Inspiration

Action

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Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.” (‭1 John‬ ‭4‬:‭11-12‬ NLT)
 If no one has ever seen God, how can we ever know him? John in his Gospel said, “The unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us” (John 1:18). Jesus is the complete expression of God in human form, and he has revealed God to us. When we love one another, the invisible God reveals himself to others through us, and his love is made complete.
Some people simply enjoy being with others. They make friends with strangers easily and always are surrounded by friends. Other people are shy or reserved. They have a few friends, are frequently uncomfortable talking with people they don’t know or mingling in crowds. Shy people don’t need to become extroverts in order to love others. John isn’t telling us how many people to love, but how much to love the people we already know. Our job is to love faithfully the people God has given us to love, whether there are two or two hundred of them. If God sees that we are ready to love others, he will bring them to us. No matter how shy we are, we don’t need to be afraid of the love commandment. God provides us the strength to do what he asks.(Tyndale Study Bible)
Jesus was the complete expression of God in human form, and we should all strive to be like Him. Just as the writer says, if we love others, God is revealed through us. That love should be unconditional Remember; love is not merely a feeling, but an action. Show that love goes along with your actions.
Because we all have compassion, we all like nice things said about us. You see, it’s not without doing something. Nobody will comment if you have done nothing. The meaning of the compassion – the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it. It’s thus important to DO and not only say. So, if we want God’s love to shine through us, we have to do something.
Something that stands out to me is that it’s not how many you love, it’s how much. Quality rather than quantity. You have to practice with the people around you. I still fail, but practising I am. Reach the people around you.
This principle jumps out at me. Do things around you right and people and opportunities will be given to you.
“Lord thank you for loving me. Make me love others as You love me. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.”

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Inspiration

Restored

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“In His kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation.” (‭1 Peter‬ ‭5‬:‭10‬ NLT)
When we are suffering, we often feel as though our pain will never end. Peter gave these faithful Christians a broader perspective. In comparison with eternity, their suffering would last only “a little while.” Some of Peter’s readers would be strengthened and delivered in their own lifetimes. Others would be released from their suffering through death. All of God’s faithful followers are assured of an eternal life with Christ, where there will be no suffering (Revelation 21:4).

Have you ever wondered what eternity will be like? The “Holy City, the new Jerusalem” is described as the place where God will remove all sorrows. Forevermore, there will be no death, sorrow, crying, or pain. What a wonderful truth! No matter what you are going through, it’s not the last word—God has written the final chapter, and it is about true fulfilment and eternal joy for those who love Him. We do not know as much as we would like, but it is enough to know that eternity with God will be more wonderful than we could ever imagine.(Tyndale Study Bible)

Don’t we all want to be kind, the result is so rewarding? We never have to question God’s kindness. What could be more unlimited? God is a God of Grace. He is always there for us. Scripture clearly tells us, nothing will separate us from the love of God.

We have all gone through hardship. When we are at the back-end of hardship, we look back and often realise that it was not so bad. I can’t help asking and wondering: did I learn from it?

As the scripture says, God called us to share in His eternal Glory. When we are called, we should respond and act. In other words, we should make a decision. Then, because Jesus paid a price for us, eternal glory is at our fingertips.

What happens next is your restoration, supported, strengthened and then placed on a firm foundation. Wow, how insane is that!? It encumbers everything – just read and ponder over this a while. Further to this, He promises eternity in everything!

Restored, supported, strengthened and placed on a firm foundation – can you imagine that in the workplace? It promises endless possibilities. These are such powerful promises.
“Thank you Lord. Amen” 

Inspiration

Action

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“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭3:18‬ ‭NIV‬‬
The glory that the Spirit imparts to the believer is more excellent and lasts longer than the glory that Moses experienced. By gazing at the nature of God with unveiled minds, we can be more like him. In the Good News, we see the truth about Christ, and it transforms us morally as we understand and apply it. Through learning about Christ’s life, we can understand how wonderful God is and what he is really like. As our knowledge deepens, the Holy Spirit helps us to change. Becoming Christlike is a progressive experience (see Romans 8:29; Galatians 4:19; Philippians 3:21; 1 John 3:2). The more closely we follow Christ, the more we will be like him. ( Tyndal Study Bible ) 
We all seek glory and recognition on a daily basis. That is when you are not saved.  As Christians know, however, we need to accept Jesus as our Savior, and we will have glory forever, not temporarily. That glory is not before others but before God.

