Forgive

#forgive
Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” (‭Ephesians‬ 4:31-32NLT)
We can bring sorrow to the Holy Spirit by the way we live. Paul warns us against unwholesome language, bitterness, improper use of anger, harsh words, slander, and bad attitudes toward others. Instead of acting that way, we should be forgiving, just as God has forgiven us. Are you bringing sorrow or pleasing God with your attitudes and actions? Act in love toward your brothers and sisters in Christ, just as God acted in love by sending his Son to die for your sins.
This is Christ’s law of forgiveness as taught in the Gospels (Matthew 6:14, 15; 18:35; Mark 11:25). We also see it in the Lord’s Prayer—“Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us” (Luke 11:4). God forgives us, not because we forgive others, but solely because of his great mercy. As we come to understand his mercy, however, we will want to be like him. Having received forgiveness, we will pass it on to others. Those who are unwilling to forgive have not become one with Christ, who was willing to forgive even those who crucified him (Luke 23:34).(Tyndale Study Bible)
I spoke about this before. As a man thinks, so is he.
What stands out to me is that when we apply these principles, the Bible teaches us that we will be complete. So if you want to be pure in everything, you should have pure thoughts. It makes me think of people that go on secluded mountain retreats to get in touch with their spiritual side. You see, you don’t have to do that. You can achieve that right where you are through the application of Biblical principles.
Like most things in life, it takes practice. It takes around three weeks to form a good habit but can be broken in a moment. So we should keep our minds pure as these attitudes determine everything that will bring us lasting rewards.
We have the Biblical principles, yet the most important thing is that we can rely on God and the Holy Spirit to give us strength and determination to achieve these goals. We achieve that through a healthy prayer life.
Apply and rely on God.
“Lord I pray for your strength and determination. Let me be kind to the world. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen”
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It’s a choice

#itsachoice
Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.” (‭1 John‬ ‭4‬:‭11-12‬ NLT)
If no one has ever seen God, how can we ever know him? John in his Gospel said, “The unique One, who is himself, God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us” (John 1:18). Jesus is the complete expression of God in human form, and he has revealed God to us. When we love one another, the invisible God reveals himself to others through us, and his love is made complete.
Some people simply enjoy being with others. They make friends with strangers easily and always are surrounded by friends. Other people are shy or reserved. They have a few friends, are frequently uncomfortable talking with people they don’t know or mingling in crowds. Shy people don’t need to become extroverts in order to love others. John isn’t telling us how many people to love, but how much to love the people we already know. Our job is to love faithfully the people God has given us to love, whether there are two or two hundred of them. If God sees that we are ready to love others, he will bring them to us. No matter how shy we are, we don’t need to be afraid of the love commandment. God provides us with the strength to do what he asks.(Tyndale Study Bible)
Jesus was the complete expression of God in human form, and we should all strive to be like Him. Just as the writer says, if we love others, God is revealed through us. That love should be unconditional Remember; love is not merely a feeling, but an action. Show that love goes along with your actions.
Because we all have compassion, we all like nice things said about us. You see, it’s not without doing something. Nobody will comment if you have done nothing. The meaning of compassion – the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it. It’s thus important to DO and not only say. So, if we want God’s love to shine through us, we have to do something.
Something that stands out to me is that it’s not how many you love, it’s how much. Quality rather than quantity. You have to practice with the people around you. I still fail, but practising I am. Reach the people around you.
This principle jumps out at me. Do things around you right, and individuals and opportunities will be given to you.
“Lord thank you for loving me. Make me love others as You love me. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.”
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Working in you

#working in you
For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. (‭Philippians‬ ‭2‬:‭13‬ NLT)
What do we do when we don’t feel like obeying? God has not left us alone in our struggles to do his will. He wants to come alongside us and be within us to help. God gives us the desire and the power to do what pleases him.The secret to a changed life is to submit to God’s control and let him work.Next time ask God to help you desire to do his will.
To be like Christ, we must train ourselves to think like Christ.To change our desires to be more like Christ’s, we need the power of the indwelling Spirit, the influence of faithful Christians, obedience to God’s Word (not just exposure to it), and sacrificial service.Often it is in doing God’s will that we gain the desire to do it (see 4:8-9). Do what he wants and trust him to change your desires. (Tyndale Study Bible)
I have a good friend that has been such an inspiration for me. He has renewed my faith, we all need that from time to time. That fire that burns in us when we are saved fades from time to time. It takes miracles that happen daily to rekindle that fire. Read the bold section again. That is what God asks us to do daily. I fall horribly short.
When I was pondering this scripture this thought came up immediately: I was just a witness to the working of God through the Holy Spirit again this week. It’s amazing. I feel I should say this again. The power of the Holy Spirit is insane. When Jesus died the Holy Spirit was released over the earth, and it is the Power of that Spirit that resurrected Jesus from the dead to Heaven. That is the power that is available to all of us. With God and the Holy Spirit, we can do all things. It is the power of that Spirit that can achieve anything; we just need faith. Remember the Trinity of the God Head, Father Son and the Holy Spirit.
Scripture says that all things are possible with God. With faith the size of a mustard seed, we can move mountains.
So let God work in you, let the Holy Spirit guide you, and give you the power to overcome all challenges. Trust God in all. Give him your whole heart.
“Lord I pray for your strength. Guide me in my daily choices. I thank you for loving me. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.”
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Freedom

#freedom
For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭3‬:‭17‬ NLT)
Those who were trying to be saved by keeping the Old Testament law were soon tied up in rules and ceremonies. But now, through the Holy Spirit, God provides freedom from sin and condemnation (Romans 8:1). When we trust Christ to save us, he removes our heavy burden of trying to please him and our guilt for failing to do so. By trusting Christ we are loved, accepted, forgiven, and freed to live for him. “Wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭3‬:‭16‬ NLT)
When Moses came down Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments, his face was radiant from being in God’s presence (Exodus 34:29-35). Moses had to put on a veil to keep the people from being terrified by the brightness of his face. Paul adds that this veil kept them from seeing the radiance fade away. This veil illustrates the fading of the old system and the veiling of the people’s minds because of their pride, hardness of heart, and refusal to repent. The veil kept them from understanding references to Christ in the Scriptures. When anyone becomes a Christian, the veil is taken away (3:16), giving eternal life and freedom from bondage. That person can then be like a mirror reflecting God’s glory. (Tyndal Study Bible)
The amazing thing about salvation is that we are free from sin. We carry the burdens of the world and our daily struggles before we are born again. We are set free from all those sins and burdens if we accept Jesus as our saviour. At the same time, Jesus died for our sin; he was resurrected by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was set upon the earth at the same time. That is the Spirit that Paul is talking about that will guide us, if we believe. That is the Spirit that creates the freedom. That is the voice that tells us to make the right, choices. Sure, we can ignore it as many of us do. At that point the feeling of guilt and condemnation is upon us. Sometimes we feel so bad about our bad choices that we want to blame others for us making wrong decision and choices. And those others are many times the ones closest to us.
As I was meditating on this scripture, the Holy Spirit guided me to look at the previous verse and read this verse in context. Whenever we call on the Name of the Lord, He will be there for us. That’s the promise God makes. So just as the verse says, the veil of sin is lifted from us. It is taken away. The burdens of the world are taken from us.
When I made that choice to accept Jesus as my saviour, My family and friends watched to see me fail. Yes, I did, but every day I endeavour to be better for God. People now see God living in me. This walk with God it’s not easy, it’s just like a marriage. You see, all you successful people will know that nothing worthwhile comes easy. It takes hard work and commitment. Just like a marriage.
You see accepting Jesus as my saviour I learnt to “Love” again. Jesus gave me a heart of flesh removed the stony parts. I do everything with far more compassion and love than before.
“Lord, I pray that I will be a mirror for you. Remove the stone from my heart, make it soft, to care. I pray that my family will see the change in me. I thank you for salvation. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen”
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The Church

#thechurch
God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was his eternal plan, which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭3‬:‭10-11‬ NLT)
The “rulers and authorities in the heavenly places” are either angels who are witnesses to these events (see 1 Peter 1:12), or hostile spiritual forces opposed to God (2:2; 6:12). It is an awesome privilege to be able to approach God with freedom and confidence. Most of us would be apprehensive in the presence of a powerful ruler. But thanks to Christ, by faith we can enter directly into God’s presence through prayer. We know we’ll be welcomed with open arms because we are God’s children through our union with Christ. Don’t be afraid of God. Talk with him about everything. He is waiting to hear from you. (Tyndal Study Bible)
I think many people in the world don’t understand the Church. Most believe that the Church is the building where we meet every Sunday. That is just the Holy place or sanctuary where we meet. The Church is made up of all off us and includes the sanctuary. We all form part of the Body of Christ the Church. Just as the Human body is made off millions of part, we represent those parts. We all are different. Just like the Body, together we makeup, the Body off Christ. You see all these small parts make the Human body work. In the Church, we need many different people to function successfully as the Body of Christ.
There is a place for every kind of person, we all have different talents. Together we can function and be successful as the Church, the Body of Christ.
As representatives of the Church of Christ, we are mandated by God to display His wisdom in all the variety. We are to be an example to the world, what the promise of God offers. We are mandated as the Church to share the good news. To tell people about Jesus, salvation and the riches of Heaven. And with all of this comes eternal life as well.
Wow, what a privilege this is, first to be mandated and then to be given all these promises.
“Lord I thank you for the Church, the Body of Christ. I pray for wisdom and courage to spread the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus. I Jesus name I pray. Amen”
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Holy Spirit

#Holyspirit
 
“The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬
The Holy Spirit is God’s promise or guarantee of eternal life for those who believe in him. The Spirit is within us now by faith, and by faith, we are certain to live with Christ forever.
 
“If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit who dwells in you.” There are two big “ifs” here, not just one. There is the “if” of Jesus’ resurrection. Is this story factual? Did God raise Jesus from the dead? And there is the “if” of your conversion. Have you received the Spirit of God into your heart? Does the Spirit of God lead your life? Has he adopted you into God’s family and begun to give you the character of your heavenly Father?
The Two Most Important Questions
 
If either of these two “ifs” is untrue for you, then the promise is in vain, and your mortal body will not be raised unto life but unto fearful judgment. (www.desiringgod.org)
Yesterday we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus. If you believe as the commentator says above, then the power of that Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is available to you. Salvation comes from declaring that Jesus died for your sin and believing that He was raised from the dead by Holy Spirit. Paul in Romans then says that is the Spirit that lives in us. This is the advantage Christians have that life-giving Spirit guides us daily. Through God and that Spirit, we are promised eternal life in heaven.
Read the commentary they speak about two ifs. As a Christian, we walk by faith and faith comes from hearing and hearing comes from the word of God, the Bible. I want to say don’t try and over complicate matters. As Christian, we know it is that Spirit, which is one with God, that touched us on the day of our salvation. Yes, it’s that Spirit that moved us to take that step of faith. Just like it is for us today, it is almost tangible. Christians experience that daily. And like I have said many times before that is available to all, not just me and my fellow Christians. Spend time reading the Bible because that is where your instruction will come from. I invite you to go to Church that’s where you will experience that Spirit. I pray that it moves you.
Please keep this in mind as the commentator says when we accept this into our lives, then we are adopted into God’s family. The Spirit lives in us, and the process of sanctification starts. Every day we become more like God because ultimately you were created in His image. All I want to say as well pay heed to the warnings. Remember above all with the Holy Spirit; you are promised a prosperous and blessed life.
Lord, I thank for the gift of the Spirit, Amen.
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God’s shelter

#Godsshelter
 
Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.      2   This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.      3    For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease.      4    He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.      5    Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day.      6    Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday.      7    Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you.      8    Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished.       9    If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter,   10    no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home.      11    For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go.      12    They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.      13    You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!       14    The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name.      15    When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them.      16    I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”
Psalms 91:10-16 NLT
This psalm describes God’s ongoing sovereign protection of his people from the ever-present dangers and terrors that surround humanity. The original setting may be that of an army about to go to battle. Most of the terrors mentioned in this psalm are left undefined, no doubt intentionally so that no kind of danger is omitted from the application. Believers in every age can read this psalm to learn that nothing can harm a child of God unless the Lord permits it. However, in light of the many references in the Psalms to the future messianic kingdom (cf. especially Ps. 96–100), this psalm must be read as being literally fulfilled then. 1. The Confidence (91:1–2) 2. The Dangers (91:3–6) 3. The Examples (91:7–13) (Life Application Study Bible)
So Friday we commemorated the crucifixion. What astounds me is how the world is commercializing this event. Easter eggs and all the stuff surrounding the event. It’s a profoundly Spiritual and Holy event, most probably the most significant event in the world, because it gives us a second chance.
As I was reading this Psalm, a couple of verses of it, I realize the significance so I decided to post the whole Psalm. What is fitting for me is that God promises all this. He sent his Son Jesus that he died for us on the cross and washed away all our sin’s in a blink.
Consider the words of the commentator – “However, in light of the many references in the Psalms to the future messianic kingdom (cf. especially Ps. 96–100), this psalm must be read as being literally fulfilled then.” What always amazes me is the relevance, it is a Psalm written 100’s of years before the coming of Jesus. Like said many times before God knows everything. We don’t know the plans He has for us. All we need to do is accept His love and make right choices.
“This psalm describes God’s ongoing sovereign protection of his people from the ever-present dangers and terrors that surround humanity. Consider this, He love’s you and I so much that gave his only Son to us, so we can have eternal life, through Jesus. Would you give your only child to the world? Can we even relate to that?
Today been Easter Sunday Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit was resurrected. He rose from the dead. As I go quiet and ponder these words and events, I can’t believe it all happened for you and me. Through the blood of Jesus Christ, we are redeemed. By choice, we can have a relationship with God. Why, because He God gave His Son to the world.
“Lord, I give thanks, I am eternally grateful for Your gift. I pray we all go out and spread this Good News. In, Jesus name, Amen.”
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