You can tell?

Fear of the LORD is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭9‬:‭10‬ NLT)

Are you a mocker or a wise person? You can tell by the way you respond to criticism. Instead of replying with a quick put-down or clever retort when rebuked, listen to what is being said. Learn from your critics; this is the path to wisdom. Wisdom begins with knowing God. He gives insight into living because he created life. To know God is not just to know the facts about him; you must stand in awe of him and have a relationship with him. Do you really want to be wise? Get to know God better and better. (See James 1:5 and 2 Peter 1:2-4 for more on how to become wise.)

You can tell who you are by the way you react to criticism, as emphasised in the bold section. 

 I remember the days before I was saved and still in the world. It makes me think of the words in Galatians: “Love your neighbour as yourself.”  This applies to this context too. We are so worried about what the world thinks and how much money we have. It’s more important to love than to worry about what those around us think. Galatians says that this law about love is the most important of all the laws. If we adopt this approach to all concerned and even our work, this world will be a better place. It’s this soft heart that will determine how you will respond to criticism. 
 “Fear the Lord”. This means to obey and respect the principles in the Bible – love being the most important (1 Corinthians 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.). You see, criticism is not always bad. There are many lessons to be learned from people’s comments or even there lack of a reaction. One can be criticised by the other’s silence. We should take careful note if people comment on our reaction. More importantly, we should listen; their might be valuable wisdom there. How sad would it be if we miss the opportunity to learn? 
 Arm yourself with love and wisdom. The rest will come automatically. And when you do this, the snowball effect is initiated. 
 “Lord, I pray for obedience, love and wisdom. May I glorify Your Kingdom. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.”
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Trust God

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭3‬:‭5-6‬ NLT)

When we have an important decision to make, we sometimes feel that we can’t trust anyone—not even God. But God knows what is best for us. He is a better judge of what we want than even we are! We must trust him completely in every choice we make. We should not omit careful thinking or belittle our God-given ability to reason; but we should not trust our own ideas to the exclusion of all others. We must not be wise in our own eyes. We should always be willing to listen to and be corrected by God’s Word and wise counselors. Bring your decisions to God in prayer; use the Bible as your guide; and then follow God’s leading. He will direct your paths by both guiding and protecting you.

Examine your values and priorities. What is important to you? Where is God on that list? In what areas have you failed to acknowledge him? In many areas of your life you may already acknowledge God, but it is the areas where you attempt to restrict or ignore his influence that will cause you grief. Make him a vital part of everything you do; then he will guide you because you will be working to accomplish his purposes.

I am answering a question in Bible study at the moment. I am explaining that it’s important when you are saved, your heart can’t be divided. in our previous life we have a divided heart. We share our hearts with all aspects of our daily life’s, family,church, work, faith and social life. Yet what I am taught is this, that your whole heart must be devoted to God. When you achieve that then all other aspects of your life falls in to place. 
 
Read the scripture again, we are to trust God in all things. 
 
Daily we are faced with challenges and opportunities. What we quickly do is lean on our own understanding. I take myself in sales environment, I am very quick to rely on my talent and skills. What we don’t realise these talents are God giving and God has a plan for us. 
 
Just like the commentator says the more time I spend in God’s teachings the less I lean on my own understanding. Trust God in everything. Ask Him all the time for wisdom and understanding. Pray all the time.
 
Read your Bible and trust God for everything.
 
“ Lord I pray for closer understanding off your Word. Help me to share these wisdom’s. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.”
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Love your neighbour

For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (‭Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭14‬ NLT)

When we believers lose the motivation of love, we become critical of others. We stop looking for good in them and see only their faults. Soon we lose our unity. Have you talked behind someone’s back? Have you focused on others’ shortcomings instead of their strengths? Remind yourself of Jesus’ command to love others as you love yourself (Matthew 22:39). When you begin to feel critical of someone, make a list of that person’s positive qualities. When problems need to be addressed, confront in love rather than gossip.
As I ponder this scripture, I remember how I was before I got saved or “reborn”. Even the people in the Bible questioned this concept of being “born again.”

