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Significant

Posted: December 14, 2017 in Inspiration
#significant
 
“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (‭Isaiah‬ ‭9‬:‭6‬ NLT)
In a time of great darkness, God promised to send a light who would shine on everyone living in the shadow of death. He is both “Wonderful Counsellor” and “Mighty God.” This message of hope was fulfilled in the birth of Christ and the establishment of his eternal Kingdom. He came to deliver all people from their slavery to sin. (Tyndale Study Bible)
This is such a significant event, the birth of Jesus. Just like I said yesterday, love is the key ingredient during this time. It starts with God’s love for us. It was so great that He sent His Son to Earth to die for our sins.
Jesus’ s birth is the most celebrated event in the world. I just won’t believe that there are people that don’t accept Jesus as their Saviour. More in your face Christmas can’t be.
There are two things we should think of during this time.
Firstly, we must remember who we are. In fact, just remember everything that will make us better people. Remember where we come from and what God does for us.
The next thing is to show the world who and what we are. Show the world what a difference God and Jesus make.
So why not just accept God’s love and salvation through Jesus? Amazing things will happen to you.
“Lord, I pray that You will expose all people in the world to your love. May people realise that You are the only Way. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen”
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Born again

Posted: December 13, 2017 in Inspiration
#bornagain
And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them. (‭Luke‬ ‭2‬:‭6-7 NLT)
Strips of cloth were used to keep a baby warm and give him a sense of security. These cloths were believed to protect his internal organs. The custom of wrapping infants this way is still practised in many Middle Eastern countries.
This mention of the manger is the basis for the traditional belief that Jesus was born in a stable. Stables were often caves with feeding troughs (mangers) carved into the rock walls. Despite popular Christmas card pictures, the surroundings were dark and dirty. This was not the atmosphere the Jews expected as the birthplace of the Messiah-King. They thought their promised Messiah would be born in royal surroundings. We should not limit God by our expectations. He is at work wherever he is needed in our sin-darkened and dirty world.
Although our first picture of Jesus is a baby in a manger, it must not be our last. The Christ child in the manger is the subject of a beautiful Christmas scene, but we must not leave him there. This tiny, helpless baby lived an amazing life, died for us, ascended to heaven, and will return to earth as King of kings. Christ will rule the world and judge all people according to their decisions about him. Do you still picture Jesus as a baby in a manger—or is he your Lord? Make sure you don’t underestimate Jesus. Let him grow up in your life.(Tyndale Study Bible)
This certainly is the most exciting time for all. Remember when we were children? Yes, I know there are many that are going through troubled times.
You see, Jesus was born for a purpose. He died for us so that we can be born again.
There are two significant things in this scripture: birth, as well as the fact that it takes place in a dirty manger.
I can’t believe that everybody in this world does not accept His invitation to be born again and relieved from this dirty world. Born again and cleansed of all sin.
Furthermore, He says to stay in His word and become Godly. Or at least strive for that.
Take this time to do all those things I spoke about in the last three posts – forgiveness being the most important. I am not speaking to you alone, but myself as well.
Think about how exciting it would be if you accept His invitation. It is the most important thing that will ever happen in your life.
“Lord, I pray rebirth for all. Cleansing of our minds and soul. Thank You for coming to this world for our salvation. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Live in harmony

Posted: December 12, 2017 in Inspiration
#liveinharmony
 
I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose. (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭1‬:‭10‬ NLT)
Like a frustrated coach watching his team bicker on the court, Paul called for a time-out. He saw the danger of divisions and arguments. The Corinthian believers’ lack of unity was obvious. They may have been playing in the same “uniform,” but they were doing as much as the opposition to bring about their own defeat. The problems weren’t so much differences of opinion as divided allegiances. They were arguing over which position on the team was most important in a way that made them ineffective as a unit. They were on the field, but out of the game.
 
