Am I worthy

#amiworthy
Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭4‬:‭1- 3 NLT)‬‬‬
“There is one body,” says Paul. Unity does not just happen; we have to work at it. Often differences among people can lead to division, but this should not be true in the church. Instead of concentrating on what divides us, we should remember what unites us: one body, one Spirit, one future, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God! Have you learned to appreciate people who are different from you? Can you see how their differing gifts and viewpoints can help the church as it does God’s work? Learn to enjoy the way we members of Christ’s body complement one another.
No one is ever going to be perfect here on earth, so we must accept and love other Christians in spite of their faults. When we see flaws in fellow believers, we should be patient and gentle. Is there someone whose actions or personality annoys you? Rather than dwelling on that person’s weaknesses or looking for faults, pray for him or her. Then do even more—spend time together and see if you can learn to like him or her.
Come and tell if you haven’t felt this way before?
You know that on guy or girl who gets up your nose. When they enter the room, when they speak or just when they are around. Sometimes even as grown-ups, certain children we meet have the same effect on us. Yes, you know what I am talking about.
As a Christian, I fail horribly in some of these areas. I do try to rectify it. I have told this story before; I led a group in Bible study, ex-addicts and street people. When I first got there, I disliked many of them and their ways. I remember the one guy in particular, always cocky, disrespectful and the blue-eyed boy of the house. What I learnt and experienced, only when I opened my heart and loved him did my words from God mean anything. Only then did I manage to overcome the barriers.
“Making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.” What a statement. Can you imagine what the world would be like when we apply this?
We all, everybody on earth, form the Body of Christ, the Church. People that don’t believe cause dysfunction in this world. It’s our job as believers to help, firstly fellow believers and then to reach out for others.
I have to say this ” an important place to start is at work. People there see the best and worst of you. There’s the challenge.” That includes me.
Unity, remember I said there is strength in numbers and more so in working together. We are all called, to do so.
” Lord I pray for unity. Unified we can change the world. There is so much to do. In Jesus name. Amen.
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Who is it

#whoisit
“And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away.” James 1:13-14 NLT
People who live for God often wonder why they still have temptations. Does God tempt them? God tests people, but he does not tempt them by trying to seduce them to sin. God allows Satan to lure people, however, to refine their faith and to help them grow in their dependence on Christ. We can resist the temptation to sin by turning to God for strength and choosing to obey his Word.
It is easy to blame others and make excuses for evil thoughts and wrong actions. We use reasons such as: (1) It’s the other person’s fault; (2) I couldn’t help it; (3) everybody’s doing it; (4) it was just a mistake; (5) nobody’s perfect; (6) the devil made me do it; (7) I was pressured into it; (8) I didn’t know it was wrong; (9) God is tempting me. A person who makes excuses is trying to shift the blame from himself or herself to something or someone else. A Christian, on the other hand, accepts responsibility for his or her wrongs, confesses them, and asks God for forgiveness. (Tyndal Study Bible)
Temptation comes from our desires and choices. The world tempts us with those quick thrills and rewards. We must remember that it will be nothing lasting and permanent. Only God’s way is permanent and lasting.
Have you gone through those tough times, where temptation is around all the time? Continuously close to losing your temper, tempted to lose Faith in God. He, God never seems to be around. What we forget He is always around. What we forget is to turn to him for strength. Our human default is to switch to our understanding. We Quickly forget about God and rely on the world.
Take time to think of this; God’s not out there to spite us. We spite ourselves by making wrong choices. Read the second chapter of the Tyndal commentary. Many excuses all we try to do is shift the blame, instead of taking it on the chin. The words Pity Party comes to mind. Haven’t we all had those? This is only happening to me!
The words refine my faith rings in my head. Yes, let us focus on relying on God strength and not our own. I think of those times when we are sort of money, who do we turn too? Our understanding or do we trust in God?
“Lord I pray for correct choices and faith in You. In Jesus name. Amen.”
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Why be normal

