the values of God’s Kingdom. What values are most important to you? Do your actions reflect the world’s values or God’s values?
Just last evening I caught myself boasting about my achievements. A friend asked what I was doing these days, so I packed out and told how well I am doing. All those bad habits were back in a flash. As I sit and ponder this scripture, it dawns on me that I never told my friend that I met God. I can boast about all the other things, but the most significant event I don’t talk about.
What’s more, one should guard against bad habits. I thought it would be okay to boast about my worldly success to my close friend; it’s not. We should practice good habits and not do that.
How many people do you know have got themselves in deep trouble craving and chasing physical pleasure? I am guilty, are you? It can lead to all sorts of consequences. Divorce, disease and unwanted pregnancy to name a few. Some of us don’t even realise the hurt and scars we cause. It’s much easier to avoid lust. But we think that going out with lots of people is cool when it’s not. It can have devastating consequences. So young people guard yourself.
God values self-control, a spirit of generosity, and a commitment to humble service. Reread the last paragraph. Memorise these principles it will add to your life.
“Lord, I pray to be like Jesus, to love sinners and spend time with them while maintaining a commitment to the values of Your Kingdom. Lord, I pray this for all people. In Jesus name. Amen.”
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Each other

#eachother
 
“But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love.”
Jude‬ ‭1:20-21‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
 
“And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.”
‭‭Jude‬ ‭1:22-23‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬
To “keep yourselves safe in God’s love” means to live close to God and his people, not listening to false teachers who would try to pull you away from him (John 15:9-10).
Bringing people to Jesus saves them from God’s judgment. We can do this through compassion and kindness. We are to hate the sin, but we must witness to and love the sinner. Unbelievers, no matter how successful they seem by worldly standards, are lost and in need of salvation. We should not take witnessing lightly—it is a matter of life and death.
In trying to find common ground with those to whom we witness, we must be careful not to fall into the quicksand of compromise. When reaching out to others, we must be sure that our own footing is safe and secure. Be careful not to become so much like non-Christians that no one can tell who you are or what you believe. Influence them for Christ—don’t allow them to influence you to sin! (Tyndall Study Bible)
The foundation of our Faith is based, on these greatest commandment: “Love the Lord with all your heart.”  Second to this spoken by Jesus in Mathew 22:36-40 is, “Love your neighbour as you love yourself.”
Yes, I can hear you say, How can I love the Taxi driver? Just there is the real test. We are to be an example and a shining light. That driver must think wow that guy is different. True Love, is the key. I can tell from my experiences not always easy. The goal is to improve daily and build good habits.
Here is the Question, how can you build somebody without love? In my opinion, love is the most critical ingredient here. You can never reach out to people without love. If you read the scripture carefully, you will hear that we are mandated to build each other. We are to be there for others when they are in need. So we need to love unconditionally to achieve this.
It gets me back to that shining light. We as individuals have to stand out. We have to be different so that people can take note and pay attention to use. That difference is not the same for all. It’s different for every individual. The challenge, of course, is, how do we as individuals improve all the time? Continuous improvement, so that we can touch people out there.
“Lord I pray you to give me people to touch. May I improve daily to fulfil my mandate. In Jesus name. Amen.”
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Money

#money
 
Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” So we can say with confidence, “The LORD is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?” (‭Hebrews‬ ‭13‬:‭5-6‬ NLT)‬‬‬
How can we learn to be satisfied with what we have? Strive to live with less rather than desiring more; give away out of your abundance rather than accumulating more; relish what you have rather than resent what you’re missing. We become satisfied when we realize God’s sufficiency for our needs. Christians who become materialistic are saying by their actions that God can’t take care of them—or at least that he won’t take care of them the way they want. Insecurity can lead to the love of money, whether we are rich or poor. The only antidote is to trust God to meet all our needs. See God’s love expressed in what he has provided, and remember that money and possessions will all pass away. (See Philippians 4:11 for more on contentment, and 1 John 2:17 for the futility of earthly desires.)
I grew up in a wealthy home. I always had what my heart desired. How I did not go off the rails is God’s wonder. I have to say; I had had amazing parents. My parents exposed us to all the right things. Excellent family values and great biblical principles.
When we sold the family business, my ego took a huge knock. I had to adapt from being this icon to being just a “normal” person. How bizarre those words sound now. Yes, I thought I was better than the next person. Crazy! Let me tell you, possessions and worldly things were my gods. I felt that playing golf in a pair off R5000 shoes meant something. The fact is that it means nothing, it’s actually about the person you are.
Then,5 years ago, I met God. Just as they explain in the Bible, I was born again – given a second chance. Not only did my life change, but I changed as well. Let me say right now before you think that I believe I am perfect or profess to be; I am far from it. How do you change 50 years of bad habits?
Let me tell you how you try: accept Jesus as your Savior, stay in the Word and apply the Biblical principles. Don’t make money and worldly possessions your god. Another principle in the Bible, “faithful over little, ruler over much”, think about that. That old car you have, look after it.
Be grateful for what you have.
“Lord, I thank you that you humbled me. Make me grateful for what I have. Make me aspire only to glorify You. In Jesus name. Amen.”
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Do you know

