Joyful

#joyful
“Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the LORD. Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts.” (Psalms 119:1-2 NLT)
This is both the longest psalm and the longest chapter in the Bible. It may have been written by Ezra after the Temple was rebuilt (Ezra 6:14, 15) as a repetitive meditation on the beauty of God’s Word and how it helps us stay pure and grow in faith. Psalm 119 has 22 carefully constructed sections, each corresponding to a different letter in the Hebrew alphabet and each verse beginning with the letter of its section. Almost every verse mentions God’s Word. Such repetition was common in the Hebrew culture. People did not have personal copies of the Scriptures to read as we do, so God’s people memorized his Word and passed it along orally. The structure of this psalm allowed for easy memorization. Remember, God’s Word, the Bible, is the only sure guide for living a pure life. ( Tyndal Study Bible)
How interesting what David is saying here is…
If you remember, I was speaking about your conscience bothering you. If you do things and act with integrity, your conscience won’t bother you. Again I am amazed by the Bible. It is a perfect handbook even for the unbeliever to live by. Have you ever done everything on time and all your work and chores are up to date? Your conscience does not bother then. You have a clear head and nothing small in the back of your mind. This is tough to achieve.
When acting in this way, you will free yourself of guilt and self-condemnation as well. That is why the Christian has such inner peace. Yes,  in the world we will continually be tested. Through faith is the only way.
I have a friend who is going through a tough time at work. My advice for him is to keep doing what you always have done – your best. One thing I learned in sales you need no’s as well, not just orders. How are you going to improve? Just remember nobody can take away your skill-set. This, of course, applies to everyone. What’s more, we have the talent and ability to learn more. Most importantly, we have the Bible.
You will be tested to the point of wanting to give up. That’s exactly what the devil wants. I encourage you and everyone else not to give up or give in. You only fail when you give up. Never stop trying to improve.
Every dark cloud has a silver lining; find it.
Integrity leads to joyfulness
Amen
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Second chance

#secondchance
“This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, ‘It is through faith that a righteous person has life’.” (‭Romans‬ ‭1‬:‭17‬ NLT)
The Good News shows us both how righteous God is in His plan for us to be saved and also how we may be made fit for eternal life. By trusting Christ, our relationship with God is made right. “From start to finish,” God declares us to be right with Him because of faith and faith alone. Paul then quotes from Habakkuk 2:4 to show that as we trust God, we are saved; we have life both now and forever.
After all this bad news about our sinfulness and God’s condemnation, Paul gives the wonderful news. There is a way to be declared not guilty—by trusting Jesus Christ to take away our sins. Trusting means putting our confidence in Christ to forgive our sins, to make us right with God, and to empower us to live the way He taught us. God’s solution is available to all of us regardless of our background or past behavior.(Tyndale Study Bible)
By faith and faith alone we are made right with God. Yesterday I wrote about the Good News and how it is available to all, with the only requirement being to belief and having faith in the Lord.
Have you ever felt guilty of doing something or, possibly, not doing something? Or maybe felt guilty for sinning? If you believe and have faith in God, He guarantees your forgiveness and being made right before Him. He sent His Son, Jesus, to pay the price for our sins, THAT is how much God loved us. So, as the writer says, if you trust in God you will not be found guilty of any of your offences.
It immediately reminds me of “seed time and harvest”. You see, God is a God of chance.
In the workplace, we always have another opportunity to overcome a sale, problem or opportunity we are facing. It’s up to us to do it correctly and diligently, as well as to the glorification of our Father. Carry on with your diligence and dedication and, most importantly, trust in God and the rewards will be enormous.
So come on, let’s practice doing our best and make a habit out of it.
Go for it; you have a second chance.
Amen.
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The word is true