Divisions between Christians work like brick walls and barbed-wire fences to undermine the effectiveness of the message that believers are to proclaim. Focus on your coach, Jesus Christ, and the purpose he has for you. Strive for harmony. Keep arguments about allegiances off the team. (Tyndale Study Bible)
Like the scripture says dear brothers and sister, we are a family we are to stand by each other through thick and thin.
Division starts with jealousy. People fight for supremacy in positions rather than standing together for God. In relationships, it’s about who’s right or wrong. Really who makes you God or me.
You don’t have to be called head Pastor or head sweeper; you are as important as the next. What you do is just as important as the Boss. We all form a part of something. A sprocket is useless without the chain. A pastor is useless without members, members without a leader.
How can we have harmony in the church or the world? If there is no harmony in your mind. Inner peace comes from forgiving accepting and loving unconditional. Just like our God teaches us through the Bible. What’s amazing that God is available to all! So, in short, Forgive, Love and accept patiently. The world will be at your doorstep.
One of my biggest struggles in life was when I lost my business, my EGO. Thank God that I met Jesus because now I am bigger than everybody before God. Lol, I am sure that’s not true, but that’s how I feel, He Loves all of us.
” Lord I pray for brotherhood in everything I do. I pray for true forgiveness. I pray for all out there. I pray for no division. So that we grow in harmony. I appeal to everyone to pray this prayer. I pray this in Jesus name. Amen

Don’t reject

Posted: December 11, 2017 in Inspiration
#dontreject
 
My child, don’t reject the LORD’s discipline, and don’t be upset when he corrects you. For the LORD corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭3‬:‭11-12‬ NLT)
Discipline means “to teach and to train.” Discipline sounds negative to many people because some disciplinarians are not loving. God, however, is the source of all love. He doesn’t punish us because he enjoys inflicting pain but because he is deeply concerned about our development. He knows that in order to become morally strong and good, we must learn the difference between right and wrong. His loving discipline enables us to do that.
 
It’s difficult to know when God has been disciplining us until we look back on the situation later. Not every calamity comes directly from God, of course. But if we rebel against God and refuse to repent when God has identified some sin in our lives, he may use guilt, crises, or bad experiences to bring us back to him. Sometimes, however, difficult times come even when we have no flagrant sin. Then our response should be patience, integrity, and confidence that God will show us what to do.(Tyndale Study Bible)
“My Child don’t reject God.”
With a very heavy heart, I am writing this morning. I am not looking for sympathy. Because all is my own doing. You see everything in life we do has a consequence. You have to life with that for the rest of your life. You can only change the future, not the past. You have to live with those past events.
You see, I have said this before I write these for myself. I am not perfect and have made huge mistakes in the past, and will in the future. I have my personal struggles daily. My prayers at the end are my cry for strength, from God.
God forgives our sins, yet we are accountable in the end. You can’t just keep on doing wrong without consequence. Just like the scripture says you need to be disciplined. God does this because he loves us. It is very easy to fall back into sin. Top results in every aspect of your life do not come easy. It takes huge daily commitments and discipline. Just like losing weight is not easy.
So just like I said yesterday the Holy Spirit is there to guide and protect us. Don’t reject it like unbelievers do.
“God I pray this morning, You know my struggles and failures. Forgive me, Lord, for I have sinned. I pray that You and the Holy Spirit will guide and strengthen me to do the right thing. Cleanse me from sin so that I won’t be ashamed. I pray this in Jesus name, Amen.”

Victory

Posted: December 10, 2017 in Inspiration
#victory
 
“See, God has come to save me. I will trust in him and not be afraid. The LORD GOD is my strength and my song; he has given me victory.” (‭Isaiah‬ 12‬:‭2‬ NLT)
This chapter is a hymn of praise—another graphic description of the people’s joy when Jesus Christ comes to reign over the earth. Even now we need to express our gratitude to God, thanking him, praising him, and telling others about him. From the depths of our gratitude, we must praise him. And we should share the Good News with others.(Tyndale Study Bible)
As Isaiah says: “He has given me victory.” From the moment I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, the process of reformation began.
A call to action once again. With everything in life, you need to decide what you are going to do, and then you do it. An example of this is losing weight. You need to decide to do something and then do it, or nothing will happen.
We can’t accept God and not trust in Him and have faith in Him. It’s like deciding to lose weight then doing nothing to make that a reality.
Two years ago I spent a blessed week in the Caribbean, sailing the West Indian Islands. You can stay on the Ship and do nothing or can take part in the daily activity of the ship. If you don’t, then the opportunity will pass you by, like swimming with the Dolphins.
Take action and victory will follow.
“Lord, I pray that you will give me strength and wisdom to do the right thing. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Do the right thing

Posted: December 9, 2017 in Inspiration
#dotherightthing
 
You who love the LORD, hate evil! He protects the lives of his godly people and rescues them from the power of the wicked. (‭Psalms‬ ‭97‬:‭10‬ NLT)
A sincere purpose to please God will result in an alignment of your desires with God’s desires. You will love what God loves and hate what God hates. If you love the Lord, you will hate evil. If you do not despise the actions of people who take advantage of others, if you admire people who only look out for themselves, or if you envy those who get ahead using any means to accomplish their ends, then your primary desire in life is not to please God. Learn to love God’s ways and hate evil in every form—not only the obvious sins but also the socially acceptable ones.
What stands out again are these Biblical truths. Just accept these, and you will be cool.
Yesterday you were invited to accept Gods love. Here is another. Accept his principles, those that make you humble and peaceful. They are there for all to accept.
It’s not about the don’ts, but about the dos. Everything about God is doing. Doing the right thing, and things will awesome for you.  You don’t even have to study the Bible, your instinct just tells you, “that’s wrong.”  The results will be amazing if you do study the Bible.
Using Facebook at work is not wrong, but you too much of it is. Are you doing justice to those who rely on you? Yes you know it’s wrong. So what the right thing to do, work diligently? Yes, the rewards will be huge.
So just as David those many years ago, just do the right thing.
I feel I should say this, don’t do things that are wrong because everybody does it. If it’s wrong, it’s wrong, not right because others are doing it.
“Lord I pray that we do the right thing and that You will guide us. I thank you for all your greatness. In Jesus name. Amen”

He made us

Posted: December 8, 2017 in Inspiration
#hemadeus
 
Acknowledge that the LORD is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. (‭Psalms‬ ‭100‬:‭3‬ NLT)
David tells us to acknowledge that the Lord is God! How can we do that? We acknowledge him when we shout our praises, appreciate his status as our Creator, accept his authority in every detail of life, enthusiastically agree with the guidance he gives us, and express our thanks for his unfailing love.
 
God is our Creator; we did not create ourselves. Many people live as though they are the creator and center of their own little world. This mind-set leads to pride, greed, idolatry, and if everything should be taken away, a loss of hope itself. But when we realize that God created us and gives us all we have, we will want to give to others as God gave to us (2 Corinthians 9:8). Then, even if all is lost, we still have God and all he gives us.( Tyndale Study Bible )
Have you ever wondered where the end of the universe is? Does it boggle your mind too, as it does to me?
We have heard about the “missing link”. Scientists have been trying to understand where we may have come from. Why don’t they accept we are God’s creation? God will reveal everything in His own time. God won’t let humans dictate Him. This is just like our walk with Him as Christians. He does not reveal everything to us immediately, but rather in His time. As we grow as Christians, the more will be revealed to us.
With that comes a clearer understanding of His Word. The more you understand, the more boldly you can talk about it and share it.
We are intelligent beings, with choices but that lead us toward the wrong paths at times.
Accept that He made us. Rely on Him and not on worldly things.
“I pray that the world will realise just who you are, Dear Lord. I pray that all believers will share the Good News. In Jesus name. Amen”

