What do you say

If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? (1 John 4:20 NLT)
It is easy to say we love God when that love doesn’t cost us anything more than weekly attendance at religious services. But the real test of our love for God is how we treat the people right in front of us—our family members and fellow believers. We cannot truly love God while neglecting to love those who are created in his image. (Tyndale Study Bible)
In my book, it is easy to say that you love someone. Actions speak louder than words.
Loving God is the easiest thing to do. He is not “in your face” on a daily basis demanding things from you. Just like that colleague you don’t like, the one who annoys you whenever he speaks. That is a test for you.
Read the words above that stand in bold. We are all created in God’s image, so why can’t we love everybody? We create our own barriers and images about people. We can influence them if we love them unconditionally, because they might aspire to become like us. As Christians, we should be a shining light and stand out.
Love and caring for people is the foundation of faith, without which we are nowhere.
“Lord, I pray that I will live to honour You in such a way that I will entice people to your Kingdom. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen”

Does no wrong

Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law. (‭Romans‬ ‭13‬:‭10‬ NLT)‬‬‬
Christians must obey the law of love, which supersedes both religious and civil laws. How easy it is to excuse our indifference to others merely because we have no legal obligation to help them, and even to justify harming them if our actions are technically legal! But Jesus does not leave loopholes in the law of love. Whenever love demands it, we are to go beyond human legal requirements and imitate the God of love. See James 2:8-9; 4:11 and 1 Peter 2:16-17 for more about this law of love. (Tyndale Study Bible)
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭22‬:‭37-40‬ NLT)‬‬‬
Jesus was talking to the Sadducees religious leaders. They were questioning Him about the resurrection and the old law. They all tried catching Him out, waiting for Him to say the wrong thing, yet He never did. He always managed to say the correct words.
How many times do we say the wrong things? If we came from a place of love, would we say the wrong thing? From the second passage of scripture that loving is the 2nd most important of the commandments. Jesus does mean that the latter is equally as important as the first.
God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. Will you do that for others? I don’t think so. It’s that position we should aspire to be in. If each of us loves that intensely, our problems will disappear. If we love like this we will consider what we say; we will never harm anybody. Coming from that position will make us better people.
Very important is to love everybody the same, not just a chosen few.
“Lord, let Your spirit dwell in me so that I can love unconditionally. May we all love everybody, not just the chosen few. I thank you for Your love, Lord. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.”

Stay alert

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. (Ephesians 6:18 NLT)9
How can anyone pray at all times? One way is to make quick, brief prayers your habitual response to every situation you meet throughout the day. Another way is to order your life around God’s desires and teachings so that your very life becomes a prayer. You don’t have to isolate yourself from other people and from daily work in order to pray constantly. You can make prayer your life and your life a prayer while living in a world that needs God’s powerful influence. We also should pray for all believers in Christ; so pray for the Christians you know and for the church around the world.
I spent a bit of time leading a Bible study group. The group consisted of drug addicts and street people/children. I enjoyed it immensely.
The greatest challenge was the fact that these people slip back into their old habits very quickly and easily because it’s all they know. It takes a long time to form a good habit, but short to form a bad habit. As a young believer, we think prayer is something that we do within the confines of our private space. It’s quite the opposite…
Just as the scripture says, it can and must be done at all times. If you are faced with temptation or bad choices, pray right there. Call on the Holy Spirit to help you fight that attack. What often happens as humans, we think our sin is not as bad as the drug addicts. Sin is a sin; we can all rely on this way of prayer. I certainly do all the time.
My advice to them was to be very specific in your prayers. Especially the bullet prayers. What is also amazing is when you get into the habit of doing this, you are creating a line of communication with God and the Holy Spirit.
“Lord, help me to focus on talking to You. In Jesus name. Amen”

Don’t worry

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
Mathew 6:34
Planning for tomorrow is time well spent; worrying about tomorrow is time wasted. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference. Careful planning is thinking ahead about goals, steps, and schedules, and trusting in God’s guidance. When done well, planning can help alleviate worry. Worriers, by contrast, are consumed by fear and find it difficult to trust God. They let their plans interfere with their relationship with God. Don’t let worries about tomorrow affect your relationship with God today. (Tyndale Study Bible)
As a young Christian, this is most probably the most difficult thing to grasp and rely on. All our life, before salvation, we have relied on our own understanding. It was always me, myself and I. I remember attending motivational programs and courses to improve myself. Why? Because we worry about tomorrow.
Just as the commentator says, proper planning is good, yet we have to ask God for His guidance. Then we have to trust and ask for improvements as the days go by. If we asked God for advice, we can rely on Him to execute our day flawlessly and diligently. I must stress here that relying on God’s understanding does not mean that we should do nothing. The essential principle in the Bible applies here.
Seedtime and harvest. You reap what you sow. You will get out what you put in. You apply this diligently you won’t need to worry about tomorrow.
Rely on God’s understanding, not on the worldly influences.
“Lord I pray that I can rely on your understanding completely. Please give me the courage to rely on You. In Jesus name, I pray.Amen.”