 
I had an opportunity to lead a group in Bible study that where ex drug addicts and street people. I started doing that as a young Christian. I had favourites within the group. If you asked me before being saved whether I would help even financially, I would have refused. My attitude was that they can suffer in their own decisions and choices. After spending almost 2 years with them and the house closing down eventually, I loved each off them the same. My heart became soft and I became compassionate. This change was not only for  them, but to all people around me. I started touching people in different ways. This even happened at work with all I was in contact with.
 
I have a calming and a very chilled approach to things. My wife gets frustrated because I am sometimes too chilled. 
 
This scripture motivates me to approach all things, not only people, with this attitude. Even love your daily chores and work.
 
“God I pray that You will teach me to love the way you do. May I touch people and be an example of love. In Jesus name I pray. Amen” 
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God’s work

For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. (‭Philippians‬ ‭2‬:‭13‬ NLT)

What do we do when we don’t feel like obeying? God has not left us alone in our struggles to do his will. He wants to come alongside us and be within us to help. God gives us the desire and the power to do what pleases him. The secret to a changed life is to submit to God’s control and let him work. Next time ask God to help you desire to do his will.

To be like Christ, we must train ourselves to think like Christ. To change our desires to be more like Christ’s, we need the power of the indwelling Spirit (1:19), the influence of faithful Christians, obedience to God’s Word (not just exposure to it), and sacrificial service. Often it is in doing God’s will that we gain the desire to do it (see 4:8-9). Do what he wants and trust him to change your desires.
 
I have a good friend that has been such an inspiration for me. He has renewed my faith, we all need that from time to time. That fire that burns in us when we are saved, fades from time to time. it takes the  miracle that happens daily to rekindle that fire. Read the bold section again. That is what God asks us to do daily. I fall horribly short.

When I was pondering this scripture this thought came up immediately: I was just a witness to the working of God through the Holy Spirit again this week. Its amazing. I feel I should say this again. The power of the Holy Spirit is insane. When Jesus died the Holy Spirit was released over the earth and it is the Power of that Spirit that resurrected Jesus from dead to Heaven. That is the power that is available to all of us. With God and the Holy Spirit we can do all things. 
Scripture says that all things are possible with God. With faith the size of a mustard seed we can move mountains. 
So let God work in you, let the Holy Spirit guide you, and give you the power to overcome all challenges. Trust God in all. Give him your whole heart.
“Lord I pray for your strength. Guide me in my daily choices. I thank you for loving me. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.” 
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Love and serve

“We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.” (‭1 John‬ ‭3‬:‭16‬ NLT)

True love is an action, not only a feeling. It produces selflessly, and gives sacrificially. The greatest act of love is giving one’s self for others. How can we “give up our lives?” By serving others with no thought of receiving anything in return.

Sometimes it is easier to say we’ll die for others than to truly live for them — this involves putting others’ desires before our own. Jesus taught this principle of love in John 15:13.

“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (‭John‬ ‭15‬:‭13‬ NLT)

These passages tell us that we are to love each other as Jesus loved us, and He loved us enough to give his life for us. We may not necessarily have to die for someone, but there are other ways to practice sacrificial love, such as, listening, helping, encouraging, and giving. Think of someone in particular who needs this kind of love today and give them all the love you can, and then try to give a little more.(Tyndale Study Bible)

I feel I need to say this. Why do I write this Blog? Because I am also speaking to myself. I can’t imagine what I would be if I was still living like I did in all those stolen years when I never knew the Way. My biggest regret today is knowing God without having had a relationship with Him. Fortunately that has changed.

Being a Christian does not make me perfect. I strive for perfection, but I am humbled before God everyday… But enough about me! Here to follow, just another lesson, not by me, but by the Bible and God.

 

Love is not a feeling it’s an action. I pose the question: what worthwhile has no action with it? Every single result I have experienced goes hand-in-hand with an action.  The most amazing thing is the bigger the action, the bigger the result.

 

Love – marriage is hard work, even though you think it shouldn’t be because that is what you chose. Yeah, rich coming from me! I told you I am talking to myself.

 

The Bible tells a story of the disciples asking Jesus who the greatest among them was? Jesus replied, “he who serves most.”

 

You want to be the greatest? It’s an action, you have to do something!

 

Can you imagine it now?

