Feeling Irritable..? 

I am. I’m so annoyed by sometimes the smallest of things. I’m going to be honest here guys. And hey, yes I’m aware of it. I know for sure some people will say, “Oh dear, how can you say that, you’re a Christian!” Or they will be shocked at the fact you are feeling angry, or that things are bugging you majorly. Maybe I didn’t have enough to eat or maybe I am stressed, whatever it is, I am going to hold my hands up and say no I’m not always the graceful Christian I am trying to portray. 

Honesty is the first step. Let’s face it, I did wrong and I accept and take full responsibility for my sin. Please remember though guys it’s not a sin to be angry, it’s the reaction you have while you are angry. 

Usually when I’m in this state, I forget what I need to do because I’m so distracted by my selfish feelings. Why didn’t that person do that for me, why isn’t anything going right, why is that kid screaming so loud on the train. It all gets abit much and before I notice, my attitude begins to show I’m flustered and annoyed. It’s important to have reflection with God on your behaviour daily. Go through the events of your day with him and ask him to help guide and control those feelings you feel you are unable to. 

What did I do wrong? 

Did I react in the right way as a Christian? 

It’s important to remember, as soon as you feel the peace of God moving away from you and you begin to get irritated, remember Gods way. His peace and his grace. Sometimes the change is so subtle you don’t even realise that your spirit has changed. Let’s keep on top of this guys. Let’s pray that God will give us the grace to react with peace humility and kindness, even in the hardest of situations because isn’t that what matters? 

It’s how we react when we are in adversity, not when everything is fine. How to react when we are feeling low, sad, upset, angry and ignored. This is what builds character. This is was allows us to be more like Christ. To be more loving, more understanding, to know the unconditional love that Jesus talks about and has for us continually. We should start sharing that. 

So the next time you feel irritated, focus on building character and not anger. Sounds like a plan right? 

Manassa 

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Continue Progress, Continue Growth. 

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 

Manassa 

Jesus the Messiah…

Jesus wasn’t at all what the people were expecting. They thought the messiah that was to come would be someone rich, who only dealt with kings and generals. Someone that would be born into a royal family maybe? Someone of “high esteem” or status right?  Well that’s our earthly perception of matters…

Our God is so different to what we expect. Jesus was born into a regular family, had a regular job with a regular upbringing. Is that for a reason? 

God wanted to teach us as people that God in all his glory brought Jesus to earth in such a humble, selfless way, mixing among the people, getting to know them personally and socially. How much more should we be humbled before God as mere people? You see this is why God hates pride…

Proverbs 16:5 “The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.”

God could have arrayed Jesus in gold, ascending out of the heavens with lights and trumpets, but there was a specific reason why he didn’t do this. To teach US about humility and humbleness! Wow! How God teaches us. He loves us and wants us to understand that we are nothing without him. We are a weak species who cannot live a spiritually enriched life without him. All that waits for us is eternal separation and pain if we don’t come under his love. How great is our God!

May he bless you and keep you,

Manassa 

Christian, and then Christian…

There are two types of Christians in the world today. The religious Christian who goes to Church every Sunday, sings the songs, is seen as a good figure at church. When church finishes, they go back to their sinful way of living without any regard of feeling on conviction or shame. 

Then there is the Christian who fights with daily condemnation, for their sins. The Christian who is found at gods feet behind closed doors when no one is there, when no one is looking on to give praise or aknowledge them. The Christian who is filled with guilt and conviction, wanting desperately to be filled with the Spirit of the living God. The person who worships God wholeheardtly at his altar, even when things are falling apart around them. The one who stays awake when they are overwhelmingly tired, just to get a glimpse of gods word after a busy day. The Christian who knows they have a personal relationship with God. The person who is fuelled and empowered to know more, to have daily communion with Jesus. The person who’s soul is thirsty and incomplete without the love and communication of God.

What I’m trying to say here is that no matter what stage you are at, find a deeper love for God. Keep pushing to know him, he will not leave us outside but will welcome us with a joyful heart. It is his desire for the relationship to be restored fully, to the point where we fully depend on him in our lives.

Peace and love,  

Manassa