God forgives

#Godforgives
“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” (Colossians 3:13 NLT)
Is it difficult for you to forgive someone whom you perceive to have offended you slightly when God has forgiven you for your vast amount of offences toward Him? The key to forgiving others is to constantly remind yourself what God has forgiven you for. Realizing God’s infinite love and forgiveness will help you to love and forgive others equally. Do not worry about those who have wronged you – let God take care of that. Do not drench your life in bitter feuding. The only way to live with love and joy is to renew yourself and your mind. (Tyndal Study Bible)
How many people do you know who bear grudges against others and circumstances? I know people who have not spoken to their own family in years. Something insignificant often causes such consequences. Do you know anybody like that? Or, is this you?
Things such as grudges, anger and resentment burden the heart and have the potential to drive you insane. You will never be able to acquire true piece if you refuse to forgive. Once you have chosen to forgive, you cannot live in the past anymore – it is over.
The people who know me will be aware that my business position has changed dramatically in the past few years, from owner to worker. I could be angry with the world, bear a grudge against everybody and everything. However, with the motivation of my family, I made a conscious decision to overcome the situation, get over myself and to get on with it.I, therefore, learned once more never to give up. The cream always rises to the top. You have been there once before, why not again?
Just as the scripture says, God has given you another chance – use it. Do not waste it when someone else who has not been given the opportunity could capitalise on it, share and forgive.
It is rewarding, I guarantee it.
” Lord I thank you for my second chance. Please give me Your forgiving nature. In Jesus name. Amen. “

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Why

#why
“Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God! Now I am deeply discouraged, but I will remember you— even from distant Mount Hermon, the source of the Jordan, from the land of Mount Mizar.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭42:5-6‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
“Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God!”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭42:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
Depression is one of the most common emotional ailments. One antidote for depression is to meditate on the record of God’s goodness to his people. This will take your mind off the present situation and give hope that it will improve. It will focus your thoughts on God’s ability to help you rather than on your inability to help yourself. When you feel depressed, take advantage of this psalm’s antidepressant. Read the Bible’s accounts of God’s goodness, and meditate on them. (Tyndale Study Bible)
Reading this Scripture, I am reminded about off a watch. Can you remember the first watches you had to wind them daily? Then followed the automatic wind watch, which wound itself by the movement of your arm. Then watches got batteries, all you need to do is change the battery from time to time. I was looking at the iWatch in the iStore; it can do almost anything, technology, wow.
I am not an expert on depression but what I do know it’s on the increase daily. Early days it was not as rife as for its now. I think if you consider the fast pace of the world today it adds to the problem. Together with the information overload, we exposed to. The amount and the speed we are to make decisions at, it’s crazy.
So just like the Psalmist asks why so sad? It’s because we don’t spend enough time winding our watches, in other words, time for ourselves. Our Spiritual health? Even the modern watch battery needs replacing. The Human body has not evolved as the watch has. It still the same as 100 years ago. Back then there was far more time to wind your clock. In essence, in this fast-paced world we should take far more time for ourselves. Not always possible. The new buzzwords are quality time; yes make every moment count. We are continuously forced to produce more. Are we taking more winding and replacing battery time?
Just as the scripture says above we should put our hope in God, he is the healer of all things. The Psalmist refers the Mount Hermon the source of the Jordaan river, with all its life-giving qualities. You see God is our Jordaan river, all we need to do is have faith. As the commentator says above meditate on Gods word and His goodness, the results will follow.
“Lord I pray for time to spend in Your Word and with You. Thank you for grace and blessing. In Jesus name. Amen.”

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Concern

#concern
“And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need. (‭Luke‬ ‭12‬:‭29 31‬ NLT)‬‬‬

