Inspiration

Miracles

#miracles


“That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭2‬:‭9‬ NLT)


We cannot imagine all that God has in store for us, both in this life and for eternity. He will create a new Heaven and a new Earth (Isaiah 65:17; Revelation 21:1), and we will live with Him forever. Until then, the Holy Spirit comforts and guides us. Knowing the wonderful and eternal future that awaits us, we have hope and courage to press on in this life, to endure hardship and to avoid giving in to temptation. This world is not the be-all and end-all..
The best is yet to come!(Tyndale Study Bible)


“Look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth, and no one will even think about the old ones anymore.” (‭Isaiah‬ ‭65‬:‭17‬ NLT)


“Then I saw a new Heaven and a new Earth, for the old Heaven and the old Earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.” (‭Revelation‬ ‭21‬:‭1-2‬ NLT)


I was in Church this morning, and the message was about the Glory of God. Aidan (our senior pastor) mentioned what a miracle child birth is. And all I can say is wow, it is a miracle! Just imagine the process from the time the seed is planted. Not only do bones and organs develop within the womb, but a soul is also created. Who designed that process? I feel that when a baby is born, we are all amazed, and we realise that there must be a God. No scientist in this world can replicate that, so I believe that it’s God’s creation.


Just like the world and  everything in it is God’s creation. So if you believe and love God, Heaven is available to you. The most amazing thing to me is that with it comes eternal life.
Just like the Bible says in these couple of Scriptures, it is going be on a far superior level.
As humans, we are skeptical and have a little faith. We are always looking for answers in the wrong places. We should just turn to the Gospel for all our answers.


Has your conscience ever bothered you? That is the Holy Spirit doing work within you. That same Holy Spirit was responsible for Jesus’ resurrection. God promises that it’s available to us if we believe. We too can have that power.


Many things in life push us in the direction of belief. Things are so great when you have God in your life. I believe it with my whole heart. I look forward to that day, when we go to Heaven. Can you imagine how amazing it will be?


What a miracle…

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Inspiration

You are healed

#youarehealed

“He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.”‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭2:24‬ ‭NLT‬‬


Christ died for our sins, in our place, so we would not have to suffer the punishment we deserve. This is called “substitutionary atonement.” (Tyndal Study Bible)


Sin is a disease, a natural and hereditary one, an epidemic distemper, that reaches to all men, and to all the powers and faculties of their souls, and members of their bodies; and which is nauseous and loathsome, and in itself mortal and incurable; nor can it be healed by any creature, or anything that a creature can do. Christ is the only physician, and his blood the balm and sovereign medicine; this cleanses from all sin; through it is the remission of sin, which is meant by healing; for healing of diseases, and forgiving iniquities, is one and the same thing; see ( Psalms 103:3 ) ( Isaiah 33:24 ) ( Psalms 41:4 )  (John Gill Commentary) 


John commentary above is harsh, but he is right. It takes me all the way back to Adam and Eve. 
Consider this God created us in his own image. He never willed us to sin. It was never part of the plan. So just as He has a will and ability to make choices he created us with the power to choose. And what did Adam and Eve do, they opted to sin? Since that day through the choice of man, sin plagued the world. I agree with John sin is a disease. How many people today struggle with some form of addiction. Many of those addictions are a sin. Telling a white lie, yes that is a sin. We are all guilty of that. I am not here to judge or condemn. There is a solution.


All the decades preceding the Birth of Christ, God was trying to reconcile man to Him. Trying to find a way that he “man” leads a life without sin. Eventually, He got to the point that he sent his son Jesus to redeem us. To reconcile us to Him. While he was on earth, Jesus taught us the correct way we should live. Just read the Gospel of John. We all know that Jesus was crucified, He gave up his life for our sins. God sent his only begotten Son Jesus to die for our sins. To reconcile us to God, Jesus redeemed our sins. He paid the price. Carefully read the scripture again. By the wounds of Jesus, we are healed from sin. All we have to do is believe that Jesus died for our sins. 


At the time of Jesus’s death and resurrection the Holy Spirit was released over the Earth. The Holy Spirit is with us every day, to help and guide us. It’s that little voice that says this is not right. We can spend hours on the power of the Holy Spirit. What we all realise that it exists. We have all heard that voice. You see Holy Spirit was sent to sanctify us. That means the process of making Holy. All the tools to deal with sin is right there. 


So God created, we sinned.Jesus, the Redeemer, reconciled us to God.The Holy Spirit, sent, sanctifies us, guides and helps us daily.


