It’s Just A Temporary Inconvenience

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It’s Just A Temporary Inconvenience

The definition of convenience is the state of being able to do something easily with little effort and no hindrances. So, a temporary inconvenience might be a situation where conditions are not ideal and enabling.

When hard times hit or in an inconvenient situation, you have to drag through opposition, setback, and challenges to achieve your objectives.

Consider Joseph’s pathway to the palace (pit-prison-palace). Think about the Israelite’s exodus before the Red Sea and their many battles to possess the promised land. Reflect on Jesus’ mission to save the world.

Moses

These instances all demonstrated grave inconvenience and fierce opposition regarding their objectives.

Consider also Elijah the Hebrew prophet, Nehemiah the wall builder, Paul the missionary, Peter the church leader, Martin Luther King Jr. the civil rights activist, Nelson Mandela the nationalist.

These individuals all found themselves frequently in inconvenient situations. It leads therefore to two conclusions.

The Purpose of Temporary Inconveniences

Firstly, temporary inconvenience owing to various causes will always be present. Secondly, most notable achievements occurred notwithstanding huge inconveniences. Hence, the inconvenience may be considered a prerequisite or stepping stone to significant accomplishments.

In fact, the more opposition to a goal achieved, the more glorious the achievement.

One other truth to realize is that each inconvenience is temporary. Once you sustain a level of consistent pursuit, you will have passed by the inconveniences before you know it.

Paul gives us a very important guide to navigating our way through inconvenient situations in the Second Epistle to the Corinthians (2 Corinthians 4:15-18). He begins thus:

15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. 16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. 

He says he does not relent in his efforts because of our knowledge that glory awaits us at the end.

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; (v.17) Praise God!

“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (v.18)

The attitude of the achiever will be to fix his gaze on the prize, and not on the opposition or inconvenient situations. You must push through to the prize of achieving your goals despite the inconveniences. Unless of course, you count your goals as being unimportant.

Think of what drove Jesus Christ to the cross.

The Crucifixion

He had his eyes on the crown: you! You were the crown He envisioned, for He was always the eternal King. “…who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrew 12.2)

He is set down for your sake.

Let the desire and passion you possess for the Advancing of God’s Kingdom, push you through your temporary inconvenience.

Whatever challenges, setbacks or opposition may come your way…

always remember, ‘this too shall pass!’

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Dwell In God

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Psalms 91 is one of those popular scriptures that we all seem to know. The words penned in the verses are indeed powerful and liberating.

Many times, we recite scripture but “deny” or realize the power of the words we speak. The bible calls this a form of godliness that is so prevalent in the Church today.

To be a true worshiper of God we must learn to take God at His word and trust that it will do just what He says. And how do we accomplish? By developing a relationship with Him whereby we demonstrate that He can trust us with mysteries of the word that the world cannot understand.

The first verse in this chapter is one that gives assurance that when we have a relationship with God He will be there with us and He will take care of us. 

“He that dwelleth…” –  To dwell means this is a place just to stay but this is a place where you live. God does not want us to just be where He is but want us to live in His presence.

In His presence, we find rest, comfort and peace. In the dwelling presence of the Lord, the cares of this world are locked outside, we get to lay aside every weight and burden and enter into His rest.

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Once we dwell in the presence of Abba we develop a relationship that grants us access “…in the secret place.”  Everyone cannot go into the secret place of The Most High because this is a sacred place.

God told Moses to remove his shoes because the place where he stood was Holy Ground. His shoes bore the dirt from the world and were unfit to be worn on that sacred ground where God wanted to commune with Moses and reveal Himself to him.

In this place, God desires intimacy with us. This requires us to shed outer garments, those things of the world that we can hide behind and make us unclean in the presence of God.

Things like shame, guilt, and unforgiveness stop our worship from making it into the Holy of Holies and stop us from “…abiding under the shadow of the Almighty.

The shadow of God alludes to the omnipresence of God, the part that we cannot see but is always there. Again, we have the assurance that God has provided for us a place where we can be protected by an all-powerful Savior. 

Because of our relationship, the Savior wants you to know that He has us covered and protected. Therefore, there is no need for us to fear. He will not allow us to be destroyed.

In fact, while we are abiding under His shadow He promises to give us beauty for ashes, strength for fear, gladness for mourning and peace for despair. Hence, we can overcome the devil and experience victorious lives.

