“O Sovereign LORD! You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you! (Jeremiah 32:17 NLT)
Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” (Genesis 18:14 NLT)
18:14 “Is anything too hard for the LORD?” The obvious answer is, “Of course not!” This question reveals much about God. Make it a habit to insert your specific needs into the question. “Is this day in my life too hard for the Lord?” “Is this habit I’m trying to break too hard for him?” “Is the communication problem I’m having too hard for him?” Asking the question this way reminds you that God is personally involved in your life and nudges you to ask for his power to help you.
This is such a difficult concept to grasp for the non believer. I am generally a sceptic, surely this does not work. Well let me tell you how wrong I was. The results are outstanding, if you believe.
The Bible speaks about faith the size of a mustard seed. Have you seen a mustard seed, it is very small? Its says if you have Faith the size of a mustard seed you will achieve everything.
Well just think about the story of Abraham and Sarah. She was 90 + years old and gave birth to a son. Would you even consider that these days? Yep it is a miracle.
Remember I spoke about the Holy Spirit yesterday. If you believe, that Spirit will dwell in you. Its that spirit that resurrected Jesus from the dead. That’s available to all of us, if you believe.
I can tell you this works in all aspects of daily life.
So nothing is to hard, if you believe. Try, it works.
If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. (Romans 10:9- 10NLT)
9 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. (Tyndale Study Bible)
“Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. (Matthew 10:32 NLT)
10:32 Anyone who acknowledges Jesus Christ (that is, publicly confesses faith in or declares allegiance to him) will be acknowledged by Christ before his Father in heaven. Jesus’ followers would face earthly courts of law where they would have to publicly claim to belong to Jesus Christ, usually at their peril (10:17-25). Genuine discipleship always involves acknowledging Jesus Christ, whether or not we face pressure and persecution.
10:8-12 Have you ever been asked, “How do I become a Christian?” These verses give you the beautiful answer: Salvation is as close as your own lips and heart. People think it must be a complicated process, but it is not. If we believe in our heart and say with our mouth that Christ is the risen Lord, we will be saved.(Tyndale Study Bible)
I remember it as yesterday my good friend Reid Corin invited me to a City Group Bible Conference on the 21/4/2012. On that day I made a note, NEVER LOOK BACK only AHEAD. The following day in Church I listened to a sermon about the return of the prodigal son. That’s the day I excepted Jesus as my savior.
Trust me I am far from perfect, but everyday with the Wisdom and Strength of God I improve. I have never done anything more rewarding in my life. I will never look back.
You see we arrive at crossroads in our lives continuously. The secret is to make the right choice. I invite you to make the right choice.
Pray this prayer with me.
Dear Lord Jesus come into my heart, forgive me of my sin, wash me and cleanse me, set me free. Jesus thank you that you died for me. I believe that you are risen from the dead and that You are coming back for me. Fill me with your HOLY SPIRIT. Give me a passion for the lost, a hunger and a boldness for the things of GOD. I am saved, I am born again, I am forgiven and I am on my way to Heaven because I have JESUS in my heart. Amen
If you need reassurance or personal prayer feel free to contact me.
NEVER LOOK BACK
“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” (Colossians 3:13 NLT)
Is it difficult for you to forgive someone whom you perceive to have offended you slightly when God has forgiven you for your vast amount of offences toward Him? The key to forgiving others is to constantly remind yourself what God has forgiven you for. Realizing God’s infinite love and forgiveness will help you to love and forgive others equally. Do not worry about those who have wronged you – let God take care of that. Do not drench your life in bitter feuding. The only way to live with love and joy is to renew yourself and your mind.(Tyndal Study Bible)
How many people do you know who bear grudges against others and against circumstances? I personally know people who have not spoken to their own family in years. Something insignificant often causes such consequences. Do you know anybody like that? Or, is this you?
Things such as grudges, anger and resentment burden the heart and have the potential to drive you insane. You will never be able to acquire true piece if you refuse to forgive. Once you have chosen to forgive, you cannot live in the past anymore – it is over.
The people who know me will be aware that my business position has changed dramatically in the past few years, from owner to worker. I could be angry with the world, bear a grudge against everybody and everything. However, with the motivation of my family, I made a conscious decision to overcome the situation, get over myself and to get on with it.
I therefore learned once more to never give up. The cream always rises to the top. You have been there once before, why not again?
Just as the scripture says, God has given you another chance – use it. Do not waste it when someone else who has not been given the opportunity could capitalize on it, share and forgive.
It is rewarding, I guarantee it.
“But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!” (Matthew 5:44 NLT)
5:43, 44 – By commanding us to refrain from retaliation, Jesus keeps us from taking the law into our own hands. By loving and praying for our enemies, we can overcome evil with good.
The Pharisees interpreted Leviticus 19:18 (“Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against a fellow Israelite, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD”) as a teaching that they should love only those who love in return, and interpreted Psalms 139:19-22 and 140:9-11 as them having to despise the enemies who opposed them. However, Jesus says we are to love our enemies too.