 

“Lord I pray for courage to serve, I want to be the greatest. Let my love for You be first. In Jesus name. Amen”

  

 
Be blessed.
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It’s taken away.

For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭3‬:‭17‬ NLT)

Those who were trying to be saved by keeping the Old Testament law were soon tied up in rules and ceremonies. But now, through the Holy Spirit, God provides freedom from sin and condemnation (Romans 8:1). When we trust Christ to save us, he removes our heavy burden of trying to please him and our guilt for failing to do so. By trusting Christ we are loved, accepted, forgiven, and freed to live for him. “Wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭3‬:‭16‬ NLT)

When Moses came down Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments, his face was radiant from being in God’s presence (Exodus 34:29-35). Moses had to put on a veil to keep the people from being terrified by the brightness of his face. Paul adds that this veil kept them from seeing the radiance fade away. This veil illustrates the fading of the old system and the veiling of the people’s minds because of their pride, hardness of heart, and refusal to repent. The veil kept them from understanding references to Christ in the Scriptures. When anyone becomes a Christian, the veil is taken away (3:16), giving eternal life and freedom from bondage. That person can then be like a mirror reflecting God’s glory.
The amazing thing about salvation is that we are free from sin. We carry the burdens of the world and our daily struggles before we are born again. We are set free from all those sins and burdens if we accept Jesus as our savior. At the same time, Jesus died for our sin, he was resurrected by power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was set upon the earth at the same time. That is the Spirit that Paul is talking about that will guide us. If we believe. That is the Spirit that creates the freedom. That is the voice that tells us to make the right, choices. Sure, we can ignore it as many of us do. At that point the feeling of guilt and condemnation is upon us. Sometimes we feel so bad about our own bad choices that we want to blame others for us making wrong decision and choices. And those others are many times the ones closest to us. 
 
As I was meditating on this scripture the Holy Spirit guided me to look at the previous verse and read this verse in context. Whenever we call on the Name of the Lord, He will be there for us. That’s the promise God makes. So just as the verse says, the veil of sin is lifted from us. It is taken away. The burdens of the world is taken from us.
 
When I made that choice to accept Jesus as my savior. My family and friends watched to see me fail. Yes I did, but everyday I endeavor to be better for God. People now see God living in me. This walk with God it’s not easy, it’s just like a marriage. You see, all  you successful people will know that, nothing worthwhile comes easy. It takes hard work and commitment. Just like a marriage. 
 
You see accepting Jesus as my savior I learnt to “Love” again. Jesus gave me a heart of flesh removed the stony parts. I do everything with far more compassion and love than before. 
 
“Lord, I pray that I will be a mirror for you. Remove the stone from my heart, make it soft, to care. I pray that my family will see the change in me. I thank you for salvation. In Jesus name I pray. Amen” 
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Lets praise

“Let all that I am praise the LORD; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me.” (Psalms 103:1-2 NLT)

103:1 – David’s praise focused on the positives God was doing for him. It is easy to complain about life, but David’s list gives us plenty for which to praise God: He forgives our sins, heals our diseases, redeems us from death, crowns us with love and compassion, satisfies our desires, and gives righteousness and justice. We receive all of these without deserving any of them. No matter how difficult your life’s journey, you can always count your blessings—past, present, and future. When you feel as though you have nothing for which to praise God, read David’s list.

How many times have you thought, “Wow, this is so though, why is it only happening to me?” or, Why is nobody helping me? I need help so that I’m not alone in this, so why are people ignoring me?”

This has been my thought process many times. We overlook the things that we should be grateful for and instead we focus on all the negatives. Stop victimising yourself!

Let me give you an example: I watched rugby until midnight on Saturday, and our granddaughter, who was staying over, was awake at 4am. I could not sleep and almost began complaining, until I realised how I would look back on this moment and savour it forever. It is now 6:30am and our little girl is playing with us in bed as I write this.

We actually have so much to be grateful for, and for that I praise God every day. It’s a “praise mind-set”, so to speak, which we should renew ourselves in. Once we renew our minds in this manner and adopt this positive attitude, we will stop overlooking all the good aspects of our lives and will start focusing on them

Try it… Praise.

“Lord I pray that you make me grateful, I thank you for being there for me. Make me trust in You with my whole heart. In Jesus name I Pray. Amen”

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