Getting to know God is an awesome experience and no better way to do this than by spending time in His word. Once you do, the mysteries of God will be revealed and you will develop unshakeable faith in Him and the promises He has made to us in His word.

He is waiting with open arms to receive us but He is seeking a people who desire Him as much as He desires us.

Shalom….

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We Must Fight

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“We must fight” – this is a very powerful phrase. In this day and age, how many of us take steps to fight against evil?

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Anything that is of God the devil will fight against it. Whether it is your marriage, children, your peace of mind or even your business, the devil is after it. When we are faced with struggles in these areas of our lives, at first glance we assume it is because of the other person.

When we see rebellious behavior in our children it’s easy to think it’s because of disobedience But the issues you have are with their behavior. However, it’s the presence of Satan trying to take the opportunity to distract and destroy.

Satan comes to kill, steal and destroy! He does this successfully because he distracts our focus into thinking we are wrestling with flesh and blood when really our fight is with him.

All Satan needs is a crack, a seam, any small opening to get in. Once inside he takes over like the invasion of Germany in Poland. Once Satan has found an entry point, destruction only follows.

Therefore, saints, we must fight! Not physically but spiritually.

Spiritual Warfare

We must go to God’s Word and declare it over the situations in our lives. We must turn down our plates and deny our flesh to feed our spirit. Additionally, we must remove self in order to fully fight the war against Satan and his allies.

Sometimes during the battle, we must remove thoughts like “I do enough already” or “I’m not strong enough” in order to win the war.

Moses allowed his insecurities to get in the way of him going immediately to Pharaoh to free the Israelites. We may have internal struggles that at times can hinder us from pushing through a spiritual warfare.

Insecurities like low self-esteem, abuse or other impediments can distract or hold us back from pushing forward. But we must surrender these things before God if we want to be victorious in our fight.

Satan will use even these things to distract you.

The future of our families, marriages, children, ministries and businesses depend on us closing any opening to Satan and relying on the strength of God for us to win.

Saints, We Must Fight!

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7 Things to Remember When Hard Times Hit

7 Things to Remember When Hard Times Hit

March 28,  2020

Juanita McKenzie

Written by Pastor Juanita McKenzie

We all have felt the global impact of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.  So, what do you do when hard times hit? In this life, we are bound to face trials, challenges, and some unpleasant situations that will break us down and make us feel alone. But Jesus has already told us that all these things will surely come.  

He told us so that we can brace up ourselves and do the right thing. So, when someone says life is hard, there is no argument to that. We face tough situations in different areas of our lives. Some might be battling with their health whilst others might be battling with their finances. Yet, we all face difficulties.

Going through hard times makes you stronger. Everybody will face his or her own challenges in life. Yet, these challenges serve as a stepping stone to greatness if we face them and fight. In order to overcome these hard times in life, there are things that must remain top of mind, things we need to remember.

1. Remember God to Survive Hard Times

If everyone is leaving you alone, family and friends are going, remember God. God will never leave you. Deuteronomy 31:6 – “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” 

This is what the Lord has promised us. If challenges come, God will use them to help strengthen us.  He will be there to help us fight whenever it seems family and friends are leaving us.

Remember God’s love. If God can send his only son to die for us, then are we going to say He has stopped loving us? God has not stopped loving us – his love will show us comfort in hard times. We should not blame God for the bad things happening.

However, many people blame God for their downfall; they blame God for their deteriorating health. God doesn’t want sickness for you; God loves you and He promised to heal.  Jeremiah 30:17 “For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds,’ says the Lord, ‘Because they called you an outcast saying: “This is Zion; No one seeks her.”

2. Nothing Lasts Forever

The truth is that whatever you are facing right now will not last forever. Psalm 30:5 “For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” 

There is a time for everything on earth. What you are facing only makes you grow stronger and teaches you to trust in God when hard times come.

It’s not enough to believe that it will be over soon but to know that if it will come again, you will surely overcome it. Since it doesn’t last forever, simply focus on the brighter side, focus on what is good.  

Any time I face a situation that is so unpleasant, I learn to adapt and then look into the future because I know God has better plans for me. So, the situation is just there to prepare me for it. It might look like it will not be over but soon it will be over and the tears will turn to joy.

3. All Things Work Together for Good

Are you sad because of what you are going through right now? Don’t let your present situation weigh you down. Paul struggled with his past life and when he received inspiration from Jesus, he came to this conclusion in Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Paul wrote this particular verse of the Bible. You can imagine what he was thinking before writing this. This is coming from someone who had faced great tribulation. He endangered his life by the preaching of the gospel. Yet, he wrote that “All things work together for good.”