#doyouknow
 
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬
We’re all encouraged by a leader who stirs us to move ahead, someone who believes we can do the task he has given and who will be with us all the way. God is that kind of leader. He knows the future, and his plans for us are good and full of hope. As long as God, who knows the future, provides our agenda and goes with us as we fulfil his mission, we can have boundless hope. This does not mean that we will be spared pain, suffering, or hardship, but that God will see us through to a glorious conclusion.
I spend a lot of time in the Word. I enjoy it immensely. Many days I wonder how I could ever have not had a relationship with Jesus.
A couple of days ago I spoke about grace. His grace saves us. What comes to mind immediately, we all seek guidance in our lives. The smartest businessmen have a board of directors to consult. When faced with a challenge we seek advice from our peers. We ask all sort of people. What we should be doing is relying on God. It’s through God’s grace that we are in the position we are.
Reread the Scripture: “For I know the plans I have for you.” – “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
I ask you why we would worry about anything? Just trust in God, as He provides and looks after the Birds, he will look after you.
Further to looking after you, do we know what the plan is for our lives? With all the planning in the world, there are still grey areas. We will never know everything. I was speaking to a friend the other day and said that one has to embrace every opportunity to learn, you never know when you are going to need it. Why, because we don’t see the plan for you.
Critical though we have to empower and equip ourselves daily to fulfil that task when it arrives, learn every day, wisdom will follow. Ready yourself for future opportunity. It applies as much at home as at work.
When last have you taken the time to improve your marriage? No matter how good or bad.
” Lord I thank you for Your plan, no matter what it is. Guide me in your way. In Jesus name. Amen.”
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Give

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all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in My Temple. If you do,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test! (‭Malachi‬ ‭3‬:‭10‬ NLT)‬‬‬
The people of Malachi’s day ignored God’s command to give a tithe of their income to his Temple. They may have feared losing what they had worked so hard to get, but in this they misjudged God. “Give, and you will receive,” he says (Luke 6:38). When we give, we must remember that the blessings God promises are not always material and may not be experienced completely here on earth, but we will certainly receive them in our future life with him.
The “storehouse” was a place in the Temple for storing grain and other food given as tithes. The priests lived off these gifts. We also need to give from the plenty that God has given us in order to support those who serve God by ministering to the spiritual needs of others.
Haven’t I heard this all before “all the Church wants is your money. “That is so far removed from the truth.
I am in Sales, the day I started tithing in a disciplined way, that month I achieved my goals. By the grace of God, I got that result. It works, I promise you. God promises to open the heavens for us. Just tithe.
Your reward won’t only be financial. The peace that overcomes you is amazing.
If you eat the last of your seed or spend it, how are you going to plant seed for later. That why it’s important to tithe and sow.
Now some people say I haven’t got enough money to tithe. Then tithe your time in serving people. You have heard this, “you reap what you sow.” Apart from money, it applies to all things, even the way you speak. Wow! I struggle with that. So concentrate on all the good things and deeds.
You will receive the Blessing of Heaven, just like God promises.
“Lord I pray that You will give me discipline in all things, not only tithing. In Jesus name. Amen”
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“Grace” not law

#gracenotlaw
 
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.
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.
Firstly, some people don’t even get that in 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.
Secondly, we should always be on fire for God. Have you heard the phrase, “the flame in him has died”? Yet again, sin and sinful behavior prevents us speaking boldly about the Lord. Sometimes you may say something towards someone and then feel like you can’t claim and speak 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.”
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