#thewordistrue
“For the word of the LORD holds true, and we can trust everything he does. He loves whatever is just and good; the unfailing love of the LORD fills the earth.” (‭Psalms‬ ‭33‬:‭4-5‬ NLT)
All of God’s words are true and trustworthy. The Bible is reliable because, unlike people, God does not lie, forget, change his words, or leave his promises unfulfilled. We can trust the Bible because it contains the words of a Holy, trustworthy, and unchangeable God.(Tyndale study Bible)
“The commandments of the LORD are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are clear, giving insight for living.” (‭Psalms‬ ‭19‬:‭8‬ NLT)
When we think of instructions, decrees, and commandments, we often think of rules that keep us from having fun. But here we see the opposite: God’s laws revive us, make us wise, bring joy to the heart, give insight, warn us, and reward us. God’s laws are guidelines and lights for our path, rather than chains on our hands and feet. They point at danger to warn us, and then point at success to guide us.(Tyndale Study Bible)
Have you ever wondered about the origins of secular or world laws? They were based on the Ten Commandments. After high school, I spent a couple of years studying law. After meeting God, I realised that the basis and entirety of law itself came from the Bible. All the instructions we need are right at our fingertips in the Word of God.
The current circumstance which our country finds itself in is one of desperation for God and an outcry from politicians for faith to play a great role in society. This makes it even more ludicrous that our government has banned religion in our schools. The question I pose is simply “why”? My pastor, Aidan, said that we can’t blame the political leader. We as the Church should teach the leader so that he/she can introduce change.
The question that I ask is: “is it the Holy Spirit working in that  person leading the outcry?” It makes a person wonder, especially considering that God works in such mysterious ways.
Most importantly, as a Christian and a member of society, we have the responsibility to spread the Good News -the news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Again I will say that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE WITH GOD.
Aidan, I would just like to commend and thank you for revealing the Word of God so clearly every Sunday. You are a huge inspiration to me. All the Glory to God for giving me the opportunity to go to church and for understanding.
“I pray that the Glory of God will be revealed to you all. Amen.”
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Listen

#listen
 
“Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭5:3‬ ‭NLT‬‬
The secret of a close relationship with God is to pray to him earnestly each morning. In the morning, our minds are freer from problems, and then we can commit the whole day to God.
Do you have a best friend or some you are trying to befriend? Or are in a new relationship? In all these instances you have to communicate.
Communication helps to build friendship and relationships. Many say communication is the cornerstone of marriage. It is how you get to know your friend. Undoubtedly necessary for a healthy relationship with God. We need to communicate with him daily.
Do you have a regular time to pray and read God’s Word? As with people close to us, we need to make time for them otherwise they will become distant. In this fast-paced modern world, I have heard the words “Date night.”  A new way of making time for each other. Significant here is no distractions, to focus on your spouse or friend solely. Why so you can build and nurture that relationship. It applies to old and new relationships.
So for some our Christian walk is new and some old, yet the same thing applies. Quality time with God. Psalm date 900 BC, David the writer knew then already that it was essential to spend time in the presence of God.
As I pondered this scripture, my thoughts went to this, knowing and doing?
99% of us know the right thing to do. Do we, however? Succes in this world comes from doing and by that I mean the right thing.
Lord, I pray these words create right choices in me. I pray this in Jesus name, Amen.
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A miracle

#amiracle
“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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Confess

#confess
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”
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Watch out

#watchout
“Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven.”  (Matthew 6:1 NLT)
Many people desire positions of leadership and authority. Not only in business, but in the Church too. It is dangerous when love for a title grows stronger than loyalty to God, this is precisely what happened to the Pharisees and teachers of religious law. Jesus condemned leaders who served themselves rather than others(Tyndale Sudy Bible)
We all chase this thing called “fame”, although it is not fame that we desire, but rather recognition. From a very young age, we seek this. Remember these words, “Dad watch, look at this,” All that we are doing is seeking recognition from others.
The older we get, the harder it is to gain that recognition in the fast-paced world in which we live. There is much competition, and yes, your competition would rather offend you than help.
In the situation I find myself, I learnt a valuable lesson:  nobody is going to help you. Sure,  there are some exceptions, but the statement applies to a general trend in the world. The only person who is going to help you is yourself. So whatever you are doing at this moment, do it to the best of your ability. The encouragement I heard the other day was to “be an over achiever”. So if you are a street sweeper, do it with passion and be the best at it. Being the best at what you do will set you up for the following step or the next job. It will happen… What’s more, you can rely on God for assistance and do everything to Glorify Him.
The Church is an amazing Body. One thing which stands out to me is that a preacher does not simply arrive there and immediately step onto the platform and begin to preach. No matter how talented he/she is. They have to pay their dues and for each person that is different. They have to serve, be obedient and show that are ready and able to stand on the platform. The common trend with all leaders in the Church is they have paid their dues, serving as an usher, packing chairs or some other work with minimal glamour. Keep on doing that and an opportunity will be yours.
Be careful not to seek recognition, rather do your best. You will be rewarded!
Listen to these words: “serve the people who nobody wants and you will attract those who everybody wants.”
“Lord make me do your wish. Amen.”
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