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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Thoughts and Feelings Snippet 

Wow. The word of God really hit home today. We were in discussion about Gods grace and how we are forever disappointed and let down by own own efforts to please God. That grace Is our link to the cross. That sin is a disease, a deadly catalyst that drives us away from the living God. That we are on a journey, we won’t become like Jesus overnight. That what’s important is that others see the love of Jesus in our churches, homes, meetings and hearts. God is infallible and his word is unchanging. Don’t give up in your walk with God, be strong, when you fall or fail, get back up and proclaim God victorious over the struggles in your life.God bless friends,

Manassa 

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 

A Perfect Ruin

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.

The Final Events

The hands of time turn and turn. Never stopping, never slowing. What will you do? How much time do you have? The seasons come and go, and you live, think breathe without meaning. While the almighty one makes his way in the glory of his power. Seeking the obedience of his children like a mother. The sky groans for him and the earth stirs the elements, ushering his coming. What will you do? The world watches an amazing fall of humanity, as they sink into the darkness. The final fall. And yet mans heart grows cold, like an icy heart that scowls at warmth from light. The light of the world. Why are we so blind. It’s as if even the earth knows the time of his coming, but we do not. His children wait in an ever-growing light, watching.Fear violently grips the centre of the earth and drags it without mercy. These are the final events.

Death

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…

Blood Of Christ

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…

Why so Rude?

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…