He Gives Us So We Can Give It…

Whatever he gives us, we do not keep for ourselves.

Just as he has blessed us so we can be a blessing to others, he has comforted us so we can comfort others in trouble.

He has shown us love so we can love others.

He has been merciful with us so we can show others mercy.

He has been gracious to us so we can give grace to others.

He wants us to treat others how he treats us.

Whatever he gives you, pay it forward.

Why Them? Why Not ME?

Social Media is the place to stumble on good news. Good news that doesn’t seem to have anything to do with you. Or worse, good news that make you sometimes feel like nothing good is happening to you.

Engagement announcements, new baby bump show-offs, graduation ceremonies, exotic holidays, career upgrades or just plain “look-at-me-i’m-so-happy” posts can make you want to ask

“What are these people doing that i’m not doing?”

“Why do they have everything i want?”

“Why do they have it so easy?”

“Why them and not me”?

All these questions and others along the same lines, will eventually lead you to despondency and resentment. Trust me when i tell you this because I’ve been there. It will lead you to bitterness and jealousy too because a person who is not happy with himself/herself cannot be happy for other people.

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Are You Gonna Talk Or Are You Going To DO Something?

“One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon.  Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. 

 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money.  Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!”  So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.

 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”

  Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 

 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.

(Acts 3: 1-8) NLT

This is one of the most beautiful new testament miracle stories in the bible. There’s a lot to be learned from this short story, but one thing stood out for me the most. and That’s in the underlined verse. ” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.”

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Peace Is Not Neccesarily The Absence Of Chaos

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When you realize that the story of your life is authored by God himself, you will be at peace. You will be at peace with yourself, peace with your environment and peace with God. Lately, I have been learning about God’s peace. I have read it countless times in Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians, that we can experience a kind of peace that is beyond  human understanding but it is one thing to read about an experience, it is another thing to live that experience.

I understand that the peace of God is not necessarily the absence of chaos and trouble. The peace of God is a deep understanding and confidence in his presence and his absolute control over the direction your lie is taking. Such that the whole world around might seem to be conspiring to make you miserable, but at your deepest core is a calmness and confidence that outside observers do not understand.

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Every Time You Pass A Test.. You KNOW!

You probably don’t know how much you have grown until something happens to test that growth. Until you face a situation that used to break you down and you suddenly realize that you came out from it standing strong, knowing better and seeing life from a different perspective.

I can say this because it has happened to me. Several times over actually and every time it does, i go like.. wow! Perhaps i’ll eventually get used to it. I kinda hope not. Because i want to always marvel at how awesome God’s work in my life is.

Whenever this happens, i remember Philippians 2: 13 (NLT)
“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”

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Are You Microwave Or Oven Baked?

Have you ever tried to microwave frozen pizza and 5 minutes after you put it in you realize that even though the crust is burning hot, the center is still quite cold and maybe still frozen? Now, take that pizza and put it into the oven and let the heat be turned on. It will cook evenly and you’ll get a better result.

Sometimes our lives are lived like microwave pizza. We want quick results. So we rush out of a difficult process because we believe we have learned enough to go on. Meanwhile, we are actually half-baked.

Don’t be in a hurry to get out of pressure. It’s a training process. If you have been called to leadership, you should be willing to endure the hardship of training. The Lord himself determines how much time you need to be prepared.  The pressure of training cuts off what you don’t need from your life. It cuts off habits that stop you from making progress, it cuts off character traits that hinder your relationships with people, it cuts off interactions that leave you ineffective.

I didn’t say it would be easy. It will require an uncomfortable ‘Yes’ and an uncommon commitment and an unyielding faith, but trust God and be willing to submit through the process. A better you will come out of the oven.

 

( Oh yes! In case you’re wondering… i do love pizza!) lol 😀

You Cannot Force Growth..

I have learnt that people will grow at their own pace and mature in their own time. You have to let people go through their own process. Your Christianity cannot be projected on someone else. Your salvation is personal to you. It won’t save your spouse, your kids or your friend.

As much as you desire for them to mature in faith, be strong or probably make lifestyle changes, you cannot impose your faith on them.

You can only pray for them, love them, teach them if you’re in a position to, and be there when they need you.

Otherwise, you leave them be.