” Lord I pray that we open our heart and mind to this promise above. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.”

Inspiration

Gentle

“A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭15:1‬ ‭NLT‬‬


Have you ever tried to argue in a whisper? It is equally hard to argue with someone who insists on answering softly or gently. On the other hand, a rising voice and harsh words almost always trigger an angry response. To turn away wrath and seek peace, choose quiet, gentle words.(Tyndal Study Bible) 


A Couple of years ago with my company enroled in a programme, Management through People skills. The Question is can you teach an old dog new tricks. I firmly believe you can. All you need is the desire to learn. Well, I can hear you say, there is the challenge right there.


I think there is the difference between successful people and others. Others that never amount to much. Nothing said here is something you did not hear at some time or other. The difference I believe is the appetite for successful people to learn. They seem to have an open mind about things. You see failure is when you give up trying.  So take the time and read the scripture again. You have to make a choice here and follow the advice of scripture. It’s up you. 


Let me go back a little during that training we learnt. In an interaction with another person, you are 50% responsible for their behaviour. In other words, if you lose your temper with them. There is a 50 % chance that they will lose their temper as well. Not a win-win situation. So follow the advice of scripture and your communication will be far better. It takes a choice, and the result will be better with that choice.


We were discussing humility and meekness at Bible school this evening. Peace follows these traits around. You know why this comes to mind. Gentle answers, reminds about humility and meekness, and that’s the better way, and peace will follow you around. Again I am amazed at the teachings of the Bible. 


All you have to ask yourself do you want to learn? It’s up to you.


“Lord I thank you for daily teaching. All the glory to You Lord. Amen.”

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Rid yourself

#ridyourself


“So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.”‭‭James‬ ‭1:21‬ ‭NLT‬‬


19-21 Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger. So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life.James 1:19 – 21MSG


James advises us to get rid of all that is wrong in our lives and “humbly accept” the salvation message we have received, because it alone can save us. ( Tyndale Study Bible)


Therefore laying aside – As a dirty garment. All the filthiness and superfluity of wickedness – For however specious or necessary it may appear to worldly wisdom, all wickedness is both vile, hateful, contemptible, and superfluous. Every reasonable end may be effectually answered without any kind or degree of it. Lay this, every known sin, aside, or all your hearing is vain. With meekness – Constant evenness and serenity of mind. Receive – Into your ears, your heart, your life. The word – Of the gospel. Ingrafted – In believers, by regeneration, James 1:18 and by habit, Hebrews 5:14. Which can save your souls – The hope of salvation nourishes meekness. ( John Wesley Commentary)


On a daily basis, we get dressed in fresh clothing. We discard the dirty garments get washed. If we don’t do that, we are quickly tarnished. We carry the stigma he does not wash. My Question is, do we tend to our spiritual or inner appearance? As n Christian I only now know the answer. 
In the world, it is so easy forgotten, why because can hide our imperfections. You know what I mean; it is easy to hide how you feel and those evil thoughts. We can even mask depression, but we can’t mask dirty clothes. 


Please bear in mind this is not what I am saying, it’s written. The Bible is such an amazing resource guide. Consider the scripture again read the Message version as well. Can you apply all the perfect instruction above? All things are possible through God. 


Again I point out, why bother with anything else it’s all there in the Word of God. We don’t need anything else. Just follow his instruction. 


“Lord I pray for Your instruction. Your words of wisdom, let them lay at my heart. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.

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Save

#save
15 This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all. 16 But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. 17 All honor and glory to God forever and ever! He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen.1 Timothy 1:15-17 NLT


Here Paul summarizes the Good News: Jesus came into the world to save sinners, and no sinner is beyond his saving power. Jesus didn’t come merely to show us how to live better lives or challenge us to be better people. He came to offer us salvation that leads to eternal life. Have you accepted his offer?
Paul was not nearly as interested in creating an image as he was in being an example. He did not hesitate to share his past, because he knew his failures would allow others to have hope. At times we hesitate to share our past struggles with others because we are afraid it will tarnish our image. Paul demonstrated that lowering our guard can be an important step in communicating the gospel. People will not believe the gospel is important if they can’t see that it is crucial in your life. How has Christ shown patience with you? Did he stay with you when you doubted and rebelled? Did he remain faithful when you ignored his prior claim on your life? Did he love you when you disregarded his Word and his church? Remember that his patience is unlimited for those who love him. Don’t be afraid to let others know what Christ has done for you.( Tyndal Study Bible)


The scripture intended was just verse 15. As I was meditating this, I read further. When Jesus gave up his life for our sins. There was another important event. The Holy Spirit was released over the earth. The significance of this is that it’s available to us all. Salvation and the power of the Holy Spirit. 