Jesus commands us not to worry. But how can we avoid it? Only faith can free us from the anxiety caused by greed and covetousness. Working and planning responsibly is good; dwelling on all the ways our planning could go wrong is terrible. Worry is pointless because it can’t fill any of our needs; concern is foolish because the Creator of the universe loves us and knows what we need. He promises to meet all our real needs but not necessarily all our desires.
Overcoming worry requires (1) Simple trust in God. This trust is expressed by praying to him rather than worrying. (2) Perspective on your problems. This can be gained by developing a strategy for addressing and correcting your issues. (3) A support team to help. Find some believers who will pray for you to find wisdom and strength to deal with your worries.
Seeking the Kingdom of God above all else means making Jesus the Lord and King of your life. He must control every area—your work, play, plans and relationships. Is the Kingdom only one of your many concerns, or is it central to all you do? Are you holding back any areas of your life from God’s control? As Lord and Creator, he wants to help provide what you need as well as a guide how you use what he gives.
Needs and desires. Just like scripture says to seek God’s Kingdom first above all and he will see to all our needs.
Nothing is ever going to happen just by laying on the couch. Everything worthwhile in life takes action. The Bible always calls us to act. Do you want to achieve anything? There has to be an action.
In this modern world we live in, stress is a huge factor. Society sees it as the silent killer. Have you been there? I am sure you have.  I have done business in a failing economy before. What we tend to do is stress about where next sale is going to come from instead of going out and finding that sale. You can’t leave things to the last minute and then try and find a solution. You should do it sooner rather than later.
Scripture tells us that worrying about it won’t fix anything. Finding a solution and working toward that plan is the way to go. The company I am with just employed a few new salespeople. The one guy is going to struggle because of the lack of knowledge. If that does happen, he can do one of two things. Either he can worry, or he can empower himself by studying and practising all his waking hours. Observing from the outside in, I can see he is doing both. He should leave the worrying part out of it.
Read the section in bold again. There is a plan on how to fix worry.
My advice is to just this seek God’s wisdom in everything, and He will guide you and be with you all the time.
“Lord, I pray that I will worry only about one thing and that is to Glorify you. I thank you for looking after all my needs. I thank you for all my blessings. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen”

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Just pray

#justpray
 
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭6-7NLT)
Imagine never worrying about anything! It seems like an impossibility; we all have worries on the job, in our homes, at school. But Paul’s advice is to turn our worries into prayers. Do you want to worry less? Then pray more! Whenever you start to worry, stop and pray.
You have noticed that some people have a presence about them. I was on training a while ago I am continuously drawn to this one trainer. There is just something about him. In the last session, we started talking, and I told him about my faith. It turns out he is a Christian and been for years.
You see, that control and peace you notice is because we, Christians, trust God in everything. A while ago I spoke about wisdom and solving problems. The solution was to pray and study the word, and all will be revealed to you.
God’s peace will guard your heart, and with faith, he will provide all the solutions and blessings. Just pray and ask.
Let me tell you this, remember I am in sales. My customers often comment that I am calm and don’t push. They say they like that because they don’t want to be forced into something. Don’t get me wrong I ask for the order; then I trust God to deliver. Yeah, I can hear you asking, I do pray about it. God wants us to be bold in our Faith.
Remember guys God is Huge don’t limit him by your limitations, ask, then trust Him. God delivers I speak from experience, just Pray.
“Lord, I pray that You will send the Holy Spirit and touch us, teach and inspire us to pray. I thank You for all my answered prayers. In Jesus name. Amen. “
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Cravings

#cravings
 
Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. (‭1 John‬ ‭2‬:‭15-16‬ NLT)
Some people think that worldliness is limited to external behaviour—the people we associate with, the places we go, the activities we enjoy. Worldliness is also internal because it begins in the heart and is characterized by three attitudes: (1) craving for physical pleasure—preoccupation with gratifying physical desires; (2) craving for everything we see—and accumulating things, bowing to the god of materialism; and (3) pride in our achievements and possessions—obsession with one’s status or importance. When the serpent tempted Eve (Genesis 3:6), he tempted her in these areas. Also, when the devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness, these were his three areas of attack (see Matthew 4:1-11).
By contrast, God values self-control, a spirit of generosity, and a commitment to humble service. It is possible to give the impression of avoiding worldly pleasures while still harbouring human attitudes in one’s heart. It is also possible, like Jesus, to love sinners and spend time with them while maintaining a commitment to the values of God’s Kingdom. What values are most important to you? Do your actions reflect the world’s values or God’s values?
Just last evening I caught myself boasting about my achievements. A friend asked what I was doing these days, so I packed out and told how well I am doing. All those bad habits were back in a flash. As I sit and ponder this scripture, it dawns on me that I never told my friend that I met God. I can boast about all the other things, but the most significant event I don’t talk about.
What’s more, one should guard against bad habits. I thought it would be okay to boast about my worldly success to my close friend; it’s not. We should practice good habits and not do that.
How many people do you know have got themselves in deep trouble craving and chasing physical pleasure? I am guilty, are you? It can lead to all sorts of consequences. Divorce, disease and unwanted pregnancy to name a few. Some of us don’t even realise the hurt and scars we cause. It’s much easier to avoid lust. But we think that going out with lots of people is cool when it’s not. It can have devastating consequences. So young people guard yourself.
God values self-control, a spirit of generosity, and a commitment to humble service. Reread the last paragraph. Memorise these principles it will add to your life.
“Lord, I pray to be like Jesus, to love sinners and spend time with them while maintaining a commitment to the values of Your Kingdom. Lord, I pray this for all people. In Jesus name. Amen.”
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Each other

