Don’t copy

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (‭Romans‬ ‭12‬:‭2‬ NLT)

Paul warned Christians, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world,” which is selfish and corrupting. Many Christians wisely decide that a large portion of the world’s behavior is off-limits for them. Our refusal to conform to this world, however, must go even deeper than just behavior and customs—it must be firmly planted in the values rooted in our mind: “Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” It is possible to avoid most worldly customs and still be proud, covetous, selfish, stubborn, and arrogant. Only when the Holy Spirit renews, reeducates, and redirects our mind are we truly transformed (see 8:5).

Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭5‬ NLT)

So a man think’s so is he.

I was talking to a client yesterday. We where talking about all the troubles in the world. She made a comment that stayed with me.

“People just don’t get it” Firstly I have to say she is Muslim. What she was referring to is that some people take things completely out of contexts. They don’t open their minds and take the good from a situation. They would read and listen, and because it’s written or spoken, by the wrong person, they would condemn the words. Even if it is the most profound wisdom’s. They would blankly disregards it.

Let’s take the “Bible”what amazing wisdom. Many people don’t even consider it because it is just that, the Bible.

Read the scripture above what good advice. What can I add, but ask, if you are a pleasing person in God’s eye would you be pleasing to the world? Yes you would. And just like I said before you would be that shining light.

” Lord I pray for your way. Please let me disregard the way of the world. Let us be a shining light for you. In Jesus name. Amen.”

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Without Jesus?

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 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 ‭8‬:‭1-2‬ NLT)

“Not guilty; let him go free.” What would those words mean to you if you were on death row? The fact is that the whole human race is on death row, justly condemned for repeatedly breaking God’s holy law. Without Jesus we would have no hope at all. But thank God! He has declared us not guilty and has offered us freedom from sin and power to do his will.

This life-giving Spirit is the Holy Spirit. He was present at the creation of the world (Genesis 1:2), and he is the power behind the rebirth of every Christian. He gives us the power we need to live the Christian life.

Yes it that easy.

Nothing above is possible if you don’t believe. The only way to belong to Jesus is to accept him as your savior. Then all promises are true. Even if you repent, it’s worth nothing if you don’t believe in Jesus. To you unbelievers it’s never to late. You can take that step at anytime. If you need help message me. Just like the comment above, this life-giving Spirit, the Holy Spirit is available to all of us.

What concerns me as a believer we put ourselves in this box. We form part of a select group and it’s not easy for others to join. We start speaking a languages nobody else understand. We should guard against that. We should purposefully and diligently seek to involve others. Share the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Tell them what riches await them. What power is at their feet.

Because without Jesus there is no hope at all for this world.

Touch one person today!

“Lord I pray that the Holy Spirit works in me so that I can touch people all over the world. I thank you for the ability to serve you. In Jesus name. Amen”

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One Way

And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” (‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭20‬:‭35‬ NLT)

These words of Jesus are not recorded in the Gospels. Obviously, not all of Jesus’ words were written down (John 21:25); this saying may have been passed on orally through the apostles.

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way”.  – John C. Maxwell

“If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough”.  – Mario Andretti

“Try not to be a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value”.  – Albert Einstein

There are very clever men is this world we life in today. How many quotes have you read over the years. I am sure many. The trick off course is to apply them.

How many of us just takes it for granted that the next man or woman knows how to apply these wisdom’s. Have you heard this before “he just does not get it” Well maybe if you took the time to explain he would.

Take time and read these 3 Quotes.

If you know how something works then you are a leader in that. It’s your responsibility  to show others then. You know the way, go that way and then show the way.

The next thing that strikes me is how passive we can be. Read the second quote. You see we would quickly say, “I don’t have time for that(sharing our knowledge)” Are we that busy that we are out of control? No, there is always time.

Know read the last quote, by Albert Einstein. Rather become a man of value than success. But Jesus did say “work hard and be an example.”

Now  for a moment think of the wisdom’s in the Bible and what it teaches us. All those wisdom’s are right there in one Book. Daily I am amazed at the teachings. I challenge you to take time and read the Bible. You will be amazed.

Do me a favour read that scripture again. “It’s more blessed to give than receive”

“Lord I pray that you touch people’s heart with these words. I pray that they realize there is only one way, Your way. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.”

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It’s up to you

The one thing I ask of the LORD — the thing I seek most— is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the LORD’s perfections and meditating in his Temple. (‭Psalms‬ ‭27‬:‭4‬ NLT)

By the “house of the Lord” and “his Temple,” David could be referring to the Tabernacle in Gibeon, to the sanctuary he had built to house the Ark of the Covenant, or to the Temple that his son Solomon was to build. David probably had the Temple in mind because he made many of the plans for it (1 Chronicles 22). David may also have used the word Temple to refer to the presence of the Lord. David’s greatest desire was to live in God’s presence each day of his life. Sadly, this is not the greatest desire of many who claim to be believers. What do you most desire? Do you look forward to being in the presence of the Lord?

These verses focus on confidence found in the presence of God in the sanctuary. The house of the Lord. The place where God’s presence is manifest is a place of sanctuary from the enemy.

Searching for and enjoying the Lord’s presence provides the psalmist’s foundation for confidence and security. He lives in the assurance of God’s protection and looks forward to offering sacrifices of thanksgiving and praise (see 18:6).