I used to look for comfort and recognition in various things throughout the years. People that know me will remember that if it was not the one thing, it was the next. It was not all bad because I learned many valuable life lessons, through all of it. I still can’t understand who I was trying to impress. Now I can share my mistakes and shortcomings and hope others will learn from them.

Many kids today are chasing this thing called life. And in the process, they make huge mistakes trying to impress their peers and friends. Friends and peers are not that important. The important thing is your right standing with God. The benefits that go with that are priceless.

Listen to what the commentator says as our knowledge deepens the closer we move to God. The important part is to empower yourself with knowledge and wisdom. Doing that is not so glamorous as it takes hard work. If you recall, I spoke about doing your best in everything, both challenging and easy. Take time to study and to train your mind and body. Nothing happens without any action on your part. Do something.

We don’t see the opportunity to learn sometimes. Start by going to Church and studying the Bible. The more you surround yourself with smart people and situations the better. You don’t have to go to school; life can teach you as well? 

The great part for me is that I don’t have to impress anybody anymore. I do everything to the Glory of God. And let me be clear about this: He is the best Motivator.

“Lord, I thank you for Your wisdom. Amen.”

Inspiration

Grateful

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I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge—”‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭1:4-5‬ ‭NIV‬‬


Paul thanked God for the Corinthian believers. During the Thanksgiving holiday, we focus on our blessings and express our gratitude to God for them. But thanks should be expressed every day. We can never say thank you enough to parents, friends, leaders, and especially to God. When thanksgiving becomes an integral part of your life, you will find that your attitude toward life will change. You will become more positive, gracious, loving, and humble. Whom do you need to thank today?(Tyndall Study Bible)


I learnt very early in my Christian walk that I take too many things for granted. As the saying goes, I was born with the silver spoon. There is nothing my heart desired that I did not have. One thing I never had was inner peace. Spiritual peace. All the bad stuff I did was looking for that next fix or thrill. All of that meant nothing. The true excitement and thrill is with God. Yes, you will be saying what does he know. I am telling you that I know. I am still very blessed. Why? I was blessed with talent and have learnt from the mistakes I made in conjunction with the many life lessons in that time.


What stands out to me today as Paul says, we are to be grateful. I count my blessings daily; we are so fortunate. If you are thankful for the small things, you will be overwhelmed by the larger things. Just like I am overwhelmed by God’s grace.


When thanksgiving becomes the centre of your life, you will be made more positive and humble. It reminds me of the words Holy, Humble and Pure. Add grace and gratitude to these. Can you imagine the result and peace that it will bring?


“Lord I pray that you make me grateful so that I can be an example to others. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.”

Inspiration

Make a difference

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“Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.”‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:11-12‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬


If no one has ever seen God, how can we ever know him? John in his Gospel said, “The unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us” (John 1:18). Jesus is the complete expression of God in human form, and he has revealed God to us. When we love one another, the invisible God reveals himself to others through us, and his love is made complete. (Tyndale Study Bible) 


Some people simply enjoy being with others. They make friends with strangers quickly and are always surrounded by friends. Other people are shy or reserved. They have a few friends but are frequently uncomfortable talking with people they don’t know or mingling in crowds. Shy people don’t need to become extroverts to love others. John isn’t telling us how many people to love, but how much to love the people we already know. Our job is to love faithfully the people God has given us to love, whether there are two or two hundred of them. If God sees that we are ready to love others, he will bring them to us. No matter how shy we are, we don’t need to be afraid of the love commandment. God provides us with the strength to do what he asks.