#whybenormal
 
Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭18‬ NLT)
There is a price for being identified with Jesus. Along with being “heirs of God’s glory,” Paul also mentions the suffering that Christians must face. What kinds of suffering are we to endure? For first-century believers, there was economic and social persecution, and some even faced death. We, too, must pay a price for following Jesus. In many parts of today’s world, Christians face pressures just as severe as those faced by Christ’s first followers. Even in countries where Christianity is tolerated or encouraged, Christians must not become complacent. To live as Jesus did—serving others, giving up one’s rights, resisting pressures to conform to the world—always exacts a price. Nothing we suffer, however, can compare to the great price that Jesus paid to save us. (Tyndale Study Bible)
Salvation is priceless. Just like Paul is saying anything worthwhile, there is a price to pay. Think of your daily tasks; it takes hard work and determination to achieve.
Just like Christians stand out from the rest, if you want to achieve these days,  you have to stand out from the rest. You have to go that extra mile, make that extra call, whatever is necessary. The Bible teaches us the principle of seedtime and harvest. So the world agrees what you put in you get out. So why not go that extra mile? Glory and reward will be there. I have an unfair advantage I have God on my side as well.
“Lord I pray you will make me go that extra mile today. In Jesus name. Amen.”
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Darkness to light

#darknesstolight
All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants. ” (‭John‬ ‭3: 20 – 21NLT)
Many people don’t want their lives exposed to God’s light because they are afraid of what will be revealed. They don’t want to be changed. Don’t be surprised when these same people are threatened by your desire to obey God and do what is right, because they are afraid that the light in you may expose some of the darkness in their lives. Rather than giving in to discouragement, keep praying that they will come to see how much better it is to live in light than in darkness.
Have you heard this before: “I can’t come to church because I have first to sort out my life”? Or: “I can’t come to church because my wife won’t join me”. “I can’t come to church because I have no support of my family.”… “I can’t come to church because all they want is my money.”
All people fear condemnation and judgement. The other thing they fear is being exposed or put on the spot. They might have to tell their worst sins and fears.
As Christians what we tend to do is do all the above boldly and even praying in and for groups. Why, because we are filled with the Holy Spirit. The Spirit makes us do things boldly. Can you imagine the fear of the unbeliever when they see this? They think I don’t want to be put on the spot. Fear of being exposed is enormous, that’s why its difficult for them to take the step.
Following on from yesterday, as believers, we should guide people in the process and show that its not a scary decision or step to take. We have to impart with our wisdom of  God and His Word. God will give us the courage and wisdom to do this. Secondly, we have to shine for God and show people the how to move from darkness to light. Be in such a way that all are in awe off what you have.
“Lord, I thank you for Your light. May I and all believers shine in such a way that we entice them to the light in Your way. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen”
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Wisdom

#wisdom
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. (‭James‬ ‭1‬:‭5 – 6 NLT)
By “wisdom,” James is talking not only about knowledge but about the ability to make wise decisions in difficult circumstances. Whenever we need wisdom, we can pray to God, and he will generously supply what we need. Christians don’t have to grope around in the dark, hoping to stumble upon answers. We can ask for God’s wisdom to guide our choices.
We must believe not only in the existence of God but also in his loving care. This includes relying on God and expecting that he will hear and answer when we pray. We must put away our critical attitude when we come to him. God does not grant every thoughtless or selfish request. We must have confidence that I God will align our desires with his purposes. For more on this concept, read the note on Matthew 21:22.
A person with divided loyalty is not completely convinced that God’s way is best. That person treats God’s Word like any human advice and retains the option to disobey.  To stabilize your wavering or doubtful mind, commit yourself wholeheartedly to God. (Tyndal study Bible)
Wisdom! Every person in this world has a part to play. We all have people that look up to us because we are all senior to someone, so we all have the wisdom to share.
A while ago I accompanied my son while he enrolled at a university. What struck me was how young the people where that were attending to him. Then I realised they could do it because they were there the year before. So not only were they helping administratively, but also giving guidance in other areas and sharing wisdom.
We are not created the same as the next person; we might have more knowledge about certain things than the next person and less in other situations. We all can share wisdom. The ex-drug addict can share how you overcome that addiction.
There are days that I struggle finding a message to write. What do I do? I get quiet before God and pray for inspiration and wisdom. I am never short of words with God’s guidance. I have to give all the glory to God. Prayer is the key here, and I never doubt that God’s word will speak to me. God will guide that wisdom to do His work, and things will become easier.
This principle of asking God for wisdom applies to all things in life. We can take all our problems to God. Then we can’t waiver in any way; we should trust Him wholeheartedly for the wisdom and solution.
“Lord, I thank you for the opportunity to ask you for wisdom. I thank you for all the people you put there to help. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen”
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Who are you impressing

