Inspiration

Jesus answered

#Jesusanswered


“Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ””‭‭Matthew‬ ‭4:4‬ ‭NIV‬‬


Jesus was hungry and weak after fasting for 40 days, but he chose not to use his divine power to satisfy his natural desire for food. Food, hunger, and eating are good, but the timing was wrong. Jesus was in the wilderness to fast, not to eat. And because Jesus had given up the unlimited, independent use of his divine power to experience humanity fully, he wouldn’t use his power to change the stones to bread. We also may be tempted to satisfy an entirely normal desire in a wrong way or at the wrong time. If we indulge in sex before marriage or if we steal to get food, we are trying to satisfy God-given desires in wrong ways. Remember, many of your desires are normal and good, but God wants you to satisfy them in the right way and at the right time.
Jesus was able to resist all of the devil’s temptations because he not only knew Scripture, but he also obeyed it. Ephesians 6:17 says that God’s Word is a sword to use in spiritual combat. Knowing Bible verses is a significant step in helping us resist the devil’s attacks, but we must also obey the Bible. Note that Satan had memorized Scripture, but he failed to obey it. Knowing and obeying the Bible helps us follow God’s desires rather than the devil’s. (Tyndal Study Bible)


What I have learnt in the last while is there is a solution to all our cares in the Bible. For a long time, I wondered how to overcome sinful behaviour. Empower yourself with scripture. As the commentator says, above. 


Experience has taught me, we all know in which area our weaknesses are. Identify them. Doing that has a two-fold effect. Firstly when you acknowledge a weakness, you are halfway there in the cure. It’s like saying you sorry and you won’t do it again. Secondly, you now know what to guard against and fix. It’s like admitting you have a weight problem, then creating a plan to rectify it. The scripture that I live by isJohn 8:32 NLT- “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”Important here is to read this in context. The preceding verse– 31 “Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings.”By my teachings, Jesus was referring to the Word of God the Bible. How powerful is that? 


You see if you are like me then you won’t remember everything at once. So I suggest remembering key verses to help you overcome the daily challenges we face. We can spend hours exploring the verses for each challenge. I suggest each of us make our list. There is even scripture that can assist us in motivation at work. 


“Lord as I explore Your Word, reveal to me that will suit my challenges. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.”

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Inspiration

Dont be ashamed

#dontbeashamed
“However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.”‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭4:16‬ ‭NIV‬‬


It is not shameful to suffer for being a Christian. When Peter and John were persecuted for preaching the Good News, they rejoiced because such persecution was a mark of God’s approval of their work (Acts 5:41). Don’t seek out suffering, and don’t try to avoid it. Instead, keep on doing what is right whether or not it brings suffering. (Tyndale Study Bible)


I had difficulty writing this evening. When I am stuck, I pray and then revert to the internet. My question was when was the book of Peter written. 60 to 65 AD, I wonder what it was like to live in that time? The commentary I found is absorbing, please take note.


The purpose of Writing: 1 Peter is a letter from Peter to the believers who had been dispersed throughout the ancient world and were under intense persecution. If anyone understood persecution, it was Peter. He was beaten, threatened, punished and jailed for preaching the Word of God. He knew what it took to endure without bitterness, without losing hope and in great faith living an obedient, victorious life. This knowledge of living hope in Jesus was the message, and Christ’s example was the one to follow.


The practical application:The assurance of eternal life is given to all Christians. One way to identify with Christ is to share in His suffering. To us, that would be to endure insults and slurs from those who call us “goodie two shoes” or “holier than thou.” This is so minor compared to what Christ suffered for us on the Cross. Stand up for what you know and believe is right and rejoice when the world and Satan aim to hurt you. (gotquestions.org)


The scripture says we are to praise God as we wear His name. What a privilege. I am so proud of the fact that God chose me to be His servant. I just pray that I will make Him proud. 


I wonder if our suffering compares to what Jesus endured in this world. What’s the worst that has happened to you as A Christian? I often tell a colleague of mine we complain, and we have five loaves of bread in our basket. We have nothing to complain about. We are not going to be jailed because of our faith. Peter was, and they crucified Jesus. So it is easy to take a stand for God in our world. The workplace is a great place to take a stand.