If you have been weighed down by your past, or what’s happening to you right now, leave it to Jesus. He will turn all into joy and you will receive strength. Do you remember Jabez, who was born in sorrow?  He was poor and weighed down because of his past. His mother had pronounced evil on him (1 Chronicles 4:9). But Jabez cried out unto the Lord and his story was changed.

4. The Promises of God

Don’t blame God for all that is happening to you, but remember God’s promises. Don’t let what’s happening now hide the promise of God away from your sight. If God promises a thing, He will always do it because He honors His word. 

Hebrews 10:23 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”

God promised a wonderful ending not otherwise. So, we shouldn’t think it’s over for us when a little problem hits us but look into the promises. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and an expected end.”

5. The Name of Jesus

When we are in danger and we need help, what we often do is to shout for help. In this same manner, for us to be saved from hard times, we need to call on the name of the Lord. 

Romans 10:13 “for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” When you call on the name of the Lord, He answers and saves you not only from the destruction but also from the guilt of sin.  Also, from temptations, trials, hell, and from the judgment of God that will befall on the wicked ones.

The Lord Himself told us to call Him in times of our trouble and He will deliver us (Psalm 50:15).  It’s never too late to call on the Lord. Whatever situation you are in right now, the best thing you need to do is to call on Jesus. Psalm 145:18 “The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.”

The blind man, Bartimaeus, when he heard Jesus coming, he didn’t mind his situation – he called on Jesus. Imagine what he must have gone through with his blindness, frustration, and rejections.   

Yet, he couldn’t let this opportunity be wasted – he cried for mercy; he cried because he wanted to be saved. Because Jesus is near to those that call him, He answered him and saved him. Don’t allow anybody to silence you, don’t allow your thoughts to silence you, but instead, cry out to Jesus for help.

6. Remember God’s Grace

You are not better than those that faced the same challenges you are facing but couldn’t get through.  Some have lost their battle with the same sickness, which you survived. You are not better, but it’s just the grace of God you are enjoying. 

His grace has been there for you and whatever you go through, remember that His grace is enough for you. 2 Corinthians 12:9 “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

7. Your Divine Assignment

You are not in this world for nothing; you have been created for a purpose. God has chosen you so you cannot let any situation change that. Focus on the purpose, be purpose driven and not situation driven. Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you were born, I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

Remember the relationship you have in Christ. Whatever God says we are, depends on the type of relationship we have with Him. For those that are far from Him, those that don’t obey what He says, He called them “The wicked.”  He will pass judgment on them.

2 Timothy 3:3 “They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.” These are the typical characteristics of  wicked people. This is not your own fate as you have Christ and a purpose. Remember the purpose and let it take you through the hard times.

Keeping the Faith When Hard Times Hit

Remember that the first step in staying calm and holding your faith when hard times hit is to meditate on God’s Word. Your circumstances are merely a temporary inconvenience and won’t last forever. Surely, all things in the end always work for your ultimate good. 

Pray with faith and continue to focus on the promises of God. And when in danger, call on His name. God’s grace is sufficient for us. Keep renewing your mind and building up your faith in God for you were created with a great purpose. 

Nurture your spirit, soul and body and continually offer praise and thanksgiving unto your Heavenly Creator. Following these tips will help you to deal with the hard times when they eventually hit.

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Transformed for The Future

March 15, 2019

Ricardo Newbold

Written by Ricardo A. Newbold

When you study the caterpillar to butterfly metamorphosis, you may wonder if you are truly prepared to be transformed for the future. Actually, why do caterpillars turn into butterflies?  Well, they have no way of reproducing as caterpillars, which is why they must morph into another species to continue their cycle of life.  Suddenly one day, the caterpillar stops eating, hangs upside down from a twig or leaf and spins itself a silky cocoon or molts into a shiny chrysalis. Within its protective casing, the caterpillar radically transforms its body, eventually emerging as a butterfly or moth.

Life’s Journey

Likewise, to every man born into this world, life is a journey. We start our journey the day we were given birth to.  The social status of your parents doesn’t matter, where and how you were born doesn’t matter – you still have your journey, a race set before you to run.

Life’s Journey

Every journey must be well-defined, it must have a clear purpose. However, the plain truth about the journey is that it has never been easy.  Life is not smooth, and it’s rough with dangers along the way.

Yet, we all have one way or the other got stuck in some unpleasant situation.  The situations broke us down and we felt like there wasn’t any hope. These situations seem to change us; they change our mindset. Nevertheless, what determines whether your future will be different from the present is when you decide to be transformed for the future.

The Bible tells the story of Job, a rich man who possibly never had the thought of becoming poor again in his life, but soon faced a great calamity. Job lost his riches and his wife told him to curse God and die. 

Indeed, Job struggled with suffering, to the extent that he started complaining to God. Job 10:1 KJV ~ “My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.” Job was tired of the kind of life he was living, he wanted a new life and he wanted a renewed mind. This is certainly the time to ask God for a new clean heart.

How to Become Transformed for The Future

The forces of sin kept us doing what we ought not to do.  It kept us thinking the same old sinful thoughts in our mind but we really want to change. In Romans 7:15, Paul lamented and stated, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” It doesn’t matter the path you’re taking now.  Whatever you are facing, avoid the mistake of thinking it’s over with you. You still can have a renewed mind. Let’s discover how to be transformed for the future.

Decide In Your Heart That You Want To Be Transformed.

A decision is very important as everything we do starts with a decision in our heart. Decide that you want to stop being frustrated.  Decide that you want to be free. Finally, decide that you want to follow the right way out of your struggles. 

Make A Decision

The only way is Jesus, so decide that you want to follow Him now.  But you’ll need to renew the way you think. Ephesians 4:23 “Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.”

Act On Your Decision.

It’s often quoted, “Decision without action is a waste of thought.” It is good to decide but when you decide without taking action, it is simply a waste of time. Start to do the things that will encourage a new beginning in Christ. Let God see that you want a new life, confess your sins and tell Jesus to give you a new life. The word of God is life, meditate on the word and receive life.

Start A New Godly Relationship.

The people you move with often define who you are. They can determine how you will live and how far you can go in life.  You may have old friends that caused you much pain. You must be careful how you allow them to influence your life and evict where necessary.   

Rather, seek a new relationship. Follow the kind of people that can move your life forward; those that will affect your life positively. Above all these, the greatest friend you can ever have is Jesus Christ. Start a relationship with Christ. He is a friend to all and will make things work out for you.

Pray for Transformation.

Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.” If you really desire to have a renewed mind, then you must not joke with prayer, you must pray to God as the Psalmist did. Only God can give a new mind; only He can make your heart clean. You need to go to Him in prayer and ask him to renew your mind.

 

Fix Your Eyes On Jesus.

Hebrews 12:2 “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer, and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him, he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Focusing on Jesus should be our ultimate goal, in him alone we can find joy. Not that storms will not come, not that it will always be smooth but the interesting thing is that Jesus will always be there to give us victory and joy.

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Your Future Starts Today!

We began this post by highlighting the caterpillar changing into a butterfly. Butterflies are deep and powerful representations of life. Many cultures associate the butterfly with our souls. The Christian religion sees the butterfly as a miracle of transformation and symbol of resurrection. Around the world, people view the butterfly as representing endurance, change, hope, and life.

As such,  it doesn’t really matter where you are coming from; the past doesn’t matter anymore. You should be embracing yourself to have a good future. 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

Realize that the only moment you can conquer is the moment that exists now. We cannot do yesterday, today. We cannot do tomorrow, today. The future depends on what you do now. Each day you are creating your future life, so use your time in a wise manner.

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Celebrating The Past, Embracing The Future

Celebrating The Past, Embracing The Future

March 13, 2019

Ricardo Newbold

Written by Ricardo A. Newbold

Are you celebrating the past or embracing the future? Perhaps this is your personal mantra, which makes clear, an appreciation of your accomplishments with a strong resolve to enhancing your future possibilities. Yet again, you may ask: How do I stop my past from affecting my future? How can I be happy and let go of the past?

Does Your Past Define Your Future?

It is true that your current life is, to a large extent, the result of your past actions, choices, and experiences. The great news, however, is that your future is determined by how you act in the present moment. In other words, your past does not have to define you or your future. Rather, you should be celebrating a greater purpose!

Past vs Future

Yet, there is a certain truth about the new creation which, as Christians, we must be conscious of and live by. These are not promises but they are the truths in the word of God which are present hour realities.

When you received Christ into your life, you became new. 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”  This passage is talking of the “present”, not the “past.” It means you became a new creation immediately.

Another truth is that the word of God is an agent of cleansing, it purifies and makes all things new.  John 15:3 ~ “You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.” By His words, we are made clean from all that might have stained us, which includes our terrible past. We should then not even think of the old but of the present because Christ has made us new and that alone should give us joy.

Now that we are a new creation, we are also made joint-heirs with Christ. Therefore, this is an opportunity for us to get what is of Christ also. Today, think of yourself as a new creation and never let your past slow you down. Rather, let Christ move you forward quickly as you begin embracing the future.

Focus On The Future

If you’re one hundred percent focused on embracing the future, then it doesn’t matter what your past was all about. The good news for every man is that even though we fall, with the help of Christ we shall rise again. 

Yes, by the grace of God, it’s not until the day of resurrection that man will rise again. But with God’s blessing of wisdom, given to man to come to the understanding, that Jesus alone can help. Consequently, he rises again and is guided through troubles.

A mighty man will recover his strength and rise again. The fact about rising up again is that we become stronger than we were. Therefore, what caused our downfall at first will never have the power over us again. 

However, if you are finding it hard to rise again, the reason could be that you are using your physical power alone.  You are not seeking the help of God. Micah 7:8 “Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.”

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” ~ Romans 8:28.   Whether the past is good or not, we must be able to learn from the events which occurred at the time. 

Costly Mistakes

Some mistakes we made were costly and may have caused serious consequences but God pulled us through. God does that for us so that we can appreciate Him and learn from our mistakes.

Folks often suggest that it is better to forget the past and focus on the future. This is true and it helps but this world revolves. What has happened before might occur again. So we must quickly use the experience we have to overcome it.


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Greater Than The Former

Our lives are a living testimony. So, we must share it with the world to help others to know God.  When you look into the past, appreciate God for what you have been through. However, you must now start embracing the future.  

Remember that God has already promised us that the future would always be better than the past.  Haggai 2:9 ~ “The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘And in this place, I will give peace,’ says the Lord of hosts.”

The temple here can be referred to as our body. The Bible stated that our body is the temple of God. 1 Corinthians 3:16 ~ “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”  So, when God said the glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the previous one, it meant that if we embrace the future, it surely will be better than yesterday.

5 Steps to Embracing the Future

Do you often find yourself thinking about the past, reliving situations that happened a long time ago?  Are you still wondering what you could have done differently and wished for things to be better?

Don’t worry. You’re not alone. So many people go back to the past daily. Unfortunately, this brings nothing but disappointment and regrets.

In today’s world, we need to prepare well for what is coming and not get stuck in the past. The past happened so that we could gain the experience, which is to be used as a reference point. 

As someone said, “the future is not tomorrow, the future is now.” We can’t keep staying down and thinking the future is somehow far from now. If we really want to correct our past mistakes or create a better day ahead, then it must start now.

The path to embracing the future goes through letting go of your past and experiencing the present moment intentionally, as if you have chosen it. By accepting your past and practicing mindfulness, you’re not only living in the present, but you’re also establishing the best possible future for yourself. 

Escape to Freedom

Follow these five steps to properly embrace your future:

  1. Understand that the past no longer matters.
  2. Learn from what happened.
  3. Simply accept it.
  4. Bounce back to the present moment.
  5. Look forward to the future with excitement.

These are the mental transformations one should go through in order to live a meaningful life. There’s no better time to do that than right now. It’s such an easy and pleasant way to live life. I challenge you to begin embracing the future. Let’s give it a try.

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A Worker Approved By God

A Worker Approved By God

March 7, 2019

Ricardo Newbold

Written by Ricardo A. Newbold

What does it really mean to be approved by God? The apostle Paul wrote to the evangelist Timothy, Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).

Believers present so many questions to God and other people.  Particularly, questions such as “What’s God’s plan for me?” or “How can I make it in life?”  and “Which road to I travel for success?” 

They are good questions to ask but we have forgotten that there is a question we must ask ourselves and provide an answer for. Answering this question will help us to determine the purpose of our lives and where we belong. The question is “Am I being called by God?”

There are some things we must do to be approved by God. One thing is certain – God is too holy that He cannot behold sin and the inequities of man. There are a few considerations which we dismiss, believing them to be irrelevant as far as God is concerned. 

Yet, they are the matters that can destroy or disqualify us from working for God. Nonetheless, there are certain tools that God has entrusted us with. Tools which He expects us to use to advance His Kingdom. Let’s look at a few.

Your Talent

To every man or woman born to this world, there is at least a talent. Sure, it takes time and the grace of God to discover the talent. Yet, we Christians have been given different talents to use, not only for our personal use but also for the glory of God. 