This all forms part of the Old Covenant. The Temple was the Holy place people took offerings too. Things have changed. Because of our sinful nature. God sent his Son. Jesus died for our sins and was resurrected from the dead. At that point the shroud  of the Temple was destroyed and the power of the Holy Spirit  was released over the world.

That all forms part of the New Covenant. All you have to do to be part off this, is believed that Jesus lived and died for your sins. Accept Him as your lord and savior.

With the release of the Holy Spirit that Holy place is available to all of us that believe. We don’t need to go to the temple to be in the presence of God. We can access his presence anywhere and anytime.

The Church as it is today is every believer, we all are part off the Body of Christ the Church. Yes our buildings are sanctuaries, but without people there is no Church. People make up the Body of Christ, the Church.

Remember what the Bible says about being a shining light an example and spokes person for Jesus. We are called to share the Good news. There is power in numbers we all have responsibility to share.

How privileged are we, we can create our own sanctuary, and we have direct access to God through his Son Jesus. All this is made possible through the power of the Holy Spirit. You can call on his guidance anytime day and place.

Think off this, I am 35000 feet up in the air, traveling at 900 km/h and God is with me, through the Holy Spirit. Guiding me as I write these words. How amazing.

” God I give thanks for Your Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Thank you for making it so easy to be in your presence. I pray that the Holy Spirit will work in people’s life’s so that they can see the light. In Jesus name I pray. Amen”

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Pray

He will swallow up death forever! The Sovereign LORD will wipe away all tears. He will remove forever all insults and mockery against his land and people. The LORD has spoken! (‭Isaiah‬ ‭25‬:‭8‬ NLT)

When the Lord speaks, he does what he says. It is comforting to know that God’s plans and activities are closely tied to his word. When we pray according to God’s will (as expressed in the Bible) and claim his promises (as recorded in the Bible), he hears us and answers our requests.

I though about this piece of Scripture. It was written about 700 years before Chris was born. The more I study the bible the more I want to know.  The prophet Isaiah is writing about the coming of Jesus. These events were revealed to him through God. Just like God appeared to many in the Old Testament. All of these things have come true, just like the Bible promises. God promises many things through his Word, the Bible.

Yes I know its difficult to believe or trust these promises.  Remember what I said about Faith on Monday.

“Faith is a strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.”

Believers know that prayer is an important part of our life’s. There is not a prayer that I have prayed that has not come true. Yes some have taken time. Just keep praying and believing. Remember God wants all his promises for you, just believe an pray.

“Lord I pray for obedience. Make people trust their prayers. In Jesus name I pray. Amen”

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Serve and Care

For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭20‬:‭28‬ NLT)

A “ransom” was the price paid to release a slave from bondage. Jesus often told his disciples that he must die, but here he told them why—to redeem all people from the bondage of sin and death. The disciples thought that as long as Jesus was alive, he could save them. But Jesus revealed that only his death would save them and the world.

We are caught up daily in the bondage  of this world. Our daily chores, responsibilities takes our eyes of the real world. We are so busy chasing this thing called success. What is it? More money, possession or fame? Things don’t go our way then we get done on ourselves. Even get caught up in depression.

Well if you think about it, the greatest man who walked this earth is Jesus. Yes there no other name like Jesus. That very Man gave his life to release us from the bondage of the world . He paid the price, he gave his life. Just like you would pay the price to release a slave.

What amazes me is the amount of people who really don’t take to heart what that release means. It’s not only the promise of heaven and eternal life. It’s the total release from all the world’s bondage. All you have to do is rely on God and have faith.

So why not be like the most important person in the world, Jesus, serve and care for others. That caring nature will get you much further in life than anything else. Even if you hate your work be obedient and to it with care. If not for your Boss do it for God.

Accept serve and care.

“Lord Jesus I thank you for the price you paid for me. Forgive me if I have failed Your glory. Help me touch the world. In Jesus name I pray. Amen”

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Nothing can separate us

No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭39‬ NLT)

This verse contains one of the most comforting promises in all Scripture. Believers have always had to face hardships in many forms: persecution, illness, imprisonment, and even death. These sometimes cause them to fear that they have been abandoned by Christ. But Paul exclaims that it is impossible to be separated from Christ. His death for us is proof of his unconquerable love. Nothing can separate us from Christ’s constant presence with us. God tells us how great his love is so that we will feel totally secure in him. If we believe these overwhelming assurances, we will not be afraid.

I was watching this ten-year old kid attempting to go down this hill on his little push scooter come skateboard. As he went I thought this is not going to end bad. Just as I thought at the bottom of the hill things went wrong. It ended up with many scrapes and a bloody nose.

It made me think how many times in life we reach that point, where we have to, take the plunge or go for it. When we look back many of the times, we think we should never have done that. Yes we do feel some days, just like that little boy, battered and bruised. Although we might not think it, God loves us. Just like that little boy, we made a choice and had to live with the consequences. I am not saying that you should not take risk. You should have faith and Trust in God, to guide you through that risk.

Reading this scripture just reminds me. That nothing can separate us from the love of God. No matter how many mistakes we make. What also stands out to me that God loves us so much he gave us a handbook to live our life’s by, the Bible.  What’s more he loved us so much he gave His Son.

“Lord I thank you for Your love. Guide me in my daily challenges. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.”

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