Take note of the comment above in bold. You are doing something right if people and the devil target you. 


“Lord I thank you that I can take a stand for You. May I shine brightly for You. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Inspiration

Trust

“In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”‭‭Psalm‬ ‭56:4‬ ‭NIV‬‬


This was probably written on the same occasion as Psalm 34, when David fled from Saul to Philistine territory. He had to pretend insanity before Achish when some servants grew suspicious of him (1 Samuel 21:10-15).


David stated, “What can mere mortals do to me?” How much harm can people do to us? They can inflict pain, suffering, and death. But nobody can rob us of our souls or our future beyond this life. How much harm can we do to ourselves? The worst thing we can do is to reject God and lose our eternal future. Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul” (Matthew 10:28). Instead, we should fear God, who controls this life and the next. (Tyndal Study Bible)


Wow, what powerful words these are. They cannot touch your soul. 
It reminds me of that Children’s rhyme – “Sticks and stones will break my bones. But words will never harm me.” Listen to the explanation of this. “Sticks and Stones” is an English language children’s rhyme. It persuades the child victim of name-calling to ignore the taunt, to refrain from physical retaliation, and to remain calm and good-natured. (Wikeapidia)


The thing that stands out to me is the last couple of words in the explanation, “remain calm and good-natured.” The principal here is most probably very similar as the scripture above. David faced different challenges every day. He certainly was not exposed to the pressure of corporate and working life. What did he do? “In God, I trust and am not afraid.” The fixes in both our challenges, corporate life and survival in the jungle, David’s and Ours, is trust and faith in God. There is no debate about this. 


What I do catch myself from doing is I forget about God. The pressures of the day happen, and we forget about our real intention in the morning. All those worthy aspirations are out the window. It occurs in a blink of the eye. 


So my question is, have we a plan to overcome the forgotten Lord. What will make us never forget to rely on God? I want to leave you with these words. “Calm, good- natured, trust and not afraid.” Do and apply these words daily and God will be proud of you and me. And that is all the recognition we need. 


“Lord, I pray for these words above. May the Holy Spirit guide me. Amen.”

Inspiration

We all included

#weallincluded


“All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.”‭‭John‬ ‭6:37‬ ‭NIV‬‬


Jesus did not work independently of God the Father, but in union with him. This should give us even more assurance of being welcomed into God’s presence and being protected by him. Jesus’ purpose was to do the will of God, not to satisfy Jesus’ human desires. When we follow Jesus, we should have the same purpose. (Tyndal Study Bible)


There might be a case that God has chosen a select few to come to Jesus. That’s quite the contrary Christ Jesus died for all our sins. Read what Paul says in –Colossians 3:11 NLT “In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.”In John, Jesus was speaking, saying that who God his Father gives Him he will not drive away. So after the death and resurrection of Jesus, He lives in us all, through the Holy Spirit that was released on the earth. The Bible explicitly says that the power of the Spirit is available to us all. No matter what and who, we are. All we need to do is believe. God loves us, and He is very clear all of us. No matter who and what we have done. 


I must say I like the comment above about Jesus; he never followed his will but rather the will of God, it was not about Him. I was about God. So if we chose to follow Jesus, why don’t we also follow his example?It’s made me wonder about my daily actions.


So yes, we all are God chosen people, all we need to do is, accept Jesus as our personal savior. Jesus will not reject you. Make the choice I invite you. 


Lord, I pray your love will touch many millions more in this world. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Inspiration

Praise

#praise


“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.”‭‭Psalm‬ ‭105:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬


If God seems far away, persist in your search for him. God rewards those who sincerely look for him (Hebrews 11:6). Jesus promised, “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). The writer suggested a valuable way to find God—become familiar with the way he has helped his people in the past. The Bible records the history of God’s people. In searching its pages we will discover a loving God who is waiting for us to find him.(Tyndal Study Bible)


The scripture makes me think of a couple of things. When last outside of Church have I given God praise? When last have you made a public declaration of your faith. When last have I given Him praise by my actions. Secondly, why do we only call on God when we are in trouble? Why don’t we acknowledge Him with our blessings? Give praise when it’s due. 