Your Talent

Quoting Romans 12:6 – “We have different gifts according to the grace given us. If someone’s gift is prophecy, let him use it in proportion to his faith.”  

Since God gave us talents, then we should be willing to glorify His name with the talent. “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” ~ 1 Peter 4:10

Your Wages

Another thing we need to surrender when God calls us is our wages. Ah well. You might be shocked by this because you’re probably thinking what you earn is little. Luke 16:10 states, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” 

Spiritual growth for the believer is impossible without mentioning the area of giving.

Your Wages

Working for God requires giving, in fact, it is a spiritual thing. Everything we have in this life is given by God so no one should boast. This is what the LORD said in Jeremiah 9:23: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches.”  

To yield to God’s ownership of our possession, we must then surrender all to Him as part of our service to Him. When we start giving, it helps us to trust God more and it lightens our financial burden.

Your Body As A Living Sacrifice

One thing that hinders the Holy Spirit from entering our lives is sin. God hates sin and He cannot behold it (Habakkuk 1:13 – “Your eyes are too pure to look on evil.”).

Your Sacrifice

Whenever we act contrary to the Word of God, that’s considered disobedience, which is sinful. Our obedience alone will make the Spirit of God descend on us, enabling the Holy Spirit to work in every area of our lives. Staying away from sin yields spiritual maturity.  That is when we will begin to show forth the fruit of the Spirit.

Your Love For Each Other

What brings about forgiveness is love.  When you have love, you will find it easier to forgive just as Christ forgives. Ephesians 4:32 reminds us to “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Paul understood the importance of love; he knew without love, he wouldn’t be anything.

Forgiveness

It doesn’t matter the level of your faith. The knowledge or the wealth you have acquired. If you don’t have love, you have gained nothing (1 Corinthians 13:1-3). Even if we possess all manners of gifts of the spirit, the Bible says: 

“Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.”  ~ 1 Peter 4:8 

Therefore, learn to forgive out of love and do away with bitterness and anger.

Your Commitment To The Work Of God

Your commitment, notwithstanding life’s circumstances and those defining moments, goes a long way in magnifying Christ. Romans 8:35 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?”  

Your Commitment

The apostles were committed in their love towards Jesus Christ. The three Hebrew boys were very committed to their God.  Even in the face of death, they never stopped being faithful. Through their actions, the name of God was magnified.

Joseph, a boy sold into slavery, was so committed to serving God that Potiphar (his master) realized that God was blessing his household because of Joseph. Hence, God was magnified.

If you are committed to God, you will do the right thing. And when people see you doing things that are right, in you, Christ shall be magnified. They will want to learn more about your God and will naturally seek to follow your example. Doing this, God and His son Jesus Christ are then magnified.

Approved by God – My Utmost for His Highest

By reading/studying God’s Word daily, we are also at the same time allowing God to be intimately close to us. I believe it is pleasing to Him. He enjoys being with us. The goal of being an approved workman should be the goal of all of God’s children.

Nothing will help us more to please God than to handle carefully and correctly God’s written word. We should look to the written word of God with the same reverence as the psalmist who wrote, Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path (Psalm 119:105).

Just as the apostle Paul wrote to the evangelist Timothy, I once again encourage you. Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).

 

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Reclaiming Your Spiritual Passion

Are you satisfied with your spiritual passion for God and your relationship with Him? Have you ever wondered why does your spiritual passion fade so easily? When we first experience God’s love, we spend hours thinking about Him and studying His Word. So, what do you need to change so that He remains your primary focus in life? 

Spiritual Passion

The story of the people of Israel during the reign of the Judges typifies the undulating, rising-and-falling spiritual state of many believers today. From the yearning for self-acceptance and admiration, to the raving quest for knowledge and information, today’s Christians have several things jostling for their attention and desires. 

Like the Israelites of old, the problems of divided devotion to God (in times of difficulties) and romance with pleasurable sin lie firmly at the root of our spiritual doldrums.

The Ever-Burning Fire

The fire on the altar must be kept burning; it must not go out. Every morning the priest is to add firewood and arrange the burnt offering on the fire and burn the fat of the fellowship offerings on it. The fire must be kept burning on the altar continuously; it must not go out.” Lev 6:12-13 (NIV)

God, in giving instructions to Moses for the Old Covenant, was, at the same time, pointing us to a time in the New Covenant.  A shadow of what is to come in Christ Jesus, who is the mediator of the New Covenant. 