#eachother
 
“But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love.”
Jude‬ ‭1:20-21‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
 
“And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.”
‭‭Jude‬ ‭1:22-23‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬
To “keep yourselves safe in God’s love” means to live close to God and his people, not listening to false teachers who would try to pull you away from him (John 15:9-10).
Bringing people to Jesus saves them from God’s judgment. We can do this through compassion and kindness. We are to hate the sin, but we must witness to and love the sinner. Unbelievers, no matter how successful they seem by worldly standards, are lost and in need of salvation. We should not take witnessing lightly—it is a matter of life and death.
In trying to find common ground with those to whom we witness, we must be careful not to fall into the quicksand of compromise. When reaching out to others, we must be sure that our own footing is safe and secure. Be careful not to become so much like non-Christians that no one can tell who you are or what you believe. Influence them for Christ—don’t allow them to influence you to sin! (Tyndall Study Bible)
The foundation of our Faith is based, on these greatest commandment: “Love the Lord with all your heart.”  Second to this spoken by Jesus in Mathew 22:36-40 is, “Love your neighbour as you love yourself.”
Yes, I can hear you say, How can I love the Taxi driver? Just there is the real test. We are to be an example and a shining light. That driver must think wow that guy is different. True Love, is the key. I can tell from my experiences not always easy. The goal is to improve daily and build good habits.
Here is the Question, how can you build somebody without love? In my opinion, love is the most critical ingredient here. You can never reach out to people without love. If you read the scripture carefully, you will hear that we are mandated to build each other. We are to be there for others when they are in need. So we need to love unconditionally to achieve this.
It gets me back to that shining light. We as individuals have to stand out. We have to be different so that people can take note and pay attention to use. That difference is not the same for all. It’s different for every individual. The challenge, of course, is, how do we as individuals improve all the time? Continuous improvement, so that we can touch people out there.
“Lord I pray you to give me people to touch. May I improve daily to fulfil my mandate. In Jesus name. Amen.”
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Money

#money
 
Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” So we can say with confidence, “The LORD is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?” (‭Hebrews‬ ‭13‬:‭5-6‬ NLT)‬‬‬
How can we learn to be satisfied with what we have? Strive to live with less rather than desiring more; give away out of your abundance rather than accumulating more; relish what you have rather than resent what you’re missing. We become satisfied when we realize God’s sufficiency for our needs. Christians who become materialistic are saying by their actions that God can’t take care of them—or at least that he won’t take care of them the way they want. Insecurity can lead to the love of money, whether we are rich or poor. The only antidote is to trust God to meet all our needs. See God’s love expressed in what he has provided, and remember that money and possessions will all pass away. (See Philippians 4:11 for more on contentment, and 1 John 2:17 for the futility of earthly desires.)
I grew up in a wealthy home. I always had what my heart desired. How I did not go off the rails is God’s wonder. I have to say; I had had amazing parents. My parents exposed us to all the right things. Excellent family values and great biblical principles.
When we sold the family business, my ego took a huge knock. I had to adapt from being this icon to being just a “normal” person. How bizarre those words sound now. Yes, I thought I was better than the next person. Crazy! Let me tell you, possessions and worldly things were my gods. I felt that playing golf in a pair off R5000 shoes meant something. The fact is that it means nothing, it’s actually about the person you are.
Then,5 years ago, I met God. Just as they explain in the Bible, I was born again – given a second chance. Not only did my life change, but I changed as well. Let me say right now before you think that I believe I am perfect or profess to be; I am far from it. How do you change 50 years of bad habits?
Let me tell you how you try: accept Jesus as your Savior, stay in the Word and apply the Biblical principles. Don’t make money and worldly possessions your god. Another principle in the Bible, “faithful over little, ruler over much”, think about that. That old car you have, look after it.
Be grateful for what you have.
“Lord, I thank you that you humbled me. Make me grateful for what I have. Make me aspire only to glorify You. In Jesus name. Amen.”
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