Pressure of stress

Posted: December 7, 2017 in Inspiration
#pressureofstress
 
“As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands.” (‭Psalms‬ ‭119‬:‭143‬ NLT)
We are drowning in a sea of sexual images and sinful attractions. Everywhere we look we find temptation to fill our minds with thoughts of sexual relationships that God wouldn’t approve. The writer asked a question that troubles us all: How do we stay pure in a contaminating environment? We cannot do this on our own but must have counsel and strength more dynamic than the tempting influences around us. Where can we find that strength and wisdom? By reading God’s Word and doing what it says.(Tyndale Study Bible)
Where will we get our strength from?
It just makes me think of Pastor Aidan’s message a while ago – “Walk and then Walk again.” It is our journey of walking by faith (For we walk by faith, not by sight – ‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5‬:‭7‬ KJV). As Christians, we do not live according to the worldly influences. Furthermore, he said we should persevere. If we fail, then walk by faith again.” Walk… Then walk again.”
Just like he explained it, the writer above does the same.
My mind tells me that everything in the world is short lived. All those moments we seek, the pleasure of sex and the moments of comfort a new car (or something similar) gives us. All very short-lived in comparison to the lasting peace you get when you believe and have faith. I have experienced much of the above; I can assure you that the lasting peace that God delivers is far better.
The only way to achieve this is to stay in the Word. Read your Bible often and meditate on it. All the wisdom is captured there.
“God, I pray that you will reveal your Word to all, give me the courage to share my experience with my world. In Jesus Name. Amen.”

Commit

Posted: December 6, 2017 in Inspiration
#commit
 
Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall. (‭Psalms‬ ‭55‬:‭22‬ NLT)
God wants us to give our burdens to him, but often we continue to bear them ourselves even when we say we are trusting in him. Trust the same strength that sustains you to carry your cares also.
Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you. (‭Psalms‬ ‭37‬:‭4-5‬ NLT)
David calls us to take delight in the Lord and to commit everything we have and do to him. But how do we do this? To delight in someone means to experience great pleasure and joy in his or her presence. This happens only when we know that person well. Thus, to delight in the Lord, we must know him better. Knowledge of God’s great love for us will indeed give us delight.
 
To – commit ourselves to the Lord means entrusting everything—our lives, families, jobs, possessions—to his control and guidance. To commit ourselves to the Lord means to trust in him (37:5), believing that he can care for us better than we can ourselves. We should be willing to wait patiently (37:7) for him to work out what is best for us. (Tyndale Study Bible)
Don’t we all struggle with this. Yesterday we were to ask God in prayer. Then rely upon and wait patiently.
Like the writer comments do we fully trust in God? We continue to bear some of those burdens ourselves. What are we to do? Trust and rely on God all the time, be faithful. I often find myself failing in this area.
It’s like God is good for the easy things, but we question and think we can do it when it’s though. It’s not about us. We should focus and rely on God.
Commit everything to HIM.
“Lord, I pray for Faith in You. Amen?”

Hear me

Posted: December 5, 2017 in Inspiration
#hearme
“Hear me as I pray, O LORD. Be merciful and answer me!” (‭Psalms‬ ‭27‬:‭7‬ NLT)
We often run to God when we experience difficulties. But David sought God’s guiding presence every day. When troubles came his way, he was already in God’s presence and prepared to handle any test. Believers can call to God for help at any time, but how shortsighted to call on God only when troubles come. Many of our problems could be avoided or handled far more easily by seeking God’s help and direction beforehand. (Tyndale Study Bible)
As was said yesterday, have faith you will lack nothing, He will stand by you faithfully and give you peace. If you need more, just ask (pray).
I have said this before, every one of us has called on God in our darkest hour. Or maybe you have not experienced that yet  It’s different for everyone.
Have you met people that struggle with things like kids, managing their finances, wasting money, gambling or overindulging, etc.? For you that know me, I have been there. The thing is if you want to improve you have to acknowledge your flaws.
With any issue or opportunity you can, you must ask God for guidance and strength. My first comment was that I know it works.
The big question is: why don’t we just ask up front? PRAY!
“Dear Lord, I pray that you will give me strength, wisdom and courage to overcome any situation that comes my way. Yes, I am vague, but You know what will come my way. I pray for trust in You. I thank you for all my blessings and knowing You. In Jesus Mighty Name. Amen.”