Let us take a cursory look at key parts of this important instruction given to Moses, and how it applies to believers in this dispensation.

“The fire on the altar must be kept burning; it must not go out…”

The first thing we see here is that the fire be kept burning. God intends that our passion and love for him be nurtured endlessly. Our passion for God, demonstrated in obedience, consecration, worship and service, should not wane in its intensity.

The Christian’s passion – thirst, hunger, love, desire – for God should continually consume every other interest. It should burn out every self-focused admiration and ambition. It should consume all that inhibit God’s love in our hearts. 

God wants our spiritual passions to devour every self-promoting desire. The instruction that was given to Moses thousands of years ago still holds true for us today. Our fire – passion, love, hunger, thirst for – God must be kept burning.

Our Spiritual Reality

How do we really develop a spiritual passion for God ? Though it is God’s plan that we are continually spiritually alive to Him, our reality is everything short of this. We are not always on fire, burning with this holy fervor for God. 

Many times we are spiritually weary and exhausted. Believers, on many occasions, are held bound in the valley of self-gratifying desires. How do we come out of here? How does this reality of always-on-fire-for-God become our spiritual reality?

In addressing this problem God told Moses:

Every morning the priest is to add firewood”

One of the devils greatest devices is to tempt Christians to lose their passion for serving God. The devil will try to deceive you, deaden you or devour you and if none of these work he will settle for discouraging you. 

So, what does it mean for us in the dispensation of the New Covenant, to add firewood to the fire? Paul’s instruction to the Church of Ephesus comes very helpful for us who desire to reclaim our spiritual passion and keep our passions aflame for God. Here’s what Paul said:

10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.  11Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”  (Ephesians 6:10-11, ESV)

Spiritual Passion

To be strong in the Lord is to depend on God – His nature, power, word – to withstand the arrows of Satan. It is counting on God’s power through our spiritual disciplines of prayer, study of God’s word, meditation, faith, and obedience. 

It’s is relying on the Holy Spirit to daily deal a death blow to the flesh and its activities in our lives.

Faith in God (a God-focused faith) is key to reliving our spiritual passion. Faith that is anchored on the infallibility of God – His Character, authority, power, word – is a fuel for our spiritual passion. It is the wood that burns our fire.

“…and arrange the burnt offerings on it.”

As in Paul’s admonition in Romans chapter 12:1, we must offer the parts of our bodies as living sacrifice, whose sinful desires are being consumed by the Holy Spirit. 

In consequence, our spiritual passion is strengthened and made alive again. Then our spiritual passion produces good works with sweet aroma, pleasing to the Lord.

Jesus Christ didn’t mince words while discussing this matter: “And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.  (Luke 9:23, ESV)

Let him deny himself

A burning spiritual passion has at its root – denying self of its gratifications. We must deny ourselves of activities that empower the sinful nature.

And take up his cross daily

The cross is a symbol of death, but for the Christian it is both a symbol of death and victory – death to power of the sinful nature and victory for the Christian over sin. To carry the cross daily is allowing the death-dealing power of the cross over the sinful nature.

And follow me

Following Jesus is a never-ending duty of every believer who desires an ever-burning spiritual passion. We follow Jesus when we model our lives – thoughts, works, actions, and decisions – after Him (as revealed in His Word). 

A man or woman who follows Jesus has the biblical worldview. Christ is ultimate in all decisions not any human.

Recover Your Spiritual Passion

As we do all these, we must continually be examining ourselves in God’s light. The psalmist, David, prayed this important prayer in Psalm 139:23-24

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.”

Spiritual Passion

In clearer terms, this implies being vulnerable and open before God. Paul, in a similar fashion, admonishes us, saying “Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves.”

Following Jesus is a matter of faith (in God) from start to finish – including our spiritual passion. Faith, which produces obedient works, opens us up to the ocean of God’s grace, and thus keeps us perpetually passionate for Him. 

Our appetite for God is whetted. Our hope strengthened. And our gaze fixated on the One who matters. These principles, when practiced in a God-dependent relationship, offers us a leeway out of our lethargic spiritual state.

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A Biblical Perspective On Marriage

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A Biblical Perspective On Marriage

Have you ever wondered what was God’s purpose and design for marriage? Are there biblical rules of marriage? Do you know the origin of marriage in the bible? 