As unbelievers, there are two things that many don’t understand. First is no matter what we have done or in what position we are in; God loves us. He loved us so much that gave His Son Jesus to die for our sins. I can’t understand why people don’t realise the importances of this. Think of this for a moment. The world’s calendar is designed around the birth of Jesus. Before Christ and 2016 after Christ Jesus. Has anyone made more of an impact in this world? Many important things have happened in the world but none as significant as the birth of Christ. 

The second point is that Jesus died for our sins. I am not sure that people understand the importance of this event. The Bible is clear we should not lean on our understanding. What we should be doing is trust God’s instruction in everything. No, we think that we are smarter than that. What we don’t realise is our lives is God’s design. We are created with the power of choice. All we need to do is make the right decisions. All the promises of God are at our disposal. It up to us. Carefully read the scripture and commentary again.


“Lord, give me the wisdom to make the right choices. Holy Spirit guide me. Amen.”

Inspiration

Guide me

#guideme


“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” (‭Psalms‬ ‭139‬:‭23 – 24 NLT)


David asked God to search for sin and point it out to him to the level of testing his own thoughts. This is exploratory surgery for sin. How are we to recognize sin unless God points it out to us? Then, when God shows us, we can repent and be forgiven. It is q good idea to make this verse your prayer. If you ask the Lord to search your heart and thoughts with you and to reveal your sin to you, you will continue on “the path of everlasting life.” ( Tyndal Study Bible)


In these verses, we see David asking God to help and guide him through daily activities, both good and bad. This is what we as Christians should do more of. More often than not we only seek God when we are in need. As much as we need, we should give thanks to God, too.
That is one thing the non-believer will never understand – why Christians have that absolute inner-peace. It’s because all the worries of the world we lay at feet of God. He is a God of Grace and favour. You can trust Him with everything. Everything is possible with God.


I feel I need to say this; last evening a friend of mine was sharing that his father has been fighting lung Cancer. My obvious question was “how long”. It’s been four years. My immediate thought was, “Wow, one should never give up.” Miracles through God do happen. When I shared with him that, that is what my Faith teaches me, he looked “spaced out”. The seed was planted. Who’s going to water it?


I have a bad habit of waking at 3 am and then can’t sleep again. About eight months ago I got the advice that when it happens, meditate on a piece of scripture. You can’t believe how well it works; I fall straight back asleep. The most surprising thing for me is that the more I practice it, the better it works. This is just one of the many things that work and adds to that inner-peace.
So to all you unbelievers, all you need is God. It’s that simple. To the believers stay in the Word. When in doubt turn, to God.


“Lord I pray you forgive my sins and that I seek you in all my challenges. In Jesus name. Amen.”

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It produces results

#itproducessresults


Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. (‭James‬ ‭5‬:‭16‬ NLT)


Christ has made it possible for us to go directly to God for forgiveness. But confessing our sins to each other still has an important place in the life of the church. (1) If we have sinned against an individual, we must ask him or her to forgive us. (2) If our sin has affected the church, we must confess it publicly. (3) If we need loving support as we struggle with a sin, we should confess that sin to those who can provide that support. (4) If we doubt God’s forgiveness, after confessing a sin to him, we may wish to confess that sin to a fellow believer for assurance of God’s pardon. In Christ’s Kingdom, every believer is a priest to other believers (1 Peter 2:9).(Tyndale Study Bible)


Before I was speaking about learning. The big thing about education is acknowledging that you have a need to learn. Then actually doing something about it. Admitting you are wrong or Confessing your sins so that you can learn from it. Only once you do that can you take the next step. You will never learn if you think you are right all the time. One has to open your mind so that you can absorb knowledge. Just like absorbing this wisdom from scripture.


Currently,  I am faced with a challenge at work. “Customer viewpoint” It is customer satisfaction survey. I was continuously looking for excuses why this is wrong and not working. What the problem with the process and measurement is. Instead of spending time and energy in finding a solution to the challenge. Then implementing the solution and working it. Ya so acknowledge there is a problem then fix it. Confess, rectify and learn. Critical though is to work the solution.
That simple.


“Lord I pray for open minds and hearts so that I can learn from my mistakes. Amen”