If you love your enemies and treat them with the love of God, you will truly reflect the love of Jesus and thus acknowledge to God, yourself and others that He is Lord of your life. This is possible only for those who surrender themselves entirely to God, because only he can deliver people from worldly selfishness. We must trust the Holy Spirit to guide us and help us mirror God’s love to those whom we may not feel love for(Tyndal Study Bible)
Rather share, help and care for others. I work in an environment where sharing is not part of one’s daily routine. Sales is a dog-eat-dog environment. We are all chasing the same bone – which is merely a reflection of life itself.
One cannot assume that one’s colleagues will just hand out sales to anyone else. The opponent is not going to give up and just let another salesman win the battle. I am sure you have heard the expression, “win or lose gracefully.” It is a very admirable trait in people, especially considering how difficult it is to lose gracefully. I really struggle with it a lot of the time. The key is to strive for the quality, as grace is available to all.
Can you image applying the “love your enemies” principle? You will certainly stand out. “Now that is a good man,” people will say. How many times can you honestly say people have said that about you? It’s these qualities and principles that count. The life lessons and principles I learn from the Bible have contributed to my most outstanding achievements as a Christian thus far. I can’t stop wanting to tell people about them. Trust me, I fall short of the GLORY of God. But I never stop trying. Real failure is when one stops trying.
I heard the most amazing words the other day – “success is what you do with your current circumstances.”
Love your enemies – Wow.
Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NLT)
5:16-18 Our joy, prayers, and thankfulness should not fluctuate with our circumstances or feelings. Obeying these three commands—be joyful, never stop praying, and be thankful—often goes against our natural inclinations. When we make a conscious decision to do what God says, however, we will begin to see people in a new perspective. When we do God’s will, we will find it easier to be joyful and thankful.
5:17 Have you ever grown tired of praying for something or someone? Paul said that believers should never stop praying. A Christian’s persistence is an expression of faith that God answers prayer. Faith shouldn’t die if the answers come slowly, for the delay may be God’s way of working his will. When you feel tired of praying, know that God is present, always listening, always answering—in ways that he knows are best.(Tyndal study Bible)
It’s the little things we over look. I wake each morning and tend to overlook the things that we should be grateful for. We tend to complain easy. Rather than be joyful over what we have, with a thankful heart. You will stop overlooking things.
Persistence is key. Have you met a Christian? Have you noticed how persistent they are in what they believe. We will never give up on a lost soul. To achieve in life you have to be persistent, no matter what you do. All the successful people I know are persistent. Yes, and sometimes success comes slowly, just persist. If at first you don’t succeed try again, never stop trying. A loser quits. So persist being Joyful , Prayerful and thankful in all circumstances. The mental and material rewards will be great.
Never stop – praying.
But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. (1 John 1:9 NLT)
1:9 Christians do not understand that God wants to forgive us. He allowed his beloved Son to die just so he could offer us pardon. When we come to Christ, he forgives all the sins we have committed or will ever commit. We don’t need to confess the sins of the past all over again, and we don’t need to fear that God will reject us if we don’t keep our slate perfectly clean. Of course we should continue to confess our sins, but not because failure to do so will make us lose our salvation. Our relationship with Christ is secure. Instead, we should confess so that we can enjoy maximum fellowship and joy with him.
True confession also involves a commitment not to continue in sin. We wouldn’t be genuinely confessing our sins to God if we planned to commit them again and just wanted temporary forgiveness. We should also pray for strength to defeat temptation the next time we face it.
It is human nature to hide our sins or overlook our mistakes. But it is hard to learn from a mistake you don’t acknowledge making. And what good is a mistake if it doesn’t teach you something? To learn from an error you need to admit it, confess it, analyze it, and make adjustments so that it doesn’t happen again. Everybody makes mistakes, but only fools repeat them.(Tyndale study Bible)
In your darkest hour, have you called on God? Yes I am sure you have. Just like the comment says we need to learn from our mistakes. Not always easy. As humans, we don’t want to admit to our failures. When we fail we are quick to seek solution or excuse. Sadly, often we just make excuse.Solution takes effort, you have to think about it, and to most, that’s work. That’s why I seek solution in God and his Manuel the Bible. He is the solution, power and my inspiration.
You don’t make a sale! Have you taken the time to analyze why? Once you have analyzed , try improve at the next opportunity. Can you imagine, if we apply this principle to all aspects of our lives. Let it become second nature to admit, analyze and rectify. They key is, rectify and learn.
I would just like to say, to believe is to say I do. Declare it.
Admit and rectify.
And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. (Romans 8:2 NLT)
8:2 This life-giving Spirit is the Holy Spirit. He was present at the creation of the world (Genesis 1:2- the spirit of God was hovering over the water) and he is the power behind the rebirth of every Christian. He gives us the power we need to live the Christian life.(Tyndale Study Bible)
Lots of us don’t understand that the Power of resurrection is available to all of us. If you believe. When Jesus died for our sins on the cross, it was the power of the Holy Spirit that resurrected Him from the dead. That power is available to everyone. If you believe. That is why you see miracles performed today.Have you ever said that’s a God sent?Well believe it or not nothing happens by accident. Yes we have a influence. We need to make the right choices. That’s why the Bibles is there, to guide us. You have heard this, God only helps those who help themselves (seed time and harvest, doing right and working hard)? So in short, have faith, believe and you will receive the Power. Make the right choices and work diligently, the rewards will be huge.
It’s up to You – get the Power (from God)