Perhaps, one of the most beautiful concepts to have ever entered into man’s consciousness regardless of the time or space (location) is the idea of love and marriage. It is the goal of many persons, a status they aspire to, a demand placed on our mortal shoulders by society.

Although not in all instances, being a single adult is often seen as an abnormal in most communities. Men from time immemorial attached so much significance to love, relationship and marriage. 

Hence, it is needful therefore as Christians to examine the position of God on this beautiful biblical institution. So, the right place to start is by asking ourselves “What is Marriage?”

What is Marriage?

Marriage is Work!  Understand that it’s not gonna be easy. Actually, it’s going to be really hard. You’re gonna have to work at this every day, but you want to do that because you love each other.

Marriage, also called matrimony or wedlock, is a socially or ritually recognized union between spouses that establishes rights and obligations between those spouses, as well as between them and any resulting biological or adopted children and affinity (in-laws and other family through marriage).

The definition of marriage varies around the world among cultures and religions evolving to both expand and constrict in who and what is encompassed. 

But typically, it is principally an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually sexual, are acknowledged or sanctioned. In some cultures, marriage is recommended or considered to be compulsory before pursuing any sexual activity.

When defined broadly, marriage is considered a cultural universal. It is conventionally seen as the mutual agreement or union of two people to become husband and wife usually with legal and social recognition. 

Yet, since everyone comes from a family, marriage brings together not only husband and wife, but also brothers, sisters, in-laws, and extended family members.  As such, a marriage ceremony is known as a wedding.

Nevertheless, for Christians, marriage is beyond just a contractual union. It is a covenant, a demonstration of a much deeper estate of God and His Church. Consider it a holy solemnization of lives and destinies in God. 

It is important to understand marriage from God’s approved perspective to avoid costly or irrevocable mistakes. Having the right understanding of marriage will enable the young and old to approach marriage in accordance to the will of God, our Father.

Types of Marriage

In this study, we will group marriage under two categories:

1) Marriage as a Contract and 2) Marriage as a Covenant

Marriage as a Contract

Marriage as a contract means an agreement between two or more ungodly parties to be joined together under any instituted authority or law as husband and wife. 

From the word “contract”, we mean the form of marital union that is predicated upon the agreement of two parties to become husband and wife without necessarily being established on any biblical principles.

This form of marriage is attractive to persons who are not of the household of faith. To them, divorce is always an option should things go awry. Polygamy or polyandry is not forbidden. Adultery and fornication are not a strange sexual disposition. 

Lesbianism and homosexuality are extended types of this kind of marriage.  Marriage as a contract is an aberration of God’s intention for marriage. Unfortunately, it has become a norm in this present age to marry, divorce and remarry.

Marriage as a Covenant

This is the form of marriage instituted by God and regulated by His flawless standard. We read in Genesis 2: 22 – 24 thus:

And the rib which God had taken from man, made He a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said; this is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called woman because she was taken out of man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: they shall become one flesh.

God is the originator of marriage.  From the beginning, He established it to be a union between a matured male and female. Not between infants or members of the same sex (as in lesbianism, gay marriage, homosexuality etc.) or between humans and animals (bestiality, sodomy etc.) 

This union is between two people of different gender; hence polygamy and polyandry are out of the equation.

Reasons for Marriage

Sometimes we ask ourselves, why marriage? How necessary? Although according to Apostle Paul, marriage might not be compulsory, it is however necessary for certain reasons which are highlighted below:

  • For procreation (Gen 1: 28, Gen 9: 1)
  • To avoid sexual sins (1 Cor. 7: 9, 36)
  • For companionship and partnership (Ecclesiastes 4: 9 &10)

Features of a Godly Marriage

  • It is a sacred and holy union (Hebrews 13: 4)
  • It is a gift from God (Proverbs 18: 22, Proverbs 19: 14)
  • It is union between a male and a female (Genesis 2: 24 Ephesians 5: 33)

Guide for a Godly Marriage

Marriage can be trying! Yet, no matter how much love we had at first, it is not an impossible thing for godly lovers to have disagreements once in a while. 

Certainly, no two humans are the same. That is why we have God to guide us each moment of our marital journey.

Ephesians 5: 21-33 is a powerful manual which all Christians must study and implement. It emphasizes certain features such as unconditional love, mutual love and respect, forgiveness and devotion to each other among other things. 

Surely you’ll also agree that no two marriages are the same. Therefore, we need the Holy Spirit to help us daily to build and sustain a home that gives glory to God and blessings to humanity.

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