Just this morning I was in a meeting. We were discussing sales techniques. You see, it’s not always what you say, it’s the intensity you say it with. If you are trying to reach someone, you can’t be half dead yourself. You have to be super enthusiastic about your message. You have a very short while to grab a client’s or someone’s attention.


So think about selling the good news of God?in the same way. People are sceptical about it, so you have to be more precise and energetic. My experience has taught me that you have to be on your game. You do however have an unfair advantage; you have God on your side. All you have to do is your part. Why does God give us that power? Because He loves us.
So just like the scripture says because He loves us we are to love others. Doing that, God will live in you. Not only will you say the right thing, but you will also do the right thing as well. Just put your trust in God. With God and the power of the Holy Spirit you can love and reach others, even if you are shy.


Just as the commentator says above, you don’t need to change. You stay as you are. It takes all kinds to make our world. So there is a person out there you can love and influence. Don’t stress; God will bring them to you.


Give God a chance to live in you.


“Lord I pray to love others. I thank you for Your for the love. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Inspiration

Take it

#takeit


And the Holy Spirit helps us in our “weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.” (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭26‬ NLT)


As a believer, you are not left to your own resources to cope with problems. Even when you don’t know the right words to pray, the Holy Spirit prays with and for you, and God answers. With God helping you pray, you don’t need to be afraid to come before him. Ask the Holy Spirit to intercede for you “in harmony with God’s own will.” Then, when you bring your requests to God, trust that he will always do what is best.


“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you.”(‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭16‬ NLT)


The word translated “Advocate” combines the ideas of comfort and counsel. The word could also be translated Comforter, Encourager, or Counselor. The Holy Spirit is a powerful person on our side, working for and with us.(Tyndale Study Bible)


We are often faced with hard decisions, sometimes even potentially sad ones. What we tend to do sometimes, even as believers, is to rely on our own ideas. In this aspect, we are therefore similar to unbelievers.


You see, Jesus died for our sins on the Cross. What followed was the release of the  Holy Spirit, and with the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus was resurrected. God promises us in the Bible that, that power is available to us all.


If you can get help, then why not take it? Why not grab it with both hands? The Holy Spirit through God will help and guide you. Just ask?


I am sure you have heard a voice in the back of your head guiding you and speaking to you. Well, that’s the Holy Spirit working on your behalf.


“I pray, Lord, that all will accept Your way. I give thanks for your Spirit and support. I pray for guidance. In Jesus name. Amen”

Inspiration

Apply this

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“For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.”‭‭Psalm‬ ‭33:4-5‬ ‭NIV‬‬


All God’s words are true and trustworthy—they can be trusted. The Bible is reliable because, unlike people, God does not lie, forget, change his words, or leave his promises unfulfilled. We can trust the Bible because it contains the words of a holy, trustworthy, and unchangeable God. (Tyndale Study Bible)


The world is full of His unfailing Love – “value and prize above all other things.” Remember from yesterday this was the meaning of agape love. These words deeply move me. 
When David was healed from illness, he then wrote the 32nd and 33 rd Psalm. It is a penitential Psalm, which means that David was repenting of his sin. He was also praising God for forgiveness and healing. 


Who can we rely on today? We live in a society where disappointment and deceit are the order of the day. Deceit is in our faces daily. As people, we get despondent and give up on society. How many times have you heard someone say, “I am just going to stay single because there is just nothing worthwhile out there.” The reason for this is a whole other story. In my opinion, it stems from deceit. 


Pay attention to what David is saying. This Psalm was written roughly about 1000 BC. That’s a very long time ago. Back then David already knew that one could rely on God. Today we have the privilege of the Bible and all God’s instruction.(There was no Bible as we know it today.) Do we have an excuse, no we don’t. And just like David is saying we can rely on the promises of God. 


“Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”John 8:31-32


The Word that Jesus was referring to here is the Word of God – The Bible. The truth and promises of the Bible will set you “free.” Need one say more? 


Adopt and apply these, will the world be full of deceit? 


“Lord I pray we pay attention to Your Word as far back as Adam and Eve. The world will be a better place. In Jesus name. Amen.”