The praise offering outside of Church is different to every Christian. For the more mature believer, it should be more challenging and impactful. Like praying for the sick and spreading the Good News of the Gospels to a tough group or individual. The young believer praises in prayer. Praise is different for every person. The important thing is we all have to give praise. Watching rugby over the weekend, it’s amazing how many players acknowledge God after scoring a try. You see that is a praise offering. With his God given talent, he was able to score a try. All the Glory to God.


Secondly, just like the rugby player, why don’t we acknowledge our daily achievements. Even those in the workplace. I can’t do that what would my colleagues think. When the chips are down, we are quick to call on God’s strength. I speak from experience here. When the going is good, we conveniently forget about God, who provided the blessings. I think we should be like those rugby players and acknowledge God more often. I believe that it will also add to you staying humble. 


Scripture clearly says we are not to lean on or own understanding. We are to rely on God for everything. 


“Lord may I praise You in all my actions. Amen.”

Inspiration

Blessed

#blessed


“Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.”‭‭Romans‬ ‭4:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬


What can we do to get rid of guilt? King David was guilty of terrible sins—adultery, murder, lying—and yet he experienced the joy of forgiveness. We, too, can have this joy when we (1) quit denying our guilt and recognize that we have sinned, (2) admit our guilt to God and ask for his forgiveness, and (3) let go of our guilt and believe that God has forgiven us. This can be difficult when a sin has taken root in our life over many years, when it is very serious, or when it involves others. We must remember that Jesus is willing and able to forgive every sin. In view of the tremendous price he paid on the cross, it is arrogant to think that there is any sin too great for him to forgive. Even though our faith is weak, our conscience is sensitive, and our memory haunts us, God’s Word declares that sins confessed are sins forgiven (1 John 1:9). (Tyndale Study Bible) 


The other evening at our Harvest event I met a couple of people from an establishment named the ARK. It is a haven for drug addicts. I was counselling after the Alter call. 
This one guy could not believe that God loves him after the things he had done. He looked at me very sceptical. Most probably wondering why I am taking the time to talk to him. It’s because God has taught me to love unconditionally. I pray that he gets his life together. 


“This can be difficult when a sin has taken root in our or his life over many years, when it’s serious, or when it involves others. Think of that sinful bad habit. We feel sorry when we do the sin, and then that feeling of condemnation. We believe that bad feeling is the price we have to pay for sin. You see there is no price to pay for sin. Jesus paid the price with his life. He died for all our sins. Important to note that the Bible declares it’s sins confessed that are sins forgiven. It applies to all. All we have to do is believe.


I ponder on “small sins.” Think how hard it is when you get saved not to swear. That little white lie. Temper control. Loving unconditionally. Lusting after the opposite sex. There are many more. What we tend to do is not confess these, we think they are going to slip by unnoticed. Very arrogant because God knows everything. It’s not always the big things that are important; life has always been about the small details. In God’s book, it is the same. 


It’s like not doing your work properly. God commands hard work. He does not like laziness. Think about that for a moment? 


“God, I pray for daily guidance. Holy Spirit prevent me from sin. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Inspiration

Be greatful​

#begrateful


Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. (‭Psalms‬ ‭105‬:‭1‬ NLT)


Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭35‬ NLT)


These verses contain 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 sleep at night. How many people in this world struggle with that and need medication to sleep? I sleep because I don’t live a lie. I am saved and that gives me the inner peace.
I heard an interesting thing in church the other day: “depression leads to you bringing left-overs to God.” As with everything else, we should bring depression to God. God says no matter what tests we go through we should leave it at His door. And once you have done that, trust in God to deliver so that you can give the best of you.


Just like the scripture says, nothing can separate us from the love of God.  If we believe these overwhelming assurances, we will not be afraid. All we need to do is believe.


God does say that we should be a people of action. We should take the step of faith.


A close family member of ours used to take anti-depressants for years. Then she  got saved and since then no anti-depressants . You can’t be separated from His love. All you  have to do is accept and believe. God has your number just reach out for him.


Miracles can happen to any of us. This is a very comforting promise. All you have to do is just believe.


“Lord, I thank you for Your love. Your promise and all the Miracles. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.”