We all struggle to live a Christian life based on the guidelines, but I just want to be an encouragement to you today. No matter how hard we try, our own superficial efforts will never get us to heaven. I have failed at this so many times, I have tried to do things my way and tried to battle sin on my own. Well, we just can’t do it. Spiritual perfection is unachievable for all of us, without a full dependence on God. It’s like trying to build a house without any materials or trying to fix a bike with no tools. Actually Impossible.
A continuation in prayer and daily communication with God will allow to us constantly continue growth and continue progress. What does your spiritual flow chart look like? Is it steady, going down or increasingly going up? That’s what God wants to see.
Don’t get me wrong guys, this will not happen overnight of course, but that firm foundation in Christ will bear spiritual fruit in time. Prayer and reading- these are your lifelines, pray to god that he will reveal his spiritual attributes in you, earnestly request this from him. I was reading Matthew 7 the other day that says if the son asks for bread his father will not give him a stone. Gods word is infallible. It will come to pass if we are consistent.
Peace and love
You have made me. You have moved my soul and pieced my mind and my heart back together. Your nail-pierced hands have sculpted me, molded me and comforted me. Your love has power, a power that does not even exist in dreams. You are beautiful, a shining light that covers the canvas of the winter sky. That melts the seasons into one being.
Calvary is dead. And you are alive, More alive than ever. The perfect ruin of the cross has built an everlasting bond that cannot be broken. A shelter that cannot fall. A kingdom of forgiven, repented liars and thieves. Your hands built the scroll of the sky, the wonders of the universe, the depths of the mysterious sea. And yet you called me.
I’m there waiting in an invisible room with no walls. The floor is my reality, my safety net. A least for now as it keeps my feet touching something that feels safe. Safe for now. I can’t get out. I can’t see any windows or doors. I’m stuck here, trying to tell myself I don’t wonder what will happen to me when I die. Telling myself that I don’t fear death. The unknown. I tremble at the possibility of change, shudder at the invasion of something else coming for me but what?
I’m chasing shadows that are not real. They were never real. They are brief images of emptiness and nothingness that try to lead me to death. They dance around in front and behind me as I see their dark reflections on the walls. But then a light. A burning furnace of glory, majesty and awe comes seeping in and suddenly engulfs the room in a burst of light.
I now realize. I have a home, a father, a place where I am meant to be. And it’s not here. The Shadows disappear.
He has found me…
A life is a death. What does it mean? Your feet barely hit the ground as you are pulled back up again into an amazing fall. A life is a blink. A sea of uncertain and ever-changing feelings. You think you know yourself. You don’t. You change. You fall. Then you realize. It comes like an inevitable revolution and thunders towards you. And you can’t stop it. Fear climbs up your body and into you mind as your weak hands try to make a cushion for the impact. Then calm. As death passes light now emerges. A heavenly light that you were told about. Somehow, you know this is your home. A death has amounted to a whole new life with him…
The blood dripped out of his helpless body. As he lay there, you think of how it could have possibly went this far. The thundering rain hit your face violently as your were sickened with anger and confusion. The sky groaned, and the clouds refused to open their glory in the hours that followed. Grey. You stand in horror with the mud building at your knees. His face seems enlightened although lifeless. You are ignorant of the life that now rushes into your once dead soul, now that he has passed.You groan at his feet in pain as he gives you the gift of eternal life…
A flicker. A spark of light. Looking out, you only see dark. It burns in your heart, then fades away, but it’s always there. You think, you remember. The scars on his hands burn an image of guilt in your mind but for how long? You stare into the dark hole, into your life that surrounds you. And hope for that flicker, that ever-growing light to reappear. Then it does. Just when you needed him most, he exploded like a burst of light into that hole. You vowed to follow his light forever. He will search for you on that final day..
Christians have a terrible habit of preaching while not actually doing what they are telling others to do and we think nobody notices it. We are all guilty of it aren’t we? We advise in situations and tell people the right way to go, but isn’t our advice for ourselves also? I read a scripture the other that spoke of this same thing, our hypocrisy and dishonesty when we speak about our sins. Is this really going to save us? God said there isn’t a sin that won’t be judged so let’s begin to practice what we are telling others to do. Let’s be honest with ourselves and ask god for his genuine help in the transformation of our souls. It’s time to stop sinning and start winning our place in heaven! Time is short so let’s start now….
I had a little confrontation at work the other day because someone was being really rude to me. I was thinking why do people behave in this way, for no actual reason? They will try to belittle you and make you feel stupid. They will slander you and tell all manner of lies about you behind your back. Straight away I hear the word of God coming to mind. That scripture speaks about people who will do anything to make your life hell. God warns us and tells us this is a sign that he is with us and trying to mature us. It was hard to take, I’m not going to lie, so I took it up with her, and had a sit down chat in front of my manager. (God didn’t say we can’t confront people, as long as it’s done in the right way!). I told her she was rude and patronizing and yes, as I thought, she had a stroppy attitude, but apologized nevertheless. I accepted the apology and life goes on. God taught me the right way to go about it, in a peaceful and calm way and his way is always the right way. Even if it seems they are getting the upper hand, God will see you and honor your obedience, which is all that matters! Let us approach these people with the right attitude and overcome…
Many Christians believe that we can never achieve perfection right? Now I’m not saying that we are perfect (far from it) but God’s word proves the possibility of perfection under obedience. Now this idea of always being a slave to sin had me too, until God showed me a little something from his word…
Romans 6:17-18 “But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness”
Here it says in black and white that sin has no power over us, (no matter how much we are tempted) and that we now have the power, through the sacrifice of our father Jesus Christ. Doesn’t this kind of defeat the object of him dying in the first place if we were not set free from our sins? We are all with sin, but this my no means means that we cannot be free from it.
I’ve heard many preachers and famous pastors saying that we will never be perfect and that we will always be with sin and knowing what God had shown me made me realize that they were teaching a massive lie. The object here is to dishearten Christians and make them comfortable with the idea of sinning, a tool used so subtly by the devil. If he can get you to think this way, then it’ll be easier for his sin to continue a hold in your life. It’s a deadly lie that can be easy to accept.
We have some role models from the bible that prove the idea of pleasing God by maturing without sin. Enoch and Elijah are the only two people God took to heaven without them dying.Genesis 5:24tells us, “Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.”Second Kings 2:11 tells us, “Suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind.” Enoch is described as a man who “walked with God for 300 years”. Elijah was perhaps the most powerful of God’s prophets in the Old Testament.
Now I’m not saying that you must wake up tomorrow without no sin, but God has given us the power to slowly become like him in every way. It’s our choice whether to step into that or not. It’s time to open our eyes and not be fooled by the lies of the devil.
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Sometimes we are just fed up with the world and work or studying and we can sometimes feel like life is dragging us along. That’s exactly how I felt about three years ago. I was studying for college and my workload was going overload! I had health problems that left me feeling tired and exhausted. Everyday was just a struggle, I couldn’t concentrate, I couldn’t remember anything and I was stressed out about the whole thing. I remember thinking I hate where I am in life and I even broke down at one point to my friend. Everything was just getting on top of me and I couldn’t handle the pressure. I would ask God if he could get me out of this routine because I hated it so much. After the first year of college, I was completely not interested, but joined for second year anyway . My health problems were making me feel even worse and by the time the year started, I had given up already. But little did I know, God heard every prayer and felt every tear! He was changing things for me right under my nose and at the start of that year, he moved my life around. He got me out of studying (I was studying psychology, but didn’t want to pursue it) and got me into a job, something that I wanted to do. I wanted to be working, not studying and he understood that and heard my prayer. When I look back now, I see he was there for me all that time, even though I didn’t realise it. He was working in ways I couldn’t see. We should always trust in what can be and not what we can see and this is a living example of that…
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