#whoareyouimpressing
 
“Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭1:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
Do you spend your life trying to please everybody? Paul had to speak harshly to the Christians in Galatia because they were in danger. He did not apologise for his straightforward words, knowing that he could not serve Christ faithfully if he allowed the Galatian Christians to remain on the wrong track. Whose approval are you seeking—others’ or God’s? Pray for the courage to seek God’s approval above anyone else’s. (Tyndal study Bible)
Last Sunday Pastor At in his Sermon about Purity, said this. We sometimes do things behind closed doors and we think nobody can see. So it’s Ok. What we don’t realize God sees everything. We can’t hide anything from him. He knows everything, he knows about every hair on our bodies. He knows our every thought.
I wonder how many people suffer from some addiction and they don’t even know they have. And these days how easy it is to access things, generally behind closed doors. The thing is, it’s between you and God. And yes, there is help out there for everything. If you just follow the principles of the Bible most of these things won’t happen.
Just like the scripture says, it is not about people – it’s about God. It’s between you and Him. We need to seek favour from God and not people.
What comes to mind is, it’s easy to seek approval from man. We do all sorts of things to get our ego’s caressed, and the approval is instant. We can feel it immediately. It’s like getting that result in the workplace; it feels good. Then what we do we seek more of that feeling. In some cases, we even become addicted to it.
All this is the way of the world. The correct way is God’s way. We should seek His approval. Yes, I know it’s not as instant as the way of the world. In the long run, it will be more rewarding. In the Bible, God says He will reward obedience. Apart from the inner peace, you receive when you please God, you will be rewarded with many blessings. I am not even talking about the eternal life you receive when accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
“Lord I pray for Your recognition. May I please you in everything I do. In Jesus name.Amen.”
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Who is your advocate

#whoisyouradvocate
My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world. (‭1 John‬ ‭2‬:‭1-2‬ NLT)
To people who are feeling guilty and condemned, John offers reassurance. They know they have sinned, and Satan is demanding the death penalty. When you feel this way, don’t give up hope—the best defence attorney in the universe is pleading your case. Jesus Christ, your advocate, your defender, is the Judge’s Son. He has already suffered your penalty in your place. You can’t be tried for a case that is no longer on the docket. Don’t be afraid to ask Christ to plead your case—he has already won it.
Jesus Christ stands before God as our mediator because his death satisfied the wrath of God against sin and paid for our sin. Thus, Christ both satisfies God’s requirement and removes our sin. In Him, we are forgiven and purified.
No one, no matter what sin has been committed, is beyond forgiveness. All a person has to do is turn from sin, receive Christ’s forgiveness, and commit their life to Jesus. It is difficult to forgive those who wrong us. Imagine how hard it would be to forgive all people, no matter what they had done!
What can I say? Take note who our advocate is. Jesus will stand before God on our behalf.
The second bold comment is what amazes me. Remember I told you that I used to lead a Bible Study group of ex-drug addicts and street people. When they committed there lives to Christ, they could never understand that God would forgive their sins. Why? Because the world and society never forgave them. So they can’t understand that God forgives them. When caught they have to go to jail. Not with God though. Obviously, as a young believer, we don’t understand the power of God.
How vast is our God!
” Dear Lord I thank you for your Grace and forgiveness. Please give me the courage and strength to lead people to you. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.”
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