Not That Easy To Be Like Jesus…

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You know how we love the idea of ‘being like Jesus’? we sing it, preach it and pretend to even live it… but you and i know most of the time, we are so far from the real deal…

I read the above bible verse today and i had to pause and think about my life. simple sounding words but powerful enough to strike me in a very deep place.

When people take unfair advantage of me, i am usually motivated to stay away from them not practice the servant life. And i usually don’t pray for those who give me a hard time. But this right here is the core character change Jesus wants us to have.

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Addicted To Entertainment

Do you realize how many of us are addicted to being entertained? Look around you for a moment; the media is all about entertainment these days. More music, more drama, even the news is delivered sensationally to keep us entertained.

Cell phone companies are continuously developing new ways of giving us the ultimate entertainment experience. Social Media has become an integral part of almost everyone’s daily life. Even the church has been sold this entertainment gospel.

Preachers have perfected the art of oratory, using a blend of imagery, metaphors & humorous anecdotes to make the sermon entertaining and appealing so at the end, we clap and cheer in excitement and feel good.

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Start Believing The Truth!

If someone lies to you over and over again and you find out, how long after you found out do you think you’ll continue listening to such a person?  I bet you’ll immediately turn away right? Everyone places confidence in the truth.
If this is true in theory, why isn’t it true in our actual daily lives? We listen to lies all day even after we have been told the truth.

God is truth. His word is truth.  The world and everything in it is one big pack of lies.  But we oftentimes believe in the world and what obtains in the world’s systems because it appeals to our fickle emotions and feelings.

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Would You Do It To His Face?

Think about this for a moment. Are there things you do or say that God won’t be happy with?

Are there things you do that you will be uncomfortable if anyone else finds out because you know they’re wrong?

When you’re doing those things, do you know God is right there watching?

Would you like to continue doing it to his face?

Think about this for a moment…

I Cannot Afford To Go Hungry!

Recently, my attention was drawn to the famous story of Esau and Jacob in the bible. Everyone remembers how Esau was the guy who made a really bad decision and had to live with the terrible consequences. He gave up his entire inheritance in exchange for a bowl of beans because he was hungry and couldn’t control himself.

There’s so much more to the story of Esau and Jacob I’m sure you know that. (Especially if you were raised in church and attended Sunday school) but I haven’t been able to stop thinking about how like Esau I can be if I let my guard down.

FIND THE STORY OF ESAU & JACOB — > HERE

Truth is several times without number, I have acted just like Esau; giving up important treasures because I needed immediate gratification.

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Christianity is Counter Culture.

Christianity is counter culture. The life we live when we yield to Jesus takes us away from our old system of living, thoughts, attitude and most importantly, our priorities change in it’s entirety.

Living in Christ requires us to place our entire existence into God’s hands for him to use as he will. Only then can we truly worship him. Our everyday, waking up, going to work life is our living sacrifice to God. It’s a sacrifice that sets us free. Free to do what he wants. Free to be who he’s called us to be.

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The culture of our day says we should live for ourselves. We should live to please ourselves. It’s for a message that permeates every nook and cranny of our daily life. It’s in the advertisements we see daily, it’s in the music we hear, it’s even in the self-help books we read. “live for your self. Do what makes you happy”.

That’s the message that breeds selfishness and a life where pleasing God isn’t a priority.

We belong to God. We can’t live for ourselves.  We live for HIM. That’s how to fulfill purpose. That’s how to be truly happy.

Can’t Help But Shine….

Have you ever wondered why certain things are effortless with you?  It’s easy to come up with new ideas,  easy to achieve certain things you put your mind to, easy to speak up about issues, easy to get people to listen to you etc

It’s because you have been made a light bearer. Think about this. If you light a candle. Does the candle make extra effort to burn? No. Because that’s what it’s made to do!

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What To Do When You Want To Run From Everything..

More often than not in the past few weeks, i have woken up feeling fragile, worn out vulnerable and totally devoid of encouragement. Yeah it happens and somehow i had convinced myself that i needed something external, a force, some kind of stimuli or even a trip, change of location for instance to make me feel better.

Little did i realize that i have been allowing myself feel that way while the antidote is right here with me.

In my heart, i cry out for help, and God directs me to his word, his promises to me in times past that i have somehow let slip into the recess of my mind. He even had to bring a stranger my way to shake me awake.

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