What do you want

“An open rebuke is better than hidden love! Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.”
Proverbs 27:5-6
Who would prefer a friend’s wounds to an enemy’s kisses? Anyone who considers the source. A friend who has your best interests at heart may have to give you unpleasant advice at times, but you know it is for your own good. An enemy, by contrast, may whisper sweet words and happily send you on your way to ruin. We tend to hear what we want to hear, even if an enemy is the only one who will say it. A friend’s advice, no matter how painful, is much more valuable.
We all are human none of us want to hear bad or criticism about themselves. We want to listen to what we want to hear. Generally, the good things that caress your ego. We all have egos in some way or form. And don’t for one moment think you are perfect. I certainly am not. I fall horribly short. Yet I strive to be a better person all the time.
As a believer, we have a Friend in God. He speaks to us daily through the Holy Spirit and the Bible. And many a day I can say that is not what I wanted to hear on that day. How many times have you said this? It seems so appropriate at this stage. That is God’s way of speaking to us.
Have you had that little voice in the back of your head say, “now that is not right”? You guessed it; it’s the Holy Spirit speaking. Please just remember sincerity is critical in all of this.
So listen to your friends or family, the Holy Spirit and God through his word.
“Lord I thank you for friends that care. I thank you for Your word the Bible. Amen.”

Be bold

Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. (Matthew 28:5-6 NLT)
The angel who announced the good news of the Resurrection to the women gave them four messages: (1) Don’t be afraid. The reality of the Resurrection brings joy, not fear. When you are afraid, remember the empty tomb. (2) He isn’t here. Jesus is not dead and is not to be looked for among the dead. He is alive, with his people. (3) Come, see. The women could check the evidence themselves. The tomb was empty then, and it is empty today. The Resurrection is a historical fact. (4) Go quickly and tell. They were to spread the joy of the Resurrection. We, too, are to spread the great news about Jesus’ resurrection.
Jesus’ resurrection is the key to the Christian faith. Why? (1) Just as he promised, Jesus rose from the dead. We can be confident, therefore, that he will accomplish all he has promised. (2) Jesus’ bodily resurrection shows us that the living Christ is ruler of God’s eternal Kingdom, not a false prophet or impostor. (3) We can be certain of our resurrection because he was resurrected. Death is not the end—there is future life. (4) The power that brought Jesus back to life is available to us to bring our spiritually dead selves back to life. (5) The Resurrection is the basis for the church’s witness to the world. Jesus is more than just a human leader; he is the Son of God. (Tyndale Study Bible)
It’s available to all that live in this world. We as believers have to share this message.
Our pastor preached about restoration this past Sunday.  “Born again with the promise of eternal life”.
What stands out for me is the fact that the power that raised Jesus from the dead is available to me and everybody else. It is here to renew our spiritual life and to awaken the dead in us and thus to make us alive in Jesus. I prayed for John on Sunday; he gave his life to Jesus. None of this happens by accident.
He was invited to the Church, which is the first step of the Holy Spirit working. Then came Pastor Aidan’s awesome word. Through him, the Holy Spirit reached John and touched his heart. Wow! I am so blessed to play a small part! All glory to God.
Then the renewing process starts. We are faced with choices life or death, blessings or curses daily. Choose life and let the Holy Spirit guide you. Pray whenever you are not sure about something. Even though the worldly attacks will be there, stay strong and open your heart to Jesus and Holy Spirit and, most importantly, stay in Gods’ word – the Bible. Read and meditate on it daily.
You see, God has a plan for us all, there is a good work in us all. Open your hearts so that He, through the Holy Spirit, can touch you. Please keep in mind that we have a choice in all this.
“Lord, I thank you for Your  Son  Jesus and that You gave Him to die for my sins. Lord, I pray that You will guide me in the good works for You. May I stay in Your Word daily. Forgive me of my sins. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.”


And so the Lord says, “These people say they are mine. They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. And their worship of me is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote. (Isaiah 29:13 NLT)
The people claimed to be close to God, but they were disobedient and merely went through the motions; therefore, God would bring judgment upon them. Religion had become routine instead of real. Jesus quoted Isaiah’s condemnation of Israel’s hypocrisy when he spoke to the Pharisees, the religious leaders of his day (Matthew 15:7-9; Mark 7:6-7). We are all capable of hypocrisy. Often we slip into regular patterns when we worship, and we neglect to give God our love and devotion. If we want to be called God’s people, we must be obedient and worship him honestly and sincerely. (Tyndale Study Bible)
As a believer, the toughest thing for me has always been to learn how to rely on God wholeheartedly.
In the dog-eat-dog world in which we live, we often find it difficult to rely on God due to lack of faith on our part, without even realising it. You see, the Bible says all we need is faith the size of a mustard seed, and we will be able to move mountains.
Just as the scripture says, we tend to do things out of habit. It’s in everything we do. We all have specific practices from the time we wake up until the time we go to sleep. The coffee routine to the time you leave for work. Then, when we are at work, we have methods as well. You can’t expect a different result if you’re putting in the same effort as before.
It’s easy to slip into routines in all we do. My advice to myself is to put my heart and soul into everything I do. Try to maximise your potential in everything. I can’t think that God does not expect excellence from us in everything we do to His glory.
At church yesterday I prayed for a new believer. My advice to him was open his heart and trust God to do the good work in him.
“Lord, I pray that You will produce excellence through me, that I may be a star that shines for you. Give me the vision and strength to not just to be there, but wholeheartedly worship You. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen”