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Faith

I came across this short film and thought it was very inspirational. This film is directed by Eugene X Ramos and written by Ehren Tacdiran. 

This video is to encourage all of us that though we may be very down and have nearly given up on God, we should stay strong and believe that He will make a way for us. We need to have faith and spend time with Him reading His word and communicating with Him.

 

Claiming the Promise

Claiming the promise “All things work together for good for them that love the Lord” (Romans 8:28) requires us to have faith in what we do not see. Often we make general statements proclaiming how strong our faith is. But when the tide comes it really does test and reveal our faith. In my experience tides have come and I honestly have felt like I can’t hear God, not that I doubt His existence I just feel as if I can’t hear Him in that moment. What comforts me is looking at the life of Job, when Job lost His family, health and possessions God didn’t show up and say “Hey Job, everything will be alright soon I’m just showing Satan something”. God  did not explain Himself, He instead said nothing at first but when the time was right He said things like “Have you comprehended the breadth of the earth? Tell Me, if you know all this” (Job 38:18 NKJV).

The manner in which God communicated with Job taught me a couple of things. Firstly, God does not answer many of our why questions not because He isn’t fair but because He requires us to trust His judgement on what is best for our lives. It also made me realise that many times in our lives we want an answer from God straight away, which shows how impatient we can be. God reveals Himself when the time is right, He is never “late” so we need not worry. Lastly I learnt that even when we feel as if God is being silent we need to trust Him. If we look back at our lives we can literally see God working in different situations. So when we are at a place where we can feel as if God is silent let us not forget where we have come from. He’s still there and He has not changed.

Let us cling to and believe the promises that God has given us; all things WILL work together for good for us who love the Lord. He’s not willing that any of us should perish (2 Peter 3:9). He is working in our favour and has our best interests at heart, lets trust Him.

A Recipe for a Christian life

 

A Recipe for a Christian life

 

Believe in the ingredients of:

 

  • Rejoice in the Lord always’ (1 Thess 5 :17);
  • Pray to Him without ceasing’ (1 Thess 5 : 17);
  • Give Him Thanks in all things’  (1 Thess 5 : 17) with each of these being seen as equally important in all aspects of all activities.  

 

 1) Rejoicing in the Lord always, emanates from the fruit segments: peace, joy and longsuffering and triggers a motivation to:

 

2) Pray without ceasing sourced by the faith, love and goodness developed and leads to: 

 

3) Thanksgiving in all things which becomes evident as meekness, temperance and gentleness fall in place to complement all the other fruit segments.  

 

The rejoicing is to be seen and heard, the praying constant and fervent, the thanksgiving generous and spontaneous, And together, these ingredients, in the mysterious way in which they perform their processing, result in the manifestation of lives based on the life of Christ Jesus.

 

Remember, Jesus’ way always turns out to be the best way, Whether at home, school, work or play and finally:

“Man shall not live by bread alone but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (Matt 4 : 4).

 

Chew over these things.

Same-Sex Marriage

On my way to work, I was sent a link of an article from the Guardian. This is what I read:

David Cameron has hailed the first same-sex marriages in England and Wales as sending a “powerful message” about equality in Britain.

The law changed at midnight, with a number of gay couples vying to claim the title of being the first to be married in Britain by trying to time it perfectly so their vows were said just seconds after the clock struck midnight.

The prime minister said the reform was necessary because “when people’s love is divided by law, it is that law that needs to change”.

Writing in Pink News he said “this weekend is an important moment” because “we will at last have equal marriage in our country”.

What do you think of this happening? The church has a choice (at the moment) choosing whether they will marry a couple of the same sex but how long will this choice last?

Thank You For Waking Me Up

“Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for waking me up this morning”
To me this means although yesterday I was simply a broken vessel as You filled me up with water and whilst I was meant to be pouring you out to so many others I was leaking and wasn’t as useful as I could have been, You still in your mercy decided to give me life. It means You still believe that I will be of use. You’re giving me another opportunity to serve You wholeheartedly although yesterday I didn’t. So this opportunity you give me is not because I have earned it or deserve it because of what I’ve done but it’s simply because You’re full of grace and love. Thank You

Your Prayers are needed……

Christmas is all about spending time with your family and loved ones. It always hurts me when others are not as fortunate as I am.

I saw this story on my cousins status on her facebook and display picture on Whattsapp and was very distressed to hear about this lady missing. Please keep Teleka and her family in your prayers; that we will find Teleka Cassandra Patrick safely and sound.

http://www.examiner.com/article/adventist-woman-reported-missing-michigan

https://www.facebook.com/FindTeleka

How to Recover After You’ve Blown It!

There you go. Messed it up again. Said something you shouldn’t have. You knew it wasn’t the right thing to say, but you did it anyway. You watched as the words formed in your brain and traveled to your mouth and shot out before you had a chance to grab them and reign them in. The damage is done. Hearing ears were hit. You blew it.

It’s fun to unnecessarily make others mad, isn’t it? Of course it isn’t. So when you find yourself in this situation again, what can you do?

Acknowledge. You can’t regain any ground unless you let the other person know you know what you did. It will help if you state what it was that you just did to them. For example, “I just made you mad, didn’t I?”

Apologize. There is a right way and a wrong way to apologize. What makes the difference is the presence of sincere humility. Words, alone are not going to cut it. You must be able to bring yourself down. Humility is like willingly accepting the role of a servant. Be a servant to the person you just hurt.

Accept. Once you’ve demonstrated you are contrite, accept their apology and move on. What if they don’t accept your apology? Accept God’s forgiveness anyway and move on. You cannot drag something like this with you into your future of ministry leadership. It’s too heavy and it wil only get heavier. Let it go.

Next Steps:

Read 2 scripture verses back to back. First, from The Message translation read Proverbs 18.7 and follow it up with Proverbs 18.20

Write down 25 affirming words (i.e. “tremendous”, “good”, “fantastic”…) and work over the next 25 days to work these into your everyday vocabular.

Scott Couchenour, Serving Strong

Photo from Boards.ie

 

What Is Time?

Time what is it? Is it endless? How do you use it? Can you get a refund from it?

The time we live in now we call it “present”. Think about it, what does the word present mean? It implies that time is a gift. Time is one thing that all human on earth knows that they cannot control. When one second goes by there’s nothing in our power that we can do to get that same second back, it’s gone. If we do try and get it back we’ll end up wasting even more time. The reason why I’m dwelling on time is because recently I’ve only just acknowledged how important and vital time is. So many people have died in the past year. Their deaths have been unpredictable. This has taught me that time is not mine, time is precious. Every moment that I have, in every second I must be productive. Wasting time is wasting a gift that we do not deserve.

 

When we give our lives to God we are acknowledging that we are not our own (1Cor 6:19). We are agreeing to die to self, stating that we no longer want to live by flesh; by the foolish things our hearts desire but instead we want to live by spirit (Romans 8:5-13, Galatians 5:16-17). Living by the spirit means being obedient to the spirit and so living by God’s will . We are being vessels for God so our purpose in life is not to go about our own business but to go about our Father’s business (Phillipians2:3). Having just realised this, my perspective to life has changed, I’m on a journey aiming to transform the way I use my time.

 

This blog is different as its more of a revelation in my life, but it’s something that I felt was compulsory to share. The phrase “tomorrow is not promised” is commonly and loosely used but it’s so true. Let’s not put ourselves in a position where we put off decisions or work for the Lord because we believe tomorrow is promised. Acknowledging that time is not ours but God’s is difficult but not impossible. Let’s go on this journey together, let’s live for God together so that we can see each other in heaven.

Let Go and Let God

Looking back past this month I have seen how many terrible mistakes I’ve made over my life. But the thing is I know I can’t change them so I’ve realised that all I can do is let go and let God. When I hadn’t “confessed” my sins to God I thought about them in disgust, ashamed in fact I didn’t even what to think about them but now I know although my actions were not correct I have tried to put it right. In this sinful flesh that I am in there is no more than I can do than to say sorry and give my all to God so I don’t do the same thing again. In life we make mistakes but if we hold on to them there is no way we can give God our everything and move forward with Him. That is sad. The beauty of moving forward with God is He can create in us a clean heart so that we will no longer be the person who we used to be. We are new! Although we may still suffer the consequences to our actions God still has a way of using us for good and allowing us to get to places where we would have never been or imagined. Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV) says You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. So seek God, literally do all you can to find Him because your burdens will most definitely be lifted. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV) says Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. Move forward with God, don’t waste time holding on to your past; life is short. Find you’re joy in the Lord.

Valentines Day

Romans 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

At work on the 14th February 2013, I was asked by a colleague what I am doing for Valentines day. When I told her that I do not believe in it and it is a pagan holiday and an excuse for people to spend their money, she was surprised.  How did this day come about anyway?

Research has showed me that there are two theories regarding Valentines Day origin, however both theories support the idea that Valentines day celebrates Valentines death. Valentines day was named after three saints with the name St Valentine. Some say that one of the priests was sent to prison for marrying soldiers when the emperor at the time believed that single men were better soldiers. He continued to marry lovers in secret, but the emperor found out and killed him.

The other theory is that Valentine helped Christians escape the roman prisons where they were beat and tortured. As he was in prison himself, he sent letters to his lover expressing his love to her. Others believe that the Roman Catholic church is responsible for celebrating this day through this Pagan Festival.

How does this relate to me? Being a seventh-day adventist, should I celebrate this day? Showing your spouse or partner some words and actions of kindness should not be done only for one day but should be expressed everyday.